GOOLE’S HISTORY MAKING FIRST GAME

The Goole Vikings were blooded on Saturday at their first ever game, against Premiership giants East Hull, this carefully chosen match was to give the Vikings the full game day experience against a team which has been established for many years and used to playing rugby league at the highest level, and it did not fail to deliver.

The game was played over four twenty minutes quarters ensuring the whole Viking squad got a good run out. As a team that had only been established since October 2018 and never played a competitive game as a team, no one knew what to expect and in all honesty expectations were not high, however the Vikings surprised everyone making East Hull work extremely hard for each point they scored and Vikings Captain Josh Hardy made history by going over the line to be the first ever try scorer for Goole.

Even with a mounting score deficit and with growing minor injuries, Goole’s heads never went down, in all honestly the 44 - 4 final score was not really a true reflection of the game, Goole did themselves and the people of Goole proud and have proved they will be in the future a team to be reckoned with once pitted against teams in the same league.

Goole’s man of the Match was Brad McLoughlin who’s darting runs exposed weakness in the Hull defence regularly but it was a hard decision as every man to a number gave their all and earned the right to pull on the red and black jersey.

Goole Vikings travel to New Earswick on Saturday to play the New Earswick All Blacks in the second of their pre season warm up games, kick off is at 2pm.

SPONSORSHIP NEWS

The Vikings have been very lucky this week to secure some great sponsorship deals, our match balls for the season have been kindly sponsored by Super League supplier STEEDEN SPORTS, we have a brand new set of rugby goalposts been delivered shortly courtesy of  the leading supplier of sports goal posts HARROD  SPORTS.   John Robinson of Harrod  sent the following message:

‘’Harrod Sport have had an affinity with Grassroots Sports in the UK for over 60 years. After reading about the history of Goole Vikings ARLFC, it was such a 'good news' story, so we're proud to be donating a set of goal posts for their new season in the Yorkshire League. Good luck for the season!’’

 Finally our training kit is to be supplied by a local firm which is destined to be a major force in sporting clothing in the very near future its founder and sole owner Kris Finney said the following:

"FIITSTYLE is excited to collaborate with Goole Vikings ARLFC.

It’s an exciting partnership, both ambitious and passionate to develop and create amazing opportunities for players and community."

We have also been sponsored by one of our own Matt Chesterman who has had his late Grandfather,  Robert Chesterman's name placed on the playing jerseys, Mr Chesterman was a great inspiration to Matt, lets hope we can  do Matt's Grandad proud !

The Vikings are certainly gaining some great support for the upcoming season from some truly great companies and individuals and it will only get better as long as we keep doing what we are doing.

Up the Vikings !


First Ever Vikings Game

Goole Vikings will take on East Hull ARLFC on the 16 Feb 19, this is a historic game for the club as it will be the first Goole team to play Rugby League at a competative level since 1938 !

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Well its finally here on Saturday 23 February 2019 the Goole Vikings will play its first ever competitive game away against the New Earswick All Blacks, hopefully the first of a very long and successful history of Rugby League been played by a Goole Team ......

........  C'mon You Vikings!

CLUB WELFARE OFFICER APPOINTMENT

Kerry Smith has been appointed as the Vikings Welfare Offcer, a thankless task so we are very lucky to have her volunteer for the role.  if anyone has any problems or concerns you can contact Kerry in confidence either by email at:

[email protected]

or by phone

07749368895

and of course as you know she is there at most training sessions if you need to talk.

FUNDRAISING OFFICER

We have been lucky as a club to have a lady volunteer to help the club raise much needed funds to aid with running costs, her name is Sarah Darley, no doubt you will have all seen her on Monday night training.  This role is possibly one of the most important a amateur club can have, so please help her as much as you can, if you have any fundraising ideas please grab her at training of email her at :

[email protected]

On behalf of the club Sarah we would like to thank you in advance for your help and good luck with your fundraising!!


2019 Playing Jersey

The playing jersey has now been finalised so we are very proud to announce that here is your jersey for the 2019 season, they will be with us by the first week in February and we are hoping to have our club president Gareth Ellis down to present these to the team.

Ball Crew Sponsor

Goole Vikings are proud to announce that the Ball Crew for the 2019 season will be sponsored by Memory Bears.

DATES FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Thursday 20th Dec Last Training Session 7pm - 8.30pm


Friday 21st Dec First AGM at the VPG Bar 7pm


Saturday 22nd Dec Party Time 1pm VPG Sponsors Box


Thursday 27th Dec Training 11.30am - 12.30pm (ish)


Thursday 03rd January Training 7pm - 8.30pm

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Main Kit Sponsor

 Announced 

We are delighted to be able to announce the main kit sponsor for the Goole Vikings is Super League Sponsors Nationwide Concrete Flooring. A big thank you to the guys at Nationwide for showing trust and commitment to the Vikings !

Things Advancing Nicely

We had a great training session on Monday night even though the weather was awful, lots of great things happening off the pitch too.

We have 99.9% got our first official sponsor it’s a biggie !

The website goes live tomorrow, hopefully we will be deciding on the final kit supplier and design on Friday along with training gear so watch this space.

We will be in the next couple of weeks be giving out registration forms for the lads who want to play for the Vikings in the Yorkshire Men’s League next year, please note all people under 18 will have to have a consent form signed by their parent or guardian and will need a passport photo also a copy of ID ie passport, birth certificate or driving licence to send off to the RFL, the Club Secretary, Darren is dealing with this.

On Monday night Kev Darly kindly donated £40 to the club to go towards equipment, we are very grateful to him for this on on your behalf will be writing to officially thank him. If anyone knows of anyone who may be willing to help the club financially then please pass the details on to the Club Secretary you can email him at :

[email protected] or send a message via this Facebook page.

On Monday night we have yet another visitor to the training session, this time it’s the Chairman of the Yorkshire Men’s League so please let’s have a good turn out again and show him we are serious contenders for next season.

Finally your weekly bit of history this time the Challenge Cup 1936/37

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 co​nversion.

Above is a picture of the team actually taken at the VPG !

if anyone knows anyone on the picture or is a relative or knows a relative please let us know so we can get in touch with them. Got to say the crows look like the cast of Peaky Blinders lol.

Anyway guys we are getting there.......... COYV !

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Vikings A New Begining

Last weekend the Vikings Management Committee was formed, which means we are now officially a club and are now registered with the RFL and we will be playing in the Yorkshire Men’s League in the summer of 2019 ! Welcome to the Vikings guys.

During a very,  very busy couple of weeks many things have been going on in the back ground, we will, all been well be signing off on a great sponsorship deal by the end of the week.

We welcome another important person to the Vikings, Diane Hodder will be taking the role of first team medic, she is fully qualified as a rugby league first aider and will be present at all games and training sessions, never say we don’t care lol.

The club website will be up and running by the end of next week, so watch this space and make sure you visit it, it will have all the latest news about up coming training, fixtures etc.

We will soon be ordering our new club strips, we will be playing in red and black, there will be chance for you to purchase training tops etc shortly, again watch this space.

Don’t forget to spread the word about training every Monday night at 8pm at the VPG it was a great attendance last week let’s have more of the same

Finally bit of history for you all did you know Goole’s first Rugby League team was formed in 1879 and played on the very same ground we play on now the Victoria Pleasure Grounds they had the nickname ‘THE SEAPORTERS ‘

Rugby League has truly come home !


Two Sports One Community

Two Sports, Two Chairmen, One Community.

Goole Town AFC Chairman Alan Wilson joined Vikings Chairman Anthony Whiteley at our monday night training session to see how we do things. Needless to say he was very impressed and cannot wait to move things on and build an amazing community sports venue for the future

Legend Joins The Vikings

It is with great pleasure Goole Vikings ARLFC can announce that former Great Britain, England, Wakefield, Leeds, West’s Tigers and Hull FC legend Gareth Ellis has agreed to become the Vikings first ever Honouree Club President.

Gareth who Captained Hull FC to two consecutive Challenge Cup Victories in 2016 and 2017 said when accepting the role as President that he was delighted to hear that rugby league was returning to Goole after an absence of over 100 years and was amazed it had not happened sooner.

He also stated he was looking forward to helping the club progress in the future and establishing Goole Vikings within the Rugby League