As we continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, Matthew Bates will hope for better success with Hartlepool United during his first full season in charge at Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United were formed as a professional football club in 1908 from a successful Amateur Cup winning team, joining the league in 1921.
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With two minor name changes, the club have spent their existence to date in the lower two divisions of the Football League.
Orient travelled to face Hartlepool in their penultimate away league game of the 2017/18 season on April 17th. Louis Laing’s first-half header made the difference as Pools defeated the O’s by a single goal on the night.
After a successful spell in caretaker charge at the back end of the 2017/18 season, Matthew Bates was appointed First Team Manager in May 2018. He worked under previous manager Craig Harrison in the role of First Team Coach, before taking charge upon Harrison’s departure and guiding Pools to National League safety last season.
One to watch
Prolific forward Niko Muir joined Hartlepool United from Hendon where the 24 year old notched 40 goals in all competitions last season.
Muir's goal scoring ability made him the target of many Clubs in the football and National League, but Hartlepool moved quickest to sign up the former Grays Atheltic man.
Victoria Park has a capacity of 7,865 and has been the home of Hartlepool United since their establishment in 1908.