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Blundell Park History - Golden Goal

3 January 2014

Town’s return home game in Division Two v Wolves (0-0) was notable for two reasons.  Both teams performed creditably despite temperatures soaring to 86 degrees in the shade, while the Mariners fielded their first-ever continental player, German-born Max Seeburg.

One month later, in October 1911, Blundell Park staged not only a memorable game but also one of its greatest goals, both fondly remembered by fans for many years.  Chelsea - destined for promotion - led 1-0 with time running out when ‘Pecker’ Mounteney found Gus Huxford with an accurate pass.  In one swift movement the latter got round England defender Ben Warren and beat the keeper with a shot that went ‘like a streak of lightning along the ground into the goal’.  

The celebrations of the home supporters were still buoyant when a minute later Huxford turned provider for Fred Staniforth to fire home for a famous 2-1 Town win.  At the final whistle, the police were unable to prevent a pitch invasion, with Huxford borne shoulder-high to the dressing rooms.

The winter of 1911-12 was a bitter one, and when the home fixture v Forest was postponed in February due to a snow blizzard, Blundell Park’s location was, according to the press, to blame.  ‘The position of the ground...practically on the shore of the North Sea, is the most exposed in all England’.  The elements too, had been responsible for an amazing incident a month before when Town met Leicester Fosse on a day of rain and icy wind.

Referee Mr. Adams had ignored all the Fosse protests regarding the weather, and before half-time six of their players had left the pitch in protest.  Mr.  Adams allowed the game to conclude with the remaining five Fosse men, Grimsby though winning only 4-0 despite superior numbers.  Leicester declared their intention to report the official, but the F.A. in turn duly took Mr. Adams’ side and fined those departed players £5 each!

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