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Richard Huntley
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Cod Head of the Week

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 21/12/2011

THE latest Cod Head is Richard Huntley, who has been supporting Grimsby since the 1970's.

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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 Richard Huntley.

Richard Huntley

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm 47 Years old, born in Cleethorpes but lived in Manchester since 1990 and have to suffer for my football with a Manure supporting wife (she‘s great in every other way though!)

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

Prestwich Mariner - I live in Prestwich.

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

Last match of the 70-71 season, a 2-0 home win against Crewe and hooked ever since.

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

There’s been a few for various reasons but I think for me it’s probably Futchenstein.

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

The 2-1 win over Everton in the League cup 79-80. A fantastic night in the Pontoon and it would be nostalgic to relive that one. There’s been plenty of others over the years though.

What are your favourite and least favourite away grounds?

Wigan's old ground was a dump (I've not been to too many Conference grounds) and I quiet liked the Reebok from a viewing point of view.

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

Worst has to be relegation from the Football League and best would be 97-98 for the Wembley trips although some of the other mid table seasons in Division 1 were good just for the standard of football we were seeing.

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

Getting chased out of the Kop at the FA Cup game in 1980!

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

Nothing outrageous - probably stripping to my waist at Wendy when we lost 7-1, it was bloody freezing!

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

Bolton 96-97 when we lost 6-1 and I had taken a couple of Manure supporting mates along - although they were impressed by the togetherness of the Town fans.

Who is the greatest ever GTFC manager?

For having given me the most pleasure watching Town it has to be Alan Buckley and the worst has to be Mick Lyons.

What's the most amusing chant you've heard at a game?

There’s been too many over the years for one to stand out.

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?

As many of the North West games as poss and I try and make sure we are at home when I come over to see my family. Most Saturday afternoons are spent with the Telewags text commentary on the Laptop or in the pub with Sky Sports News.

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

Batch. McDermott, Lever, Birtles, Jobling, Cumming, Waters, Futcher, Ford, Mendonca, Tees

Richard Huntley

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