Goole Rugby League A Brief 


Goole ARLFC A Brief History

Originally formed in 1879, nickname The Seaporters, played at Victoria Pleasure Grounds. Switched to rugby league on 7 June 1898, headquarters at Sydney Hotel.

In January 1898 Goole RUFC were ordered by the governing body of rugby union, the RFU, not to play a charity rugby match against a touring Little Red Riding Hood pantomime troupe; this was deemed to be an act of professionalism because earlier on its tour the troupe had played in a charity match with Batley.

Very shortly after that Goole RUFC changed code and joined the Northern Union.

In that year, 1898, they, together with Eastmoor, Featherstone, Hull Kingston Rovers, Kinsley, Normanton, Outwood Parish Church, Ripon, Rothwell, and York, were among the founders of the Yorkshire Second Competition (Eastern Section).

At the end of the 1901–02 season, the County Leagues elected 18 teams to join the new Division 2, (7 from Lancashire and 10 from Yorkshire and new member South Shields) with the existing second competition scrapped.

Goole was one of the 4 Yorkshire (the others being, Heckmondwike, Liversedge and Sowerby Bridge) and 2 Lancashire clubs (Altrincham and Radcliffe) not elected to the new Division 2, but it is unknown as to which route the club followed

In 1893 Goole caused one of the biggest shocks in Rugby history when they knocked Leeds out of the Yorkshire Cup in the second round by 15 points to 2. Leeds had been finalists in T'Owd Tin Pot in the previous year and had their best team out against Goole.

Leeds had only lost 2 of their previous 19 games before the Goole game and they did not win another game that season such was the shock. A couple of interesting points - Leeds beat Hull away in the first round by 15 points to nil; in those days tries counted as 2 points and conversions as 3 points; Leeds travelled to Goole in a "Private Saloon Carriage" which was attached to the train.

1937 Challenge Cup 

Goole had reached the first round proper by beating Glasson Rangers, in Maryport, in the final qualifying round. The coach journey to Cumbria took Goole six hours and they only arrived in Maryport forty five minutes before kick-off. A remarkable attendance of 3,700 watched the game but because of the chronic unemployment in the town most of the crowd was allowed in free and the receipts were only £32. The first round game against Broughton Rangers was staged on the Goole home ground The Victoria Pleasure Gardens.

Broughton made a number of offers to Goole to switch the game but they were refused. An admission price of 1s was agreed with 2/6 being the cost of a seat in the stand. 2,000 people saw a game in which Goole, members of the Castleford and Doncaster League, matched their illustrious senior opponents. With the score at 6 points to 0 at half time Goole saw they had an opportunity to win the game and so after the interval put Broughton under tremendous pressure. The Manchester club just managed to hold out and sealed the game in the last eight minutes with two tries and a conversion.

In 1938 the team disbanded and once all club liabilities were paid, Goole handed over the grand sum of £300 the remaining assets to Castleford to help their journey within the rugby league.

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The Sydney Hotel

Aire Street, Goole

“and from the ashes a Phoenix shall rise”

On the 10 November 2018 a committee meeting took place at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds, the original home of Goole Rugby League and a new team was formed.......

........ The Goole Vikings Amateur Rugby League Football Club.

We now start making our new history



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