Grimsby Town

Blundell Park

Capacity: 9,546 (all seated)
Address: Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, DN35 7PY
Telephone: 01472 605 050
Fax: 01472 693 665
Pitch Size: 111 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Mariners
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Home Kit: Black and White

Findus Stand
Findus Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
Osmond Stand
Osmond Stand
Pontoon Stand
Pontoon Stand
Looking Towards The Osmond Stand
Looking Towards The Osmond Stand
External View Of The Findus Stand
External View Of The Findus Stand

At one side of the ground is the Findus Stand, which is the tallest stand and is two tiered and covered. The lower tier, which was originally terracing, has only seven rows of seating whilst the upper tier is much larger. However this stand only runs half the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line. Running in-between the two tiers is a row of executive boxes. Opposite is the old Main Stand, which is small covered all seated stand and has a large number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. Part of this stand dates back to 1901. This possibly makes it one of the oldest surviving stands in the country. 

Both ends are small covered affairs. The Pontoon Stand is the traditional home end, whilst the away fans are housed in the Osmond Stand opposite. The corner between this stand and the Main Stand is also filled, as the stands are joined at this point, though this is unused for supporters. For big games the Club increases the capacity of the ground by 500 by installing blocks of temporary seating in the open corners of the ground. There is a Police Control box located on one side of the Main Stand.

It is interesting to note that the Pontoon Stand gets it name from the fish docks in Grimsby and as at one time many of the crowd would have worked on 'the pontoon', then it is an apt name. Grimsby fans still identify with their town's fishing heritage, with the chant 'We only sing when we're fishing!'

After the proposal to build a new stadium at Great Coates finally fell through the Club are looking at an alternative site at Peaks Parkway which is located two miles South of Grimsby (and around 2.5 miles due West of Blundell Park). The Club are looking at building a 14,000 capacity stadium along with an adjoining retail development. North East Lincolnshire Council which owns the land has granted the Club 12 months to come up with detailed plans as to the how area could be redeveloped. So we won't probably know until sometime in 2015 whether the proposed scheme will be feasible.

Away fans are located in one corner of the Osmond Stand, at one end of the ground, where just under 600 supporters can be accommodated. For teams with a larger following then the whole of the stand can be given to away fans increasing the allocation to 2,200. One downside of this stand is that there are a  number of supporting pillars which could impede your view of the game. Blundell Park is a rather small ground and sometimes gets over criticised by visiting fans. But there is normally always a passionate crowd, which contributes to a good atmosphere. Remember though to wrap up warm as there can be a biting wind coming off the North Sea. 

Tim Porter a visiting Torquay fan informs me; 'In the right-hand corner of the away end there is a small bar (Scottie's Bar) which was really friendly although it has obviously seen better days - a bit like the bars you get at quite small non-league grounds'. 

Whilst Craig Waites a visiting Bradford City fan adds; 'Across the road from the ground is the Blundell Park hotel which welcomes both home and visiting supporters. Home fans are very friendly both before and after the game. View from the away end is as you would expect from an old stand in the lower leagues but a good atmosphere can be generated. The snack bar is cheap & the service very quick. Visiting fans are free to enjoy their day, stewards are relaxed & won't say too much when you get excited & stand up. All in all a very enjoyable day out, just how football should be'. 

Unfortunately the traditional pub for away fans the Leaking Boot pub has now been demolished. This means that there is not much choice for a pint for away supporters close to Blundell Park. However inside the ground, away fans are treated to their own bar called Scotties. It is a fair size, has seating plus shows Sky Sports television. This is being run by the Mariners Trust, a supporters organisation with has the aim of raising money for the Club. They are asking for any donations of away club memorabilia (scarves, shirts, pennants etc...) to make it a true football bar. So if you have something spare that you can take along then I'm sure it would be appreciated. Please note that entrance to Scotties Bar can only be gained from inside the ground.    

Dave Peasgood recommends the Blundell Park Hotel, which if you arrive early serves some good food at reasonable prices (expect to pay around £5 for a good portion of fish and chips). The Rutland Arms is also recommended for both home and away fans to mingle and also allows in children, however this is some distance from the ground. (it is about half a mile before Blundell park, turn left at Ramsdens superstore and left again, and you'll see the pub at the opposite end of their car park. If in coaches, then from where you will be parked, head back the way you came, along the sea wall for 5 minutes and you'll see the pub). There area also a number of pubs along Cleethorpes sea front but this is around a 20 minute away. The Imperial pub by the ground is not recommended for away fans. 

If you do venture into Cleethorpes or arrive by train at Cleethorpes Station, then situated on the Station Approach is the 'Number 2 Refreshment Room' which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. A bit further into the town centre just off the front on Highcliff Road is Willy's Bar which is also featured in the Guide and even brews its own beer. Russell Taylor informs me; 'O'Neills pub in Cleethorpes (just outside the railway station) has declared itself the 'away supporters pub' so visiting fans are now able to enjoy a drink or two before walking to Blundell Park. When exiting the train station, turn right and walk for approximately 20 metres up the ramp until reaching the top before turning left (Station Road) and the pub is visible. To walk to Blundell Park from here takes approximately 15-20 minutes, when exiting the pub (top of the High Street) follow this road down to the roundabout; where you turn right onto the Grimsby Road, continue straight for approximately half a mile and you will see the floodlights of the ground on your right'.

The Fish & Chips in Cleethorpes are legendary and there are some good outlets located near to the ground. Mariners (previously called) Josh's fish and chip shop near to the closed Leaking Boot pub comes recommended. There is also a McDonalds situated right by Blundell Park.

First thing to remember is that the ground is not actually in Grimsby, but the neighbouring town of Cleethorpes. The ground is on the A180 which runs between Grimsby & Cleethorpes. Cleethorpes is well signposted from Grimsby town centre. 

At the end of the M180 continue along the A180 towards Grimsby. After around 14 miles you will near Grimsby town centre. Continue along the A180 following signs for Cleethorpes. On reaching a McDonalds sign on your left and the Blundell Park Hotel on your right, turn left into Imperial Avenue for the Club entrance.

There is no car park at the ground, therefore only street parking. As you drive along the A180 towards the ground, the home end appears first, then after the McDonalds is the away end. From there, continue towards Cleethorpes and try any of the side streets to the left or preferably the right and you should find a parking spot okay.

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Cleethorpes railway station is about a mile from the ground and takes around 15-20 minutes to walk. Exit the station and turn right; then turn left onto Station Road. At the end of Station Road turn right onto the High Street. Follow this road down to the roundabout; where you turn right onto the Grimsby road (A180). Continue straight for approximately half a mile and you will see the floodlights of the ground on your right. Turn right into Neville Street and then left onto Harrington Street; entrance to the Osmond Stand for away fans is on the left. Thanks to Andy Cowling for providing the directions.

Nathan Jackson a visiting Lincoln City fan adds; 'Alternatively you can walk to the ground along the sea front. Cleethorpes train station, is located near the sea front, so on leaving the station turn so that you are facing the sea, and the proceed left along the front. Just keep straight on until you reach the ground where on your left there is a foot bridge that goes over the railway. Proceed over the footbridge and you will find yourself right outside the away end turnstiles. The walk should take about 15- 20 minutes and is a bit more interesting for supporters, with a number of arcades, chip shops and pubs located along the way.

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Home Fans*:
Upper Findus Stand: Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 15's £4
Lower Findus Stand: Adults £16, Concessions £10, Under 15's £4
Pontoon Stand Adults: £16, Concessions £10, Under 15's £4
Main Stand: Adults: £16, Concessions £10, Under 15's £4

Away Fans*:
Osmond Stand: Adults: £16, Concessions £10, Under 15's £4

* Please note that the above prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game, can cost up to £2 more (excluding Upper Findus Stand).

Please note that concessions apply to over 65's & Students under the age of 21. In addition the unemployed can also qualify for the concessionary rate in the Pontoon Stand. The cost of Under 15's tickets who are not accompanied by an adult is £6.

 

Official Programme £3.

Scunthorpe United, Hull City and Lincoln City.

Grimsby Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Record Attendance:
31,651 v Wolverhampton Wanderers,
FA Cup 5th Round, February 20th, 1937.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
9,528 v Sunderland, 
March 13th 1999

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 3,568 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 3,813 (Conference Premier) 
2011-2012: 3,308 (Conference Premier)

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Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing some photos of Blundell Park.

Grimsby Town v Oxford United
FA Cup 1st Round
Saturday November 8th 2014, 3pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As an Oxford United exiled in Sheffield, I do not get that many games in. I also have not been to the Grimsby ground for over 20 years, so this was a no brainer to attend on a cold November day. Oxford were struggling for form, while Grimsby were on a great run in the conference.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We took the train from Sheffield to Cleethorpes. In the middle of winter, Cleethorpes virtually closes down and becomes somewhat of a desolate place. From the station we walked along the sea front to get to the ground, eerie and messy. But it was straightforward enough to find Blundell Park.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Being at the seaside we availed ourselves to a "sit down" meal of fish and chips. Although most of Cleethorpes seemed to be closed for the winter, a few of these places in town were still open. Food was fine, though a bit pricey. But the girls in the café who served us at least had a smile on their faces.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides?

Blundell Park is surrounded by terraced housing. This means it is a bit tight to get away after the game if you have travelled by car. I have to say that for a current conference ground, it looked quite impressive. The attendance also looked healthy on the day.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a good game, with Oxford running out 3-1 winners, with our teenage striker, Roberts, bagging a brace. There was also plenty of atmosphere at the match. Beforehand I visited the away supporters bar, which was basic/quaint, but civilised. Nice touch was plenty of away fan memorabilia. Not really impressed with stewards. I needed to catch train (30-mins walk) so wanted to leave 5-mins early. They tried to direct me along the sea front in pitch dark. Not necessary, so arced round and walked through the town.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

See previous point, but if walking back to the railway station, make sure you are brisk. Cars in the area looked like they would be stuck for 20-minutes or so.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A real experience overall! It would be good to see a game at Grimsby early or late season when the weather is better and Cleethorpes is fully "open".

Grimsby Town v Dover Athletic
Conference Premier League
Saturday, August 16th, 2014, 3pm
Andy Fisher (Dover Athletic fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Dover have not played at this level for twelve long years, so there are a number of Clubs who we have never played at all, or haven't for quite a while. On of these clubs is Grimsby Town, who having played for many years in the Footbal League, had up until now never played Dover. It was an opportunity to visit this famous old ground, although with Dover losing the first two opening games of the season (and not scoring a goal either) I wasn't too confident of getting a positive result. Still a slight glimmer of hope, was the fact that Grimsby had failed to find the net too in their opening two matches

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As I run the supporters club coach that was all taken care of , however on arrival at the ground we were dropped off at one end and had to do a full circuit on foot to the other side of the ground. We finally arrived at the away turnstiles only to be told that concessions need to purchase tickets from the office that we passed a few minutes earlier.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

All our coach travelers used the away bar inside the ground, which served bitter and lager and with the option of having a two pint glass. However the 'glass' was in fact plastic, which made it difficult to pick up with one hand, but a few of us had one, even if it was just for the novelty factor. The bar had shirts and scarves from other visiting fans on the walls which was a nice touch. It's a shame I did not know beforehand as I could have brought one of my old shirts with me, to add to the collection. The lady in the bar was really friendly and made us feel very welcome.

The Two Pinter!

The Two Pinter!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

First impressions on seeing the stadium was that it was an old fashioned type, but in essence a "Real" football ground full of character, something you don't find at modern stadiums.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We brought about a hundred supporters in a crowd of 3,548 but surprisingly we out sung them for most of the game. We were segregated in the corner to the right of the goal which is good in a way as only having a small number of fans at least we were all together. The game was fairly uneventful, until the 74th minute, when Grimsby took the lead. However Dover fought their way back into the match, equalising four minutes from the end. In fact Dover could have snatched all three points, missing a penalty in the 90th minute. But that said a draw was probably a fair result and at least we had our first point on the board. The only strange thing was having the segregated away fans housed next to the home family stand, not though there were any problems.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Leaving the ground was a bit bizarre. Although we did not have to walk back round the stadium to find our coach, it was parked at the end where a lot of the home supporters were dispersing, again not really an issue for us but strange nonetheless.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Apart from the the slight faffing around on our arrival re coach drop-off/Tickets , it was an enjoyable day out.

Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town
Conference Premier League
Monday 27th August 2012, 3pm 
Jeff Beastall (Mansfield Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Mixed feelings really. Stags have been hyped somewhat as favorites to do well this season and in previous years this self same fixture has been played in the depths of winter on a cold damp Tuesday or Friday night. Last year we capitulated and lost badly with shocking 7-2 defeat here so we were looking for a turn of fortune and a better day out - for a change!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We've been here before and the ground is easy to find on the A180.  Unfortunately for us we didn't leave Mansfielduntil almost 1 pm and with an 80 odd mile journey do in a mini bus, the timing was always going to be tight. Fortunately we made good time and were allowed to park with the other away supporters' buses at the back of the ground - thanks to a kindly steward who tweaked the area the Police had coned off for getting their horses out of their transporter!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Hobsons Choice for a pint was the Imperial at the end of Blundell Avenue as there wasn't time for much else of a customer survey. A warm welcome was promised and Carling Extra cold at £2.30 seemed a deal albeit in the obligatory plastic pot. This is a huge pub with only about a third of itspotential bar space being used and the majority of mainly home supporters had spilled out into the car park in the hope of developing hypothermia. Didn't see any food outlet on site. Perhaps they cite the old security chestnut as being an issue although I do recall as similar set up at Oxford FC when we played them and yes, they did have discreet security - but they welcomed everyone and most probably took a small fortune on the day. I wasn't in colours so I just ventured in and out with question or comment and minded my own business.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

A virtual coliseum of asbestos and crinkly tin; the ideal venue for a film maker hoping to do a grim sixties football movie and who doesn't have a lot of cash to spend on a set. Queued for a concession as I am a mature student but they don't do concessions for students, only the young and the old. Are there no students in Grimsby or is everyone on such a fantastic income that they can all afford the full £18?

Last time we came here they tried to corral us into a small corner of the Osmond Stand but this time left us away fans to sit where we liked. A magnanimous gesture indeed.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was OK, a game of 3 halves and despite us losing yet once again and going down to 10 men shortly before the final whistle, it was almost a relief when the ref did the decent thing and eventually put the game to death. Stewarding was surprisingly OK, facilities no change since last time Henry Kissinger was here. But the catering, oh man, the catering. Not so much as deserving a cordon bleu, more like worthy of imposing a cordon off.

Service was slow and the teams were about to come back on when I eventually got to the front of the queue. Chap in front of me orders a chicken pie, I order a hot chocolate. £1.80 she says to me, despite a colorful menu on the side of the bar clearly stating it to be £1.50. When I point this out, she snaps back "don't ask me luv. I don't fix the prices, I just serve here." Sorree. The chocolate is lukewarm and with made with a sufficiently miniscule amount - almost a wrap - of chocolate to barely colour the water. The trade descriptions act is clearly not recognised here then and the point is not lost on me that just five minutes away outside the ground I can pay an extra 50p and have a pint of lager instead - albeit in the obligatory plastic pot!

Meanwhile Pie Man has returned to the counter. "Its cold" he says. I await the kiosk attendants return killer serve of quit wit and innuendo but it doesn't come. Instead 3 of them gather round the pie and insert temperature probes into it from various directions - it looks almost painful -presumably looking for a hot spot or even signs of life. There isn't any. "I can do you a Balti!" she yells from the operating theatre.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Mercifully quick

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

If this day out had been a stick of Cleethorpes rock, you could have broken it anywhere along its length and it would have revealed [something crude and nasty] written all they way through it.

Grimsby Town v Tamworth
Conference Premier League
Saturday 26th March 2011, 1pm 
Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to visiting Blundell Park, firstly as it's got bags full of character unlike some of the ex-League sides in the BSBP, and the fact I live in Lincoln meant a relatively short trip up to Cleethorpes. And secondly Blundell Park is also a ground I had been yet to visit. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

Travelling by train the journey was easy enough. And I caught the 10:23 from Lincoln with a change at Barnetby for the connection to Cleethorpes. The ground is very easy to find taking either of the routes supplied by Duncan in the guide. On both its a straight walk to the ground and the tall floodlights are clearly visible from quite a distance away. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game I opted to have a few drinks in Lincoln with the game being a 1pm kick off due to England facing Wales. But arriving in Cleethorpes at 12pm I managed enough time to take in a pint at O'Neills, which is visible after you come out of the main entrance of Cleethorpes Station. Which is a spacious, well priced pub and perfect for a quick pint before the game. And the Blundell Park Hotel, directly opposite the ground, although it was very busy and quite small so was crammed to the rafters with Grimsby Fans. Didn't really speak to any Mariners fans but had no problems collecting my tickets from the ticket office in my Tamworth shirt.  

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Blundell Park, is vastly showing it's age now which is a real shame, but is fantastic for fans of old styled football grounds, made up of lots of old cladding. I did think the ground is quite intimidating, being very dark and dull from the outside with lots of barbed wire. As is the same with the Osmond Stand which houses the away supporters, looks very unappealing from the back with loads of rusty metal supports protruding from the back of it. The Osmond Stand is set quite far back and has a low roof so fans could miss out on the action if seated in the back rows. And the supporting pillars for this stand are a pain, but not too obtrusive. 

The rest of the stadium consists of the two tiered Findus Stand which stands high above the other stands which are equal in height and straddles the half way line, with a row of VIP boxes running through it. Adjacent to this is the main stand which is a very ramshackled stand and has a lots of pillars running along the front of it. Then opposite the away stand is the Pontoon Stand which in comparison to the rest of the ground looks quite new and a tidy little stand.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was a classic game of two halves. Tamworth struggled in the first half and Grimsby did all the running and deseverdly went in at half time up. The second half started much as the first had gone and The Mariners went up. Tamworth then finally started to come into the game and pulled a goal back through Kale Perry then the Tamworth pressure told and Tom Marshall smashed in the equalizer. A draw was probably a fair result in the end. 

The atmosphere from both sets of fans was good, but as Tamworth started to come into the game, the Grimsby fans clearly were becoming frustrated with their side. The stewards were hardly noticeable throughout and just pretty much left us to it, which lead to a very relaxed atmosphere. Also Grimsby have changed the turnstiles away supporters enter through so instead of being at the back of the ground they now use the turnstiles the the left of the Findus Stand, but a friendly steward was kind enough to walk me through after I approached the wrong turnstile. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was fine on foot although I can imagine that it's difficult due to the volume of cars and fans as it's quite hectic around the stadium at full time.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I had heard some negative stories about going to Blundell Park, but I found them completely unfounded, and I found it to be a great day out and had no problems at all. Good result for Tamworth after a bad run of form. I'd happily visit again although would hope for nicer weather in fear of braving the biting wind from the sea.

Grimsby Town v Torquay United
League Two
Saturday 17th April 2010, 3pm
Mark Horler (Torquay United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):  

With Torquay United back in the football league, it was no surprise that as we were half way through April, the Gulls league status was still not secure. Today was quite simple, if we won at Grimsby, we stayed up...and they were as good as doomed. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Another long journey from Devon and another 7am start. Just 3 of us made the journey this time in our car. The journey was relatively straight forward considering it was from the South West to the North East. As we approached Grimsby it was no doubt the hottest day of the year and the town was packed with day trippers braving the North Sea. The seaside can be easily walked to from the ground and with traditional floodlights it would have been easy to spot, even without a sat nav to guide us.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went to Cleethorpes seafront. The town had quite a hostile atmosphere, possibly due to the importance of the match, lots of quite nasty comments, lots of bad language, but at 1pm we were having lunch in McDonalds (right by the ground) and only had friendly comments from the home support eating there.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

A very 4th division style ground, more 1970's cladding, than glass, large gates and 1970's style offices are what you would expect. Ensure you pop around the back of the ground (ask for where the away team coach arrives) to experience what is basically a wooden shack as an entrance, probably much loved for historical reasons, but blimey it brings you back to the 1970's. Here is where we met several Grimsby Town "anoraks" good true football people, the ones who wait for hours to get some 4th division left back's autograph and the sort who can tell you more about your team and where they have played than you can! 

The away fans were situated at one end of the ground behind the goal. There were only around 300 Torquay fans there, so no one had an obstructed view, which is quite possible at the back of the seated enclosure. The ground is old with little recent investment, the main stand is especially high for a 4th division ground and this dominates the stadium. One point to remember is that to get concession tickets you need to buy them from the club shop before the match...so there was my lad in a bright yellow shirt stood in a queue of black and white Grimsby fans...blimey did he stand out!  

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Torquay were playing well and confidence was high. Grimsby had also picked up form and their fans were quite surprisingly un-supportive in the circumstances, constantly moaning and shouting at every mistake....this was more noticeable at this ground than any other club I have been to this season. Our fans sang, their fans stood and watched. Half Time 0-0 nothing happened in a very tense 45 minutes. The 2nd half started well and continued with a show of attacking football from the Torquay United team resulting in a deserved 3-0 victory. We sang "ooooarrrr its a massacre" and their fans got annoyed.....very annoyed. 

At the final whistle a 100 to 150 chavs ran across the pitch at the Torquay fans and were probably disappointed that the Gulls fans could only respond by waving their walking sticks in response! The stewards were fantastic throughout, even forming a cordon across the pitch to protect the Gulls fans...the police, as is often the case at football, were nothing short of useless, just filming and talking together....I even saw several laughing. Not one Grimsby fan was arrested....so you can imagine how we felt when we saw similar pictures on telly last week as Barnet fans were given the same treatment.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:   Obviously with the problems inside the ground, it was shirts off, west country accents muted....but how can you possibly change from looking like a farmer to looking like a chav! or an ASBO. Several Torquay fans were obviously quite concerned and as we came down the side road to join the main street....the police were of course totally absent! We just ignored the threats and got in the car and all was well.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A brilliant day and a really important 3rd away win of the season. It was even better that our old friends from Bristol City had lost 3.0 at Scunthorpe on the same day, so the journey back was a happy one! Grimsby is in all honesty an unfriendly place to go. It is a deprived area, so just be careful when out and about in the town....would I return...absolutely.

Grimsby Town v Northampton Town 
League Two
Friday 2nd April 2010, 7.45pm
Tyler Jason (Northampton Town fan)

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 ground/car parking?

Journey From 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?

After getting 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 etc..

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 squeeze.

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 day out:  

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.  

Updated 7th March 2015

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