Features (2017-18)

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The Johnny Scott story part 2: World Cup hero

By Andy Freeman, 14 June 2018

In 1958, Grimsby's Northern Irish winger made club history. Andy Freeman traces his career from the world stage and back into ordinary life

The Johnny Scott story, part 1: from Busby Babe to Blundell Park favourite

By Andy Freeman, 5 June 2018

Johnny Scott has a unique place in Grimsby Town history. Andy Freeman considers his journey from Belfast to Blundell Park

The blame game

By Ron Counte, 15 May 2018

Two years after regaining our place in the Football League, why was it so nearly lost again? Ron Counte considers who is to blame

Enter Jolley and enter hope

By Ian Jackson, 30 April 2018

The win again Notts County confirms Town's transformation under Michael Jolley. Ian Jackson, and his eight-year-old son, are grateful.

April and May 1998

By Alistair Wilkinson, 19 April 2018

On the 20th anniversary of Town's first visit to Wembley, Al Wilkinson asks how long will the memories live

A rallying call to Town fans

By Matt Quinton, 13 April 2018

As the Mariners prepare for their biggest game in seven days, Matt Quinton turns to Shakespeare for inspiration

GTFC Question Time: Q1 - can the Mariners stay up?

By Rich Mills, 29 March 2018

We asked a panel of Mariners fans, journalists and ex players "can Town stay up, and how will Michael Jolley manage it?"

Time and the Coventrys

By Ron Counte, 22 March 2018

Coventry City illustrate how football has changed since 1973, when Ron Counte went there to his first away game

Footprint in the snow

By Alistair Wilkinson, 19 March 2018

"A sad poem for a sad weekend". Al Wilkinson laments

Tommy of the Town: Episode 17

By Cod Almighty, 18 March 2018

A bomb floating in the Humber? An old WW2 mine or could it be something more sinister?

Steady progress: Hurst's lesson for Town fans

By Ian Jackson, 16 March 2018

As Town get used to a third new manager since he left, Ian Jackson says there are lessons to learn from Paul Hurst's tenure

Four managers, two seasons, one final chance

By Adam McMillan, 9 March 2018

Michael Jolley has inherited a mess created by a two-year churn of players and tactics. Adam McMillan asks if he can pull the Mariners back in the right direction

Tommy of the Town: Episode 16

By Cod Almighty, 8 March 2018

A Tommy Target fan club? You've spoken and we've listened... well, sort of

The future must be youth

By Dave Roberts, 27 February 2018

The Youth Development Association can help bring a new ethos to Grimsby Town. Dave Roberts explains

Tommy of the Town: Episode 15

By Cod Almighty, 25 February 2018

With Gary Gaffer gone, the Town board are looking for a new manager

A Cambridge too far

By Ron Counte, 19 February 2018

Not 'pass and go' but 'pass and don't know'. Ron Counte is alarmed by Town's showing at Cambridge

Tommy of the Town: Episode 12

By Cod Almighty, 12 February 2018

In the latest instalment of Tommy of the Town, young pro Danny Southill wonders how to get a start for the first team

Time to go

By Jase Ives, 31 January 2018

If John Fenty is the fan he claims, he must now admit the damage he has done and walk away, says Jase Ives

We have the players but do we have the shape?

By Barry Whittleton, 21 January 2018

This transfer window, the Mariners are less in need of new players than a new formation, says Barry Whittleton

Tommy of the Town: Episode 13

By Cod Almighty, 20 January 2018

Things aren't going well at Town and so difficult decisions need to be made. It's the end of an era....

Tommy of the Town: Episode 14

By Cod Almighty, 18 January 2018

The club are having trouble with online yobbos having a pop. What will they do about it?

What does your club mean to you?

By Jase Ives, 10 January 2018

It's time for all of us to learn from past mistakes so we can make a better future for the Mariners, says Jase Ives

Cod Almighty - A Statement by The Board of Governors

By Various, 9 January 2018

Cod Almighty hasn't been the funniest lately, but we put on record our confidence in the editorial team

GTFC for the Many: taking the club back to the community

By Matthew Barrow, 4 January 2018

Record numbers of people are using foodbanks. But GTFC for the Many have shown that fans can make a difference. Matthew Barrow reports

Tommy of the Town: Episode 10.5

By Cod Almighty, 3 January 2018

In the latest instalment of Tommy of the Town, the chairman has a great idea to recapture the feelgood factor or returning to the League

Tommy of the Town: Episode 11

By Cod Almighty, 3 January 2018

In the latest installment of Tommy of the Town, there's an Italian superstar on trial at Blundell Park

Tommy of the Town: Episode 10

By Cod Almighty, 2 January 2018

What does the future hold for Nunty and Gaffer? We look forward 8 years to find out. We just can, okay? It's a comic strip.

Tommy of the Town: Episode 9

By Cod Almighty, 1 January 2018

In today's Tommy of the Town, Chairman John Nunty launches a new initiative to boost relations between the club and fans

What if… George Tweedy had not had flu

By Various, 25 December 2017

It's Christmas 1968. You are a young Town fan. Your excitement at finding a football annual under the tree increases when you see an article about Grimsby.

A slow news Wednesday

By Andy Freeman, 13 December 2017

Not enough locals in the Town side? Many years ago, Andy Freeman recalls, some Grimsby teachers came up with an answer

If the supporters are united

By Paul Savage, 8 December 2017

Grimsby Town FC works better if its fans are engaged. Mariners Trust chair Paul Savage explains how GTFC Unity Day is a step towards making that happen

Tommy of the Town: Episode 8

By Cod Almighty, 1 December 2017

Manager Gary Gaffer faces the press about a striker who is yet to play for the club despite signing a year ago

Tommy of the Town: Episode 7

By Cod Almighty, 1 December 2017

In the latest instalment of Tommy of the Town, manager Gary Gaffer is feeling under pressure...

The Official Unofficial GTFC Calendar 2018

By Captain Crayon, 23 November 2017

GTFC's last player calendar became pointless when the players were all released... so we've found the perfect solution

The carrier

By Ron Counte, 22 November 2017

Is supporting the Mariners contagious? Ron Counte suspects he is the living proof

Tommy of the Town: Episode 6

By Cod Almighty, 21 November 2017

In the latest Tommy of the Town, our hero faces up to the yobbish element of Town's support

Tommy of the Town: Episode 9.5

By Cod Almighty, 17 November 2017

Membership of pressure groups threatens the very game itself. Watch John Nunty get to grips with this very real problem

Fish, football, but no Grimsby?

By David Martin, 26 October 2017

You can't have a display about fish and football without mentioning Grimsby, right? That's what David Martin thought

Tommy of the Town: Episode 4

By Cod Almighty, 26 October 2017

In today's Tommy of the Town, chairman John Nunty returns from his hols and everyone wants to know what's happening

Tommy of the Town: Episode 2

By Cod Almighty, 20 October 2017

Heartache for the fans as Shaun Prawn stalls on a new deal..

Rees, love and understanding

By Chris Fisher, 19 October 2017

Before we hurl abuse, Chris Fisher says, we should remember that footballers are people, modestly plying their trade. Even Harry Pell

The lowest of the low

By Ron Counte, 17 October 2017

Blundell Park must look up to every other ground in the League. Ron Counte explains why

Tommy of the Town: Episode 5

By Cod Almighty, 14 October 2017

In the latest instalment of Tommy of the Town, say hello to highly rated young winger Sneaky Tenbellies

Tommy of the Town: Episode 3

By Cod Almighty, 6 October 2017

Some actual football as Town take on rivals Village Green Rovers

Tommy of the Town: Episode 1

By Cod Almighty, 2 October 2017

In the first of the new Tommy of the Town comic strip, chairman John Nunty ponders new signings

Tommy of the Town: Episode 2.5

By Cod Almighty, 2 October 2017

In the latest episode of Tommy of the Town, Tommy is called in for a showdown meeting with the chairman!

A rough guide to... Lincoln City

By Tony Butcher, 28 September 2017

They followed us down, and they've followed us back up again. Tony Butcher offers the lowdown on Lincoln City

Right place, right time: following Town in the late 1980s

By Bruce Fenwick, 20 September 2017

Mates' tales, indulgent parents and a sport-mad teacher... Bruce Fenwick arrived at the start of a golden era

A traditional Grimsby Town rant

By Richard Lord, 10 September 2017

Town have recruited a manager and players with no loyalty, no ties to the club. Has the board learnt nothing, asks Rich Lord

Come together

By Tony Butcher, 31 August 2017

Tony Butcher reports on the Town v Donny B team boycott fans' game

Renewing my vows: the B team boycott match

By Lee Johnson, 30 August 2017

The B team boycott match was a reminder why we love football in the first place. Lee Johnson reflects

What if... John Newman had acted like a modern manager?

By Pat Bell, 15 August 2017

A new manager must always bring in his own players, yes? It wasn't always like that, Pat Bell suggests

A rough guide to... Swindon Town

By Barry Whittleton, 10 August 2017

Whatever the Mariners have done, Swindon have been there and bought the T-shirt. Barry Whittleton explains

Behind the lines: an alternative view of the Chesterfield game

By John England, 8 August 2017

Never watch an away game with the home fans? John England not only lived to tell the tale: he enjoyed it

A rough guide to... Port Vale

By Miles Moss, 4 August 2017

The revolving doors are supercharged at Vale Park. Miles Moss tries to catch up with who is still there

Seasons in the sun

By Ron Counte, 3 August 2017

When you started watching shapes your expectations of the Mariners' league status. Ron Counte explains

A rough guide to... Forest Green Rovers

By Richard Hallam, 31 July 2017

After successive play-off failures, the rich club from a small place is finally in the Football League. Richard Hallam looks them over.

An open letter to the Mariners Trust

By Richard Hallam, 28 July 2017

The Mariners Trust want input on their future direction. Here are Trust member Richard Hallam's thoughts

A rough guide to... Chesterfield

By Rich Mills, 27 July 2017

Town's season kicks off away to Chesterfield and the pies are damn good

The Blundelles: a female perspective on the beautiful game

By Hannah Dawson, 20 July 2017

There's a new voice among Town fans online. And it aims to encourage women to express themselves about the club

A rough guide to... Coventry City

By Tony Butcher, 18 July 2017

They were the Stoke City of the early Premiership years, and now they're playing us in the fourth division. Tony Butcher gets close up on the Sky Blues

The Wembley XI: the definitive team

By Pat Bell & Richard Lord, 17 July 2017

Who has given the best Town performances in a Wembley appearance? The final team unveiled

We are not Worthy

By Ron Counte, 5 July 2017

Encounters with your Mariners heroes don't always go how you would like, or expect. Ron Counte shares his embarrassments