Connections: Gateshead and Grimsby Town

Versatile attacker Peter Bore (left) burst onto the Blundell Park scene on the first day of the 2006/07 season, scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Boston United, having only come into the game as a second half substitute.

Bore enjoyed an excellent first senior season with the Mariners, finishing as joint top scorer with nine goals, including a hat-trick in the reverse fixture against Boston – a resounding 6-0 success for the Mariners.

In and out of the side in the following two campaigns, Peter was back amongst the goals in October 2008 when he appeared for a string of games as a striker.

His old youth boss Neil Woods took the Mariners’ helm in November 2009 and successfully converted Bore to right-back, his performances winning him the club’s Player of the Year award – despite their relegation to the Conference.

A second hat-trick for the Mariners arrived on New Year’s Day 2011, as Town thrashed Mansfield 7-2 at Blundell Park. He left the club at the end of the season, having scored 15 times in 153 games and, after trials with Shrewsbury, Fleetwood and Bournemouth; he spent six months with Harrogate.

Lincoln was Bore’s next port of call in January 2012 and he spent 12 months with the Red Imps before joining Gateshead for a short spell that saw him play ten times for the North Easterners.

This season the Grimbarian has so far turned out for Boston United, Spalding United and King’s Lynn.

A former Irish under-21 international, Micky Cummins (left)  joined the Mariners in the summer of 2010 from Rotherham United.

Having come through the ranks at Middlesbrough, Cummins was best remembered for successful spells with Port Vale and Darlington – amassing over 350 appearances between the two clubs in an eight-year period.

A regular during his only season at Blundell Park, Cummins played 36 league games, scoring once in a 2-0 win over Luton Town in September 2010.

Signing for Gateshead the following summer, the veteran midfielder enjoyed his best-ever season, scoring 12 times in 49 outings.

Earlier in the season, the Dubliner was named caretaker/assistant manager at the club following Anth Smith’s departure but he has since reverted to his playing role since Gary Mills’ arrival.

A legendary forward of the twenties and thirties, Hughie Gallacher (left)  enjoyed spells with both the Mariners and Gateshead late in his career.

Born in Bellshill, Hughie began his career with Queen of the South, where he netted 19 goals in just nine games during 1921. A move to Airdrie followed and his prolific form continued with 91 goals in just 111 games.

Newcastle shelled out £6,500 for the player’s services in 1925 and he went onto write himself into Tyneside folklore with 133 goals in just 160 outings.

His sensational form continued throughout the 30s with Chelsea (72 goals from 132 games), Derby (38 goals from 51 games) and Notts County (32 goals from 45 games). He arrived at Blundell Park for a fee of £1,000 in 1937 and was quickly amongst the goals, scoring three times in 12 games.

But the striker was pining for life back in the north-east and soon made the switch to Gateshead for just £500, where he saw out the rest of his playing days in front of bumper 20,000 crowds. He scored 18 times in 34 league games for the club before the outbreak of World War II.

Hughie’s international form was even more sensational – 23 goals from just 20 games making him one of the country’s best-ever strikers. Sadly, he took his own life in 1957 – aged just 54.

Formerly top scorer at the Gateshead International Stadium Daryl Clare (left)  began his career at Blundell Park and was named Young Player of the Year in 1998.

The Jersey-born striker has been a top striker in the Conference for a number of seasons and can list Boston, Chester, Burton, Crawley and Mansfield amongst his former clubs.

Veteran goalkeeper John Burridge spent a short spell with the Mariners in 1995, one of 28 clubs in a 28-year career. ‘Budgie’, as he was affectionately known, didn’t make an appearance for Town but later turned out for the Tynesiders at the tail end of his remarkable career.

Giant defender Rob Jones became a favourite at Blundell Park after some inspirational performances in the 2005/06 season. The centre half had earlier started his career as a semi-pro with the Tynesiders, where he was noted for his goalscoring ability from set pieces – 13 in 71 outings during an 18-month spell.

The son of former Liverpool and Newcastle favourite Terry McDermott, midfielder Neale McDermott spent time on trial at Blundell Park in November 2008 before joining the Tynesiders for the 2009/10 season, making eleven league appearances and scoring once.

Big Lawrie McMenemy wrote his name in the Grimsby Town history books when he managed the side to the Division Four Title in 1972, before later leading Southampton to the 1976 FA Cup Final.

Big Mac’s playing career was limited to being a trainee at Newcastle before fleeting appearances in non-league for the Tynesiders.

Winger Andy Parkinson joined the Mariners from Sheffield United in June 2004 and spent two seasons at Blundell Park, helping Town to the League Two Play Off Final in 2006.

After spells with Notts County and Cambridge, Andy joined Gateshead in February 2011, playing 14 times, before securing a move to League Two outfit Accrington Stanley.

Goalkeeper Steve Sherwood is best remembered for being in goal when Watford reached the FA Cup Final in 1984. Later on, he helped the Mariners to back-to-back promotions in 1990 and 1991, before a short spell at Northampton and a 64-game stint with the Tynesiders.

l_carl_magnayCurrent connections in the two teams’ ranks include defender Carl Magnay (left) , who joined the Mariners in the summer from Gateshead and Alex Rodman, who made the trip in the opposite direction.

Striker Michael Rankine spent time on loan at Blundell Park two seasons ago, whilst midfielder John Oster originally came through the ranks in Cleethorpes as is still the Mariners’ record transfer fee received – £1.5-million plus add-ons to Everton in 1997.

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