Stanley make the trip to the north east tomorrow to take on Hartlepool United in League Two. As kick off approaches, Chris Forsyth takes a look at all the things you need to know about the opposition.

TEAM NEWS

Cooper could be without young midfielder Brad Walker but Antony Sweeney could return from a calf injury.

James Beattie will give his lengthy list of injured players as much time as possible before deciding who plays. Goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin and defender Michael Liddle have no chance of making it with a number of other longer term absentees also still out.

The squad is bolstered by the return of James Gray from international duty.

LOOK OUT FOR…

Andy Monkhouse

Experienced midfielder Monkhouse will be vital to any pandy monkhouselans Hartlepool have of moving clear of the relegation zone.

The 32 year old started his career at Rotherham United, making 128 appearances and scoring nine goals between 1998 and 2006. Monkhouse then joined Swindon Town in time for the 2006/07 season but moved on loan to Hartlepool after making only 10 appearances.

Monkhouse has spent the remainder of his career at Hartlepool, so far making 267 appearances and scoring 43 goals since joining the club in November 2006.

TOP SCORERS

Neil Austin 1, Christian Burgess 1, Jack Compton 1, Jonathan Franks 1, Luke James 1, James Poole 1, Nialle Rodney 1

Peter Murphy 2, Danny Webber 1, Marcus Carver 1, Piero Mingoia 1

LEAGUE POSITION

Hartlepool are 23rd in the League Two table with two points after picking up two draws from their six games.

Stanley remain 24th with a point from the half a dozen games so far.

RECENT FORM

Colin Cooper’s side are still looking for their first league win of the season and were beaten 2-1 at home to Wycombe last time out.

They have tasted victory in recent weeks though, thrashing Bradford 5-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Stanley are without a win in seven games following the Capital One Cup victory at Middlesbrough.

THE GROUND

Hartlepool have played at Victoria Park throughout their 105 year history. The current capacity of the ground is 7856, however the record attendance was set in 1957, when a crowd of 17,426 watched Hartlepool play Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round.

Website

www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk

TWITTER

@official_HUFC

Hartlepool United were formed as a professional football club in 1908, with the club joining the newly created Third Division North in 1921.

The first half of the twentieth century saw a quiet period for Hartlepool, before the club were placed into the newly formed Fourth Division after the 1958/59 season.

In 1965 the club appointed Brian Clough as their manager. Clough then brought in Peter Taylor from Burton Albion to assist him. Clough and Taylor started to build a successful team at Hartlepool, before moving on to Derby County in 1967.

In 1968 the club gained their first ever promotion, after a 2-0 victory at Swansea. However, after just one season out of the Fourth Division, the club are relegated, falling two points short of safety.

The following 20 years saw the club struggling to avoid re-election and then relegation when it was introduced, before Hartlepool finally achieved their second ever promotion in the 1990/91 season. A 3-1 victory over Northampton Town was enough to secure promotion, with the club finishing in third place in the table.

In the 1993/94 season the club were relegated back to the bottom tier, now known as Division Three, before the club is promoted back to Division Two in the 2002/03 season.

In 2005 the club reached the play-off final at The Millennium Stadium, with Sheffield Wednesday winning 4-2 after extra time, denying Hartlepool the chance of promotion to the Championship. In 2006 the club was then relegated to League Two, but made an instant return to League One after winning automatic promotion. The club were then relegated back to League Two at the end of last

Colin Cooper

colin cooper 2

Former England international Cooper is in his first full time managerial position, taking over at the club this summer. He has previous experience as a caretaker manager at Middlesbrough and Bradford City, however he only managed two matches and one match respectively.

The 46 year old former defender had a successful playing career, making over 600 appearances for Middlesbrough, Milwall, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland.

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire)
So Far This Season: Three games, four yellow cards, no reds
Last Stanley Game:  17/03/2012 – ASFC 2 Northampton Town 1

Stanley supporters can purchase tickets in advance – and save up to £5 in the process.

Tickets purchased in advance by phone from the Hartlepool ticket office on 01429 272 584 option 2

Early Bird;          Match Day;
Adults                  £20.00              £25.00
Seniors 60+*     £10.00              £13.00
Students *           £10.00              £13.00
Under 19yrs *   £10.00              £13.00
Under 16yrs *   £10.00              £13.00