The Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club are off to Holland again to participate in the Amelio City Cup, an international tournament with teams from Holland, Germany, Belgium, Scotland and England.
Fresh from the club’s success in qualifying for the EFL Cup Finals day at St. George’s Park in July, they are looking to improve on their first European competition where they finished 19th out of 32.
Last year, their first trek into Europe, they received a tremendous welcome not only from the local community but also from the various clubs from around Europe. They enjoyed the occasion so much that this year they are taking two teams, that’s 16 players in total.
At the event last year we carried on the Mexican theme from Town’s trip to Barnet accompanied with Harry Haddocks and various giveaways to promote our area in a spirit of sportsmanship and friendliness, our Council through the Lord Mayor even donated a Borough Crest to present to the city mayor. It was difficult trying to explain why the connection between Mexican sombreros and blow up fish and a Walking football team.
The players were proud to wear a Grimsby kit and even had a selection of giveaways donated by the Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust. Being the only one in 32 teams that had this approach which was well received by the local children - especially the Haddocks.
On May 30 the group, who play regularly on Mondays and Thursdays in conjunction with our friends at Lincs Inspire, who must take some credit on our continuing success down at the Bradley Development Centre, take off for the four day’s break.
We would dearly love to once again be able to promote our area and if there are any organisations that would like to donate any small items that promote Grimsby and Cleethorpes, we’d love to hear from you.
Last year’s team, (l to r) Pete Cribb, Ken Thompson, Alan Nilsen, Rob Andrew, Pat Lince, front, Gary Kershaw, Neil Holcombe, Carl Reeve are all making a return visit. Alan Bielby is staying at home.