On This Day
The Mariners have enjoyed great success on 4th September, losing just seven times in their 25 games played so far on this day.
A 4-2 Division Town win over rivals Gainsborough Trinity in 1897 kicked things off but there were a few lean years before the all-conquering Division Two side of 1933/34 demolished Bolton 4-0 at Burnden Park.
The Trotters got their revenge just four years later though; this time both teams were in Division One and it was the Lancastrians who came away from Blundell Park with a narrow 1-0 win.
Another Lancashire club, Blackburn Rovers, handed Town another 4th September defeat in 1948. This time the Mariners had just been relegated from the top flight and they found the second tier no easier as Rovers left Blundell Park with a 2-1 win under their belts.
It would be 28 years before the Mariners tasted defeat on this day again and during that time they had some excellent results to their name.
Middlesbrough were defeated 3-2 in Cleethorpes in 1956 and, a year later, Town made the long trip to Cardiff City and came away with a 3-1 victory.
Three successive draws followed against Oxford and Burnley (both 1-1) and then ironically tonight’s opponents Barrow (0-0). This was the last Football League outing at Holker Street between the Mariners and the Bluebirds.
It was Mansfield who ended Town’s good run with a 3-0 win at Field Mill in 1976 but Grimsby were soon back on the winning trail, hammering Huddersfield 4-1 at Leeds Road in 1979 to seal a 5-1 aggregate win in the League Cup.
Carlisle and Charlton were accounted for in the Division Two years of the early-80s before a draw at Stoke in 1985.
There was further League Cup action for the Mariners in 1990, an agonising 1-0 loss at Crewe that saw Alan Buckley’s side eliminated on away goals. The following year a 2-0 loss at Leicester came in Division Two.
Town returned to winning ways in 1993, thanks to a Paul Groves thunderbolt at Peterborough (2-1) before a long gap of eleven years without a game on this date; that match coming in 2004 when Rochdale smashed and grabbed their way to a 1-0 win at Blundell Park on the same day that the club officially christened their McMenemy’s function room.
In more recent times the Mariners have enjoyed victories on this day. In 2007, Town upset Huddersfield by four goals to one again, this time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Blundell Park – Nick Fenton, Ciaran Toner, Isaiah Rankin and Peter Till dragging the Mariners back from a goal down.
And in their first televised Conference outing, Grimsby defeated pre-season favourites Luton Town 2-0 at Blundell Park. Alan Connell opened the scoring with a first-half penalty before Micky Cummins sealed the three points with a well-taken header midway through the second period.
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