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Goole is not the sporting mecca of the North, but has a passing interest in various disciplines. Its most famous sporting success is with Goole Town AFC. This team regularly plays at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds and has had a chequered past. Once high in the non-league game, it went bankrupt and was disbanded. The club was re-formed two years ago and has started the climb back again. They have been promoted every season since restarting from the Central Midlands Premier Division and are currently in the North East Counties Premier Division. Surely Europe (or at least the Grandstand vidi-printer) is only a few seasons away?

The climbing frames at West Park Goole Tennis Club The Victoria Pleasure Grounds

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Visitor Comments

Posted by Andy Rodgers at 15/07/2005 21:45
'Lots of pub teams take part in the sport' There is not one pub cricket team in goole, though there are many pub football teams. Just Goole town CC and Goole firemen.

Posted by Laura-Liz at 09/05/2006 21:05
street fighting in Goole, how utterly shocking
Posted by Phooky Nell at 05/05/2007 07:56
Something worth a mention (usually every week) is the incredible "West Riding Sunday Trophy" was won by local pub side Woodlands Raiders in 2003.
A goole side winning this cup is as hard as Scotland winning the world cup. I can't see it ever happening again. Well done lads, you did the town proud!
Posted by Dom Falconer at 21/08/2007 23:22
You looking for any goalkeepers for the local team.
Posted by sophie boden at 15/09/2007 16:07
hey does anyone know of a hockey team in goole?
as i played all through school and would love to continue
Posted by Goole Karate- The rising sun school of wado ryu at 28/03/2008 09:00
Posted by LFW & MFW GOOLE at 25/04/2008 08:18
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Posted by Tony Goodley at 17/06/2008 16:04
LFW & MFW (Ladies & Mens) Fitness ctr now in the centre of Goole town offers a wide range of facilitys including, Cardio circuit type training, running machines, rowing, weights, resistance, cross trainer, NEW VIBRATION PLATES! Tanning, Spray tanning, Contour body wrapping all at an easily affordable price. (ask about special discounts for joint memberships!!)
Call now on : 01405 766990
e-mail : tony.goodley@btinternet
Take a look at the web site (ladies) for more info, Web site :

Posted by emma at 13/08/2008 11:47
Hi does anyone know how to contact Goole Athletics club? My 9 year old daughter would love to join, also how much is it?
Posted by Gary Worton at 29/10/2008 22:12
Way back in the dark ages - circa early to middle '70,s - I was instrumental, in a small way, in the formation of what was supposed to become the Mecca of minority sports in and around Goole. I refer to an amalgamation of the Goole Judo club, the Goole Weightlifting club and the Goole Boxing club. Needless to say, it was an uphill, against the tide, battle from the outset, but nevertheless, we went ahead. Due in no small part to the then leading lights of the three clubs. Frank Askew, Sam Siddown - et moi - from the Judo club; Dennis Philpot and Bill Sutton from the weight lifting club and Kenny Dawson, who represented the Boxing club. We cannot forget the tireless efforts of the late Jim Crowe, who kept the dream alive for so long, representing all three factions. We were known collectively as the Goole and District Physical Training Association, and for a while, all went well. We raised funds through various means and managed to build, against great odds, a training hall behind the Goole Town football stands in the Victoria Pleasure Grounds. We further expanded to include a Karate club - a first for Goole - and again, things went well for a short time. However, due to infighting and interference from various Johny-come-latelies, the ideal began to crumble. First the Judo club, which had contributed the most, decided to cut its losses and move. The success of John Burkhill, who relocated the Judo club to the Goole Leisure Centre, proves that this was not a bad move. The Karate club, who had contributed next to nothing were the next to move, so they were not really missed. The boxing club, which one would have thought would be the most successful never actually got off the ground, despite Kenny's passion. This left the Weightlifting fraternity who, in all fairness, kept the ship afloat. The last I heard, which was an eternity ago, the whole 100 x 30 building was given over to the iron pumping crowd. Kowabunga!!
After all this, is the building still there, and if so, what is it used for now? I would be pleased to hear from anyone who, whether involved or not, could shed some light on this. I would imagine that the building is still there, as it could be converted to almost anything. Over and out.
Posted by Rising Sun School-Goole Karate Club at 10/02/2009 16:03
The Rising Sun School is a goole karate club based in the training hall at little rascals, first avenue, goole

The Club trains in the style of wado-ryu, on monday evenings from 8pm -10pm.
Posted by The Rising Sun School Of Wado-Ryu at 04/07/2010 01:05
The rising sun school have now moved to the Scouts Hall on Dunhill Road.. Tuesday Evenings 8-10pm.
Everyone welcome!
Posted by Graham at 27/08/2010 23:38
Who remembers Boothferry Road Junior School playing in the schools cup final at the Pleasure Grounds against Kingsway in around 1967-69 and beating them 3-2. Great time afterwards with trip to cinema to see James Bond in OHMS and then a trip to the chippy/cafe across from the Police Station. Kev Price was in goal for Boothferry Road Junior School. Great days, fantastic times in Goole.
Posted by paul at 01/10/2010 15:29
Played in the same competition for Boothferry Road School in about 1954 when we drew 0-0 with Old Goole at the Pleasure Grounds. Also had fish and chips at a shop near the clock tower.
Posted by Colette Underwood at 15/02/2011 13:14
I manage a website called PRIME, which is full of activities, support and information, its a kind of huge 'what's on?' for the East Riding. The sort of stuff on it is coffee mornings, meals delivery, transport groups, farmer markets, line dancing, keep fit, bowls, walking, badminton....... I could go on. Have a look at the site at You may find your social group or IT session, or you may have a group you want to add to it. I am always looking for new things to add, Zumba being the latest craze i am looking for details on, or any new interest group or activity. You could just take a look and give me some feedback. You can contact me on
Posted by TOM HARDMAN at 26/04/2012 20:37
regarding the original boxing and weight lifting club Back in the 60s it was located in an upstairs building facing the pleasure grounds about the size of a large garden shed two story. Then the main stay of the club was that ever green "Gooles oldest teenager Kenny Dawson. I used it for fitness training as a member of the Goole athletics club run by the late cliff glasby. Along with my friend Norman Prentice who I believe still lives in Goole. It was very old and we often wondered if it would fall down whilst we were in it.!! Im afraid thats as much as I remember of it. There was one other chap who was into Karate or judo infortunatley I do not remember his name.
Posted by Geoff Cooper at 29/04/2012 09:03
Hello Tom

I did not have any thing to do with the club you speak about,but while working for British Telecom at Goole, a colleague of mine called Jim Crow was a long time member of the club. Was this the man you cannot remember?
By the way, my wife can recall you when she worked at the Goole Times, when you dropped articles in for the paper.

Geoff Cooper
Posted by tom hardman at 02/05/2012 21:26
Hi Geoff yes I used to be at the goole times a lot Ernie Butler was the editor and Mike Marsh used to take the reports of the athletics results. Jim crow rings a bell buit cannot remember the face. Apologies to your wife but cannot remember the ladies at the goole times mind you I was only 16 Still running abiet a great deal slower and wrinkly
Posted by Geoff Cooper at 11/05/2012 09:26
Hi Tom,
Talking about the Atheltics club do remember a John Slater, used to go to Selby Technical school with John. My wife`s brother-in-law was Bill Drakely, someone l am sure you will recall.
Posted by tom hardman at 14/05/2012 20:44
yes geoff John lived at the top of Kent Road I lived half way down at 37. and I still ,have a picture of some of the athletics club members including Bill in the photo. John was always very quiet and a bit of a loner as i recall. But we got on well. Often wonder were they all are today. Only ever met one person Gavin Ash whilst on a med cruise, he was the ships engineering captain. Stranger still my wife is from St. Petersburg and we met someone she knew in Manchester and they were living in Edinburgh Street a far cry from the very beautifull city in Russia.
Posted by keith at 23/11/2012 16:45
Along with Kenny Dawson and Jim Crow Dennis Phillpot was at the weight lifting club
Posted by Tom Hardman at 13/05/2016 14:17
Back in 1967ish I held the record for the fastest run between boothferry bridge and Hook pub (name cannot remember) near road junction Is this run still taking place and has the record been smashed. Anyone know.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 27/11/2016 17:31
I found some photos of my Father as a sporting pupil at GGS in the 1930s. He is one of a group who have won trophies and the other is an informal groups of lads before a sports day.
I wonder if there is any where I can post these because people may recognise relatives in them and I am curious to know who the other young people are.
Posted by Transportman at 28/11/2016 15:47
Hi Fiona,

You could take them into the Goole Times office who will put them
in the paper and people usually say who everyone is. I've a photo somewhere with your dad on when he was involved in amateur dramatics.

Regards Transportman.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 15/12/2016 13:27
This being a sports page I would like to point out that the only sport that I was involved in was Cycle racing.For thre years I was a member of the Goole wheelers .I was nothing special.But looking back we were a fearless bunch.For not many members in my day even had gears to descend hills like Rudston Walk.Wass Bank and sutton Bank .You took your life in your hands For with feet tied in tight to the pedals With fixed wheel (no freewheeling)
I watch the cycle racing on TV. Where what is now called a good descender. I believe some members of our club were on a par with these pro's in regards of bravery.In addition ,we only had one brake
Though. Happy days
Posted by Tom Hardman at 28/12/2016 13:20
Corby Bunting you would remember Norman Walsh a prolific cyclist and our coalman back in the 60's I was a member of Goole Harriers and when Norman delivered our coal we would exchange our stories of events of the week previous. Also a lad I was at school with Brian Rose also a very good wheeler you may recall him. Later In the RAF I was to join a group of 4 and cycle from Lands End to J O Grote's for charity. Not my best event sore for days afterwards. But great fun at the time.
Posted by Roy Scott at 06/03/2017 16:55
Hi Tom, an old mate of mine sent me a photo you posted on Facebook or the Goole Parkrun site. I'm in that photo 3rd from the left between John Slater & Clive Broughton. I'm guessing that was the relay run from Goole to York & back delivering a message from the Mayor of Goole to the Mayor of York? If I remember rightly I had to run on the spot just outside York (Fulford) as the Mayor was having his lunch & wasn't expecting us so soon. :-)
Happy days.
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 16/03/2017 20:20
Some of you must remember Brian 'Cus' Howard, one-time Goole Town centre forward (as 'strikers' were known back then). I saw Cus many a time at VPG, after he joined Town from Goole Dockers. I remember the brief Dockers' match reports in the back pages of the Goole Times - reports such as 'Howard nets five in Dockers rout' being typical.
Cus was a real warrior on the pitch, always getting stuck in, but he suffered some brutal treatment from many of the visitors' defenders. Things were very different back then - by today's standards, some of those visiting teams would be finishing the game with seven of eight players on the pitch.
Having said all that, the likes of Town's Walt Brewin could dish out a bit of stick!
Posted by Geoff Eastwood at 19/03/2017 22:31
Just a response to the first post of Andy Rodgers, I'm afraid I'll have to correct you Andy. Who could forget the North Eastern Cricket Team (obviously you), I'm just glad I've had chance to rectify before Buzz O'Brian or the West brothers Mike & Adrian saw this.
Posted by tom hardman at 20/03/2017 15:14
Hello Roy Scott thanks for reminding me who was who afraid the memory is like me fading away slowly. Came to Goole a couple of weeks ago when someone from the Park run got in touch. Very different park to the one I remember. The run was to York and back correct. Running days well and truly over. Paid a heavy price for running so many years. Knees ankles hips all shot to bits along with the back. My wife can run faster than me, mind you that's not difficult these days. Now retired from teaching. Never want to see the inside of a classroom again. Fishing then more fishing then holidays is how its played out now. most of last summer in the Med and the same this year.
Posted by Tom Hardman at 18/04/2018 15:35
goole fc gone down hill year on year Is there nobody in the town who can put some money into this club and take it forward. So many towns up and down the country have gone from these leagues to better things. Wigan once in the same league and now, well do we need say more. It brings prosperity to a town. Stevenage Accrington and others have gone upwards but Goole goes down and down. This year relegated or soon will be. Come on get some support for the club
Posted by Tom Hardman at 12/08/2018 10:44
Goole AFC start the season in yet a lower division and are beaten in a preliminary round of the FA cup. They will soon not exist. Why cannot anyone with the money back the club. Its not rocket science to understand that a successful club brings prosperity to a town and jobs. Others have seen this and consequently the clubs and town profit from it. Come on step up and be the one
Posted by Tom Hardman at 29/04/2019 15:00
so nobody stepped up to put money into Goole FC and they now sing into oblivion where as in other towns they saw the potential of bringing much needed money into the town. Sums up the place.
Posted by Tom Hardman at 13/08/2019 13:59
Posted by Corby Bunting at 14/09/2019 15:19
Hello Tom. As you may know my interest in sport was Cycling
Although I do realise how passionate people become in supporting their local clubs in any sport.Last week I visited a nephew down here in the South. He was born in Goole in 1950. Draped over the back of the chair I was sitting in Was a scarf bearing the name Goole Town AFC
When he visits his brother who is also Goole born in 1941 but now lives in Scunny They always go to support their team. Dedication
Posted by Tom Hardman at 29/09/2019 12:11
Posted by Corby Bunting at 12/10/2019 11:18
Hello Tom. Robert Wilkinson .born 1950
Barry born 1941.I met Barry also last week
Posted by Thomas at 30/11/2020 14:41
Cory B you would remember the Walsh brothers the younger was a very good cyclist they had a coal merchant firm and used to deliver our coal and Norman and I would swap stories him cycling me cross country. Also Brian Rose who was also a keen cyclist what became of them!
Posted by Mike Roberts at 14/03/2021 20:36
Re: Thomas enquiring about Norman Walsh and Brian Rose.

Find Norman Walsh on Facebook/ Messenger...
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 17/12/2021 10:44
I was so sorry to read in this week's Goole Times (digital edition) that well-known local cyclist Norman Walsh has passed away. There is a touching note from Don Sweeting, Norman's long-time friend and cycling buddy, referring to all the miles that they travelled together. I didn't know them particularly well, back in the day, but they were the first local sporting cyclists that I can recall. RIP, Norman.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 27/12/2021 15:49
Goolie Gone. Enjoyed your last mail. It took me back to when I was a member of the Wheelers together with my mate, the late John Appleyard. Until the day he and i were whisked away He to the MN and I to the RAF. Before the invasion of the Grammar Schoolers
You spoke of Don Sweeting, who inherited John's bike and was told did very well on it Good to hear that he is still upright in these troubled times
Posted by Goole-Gone at 27/12/2021 19:01
Hi Corby - seems there’s a handful of us trying to keep the site ticking over, for now, despite the time-wasters clogging up the Welcome strand. I used to admire the Wheelers, including Norman and Don, though I was too weedy for all that long-distance stuff. I missed National Service by about 2 years. When I started work, though, all the others were ex-service, and smoked like troopers, which some had been, of course.
Haven’t seen Don for many years, but hope he’s keeping well in these strangest of times!
Posted by Corby Bunting at 28/12/2021 16:39
Hello Goolie-Gone When Call up came. Because I had a trade i signed on for the extra year as a boatwright Which made it worthwhile with the rank that I had
I left the Wheelers in '55 Fifty years later With Electoral role software I contacted all members that I could remember asking if anyone would be interested in a reunion' I was amazed at the result
Because I live in a land far away I dumped it in Mike Donoghue and John Whit's lap The venue was The Blacksmith's Arms ,Hook
Of course every one had to wear a name tag to be recognised after so long Sixty five turned up
I have recently spoken to Derek Cutts, John White and Frank Nicholson
Posted by Goodie-Gone at 29/12/2021 21:54
Corby - what a great result from all your good work in tracking down all those old Wheelers. They must have had a few tales to tell in their reminisces when they all got together!
I take it that Mike Donoghue was from the family that had those bike shops around town?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 30/12/2021 18:35
Hi Goolie-Gone. Mikes father Pete opened the first shop in Bridge Street
I have many photographs taken on that occasion Together with a list of phone numbers I once tried Don's number without success
I once submitted two group photos of the wheelers to the museum. All named. With promise that they would never be used for financial gain. However, I am told that they no longer exist
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 02/01/2022 16:26
Corby - I remember the Bridge Street shop as I used to pass it on my way to school and back.
Those two photos will recall lots of memories for those in them. A picture holds a moment in time, and maybe sometimes it's good to see yourself with your pals, captured in your pomp!
If the museum didn't need your photos any more they really should have returned them. Hope you have copies.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 04/01/2022 15:50
Hi Goolie-Gone I used to dish out photos willy nilly .but always kept originals
What school were you attending?
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 06/01/2022 15:36
Corby - I've done a little item under the Schools heading.

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