The Mariners have traditionally found success on 25th August and have only been beaten once on this date in the post-war years. That loss came in 1973, when they were beaten 3-1 at home to Hereford United in 1973.
Before that Town had been in fantastic form; three victories came in the 50s and early-60s with Bradford Park Avenue being beaten 3-0 in 1951, Notts County 2-1 in 1956 and Scunthorpe 3-0 in 1962.
A home draw with Bristol Rovers in 1964 being the only early blemish before the Mariners took to the road in 1969 with a fine 3-1 success at Southend.
A home draw to Doncaster in the League Cup of 1975 wasn’t enough to see the Mariners through to the next round as they were defeated 3-1 on aggregate but, as we moved back into the league, Grimsby again found their form.
And it was early-season home victories that were on the menu with an exciting 4-3 win over Blackpool in 1979 and a hard-fought ‘derby’ victory over Barnsley in 1984.
Fresh off promotion in 1990, Alan Buckley’s men travelled to Preston for the season opener and came away with a comprehensive 3-1 win. The smooth plastic surface being ideal for Buckley’s passing game, future boss Neil Woods was amongst the goalscorers.
Another meeting with Barnsley in 1992 yielded another League Cup draw, 1-1 at Oakwell, but this time Town triumphed 5-3 on penalties.
In 2001, the Mariners again met Preston, this time at Blundell Park. The two teams served up a magnificent advert for the Football League with a pulsating 2-2 draw. Jonny Rowan put the Mariners in front but they trailed until Alan Pouton equalised with a second half penalty to keep Lennie Lawrence’s side in touch at the top of the division.
Paul Groves’ side of 2003/04 registered their second win in as many days with a Bank Holiday success over Wycombe at Blundell Park. Darren Barnard opened the scoring with a trademark free kick before Mick Boulding added his customary goal and Marcel Cas got off the mark for the club.
The last time Town turned out on this day was in 2007 when they battered Macclesfield for 90 minutes but only came away with a point. Ex-Mariner Martin Gritton scoring for the Silkmen, only for Danny North to restore parity for the hosts.
25th August record: P14, W8, D5, L1, F28 A15
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