Home of Gainsborough Trinity FC

Opened 1850s

Capacity 4,304

Rating: 4.2

(182) Google Reviews

Proper non league ground which is well looked after and an all round good club.
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a year ago
I've recently moved to the area and wanted to support local so went to my first game (v) Radcliffe on Saturday 26th November...Good game, good facilities and very friendly people with great support and definitely not a bad standard of football..I'll be back!
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10 months ago
Great ground, really good food (proper chips!!) Really good fanbase and enjoyable gane
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2 years ago
Lovely ground .friendly Staff .clean and never encountered any trouble .good food .i visit quite a few times a month
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7 months ago
Great away day, good food, needs tidying up in places but great facilities for the level they’re at and they have some very nice fans
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8 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

The Northolme (known as the Gainsborough Martin & Co. Arena for sponsorship purposes) is a football ground in GainsboroughLincolnshireEngland. It is the home ground of Gainsborough Trinity, it has a capacity of 4,304, of which 504 is seated.[2]


The Northolme was opened in the 1850s, and was originally used as a cricket ground. Gainsborough Trinity moved to the ground in 1884, at which time the only spectator facility was a small covered stand in the south-west corner of the ground. Players used the nearby Sun Inn for changing rooms, with the pub building a special extension for use by the football club.[3]

A 200-seat grandstand was later added along the southern touchline, along with a covered terrace on the northern side of the pitch. Trinity were elected to 
the Football League in 1896, and the first League match at the ground was played on 12 September 1896, with 2,000 spectators watching a 1–1 draw with Manchester City. The ground was still used for cricket, and Trinity occasionally had to play matches at the Bowling Green Ground in the north-west of the town and Sincil Bank in Lincoln. The record attendance for a Football League match at the Northolme was set on 29 April 1911, when 5,600 saw Trinity beat Chelsea 3–1.[3]

Gainsborough were voted out of the Football League at the end of the 
1911–12 season, and returned to the Midland League. The ground's record attendance of 9,760 was set for a Midland League match against local rivals Scunthorpe United in the 1940s.[4] During the same decade the stand on the southern touchline burnt down and a new grandstand was built on the northern touchline.

In 1988 
Worksop Town lost their Central Avenue ground, and were forced to groundshare at the Northolme until 1992.[5] A similar request was rejected in 2008.

For the beginning of the 2020–21 season, rivals 
Boston United were granted permission to use the Northolme as their home ground temporarily whilst finishing touches were applied to their new stadium.[6]

Things to do nearby.

Gainsborough Richmond Park.

4 Reviews
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This beautiful park really comes alive in the summer. Ideal for children and families, it makes a great day out for all. At the entrance of the park is a... Read More

Photo of scottsmum

a huge park on the outside of Gainsborough which makes a fantstic day out for the children in the summer. As you walk into the park it is quite sheltered in... Read More

Photo of devilsm8

Love this park, really nice to take your kids too, theres a park on it also. Read More

Prezzo - Gainsborough.

6 Reviews
Photo of Lynsey H.

My mum and I had an excellent meal at Prezzo this evening. When we first arrived, the restaurant was empty but filled up in no time and was full by the time... Read More

Photo of Marie G.

We called without a booking. Plenty of tables free but we were told they were not taking walkins until 1.30, it was 12.45. We stepped outside the resturant... Read More

Photo of Mr T K.

I've been here several times it's nice clean place and the food is good maybe a little overpriced but nothing to complain about until it comes to the... Read More