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Popped out, soaked through!

18 August 2022

Glass Totally Sodden Diary was going to talk about those rare occasions when the fixture list provides three short trips to Blundell Park in seven days and how it didn't happen last season at all. Then weather dominated Tuesday night to ensure it won't happen this August. Jinx! The Cumbrians have been and gone, their fleeting visit marred by torrential rain. Grimsby Town A Carlisle United A.

The visitors' goalkeeper was exceptionally tall, and their number 22 got booked for totting up minor grappling offences on Andy Smith at corners and then delaying a Crocombe clearance. That, along with the Glennon 30-yard slide tackle, which jeopardised the corner flag, and a Carlisle defensive slice onto the roof of their own net, is my summary. Yes, it was wet, not Macclesfield-monsoon-wet, but most definitely in my top own five soaked occasions at BP.

Sutton United will be here on Saturday, followed on Tuesday by Nottingham Forest, a top-flight guest. It's a fantastic League Cup draw, regardless of whether England internationals Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson feature for the visitors. We are likely to see a crowd on a par with or in excess of Scunthorpe United (FA Cup in November 2013); the last time I can find us breaking the 8,000 barrier at BP with an impressive 8306 present. Forest have sold their 1200+ allocation, as per Twitter.

The Iron cup tie was so long ago that they were a half-decent league team, and  Paul Hurst was a newly sole-appointed GTF boss, which is a polite way of saying Rob Scott had been booted. Hurst was joined by a certain Chris Doig as his assistant, an ex-Forest player himself of course, who has of course assisted PH in every management role since then.

Saturday's visitors Sutton have already suffered the indignity of conceding a goal to a former favourite Omar Bogle this season, in the quirky Bugiel:Bogle game. I confess to knowing little else about Sutton except one time Mariners winger Tom Bolarinwa signed from there, promptly went back there and then moved on again. 

Have CA readers changed their football watching habits upon our return to the Football League? I've upped my game to include watching Football League highlights on ITV. They tease excitement throughout the show, with an unknown presenter and an ex-player pundit, although I've yet to hear Glen Murray or Jamie Mackie say anything original, intriguing or interesting. Then the highlights come on, and they show Mariners goals, for and against, and pretty much nothing else whatsoever. I think they showed Bryn Morris's crossbar shaking long-range effort at Rochdale. Unlike the higher divisions, they don't afford extended highlights, nor speak to the managers.  We'll have to get in to the Championship to get that treatment. "Football League goals show" would be a more accurate title.