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Paul Sweeney
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Cod Head of the Week: Paul Sweeney

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 04/09/2006

The latest Cod Head of the Week is Paul Sweeney who has recently moved to Australia, where he works as a soccer coach.

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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 Paul Sweeney.

Paul Sweeney

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I moved to Melbourne Australia in February 2006, I am 42 years old and work as a soccer coach here.

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

The 3 - 0 win over Exeter City in the 71/72 season, Matt Tees 2, and Mike Hickman scored.

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

Joe Waters

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

The win at Liverpool in the cup, the wonder strike by Phil Jevons will live with me forever and the atmosphere.

What are your favourite and least favourite away grounds?

Favourite is Newcastle United, best atmosphere anywhere in the UK.
Least favourite is Halifax United, a dump with no fans.

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

Best season has to be the two Wembley appearances
The worst for me was the Mike Lyons era.

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

Went down to Millwall in the 80's, and we got to within half hour of the ground and the game got called off, so we all grabbed a newspaper to see who was playing in London, we ended up at Orient FC. V Charlton.

What is the strangest thing you have ever done at a game?

Attempted to start a Mexican wave

What is the worst game you've ever been to?

Defeat away to Scunthorpe in 2004-2005, the players just lost their heads that day and cost us the game.

What's the most amusing chant you've heard at a game?

Liverpool away 79/80 season FA cup 3rd round, the Kop started giving their players fishy surnames i.e. Kenny Dogfish, [ dalgish ] Phillip Eel, [ neal ] Jimmy Plaice [ case ] you cannot beat scouse humour.

Who is the greatest ever GTFC manager?

Alan Buckley

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?

With me living down under, I tune into radio sports shows in the UK via the Internet. Usually at 0300am.

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

Nigel Batch, John McDermott, Bob Cummings, Paul Futcher, Andy Todd. Jack Lewis, Joe Waters, John Cockerill, Dave Boylen. Clive Mendonca, Kevin Drinkell.

Paul Sweeney

If you would like to be a Cod Head please send an e-mail at once to Rob Sedgwick.

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