Gainsborough Trinity F.C.

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Gainsborough Trinity
Gainsboroughtrinityfc.png
Full nameGainsborough Trinity Football Club
Nickname(s)Trinity, The Holy Blues, The Recreationists
Founded1873 (as Trinity Recreationists)
GroundThe Northolme, Gainsborough
(capacity: 4,304 (515 seated))
ChairmanPeter Swann
ManagerSteve Housham
LeagueConference North
2011–12Conference North, 4th
Blue jersey with white pinstripes, blue shorts, blue socks with light blue band
Home colours
Away colours
 
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Gainsborough Trinity
Gainsboroughtrinityfc.png
Full nameGainsborough Trinity Football Club
Nickname(s)Trinity, The Holy Blues, The Recreationists
Founded1873 (as Trinity Recreationists)
GroundThe Northolme, Gainsborough
(capacity: 4,304 (515 seated))
ChairmanPeter Swann
ManagerSteve Housham
LeagueConference North
2011–12Conference North, 4th
Blue jersey with white pinstripes, blue shorts, blue socks with light blue band
Home colours
Away colours

Gainsborough Trinity Football Club is an English football club based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The club competes in the Conference North, the sixth tier of English football.

Between 1896 and 1912 they were members of the Football League. They are currently in the Conference North, and play their home matches at The Northolme, which has a capacity of 4,304 (504 seated, 3,800 standing). They are known as "Trinity" or the "Holy Blues".

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History

The club was formed in 1873 by The Reverend George Langton Hodgkinson, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Gainsborough, and was originally known as Trinity Recreationalists. In 1889 they joined the Midland League, and finished 7th in their first season. In the 1890–91 season the club finished as Champions, but had to wait until 1896 to be elected to the Second Division of The Football League. Also Trinity were the first team to play Manchester United in a competitive fixture – on 6 September 1902 in a Second Division match – after they had changed their name from Newton Heath.

Gainsborough Trinity squad photo for 1966–67

After several years of struggle, the club was voted out of the league in 1912, being replaced by local rivals Lincoln City, and returned to the Midland League. During the 1940s, the club recorded its record attendance, when 9,760 saw a match against local rivals, the then non-league Scunthorpe United. The club won three Championships (1928, 1949 and 1967 – by which time the league had become the Midland Counties League) before becoming founder members of the newly-created Northern Premier League in 1969, where it remained until 2004.

At the end of the 2003–04 season, the club finished in a high enough position to become founder members of the newly-created Conference North.

As a non-league club, Trinity have recorded five wins against Football League opposition (a feat known in English football as giant-killing). Victories were recorded against Crewe Alexandra in 1928 and 1931, Port Vale in 1937, Gateshead in 1938 and Mansfield Town in 1946.

Trinity claim to be one of the few English clubs never to have experienced a relegation, as they were voted out of the Football League rather than being directly relegated. They were also the first and last opponents of Middlesbrough Ironopolis. The club recently[when?] was bought out by new chairman Peter Swann, who owns the majority of the shares in the club after buying out long serving chairman Patrick Lobley. Swann also secured a new 10 year lease on the clubs home ground by agreeing terms with the ground's owners the Blues Club.

In 2009 money provided by the new chairman was able to bring in a large number of professionals from the Football League. The biggest coup though was when the club announced that former Aston Villa boss Brian Little would be taking over as manager.

Gainsborough (yellow) playing Blyth Spartans in 2009

Despite Little's expertise in the professional game, Trinity have struggled in the Conference North under his guidance. After finishing 14th in 2009–10, the club faced a relegation battle in 2010–11, eventually pulling away from the drop-zone after a late run of victories to finish 19th.

After a poor start to the 2011/12 campaign, Little was sacked and replaced by Steve Housham, who signed a deal until the end of the season. The club saw an immediate turn-around, losing just one of the next nine games and moving into a play-off position. They beat F.C. Halifax Town 3–2 on aggregate in the play-off semi finals before losing to Nuneaton Town 1–0 in the final.

During the 2012–13 season Trinity reached the semi-final of the FA Trophy having defeated Barrow in the quarter finals. The Blues were drawn against Conference National promotion contenders Wrexham and despite drawing level they were beaten 3-1 away in the first leg.[1] The following week Trinity came from behind to win 2-1 in the second leg, but despite applying a lot of pressure in the final stages they were unable to get a third goal to take the tie into extra time. Wrexham went on to play Grimsby Town in the final, with Trinity missing out on their first ever chance to play at Wembley Stadium.[2]

Honours

Stadium

The Northolme

Trinity have played their home games at The Northolme since the birth of the club in 1873.

In November 2009, Peter Swann announced that he intends to build a new 4,000 seat stadium for the club in order to cement its ties with the community.[3] However, in September 2012, Swann announced that ill health plus the delay of the project, has meant he no longer wishes to pursue his investment, and he will anyway take a break from football at the end of the 2012—2013 season.[4]

Club officials

Chairman: Peter Swann
Commercial Manager: John Myskiw
Director of Football: Peter Swann
Manager: Steve Housham
Youth Football Development Manager: Steve Housham
Secretary and Press Officer: Peter Wallace
Groundsman: Jonathan Wood

Current squad

As of 10 December 2013.

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

No.PositionPlayer
DenmarkGKJan Budtz
EnglandGKJason White
EnglandDFDaniel Hone
EnglandDFLee Ridley
EnglandDFDominic Roma
EnglandDFLuke Waterfall
EnglandDFJonathan Williams
EnglandDFJosh Wilde
EnglandDFGreg Young
EnglandMFShane Clarke
EnglandMFJonathan D'Laryea
EnglandMFTerry Hawkridge
No.PositionPlayer
EnglandMFMichael Leary
EnglandMFCraig Nelthorpe
EnglandMFSimon Russell
EnglandFWTyrone Thompson
EnglandMFMark Wilson
EnglandMFJamie Yates
EnglandFWBradley Barraclough
EnglandFWPaul Connor
EnglandFWMark Jones
EnglandFWDarryn Stamp
EnglandFWJordan Thewlis

Out on loan

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

No.PositionPlayer
EnglandFWSam Mulready (at Holbeach United)

Notable players

Managerial history

DatesNameNotes
 ?-?England Bobby Ham
197?–1980England Roy Ellam
1980–1981England Neil Warnock
1991–1993England Gary Simpson
1993–1994Wales Leighton James
1994–1995England Gary Brook
1995–1998England Ernie Moss
1998–1999Scotland Steve Richards
1999–2000England Ernie Moss
2000–2001England Phil Tingay
2001–2002England Dave NortonPlayer/Manager
2002–2003England Phil StantPlayer/Manager
2003–2007England Paul Mitchell
2007–2009England Steve Charles
2009England Dave Reeves &
EnglandSteve Blatherwick
Caretaker Managers
2009England Adie MosesCaretaker Manager
2009–2011England Brian Little
2011–England Steve Housham

Rivals and local games

Gainsborough Trinity's location on the bank of the river trent pitts them against a host of clubs from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The most noted local derby's 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 either Boston or Worksop are traditionally played on Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Professional clubs in traditional Lincolnshire such as Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town have rarely played Trinity outside of pre-season tournament's such as the Lincolnshire Senior Cup. The last competitive match between Trinity against 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.

Other clubs in Trinity's geographical region are Retford United, Lincoln United, Sleaford Town and Lincoln Moorlands Railway but all operate in league's lower than Trinity's on the football pyramid.

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