Feature by Mark Lowdon
Updated Thursday, 17th March 2005
From politicians to actors to rock stars, the occupations of some of Hartlepool United Football Club's celebrity fans could hardly be more diverse. So who are Pools famous followers?
Marvin Lee Aday
Marvin Lee Aday, or Meat Loaf as he is more commonly known, is an American actor and musician. The eccentric, Texas-born starís love for Hartlepool United was first reported a few years ago, when his decision to look for a house in the area, was said to be a result of his Ďobsessioní with the club.
Labour Peer and Trade Unionist, Lord Tom Burlison, is the honorary president for life at Hartlepool United.
Janick Gers is a mad-cap Iron Maiden guitarist, born in
The European Commissioner and former cabinet minister, has been a long-time ally of Tony Blair. The twice-disgraced politician was raised is Hartlepool Unitedís club president.
The Hartlepool-born actor is most famous for his role as cheeky Northerner, Des Barnes, in the
Jeff Stelling is the best-known publicist of Hartlepool United Football Club. Born and raised in the town, the highly-likeable Sky Sports presenter has been a lifelong Poolie. He began his career working for the Hartlepool Mail.