FA Trophy build-up: All the Rocks need to know about Grimsby Town (and more)
Bognor welcome Grimsby to Nyewood Lane on Saturday in the FA Trophy.
Here’s our guide to all you need to know - and some you don’t - about the Mariners.
Year Founded: 1878
Nickname: The Mariners
Ground: Blundell Park
Manager: Paul Hurst
Biggest league win: 9-2 vs Darwen 15/04/1899 Division 2
Worst league loss: 1-9 vs Arsenal 28/01/1951 Division 1
Biggest F.A Cup win 8-0 vs Darlington 21/11/1885 Round 3
Most league appearances: John Mcdermott- 647 1987-2007
Most league goals: Pat Glover-180 1930/1939
Most goals in a season: Pat Glover-42 1933/1934
Highest transfer fee received: £1.500,000 John Oster to Everton 1997
Highest transfer paid: £500,000 Lee Ashcroft 11th August 1998
Youngest player: Tony Ford- 16 years 143 days vs Walsall 04/10/1975
Oldest Player: Peter Beagrie- 40 years 322 days vs Hartlepool United 26/09/2006
Notable former managers: Bill Shankly 1951-1954 Lawrie McMenemy 1971-1973 Russell Slade 2004-2006 Mike Newell 2008-2009
Notable former players: Peter Beagrie, Dave Beasant, Garry Birtles, Keith Alexander, Graham Taylor
Did you know?
Grimsby are only one of four clubs to have played in the top five divisions of English football (Oxford United, Carlisle United, Luton Town being the others)
Brian Laws famously launched a plate of chicken at Ivan Bonetti during a team talk during a 3-2 defeat at Luton in the FA Cup. Bonetti never played for the Mariners again. Laws didn’t last much longer.
Former Grimsby legend Clive Mendonca was voted the winner of BBC’s cult hero poll in 2004
In 1976 local MP and Foreign Secretary Anthony Crosland took the US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to watch a match v Gillingham
Trophies: Division 2 (2) 1900-01, 1933-1934
Division 3: (1) 1979-1980
Division 4 (1) 1971-1972
Football League Trophy- Runners up 2012-2013
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