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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.

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