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David Miller
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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

Tell us a bit about yourself.

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

What are your favourite and least favourite away grounds?

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

Who is the greatest ever GTFC manager?

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

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?

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.

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

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

Anything you want to add?

Things can only get better!

David Miller

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