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On The Day
On Tuesday 15 October, club chairman Peter Furneaux appeared on a Radio Humberside phone-in and appealed for someone to come forward and sponsor the one remaining match the club hadn't managed to sell. The match was the game at home to Bradford City on Wednesday 1 January.
Also during the phone-in the chairman described the restraints of a stringent budget. The club had projected financial figures until the end of the season and was relying on on every game being sponsored. If anyone had any ideas to help the club they were asked to get in touch.
A number of the Cod Almighty team listened on the radio, others on the web. Was there something that we, as fans, could do?
An idea that has been floating around Cod Almighty Towers for a while was seeing if the club would look at a fans' day - a day when the supporters showed their club that little bit more than the chairman asked for on Radio Humberside.
The next morning, Cod Almighty contacted the club with the idea that we would 'sponsor' the game. Or rather we'd take responsibility for sponsoring the game. We asked the club to put our name into that one remaining space on their calendar and we would organise a sponsorship with a difference - a day sponsored by you, the fans, the lifeblood of Grimsby Town Football Club.
Rather than the name of a generous business adorning that pitchside advertisement between the Pontoon and the Main Stand, the name of the fans would be advertised.
The more we looked into what the club offers as part of the deal, the more excited we grew. The chance to choose the man of the match. The chance for 20 fans to have a tour of the ground and be dined - no, wait - because the club has now generously offered 30 fans this opportunity. The chance to have pictures taken with the players. Not forgetting the chance to watch the game.
And this is at the tail end of the festive season, when families are gathered in the area, when the Grimsby community is united, when the people of Grimsby have a chance to do something special.
Mr Furneaux announced that if the fans did their part this season, if the fans wanted the club to remain in the First Division, then they have to show it. The club would do everything in return to fulfil that wish.
How will we do this? Cod Almighty has put its name against the bill for the day. But we want you to help us not only pay that, but to better it. We have to raise £2,350 for starters. That will pay for the sponsorship. Anything more and that money will go towards the future of the club, the youth development programme. It won't come cheap as a whole - but if we all put in a little bit more together, it can be done.
How much are we thinking of? We're thinking five of your English pounds. You give us five pounds and we'll give you a ticket. That ticket will then be entered into a raffle where you'll have the chance to win a pair of those 30 seats - that include a three-course meal, tour of the ground, and executive seats for the match. You can buy as many tickets as you want - as long as you give us the money! Then, in the middle of December we'll host a draw and the lucky fans will be selected to be the 'sponsors' at New Year's Day. For a full list of prizes please click here.
If you don't get chosen, don't feel you have lost - you are still a winner; you'll have contributed to a rare display of unity and support for your club, rare throughout the world of football.
We're getting the local press involved - newspapers, radio, television. We're going to try and get the national press involved. We're also going to get other businesses involved to be a part of this community effort. This will be a real chance to show off what we as a club can do.
We won't stop there. We are going to do our best to make the day one that fans will want to be a part of. We will work with the club and hopefully we'll be able to pull a few special treats out of the bag for you.
Cod Almighty feels this will be the best way and the best time for Town fans to show their fellow supporters, the club and the rest of the country what they are made of. To show that they will go that little bit further to keep their club going, to keep showing their support.
Have we whet your appetite? You can be kept up to date with email updates, but better still you can help out by buying a raffle ticket (more if you feel up to it!) and supporting the day by turning up to the Bradford game. Your support will not go unnoticed.