Gymnasium AFC was founded in 1890 by a group of businessmen who wanted to keep fit. They met at the old Douglas Gymnasium and initially played rugby before making the switch to football. Gymns were one of 8 teams that initially made up the official Manx Football League.
They have been Isle of Man Football League champions seven times, including four consecutive championships from 1902-03 to 1905-06.
The club experienced an internal power struggle during 1987, resulting in the resignation of a section of the committee and players to form Douglas Royal, who even copied the Gymns kit of the time and to this day consider themselves rivals (despite being in the lower leagues).
In 2001-02 they were relegated to Division Two And yet again the following season, 2004-05, they were immediately promoted as... Read More