Crest of Gorleston Football Club


The Greens

Gorleston Football Club, nicknamed “The Greens,” is a non-league football club based in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Established in 1887, they currently compete in the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls The Wellesley their home ground.

Gorleston Football Club, established in 1884, is one of Norfolk’s oldest football clubs, originally donning crimson shirts and blue shorts. Their journey in football began with their first competitive game in 1888, and by 1903, they had adopted their signature light green shirts. Over the early 20th century, Gorleston became a dominant force in East Anglian football, achieving numerous local league titles and cup victories, including their memorable FA Cup performance in the 1951/52 season against Leyton Orient, which garnered national attention. Following a period of financial hardship in the late 1950s, the club made a comeback, rejoining the Eastern Counties League and winning several titles in the 1970s and early 1980s before financial troubles arose again post their move to Emerald Park.

The later decades saw fluctuating fortunes for Gorleston, marked by relegations and promotions, as well as financial struggles, particularly after moving to their new ground, Emerald Park. Despite these challenges, the club continued to find success, particularly in local cup competitions, illustrating resilience and community support. In the 1990s and 2000s, despite financial constraints and relying more on local talent, Gorleston maintained competitive performances, including notable cup runs and league promotions.

Entering the 21st century, Gorleston faced various ups and downs, from administrative changes to fluctuating league performances, yet they achieved significant milestones, including several Norfolk Senior Cup victories. The late 2010s and early 2020s were notable for managerial changes, youth development successes, and the significant transition to playing in the Isthmian Football League at step 4, marking a new chapter in the club’s history. Despite the challenges, including ground-sharing and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gorleston FC has continued to persevere and adapt, illustrating their enduring legacy in Norfolk football.