In focus: Gainsborough Trinity vs AFC Telford Utd

January 2016, and a trip to watch some ice hockey at Sheffield Steelers. The afternoon’s football plans were disrupted by a hard frost, so I made an unplanned visit to Gainsborough Trinity. The club, now in National League North but once a member of the Football League, claims to have one of the oldest grounds in the country. Best of all, it enjoys a fairly central site in the town. The history, however, proved more interesting than the present – Trinity played out a tame 1-1 draw with AFC Telford.

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AFC Telford look to get bodies in the way of a shot during a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.
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The main stand at Northolme before a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.
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A Gainsborough Trinity forward protests to the officials during a game against AFC Telford in Jan. 2016.
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AFC Telford (yellow) prepare to defend a corner during a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.
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An AFC Telford fan with an old-fashioned rattle at a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.
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AFC Telford’s goalie claims a cross during a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.
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Faces in the crowd during a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.
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AFC Telford (yellow) prepare to defend a corner during a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.
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Players warm up at Northolme before a National League North game at Gainsborough Trinity in Jan. 2016.

 

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