Town had just been relegated to Division Four when Newport County made the long trip to Cleethorpes.
The home fans were looking for a quick return to Division Three and they got off to a perfect start thanks to a Dave Wilson brace and a further strike from Gary Moore sealed a 3-0 victory.
But it was a false dawn for the Mariners, who struggled for the remainder of the season, ending in 23rd position and having to apply for re-election to the Football League.
With this date traditionally coming before the season starts, it was over 30 years before the Mariners played on the day again.
In 1999, Alan Buckley’s side travelled north for a League Cup tie against Carlisle United, coming away with an uninspiring 0-0 draw, although the side won win the second leg in convincing fashion 6-0.
The first game of the 2002/03 season fell on 10th August and paired Paul Groves’ side with Norwich City.
It was a thoroughly miserable afternoon in Norfolk for the travelling contingent as their favourites were trounced 4-0 by the Canaries, Paul McVeigh and Phil Mulryne both helping themselves to two goals apiece.
The defeat was the start of a forgettable campaign that saw the Mariners finish bottom of Division One.
Town’s last outing on this day came two seasons later in League Two as Lincolnshire rivals Boston United made the short trip to Blundell Park.
Steve Melton’s looping header opened the scoring for the visitors but the introduction of second-half substitute Michael Reddy restored parity for Russell Slade’s men.
The Irish under-21 international collected a pass from Ashley Sestanovich and weaved through the Pilgrims’ defence before slotting beyond Nathan Abbey in the visiting goal to earn the Mariners a point.