We Take a look through the sides that we will come up against in League Two next season.
Who Are They?
Formed as Grimsby Pelham in 1878 after emerging from a local cricket team, Grimsby Town are one of the more notable teams Port Vale will be coming up against next season. They are the most successful Lincolnshire-based club after reaching the first division and two FA Cup semi-finals. The clubs most successful year came during the 1997/98 season where The Mariners won the Football League Trophy and the second division play-off final.
In recent seasons, Grimsby Town have seen a huge decline into non-league football where they have just been getting back into the swing of things from last season.
How Did They Perform Last Season?
Grimsby Town secured a 14th place finish in League Two last season where suffered from a rollercoaster season. Former manager, Marcus Bignot, brought in a huge influence of young players – players which included Omar Bogle, who impressed the whole divison. The downside to this was his departure to Wigan which saw the club drop down the table. They finished on 62 points, but not a season they had hoped for.
Our Last Meeting
The last time these two sides met came in 2011 where The Mariners defeated Vale 1-0 in a replay of the first round of the FA Cup. In a tight affair, the Blue Square Premier side had enough in their locker to overcome Micky Adams’ men as Serge Makofo grabbed the only goal of the game for the underdogs.
The Town would then go onto lose to Salisbury City in the next round as they were knocked out by an even lower side in the football pyramid.
How To Get There
The two-and-a-half-hour journey to Blundell Park in Cleethorpes will bring you from the M6 in Stoke-on-Trent onto the A50 towards Uttoxeter. Follow to A50 until the M1 (Derby) where you will head towards Birmingham and then Derby on the A38. As you merge back onto the M1 at Matlock follow the signs for the M6 NORTH as you travel towards Hull.
At junction five, get off the motorway and head towards the M180 into Scunthorpe and then A180 road into Cleethorpes. The ground is then just on Grimsby Road.
Cleethorpes Railway Station is the closest station to the ground, being just located one mile away. It takes a 15-20-minute walk but there are options to walk among the seafront at Grimsby train station but this may cost you a taxi trip to get to Blundell Park.
Odds On Promotion
Sky Bet have placed Grimsby Town at 9/1 odds of getting promoted this season. To win the league, odds of 33/1 can be seen on their website.