2008–09 Grimsby Town F.C. season

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Grimsby Town
Season 2008-09
Chairman England John Fenty
Managers England Alan Buckley (until 15 Sept. 08)
England Mike Newell
Team captain England Matthew Heywood
Home stadium Blundell Park
Football League Two 22nd place
FA Cup First Round
League Cup Second Round
Football League Trophy Second Round
Lincolnshire Senior Cup Runners Up
Top goalscorer League: 0 Adam Proudlock (8 goals)
All comps: 0 Adam Proudlock (8 goals)
Highest home
attendance
7,095 0v0 Aldershot Town
28 March 2009
Highest away
attendance
12,816 0v0 Bradford City
31 January 2009
Lowest home
attendance
1,858 0v0 Tranmere Rovers
12 August 2008
Lowest away
attendance
1,200 0v0 Accrington Stanley
28 December 2008
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Grimsby Town Football Club entered the 2008-2009 as a member of the Coca Cola League Two for the 5th season on the trot. The club were still managed by Alan Buckley until September, when he was dismissed after poor pre-season and poor start to the clubs League campaign. Mike Newell was given the job on a permanent basis after Assistant Manager Stuart Watkiss briefly took control of first team affairs. The club are still aiming to leave Blundell Park within the next few seasons.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Pre season matches[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 Jul Corby Town
Rockingham Triangle, Corby L 1 - 3 - Bore
19 Jul Oldham Athletic
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1 - 2 - Hope
21 Jul Winterton Rangers
West Street, Winterton D 1 - 1 - North
22 Jul Gainsborough Trinity
The Northolme, Gainsborough W 2 - 0 - Till, Butler
25 Jul Farsley Celtic
Throstle Nest, Farsley L 0 - 3 - -
30 Jul Eastwood Town
Coronation Park, Eastwood L 1 - 5 - Jarman
4 Aug Brigg Town
The Hawthorns, Brigg D 1 - 1 - North

The Mariners struggled to gel in pre-season, and it became clear the club would struggle in the league. Manager Alan Buckley included utilised his first team squad in the games against Corby, Oldham and Gainsborough, while a weakened side took a 5-1 drubbing by Eastwood Town.

Pre Season Top Scorers
Rank Player Goals
1 England North 2
= England Bore 2
3 England Butler 1
= England Hope 1
= England Jarman 1
= England Till 1
As of 22 July 2009

Lincolnshire Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
29 Jul Lincoln City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 1 - 0 - Bore
2 Aug Scunthorpe United
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe L 0 - 4 - -

A late strike from Peter Bore gave a youth dominated Grimsby side the win against Lincoln City in the semi finals, only to see another youthful side get be well beaten, in the next round by Scunthorpe United.

Football League Two[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 Aug Rochdale
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0 - 0 - -
18 Aug Brentford
Griffin Park, Brentford L 0 - 4 - -
23 Aug Chesterfield
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0 - 1 - -
30 Aug Lincoln City
Sincil Bank, Lincoln D 1 - 1 - Till
Sept 06 Gillingham
KRBS Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham
L 0 - 3 - -
Sept 13 Chester City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1 - 3 - North
Sept 20 Morecambe
Christie Park, Morecambe D 1 - 1 - Till
Sept 27 Barnet
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0 - 1 - -
4 Oct Rotherham United
Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield L 1 - 4 - Boshell
11 Oct Wycombe Wanderers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1 - 1 - Bore
18 Oct Exeter City
St James Park, Exeter D 0 - 0 - -
21 Oct Luton Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 2 - 2 - Bore, Bennett
24 Oct Bradford City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1 - 3 - Trotter
28 Oct Dag & Red
Victoria Road, Dagenham L 0 - 4 - -
1 Nov Darlington
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1 - 2 - Kalala
15 Nov Bury
Gigg Lane Stadium W 2 - 0 - Trotter, Jarman
21 Nov AFC Bournemouth
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 3 - 3 - Clarke, Bennett, Atkinson
25 Nov Macclesfield Town
Moss Rose, Macclesfield L 0 - 1 - -
6 Dec Port Vale
Vale Park, Burslem L 1 - 2 - Proudlock
12 Dec Shrewsbury Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 1 - 0 - Proudlock
20 Dec Aldershot Town
Recreation Ground/EBB Stadium, Aldershot D 2 - 2 - Kalala, Hegarty
26 Dec Notts County
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0 - 1 - -
28 Dec Accrington Stanley
Crown Ground, Accrington L 1 - 3 - Proudlock
17 Jan Wycombe Wanderers
Adams Park, High Wycombe W 1 - 0 - Jarman
24 Jan Rotherham United
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3 - 0 - Widdowson, Proudlock, Sinclair
27 Jan Dag & Red
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1 - 1 - Elliott
31 Jan Bradford City
Valley Parade, Bradford L 0 - 2 - -
2 Feb Exeter City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 2 - 2 - Jarman (2)
10 Feb Barnet
Underhill Stadium, Barnet D 3 - 3 - Bennett, Elliott, Forbes
14 Feb Bury
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1 - 2 - Proudlock
21 Feb Darlington
The Northern Echo Darlington Arena L 1 - 0 - -
24 Feb Morecambe
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 2 - 3 - Forbes (2)
28 Feb Rochdale
Spotland Stadium, Rochdale L 0 - 2 - -
3 Mar Brentford
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0 - 1 - -
7 Mar Lincoln City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 5 - 1 - Proudlock (3), Akpa Akpro (2)
11 Mar Chesterfield
Saltergate, Chesterfield L 1 - 2 - Bennett
14 Mar Chester City
Deva Stadium, Chester D 1 - 1 - Hegarty
17 Mar Luton Town
Kenilworth Road, Luton L 1 - 2 - Bennett
21 Mar Gillingham
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3 - 0 - Akpa Akpro, Hegarty, Conlon
28 Mar Aldershot Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 1 - 0 - Conlon
4 Apr Shrewsbury Town
New Meadow, Shrewsbury D 1 - 1 - Conlon
11 Apr Accrington Stanley
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0 - 1 - -
14 Apr Notts County
Meadow Lane, Nottingham W 2 - 0 - Atkinson, Boshell
18 Apr Port Vale
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3 - 0 - Conlon (2), Jarman
25 Apr AFC Bournemouth
Dean Court, Bournemouth L 1 - 2 - Jarman
2 May Macclesfield Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0 - 0 - -

FA Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 Nov Morecambe
Christie Park, Morecambe L 1 - 2 - Stockdale

League Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 Aug Tranmere Rovers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2 - 0 - Hunt, Chorley(O.G)
28 Aug Blackburn Rovers
Ewood Park, Blackburn L 1 - 4 - Newey

Football League Trophy[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Sept 03 Chesterfield
Saltergate, Chesterfield D 2 - 2 - Jarman, North (Grimsby win 4-1 on penalties)
7 Oct Scunthorpe United
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe L 1 - 2 - Hegarty

League table[edit]

Football League Two[edit]

Brentford made a return to League One as champions, the second club to win the fourth tier three times since Doncaster Rovers. Exeter won their second successive promotion, and on the final day of the season managed to pip Wycombe Wanderers for the runners-up spot. Wycombe themselves managed the final automatic promotion spot by virtue of a single goal over Bury. The play-offs were won by Gillingham, who made an immediate return to League One after the previous season's relegation.

Several teams suffered heavy points deductions during the season. Rotherham were deducted 17 points at the start of the season and Darlington 10 points later on. Without these penalties they would have both qualified for the play-offs, but instead managed only mid table. Bournemouth also suffered a 17 point deduction pre-season, and halfway through it looked to be enough to cost them their League status; however, a fightback under new manager Eddie Howe saw them climb to safety and secure survival with a game to spare.

Luton suffered the heaviest deduction however, and the loss of 30 points proved too much for them to survive. They suffered their third successive relegation and dropped out of the league, making them only the third English team to suffer three successive relegations, and the first to drop from the second tier to the Conference in successive years. The other relegated team was Chester City, who were statistically the worst team in the division and returned to the Conference after only five years. Grimsby would also have suffered relegation, if not for Luton's points deduction.

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Brentford 46 23 16 7 65 36 +29 85
P 2 Exeter City 46 22 13 11 65 50 +15 79
P 3 Wycombe Wanderers 46 20 18 8 54 33 +21 78
  4 Bury 46 21 15 10 63 43 +20 78
P 5 Gillingham 46 21 12 13 58 55 +3 75
  6 Rochdale 46 19 13 14 70 59 +11 70
  7 Shrewsbury Town 46 17 18 11 61 44 +17 69
  8 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 19 11 16 77 53 +24 68
  9 Bradford City 46 18 13 15 66 55 +11 67
  10 Chesterfield 46 16 15 15 62 57 +5 63
  11 Morecambe 46 15 18 13 53 56 -3 63
  12 Darlington 46 20 12 14 61 44 +17 62*
  13 Lincoln City 46 14 17 15 53 52 +1 59
  14 Rotherham United 46 21 12 13 60 46 +14 58*
  15 Aldershot Town 46 14 12 20 59 80 -21 54
  16 Accrington Stanley 46 13 11 22 42 59 -17 50
  17 Barnet 46 11 15 20 56 74 -18 48
  18 Port Vale 46 13 9 24 44 66 -22 48
  19 Notts County 46 11 14 21 49 69 -20 47
  20 Macclesfield Town 46 13 8 25 45 77 -32 47
  21 Bournemouth 46 17 12 17 59 51 +8 46*
  22 GRIMSBY TOWN 46 9 14 23 51 69 -18 41
R 23 Chester City 46 8 13 25 43 81 -38 37
R 24 Luton Town 46 13 17 16 58 65 -7 26*

* Darlington deducted 10 points for entering administration. Rotherham United and Bournemouth both deducted 17 points for failing to follow the Football League insolvency rules. Luton Town deducted 30 points; 20 for exiting administration without a Company Voluntary Arrangement, and 10 for making illegal payments to agents.

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Nationality Name
First-Team Manager (sacked 15/09/08) England Alan Buckley
First-Team Manager (hired 6/10/08) England Mike Newell
First-Team Assistant Manager England Stuart Watkiss
First-Team Coach England Brian Stein
Reserve Team Manager England Stuart Watkiss
Head of Youth England Neil Woods
Youth Team Manager England Neil Woods
Chief Scout England Brian Stein
Goalkeeping Coach England Steve Croudson
Physiotherapist England Dave Moore
Community Sport Coach England Gary Childs
Community Sport Coach England Graham Rodger

First Team Squad[edit]

Squad overview[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Phil Barnes (Departed in April 2009)
2 Scotland DF Robbie Stockdale
3 England DF Tom Newey
4 England DF Ryan Bennett
5 England DF Matthew Heywood
6 England DF Richard Hope (Departed in February 2009)
6 Scotland MF Peter Sweeney (on loan from Leeds United)
7 England MF Peter Till
8 England MF Paul Bolland
9 England FW Martin Butler (Departed in October 2008)
9 England FW Adam Proudlock
10 Wales MF Chris Llewellyn
11 England MF Danny Boshell
12 England MF Jamie Clarke
13 England GK Gary Montgomery (Departed in April 2009)
14 England MF James Hunt
15 England DF Matthew Bird
16 England DF Javan Vidal (on loan from Manchester City)
16 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (on loan from Oldham Athletic)
17 England MF Nick Hegarty
18 England MF Peter Bore
No. Position Player
19 England FW Danny North
20 England FW Andy Taylor
21 England MF Simon Heslop (on loan from Barnsley)
21 England DF Joe Widdowson (on loan from West Ham United)
22 England FW Nathan Jarman
23 England MF Grant Normington
24 England MF Liam Trotter (on loan from Ipswich Town)
24 Republic of Ireland FW Barry Conlon (on loan from Bradford City)
25 Sierra Leone MF Malvin Kamara (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
25 England DF Rob Atkinson
26 England FW Tomi Ameobi (on loan from Doncaster Rovers)
26 France FW Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
27 France MF Mickael Buscher (Departed in May 2009)
28 England GK Leigh Overton
29 England DF Bradley Wood
30 Northern Ireland MF Stuart Elliott (on loan from Doncaster Rovers)
31 England MF Dean Sinclair (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
32 England MF Adrian Forbes (on loan from Millwall)
33 Republic of Ireland GK Wayne Henderson (on loan from Preston North End)
34 England GK Jonathan Lund
35 England MF Josh Fuller

Appearances & Goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total League Two League Cup Football League Trophy FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Phil Barnes 37 0 32 0 2 0 2 0 1 0
2 DF Scotland Robbie Stockdale 22 1 20 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
3 DF England Tom Newey 29 1 24 0 2 1 2 0 1 0
4 DF England Ryan Bennett 49 5 45 5 1 0 2 0 1 0
5 DF England Matthew Heywood 22 0 18 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
6 DF England Richard Hope 7 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
6 MF Scotland Peter Sweeney (on loan from Leeds United) 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 MF England Peter Till 21 2 16 2 2 0 2 0 1 0
8 MF England Paul Bolland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW England Martin Butler 5 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW England Adam Proudlock 29 8 28 8 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 MF Wales Chris Llewellyn 32 0 28 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
11 MF England Danny Boshell 28 3 24 3 1 0 2 0 1 0
12 DF England Jamie Clarke 35 1 32 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
13 GK England Gary Montgomery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF England James Hunt 27 1 22 0 2 1 2 0 1 0
15 DF England Matthew Bird 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF England Nick Fenton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF England Javan Vidal (on loan from Manchester City) 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
16 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (on loan from Oldham Athletic) 22 2 21 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
17 MF England Nick Hegarty 39 5 36 4 1 0 2 1 0 0
18 MF England Peter Bore 29 1 27 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
19 FW England Danny North 18 2 15 1 1 0 1 1 1 0
20 FW England Andy Taylor 9 0 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
21 MF England Simon Heslop (on loan from Barnsley) 11 0 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
21 DF England Joe Widdowson (on loan from West Ham United) 20 1 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 FW England Nathan Jarman 37 7 33 6 1 0 2 1 1 0
23 MF England Grant Normington 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF England Liam Trotter (on loan from Ipswich Town) 16 2 15 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 FW Republic of Ireland Barry Conlon (on loan from Bradford City) 8 5 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF Sierra Leone Malvin Kamara (on loan from Huddersfield Town) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF England Rob Atkinson 32 2 31 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 FW England Tomi Ameobi (on loan from Doncaster Rovers) 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
26 FW France Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 20 3 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF France Mickael Buscher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 GK England Leigh Overton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF England Bradley Wood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF Northern Ireland Stuart Elliott (on loan from Doncaster Rovers) 11 2 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF England Dean Sinclair (on loan from Charlton Athletic) 9 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 MF England Adrian Forbes (on loan from Millwall) 15 3 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 GK Republic of Ireland Wayne Henderson (on loan from Preston North End) 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 GK England Jonathan Lund 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 MF England Josh Fuller 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Loaned out player stats[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total League Two League Cup Football League Trophy FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
3 DF England Tom Newey (on loan at Rochdale) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 MF England Peter Till (on loan at Chesterfield) 15 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 MF England Peter Bore (on loan at York City) 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Most frequent starting line-up[edit]

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<EnglandBarnes
ScotlandStockdale
EnglandBennett
EnglandAtkinson
EnglandNewey
EnglandJarman
Democratic Republic of the CongoKalala
EnglandBoshell
EnglandHegarty
EnglandProudlock
FranceAkpa Akpro

Most frequent starting line-up uses the team's most used formation: 4-4-2. The players used are those who have played the most games in each respective position, not necessarily who have played most games out of all the players.

Scorers[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Pre-Season[edit]

# Player From Age Fee
02 Scotland Robbie Stockdale EnglandTranmere Rovers 28 Free Transfer
05 England Matthew Heywood EnglandBrentford 28 Free Transfer
06 England Richard Hope WalesWrexham 30 Free Transfer
10 Wales Chris Llewellyn WalesWrexham 28 Free Transfer
21 England Simon Heslop EnglandBarnsley 21 Loan

Mid Season[edit]

# Player Previous club Age Fee
06 Scotland Peter Sweeney EnglandLeeds United 24 Loan
09 England Adam Proudlock EnglandDarlington 27 Loan
09 England Adam Proudlock EnglandDarlington 27 Undisclosed
16 England Javan Vidal EnglandManchester City 19 Loan
16 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala EnglandOldham Athletic 26 Loan
21 England Joe Widdowson EnglandWest Ham United 19 Loan
24 England Liam Trotter EnglandIpswich Town 20 Loan
24 Republic of Ireland Barry Conlon EnglandBradford City 30 Loan
25 Sierra Leone Malvin Kamara EnglandHuddersfield Town 24 Loan
25 England Rob Atkinson EnglandBarnsley 21 Loan
25 England Rob Atkinson EnglandBarnsley 21 Free Transfer
26 England Tomi Ameobi EnglandDoncaster Rovers 20 Loan
26 France Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro BelgiumFCM Brussels 23 Signed
27 France Mickael Buscher ScotlandGretna 21 Signed
29 England Bradley Wood EnglandGrimsby Town Youth Academy 18 Pro Contract
30 Northern Ireland Stuart Elliott EnglandDoncaster Rovers 30 Loan
31 England Dean Sinclair EnglandCharlton Athletic 24 Loan
32 England Adrian Forbes EnglandMillwall 30 Loan
33 Republic of Ireland Wayne Henderson EnglandPreston North End 25 Loan
34 England Jonathan Lund EnglandLeeds United 22 Signed
35 England Josh Fuller EnglandGrimsby Town Youth Academy 17 Pro Contract

Out[edit]

Pre-Season[edit]

# Player To Age Fee
10 Northern Ireland Ciaran Toner EnglandRochdale 27 Free Transfer
15 England Justin Whittle EnglandHarrogate Town 37 Free Transfer
16 England Nick Fenton EnglandRotherham United 28 Free Transfer
19 England Gary Jones Retired 33 Released

Mid Season[edit]

# Player To Age Fee
01 England Phil Barnes EnglandGainsborough Trinity 30 Free Transfer
03 England Tom Newey EnglandRochdale 26 Loan
06 England Richard Hope Retired 30 Released
07 England Peter Till EnglandChesterfield 23 Loan
09 England Martin Butler EnglandBurton Albion 34 Free Transfer
13 England Gary Montgomery Retired to compete in Cricket 26 Released
18 England Peter Bore EnglandYork City 20 Loan

References[edit]