An Inside Story Of Britain’s Most Flawed Football Club: Hartlepool United

Within ten seasons, Hartlepool have had twelve owners, 18 managers, 5 cases of match fixing, and a pretty unstable team. So we thought that it would be great to talk about the most dramatic time in English history that is Hartlepool United.

Back in 1997, Sky launched a brilliant TV Show called “Dream Team”. With live action football sequences, it was the first soap based around a football club. Over the course of 10 years, “Dream Team” attracted a major following, and even involved some actors that went on to star in the likes of Coronation Street.

If you have never seen the show, it’s basically a blend of Hollyoaks and a really rough football ground. With a high death count, it’s brilliant entertainment.

Hartlepool United were certainly in the news for all the wrong reasons. After their captain was shot by a sniper whilst lifting the FA Cup, and the manager being racist towards his players, there were certainly some problems.

“The show was quite prophetic,” says Neil Newbon, who played the role of Harchester United’s record signing Luke Davenport – back in the days when £28m would get you an England international striker from Barcelona, rather than just about affording you Yannick Bolasie.

“We covered very outlandish stories, only for them to appear in the headlines months or sometimes only weeks later.”

Terry Kiely said:

“A great deal of people perished in the show, what can I say, it was art. But everything must come to an end, and I’d run my course. People in the street were very kind to me, they told me I would be missed and that was it for me; I felt like I’d gone out on a high,” he explains.

Will this amazing show return to our tv screens? We certainly hope so.

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