28 Facts About Grimsby Town


Grimsby Town are the most successful team of the three professional clubs in historic Lincolnshire, being the only one to play top-flight English football.

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Grimsby Town were again relegated out of the Football League in 2021, but secured an immediate promotion at the first attempt with victory over Solihull Moors in the 2022 National League play-off final at the London Stadium.

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Grimsby Town was formed in 1878 after a meeting held at the Wellington Arms public house in Freeman Street, Grimsby.

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Grimsby Town reached the semi-final of the FA Cup on 25 March 1939, Grimsby Town played Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

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Grimsby Town was reluctant to promote some promising reserves because of loyalty to the older players and he finally resigned in January 1954, citing the board's lack of ambition as his main reason.

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Grimsby Town became the first English football club to appoint a foreign manager with the appointment of Hungarian Elemer Berkessy in 1954.

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In 1968 Grimsby Town slipped into the Fourth Division for the first time.

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Grimsby Town broke their transfer record in 1972 with a fee of £20,000 for the signing of Phil Hubbard.

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Grimsby Town were to remain in football's second flight for six years.

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Grimsby Town finished 17th and were in the battle to avoid relegation right up to the penultimate game of the season.

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The club were drawn against Southern section champions AFC Bournemouth and in a tight game, an equaliser from substitute Kingsley Black took the game into extra time, and in the 112th minute Grimsby Town secured the game courtesy of a golden goal from Wayne Burnett.

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Grimsby Town's push for promotion faltered and the team's form declined rapidly, with Lawrence being dismissed halfway into the season.

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Grimsby Town went ahead in the second half with 20 minutes left to go, through an Andy Cook strike.

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Grimsby Town reached the 2015 Conference Premier play-off Final against Bristol Rovers in front of a Conference record 47,029 crowd at Wembley Stadium.

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On 24 October 2016, Paul Hurst was appointed as Shrewsbury Town manager, Chris Doig left Grimsby and made Hurst's assistant at Shrewsbury, thus leaving Dave Moore and Stuart Watkiss as caretaker managers.

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Grimsby Town's replacement was Russell Slade, who joined the club for the second time as manager on 12 April 2017.

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Grimsby Town's decision was down to several boardroom issues, a big loss in form and his unwillingness to work with a consortium looking to buy out John Fenty.

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Original 1878 kit of Grimsby Town Pelham, featured a shirt with narrow horizontal stripes in royal blue and white, with long white shorts and black socks.

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The closest football club to Grimsby are Scunthorpe United, The Iron are mainly regarded as Town's biggest rival although historically Scunthorpe have played most of their football in divisions below The Mariners.

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Grimsby Town wears the club's home strip and normally parades in front of the Pontoon Stand as well as tormenting the opposition's fans.

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Grimsby Town plays football with the mascots and warms up the Grimsby Town fans.

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Since the late 1990s Grimsby Town have had a Scandinavian supporters group based in Norway and Sweden.

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Grimsby Town-born actor Thomas Turgoose, who starred as the lead role character Shaun Fields in the drama film This Is England and the TV follow-up's This Is England '86, This Is England '88 and This Is England '90, is a season ticket holder.

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Grimsby Town appeared as a guest on Sky show Soccer AM in 2007 sporting a Grimsby Town shirt.

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Grimsby Town has popped up in two British films, being mentioned as one of Mike Bassett's former clubs in Mike Bassett: England Manager as well as the film ID.

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Grimsby Town is the football club that Sacha Baron Cohen's character Nobby supports in the 2016 action comedy film Grimsby Town.

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In 2019, it was announced that Grimsby Town would enter the world of female football with the launch of its first ever affiliated women's team.

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Players signed to, and have played for Grimsby Town that have had full international caps during their careers.

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