Features (2023-24)

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Scarlet runners

By Pat Bell, 16 June 2024

For a few months in 1934, Grimsby Town were perhaps the best team in England. As Pat Bell writes, they were helped by their choice of sock

Jason Stockwood: Money, Balls and Moneyball

By Tony Butcher, 12 June 2024

Basement tapes part 2: kicking tyres over old ground as we await the promised landing of the Football Regulator. Talking Hurst, hope and glory

Jason Stockwood - Life is Life: from Scaffa to Sunny California

By Tony Butcher, 5 June 2024

Ex-Chairman Wow rang our bell and the result is a summer sensation. Here's part one of the Blundell Park blockbuster you've been waiting for.

Life, the universe and everything Town

By Tony Butcher, 2 June 2024

Can you feel it? That rumble, it ain't your stomach, something big's heading your way. There will be revelations about the revolution...

Dear Jason Stockwood

By Alistair Wilkinson, 18 May 2024

Fed up with the trickle of tosh on the internet of imbecility, the Pontoon's Poet Laureate gives the club a public hug from us all

Sonnet 2023/24: Winter Love

By Alistair Wilkinson, 8 May 2024

The Pontoon’s very own poet laureate lightly lacerates last season’s losers with some vaguely vicious verse

John Tondeur - with a little help from his friends

By Tony Butcher, 19 April 2024

Listen, do you want to know a secret? Well, Mr T may be about to tell you a few more things as the end of his era approaches.

Time to write it off as a bad day at the office and move on

By Paul Ketchley, 17 April 2024

After finally escaping the car park of doom at Colchester Paul Ketchley tells it straight. Well, someone has to

In the box with John Tondeur - talking back with happiness

By Tony Butcher, 12 April 2024

Every picture tells a story. Mr T has so many from inside the commentary box, tales of Big Keith, sandwiches, fan interaction and…Helen Shapiro

The life and times of John Tondeur - Growin' Up In My Hometown

By Tony Butcher, 5 April 2024

You know the voice, but do you know the man? You will when you read the first part of the Tondeur trilogy. Music, memories and a missing moustache.

John Tondeur - The Wonder Years (aka 101 great throw-ins)

By Tony Butcher, 28 March 2024

Tony knocked on the door, John opened it. What happened next? Here's a little teaser for our epic three-part interview with our man with the mic.

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the Grimsby way

By Tony Butcher, 5 March 2024

What have we done to deserve this? Wimbledon asked Tony Butcher to fill a space in their programme wider than that between our centre-backs.

Starter for Ten

By Richard Lord, 30 January 2024

There's clowns to the left and jokers to the right. Rich Lord has done the maths on the mystical, mythical new manager bounce.

A kaleidoscope of a game

By Pat Bell, 14 January 2024

In January 1933, Grimsby Town, under a new manager, played out a 5-5 draw, their second of the season. Pat Bell looks back

What a load of cobblers (redux)

By Geoff Bored, 21 December 2023

They say AI is the future and will make humans redundant. They say our lack of a report for the 1998 Play-Off Final is a gaping gap. We have a Final Solution.

Regarding Henry

By Tony Dabb, 13 December 2023

Dr Evil woz 'ere! False memory syndrome or just bad journalism? Tony Dabb delves into the murky '70s to debunk history.

Winner Stays On: England with The FA Cup for a Compass

By RM Clark, 1 December 2023

Winner Stays On: England with The FA Cup for a Compass follows the 2022-23 FA Cup from start to finish. Wouldn't you know it, Town have a star role...

Hursty's Poptastic Top Ten

By Seán Anderson, 13 November 2023

In light of Paul Hurst's recent departure, Seán Anderson took to Twitter to remind everyone of his top ten games since returning as Town manager

Goodbye, farewell and best wishes

By Jase Ives, 7 November 2023

A week is a long time in football as Jase Ives reflects on the recent departure of Paul Hurst

Home thoughts from abroad

By Bill Meek, 18 October 2023

From a safe place let's talk about safe spaces and the very essence of support. Bill Meek remembers fush and chup suppers with a hotchpotch of rival fans

Gimme Five (or more)

By Richard Lord, 30 August 2023

Rich Lord looks at Town's history of conceding (and scoring) five goals or more over the last 40 years.

Show us the money

By Tony Butcher, 10 July 2023

Lincoln, Luton and Town - no longer joined at the hip but ships sailing in different waters. Tony Butcher looks at their finances and sees how it all adds up.