In our new series, we take a look at post-war Mariners’ matches that have happened ON THIS DAY – today 18th August.
The Mariners have not had much luck on 18th August, having made their bow in 1951, losing a Division Three (North) encounter to Chesterfield at Saltergate by three goals to one.
Indeed Town had to wait 28 years to register their first 18th August win, a 4-1 hammering of Exeter City in Division Three, George Kerr’s Mariners going on to win the divisional Championship.
The early stages of the campaign are synonymous with the League Cup and the Mariners have played three ties on this day in the past 36 years.
A 0-0 draw at Hillsborough was in vein in 1976 as Sheffield Wednesday ran out 3-0 winners on aggregate and there was a similar fate befalling Bobby Roberts’ side of 1987/88.
They defeated Darlington 3-2 at Blundell Park on 18th August but lost 1-2 in the return at Feethams and bowed out of the competition on away goals.
There was better news for Alan Buckley’s side of 1998, although they made hard work of lower league opposition in David Moyes’ Preston North End.
The two teams battled out a stalemate across 210 minutes of football but it was the Mariners who held their nerve to triumph 7-6 on penalties at Deepdale.
Alan Pouton was the hero for Lennie Lawrence’s Division One side of 2001. His late penalty earned Town all three points at the Hawthorns, despite West Brom dominating 90% of the game against the men from North East Lincolnshire.
In more recent years the Mariners have struggled to return to winning ways on this day. A Friday night encounter with Mansfield Town in 2006 saw a controversial Peter Bore header earn a point for Graham Rodger’s side, whilst 12 months later, Buckley was back at the helm as Paul Bolland netted in a 1-1 draw at Bury.
Town’s last August 18th outing was a 2-1 home loss to Rotherham United in 2009. A stunner from Peter Sweeney not being enough to earn a point as new Millers’ signing Adam Le Fondre popped up late on for his customary goal against the Mariners.
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