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1Exeter81022
2Notts County8619
3Accrington Stanley8616

4Luton8814
5Mansfield8513
6Coventry8413
7Cambridge Utd8013

8Swindon8-113
9Newport County8312
10Lincoln City8312
11Stevenage8212
12Wycombe8112
13Grimsby8-312
14Barnet8311
15Crewe8111
16Morecambe8-29
17Colchester8-28
18Carlisle8-58
19Yeovil8-78
20Crawley Town8-27
21Cheltenham8-47
22Forest Green8-105

23Chesterfield8-105
24Port Vale8-64

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Thin Ice: Port Vale Report

By: Tony Butcher
Date: 18/01/2004

A chill clear day in the ceramic bedpan of the Potteries, with around 200 or so Town followers and supporters behind the goal (to the left as seen on TV). Nice to see that the multi-storey car park is taking shape, now with added seating.

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Vale Park

Port Vale 5 Grimsby Town 1
17 Jan 2004, Nationwide League Division 2

Last century it was just a carcass, now it’s half a stand. I suppose that’s what a financial crisis does - pickles a club in time, warts and all. You don’t get them at Tescos, though there are speciality shops in London which, for a suitable price, would supply them for that fancy dinner party you are planning.

The brave new world of the Poutonless Town has finally arrived, though the bitterest pill was sweetened by the sight of Daws trumbling around in an extra large number 7 shirt. The animal farm of the Bouldingless Town was also previewed. Eek, no mercurial Mick. Eek, eek, what’s the ghost of misses past doing parked outside the ground, mobile phone pressed to right ear, chuckling merrily? We haven’t signed him again have we? Well, it sure looked like Livvo. Must have been, too tight to pay for the car park.

Town lined up in striped shirts, ballooning white shorts and red socks (aka stockings circa 1957) in a 4-4-2 formation, as shown. As expected, Crowe stood to the left of the centre backs in the vague area that Darren Barnard usually occupies. There was nothing remarkable to report about the warm up, though attention was diverted by the sight of three plump foam approximation of Bugs Bunny, Tigger the Tiger and a snowman. I have no idea why. The match was sponsored by a "refrigerated and ambient delivery" company. Ah, yes, refrigerated = snowman. Err, Bugs Bunny? Ambient? Perhaps that’s what ambient delivery means - your parcel is handed over by someone in a huge cartoon costume.

And today’s programme faux pas? - the Town badge was printed throughout with a big orange "Dixon" underneath it

1st half

Town kicked off away from the clumped Townites with McDermott curling a pass down the wing to Onoura, who promptly fell over and headed the ball out of play. Well, at least it’s a variation on the theme. From the off, Vale had a few corners, which didn’t trouble. Flung in, headed out. No shots, no chances. Vale buzzed about a bit, with McPhee a little pest and Brooker bruising his way forward. A few little flutters, but nothing serious. The pitch was surprisingly bumpy, the grass seeming a little long too, so the ball kept bobbling about. But nothing to worry about just yet. Having said that, I would like Jason Crowe to tackle.

Ah that’s better, Town started to pass to each other, with Anderson and Jevons hugging the wings and flipping in semi-dangerous crosses, knocked out for corners. Interesting goalkeeper they have, he just won’t come off his line. After abut five minutes, Groves stooped at the far post, about a dozen yards out and headed firmly towards the bottom right hand corner. Brain scooped the ball up easily. A couple of minutes later Town got another corner on the left. Anderson whacked it high to the far post and Onuora, way, way out, leant back and powerfully headed just over the bar. Hey, this ain’t too bad. Nothing special, but ok. Daws and Groves were looking relatively solid in the centre, tapping a steady supply of passes out to the wings. Shall we overlook the crazy world of Darren Mansaram upfront.

Grimsby
Davison
McDermott
Ford
Edwards
Crowe
Anderson
Daws
Groves
Jevonsgoal
Mansaram
Onuora

 

Subs
Young70 mins
Hamilton85 mins
Rowan
Hockless
Soames
 
Attendance
5,133

 

Referee
Alan Kaye
(Wakefield)

 

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