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A Grimsby Exile

By: 01472
Date: 06/12/2004

YOU walk into a large room with folding chairs facing each other. A pot of coffee is simmering nicely in the corner. The chairs are filled with people from around the world.

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Billo holds these meetings each week in the "fishcake chat room", normally on a Saturday about 3pm (GMT) . Being the new member to the this group I stand from my seat and announce myself.

"Hello I'm 01472 and I am a Grimsby Exile!"

Back in the real world most people who are Exiles are in different towns and countries, but I stand for a different type of exile: an exile who lives IN Grimsby! Up to last season I would normally be found wearing my shirt sitting in the Pontoon moaning and cheering my way through the season.

With my bud John (aka Yorkie/Private hater) we enjoyed and many good and bad times. I was there at both Wembley's. I was there at the last two Anfield trips. I was there at Wolves a couple of years ago when we pulled off a shock win. I was there at Rotherham when Oster scored a last minute winner. I was there at Plymouth for the first game of the season. I even have the misfortune to say I was there at Hartlepool. Needless to say I was at Blundell Park every Saturday I wasn't at work - until this season.

Since the last ball was kicked at Tranmere I have bought myself my first house with my fiancee and we are happy. The fact is neither of us pull in that much money and one of the things that I had to give up to afford moving is the football. I have so far been to one game this season, that being Cheltenham where I experienced what most people have been saying on here all season: playing well one half and losing it in the next.

So for the next year or so (I hope) I will be sat here at my computer on a Saturday in the chat room listening to the game on the radio. I know I speak for a large group of people around Grimsby who want to go watch but for one reason or another can't.

I haven't got a point to this but I just wanted to let everyone know that even though the attendance is down there are people who want to fill the seats. They just can't afford to be there.

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