|Who is Hartlepool United's best ever captain?|
The FL125 Greatest Captain voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestCaptain.
The nominees were:
Ritchie Humphreys - The club's record appearance-maker wore the armband with pride and always led by example on and off the pitch. One of the greatest players to ever play for the club, his passion and professionalism made him an ideal skipper.
Micky Barron - Still known as 'Skip' to many of his former team-mates, Micky Barron captained the side during possibly the most successful period in its history. Wearing the armband during two promotions and a Play-Off Final, Barron's combative style on the field rubbed off on others.
John Sheridan - Captain of the first-ever Pools side to gain promotion, the imposing presence of John Sheridan was a key ingredient. A leader of men and a proud skipper, John still holds the club close to his heart.
|When was Hartlepool United's best season?|
The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.
The nominations were:
2004/05 - The club came within eight minutes of reaching the Championship for the first time in its history, leading 2-1 in the League 1 Play-Off Final at Cardiff. However, a cruel twist of fate saw a late penalty awarded to Sheffield Wednesday and Pools defender Chris Westwood sent-off as the match swung away from them right at the death.
2006/07 - Records were broken left, right and centre as Danny Wilson's men bounced back to League 1 at the first attempt with a glorious automatic promotion. It was a slow start to the campaign but two late goals at Accrington to turn a 1-0 defeat in to a 2-1 win set Pools off on a record-breaking run of 21 games unbeaten, including a sequence of eight successive wins without conceding a goal. The only blemish was missing out on the title, though Wilson was later voted League 2 Manager of the Year.
1990/91 - Nobody expected little old Hartlepool United to be among those chasing promotion from Division Four at the start of 1990/91 - indeed there were still doubters right up until the final day. But a gutsy and glorious 3-1 win over Northampton Town at The Vic secured third spot and triggered wild scenes of celebration in Hartlepool with a second-ever promotion.
|Who is Hartlepool United's best ever manager?|
The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.
The nominees were:
Neale Cooper – Cooper was boss during the club's most successful ever period, qualifying for the League 1 Play-Offs two seasons in a row (2003/04 and 2004/05) and reaching the League 1 Play-Off Final in 2005. Has one of the highest win percentages of any manager during his first spell in charge.
Chris Turner – Turner came in at a time when the club was staring at relegation out of the League but turned things around and led the team to the League 2 Play-Offs three seasons in a row (1999/00, 2000/01 and 2001/02). The club was well set for automatic promotion in 2002/03 when Turner left for Sheffield Wednesday.
Cyril Knowles - With no money to spend, Cyril Knowles managed to harbour a feared team spirit in the Pools dressing room which transformed the club from perennial Division Four strugglers to surprise promotion contenders. He laid the groundwork for the 1990/91 promotion (a first since 1968) before having to step aside due to illness but he remains a legend in the eyes of supporters.