IRISH eyes were smiling on Saturday when Padraig Amond netted the winner against Kidderminster Harriers.
Darragh Fitzpatrick, who was over from Ireland to see his beloved Town's first game, had selected, at random, the Mariners as his club nine years ago.
He attended the match with his father Jimmy, who was coincidentally Padraig Amond's Gaelic Football coach as a youngster!
Padraig explains: "Darragh's from the same town as me and eight or nine years ago he picked a team that was away from the mainstream clubs. He was getting fed up of Man United , Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal and all these teams. Fair play to him, he's stuck by supporting them, and as a coincidence, it's just turned out that I'm playing with them now. It's nice that someone back in my old town supports Grimsby, not just because I was there. It's nice to be able to make him happy every couple of weeks."
And Podge admits that it was the icing on the cake to grab the winner in front of his Irish friends.
He said: "It was brilliant that they got over for a game. I spoke to them afterwards and it was the icing on the cake that it was a one-nil win and I scored the winner.
"Although it wasn't the greatest of games, I'm sure they would have taken all that before they came over.
"They said everything about the day was brilliant - including the fish and chips in Steel's. I'm going to have to go an sample the fish and chips there," he added.
"I think the goal was a little bit fortunate with the goal, the ball skipped past their keeper and maybe he should have saved it. Maybe I'm being a little harsh, I don't care as long as they go in.
"It was a difficult game so it was good to get the three points.
"They've said that they enjoyed it and are going to come over again a couple more times before the end of the season," he concluded.
We would like to thank Steels for their hospitality on Saturday.