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Glory days at Wembley
Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England). (May 17, 2013): News: p11. From PowerSearch.
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GUISBOROUGH Town was established in 1973.

They stormed their way through local leagues like Middlesbrough & District and South Bank & District, winning each easily before joining the Northern Alliance.

Just seven years after forming, the club attracted a record crowd of 3,112 in 1980 and appeared in the FA Vase final at Wembley, where they lost to Stamford in front of 11,500 people.

In 1988, The Priorymen were on BBC Match of the Day on reaching the first round of the FA Cup and borrowed Ayresome Park to accommodate 5,990 spectators who watched league side Bury narrowly win the game 1-0. The Town side was full of stars, including winger/top scorer Mark Davies, with 341 goals in 587 appearances from 1980-1995.

Also in the Town line-up was former Leeds United and Arsenal player Ray Hankin, who made 82 appearances in three seasons, scoring 26 goals.

Another prolific scorer was local Neil Hodgson (355 matches over 10 seasons) with 79 goals.

Town have won the North Riding Senior Cup four times, the lasttwo seasons ago versus Marske United when top scorer and local David Onions scored the winning goal.

Town went to the Midland Counties and the Northern Counties East leagues before returning to the Northern League in 1985-86 where they still play under manager Chris Hardy.

Guisborough resident Gary Wood has gained awards for the current managers' and supporters' player of the season.

Many people work behind the scenes under chairmanship of Dr Stephen Hill.


CUP KINGS: The North Riding county cup victors in 1989

WE DID IT: Heading into the FA Cup first round proper

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"Glory days at Wembley." Evening Gazette [Middlesbrough, England], 17 May 2013, p. 11. Gale Power Search, Accessed 20 Nov. 2018.

Gale Document Number: GALE|A330063895