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.

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. 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. There are serious financial problems. Yet another example of the idea that pervades the sport, that the tax laws that apply to the rest of us are only optional for football clubs. Something around three-quarters of a million pounds is owed to the Inland Revenue.

In the F.A. Cup their greatest days have long gone, two semi-final appearances in the Thirties their best. However there have been some minor cup triumphs : the League Group Cup was won in 1982, and one of its successors, the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1998.

Prediction Corner :
Well I now know rather more about Grimbsy Town than when I started, and have to say I'm reasonably impressed. For a place with a current population of only around 90,000 the team has on regular occasions punched well above its apparent natural weight. Quite a few clubs manage that once or maybe twice in their history, but the Mariners have done it time after time. They have the advantage that the population of Cleethorpes (another 30,000 these days) can be thrown into the equation, but that's probably countered by the fact the whole area is a bit of a geographical backwater. So what to expect of them now they've completed one of their regular slides down a couple of divisions? History suggests they'll make it back out of the basement in one or two seasons. One? Not with Russell Slade in charge. Never impressed us much when we came across him in the Conference. 16th this time, but promotion thereafter once Slade has moved on if they can sort their finances out.

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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


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Grimsby Town

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
110210023511256


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Grimsby Town : Club News
Recent News For Grimsby Town

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Grimsby Town : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

21/01/2017Notts CountyHomeEFL2W2-05421Bogle 27, Vernon 82
28/01/2017Stevenage BoroughAwayEFL2L0-23394
04/02/2017Luton TownHomeEFL2D1-15114Clements 56
11/02/2017Crewe AlexandraAwayEFL2L0-54003
14/02/2017Newport CountyAwayEFL2D0-01868
18/02/2017Mansfield TownHomeEFL2W3-05550Clements 40, Dyson 61, 73


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Omar Bogle19000019
Callum Dyson200002
Chris Clements200002
Adi Yussuf200002
Dominic Vose200002
Ben Davies100001
Kayden Jackson100001
Luke Summerfield100001
Shaun Pearson100001
James Berrett100001
Danny Collins100001
Tom Barkhuizen100001
Tom Bolarinwa100001
Ashley Chambers100001
Craig Disley100001
Scott Vernon100001
Andrew Joyce100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 6560, vs Portsmouth, 10/12/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 4296, vs Newport County, 27/09/2016
Average League Attendance: 5309

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 3 Games Without Defeat: 2
Games Without A Home Defeat: 3 Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 3
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 2 Home Results Sequence: WDLWDW
Away Results Sequence: LWWLLD Overall Results Sequence: WLDLDW


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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
Clubcall : (calls charged at premium rate)

Chairman : John Fenty
Press Officer : Tim Harvey
Fixtures Secretary : Ian Fleming
Manager : Russell Slade
Capacity : 10,033 in the reference books,
but add up the club's own figures and it's 9,936
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 : The Osmond Stand is the area reserved for away fans, capacity 1,913. There's an upper and lower tier. Prices are adults 16.00, concessions 10.00, juniors 6.00. Tickets from the ticket office only, no sales on the turnstiles.

Disabled Info :
Disabled away fans can park on Harrington Street behind Main Stand with level access to the stadium. One adapted toilet behind Main Stand. 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. DSA contact is Daphne Farquarson on 01472 696904, or e-mail safety@gtfc.co.uk.

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Grimsby Town : Directions To The Ground
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 minute walk to the ground. You can go along the A180, or the rather nicer (providing there's not a Force 9 blowing) and slightly more direct seafront route. Exit the train station, and then with the sea in front of you turn left. The road leads onto a path. keep walking along that and shortly you'll see the floodlights of Blundell Park. A footbridge takes you from the path to behind the Main Stand.

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) or a taxi will cost around 5.00.

By Bus

The 3A, 3C, 3F, 8X, 9X and 45 all run past the ground between Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

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Grimsby Town : Web Resources
Web Sites

Cod Almighty - quality QUALITY independent site.
Electronic Fishcake - unusual name, and unusually for a Rivals site pretty good.
Grimsby Town Official Site - PTV. Do we need to say it's rubbish? Oh all right then - it's rubbish.
Grimsby 24-7 - a 24-7 Network franchise. Don't bother unless interested in things like ticket info a year out of date.
3 Fish - Sport Network franchise. You think it can't get worse and then Sport Network come along.......



Web Message Boards

Electronic Fishcake - Rivals, registration required.
3 Fish - no registration but currently deactivated.

E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known.



Local Press

Grimsby Telegraph

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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.

The pub next to Blundell Park is The Imperial. It's not recommended for visiting fans, and the big 'Home Supporters Only' notice outside is best observed.

Club Bar :

Not as far as we know.

Local Pubs :

Leaking Boot: Popular with away fans about half a mile and a ten minutes walk south of the ground on the A180 into Cleethorpes. Formerly called Darley's Hotel, and not to be confused with The Leaking Boot Restaurant also in Cleethorpes, it's large, has its own parking, allows children and does food. Beer is under the Vaux label, though this major brewery was disgracefully asset stripped and then closed down in 1999. The p**** of a new Chief Executive who'd arrived in 1998 claiming the future was as a pub chain rather than a brewer, then sold all the outlets to Pubmaster anyway, soon after destroying the brewery. Some of its beer names were bought up by other breweries and continue.
Leaking Boot, 285, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 7ES. Tel: 01472 691530. Map: Click Here.

No. 1 Refreshment Rooms: The pub attached to Cleethorpes railway station, which is a mile and a half from Blundell Park. Owned by the Lincolnshire Highwood Brewery it specialises in their beers, with usually five on offer under the "Tom Wood's" brand name. The handpumps are all in the lounge, but they will carry through to the bar side. Food is available at lunchtimes. Opening 11-11.
No. 1 Refreshment Rooms, 1, Station Approach, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8AX. Tel: 01472 691707. Map: Click Here.

Royal Oak: A few hundred yards from the town-centre bus station and seven minutes walk from the Town railway station. Whilst convenient for the centre of Grimbsy it is not convenient for the stadium, which is nearly two and a half miles away. Beers are Draught Bass, Theakston Mild and a guest. For drinkers - no meals. Opening is 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
If you should find yourself in the centre Swigs (map), at 21 Osborne Street a few minutes walk from the Town station, which does lunches; Tivoli Tavern (map), also close by the station, a single room drinking outlet; and the Tap & Spile (map), just behind Freshney Place car park with a good selection of ales, can be recommended for their beers.
Royal Oak, 190, Victoria Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN31 1NX. Tel: 01472 354562. Map: Click Here.

Rutland Arms: Right next to Ramsdens, and 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 much frequented by Grimbsy Town Independent Supporters Club members, where home and away fans readily mix. The real ales are Old Mill Bitter and Mild. Opening 11-11.
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 Monday - Thursday. Beers are Bank's Original and Bitter, Marston's Pedigree and guests. Opening is 12.00 - 11.00 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 12.00 - 10.30 p.m. Sundays.
Smugglers, 12-14, High Cliff Road, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 8RQ. Tel: 01472 200866. Map: Click Here.

Willy's Pub & Brewery: Three doors along from Smugglers (above). This is the home of Grimsby and Cleethorpes' only brewery, Willy's, which can be viewed from the bar. They stock their own ales, obviously, and also source unusual and new beers as guests. The Original Bitter is the session beer, and good value. Burcom Bitter, also known as Mariner's Gold, was originally launched to celebrate a Grimsby Town promotion. When available Coxswains Special at 4.9% and Old Groyne at 6.2% serve the more lethal end of the market. Food served lunchtimes and evenings. Opening is 11-11 and 12.00-10.30 p.m. on Sundays.
The other pub owned by Willy's is Swigs, mentioned above, 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 :

Ever been to Grimsby? Us neither.

Top-Tip :

Wrap up warm.

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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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