Articles by Pat Bell

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Wake me up at half past four

Match report

26 March 2017

Wake me up at half past four

Bring me rainfall

Match report

26 February 2017

Bring me rainfall

Away from home

3 January 2017

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

100 per cent representative: an interview with Jon Wood

13 November 2016

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

A wake-up call

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

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

3 October 2016

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

A rough guide to... Stevenage

1 August 2016

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

A rough guide to... Leyton Orient

1 August 2016

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

A rough guide to... Cambridge United

1 August 2016

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

Letters from afar: how Grimsby breeds writers

3 November 2015

The new book We are Town shows how many talented writers have been inspired by the Mariners

Building on sand: the 1987-88 season

10 February 2015

Despite all the obstacles the board put in his way, Bobby Roberts was a missed penalty away from saving Grimsby in 1987-88

Beautiful losers: Leonard Cohen and the Mariners

19 November 2014

Leonard Cohen. Grimsby Town. Not much in common, you might think. Pat Bell disagrees

The road to nowhere

4 October 2014

As another mediocre season looms, Pat Bell traces the sequence of mishaps and blunders that got Town into this mess

How Grimsby was my valley

23 May 2014

From Pat Glover to John Oster, Wales has provided many of Town's greatest ever players. Pat Bell picks a Welsh Mariners XI to prove it

The day the Earth stood still

24 October 2013

Jim Dobbin's wonder goal at Newcastle put Town in the national spotlight. Pat Bell looks at why the goal remains a beacon for the Mariners, 21 years later

Bygone futures

Match report

1 April 2013

Bygone futures

Crawling over the line

22 March 2013

Town's 1991 promotion came despite some seriously wobbly spells of form during the season. Paul Thundercliffe and Pat Bell share their reminiscences

Things you only know if your dad is from Grimsby

12 February 2013

Not a plastic paddy, but a glass-fibre Grimbarian: what's it like to grow up elsewhere supporting the Mariners?

Book review: Laws of the Jungle

4 December 2012

Among Town fans he'll only be remembered for one thing. But how does Brian Laws' autobiography balance out? Pat Bell gives it a read

Muffins and mules: Hyde (a)

Match report

6 November 2012

Muffins and mules: Hyde (a) report

A cup of kindness: Port Vale (a)

Match report

12 November 2011

A cup of kindness: Port Vale (a) report

Slow recovery: the lessons of Town's 1988-89 FA Cup adventure

9 November 2011

The Mariners' epic 1988-89 FA Cup run to Plough Lane remembered

Rough Guide to... AFC Telford United

2 August 2011

2011-12 rough guide to AFC Telford United

Playing to the crowd

24 February 2011

In the wake of Neil Woods' sacking, Pat Bell accuses the chairman of bowing to the boo-boys

The long, lingering death of hope: Fleetwood (a)

Match report

19 February 2011

The long, lingering death of hope: Fleetwood (a) report

Book review: Grimsby Town: Through the Trap Door

14 November 2010

On occasion at CA Towers we get a spare moment to read a book. Even less occasionally we get time to write about it

Bonfire of Woods' vanities: Altrincham (a)

Match report

25 September 2010

Bonfire of Woods' vanities: Altrincham (a) report

The making of a Mariner

12 August 2010

Some stirring memories from following the Town over four decades, from Pat Bell

Rough Guide to... Bath City

12 August 2010

2010-11 Rough Guide to Bath City

Rough Guide to... Barrow

12 July 2010

2010-11 Rough Guide to Barrow

Player profile: Michael Cummins

29 June 2010

2010-11 player profile: Michael Cummins

Tales from the precipice: Accrington (a)

Match report

5 April 2010

Tales from the precipice: Accrington (a) report

A measure of displeasure: Crewe (a)

Match report

9 March 2010

A measure of displeasure: Crewe (a) report

Butter before guns: Rotherham (a)

Match report

23 January 2010

Butter before guns: Rotherham (a) report

Theme Team: The 'Come back, all is forgiven' XI

22 October 2009

Standfirst

The chequered history of 'foreign' players at Grimsby: 2

10 June 2009

Part two of Pat Bell's look at how foreign players have ultimately failed, for one reason or another, at Grimsby part 2

Cold without the comfort: Accrington (a)

Match report

28 December 2008

Cold without the comfort: Accrington (a) report

The chequered history of 'foreign' players at Grimsby: 1

15 December 2008

Jonah Foreigner: the chequered history of 'foreign' players at GTFC part 1

I was there: Bury (a)

Match report

15 November 2008

I was there: Bury (a) report

Disco Stu doesn't advertise: Morecambe (a)

Match report

20 September 2008

Disco Stu doesn't advertise: Morecambe (a) report

George's first match

10 March 2008

Pat Bell took his son, George, to his very first football match: away at Morecambe

Hold on to yourself: Morecambe (a)

Match report

26 February 2008

Hold on to yourself: Morecambe (a) report

Gimme shelter: Stockport (a)

Match report

8 January 2008

Gimme shelter: Stockport (a) report

The book of laughter and forgetting: Chester (a)

Match report

1 January 2008

The book of laughter and forgetting: Chester (a) report

Rebel without applause: Bury (a)

Match report

18 August 2007

Rebel without applause: Bury (a) report

Player profile: Paul Bolland

6 August 2007

2007-08 player profile: Paul Bolland

Rough guide to... Stockport County

6 August 2007

2007-08 rough guide to... Stockport County

Rough guide to... Bradford City

29 July 2007

2007-08 rough guide to... Bradford City

Town on the box: The kindness of bar staff

8 January 2007

Readers share their experiences of watching Town on the telly

He never had a chance

6 November 2006

Pat Bell looks back on the Town career of Graham Rodger

Player profiles: Andy Taylor

27 September 2006

2006-07 player profiles: Andy Taylor

Memories are made of this

22 September 2006

A tribute to Town legend Joe Waters by Pat Bell

Rough guide to... Chester City

14 August 2006

2006-07 rough guide to... Chester City

Player profiles: Gary Croft

28 July 2006

2006-07 player profiles: Gary Croft

Player profiles: Tom Newey

28 July 2006

2006-07 player profiles: Tom Newey

Rough guide to... Wycombe Wanderers

1 July 2006

2006-07 rough guide to... Wycombe Wanderers

Great expectations

8 November 2005

Pat Bell took a look back at those players who left us frustrated and disappointed

The curse of the record fee

1 February 2005

What do Shaun Cunnington, John Oster, Gary Croft and Andy Tillson have in common? Pat Bell provides the analysis

Fight club

24 July 2004

Pat Bell gives the verdit on classic BP scrappers

If it isn't hurting, it isn't Grimsby

24 March 2004

The country may suffer, but Town perform much better under a Tory government claims Pat Bell

Player profile: Stacy Coldicott

11 September 2003

2003-04 player profile: Stacy Coldicott