Gainsborough Trinity F.C.

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Gainsborough Trinity
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Full nameGainsborough Trinity Football Club
Nickname(s)Trinity, The Holy Blues
Founded1873
Ground The Northolme, Gainsborough
Capacity4,340 (504 seated) [1]
ChairmanRichard Kane
Manager Tom Shaw
2020–21 Northern Premier League Premier Division (season curtailed)
Website Club website
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Gainsborough Trinity squad photo for 1966–67

Gainsborough Trinity Football Club is a football club based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England. Established in 1873, the club became members of the Football League in 1893 and remained members of the Second Division until 1912, making Gainsborough one of the smallest towns in England to have had a Football League team. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, and play at the Northolme.

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History

The club was established in 1873 as Trinity Recreationists by the Reverend George Langton Hodgkinson, vicar of Holy Trinity parish, Gainsborough. [2] In 1889 the club were founder members of the Midland League, which they won in 1890–91. [3] The club finished as runners-up the following season and again in 1895–96, after which they applied for election to the Football League. In the vote they finished third, ahead of existing members Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra, and were elected into the Second Division. [4] The club's first season in Division Two of the League saw them finish seventh, but a gradual decline in form saw them finish in the bottom half of the table every season until 1904. In 1901–02 Trinity finished bottom of the division, but were re-elected. [5] In 1904–05 the club finished sixth in Division Two, their best performance during their Football League membership. [3]

In 1911–12 Gainsborough finished bottom of the Second Division for a second time, and failed to be re-elected, receiving just nine votes to the 27 received by newly elected Lincoln City. [6] The club returned to the Midland League, finishing third in 1912–13 and second in 1913–14, [3] after which they unsuccessfully applied for readmission to the Football League. [6] When the Football League created a new Third Division North in 1921, Trinity applied for membership, but were again unsuccessful. [7] The club won the Midland League title in 1927–28, and the following season defeated Football League opposition in the FA Cup for the first time since losing their League status, beating Crewe 3–1 in the first round, before losing to Chesterfield in the second round. [3] In 1931–32 they beat Crewe again in the first round, before losing 5–2 at home to Watford. In 1937–38 Trinity beat Port Vale in the first round, before losing to fellow non-League club Yeovil & Petters United. [3] Another Football League team was beaten the following season, when Trinity knocked out Gateshead in the first round, before losing to Doncaster Rovers. [3]

Following World War II Gainsborough had further success in the FA Cup, reaching the first round of the FA Cup in 1945–46, losing to Mansfield Town, and in 1946–47, when they were beaten by Darlington. In 1948–49 they reached the second round after defeating Witton Albion in the first round, before losing 4–3 at Walsall. They went on to win a third Midland League title that season. First round appearances in the FA Cup followed in 1950–51 (losing 3–0 to Plymouth) and 1951–52 (losing to Witton), before the 1952–53 season saw another second round appearance; after beating Netherfield in a first round replay, they lost 2–1 at Newport County. They reached the first round again the following season, before losing 4–1 at home to Chesterfield. The club failed to repeat the feat until 1959–60, when they lost to Doncaster Rovers in a replay.

At the end of the 1959–60 season, the Midland League was disbanded. Gainsborough spent a single season playing in both the Central Alliance and Division Two of the Yorkshire League, [8] [3] before returning to a reformed Midland League in 1961. Trinity won their fourth Midland League title in 1966–67, also reaching the first round of the FA Cup (losing 1–0 at home to Colchester United), before becoming founder members of the new Northern Premier League in 1968. The club applied to join the Football League again in 1975 and 1976, but received only a single vote on each occasion. [6] The 1983–84 season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for over a decade, as they lost 2–0 at home to Blackpool.

When the Northern Premier League added a second division in 1987, Gainsborough were placed in the Premier Division. In 1997–98 FA Cup saw them drawn against local rivals Lincoln City, who after a 1-1 draw lost 3–2 in a 'home' replay that was played at Lincoln's Sincil Bank. [3] Another first round appearance in 2003–04 ended with a 7–1 defeat at Brentford. [3] At the end of the season a tenth-place finish saw the club become founder members of the Conference North. [3] FA Cup first round appearances followed in 2006–07 (a 3–1 defeat by Barnet) and 2007–08 (a 6–0 loss at home to Hartlepool United). In 2011–12 the club finished fourth, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, after beating Halifax Town in the semi-finals, Trinity lost the final 1–0 to Nuneaton Town. [3] In another FA Cup first round appearance in 2015–16, the club were beaten 1–0 by Shrewsbury Town. [3] The club were relegated for the first time in their history at the end of the 2017–18 season, dropping into the Northern Premier League's Premier Division.

Ground

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The Northolme

Trinity moved to the Northolme ground, then also a cricket venue, in 1884. [9] During their time in the Football League the club also played home matches at the Bowling Green Ground in the north-west of the town and Sincil Bank in Lincoln when the Northolme was being used for cricket. [9] The record attendance of 9,760 was set for a Midland League match against local rivals Scunthorpe United in 1948. [2]

Rivals and local games

Gainsborough Trinity's location on the bank of the River Trent pits them against a host of clubs from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The most noted local derbys for Gainsborough are against Boston United and Worksop Town, as both clubs have spent numerous seasons in both the Northern Premier League and Conference North divisions with Trinity. Games with Boston or Worksop are traditionally played on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Professional clubs in traditional Lincolnshire such as Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town have rarely played Trinity outside of pre-season tournaments such as the Lincolnshire Senior Cup. The last competitive match between Trinity and a professional Lincolnshire club was when they played Lincoln City in the first round of the FA Cup in the 1996–97 season, with Trinity eventually losing 3–2 in the replay following a 1–1 draw at Sincil Bank.

Club officials

Current squad

As of 23 September 2020 [10]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Tom Jackson
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG James Leverton
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Simon Ainge
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Dennison
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Connor Smyth
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jack Walters
DF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL James Williamson
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Barker
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Gianluca Bucci
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Collins
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Reco Fyfe
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Alex Wiles
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Martyn Woolford
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Declan Bacon
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Lofts
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Rod Orlando-Young
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Gregg Smith

Managerial history

DatesNameNotesFirst GameLast GamePWDL
1959–1960 Flag of England.svg Charles Walker
1960–1961 Flag of England.svg Tom Daley
1961–1963 Flag of England.svg Gladstone Guest
1964–1971 Flag of England.svg Russell Green
1971–1973 Flag of England.svg Jim Kilkenny
?-? Flag of England.svg Bobby Ham
1979–1980 Flag of England.svg Roy Ellam
1980–1981 Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock
1985–1987 Flag of Scotland.svg Pat Buckley
1991–1993 Flag of England.svg Gary Simpson 24 August 19919 October 199396302640
1993–1994 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Leighton James 26 October 19933 January 199411434
1994–1995 Flag of England.svg Gary Brook 12 February 199429 April 199552181519
1995–1998 Flag of England.svg Ernie Moss 19 August 199527 April 1998128603434
1998–1999 Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Richards 22 August 199815 October 199952231019
1999–2000 Flag of England.svg Ernie Moss 6 November 199924 April 20003311139
2000 Flag of England.svg Greg Fee 19 August 200021 October 200014248
2000–2001 Flag of England.svg Phil Tingay24 October 200020 October 200144201311
2001 Flag of England.svg Phil Brown &
Flag of England.svg Frank Nicholson
Caretakers27 October 200117 November 20015212
2001–2002 Flag of England.svg Dave Norton Player/Manager24 November 200123 April 02256613
2002–2003 Flag of England.svg Phil Stant Player/Manager17 August 200226 April 200344161117
2003–2007 Flag of England.svg Paul Mitchell16 August 20031 December 2007186635172
2007–2009 Flag of England.svg Steve Charles Caretaker until 5 January 2008
then permanent
8 December 200717 August 200972242226
2009 Flag of England.svg Dave Reeves &
Flag of England.svg Steve Blatherwick
Caretaker Managers22 August 200922 August 20091001
2009 Flag of England.svg Adie Moses Caretaker Manager22 August 200928 August 20093102
2009–2011 Flag of England.svg Brian Little 28 August 200920 August 201180251738
2011–2016 Flag of England.svg Steve Housham 20 August 20118 March 2016201803685
2016–2017 Flag of England.svg Dominic Roma Player/Manager12 March 20164 February 2017
2017 Flag of England.svg Adam QuinnCaretaker Manager11 February 201711 February 2017
2017–2018 Flag of England.svg Dave Frecklington18 February 20175 February 2018 [11]
2018 Flag of England.svg Nathan Jarman & Adam QuinnCaretaker Managers10 February 201810 February 20181001
2018–2019 Flag of England.svg Lee Sinnott
2019 Flag of England.svg Ross Hannah & Liam King
2019– Flag of England.svg Curtis Woodhouse

Honours

Records

See also

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  11. Gainsborough Trinity relieve manager Dave Frecklington and assistant Terry Fleming from their duties Non-League Football Paper, 7 February 2018