History of Goonhavern Athletic
The early history of Goonhavern Athletic Football Club is a little sketchy, and for a period in the late 1950's the Club went out of existence. It was re-formed in 1962 by amongst others the sadly missed Brian May, who remained Secretary until he passed away in 2003.
The Club spent the next 39 years in
Junior football competing in the Mining League. The early 90's saw the Club buy
it's own ground, and in conjunction with Perranporth cricket club built a new
Clubhouse. On the playing side, the first team won the Mining League Cup and
reached the Junior Cup Final, before finishing League runners up in 1995/96.
At the end of that season, at the second time of asking, election to Senior football via the Combination League was granted. After consolidating under Club Legend Tony Rogers the team gradually developed and in 2003/04 won the League Supplementary Cup beating Hayle 3-0 in the Final. 2004/05 saw the Championship arrive at Reen Manor Parc when the team ran away with the Jolly’s Combination League title winning it by a clear 16 points.
During that season it was agreed that to continue the progress made, the next step was to apply to join the South Western League. After a lot of work off the field in that summer, the application was successful, with the new aim of consolidation at this level.
The Club then purchased a second pitch and plans are being drawn up for new changing facilities.
After two difficult years at SWL level
the Club won the Leagues most sporting team award for 2006/07, and became
founder members of the new South West Peninsula League in 2007\08 finishing 15th
in the first season under difficult circumstances under John Mitchell.
Unfortunatley the following pre season saw a mass exodus of players and the club
was forced to pull out and rejoin the One and All Mining League.
After 4 seasons the club won the League and were promoted back to the Jollys Combination League and finished a creditable 10th under the guidance of Craig Brown.