York RI AFC History
York Railway Institute is a sports club in York, North Yorkshire, founded in 1886. The club plays football, rugby, tennis and hockey. It is most notable for its football team, which won the Northern Counties East Division One championship during the 1987–88 season.
The club was formed as an association football club in 1886 by railway employees of the York railway station and were one of the first clubs to be formed in the city. York RI began playing sport at its current New Lane site in 1926.
Success came first for the rugby section of the club who captured the Yorkshire Shield during the 1950s. However, by the 1970s, the football club had climbed up to the Yorkshire League system.
York RI gained promotion from the third to second Yorkshire League during 1978–79, by capturing the championship. Two seasons later they gained promotion again, by finishing second in the league. While in that league York Railway Institute were playing against clubs such as Emley, North Ferriby United and Guiseley.
The league system was re-ordered once again for 1985 and York Railway Institute were placed into NCE Division Two. Their first season in this league was a successful one, they finished third and gained promotion. This began the club’s highest point in their history; they spent six seasons in NCE Division One. The club even won the league during 1987–88 beating out the likes of Garforth Town but for unknown reasons they were not promoted.
From 1992 the club suddenly began to decline, dropping down the divisions to where they reside currently; York Football League Premier Division.
- Northern Counties East Football League League Cup
- Winners: 1987–88
- NCEL Division One
- Champions: 1987–88
- NCEL Division Two
- Promoted: 1985–86
- Yorkshire League Division Two
- Runners-up: 1980–81
- Yorkshire League Division Three
- Champions: 1978–79
- York Football League
- Champions: 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1940–41, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1967–68
- York Football League Division One
- Champions: 1980–81
- York Football League Division Two
- Champions: 2007–08