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Gainsborough Trinity
Full name Gainsborough Trinity Football Club
Nickname(s) Trinity
The Holy Blues
The Recreationists
Founded 1873
(as Trinity Recreationists)
Ground The Northolme
(Capacity: 4,304 (504 seated))
Chairman England Peter Swann
Manager England Brian Little
League Conference North
2008-09 Conference North, 13th
Home colours
Away colours

Gainsborough Trinity Football Club are an English football club based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

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 "Blues".



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.

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 2003-4 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 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.


Midland League
  • 1890–91, 1927–28, 1948–49
Midland Counties League
  • 1966–67


Trinity play their home games at The Northolme.

Club Officials

Chairman:Peter Swann
Director:Patrick Lobley
Director Of Football:Peter Swann
Manager:Brian Little
Player/Assistant Manager:Gavin Ward
Head Coach:Vacant

Current squad

As of 15 March 2010.

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

No. Position Player
England GK Phil Barnes
England GK Luke Herriott
England GK Gavin Ward
England DF Andrew Boyce
England DF Gavin Cowan
England DF Mark Greaves
Republic of Ireland DF Alan O'Hare (on loan from York City)
England DF Wes Parker
England DF Nathan Peat
England DF Mark Robinson
England DF Neal Spafford
No. Position Player
England DF Ryan Toulson
England DF Darren Williams
England MF Sam Aiston
England MF Matt Austin
England MF Ashley Burbeary
England MF Josh Davies
England MF Darren Dunning
England MF James Hunt
England MF Lewis McMahon
England FW Luke Beckett
England FW Darryn Stamp

Notable Players/Managers

This is a list of famous Gainsborough Trinity players who have had a considerable success at professional clubs.

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