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Grimsby Town are a professional football club located in the county of Lincolnshire, in England. One of a number of teams who have played in all four professional divisions, the club currently play in England’s fourth tier, League Two.
The history of Grimsby Town Football Club begins in 1878. As with many football clubs formed around that time, members of the local cricket club were keen to get involved in a sport that they could play after the cricket season had finished. Members of Worsley Cricket Club, amongst others, met at the Wellington Arms in Grimsby, and Grimsby Pelham was formed.
The club’s initial name was taken from the Earl of Yarborough’s family name, a key figure in the area at that time. The club changed its name to Grimsby Town in 1879. Two years later, Grimsby Pelham bought land at Clee Park which then became the club’s home ground. In 1889, the club then moved to Abbey Park, and ten years later moved to Blundell Park, the club’s home to this day.
In 1888, Grimsby Pelham joined the Combination League, and a year later requested to join the Football League. This application was rejected and so the club joined the Football Alliance instead.
In 1892, the Football League was expanded with a Second Division added. The club amongst other teams playing in the Football Alliance, joined the Football League Second Division for the 1892/1893 season.
In the 1901/1902 season, Grimsby Town won the Second Division title. However, the club’s time in the First Division was short and the club were relegated two seasons later. In the 1909/1910 season, the club were relegated and their application for re-election was refused. This meant that Grimsby Town spent the following season in the Midland League, but after winning that division at the first time of asking the club’s application to rejoin the Football League was successful.
In the 1919/1920 seasons, Grimsby Town suffered relegation. A Third Division was created in time for the 1920/1921 campaign, and so the club were demoted into this new division. A season later, the Third Division was reorganised into two separate leagues, the Third Division North and the Third Division South, with Grimsby’s geographical location meaning the club moved into the former.
Grimsby Town won the Third Division North title in 1926, and after a runners up spot in the Second Division in 1929, the club were back in the top flight of English football. However, once again the club’s status as a First Division side lasted for just a short time, with the club suffering demotion in the 1931/1932 season.
Grimsby Town reclaimed their place in the First Division two seasons later, winning the Second Division title in the process. That led to seven consecutive seasons in the top flight, the longest period of top division football that Grimsby Town had enjoyed, and unfortunately for the club, Grimsby Town have not yet returned to top flight football since.
Grimsby Town were relegated from the First Division in 1948, and three seasons later found themselves demoted once more. Back in the Third Division North, the club almost earned an instant promotion under manager Bill Shankly, but finished as runners up to Lincoln City.
Grimsby Town’s reputation for being a ‘yo-yo’ club was further enhanced when the club won the Third Division North title in 1956. The following eight years saw two relegations and a promotion - the club were relegated from the Second Division in 1959 but reclaimed their second tier place three years later. In 1964, Grimsby Town were relegated once more, this time by the narrowest of margins, on goal average.
Back in the third tier, now called simply the Third Division after the North and South divisions merged, the club struggled. This led to Grimsby Town being demoted once more in the 1967/1968 season, and once again on goal average.
Playing in the Fourth Division for the first time in Grimsby Town history, the club again struggled. Almost losing their place in the Football League altogether with 23rd, 16th and 19th place finishes, the club then won the Fourth Division title. In 1976, the club lost their fight with relegation, but the 1978/1979 campaign was the first of two successive promotions, and Grimsby Town were back in the second tier of English football for the first time in 16 years.
Less than a decade later, the club suffered two consecutive relegations. However, Grimsby Town’s history of moving up and down the divisions continued when the club once again earned successive promotions, returning to the Second Division in time for the 1991/1992 campaign.
The Premier League was introduced in the 1992/1993 season. This new league replaced the First Division, and led to the other Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Grimsby Town played Division One football in the 1992/1993 season.
Grimsby Town were relegated in the 1996/1997 season, but the following campaign saw the club play at Wembley twice. Firstly, Grimsby Town reached the final of the Football League Trophy, beating Bournemouth with an extra time ‘golden goal’. A month later, the club returned to Wembley Stadium for the Division Two playoff final and were once again successful, beating Northampton Town to seal their place back in the second tier.
However, Grimsby Town struggled back in Division One. Fighting against relegation in consecutive seasons, the club finally lost their battle with demotion in the 2002/2003 campaign. This was followed by a successive relegation, and the club found itself back in the fourth tier. The Football League divisions were again rebranded in 2004, with Division One becoming The Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. As such, Grimsby Town were in League Two for the 2004/2005 season.
Grimsby Town had suffered serious financial worries around this time, resulting in the club having to sell some of their better players. John Fenty, then a director at the club, became the majority shareholder of the club, and still owns a large part of the shares of Grimsby Town Football Club.
Grimsby Town’s 117 years in the Football League came to an end in 2010 when the club were relegated from League Two. Following six years in the Conference National, Grimsby Town regained their Football League status after a 3-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the playoff final.
The Grimsby Town crest takes its inspiration from the town’s fishing industry. The original Grimsby Town football badge contained a shield featuring three fishing trawlers on a black and white striped background.
In 1977, the Grimsby Town football crest was modernised. This new crest featured the images of three fish, with a fishing trawler above in a black and white shield shape, with the club name featured in a banner above.
The Grimsby Town colours are famous for featuring black and white stripes. Black and white stripes have featured as Grimsby Town kit colours since 1910, and have been mostly worn with black shorts and red socks. However, white shorts, black socks and white socks have also been worn during this period. The current Grimsby Town kit colours feature a black and white striped shirt, worn with black shorts and red socks.
Before black and white stripes were introduced, the Grimsby Town players wore a variety of different colours and styles. When first formed as Grimsby Pelham, the Grimsby Town kit consisted of a blue and white hooped shirt, worn with white shorts and blue socks. This kit was also used when the club first changed its name to Grimsby Town.
Between 1884 and 1894, the Grimsby Town kit consisted of a half red half blue shirt, white shorts and red socks, before changing to a white shirt worn with blue shorts and blue socks between 1897 and 1899.
Half brown half blue shirts were worn in 1899, with white shorts and brown socks, with the shirt changing to a quartered brown and blue jersey between 1902 and 1904.
Salmon pink shirts were introduced in 1904, worn with black shorts and black socks, before a white shirt with a heavy red collar was designed in 1906. The club then reverted back to its quartered brown and blue shirts, before the introduction of the famous black and white stripes in 1910.
The Grimsby Town stadium is called Blundell Park. The club moved into Blundell Park in 1899 and the ground has undergone various renovations since that time, with each stand being reconstructed.
The Grimsby Town stadium capacity currently stands at 9,052, reduced when the ground was made into an all seater stadium in 1995.
The Grimsby Town stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Pontoon Stand, the Young’s Stand, the Main Stand and the Osmond Stand.
The majority of Grimsby Town supporters hail from the town of Grimsby and other parts of North East Lincolnshire. There are a variety of Grimsby Town supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Mariners Trust, who own almost 15% of Grimsby Town shares.
The Grimsby Town supporters enjoy rivalries with various clubs. The club’s main rivals are Hull City and Scunthorpe United, though Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Boston United and Lincoln City have all been classed as rivals in the past.
Grimsby Borough and Cleethorpes Town are two other clubs from the Grimsby area who play non-league football, though meetings with Grimsby Town have been restricted to friendly matches.
The Grimsby Town ownership is split three ways. John Fenty is currently the club’s majority shareholder, holding 42.91% of Grimsby Town shares. Mike Parker holds 22% of shares and the Grimsby Town supporters club The Mariners Trust hold shares totalling 14.13%.
The Mariners Trust keeps open the lines of communication between the club and its fans, organising a variety of Grimsby Town community events to raise money for the club, in particular the Grimsby Town youth squad.
The list of Grimsby Town stats start with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. The record holder is John McDermott, who made 754 appearances for the club between 1987 and 2007. McDermott also holds the club record for most league appearances, with a total of 647.
The Grimsby Town all time leading goalscorer is Pat Glover. Glover netted 180 times for the club between 1930 and 1939. Glover also holds the Grimsby Town record for most goals scored in a single season, after scoring 42 times in the 1933/1934 campaign.
Pat Glover is also the most internationally capped player whilst playing at Grimsby Town in their history. Glover had made seven appearances for Wales whilst on Grimsby Town’s books. The most capped player to have ever played for Grimsby Town is Zhang Enhua, who made 68 appearances for China.
The club’s all time record transfer signing is Lee Ashcroft. Ashcroft cost the club £550,000 in 1998 from Preston North End. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received is the £1.5 million (rising to £2 million), a fee paid by Everton for John Oster in 1997.
Grimsby Town’s highest ever home attendance came in 1937 when a crowd of 31,651 watched Grimsby Town play Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. The club’s highest home attendance in the league came in 1952, when 26,605 spectators saw Grimsby Town take on Stockport County.
The club’s record victory came in 1925, when Grimsby Town beat Tranmere Rovers 8-0. The club’s biggest defeat came at the hands of Arsenal when the Gunners beat the club 9-1 in 1931.
The current Grimsby Town players list consists of 26 first team members of the first team squad, supported by members of the Grimsby Town Academy Squad.
Notable ex Grimsby Town players include those who have been selected in previous PFA Team of the Year squads. These players are Kevin Moore, Joe Waters, Paul Wilkinson, Kevin Donovan, Paul Groves and Michael Reddy.
In a PFA survey, Matt Tees was named as the Grimsby Town supporters favourite ever player, with Clive Mendonca, John McDermott and Ivano Bonetti named as Grimsby Town cult heroes.
Jackie Bestall played 427 times for the club, and is the only ex Grimsby Town player to have been honoured by having a street named after him.
The current Grimsby Town manager is Paul Hurst. Hurst has held the Grimsby Town manager position since 2011, having spent the first two seasons of his reign as joint manager alongside Rob Scott.
Other famous managers who have held the Grimsby Town manager position include Elemer Berkessy, who became the first foreign manager to manage an English team in 1954, Lawrie McMenemy, Mike Newell, Billy Walsh and Bill Shankly.
The Grimsby Town honours list consists of two second tier titles (1900/1901, 1933/1934); three third tier titles (1925/1926, 1955/1956, 1979/1980); one fourth tier title (1971/1972); five Midland League titles (1911, 1931, 1933, 1934 and 1947); one Football League Group Trophy (1982); and one Football League Trophy (1998).
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