Every autistic person has their own experiences and opinions. To mark Autism Acceptance Week we spoke to Ryan, an autistic Pools fan and HUST member, about his early years, way into football, and what could be done to encourage more autistic people to come to the Vic.

An ongoing campaign to make sure that everybody feels welcome at the Vic took another step forward on Tuesday as HUST President, Julia Newton, was joined by representatives of the North East Autism Society, HUSA, HUDSA, and the club, to launch a host of activities aimed at supporting Autism Acceptance Week and forward through the next month.

Her Game Too was launched less than a year ago to initially raise awareness of sexism in football. Since then 55 professional clubs, and many more grassroots outfits, have signed up and the group have become more ambitious.
HUST have spoken to Eve Ralph, a Bristol city fan and one of the group’s founders, and Jill Simmonds who sits in the Cyril Knowles and recently became Pools’ ambassador for Her Game Too, about the movement and how the club can get involved.

Beating Crystal Palace in 1993 saw Pools become the first lower division club to knock a Premier League side out of the FA Cup. The ‘unquestionable penalty’ and ‘not particularly cold for Hartlepool’ weather are now the stuff of legend. Three players from that game give us the full story!

With the big match against Crystal Palace approaching HUST spoke to Eddie Kyle, Alan Murray’s assistant manager on the freezing January day in 1993 when Pools became the first lower division club to dump a Premier league team out of the FA Cup. We wanted to know the ingredients for an FA Cup upset and Eddie was happy to reveal what went on behind the scenes.