Goole A.F.C.

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Goole AFC
Goole A.F.C. logo.png
Full name Goole AFC
Nickname(s) The Vikings
Founded 1912 (Goole Town)
1997 (Goole AFC)
Ground Victoria Pleasure Grounds,
Ground Capacity 3,000 (300 seated)[1]
Chairman Baron Bloom
Manager Curtis Woodhouse
League Northern Premier League
Division One South
2013–14 Northern Premier League
Division One South, 13th

Goole AFC is a semi-professional English football club based in the town of Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, founded in 1912. They currently compete in the Northern Premier League Division One South, which is at Level 8 on the English football league system pyramid.

The club has spent its entire existence in non-league football to date, where they have won various championships over the years. Perhaps Goole's crowning achievement so far was reaching the FA Cup third round in 1956–57 before going out to Nottingham Forest.


The club was founded in 1912 as Goole Town Football Club when they entered into the Midland Football League. Town played in that league for three seasons, finishing each season respectably and with a highest position of 4th place in 1914–15. That same season they reached the First Round of the FA Cup, but lost to Middlesbrough 9–3 at Ayresome Park.

Play was suspended because of the First World War and Goole did not re-enter the Midland League afterwards. However, just after the war, as Goole Shipyards Football Club they became founding members of the Yorkshire Football League for the 1920–21 season.

In 1924 the club had reverted to the Goole Town name and were back in the Yorkshire League. By the late 1920s Goole had proved themselves at this level, their pinnacle in this period being their championship-winning season in 1927–28. Goole continued in the Yorkshire League throughout the 1930s and 1940s, picking up the championship during both the 1936–37 and 1947–48 seasons.

In 2014 Ashley Jackson, top goal scoring left back, left for Leek Town football club. A major signing for the ambitious Evo Stick team. Leek have since dropped Ashley from first team duty. However he continues to warm the bench from time to time.

Return to the Midland League[edit]

In 1948, Goole Town decided to return to the Midland Football League, which they had not competed in since the start of the First World War. At the end of 1950–51, they finished in 3rd place above the likes of Peterborough United and Boston United.

For the rest of the 1950s however, Goole lingered in the lower regions of the league, but had one very notable FA Cup run. In the 1956–57 season Goole Town reached the Third Round of the FA Cup, having previously knocked out Wigan Athletic 2–1 away and Football League Third Division North side Workington, before finally going out to Nottingham Forest.[2]

The 1960s for Goole Town was largely uneventful in the league; the majority of the time they finished around mid-table, with a decent 5th place finish in 1967–68 being the highlight. That season they had also taken Spennymoor United to a first round replay in the FA Cup.

Northern Premier League[edit]

Goole Town became one of the founding members of the Northern Premier League in 1968, where they played against the likes of Macclesfield Town, Scarborough and Stafford Rangers – alongside old rivals Boston United and Wigan Athletic. During the first-ever season of the league, they finished in 8th place.

Their best finish in the Northern Premier League was 6th place on two occasions these were the 1976–77 season and then again in the 1988–89 season, while their worst finishes were in 1970–71, 1985–86 and 1992–93 seasons when they finished in last place on each occasion.

They reached the quarterfinal of the FA Trophy in the 1974–75 season, losing at home to Matlock Town 1–0 before a crowd of 3,500.

The club folded at the end of the 1995–96 season due to financial difficulties.

Goole AFC: 1997–present[edit]

Goole AFC was formed in its place during 1997, though the club is generally seen as an official continuation of their predecessor.[citation needed]

Recently the club have been successful, having become champions of the Northern Counties East League in 2005 and are currently playing in the Northern Premier League Division One.A re-organisation of the non-league structure during the summer of 2006 saved them from an immediate return to the Northern Counties East League, as they finished in the relegation places at the end of the 2005–06 season.

The 2006–07 season saw a major upturn in form, with a 7th place finish earned after collecting just 5 less points than was needed to reach the play-offs, and 2007–08 was much the same with Goole missing out on the play-offs again after a faltering last quarter to the season.

During the 2008/9 season Goole AFC were docked 10 points for Administration.

Goole's best season in the FA Vase was getting to the 4th Round in 1998–99, where they lost 0–1 to Bemerton Heath Harlequins in front of a crowd of 592.

Recent events[edit]

The club announced that they had changed their name to Goole Town F.C. in June 2006, however the West Riding FA rejected the name change thus forcing them to remain as Goole AFC.

Just before the start of the 2008–09 season it was announced that Goole AFC have an unpaid bill of £30,000 to HM Revenue and Customs, which issued a Winding-Up Notice on 17 July 2008. Goole AFC decided to enter into Administration to enable a CVA to agreed with HM Revenue and Customs. In the 2008–09 season, Goole AFC were deducted 11 points (−1 for an illegible player and −10 points for going into Administration.)

Before the 2009–10 season Goole AFC enticed Leo Fortune West to the VPG, the 38-year-old was expected to give the forward line a boost for the new season.

Due to a very poor start to the 2009–10 season which saw the club throw away large leads in games, lose heavily in the FA CUP and lose players such as Fortune-West, the management team of Nigel Danby and Mick Norbury resigned from their positions at the club; according to local press reports if they did not resign they would have been sacked. Journeyman Karl Rose replaced Nigel Danby as manager.

On Thursday 10 June 2010, Goole AFC announced that Des O'Hearne had resigned as Chairman and Chris Hoff would succeed him with immediate effect

As of August 2011, Goole AFC announced that Chris Hoff had resigned as Chairman and Des O'Hearne had once again taken the hotseat. In December 2012 Des O'Hearne announced he was stepping down as Chairman due to ill health and is looking for new owners of the club, rumours are circulating the new owners could have some money behind them to not only save the club but to push them onto higher achievements.

On Monday 14 October 2013, Baron Bloom took over as chairman of the club, Baron also immediately announced the appointment of David Holdsworth as first team manager and Curtis Woodhouse as his assistant.

On Saturday 25 January 2014, Goole AFC captain Karl Colley tried to confront a fan after receiving a red card. Colley was sacked by the club later that day.


As of 01 September 2014.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Slovakia GK Peter Fotko
England GK Ryan Musselwhite
England DF Richard Arms
England DF Muhammed Sabo
England DF Sam Colbear
England DF Ben Turner
England DF Dan Wilkinson
England MF Andy Gascoigne
England MF Steve Woolley
England MF Callum Harrison
England MF Tyler Williams
No. Position Player
England MF James Cottingham
Zimbabwe MF Cecil Nyoni
England MF David Taylor
England MF Derry Robson
England MF Tom Bland
England FW Bradley Grayson
England FW Benny Igiehon
England FW Jordan Thewils
Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Zephaniah Thomas
England FW Luke Hinsley
England FW Billy Law

Notable former Goole AFC players[edit]

Notable former Goole Town FC Players[edit]


  • Goole AFC's top attendance in any game since formation was against a Leeds United side in 1999, when 976 turned up to watch Leeds win the game 5–3.
  • Goole AFC's top attendance for a competitive game was against FC United of Manchester in the Unibond President's Cup Semi-Final in 2008 when 967 fans turn out, FC United of Manchester won the game 3–1. This was also the largest competitive attendance since 1987 when Goole Town lost to Nuneaton Borough in the FA Cup the attendance that day been 868.
  • Goole Town's top attendance in any game was against Scunthorpe United in the 1949–50 season, when 8,700 packed into the VPG for this important league match.
  • The largest crowd in recent years was when Manchester United played a friendly against Goole Town in March 1987, the match which Manchester United narrowly won 4–3 was watched by 1,759 supporters.
  • The largest league crowds in recent years was a 2–0 defeat against Barrow when 786 turned up, a few weeks earlier Goole Town beat Witton Albion 3–0 in front of 730 supporters.

Biggest Wins[edit]

  • Goole AFC's biggest win came in their very first competitive game when they beat Blackwell Miners Welfare 8–0.
  • Goole AFC's biggest Northern Premier League win was against Kidsgrove Athletic when they won 6–2 in 2008

Ground and Colours[edit]

Victoria Pleasure Ground, Goole

They play their home games at the ageing Victoria Pleasure Grounds ("VPG"). Plans to upgrade the VPG to Football Conference standards were drawn up but later shelved. There is an option is available to move the club to the proposed new Westfield Banks Sports Academy but the board do not feel this is right for Goole AFC in the long term.

The team's colours are red shirts, with red shorts and red socks. The away colours are yellow shirts, with yellow shorts and yellow socks.


  • West Riding County Cup
    • Winners: 1951, 1952, 1957, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 2007


  1. ^ The seated accommodation comprises 162 plastic seats and 150 wooden benches
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  3. ^ "First Team". Goole A.F.C. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Won by Goole Town reserves
  5. ^ Season achieved by Goole Town reserves

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