2010–11 Grimsby Town F.C. season

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Grimsby Town
Season 2010-11
Chairman John Fenty
Managers Neil Woods (until 23 February 2011)
Rob Scott & Paul Hurst
(from 22 March 2011)
Team captain Lee Peacock
Home stadium Blundell Park
Conference National 11th place
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
FA Trophy Second Round
Lincolnshire Senior Cup Runner Up
Top goalscorer League: 0 Alan Connell (25 goals)
All comps: 0 Alan Connell (29 goals)
Highest home
attendance
5,037 0v0 York City
17 August 2010
Highest away
attendance
5,609 0v0 Luton Town
25 January 2011
Lowest home
attendance
1,116 0v0 Redditch United
11 December 2010
Lowest away
attendance
551 0v0 Hayes and Yeading
13 November 2010
2009–10 0 0 0 Soccerball current event.svg 0 0 0 2011–12

Grimsby Town Football Club entered the 2010–11 season as a member of the Conference National, having been relegated from the Football League for the first time in 100 years, and only the second time in the club's history. The club would also be debutants in the FA Trophy and Conference League Cup. The club is managed by Neil Woods who was appointed in October of last season.

Season review[edit]

Grimsby's life outside the Football League began with a major re-think of the club's playing squad. Woods began by bringing in a fresh batch of players, with a lot of last seasons squad departing.

Team kit[edit]

The club continued to use Errea as the kit supplier for a third consecutive season, with Young's Bluecrest moving into their seventh season of sponsorship of Grimsby Town.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Pre season matches[edit]

Lincolnshire Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
July 30 Lincoln City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 4 – 2 1,561 Bore, Connell, Cummins, Kempson
Aug 03 Scunthorpe United
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe D 1 – 1 1,870 Leary Scunthorpe win 4–2 on penalties

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
July 9 Brigg Town
The Hawthorns, Brigg W 1 – 0 1,025 Coulson
July 13 Frickley Athletic
Westfield Lane, South Elmsall W 3 – 0 327 Fuller, Booth (OG), Fisher (OG)
July 16 Boston United
York Street, Boston L 0 – 1 748 -------
July 17 Sheffield Wednesday
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2 – 1 3,335 Connell, Bore
July 20 Stirling Albion
Forthbank Stadium, Stirling, Scotland L 0 – 2 297
July 24 Winterton Rangers
West Street, Winterton W 3 – 0 Mulready (3)
July 27 Gainsborough Trinity
The Northolme, Gainsborough D 0 – 0 -------
Aug 04 Barton Town
The Euronics Ground, Barton-upon-Humber W 3 – 0 Corner, Rhoades, Cornforth
Aug 07 FC Halifax Town
The Shay, Halifax W 2 – 1 Peacock, Dixon
Pre Season Top Scorers
Rank Player Goals
1 England Sam Mulready 3
2 England Own Goals 2
= England Peter Bore 2
= England Alan Connell 2
3 England Tom Corner 1
= England Joe Cornforth 1
= England Michael Coulson 1
= Republic of Ireland Micky Cummins 1
= England Nathan Dixon 1
= England Josh Fuller 1
= England Darran Kempson 1
= England Michael Leary 1
= Scotland Lee Peacock 1
= England Drew Rhoades 1
As of 30 July 2010

Grimsby opened the 2010–11 pre-season campaign with a 1–0 victory over Brigg Town at The Hawthorns. A solitary goal from Michael Coulson proved decisive as Town comfortably contained a liveley Brigg team. The following Tuesday, The Mariners comfortably beat Frickley Athletic 3–0 away from home courtesy of a goal from Josh Fuller and several own goals. On the Friday 15 July Woods rested 16 first team players and sent out a mixture of youth team players, trialists and transfer listed players against Boston United. United won the match 1–0. In the first truly competitive match the following day Town defeated a full strength Sheffield Wednesday side 2–1 at Blundell Park courtesy of goals from Alan Connell and Peter Bore. On July 20 Grimsby travelled to Scotland to play Stirling Albion. 21 players were taken for the trip to Stirlingshire and a mixed team went down 2–0. On July 24 Town boss Neil Woods chose to field an entire youth team line up against Winterton Rangers with the exception of four teenage first team fringe players. A hatrick from youth striker Sam Mulready secured a 3–0 win. On 27 July a mixed side drew Gainsborough Trinity. In the first round of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup another mixed Town side beat a strong Lincoln City 4–2 before exiting in the final on a penalty shootout too Scunthorpe United following a 1–1 draw. Grimsby's youth side swiftly brushed aside Barton Town on 4 August, before three days later beating FC Halifax Town in the club's final friendly fixture of the summer.

Throughout pre-season due to the fixtures that Grimsby played they used the first-team players as well as youth team players in the matches as well as trailists. After a virtual rebuild of the team with all but a few of the Grimsby team from last season still at the club. A new defence has been brought in as well as new midfielder and strikers as well as a new goalkeeper. There were good signs in the pre-season for the forthcoming season with the manager playing down the display after some poor performances as well.

Conference National[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Aug 14 Crawley Town
Broadfield Stadium, Crawley W 1–0 2,428 Peacock
Aug 17 York City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0–0 5,037 ---
Aug 21 Hayes and Yeading
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1–2 3,405 Connell
Aug 25 Darlington
Darlington Arena, Darlington W 1–0 1,993 Watt
Aug 28 Rushden & Diamonds
Nene Park, Irthlingborough L 1–4 1,575 Hudson
Aug 30 Histon
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2–1 2,925 Connell (2)
Sep 5 Luton Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2–0 3,822 Connell, Cummins
Sep 11 Tamworth
The Lamb Ground, Tamworth L 1–2 1,616 Connell
Sep 18 Fleetwood Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1–2 3,099 Connell
Sep 21 Gateshead
Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead D 0–0 863 ---
Sep 25 Altrincham
Moss Lane, Altrincham D 2–2 1,364 Bore, Connell
Sep 28 Wrexham
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2–1 2,532 Watt, Connell
Oct 02 Newport County
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2–0 3,246 Connell (2)
Oct 07 Forest Green Rovers
The New Lawn, Nailsworth D 3–3 1,007 Eagle (2), Wright
Oct 10 Kidderminster Harriers
Aggborough, Kidderminster L 2–3 1,587 Eagle, Connell
Oct 16 Southport
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1–1 3,101 Connell
Oct 30 Eastbourne Borough
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 2–2 2,894 Coulson, Connell
Nov 09 Cambridge United
Abbey Stadium, Cambridge D 1–1 2,303 Eagle
Nov 13 Hayes and Yeading
Church Road, Hayes W 3–0 551 Hudson, Eagle, Connell
Nov 20 Barrow
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1–1 3,225 Atkinson
Jan 01 Mansfield Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 7–2 3,654 Bore (3), Coulson, Connell (2), Kempson
Jan 03 Histon
Bridge Road, Impington W 6–1 1,122 Ademeno (2), Sinclair, Hudson, Peacock, Eagle
Jan 08 Wrexham
The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham L 0–2 3,013 ---
Jan 11 York City
Bootham Crescent, York L 0–1 3,028 ---
Jan 18 Kettering Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2–1 2,291 Atkinson, Eagle
Jan 22 Crawley Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0–0 3,382 ---
Jan 25 Luton Town
Kenilworth Road, Luton L 0–1 5,609 ---
Jan 29 Eastbourne Borough
Priory Lane, Eastbourne W 3–2 1,102 Duffy, Connell (2)
Feb 01 Southport
Haig Avenue, Southport D 2–2 853 Duffy, Atkinson
Feb 12 Cambridge United
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1–1 3,142 Sinclair
Feb 19 Fleetwood Town
Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood L 0–3 2,004 ---
Feb 22 Forest Green Rovers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1–1 2,401 Coulson
Mar 05 AFC Wimbledon
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2-1 3,182 Coulson (2)
Mar 12 Kettering Town
Rockingham Road, Kettering W 2-1 1,403 Connell, Sinclair
Mar 19 Bath City
Twerton Park, Bath L 1–2 1,808 Coulson
Mar 22 Gateshead
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 2–2 2,517 Connell, Eagle
Mar 26 Tamworth
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 2–2 3,002 Eagle, Hudson
Mar 29 Darlington
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0–1 2,642 ---
Apr 2 Newport County
Newport Stadium, Newport L 1–2 1,506 Coulson
Apr 9 Kidderminster Harriers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 3–3 2,402 Hudson, Connell, Peacock
Apr 9 Rushden and Diamonds
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1–1 2,071 Atkinson
Apr 13 Bath City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 2–2 2,389 Connell (2)
Apr 16 Mansfield Town
Field Mill, Mansfield W 2-0 1,787 Bore, Coulson, l'Anson
Apr 23 Barrow
Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness W 2-0 1,274 Connell, Leary
Apr 25 Altrincham
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0–1 4, 311 ---
Apr 30 AFC Wimbledon
Kingsmeadow, Kingston upon Thames L 1-2 3,752 Connell

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Oct 23 4RQ Tamworth
The Lamb Ground, Tamworth D 1 – 1 928 Connell
Oct 26 4RQ Replay Tamworth
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0 – 1 1,612 ---

FA Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Dec 11 1R Redditch United
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3 – 0 1,116 Coulson, Connell (2)
Jan 15 2R Chasetown
Church Street, Chasetown L 1 – 2 1,012 Connell

Conference League Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers

Competition Abandoned

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Nationality Name
First-Team Manager England Neil Woods (sacked 23/02/11)
First-Team Joint Manager England Paul Hurst (hired 22/03/11)
First-Team Joint Manager England Rob Scott (hired 22/03/11)
First-Team Assistant Manager England Dave Moore (reverted to physio role only 22/03/11)
Reserve-Team Manager England Dave Moore (reverted to physio role only 22/03/11)
Youth Team Manager Scotland Robbie Stockdale
Goalkeeping Coach England Steve Croudson
Physiotherapist England Dave Moore
Community Sport Coach England Gary Childs
Community Sport Coach England Graham Rodger

Squad overview[edit]

GOALKEEPERS': Kenny Arthur was signed from Rochdale as Grimsby's new number one keeper. Nick Colgan was dropped as the club's number one keeper and despite activating a clause in his two-year contract in the summer which allowed him to leave the club he would stay on at Grimsby until January 2011, where he was released following a loan spell with Huddersfield Town. Also used were Sheffield Wednesday's Richard O'Donnell who spent two months on loan deputising for Arthur from August untit October. Goalkeeping coach and former player Steve Croudson was also drafted in as emergency cover and youth team keeper Rob Peet appeared on several team sheets as an unused substitute.

DEFENDERS: Player of the Season for 09-10 Peter Bore continues as the Grimsby's first choice right back, the club also bolstered this position with the addition of 19-year-old Dwayne Samuels who had been released by Premier League team West Bromwich Albion. Veteran Robbie Stockdale was also given a squad number despite being given the youth team manager's job. Lee Ridley was signed in as Town's new left back, and centre half's Darran Kempson, Steven Watt and Scott Garner were signed in the summer. Rob Atkinson, Bradley Wood and Mark Gray were retained from the previous season.

MIDFIELDERS:On the right side of midfield manager Neil Woods brought in former MK Dons player Lewis Gobern who was eventually released for serious misconduct in January, and previous season loanee Michael Coulson with youngster Josh Fuller being retained. In the centre of midfield Micky Cummins was brought in to bolster the ranks already occupied by Mark Hudson and Michael Leary. Trialist Robert Eagle became the club's new left sided midfielder in the summer and youth team graduate Andi Thanoj was promoted to the first team. Adrian Forbes, Nick Hegarty and Drew Rhoades were released very early on int to the season. Town opted to bring in loanee Andrew Wright for a two-month spell before re-signing Dean Sinclair for a third time in December. A month later Town acquired the services of Serge Makofo.

FORWARDS:Lee Peacock continued as club captain and the club brought in Alan Connell and Charles Ademeno. Welsh striker Chris Jones was released early on into the season. Bury's Danny Carlton spent a one-month loan in September and also retained for the new season was youngster Nathan Dixon whilst Tom Corner was promoted from the club's youth team squad.

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Conference National Conference League Cup FA Trophy FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Scotland GK Kenny Arthur 31 0 29 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2 England DF Peter Bore 41 4 37 4 0 0 2 0 2 0
3 England DF Lee Ridley 34 0 30 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
4 England MF Mark Hudson 44 5 40 5 0 0 2 0 2 0
5 England DF Darran Kempson 35 1 34 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
6 England DF Scott Garner 20 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
7 England MF Lewis Gobern 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 England MF Bryan Hughes 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Republic of Ireland MF Micky Cummins 40 1 36 1 0 0 2 0 2 0
9 England FW Charles Ademeno 13 2 12 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
10 Scotland FW Lee Peacock 40 3 36 3 0 0 2 0 2 0
11 England FW Michael Coulson 33 9 29 8 0 0 2 1 2 0
12 Wales FW Robert Duffy 17 2 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Republic of Ireland GK Nick Colgan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 England MF Michael Leary 21 1 20 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 England DF Dwayne Samuels 25 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Scotland DF Steven Watt 24 2 23 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
17 England FW Alan Connell 50 29 46 25 0 0 2 3 2 1
18 Wales FW Chris Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 England FW Danny Carlton 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Serge Makofo 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 England DF Bradley Wood 47 0 43 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
20 England MF Josh Fuller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 England MF Nick Hegarty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Albania MF Andi Thanoj 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 England MF Adrian Forbes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 England MF Dean Sinclair 12 3 11 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 England FW Tom Corner 14 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
24 England FW Nathan Dixon 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 England DF Rob Atkinson 29 4 25 4 0 0 2 0 2 0
26 England MF Drew Rhoades 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 England DF Mark Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 England MF Andrew Wright 9 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 England MF Robert Eagle 43 9 39 9 0 0 2 0 2 0
30 England GK Steve Croudson 10 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
31 England FW Sam Mulready 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 England MF Dayle Southwell 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 England DF Charlie l'Anson 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 England GK Richard O'Donnell 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 Scotland DF Robbie Stockdale 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 England GK Rob Peet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Overall[edit]

Games played 50 (46 Conference National, 2 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy)
Games won 16 (15 Conference National, 1 FA Trophy)
Games drawn 18 (17 Conference National, 1 FA Cup )
Games lost 16 (14 Conference National, 1 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy)
Goals scored 77
Goals conceded 66
Goal difference +11
Clean sheets 9
Yellow cards 33
Red cards 6
Worst discipline England Darran Kempson 6 Booked 2 Red card
Best result(s) W 7 - 2 (H) v Mansfield Town - Conference National - 1 January 2011
W 1 - 6 (A) v Histon - Conference National - 3 January 2011
Worst result(s) L 4 - 1 (A) v Rushden & Diamonds - Conference National - 28 August 2010
Most appearances England Alan Connell with 50 appearances
Top scorer England Alan Connell (29)

Last updated: 18 January 2011
Source: Competitions' Wikipedia articles.

Scorers[edit]

Transfer & loans[edit]

In[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Date Pos. Player From club Transfer fee
1 June 2010 MF England Lewis Gobern England MK Dons Free
3 June 2010 DF England Darran Kempson England Accrington Stanley Free
11 June 2010 MF Republic of Ireland Micky Cummins England Rotherham United Free
24 June 2010 DF England Lee Ridley England Cheltenham Town Free
30 June 2010 FW England Charles Ademeno England Crawley Town £10,000
2 July 2010 GK Scotland Kenny Arthur England Rochdale Free
7 July 2010 DF England Scott Garner England Mansfield Town Free
12 July 2010 FW England Alan Connell England A.F.C. Bournemouth Free
16 July 2010 MF England Michael Coulson England Barnsley Free
2 August 2010 DF Scotland Steven Watt Scotland Ross County Free
5 August 2010 DF England Dwayne Samuels England West Bromwich Albion Free
5 August 2010 MF England Robert Eagle Scotland Inverness CT Free
9 December 2010 MF England Dean Sinclair England Charlton Athletic Free
18 January 2011 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Serge Makofo England Kettering Town 10,000
28 January 2011 FW Wales Rob Duffy England Mansfied Town Undisclosed
31 January 2011 MF England Bryan Hughes England Burton Albion Free

Youth team graduates[edit]

Date Pos. Player From club Transfer fee
August 2010 MF Albania Andi Thanoj England Grimsby Town Youths Pro contract
August 2010 FW England Tom Corner England Grimsby Town Youths Pro contract
August 2010 GK England Rob Peet England Grimsby Town Youths Pro contract
April 2011 DF England Charlie l'Anson England Grimsby Town Youths Pro contract
April 2011 FW England Sam Mulready England Grimsby Town Youths Pro contract
April 2011 FW England Dayle Southwell England Grimsby Town Youths Pro contract

Loans[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player From club
23 September 2010 20 October 2010 FW England Danny Carlton England Bury
28 September 2010 26 November 2010 MF England Andrew Wright England Scunthorpe United
31 August 2010 30 October 2010 GK England Richard O'Donnell England Sheffield Wednesday

Out[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Exit Date Pos. Player To club Transfer fee
12 May 2010 MF England Jammal Shahin England Selby Town Released
31 May 2010 FW England Tommy Wright England Darlington Free Transfer
1 June 2010 MF England Harry Deane England Boston United Released
1 June 2010 GK England Leigh Overton England Spalding United Released
22 June 2010 DF England Joe Widdowson England Rochdale Free Transfer
25 June 2010 MF Scotland Peter Sweeney England Bury Free Transfer
29 June 2010 DF England Paul Linwood England Fleetwood Town Released
7 July 2010 FW France Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro England Rochdale Free Transfer
3 August 2010 FW England Nathan Jarman England Corby Town Released
3 August 2010 DF England Matthew Bird England Frickley Athletic Released
5 August 2010 FW Wales Chris Jones Wales Neath Free Transfer
9 August 2010 FW England Adam Proudlock England AFC Telford United Released
18 August 2010 MF England Nick Hegarty Scotland St. Mirren Released
1 September 2010 MF England Adrian Forbes England Lowestoft Town Released
1 September 2010 MF England Drew Rhoades - Released
7 January 2011 GK Republic of Ireland Nick Colgan England Huddersfield Town Released
7 January 2011 MF England Lewis Gobern England Notts County Released
29 January 2011 FW England Nathan Dixon - Released
16 April 2011 DF England Mark Gray England Gainsborough Trinity Released
16 April 2011 FW England Tom Corner Spain Racing Club Portuense Released

Loans[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player To club
20 October 2010 20 November 2010 DF England Mark Gray England Spalding United
20 October 2010 20 November 2010 FW England Nathan Dixon England Spalding United
23 October 2010 23 November 2010 GK Republic of Ireland Nick Colgan England Huddersfield Town
23 November 2010 23 December 2010 MF England Josh Fuller England Spalding United
18 January 2011 18 February 2011 DF England Dwayne Samuels England Redditch United
8 February 2011 29 March 2011 DF England Scott Garner England Alfreton Town
25 March 2011 End of season MF England Dean Sinclair England Cambridge United

Trialists[edit]

Pre-Season[edit]

# Nat. Pos. Name From Age Apps Goals Result
# England MF Liam O'Mahoney EnglandSunderland 21 1 0 No contract offered
# Scotland DF Steven Watt ScotlandRoss County 25 2 0 Contract offered & accepeted
# England MF David Hutton EnglandCheltenham Town 20 2 0 No contract offered
# England MF Scott Brown EnglandCheltenham Town 25 1 0 No contract offered
# England MF Lewis Nightingale EnglandHuddersfield Town 19 1 0 No contract offered
# England MF Alex Dyer EnglandNorthampton Town 20 1 0 No contract offered
# England DF Dwayne Samuels EnglandWest Bromwich Albion 19 2 0 Contract offered & accepted
# England MF Robert Eagle ScotlandInverness Caledonian Thistle 23 2 0 Contract offered & accepted
# England MF Joe Cornforth EnglandSunderland 19 1 1 No contract offered
# England MF George Thompson EnglandNottingham Forest 18 1 0 No contract offered

Mid-Season[edit]

# Nat. Pos. Name From Age Apps Goals Result
# England MF Lee Sawyer EnglandBarnet 21 2 0 No contract offered
# England DF Netan Sansara ScotlandDundee 21 1 0 No contract offered
# England MF Dean Sinclair EnglandCharlton Athletic 26 0 0 Contract offered & accepted
# England DF Ashley Corker EnglandMiddlesbrough 20 1 0 No contract offered
# Republic of Ireland FW Vinny Faherty Republic of IrelandSt Patrick's Athletic 23 0 0 No contract offered
# England MF Bryan Hughes EnglandBurton Albion 34 1 0 Contract offered & accepted
# England FW James Walker EnglandLeyton Orient 23 1 0 Trial in progress