Guisborough Town


Guisborough Town FC rejoined the First Division of the Northern League at the start of the 2011-2012 season after finishing runners up in the Second Division to Newton Aycliffe. The last time the Priorymen gained promotion was at the end of the 1986-87 season where they finished second behind Billingham Synthonia, gaining promotion two seasons after joining the Northern League.

Guisborough Town FC formed in 1973 taking their original colours from Sunderland, the winners of that year’s FA Cup. Guisborough Town joined the Northern Alliance in 1977-78 from the Middlesbrough and South Bank League and spent three seasons there until winning the Championship after an unbeaten campaign in 1979-80. Guisborough Town transferred to the Midland League in 1980-81 where they finished 5th for two seasons before the League merged with the Yorkshire League to become the North Counties East, where they stayed for three seasons.

Guisborough Town reached the final of the FA Vase tournament but were beaten by Stamford 2-0 at Wembley in 1980. They have since enjoyed success in cup finals, the greatest coming in the North Riding Senior County Cup, which they won 3 times in the early 90’s and once more last season, a 1-0 scoreline enough to defeat local rivals Marske United. Other cups won include the Northern League Cup in 1988-89, the Cleator Cup 1989, the Northern League Runners Up Trophy in 1986-87 and 2010-11 and the Northern Alliance League Cup in 1978-79.

The club also managed to reach the First Round Proper of the FA Cup in 1987 where they met Bury, narrowly losing out 0-1 at Ayresome Park, the old home of Middlesbrough Football Club.

Guisborough Town were relegated at the end of 2004-05 season to Division Two and spent 6 seasons there culminating in a promotion gaining campaign in 2010-11 where they only lost 6 League games and scored an amazing 124 goals (in all competitions) with captain David Onions scoring 36 goals including the very, very rare feat of completing a hat trick of hat tricks in 3 consecutive games. The successful campaign was achieved thanks to the leadership of Chris Hardy, who took over the management in February 2008 and built up a promotion winning team assisted by Stephen Gill, an ex-goalkeeper for the Priorymen. This season the management team welcome Stephen Dowling for his 4th spell with Guisborough Town.

Guisborough Town play their home games at the King George V Stadium at Howlbeck Road in the lovely market town of Guisborough, which has a population of just over 18,000. The record home attendance was 3,112 against Hungerford in the FA Vase semi final 2nd leg on 29th March 1980.

The new home strip for the 2011/12 season is red shirts with white trim, red shorts and red socks sponsored by Cleveland Land services. The nickname remains the same – “The Priorymen”.


Chris Hardy


This will be Chardy’s fifth season at Guisborough. Last season he successfully steered the team to promotion back to the First Division and his 150th game in charge of Guisborough Town resulted in winning the North Riding County Senior Cup defeating Marske United 1-0. Previous coaching roles with Bishop Auckland, Thornaby and local football with Thornaby Athletic where he was assisted by Dean Coates who invited him to join the Guisborough Town management team in November 2007 before taking over the reins in February 2008. Chardy has an eye for spotting potential young players and developing them into Northern League footballers and creating a team that plays attractive, consistent football.

Stephen Gill

Assistant Manager/Coach.

Gilly has bag loads of Northern League experience keeping goal previously for Guisborough and can still be found named on the bench or between the sticks when the first choice keeper is unavailable. He is now in his third season coaching for Guisborough with experience as assistant at Norton & Stockton Ancients and Billingham Town Reserves. The last two seasons he has appeared as an outfield player coming on as substitute for the last game of the season and two seasons ago he scored after coming on against Birtley Town.

Stephen Dowling


Now in his 4th spell at Guisborough Town after leaving Stokesley at the end of last season. Dowlo is astute at analysing opposition players with his bank of knowledge and is a very useful asset as we prepare to face First Division opponents again. He takes part in training and is also very knowledgable about the local players and willing to contribute to their development.

Scott Dalgarno

Kit Man. Dally’s fourth season in the role. Very popular with the players and very pleased that the new strip contains a lot less white.

Luke Bythway

Luke played for Doncaster Rovers before being released on medical grounds. Now in his fifth season after transferring from Northallerton Town in January 2008. He scored 15 goals in the promotion winning season including a game where he scored 4 goals within a 11 minutes period. He bought himself a new telly and says it is brilliant, it shows 50 frames per second. Luke managed to watch the whole of the snooker world championships in less than a minute.

Tom Portas

Midfielder. Tom has proved to be a real find with back to back assured performances. He plays with a maturity above his young age. In his first season in the Northern League in 2009/10 season he was awarded by Guisborough Town “Young Player of the Year” and “Supporters’ Player of the Year”. In 2010-11 he scored 6 goals including some unbelievable shots from 25+ yards. Tom used to do illegal carpentry, until he was arrested by the vice squad

Austin Johnston

Midfielder. Ozzy is a midfield dynamo who never gives up the cause now in his fourth season with Guisborough Town. Previous clubs include Sunderland Nissan and Marske United. He joined the Priorymen in June 2008 and scored a dozen goals last season. He hates actors as
they’re always pretending to be something they’re not.

Paul Roddam

Midfielder/Forward. Rodders is now in his second spell with Guisborough after playing for Billingham Town and Seaham Red Star. Good all round ability with an excellent work ethic. In 2009/10 season he won the “Players’ Player of the Year” and the “Manager’s Player of the Year” and last season scored the winning goal against Middlesbrough in the NRSC competition. At the end of last season Rodders had not missed a single game in 96 matches and was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement” Award. He once went to an AA meeting to try and find the answer to his drink problem but claims they were useless. So is it red or white wine that goes with breakfast?

Gary Wood

Defender/Midfielder. Local boy Gary plays in a number of different positions, all with assured level of performances. Woody also has good technique and a real winning mentality. Previously with Marske United. Woody likes Giant Yorkshire Puddings so much he is considering moving to Giant Yorkshire.

David Onions

Forward. DO is widely regarded as one of the best centre forwards in the Northern League and has been up there is the Second Division Top Goal Scorers for past few seasons. Last season he scored 31 League goals including the very very rare achievement of a hat trick of hat tricks in 3 consecutive matches. His total goal tally for last season was 36 goals. He was also voted “Supporter’s Player of the Year”. A Guisborough resident who will once again captain the side this season. Previous clubs include Marske United where he joined us before the start of the 2008-09 season. He previously spent time at Northallerton and Billingham Town. The Wakefield press nickknamed him the Dangerous One when Guisborough Town played them a few seasons ago in the FA Cup. He put some body spray on the other week, but only managed to pull Anne Robinson. It must have been the weakest Lynx.

Shane Henry

A lively midfielder who can make excellent runs beyond the oppositions’ defences. One of the young players Chardy brought in at the start of the 2009-10 season and in his second season last year he won a hat trick of awards “Supporters’ Player of the Year” (joint winner with David Onions”), “Players’ Player of the Year” and “Manager’s Player of the Year”. Shane-o scored 15 goals last season. He’d like to tell people what he thinks about dictionaries, but he just can’t find the words.

Michael Roberts

MidfieLder/forward. Mikey is another young player picked up from local football joining in the same year as Tom Portas and Shane Henry. He has good technique and energy about his play and last season missed several games due to his being on International Duty with the England Futsal team. A popular one with the female supporters. He once watched a football match for ballerinas. It finished 2-2

Richard Walker

Ritchie came to Guisborough from Dunston UTS in October 2009 and made an immediate impact with his ability to run past defenders and deliver precision crosses. He has not always been called Richard as he forked out £500 to a company who guaranteed they would make him rich for the rest of his life. The conning devils simply changed his name by deed poll to Richard.

Jack Norton

Goalkeeper who played for Blyth before joining the Priorymen last season. His wife said she was leaving him to go and live with her mother in Victoria, Australia because he makes a song and dance about everything. He told everyone “She’s leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when she’ll be back again”.

Nathan Steel

A strong forward with experience with Middlesbrough, Darlington, Motherwell and Rochdale.He was arrested at a recent football match for shouting at the opposition fans: “Oxidisation! Combustion! Ignition! Friction!” The police said his remarks were inflammatory.

Mark Casey

Transferred from Billingham Synthonia. A regular member of the defenders along with Paul Roddam and Lee Bythway. He split up with his wife last week. She said he thinks about football more than her, He was devastated as he said he’d only been with her 6 seasons.

Joel Guy

A play making centre half/midfielder previously with Billingham Synthonia but has now returned for his second spell with Guisborough Town. He met his partner at the chiropodists; I guess you could say they are sole mates.

Lee Farrington

Defender/Midfielder. Faz has previously played with Norton & Stockton Ancients and is a a skilled and versatile player who keeps his head when under pressure. Following in author of Far From The Massive Crowds Mark Cowan’s footsteps Faz has just published a book on preserving the rainforest and what we can do as a human race to help protect it. It’s over 2000 pages long

Daniel Dixon

Goal Keeper previously at Billingham Synthonia and Marske United. He has just started his own plumbing business and has got loads of work in the pipeline.

Stephen Oakley

Transferred from Guisborough to Horden CW during last season and now back with the Priorymen. He got sacked from his job on the waltzers the other week and is going to sue them for funfair dismissal.

Karl Liley

Another player introduced to Guisborough Town from Stokesley. He doesn’t believe in Athiesm.

Liam McPhillips

A popular player who left Guisborough Town to pursue First Division football with Billingham Synthonia and last year found himself at Harrogate Town and latterly at Stokesley. He plays on the left side either as fullback or winger as he has the pace to run up and down the pitch and can score the goals. He can never remember the ending of sayings though. Oh well, easy come….

Daniel Wray

Another newcomer this season. A defender/midfielder signed from Billingham Town. He was a popular member of the Billy Town squad where he was Voted ‘Supporters Player of the Year’ in 2008-09. He has also joined the ranks of authors amongst the team and his last book was called PTO. It’s a real page turner.

Ian Clark

very experienced former professional with nearly 300 appearances in the Football League for Doncaster, Hartlepool and Darlington. Other clubs include Spennymoor, Gateshead, Harrogate town. Clarky joined Guisborough in January 2011. He always thought he had a good imagination…but it turns out it was just his imagination.

Player info will be updated throughout the season here.


One Response to Guisborough Town

  1. David Almond says:

    Ray Hankin is a former captain of the club and this is his dedication Page:

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