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Guiseley become the second professional club in Leeds

Up until last Monday Leeds was the biggest city in the country with only one professional football club. Not anymore.

Players from Guiseley AFC, who play in the top tier of non-league football, have gone from training just two nights a week to training nearly every day. It's an ambitious move from the club, but is it also a risky one?

The club have never played at a higher level, and last night's National League game against Boreham Wood was only their second as a full time professional club.

Since winning the FA Vase in 1991 Guiseley have climbed the non league ranks.

Guiseley winning the FA Vase in 1991 Credit: ITV Yorkshire

They are now just one more promotion away from the Football League.

The club's new chairman James Ferguson believes that only by turning professional could the club achieve their goals.

The club may have to move away from their Nethermoor ground to move up the league ladder Credit: ITV News

To compete in the National League you have to be full time. You can't train on Tuesday and Thursday nights and get the same amount out of players as you can a full time club.

We don't have any pipe dreams, we don't want any unrealistic aims, we want realistic goals and that's within the next five years we become a football league club

– James Ferguson Chairman, Guiseley AFC

Last month the club appointed a manager with football league experience.

Paul Cox led Mansfield Town back into the top four divisions in 2013.

With an average of just under a thousand people through the turnstiles the club relies on the investment of wealthy benefactors to operate full time.

The club though say they want to be self sustainable within 5 years, even if that does mean a move away from Nethermoor, their home for over 100 years.

I've had more sleepless nights when I came here than I have had any time in in my career. The job to transform it in to what I want it to be, is probably the biggest I've taken on.

– Paul Cox, Guiseley AFC manager
Paul Cox says it's the biggest job he's taken on in football Credit: ITV News

Last night's game ended in a dour goalless draw. No doubt more eventful days lie ahead for the region's newest professional football club.