😥 Former Mariners’ midfielder forced into early retirement

A former Grimsby Town midfielder has been forced to retire through injury at the age of 33.

Peter Till played for the Mariners between 2006 and 2009, turning out 87 times for the club and scoring six goals.

Till started his career coming through the ranks at Birmingham City, before enjoying loan spells at Scunthorpe United, Leyton Orient and Boston United.

He arrived at Blundell Park in November 2006, initially on loan, alongside Stoke City duo Martin Paterson and Anthony Pulis, making his debut days later in a 2-0 League Two victory over Accrington Stanley.

The Walsall-born player caught the eye with his tricky wing play, and then-Town boss Alan Buckley moved quickly to bring Till to Blundell Park on a permanent basis.

Till was an integral part of the Mariners’ side that reached Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2008, scoring twice in the run at home to Huddersfield Town and away to Rotherham.

The Mariners lost the final 2-0 to Milton Keynes Dons, and manager Buckley was dismissed soon after at the start of the 2008/09 season.

Till soon fell out favour under new manager Mike Newell, and was allowed to leave Blundell Park on loan for Chesterfield.

The former Birmingham youngster’s Grimsby contract ended in 2009, with Till moving onto spend a season with hometown club Walsall.

Following a year at the Bescot Stadium, Till joined York City, and then won the Conference title with Fleetwood in 2011/12.

He later moved onto Tamworth, Solihull Moors, Leamington, Halesowen Town, Stourbridge, Stafford Rangers, Chasetown and finally Walsall Wood in 2017.

But persistent ankle and knee injuries had dogged Till for many years, dating back to his final months at Blundell Park.

Last week, the ex-Mariners winger took to social media and shared the news of his retirement.

“I’ve just been told the gutting news that I have to retire from the sport I have loved playing since I can walk,” said Till.

“I have played with some unbelievable players, made memories that will last forever and made some top friends!

“Gutted doesn’t even come close but it’s been one hell of a ride!”

Former Mariners’ players John McDermott, Richard Tait, Gary Harkins and Matthew Bloomer, as well as former Grimsby caretaker boss Stuart Watkiss, all shared their best wishes with the 33-year-old, who is expected to turn to a career in coaching.

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