As we wish a happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there, we take a look at the current Grimsby Town players whose fathers are ex-professional footballers.
Grimsby Town Football Club would like to wish a happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!
It’s been well-publicised over recent months that the Mariners have plenty of players in their squad whose fathers are former professional footballers.
So, as part of today’s Father’s Day 2019 celebrations, we’ve decided to have a look at those players’ Dads!
Jake Hessenthaler – Andy Hessenthaler
Jake signed for Town on a two-year deal from Gillingham last summer, and he had an excellent first season at Blundell Park – earning plenty of recognition at our annual Player of the Year awards evening.
Jake’s Dad, Andy Hessenthaler, now 53, is an ex-Watford and Gillingham midfielder, having played for both clubs between 1991 and 2006.
Andy Hessenthaler, who was a hard-hitting midfielder during his playing days, is now manager of National League side Dover Athletic.
Mattie Pollock – Jamie Pollock
Youth academy graduate Mattie signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Mariners in February as he helped Town’s youth team win the EFL North East Youth Alliance title last season.
And his Dad, Jamie Pollock, now 45, had an excellent career as a professional, and represent England at U19 and U21 level.
Pollock, who made more than 300 career league appearances for clubs like Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, and Middlesbrough, is now the chairman and manager of non-League side Billingham Synthonia.
Harry Davis – Steve Davis
The centre-half had a good season in his first campaign at Blundell Park last term, scoring four goals in 38 games in all competitions.
And Harry’s Dad, Steve – who was also a defender, had an impressive playing career, plying his trade for clubs such as Burnley, Barnsley, and Crewe Alexandra.
The 53-year-old has since had spells as manager at Leyton Orient, Crewe Alexandra, and Nantwich Town.
Jock Curran – Terry Curran
Defensive midfielder Jock signed for the Mariners in the summer, after playing an important role for the Mariners’ youth team as they won their league title last term.
Jock’s father, Terry Curran – now 64, had an impressive career as a winger, playing for Everton, Nottingham Forest, and Sheffield Wednesday.
Curran also played a handful of games for Town as he approached the end of his career in 1987.
Luke Hendrie – John Hendrie
Versatile full-back Luke had an extremely debut campaign with the Mariners last term, after initially joining on loan from Shrewsbury Town, scoring two goals in 46 games in all competitions.
Luke’s Dad, John Hendrie – now 55, scored more than 100 goals during his career as a forward for clubs like Bradford City, Middlesbrough, and Barnsley.
The Town defender is from a family of football heritage, as he’s also related to ex-England international Lee Hendrie, former Morecambe striker Stuart Hendrie, and ex-Stockport County midfielder Paul Hendrie.
Brandon Buckley – Adam Buckley
Buckley is another youth team graduate who became a pro with the Mariners this summer, after captaining Neil Woods’ side to the league title last season.
His Dad, Adam Buckley – now 39, spent four years as a midfielder at Blundell Park before moving on to Lincoln City in 2001.
And, of course, Brandon is also the grandson of legendary Town manager Alan Buckley who won the Wembley double with the Mariners in 1998 as he took his side up to the Championship and also won the EFL Trophy.
We must also give honourable mentions to recent ex-Town players Joe Grayson – and Dad Simon Grayson – and Luke Summerfield, and his Dad Kevin Summerfield.
There are plenty more ex-Mariners whose fathers were former professionals – can you think of any? Tweet us at @OfficialGTFC!