Hartlepool United fan ‘loves haggis, watching Forrest Gump and listening to Dolly Parton’

Typical Hartlepool United supporter according to YouGov.
Typical Hartlepool United supporter according to YouGov.
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HARTLEPOOL United fans are in for a shock after a new poll revealed a typical fan loves tucking into haggis, neeps and tatties, watching Dad’s Army and listening to Dolly Parton.

It doesn’t sound like your average Poolie but that is what a new poll by YouGov has revealed.

Hartlepool United fans celebrate. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United fans celebrate. Picture by FRANK REID

Other highlights include Pools supporters being fans of Asda, playing the Euromillions and driving Peugeots.

It comes as market research firm YouGov has launched a new service that provides profiles based on a huge database of preferences expressed by members of the public.

Outlining different factors, the poll shows everything from the demographics of their fan-base, their personality, their most likely profession, what their personality is like and even what brands they prefer.

And the results have revealed:


A typical Poolie is a man aged 60+, works in either IT, the military or the energy sector and has less than £125 of spare cash a month.


Poolies have eclectic tastes when it comes to food, enjoying haggis, Peshwari Naans and enchiladas with lasagne and pigs in blanket also featuring high up the food wish list.

When it comes to hobbies, collecting, model building and painting keep supporters entertained when they are not watching their beloved Pools in action.

Favourite sports include football (obviously) and playing darts while they are more likely to keep a bird for a pet.


Personality wise, Pools fans describe themselves as relaxed, dedicated and loyal (you need to be dedicated to be a Pools fan) but on occasions can be grumpy and accident prone.


The average fan does his or her big shop at Asda, banks at Barclays and drives a Peugeot around the streets of Hartlepool.

While they are also customers of Euromillions, Network Rail and enjoy eating Dairylea.


Away from The Vic, Pools fans like to be entertained by watching The Terminator movies, Forrest Gump and Life of Brian - seems an appropriate mix of films given Pools’ current struggles on the pitch.

Favourite shows include Match of the Day and Dad’s Army while the Eagles, Dolly Parton, Queen and Simon and Garfunkel are all on the play lists of Pools supporters.

Favourite celebs include Jon Snow, Eddie Murphy and former newscaster Trevor McDonald while the average fan watches up to 30 hours per week of television.

Recently watched shows include Countryfile, Antiques Roadshow and Pointless - there is a joke to be made there about Pools.

To see the results for yourself click here