Watch as football fans join together to help save Hartlepool United

A packed Victoria Park helped efforts to save Hartlepool United on one of the biggest days in the club's tumultuous history.

Saturday, 20th January 2018, 1:55 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th January 2018, 5:15 pm
Middlesbrough, left, and Hartlepool fans were united in football at Victoria Park on Saturday.
Middlesbrough, left, and Hartlepool fans were united in football at Victoria Park on Saturday.

More than 6,800 supporters of cash-strapped Pools, opponents Wrexham and other teams were in the ground for Saturday's National League game with Wrexham.

Among them were scores of Middlesbrough followers - repaying a debt of honour after Pools came to their club's aid in 1986 when Boro were threatened with extinction.

Middlesbrough, left, and Hartlepool fans were united in football at Victoria Park on Saturday.

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Back then, the Teessiders were briefly homeless with their own cash problems and played one game at the Vic while they were locked out of Ayresome Park.

Today their fans bought match tickets and came armed with collection buckets as Pools bid to raise £200,000 by next Thursday to stave off the threat of administration.

Followers of other clubs such as Sunderland were also noticeable both outside and inside the ground as Pools's onfield problems continued with a disappointing 2-0 defeat.

On another rollercoaster day in Hartlepool's chequered history, here are the latest stories in the club's own battle to stay in existence:

Hartlepool United trusty mascot H'Angus with young fan Harry Preston.
Middlesbrough, left, and Hartlepool fans were united in football at Victoria Park on Saturday.
Hartlepool United trusty mascot H'Angus with young fan Harry Preston.