Club Profile

Grimsby Town

Way out on the edge of the country, and just now back in the Football League, there’s a club who famously “only sing when we’re fishing.”

LOCATION: Grimsby is two and a half hours by train east of Manchester and just over three hours from London.

CONTACT: grimsby-townfc.co.uk, 14726 05050, #GTFC

NICKNAMES: The Mariners, because Grimsby was home to the world’s largest fishing fleet as recently as the mid-20th century. A fishing vessel even adorns the club crest.

History

We love regional rivalries, the kind where nobody from more than 10 miles away cares and nothing is on the line except local pride. In the first lines of the Grimsby Town page on Wikipedia, which we can assume was written by a Mariners supporter, it says Town is “the most successful of the three professional league clubs in historic Lincolnshire,…

Rivalries

You guessed it: Scunthorpe United (also League Two) and Lincoln City. Hull City would qualify as well, but they are now two leagues above them and haven’t played Grimsby Town in more than 20

Women's Team

The Grimsby Town Women’s FC, in just their fourth year in existence, are in the East Midlands Regional Football League Division One North at tier 6. Contact the club for fixture

Songs

There’s this song that supporters across the country taunt each other with: “You only sing when you’re winning.” Grimsby Town, in a masterpiece of English self-deprecation, sing about themselves: “We only sing when we’re fishing.” You’ll see it on scarves and posters around as well. They also sing a slightly modified version of the Greasy Chip…

Stadium

They have played on this spot since 1899, and this is a proper old ground. The latest major renovations were in 1982, when the two-tiered Young’s Stand opened. Opposite that is the old Main Stand, much of which dates to 1901; it’s considered perhaps the oldest stand in the country. Away fans will be behind one goal in the Osmond Stand (built in…

Going to a Game at Grimsby Town

GETTING THERE: Cleethorpes is actually the closest station at about a 20-minute walk. Trains run only from Grimsby Town Station, though. From Cleethorpes, walk the main road or the seafront. Grimsby Town Station, the main one in town, is over two miles away. Bus 10 (North Sea Lane) from Old Market Place, just outside the station, will get you…

Grimsby Town Tickets

Back in their previous League Two days, adults were £18 and £20, and tickets were even available for the derby.

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