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6 September 2012

Defender DARRAN KEMPSON spent time on loan at the New Lawn in 2008/09, having joined Conference rivals Wrexham earlier that season.

The big centre half hooked back up with his former Morecambe boss Jim Harvey in his stint with Rovers before returning to the Racecourse Ground later that season.


Ex-Mariners’ striker ISAIAH RANKIN enjoyed two spells with the Mariners between 2004 and 2008 and after his release from Blundell Park he dropped into the Conference with first Stevenage, then Crawley.


The former Arsenal trainee joined Forest Green from the Red Devils in December 2009 on a free transfer and impressed with four goals in 20 appearances, most notably in the FA Cup against Notts County.


Ex-Nottingham Forest trainee CRAIG ARMSTRONG moved to Blundell Park on loan from Sheffield Wednesday in February 2004 and impressed with his versatility and tenacity.


Craig played nine league games for the Mariners, scoring once in a 6-1 success over Barnsley. Unfortunately his contributions were not enough to prevent Town from sinking to a second successive relegation, this time to League Two. Armstrong later went on to play 38 games for Forest Green between March 2010 and June 2011.


Another ex-Mariner in the Rovers ranks is midfielder LEE FOWLER, who spent four games on trial with Russell Slade’s side in July 2005. The Welsh Under-21 international impressed Town fans with his passing ability but the signings of Paul Bolland, Ciaran Toner and Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala meant that Slade’s central midfield berths were taken and Lee was allowed to join Scarborough.

Fowler enjoyed two spells at the New Lawn and is now in the Football League with Fleetwood.


MALVIN KAMARA was at the New Lawn this season but has since been released and is currently without a club. The Sierra Leone international joined Grimsby Town on loan in September 2008 but made just one start for the Mariners, a 1-0 home defeat to Barnet.


Most recently with Guiseley and taking in a trial at Bradford City, Malvin arrived at the New Lawn in October 2010 but spent just six weeks with the club before he was released.

Kamara’s loan spell at Blundell Park coincided with that of TOMI AMEOBI, who joined the Mariners from Doncaster Rovers. The big Nigerian, brother of Newcastle star Shola, made three appearances for Town before returning to the Keepmoat Stadium.

He was released by the South Yorkshire club and joined Forest Green on a free transfer. Tomi impressed at the New Lawn with his strength and all-round play, netting five times in his 28 league outings.


Grimsby Town and Forest Green were two of the 16 clubs in the career of former England Under-21 international PAUL WARHURST. Warhurst joined the Mariners on a short term deal in March 2004, playing seven times and then enjoyed a similar spell at the New Lawn 12 months later, scoring twice in his six outings.


Last season striker TOMMY WRIGHT joined Rovers for a short spell, scoring twice in just seven outings. The former Aberdeen star previously played for the Mariners in 2010, scoring once in a 2-2 draw with Chesterfield.


This season Rovers can boast namesake BEN WRIGHT, who also played for the Mariners in the 2009/10 season, making two appearances whilst being on loan from Peterborough. The big striker joined Forest Green in the summer and has scored twice already this term.


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