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CONTENTS ISSUE 01 08 NUNEATON TOWN The Mariners welcome Nuneaton this evening for the first home league game of the season all you need to know about them is here. 16 ROSS HANNAH Last season’s top goalscorer Ross Hannah tells The Mariner that he is looking to add a promotion to his growing achievements. 27 I BLAME... There is always someone that we can attribute our love of the Town towards, so who do you blame for your lifelong love of The Mariners? 40 FLASH IN THE PAN In this feature we will be looking back at those players who won’t be widely remembered, despite featuring in notable moments.

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52 CRAIG DISLEY’S TEAM MATES Town skipper Craig Disley dishes the dirt on his Mariners team mates, as well as revealing his all-time Best XI of career team mates.

GRIMSBY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, N.E. Lincolnshire, DN35 7PY

HONOURS Division Two Champions: 1900/01, 1933/34 Division Three North Champions: 1925/26, 1955/56 Division Three Champions: 1979/80 Division Four Champions: 1971/72 FA Cup Semi-Finalists: 1936, 1939 League Group Cup Winners: 1982 Football League Trophy Winners: 1998 Club President: Mr John Elsom Directors: Mr John Fenty, Mr M Chapman, Mr Jon Wood, Mr Dave Roberts, Mr Philip Day

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Chief Executive: Ian Fleming Club Secretary: Rae Walker Life President: Mr D B Ramsden Vice Presidents: Mr W Drayton, Mr L Drayton, Mr J P Grantham, Mr C Johnson, Mrs J Johnson, Mr B Stafford, Mrs S Stafford, Mr R Reed, Mr J Reed, Mr M Warner, Mr J Landymore, Mr G Hodge, Mr M Holmes, Mr L Pearce, Mr L Powell, Endotec (4), BJB Lift Trucks (4), Mr S Roberts (2), Mr R Flowers, Mr N Taylor, Mr G Cook, Read Hyundai, Travis Perkins

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THE MANAGER

“I’m happy with how quickly we’ve gelled as a group - team spirit is an important ingredient & I think we have that”

THE MANAGER

PAUL HURST

Good evening everyone and welcome back to Blundell Park for our first home fixture of the new Vanarama Conference!

Performance-wise it’s been pretty positive in the friendly fixtures. The games have given me the opportunity to look at certain formations and combinations. I felt we played extremely well against Mansfield, although we ended up losing out narrowly in that game, but we followed up that with two good wins against a youthful Sunderland side and Gainsborough Trinity. I was pleased with our performance against Trinity – I thought we dominated for the majority of the game but had to wait until late on for the goals to come. We now know we face Lincoln City in the Final of the Lincs Senior Cup but, as yet, no date has been confirmed for the Final – If I had a pound for every time I was asked by supporters at the recent Open Day when the Final was going to be, I’d be a rich man! Hopefully it can be scheduled for a date that will be beneficial to both clubs. We had a busy summer of ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ here at Blundell Park, with nine new signings joining the ranks so far. One of the latest to arrive was Andrew Boyce. To be honest, it wasn’t one that was on my radar but once he became available I felt that it made sense to get him in – remembering how well he did for

us last season. Also, having two centre halves suspended for the opening game and one for tonight, it puts my mind at ease knowing that we have cover in that department at a crucial stage of the season.

The most recent player to come in is also a familiar face to everyone in Alan Connell. With the injuries to our strikers I felt we needed someone to come in and after looking at a few options I thought Alan was the best fit. In his first spell with the club he scored lots of goals and became a real crowd favourite. Hopefully he can reproduce the form he showed a couple of seasons ago. The other new boys have all come in at various stages over the summer, with Jon-Paul Pittman and Craig Clay both impressing on trial and signing one year deals just before Boycey and Alan rejoined last week. Although they didn’t all come in together, I am very happy with how quickly they have gelled as a group. Team spirit is an important ingredient to being successful and once again I think we have that. Some of that spirit was evident on Saturday when we travelled to Bristol Rovers for our opening game. Despite having six players unavailable to me through injuries and suspensions and including Alan Connell who had only met his team mates at the hotel the night before, the players put in a

very good performance to gain our first point of the campaign. I felt we more than matched our opponents and were well worthy of our point; with some neutrals suggesting we deserved to win the game. We limited Rovers to very few chances with James McKeown only having to really make one excellent save to deny Matty Taylor. Had we managed to take one of our chances we could have taken all three points, but as I said it was still a good point and a good performance in front of the TV cameras and a big opening day crowd. It was great to see so many Mariners at the game despite the fact it was on TV and they contributed to an excellent atmosphere. Tonight’s visitors Nuneaton have had a busy summer as well, with a new manager coming in and lots of new players so we will have done our homework prior to this evening. They will be keen to bounce back from their defeat against another one of the favourites, Eastleigh, at the weekend. For us, we want to build on the positive performance from the weekend and get our home league campaign off to a good start this evening. UTM, Hursty

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ALI MILLS

ALI MILLS So, the long summer months are finally over. Well, I say finally. It’s actually been a rather enjoyable fallow period. After the deflating end to last season, a rest was required. Batteries needed recharging. Optimism needed time to return. It was reassuring, then, that within a few weeks of Town’s galling play-off defeat, a 64-game, four-week long international football tournament was getting under way. The build-up talked of a ‘festival of football’, played by some of the greatest players in the game in some of the most beautiful surroundings on the planet. Less overtly, the tournament also promised the chance to indulge in other people’s hurt and failure on the grandest scale. Regardless of the motivations behind your watching, the tournament didn’t disappoint. The one thing I always forget about the World Cup is how odd the actual viewing experience is. Even in today’s world of hyper-obsessive omnipresent football coverage, where not a single day goes by between August and May without some sort of “LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE” match being shoved down your throat, the World Cup is still on a different level. For a few weeks in June every couple of years, you’re able to turn the television on between 5pm and midnight and feel legitimately annoyed if there isn’t a competitive international match being played out on a terrestrial channel. This year, the quality of the opening group games were so high that by the end of the first week, even the breaks between the end of the 5pm kick-offs and the start of the 7pm games were starting to grate. Plans for any forthcoming evenings were rapidly abandoned. “How was I to know”, I would later explain to one of my oldest friends, “that your birthday meal would ultimately clash with both Brazil v Chile and Columbia v Uruguay?” The 11pm kick-offs were especially

disorientating. I’ve grown up in a world which has stipulated that once the late evening game finishes, that’s it for football until at least the next day. Now I was being told by Gary Linekar that I shouldn’t go anywhere because Ghana v USA was coming right up. It seemed mystical and wrong and I loved it. Once the exhilarating group stage finished and the 11pm kick-offs were a thing of the past, however, the tournament started to lose some of it’s charm. Whether this was down to the goals drying up, heads starting to be turned by transfer news from back home, or because pundits had started falling over themselves to label this The Greatest World Cup Of All Time before a knock-out match had even been competed, I’m not sure. Needless to say that by the time Germany beat Argentina to be crowned champions, many people were in need of a break from football again ahead of the new season. Not me. As enjoyable as the World Cup is, it’s about as far removed from the National Conference as you can get without venturing into another sport. Two days after the final, Town travelled to Harrogate for a friendly.

“As enjoyable as the World Cup is, it’s about as far removed from the National Conference as you can get without venturing into another sport”

As I watched on with around 300 or so others, arms bent over brows to shield the low evening sun, black and white shirts buzzing furiously over soft, bouncy grass, the World Cup suddenly seemed like some sort of weird trick of the mind. Balance had been restored to life, priorities reshaped. It’s nice to be back.

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IN OPPOSITION

INTRODUCING

NUNEATON TOWN

REID LEADS THE WAY FOR NUNEATON’S NEW CAMPAIGN It has been a summer of huge transition for Nuneaton Town with the club losing a number of key players that had led them to a 13th place finish in the Conference. Often considered one of the bookies’ favourites for the drop, Boro have defied the odds since their promotion via the Play Offs from the Conference North in 2012. Traditionally the Midlanders have profited from good starts and ends to seasons but the tail-end of last campaign was one of turmoil with manager Kelvin Wilkin leaving for Conference rivals Wrexham. His replacement Brian Reid steadied the ship in the final few games, leading the

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club to that commendable 13th place in the table. But the new boss will have been aware that his predecessor would be looking to come back to the Sperrin Brewery Stadium and plunder some of the side’s best players. Indeed Wilkin wasted no time in the summer, returning to Nuneaton to take winger Wes York and striker Louis Moult to North Wales. Moult was the club’s top league scorer last season with 17 goals from 43 games, whilst York’s performances caught the eye of a number of Conference and league clubs, with the Mariners strongly rumoured to be

in with a shout of signing the player. But Reid was able to hold onto some of the club’s other key players, notably big striker Andy Brown, who netted the winning goal at Gainsborough to earn Boro promotion in 2012, and also midfielder James Armson, who has been a regular for the club throughout the last five seasons. Reid was quick to bolster his striking ranks during the close-season and he brought highly-rated former Leicester forward Jorrin John back to England following a successful spell in Thailand. Former Middlesbrough man Ben Hutchinson made the move from


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YOUR 60 SECOND GUIDE TO THE BORO ALL IN A NAME

In 2008 Nuneaton Borough FC were liquidated, and due to a FA ruling were reformed as Nuneaton Town – suffering a two division demotion. The club is still known as ‘The Boro’ by its supporters.

THE STADIUM

In July 2013 it was announced that the stadium would be known as the “Sperrin Brewery Stadium” for the 2013–14 season after a local family run business won the naming rights in a golden ticket draw.

“Often considered one of the bookies’ favourites for the drop, Town have defied the odds since their promotion via the Play-Offs in 2012”

Mansfield and the club pulled off the capture of prolific frontman Magno Vieira on loan from rivals Forest Green Rovers. Another eye-catching loan signing is that of goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook. The former Arsenal trainee caught the eye for Bury last term and was snapped up by Coventry City in the summer. The League One outfit immediately loaned the 20-year-old stopper to Boro and he will be looking to get some experience under his belt this term. Reid will bring his side to the East Coast knowing that they have frustrated the Mariners as early visitors to Blundell Park in recent seasons. In 2012, Boro came to Cleethorpes and defended resolutely as the Mariners threw everything but the kitchen sink at their opponents. Grimsby failed to break Nuneaton down though and the game ended in stalemate. Quick fire goals from Gavin Cowan and Brown put Boro into a commanding 2-0 lead before half-time. And the Mariners’ cause was not helped by the first-half dismissal of Aswad Thomas; Andy Cook’s late goal proving to be nothing more than a consolation.

THE GAFFER

Brian Reid is a former Scottish Under 21 International defender who enjoyed a lengthy playing career with Rangers, Burnley, Dunfermline Athletic, Blackpool, Queen of the South and Ayr United.

CUP SUCCESS

The Boro have enjoyed eliminating Football League sides in the FA Cup over the years. Watford, Swansea City (twice), Oxford United and most recently Stoke City have all fallen victim to Nuneaton.

TOP SCORERS

Five players have scored over 100 competitive goals for the club; Ken Plant, Paul Culpin, Martyn Twigger, Paul Cutler and Rob Straw.

RECORD SALE

Diminutive Striker Andy Ducros moved to Kidderminster Harriers for, what remains, a club record £100,000 in July 2000. He later appeared for Burton Albion in the Conference.

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NUNEATON TOWN GOALKEEPERS 01 Reice Charles-Cook 19 James Hogarth-Wren DEFENDERS 02 Ben Starosta 03 Connor Franklin 04 Gavin Cowan 05 Gareth Dean

03. CONNOR FRANKLIN A composed and assured left back, Connor joined Nuneaton from Alfreton in the summer for a second spell at the Sperrin Brewery Stadium. The 26-year-old came through the ranks at Leicester City, and it was with Hinckley that the defender really began to make his name - earning rave reviews. Trials with Burton and Kidderminster followed but he opted to join Alfreton for an undisclosed four-figure fee. Settling quickly into the side, Connor helped the Reds win the Conference North title in his first season at the Impact Arena, also earning England C honours along the way. Connor is comfortable on the left or in the centre and is calm in possession and has excellent distribution, as well as a dangerous long throw.

02. BEN STAROSTA Polish U20s international Ben has enjoyed an eventful career so far and he will be looking to establish himself after joining this summer. Ben came through the ranks at Sheffield United, enjoying a number of loan spells before a 2009 move to troubled Darlington didn’t work out. Starosta joined Dandenong Thunder in Australia’s Victoria Premier League. Ben played regularly in Poland for a while, before another overseas move to the Philippines with Global. Starosta was hugely successful with the side, being named captain and scoring five times in 26 league games. An attack-minded full back, Ben will provide Boro with an extra threat down the right flank this term.

11 Theo Streete 15 Delroy Gordon 17 Ryan Smith 20 Daniel Kavanagh MIDFIELDERS 06 Adam Walker 07 James Armson 18 Anton Brown 21 Ryan Quinn 22 Jack Dyer FORWARDS 08 Jorrin John 09 Benjamin Hutchinson 10 Andrew Brown 16 Magno Vieira

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09. BEN HUTCHINSON

07. JAMES ARMSON

A well-travelled striker, Ben will be looking to rediscover the form that earned him a six-figure move to Middlesbrough as a teenager.

Midfielder James Armson is so important to the Nuneaton cause that the club once played him in goal!

He shot to fame with stunning performances for Arnold in the 2005/06 FA Youth Cup. It was then Premier-League Middlesbrough who won the race for him – in a £100,000 deal.

The 24-year-old is a one-club man and can be relied upon to pop up from deep with vital goals for the side.

Ben was thrust into first-team action in 2007, scoring as a substitute at Manchester City. At the end of his contract, Ben hooked up with Scottish giants Celtic, although he only made fleeting appearances. Ben helped Mansfield to the Conference title, and will be looking to put recent injury woes behind him. He has an excellent pedigree and has looked sharp in pre-season, taking his chances well.

He came through the ranks at Nuneaton and prefers an attacking midfield berth but has played in every position for the club. An England C international, James netted five times in 41 games for Boro last season and is also noted for his penalty taking. Having helped Nuneaton up the leagues, Armson is a real fan favourite at the Sperrin Brewery Stadium and he is expecting to carry his good form into the new campaign.


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SCOUT REPORT

BY JACK BENSON

11. THEO STREETE One of the star performers of last season, manager Brian Reid was delighted to be able to call on defender Theo Streete again. Theo made his senior bow on loan at Doncaster from Derby, scoring the winner in Rovers’ last competitive game at their old Belle Vue ground. Theo trialled with the Mariners in 2007, before settling at Rotherham. Dropping into non-league with Solihull, the big defender really established himself with some classy displays at the back. Theo helped Alfreton to the Conference North title, as well as securing their Conference status. A regular for Nuneaton last season, Theo’s calmness at the back made him a popular player with the club’s fans. He scored three times in the league and is noted for his aerial ability from set pieces.

10. ANDY BROWN Striker Andy wrote himself into the history books when he netted the only goal in the Conference North Play Off Final in May 2012. In his second spell with the club, having originally turned out for Boro during 2007/08, Andy has kept that excellent form going. Re-joining from AFC Telford United in 2011, Andy’s best season so far came in 2012/13 when he scored 20 league goals from open play. And he would no doubt have matched that mark last term, had a detached retina not forced him onto the sidelines for nearly three months. He still managed to net ten goals in just 25 games during the course of the season and his presence is a real boost. A tall and rangy striker, he is excellent in the air and possesses an unorthodox style that is hard for defenders to cope with.

16. MAGNO VIEIRA Age: 29 Position: Striker Height (approx.): 5’10” Build: Average Past clubs: Wigan Athletic, Northampton

Town, Carlisle United, Barnet, Crawley Town, Cambridge United, Wycombe Wanderers, Ebbsfleet United, Fleetwood Town, Forest Green Rovers. International Level: None

Magno Vieira appears to be quite an interesting player on paper. It could be argued that Magno hasn’t ever since found the prolific form he displayed whilst at Fleetwood Town where he netted 31 goals in 64 appearances within his couple of years with The Fisherman. Despite not being able to replicate the form for Forest Green, you can’t boast a goal to game ratio like that and not have some form of class about you.

rather than power’ rule to finishing; which are the qualities a stereotypical Brazilian attacker should have.

Vieira looks like the perfect striker for this level. What strikes me is that he excels at receiving the ball directly to him as well as being able to latch onto balls over the top before opposing defenders; yet he struggled to cement a place at Forest Green last season. He can effectively act as the second forward and assisting his teammates into the attack or as the main striker as he proven at Fleetwood. Magno is equipped with pace and skill to trouble any defender and once he is on the ball he opts for the ‘precision

His first touch usually seems to dictate his next move. He is fantastically gifted at managing to control the ball in a way where he can accelerate past his marker in an explosive fashion. He’s equally comfortable reciving the ball to feet and laying off to runners either side of him, and despite not having a ‘Lenell JohnLewis like’ frame, he is very capable of holding off his marker and using his brain to pick out his pass. Another positive trait of Vieira’s is his willingness to run, whether that is into channels to collect loose balls or closing down opposition in possession. His pace and work rate levels with trouble defenders in the Vanarama Conference. Teams should not allow Vieira space on the ball; otherwise the results could prove devastating. It will be interesting to see how Paul Hurst’s men deal with the Brazilian this evening.

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DEFINING T N E M O M

Talismanic goalscorer Andy Brown celebrates his wiinning goal at Gainsborough Trinity in the Conference North play off Final in May 2012. Gareth Dean & Adam Walker hold the Cup in the background. All three players remain with the club.

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IN OPPOSITION

BACK TO THE FUTURE Football historian Leigh Edwards traces what happened to two of Nuneaton’s greatest post-war teams 1998-99: SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS RICHARD WILLIAMS: Goalkeeper who moved to Stafford Rangers in July 1999, then had spells playing for Bedworth United, Coalville Town, RC Warwick, Atherstone United and Willenhall Town. LEIGH EVERITT: Right-back who had two spells at Nuneaton before moving to Stafford Rangers in October 1999, then Bedworth United, Stratford, Gresley Rovers, RC Warwick, Atherstone and Coalville. STEVE PRINDIVILLE: Former England Semi-Pro international left-back who was ever-present in 1998-99. He later had spells with Stafford Rangers, Hucknall Town, Shepshed Dynamo and Barwell. WAYNE SIMPSON: England Semi-Pro international who also won the Southern League title with Hednesford in 1994-95. He rejoined the Pitmen in July 2001, then became Norton United’s player-coach. BARRY WILLIAMS: England Semi-Pro international central defender who became a favourite at Manor Park before moving to Burton Albion in May 2003. Later with Moor Green, he became a PE teacher. TERRY ANGUS: Former Northampton Town and Fulham central defender who moved to Solihull Borough in September 2006, then Brackley Town and Stratford Town. He is now a local probation officer. SHAUN WRAY: Winger who returned to Stafford Rangers in May 2001, then played for Hednesford Town, Halesowen Town and Stourbridge, finishing with Midland Combination side Wormley Athletic. ANDY KIWOMYA: Ex-England Youth international, the elder brother of Chris, who joined Boston United in June 1999, then Ilkeston Town and Stocksbridge PS. He has since held various coaching posts. ANTON THOMAS: Much-travelled striker previously with clubs such as Kettering Town and Worcester City. He moved to Burton Albion in June 1999, then played for King’s Lynn and Atherstone United. IAN MUIR: Experienced striker who scored a record 142 League goals for Tranmere Rovers. He joined Moor Green in February 2000, then Stratford Town and now has a card shop in his native Coventry. DAVE CROWLEY: Hard-working midfielder who played over 250 games in seven years with Boro, moving to Hinckley United in June 2002. He now runs a building company with his brother in Coventry.

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2005-06: FA CUP GIANTKILLERS

Rob Oddy & Terry Angus

DARREN ACTON: Goalkeeper who had been an FA Trophy finalist with Tamworth. He joined Brackley Town in August 2010, then Chasetown, Bolehall Swifts and now Solihull Moors’ goalkeeping coach. ROB ODDY: Ex-Coventry City trainee who joined Hinckley United in June 2011, then appeared for Barwell. He has worked in the building trade, notably for the Boro chairman’s Ian Neale Construction. MICKEY LOVE: Attacking left-back who briefly appeared in the Football League with Wigan Athletic. He moved to Hinckley United in June 2006, then Brackley Town, Stratford and Shepshed Dynamo. GARY FITZPATRICK: Former Republic of Ireland Youth midfielder who joined Solihull Borough in January 2007, then played for AFC Telford United and Rushall Olympic. He has become a PE teacher. NEIL MOORE: Experienced central defender who played over 100 League games with nine different clubs. The England Semi-Pro international hung up his boots in October 2008, settling in Liverpool. TERRY ANGUS: Former Northampton Town and Fulham central defender who moved to Solihull Borough in September 2006, then Brackley Town and Stratford Town. He is now a local probation officer. MARK NOON: Ex-Coventry City midfielder who was the last remaining member of the team still at the club. He became captain, making his 300th appearance for Boro in the 2011-12 play-off final triumph. DAVID STAFF: Midfielder who moved to Rugby Town in March 2007, then Brackley Town, Rugby again, Banbury United and Harborough Town. He was appointed Stamford’s manager in May 2013. MATT COLLINS: Ex-West Brom midfielder who suffered a serious eye injury against Bury Town in January 2009, then a badly broken leg curtailed his career. He has since joined the Birmingham Police. GEZ MURPHY: Much-travelled striker who had featured in Boston United’s 2001-02 Conference title triumph. He joined Hinckley United in June 2007, then had another spell back at Nuneaton before retiring. BRIAN QUAILEY: St Kitts & Nevis international striker who was top scorer in 2005-06. He joined Hinckley United in January 2008, then Nuneaton again, Solihull Moors, Bromsgrove Rovers and Oadby.

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PLAYER INTERVIEW

ROSS HANNAH After finishing last season as the Mariners’ top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions, striker Ross Hannah is looking to add promotion from the Conference to an ever-growing list of personal achievements. And the 28-year-old firmly believes that the Mariners have what it takes this season to go one better than their last two campaigns, which have both ended in Play Off heartbreak. He said: “The gaffer (Paul Hurst) has bought well in the summer and the new players have settled in really quickly during pre-season. “I think it was important that we kept a good spine to the side together and we have done that too. “If you look at the side from top to bottom, you’ve got Macca (James McKeown) in goal, who is the best goalkeeper in the division for me.” He continued: “You’ve got four guys at the back who were here last season, Dis (Craig Disley), Paddy (McLaughlin) and Scotty (Neilson) in the middle, as well as myself and Lenny (John-Lewis) up front. “So that was something to build on and I think the manager has done that really well. “He knows exactly what sort of players he wants and he brings in quality, rather than quantity.” For Hannah, the new season represents an opportunity carry on his fine form towards the end of the season. Looking back on last season, the former Bradford City man spoke of some highlights and lowlights. “At the start of the season we were playing a formation that I didn’t fit into, so I had to make

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do with coming off the bench,” he recalled. “Of course I took my chance in the opening game against Aldershot and scored the penalty but then I was injured, so that took the shine off it slightly for me. “But it’s very rare that a player goes through a season without picking up some injury of some sort. “I just happened to have mine at the start and, touch wood; I haven’t had any problems since.” On his return from the sidelines, Ross hit a rich vein in form that coincided with the Mariners’ good run in league and cup but he doesn’t feel that the backlog of fixtures contributed to the side missing out on automatic promotion. He said: “We did well in both cups and I thought we were unfortunate against Huddersfield, we certainly deserved something from the game. “Then to get knocked out in the FA Trophy Semi Finals was a bit of a sickener as well. “But I don’t think you can say the number of fixtures hindered us, we had done something similar the season


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before when we reached the final against Wrexham.”

dominated that first game here at Blundell Park and I think that if we go up there in front then it is a bit of a different game.

It was Ross’ fine form towards the end of the season that eventually secured the Mariners a Play Off berth and he looked back fondly on four goals over the Easter period.

“They would have come at us a bit more and we would have been able to pick them off.

“I’d again been out of the team, so I was glad to get the nod at Alfreton and to get a hat-trick was fantastic,” he said.

“But we know that we have to be taking a better percentage of our chances in front of goal but, as a striker, if you give me those chances then I feel I will score them.

“Then to follow that up a few days later with the winner against Hyde to secure our Play Off spot was great also.” The Mariners again succumbed in the semi final stages though, this time being beaten over two legs by Gateshead but Ross feels that it could have been a different story had the side taken their chances in the first leg at Blundell Park, admitting that Town will be looking to work on their ruthlessness in front of goal this term. He said: “It’s fair to say that we

“As we said the manager has addressed that though, he’s brought in players that are renowned for making chances and I think we have the depth in that squad that can cope when teams are frustrating us.” And that is something that Ross feels the Mariners need to learn from last season, especially on their own patch.

nick a goal and go in front. “And sometimes that spreads nervousness around the ground and we need to learn how to cope with that and be patient and work the openings. “A prime example of that would be the Hyde game last season. “There were probably plenty of people who thought we would be four or five goals up by half time but they came with a gameplan and they made it very hard for us. “And you could feel the discomfort around the place but when the goal went in you could feel the relief and we began to play with a bit more freedom.” After netting the vital goals that booked Town a Lincolnshire Senior Cup Final place against Lincoln City, Ross is raring to go for the new campaign.

“Sometimes teams will come here and see it as a big ground and a big scalp and they’ll be prepared to defend for their lives,” he stated.

He said: “The games come thick and fast but the lads just want to get out there and play.

“They’ll be quite happy to put eleven men behind the ball and that makes it really hard for us to break them down. It becomes doubly hard if they manage to

“Three games in a week is the perfect opportunity for us to get off to a good start and hopefully that can be the basis for a good season.”

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AN UNFORGETTABLE YEAR: 1977-78

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hat a welcome change 1977/78 turned out to be after seasons of gradual decline. Lawrie McMenemy’s 4th Division Champions had gradually aged and left, along with McMenemy himself, and we found ourselves back where we started in the bottom division. I had started supporting the Mariners as a schoolboy in that 1971-72 championship winning season when I believed that we couldn’t lose, particularly at Blundell Park. I recall my disbelief the first time that I saw us lose to Charlton in a game still etched in my memory 40 years later. Little did I realise the struggles that lay ahead in the next few seasons which would culminate in relegation in May 1977. John Newman had been appointed manager in December 1976 after both Ron Ashman and then Tom Casey had failed to replace the legendary McMenemy. The team started to change in personnel and by the summer of 1977 a number of familiar

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faces had left including Jack Lewis, Dave Boylen and Stewart Gray – members of the table topping team from 6 years before. So at the start of the season the team was to take shape around the young local lads who would eventually write their own names in Town history. Kevin Moore, Kevin Drinkell, Shaun Mawer, Terry Donovan and Tony Ford would all establish themselves, having played a few bit parts the season before. Already on the books were Nigel Batch, Joe Waters, Mike Brolly, Gary Liddell and Bobby Cumming – still at this time an unimpressive full back rather than the storming winger. These were supplemented by the signing of Geoff Barker, who appeared to be little more than an aging centre half whose last club was the then perennial strugglers Darlington. As a young country lad I was about to experience a very different challenge working in Grimsby itself, at the now defunct branch of the TSB in Nunsthorpe. I think it’s fair to say that I moved to the Nunsthorpe branch with

some trepidation as it was an area with a tough reputation and at the same time I had similar feelings about the prospects for the newlook Town team. At this stage John Newman had not exerted a great deal of influence, only 6 games had been won under his stewardship. We had a team of young players with others who hadn’t exactly shone in the previous season. So as John Newman started to weave his magic I also came under the influence of another John, a charismatic manager named John Gibson who was a local well known and respected man throughout a career spent in the local TSB branches. He was certainly a character who looked after his staff, this included making sure the faulty counter panic alarm wasn’t repaired as he’d rather we hand over the money if threatened than get hurt - can I point out to any potential bank raiders that you are now at least 35 years to late to take advantage of this revelation! Anyway back to football, and


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despite a mixed start, results were soon to pick up when journeys took the team into Yorkshire leading to three away wins. In particular I remember hearing news of an away win at Barnsley on a Friday night in October; of course I say ‘hearing news’ because back then all you could rely on was ‘Teletext’ – the 70s equivalent of the internet, I suppose! I too was making some progress and realising that working on Nunsthorpe was going to be enjoyable and that appearances could be deceptive as it was with Geoff Barker, who was proving to be an effective defender who was an inspired signing by Newman. As the league programme moved on a comfortable mid table position was forged and a cup run began, old rivals Barnsley were defeated 2-0 at Blundell Park and the draw for the third round re-united us with Lawrie McMenemy who was manager at Southampton – the team he had left to manage. The Saints were in the old Second Division and had been surprise cup winners in 1976 so this alongside the return of Lawrie Mac meant a crowd of 16,500 turned out for the game at Blundell Park with Southampton including

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ex Town keeper Ian Turner and future assistant manager Chris Nicholl. A tense game remained goalless and the replay at The Dell produced the same score, therefore, in an era that didn’t believe in instant results, a second replay at a neutral ground was the outcome. Leicester’s Filbert Street was chosen and, on what turned out to be a difficult Tuesday night journey in the snow, I managed to arrive after the start of the match and Town were already a goal down! The night ended in a 4-1 defeat and, despite the weather, over 11,000 made it to Leicester to create a great atmosphere in what is now a much missed F. A. Cup replay tradition. The league season closed with the Mariners in 6th place but with ‘play-offs’ a number of years away. However the club was already transformed and in hindsight this season helped lay the foundation for the next 25 years of second tier football, for the majority. My short stay at Nunsthorpe was also coming to an end and I think its fair to say that in that year, in one way or another, two managers named John helped influence my life for many years to come – with the team and myself about to enter a new era.

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ACTION REPLAY

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I BLAME...

I Blame... WORDS: Pat Bell

My father was born in Cleethorpes, where his aunt still lived when I was young, and his parents lived in Hull. Most Christmas and Easter holidays found us staying in our Greataunt Dolly’s house on Grimsby Road. My first Grimsby match would have been in the company of my grandfather Ralph, father Derek and brothers Jon and Matthew around 1970. He died when I was too young to know for myself, but Ralph Bell I suspect was a more passionate fan than his son. A quarter century later, when I was living back in Aberystwyth but using a student railcard to watch Town at Stoke, Tranmere, West Brom and Wolves, my dad observed how tickled his dad would have been at my devotion. He told me of Ralph’s abrupt about-turn on Tommy Briggs, nose-wrinkled scepticism turning to ‘can do no wrong’ faith after watching him score a routine goal. I wonder sometimes if there was perhaps a bit more to that goal than my father admitted. Going to the game was, for him, an exercise in damping down expectations. He made a fair show of reluctance to take us to Blundell Park, yet I never knew him more passionate than when watching sport on TV, and almost unbidden took us to a derby match at Sincil Bank one year.

Perhaps it was his own hopes he wanted to manage as much as his sons’. Later in life, he politely rejected any suggestions I made that we take in a game together when the result would still be in the balance. Yet one night when Town’s defeat by Aston Villa featured on Match of the Day, he stayed up to watch, his slippered feet resting on the mantelpiece in his posture of quiet but pleasurable anticipation. He was catching up with an old acquaintance, and, as though he met him sporting an unwise beard, he queried with slight distaste the thin black stripes we wore that year. The match began with a characteristic passage of Buckley-ball, a flicker of passes between Childs and Rees that broke down just as it seemed promising. As I leaned forward, he reminded me that we were watching a replay, that Grimsby had already lost. Nevertheless, he murmured the highest praise he ever offered a team he wanted to win: “They’ve played before”. After his sons had grown up, following the Mariners was for my dad a matter of little more than checking the scores and the league tables. Yet understated praise, amid much affectionate mockery, made him typical of the best kind of Town fan.

“He made a show of reluctance to take us to Blundell Park - perhaps it was his own hopes he wanted to manage as much as his sons”

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CALLING NUMBER: 12

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This season, The Mariner will be calling up a trio of players that have adorned a particular squad number for the club. This week, profiling the number 12s PHIL

JEVONS A 2001 signing from Everton, Phil Jevons’ most memorable moment in a Grimsby Town shirt actually came in his first season with the club when he sported the number 21 jersey. After spending the majority of the 2002/03 season on loan at local rivals Hull City, Phil returned to Blundell Park the following campaign with the Mariners now in Division Two. Handed number 12 in the squad list, Phil initially found himself frozen out of first team action but his goalscoring exploits for the reserves were impossible to ignore. And with the team’s drop in form coinciding with the goals of Michael Boulding drying up, Phil was thrust into the starting XI for an FA Cup trip to Peterborough in December 2003, responding with a goal in Town’s 3-2 defeat to the Posh. His form over the next six months was scintillating. Often deployed wide on the left, Phil netted 13 times, including a four-goal haul in a 6-1 hammering of Barnsley at Blundell Park. It was the quality of the goals that caught the eye too. A wonderful first-time cushioned effort in a 3-3 Boxing Day draw with Oldham was bettered in February thanks to a marvellous solo strike in a 3-2 win over Luton in Cleethorpes. Awarded the club’s Player of the Year award at the season’s end, the accolade was unfortunately not enough to convince the player to stay at Blundell Park following the Mariners’ relegation to League Two. He departed for Yeovil, where he continued his fine goalscoring form, and later starred for Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield, Morecambe, Hyde and Stockport.

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CALLING NUMBER: 12

CLAYTON

McDONALD ROB

JONES There can be few Town fans who predicted the impact big defender Rob Jones would have on the side in the 2005/06 season.

Another big centre half who made his mark in the cups for the Mariners, Clayton McDonald was last season’s Grimsby Town number 12.

Plucked from Stockport’s reserves by manager Russell Slade at the start of the previous season, injuries and competition for places meant that the Tynesider struggled to hold down a regular first team place.

Having come through the ranks at Manchester City, Clayton made his name with Port Vale and his signing was considered something of a coup for the Mariners last summer.

Fans saw the 6’7” centre half ’s performances as cumbersome and lacking the pace for the modern game. But, at the end of the campaign, Slade’s plan of placing Jones alongside fellow giant Tony Crane and a smaller sweeper like Simon Ramsden or Justin Whittle at the heart of the defence came to fruition. Having spent his first season in Cleethorpes wearing the number 18 shirt, Rob took on number 12 for the memorable 2005/06 season and after scoring the winner at Bristol Rovers in the second game of the campaign, he never looked back. Suspension to Crane and injuries to other key defender forced Slade to shuffle his hand for the Carling Cup trip to Derby in late-August 2005. A flat back four was called upon and Whittle was the man to marshal it, Jones slotted in alongside him. Town responded with one of their finest 90-minute displays in years, beating their loftier rivals 1-0. Slade could not look back now. Whittle and Jones were first choice and the latter was really catching the eye with towering displays, utilising his telescopic limbs to fend off opposition attacks. And the threat at the other end was there too; a thumping strike at home to Torquay in September lives long in the memory. Rob’s finest 90 minutes in the black and white came in the Carling Cup victory over Spurs, carried from the field on the shoulders of the adoring Town faithful. The Mariners pushed for promotion in that campaign, eventually reaching the Play Off Final, where they were beaten by Cheltenham. Another number 12 who was named Player of the Year, Jones was snapped up by Scottish outfit Hibernian that summer and has since gone onto star for Scunthorpe and Doncaster.

By the player’s own admission, he took some time to settle in his new surroundings, but once he found his feet, Mariners’ fans began to see what a threat the big Liverpudlian could be. At six feet six inches, Clayton was naturally dominant in the air but it was his ability to spray the ball out from the back that really caught the eye, spraying balls 50 and 60 yards, directly to the feet of his forwards. An arm injury sustained before Christmas meant that Clayton’s contributions were limited in the second half of the season but by this time he had already written his way into the Grimsby Town history books. A towering header in the 2-1 FA Cup First Round Replay win at bitter rivals Scunthorpe United sent over 2,000 travelling supporters into delirium. It was McDonald’s first goal for the club and definitely his most important, sealing one of Town’s most memorable victories of recent memory. Released from Blundell Park in the summer, Clayton opted for a move back closer to home, joining Tranmere Rovers on a noncontract basis.

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IN FORM: PATRICK McLAUGHLIN

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FLASH BACK

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FLASH BACK 1. SID WHEELHOUSE Town’s captain with nearly 300 club outings to his name. The full-back joined the Middlesex Regiment’s Footballers Battalion, sadly dying of his wounds received at Beaumont Hamel in September 1916. 2. RALPH THOMPSON The son of an ex-GTFC Chairman, the winger played 12 times for Town before joining the Grimsby ‘chums’, losing his life on the first day of the

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To mark 100 years since Britain and her colonies joined World War One, we look back at the Mariners team of 1914/15 and those who fought on the Western front.

Battle of the Somme in July 1916. 3. DAVE KENNY After two seasons with the Mariners the centre-half joined the Middlesex Regiment’s Footballers Battalion. Part of Sid Wheelhouse’s machine-gun unit, Dave – unlike his team-mate – survived the war. 4. FRANK MARTIN The left-half was to figure over 200 times for GTFC either side of the

Great War. This was despite service with the Middlesex Regiment’s Footballers Battalion, receiving a bullet through his chin and broken jaw. 5. TOM RIPPON A promising carer as one of Grimsby’s forwards was hindered by the Great War, during which Tom combined playing wartime games with work as a miner before joining the army.


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Back: Kenny, Holden (Trainer), Andrews, Wheelhouse, W Rippon, Lee, Summers, Martin Front: Spink, T Rippon, Rampton, Moyson, Thompson 6. GEORGE RAMPTON Town’s main strike threat was top scorer in 1914/15 with 18 goals before hostilities all but ended his GTFC career. Apart from the odd wartime game, George did ‘war work’ in the Midlands. 7. PERCY SUMMERS Grimsby’s regular keeper in 1914/15, Percy joined the Footballers Battalion. In 1916

“Rampton was Town’s main strike threat & top scored with 18 goals before hostilities all but ended his GTFC career”

he received stomach and hand injuries from a grenade, though recovered to play one more game for the club. 8. TOMMY SPINK Signed by Grimsby in 1914, the speedy winger would appear over 150 times for the club either side of wartime service – firstly in a munitions factory, then with the Durham Light Infantry.

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So, here we go again. After a summer of more international let down and what seems like an even longer pre-season than the last really long pre-season, real football is back. The beautiful pitches – complete with grass in the goalmouth – the warm afternoons and evenings, the sense of anticipation and optimism. At this time of the year, everyone is going to have a good season. August is the month of hope before the denial of September and the reality of late October. In last week’s NLP we canvassed the opinions of fans of the 24 Vanarama Conference clubs – who would be their star of the season and, most importantly, how would they get on? Not one said their club will go down. Even those who thought they might struggle a little bit spoke about mid-table safety, if not a top ten finish. Because, as football fans, the ‘You-neverknow-what-can-happen-football-is-afunny-old-game’ mantra is ingrained into us. We just can’t help it. Everything is ahead and all to play for. At the moment we can all still dream knowing within a few minutes of the first ball being kicked, it could all be shattered. For no reason other than I saw them win a game at QPR when I was seven, I support Sheffield Wednesday – and that’s why I love this part of the season. Nothing has gone wrong yet. Deep down I know we probably haven’t

recruited well enough to mount a promotion push and get back to the Premier League. But I’ve got the same nagging question as I do every other year: What if? I should know better. Take the first day of the 2000-01 season. We’d just been relegated from the Premier League and we needed a good start away at Wolves. Thirteen (that’s THIRTEEEN) seconds in keeper Kevin Pressman came racing out of his box to make a block, was adjudged to handle the ball and was sent-off. Take the opening day of the 2007-08 season. We’d just signed Francis Jeffers and some of our best youngsters

were yet to be poached. Less than two minutes in we gave away a penalty, conceded and ended up getting smashed 4-1. Yes I know it’s a marathon not a sprint, and Kidderminster Harriers showed a couple of years ago that you can get your first three points 11 games in and still finish runners-up. It might not mean anything – see Forest Green hammering Hyde 8-0 on the opening day last year – but it’s so nice to get off to a good start. And that’s what everyone will be hoping for as the big kick-off arrives – until 3.01pm at least. Matt Badcock

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FLASH IN THE PAN: DAVID BEHARALL

David Beharall WORDS: Paul Savage

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he name David Beharall may not ring too many bells with Grimsby Town fans, but the former Newcastle centre half played a pivotal role in one of the Mariners’ best moments in recent history. Brought in by Lennie Lawrence to cover for defensive injuries in August 2001, the tall defender only managed 15 games in a black and white shirt. But the loanee played his part in the historic 2-1 League Cup win over Liverpool at Anfield, which puts him firmly in ‘Flash in the Pan’ status. “I was getting frustrated with only having a handful of first team games under my belt at Newcastle United so I spoke with Bobby Robson and he suggested I go on loan to get myself some more experience,” Beharall said. “I trained with Grimsby for a week so they could have a closer look at me and ended up playing my first game for them the following Saturday.” The centre-back, who played alongside another loanee in Marlon Broomes, had played less than 20 first team matches

when he was pressed into action against a Liverpool side that had won the cup the year before. And although the Reds had rested a few players, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyppia, Danny Murphy and Vladimir Smicer all started for the home team. Town fans know the rest of the story as the Mariners defended in numbers to hold the home side to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes, thanks mostly to an unbelievable performance in goal by keeper Danny Coyne. But as extra time ticked by, disaster struck. Liverpool pushed forwards towards the goal with several thousand Town fans packed behind it. Beharall stuck out an arm and the ball struck it. A penalty was awarded. “It was definitely hand to ball,” Beharall said. “It was purely sub-conscious though and to this day I have no idea why I did that. I remember Alan Pouton saying to me straight after if I’d have carried on playing instead of stopping than the ref wouldn’t have given it. Watch the video back on YouTube and you’ll see he’s right.” Gary McAllister stepped up and slotted the ball home with just 19 minutes of

the match remaining. But rather than roll over and give in, the Mariners battled back through goals by Broomes and a wonder striker by Phil Jevons. “I remember Jevo’s still to this day,” Beharall, who has since retired from football, added. “I was playing right back at the time and had the best view in the stadium as I was directly behind him. It was an unbelievable strike and one I’ll never forget.” Beharall didn’t play too many more games for the Mariners and, after his 3-month loan spell was up, went on a season-long loan to Oldham. After three years at Boundary Park he moved on to Carlisle and then Stockport, before being forced to retire from the game due to injury. Beharall now runs his own digital marketing agency. “Playing for my home town in the Premiership has to be top of the bill as well as being involved in the Newcastle United squad for the FA Cup Final,” the defender added. “[The Liverpool cup] game is in the top five moments of my career. I have great pleasure of reminding any Liverpool fans of that game too!”

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BLUNDELL PARK: A HISTORY

Blundell Park: A History Grounds For Change WORDS: Rob Briggs

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ike many other football clubs established in Victorian times, it was to be some years after their formation before Grimsby Town FC had a ground that offered something of a permanent base.

capitalism overcame football sentiments, and using the excuse of ‘bad behaviour’ amongst the players, he finally gave GTFC notice to quit.

After almost a decade at the basic Clee Park (that once drew an 8,000 crowd to see the mighty Preston North End in an F.A. Cup tie), the Mariners then spent a similar period at Abbey Park in Grimsby. It was while based here that Football League status was achieved in 1892, the quaint, enclosed venue along Welholme Road near to the present People’s Park gaining a reputation as one of the best in the Second Division.

Given Heneage’s stance, club officials had long been aware that Abbey Park would likely be a temporary home, but the joint problems of suitable land, relocation costs and creating a venue equal to if not better than Abbey Park were all considerations to be taken into account. Mr. Heneage did offer the club land at the end of Hainton Street but this was rejected, with another possible site being the alreadyestablished cycle track on Corporation Road. However, the grassy area inside the track was deemed too small to house a pitch necessary for League Football.

However, as with the reason for leaving Clee Park, the potential profits to be gained from house-building for a growing population were to eventually lead to yet another ground search. Although landowner Edward Heneage had granted extensions to the lease, as the 20th century dawned

With the 1898/99 season nearing its end, and no new ground on the horizon, there was speculation that GTFC might even fold. It was then that local businessman Mr. Alcock - and his purchasing of land in Cleethorpes - came to the attention of club director, Mr. Thompson...

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Wishing The Mariners every success for the 2014/15 season


THE MARINERS TRUST

“In all the years that this has been going on, there has never been a better time to make this happen - as supporters, we have a massive role to play”

MARINERS TRUST With another season upon us, the Mariners Trust has been hard at work over the summer working alongside the club on a number of key initiatives to improve the match day experience for fans, as well as raising funds.

is achieving the support of local politicians and the local community. Without the will of the council this project simply will not happen and so we are appealing for EVERYONE to really get behind this project and create the demand needed to achieve councillors’ support.

Our biggest accomplishment over the summer period was delivering tens of thousands of leaflets across North East Lincolnshire with details of Grimsby Town’s proposed new stadium.

The Trust wrote to every councillor and candidate in the May council elections and has also undertaken a massive leaflet drop to allay some of the fears residents in the area may have. Thanks must go to all of those who spent many hours delivering the leaflets through local letterboxes.

There is no doubt the relocation of GTFC is absolutely key if the club is ever going to exist on a sustainable basis. We also know that following our recent survey and the recent petition, which has now been signed by almost 5,000 people, there is overwhelming support for relocation. To that end we have been working with the club to understand what we can do to help make the relocation happen. There is a lot of work going on in the background and with some serious interest now from potential enabling developers, the key hurdle to overcome

We acknowledge that there are some concerns in some quarters about the project and we fully respect that. All we would say at this stage is please keep an open mind and have faith in the planning system to ensure satisfactory solutions to any problems identified. We believe the time for debate about the detail comes further down the line at the planning stage and the first objective is to get to that point. We’d urge all supporters to sign the petition, if you haven’t already done so, at

www.gtfccommunitystadium.co.uk. Please sign it and get as many of your family friends to do so as well. It only takes 2 minutes. This will be absolutely key when the time comes to putting in a planning application which will benefit enormously if accompanied by thousands of signatures in support. In all the years this has been going on there has never been a better time to make this happen and as supporters we have a massive role to play. Please help us achieve something that we, and future generations, can be proud of and let’s stop looking in envy at the likes of Doncaster, Rotherham, Chesterfield, York and Scunthorpe. Surely if those towns can do it so can we. If you’d like further information about the Mariners Trust, or you would like to join, visit www.marinerstrust.co.uk or email enquiries@marinerstrust. co.uk You can also interact with us on Twitter (@marinerstrust) or Facebook (/ marinerstrust) Up The Mariners!

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THE

STAT Rob Briggs

MAN

CONFERENCE

Grimsby’s four seasons of Conference football (excluding Play-Offs) have seen them play 184 games, resulting in 79 wins, 56 draws and 49 defeats. The Mariners’ most frequent Conference score is 1-1, achieved 21 times to the end of last season.

FANS

Town’s 184 Conference games have been seen by 504,038 fans, at an average of 2,739 per fixture.

GAMES James McKeown began the new campaign as Grimsby’s top appearance holder in the Conference with 134 outings to his name.

SIDES The Mariners have 100% records in Conference soccer versus Kettering and Histon.

By contrast, they have lost all their meetings against Fleetwood and FC Halifax.

GOALS

Liam Hearn is Grimsby’s top marksman in the Conference with 33 goals. He also holds the seasonal record having struck 27 during 2011/12.

BOGEY

RAPID

The quickest Conference goal by a Grimsby player was achieved by Rob Duffy, who netted after just 26 seconds on his January 2011 debut at Eastbourne.

IN CHARGE Referee Mr. Joyce is the most frequent official for a GTFC Conference fixture, having taken charge of 15 matches.

SUPER

SUB

Eight of Anthony Elding’s 14 Conference goals for Town came as a substitute. He twice claimed two when coming off the bench against the same team - Barrow - in 2011 and 2012.

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CRAIG DISLEY: TEAM MATES

TEAM MATES with CRAIG DISLEY

BIGGEST MOANER Aswad Thomas. I think he’s been on his coaching ‘A’ license over the summer and he’s come back this season with a lot of advice to give!

WORST ROOMATE I ‘room’ with Ross, and to be fair he’s a top man. He runs a lovely bath and he’s not bad when it comes to making a cup of tea either! If I’m honest, I don’t think I’d like to share with Macca because it’s been well documented about his hygiene... or lack of.

MOST VAIN It has to be Aswad, again. If anyone has seen his ‘Sweat’ (A La La La Long) video on the club’s official YouTube channel, I think that tells you everything you need to know!

“Aswad Thomas has to be the most vain - if anyone has seen his ‘Sweat’ video on the club’s YouTube channel it tells you everything you need to know!”

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FLASHIEST Scotty Neilson, he pulls off the ‘Essex-look’ well – the white smile and the luscious hair – he always looks the part.

WORST FASHION SENSE It’s been said before but definitely Macca. If he buys a new top he has to wear it for the next three weeks! To be fair to him, I don’t think he really cares.

HARDEST TRAINER I’d probably say Shaun Pearson. Shaun’s come through every level possible and each day at training

he gives 100% - he trains like it’s a match.

LAZIEST I don’t think you can get away with being lazy in our team. The gaffer and now Doigy are pretty strict when it comes to that kind of thing. There’s nowhere for someone to hide at training so you have to be ‘on it’ every day.

BIGGEST LAUGH Scotty Neilson, again, is a cheeky chappie as well as being the ‘flashiest’. I travel in with Scott in the morning and some of the stories he tells me helps keep me entertained – he usually gives me a right chuckle!

FIRST OUT OF THE DOOR Bradley Wood used to be – he used to be gone before we’d finished training! No, to be honest, the lads come in and do everything right. Most of the lads stick about after a session and workout in the gym so no one is the first out of the door.

POTENTIAL GAFFER I’ve got to say Shaun again. He’s doing a lot of coaching at the minute; I think he does that with our Under 16’s. He’s one of the most passionate people I know about the game, so if he doesn’t go into that side of the game I’d be very surprised.


CRAIG DISLEY: MY BEST XI

BEST XI This is the best ‘XI’ players I’ve played with during my career. CRAIG DISLEY

JAMES MCKEOWN For a young Goalkeeper his performances have been a different class. I expect him to go on and have a long and successful career in football.

DAVID PIPE Quick, strong and aggressive with a great attacking threat down the flank. He’s one that would run his socks off and always give his all.

LIAM LAWRENCE He might not have been the quickest but he had fantastic ability on the ball. He deserved the successful career he had in the game.

SHAUN PEARSON

STEVE ELLIOT

No-nonsense centre half that appears to be getting better and better with every game he plays in professional football.

A big strong defender with a sweet left boot. He might not have been the quickest but he read the game superbly.

STUART CAMPBELL

LEE WILLIAMSON

He was one that led by example when he was Rovers skipper. Skilful on the ball and also strong in the tackle.

Lee had a great career partly down to his ability to dictate the pace of the game when he was on form.

RICKIE LAMBERT

CHRIS GREENACRE

This man needs no introduction! He possessed a hammer of a right foot and scored some of the most unbelievable goals I’ve ever seen.

Another natural finisher that worked his socks off every game. You knew if he got a chance he would stick it away.

AARON LESCOTT Easily the best one-on-one defender I’ve played with. I don’t think I can recall a time an opponent got the wrong side of him.

WAYNE CORDEN I’m surprised that he didn’t play at a higher level. A Peter Beagrieesque winger who was equally comfortable using either foot. Class.

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THE JUNIORS JAUNT

MEET THE CLASS OF

JACK PEARSON

Position: Goalkeeper Birthplace: Grimsby

2014

CALLUM BASTOCK

Position: Goalkeeper Birthplace: Boston

LUCAS MIDDLETON

Position: Defender Birthplace: Wakefield

Throughout the season, our resident Youth Team reporter Chris Stephenson will be providing ‘The Mariner’ with regular updates.

BEN SIBBICK

Position: Defender Birthplace: Grimsby

WILL APPLEBY

First, let’s get to know our new crop of Mariners Youngsters…

Position: Defender Birthplace: Grimsby

U18s YOUTH ALLIANCE FIXTURES 2014/15 AUGUST Sat 9 York City Sat 16 Mansfield Town Sat 23 Lincoln City SEPTEMBER Sat 6 Doncaster Rovers Sat 13 Chesterfield Sat 27 Bradford City OCTOBER Sat 18 Hartlepool United Sat 25 Burton Albion NOVEMBER Sat 1 Rotherham United Sat 8 Hull City Sat 15 Scunthorpe United Sat 22 Notts County DECEMBER Sat 6 York City Sat 20 Mansfield Town JANUARY 2015 Sat 3 Lincoln City Sat 10 Doncaster Rovers Sat 24 Chesterfield FEBRUARY Sat 7 Bradford City Sat 21 Hartlepool United Sat 28 Burton Albion MARCH Sat 14 Rotherham United Sat 21 Hull City APRIL Sat 4 Notts County Sat 11 Scunthorpe United

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H A H

COM YA YA YA

A A H

YA YA YA

H A

YA YA

H A H A

YA YA YA YA

A H

YA YA

A H H

YA YA YA

A A H

YA YA YA

A H

YA YA

H A

YA YA

RES 0-0

1 Bastock

2 Sibbick

3 Crowther

4 Venney

5 Appleby

6 Sunter

7 Dale


THE JUNIORS JAUNT

JOE CROWTHER

MATTHEW DALE

MAX WRIGHT

CALLUM JENNINGS

HARRY CLIFTON

KRIS FAWCETT

JORDAN BARNETT

JAMES WROOT

JOSH VENNEY

LEWIS BEMROSE

Position: Defender Birthplace: Grimsby

Position: Midfielder Birthplace: Grimsby

Position: Midfielder Birthplace: Aylesbury

Position: Midfielder Birthplace: Scarborough

Position: Midfielder Birthplace: Nunsthorpe

Position: Striker Birthplace: York

Position: Midfielder Birthplace: Grimsby

Position: Striker Birthplace: Grimsby

Position: Midfielder Birthplace: Grimsby

8 Barnett

9 Fawcett

10 Clifton

11 Jennings

Position: Striker Birthplace: Grimsby

12 Middleton

13 Wroot

14 Finnegan

UNUSED Sawyer

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FIXTURES & RESULTS

2014/15 FIXTURES & RESULTS AUGUST Sat 9 Bristol Rovers Tue 12 Nuneaton Town Sat 16 Dover Athletic Sat 23 Gateshead Mon 25 Alfreton Town Sat 30 Aldershot Town

A H H A H A

COM VC VC VC VC VC VC

RES 0-0 19.45 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00

SEPTEMBER Sat 6 Welling United Tue 9 Lincoln City Sat 13 Torquay United Tue 16 FC Halifax Town Sat 20 Kidderminster Harriers Sat 27 Chester Tue 30 Southport

H A H A A H H

VC VC VC VC VC VC VC

15.00 19.45 15.00 19.45 15.00 15.00 19.45

A H A A

VC VC VC VC

15.00 19.45 15.00 15.00

H A H A H H A

VC VC VC VC VC VC VC

15.00 19.45 19.45 15.00 15.00 19.45 15.00

OCTOBER Sat 4 Dartford Tue 7 Altrincham Sat 11 Wrexham Sat 18 Torquay United Sat 25 FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round NOVEMBER Sat 1 Dartford Tue 4 Braintree Town Tue 11 FC Halifax Town Sat 15 Altrincham Sat 22 Kidderminster Harriers Tue 25 Woking Sat 29 AFC Telford United DECEMBER Sat 6 Eastleigh Sat 13 FA Trophy First Round Fri 19 Forest Green Rovers Fri 26 Macclesfield Town Sun 28 Lincoln City

A

VC

15.00

H A H

VC VC VC

19.45 15.00 15.00

JANUARY 2015 Thu 1 Macclesfield Town Sun 4 Dover Athletic Sat 17 Barnet Sat 24 Nuneaton Town Sat 31 AFC Telford United

H A H A H

VC VC VC VC VC

15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00

FEBRUARY Sat 7 Forest Green Rovers Sat 14 Bristol Rovers Sat 21 Barnet Sat 28 Braintree Town

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VC VC VC VC

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MARCH Sat 7 Sat 14 Sat 21 Sat 28

Woking Chester Eastleigh Welling United

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15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00

APRIL Sat 4 Mon 6 Sat 11 Sat 18 Sat 25

Gateshead Alfreton Town Wrexham Southport Aldershot Town

H A H A H

VC VC VC VC VC

15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00

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ATT AWAY 7,019 452

POS 13

McKeown

Magnay

Thomas

Doig

Boyce

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FIXTURES & RESULTS

Brown

Disley

McLaughlin

Mackreth

John-Lewis

Connell

SUB 1 Clay

SUB 2

SUB 3

UNUSED Bignot, Humble, Winfarrah, Bemrose

L ROVERS MATCH ACTION

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VANARAMA CONFERENCE ROUND-UP

CONFERENCE

STATISTICS VANARAMA CONFERENCE TABLE 1

Barnet

P 1

W 1

D 0

L 0

F 5

RESULTS A 0

GD +5

PTS 3

2

Eastleigh

1

1

0

0

3

0

+3

3

3

Aldershot Town

1

1

0

0

3

1

+2

3

4

Gateshead

1

1

0

0

3

1

+2

3

5

Woking

1

1

0

0

3

1

+2

3

6

Wrexham

1

1

0

0

2

1

+1

3

7

FC Halifax Town

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

8

Forest Green Rovers

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

9

Macclesfield Town

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

10

AFC Telford United

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

1

11

Welling United

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

1

12

Bristol Rovers

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

13

GRIMSBY

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

14

Kidderminster

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

15

Lincoln City

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

16

Dartford

1

0

0

1

1

2

-1

0

17

Braintree Town

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

18

Dover Athletic

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

19

Southport

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

20

Alfreton Town

1

0

0

1

1

3

-2

0

21

Altrincham

1

0

0

1

1

3

-2

0

22

Torquay United

1

0

0

1

1

3

-2

0

23

NUNEATON

1

0

0

1

0

3

-3

0

24

Chester

1

0

0

1

0

5

-5

0

TOP GOALSCORERS PLAYER

TEAM

1

Lee Cook

Barnet

2

Marcus Maddison

Gateshead

2

=

Scott Rendell

Woking

2

=

Wes York

Wrexham

2

5

Harry Beautyman

Welling United

1

=

Tom Bradbrook

Dartford

1

=

Louis Briscoe

Torquay United

1

=

Nicky Clee

Altrincham

1

=

Lewis Guy

Gateshead

1

=

Chris Holroyd

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Macclesfield Town

1

FIXTURES Tuesday 12th August Telford v Macclesfield Altrincham v Lincoln City Braintree v Dover Athletic Halifax v Southport Forest Green v Chester Grimsby v Nuneaton Kidderminster v Alfreton Torquay v Welling Woking v Dartford Wrexham v Gateshead Barnet v Bristol Rovers Thursday 14th August Eastleigh v Aldershot Saturday 16th August Altrincham v Bristol Rovers Barnet v Lincoln City Braintree v Chester Eastleigh v Gateshead Halifax v Welling Forest Green v Alfreton Grimsby v Dover Athletic Kidderminster v Dartford Torquay v Southport Woking v Macclesfield Wrexham v Nuneaton

GLS

=

Saturday 9th August Bristol Rovers 0-0 Grimsby Aldershot 3-1 Altrincham Alfreton 1-3 Woking Chester 0-5 Barnet Dartford 1-2 Wrexham Dover Athletic 0-1 Halifax Gateshead 3-1 Torquay Lincoln City 0-0 Kidderminster Macclesfield 1-0 Braintree Nuneaton 0-3 Eastleigh Southport 0-1 Forest Green Welling 1-1 Telford

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OFFICIALS Referee: M. COY Assistants: J. MATTHEWS H. CONLEY

v.

GRIMSBY TOWN

Fourth Official: N. GUEST

NUNEATON TOWN

01 James McKEOWN

01 Reice CHARLES-COOK

Young Goalkeeper on loan from Coventry City

02 Paul BIGNOT

02 Ben STAROSTA

Former Poland youth international Right Back

03 Aswad THOMAS

03 Connor FRANKLIN

Left Back now in his second spell at the Boro

04 Scott BROWN

04 Gavin COWAN

Experienced former Shrewsbury Town defender

05 Shaun PEARSON

05 Gareth DEAN

Boro captain and youth team graduate

06 Carl MAGNAY

06 Adam WALKER

Former Coventry City Midfielder

07 Jack MACKRETH

07 James ARMSON

Versatile Midfielder and product of the youth sytem

08 Craig DISLEY

08 Jorrin JOHN

Former England youth International Striker

10 Ross HANNAH

09 Benjamin HUTCHINSON Well travelled Striker, once on the books at Celtic

11 Scott NEILSON

10 Andrew BROWN

Prolific Striker for Boro during his first spell with the club

12 Chris DOIG

11 Theo STREETE

All-action Defender who began his career with Derby County

14 Lenell JOHN-LEWIS

15 Delroy GORDON

Joined Boro from Corby Town in July 2012

15 Ellis HUMBLE

16 Magno VIEIRA

Brazilian forward currently on loan from Forest Green Rovers

16 Craig CLAY

17 Ryan SMITH

Young Defender, also once on Coventry City’s books

17 Alan CONNELL

18 Anton BROWN

Former Mansfield Town Midfielder

18 Jon-Paul PITTMAN

19 James HOGARTH-WREN

Goalkeeper signed from Tamworth this summer

20 Nathan ARNOLD

20 Daniel KAVANAGH

Young Defender comfortable across the whole back four

22 Aristote NSIALA

21 Ryan QUINN

Former Coventry City Academy midfielder – joined Boro this summer

24 Paul WALKER

22 Jack DYER

The Midfielder started his full time career at Burton Albion

25 Caine WINFARRAH 26 Patrick McLAUGHLIN 27 Lewis BEMROSE 30 Andrew BOYCE

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