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Grimsby v Barrow Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 19/11/2010

GRIMSBY’S time in the Conference is like a big old school reunion meeting teams from the distant past. The last time Barrow came to Cleethorpes was 1971, which was bloody ages ago! I wasn't even born and Sam Tyler hadn't even met Gene Hunt!

  • Position: 17th
  • Nickname: The Bluebirds, The Ziggers
  • Formed: 1901
  • Manager: Darren Sheridan, David Bayliss
  • Current Top Goalscorers: Jason Walker (11)
  • Current League Form: DDLLWW
  • Random Fact: The only club to have won the FA Trophy at both the old and new Wembley

    Their History...

    The club's history is modest but one steeped in lower league prowess. The club's highest ever positioning of first briefly in 1967 in the Third Division may not be the be all and end all but in an isolated part of the country where Rugby League is king the club can boast two FA Trophy wins the most recent of which was last season, an array of local competitions, and 11 ventures in to the FA Cup 3rd round.

    Last Season was...

    All about the Cup runs. Both The FA Cup and FA Trophy kept the club busy last season which may attribute to the clubs poor league finishing. A 3-0 defeat away to Sunderland in the 3rd round of the FA Cup was the end of a Cup run which saw the club finish off Chester, Eastleigh and Oxford before bowing out at the Stadium of Light. The FA Trophy meanwhile had a much happier ending - the club defeating Stevenage in extra time to be crowned winners at Wembley. The League on the other hand was a different matter. The team finished just above the last day drama where anyone of 7 teams could have been relegated but still too close to comfort and with a poor goal difference of -17.

    This Season Is...

    Turning much into last season's without the joy of an FA Cup run after FC Utd of whatever finished them off at their first stop. Before November the club had gone 9 games without a win but an impressive run prior to that dip had the club unbeaten in 7. Now 17th in the league the club are just 3 points from a relegation spot and without a win away all season. Which won't change much until they find their shooting boots away from home after having scored less on the road than anyone else in the league.

    Last Time Out... Grimsby 2 - 0 Barrow Dec 18th 1971 Tees, Hickman
    Att: 6890
    Grimsby: Wainman, Worthington, Campbell, Thompson, Gray, Brace, Lewis, Tees, Wigginton, Hickman, Simpson

    Key Player: Marc Goodfellow

    Well it would have been the potent Jason Walker, but on Thursday morning Luton have swooped in for the striker initially on loan but with a plan for signing permanently come the stupid transfer window. So now without a player who has scored more than 2 goals all season, a defence that’s shifted 19 goals away from home and a keeper on recalled to Blackpool and with a bug going round the Barrow camp The Bluebirds may well be at a loss for a star man on Saturday. As a result I shall go for the obvious Marc Goodfellow who has the luck of a former Mariner coming back to stick his obligatory goal away most probably in front of the Pontoon in the 90th minute to seal a smash and grab victory.


    Grimsby Town 2-0 AFC Barrow

    The Mariners should really find a mean streak on Saturday Barrow will be at a low moral even coming into the game with back-to-back wins. Losing a keeper and lead goal scorer within a week means they are there for the taking but can we capitalise on Barrow’s woes?

    Grimsby Town

    1 Kenny Arthur Goalkeeper
    2 Peter Bore Midfielder
    3 Lee Ridley Defender
    4 Mark Hudson Midfielder
    5 Darran Kempson Defender
    6 Scott Garner Defender
    7 Lewis Gobern Midfielder
    8 Michael Cummins Midfielder
    9 Charles Ademeno Striker
    10 Lee Peacock Striker
    11 Michael Coulson Striker
    13 Nick Colgan Goalkeeper
    14 Michael Leary Midfielder
    15 Dwayne Samuels Defender
    16 Steven Watt Defender
    17 Alan Connell Striker
    19 Bradley Wood Midfielder
    20 Josh Fuller Midfielder
    21 Andi Thanoj
    22 Mark Gray
    23 Tom Corner Striker
    24 Nathan Dixon Striker
    25 Robert Atkinson Defender
    28 Andrew Wright (on loan from Scunthorpe) Midfielder
    29 Robert Eagle Midfielder
    30 Steve Croudson Goalkeeper
    40 Robert Peet

    AFC Barrow

    1 Shaun Pearson
    21 Alan Martin
    2 Simon Spender
    3 Mike Pearson
    4 Paul Jones
    5 Phil Bolland
    16 David Bayliss
    22 Andy Nicholas
    23 Andy Milne
    24 Paul Edwards
    6 Robin Hulbert
    7 Paul Rutherford
    8 Mark Boyd
    11 Marc Goodfellow
    14 Darren Sheridan
    17 James Owen
    18 Simon Wiles
    19 Ciaran Donnelly
    25 Neil Wainwright
    26 Craig Clay
    27 Tendayi Darwikwa
    10 Nick Chadwick
    12 Gregg Blundell
    15 Danny Forrest
    20 Andy Cook

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