Grimsby Town

Blundell Park Founded 1878 The Mariners

Over the past two season’s Grimsby Town have come close to returning to the Football League which they exited four years ago. The Mariners spent most of their history in the second tier of the footballing pyramid. After the new millennium their demise was gradual but alarming to what is now one of the biggest fan bases in non league. Successive fourth place finishes have ended in playoff misery whilst cup competitions have seen the club come close to glory. Grimsby Town should be amongst the contenders for the forthcoming term but will be desperate to go one step further.

gtfcLast Season

Conference Premier: 4th

F.A Cup: 3rd Round

F.A Trophy: Semi Final

Top Scorer: Ross Hannah

Average Attendance: 3568

The Mariners continued where they left off from their previous campaign reaching the playoffs, a couple of decent cup runs and a strong defence. It’s hardly suprising when Grimsby Town managed to keep the majority of the squad together. In September, one half of the management team departed when rob Scott wass suspended. After a 5-2 home win against Dartford the Mariners found the right gear. In the final two months of the campaign, Grimsby Town’s success in the cups took their toll in the league when they played 16 Conference Premier matches in the final two months. Despite the promising results on the field the Mariners ended the campaign in more disappointment. F.A Trophy finalists the year before, this time they reached the last four and once again lost in the semi final of the playoffs. In the F.A Cup the Lincolnshire club reached the third round beating local rivals Scunthorpe United in the first round.

The Manager – Paul Hurst

Where their was two there is now one man in charge at Blundell Park. Hurst began life in management with Ilkeston Town alongside Rob Scott. The pair won promotion to the Conference North triumphing in the Northern Premier League playoff final. Five years ago the duo switched allegiances to Boston United visiting the playoff once more taking the Lincolnshire club to the Conference North. For the last time the partnership moved and this time they ended up at Blundell Park. It wasn’t until last term that Hurst took sole charge and so he will embark on his first full season without Scott. The transition has been seem less with the Mariners continuing to perform and challenge for promotion. The former defender built up a decent lower league career with Rotherham United where his loyalty can be commended having played for the Millers for 15 years. Whilst with the Yorkshire club, Hurst racked up over 400 appearances winning the Football League Trophy in 1995/96.

The Summer

Grimsby Town may have been beaten in the playoff semi-final against Gateshead but the relationship between the two sides hasn’t suffered. Carl Magnay joins the Mariners from the Heed, the versatile defender made 67 appearances for the north east club over two seasons. Moving the other way, Alex Rodman will plat at the International Stadium next term. Hurst has swooped for rated midfielder Jack Mackreth who played 86 times for Macclesfield Town, the 22 year old scored seven goals for the Silkmen. A double signing from Southport will bolster the squad, DR Congo international defender Aristote Nsiala and midfielder Scott Brown have signed deals. Nathan Arnold, formerly of Cambridge United and Alfreton Town has agreed a season long loan, the midfielder who can play up front had a trial with the Mariners when Mike Newell was in charge.

Blundell Park will bid farewell to a number of players including Andi Thanoj who broke into the senior ranks with the club. Sam Hatton moves south to start a new challenge at Aldershot Town and 2011/12’s top scorer for the mariners, Liam Hearn makes the step up to League Two with Mansfield Town.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 1 Grimsby Town 0 – Conference Premier – 10 April 2014

A Max Cornhill header with fifteen minutes to go gave the Darts a massive three points. A minute before the winning goal Grimsby Town were reduced to ten men when Jamal Fyfield received a second caution. Victory for the Darts put them a point away from safety with four games to go.

Grimsby Town 5 Dartford 2 – Conference Premier – 24 September 2013

The Darts tried to repeat the triumph from the previous season and took the lead through Danny Harris half way through the first half. By half time the hosts were 3-1 with goals from Pat McLaughlin, Shaun Pearson and Lenell John-Lewis. Lee Noble got Dartford back in the match but two late strikes by Scott Kerr and Craig Disley finished off the visitors.

Next Meetings

Saturday 4 October 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 1 November 2014 at Blundell Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

grimsby last 10 years

Best Performances

5th Old Division One (1934/35) F.A Cup Semi Final (1935/36 & 1938/39) F.A Trophy Runners Up (2012/13)

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