Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade is looking forward to locking horns with county rivals Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday (1pm).
The gaffer has been recalling memories of guiding the Mariners to play-off semi-final victories over the Imps and late, great friend Keith Alexander in the League Two 2005/06 season.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Whenever I think of Lincoln, I think of the late Keith Alexander, who was a great, great friend of mine.
“Not only an excellent manager, but a great person. Incidentally, he was my best man in Saint Lucia when I got married.
“He was a good friend, we spoke, families always got together from time to time as well, so he was a great character, and I will always think of Keith when I think of Lincoln City.”
Alexander scored 28 goals in 101 games for Town between 1988 and 1990, before playing for the Imps between 1990 and 1994, and subsequently had two spells in charge as manager at Sincil Bank.
But how do Danny Cowley’s Imps, who Town welcome to Blundell Park this weekend, compare to Alexander’s side of 2005/06?
Slade said: “Probably very similar to the one that Keith had in the play-offs. They were very competitive – they pushed us all the way before we finally got through.
“So we know it’s going to be a tough game because the momentum is with them. They got promoted last season, and they’ve spent a lot of money in trying to build and rebuild their team.
“They’ll probably be reasonably happy, you’ll have to ask them, with where they are in the league, but there’s been a huge investment so expectations will be, I suspect, reasonably high as well.
“So they will be expected to be in the mix as well.”