The Red Lion Histon

Though appearing to be late on parade the Histon Mariners Campaign has continued to push the boundaries into virgin territory relentlessly through the close season.

Mattie and the Nou Camp prior to negotiations with FCB - pic2 Neymar welcomes Sophe, Mattie & John Boy to th Nou Camp.

Mattie and Ray "The Fish" head the Histon Mariners negotiation team. pic2 Mattie with Coleene &Ray "The Fish" during a break of the negotiations.

The overall campaign has become a very significant influence on the development of English football.

NB: At this point we can neither confirm nor deny the rumours circulating that Greg Dyke has approached the Histon Mariners for advice and representation on the newly formed F.A. Committee of Inquiry.....

It must be emphasised that the Histon Mariners have been supportive and communicative with Mr Fenty throughout the early season.


8.10.13 GTFC 0 v 1 Cambridge United

Grimsby Town v Cambridge United Ticket
Grimsby Town v Cambridge United Ticket

The President and Logistics Director began their annual development review at Histon HQ.



The journey north completed it was logical to continue these discussions over a lime cordial at Cleethorpes HQ, Willy's.


Paul Hurst has welcomed the Histon Mariners as his sponsors for the season and looks forward to mutually constructive talks.

Ross Hannah, injured for the game, took advantage of his misfortune to talk with the President and Innkeeper. Dave Smith as ever helpful and supportive was likewise able to provide positive contributions.


Whilst the result was a disappointment, one result in the overall campaign has to be viewed in context. The President emphasised the need to Ross Hannah for him to take penalties (the confidence this has since given the very friendly and amiable Ross, was clearly seen against Forest Green).

U.T.M


19.10.13 GTFC 3 v 1 Forest Green

Grimsby Town v Forest Green
Grimsby Town v Forest Green Ticket

The excursion began in difficult circumstances :

  1. Debutante Michael Brick was late on parade. After clear instructions from the Recruitment Officer (West Midlands Division) Bob Hine to report for duty at 08.15 our posse of Mariners finally got to the A14 at 0856. Rather pathetically The Brick blamed Senior Manager Julie for poor time keeping. The President noted a rather poor start by the Brick and a perfectly adequate start by our other debutante, Brian.

  2. The Chairman, formally dressed in shirt and collar, offered horticultural advice to the Bar Hill Battleaxe prior to departure. She appeared less than pleased (surprisingly....!)

After booking into the reliably excellent Kingsway Hotel, weekend manoeuvres continued at Cleethorpes HQ,Willy's.

The Brick and Brian are formally welcomed by the President, at Cleethorpes HQ, Willy's.
The Brick and Brian are formally welcomed by the President, at Cleethorpes HQ, Willy's.

Always welcoming of new Histon Mariners, Mine Host, Bill takes The Brick and Brian around the Brewery the origin of the Histon Mariners favourite beer, Willy's Original.


It became increasingly clear the “The Brick” was so enthralled that he rarely seemed attentive.
It became increasingly clear the “The Brick” was so enthralled that he rarely seemed attentive.

Proving the popularity of the Histon Mariners favourite beer, the Dean of Fitness takes Rayah through her pulling techniques thus ensuring her handling of perfect Willy's.


The Chairman and Bob Hine explain the ethos of the Campaign.
The Chairman and Bob Hine explain the ethos of the Campaign.

On arriving at Blundell Jack Johnson, Commercial Assistant and Programme Editor welcomes the Histon Mariners, being introduced by Bob Hine to debutante, The Brick. Discussions were held re future programme matter (watch this space!)


The Bricks disbelief at his new found fame continues.
The Bricks disbelief at his new found fame continues.

Brian invests heavily in raffle tickets.
Inside McMenemy's Brian invests heavily in raffle tickets.....!

Mr Fenty came to welcome the Histon Mariners new recruits.
After another sumptuous feast at McMenemy's(the Chairman and Logistics Director pre - planned a duel attack at the carvery) Mr Fenty came to welcome the Histon Mariners new recruits.

Brian and The Brick can hardly believe it when Mariners legend, Dave Boylen likewise took time out to make them feel at home.
Brian and The Brick can hardly believe it when Mariners legend, Dave Bolyn likewise took time out to make them feel at home.

The Brick in Wonderland
The Brick in Wonderland

The Chairman deep in pre-match thought.
The Chairman deep in pre-match thought.

The game itself was certainly a game of two halves, a rather pedestrian stalemate in the first 45 minutes certainly livened up in the second half. One must point out the Chairman's disappearance at half time and the passionate start to the second half was no mere coincidence! Led from the front by Ross Hannah (NB the pep talk given to him by the President at the previous home game!) saw a super 3 v 1 victory thrust the Mariners back into the play-off places.

On leaving Blundell Brian and the Brick eulogised about the day, Bob approaching veteran status, told them to hold fire, the feeling of being at home had only just begun.

At top night spot 'The Imperial' Club the welcome for the Histon Mariners could not have been more inspiring. So much so, ex-Oakington Legend Andy Miall bought the Histon Mariners a round of lemonades!

Many international friends of the Histon Mariners were at the Imperial to meet with fellow Mariners fans.

David Superstud 69, Mark Bamber (Cleethorpes) Recruitment Officer Bob (W. Mids), Tom Richard(Cleethorpes) & Peter (Copenhagen).
David Superstud 69, Mark Bamber (Cleethorpes) Recruitment Officer Bob (W. Mids), Tom Richard(Cleethorpes) & Peter (Copenhagen).

The excitable Brick, Andy Miall & Bob Hine analyse the fortunes of GTFC
The excitable Brick, Andy Miall & Bob Hine analyse the fortunes of GTFC

The President, Ami & Linda (Big fan of legend Kevin Drinkell) Superstud 69 & Geoff.
The President, Ami & Linda (Big fan of legend Kevin Drinkell) Superstud 69 & Geoff.

Stories abounded re various exploits past, present and future. Thirsts were quenched and hopes and expectations re the future made the stay at the Imperial ever excellent. Brian and the Brick find it difficult to take in.

An experienced Bob continues to take care of proceedings, and it must be said looking very athletic....!
An experienced Bob continues to look after proceedings.

The Brick in a state of ecstacy continues to discuss tactics, at the No2 Bar.
The Brick in a state of ecstacy continues to discuss tactics, at the No2 Bar.

After the No2 Bar, rain dictated that the Histon Mariners stopped off at Swashbucklers. The Chairman carried on bravely to Schooners on a solo mission. Given the absence of the Chairman, West Midlands Recruitment officer and the Brick took to the pool table. After an eternity, where no one was entertained the Histon Mariners pressed on to join our isolated Chairman.

At the Nottingham House the Chairman spent some time discussing his new taps (with added water-softener - £20 a cannister), toilet being fixed, dishwasher and the likelihood of the Pigeon using a credit card for a new fridge. The Chairman reiterated there was no expense spared for the love of an old pigeon.

Whilst the Innkeeper and Brian were talking in the superbly preserved lounge bar, Bob decided to maintain an old tradition of the Histon Mariners by entertaining the locals. However his acrobatics and gymastics display was perhaps a little ambitious and the others quickly had to help him to his feet.

The Dean and Chairman left the Nottingham in search of a little Turkish Delight. Brian perhaps misunderstanding their search for physical sustenance, proceeded to bemoan the price of condoms at the Smugglers maintaining (rather hopefully) his likely springing into life, such that “1 o'clock could very quickly become 3 o'Clock!

Back to the redoubtable Kingsway where Top Night Porter, Innis presented a sumptuous feast of sandwiches and hot chocolate. Again the Brick and Brian were made to feel most welcome.


The Brick, ever defiant, stressed his not needing an alarm call. One wonders then why Julie was blamed for his late start?

All the above appeared too much for Brian who proved the likelihood of his 'springing into action'.



On reviewing the day it came to light:-

  1. Brian as well as turning up on time had pre-made Coronation Chicken Sandwiches using a Brown batch loaf for the journey north. How quaint.

  2. On stopping for a pee-break, The Chairman (surprisingly) Bob & Brian couldn't make the toilet and used a perfectly innocent unsuspecting hedge somewhere near Grimsthorpe.

  3. The Recruitment Officer having retired early due to strenuous efforts to make up lost time because of the Bricks Senior Manager having poor time-management skills....! was invited to contribute £60 to HMRC. How unfortunate.

At the Breakfast conference on Sunday morning the Chairman was obviously quickly to work.

The Chairman checks in with the Pigeon.
The Chairman checks in with the Pigeon.

Thoughtfully the Brick gives Senior Manager Julie and alarm call.
Thoughtfully the Brick gives Senior Manager Julie and alarm call.

All in all another successful mission. The Debutantes proved valuable recruits and would no doubt feature in future missions.

U.T.M


9.11.13 GTFC 0 v 0 Scunthorpe

Grimsby Town v Scunthorpe Ticket
Grimsby Town v Scunthorpe Ticket

The President and Chairman dug deep into their respective memory banks to find alternative routes to Blundell, in view of the magnitude of the day. Our two Ancient Mariners (and equally, celebrity horticulturalists) engaged in considerable ramblings and meant those less aged were entertained by a pleasant countryside detour.

Turning off at Laceby Corner (A15 to Scunthorpe ) our two senior and prominent horticulturalists pulled over near Osgoodby for an inspection of the hedgerow. Satisfied all was well a conducted tour of the Oaklands Hotel, Laceby Manor Golf Club, through Barnoldby Le Beck, Waltham and onto the Ship where the President was waxing lyrical about past music nights. The tour continued past Tollbar College (nee School) where in 1956 a famous ex-pupil was outstanding Sportsman of the Year. Our trip down memory lane continued with more old-time music hall memories at the Harvest Moon, continuing on the B1219 to Humberston, where the Sealine Fisheries was of interest to those wanting to know where Yvonne had fish and chips when visiting the area.

Ever one for regular routines, the Chairman announced his imminent desire to inspect the plumbing on arrival at the Kingsway, where it was announced Innis would not be around in the wee small hours to look after the Histon Mariners, however the marvelous Julie was to prove an admirable substitute.

Our regular routine was continued, whereby Rayah pulled the Chairman and President's Willys – on top form and deserving of the title Histon Mariners favourite beer.

Even Bill, CEO @ Willys was in awe of the Histon Marniners Senior Officer.
Even Bill, CEO @ Willys was in awe of the Histon Marniners Senior Officer.

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Arriving at Blundell, after wading through the crowds, the Histon Mariners were delighted to see clear evidence of the successful campaign.
Arriving at Blundell, after wading through the crowds, the Histon Mariners were delighted to see clear evidence of the successful campaign.

Once in McMenamys the Histon Mariners were welcomed by all and sundry.

Here the Logistics Director and acting Town Chairman Mr John Fenty<br />
       disscus developements and future possibilities.
Here the Logistics Director and acting Town Chairman Mr John Fenty disscus developements and future possibilities.

THE HISTON MARINERS ACTIVELY SUPPORT MR FENTYS OBJECTIVES FOR THE MIGHTY MARINERS.

At the same time Ray the Fish reported into the President on his Youth Development Programme.

At the same time Ray the Fish reported into the President on his Youth Development Programme.

Match sponsors 'The Grimsby Fish Market' represented by Mark Wheatley were keen to speak to Ray the Fish re: future developments.
Match sponsors 'The Grimsby Fish Market' represented by Mark Wheatley were keen to speak to Ray the Fish re: future developments.

A pulsating Blundell reminiscent of bygone eras reminded everyone of the possibilites. No one present could have thought of the match, the facilities, the atmosphere being synonymous with non-league football. The Mighty Mariners deserved to win, the effort of the team was faultless with Scott Kerr and Clayton MacDonald to the fore.


Considering the result was a draw, the level of jubilation was clearly evident.The replay at Scunthorpe would hold no fears for the mighty Mariners.

Some of the youth development programme were a little shell-shocked and dreamt of how it could be.
Some of the youth development programme were a little shell-shocked and dreamt of how it could be.

At the Imperial club, a heartbeat of GTFC, everyone was in agreement, Linda's excitement with the Mariners performance was clearly understandable.

The Innkeeper looks equally enthralled.
The Innkeeper looks equally enthralled.

GTFC legend Dave Boylen came to congratulate the Chairman and discuss manouvres for the visit of GTFC to Cambridge on January 4th. The Logistics Director talked to Dave Boylen about the collective unity now clearly evident at Blundell – the Chairman continued to look bemused.

After brief ventures into virgin territory – The Barge and White Hart, the Histon Mariners returned to familiar terrain, the Nottingham House.

The President and Chairman review the days proceedings over a diet pepsi.
The President and Chairman review the days proceedings over a diet pepsi.

Imperial stalwarts joined the Histon Mariners at the Nottingham House, where a riveting demonstration of tactical acumen set to various 'Two-Tone Tunes'was given by Andy from Laceby to the President, Ami, Chairman & Linda.


Top Imperial Barmaid, Linda was overcome by the emotion of the occasion.
Top Imperial Barmaid, Linda was overcome by the emotion of the occasion.

Eventually overcome by the occasion the President took time to ring for emotional support.

Whilst taking time to personally console Linda.
Whilst taking time to personally console Linda.

Eventually professional support arrived from Andy of the Salvation Army.
Eventually professional support arrived from Andy of the Salvation Army.

Mark Randall, born and bred Cleethorpes was welcomed by the President.
Mark Randall, born and bred Cleethorpes was welcomed by the President.

Mark had an interesting take on the day using evocative language, reminiscent of Braveheart. Here the Chairman looks spellbound.
Mark had an interesting take on the day using evocative language, reminiscent of Braveheart. Here the Chairman looks spellbound.

Andy of Laceby and Mark of Cleethorpes retold the tale of Ami's visit to Chester where despite her claiming to have gone for a tan, actually came to terms with the Mariner blood that runs through her veins. Brought up on tales of Kevin Drinkel, (her mum Linda now reckons on him being a little old.......!) Ami now looks forward to a lifelong commitment to GTFC.

The Kingsway staff were anxious to welcome back the Histon Mariners after another successful mission.

Mel, Julie and Simon welcome back the Chairman and President, who were soon celebrating with ham sandwiches and coffee.

Sunday 10.11.13

The journey back to Histon HQ was made a lot easier by Radio Humberside (95.9fm) Gardening Question Time. Our President and Chairman both expert horticulturalists discussed many issues. A particular highlight was the variety of Lemon Trees that could survive a winter frost. The majority would probably be alright up to about -5 degrees centigrade after which the variety had to be selected carefully. A further inspection of the flora and fauna near Claypole was the final interruption on the way back to the Red Lion.


19.11.13 Scunthorpe Utd 1 v 2 GTFC

Scunthorpe Utd v GTFC Ticket
Scunthorpe Utd v GTFC Ticket

In a state of frantic anticipation Ray the Fish and the Innkeeper set off for Glanford Park. Eager to ensure full fitness levels the Dean was consulted for a quick pre-match assessment in his consulting chambers.

Happy with the state of our intrepid duo, the march on Glanford Park continued. Many fans welcomed the Histon Mariners, none more so than GTFC veteran Lee Pearce who was keen for son-in-law Mike to meet the Histon Mariners.

Never one to ignore the development of youth, Ray the Fish actively encouraged John and Sophie to take part in a pre-match penalty shoot out against a strong 'Irons' squad.

John & Sophie prepare with a pre-match burger.
John & Sophie prepare with a pre-match burger.

Drawing 4 v 4 with Sophie hitting the best penalty of the night, it was pointed out that John's rather sweet head attire bore a striking resemblance to Scunthorpe colours.

Ray will no doubt have serious words,we belive Sophie has recovered from such disgraceful exposure.
Ray will no doubt have serious words,we belive Sophie has recovered from such disgraceful exposure.

Half Time
Half Time
Full Time
Full Time

A repetition of the visit to Braintree (2011) saw the Logistics Director queue at half time for sustenance. Unlike Braintree which saw the Mighty Mariners concede 2 goals before his return, this time Scunthorpe only scored once. Thank-goodness for the more rapid service – Ray the Fish insists the Logistics Director is never to leave his seat again at half time!!!

A magnificent display by the mighty GTFC. If anyone could tell you this was a Non-League set-up they are not on the same planet as the rest of us.

The Inn Keeper and Ray the Fish delighted at Full Time.
The Inn Keeper and Ray the Fish delighted at Full Time.

A genuine all round excellent team display, encourages the belief that Paul Hurst – thriving under the Histon Mariners sponsorship – is truly building a formidable challenge to all and sundry.

U.T.M


PS. The Chairman was in bed, snuggly tucked up at 7.45pm. The Logistics Director gave him a full report at 7.45am the following morning......!


23.11.13 GTFC 2 v 1 Barnet

GTFC v Barnet Ticket
GTFC v Barnet Ticket

With cup fever still aplenty, the Histon Mariners began their traditional programme by booking into the excellent Kingsway Hotel.

At Willy's - where the Original was on excellent form - as is often the case of football supporters from afar descend to meet the Histon Mariners.

John Thompson from Doncaster, a Caledonian Thistles supporter, who has been to every English and Scottish league ground, decided to get his wife Christine a match programme and at the same time meet the Histon Mariners.

John with the Logistics Director, outside Willys where he also recounted his experiences of Histon F.C.
John with the Logistics Director, outside Willys where he also recounted his experiences of Histon F.C.

Obviously Youth Development Officer, Ray the Fish was in attendance with help from experienced campaigner Jay.

Sophie in total disgust with John's hat - clearly in Scunthorpe colours
Sophie in total disgust with John's hat - clearly in Scunthorpe colours

In McMenemy's before the game Mariners legend Alan Buckley was keen to thank the Histon Mariners for all their support. Dave Smith, himself a star under Alan Buckley helped facilitate discussions. Not surprisingly Alan was sorry to have missed the Chairman, but hoped he'd got a good nights sleep after another GTFC victory.

Legend Lee Pearce swapped stories with the Histon Mariners following their meeting at Scunthorpe with Son-in-law Mike. Daughter Lisa expressed her husbands delight at meeting the Histon Mariners on the previous Tuesday night.

Edgar Davids obviously through the trip north was worthwhile, playing the full 90 minutes and despite the constant nagging of the referee, the Mighty Mariners secured a fifth consecutive victory.

Top strikes by Ron Hannah and Liam Hearn were just desserts for a solid performance after the exhaustive Scunthorpe trip.

Clayton MacDonald is clearly on the verge of becoming a cult hero and Histon Mariners sponsored Hursty is being vindicated more and more. At the Imperial Club afterwards, celebrations were in full swing.

John, The Innkeeper & Histon Exile Andy are obviously at one after another great result.
John, The Innkeeper & Histon Exile Andy are obviously at one after another great result.

John, sporting a rather fetching mixture of dead grey and red squirrel is fully prepared to venture out.
John, sporting a rather fetching mixture of dead grey and red squirrel is fully prepared to venture out.

Flathead Oscar celebrated by displaying extra-ordinary skills.
Flathead Oscar celebrated by displaying extra-ordinary skills.

The following morning the excitement of the Cleethorpes seafront was recorded to raise spirits of absent friends on the return to the Red Lion.

Back at Histon HQ, The Red Lion, one particular old friend of the Histon Mariners was seen to be in obvious need of a full fitness restoration programme from the Dean of Fitness. Given the Bar Hill Battleaxe compliance, we may well be able to look forward again to Mr. Tabor's seafront midnight explorations for the correction hotel......!


U.T.M


7.12.13 GTFC 2 v 0 Northampton Town

GTFC v Northampton Town Ticket Player Sheet
GTFC v Northampton Town Player Sheet

No doubt Town would win today and despite the enormity of the occasion everyone could see the obvious voids in Willys.

For the Histon Mariners the President was presiding and thinking of Yvonne, who'd been thinking of Carol who was thinking of Bob who was recruiting elsewhere, the Chairman was thinking of Xmas and his pigeon from his comfortable Chair at Histon HQ; the pigeon having flown into a branch and damaged an eye all because of failed radar (diagnosis courtesy of the Dean of Fitness). The Dean was thinking of restoring whatever the Battleaxe dictated. However, rest assured the hardcore campaigners will be back to push the campaign ever upwards.

The Chesterfield Mariners were in equal turmoil.

Charlotte, "Ray", Ian, the Innkeeper, a chair for their absent President (surprisingly) and Gareth.
Charlotte, "Ray", Ian, the Innkeeper, a chair for their absent President (surprisingly) and Gareth.

Some condolences should be passed on to the Chesterfield Mariners President who finally after 18 months preparation is finally having the thumb removed from his forehead.

The Chesterfield Mariners were not short of interesting anecdotes.

  • 'Ray' demonstrated his commitment to the cause, when believing to have seen Frankie Artus (now a Hereford legend) walking his dog, proceeded to buy a dog himself and when walking it, hoped to bump in to Frankie. As yet there has been little reported activity, we await with eager anticipation.

  • Here Becky looks enthralled as Charlotte tells her of the differences between Russian and Indian hair extensions. Having had Indian hair extensions this very week she would keep everyone informed about the reconditioning due after 3 months.

NB we can not confirm the type of dog either Frankie or 'Ray' have.

Cup fever was evident at Blundell.

TV cameras waiting to broadcast to the world. Queues of determined Mariners luxuriating in a wave of cup fever.
TV cameras waiting to broadcast to the world.
Queues of determined Mariners luxuriating in a wave of cup fever.

Even amongst the frenzied excitement, new Director Phillip Day took time to talk to the Histon Mariners.

Mr Day thanked the Histon Mariners for all their efforts and continued support.
Mr Day thanked the Histon Mariners for all their efforts and continued support. The Logistics Director wished the plans for the new ground a speedy and positive resolution. Hopefully such a mutually beneficial partnership will continue for many years.

The 2 - 0 victory was wholeheartedly deserved. A genuine team effort saw the Mighty Mariners win against league opposition again. Without doubt 'Hursty' - sponsored by the Histon Mariners appears to be growing in stature game by game. Goals from Shaun Pearson and Paddy McLaughlin should not take away from 13 genuine shifts put in by the players involved.

No one will relish a trip to Blundell in the 3rd Round when the team puts a shift in like today and with Town supporters creating 'The Blundell Cauldron', so inspirational to all in attendance, the Mighty Mariners should fear no-one.

NB Leading member of the Youth Development Progamme, John Boy again wore his 'Scunthorpe Style' hat. We must now insist he wears it at every away game until the Mighty Mariners are defeated. Hopefully a long unbeaten run will compensate for his embarassment in wearing those horrible colours!

Post-match celebrations continued unabated for many hours. Histon Mariners friends at the most hospitable Imperial Club were joyous and shared fruit juices aplenty.

Alva aka as the Crow Man spoke of divine intervention the previous week to spare Cleethorpes from the worst expectations of the storms that so damaged much of England's coastline.



The Innkeeper listens intensely to Alva and clearly looks enlightened and uplifted.
The Innkeeper listens intensely to Alva and clearly looks enlightened and uplifted.

Apparently being pleased with his work, perhaps the hand of fate was manifesting itself in the Mighty Mariners glorious cup run.

After brief visits to the Smugglers - where Manager Julie was particularly disappointed at the absence of so many Histon Mariner big guns - a hot chocolate night cap at Willys, our intrepid foot soldiers retired to the Kingsway. However the celebratory nature of the day continued. Waiting anxiously to meet the Histon Mariners was lifelong Mariner David Shearsmith and having supported GTFC since 1947, he was desperate to meet and embrace the campaign Top Duty Manager at the Kingsway, Simon - himself a Mariner fanatic, facilitated the meeting.

David with daughter Julie, son-in-law Paul and the long-suffering Mrs Yvonne Shearsmith wait to meet the Histon Mariners.
David with daughter Julie, son-in-law Paul and the long-suffering Mrs Yvonne Shearsmith wait to meet the Histon Mariners.

David achieves his ambition with the Logistics Director and Simon.
David achieves his ambition with the Logistics Director and Super Simon.

Another successful mission completed, finally ended with top Night Porter Innis providing excellent sustenance to the weary crew.

U.T.M


14.12.13 Barnet 1 V 2 GTFC

F.A. Trophy Round 2

Barnet v GTFC Ticket
Barnet v GTFC Ticket

To win or not to win? It's hard to argue with a winning habit.
However Barnet which is in Edgware with the nearest Tavern providing refreshment which is in Harrow - most confusing.

Nevertheless a great header from Cookie (please be patient) and a magnificent finish from super sub (and currently prolific) Dayle Southwell saw the Mariners home. Dayle is certainly rising to the challenge created by the Hitmans abcence.

Top fan 'Imperial John' celebrates with the Logistics Director.


U.T.M

However:

As Histon Mariners you can never assume a quiet day without developments.....!
On Sunday 15.12.13 ambassadors of Ipswich Town FC descended on Histon HQ.

Meeting under the Hewitts sign Mr R Slegg and Ferret were delighted to meet the ever amiable chairman.

A full discussion about the campaign was enhanced by a grapefruit juice or two. The Chairman welcomed a closer association with the Ipswich Tractor boys and discussed many issues with plans agreed in principal. The Trawler-Tractor alliance was official.

The visible joy of Ray and Ferret was clearly evident the Tractor Boys are now enrolled as Associate Members of the Histon Mariners campaign.

News of this exciting new development soon spread.

Histon Mariners Geoff Miles and Ian Williams were keeping abreast of the news via social media.

Very old friend Dick Tabor soon arrived at the Red Lion to celebrate with the Chairman.

No sooner had the news broke but Ian Blacklaw esq, a prominent foot soldier of Ray & Ferret diverted to Histon to celebrate enroute to Ipswich from Nuneaton.

U.T.M


19.12.13 GTFC 3 v 1 Kidderminster

GTFC v Kidderminster Ticket
GTFC v Kidderminster Ticket

The Mighty Mariners look to be going from strength to strength. The squad looks united and committed - Histon Mariners sponsored Hursty looks fine as the Lone Ranger.

Super Scott Neilson obviously gets the plaudits but our very own shop front John Lewis and MacDonald grow in stature every game. Optimism is rightly growing but the hard work ahead is immense.

Post-match refreshment and analysis at the ever hospitable Imperial. A nightcap at Willy's.

However:

The Logistics Director proved a master of his art before and after the game:-

Thurs              16.05   -  Breakdown
19.12.13          16.20   - The Dovecote Inn - most helpful
                        17.35   - Adey from Fotheringham Recovery

                                    - Left to Lincoln Train Station.   Arrived 18.15
                                    - Taxi to the Kingsway Hotel.  Arrived 19.05
                                    - Taxi to Blundel.  Liquid and substantial refreshment, top notch as usual.
                                    3 Goals, 3 Points, 3 Cheers

Friday
20.12.13          08.25   - Car to Wrights of Lincoln. Courtesy of Adey
                        11.20   - Car examined
                                    - Days study at the Kingway

                        14.55   - Taxi to Cleethorpes Station

                        15.10   - Train to Grimsby



                        15.47   - Miss connection to Lincoln
                        15.55   - Taxi to Wrights of Lincoln - Arrive 17.25
                                    - Travel back to Histon H.Q. - Arrive 19.10
                                    - Full report to the President and Chairman 19.25-19.30

U.T.M


Saturday 20.12.13,

Histon FC welcomed visitors Bradford P.A. Prior to the match, representatives of THE Bradford team called at the Red Lion to establish rapport with the Histon Mariners.

Having been displaced by Cambridge Utd in 1970 it was a difficult even traumatic episode for our Bradford visitors.

Given some liquid refreshment Mad Pete of Brighouse (and soon to be of Darjeeling fame), top Youth Development Officer, Steve H along with Mr P Davies soon developed a deep understanding and admiration of the Histon Mariners campaign.

Stories, facts, myths and fantasies were swapped and a true alliance can be said to have been firmly established.



2014

Tuesday 1st January

The dawn of the new year makes little difference to the relentless progression of the Campaign.

Lincolnshire in particular is fully aware of developments but the commitment of 4 hardened Yella Bellys with a Spanish twist deserves to be highlighted. The Pilgrims from Boston - a former stronghold of the Histon Mariners sponsored Hursty, then assisted by Rob Scott were keen to establish a rapport with the Histon Mariners. Unfortunately Fat Matt took his entertaining obligations to the extreme the previous evening and was AWOL.

Mark, Neal, John (Turncoat) Ines and John

The above assembled pilgrims were obviously ecstatic with their newly formed links with the Histon Mariners. Turncoat proved a Mariner for the day and proceeded to talk complete nonsense for what seemed an eternity.

As delighted as the Histon Mariners are at the strengthening of its Lincolnshire stronghold, even more exciting was the visit of Ines who came representing La Coruna and the Cantabrian Mountain region of Spain. Her excitement was difficult to conceal but we are very confident of future developments in Spain in the not too distant future.

UTM


4.1.14 GTFC 2 v 3 Huddersfield Town

GTFC v Huddersfield Town Ticket
GTFC v Huddersfield Town Ticket

The Logistics Director was quickly into his stride -

  • An early morning call to the Chairman's house, only to be welcomed by an extra from an Oscar Wilde play in a purple dressing gown bemoaning a cold severe enough to withdraw from service....at least the pigeon would be pleased.
  • Collection of Mr. Dear, whose catering skills prior to the victory against Forest Green were allegedly contributory towards Mr. Marshall's lateness (doubtful) and Mr. Hines invitation to boost HMRC funds (probably not).

The customary launch of the days activities at Willys saw an ecstatic Rayah and ...... welcome the Histon Mariners.


The President's pre-match briefing was so awe-inspiring that Brian was left	speechless.
The President's pre-match briefing was so awe-inspiring that Brian was left speechless.

Soon to be joined by the Chesterfield Mariners and Huddersfield fans who were delighted to meet up with the Histon Mariners and embrace the campaign.

Gareth, Terrier Tim, Histon Mariner Brian Terrier Col, our President and Teflon Ian share a pre-match fruit juice.
Gareth, Terrier Tim, Histon Mariner Brian	Terrier Col, our President and Ian share a
pre-match fruit juice.

Chesterfield Mariners President continues to look forward to a life of monastic solitude. However, we live in hope - rather than expectations - that the holder of the worlds most expensive Season Ticket (used 5 times last season) will one day be resurrected and embrace the cause.

Lord of the Manor 'Ray' with daughter Charlotte
Lord of the Manor 'Ray' with daughter Charlotte (whose hair extensions appeared to survive the wet weather) and ...... neither of whom are eating in this picture.

Lord of the Manor Ray with Legendary York Mariner Dave
Lord of the Manor Ray with York Mariner, Legendary Dave

Willys is increasingly playing a key role in pre-match meetings and facilitating various strands of world football appreciating the GTFC onslaught, onwards and upwards towards a more realistic standing in English football.

At Blundell the electric atmosphere was clearly evident and encouraged the dreams of those who'd not been here before, to believe.

Scott Kerr and GTFC's own High Street, John Lewis and Clayton McDonald unfortunately absent from the Mighty Mariners on the day were delighted to take time to discuss the campaign and learn from our President, Maurice.


Meanwhile Brian took time to again welcome York legend Mariner Dave.
Meanwhile Brian took time to again welcome York legend Mariner Dave.

Young starlet from Purley, Rebecca, was at Blundell to live the dream, A goalkeeper, who has conceded 7 goals in 14 games this season, was due to meet Wimbledon in the County Cup the following day. Hoping for (and expecting) inspiration from Jamie McKeown she was also delighted to meet GTFC legend Lee - who has missed 7 games in 71 seasons at Blundell.

Rebecca, with Lisa and husband Mike with father-in-law Lee the Legend.
Rebecca, with Lisa and husband Mike with father-in-law Lee the Legend.

A fine recruit to the Histon Mariners Youth Development Programme Becky was keen to introduce dad Tony to the Histon Mariners.

Becky with Dad Tony and agent Thomas from Holtsby and Provisions Director Brian & President, Maurice.
Becky with Dad Tony and agent Thomas from Holtsby and Brian & President, Maurice.

Further products of the Youth Development Programme were also on hand to welcome Becky.

Brian with Pete, John Boy (with his Leeds rather than Scunny Headgear), Ray the Fish, the President and an excitable Sophie.
Provisions Director Brian with Pete, John Boy (with his Leeds rather than Scunny Headgear), Ray the Fish, the President and an excitable Sophie.

A magnificent team performance belied the final score. The Histon Mariners sat with several Terrier fans who throughout the game recognised and applauded a truly impressive performance from the Mighty Mariners. No one needs to be singled out because of the nature of the united team performance but replacements Andy Cook, Chris Doig and Andi Thanoj stepped in so effectively that visiting fans could not believe the absence of the the more regular teams players.

Aswad Thomas had to make that last ditch effort with 2 Terriers closing in behind him. True Mariners clearly felt for him as all dreams drained away.

Still plenty to play for - Wembly and promotion. But whatever else the FA Cup run this season has clearly re-emphasised that the Mighty Mariners can comfortably compete on and off the pitch at a more fitting level.


The Innkeeper after a rather extraordinary and excitable dive into a very hard and sharp obstacle during the match, bled profusely but despite the aid of St. Johns Ambulance personnel (who were concerned for a fall at his age) the result remained unchanged.

Post match analysis at the Imperial Club. All Mariners though gutted at the final score were in agreement and proud of the team performance.

Carl and the President remain buoyant.
Carl and the President remain buoyant.

Braveheart Mark and Brian applaud the team performance.
Braveheart Mark and Provisions Brian applaud the team performance.

An extraordinary post-match aura continued at the Smugglers. Mariners fans from far afield continued to hunt down the Histon Mariners.

Croydon (nee Cleethorpes) Mariner Darrell was anxious to formulate an accord with the Histon Mariners. Ever delighted the Histon Mariners continue to widen the net and embrace Mariners everywhere.

Histon Mariner Brian, Darrell, Jane, The long-suffering Keith and the President celebrate the new accord between Croydon and Histon with a diet coke.
Histon Mariner Brian, Darrell, Jane, The long-suffering Keith and the President celebrate the new accord between Croydon and Histon with a diet coke.

The President and Darrell, commiserate with Keith who for many years has endured the tyrannical reign of top landlady Julie. Julie, always keen to be photographed, also unveiled plans to raise the Smugglers profile. The Histon Mariners look forward to plans and will support her when in Cleethorpes.

At Willys the Innkeeper (no longer bleeding) met fellow Who fanatic Jack Daniel Coyle. They proceeded to give a forgettable display of air guitar vis-a-vie Townsend and badly mimed lyrics vis-a-vie Daltry.

So forgettable was the performance, Mariner Michael and Katie (in total disbelief) took the photo opportunity with the Innkeeper and J. D. Coyle.

Whilst this most extraordinary display took place, Brian took the opportunity to practice his counselling skills on anyone who would listen. Fortunately Jessica Rabbit, her friend and potentially believed mother took full advantage. (We eagerly await a full report from newly appointed Agony Aunt Brian)

Back to the Kingsway where the ever-reliable and excellent Innis took care of the Histon Mariners before retiring to contemplate the days events.

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18.1.14 GTFC 2 v 2 Gateshead

GTFC v Gateshead Ticket
GTFC v Gateshead Ticket

In a quite remarkable display of philanthropy and charitable benevolence, the Innkeeper took the entire bar staff from the Grimsby pub in Cambridge in support of the Histon Mariners to the game v Gateshead.

From the outset, the Logistics Director in view of the large flock he had to shepherd, took control. Those late on parade - highly predictable - were left to fend for themselves. With great resilience those culpable took the blow, used their initiative and soon found their way to Cleethorpes base the consistently excellent Kingsway. Those who had been late on parade were probably glad of the peace and the unexpected opportunity to rest their ears.

A quick briefing by the Innkeeper at the Kingsway signalled the commencement of manoeuvres. Immediately at Willys, the Chesterfield Mariners, awash with stories from the abortive campaign at Forest Green were delighted to meet up with associates of the Histon Mariners, Lord of the Manor Ray was particularly grateful to meet up with the Mayoress of Histon, The Right Honourable Mrs. Pamela Milne and Lithuanian representative Ms. E Seagulskaite.

Charlotte of 'Hair extensions' fame appears less excited.

Lord Ray, Gareth and Teflon Ian share a cordial with Histon Mariners very own webmaster, Kevin. We trust Kevin was not tempted by considerable efforts at bribery in order to distort the truthful nature of the website.

Prior to leaving Willys, owner Bill could not resist having the Mayoress of Histon showing Rayah her Willys pulling techniques. Mrs Milne demonstrated marvellous technique, obviously refined over many years.

At McMenemy's, Dave Smith and his excellent team gave the Red Lion Bar Staff a lesson in customer service. Additionally Mattie was on hand to discuss the Histon Mariners campaign, thank the staff for their assistance and welcome the young debutantes.

Ashley - slightly better haircut than normal - with Mattie and Dayna.
Ashley - slightly better haircut than normal - with Mattie and Dayna.

Mrs & Mrs Hills were barely able to contain their excitement.
Mrs & Mrs Hills were barely able to contain their excitement.

Always in support of Mr Fenty's team, the Histon Mariners were grateful he was able to welcome the Red Lion Bar Staff.

Whilst Mr. Fenty mixed with the Red Lion Staff, the Logistics Director, Ray the Fish and Mattie took the opportunity to meet up with Hursty in a show of support from his increasingly impressive solo performance.

Mighty Mariner (Andy Carr) joined with Mattie, Ray the Fish and the Logistics Director to cement relationships and briefly discuss the campaign objectives over the next few weeks.



A quite extraordinary display by the Referee did little to help a town display that was probably good enough to take maximum points. Alas it was necessary for a late Paul Bignott equalizer to enable some justice to be served. Bookings to Ross Hannah and Paul Bignott, a penalty to Gateshead and the free-kick from which Town ultimately fell behind were a few examples of the referee's ineptitude.

Man of the Match, closely contended by Scott Kerr and Clayton McDonald was finally given to GTFC's Mr. Consistency Sean Pearson. Apart from the award, Sean was honoured to be presented to by the Mayoress of Histon, Pamela Milne and the Lituanian representative Ms. E Cegelshitter.

Jubilation continued unabated at the Imperial Club

Jubilation continued unabated at the Imperial Club

Carl looks anxious to meet the Mayoress
Carl looks anxious to meet the Mayoress but is blocked by a thirsty Ethel and his minder 'Smasher' Thompson.

Izzy Gee looks terrified of the Crowman, whilst Kieron orders two cokes.
Izzy Gee looks terrified of the Crowman, whilst Kieron orders two cokes.

Linda can hardly contain her excitement and sings aloud to all whilst Dame Edna offers support.
Linda can hardly contain her excitement and sings aloud to all whilst Dame Edna offers support.

At the No.2 Bar, Mrs Milne held a consultation surgery and can be seen to offer intentive comfort to one of her new admirers.

Inevitably some of the youngsters became over excited and needed careful guidance.

Here Dav takes a ride on a fellow Town fan.
Here Dav takes a ride on a fellow Town fan, whilst his mum watches on.

At Schooners fellow GTFC sponsor Lee Mullen was determined to establish a rapport with the Histon Mariners and the Innkeeper was clearly keen and able to reciprocate.

Further visits to the Nottingham House, Smugglers and Willys witnessed several attempts at excessiveness - thankfully largely contained at this stage.

Smasher Thompson and Webmaster Kev look vaguely awake at The Smugglers.
Smasher Thompson and Webmaster Kev look vaguely awake at The Smugglers.

As the new visitors to Cleethorpes slowly retreated to the Kingsway, inevitably vigorous and vociferous discussion of the future of the Histon Mariners Campaign took place in the lobby. Whilst perhaps predictable and excitable it was not the best location, however the marvellous Innis and patient fellow Mariner Simon took command and in so doing continued our very excellent relationship with the Kingsway.

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28.01.14 CUFC 1 v 2 GTFC

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The eagerly awaited return fixture against Cambridge, following an unfortunate result at Blundell, unsurprisingly brought forth considerable excitement and tension.

Histon Mariners "Big Guns" were out in force.

The Dean contemplates the game ahead, away from undue interference from the Battleaxe.
The Dean contemplates the game ahead, away from undue interference from the Battleaxe.

Long-standing Mariner, Dick Tabor can hardly bear the tension at the Red Lion as the kick-off approached.
Long-standing Mariner, Dick Tabor can hardly bear the tension at the Red Lion as the kick-off approached.

The Chairman and The Dean touch the Hewitts sign for good luck.
The Chairman and The Dean touch the Hewitts sign for good luck.

At Cambridge in the Dublin Suite the Histon Mariners partook of a sumptuous feast .......!! As is often the case Mariners from far and away were keen to build a rapport with the Histon Mariners.

The Chairman and Northern Ireland (Larne Branch) Representative, Ken Andrews discuss developments and build a lasting friendship.
The Chairman and Northern Ireland (Larne Branch) Representative, Ken Andrews discuss developments and build a lasting friendship.

Paul Fenty, long time associate of the Histon Mariners, held talks with our illustrious President Maurice and was equally enthralled to meet Histon Mariners Agony Aunt Brian and Larne Branch representative Ken Andrews.

Meanwhile, Agony Aunt Brian made extraordinary efforts to counsel The Brick. Mick, an enthusiastic visitor to Blundell, declared "I've always been a Cambridge fan".

When it had been established that he had not been to see them this century, Bob Hine (Recruitment Officer, West Midlands) tried to help him rationalise his "thought process", following on from Brian's efforts.

A clearly confused Mick....seemingly with a different scarf.....with Bob after the game.

A well earned victory ensued. A top all-round team effort with new recruits Jamie Fyfield and Oumare Tounkara contributing and experiencing the magnificent support from "Paul Hurst's Black and White Army". Two stunning goals from Lenell John-Lewis and Scott Neilson saw the Mighty Mariners home against a Cambridge team who were outfought and had previously had a 100% home record. CUFC fans were heard to say during the match "Grimsby just wont left us (CUFC) settle and play".......!!!! The team spirit of the Mighty Mariners is clearly evident and will be essential as the fixture list gets more and more congested towards the time when the trophies are given out.

After the game Scott Kerr, heading towards legendary status, sought out the Logistics Director, expressing the teams thanks to the Histon Mariners for their continued support.

Post-match celebrations at "The Grimsby Pub in Cambridge" were frantic. Chesterfield Mariners were on hand to add to the fervour. Initially unaware of the Innkeeper's consultations with Scott Kerr, the visitors from Derbyshire were encouraged to indulge in a spot of self-service.

When the Innkeeper finally arrived celebrations continued unabated. Lord of the Manor, Ray and the Innkeeper could only marvel at a distance the balancing skill of T.I. (Teflon Ian) whilst Gareth was at the ready to assist as The Gaffer prepared to jump out of the non-stick frying pan into the proverbial.


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8.02.14 GTFC 0 v 0 Southport

GTFC v Southport Ticket
GTFC v Southport Ticket

A brief excursion north, largely incognito, still saw high interest in the Histon Mariners campaign.

An excellent foundation at Willys saw Chesterfield Mariner Gareth call to offer his apologies as he had to deliver liquid and physical sustenance to Lord of the Manor, Ray.

Yet another sumptuous feast at McMenemy's where Mike with the support of Purley exile Tony introduced local entrepreneurial bigwig John West to the Logistics Director. Glad to be away from the Independent state of Kingston Upon Hull, Tony with soon to be son-in-law (despite declaring allegiance to a West London team!) Thomas, were only too happy to share some of the finer details of the forthcoming marriage.

John West of Ulceby, Thomas Gough (the betrothed), Mike already well and truly betrothed and Purley exile Tony Cooper (not so betrothed)
John West of Ulceby, Thomas Gough (the betrothed), Mike already well and truly betrothed and Purley exile Tony Cooper (not so betrothed).

Mike in rather fetching pose, revealing his tag, in order
a) his whereabouts can be verified and
b) can be returned home to Lisa when lost.

A not all together memorable display but a point when most others further complicated their fixture list, may not prove a total disaster.

Great displays from Clayton McDonald, Scott Kerr and Man of the Match Jamal Fyfield were highlights. However Ex (Not so popular.....!) Mariner Richard Brodie, had to be relieved of his duties at half time in order to avoid an early bath, was certainly entertaining. Scott Kerr appeared distraught....ho, ho, ho!

Much talk of the forthcoming visit to Cambridge and probably Histon ensued around Cleethorpes in the evening. Saturday 15th February should be memorable.

Later that evening having escaped from Mike, Mariner Stalwart Lisa & son...... were seen to be celebrating in Cleethorpes.

Back at the Kingsway Marnier exiles from Northampton were waiting to meet the Logistics Director.

Mike Hallam with son Mike, appear ecstatic with the Histon Mariners, represented by the Logistics Director, look determined to build a long term rapport.

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The introduction of Bateman's new beer is indicative of the work behind the scenes by the Histon Mariners.

Thursday 13th February saw the launch of Black and White.

The Logistics Director with The Gaffer at the Vine Hotel, Skegness.
The Logistics Director with The Gaffer at the Vine Hotel, Skegness.

At Bateman's Brewery Area Representative Matt Bisneverwas celebrates with the Innkeeper and Sales Director Andrew Reed (N.W. Wainfleet Bossa Nova Champion 1957-59)



15.02.14 CUFC 2 v 1 GTFC

Immediately at Histon H.Q. The Red Lion, Sophie from the Youth Development Programme helped the launch of Bateman's Black & White with assistance from The Gaffer and Mattie.

Mariners from far and wide met under the Hewitt's sign.


(Chesterfield Mariners Rebecca and Gareth approaching 'regular' status) under the Hewitts sign.
(Chesterfield Mariners Rebecca and Gareth approaching 'regular' status) under the Hewitts sign.
Ray the Fish, with neighbour Tony (Cleethorpes Promenade 1976 Daily Mirror Fan of the Year), Mattie and Jay (Bro' of Coleen the Fish) share morning tea and stories a plenty.
Ray the Fish, with neighbour Tony "(Cleethorpes Promenade 1976 Daily Mirror "Fan of the Year")", Mattie and Jay (Bro' of Coleen the Fish) share morning tea and stories a plenty.

No sooner had the Histon Mariners and Chesterfield Mariners welcomed other travelling Mariners, when representatives of Harrogate Town FC arrived to sample the electrifying atmosphere, partake in light refreshment and build a rapport with the Histon Mariners.

Sophie welcomes Harrogate Town representatives Andy Harrison and Mick Harland.
Sophie welcomes Harrogate Town representatives Andy Harrison and Mick Harland.

Lord Ray and T.I. lead discussions with help from Ray the Fish and Jay, Andy Harrison and Mick Harland were ably assisted by Dave Craven and Kevin Guy
Lord Ray and T.I. lead discussions with help from Ray the Fish and Jay, Andy Harrison and Mick Harland were ably assisted by Dave Craven and Kevin Guy.

 Stop Press :

The President of Chesterfield Mariners is reported as 'intending' to visit Macclesfield for the forthcoming fixture....! We trust he realises Town parted company with Mike Newell some years ago.

At CUFC the atmosphere was shaped by the 1200 travelling Black & White army. The support was probably the highlight of the day but a late 'Shop Front' goal ensures "GAME ON".

The Dean of Fitness (clearly missing the Battleaxe), The Chairman (in deep thought) Ray the Fish (looking hopeful), Sophie and Mattie (excited) Coleen (freezing).
The Dean of Fitness (clearly missing the Battleaxe), The Chairman (in deep thought) Ray the Fish (looking hopeful), Sophie and Mattie (excited) Coleen (freezing).

The Dean of Fitness takes the Chairman for a half-time workout and fitness test.
The Dean of Fitness takes the Chairman for a half-time workout and fitness test.

After the game Sophie continues her extraordinary efforts to meet and discuss tactics with players and fans alike.

Jack Tone (musical impresario), Rhi Whittleton and Brad from Cleethorpes were delighted to meet Sophie and Mattie.
Jack Tone (musical impresario), Rhi Whittleton and Brad from Cleethorpes were delighted to meet Sophie and Mattie.

With Sam Hatton
With Scott Kerr
With Sam Hatton
With Scott Kerr

With Andy Cook
With Andy Cook

The Mighty Mariners were only too pleased to meet Sophie and Mattie and thank her and the Histon Mariners for all their support and encouragement.

Ray the Fish continued to widen his net and trawl up many local associates from his Youth Development work.

Mick Parker from Cottenham reports into Ray the Fish on happenings out in the Fens.
Mick Parker from Cottenham reports into Ray the Fish on happenings out in the Fens.

After such a cold and essentially disappointing excursion it was no surprise to see Mariners fans replenish stocks back at the Red Lion.

Lisa from McMenemy's celebrates the launch of Bateman's Black and White with the Gaffer. (Dad Lee Pearce had been reported to be at home with headphones, following events).
Lisa from McMenemy's celebrates the launch of Bateman's Black and White with the Gaffer. (Dad Lee Pearce had been reported to be at home with headphones, following events).

John Wright, Lisa's long-suffering chauffeur, Mike, John Robertson, Kevin Donovan, Lisa of McMenemy's, Mike Robertson and Ashley Donovan held confidential discussions about the 2nd leg against CUFC on 22nd February.

Afterwards Mariner foot soldiers looked delighted with the results.

Sue younger sister of Lord of the Manor, Ray and Sgt Major Dick Dodd, from Fotherbury, found it easier to chose from the menu, than it is to chose between Nottingham County, Nottingham Forest as second choice to the Mighty Mariners.

Later in the evening John Tomdeur (J.T.) from Radio Humberside with long-suffering wife Lynne were eager to discuss the future plans of Histon Mariners with the Innkeeper. It can be reported, at this stage, there could well be mutually beneficial spin-off's from these early talks.

J.T. and Lynne celebrate the launch of Bateman's Black & White surprisingly the Gaffer was on hand to offer help.
J.T. and Lynne celebrate the launch of Bateman's Black & White surprisingly the Gaffer was on hand to offer help.

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22.02.14 GTFC 1 v 1 CUFC

GTFC v Southport Ticket
GTFC v CUFC Ticket

The trend for debutants to arrive late on parade appears to have become the norm, with Messrs. Allsop and Wilson arriving at the Red Lion in excess of 40 minutes late. The journey north saw Histon Mariners Agony Aunt Brian contemplate his introductory pep talk to the two aforementioned debutants.

At Willys, Brian explains the Histon Mariners ethos and campaign with Steve.
At Willys, Brian explains the Histon Mariners ethos and campaign with Steve.

Wesley proved a tougher challenge as he excitedly called his relatively new Bride Laura
Wesley proved a tougher challenge as he excitedly called his relatively new Bride Laura (herself a 'Cleethorpes' girl!).

Brian - never one to give up - looks on in quiet admiration at the young excitable romantic.
Brian - never one to give up - looks on in quiet admiration at the young excitable romantic.

The Histon Mariners continued to meet many old and new friends at McMenemy's.

Agony Aunt Brian discusses opportunities with CUFC Commercial Manager, Julie.
Agony Aunt Brian discusses opportunities with CUFC Commercial Manager, Julie.

Phillip Day (GTFC Director) introduces Vice Chairman Eddie Clark, Commercial Manger Julie to debutant Wesley and a rather bemused vacant looking Steve.
Phillip Day (GTFC Director) introduces Vice Chairman Eddie Clark, Commercial Manger Julie to debutant Wesley and a rather bemused vacant looking Steve.

Representing the players, Paddy McLauglan was anxious to liaise with Brian and meet debutants Steve and Wes.

A poor first half display still left the Mighty Mariners in contention at half time, still only one goal down over the 2 legs. A rousing second half performance left Town just short and thus able to focus on our promotion push.

Overall four halves against Cambridge - Town played only one and still only lost 2 v 3.

The difficulties created by FA Cup runs, FA Trophy Campaigns, weather and floodlight failure have given Hursty's team a challenge. However, the challenge shall be confronted and the Histon Mariners will assist and support on the journey towards ultimate success.

Post-match analysis and planning continued at the No.2 Bar and Schooners - where the Innkeeper was seen to be grovelling around the floor in search of two dropped 1 pence coins. His legendary attention to detail - including every penny can only be wondered at.

The Nottingham House was the key venue on this occasion, staging meetings with various Mariner stalwarts.

Martin Bennett and Carl Lee representing match sponsors Groveport Logistics spot the Histon Mariners along with top Mariner and old friend Mike.
Martin Bennett and Carl Lee representing match sponsors Groveport Logistics spot the Histon Mariners along with top Mariner and old friend Mike.

With a determined intention to forge links with the Histon Mariners Carl and Martin offer to share a round of fruit juices.

Wes, Steve and Brian explain many of the more intricate details of the Histon 			Mariners campaign to Martin Bennett from New Waltham.
Wes, Steve and Brian explain many of the more intricate details of the Histon Mariners campaign to Martin Bennett from New Waltham.

Brian gives way to Steve who leads discussions over a cream soda with a totally disbelieving Martin Bennett.
Brian gives way to Steve who leads discussions over a cream soda with a totally disbelieving Martin Bennett.

Carl Lee also from New Waltham scrutinises some of the finer details, presented by Wes who rehydrates with a sparkling water.
Carl Lee also from New Waltham scrutinises some of the finer details, presented by Wes who rehydrates with a sparkling water.

Meanwhile New Waltham Martin looks content with proceedings whilst in conference with McMenemy's superstar Lisa (Senior Management to Mike).

At the conclusion of proceedings Andy from the salvation army congratulates Wes on his achievements.

Also, anxious to reconnect with the Histon Mariners was the well know 'Cleethorpes Antique' Jeff. Agony Aunt Brian was only too keen to brief Jeff on developments.

Wes and Steve were astounded by the level of interest in the Mighty Mariners and when Andy Murray (!) sought out the Histon Mariners to share a cola, our two debutants can clearly be seen to have found a spiritual home.

Back to the excellent Kingsway, were old friend Innis continued to look after the Mariners foot-soldiers in his own inimitable style!

The following morning a full review of the previous day's proceedings led to a unanimous decision of "another successful mission".

Steve in deep thought, proclaims himself a Mariner.
Steve in deep thought, proclaims himself a Mariner.

Together with Wes they proudly display their memento's and trophies - the famous Ebony & Ivory dice.
Together with Wes they proudly display their memento's and trophies - the famous Ebony & Ivory dice.

Wes anxious to devour the "Full English" had considerable difficulty operating the brown sauce bottle - eventually with help from senior pro Steve; the Brown Sauce soon 'plastered' his "Full English".

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22.3.14 Nuneaton Town 0 v 1 GTFC

Nuneaton Town v GTFC Programme
Nuneaton Town v GTFC Programme

Pre-match liquid refreshment at the Crown, Nuneaton saw the Chesterfield Mariners compare notes with the Histon Mariners. Surprisingly the Chesterfield President was absent - though rumour has it, the thumb is slightly less pressing.

Confidence in the remaining campaign remains buoyant despite recent testing times. The late season push can be said to test temperaments and judgements.

Gosport Town were certainly everyone’s favourite underdog and Viking Tef-Man can be quoted as thus "if GTFC were playing Gosport I wouldn't mind loosing.....?!!!" - a clear case of late season pressure and/or overindulgence.

The Innkeeper on behalf of the Histon Mariners asked about the whereabouts of Lord of the Manor Ray - replies were inconclusive and confusing, perhaps even evasive.

At the ground the debate re. the whereabouts of Lord Ray continued.


Was he in attendance or was it a rumour?

Becky was entrusted with the Chairman's and Ray the Fish's Programmes and with/without help from her father, succeeded admirably.
Becky was entrusted with the Chairman's and Ray the Fish's Programmes and with/without help from her father, succeeded admirably.

Many associates of the Histon Mariners congregated in the ground. Imperial stalwarts John and Richie were in their usual fine form.

Mike and Lisa McMenamy meet with the Innkeeper and discuss manoeuvres against Luton March 25th and Chester April 12th.
Mike and Lisa McMenamy meet with the Innkeeper and discuss manoeuvres against Luton March 25th and Chester April 12th.

Full operational manoeuvres are planned for the Chester game, by which time the Mariners fate should be more or less determined.

A stunning Alex Rodman finish saw the Mighty Mariners home in a match from which points were of paramount importance over finesse.  The games in hand - rather than the points in the bag - have produced a few rattled nerves but in Hursty we trust!

Post-match analysis took place in Nuneaton Rugby Club where Becky proclaimed Lord Ray had been in attendance all along.  However Son-in-Law and Viking Tef-Man still remained unconvinced.


Even as late as the journey home, the debate ensued.
Even as late as the journey home, the debate ensued.

One highlight that must be reported was a sterling effort from Gareth, who when asked the time, turned his wrist accordingly and provided the necessary information - forgetting the beverage in hand which proceeded to clean the train floor!

An embarrassed Gareth - incognito
An embarrassed Gareth - incognito

Once back at Histon H.Q. a shock was in store for the Innkeeper when approaching the bar.

Surely not..............!!!!!!


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25.3.14 GTFC 1 v 2 Luton Town

GTFC v Luton Town

The performance of the Mighty Mariners belies the result. Undoubtedly Town deserved something from the game but chances have to be taken.

                        [A poignant point to wish Hitman Hearn well, thank him for
                        his contribution and hope all is not lost]

If performances match this to the end of the season the goal is in sight.

Considerable discussions with Histon Mariner associates Paul Fenty, Dave Boylen, Leeson Pearce and Son-in-Law Mike confirm optimism and confidence abounds.

Mighty Mariner was equally keen to meet the Histon Mariners.

Youth products John Boy and Sophie were delighted to meet and discuss the Mariners campaign.


Keep the Faith

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P.S. Can neither confirm nor deny the whereabouts of Lord of the Manor, Ray....!



10.04.14 Dartford 1 v 0 GTFC

Dartford v GTFC Ticket
Dartford v GTFC Ticket

Low key manoeuvres prior to spectacular arrangements ahead of the home fixture against Chester.

Associates from far and wide met up with the Histon Mariners. However, none was more appreciative than Cleethorpes exile, Tim. Tim now confined to Ipswich has become embroiled with Ipswich LegEnd Raymondo. Much commiseration was forthcoming but Tim bore a brave face and valiantly accepted his fate.

Tim partakes a strawberry milkshake with the Innkeeper.

The Innkeepers advice was "try the other one......."

Unsurprisingly Imperial stalwart John, who hasn't missed a game all season, spoke with the Innkeeper re the Campaign. He also experienced great excitement at the prospect of meeting the Chairman on Saturday.

10 changes to the side that played Woking 48 hours before created discussion amongst Mariners fans. Man of the Match, Cookie hit the woodwork twice before the Dartford goal - such are the fine lines of football fate.

The odd - (very odd) - individuals who bemoaned the situation should stop and consider those fine-lines and remember 3rd place in the league ensures a chance in the Play-Off lottery.

Lord of the Manor Ray equally annoyed / concerned reiterated such thoughts to the Innkeeper.


In Hursty we trust

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12.04.14 GFTC 2 v 1 Chester City

GFTC v Chester City Ticket
GFTC v Chester City Ticket

The Logistics Director executed a high risk strategy given the Kingsway was over subscribed - probably because the Histon Mariners were due. After consultation with the Fitness Director and verification with Ray The Fish, a new base camp was commandeered to the cause. The only problem at this stage was the reaction of the Chairman....!

The Chairman was only informed enroute, given that his rigidly formulated routine would be disturbed. However all was satisfactory, with the Chairman clearly focussing on the game ahead and the staggering developments at Cleethorpes due to the Chairman's leadership.

Already the Kingsway occupancy rate has been alluded to but also JD Wetherspoon are keen to be associated with the Mighty Mariners following the Histon Mariners Campaign.

Likewise the local council in appreciation of the Campaign, have named a street after our illustrious Chairman.


Perhaps a view from a different angle might see things differently.

The news is clearly spreading and having a positive effect. At the Dovedale, the Histon Mariners were eagerly anticipated. Trish and Kate were clearly ecstatic to meet the Histon Mariners very own Agony Aunt, Brian.

The Dovedale
Trish & Kate struggle to hide their excitement

At Willy's the liquid refreshment was on top form as ever with Mariners dropping in to wish the Histon Mariners good luck.

Chesterfield Mariner Gareth with the Innkeeper but without his Lordship, Senior Management Becky and TefMan.
Chesterfield Mariner Gareth with the Innkeeper but without his Lordship, Senior Management Becky and TefMan.

Rayah with Agony Aunt Brian, found great comfort in that his Willy's was on top form.
Rayah with Agony Aunt Brian, found great comfort in that his Willy's was on top form.

A final fitness check by the Dean and the Chairman was ready for action.

At Blundell many GTFC officials were delighted to catch up with the Histon Mariners.

The Chairman, Phillip Day and the Dean were involved in pre-match consultations.
The Chairman, Phillip Day and the Dean were involved in pre-match consultations.

Dave Smith, The Chairman, the Dean of Fitness, John Fenty and Agony Aunt Brian after successful pre-match discussions.
Dave Smith, The Chairman, the Dean of Fitness, John Fenty and Agony Aunt Brian after successful pre-match discussions.

With official business over friends and associates of the Histon Mariners kept our intrepid campaigners constantly busy.

Harry "P'Head" Morris, Paul, Son-in-law Liam and "N'head" Dave are anxious for advice from the Dean of Fitness whilst Agony Aunt Brian provides comfort and advice to Liam.
Harry "P'Head" Morris, Paul, Son-in-law Liam and "N'head" Dave are anxious for advice from the Dean of Fitness whilst Agony Aunt Brian provides comfort and advice to Liam.

The Chairman and Brian with old time colleague and associate of President Maurice, Mike.

Mike with brother Steve told many stories concerning Histon Mariner President Maurice. Maurice allegedly not tough enough to play centre half was a stylish mid-fielder, though most of his style was unassociated with football. Mike being considerably younger than Maurice, played most of his football after Maurice, however, whilst playing alongside him, found himself doing most of the running. Steve agreed and talked of Maurice tap-ins after he had done all the hard work. Both brothers agreed Maurice had tremendous potential in the air but once they'd got him out of his favourite hostelry, he would still worry about messing his hair up.

Mike also recalled cricketing days in Lewes with Pretty Boy Gill.

Agony Aunt Brian with brothers Mike and Steve.
Agony Aunt Brian with brothers Mike and Steve.

The Chairman's enthusiasm was clearly infectious. Local Cleethorpes Mariner Steve Dixon was enamoured with the Histon Mariners Campaign and was indeed grateful for an audience with our illustrious Chairman.

Brian with regular Larne Mariner Ken Andrews and Son Will a future 'Legal Bigwig' whose expertise could be very valuable.
Brian with regular Larne Mariner... and Son Will a future 'Legal Bigwig' whose expertise could be very valuable.

Prior to kick-off @ 15.07 was the 25th Hillsborough Anniversary....The silence and response was immaculately observed and more than a few mentioned the touching significance.

The Histon Mariners send all best wishes and support to the Hillsborough families.
The Histon Mariners send all best wishes and support to the Hillsborough families.

Two goals to one, 3 points, still 3rd in the league. Again when put on, Cooky looked fired up and dangerous. With his confidence looking invigorated he could prove valuable in the final few furlongs. His goal along with Histon Mariner sponsored "Tutankhamun" saw the Mariners home.

Post-match analysis was obviously conducted at the Imperial Club. The Chairman and Dean of Fitness had much to consider.


And after consultation with the Battleaxe, the Dean was given permission to bring other Mariners into discussions.


The Chairman naturally took the Chair for the ensuing discussions whilst Imperial Paul raised a few issues.
The Chairman naturally took the Chair for the ensuing discussions whilst Imperial Paul raised a few issues.

John thanked the Chairman for all his efforts and inspirational leadership.
John thanked the Chairman for all his efforts and inspirational leadership.

At Schooners, the Chairman was mobbed by adoring fans, many of whom thought they remembered him from films of a dubious nature in the 1970's.


The Innkeeper was not to be outdone and joined in the "Party Atmosphere".
The Innkeeper was not to be outdone and joined in the

As did Agony Aunt, Brian
As did Agony Aunt, Brian

Meanwhile the Dean conducted less frivolous affairs in the back at Schooners.

Kieron Presc thanked the Histon Mariners for their support of GTFC at a time when he is less than able to. All agreed come what may the Mighty Mariners must prevail.
Kieron Presc thanked the Histon Mariners for their support of GTFC at a time when he is less than able to. All agreed come what may the Mighty Mariners must prevail.

Onto the Smugglers where top landlady Julie was as ever enthralled at the arrival of the Histon Mariners.

Liam had obviously taken on board, Agony Aunt Brian's advice earlier at McMenamy's. And when listening to Mum Lisa and looking to the future alongside Lauren his is obviously confident of great times ahead.

Such was the intensity of the day, it was obvious the Histon Mariners would eventually tire after exhaustive manoeuvres. None more so than the Logistics Director who bore a heavy burden following the disruption of the Chairman's routine.

The following morning saw the glorious sunshine of Cleethorpes provided ideal conditions for quiet reflection on the preceding days events.

Our Agony Aunt declares "Another successful missio".
Our Agony Aunt declares "Another successful mission".

UTM


15.4.14 GTFC 0 v 1 F.C. Halifax

Basecamp- was re-established at The Kingway and Willy's provided a good foundation for the proceedings.

At Blundell F.C. Halifax legend Henry congratulated the Innkeeper on the Histon Mariners Campaign. Henry himself a Halifax stalwart has seen a re-emergent F.C. Halifax.

As ever McMenemy Mike held discussions with the Innkeeper, whilst Mariner superstars Paul Bignot and Lenel John-Lewis thanked both on behalf of the team for the continued support.

Gerry Dixon, father of Steve, with fellow Life-long Mariner Dennis were keen to meet the Innkeeper and associate with the Histon Mariners.
Gerry Dixon, father of Steve, with fellow Life-long Mariner Dennis were keen to meet the Innkeeper and associate with the Histon Mariners.

A disappointing result against a buoyant F.C. Halifax leaves the Campaign still not concluded but in Histon Mariners sponsored Hursty we trust.


18.4.14 Alfreton Town 3 v 3 Ross Hannah

The Chairman and Logistics Director decided to take in the match from a different perspective, with the possibility of a different angle producing new and invigorating ideas.

The 75 minute delay of the kick off time enabled considerable discussion of Mariners business. However the Chairman displayed a dimension never before associated with his efforts. The Innkeeper noticed a scrawny old Blackbird outside the Chairman's kitchen window and suggested he put it out of its misery. The Chairman objected stating "Old Scruffy had been with him for more than two years and was part of the family.......!!!!!"

Hursty was in TV link up with his sponsors the Histon Mariners. The Chairman's insight is always appreciated by Paul.
Hursty was in TV link up with his sponsors the Histon Mariners. The Chairman's insight is always appreciated by Paul.
Under instructions from fitness guru, The Dean The Chairman shares his unique insight with the Innkeeper.
Under instructions from fitness guru, The Dean The Chairman shares his unique insight with the Innkeeper.
Valuable considerations are taken into account and the Innkeeper extends his amazement of Histon's premier curmudgeon.

Three times in the lead - Three times pulled back. Ross Hannah's glorious hat trick signals a return to form at a key time. A definite upturn after the Halifax game and with Hyde at home a chance to gain momentum has never been more apparent.

UTM


26.04.14 Braintree 0 v 0 GTFC

Braintree v GTFC Ticket
Braintree v GTFC Ticket

It seems only days ago when looking ahead at the season fixtures, that Ray the Fish and the Innkeeper dreaded needing something at the final fixture at Braintree. The day has arrived - only the play-off placing’s in doubt.....phew!

Old friends of the Histon Mariners shared such thoughts.

Gareth in particular looks anxious (though Becky appears playful....?) Imperial John looks relaxed, his Lordship thoughtful.
Gareth in particular looks anxious (though Becky appears playful....?) Imperial John looks relaxed, his Lordship thoughtful.

Teflon-Man - sporting a rather fetching summer crop - preferred to make no comment and hides behind his milkshake.

0 Goals, 1 point. Is there any ground where the Mighty Mariners have never scored a league goal over a longer sequence of matches (3)?

Is Braintree the only ground to have held a league match at such a level where by there were more bookings than fouls - all undeserved?

Braintree is certainly the only ground that the Innkeeper could remember that not only sold out of programmes but failed to take any money from him for either liquid or solid refreshments.

In Hursty we trust

UTM


1.5.2014 GTFC 1 v 1 Gateshead

Stuart Bateman from Lincolnshire's No.1 Brewery has followed the Histon Mariners Campaign with interest over several years. Finally keen to associate officially with the Campaign he joined in manoeuvres for the play-off, first leg against Gateshead.

A pre-match briefing at Willys and meeting for the Logistics Director with Gateshead representative Bobby at the Notts, gave Stuart a valuable insight.

Notts Barman Will, son of the infamous Anglo-Scott Billy and friend of Histon Mariners, informed the Innkeeper of his father’s latest commission at the Lindon Club (near George Field). We are confident of a reunion in due course.
However Stuart appeared keen to bring additional 'elements' to the table.


Stuart with Tina Smith and Sofia at @'Think Bubbles' clearly well known at 'Ladies Outfitters', 'Think Bubbles' Stuart was keen to introduce the Innkeeper. Whilst a cautious approach from the Innkeeper was the order of the day, Stuart proceeded in clearly comfortable surrounds to demonstrate his 'behind the scene' knowledge and skills.


At Blundell, the Mighty Mariners were as ever keen to welcome new associates of the Histon Mariners.

Oumare Tounkara and Clayton MacDonald appear obviously star struck when introduced to Stuart. They are clearly touched......

Equally Ray the Fish with youth protégée’s John Boy (sporting a rather dubious hat) and Sophie help make Stuart feel at home.

A positive performance deserved more but with the Mariners away record, hopes are high. However the play-offs being the play-offs all is up for grabs and we hope the opportunity hasn't been missed at Blundell.

Back at Cleethorpes H.Q., The Kingsway, top Night Porter Innis was so thrilled to welcome Stuart and the Innkeeper, he was prepared to disturb his reading of Homer!

Innis as ever served a suitable nightcap, to Stuart and the Innkeeper who reminisced and talked rubbish until the early hours.

In Hursty we trust - UTM


Post Script 4.5.14 Gateshead 3 v 1 GTFC

The Mighty Mariners were consigned to a further season in the Conference. It is no surprise that all Conference Clubs welcome the Mariners both on the pitch and off it!
The Histon Mariners campaign will continue, stronger for the experience and will continue to build the sustainable foundation that is necessary for the future.

With a new ground being seriously considered off Peaks Parkway by Messrs. John Fenty, Philip Day and their team, exciting times lay ahead.

In the close season under the guidance of the President and Chairman we regroup, reconsider and reinvigorate the Histon Mariners Campaign. A pre-season full fitness programme will be formulated by The Dean and we look forward to renewing links with the clubs we have formed links with and especially fellow Mariner supporters everywhere.

Onwards & Upwards.

UTM

P.S. The Innkeeper has declared a personal crusade to find stickable material on Teflon-Man!