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Former Grimsby Town goalkeeper Harry Wainman reflects on his "special" time at Blundell Park

21 November 2018

Former Grimsby Town goalkeeper Harry Wainman says his time as a Mariners player under Lawrie McMenemy was "special."

The 71-year-old, who played more than 400 games for the Mariners, was part of Town's Division Four title-winning side under McMenemy in 1971-72.

And he's been reflecting on his 14-year tenure at Blundell Park.

Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: "It's great. There are all the lads from years gone by, and it's great to see them - nobody has changed.

"Our attitude was if we conceded two goals, then we'd score three - it was a simple philosphy, but it worked.

"No particular game stands out from my time at Grimsby Town, but the promotion year - that was really special, and people still talk about it now as a special time for them as well."

And Wainman praised McMenemy for his managerial approach and techniques.

He said: "He was a good motivator, and that's what got us promoted in the end.

"He was ambitious and there's nothing wrong with that - he went to Southampton, and did will there.

"He bought players who he didn't really have to coach - you just threw them a ball, and asked them to play."

And the goalkeeper, whose real first name is William, explained why he's known as Harry.

"It was tradition in my family - I was christened William Henry, and then called Harry for whatever reason - great grandfather, grandfather, my Dad, and then me!"


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