'My Town': a poem for the play-off final
'After Cardiff': a poem about the aftermath
'Failed in Wales': the match report
Meek's football cliché
A-Z of Cheltenham
Serious, practical things
2005-06 season index
Wondering why only Andy Parkinson turned up? Want to tell us how many hours it took you to get out of the car park? Temporarily deaf from those bastard air horn things? Whatever your random thoughts about Town's appearance in the play-off final, post them to the Cod Almighty Cardiff Shoutbox!
Wednesday 7 June
The match was disappointing, the result was sadly about right, but what a great showing by the Town fans.
Other correspondents who moan about the atmosphere surprise me -- the Town crowd inside the Queens Vaults, and spilling into the road were fantastic. Mighty Mariner (!) was terrific, getting the crowd going, and we were great in the stadium too.
Up the Mariners
Come on England
Monday 5 June
Back to school today after halfterm, met by a load of my year 5's ( 10 yr olds) telling me about "the trip", and how they had their airhorns took off them and how crap they thought Town were, then i watched them play footie in the playground. They should have taken their boots to Cardiff, they were a damn sight better than the shower that did play!
Saturday 3 June
Joe Waters, Kev Drinkell, Bobby Cumming, Paul Futcher, Gary Birtles....your club needs you!
Friday 2 June
Chairman Maos comments arn't earth shatterring all season from free kicks and goal kicks have the same tactics or as i call it, schoolkids chaseing the ball tactics have been in evidence.
Three quarters of the pitch unused then lump to reddy agianst a corner flag.
How the hell is supposed to score from there?
Second and further thoughts about Cardiff. Now there may be a gap in my football education but can anyone explain why, when Mildenhall, say, had a goal kick on the left 20 players congregated within a 20 yard square area on that side of the pitch near the halfway line to receive the ball? This appeared to happen for the first 25 minutes. Was this a Sladean tactic to compress the play or a passable imitation of the Old Clee Primary School leftovers? We were baffled. Whatever happened tospreading the play?Answers on a play-off match programme, please.
Grimsby Town Past and Present and Celebrity X-Factor similarities:
Aldo Silly and Andy Parkinson- both bald, very small and good at what they do (er, cooking/weight loss and running around skillfully)
Candice from Corronation St and Marc Goodfellow- both have talent waiting to burst out and both look 12.
That bird that studies your poo and Tony Gallimore- both obviously need a drink to perform
Chris Moyles and Gary Jones- Both Lumps
Lennie Lawrence and Lucy Benjamin- Big tits
Paul Daniels and Junior Mendes- You will like them, but not a lot!
Leonard Da Vinci
Why is it that after a mildly unimpressive season parky was so good
all of a sudden? I don't understand it at all. He could have been
brilliant against some of the other teams. Compare him to the man at the
wycombe match and it's a different player!
Thursday 1 June
I asked Simon Buckley yesterday if his Dad was looking for a job. He just laughed. Thought I'd keep the shoutbox going - the messages seem to be drying up! That doesn't mean I made the first bit up - I did actually ask him and he did actually laugh.
Instead of El Tel, how bout Del boy? he could easily sell Mendes and get a few replacements off the back of a lorry...
El Tel at costa Cleeps! Like the sound of that....if he is such a good coach, why can't he prove it by not having the incentive of good players and a decent salary.........Show us the coaching Tel, and bring a jumper for the winter months.
Wednesday 31 May
How about talking to El Tel in regards to the new situation vacant at BP. Not only does Mr Venerables have a fantastic year round tan that is bound to radiate warmth and a general feeling of happiness, he's also mates with the fat dancer from Fake Tat so when we move to the Fentydome, he could come and do a turn. Either that or we could see what Buckley's up to these days.
yes, we managed to botch the promotion drive from the worst division in league football but look at it this way. Keith Alexander could be our manager. Boy would life be utterly miserable then.
crap pitch crap game surrounded by people who dont know the songs
Which one is the boxer? Lest we forget no one died ,but we are still in the graveyard of the football league. I just hope we can keep the nucleus of the side and push for the top again next year. Football supporters are a fickle lot even the ones who havent seen us since Wembley
Dave the engineer
Rubbish (bordering on no) atmosphere, rubbish match, rubbish that I was poorly sick and couldn't drink, all in all RUBBISH.
So now you've experienced the "how to get stinged by a football match" experience. I just hope you didn't really spend £3 for a pint of total shite... there was a pub when we went last year against Southend just in front of Turnstile 3, which was selling good beer for cheaper than £3. As for Futcher, you wasted your time there, all bar the goal he scored against us. LOL!
Imp that was stung TWICE!!! Grr
I got to work yesterday, ripped down my fixture list and pulled down my 'Liverpool 1 Grimsby Town 2' poster and told all my colleagues that I didn't want to talk about it. I have since stuck my poster back up as it reminds me that town can be great and that I shouldn't give up hope.
Having said that, I still can't get over how shit they were on Sunday! Useless sods!
Tuesday 30 May
totally cheated a waste of time and money! we deserved better,fantastic support !!!
can't wait to go to Accrington Stanley,it's the stuff dreams are made of! And Sundays performance was the stuff bloody nightmares are made of! Still think Whits is fit though!!!
i stayed in the cheltenham players hotel too. very nice
paul wilkinson for manager
Best thing about the whole business is Tony Butcher's report. Town were dire, apart from Mildenhall and Parkinson. Why put on Futcher? Who was going to play off him? Surely not the Lump. The fans didn't deserve that performance (you were great). We stayed in the same hotel as the Cheltenham team. There we were before breakfast, cockily wishing their lads the best of luck (but don't have too good a day) as they walked off their nerves, and we thinking we had it in the bag. I can't get to see Town much as I'm a longtime exile, and at the moment I can't face the thought of another season following their progress on Sky Sports News. After Sunday I've lost the will, posssibly to live.
Terrible! But are we surprised? - no! its been like that for most of the season. Poor teams in a poor league. The only half decent sides got automatic promotion. The rest including Town didn't deserve it. What is it with Slade why does he think you can only get out this league hoofing the ball forward?? Carlisle, Orient and Northampton all showed you can play football and get out this league. Well thats it for a few seasons now, say goodbye to our decent players Mildenhall, R.Jones and Reddy and say hello to more mediocre crap ie: Mendes!?! I guess the defeat on Sunday did me a favour at least I'll save alot of money now next year cos no way am I going to watch another boring amateur season in League 2.
I'm going to join the Royal Marine Commandos so I can run around gaily with a big blanket with corporate logos on it. What?!! You have to be a big butch bloke to do that? Oh okay, never mind. Well it made me smile, a lot more than Town bloody did!!
Meggies Rockchick Manhunter
Sunday 28/05/06 will now be known in my house as CRAP day. It started off with me feeling CRAP for getting up early. When we got to Strensham Services I saw some CRAP scarves and a particularly CRAP black and white braided hair-do (you know who you are). We parked in Newport which is a CRAP town and got on a CRAP train. By the time we got to Cardiff I was feeling a little less CRAP. We went for breakfast at Ramons Cafe, the food wasn't CRAP but it left me needing a.....(you know). I got very annoyed by the CRAP horns on sale and was suprised just how CRAP my £30 seat was. Town started towards the CRAP Robins lot and for 43.5 minutes played CRAP. At halftime I had a CRAP coffee. Cheltenham appeared to come out for the 2nd half on their own as whatever they were playing against was very, very CRAP (cant have been Town). Big Russ made some CRAP substitutions and we lost 1-0 to a CRAP team. Left quickly to get on another CRAP train (specially laid on though!) and had a really CRAP journey back to CRAP Town which
20mins to go, you're one down to a team that weren't that good? Who do you bring on? Your fasat tricky winger with an eye for goal, or your big fat centre back who's 6ft 6?
Tactially inept, and thats the reason we ended up in the play offs in the first place!
What a waste of £350, at least the hotel was good!
What atmosphere? It was terrible. A load of air horns drowning out the singing. No wonder the team never got going.
wow wot an atmosphere it was on sunday at Cardiff.its a shame that the result didnt go our way but we all enjoyed the day out.Maybe next year automatic promotion so we dont have to go through the pain of the playoffs.UP THE MARINERS
did town turn up on sunday or were they in the hotel bar.......all i can say is thanks for a good day out enjoyed the atmosphere especialy with 15,000 other grimsby fans lets hope next season is better
Major announcement? no!
major major! Catch 22!
If you have announced that you are going to make an announcement you have already done it, so you don't need to do it...
At least on sunday, the barman in our pub gave my daughter two guinness bracelets (black and white, you see?) to help ease the pain....
What happened to this major announcement then?
good to see town and fans again but they certainly need to improve and not be one dimensional [long ball]passing game wins every time hopefuly new faces will arrive
Monday 29 May
also if the tracksuit and cap was on display rather than the bald pate and a suit would the result have been different?
henrys cat (again)
gutted - gutted - gutted
can anyone tell me the rationale of choosing mendes over kalala?
oh well - league two has more clubs near me
Anyone else notice that Woodhouse had the wrong shorts on? I only noticed near the end of the game but his shirt said 32 and his shorts were 23.
The biggest rip off was all the tat selling merchants outside the ground, then the idiots who bought it.
I pmsl when the stewards confiscated the bloody air horns at the gate, the looks on the poor conned buggers was amazing.
But on the back of your ticket rule 8 NO BLOODY AIR HORNS.
The ineptitude of Slade and Rodger has once again shown itself - just like towards the end of the season.
Town are in a major final and not playing well - do they decide to change things around and play it along the floor - no. They bring on a central defender and play hoof ball because Slade/Rodger are so inept they cannot think of anything else to do.
Penalties or not are not pivotal moments and do not change the course of games. If you score more than the opposition you win. Most goals come from open play. The referee has not cost Town promotion they've done that themselves.
Mildenhall - full length and fabulous.
I think what happened with the fans was that after eight long years from Wembley '98 they couldn't bring themselves to even consider a defeat, and thats why it hurts as bad as it does........If they were honest with themselves, as many are now realising, from this years performances we were the least 'form' team of the Division and were a suprising 4th in a lot of 'outsiders' minds.
I think the performance on Sunday had been seen in many games this season already, only our memories play tricks due to 46 games under the bridge.
Still doesn't make it any easier though....
Hi - first time writer, long time reader and devoted GTFC fan.
Surprised - by how gutted I felt afterwards.
Shocked - that it wasn't a shock result.
Surprised/Shocked - Junior Mendes playing - what's all that about??
Surprised - Slade has good eye for a player (apart from above mentioned player!!)
Shocked - by how tactically inept he is!
Surprised - by his level of support from other fans.
Shocked - that I can be bothered to argue my case against Sludge, in a rational if not articulate manner, with anyone who disagrees that he should go.
Surprised - if anyone takes any notice of me.
Shocked - if, taking my advice, Sludge is dumped and Keith Alexander is brought in - PLEASE NO!!!!
surprised & shocked of GY
on a lighter note. How come the Millenium Stadium could only be arsed to use one ball for the first part of the match? If the ball boy who owned it had had a stroop and taken it home we would all have been stuffed! As it was when it was hoofed into the empty upper tier the poor bugger sent to retrieve it nearly got lost in the maze of seats. Nice of them, once they had all of our cash, to send somebody running down to the local sports shop to buy a spare one for the rest of the match!
i think the whole bloody team should apologise, maybe with the exception of messrs Mildenhall and Parkinson for wasting our time and effort. fair enough its a big ground but these guys are pro's and should not choke. it was a poor game on a poor pitch with poor teams and i m gutted.
I'd been telling people all season somebody must have added our points total up wrongly and we should'nt be near the top of the table. The spine of the team is worth having ( although Jones the Stick had an iffy first part of the game) but around the edges it's like the sugar on a doughnut. Mind you would we rather have a season,hopefully, near the top of a table rather than struggling in a relegation zone?
that game summed up the season, turned up and did b all. those watching on tv would be thinking "how the hell have they got into the play-offs".
And having seen 30 odd town matches this year - i cant help but agree.
so next year - a poor team in a poor league
btw - did you notice that coca cola were the sponsors yesterday......?
what happend , the fans were brilliant ,the team was there but the spark was missing.it really does hurt
Sunday 28 May
C'mon Mr Slade, let me play.
C'mon Mr Slade. C'mon.
Look I'll stand here on the sideline warming up until you let me on, OK ?
C'mon Mr Slade...
Pope John-Paul Kalala
Saturday 27 May
With apologies to Elton John
It's a little bit funny
Our footballing side
We're not one of those a rich man would buy
We don't have much money
But boy if we did
We'd buy a big ground where our team could live
I don't come from Scunthorpe
Are you kidding me? No -
Not from Lincoln, not from Boston
They're all circus freak shows
I know it's not much but it's the best we can do
Our gift is promotion
We're leaving League 2
And we can tell everybody that we're going up
And maybe next season - it's the FA Cup
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while Town's in the world
I've been to Old Trafford
But who gives a toss?
My heart's in The Pontoon
Win, draw or loss
But Reddy and Jones
They're going to be on song
While Bolly and Rocky keep it turned on
So excuse me Chel-ten-ham, but you know it's true
You'll lose by a Lump goal, maybe one maybe two
Anyway, the thing is what I really mean
We are the greatest team the world's ever seen
And we can tell everybody that we're going up
And maybe next season - it's the FA Cup
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while Town's in the world
saw those yorkies win on tv it must have been all them trips down the prom that won it for them as that pitch looked very familiar to donna nook
Good luck from all the Gloucester City fans still hoping our hated neighbours will be back down with us, where they belong soon.
Fingers crossed for you, but you're playing the luckiest team in the world. The better side of the Golden Valley is Grimsby for the day.
PS - Steve Mildenhall played for us once y'know. Hopefully it'll got to penalties and he'll save a few - that'll make 'em cry...
If Grimsby fans had a motto it d be "hope over expericance" lets just hope that the boys in black and white destory cheltenham
We'd better do the rest now as well or there won't be time before Cardiff... I, M, S, BEEEEE-eee-EEE, Y! Woddav you got? Don't say a sore throat.
Still bored Mariner on days
Better take a big stick along to get the ball down, after Whitts has booted it, if the roof is closed
saw your poetry lad on telly. brilliant!
good luck all yall going down there.
ill be up ere on me own, ill have the kettle on for about 2 in the morning for you all.
Give me a R.
this could take some time, but it'll be worth it in the end
bored mariner on nights
Is it just me or are we all much too optimistic about winning this game?
Please let us all behave like proper Town fans and be really nervous on Sunday. Don't get cocky, just turn up, support the team and get on with it. Style isn't everything, but GTFC is.....just enjoy the day, sing your hearts out and remember that without GTFC, the Football League would be nothing!
Friday 26 May
look Mum, I'm on the internet!
I see the official web site are as optimistic as ever - in their 'play off package' news item they say Town are only one game away from League 2. So, why bother going to Cardiff when we can look forward to yet more away trips at Darlington and Rochdale next season.
Bored Mariner on days
tim, i knew kevin drinkell lived near you in stirling.
looking fowrd to your flight?
i predict a brace for lump, and a 25 yard whittle screamer for a 3 nill victory.
I see Paul Wright is even leaving messages on this board!! Is he the P.Wright ex Kilmarnock and Kansas City Wizards legend!
Also does anybody know that Kevin drinkell lives near me in stirling!?
And that Simon Ford now plays for Kilmarnok??!!
Fancy that eh!
tim 'high 5' smith
24 hours before i leave can't wait.
Staying two nights hopefully legless with celebrating sunday night.
GIVE ME A G
BORED MARINER ON NIGHTS
Thursday 25 May
walkabout is an amazing pub. can hold shed loads of people. they do decent food as well.
Outside Barclays bank, Victoria St, this lunchtime, next to the ropey looking con men asking if i'd like to help handicapped children? was a 'merchandise seller' offering flags, scarves and hats for the big day. I watched him for 10 mins (was sat down eating my Mexican oval bite on white from Greggs) ......and nobody bought a thing. He had a trolley full to shift as well.
I hope was was a chancer from out of Town and a genuine Grimsby entrepreneur..............
A Dragon from the Den
THIS SHOUT BOX IS ACE!
Have we won yet? Only I've lost me radio like.
Mr. H. Flangeburger
An alternative to stopping at Newport and avoiding the Chelts fans is to park at Radyr - you also avoid the queues at Cardiff Central after the match: nicked from the Reading 1871 page:
"An alternative route is to park at Radyr station and catch a train to Cardiff. The huge advantage of using Radyr station is that you can avoid Cardiff Central station after the game. To get to Radyr station, leave the M4 at junction 32. Follow the signposts for Merthyr Tydfil on the A470 (which means heading north briefly). Once on the A470 turn left at the first junction and then left almost immediately at the roundabout. This road will take you back under the M4 and into Radyr. Follow signs to the railway station where there is a car park, which will be mostly empty (apart from the hundreds of fans following the directions of this paragraph!).
Trains leave Radyr for Cardiff Central roughly every half-hour, and take about 14 minutes.
After the match walk to Cardiff Queen Street station. The simplest route is to walk along the river bank behind the stand to Castle Street and turn right . Keep straight on into the pedestrian precinct (road now called Queen Street) and continue until the pedestrian area ends. The station is now immediately on your right. Because trains from Queen Street to Radyr only go to destinations in the Welsh valleys they will not be excessively full. Trains leave Queen Street for Radyr roughly every half-hour, and take about 8 minutes."
Sunday train times are as follows:
Radyr - Cardiff Central
dep 0901 1101 1207 1223 1301 1407
arr 0913 1113 1218 1234 1313 1418
Cardiff Queen Street - Radyr
dep 1710 1815 1830 1910 2015
arr 1719 1825 1839 1919 2025
Sean, your brother looks to be having a large 'carbon footprint'.....but it's in a good cause........n'est pas?
My brother Danny, originally from Healing, is making one of the longest journeys for the match on Sunday.
He is leaving Sydney at 16.40pm on Friday 26th May. 22hrs 45mins later...........(and gaining 9 hrs time difference).... he will arrive at Heathrow at 06.25am very early on Saturday 27th. He then flies back on Monday evening. I estimate that must be a 20,000 round trip.
Danny emigrated to Australia in February 1998 and missed the two Wembley finals by only a two months. Having only just left the UK it just was unfeasible to return so soon, so he never saw Town win both games at Wembley. Determined to make up for it he confirmed his flight this morning! Fantastic.
I can't belueve we haven't won the playoff final yet. Slade OUT!!
Melissa Fit Tit
It's okay Gritts, I've started stalking Reddy instead. And if the rumours about HC are true, I'm going to batter her with my Haddock!!
Meggies Rockchick Manhunter
The Alford branch of cod almighty apreciation society have called an emergency meeting to discuss expenditure on tickets. After using the OS to buy tickets thus saving on petrol and queuing we were dismayed when the tickets arrived to find , yes they cocked it up .No ticket for my unofficial grandson who is not related.After frantic calls to BP we now have to go in person and change all the tickets for replacements. The balance sheet will not stand this. Any chance of CA bailing us out? see you sunday
Dave the Engineer
My mate in NZ, an exiled Mariner, is making sure the Macca shirt is worn all day Sunday...... and he is clever enough to work out the time difference and everything like that!
I'll be cheering on the boys on sunday as I have just recovered from a hell-raising night watching an open air play in Brighton with the Birds Mum and Sister (and Sister's effeminate husband(wife?)).
Save me Lump.
"N is for North Sea - There are spectacular views of the North Sea from the main stand at Blundell Park"
Not strictly true is it? Piss-poor journalism Mr Gloucester Echo, did you ring up the Telegraph offices for help?
Anyway, Being in exile I was delighted to see the Winter Gardens Bag's Ball featured on DIY SOS this week. It didn't seem quite so scary as actually being there. Not that I went very often of course.....
professional bench warmer wants to actually kick a ball, well travelled, available sundays but not too late as girlfriend is at school next day
oh cod, who art in fortress blundell
mighty be thy name
let us win this game
the ball will be won
in their half the deed be done
give us the reddy, the macca and the lump
and forgive us the red card
lead us out of league 2
and into league 1
for thine is the mildenhall, the jp, and newey,
for cardiff here come
Help, please - whenever I go for a quiet beer in Grimsby I get harassed by a town fan - dhm I think?
All the best guys am sure you can do it without me.
Anyone know if them morons are still stalking me?
Boo Slades it's not good enough we should've won this league by Christmas with the team we've got.
Mr I. Diot
Wednesday 24 May
In the end justice was served. So many clung to the sympathy vote. He's a soft lump, not a beast: he wouldn't do anything like that; it's not in his nature. The sentimental: it'd be a shame if he missed such a big event; he had such a great season and now he'll miss the finale; his chance to play at the Millennium Stadium. The FA's decision to rescind Lump's ban in the end seemed to rest more on the side of correction, putting right a heinous decision by the game's referee. It also rested on the side of sense. Cases like this don't call for emotion, just the presentation of facts. The fact is Lump didn't attempt to elbow Gareth McAuley.
How referee Mike Dean could view such an event as deliberate, premeditated or malicious has yet to be explained. Nor could his flash of the card been previously anticipated such was his steady officiating of a typically heated local derby. But Dean is only human. We don't know what he saw, how he saw it, what was said to him by the Lincoln player mouthing as soon as McAuley went down. If we want error free officiating then the fans must be prepared to pay for the expense of automated systems at every ground they attend, be that in money or in terms of the time spent waiting for a decision to be made. This 'mistake' has led to the only drama in the hitherto banal build up to the weekend's game. Baited breath for Town fans and the resultant jubilant release. As good as scoring a goal itself. The decision has given the supporters bounce, a spring, a hop, going into the play-off final. Our talisman will be there, and with it our hope has risen.
Every time my mobile telephone buzzed with a text message I feverishly gripped the 'phone. It was only at the ninth such buzz did the news come through. Such terrible tension. I'm not usually like this. I should have taken a leaf out of Lump's book. Where was he while the FA were deliberating? Taking it easy at home, feet up, watching Sky Sports, possibly flicking over the music channels in the ad breaks. An example to us all. What odds on the slovenly one grabbing the solitary goal as Town nick promotion?
Can I just take this opportunity to thank Dave Smith and Dale Ladson for their tireless efforts in promoting Grimsby's forthcoming trip to Wembley...........er, what do you mean it's been moved to Cardiff? Shit, have we made any announcements? ah yes, the very important announcement the other night must have been that. Phew, was beginning to panic then. Oh well, see you all on Saturday. errrrm, Sunday is it? thanks chaps (have we sold any tickets yet?)
I look like Fenners.
Got any oranges I can have?
Good luck on Sunday lads.
Steve 'Eeddie the Eagle' Saunders
Giz a job,, go on, i can do that, go on gizza job.i'll get you to the
I don't see the Lump T-shirts anywhere that I'd heard you're selling.
What's going on?
Can I play? I'm dead good, international caps and everything.
I couldn't stay in that house a minute longer, ive got to get to
cardiff, are there any tickets left for sundays big game. i'd like to sit
next to russel and stroke his head. CMON GWIMSBY!!
Hello? HELLO? Is it on? HELLO? I don't know, what, do what? Just speak
in to it? It just beeped at me. HELLO?
UP THE BLEEDIN MARINERS
Can anyone lend me a Phillips screwdriver please? There are no flip
charts only a wall mounted whiteboard in the stadium changing rooms. Thanking you in advance.
Tuesday 23 May
I have had to use some approximations for the Glen Downey & Grimsby 1-0
bet because the site I checked (Bet365) hadn't got Downey priced up
amongst the possible scorers. But Whittle is 66/1 for the first goal so
assuming Downey would be the same you're looking at 310/1 on the
scorecast with Bet365.
If you go down your local bookies and ask for a price on this bet you
could probably push them up over 350/1 I would have thought.
And if Downey doesn't feature in the squad you should get your stakes
returned as a non runner.
Oh, and it only counts for the 90 minute result. So Downey scoring deep
into injury time at the end of extra time would be no good.
The Town win & Lump scoring is a little trickier but I will cover it in
this week's tips.
I`ve booked all next week off work. It`s going to be one hell of a
party. Come on Town !!!
There's a spa shop just near the station in Cardiff that opens early.
Get some Kestrel and soak up the atmosphere. Quality
I tried to watch the semi-final on Sky, but I got thrown out of the
living room for swearing at the cat.
Thanks for helping Jones get of that false red card.
A zoo with penguins isn't automatically 'worth a visit'. Those waddling
and useless bastards are the most over-rated animal alive.
Mr A R Hitchings
Things Mat Hare missed:
The Cheltenham & Gloucester building society, which must be from there.
The upcoming Hay Festival when lots of ponces and la-di-da types get
together and talk poncey nonsense about poncey things like books and 'art
house' films. A festival about hay sounds more interesting than that
navel gazing shite.
Keeping the ponce element going, Chelts is also famous for the local
spring water, or 'posh water' as my nan calls it.
Richard O'Brien, he of Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Crystal Maze
fame, is from Cheltenham.
Good effort though Mat. I laughed my tits off! More entertaining that
the Cheltenham paper's attempt at insight.
Could Mat Hare work out the odds for a Town win with Gary Jones
Well done Cod for helping get Jonesy off that false charge.
Can we order some of the I Love GY t-shirts for our Canary fans in Yarmouth please? We need them to have three sleeves though. Thanks D
Don't ask me how I've got 3 more years!
I hope we sell more tickets than we have been doing at the moment. It should be a quality game and its the last one in Cardiff, so let's all make an effort! PS. Danny North is gonna be a town hero in the future
Referee for Sunday is Paul Taylor. Last Town match he refereed was
Northampton at home, when we were 90 minutes from promotion and screwed it
up. Oh arse.
I'm pretty useful in playoff finals, if anyone has a pair of boots they
could lend me?
Can Mat Hare work out the odds for a 1-0 win with Glen Downey scoring
Does anyone know if Steve Sherwood will be fit for the game????
Got to the Prince of Wales pub: quality boozer and cheap! I'm traveling down from Stirling in Scotland for the game! Meeting Ranny and the boys from Louth!! I predict a brace of goals from Tony Rees!!
Tim 'bottle of Vim' Smith
Boooo Cod Almighty Boooo. Identity theft has been occurring in this
shout box. Although I do agree with what was written by the person
purporting to be my alter ego, Well most of it, I actually think TB looks
quite natty with his brolly. I hope he takes it to Cardiff.
Fancy using me as an extra time substitute if need be?
Monday 22 May
I know that Mr Slade has received a lot of criticism this year,
despite getting us to the play offs, but don't you think that he
should receive a tiny bit of the credit for turning Jones the Lump
into Lumpaldino and Jones the stick from a journeyman defender into a
slab of granite at the heart of the defence?
Well well, I have an imposter, who cannot even spell my name! Who needs first team football; when you are such a legend as I?
By the way; I am signing for a Premiership side next season.
The real Glen Downey
Here today, I've got some good vibrations about the play-off final but God only knows how we'll do. I get around but wouldn't it be nice to drive there in my little Honda for some fun, fun, fun. There will be some heroes and villains who will have all summer long to reflect on the match in the warmth of the sun and will probably want to do it again. I can't wait too long for sweet Sunday. p.s. Brian Wilson plays for Cheltenham
Having just got back from Wales, still smarting from Watfords Imps long-ball tactics, I can report the secret of parking up in Newport Station and travelling to Cardiff Central by train (£3.70), is no longer a
secret. However, it is far easier to get out of Newport
than Cardiff so I am lead to believe. M48 bridge over the River Severn looks like better option than M4 bridge but
costs a whopping £4.90 to cross. Strangley you only pay this toll when entering Wales - it is free of charge travelling back to England. We can only surmise the reasons behind this.
Waltham, GTFC & LUFC fan
Hey look! Words! UTM!
Evander Holyfield is coming out of retirement and his first fight will
be against Curtis Woodhouse...you heard it here first!
Does this thing automatically update? Or are you vetting them, Big
Brother? Don't censor me!
Has anyone seen my scarf? I lost it at Lincoln, it was my lucky
That Mike Dean is a very nice man, i've always liked him.
Mr Lincoln Gimp, your arse isn't welcome.
Anyone know who Sunday's referee will be? And did anyone see Mike Dean
only dishing out yellow cards for elbows in the Championship Play Off
Final? Im sure that was a red card offence last Tuesday evening!
Fingers crossed the supporters trust will be able to get a 15th
Apparently the game is on Sunday and my train times below were for Saturday!
Please accept my apologies for being stupid! My point still stands though, they should organise a train.
I've got my tickets. My brother is flying from Sydney just for the game.
Appeal, my arse!
No trains?!? No bleedin' trains?!?
How stupid is that?
Any southern exiles looking for a drive and rail option might be
I shall be driving to Swindon and catching one of the half past the
hour hourly trains to Cardiff Central, with similar arrangements to get
back. £14 adult return
Soccer Express has gone up to £28.50, booked just now (11:00am, Monday)
Ah, the benefits of being an exhiled Town fan living in Bristol. I can
virtually see the Millennium Stadium from here! I can recommend a few
watering holes in Bristol for the Saturday night if anyone's interested?
Fingers crossed for Lumpaldinho's appeal tomorrow.
About an hour and a half ago I was asleep and dreaming. We were at the
Millennium Stadium for the play-off final and it was great. There were
three little fourth division stands and one great big one, and the
sliding roof was all beautifully carved and painted like a palace. For some
reason I had to do loads of interviews and photocalls and I had a
secretary making a list of them all. Then a journalist came up and started
interviewing former secretary of state for education Ruth Kelly, who was
sitting next to me. Then there wasn't any football, and it was more
like a party, and there was just me and Ruth and this journo chilling out
on the floor with some kittens.
I'd like add some sort of clever pay-off line about why it means Town
will win three-nil this Sunday, but I can't think of one.
Will Tony Butcher be doing a toilet talk in his Cardiff report? I've
been trying all year but he still won't give me a mention, regardless of
what I say. Just because I think he looks a bit feminine when he
strolls around with that umbrella...
Sunday 21 May
Thanks Sean Carr for confirming it is possible to get to Cardiff and
back before the game starts. Plenty of time to get ready to watch it on
Mr T (Butcher)
Can I have a game plase Sir?
How much is the toll on the bridge thingey going to Wales? is it worth
parking in Bristol and walking the last bit? Being a tight jock and all
I think these things should be addressed by the club. I bet Cheltenhams
OS has already published AA route planners and tokens for discounted
Any chance of a new T-shirt with 'Gary Birtles was good at Grimsby' on
it? My UTD loving pals don't believe me. I reckon it would be a top
seller too. I have other great ideas too like 'I'm an ugly bastard' on the
front and then on the back there would be a picture of Steve Saunders.
In fact, could I have a job please?
The big announcement on Monday is that Town will be changing their
nickname to 'The Rain Macs' due to the fact that we are moving to Great
Coates. My mates dad's cousin's great uncle mixes the paint for the pitch
markings at BP so it must be true.
Hi folks, just thought I would let you know that there is a great show
on at the auditorium on Sunday 28th May:
An Evening of Clairvoyance with Tony Stockwell. £18.50 a ticket.
What about a 'Paul Agnew is God' T-shirt?
Well done paying for his appeal, we need him badly next week. UTM.
Friday 19 May
Our clubshop could learn a thing or two from Cheltenham, couldn't they?
Hi. I read with dismay about the planned overnight rail journey to Cardiff. You can do it comfortably in one day. A Saver Return is £72.50! Which is about the rate for a night in a Cardiff Hotel.
The rail companies organise special trains for the major cup finals every year. These have the benefit of being specific to the fans therefore lessening annoyance to the normal travelling public and are a lot cheaper than the standard fares. I very much doubt whether anyone in GTFC's marketing department has even thought of this option or has the wit to enquire if prompted. The details are below:
Grimsby to Cardiff Central
Outward journey on Sat 27 May 2006
Cardiff Central to Grimsby
Return journey on Sat 27 May 2006
Thursday 18 May
Somebody get Justin Whittle an OS map of south Wales, so he can work out which way we need to kick to be playing towards the Pontoon in the first half. (Maps should be no problem for a former squaddie.)
Wednesday 17 May
It's great supporting Town. Radio Five didn't even give us a mention on the 8:00 bulletin today, preferring to talk in depth about another match that I believe is happening today. Even on the 7:30 news we were behind a report on a Spanish match (David Beckham scored twice, so what). So whilst several million people get excited about Barca/Arsenal a few thousand of us are going all doolally about going to Cardiff. That's what it's all about. I wouldn't swap it for the world.
To bring your attention to an observation from last night's Sky commentator... "Everyone's talking about tomorrow night's Champions League final, but for these Grimsby and Lincoln fans this game is EQUALLY important!"
To give him the benefit of the doubt I suppose that rather than the play-off semi, he could have been referring his latest effort at the Snake 2 game on his phone. That would be about equal for me.