Cod Almighty | Postbag
The one with the letters from fans of other teams
25 June 2003
In this week's Postbag: kit conundrum; lion links; a link; geographical gratitude; Clive v Bonetti; Vale food news; ET or just T?; Brighton praise; and tennis filth
On your site you state you are "campaigning for the return of red stockings". A worthy campaign, which leads me to ask: does the new Town first kit feature red stockings? If it doesn't why not? Will they ever return? And as my memory is fuzzy, I am left wondering when did Town stop wearing red stockings?
Furthermore, when did 'home kit' become 'first kit' and when did 'stockings' become 'socks'?
from Ed Marshall
Letters Ed responds: Any budding football kit historians out there? Anyone want to just make something up?
After a brief Google search (which found many links to reports on Millwall beating Grimsby), I found the following documents which may be of interest to Mr Ebbs:
Firstly, a page that includes a report from the Daily Telegraph which mentions the attack being raised in Parliament.
Secondly, the actual text from the house of commons.
Thirdly, a mention of it on a BBC report about Chipperfield Circus.
And finally, another mention in a page about Chipperfield Circus.
I hope this provides enough documentary evidence for Mr Ebbs. Unfortunately there appears to be no trace of the full story on the web anymore. At least, I haven't found it.
from Mark Stilton
I run a football links directory and have just added your site to the listings. I was wondering if you would please consider adding a link back to my site?
Hello Fishpackers. I am a member of the Tiger Nation, the breed of people you hope Yorkshire Ripper type folk would kill, which from my perspective is a good thing, because hatred for something that isn't you defines you as much as that what is you. As a Hull City fan I have grown tired of the meat substitute soya of hating Scunthorpe, it's just not right, they are just too insignificant, but the relegation of Grimsby Town brings that club closer to Hull City, who along with the Scunts lie in the bowels of professional football. Anyway, my main point is to congratulate you on an excellent site. I've been looking for a fix of Grimbarianism so as to hone my hatred and your site provides that, I have no time for the Footy Mad or Rivals sites, who have cast aside their independence to jump into bed with template drive dullness. I shall add a link to my Hull City site so fellow Tiger Nationals can enjoy the bittersweet sensation of geographics based hatred. Oh and thanks for teaching me the meaning on nunty, I shall use that when conversing with Sarah, the Grimbarian who shares an abode with me and puts up with my periodic abuse of her origins.
Unfortunately I feel compelled to write to complain about the summer exam which can be taken on your otherwise excellent website.
Initially I took the exam and was quite proud to find that I managed 8 out of 10, giving me a legend status of Clive Mendonca. "For the record" I got the question about the KC stadium and Tony Crane's height wrong. I re-took the exam, changing my answers to questions 6 and 8, and this time answered correctly the afore-mentioned question on the height of Tony Crane. Imagine my surprise when I found out that 9 out of 10 would have guaranteed me legend status of Ivano Bonnetti.
It seems to me there has been a serious error of judgement here. Admittedly adorning my wall to this very day is a signed A4 photograph of Ivano, but only because I was never given one of Sir Clive. All puns about hamstrings and quitting when the going gets tough aside, Mendonca was a far greater legend than Bonnetti and I find it hugely offensive that your quiz has the cheek to even suggest otherwise.
from Anonymous Surfer
Welcome back to the Second Division. We have missed you.
Dunna worry about the entrance fee it is now £13 insead of £17 last season, and the catering at Vale next season will make sure that Vale is the only club to sell freshly baked food on the day of the game with the most expensive item to buy at just £1.40.
We are making good progress off the field so hope you enjoy your visit as we are toss on the field still!
from Stephen Wood
I was wondering if anyone knows what the local newspaper in Grimsby is called these days. I used to know it as the "Grimsby Evening Telegraph" when I lived in Grimsby. Over the past year I've seen it referred to as, simply, the "Grimsby Telegraph". Recently I've seen mentions on the BBC web site to the older name again. Maybe someone living in the town could help me out?
from Alistair McNamara
Letters Ed responds: As far as I can recall Alistair, the Telegraph dropped the 'evening' bit from its name a few years ago. Maybe because they were just releasing the early edition, I don't know. Anyway, a lot of people still refer to it as the Evening Telegraph because you just get used to calling it that, don't you? Does anyone else think it's just got worse and worse since it went from broadsheet to tabloid?
Brighton fan visiting your excellent site. Originally I was just reading the incredibly well researched Brighton rough guide and have kept reading most of the afternoon. Love the art seat idea, I have chuckled at the poetry, was amazed to find crosswords and word searches (a football site first?), did my best to read all the way through some of your lengthy but hilarious match reports, and have even managed to understand some of the jokes in the wonderfully written diary.
Keep up the work. All the best for the coming season. Don't get absorbed by a Rivals-like!
from Roger Davies
Letters Ed responds: Don't worry Roger. Cod Almighty aims to remain fiercely independent and advert free until the day it dies
Did anyone else find Five Live's coverage of Wimbledon innuendo-laden yesterday? "The balls are heavier this year." "You can see the balls are really slowing the players' action." "Tim's really struggling with heavy balls." "They won't be getting as many fast shots out of these balls."
When does the football season start?
from Alex Winter
More letters from non-Grimsby fans. Come on you Grim lot, get writing. The feedback page is a page for feeding back. Use it.