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24 March 2013

from the Racecourse Ground to Blundell Park in late-1987. It was under the tutelage of Alan Buckley that the Midlands-born midfielder excelled, captaining Town to back-to-back promotions in 1990 and 1991 before being sold to Sunderland for a then-club record £625,000.BOBBY ROBERTS, who followed manager SHAUN CUNNINGTONTHE MARINERS' most famous purchase off the Red Dragons was midfielder

who had starred for the Mariners between 1983 and 1986. Joining his hometown club from Derby, Emson slotted in alongside the other homegrown stars in the Blundell Park ranks and helping the side to the cusp of Division One. Emson moved to North Wales in 86 and played nearly 100 games for the Red Dragons before joining a significant ex-Town contingent at Darlington.PAUL EMSONMoving from Blundell Park to Wrexham was winger

. Hope spent one season with the Red Dragons in 2007/08 but couldn't prevent their relegation from the Football League. Moving to Grimsby that summer, Hope played just seven games for the Mariners before being released from his contract.PAUL LINWOOD and RICHARD HOPEThe Mariners have signed two ex-Wrexham centre halves in recent seasons in the shape of

Linwood spent time on loan at the Racecourse from Tranmere in 2005/06, playing nine games for the Welsh outfit. The defender later moved to Blundell Park from Chester in June 2009 and was a semi-regular as Town were relegated to the Blue Square Bet Premier - he now plies his trade at Fleetwood.

. The ex-England Under-21 International joined Town in March 2003 for a short spell and then moved to North Wales in 2005 where he scored one goal in eleven outings for the Welshmen.PAUL WARHURSTOne defender who joined the Red Dragons after a spell at Blundell Park was former Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday favourite

enjoyed two spells with Wrexham, first joining the club from in 2003 from Norwich. Sandwiched in between his two spells was a season at Hartlepool and Chris left the Racecourse Ground for the second time in June 2008 when he moved to the East Coast. Llewellyn lasted one season at Blundell Park as the Mariners narrowly avoided the drop and he then moved back to Wales with Neath.CHRIS LLEWELLYNWelsh International

was an ever-present for the Mariners in his solitary season with the club, 2004/05. The former Blackburn trainee suffered a tumultuous time at Blundell Park and after being criticised by manager Russell Slade for a display in a 2-2 draw at Notts County, he was released from the club at the end of the season. The Welshman helped Carlisle win League Two the following term before joining Wrexham for a two-season spell in July 2006. He is now one of three ex-Mariners at Neath.ANTHONY WILLIAMSGoalkeeper

moved to Wrexham on loan in 1998 from Manchester United. The highly-rated wideman initially joined Town on loan from Manchester City before completing a permanent switch in June 2002. A popular player on the terraces, Cooke unfortunately failed to nail down a regular first team slot and was allowed to join Sheffield Wednesday just 12 months later.TERRY COOKEFormer Mariners' winger

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