Articles by Paul Thundercliffe

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Knowing us, knowing Paul Thundercliffe

7 July 2022

We all must have a code that we can live by. It's a family thing for former muser, and Sir Alan of Buckley's biographer, Mr Paul Thundercliffe.

The badge

9 January 2022

Why tamper with a stone-cold classic of a badge, asks Paul Thundercliffe

The greed killing the game: the Thundercliffe Files

19 April 2021

The "elite" can play on Mars for all we care. Let us get back to the game we love

Writing on the wall: the Thundercliffe files

17 March 2021

iFollowed out, Paul has reached the acceptance stage on this season. Perhaps we need to go one step back to take two steps forward

The Thundercliffe Files: a five-point plan

18 February 2021

New owners offer Town the chance to rebuild its relationship for the benefit of supporters and the community. Paul identifies some priorities

A history of Town kits: 2004-present

6 July 2020

A single manufacturer has seen Town through the few highs and many lows of the last decade. Paul Thundercliffe concludes his history of Grimsby kits

A history of Town kits: 1998-2003

17 May 2020

Those difficult Avec and GTS years... Paul Thundercliffe continues his history of Grimsby strips, taking in sponsorship by a fraudster

A history of Town kits: 1990-97

4 May 2020

Remember when Town's stripes almost vanished? Paul Thundercliffe continues his history of Grimsby kits

A history of Town kits: 1985-89

20 April 2020

Town had a few kits between 1984-89 - many used in an FA Cup tie with Arsenal. Paul Thundercliffe continues his history of the Grimsby strip

A history of Town kits: 1980-84

7 April 2020

Admiral, Adidas and Hobott designed some of Town's best kits, to dress one of Town's best teams. Paul Thundercliffe starts his history of the Grimsby strip

The Thundercliffe Files: Jollification

27 March 2020

Michael Jolley's Town career summarised, to a soundtrack by the Lightning Seeds

The Thundercliffe Files: how to fill the Townhole

20 March 2020

Suddenly we all have a Townhole, but there are ways to fill it

The Thundercliffe Files: Marching season

12 March 2020

This end of season may be a dress rehearsal for next year, but promotion and a strong March go together hand in hand.

The Thundercliffe Files: kicking off

6 March 2020

How effective is the 1pm kick-off for managing crowd behaviour?

The Thundercliffe Files: leaping around

28 February 2020

Leap years tend to be turning points in Town's fortunes. What might 2020 bring?

The Thundercliffe Files: The Hollo-way

21 February 2020

Both our first and our most recent games in 2019-20 were wins over Morecambe. But they show how much has changed at Blundell Park

The Thundercliffe Files: trebles all round

14 February 2020

Hat-tricks have been rare in the League. All the more reason to celebrate them

The Thundercliffe Files: the old, new ground merry-go-round

7 February 2020

Could the Mariners wind up a stone's throw from The Mariners Rest? Or should we wait until the spade is in the ground?

The Thundercliffe Files: cup tired?

31 January 2020

The big money clubs are gunning for the domestic cups. Why should they steal our memories?

The Thundercliffe Files: sitting room only?

24 January 2020

Both reserved and unreserved seating have flaws for away fans. Perhaps the solution is to reintroduce safe standing areas

The Thundercliffe Files: down the hatch

17 January 2020

Paul Linwood is unapologetic about the drinking culture which sent Town into non-League but the hurt still rankles

The Thundercliffe Files: in exile

10 January 2020

Town's following at Orient will be swollen by London-based Mariners. The exile experience has changed over the decades but still proves our ties are rooted deep

The Thundercliffe Files: Is the Hollo-way the right way?

3 January 2020

Ian Holloway is the first big name manager we have had since Lennie Lawrence, but he could be just what we need

The Thundercliffe Files: won't you score another goal?

20 December 2019

Grimsby, if you’ve got to play a game I don’t think I can take the pain. Less East 17, more DN35

The Thundercliffe Files: a team of the 2010s

13 December 2019

We are back where we were in December 2009, but we have had some good players come and go through the decade

The Thundercliffe Files: overcoming isolation

6 December 2019

Dover Athletic and even many top flight clubs have their training base many miles from their ground. Is it time Grimsby Town followed suit?

The Thundercliffe Files: the warning from a sagging gate

29 November 2019

Tuesday night's low attendance was a warning sign for a club that has failed to build on what it had

The Thundercliffe Files: Jolley departs

21 November 2019

Will it be a case of what might have been for Michael Jolley and GTFC?

The Thundercliffe Files: respite, reset and restart

14 November 2019

Perhaps Town's enforced break is a chance for all of us - management, players and fans - to reset the season

The Thundercliffe Files: FA Cup mud, sweat and tears

8 November 2019

We might not win the cup one day. But it still gives us great games and memorable goals

The Thundercliffe Files: the carcass trophy

1 November 2019

Two cup matches 40 years apart show how a once thriving Football League is now riddled with rheumatism

The Thundercliffe Files: Aaaaaalexander, Alexander, Alexander

18 October 2019

Keith Alexander brought skill, determination, a touch of the haphazard, and above all a smile to Grimsby Town

The Thundercliffe Files: Where are they dredging up these referees?

11 October 2019

As the top league hoovers up all the referees to administer VAR, we are left with the dregs. And it shows

The Thundercliffe Files: progress

4 October 2019

The statistics show that Grimsby Town really are making progress this season

The Thundercliffe Files: the value in the tat

27 September 2019

The football economy creates more than its share of tat. But it doesn't hide how the game gives us a place to be

Caustic custard

Match report

22 September 2019

Caustic custard

The Thundercliffe Files: what are Town trying to do?

20 September 2019

Nine games into the season, Paul Thundercliffe asks what are Jolley and Limbrick trying to get our players to do?

The Thundercliffe Files: the scourge of rulemongering

12 September 2019

Now and again, people come up with ideas meant to speed up the game. Players soon find ways to slow it down again

The Thundercliffe Files: surveying the Townhole

6 September 2019

We all have a hole in our lives that only Town can fill. Attendances only tell part of the story of its size

The Thundercliffe Files: united through Alan Buckley

30 August 2019

A visit to Walsall might not stand out in the fixture list. Except the Saddlers and the Mariners have a hero in common

The Thundercliffe Files: Football is not a television programme

23 August 2019

Is iFollow a good way for exiles to keep in touch. Or, asks Paul Thundercliffe, is it the thin end of a wedge eroding attendances and revenues?

The Thundercliffe Files: who would want football with VAR?

16 August 2019

Why would anyone think that VAR is good for the game, asks Paul Thundercliffe

The Thundercliffe Files: euphoria or functionality?

9 August 2019

If a player scores against their hometown club, what are they meant to do, asks Paul Thundercliffe

The Thundercliffe Files: Start as you mean to go on?

2 August 2019

Conventional wisdom says a good start is essential for a successful season. Paul Thundercliffe looks for the proof

The Thundercliffe Files: New season, same game

26 July 2019

Football's heart beats without the need for corporate sponsors, writes Paul Thundercliffe. It exists despite Sky TV, rather than because of it

Flipping 'eck, Tucker!

Match report

7 September 2015

Flipping 'eck, Tucker!

The making of Pass and Move: part 2

20 April 2014

The amazing story of Alan Buckley's ghostwriter Paul Thundercliffe, and how their book was published, launched and sold

The making of Pass and Move: part 1

3 February 2014

How did a Town-mad local teacher and fanzine scribe get the gig ghost-writing Alan Buckley's autobiography? Paul Thundercliffe spills the beans

"An unbelievable moment"

23 October 2013

In an extract from Pass and Move, Alan Buckley recalls how Dave Beasant came to play for Grimsby... and helped us beat Newcastle

The Thundercliffe interviews: Alan Buckley

5 September 2013

The greatest Town manager in living memory chats to Cod Almighty about his best players, his career before GTFC and his departure in 2000

Crawling over the line

22 March 2013

Town's start to this season has a bit in common with 1990-91. It turned out alright, just. Paul Thundercliffe and Pat Bell share their reminiscences

A game of three thirds

2 March 2012

Town's season breaks down into three distinct sections, says Paul Thundercliffe, looking at the reasons why

Yesterday once more

31 January 2012

Summon the spirit of March 1990: as Paul Thundercliffe recalls, it transformed a season

Full circle: Wimbledon (a)

Match report

30 April 2011

Full circle: Wimbledon (a) report

Player profile: Danny North

6 August 2007

2007-08 player profile: Danny North

Rough guide to... Peterborough United

6 August 2007

2007-08 rough guide to... Peterborough United

Rough guide to... Wrexham

6 August 2007

2007-08 rough guide to... Wrexham

Player profiles: Ricky Ravenhill

5 September 2006

2006-07 player profiles: Ricky Ravenhill

The Thundercliffe interviews: John McDermott

31 August 2005

John McDermott spoke to CA in 2005 about Wembley, retirement, and the goal of his life against Rushden

Player profile: Gary Cohen

1 August 2005

2005-06 player profile: Gary Cohen

Player profile: Glen Downey

1 August 2005

2005-06 player profile: Glen Downey

Radio gag gag

25 February 2005

The club have fallen out with the media again

Where we belong

Match report

19 February 2005

Where we belong

The Thundercliffe interviews: John Fenty

17 February 2005

Back in the day when we used to actually speak to people at the club, Paul Thundercliffe was the man doing the talking

The Thundercliffe interviews: Nigel Lowther

29 June 2004

Paul Thundercliffe's 2004 interview revealed how local journo Nigel Lowther invented Harry the Haddock

The Thundercliffe interviews: John Moore

7 June 2004

Back in the day when we used to actually speak to people at the club, Paul Thundercliffe was the man doing the talking

The Thundercliffe interviews: Peter Furneaux

18 April 2004

A 2004 Paul Thundercliffe interview with the late Peter Furneaux, then GTFC chairman

The Thundercliffe interviews: John Tondeur

5 April 2004

Back in the day when we used to actually speak to people at the club, Paul Thundercliffe was the man doing the talking

The end of the affair

2 April 2004

The final straw - Paul Thundercliffe on why he's had enough of Town and of football in general

Bad press

14 September 2003

The club may have over-reacted slightly at recent local press coverage, but the Grimsby Telegraph have had it coming for a while says Paul Thundercliffe