Blundell Park Grimsby Town v Northampton Town Friday 2nd April 2010, 7.45pm
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as
the case may be):
I was looking
forward to the game, as Northampton were
a point outside the play offs and
Grimsby second bottom, in the business
end of the season. Easy game? Sounds it.
Also our away form which consisted of 6
wins and a draw made the trip more
tempting, and as Grimsby was also going
to be a new ground for me.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Northampton was easy (as ever) Up the M1
then the M180 past Sheffield and
Scunthorpe. For a Friday bank
holiday it was surprisingly easy getting
there, with no hold ups or delays and we
were there by 6.30pm.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
parked up, we decided that being in
Grimsby, fish and chips was really the
only option. We went to 'Mariners Fish
an Chips' a few corners away from the
McDonalds by the ground. 1 of our little
clan was served and got his food, whilst
the other 2 had to wait 20 mins to get
their orders. Not being keen on
fish I opted for McDonalds, which
understandably was full of Grimsby fans
4. What you thought on seeing the
ground, first impressions of away end
then other sides of the ground?
First impression of the ground was that
it looke very old, rickety and not
somewhere you'd want to get lost around,
Probably epitomised by the sign saying
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY STAND, with hoards
of rusty barbed wire above it. The away
end is quite big, but with the low roof
and me being 6ft 4, i had to crouch low
to see the whole pitch as I could
only see the halfway line standing up
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets
Game itself wasn't anything special.
Northampton were under some early
pressure but was relieved when Liam
Davis scored to put us 1-0 up. Both
teams had a few chances but Grimsby
equalised just before half time with a
good goal. Grimsby had a player sent off
about 10 minutes into the second half
for an elbow. Was 50/50 as to whether it
was a red card as it wasn't exactly
intentional. Northampton used the
advantage to their advantage as Adebayo
Akinfenwa headed home after 68
minutes to win it for Northampton.
Grimsby had a late penalty shout turned
down so it was 3 points for the Cobblers
play off push. Didn't have any food
inside the ground so can't comment on
that. The toilets were like that of an
old pub, not very big so if you have a
large following, could be a bit of a
The annoying thing with Grimsby was
unless you're an adult, you have to go
to the ticket office for a ticket. When
i got there and asked for a junior and
said i was 15, i was told my ticket is
£12 as opposed to the advertised £8
because apparently juniors only run up
to 14 years old. Answers on a postcard.
6. Comment on getting away from the
ground after the game:
Getting away from the ground wasnt so
difficult as we walked around
Cleethorpes looking for a pub which
would admit 15 year olds. That plan
failed so we eventually set off about
10.30 and back to Northampton by 1am.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the
Good day out and a decent win to boot.
I'd imagine however if you were stuck in
traffic all the way there it'd be the
journey from hell but we were lucky
there. Pretty good day but with things
like tickets and ground, I wouldnt
be in a mad rush to go back.
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