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Where Are They Now? - Gary Childs
By: Tony Hamilton
TONY Hamilton of The Fishy caught up recently with Gary Childs to talk to him about his time at Blundell Park and where he is now.
A small, flying winner who signed for Town from Birmingham 1989. Childs was a typical Buckley player in size, but more than made up for that with his no-nonsense style and gutsy teamwork. Childs was normally Town's first choice winger, but he had to battle with Tommy Watson for the number 7 shirt, usually culminating in him making nearly 30 appearances a season. Childs was released after the 1996/97 relegation season and now coaches young children to play football and is an analyser on BBC Radio Humberside.
What are you doing in football?
Coaching for Grimsby Town, and Grimsby College.
Do you still follow Grimsby Town, or look for their results on a Saturday evening?
Yes, I still watch as many as I can.
Do you keep in touch with any of your ex-team mates if so who?
Yes, I still work with many of them at Grimsby Town:Paul Groves,Graham Rodger,Neil Woods John McDermott and Livvo.
How did your time at Grimsby Town compare with that at other clubs?
Enjoyed it the most, had the longest time here and with some success as well.
Now that you no longer play, have you become a fan, and whom do you support?
Yes, Grimsby Town and Birmingham City.
When you played for the Mariners, what game do you remember the most and why?
Probably v Hull City in the Cup because it meant a lot to the fans and I scored the winner!
What were you favourite and least favourite away grounds?
Favourite-Anfield Least favourite-Cambridge United.
What did you think opposing teams thought when they came to Blundell Park?
It's cold and wet and we're going to lose.
Which teams did you hate playing against and why?
Cambridge because they just booted it and Portsmouth because we always lost at Fratton Park.
Who was your best manager A)At Grimsby, B) generally and what made them special?
A)Alan Buckley at Grimsby because he wanted to play football and B) Ron Atkinson at WBA just for sheer presence.
After leaving the Mariners which other club(s) did you play for?
I was Player/Manager at Wishbech.
Who was the biggest influence when you were playing?
When you were at Grimsby Town, what was the most serious injury you had?
A blood clot on my tendon in my ankle.I was out on and off for six months.
Can you remember who you made your debut against?
Cambridge United at home.
Do you know any of the present staff or players at Grimsby Town?
Yes Graham Rodger, Paul Groves, Neil Woods and most of the players as I see then most days.
Which manager brought you to Blundell Park?
Did you ever get sent off playing for Grimsby Town?
Yes, I'm ashamed to say.
Have you ever thought of becoming a manager??
I manage the Youth teams but I am happy to leave the pro's to Graham Rodger and The Gaffer Paul Groves, hats off to them.
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