Less than a year ago, Carl Magnay signed for GTFC (last July).
For a reminder on his arrival last pre-season, see; http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/New-Grimsby-Town-signing-Carl-Magnay-goes/story-21643768-detail/story.html. Paul Hurst took a defender from the Gateshead team which knocked us out the semifinals of the playoffs, a team full of unpopular individuals amongst Town fans (Maddison, Chandler, O’Donnell), and as it transpired, we effectively swapped Magnay for Alex Rodman, as his Scottish move fell through and he ended up at Gary Mills’ side. Back to Town; you’ll probably remember that the Pearson and Nsiala season-start suspensions saw Carl joined by returning loanee Andrew Boyce and player-assistant Chris Doig in the First XI on the opening day visit to Bristol Rovers. Boyce soon headed back to Scunny, Doig barely featured again, but Magnay became a fixture in the First XI, and rapidly became an early fans favourite and strong tip for Player of the Year. Part of a stingy defence, he was a solid fixture at right back, who moved around to assist particularly at left-back when Aswad Thomas wasn’t available or when Aswad’s replacement Gregor Robertson was injured.
He formed a bond with the fans, not least through his passionate goal celebrations, and candid radio interviews, and even had a banner being made in tribute to him which appeared later in the season. Magnay, it turns out, concluded his time at GTFC at Wembley in the recent play-off game. For him, as a Mariner, there were a total of 48 competitive appearances, out of a possible 53. There was one solitary goal, a scrappy effort at home to Dartford in a 3-0 win to start November, and come May there were numerous Player of the Year awards for him to collect, quite a feat given the performances of Disley, Pearson, LJL and others last year. Carl won Official Player of the Year, Trust Player of the Year, Official Website Player of the Year, PA Box Player of the Year, The Grimsby Telegraph Online Player of the Year, Away Travel Club Player of the Year, and probably more. He even did some programme contributions towards the season end in the imaginiatively titled Magnay Carta.
In case you have been on holiday, or in a post-Wembley sulk induced media blackout, or in case no one wanted to break it to you, Maggers has signed for Hartlepool United and therefore won’t be a GTFC player this coming season. Now he’s gone, I am not aiming to dwell on it too long, despite the ‘What Ifs’, despite the contents of his interview (link below), where he admits he was stalling on a new deal and 50:50 to sign. Ultimately it boils down to as he says in this recent tweet:
I’m moving back to the North East to be with my family. Hartlepool train in Durham. Wish everyone at
@officialgtfc all the very best!
The radio interview https://audioboom.com/boos/3222761-grimsby-town-s-player-of-the-year-carl-magnay-talks-about-his-future was typical of his approach to fans and journalists; candid, chatty, friendly. He notably states in it that the departures of Messrs. Parslow, McLaughlin, and Hannah from GTFC denied him his car-share buddies. Such uncertainty affected his choice, with offers to play in the Football League, plus the region, plus the petrol money factor. And within a few days, he was gone. To join a team who narrowly survived in the League, and who have a former brief team-mate in ex GTFC loanee Rhys Oates; http://www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk/news/article/hartlepool-sign-striker-rhys-oates-from-barnsley-2474617.aspx.
Fellow blogger and Trust Board Member Paul and I had a guessing game last week as to the possible destinations if Magnay was going. To be fair, we guessed 5 different locations for Mr Magnay, 6 including GTFC. I’m sharing this for 2 reasons, 1; as an experiment to see if I can cut and paste a Facebook conversation to this blog and 2; I guessed right (well, a third right). So bragging rights over Paul. Applying a combo of Magnay’s geordie roots, educated guesswork, and an assumption that he’d love to play in that region, especially given the chaos at St James Park at the moment. Good luck Carl!
obv listening to it at same time, judging from ya tweets.well, where to? scunny?!am gonna guess York
And finally, before we leave the Magnay topic, a last thought on the term to use for Magnay’s one season at BP.
I enjoyed watching him play for the club; an infectious enthusiasm, clever reading of the game and anticipating danger, and some meaty committed challenges. Overall, he played less than 50 games for us, and he chose to leave, however reluctantly, with an offer on the table. That’s his prerogative, fine. BUT James McKeown is likely to play his 250th game this season, Shaun Pearson and Craig Disley are closing on 200 each. All 3 have stayed loyal to the GTFC project. For me, to even qualify as a candidate for hero or legend status, as opposed to cult hero, or fan favourite, or ”flash in the pan” then a GTFC player needs at least 2 full seasons in the Black and White. And rather than dwell….. well, farewell to Carl Magnay, I don’t doubt he deserved those awards last season, and I wish you well. But those 3 above, plus those who’ve played and stayed (Mackreth, Arnold, Clay, Toto, Brown, JPP and so on….), they’ve stayed to have another go at it, and possibly become lasting heroes in GTFC history. So bye Carl, maybe see you again, in the Cups, or maybe even in 12 months time in the Football League, if Hartlepool survive! 😉