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Grimsby v Hereford Preview

By: Sam Kinnaird
Date: 11/09/2009

TOWN welcome visitors Hereford to Blundell Park, with two sides badly lacking in form it promises to be anything but a classic!

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After being relegated on the final day of the 1995-6 season Hereford spent a number of years in the doldrums of the Conference. Under the stewardship of manager Graham Turner the club made rather slow progress due to a succession of star players being sold to balance the books. An FA Cup first round game at home to Wrexham in 2001 was screened live on the BBC and according to many the funds received saved the club from going under, and fans credit Gavin Williams’s winner against Dover in the qualifying rounds as the goal that saved Hereford. The club endured the lowest league finish in 40 years in 2002 when they finished 17th in the conference and a full shake-up of the playing squad ensued. A number of players released by Football League clubs were snapped up and it was these new signings that played the side into 2nd place in the table and Hereford were somewhat unlucky to fail at the final hurdle of the play-offs. The 2004-5 season saw a remarkably similar campaign with an unsuccessful promotion push but the following season saw Hereford finally promoted via the play-offs. The final at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium saw Halifax take a 2-1 lead until Guy Ipoua levelled for Hereford at the death. Halifax had a goal disallowed in extra time before Ryan Green scored the Bulls’ winner and send them flying back into the Football League. Hereford’s first season back saw them finish in a respectable 16th position, and fans expected a similar outcome in the following campaign. It wasn't to be, as a number of loan signings fired the club into third position holding off the chase of a very strong Stockport County outfit in the final game. Many in the game criticised the club for the number of loan signings used, manager Turner said: “"There has been the suggestion that we not quite cheated our way to promotion, but that it was not far off. We've worked it totally within the rules. Other clubs are catching up." The League One season turned out to be a struggle for Hereford, with just 17 points on the board after 23 games. Relegation was confirmed on 18th April with the club recording one win and 11 defeats in the final 12 games. Graham Turner stepped down as boss in the aftermath but would remain as the club’s chairman, and coach John Trewick was handed the task of a swift return to League One.

The Team

Keeper Adam Bartlett was a summer signing from Kidderminster and strangely played the 2009 Conference Play-off Final for Cambridge on an emergency loan deal. He was considered the best keeper outside the Football League and was once named on the bench for Newcastle’s Champions League game against Inter Milan. Full backs Ryan Green and Ryan Valentine were also summer signings who have fitted in well, Valentine scored the winning penalty in Wrexham’s relegation decider against Boston United in 2007. Championship Manager fans will remember Kenny Lunt’s genius from the 2001/2 version of the game, the midfielder now plies his trade with the Edgar Street outfit. Matty Done scored his first and only career goal whilst at Wrexham against the Mariners in 2006 fellow midfielder Jamie Tolley is experienced at this level, playing over 200 career games despite only being 26. Journeyman striker Lee Morris lists Sheffield Wednesday, Derby and Leicester amongst his previous clubs and was snapped up on a free in the summer, his first goal for the club is surely not far away.

Key Player

Richard Rose. The 27-year-old centre back signed on a free from Gillingham in 2006 having impressing during 60 games at the Priestfield as well as a short loan spell at Bristol Rovers. Since then he has played over 100 games in a number of positions along the back four and even in midfield. Naturally right footed and tough in the tackle, Rose has become a favourite among the Bulls fans and recently signed a new contract until the end of the 2009-10 season.

Recent Form

LPort Vale(a)0-4
Currently 23rd in League Two.
DBristol R (JPT)(h)0-0
DPort Vale(h)2-2
LPortsmouth (CC)(a)1-4
Currently 21st in League Two.

Top Scorers


Team News


  • Adrian Forbes has recovered following knee surgery and is expected to start.

  • Central defenders Rob Atkinson, Matt Heywood and Paul Linwood have all returned to training.

  • Peter Bore (hamstring) is also close to recovery.

  • Nick Colgan (groin), Nathan Jarman (foot), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (thigh) and Nick Hegarty (ankle) are all again missing for Town

  • Adam Proudlock, Barry Conlon and Danny Boshell are all suspended.
  • Hereford have no new major injuries
  • Squads

    1GKNick Colgan
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFJoe Widdowson
    4DFRyan Bennett (captain)
    5DFMatthew Heywood
    6MFPeter Sweeney
    7MFAdrian Forbes
    8FWNathan Jarman
    9FWAdam Proudlock
    10FWBarry Conlon
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13MFNick Hegarty
    14MFPeter Bore
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFPaul Linwood
    17MFGrant Normington
    18FWChris Jones
    19MFMichael Leary
    25DFRobert Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27FWDanny North
    35GKLeigh Overton
    TBAGKJosh Lillis (on loan from Scunthorpe)
    1 GK Adam Bartlett
    2 DF Ryan Green
    3 DF Ryan Valentine
    4 DF Richard Rose
    5 DF Keith Lowe
    6 MF Kenny Lunt
    7 MF Marc Pugh
    8 MF Glen Southam
    9 FW Lee Morris
    10 FW Leon Constantine
    11 MF Jamie Tolley
    14 MF James McQuilkin
    15 MF Sam Gwynne
    16 MF Jonny Godsmark (on loan from Newcastle United)
    17 DF Darren Dennehy (on loan from Cardiff City)
    18 DF Joel Edwards
    19 MF Craig Jones
    20 DF Darren Jones
    21 MF Tyler Weir
    23 MF Matt Done
    30 GK Chris Adamson (player-coach)
    31 MF Gavin McCallum
    33 FW Tristan Plummer (on loan from Bristol City)
    34 FW Marlon Jackson (on loan from Bristol City)

    Head to Head

    The Bulls have a slender lead, but Town have won 4 from 5.

    P 16 W 6 D 3 L7 F17 A21

    Head-to-Head (58th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 3 Hereford 0 (Sat 03rd May 2008)

    A meaningless game (for us) at the end of the 2007-2008 season, when Hereford got promoted.



    The Fishy Prediction

    The Mariners squad has been decimated by injuries and without any additional loan signings at the time of writing, a home win seems rather unlikely.

    Grimsby 1-2 Hereford

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