IF EVER there was a performance that summed up the positives of Russell Slade’s second season in charge of the Mariners then it was this one – a 3-0 win at Cheltenham on a cold Friday night in October.
CHELTENHAM TOWN 2
GRIMSBY TOWN 1
DATE: Saturday 8th August 2009 | VENUE: The Abbey Business Stadium | COMPETITION: Coca-Cola League Two | ATT: 3572
THERE was a time when winning away wasn’t a regular occurrence for the Mariners. They went ten months without an away win between November 2003 and September 2004, getting relegated in the process.
So a debut Friday night trip to Cheltenham wasn’t one that Grimsby fans were relishing.
GRIMSBY TOWN 0
CHELTENHAM TOWN 1
Coca-Cola League Two Play Off Final | 28.05.06
Last season’s League Two ended up being dominated by Paulo Di Canio’s Swindon Town with some other surprising names making up the chasing pack, whilst traditional big hitters like Bradford and Rotherham struggled to make an impact.
The transfer of Nick Powell to Manchester United and Jack Butland’s call-up for England’s Euro 2012 squad shows there is plenty of talent in the Football League’s basement division and 2012/13 is shaping up to be a very competitive season.
The team of the season is a 4-4-2 formation and again comprises just one player per club.