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David Beharall
David Beharall

The Forgotten Faces of Blundell Park

By: The Happy Mariner
Date: 03/11/2009 (Last updated: 09/12/2009)

IT'S easy to forget some of the faces you see in the famous black and white shirt from time to time. You could be walking around Town, in a pub somewhere and then you see a familiar face that you can't quite put a name too.

In recent years, chopping and changing the playing staff of our football club has become common. The shear quantity of short-term players the club has had seems to be astronomical, so where on earth are your Mark Lever's and Tony Gallimore's, and where your Terry Barwick's, David Soames's and your Andrew Pettinger's have been and are nowadays, then keep reading.

It's easy to spot the players who come and go from Grimsby in the professional game, but what about the guys who didn't make the grade, or the players who just were merely passing through? I've spent months upon months trying to keep tabs on as many of our former players as I can, and well for you anorak supporters out there, you may find some of this interesting

Allen, Bradley - After Grimsby, Bradders turned out for Peterborough United, Bristol Rovers, Hornchurch and Redbridge. He retired in 2004 and currently coaches the Tottenham Hotspur U14's team.

Ameobi, Tomi - Following his short stay at Town, Tomi was released by Doncaster Rovers and now plays for Forest Green Rovers.

Antoine-Curier, Mickael - Played for Vard Haugesund and FK Haugesund in Norway, before moving to Scotland to play with Hibernian, Dundee and currently Hamilton Academical.

Ashcroft, Lee - Player/Manager of Kendal Town since 2004.

Ashton, Paul - Until very recently he was a Brigg Town player.

Barnard, Darren - Left Town in 2004, went on to play for Aldershot and is now currently the Player/Director Of Football for non-league Camberley Town.

Barwick, Terry - Left Grimsby in 2006, and went on to play for Northwich Victoria, Stalybridge Celtic and currently plays for Retford United.

Beharall, David - Retired in 2006 whilst at Stockport County aged 26, now runs a web design firm in Oldham.

Bloomer, Matthew - Following his third spell at Town, he spent a year with Boston United, and now plys his trade with Harrogate Town.

Bolder, Chris - Joined Ossett Town after leaving Grimsby in 2004, and went on to sign for North Ferriby United in 2005. He remained with Ferriby until earlier this year when he joined Guiseley, however he made a move back to North Ferriby in the summer.

Buckley, Adam - After Grimsby released him in 2001, then came Lincoln City where he was released in 2003, he has since turned out for Brigg Town, Harrowby United, Stamford, Spalding United, Sleaford Town and Bourne Town and is currently in his second spell with Lincoln Moorlands Railway.

Bull, Ronnie - Has turned out for New Zealand Knights, Basingstoke Town, Rushden, Crawley Town, Ebbsfleet United, Fisher Athletic, and Exeter City since leaving Grimsby in 2005. He is currently in his second spell with Grays Athletic

Burnett, Wayne - Played for Woking, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic and Peterborough United before retiring in 2004. He went on to manage Fisher Athletic, Dulwich Hamlet and Grays Athletic before being appointed youth team manager at Leyton Orient last season. He is now Assistant Manager at Dagenham & Redbridge. Wayne also acted as an extra for the Sky One tv show "Dream Team" during the 2003-2004 season.

Busscher, Robbie - Dutch midfielder was released in 2002, and now competes in Futsal

Carchedi, Giovanni - Since leaving Grimsby he had failed trials with Gainsborough Trinity and York City, and eventually played for Ossett Town, Armthorpe Welfare and Lincoln United. He left United to go travelling over a year ago and when he returned he signed a contract with Grantham Town.

Cas, Marcel - Returned to Holland to play for RBC Roosdendaal and FC Den Bosch. Retired from playing in 2007 and is currently part of the medical team at Feyenoord.

Chamberlain, Miles - Following his release in 2007, he moved on to play for Armthorpe Welfare, Eastwood Town and now plays for Stamford.

Chapman, Ben - After Grimsby released him in 2002, Chapman has turned out for Boston United, Alfreton Town, Northwich Victoria, Nuneaton Borough, King's Lynn and Eastwood Town. He currently plays for Harrogate Town.

Chettle, Steve - Went on to play for Burton Albion, before retiring playing for Ilkeston Town in 2005. Chetts now runs a Football academy in Nottingham.

Cohen, Gary - Left Grimsby in 2007 and retired due to injury. He has since come out of retirement last season and is currently with St Albans City.

Coldicott, Stacy - Stace went on to play for Hereford United, Cambridge United (loan) and then Armthorpe Welfare. He spent time on trial with Grantham Town in 2007 but opted to retire. He is now rumoured to be a firefighter now, and co-founded a football scouting web site.

Cooke, Terry - Currently unattached after spending 5 years playing for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS American league.

Cornwall, Luke - After his loan spell in 2001, he turned out for Lincoln City, Bradford City, Woking, Sutton United and Dulwich Hamlet. He most recently played for the Metropolitan Police. He retired in 2007 to become a London taxi driver.

Cramb, Colin - Currently unattached, and has played for Hamilton Academical, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion and most recently East Stirling since leaving Town in 2005.

Crane, Tony - After leaving Grimsby in January 2006, he joined Worksop Town, and then later Boston United. He has been without a club since the end of the 2007-2008 season, after having personal problems. He nearly re-joined Boston last christmas but a deal was not struck.

Croudson, Steve - Is actually our Goalkeeping Coach at Grimsby Town for those of you who didn't know this. He retired two years ago through injury whilst playing for Rhyl in the Welsh League.

Continued in Part 2

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