2012–13 Grimsby Town F.C. season

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Grimsby Town
Season 2012-13
Chairman John Fenty
Managers Rob Scott &
Paul Hurst
Team captain Craig Disley
Home stadium Blundell Park
Conference National 4th (play off semi-finalists)
FA Cup Fourth Qualyfing Round
FA Trophy Runners Up
Lincolnshire Senior Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: 0 Andy Cook (11 goals)
All comps: 0 Andy Cook (16 goals)
Highest home
attendance
7,405 0v0 Lincoln City
1 January 2013
Highest away
attendance
5,662 0v0 Luton Town
12 April 2013
Lowest home
attendance
2,134 0v0 Havant & Waterlooville
15 December 2012
Lowest away
attendance
351 0v0 Gateshead
26 March 2013
2011–12 0 0 0 Soccerball current event.svg 0 0 0 2013–14

Grimsby Town Football Club entered the 2012–13 season as a member of the Conference National for the third season running. The club are managed by Rob Scott and Paul Hurst who were appointed in 2010-11 season.

Season review[edit]

Team kit[edit]

Errea supplied the kits for the fifth season running. Young's Bluecrest continued as the club's sponsor for the eighth consecutive season.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Pre season matches[edit]

Lincolnshire Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
July 24 Scunthorpe United
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe W 2 - 0 1,535 Soares, Cook
July 31 Lincoln City
Sincil Bank, Lincoln W 1 - 1 (5 - 4) Pens Miller

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
July 11 Grimsby Borough
The Bradley Football Development Centre, Grimsby W 12 - 3 630 Cook, Disley, Colbeck (3), Southwell, Hearn (3), Artus (2), Elding
July 14 Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme, Gainsborough D 2 - 2 697 G.Pearson, Hatton
July 17 Doncaster Rovers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 2 - 3 1,456 Southwell (2)
July 18 Horncastle Town
The Wong, Horncastle D 2 - 2 321 O'Malley (2)
July 20 Hull City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0 - 0 2,220 -----
July 21 Winterton Rangers
West Street, Winterton W 1 - 0 Morrall
July 28 Barton Town Old Boys
The Euronics Ground, Barton-upon-Humber W 4 - 2 Southwell, Colbeck (2), Hatton
August 1 North Ferriby United
Grange Lane, North Ferriby D 1 - 1 170 Hearn
August 3 Stalybridge Celtic
Bower Fold, Stalybridge L 1 - 2 G.Pearson

Conference National[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Aug 11 Southport
Haig Avenue, Southport D 1–1 1,743 Disley
Aug 14 Stockport County
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1–2 3,765 Pond
Aug 18 Nuneaton Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0–0 3,405 -----
Aug 25 Wrexham
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham D 0–0 3,434 -----
Aug 27 Mansfield Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 4–1 4,323 Artus, G.Pearson (2), Colbeck
Sept 1 Hereford United
Edgar Street, Hereford W 2–0 2,059 Southwell, S.Pearson
Sept 4 Barrow
Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness D 2–2 966 Elding (2)
Sept 8 Forest Green Rovers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 1–0 3,270 Pond
Sept 15 Kidderminster Harriers
Aggborough, Kidderminster D 0–0 1,881 -----
Sept 21 Luton Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 4–1 4,074 Colbeck, Cook, Hannah, Beckwith (O.G)
Sept 25 Gateshead
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3–0 3,202 Niven, Pond, Hannah
Sept 29 Newport County
Rodney Parade, Newport D 0–0 2,968 -----
Oct 6 Dartford
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0–2 4,009 -----
Oct 9 Alfreton Town
North Street, Alfreton W 2–0 1,192 Neilson, Hannah
Oct 13 AFC Telford United
New Bucks Head, Telford W 2–1 2,349 Pond, Miller
Oct 27 Macclesfield Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0–1 3,014 -----
Nov 3 Tamworth
The Lamb Ground, Tamworth W 1–0 1,042 Cook
Nov 6 Hyde
Ewen Fields, Hyde, Greater Manchester L 2–3 822 Hannah (2)
Nov 10 Woking
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 5–1 3,418 Hatton (2), Disley, Thanoj, Cook
Nov 17 Braintree Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3–0 3,722 Hannah (2), Disley
Dec 1 Ebbsfleet United
Stonebridge Road, Gravesend D 1–1 2,968 Marshall
Dec 8 Tamworth
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2–0 3,109 Disley, Hannah
Dec 21 Wrexham
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 1–0 4,302 Hannah
Dec 26 Lincoln City
Sincil Bank, Lincoln W 4–1 5,702 Cook, Boyce (O.G), Disley, Colbeck
Jan 1 Lincoln City
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1–1 7,405 Miller
Jan 5 Hereford United
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 1–1 3,793 Pond
Jan 22 Hyde
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 2–0 2,755 Cook (2)
Jan 26 Cambridge United
Abbey Stadium, Cambridge D 0–0 2,764 -----
Feb 2 Alfreton Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 4–2 3,868 Devitt, Brodie, Cook, Disley
Feb 9 AFC Telford United
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 1–0 4,462 Brodie
Feb 19 Braintree Town
Cressing Road, Braintee L 0–2 880 -----
Feb 26 Ebbsfleet United
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3–1 3,241 Marshall, Cook, Disley
Mar 05 Forest Green Rovers
The New Lawn, Nailsworth, Stroud W 1-0 744 Naylor
Mar 09 Kidderminster Harriers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 1–3 3,709 Miller
Mar 12 Mansfield Town
Field Mill, Mansfield L 0–2 3,896 -----
Mar 16 Cambridge United
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0–1 3,516 -----
Mar 19 Nuneaton Town
Trifton Community Arena, Nuneaton L 0–1 964 -----
Mar 26 Gateshead
Victoria Park, Hartlepool D 1–1 351 Thanoj
Mar 30 Barrow
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0–0 3,532 -----
Apr 01 Stockport County
Edgeley Park, Stockport W 2–1 3,804 Hannah, Hatton
Apr 03 Macclesfield Town
Moss Rose, Macclesfield W 3–1 1,776 Cook, S.Pearson, Artus
Apr 06 Southport
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 2–2 3,780 Cook, Taylor
Apr 09 Dartford
Princes Park, Dartford W 2–1 1,201 Cook, Thomas
Apr 12 Luton Town
Kenilworth Road, Luton D 1–1 5,662 Southwell
Apr 16 Woking
Kingfield Stadium, Woking W 1–0 1,570 John-Lewis
Apr 20 Newport County
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3–0 4,555 Devitt, Thanoj, Hearn

Conference Play-offs[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Apr 24 SF1ST Newport County
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 0–1 6,783 -----
Apr 28 SF2ND Newport County
Rodney Parade, Newport L 0–1 6,615 -----

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Oct 26 4RQ Kidderminster Harriers
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes L 2–4 3,612 Niven, Neilson

FA Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
Nov 24 1R Buxton
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes D 0–0 2,533 -----
Nov 28 1R Replay Buxton
The Silverlands, Buxton W 1–0 776 Miller
Dec 15 2R Havant & Waterlooville
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 4–0 2,134 Cook (2), S.Pearson, G. Pearson
Jan 12 3R Welling
Park View Road, Welling W 2–1 1,037 Devitt, Marshall
Jan 29 QF Luton Town
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3–0 2,791 Devitt, Cook, Marshall
Feb 16 SF 1st leg Dartford
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes W 3–0 3,571 Disley (2), Cook
Feb 23 SF 2nd leg Dartford
Princes Park, Dartford D 0–0 1,450 -----
Mar 24 Final Wrexham
Wembley Stadium, London L 1–1 (4–5 pens) 35,266 Cook

League table[edit]

Promoted as champions of the Football Conference were Mansfield Town, who coincidentally were one of the teams replaced by Aldershot at the end of the 2007–08 season. They were joined by 2013 Conference National play-off Final winners Newport County, who joined the Football League for the first time as the current incarnation of the club (their forerunners last played in the League in 1988). The play-off final between Newport County and Wrexham was the first Wembley Stadium final to feature two Welsh clubs.

Stockport County were relegated from the conference eleven years after competing in the second tier of English football. They were be joined by Barrow, Ebbsfleet and Telford.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Mansfield Town (C) (P) 46 30 5 11 92 52 +40 95 Promotion to the 2013–14 League Two
2 Kidderminster Harriers 46 28 9 9 82 40 +42 93 Qualification to the Conference National play-offs
3 Newport County (P) 46 25 10 11 85 60 +25 85
4 Grimsby Town 46 23 14 9 70 38 +32 83
5 Wrexham 46 22 14 10 74 45 +29 80
6 Hereford United 46 19 13 14 73 63 +10 70
7 Luton Town 46 18 13 15 70 62 +8 67
8 Dartford 46 19 9 18 67 63 +4 66
9 Braintree Town 46 19 9 18 63 72 −9 66
10 Forest Green Rovers 46 18 11 17 63 49 +14 65
11 Macclesfield Town 46 17 12 17 65 70 −5 63
12 Woking 46 18 8 20 73 81 −8 62
13 Alfreton Town 46 16 12 18 69 74 −5 60
14 Cambridge United 46 15 14 17 68 69 −1 59
15 Nuneaton Town 46 14 15 17 55 63 −8 57
16 Lincoln City 46 15 11 20 66 73 −7 56
17 Gateshead 46 13 16 17 58 61 −3 55
18 Hyde 46 16 7 23 63 75 −12 55
19 Tamworth 46 15 10 21 55 69 −14 55
20 Southport 46 14 12 20 72 86 −14 54
21 Stockport County (R) 46 13 11 22 57 80 −23 50 Relegation to the 2013–14 Conference North/South
22 Barrow (R) 46 11 13 22 45 83 −38 46
23 Ebbsfleet United (R) 46 8 15 23 55 89 −34 39
24 AFC Telford United (R) 46 6 17 23 52 79 −27 35

Updated to games played on 20 April 2013.
Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Nationality Name
First-Team Joint Manager England Paul Hurst
First-Team Joint Manager England Rob Scott
Youth Team Manager Scotland Robbie Stockdale (left the club in August 2012)
U17 Manager England Alan Buckley
Goalkeeping Coach England Steve Croudson
Head Physiotherapist England Dave Moore
Physiotherapist England Ben Mortlock
Community Sport Coach England Graham Rodger
Community Sport Coach England Jonathan Rowan

Squad overview[edit]

Kit numbers[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 Scotland GK Greg Fleming
2 England DF Sam Hatton
3 England DF Aswad Thomas
4 Scotland MF Derek Niven
5 England DF Shaun Pearson
6 England DF Ian Miller
7 England MF Joe Colbeck
8 England MF Craig Disley (club captain)
9 England FW Anthony Elding (Departed in January 2013)
10 England FW Liam Hearn
11 England MF Frankie Artus
12 England FW Andy Cook
13 Republic of Ireland GK James McKeown
14 England FW Richard Brodie (on loan from Crawley Town)
15 Republic of Ireland MF Jamie Devitt (on loan from Hull City)
16 Jamaica DF Simon Ford
No. Position Player
17 Barbados MF Louie Soares
18 England FW Greg Pearson
19 England DF Bradley Wood
20 England FW Dayle Southwell
21 Albania MF Andi Thanoj
22 England DF Nathan Pond (on loan from Fleetwood Town)
23 England DF Josh Morrall
24 Wales MF Scott Neilson (on loan from Crawley Town)
25 England FW Ross Hannah
26 England MF Marcus Marshall (on loan from Bury)
27 England FW Michael Rankine (on loan from Aldershot Town)
28 England FW Lenell John-Lewis
29 England DF Tom Naylor (on loan from Derby County)
30 Northern Ireland MF Dougie Wilson (on loan from Hull City)
31 Jamaica MF Cleveland Taylor (on loan from Burton Albion)
34 England GK Steve Croudson (Player/Coach)

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 Greg Fleming 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 England DF Sam Hatton 29 3 29 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 England DF Aswad Thomas 42 1 42 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Scotland MF Derek Niven 34 1 34 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 England DF Shaun Pearson 34 2 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 England DF Ian Miller 26 3 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 England MF Joe Colbeck 39 3 39 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England MF Craig Disley 40 7 40 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 England FW Anthony Elding 16 2 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 England FW Liam Hearn 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 England MF Frankie Artus 22 2 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 England FW Andy Cook 43 11 43 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Republic of Ireland GK James McKeown 43 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 England FW Richard Brodie 10 2 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Republic of Ireland MF Jamie Devitt 14 2 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Jamaica DF Simon Ford 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Barbados MF Louie Soares 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 England FW Greg Pearson 12 2 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 England DF Bradley Wood 30 0 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 England FW Dayle Southwell 30 2 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Albania MF Andi Thanoj 20 3 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 England DF Nathan Pond 26 5 26 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 England DF Josh Morrall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Wales MF Scott Neilson 10 1 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 England FW Ross Hannah 28 10 28 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 England MF Marcus Marshall 26 2 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 England FW Michael Rankine 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 England FW Lenell John-Lewis 14 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 England DF Tom Naylor 14 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Northern Ireland MF Dougie Wilson 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Jamaica MF Cleveland Taylor 8 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 England GK Steve Croudson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Last updated on 17 April 2013
Rank Pos No. Player Conference National FA Cup FA Trophy Total
1 FW 12 England Andy Cook 11 0 5 16
2 FW 25 England Ross Hannah 10 0 0 10
3 MF 8 England Craig Disley 7 0 2 9
4 DF 22 England Nathan Pond 5 0 0 5
5 MF 15 Republic of Ireland Jamie Devitt 2 0 2 4
MF 26 England Marcus Marshall 2 0 2 4
6 MF 7 England Joe Colbeck 3 0 0 3
DF 2 England Sam Hatton 3 0 0 3
DF 6 England Ian Miller 3 0 0 3
DF 5 England Shaun Pearson 2 0 1 3
FW 18 England Greg Pearson 2 0 1 3
MF 21 Albania Andi Thanoj 3 0 0 3
7 MF 11 England Frankie Artus 2 0 0 2
FW 14 England Richard Brodie 2 0 0 2
FW 9 England Anthony Elding 2 0 0 2
MF 24 Wales Scott Neilson 1 1 0 2
MF 4 Scotland Derek Niven 1 1 0 2
FW 20 England Dayle Southwell 2 0 0 2
8 FW 10 England Liam Hearn 1 0 0 1
FW 28 England Lenell John-Lewis 1 0 0 1
DF 29 England Tom Naylor 1 0 0 1
MF 31 Jamaica Cleveland Taylor 1 0 0 1
DF 3 England Aswad Thomas 1 0 0 1

Transfer and loans[edit]

In[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Date Pos. Player From club Transfer fee
5 June 2012 FW England Andy Cook England Barrow Undisclosed Fee
20 June 2012 MF England Joe Colbeck England Hereford United Free
23 June 2012 DF England Sam Hatton England AFC Wimbledon Free
4 July 2012 DF England Aswad Thomas England Braintree Town Undisclosed Fee
7 July 2012 FW England Greg Pearson England Burton Albion Free
17 July 2012 MF Scotland Derek Niven England Chesterfield Free
24 July 2012 GK Scotland Greg Fleming England Chesterfield Free
1 August 2012 DF Jamaica Simon Ford England Chesterfield Free
10 January 2013 FW England Ross Hannah England Bradford City Undisclosed Fee
31 January 2013 FW England Lenell John-Lewis England Bury Undisclosed Fee

Youth team graduates[edit]

Date Pos. Player From club Transfer fee
November 2013 DF England Josh Morrall England Youth Team Free

Loans[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player From club
10 August 2012 1 January 2013 DF England Nathan Pond England Fleetwood Town
19 September 2012 1 January 2013 MF Wales Scott Neilson England Crawley Town
20 September 2012 1 January 2013 FW England Ross Hannah England Bradford City
1 November 2012 21 January 2013 MF England Marcus Marshall England Bury
23 November 2013 1 January 2013 FW England Michael Rankine England Aldershot Town
4 January 2013 25 March 2013 FW England Richard Brodie England Crawley Town
4 January 2013 May 2013 MF Republic of Ireland Jamie Devitt England Hull City
25 January 2013 May 2013 MF England Marcus Marshall England Bury
22 February 2013 May 2013 DF England Tom Naylor England Derby County
8 March 2013 May 2013 MF Northern Ireland Dougie Wilson England Hull City
28 March 2013 May 2013 MF Jamaica Cleveland Taylor England Burton Albion

Out[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Exit Date Pos. Player To club Transfer fee
18 April 2012 GK Scotland Kenny Arthur Scotland Airdrie United Released
27 April 2012 MF England Michael Coulson England York City Released
27 April 2012 FW Wales Robert Duffy England Lincoln City Released
27 April 2012 DF England Charlie I'Anson Spain Elche CF Released
27 April 2012 DF England Scott Garner England Cambridge United Released
1 May 2012 MF England Anthony Church England Chelmsford City Released
1 May 2012 DF England Josh Freeman England Spalding United Released
1 May 2012 FW England Kiernan Hughes-Mason England Welling United Released
3 May 2012 DF England Gary Silk England Boston United Released
2 July 2012 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Serge Makofo England Farnborough Released
8 February 2013 FW England Anthony Elding Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers Released

Loans[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player To club
27 September 2012 27 November 2012 MF Barbados Louie Soares England Ebbsfleet United
15 November 2012 1 January 2013 FW England Anthony Elding England Preston North End
18 December 2012 May 2013 GK England Liam Higton England Grimsby Borough
17 January 2013 20 April 2013 MF Barbados Louie Soares England Alfreton Town
8 February 2013 May 2013 FW England Greg Pearson England Kidderminster Harriers
27 February 2013 10 April 2013 DF Jamaica Simon Ford England AFC Telford United

Trialists[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

# Nat. Pos. Name From Age Apps Goals Result
# England MF Ian Craney EnglandAccrington Stanley 29 0 0 No contract offered
# Scotland MF Derek Niven EnglandChesterfield 28 1 0 Contract offered & accepted
# England MF Lewis Chalmers EnglandMacclesfield Town 26 1 0 No contract offered
# Scotland GK Greg Fleming EnglandChesterfield 25 1 0 Contract offered & accepted
# Jamaica DF Simon Ford EnglandChesterfield 30 1 0 Contract offered & accepted
# England MF Luke Daley EnglandPlymouth Argyle 22 1 0 No contract offered

Mid-season[edit]

# Nat. Pos. Name From Age Apps Goals Result
# England MF Dean Morgan EnglandChesterfield 28 0 0 No contract offered