Gainsborough Trinity v Darlington

Saturday 23rd December, 2017, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

Gainsborough Trinity:
The Gainsborough Martin and Co Arena, The Northolme, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2QW.
Tel: 01427 613295 Twitter: @GainsTrinityFC

History: A long history, Trinity were founded by a local vicar in 1873 and took their name from his church. They were founder members of the Midland League in 1889. They spent a few seasons in the Football League from 1896 until 1912 - including finishing sixth in Division Two in 1905. After two seasons finishing bottom, they returned to the Midlands League and Trinity remained in it until joining the new Northern Premier in 1968 and have been in the Conference North as founding members. There have been in the last decade attempts at pushing the club towards promotion under incoming businessmen but now the focus is on stability and creating a community club. There has been a shake-up in the squad over the summer, with manager Dave Frecklington, who kept Trinity up, signing a new two year contract.
Record Attendance: 9,760 v Scunthorpe United (1948)
Capacity:4,304 (515 seats)
Last season: 19th
Honours: Midlands League champions 189091, 192728, 194849 and 196667

Record victory:
Nickname: Trinity, The Holy Blues
Colours: Blue
Manager: Dave Frecklington

Chairman: Richard Kane

Click here for streetmaps of the Gainsborough Trinity ground

Admission prices (2016/17) Prices are the same again this season at 12 adult; 8 OAPs/students; 4 under 16; free for pre-school children. Away fans often use the Northolme Terrace and there are some seats in the main stand.

From Darlington, 105 miles, 2hrs. From the North: Leave the A1 M at junction 34, take the A614 exit to Bawtry/Gainsborough/Robin Hood Airport/A631. Follow the A614, continue straight onto the A638. Turn right onto Cock Hill Lane and left onto Church Street and follow the A631. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Trinity St/A159 (Signposted Scunthorpe) and follow the A159 before turning right into Carlisle Street. The stadium is in the town centre.

Parking is available opposite the ground for a 2 charge. Public parking is also available nearby.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach 11am; fare: 20. Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat. Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

24 Hour Taxi 01427 617694
JK Cabs 01427 808188
Hollies Taxis 01427 614333
A2B Taxis 01427 617849

Gainsborough Central Station is close to the ground, less than half a mile away. But travelling from Darlington can take between two and three hours and mean a few changes, so be warned. It's around 1hr 30 minutes from Sheffield and most of the trains change at Gainsborogh Lea Road which is a mile and a half away.

The official site is OK

Visit Gainsborough and Historic Gainsborough

Gainsborough Standard newspaper

Gainsborough Town Council

At the ground:

There is a social club, The Blues Club, at the ground, which also has the accolade of being CAMRA-recommended. There is a bar with TVs and a quieter lounge. Two changing real ales are promised. Which is two more than we usually get!

Town centre/near the ground:

Elm Cottage 138 Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JU
Open from 11.30am and close to the ground and station, this has Marston's and other local beers - six changing ales in all. It also serves lunches.

Eight Jolly Brewers, Ship Court, Gainsborough DN21 2DW
Long time CAMRA-recommended pub in an historic building and promising eight changing beers. Easy reach of the station.

Sweyn Forkbeard, 22-24 Silver Street, Gainsborough DN21 2DP
Wetherspoon's pub named after the "local" Danish king of England from the 11th century. Known for a pretty good ale selection too. Open from 8am.