Britain's only 'goth' football team sport mohicans, eyeliner - and a lot of black

When they first started some of the team played in Doc Marterns rather than football boots. (Caters)

With players sporting dreadlocks, mohicans and eyeliner, this 'alternative' amateur football team are not your average Sunday league side.

Real Gothic FC are Britain's only 'goth' football side - and unsurpringly, they always turn out in black.

The amateur team play every couple of months at Whitby FC's Turnbull Ground, and in their time have even won admiration from rock singer Courtney Love.

Manager and occasional player Pablo Thompson, 32, a restaurant manager from Liverpool, said: 'When Gothic FC played their first match half the team were either drunk or hung-over.

Men In Black: Real Gothic FC take to the field. (Caters)
Men In Black: Real Gothic FC take to the field. (Caters)
Here come the WAGs: The Sisters of Real play their own part in the fund-raising matches. (Caters)
Here come the WAGs: The Sisters of Real play their own part in the fund-raising matches. (Caters)

‘The other half played in big black Doc Marten boots - not football boots!

‘We've come a long way since then and it's a real occasion when we all get together to play.’

The team are sponsored by The Sophie Lancaster Foundation - a charity set up in 2007, after the Lancashire teenager was tragically killed in a violent attack for being a Goth.

They have raised thousands of pounds for charities such as The Willow Foundation and SOS Children's Villages.

The WAGs of Real Gothic FC call themselves The Sisters of Real and entertain the crowds with a penalty shootout at halftime.

Pablo's wife Louise, 35, a care worker, said: ‘We set up Sisters of Real to support our men.

‘We have a penalty shootout against another women's team at halftime.

‘Our job is to entertain the crowd but our main aim is to raise as much money as possible for charity.’

Pablo says he has plans for even more matches in the future, explaining: ‘People see Gothic FC as a fun team, but our aims are serious.

‘We want to raise awareness of the charities we work with and raise as much money as possible.’

 

 

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