It all started when a group of shop keepers in Goole who were interested in the pastime of fishing started having little fishing matches on a Thursday afternoon as this was Goole's official ½ day closing for local retail shops. They would go to local fishing venues such as the Goole Brick Ponds, The Timber Ponds and Oak Hill Pond. Then around 1948/1949 these original stalwarts decided to form a fishing club for local people who were interested in match fishing and began to run fishing trips farther afield using a bus as transport to places like the Yorkshire Rivers Derwent, Ouse, Wharfe and Linconshire's River Ancholme.
This carried on for many years, but by about 1970 interest in the club had fallen away and Barry Rudge, another local shop keeper, took up the reins and ran the club with the help of Keith Blackburn until about 1980 when Barry decided to devote more of his time to his own national match fishing and that of Goole's national match fishing team. The club was now having fishing matches to such far away venues as the River Trent in Nottinghamshire! The River Witham! & the Fenland Drains! About this time Goole angler Dave Whittaker with the help of Goole's Pete Skinn took up the running of the club and you will see from the records not only did he do a good job of keeping the club going he won a lot of matches as well.
Around 1986 Les Rogers took over the running of the club, still with the help of Pete Skinn and now Goole's John Palmer who in his time with the club brought many junior anglers through the ranks! Many of those junior anglers are still match fishing today! It was about 2002 when interest declined to the point that the club stopped running fishing matches.
In 2015 the local fishing shop in Goole collected the club records and trophies from Les Rogers and the club started running some matches again on local natural silver fish venues and are busy trying to revive some interest in this dying part of the sport. Historically the club ran a Points League, Aggregate Weight League and Knock Out Cup! With trophies given out at an annual presentation night, it's hoped to get these things back up and running!
If anyone out there has any past information about Goole & District Angling Association which might be of interest to use on this site including any old photographs? Please drop it at the local fishing tackle shop in Goole (Any photos can be returned thankyou)