Features (2016-17)

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I do not like that Cheltenham

By Dr Seusses, 18 April 2017

Will you like them in a while? Will you like their World of Smile? Dr Seusses on the Robins

What if... Russell Slade had never left?

By Ron Counte, 11 April 2017

The 2006 play-off final might have gone the other way. Ron Counte imagines

A piece of cake

By Tony Barker, 29 March 2017

Football is more than a game; it's the emotion that surrounds it. Tony Barker tells a tale to prove his point

Reasons to be cheerful

By Paul Savage, 23 March 2017

Mid-table is fine, especially after losing our manager and top scorer, says Paul Savage. Now Town look well set for progress next season

There's a corpse on the floor while the Chairboys score

By Alistair Wilkinson, 6 March 2017

Four thousand witnesses saw Town Gunned down last Saturday. Al reflects in verse

The difference a year makes

By Mark James, 2 March 2017

How does Bignot's reshaped side compare with the Hurst team that won promotion nine months ago? Mark James ponders

Of mice and monkeys

By Alistair Wilkinson, 9 February 2017

With players, formations and tactics all in flux, Al Wilkinson turns to rhyme to try and make sense of the transformation

Disharmony: less twitter, more squawk

By Chris Fisher, 29 January 2017

A twitter storm is the inevitable outcome of a Town defeat. Can't we use social media more positively, asks Chris Fisher

You don't know you're born, Jürgen

By Rich Mills, 19 January 2017

Do we need a Christmas break or are fixtures over the festive period just a part of football culture in the UK?

Graham Taylor: Lincolnshire's finest

By Barry Whittleton, 17 January 2017

Despite his harsh treatment as England manager, Taylor deserved national respect. Barry Whittleton remembers a fine football man

Song sung blue

By Tony Barker, 12 January 2017

Big wins away carried a health warning in 1984. Tony Barker describes a perilous walk to the car after Paul Wilkinson's Goodison winner

Away from home

By Pat Bell, 3 January 2017

No matter how much an exile may wander, there is no place like Blundell Park, muses Pat Bell

How's Omar doing? part deux

By Rich Mills, 29 December 2016

Halfway through the season, how does Bogle's goalscoring compare with past top strikers? Rich Mills draws some more charts

"Hursty? Yer cant help but say he did a job"

By Andy Freeman, 27 December 2016

Not just a trim, a summary of Paul Hurst's Town career. Andy Freeman visits his barber

Can kids win anything?

By Rich Mills, 20 December 2016

What can Town do to improve the progression of young players into the first team, asks Rich Mills

From on high

By Tony Barker, 12 December 2016

Will any new ground offer the distractions from a poor game on offer in the upper tier of the Findus, asks Tony Barker

A Blundell Park birthday

By Andy Freeman, 5 December 2016

In 2001, Portsmouth made sure Andy Freeman had an enjoyable, if cold, birthday treat

Can you hear the Grimsby sing?

By Gordon Wilson, 30 November 2016

On 9 December, the Mariners Trust will be staging a unique celebration of the Mariners. Gordon Wilson offers a preview

100 per cent representative: an interview with Jon Wood

By Pat Bell, 13 November 2016

The Mariners Trust rep on the GTFC board is dedicated to Town, and dedicated to representing its fans

Bolton Wanderers well met

By Neville Butt, 2 November 2016

Bolton Wanderers v Grimsby Town sounds like a fixture steeped in history. Neville Butt, a Town fan since the 1940s, picks out some highlights

Paul Hurst: a tough act to follow

By Ben Bowers, 27 October 2016

To get the scale of Paul Hurst's achievements at Grimsby, you need to consider the mess he inherited and the obstacles in his way. Ben Bowers puts the case

A wake-up call

By Pat Bell, 22 October 2016

Paul Hurst is taking seriously an approach from Shrewsbury. It suggests Grimsby aren't quite the force we like to think we are

Old friends and new acquaintances

By Grant Maconachie, 6 October 2016

Harrogate Town v FC United was a match with several Grimsby links. Grant Maconachie went to meet Macca and the rest

It only takes a few to make you feel unwelcome: an interview with Scott McGarvey

By Pat Bell, 3 October 2016

A notorious figure among Town fans in the late 1980s talks to CA about his time at Blundell Park

How's Omar doing? Part 1

By Rich Mills, 30 September 2016

How does Omar Bogle's start to the season compare with Podge, Super Clive, Pat Glover and .. Omar Bogle?

Welcome back

By Barry Whittleton, 29 September 2016

Podge and Toto are back at Blundell Park on Saturday. Barry Whittleton hopes we give them a warm reception

My Grimsby: not just any old northern town

By None, 11 September 2016

A new addition to our 'what makes Grimsby special' feature: waiting at the lock gates for dad's boat

If the kids are United XI

By Rich Mills, 5 September 2016

Man Utd's Dean Henderson has become the latest in a select band of Red Mariners. Rich Mills compiles a team

Brushed under the carpet: a closer look at Garth Lane

By Richard Hallam, 30 August 2016

Garth Lane offers a glorious possibility for a new ground - so why do the club and consultants refuse to look at it?

A funny thing happened on the way to Upton Park

By Tony Barker, 21 August 2016

The fun of being a Town fan is not limited to the game itself. Tony Barker remembers an example

Cloughie's Mariners XI

By Rich Mills & Peter Anderson, 8 August 2016

A Town XI endorsed by Brian Clough? This ain't no fantasy, young man!

Wake up Grimsby Town

By Jase Ives, 5 August 2016

Grimsby Town is in danger of betraying its heritage, warns Jase Ives

Under the flyover: Town's Conference years

By Ron Counte, 2 August 2016

Grimsby's six years in non-League have passed like a bad dream. Ron Counte looks back.

A rough guide to... Yeovil Town

By Rich Mills, 1 August 2016

Yeovil's a small place, but its club has a record to be proud of. Rich Mills reports

A rough guide to... Blackpool

By Sam Metcalf, 1 August 2016

Blackpool's descent resembles a fairground ride. But there's precious little pleasure when the Oystons are around, says Sam Metcalf

A rough guide to... Hartlepool United

By Grant Maconachie, 1 August 2016

Hartlepool and the Mariners have more in common than just Amond, Magnay and Nsiala. Grant Maconachie reports

A rough guide to... Crawley Town

By Peter Anderson, 1 August 2016

Crawley count Steve Evans and Richard Brodie among their old boys and are sponsored by Checkatrade. Peter Anderson struggles to find empathy

A rough guide to... Morecambe

By Grant Maconachie, 1 August 2016

Morecambe is a cracking place. Find out why in our guide to our first Football League opponents

An updated guide to... Notts County

By Sarah Mann-Needs, 1 August 2016

After a ten-match losing run they sit in the relegation zone. But with a new owner, there's optimism at Meadow Lane, reports Sarah Mann-Needs

A rough guide to... Newport County

By Miles Moss, 1 August 2016

Newport's resurrection was tarnished last season by uncertainty on and off the pitch. Miles Moss reports

A rough guide to... Carlisle United

By Rich Mills, 1 August 2016

Keith Curle's Carlisle United are going great guns, but what else do you need to know about them? Rich Mills fills you in

A rough guide to... Cheltenham Town

By Miles Moss, 1 August 2016

Cheltenham Town may get on our nerves, but the town and the fans have a lot going for them. Miles Moss reports

A rough guide to... Plymouth Argyle

By Kelly Billings, 1 August 2016

After six seasons in the fourth flight, Plymouth Argyle are determined to go up. So far so good, reports Kelly Billings

A rough guide to... Leyton Orient

By Pat Bell, 1 August 2016

Can Orient prosper despite a sack-happy owner and the new proximity of West Ham?

A rough guide to... Mansfield Town

By Peter Anderson, 1 August 2016

Mansfield got out of the Conference before the Mariners, but since then the only promotion they've had has been of the dodgy PR kind. Peter Anderson reports

A rough guide to... Cambridge United

By Pat Bell, 1 August 2016

After two seasons back in the Football League, Cambridge are eyeing another promotion. Pat Bell reports

A rough guide to... Doncaster Rovers

By Pete Green, 1 August 2016

Trains, planes and horses, and a football team reckoning its stay in the fourth flight will be short. Pete Green reports on Doncaster

A rough guide to... Stevenage

By Pat Bell, 1 August 2016

Back in the day, Stevenage rose like a rocket. Are they now sinking like a feather?

A rough guide to... Exeter City

By Rich Mills, 1 August 2016

Exeter are a modest club run the right way. Except when they inflate prices for big matches and vote for B teams. Rich Mills reports

A rough guide to... Barnet

By Katie Donoghue, 1 August 2016

Martin Allen is three years into his fourth spell with Barnet. But are his attractions beginning to wane, Katie Donoghue asks

A rough guide to... Colchester United

By Alistair Wilkinson, 1 August 2016

Like Town, Colchester can be likened to a vaquita. Let Al Wilkinson tell you why

A rough guide to... Crewe Alexandra

By Mike Worden, 1 August 2016

Crewe don't like sacking managers, even after relegation. Will their patience pay off, asks Mike Worden

A rough guide to... Bolton Wanderers

By Mike Worden, 1 August 2016

Bolton's recent history has been blighted with financial woes, but their form this season is impressive. Mike Worden reports

A rough guide to... Portsmouth

By Tony Butcher, 1 August 2016

An old-fashioned club no longer being bled dry by old-fashioned billionaires: Tony Butcher fills you in on Portsmouth

A rough guide to... Wycombe Wanderers

By Simon Wilson, 1 August 2016

Our trip to Wycombe sees us renew acquaintances with once regular opponents, and Dayle Southwell. Si Wilson fills you in

A rough guide to... Luton Town

By Katie Donoghue, 1 August 2016

A rapid fall down the leagues they are starting to reverse, buoyed by plans for a new stadium. But Katie Donoghue is talking about a different Town

First Team Vacancy (Voluntary)

By Peter Anderson & Rich Mills, 6 July 2016

Town are looking for a 30+ goals-a-season striker. Is that you? Could you offer your time for free?