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GTFC 140: Town Fans Vote 1998 Wembley Double As Favourite Moment

The achievement under Alan Buckley pips the EFL promotion under Paul Hurst in 2016 to become fans' most-loved moment

21 September 2018

Michael White
Wayne Burnett

Grimsby Town fans have voted the Wembley double under Alan Buckley in 1998 as their favourite moment in the club’s 140-year history.

The Mariners won the Division Two, now-League One, play-offs and the Auto Windscreens Shield, now-Checkatrade Trophy, in 1997-98 as the club made its first ever trip to Wembley.

Town finished third in the league before beating Fulham 2-1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals, and claiming a 1-0 victory over Northampton Town in the final as Kevin Donovan scored the only goal.

And the Mariners also went unbeaten on their way to the Football League trophy, winning six games and drawing one in the competition, including the 2-1 extra-time win over Bournemouth in the final as Wayne Burnett scored that iconic golden goal.

And in a poll on our official Twitter page, celebrating the club’s 140th anniversary, Town fans have spoken – and they have chosen the double as their all-time favourite Town moment.

The Wembley double picked up a convincing win in the final of the poll – beating the 2016 EFL promotion with a score of 65% to 35%, as almost 700 people voted.

The double had also eliminated the 1939 FA Cup semi-finals, the move to Blundell Park in 1899, and George Kerr’s Division Three champions in 1980, on the way to the triumph.

Almost 3,000 votes were cast in the whole polling competition throughout the week as Mariners fans celebrated the club’s 140th anniversary.


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