Watch the full interview with former Grimsby Town winger Gary Childs exclusively on iFollow Mariners.
Former Grimsby Town winger Gary Childs says playing under Alan Buckley at Blundell Park brought his “buzz back” as a footballer.
Childs, now 54-years-old, picked up a double-promotion with Town in 1989-90 and 1990-91 as the Mariners climbed from Division Four to Division Two (now-Championship).
And the ex-winger has said his time at Blundell Park helped him return to his best – as he scored 27 goals in 234 league appearances during his eight-year spell – after he moved to the club from Birmingham City in 1989.
Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I came away from Birmingham and I hadn’t really enjoyed my football there.
“And Alan Buckley brought me up here – first couple of seasons I thoroughly enjoyed playing again, and got my buzz back.
“And first two seasons, we got a double-promotion so it doesn’t get much better than that!”
And Childs praised Buckley’s pass-and-move style of play during his time at the club.
He said: “He knew what I was about – from my Walsall days, just wanted me to play, believed in me, and was just a breath of fresh air, and he got me back on the track of where I wanted to be!
“It was just good times because any time you’re doing well in football, they’re good times.
“He was a hard taskmaster, but if you did your job properly you got your plaudits, and if you didn’t then you got told, which was absolutely fair enough – you knew where you stood.
“So as long as you did your job properly you’d be in the team, and if you didn’t then you wouldn’t, and he ended up getting the best out of players.
“I got a lot of great service for a number of years by whoever was playing there – John McDermott, Kevin Jobling, or whoever.
“And I just really enjoyed it because my only game was having the football so if I wasn’t getting the football then I wouldn’t have made much of an impact.
“So I really enjoyed the fact that Alan wanted us to get the ball down and give it to feet.”