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GTFC 140: Grimsby Town 2018 - 2009

With Grimsby Town's 140th anniversary looming on September 20, 2018, we take a look back at the club's key events in each decade back to 1878.

10 September 2018

In the first of our countdown series celebrating Grimsby Town's 140th anniversary as a club, we focus on the major talking points in the decade 2018 - 2009.

Grimsby Town are heading into their 140th anniversary as a club with Michael Jolley as manager in Sky Bet League Two.

He took charge of the club in March 2018, with the Mariners 15 games without a win in the league and slipping towards the relegation zone to the National League.

But Jolley turned it around and secured the club’s EFL safety in emphatic style, winning four out of the final five games of the season – and drawing the other – to finish in 18th-place in the league, and five points clear of the drop.

Town were promoted to League Two from the National League two years earlier in 2015-16 as then-manager Paul Hurst guided the Mariners to play-off final success at Wembley Stadium with a 3-1 win over Forest Green Rovers.

Omar Bogle scored a brace, while Arnold secured the victory with a late third goal for the Mariners in added-time in the play-off final to bring Town’s six-year stay in the National League to an end – and finally conquering the play-offs at the fourth-consecutive attempt.

The 2015-16 Town squad forever put their mark on the club’s history – with captain Craig Disley leading by example, as well as long-serving goalkeeper James McKeown and defender Shaun Pearson playing important parts in the dressing room.

And striker Padraig Amond scored 30 league goals for Town – the most any individual player had scored for the club in one season since Ron Rafferty bagged 34 in 1961-62 – that season as the Mariners finally returned to the EFL.

Hurst had guided Town to the play-offs in the three previous years, but the Mariners fell short on each occasion as they were had their dreams dashed by Bristol Rovers (2014-15 play-off final), Gateshead (2013-14 play-off semi-final), and Newport County (2012-13 play-off semi-final), respectively.

Town had found themselves in the Conference as a 23rd-placed League Two finish in 2009-10 saw them relegated to the fifth-tier of English football after 117 years in the Football League.

The next article in our series will look at the club between 2008 to 1999.

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