The Red Lion Histon

Mattie has taken a well deserved break in Zante, however unable to stop working for the cause Mattie took advantage of the Euro Crisis in Greece to strengthen the profile of the Histon Mariners in Greece.

Mattie looking cool in his new sunglasses
Mattie looking cool in his new sunglasses

A nice refreshing beverage!
A nice refreshing beverage!

Passing the time on the beach
Passing the time on the beach

Preseason preparations began with Mattie & the Innkeeper meeting with the Dean to assess the involvement of "the Beast".

Mattie & the Innkeeper meeting with the Dean
Mattie & the Innkeeper meeting with the Dean

The Dean assured Mattie that the activities of "the Beast" have been curtailed & her interference would no longer be an issue.

The Dean thanks “the Beast” for her continued support. “the  Beast” looks enthralled.
The Dean thanks “the Beast” for her continued support. “the Beast” looks enthralled.

Following this good news Mattie took the Innkeeper around the Lincolnshire heartlands to spread the good news.

Middle Rasen
Middle Rasen

Willys Willys
The Innkeeper & Mattie take in the sea air at Cleethorpes HQ, Willys

Marshchapel
Marshchapel

Grainthorpe
Mattie & the Innkeeper reflect on the Chairman's wartime colleagues & friends.

The Chairman remembers those far off distant days.
The Chairman remembers those far off distant days.

Mattie was joined by the Governor at the Vine Hotel, Skegness to discuss the progress being made.
At Hotel with the Governor

Mattie & the Governor Visit Batemans Brewery


Wainfleet
Mattie & the Governor arrive in Wainfleet & are welcomed by flocks of eager Mariner fans & Geese.

At the Brewery Mattie & the Governor continue to search for commercial opportunities for the Histon Mariners.

At Batemans
At Batemans

At the Bar At the Bar
At the Bar

On the way home Mattie continues to alleviate concerns of "the Beast's" involvement at various locations.

Friskney
Friskney

Fishtoft
Fishtoft

On the way home Mattie continues to alleviate concerns of "the Beast's" involvement at various locations.

Boston
Mattie & the Innkeeper reflect on another highly successful mission.


Mattie's Last Minute Dash to Poland

In preparation for new season


Sheraton Hotel, Krakow
Sheraton Hotel, Krakow

Mattie arrives at hotel and is welcomed by the staff, who cannot believe Mattie has chosen their hotel.

Checking in at reception
Checking in at reception

The secret purpose of Mattie's visit was soon revealed. Rumours of Italian legend Del Piero moving to Liverpool encourage Mattie to scupper the deal. After negotiations with Mattie, Del Piero decided he could not play for any other team in England except GT FC. In order to avoid Liverpool's disappointment Del Piero moves to Australia.

Mattie in discussion with Delpiero.
Mattie in discussion with Del Piero.

Mattie tours the city to reassure Polish fans of an eventful fourth coming season.

Mattie tours the city.
Mattie tours the city.

Mattie tours the city. Mattie tours the city.
Mattie tours the city.

Mattie with driver Jurek tour the city of Krakow to spread the word.
Mattie with driver Jurek tour the city of Krakow to spread the word.

Clear evidence of the good will spread amongst the local population.
Clear evidence of the good will spread amongst the local population.

Mattie addresses a rally celebrating 30 years of the solidarity movement.
Mattie addresses a rally celebrating 30 years of the solidarity movement.

Such was the Fervour and excitement raised by Mattie the Polish constabulary had to escort him through the crowds.
Such was the Fervour and excitement raised by Mattie the Polish constabulary had to escort him through the crowds.

At the end of his Polish tour Mattie announces Krakow as the Polish HQ of the Histon Mariners!
At the end of his Polish tour Mattie announces Krakow as the Polish HQ of the Histon Mariners!

06.10.12 Grimsby Town v Dartford (0 – 2)

Grimsby Town v Dartford Ticket
Grimsby Town v Dartford Ticket

The journey north was largely uneventful – bladders remained un-emptied. The widening of the A46 was duly noted, obviously Mattie's Lincolnshire tour has raised expectations and the infrastructure is being installed in anticipation of the return of GTFC to their rightful status.

The staff at the Kingsway Hotel welcomed the Histon Mariners and likewise looked forward to a successful campaign.

At Willy's, Bill and Margaret gave a warm welcome but were surprised at debutant Gary being late on parade.

Tescoman made a special journey to meet Gary.
Likewise Tescoman, had heard of a new recruit and made a special journey to meet Gary.  However disappointment prevailed with Gary still absent.

After his fourth shower of the day, Gary eventually arrived at Willy's where the President and Chairman, basking in Cleethorpes sunshine introduced the debutant to Histon Mariners Associate Members.

……an old friend of the Histon Mariners welcomes Gary.
……an old friend of the Histon Mariners welcomes Gary.

Gary soon became visibly enthralled at the Cleethorpes experience. Phone calls from 'Deadly Debs' could not deter Gary from recalling his youth and Northern Soul Nights many decades ago in Cleethorpes…..!

Top landlady Julie from the Smugglers also came to meet Gary and tell him of the event she had organised for him that very night. OXO crisps all round!!!

The excitement around Cleethorpes because of the attendance of the Histon Mariners with new recruit Gary was now clearly gathering momentum. The days opposition, Dartford, themselves debutants at Blundell, took advantage of a unique opportunity for their supporters to visit the Histon Mariners at Willy's.

Dartford supporters Tony, Dave, Simon and Michael meet the Chairman
Dartford supporters Tony, Dave, Simon and Michael meet the Chairman and proclaim the Histon Mariners campaign an inspiration to all football supporters everywhere.

With excitement unabated the Histon Mariners arrival at Blundell soon revealed the extent of pre-season preparations. Mattie's determination to alleviate concerns over the Beast has been well documented both at home and abroad.

Also on arrival the commercial developments encouraged by the Histon Mariners was in much evidence.


Dave Smith was delighted to accept a cheque from the President and Chairman. It was here that the latest commercial development was announced.

Histon Mariners sponsorship of Defensive Legend Nathan Pond.

Chairman & President make the announcement with Dave Smith.
Chairman & President make the announcement with Dave Smith.

Nathan was believed to be over-awed by the development and foresaw the sponsorship as a turning point in his career.

With so much activity Mr Fenty was delighted to welcome President Maurice and debutant Gary (One minor concern RE: the emergence of 'Deadly Debs' was quickly dispelled).

Gary, Mr Fenty & President celebrate the occasion.

The continuing good news about the declining influence of "the Beast" and reassurances about Deadly Debs, certainly helped create a buzz round McMenemy's.

Here Greg Pearson, Dave Smith, The Dean and Gary and Andi Thanoj are clearly overjoyed at these developments.
Here Greg Pearson, Dave Smith, The Dean and Gary and Andi Thanoj are clearly overjoyed at these developments.

All off the field activities appeared to overshadow events on the field. Super Mariners recent run with regular clean sheets temporarily stalled. Rob Jones himself pointed out one minor slip cannot detract from the overall evolution of the Histon Mariners strategy nor detract from the recent form and results of the intrepid due's team.

On a positive note Nathan Pond continued his inspirational form and the Chairman confidently predicts the start of another great run of results starting at Alfreton on Tuesday. In a magnanimous gesture, given the recent results when he attends, the Chairman offered "I will not be with you next time to see how you get on".

The Chairmans concern is clearly evident
The Chairmans concern is clearly evident

Ray the Fish completely understood the Chairman's position but was insistent that his 'plaice' was in attendance. He is one of the 'rocks' of the cause. His presence certainly adds a little something different…!

Post match activities continued unabated. The welcome given to the Histon Mariners at the Imperial Club could not have been warmer. Though Andy did immediately point out the correlation of poor results and the attendance of the Chairman.

At the Imperial Club GTFC legend Dave Boylen spoke to the Innkeeper of Lawrie McMenemy's determination to meet the Histon Mariners at the 40th Anniversary evening on 16 November. The Innkeeper was obviously delighted and on relating the news to the President and Chairman was told that they would do their utmost to facilitate Lawrie's request.

Nathan Pond was believed to be delighted at this news.

Rachel leads imperial members in a toast to the Histon Mariners Project.
Rachel leads imperial members in a toast to the Histon Mariners Project.

As ever, Linda was excited about the Histon Mariners and even brought daughter Ami to meet the Youth Development Officer (West Midlands Division).
Linda was excited about the Histon Mariners and even brought daughter Ami to meet the Youth Development Officer

Bob's continued amazement at the Histon Mariners project, coupled with his recent experience made him the perfect mentor to debutant Gary. During the evening an idea emerged that an Impington Subsection of the Histon Mariners based at the Railway Tavern could be a good idea. Given that Lovely Derek (see past sections) 'occasionally' partook of a lemonade or two there, together with Gary could facilitate Histon Mariners cause from the Impington base. With this in mind Gary was appointed Section Leader of a newly created Impington Branch. Obviously Lovely Derek would secretly oversee developments…!

Once the news emerged Imperial Club legend Crow Man congratulated Gary and confidently predicted victorious times ahead.
Once the news emerged Imperial Club legend Crow Man congratulated Gary and confidently predicted victorious times ahead.

The news spread fast, calls came in from near and far.

The Chairman assures "the Battleaxe" that The Dean's role will only be marginally extended.  The Battleaxe rests easy!
The Chairman assures "the Battleaxe" that The Dean's role will only be marginally extended. The Battleaxe rests easy!

By the time the Histon Mariners reached the award winning No2 Bar at Cleethorpes Station the news of the newly formed Impington Sub-Section with Gary as section leader, was on everybody's lips.

President Maurice accepts the congratulations from Victoria Lewis and Brad.
President Maurice accepts the congratulations from Victoria Lewis and Brad.

>Chairman Neville thanks Carl for his support. Gary can be clearly seen in the background, not buying a drink.
Chairman Neville thanks Carl for his support. Gary can be clearly seen in the background, not buying a drink.

Gary's bewilderment knew no limits particularly when Carl embraced his appointment and announced their historic Northern Soul connections. Carl & Gary became involved in intense conversations about absolutely nothing for several minutes.

On this occasion the Histon Mariners stayed only briefly at Schooners a venue at which Bob normally excels. Again Bob did not disappoint recalling his youthful days, he proudly announced.

"I used to be a bit of a medallion man….oh God I wish I hadn't said that".

It is hoped that Bob will provide pictorial evidence of this bygone era.

As the evening wore on Gary's excitement continued. His total exhilaration was manifest at the Smugglers where he gave the gathered crowds an exhibition, vaguely reminiscent of his Northern Soul days.

Gary still a very smooth operator..!
Gary still a very smooth operator..!

Recalling those far off distant days of Wigan, Mark III Cortina's and All-Dayers at Cleethorpes proved very emotional for Gary. The Dean took him to one side and discussed his future fitness regime and duly took him for a late night kebab. The influence of The Dean's advice and fitness programme were clearly evident in the few days following.

After Gary and Bob's reminiscence, The Dean fondly remembered the Chairman taking him to buy his beige wedding suit only 29 years ago.

The Dean reflects on 29 years of wedded bliss.
The Dean reflects on 29 years of wedded bliss.

 Stop Press :

Nathan Pond – Blue Square Premier Player of the Month for October

Rumours of Lovely Derek & Turncoat visiting Blundell!

Chairman Neville is now being sponsored by anti-wrinkle cream. More information to follow...


BEAST OF BAR HILL UPDATE


The Histon Mariners officially wish to alleviate concerns over the threatening manner of the Bar Hill Battleaxe. As fearsome as the Battleaxe can be, her infamous legendary persona does appear curtailed by the brave efforts of the Dean and Chairman.

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The Histon Mariners were delighted to support the supper evening with true legend Lawrie McMenemy.

On arrival at the Kingsway, Rachel was ecstatic when realising Mattie was in Cleethorpes for the weekend.
Rachel was ecstatic when realising Mattie was in Cleethorpes for the weekend.

She also told Mattie that Andy Carr – entertainer extraordinaire – was anxious to meet him at Blundell the next day.
Rachel could barely contain her excitement when she had to phone the Dean, who was late on parade – whilst allegedly completing his pre-match preparations in anticipation of a busy weekend ahead; we suspect the Beast was somehow involved.

At Willy's, the President, Chairman with Mattie, The Dean and Medallion Bob took the opportunity to discuss tactics for the weekend an re-hydrate with "energy drinks".
At Willy's, the President, Chairman with Mattie, The Dean and Medallion Bob took the opportunity to discuss tactics for the weekend an re-hydrate with "energy drinks".

Cleethorpes was buzzing, knowing the Histon Mariners were in town. At the Imperial Club Jane McPhee was so thrilled to meet Mattie she offered to keep him warm all evening……..!


Luke and Liz formed a welcoming committee
On arrival at Blundell Luke and Liz formed a welcoming committee – their joy could hardly be contained.  Immediately Grimsby Town legends and Histon Mariners officers were united in their appreciation of each other.

The Chairman had long discussions with legend Matt Tees recalling battles of yesteryear. At one point the Chairman was seen to be pointing out to Matt Tees the benefits of dubbin' their boots and returning to the hallowed turf. Sensibly Dave Bolyen pointed out the momentous performances of the current Mighty Mariners, that perhaps Matt and Neville ought to stay retired.
Lawrie McMenemy was particularly keen to meet up with the President and Mattie to offer thanks and discuss future plans with the Histon Mariners.
Lawrie McMenemy was particularly keen to meet up with the President and Mattie to offer thanks and discuss future plans with the Histon Mariners.

Mr McMenemy's interest in the world wide youth development programme was clearly evident. Ray "The Fish" was happy to discuss future plans and seek advice from lawrie on his youth development program.

Likewise, the revolutionary fitness regime of the Dean, which is having a profound effect on current performances, was recognised by Mr. McMenemy.

Legend Dave Worthington flew in from Barcelona to meet Mattie and discuss the potential of a Basque Branch, The Innkeeper was privy to discussions and we will hopefully hear more shortly.


The Innkeeper was asked by the President to officially thank Mr. McMenemy for his support and Lawrie himself paid tribute to the tireless efforts of Mattie.

A most memorable evening with so many legends and the continued development of the Histon Mariners surely bodes well for the future of GTFC.

BEAST OF BAR HILL UPDATE

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Whilst the Histon Mariners were preparing for the Braintree game the Beast of Bar Hill aka the Battleaxe was seen causing 'economic' chaos in Milton Keynes, with sibling Emma. Left in relative peace the Histon Mariners could continue pre-match preparations and plan the day ahead.

17.11.12 Grimsby Town v Braintree

Grimsby Town v Braintree Ticket
Grimsby Town v Braintree Ticket


The Histon Mariners partook of excellent sustenance at the Kingsway only to be interrupted by early morning calls from fellow Mariner Dick Tabor. Dick, a club sponsor from the recent past sent congratulations following the previous evening's manoeuvres and wished the Mariners well against Braintree.

NB: The Battleaxe had been reported to be emailing the Dean since 0615hrs. However, the Dean continued to display considerable resilience. When the Dean was late on parade again – it was realised the extent to which our fitness guru has to deal with the fallout from the Beast's activities.

We should register here our continued gratitude and admiration at the ongoing battle that the Dean has had to endure….!

The level of commitment of the Histon Mariners continues unabated. At Blundell the pre match meal presented John Boy with the opportunity to listen to the Chairman drone on for hours about absolutely nothing.

One must wonder who else John could learn so much from. Ever jovial and helpful, our glorious Chairman could not have been more helpful. Joe Colbeck and Frankie Artus represented the squad and took time to show the Histon Mariners their gratitude.

New recruit Fred, The Dean, Joe Colebeck and Frankie Artus, Medallion Bob, Ray the fish and John Boy.
New recruit Fred, The Dean, Joe Colebeck and Frankie Artus, Medallion Bob, Ray the fish and John Boy.

New recruit Fred, a legend from Excelsior FC, will bring considerable experience and a local knowledge to the cause. We certainly trust Fred to bring some spark to the proceedings.

Over 3700 packed into the Blundell to show their appreciation of the work of the Histon Mariners. Our President and Chairman were presented to the crowd, who were understandably ecstatic.

The Chairman, Mattie and the President as match sponsors.
The Chairman, Mattie and the President as match sponsors.

The Chairman, Mighty M, (AKA Andy Carr)& the President celebrate the success of the GTFC.
The Chairman, Mighty M, (AKA Andy Carr)& the President celebrate the success of the GTFC.

Mighty M, Mattie, the innkeeper in intense negotiations.
Mighty M, Mattie, the innkeeper in intense negotiations.

Not only Match Sponsors but also Sponsors of defensive giant Nathan Pond, the Chairman, Mattie and the President congratulate Nathan on the national recognition that his performances thoroughly deserved.

Mattie was also privileged to meet Andy Carr (AKA as Mighty M). The striking resemblance is surely no coincidence. Shared genetic structures appear likely. Andy, Mattie and the Innkeeper discussed future plans ….watch this space!

Kev Rodgers, Stadium announcer had difficulty keeping up with the pace of developments. Even more was to follow.

The Innkeeper was also gracious to offer the intrepid duo Paul & Rob advice from the dugout. Having listened to the Chairman with all his experience and tactical insight for many minutes over the years, Paul and Rob were anxious to learn.

The Innkeeper takes advice from Mattie and offers guidance to Paul & Rob.


All the prematch preparations stood the Mighty Mariners in good stead. Nathan Pond was delighted to receive prematch advice from his sponsors represented by the chairman Nevile and president Moris.

A magnificent 3 v 0 victory took GTFC to TOP POSITION IN THE LEAGUE. A stunning display of precision football ended with Shaun Pearson being announced Man of the Match by the Histon Mariners and joint sponsors, Seachill. Shaun could hardly believe his good fortune as he receives a bottle of vintage champagne from the Chairman, Seachill Legend, Mattie and the President.

A memorable day for Nathan Pond & Shaun Pearson was rounded off with a well earned ascent to LEADERS OF THE BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER.

Top position certainly helped fuel the celebratory mood around Cleethorpes. Everyone was appreciative of the role of the Histon Mariners and the fruit being borne from the Chairman's long term strategy.

At top nightspot, The Imperial Club the supporters were jubilant.

Mel, Mattie (Not related to Mattie Mariner) John Burns, The President, Medallion  Bob,   Mr B & Wes.
Mel, Mattie (Not related to Mattie Mariner) John Burns, The President, Medallion Bob,   Mr B & Wes.

Musical renditions of "We support our local club" and "We are top of the league" were constant and fuelled the party atmosphere. Top chef Paul was seen in intense conversations with the Logistics Director about the Imperial Travelling Supporters Club joining the Histon Mariners on January 26th for the away trip to Cambridge United.

Such was the party mood that the Chairman made a startling announcement at Schooners.

"I think I am happy now" …It had been so long since the Chairman had been happy, he struggled to recognise the feeling.
"I think I am happy now" …It had been so long since the Chairman had been happy, he struggled to recognise the feeling.

The Chairman’s happiness proved infectious as the Dean soon appreciated.
The Chairman's happiness proved infectious as the Dean soon appreciated.

Mariners everywhere wanted to show their appreciation of the Histon Mariners.

At Schooners the Chairman, Connor Finnigan and Bob Hine collectively celebrate GTFC being top of the league. Bob certainly recognised the potential for recruitment. Such is his zeal that elevation to the senior recruitment position has been mooted. He has suggested medallions be presented to new recruits……we doubt the validity of this suggestion.

Connor was delighted to meet chairman Neville and bob the medallion.
Connor was delighted to meet chairman Neville and bob the medallion.

Connor was ecstatic when introducing his friends to the Histon Mariners
Connor was ecstatic when introducing his friends to the Histon Mariners
Connor was ecstatic when introducing his friends to the Histon Mariners

Connor had been so jubilant he'd had Grimsby Town tattooed on his left tit and was keen to show everyone.
Connor had been so jubilant he'd had Grimsby Town tattooed on his left tit and was keen to show everyone.

An exciting new association was also born.....

In recognition of their work, The Royal Air Force Association invited the Histon Mariners to Cleethorpes Branch HQ and Club. Flight Commander Phil Harvey congratulated the President and Chairman and warmly welcomed the Histon Mariners into the Club.

The Chairman accepts on behalf of the Histon Mariners the RAF kind invitation.

As an ex-serviceman himself, the Chairman was visibly overcome with emotion.

The Chairman, The Dean, The Innkeeper and the President celebrate with 'an orange juice'.
The Chairman, The Dean, The Innkeeper and the President celebrate with 'an orange juice'.

The benefits of having so many ex-servicemean within the Histon Mariners had proved invaluable. The Chairman (Naval) President (Homeguard) The Dean (Fitness Instructor to Infantry Regiments –North Africa ) and Bob Hine (Official Secrets Censorship – though known to have worn his medals with pride during the 70's ) all became quite emotional.

At the Smugglers, Landlady Julie once again displayed genuine excitement.
At the Smugglers, Landlady Julie once again displayed genuine excitement.

Jemma was clearly overawed listening to the Chairman and the Dean.
Jemma was clearly overawed listening to the Chairman and the Dean.

As everywhere else fans were in party mood.

Stephen Fenwick, the Dean, Zen Cook the Chairman and Rob Fenwick celebrate in the Smugglers.
Stephen Fenwick, the Dean, Zen Cook the Chairman and Rob Fenwick celebrate in the Smugglers.

So excited with meeting the Histon Mariners, Zen Cook talked of needing a week off work to recover from the experience.
Robbie Fenwick introduces his mate Max from Bragley to the President. Zen was already in the process of planning his week off work.

Robbie Fenwick introduces his mate Max from Bragley to the President

Cleethorpes Duncan (clearly staggered at the Deans fitness programme),  Graham, The Dean and H from Hull give the thumbs up to the Histon Mariners Programme.
Cleethorpes Duncan (clearly staggered at the Deans fitness programme), Graham, The Dean and H from Hull give the thumbs up to the Histon Mariners Programme.

At the legendary Willy's, the Innkeeper and top brewer Bill, celebrate the party atmosphere with a 'warming fruit punch'.
At the legendary Willy's, the Innkeeper and top brewer Bill, celebrate the party atmosphere with a 'warming fruit punch'.

Mariner fans everywhere wanted to associate with the Histon Mariners. From all parts of the UK fans were descending on Cleethorpes.

Here the Dean, Joe, Bob and The President meet Highgate Will. Will (with scarf) had travelled from North London to experience the atmosphere. Will was clearly emotional and thanked the Histon Mariners for helping him achieve one of his life ambitions.
Here the Dean, Joe, Bob and The President meet Highgate Will. Will (with scarf) had travelled from North  London to experience the atmosphere. Will was clearly emotional and thanked the  Histon Mariners for helping him achieve one of his life ambitions.

The overall success of the weekend cannot be doubted. The sporting world was awash with details of the Histon Mariners campaign. Evidence of this fact manifested the following Saturday.

 

24.11.12 Chester FC

Followers made the pilgrimage to the Red Lion, Histon.  Bob “The Medallion”  Hine was on hand to meet the travelling army to swap stories of mutual endeavour.

Rob, Colin, Jon, Histon Mariner Bob, Ian &  The Colonel 
Aaron, Jon "The Chester Strangler" & Howie we're delighted to meet Mattie, the Gaffer and friend.

Thanks to Bob in his official position of Recruitment Officer (West Midlands Division) a close association with Chester was cemented. No medallions were presented. The West Mids Division was now expanding into the North West.
The Histon Mariners wish Chester FC all the best in their current campaign, as did the Chester fans who were evidently keen for the GTFC to finish above Wrexham.

 Stop Press :

It can hardly be coincidence that Chester beat Histon FC 4 v 1 on the day, being inspired by Bob Hine and further strengthening their position at the top stop of the Blue Square Conference North Division.

An Evening with Lawrie Mcmenemy
An Evening with Lawrie Mcmenemy

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Extra Ordinary Developments

The phenomenal success story of the Histon Mariners has fuelled the turncoat's ambition to re-register as a Histon Mariner.
The inclusive approach of the Histon Mariners will probably result in the turncoat's being welcomed back but it must be pointed out that the Turncoat desire for reflected glory is duly noted.

The Turncoat in negotiations with our happy Chairman
The Turncoat in negotiations with our happy Chairman.

Old friend Dick Tabor assists with a conciliatory approach towards the Turncoat.
Old friend Dick Tabor assists with a conciliatory approach towards the Turncoat.

 

UTM - MEET UNDER THE HEWITTS SIGN AT THE RED LION.

MATTIES NORTHERN EXPEDITION

In an extraordinary turn of events Mattie conducted a secret mission to northern shores. Only on his return can we reveal the nature of his trip.
Having commissioned the Trawler Boat the Ron Tiger and after hectic preparations, he was seen off by his co-collaborator.

Mattie is wished Bon Voyage by Angelique and Sarah who had helped prepare the forthcoming mission.
Mattie on board the Ron Tiger

On travels to the Faroe Islands and ultimately Iceland, Mattie was more than willing to 'work his passage'. Trawler men on the voyage were inspired by Mattie. Whilst aware of the Histon Mariners Campaign, an incredible insight into the extent of Matties commitment proved inspiring. Captain John Vincent was glowing in his assessment of Matties contribution to the voyage.

Mattie on the Deck
In the boiler room
Mattie on the Deck
In the boiler room

Shifting ice from the rigging
Shifting ice from the rigging

On his return to shore, Mattie gave a debriefing to the Chairman and The Dean, over a grapefruit juice and toasted teacake at the Freemans Arms. The Freemans was specially chosen given its legendary status amongst Mariner fans. The Freemans aka Cairns because of former GTFC legend Billy Cairns long associated with the hostelry. Locals at the Freemans asked Mattie to pose for a photographic souvenir of his visit to the hostelry.


The ultimate result of Matties Mission was the formation of a Northern Atlantic Branch of the Histon Mariners.

The worldwide Campaign continues


06.10.12 Grimsby Town v Tamworth (2 – 0)

Grimsby Town v Tamworth Ticket
Grimsby Town v Tamworth Ticket

The Innkeeper sets off for Blundell with Mattie.
The Innkeeper sets off for Blundell with Mattie.

Note : The whereabouts of the Dean probably had something to do with the Beast.

Note : Gary was sent shopping by deadly Debs.!!

Note : The Chairman was unable to attend because : - "I've got my Christmas Cards to do"

We wish the Chairman good luck on this momentous task and trust he successfully completed his project.

Note : Monday 10.12.12: The Pigeon reported he was still doing his cards on Monday morning (after he'd been to Tesco's) Apparently the Chairman always insists on doing his own cards, because one year the Pigeon missed one. It should be noted – it is most unlikely the Chairman would make such a mistake.

Before the match John Boy was put through his paces by Ray the Fish in his capacity as (Youth Development Officer). Ray reported John Boy was making good progress.

Ray the Fish and Mattie, weigh up John Boy's progress.
Ray the Fish and Mattie, weigh up John Boy's progress.

Another powerful demolition job saw the Mighty Mariners roll over Tamworth 2 v 0 and rise to TOP POSITION IN THE LEAGUE. After the game, Captain Craig Disley and Frankie Artus sought out Ray the Fish, Protegee John Boy & Mattie.


The mighty Nathan Pond (sponsored by the Histon Mariners) was in disbelief when he heard about the Chairman's absence from the game due to his dedication by staying at home to write his Xmas Cards…! With the Chairman otherwise detained, Nathan wished John Boy, Mattie and Ray the Fish all the best for Xmas and hoped his successful association with the Histon Mariners would continue in the New Year.



Extracts from the Tamworth Programme



The Chairman (Looking worried about writing his Xmas Cards) with Nathan, The President & Mattie before the Braintree game.
A happy Chairman after the 3 v 0 victory able to forget about Xmas Cards with Man of the Match Sean Pearson, fellow sponsor Seachill, Mattie & The President.

Everyone agreed that the happy Chairman was missed at the Tamworth game but hoped his momentous task had been successfully completed in order the he could continue his work for the Histon Mariners.

The Innkeeper & Mattie called into the Imperial Club after the game to explain why the Chairman was unable to attend. In disbelief at his dedication to the festive season, a musical rendition of "We are top of the league" ensued and everyone was keen to meet with the Chairman in the New Year to hear about how he managed to get all his Xmas Cards signed and sent off @ 50p for a second class stamp.


12.12.12 Grimsby Town FC V Wrexham (1 – 0)

Grimsby Town v Wrexham Ticket
Grimsby Town v Wrexham Ticket

Mattie's presence at Blundell for the key fixture v Wrexham was considered imperative. It was agreed his presence in and around Cleethorpes prior to the match would boost morale and raise awareness of the fixture to its proper status!

Obviously he stayed at the Kingsway Hotel – the long-time Cleethorpes base of the Histon Mariners.

Rachel was thrilled to see Mattie
As ever Rachel was thrilled to see Mattie and she immediately contacted Mighty M (aka Andy Carr) to tell him of Mattie's arrival.

Given the nature of the evening's mission, Mattie decided to visit Steels Corner House for pre-match sustenance as opposed to the usual and excellent McMenemy's.

The Innkeeper accompanied Mattie at Steels.

Crowds had flocked to Steels as news of Mattie's appearance spread.

Ian Stead in charge of Steels and a Mariner for over 25 years, announced Mattie's attendance and spoke of him probably being the most famous celebrity to visit Steels during his time.
Ian Stead in charge of Steels and a Mariner for over 25 years, announced Mattie's attendance and spoke of him probably being the most famous celebrity to visit Steels during his time.

Geraldine Shaw, at Steels for over 15 years, could not remember a more famous visitor.
Geraldine Shaw, at Steels for over 15 years, could not remember a more famous visitor.

Tracy Brown a relative new-comer was so taken with Mattie she wanted to get down with him.
Tracy Brown a relative new-comer was so taken with Mattie she wanted to get down with him.

Even Level 2 Chef Emily Asher called Mattie into the kitchen where Tracy’s excitement shows no sign of abatement.
Even Level 2 Chef Emily Asher called Mattie into the kitchen where Tracy’s excitement shows no sign of abatement.

Eventually after signing many autographs and spreading the Histon Mariners net, Mattie left Steels for Blundell.

Mattie's pre-match trawl had clearly raised fans awareness of the importance of the Wrexham fixture. The club shop paid particular thanks to Mattie following a bumper Xmas period.

Club shop stalwarts Moira, Kirsty and Laura were keen to meet Mattie.
Club shop stalwarts Moira, Kirsty and Laura were keen to meet Mattie. Kirsty, an avid reader of the Histon Mariners Website spoke of her friends delight at helping Mattie on his North Sea Trawl (see back).

Before the match, John and Steve Fenty sought out Mattie to exchange season's greetings and thank each other for the groundwork, which all hoped would continue to bear fruit throughout the rest of the season.

Grimsby Town 1 v 0 Wrexham!

WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

A magnificent victory by the Mighty Mariners justified everybody’s pre-match hopes and expectations.  A super festive season was in store for us all.
Scott Neilson bade farewell to the Mariners, thanked Mattie for all his support but felt southern football needed his help to boost flagging fortunes.  No doubt his experience at Blundel would enable Scott to help less fortunate Southern Clubs.
Even without Scott – and the position of one or two others still to be decided – Mr Fenty had reassured Mattie that our intrepid duo Paul and Rob, always had Plan 2 at the ready.
The New Year looks extremely hopeful with continued hard work and with feet firmly grounded….UTM.

After the game, Ray the Fish met up with Mattie and the Innkeeper to consolidate New Year activities.

John Boy declared himself Sophie's agent. She would rather suck a lemon.  The Innkeeper and Mattie keep the peace.
John Boy declared himself Sophie's agent. She would rather suck a lemon. The Innkeeper and Mattie keep the peace.

Ray the Fish and Mattie spread oil on troubled waters. John Boy and Sophie appear as one!
Ray the Fish and Mattie spread oil on troubled waters. John Boy and Sophie appear as one!

Afterwards Mattie called in at the Imperial Club to meet up with old friends. High spirits were clearly evident given GTFC ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE.

Jay and Daz share a shandy with Mattie and exchange football stories.
Jay and Daz share a shandy with Mattie and exchange football stories. Daz visitor to 91 league grounds announces his drink with Mattie as his greatest footballing moment.

On arrival back at the Kingsway, Top Night-porter Paul announced various incoming calls of congratulations to Mattie and the Innkeeper. In particular Histon Mariners illustrious Chairman Neville sent a congratulatory note to Mattie and the Innkeeper.

The Chairman declared he would be happy over Xmas.
The Chairman declared he would be happy over Xmas.

Mattie briefs the Innkeeper about future plans. Both feel a degree of festive spirit especially after the Chairman's congratulatory note.
Mattie briefs the Innkeeper about future plans. Both feel a degree of festive spirit especially after the Chairman's congratulatory note.

 Stop Press :

The Chairman offered to stay with the Dean over Xmas to ensure the Dean's well-being in view of the Battleaxe's presence.

26.01.13 Cambridge United v Grimsby Town


A much eagerly awaited trip to East Anglia of the Mighty Mariners was in doubt, because of the weather, up until 08.30 on match day. Old Histon Mariner Legend Dick Tabor had talked all week about the impending clash. Dick's belief in Rafa had been dented and brought ever more into focus by the success of GTFC. All week Dick talked to the Chairman about his admiration of the Mariners.

On match day Dick was seen with the Chairman, The Gaffer and friend.
On match day Dick was seen with the Chairman, The Gaffer and friend. All lamented his absence from the cause and tried to alleviate Dick’s embarrassment.

Ultimately Chairman Neville agreed to take Dick to the game and assist in his regeneration of enthusiasm for the Mariners cause.

STOP PRESS: The Dean was absent from manoeuvres.  We fear interference from the Battleaxe....

Cambridge was awash with Mariners fans. The R Costings Abbey Stadium could easily be mistaken as if it were hosting a GTFC home fixture. Obviously Histon Mariners activity assisted a big match atmosphere and seemingly, the news of Dick Tabor attending had clearly broken.

Inside, Dick discussed with Mattie, Histon Mariners Strategy. Dick agreed he'd probably missed out on the rise and rise of the Mighty Mariners. Mattie reassured Dick that once one had experienced the magic of GTFC it stayed with you for ever.

Dick & Mattie continue discussions
Dick & Mattie continue discussions. The Chairman joins them as they all look up the league table to the top spot in the league.

Cambridge Managing Director Dave Doggett welcomed the opportunity to discuss with the Chairman the success and long term strategy of the Histon Mariners. Chairman Neville so inspirational and intrinsic to the strategy was delighted to help and encourage Dave and the future of CUFC. Impington Branch Secretary Gary provided further example and his own conversion to the Histon Mariner Strategy. Dick continued to be awe-struck and remains grateful to be so warmly welcomed back.

Incidentally such was Gary's commitment on his last Histon Mariners excursion, Deadly Debs checked up to make sure he was keeping warm, eating properly and not over-indulging on cream soda's. Her concern is touching but we are wary of the Battleaxe's influence.

One of the most outstanding success stories of the Histon Mariners Campaign is the worldwide Youth Development Programme. Within the programme Youth 'Old Boy' John Boy was on hand to welcome Max from the Isle of Man.

Max insisted on bringing Nanna Jan to the game in order to meet the Histon Mariners. Nanna Jan accompanied by 7 decades Mariner Fan Roy Dowie who were all welcomed by the President to the Cambridge Game.

Obviously the players were aware of the attendance of the Histon Mariners and as always were keen and delighted to show their support of the campaign.

Frankie Artus, Dayle Southwell and Greg Pearson called to see John Boy and Manx Max
Frankie Artus, Dayle Southwell and Greg Pearson called to see John Boy and Manx Max. The players talked of their pleasure in seeing such young codlings growing in to fully fledged Mariner fans.

Mattie & Manx Max took Nanna Jan, Dad Glen and Roy up to the stand for the game.
Mattie  & Manx Max took Nanna Jan, Dad Glen and Roy up with the stand for the game.

The Innkeeper, President, Mattie and Gary welcome Glen also from the Isle of Man who is clearly overawed with the occasion.
The Innkeeper, President, Mattie and Gary welcome Glen also from the Isle of Man who is clearly overawed with the occasion.

Histon Mariners hospitality extended further to local celebrities, who as ardent Cambridge fans were honoured to be part of the Mariner Experience.

Medallion Bob and the Chairman exude a warm welcome to Old Cambridge Legends Dick Tumber and Gary Chapman, both supporters since the war.
Medallion Bob and the Chairman exude a warm welcome to Old Cambridge Leg Ends Dick Tumber and Gary Chapman, both supporters since the war.

Prior to kick-off John and Paul Fenty magnanimously took time to visit the Histon Mariners in the Dublin Suite. Great hopes for continued success abounded.

The Histon Mariners fully appreciate the steady Fenty hand on the

GTFC tiller.


Cambridge United 0 v 0 GTFC

Another clean sheet, an extension of our unbeaten run. GTFC remains TOP OF THE LEAGUE

It was particularly exciting to see the return of an old young friend to the Histon Mariners. With the return of the mighty Nathan Pond to Fleetwood, Histon Mariners were pleased to announce their Sponsorship of Jamie Devitt, who has unfinished business at Blundell. When last at GTFC Jamie proved an exciting prospect. It is appropriate to remind ourselves of a meeting before his final GTFC appearance (first time around).

One can only wonder if the Innkeeper had sown seeds at this time which are now bearing fruit...
One can only wonder if the Innkeeper had sown seeds at this time which are now bearing fruit...

Jamie soon looked comfortable, as if he'd never been away. Marcus Marshall who had also had a strange few days between Bury and Luton provided excellent balance on the opposite wing.

Denied by the woodwork twice and a disallowed goal enabled Cambridge to steal a point from the league leaders.

After the match a jubilant Dick 'The Taxi' and 'Marquee' Gary were encouraged by Medallion Bob and the Chairman to wallow in their happy experience.

Ray the Fish checked the league table (no change!) and Dick Tabor recuperated with a hot chocolate, clearly still shell shocked at the experience
Ray the Fish checked the league table (no change!) and Dick Tabor recuperated with a hot chocolate, clearly still shell shocked at the experience

In appreciation of his attendance, Gary thanks Dick for all his past help and encourages him to once again become a full time Histon Mariner
In appreciation of his attendance, Gary thanks Dick for all his past help and encourages him to once again become a full time Histon Mariner

Medallion Bob, the Innkeeper, John Boy and Ray the Fish likewise welcomed Cherry Hinton Dick and praised his desire to re-enter the Histon Mariners programme on a full time basis.
Medallion Bob, the Innkeeper, John Boy and Ray the Fish likewise welcomed Cherry Hinton Dick and praised his desire to re-enter the Histon Mariners programme on a full time basis.

The President also thanked Codling Manx Max for bringing Nanna, Ray and Glen to the match and wished him all the best in his development towards legendary status.

Back at Histon HQ, attention turned to the next venture against Alfreton @ Blundell 2 Feb 2013. An emotional Dick thanked everyone for their generosity and bonhomie.

President Maurice – under the Hewitts sign – urged everyone to keep up the good fight and remain focused on the months ahead.

John Boy with Coleen the Fish are clearly pleased to be able to hear such pearls of wisdom from the President.
John Boy with Coleen the Fish are clearly pleased to be able to hear such pearls of wisdom from the President.

 Stop Press :

Deadly Debs phoned after the game to check on the score-line. Hopefully he had no ulterior motive!

No more was heard of the Dean on Saturday. The Chairman has volunteered to monitor events.

The Battleaxe had made a unanimous visit to Histon HQ. As she demonstrated before, she is not averse to graffiti. Her threats should be taken seriously. We should all acknowledge the extent of the Dean's burden and the role taken on by our Chairman to monitor events.

17.11.12 Grimsby Town v Alfreton

Grimsby Town v Alfreton Ticket
Grimsby Town v Alfreton Ticket

Given the Dean's leave of absence from the Cambridge game, the Chairman and Logistics Director planned an audacious coup on the way to Blundell. However cover was soon exposed and the Battleaxe made her views well known.


Thankfully the Dean escaped and joined the Chairman and Logistics Director on manoeuvres. On arrival at Cleethorpes H.Q.

At the Kingsway Hotel, The Chairman soon relaxed and announced the arrival of the Histon Mariners to anyone who would listen.
The Kingsway Hotel, The Chairman soon relaxed and announced the arrival of the Histon Mariners to anyone who would listen.

At Willy's the Dean keeps the Battleaxe abreast of developments.
At Willy's the Dean keeps the Battleaxe abreast of developments.

The President despite being under a strict curfew from Histon Mariners First Lady Yvonne, called at Willy's to give the Histon Mariners a rousing pep talk.

The Innkeeper thanked Yvonne for allowing the President to visit Willy's.
The Innkeeper thanked Yvonne for allowing the President to visit Willy's.

At Blundell a bumper crowd was expected, anticipating another glorious display by the Mighty Mariners and updates on Histon Mariners activity.

The Innkeeper welcomes visitors to McMenemy's for the occasion.
The Innkeeper welcomes visitors to McMenemy's for the occasion.

Outside Blundell the Chairman and the Dean greet visitors to the match. Here they welcome lifelong Supporter Leeson Pearce celebrating his 81st Birthday.

Such is the development of Youth Protégé John Boy that he has developed an acute interest in gambling.

Here John Boy's interest in sweepstake tickets and Gail is overseen by the Chairman, The Dean is particularly keen to monitor John Boys approach.
Here John Boy's interest in sweepstake tickets and Gail is overseen by the Chairman, The Dean is particularly keen to monitor John Boys approach.

John  Boy's enthusiasm in continuing to  help young Sophie knows no limits.
John Boy's enthusiasm in continuing to help young Sophie knows no limits.

Dave Smith, ever helpful and interested  in the Histon  Mariners, joins Mattie to further encourage  John Boy & Sophie.
Dave Smith, ever helpful and interested in the Histon Mariners, joins Mattie to further encourage John Boy & Sophie.

Overall appreciation of the Histon Mariners was again evident when Mr Fenty sought out Ray the Fish thanking him for his Youth Development work. Mr Fenty was also very understanding of the Dean continuing problems with the Battleaxe.

The close bond between the players and the Histon Mariners has continued to evolve since the Tabor Era.

Simon Ford, Dayle Southwell, Frankie Artus and Greg Pearson join forces to welcome Ray the Fish and a trawler load of family supporters – Pete, Stu (also an Evertonian!!!), Sophie, John Boy and Vicky.
Simon Ford, Dayle Southwell, Frankie Artus and Greg Pearson join forces to welcome Ray the Fish and a trawer load of family supporters – Pete, Stu (also an Evertonian!!!), Sophie, John Boy and Vicky.

It was most encouraging that John Boy and Sophie brought along Stu and Pete to the match, where Mattie was on hand to extend a warm welcome.

Stu & Pete rejoice in the Mariners success, Mattie, John Boy and Sophie monitor proceedings.

GTFC 4 v 2 ALFRETON

Despite falling behind the Mariners stuck to the task and ground out a 4 v 2 victory. Goals from all over the pitch, Jamie Devitt (Sponsored by the Histon Mariners) Cookie, Craig Disley & Broadie. (ed. I love marmite!) A victory such as this when top form wasn't but is the sure sign of deserving LEAGUE LEADERS. A 3 point cushion presents a small breathing space but, as our Chairman reiterates, allows no room for letting up.

After the game the Chairman and the Dean of Fitness take a breather, share an orange cordial and wallow in the glory of being LEAGUE LEADERS.
After the game the Chairman and the Dean of Fitness take a breather, share an orange cordial and wallow in the glory of being LEAGUE LEADERS.

Eager to meet the Histon Mariners was Sam from Goole who brought along Judith.
Eager to meet the Histon Mariners was Sam from Goole who brought along Judith. Sam a very useful recruit to the Youth Development Programme is also editor of Martin's work as the video king of Blundell Park.

Activity at McMenemy's was befitting of a team TOP OF THE LEAGUE AND 3 POINTS CLEAR but the Chairman, relentless in the Mariners cause was insistent in pushing onto the Imperial Club.

Chairman Neville and the Dean discuss future plans with Glen & Jason.
Chairman Neville and the Dean discuss future plans with Glen & Jason.

Wes, Paul, Andy (well known at the Red Lion) and Ben are obviously delighted with the Mariners performance and excited at the presence of the Histon Mariners.
Paul, Andy (well known at the Red Lion) and Ben are obviously delighted with the Mariners performance and excited at the presence of the Histon Mariners.

Jason & Paul toast the Dean and the Chairman with chocolate milkshakes. Everyone agrees that prospects ahead could hardly be more exciting.
Jason & Paul toast the Dean and the Chairman with chocolate milkshakes. Everyone agrees that prospects ahead could hardly be more exciting.

A brief visit to the No2 bar and Schooners gave the Histon Mariners a chance to catch their breath. At Schooners, the Chairman, Dean and Innkeeper were able to reflect on proceedings.

Schooners leading lady Nicole expresses her gratitude to the Chairman and Dean for all their efforts.
Schooners leading lady Nicole expresses her gratitude to the Chairman and Dean for all their efforts.

As the evening drew on Cleethorpes was awash with celebrating Mariners fans who were especially excited at the presence of the Histon Mariners.

At the Nottingham House the Innkeeper reluctantly addresses those fans present. A fine rendition of "We Are Top of the League" ensued.
At the Nottingham House the Innkeeper reluctantly addresses those fans present. A fine rendition of "We Are Top of the League" ensued.

Not surprisingly the Smugglers was inundated with Mariners fans and Landlady Julie was as glad as ever to see the Chairman who would mingle with the crowds.

The Chairman, a master of strategy is always a centre of attraction at the Smugglers, whether giving a display on the pool tables or simply encouraging fans with Histon Mariners news.

Finally at the Kingsway a warm welcome, as ever for the Chairman came from top Night Porter, Innis and Deputy Manager, Simon.

All at the Kingsway certainly show their appreciation to Neville for his vision and hard work. Likewise Histon Mariners are delighted with Cleethorpes HQ 'The Kingsway Hotel'. Breakfast on Sundays are aways an essential element of the Histon Mariners weekends, providing our Chairman with the sustenance enabling him to get to Histon HQ for opening time.

The way ahead appears to be going well. Areas of concern again involved 'the enemy'.

  • The Dean is not allowed to fall asleep on the settee.
  • The Dean of fitness is being bulled about his weight and being encouraged to join weight-watchers, hardly a suitable environment for the Dean of Fitness
  • The Chairman has been provided with anti-wrinkle cream, despite obviously not needing it.

 Stop Press :

Many followers of the Histon Mariners have suggested the emergence of the Battleaxe and Pigeon (and Deadly Debs) has only become apparent as the success of the Histon Mariners programme reaches fruition. The Histon Mariners must ignore these distractions and forge ahead with their far reaching international campaign.


19.2.13 Braintree V Grimsby Town

Braintree V Grimsby Town Ticket
Braintree V Grimsby Town Ticket

Immediate memories of last years 5 - 0 drubbing…!

The Chairman – unable to attend due to "Domestic Chores"! – briefed Ray the "Fish" prior to the journey south. The Chairman's fears of Wembley showboats needs to be taken heed of.

Our intrepid Youth Development Officer, so dedicated to the cause appears unable to resist such challenges. In order to further his area of operation, the Logistics Director again accompanied Ray the Fish still in disbelief from last years experience.

The Histon Mariners unsurprisingly met with many old friends, who likewise braved the elements in support of the Mighty Mariners.

Ray the Fish with Ian, Gareth & Ray. All sensed a feeling of Déjà vu.
Ray the Fish with Ian, Gareth & Ray. All sensed a feeling of Déjà vu

Ultimately the evening had a remarkable feeling for Déjà vu. – Poor performance, Bad result, Questionable burger.
Ultimately the evening had a remarkable feeling for Déjà vu. – Poor performance, Bad result, Questionable burger.

As the fog descended, the temperature dropped dramatically, GTFC dropped from the top spot (Presumably & hopefully temporarily) & memories rushed back of the silent & surreal journey back to Histon as last year.

Congratulations to Braintree on beating the Mighty Mariners. Someone suggested that having been beaten 5 - 0 last year & only 2 - 0 this year, it proves how much the Mighty Mariners have improved…!!

Onwards & Upwards

UTM

 Stop Press :

The Battleaxe has obviously intruded into Histon HQ.

Continuous vigilance must be maintained.
Continuous vigilance must be maintained.

9.3.13 GTFC 1 v 3 Kidderminster

A depleted squad for the Kidderminster game due to love and romance, aged in-laws, concern over not having written Easter cards and a heavy foot from a partner, set off early Saturday morning.
With Wembley preparations well in hand the Logistics Director managed to be available to ensure the Dean’s well-being.

Given the established routine whereby manoeuvres begin at Willy’s, it is no surprise that many Mariners fans flock to the fine seafront venue in hope of meeting the Histon Mariners.
As ever host extraordinaire Bill was over joyed to welcome the Dean and Innkeeper.

Matthew and Katy, locals from Grimsby, gave mum Sara a real treat for Mother’s Day.

Matthew and Katy, locals from Grimsby, gave mum Sara a real treat for Mother’s Day by bringing her and John to meet the Dean and the Innkeeper.

Matthew a highly regarded young goalkeeper should prove a valuable addition to the Youth Development scheme.

Many other GTFC fans were grateful to express their appreciation of the Histon Mariners efforts an celebrities have often been inspired by the Histon Mariners and are making valiant efforts to spread the cause.

Ceremonial ale tester for Wellington Town in Shropshire, Jeremy Bailey bought Boston Bill to Willy’s to show him it is never too late to convert.

Boston Bill appears to be tempted by the Mariners cause by J. B.

The journey to Blundell proved inspiring as the crowds flocked to see the Mighty Mariners. The Dean almost reduced to tears hoped the Chairman’s movements were under control.

McMenemy’s as always a delight, was as usual, where players sought out the Histon Mariners to further the cause.

Derek Niven and Dayle Southwell with Ray the Fish, Codling John Boy and Coleen The Fishess and the Dean of Fitness and Restoration Projects.

Not the most memorable of games though no doubt the Mariners could have been two up before the Harriers scored. Ross Hannah only needs a goal to be back properly and we hope Derek Niven recovers ASAP.

Ray “The Fish” and the Dean intensely analyse the game and discuss plans for the rest of the season

A day of celebration continued after Willy’s and McMenemy’s – at the Imperial Club Joe Pasquale was awaiting the Histon Mariners.

Mariners Superfan John, Joe P himself, Café Paul and The Dean have their spirits lifted by Joe P.

The Imperial was buzzing with Wembley preparations. Michelle, Joe P, Mariner John, Mel, Mattie and the Dean prepare for Wembley.

With the excitement re: the rest of the Season, it was at this point that the Dean and the Innkeeper began to reflect on the absence of the Chairman whilst trying to contain their laughter at his predicament they raised a glass and toasted absent friends and the Chairman.


At the Smugglers landlady Julie was overjoyed as always to see the Histon Mariners. Her excitement was soon curtailed by the news of the absent Chairman, though was quickly reduced to tears on hearing of his situation.

Back at Cleethorpes HQ the Kingsway, Duty Manager Steve and Cleethorpes top Night Porter Innis provided admirable support to the Innkeeper as he told of the Chairman’s unfortunate problems.

 Stop Press :

  • Amazing commitment by the Logistics Director!
  • He and Mattie are renewing Histon Mariners links in the Far East instead of attending Wembley…!
  • We can only wonder at such dedication and “organisational” skills.
  • Histon HQ Preparations for Wembley

    Extensive refurbishment at The Red Lion was put in place ready for the Wembley visit. Redecoration in GTFC colours provided an environment appropriate for the Wembley weekend.

    The Dean, Innkeeper, Medallion Bob, Codling James, Steve the Fence and the President celebrate accordingly.

    The President and Mattie share many old memories. (Ed. It was later revealed that Mattie informed the president of a forth coming secret mission. The President was sworn to secrecy but a full report is now available below!)



    The Lady President Yvonne joins the group with junior codling Alfie, here seen with the president under the Hewitts sign.

     

    Matties Indochina publicity campaign

    The Worldwide campaign of the Histon Mariners saw an exciting new phase in Indochina. Mattie took the Logistics Director on his latest phase.

    Staff at the Hanoi base were jubilant at this arrival.


    As always, locals were entranced by Mattie’s charisma. Youngsters in particular were keen to become part of the Histon Mariner worldwide youth development programme.



    Mattie with a mind to a future film career, checking the location for several Bond shoots.

    Given youth development as a major strand of Matties agenda, it was inspiring that Grimsby fanatic Chung made special efforts to meet Mattie.


    Chung had heard of the Histon Mariners and revelled in stories of Bill Shankley, Matt Tees, Dave Boylen and Neville Ashby. His knowledge was staggering and he insisted on taking Mattie to meet his 86 year old grandmother, a Mariners fanatic for decades and source of his knowledge.

    Other boys in the village were truly inspired and when word got out of Mattie being in the village, the children were uncontrollable.


    A trip to the Mekong Delta before Mattie’s heavy schedule in Ho Chi Min City surprised everyone. During the dark days of the Vietnam war it was discovered that news of the Mighty Mariners often provided relief and inspiration.

    Stories of the Delta and the inspiration of the Mariners was recounted to Mattie by Veteran Duy

    On to Ho Chi Min where Mattie briefed the Logistics Director of this vision and plans.

    The fanaticism of the locals was quite extraordinary. Most heart-warming was the desire of many parents to have their children associated with the Histon Mariners Youth Development Programme.







    Other worldwide visitors to Vietnam recognised Mattie and were equally keen to associate.

    Mattie is invited to the Czech Republic
    Mattie is invited to the Czech Republic

    Mattie’s new Pilipino friend means a venture is sure to be planned.
    Mattie’s new Phillipino friend means a venture is sure to be planned.

    The amazing events in Ho Chi Min City surprised the local constabulary who wanted to meet Mattie.

    Such was the fervour caused by his presence Ho Chi Min himself wanted an audience with Mattie, who took the Logistics Director with him.

    Ho Chi Min was aware of Mattie’s Russian Campaign during his Great Baltic adventure. Ho Chi Min told Mattie, he too was a friend of Yuri Gagarin.

    The outstanding reception received by Mattie proves the success of the venture. The long term success of the Histon Mariners could not be in better hands.

    However, it must be said:

    It seems the Logistics Director did not quite arrange the Campaign with his usual foresight.  Of course the Indochina campaign needed long term planning but it was not unfair to assume the Mighty Mariners would be at Wembley.


    WEMBLEY

    24.3.13 GTFC v Wrexham

    As the astonishing news of the Logistics Director’s absence was fully digested, the Histon Mariners proceeded to Wembley under the guidance of the President and Chairman. Unsurprising the Bar Hill Battleaxe could not let this auspicious occasion pass without putting her oar in.

    The Histon Mariners braved the Artic-like conditions to London and on arrival sought out a suitable venue for a “hot chocolate”. Immediately, Mariners fans were incredulous at the absence of Mattie and the Logistics Director.

    Mariners fanatic John, representing the Imperial Club, discusses absent friends with the Chairman.
    Mariners fanatic John, representing the Imperial Club, discusses absent friends with the Chairman.

    On hearing the explanation for the Chairman, John looks understandably shocked.

    Meanwhile ray the fish took control of cleethotpes branch manouvers.

    Hannah (Checking John Boy is warm enough and wear apropriate headgear), Vickey, Ray "the Fish",Jay & John boy
    John Boy, Jay, Vickey, Sohie & Ray "The Fish"

    Once at Wembley the Histon and Cleethorpes Mariners looked immediately at home as they embraced the invigorating fresh air.

    John Boy
    Sophie obviousy in charge or John Boy there!!

    Mattie joins Ray "The Fish" and 2 Codlings.
    Anenthralled Jay can hardly contain his excitement.


    The Dean, President & Medallion Bob look at ease in their comfort zone.


    Stu, Lou & Hannah revel at being part of the Histon Mariners campaign.

    2 Codlings dream of better times.

    Meanwhile....

    Mattie and the Logistics Director reflect on the Wembley game and admire the brave efforts of others in slightly colder circumstances.


    On return from the IndoChina campaign The Chairman and the Dean were beginning to hear about events. Equally full reports on the Wembley adventure were analysed particularly with a return visit for the Play Off finals a real possibility.


    It was noted in Mattie’s absence the team’s campaign was derailed. However, on his return, winning ways were quickly embraced.

    Sometimes it is difficult to balance the long term campaign with the immediate issues at hand.


    19.4.13 GTFC 3 v 0 Newport

    A much altered squad assembled for the Newport game. The President was required as Guest of Honour at a crucial event in Cottenham – links to the Youth Development Programme being the order of the day. The Dean otherwise detained – the influence of the Battleaxe must be considered. Debutants Webmaster Kevin and long term associate Walter joined the Histon Mariners for the last league game of the season.

    The Logistics Director was late on parade at Histon HQ and bore the brunt of the Chairman’s tongue on the journey to Cleethorpes. The Chairman and Logistics Director were first to Willy’s. Walter and Webmaster Kevin’s nerves were clearly evident given a very lengthy preparation period of 3 hours.

    At Willy’s, Medallion Bob welcomes the Webmaster & Walter to the Mariners cause.

    In glorious sunshine, sharing a Dandelion & Burdock, the Chairman takes time to discuss the philosophy and ethos of the Histon Mariners with Walter and Kev the Web.

    Knowing the routine of the Histon Mariners, GTFC legend Dave Boylen takes time from his rigorous fitness regime to call in at Willy’s. He particularly wanted to thank Mattie and the Innkeeper for their efforts in Indo China.

    Already incredulous with the glorious sunshine, the hospitality of the Cleethorpes basecamp The Kingsway and Cleethorpes Operations HQ Willy’s, Walter and Kev the Web wondered if it could get better. They were not to be disappointed. At Blundell and in McMenemy’s both realised the magnitude of the GTFC Project.

    Again the Chairman took time to welcome Walter & Kev the Web into the Histon Mariners, this time over a lime and soda.

    Whilst the Chairman keeps his eye on developments elsewhere, Walter is seen concentrating on the plate in front of him and Mattie joins Kev at the table.

    Over the usual sumptuous feast at McMenemy’s, Ray the Fish (Youth Development Officer) took advantage of the occasion to discuss future plans with John Boy and Sophie. John Boy, the first youth recruit to the programme, has lately been Gambling and Gaming Administrator. However, it has been clearly stated that his degree of success has so far been sadly lacking.
    Ray the Fish and Mattie have suggested to John Boy that he perhaps needs to leave his onerous duties, concentrate on his development in other fields and Sophie may well be in a position to take further responsibility next season. With John Boy’s encouragement we are confident in Sophie’s potential. Her agent Peter, himself recuperating from medical adversities agrees the time is right for her advancement.

    As ever members of the GTFC first team squad were anxious to welcome and thank the Histon Mariners.

    John Lewell, Jamie McKeown and Simon Ford were pleased to Welcome Kev the Web and Walter and renew old acquaintances with Bob Hine.

    Perfect football weather saw a very satisfying performance in preparation for the play-offs. Histon Mariners sponsored Jamie Devitt, scored from a staggering free-kick to celebrate the birth of his child. Andy Thanoj blasted a second and just before half time what everybody was waiting for all season, happened – “Hit –Man” scored on only his second start all season. When substituted early in the second half, Liam Hearn received a standing ovation from the Blundell faithful – Newport, Kidderminster or Wrexham, beware! Play-Off rankings confirmed GTFC V Newport Wed 24/4 & Sun 28/4. The winner to play Kidderminster or Wrexham.

    Post-match celebration followed a familiar routine. However, it has to be said at the Imperial Club questions were asked of the Innkeeper as to his absence from Wembley.

    The Innkeeper is quizzed by Mariners fanatic John.
    The Innkeeper is quizzed by Mariners fanatic John.

    The Innkeeper explains to John and Mel about the Long term project and the importance of the Indo China Campaign.

    Also at the Imperial, Daz and Andy Murray (40 love) were overjoyed to meet Medallion Bob and Kev the Web. A long time follower of the Histon Mariners, Andy achieved a life ambition to share a Cherry-Cola with the Histon Mariners.

    Schooners offered some quiet reflection on the day’s events and initial preparation for the play offs.

    Walter & Bob Hine listen intently to the Chairman’s thoughts

    However, it was at the Nottingham House that the Chairman pulled the Logistics Director to one side. The Chairman revealed he had recently been worried – his Wembley absence and even today’s lateness.

    The Chairman considered the Logistics Director had taken on too much responsibility. The Chairman thought the workload being carried meant the Logistics Director should have an assistant. With this in mind, The Chairman suggested Walter be appointed Assistant Logistics Director with special Distribution Responsibilities. Walter was ecstatic at being considered so early in his Histon Mariner career.

    At The Smugglers, Kingsway lynchpin and Mariners fanatic Steve called in to see the Histon Mariners.

    Bob, Steve, The Chairman & newly appointed Walter.
    Bob, Steve, The Chairman & newly appointed Walter.

    The Histon Mariners wish to thank Steve for all his help and support. With his commitment to the cause, The Kingsway provides a most agreeable base in Cleethorpes.

     Stop Press :

    On hearing of Mattie’s North Sea Expedition the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Fishing Heritage Museum. (Ed. Could the Cambridge – Histon connection about to get Royal recognition?)


     

    Mattie’s last minute German Excursion

    After Bayern Munich hammered Barcelona and Dortmund thrashed Real Madrid, Mighty Mariner, Mattie took the opportunity to visit and strengthen Grimsby-German relations.

    At his Stuttgart base the Royal Hotel, staff as ever were delighted and excited about Mattie’s stay.

    Andrea, Franzi and Madeline welcome Mattie.
    Andrea, Franzi and Madeline welcome Mattie.

    Immediately to work at the Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu Schwarze Brewery, Mattie met up with old friends for light refreshment.


    Having a commercial relationship with Batemans Brewery Mattie was given a brief tour of the Stuttgart Brewery.

    Cheered on and made welcome by the Drays.
    Cheered on and made welcome by the Drays.

    Watered and fed at Brauereigaststatte Dinkelacker by Stefan & Maria
    Watered and fed at Brauereigaststatte Dinkelacker by Stefan & Maria

    The potential for future commercial projects were clearly evident to all concerned.

    local celebrities were clearly enamoured.
    local celebrities were clearly enamoured.

    Leading lights from the English Licenced Trade were equally ecstatic about bumping into Mattie whilst themselves in Stuttgart.

    Here Luke from (Blue Monkey), Chris (Steamin’ Billy), Andrew Read Esq. (Batemans – and also recognised as S.W. Wainfleet Disco Dancing Champion 1977), Rhys (….) and Craig (Kater 4) were more than happy to share a cream soda an’d light salad lunch’ with Mattie at Schweine-Museum, Schachthof.


    Whilst there, owner Erika (in the Guinness Book of Records as World’s No. 1 Pig Memorabilia Collector) was insistent on meeting Mattie.

    The Innkeeper, Erika and Mattie share an Elderflower Water.
    The Innkeeper, Erika and Mattie share an Elderflower Water.

    The commercial instincts of Mattie continue to astound everyone. As well as Drinkelacker-Schwaben Brau Schwartz, Mattie had also planned to visit global giant Mercedes.


    The Mercedes-Benz group were delighted to have Mattie drive an old London Bus, built in Stuttgart for their own publicity.


    Staff at Mercedes were awestruck by Mattie’s visit.

    Brigitta, Lea & Cora were so excited they insisted the whole Department meet Mattie for a photo.
    Brigitta, Lea & Cora were so excited they insisted the whole Department meet Mattie for a photo.

    Brigitta (English intruder Craig from Kater 4, Loughborough!), Cora Nicole, Jessy, Franzi, Lea, David, Soren & Siggi all embrace Mattie, whilst awaiting news of the play-off’s.
    Brigitta (English intruder Craig from Kater 4, Loughborough!), Cora Nicole, Jessy, Franzi, Lea, David, Soren & Siggi all embrace Mattie, Whilst awaiting the 2nd leg of play-off’s.

    The Histon Mariners world-wide campaign continues to be spearheaded by Mattie. His ever-growing legion of female admirers was typified at the airport when leaving.

    German Hen-Party announces that meeting Mattie made the trip all worth-while, though the bride was seen to be having doubts…….
    German Hen-Party announces that meeting Mattie made the trip all worth-while, though the bride was seen to be having doubts…….

    As the Logistics Director and Mattie left Stansted Runway for Stuttgart, Newport County took an undeserved lead in the 1st leg! One must question if the absence of the Logistics Director & Mattie at such vital times is really the only way forward…?

     

    28.4.13 Newport 1 v 0 GTFC

    A largely successful season failed at the last hurdle.

    Mattie with Newport counterparts watched the final game together from the Directors Box.


    U.T.M