Grimsby Town Club Profile
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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club News; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities


Grimsby Town : Club Background
Grimsby? Now here's a challenge. Before 2004 as far as we know the paths of Grimsby Town and Yeovil Town had not crossed in any way, shape or form. All this writer knew was that they were nicknamed The Mariners, and their fans were to be seen waving blow-up fish about some seasons back. Harry the Haddock? Each to their own. Then of course we got Phil Jevons from them...........which was nice.

Formed as Grimsby Pelham FC in 1878 the name was changed to Grimsby Town the following year. They were founder members of Division Two when the Football League expanded to a second tier in 1892. By then they had moved from their first home, Clee Park, to Abbey Park. In 1899 they shifted to Blundell Park, where they have remained ever since. Though there has been talk for some years of a new ground the necessary sorts of money required seem some way off.

Blundell Park - if you're wondering why it's a bit chilly there, that's the North Sea and the wind blows directly off it. Brrrrr!
Blundell Park - if you're wondering why it's a bit chilly there, that's the North Sea and the wind blows directly off it. Brrrrr!

Division Two status was comfortably maintained until 1900-01 when the Mariners became Champions. They struggled near the foot of Division One for two season before relegation. In 1908 they had to put themselves up for re-election for the first time, topping the poll by some margin. In 1910 they were not so lucky, voted out (though finishing second from bottom rather than last) and replaced by Huddersfield Town. For the 1910-11 season they took over their Reserves spot in the Midland League, finishing as Champions. In the subsequent election they swapped places with Lincoln City, only voted into the Football League two years earlier.

There they stayed until football was suspended for the First World War. In the first season after hostilities had ceased, 1919-20, they finished bottom of Division Two and were voted out again (along with yo-yo club Lincoln City, ejected for the third time). However League status was saved as a Third Division was being formed. Although that year composed entirely of clubs with a Southern League background Cardiff City had been voted straight through into the Second Division, and Grimsby got allocated the spare space in Division Three. They must have racked up the miles in the 1920-21 campaign, with huge journeys to every away game, but managed to finish midtable. The following season saw further expansion, and splitting of the Third tier regionally. In the process Grimsby Town were sensibly moved into Division Three North.

1925-26 saw another Championship, and after some midtable seasons in Division Two they were runners-up to Middlesborough in 1928-29 and achieved their second spell in the top flight. On this occasion they lasted three seasons before relegation.

In 1933-34 they took the title and promotion, and the next season finished fifth in Division One. This was to be Grimsby's highest ever finish, but they remained in Division One through to 1947-48 when a disasterous campaign saw them leak 111 goals and finish ten points adrift. Steep decline set in, and could not initially be halted. In 1950-51 it was the foot of the table and down to Division Three North. By 1955 the Mariners were seeking re-election - successfully. However they then bounced back as Champions the next year. After three years in Division Two they were relegated again. Three more years in the Third and then they won promotion as runners-up back into the Second for 1962-63. But each time was becoming more of a struggle, and there were two poor seasons ending in relegation. Drifting down through Division Three, relegation to Division Four caught up with them at the end of 1967-68. The following season they collapsed down the table and again relied on re-election. Towards the end of this 1968-69 season some crowds fell below 2,000. The club was at one of its lowest ever points.

The arrival of Lawrie McMenemy saw an upsurge, with the title and promotion in his first season. However they could only hold on to him for two seasons before he headed to Southampton, and Grimsby gradually drifted down the table each season until relegated back to Division Four in 1976-77. Another surge took place at the end of the Seventies. Up to Division Three as runners-up, then Champions the next year and back to Division Two. During this time they won the League Group Cup in 1982 - an early version of the Football League Trophy which they also later won as the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1998.

They lasted until the mid Eighties, then began another of their slides, with two successive relegations. Two seasons in the basement and then they were heading up again, promoted back to back up to the Second. By the time of their next relegation in 1996-97 it was of course from Division One. This time they bounced back at the first time of asking, and remained in the lower reaches until 2002-03. Then it was two successive relegations again. That set off serious financial problems - at one point they owed around three-quarters of a million pounds to the Inland Revenue, and they've since failed to get above fourth tier level.

By the 2008-09 season, gravity was pulling them down. They finished one place above the trap door, and for he 2009-10 campaign they dropped into non-league football for the first time since 1910-11. Like many such clubs, despite their size they struggled to get back up again, finishing in mid-table for their first two seasons before three failed attempts in the play-offs. Fourth time lucky it was, with a 3-1 win over Forest Green Rovers seeing them through, under a side managed by Paul Hurst.

Back in the Football League for the 2016-17 season, they suffered a blow early on when Hurst was taken by Shrewsbury Town in League One, and his replacement Marcus Bignot lasted only five months before being fired. At this point they turned to a familiar face. When Yeovil Town played Grimsby Town during 2004-05, the man in charge was Russell Slade. He left them in 2006 to join a certain club in Somerset, after they lost in a League Two Play-Off Final, but just over ten years later, he's been reunited with long standing club owner John Fenty. Slade is just starting his first full season with the Mariners where you presume his target will be at least the top half of the table, but ideally to aim for the play-offs either this year or next.

The Main Stand - oddly it isn't the biggest stand in the ground though
The Main Stand - oddly it isn't the biggest stand in the ground though

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Grimsby Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Grimsby Town

11/12/2004HomeCCL2W2-15733Johnson 43, Tarachulski 47
26/02/2005AwayCCL2L1-24414Davies 11
17/07/2009AwaySWCCL2-3239Tomlin 62, S Williams 75
29/10/2016HomeEFL2D0-03733
22/04/2017AwayEFL2L2-44061Lawless 47, Zoko 75
16/09/2017AwayEFL2L1-23945Zoko 21


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Grimsby Town

HomeAwayOverall
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Grimsby Town : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

07/10/2017Port ValeAwayEFL2W2-15849Jones 51, Dembele 67
14/10/2017Crawley TownHomeEFL2D0-04007
17/10/2017Cheltenham TownAwayEFL2W3-22469Dembele 13, 44, Collins 42
21/10/2017MorecambeAwayEFL2D0-01525
28/10/2017Cambridge UnitedHomeEFL2D0-04091
11/11/2017Exeter CityAwayEFL2L0-23854


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Sam Jones500005
Siriki Dembele300003
Danny Collins300003
Jonathan Hooper200002
Mitchell Rose200002
Nathan Clarke100001
Ben Davies100001
Harry Cardwell000101
Martyn Woolford100001
Scott Vernon100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 7669, vs Lincoln City, 30/09/2017
Lowest League Attendance: 3438, vs Colchester United, 26/09/2017
Average League Attendance: 4750

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 3 Games Without A Home Win: 4
Games Without An Away Win: 2 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 6 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 7
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 3
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WWDDDD
Away Results Sequence: WLWWDL Overall Results Sequence: WDWDDL


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Grimsby Town : Club Information
Address : Blundell Park
Cleethorpes
Lincolnshire
DN35 7PY
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01472 605050
Fax : 01472 693665
Email: enquiries@gtfc.co.uk
Chairman : John Fenty
Press Officer : Tim Harvey
Fixtures Secretary : Ian Fleming
Manager : Russell Slade

Capacity : 9,027
Seated : All seated
Covered Terrace : N/A

Record Attendance : 31,657 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, F.A. Cup 5th Round, 1937

Colours : shirt - black and white stripes; shorts - black; socks - black
Nickname : The Mariners

Ticket Prices :

There are advance tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office for our 2017-18 visit are as follows:

Adults: 18.00; Aged 65 and Over or Aged 15-18 or NUS Students: 11.00; Unaccompanied Aged 14 and Under: 7.00 ; Accompanied Aged 14 and Under: 5.00.

The Osmond Corner Stand is the area reserved for away fans. The total capacity of this area is 1,904, but for various games they allow home supporters to use it. The standard away allocation is for 580 unreserved seats. Entry to the stand is in Harrington Street.

Note that there is a matchday surcharge of 2.00 for all ticket categories except for the Junior rates, if you choose to purchase on the day of the match.

Disabled Info :
Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair disabled supporters are charged 18.00 with an assistant going free of charge. You need to be on the High or Enhanced rate of Living Allowance. For Ambulant Disabled tickets you can buy direct from Huish Park, whilst for Wheelchair Bays, call 01472 605 050. If you need information on facilities or further assistance, Adie Merrikin is the club's Disability Liaison Officer - call on 01472-605050 or 07850464884 for information or e-mail safety@gtfc.co.uk. Disabled supporters enter the ground via Harrington Street, which is at the rear side of the ground, compared to the Ticket Office, so you may prefer to arrange to collect tickets upon entering the stadium.

Disabled away fans can park on Harrington Street behind Main Stand with level access to the stadium. There is no raised platform for Wheelchair Users, and at present they are in the middle of fitting a disabled toilet within the away end. If the lack of facilities there causes you concern, then they allow access for Disabled Supporters in their Main Stand where there is a designated disabled toilet and changing facilities. They will provide tea/coffee free of charge to disabled fans to recognise the current shortcomings - just let a steward or the DLO know of your needs and they will fetch them. No dedicated counters at food outlets. 44 allocated wheelchair places for both home and away supporters all located at pitch side in the Main Stand.

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Grimsby Town : Directions To The Ground

The Osmond Stand - this is where the away supporters are housed
The Osmond Stand - this is where the away supporters are housed

General

The main thing to note is that Grimsby's ground, Blundell Park, isn't in Grimsby at all, but in Cleethorpes. Technically the area is North East Lincolnshire. Er, you what? You'll have noticed that Ciderspace has given no credence to this pile of cack. Likewise we wouldn't have given house room to that monstrosity of local government boundary fiddling Humberside, which Grimsby was allegedly in before. Thankfully that lasted the twinkling of an eye before someone pulled the plug on it. The English shires go back a thousand years, and no pen-pushing bureaucrat is going to change Ciderspace's view on these matters. It's Lincolnshire, pure, simple, flat, and very very dull. They'll be telling us Barf isn't in Somerset next. Oh, hang on. Some changes can be for the good......



By Road

Those who have been to Glanford Park will be familiar with the majority of the journey. From the M1 (Junction 32) it's then M18 and at Junction 5 the M180. Sail past Scunthorpe and when the M180 runs out just keep following the A180. At the roundabout with the A16 ignore the signs to Grimsby and stay on the A180 (now called Grimsby Road), signed Cleethorpes. About a mile further on start looking for a Drive-Thru MacDonalds. Blundell Park away end is situated behind it.

Blundell Park has no parking for fans of its own so on-street it is. The turnings off the A180 past the stadium into Cleethorpes are probably the best hunting ground. By now you'll have the North Sea close on your left so will mainly be looking right.

By Rail

Cleethorpes station is the most convenient for the ground. There are various routes but getting to Doncaster as the interchange is a good bet. Trains from there for Cleethorpes run once an hour each way, and the journey time is 50 minutes.

From Cleethorpes station, it's about a 15-20 minute walk. Turn right and head down the High Street following the signs. You will eventually come down to Blundell Park on your right.

Should you want to see Grimsby itself and insist on getting off at its station you will be about 35 minutes walk from the stadium. There are buses (see below).

By Bus

The 9, 13 and 46 all run past the ground between Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

The Young's Stand - the largest stand in the ground
The Young's Stand - the largest stand in the ground
© 2017 Gibbo's 92

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Grimsby Town : Web Resources
Web Sites

Cod Almighty
A wholly independent fans website based on its own simple mainly text-based format, that has been running for oodles of years, and provides a mix of news coverage and occasionally sarcastic musings on their club. Hell, we could almost be country cousins! Why are there not more sites like Cod Almighty out there?


Grimsby Town Club Website
Grimsby Town's main club website under the PTV format.


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Grimsby Telegraph
Dedicated online section of the Grimsby Telegraph, covering daily Grimsby Town news. Part of the Trinity Mirror network of local newspapers, which means you'll suffer browser freezes and auto-play videos and adverts as you struggle to read the actual article you'd intended to get near.



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Grimsby Town : Food & Drink
General :

More likely to be in Cleethorpes than Grimsby - if you've got any sense. 90% of the dietary needs of the area seem to be met by Fish & Chip shops. Cleethorpes is famed for them. The reputed best nearer to the stadium, are Josh's Fish & Chip Shop (conveniently close to The Leaking Boot, see below) and Hobsons right outside the ground. Another recommendation is Steel's Fish & Chip restaurant in the Market Place in Cleethorpes. We do recommend that you pick one - we did and it was one of the best fish we'd had outside a proper restaurant.

The Blundell Park Hotel which is situated on Grimsby Road right outside the ground, is home fans only. The Imperial, which was right outside the ground, has closed down in early 2017 and will not reopen. Similarly the Leaking Boot in Grimsby Road was closed in 2010 after a fire gutted it, leading to its demolition. Further away, the Royal Oak in Grimsby is also closed.

Club Bar :

There is a dedicated bar at the away end run by the Mariners Trust. They've decked it out in scarves and flags from as many away clubs that they can find to give it a neutral flavour. There is also another facility at the back of the Osmond (Away) Stand but we're not sure if that serves alcohol. The main bar opens at 1.30p.m. on Saturdays.

Food options include Pukka Pies; Steak, Chicken Balti and Cheese and Onion (all 3). Pukka Pasties (3), Jumbo Sausage Rolls (2.50), Cheeseburgers (3.50), Burgers (3.20) and Jumbo Hot Dogs (3.20).

Local Pubs :

No. 1 Refreshment Rooms: The pub attached to Cleethorpes railway station, which is a mile and a half from Blundell Park. The hame comes because it literally is the old Refreshment Rooms of the station on Platform One. So clearly a cracking choice for anyone comimg in via the train services. Expect to see Batemans XXXB, Draught Bass and up to six changing ales. Openings hours are noon until midnight on a Saturday and Sunday. For Mondays they shut at 7.30p.m. whilst on other days of the week they open at 1.00p.m. Unfortunately food is only available on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.
No. 1 Refreshment Rooms, 1, Station Approach, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8AX. Tel: 01472 691707. Map: Click Here.

Rutland Arms: Situated a half-mile ten minute walk from Blundell Park. This is a drinkers only one bar venue (no food, no children) and has a reputation as a friendly place even if its location means it will be full of home fans before kick-off. It's owned by the Old Mill Brewery which means you'll find their ales on tap. That and the location are the main attractions to this fairly plain pub. Opening noon until 11.00p.m.
Rutland Arms, 26-30, Rutland Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN31 3AF. Tel: 01472 268732. Map: Click Here.

Smugglers: Half a mile south of Cleethorpes railway station, on the front. Converted cellars of a former hotel. Meals are available all lunchtimes and early evening. Beers are Jennings Cumberland Ale, Marston's Pedigree and one guest. Opening is noon until midnight with two hour extensions on Friday and Saturday nights.
Smugglers, 12-14, High Cliff Road, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8RQ. Tel: 01472 200866. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Willy's Pub & Brewery: Three doors along from Smugglers (above). This is the a Brewery, also called Willy's, which can be viewed from the bar. They stock their own ales, obviously, and also source other obscure beers as guests, although for reasons we don't understand they also serve Bass. For cider drinkers there is Moles Black Rat and Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. Food served lunchtimes and evenings, except for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when it's lunchtime only. Opening is 11-11 with a 2.00a.m. extension on Fridays and Saturdays. The other pub owned by Willy's is Swigs, in Grimsby town centre.
Willy's Pub & Brewery, 17, High Cliff Road, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8RQ. Tel: 01472 602145. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Grimsby is in that curious area that isn't quite the East Anglian burr that would give us a chance given it's almost West Country in tone, and the North-East accent that rapidly becomes Geordie. They're fairly rural, and let's face it, 98 percent of the population are probably fishermen, so basically you're on your own.

Top-Tip :

Wrap up warm. The North Sea wind coming off the nearby coastline runs right through the stadium, so that even a warm spring day feels like Siberia. Brrrrrrr!

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Grimsby Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

At one time Grimsby could claim to be the biggest fishing port in the World. Unless you are interested in commercial fishing - go to Cleethorpes.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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