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.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 8:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:31 pm
Grimsby take on Bristol Rovers at Wembley in last year's Conference play-off final

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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