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Rough Guide to the Conference
Were you sickened by the violence committed by your fellow Grimbarians at Town's final game as a Football League club? Are you dismayed that the soft spot for the Mariners held by fans of other clubs right across the country has hardened overnight into outright contempt? Alarmed that away games next season will be that bit more tense and tiresome because the local numbskulls saw what went on at Burton and are dusting down their garish 80s tracksuits?
So are we. It's time to reach out and build bridges. And show the football community that we're still a decent bunch. That Grimsby Town Football Club is not represented by the rotten minority who made a bad end to last season ten times worse.
Here at Cod Almighty, then, we've revived our annual Rough Guide series as we prepare for life after the Football League. And this time it's all about love.
Between now and the start of the season – and probably a few weeks beyond, if the usual chaos ensues – our team of writers will be getting to know each of Town's 23 opponents in the 2010–11 Conference Premier. And we won't just be refusing to patronise them. We won't just be doing our best to approach them as equals. We'll be sidling up to Eastbourne Borough and Gateshead with a box of chocolates and a bunch of red roses big enough to block out the sun.
I don't think any of us really believe Town and the Conference are in for just one brief night of passion, do we? We're not looking at wham, bam, thankyou Altrincham. Grimsby Town Football Club is broken, and it'll take a lot to fix. This could be an enduring relationship. So let's get off on the right foot, eh?
Use the links on the left to explore Cod Almighty's Rough Guide to the Conference.