Hartlepool fans dressed as penguins, invade London | inside World Soccer

An army of die-hard Hartlepool supporters went south dressed as penguins to support their team in the final game of the season.

Hartlepool fans dressed up as penguins storm through the London Underground
Hartlepool fans dressed up as penguins storm through the London Underground

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In their traditional end-of-season fancy-dress outing, fans donned the fishy gear and shocked London Underground users after taking the tube en route to Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium.

It follows last year's phenomenal showing where they travelled to Charlton Athletic as a band of Smurfs.

John Pearson, chief organiser of the fancy dress days out, told the Hartlepool Mail: "Funnily enough we were going to go as penguins last year but we changed our minds at the last minute so I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like this year.

"It's a bit more difficult this season because Crawley is a little more difficult to get to and that little bit further away but we still have well over 100 penguins in our group and hopefully other fans will join in too.

"At the end of the day it's all just a bit of fun and the younger fans really enjoy it, which is what it's all about really just to keep them interested in the club and following the team."

And it seemed the bizarre support from the stands worked, as already relegated Hartlepool wrapped up a dreadful season with a 2-2 draw.


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