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Cod Head of the Week: David Miller

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 23/11/2011 (Last updated: 15/12/2011)

THE latest Cod Head of the Week is David Miller, who only started watching Town when they were crap and has almost nothing but dreadful memories of being a Mariner.

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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 David Miller.

David Miller

Fishy:
Tell us a bit about yourself.

David:
My name is David Miller. I was born in Nunsthorpe, grew up in Cleethorpes, but nowadays work as a pharmacist in Beverley (after 4 years living in Liverpool, then 8 years in London). Most of the people I know over here support Hull City - I think of myself as an evangelist.

Fishy:
If you use our forum what is your username on there.

David:
wigworld

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

David:
My Dad took me to a few games when I was a boy in the lates ‘70’s/early’80’s. The first game I remember was one where we beat Scunthorpe 2 - 0. Unfortunately I never got the bug back then. I really became a supporter the season that we stayed in the league because of Chester going tits up, only about 4 years ago. I remember seeing on Look North that Town were looking likely to be relegated. The last I'd heard of them, they were a 2nd tier side, and now they were facing relegation! From a background of no support at all, something stirred in me, and I started following Town in earnest. I'm not a fair-weather supporter - we've always been rubbish (and getting worse!) since I've been following them!

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

David:
In the ‘70’s/’80’s I would have seen Joe Waters, Tony Ford, Kevin Drinkell, all the greats, but I have to be honest and say I can't remember any of them! The best player I remember is Alan Connell.

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

David:
Beating Liverpool at Anfield. Do you really need me to explain why?!

Fishy:
What are your favourite and least favourite away grounds?

David:
I like York, because there’s always a decent crowd of Town fans, reasonable ground, and it’s a short journey home. I've only been to a few away matches, but the least favourite is probably Glanford Park - horrible soulless place, although it was a great atmosphere with so many Town fans.

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

David:
They've all been dreadful! The season we got relegated would have to be the worst (how many games without a win!?!) Probably the previous season when Chester saved our neck would be the best (though still pretty dire), because we had so much hope in Newell.

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

David:
New Years day, 2011. Grimsby Town 7 - Mansfield 2. I was buzzing for days!

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

David:
I remember being at a game as a boy, and along with a lot of other supporters, having to urinate to put a fire out. It must have been the Barrett Stand, I think.

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

David:
Fleetwood away last year (10/11), and losing 3 - 0. We were woeful, and to add to that, I'd persuaded a couple of family members into coming along who live at the other end of the country. Not sure if they've forgiven me yet!

Fishy:
Who is the greatest ever GTFC manager?

David:
George Kerr. 4th tier to 2nd tier in consecutive seasons. Buckley a close second.

Fishy:
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?

David:
I go to every Saturday home game, and a handful of Tuesday night and nearby away games. When I can't get to games, it’s usually because of work, church, or family commitments.

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

David:
McKeown, Green, Garner, I’Anson, Bore, Disley, Peacock, Coulson, Connell, Hearn, Conlon. (Ha ha! Best of a bad bunch!).

Fishy:
Anything you want to add?

David:
Things can only get better!

David Miller

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

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