We will be holding a fans forum next Wednesday 26th February in the Trust Bar starting at 7.30pm. This will give fans the chance to be consulted on the plans for relocation, next season, feedback from recent EFL meeting and indeed any other topic they wish to raise. Board members present will be Philip Day, John Fenty and Dave Roberts plus  chief executive Ian Fleming. As well as questions all ideas to capatilise on the current momentum will be very welcome.

We appreciate this is relatively short notice but following a meeting this morning we agreed we should do this sooner rather than later and holidays and other commitments would have meant waiting a further 3 or 4 weeks which we felt was too long.

If you are unable to attend please send any questions or ideas to enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk.

Entry is free and is open to all.

 

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We now have details of the 1979/80 Champions Book launch and Dinner being help on April 9th at McMenemy’s:

Book Only – You can now pre-order the book here :1979/80 Champions Book – Pre-Order    . The cost of the book is just £12.50 which we think is great value for an A4 hardback with around 240 pages. the first distribution of the book will be at the launch dinner on April 9th after which we will post out and arrange collection for everyone else.

For all those ordering by March 6th your order will be acknowledged by being included in a list of subscribers that will appear in the book.

Dinner Only – The price of the dinner is £15 and tickets can be purchased here: 1979/80 Book Launch – Dinner Only

The evening will consist of a two course meal (basket meal plus desert), Q & A and talks from some of the players from the 79/80 squad. There will also be ample opportunity for photos, autographs and chats with the players plus raffle & auction.

Dinner plus Book – We have a combi deal for those wanting the dinner and a book for £25 which effectively makes the book only £10.- You can book these thickets here: 1979/80 Champions Book Launch Dinner – Including Book £25

VIP Meet & Greet – UPDATE NOW SOLD OUT  We also have a limited number of tickets for VIP which as well as the dinner and book gets you time with the players before the dinner and also best seats. These are only £35 and will sell out so please be quick. You can get these here : 1979/80 Champions Book Launch Dinner – VIP Ticket £35

If purchasing more than one of any of the above can you please let us know the names of everyone attending or purchasing the book. Thanks

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The away support at Bradford was absolutely amazing, and generally speaking the supporters were a credit to the club, but as often happens with very large followings there is a very small minority that ruin it for others. First of all, there were several instances of smoke bombs being thrown onto the pitch. As we have pointed out on many occasions this is not only illegal but also dangerous for fellow supporters particularly those with asthma or breathing difficulties. It is very likely the club will be warned and possibly fined for this behavior and this just directly takes away from the resources available to the manager. The last thing we want to do is be kill joys and stop enthusiastic support for the team but there are rules that need to be adhered to and there are consequences for both the club and individuals if these rules are broken.

There are also reports of some racial chanting on the day although at the time of writing there is no official report of this from either the police or stewards. Again we can only reiterate what we have previously stated in that we condemn any form of abuse, racial or otherwise, and we would recommend supporters who witness such behaviour report it to the nearest steward or  download the Kick It Out app and discreetly report it on there. Related to this we feel supporters need educating on what constitutes racial abuse as the club have been reported this season for chants making reference to the travelling community. Many supporters probably do not realise this is an offence, but it is, and we are speaking to the club about the best way of getting this message over to fans. We must emphasise the vast majority of our supporters are an absolute credit to themselves and the club, but we all need to keep trying to improve the behaviour of the very small minority who are letting the rest of us down.

Kick it out :https://www.kickitout.org/

FSA factsheet on flares and smoke bombs: http://www.fsf.org.uk/assets/Smoke-Bombs-Flares-and-Fireworks-Factsheet-for-FSF.pdf

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Many thanks to Sam & Paul Carratt from Ticker-T-Boo who donated a cheque for £400 to Sharon Dobbs from the Mariners Trust from the sale of GTFC plaques. We are very grateful for their continued support.

This donation has allowed us to buy some much needed new heaters for the Trust Bar.

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As you are probably aware the Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club recently did a “naughty” calendar in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. So far this has raised over £3,000, which is absolutely fantastic, and they are now looking to close off the campaign with a charity football match against GTFC supporters/staff.
This will be held at KIngs George V stadium, Weelsby Road, Grimsby on Wednesday 19th February 2pm KO. Admission is free but contributions to the charity are welcome. Afterwards there will be social event at the Mariners Trust Bar, Blundell Park.
The format will be 4 separate quarters alternating between walking football and “normal football”.
This is open to all and so If you would like to take part in one or both formats please let us know as soon as possible. We asking for donations of £5 to take part in one format and £10 for both. Please share with family and friends and support this great cause if you can. Thanks.

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For the Carlisle game on March 14th we have agreed with the club some special offers for our exile supporters to encourage as many as possible to come home and take in the game. Linked to this we have arranged a social evening the night before in the Trust bar which will include a meet and greet with Ian Holloway as well as the chance to meet like minded supporters who also support the team from afar.

Entry is just £5 which will include your first drink free. Ticket priority will be given to exile supporters although we appreciate you may also want to bring along local family or friends you are visiting, this is fine but please contact us if you are wanting more than two per person. Generally speaking we will interpret an exile as living more than 60 miles away but we will use our discretion, ultimately this is about putting something on for those who live away to give them a chance to meet the manager and each other. Tickets are available online only here: :http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/cat/event-tickets/

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2020 is the 40 year anniversary of the last time a Grimsby Town team finished top of their league. The 1979/80 season was memorable not just for that but also for some fantastic cup games. All this has been captured by town fan Rob Mcilveen who has put together a fantastic book to commemorate what was probably our best post war season so far. We are holding a launch evening for the book at McMenemy’s on Thursday April 9th, more details of ticket prices and how to purchase to follow but in the meantime please save the date.
We are delighted to confirm that the captain at the time, JOE WATERS,is flying over from America for the event and now that we have that and the date confirmed we are going to be working hard on getting as many as the squad as possible back together. Stay tuned for more announcements.

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Our Treasurer, Ian Townsend, was involved in a serious accident yesterday after the match which resulted in significant injuries. We wish Ian a speedy recovery as he receives treatment at Grimsby Hospital.

Update – Ian has been released from hospital today (6/2/2020). He has asked that we pass on his sincere gratitude for all the kind messages and support he has received. He is truly overwhelmed by them all. Thank You. 

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We are sure all our Mariners Trust members will echo the board and welcome our new boss Ian Holloway to Grimsby Town FC and wish him every success on and off the field at Blundell Park and beyond.

It’s been a fantastic start to 2020 and the positive vibes around the club has certainly been infectious, Ollie has brought bags of experience to the role of manager and assisted by Anthony (Limbrick), Ben (Davies) and of course Dave (Moore) has given everyone a tremendous lift as we bid to move up the league table.

Ollie speaking after his appointment said: “I’m really, really excited about it – I can’t tell you how excited I am. I feel like a kid in a sweet shop, it’s been fantastic.”

John (Fenty) explained: “Ian and Kim (Ollie’s wife) have committed to selling up and moving into the area, seeing Grimsby as a long-term project.

He added: “He will also acquire shares in the club and will commit to attending full board meetings. In the short term, we believe his positive energy and hunger for success will provide the impetus, to convert our recent positive performances into results into the New Year and beyond.”

The passion Ollie has displayed with visits to schools and the way he has championed everything around Grimsby is intoxicating and shining a spotlight on the club – long may it continue. 

Up The Mariners, or to quote Ollie Up The Mighty Mariners!

Mariners Trust Board

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Mariners Trust would like to wish all GTFC supporters a very Happy Christmas and New Year. 

It is a very frustrating time for everyone at the moment but we would ask that everyone get behind the players and helps them through this difficult patch. Recent performances have certainly deserved more reward than we have achieved. With regard to takeover speculation we would very much welcome investors who are going to take the club forward. We are as frustrated as anyone that despite positive vibes there has been little or no progress. We very much support the view of now establishing a deadline so that we can all be clear as to where we are . We also support, and have been party to, the concept of any interested parties making an initial investment rather than a complete takeover. As things stand there are too many unanswered questions from our point of view  to be comfortable with a takeover. The key motivation for anyone interested is clearly the wider development opportunities and we need to be sure that the football club would benefit as part of that and not be saddled with extra costs.   With regard to the manager situation along with everyone else we can see the improvements under Anthony and Ben and really hope that they can start producing the results they deserve. If the decision is made to go a different route then we will be involved through Jon and Dave and they will do their very best to help make the right appointment. As we know there are no guarantees or an exact formula for choosing a manager but one thing we will be really keen to assure is that the policy of developing from within is maintained.   

Keep the faith and Up the Mariners.
Mariners Trust Board

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