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1Doncaster261955
2Plymouth251451
3Carlisle261147

4Portsmouth261445
5Wycombe25642
6Luton251341
7Colchester261040

8Cambridge Utd25939
9Barnet26039
10Exeter25936
11Grimsby26236
12Blackpool251135
13Crawley Town25-735
14Mansfield26-334
15Stevenage26-433
16Yeovil25-331
17Morecambe25-1131
18Crewe26-1128
19Hartlepool26-1127
20Leyton Orient26-1125
21Accrington Stanley25-1125
22Cheltenham25-1024

23Notts County26-2023
24Newport County25-1618

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A World Cup Poser

By: Mike Worden
Date: 19/06/2002

WHICH of the second round World Cup teams has been defeated by Grimsby Town?

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The answer to this trivia question which could have been making its way through the town’s pubs and clubs over the month is the co-host nation, Japan.

Japan brought their national side to Blundell Park for a pre-season friendly in August 1971 and lost 7-2. The team were on a European tour and had already played at Hull and Southampton. Just why they chose Grimsby is not clear. It was an easy win for Town, with Jack Lewis opening the scoring after just three minutes. Mike Hickman scored a hat-trick in the second half. A crowd of 3,353 watched the match and Boston’s infamous referee Ray Tinkler officiated.

Four days after the game Town kicked off the new season by thrashing Scunthorpe 4-1 and went on to win the fourth division championship in style with Matt Tees scoring an amazing 27 league goals. Hickman and Brace added another 32 league goals between them that season.

Japan returned home, remodelled their game on the attacking skills of Tees, Brace and Hickman and resurfaced 30 years later on the world stage.


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