Guiseley A.F.C.

Guiseley Association Football Club is a football club based in Guiseley, West Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, and play at Nethermoor Park.

Guiseley A.F.C.
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Full nameGuiseley Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lions
GroundNethermoor Park, Guiseley
ChairmanGary Douglas
ManagerMarcus Bignot & Russ O'Neill
LeagueNational League North
2020–21National League North (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website


The club was established in 1909 and initially played in the Wharfedale League.[2] They were league champions in 1912–13, and after World War I the club transferred to the Leeds League. In 1924 they moved leagues again, this time joining the West Riding County Amateur League.[3] They went on to win three consecutive league titles between 1932–33 and 1934–35, before finishing as runners-up in 1937–38 and then winning the league again in 1938–39.[3]

When the league was split into two divisions in 1953, Guiseley became members of Section A.[4] They were runners-up in 1954–55 and won the division in 1955–56.[4] In 1960 they switched back to the Leeds League, joining Division One of the league, now known as the West Yorkshire League.[5] They were Division One champions in their first season, and after finishing as runners-up in 1963–64, they won the league again in 1964–65.[5]

In 1968 Guiseley joined Division Two of the Yorkshire League.[6] League restructuring saw them demoted to Division Three in 1970, but a fourth-place finish in 1970–71 resulted in an immediate promotion back to Division Two.[6] Another fourth-place finish in 1973–74 earned the club promotion to Division One. Although they were relegated at the end of the following season, they won Division Two in 1975–76, earning an immediate promotion back to Division One.[6] The club went on to finish as Division One runners-up in 1979–80 and 1980–81. In 1981 the league merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League, with Guiseley placed in the Premier Division.[6]

The late 1980s and early 1990s was another successful period for Guiseley. In 1989–90 they reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase for the first time, losing 4–0 on aggregate to Bridlington Town. They reached the final the following season, beating Gresley Rovers 3–1 in a replay at Bramall Lane after the first match at Wembley had ended in a 4–4 draw. They also won the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One of the Northern Premier League. They had the opportunity to retain the FA Vase in 1992–93 when they reached the final again, but lost 5–3 to Wimborne Town.[6] The season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 1–0 to Third Division Chester City.

In 1993–94 Guiseley won Division One of the Northern Premier League, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, losing 2–1 on aggregate to Runcorn,[6] as well as becoming the first Division One team to win the league's President's Cup.[2] They reached the first round of the FA Cup again in 1994–95 and lost 4–1 at home to Carlisle United in a match that was moved to Valley Parade in Bradford;[6] the attendance of 6,548 remains a club record.[2] After a third-place finish in 1998–99, the club were relegated to Division One the following season, although they did reach the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 6–0 at Forest Green Rovers. In 2002–03 another first round FA Cup appearance ended with a 4–0 defeat at Luton Town. A ninth-place finish in 2003–04 was enough to earn a return to the Premier Division due to league restructuring caused by the creation of the Conference North and South. In 2008–09 the club won the league's Challenge Cup and finished fourth in the Premier Division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, they were beaten 2–1 by Nantwich Town in the semi-finals.[6] The following season saw the club win the Premier Division, earning promotion to the Conference North.

The next five seasons saw Guiseley qualify for the promotion play-offs on each occasion; in 2010–11 they defeated Boston United on penalties in the semi-finals after a 1–0 win in the home leg was cancelled out by losing 3–2 away, but were then beaten 3–2 by AFC Telford United in the final; they also reached the FA Cup first round again, losing 5–0 at home to Crawley Town. They lost 2–1 on aggregate to Nuneaton Town in the play-off semi-finals in 2011–12 and 3–1 on aggregate to Halifax in the 2012–13 semi-finals, a season that also saw another FA Cup first round appearance, losing 1–0 in a replay to Barrow. In 2013–14 they reached the final after beating North Ferriby United 3–0 on aggregate in the semi-finals, but lost 2–1 to Altrincham in the final.[6] In 2014–15 the club defeated AFC Fylde 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals before winning 3–2 against Chorley in the final to finally earn promotion to the Conference National, which was subsequently renamed the National League.[6] The 2017–18 season saw the club reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time after defeating Accrington Stanley 4–3 on penalties in a first round replay,[7] before losing 3–0 to Mansfield Town in the second round. They were relegated back to the (renamed) National League North at the end of the season, having finished bottom of the National League. In 2018–19 the club reached the second round of the FA Cup again after beating Cambridge United 4–3 in the first round.


The club has played at Nethermoor Park since its establishment.[8] It currently has a capacity of 4,000.[1]

Current squadEdit

Hamza Bencherif is the current team captain
As of 8 January 2021[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ENG Bradley Wade
2 DF   ENG George Cantrill
3 DF   ENG Brad Nicholson
5 DF   ALG Hamza Bencherif (c)
6 DF   ENG Dan Cowan
7 MF   ENG Kaine Felix
8 MF   NGA Prince Ekpolo
9 FW   KEN Jonathan Wafula
10 MF   ENG Lebrun Mbeka
11 FW   ENG Gabriel Johnson
12 DF   ENG Isaac Currie
13 GK   ENG Hagie Damba
14 FW   ENG Matthew Gillam
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   ENG Ashton Hall
16 DF   ENG Nathan Newall
17 FW   ENG Adam Haw
18 MF   ENG Lewis Hey
19 FW   ENG Jack Ryan
DF   ENG Will Thornton
GK   ENG Declan Lambton
MF   ENG Dylan Barkers
MF   ENG Scott Smith
FW   ENG Paul Clayton
MF   LVA Aleks Starčenko
MF   ENG Andrai Jones
DF   ENG Reece Kendall (on loan from Matlock Town)


  • Northern Premier League
    • Premier Division champions 2009–10
    • Division One champions 1993–94
    • Challenge Cup winners 2008–09
    • President's Cup winners 1993–94
  • Northern Counties East League
    • Premier Division champions 1990–91
  • Yorkshire League
    • Division Two champions 1975–76
  • West Riding County Amateur League
    • Champions 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1938–39, 1955–56
  • West Yorkshire League
    • Division One champions 1960–61, 1964–65
  • Wharfedale League
    • Champions 1912–13
  • FA Vase
    • Winners 1990–91
  • West Riding County Cup
    • Winners 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2004–05, 2010–11, 2011–12


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Ground Info Guiseley A.F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d History Guiseley A.F.C.
  3. ^ a b The West Riding County Amateur League 1922–1939 Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b West Riding County Amateur League 1948–1957 Non-League Matters
  5. ^ a b The West Yorkshire League 1950 and after Non-League Matters
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Guiseley at the Football Club History Database
  7. ^ Accrington Stanley 1–1 Guiseley BBC Sport, 14 November 2017
  8. ^ Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p453 ISBN 978-1869833695
  9. ^ Player list Guiseley A.F.C.
  10. ^ Guiseley open at home to Ebbsfleet as Preston and Walton move on Ilkley Gazette, 5 July 2017

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