A local football club with history longer than the Football League itself is building a bright future, after coming back from extinction earlier this season.
Goldenhill Wanderers have played at their Shelford Road home in Sandyford since being established in 1885, but disappeared due to a lack of players in 2011.
The club was revived in December 2015.
That comeback emerged through a chance discovery by Leigh Robinson, then manager of AFC Wetley Victoria, when playing at Shelford Road.
The club has a rich history, with alumni including Stoke City chairman Peter Coates, and former Potters players Alan Dodd, Bob Whittingham, James Bradley and Tommy Clare, the club’s first professional in 1883.
Wanderers even appeared in the FA Cup in 1886-87, and in their day were one of Staffordshire’s biggest amateur clubs, winning the Staffs FA Challenge Cup in 1924-25 and 1980-1981.
After he had discovered their history, Robinson planned to bring back the old name, an idea approved by the Staffordshire FA and Staffs County Senior League.
“After seeing the memorabilia, history and how positively so many locals where about it, including many previously associated with Goldenhill, it seemed a very obvious step,” he said.
“The club has a rich tradition, and we want to build on that so that, having passed its 100th birthday, it is alive and kicking for a 200 year anniversary one day (2085).”
Wanderers celebrated their first game since being reformed with a 5-0 home win over Chesterton AFC in a Division Two North league game.
Joe Sargeant led the charge with a brace that day, and has since passed the 20-goal mark this the season. Wanderers currently sit in the top-half of the table.
The club also made the Division 2 Cup Semi Final before losing in extra time.
Next season Wanderers under-8, under-16, under-21 and women’s sides will complement Saturday and Sunday men’s teams, suggesting the Goldenhill name will not be extinct again anytime soon.
Watch Michael McCann’s video report on the club’s revival: