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Cod Head of the Week: Mike Gray

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 24/02/2003

THIS site is written by fans for fans and, the latest installment of the new series of Cod Head of the Week, is Mike Gray.

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We regularly need new Cod Heads, so would appreciate contributions from lifelong supporters of the Mariners. This week's Cod Head is Mike Gray.

Mike Gray

When did you first start supporting the Mariners, and what was your first game?

I made my first appearance at Blundell Park in the 1994/1995 season against Derby County.

Who is the best player you ever saw wearing a Grimsby Town shirt?

Well there has been many great Town players I have seen. But it must have been Jack Lester. He just pips Mark Lever to the post.

If there is one game you were allowed to go back in time and watch what would it be and why?

It would have to be in the 99/00 season when we beat Nottingham Forest 4-3. It was a brilliant game, bit edgy at times but plenty of goals and plenty of action.

What are your favourite and least favourite away grounds?

My favourite away ground is The Hawthorns, as we rarely lost to WBA. And my least favourite has to be Glanford Park, as It's like sitting in a couple of bus shelters.

What, in your opinion, are GTFC's best and worst seasons since you have been supporting them?

The best season was probably the 1998/1999 season, I really enjoyed myself that year,11th was outstanding for a small club like us. The worst has got to be the 1996/1997 season when we went down.

What is the most eventful day you have ever had in the course of following the Mariners?

Probably the Northampton game at Wembley. A drive down from Gainsborough (where I live) to some deserted tube station. Then to the Wembley, and then having to do it all over again.

Who is the greatest ever GTFC manager?

I would have said Alan Buckley, but I hated his personality, so I would have to say really either Grovesie or Lennie as I only ever saw Kenny Swain and Brian Laws.

How many games a season do you get to now, and what do you do while Town are playing games that you can't get to?

I get to over half of the home games each year. Living 30 miles away is difficult when your only 16. When I can't get to a match, I watch Gillette Soccer Saturday, listen to in on Humberside radio or watch the scores go by over the Internet.

Name your all-time starting eleven since you have been watching Town?


If you have any, do your children support the Mariners?

Nope not for at least 10 years yet..

Mike Gray

If you have any, do your children support the Mariners?

No kids thank god.

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