Grimsby Borough F.C.

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Grimsby Borough
Grimsby Borough F.C. logo.png
Nickname(s) The Wilderness Boys
Founded 2003
Ground The Bradley Football Development Centre, Grimsby
Ground Capacity 1,000 (180 seated)[1]
Chairman Mike Goddard
Manager Andy Liddle, Daniel Barrett & Nathan Collins
League Northern Counties East League Division One
2016–17 Northern Counties East League Division One, 4th of 22

Grimsby Borough Football Club is a football club based in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Division One and play at the Bradley Football Development Centre.

History[edit]

The original Grimsby Borough joined the Supreme Division of the Central Midlands League under the name Grimsby Ross in 1987.[2][3] They finished bottom of the division in 1988–89, and were renamed Grimsby Borough at the end of the season.[2] After finishing bottom of the table again the following season, the club dropped into the Lincolnshire League.[4] In 1990–91 they were Lincolnshire League runners-up, but after finishing fourth the following season they left the league.[5]

The club was re-established in 2003,[6] and rejoined the Lincolnshire League for the 2003–04 season. After finishing as runners-up in their first season, they joined the Premier Division of the Central Midlands League.[4] Despite finishing second in their first season in the league, they were not promoted to the Supreme Division. However, after finishing as runners-up again in 2006–07, they were promoted.[4] In 2007–08 the club finished twelfth in the Supreme Division and were admitted to Division One of the Northern Counties East League. In 2011–12 they won the league's Wilkinson Sword Trophy.[1] Although they finished bottom of the division in 2014–15, conceding 161 goals, they were not relegated back to step seven. A fourth-place finish in 2016–17 saw them qualify or the promotion play-offs. After beating Hallam 3–2 in the semi-finals,[7] they lost 4–2 to Penistone Church in the final.[8]

Ground[edit]

The re-established club initially played at the King George V ground, before moving to the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education following their promotion to the Central Midlands League.[9] They later began groundsharing at Brigg Town's Hawthorns ground in order to progress to the Supreme Division of the CML.[10]

In 2010 the club moved to the Bradley Football Development Centre.[11] The first game was played at the new ground on 24 November, where a record crowd of 580 saw them lose 4–3 to Scarborough Athletic in a League Cup match.[12] The ground currently has a capacity of 1,000, of which 180 is seated and 200 covered.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • Northern Counties East League
    • League Trophy winners 2011–12
  • Lincolnshire Junior Cup
    • Winners 2007–08[6]
  • Ashby Benefits Cup
    • Winners 2009–10[1]

Records[edit]

  • Best FA Cup performance: Extra preliminary round, 2011–12[4]
  • Best FA Vase performance: First round, 2009–10[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Grimsby Borough". Northern Counties East League. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Grimsby Ross". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Central Midlands League 1986–2011". Non-League Football Matters. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Grimsby Borough". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Lincolnshire League 1988–2012". Non-League Football Matters. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony (2016). Non-League Club Directory 2017. Kingsbridge: Tony Williams Publications. p. 473. ISBN 978-1869833695. 
  7. ^ Sylvester, Dan (26 April 2017). "Grimsby Borough 3–2 Hallam". Grimsby Borough F.C. Pitchero. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Sylvester, Dan (29 April 2017). "Grimsby Borough 2–4 Penistone Church". Grimsby Borough F.C. Pitchero. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Grimsby Borough gearing up for first game at the new Bradley Stadium". Grimsby Telegraph. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Borough tributes to Hawthorns home before move". Grimsby Telegraph. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "£3m football centre to finally host first game after series of setbacks". Grimsby Telegraph. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Scarborough storm back after Grimsby Borough get off to flyer". Grimsby Telegraph. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 

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Coordinates: 53°32′51″N 0°07′22″W / 53.547613°N 0.12274325°W / 53.547613; -0.12274325