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The Grimsby Reaper
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The Grimsby Telegraph (formerly the Grimsby Evening Telegraph) covers the Mariners in its back pages. Expect the usual fare of match previews, interviews, reports, and news. Published Monday through to Saturday and available from about lunchtime on those days, the paper costs about 30p. The Telegraph's team are sport editor Geoff Ford and soccer writer David Pye, occasionally helped by Trevor Green and Dave Laister.
The GT used to publish a separate Sports Telegraph on Saturdays, which covered Town's game – as well as local rivals Scunthorpe (the same company owns the Grimsby and Scunthorpe Telegraphs). It carried extensive match reports, weekly columns from Town players, daily diaries from the past week, and coverage of the reserves and youth teams, available every Saturday from about 6:15pm. But not any more. The penny-pinchers at Northcliffe Publishing decided to pack it in and concentrate on their web offering. Expect a report on the website at 5:20pm on a Saturday amounting to something like "Despite dominating possesssion, Grimsby failed to take their chances as they drew 1-1 this afternoon. Full story in Monday's paper." Such is the price of progress.
The Grimsby Telegraph's website is at www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk.
Broadcasting on 95.9FM and 1485MW (as well as that swanky DAB radio thing if you live in the region), BBC Radio Humberside should cover the Mariners as extensively as you might expect. Except due to a bit of a tizzy fit between Radio Humbs and Town chairman John Fenty, you will only get 'updates' during games from 'Voice of the Mariners' John Tondeur. The station is occasionally criticised as being biased towards Hull City and Scunthorpe, who people forget are now two divisions above the Mariners. The station splits its matchday broadcasts of those two teams between the two frequencies, depending on which sounds best on FM (rule of thumb: if away at full, big away ground, expect FM coverage).
Still, tune in on the ride home for the post-match phone-in, starting straight after the Saturday games through until 6pm. The expected clichés are "I wasn't at the game Burnsy, but..." and at least five Hull fans texting in to complain about their chairman not spending enough money, even after the transfer window has closed.
There are sports updates every morning at 6:25, 7:25 and 8:25. There's also a daily show during the week around tea time, but none of us have listened to it.
Radio Humberside has a website at www.bbc.co.uk/humber/sport/index.shtml.
Compass FM are a local station for local people, and answered John Fenty's continual pleas of "more money for the commentary rights!" They broadcast in the area and their matchday coverage in now piped out onto the worldwideweb by the club's Mariners World subscription service. So, if you can't make a game and don't live near Grimmo, pay up or... miss out. It's not as good as Radio Humberside's offerings, but at least it's not two blokes talking into a cheap microphone from Tandy. We think.