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Wayne Burnett - A GTFC Legend

12 January 2016

A look at the Grimsby Town legend's time with the Mariners.

Wayne entered the Grimsby Town Hall of Fame for possibly the most celebrated goal in the club's history when he scored the Golden Goal in the Mariners' first-ever visit to Wembley Stadium in the AWS Final, sending 30,000 Town fans wild.  He had of course scored his first goal for the club in the 3rd round of the same competition in his first match, versus .... the Iron!

He was the archetypal Buckley cultured midfield player in an engine room that frequently included Paul Groves, Dave Smith, Kevin Donovan and Stacy Coldicott.

He had come to Town from Huddersfield, initially on loan, where he had made 102 league appearances, but he topped that for Town by just one!  He has been manager of several London-based non-league sides winning the Southern Football League eastern division and the London Senior Cup in that role.

He has also acted in Sky's DreamTeam TV drama.

Wayne describes his time at Blundell Park as the best of his playing career. He said: "It's every player's dream to play at Wembley in a final, but to play there twice was incredible.

"It's something that I will cherish and it will never be forgotten."

What does Wayne remember about that Golden Goal? 

"I can remember it quite clearly. There had been a bit of a mix up with their keeper and Livvo. It's gone out for a corner, and I don't usually go in for corners, but for whatever reason, I've managed to go in at the back post and get a foot to it and it's gone in off of the outside of my foot.  

"It was incredible. For a split second you think is it over. It was and it was a fairy tale.  

"The town and the club will always be held dear to my heart." 


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