The Red Lion Histon

Mattie's Annual Pre-Season Trawl


The inter-season activities of Mattie Mariner have enthused fellow Mariners over several seasons. This year continues what is fast becoming a marketing educational journey that is bordering on a Pilgrimage.

In mid July Mattie in conjunction with Ray the Fish and Coleen sought to re-establish ancient links between Cambridge and Cleethorpes. Whilst dining at Corpus Christie College, Mattie presented a summary of the links between Sidney Sussex College and Cleethorpes.

Over many years land held by Sidney Sussex was released to Cleethorpes Council for urban development. Blundell Park itself stands on land once owned by the Cambridge College. As a reminder Sidney Park and Sussex Rec exist today in Cleethorpes and Blundell Tower is a named building in the grounds of Sidney Sussex College.


On the football front the summer was obviously dominated by Paul Hurst's manoeuvres in the transfer market. There was also the news that Histon Mariners would again be sponsoring Paul Hurst for the 2014-15 season and also defensive rock Paul Bignot.

With the World Cup also taking place Mattie went to visit the Spanish holders before the tournament began.

In Seville, Mattie whilst conducting official talks on behalf of the Histon Mariners, with the relevant Spanish Departments of State, also took time to meet enthusiastic locals.


Everywhere Mattie went the crowds flocked to see their famous guest.

As holders of the World Cup, Mattie was deeply involved with talks re: youth development and future commercial benefits.

As the summer wore on the World Cup produced a Germany v Argentina final. As ambassador for the Histon Mariners, Mattie took the opportunity to visit Bavaria - arguably alongside Cleethorpes the current epicentre of European/World football.

This work was centred firstly on the commercial links at Bamburg's Schlenkerla Brewery where obviously interest in Mattie's association with Bateman's and Willys was paramount.

Official talks were conducted at the historic Bamburg Town Hall.


As in Spain, the locals were overjoyed with Mattie's visit. Mattie in dicussion in "Domiknikanerklause" at Schlenkerla an event said by locals to be as important event sinced built in 1310.
Mattie shares a bier with locals celebrating the German World Cup win around Tiergärtnerplatz, Nürnberg.

Yanka with Mattie at Landbeirparadies Nürnberg.

The commercial benefits and the raising of Grimsby Football Club's profile by Mattie's pre-season campaigns are immeasurable. His choice of Spain (Holders) and Germany (New Winners) must be seen as more than a coincidence. We trust the links and lessons learnt will have significant effect on the forthcoming season.

Pre-season preporations continue. John Boy product of Ray "The Fish" youth developement programme continues to reap rewards.

John Boy on behalf of the Histon Mariners discusses the campaign with Paul Hurst & Paul Bignot both sponsored in 2014 by The Histon Mariners.


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9.8.14 Bristol Rovers 0 v 0 GTFC

With pre-season preparations concluded, the Chairman was determined to begin the season as he meant to go on. His cool, rational all-embracing considered approach is an example to us all. His dietary concerns are legendary - imploring all to follow his example. The pre-match fry-up and milkshake is virtually compulsory and we trust fully endorsed by Fitness & Restoration Director Mr. Dean.

Here the Chairman remains cool, whilst an excited Innkeeper realises the 				"Chairman's wisdoms".
Here the Chairman remains cool, whilst an excited Innkeeper realises the "Chairman's wisdoms".

Onwards and upwards, the Chairman remains cool and confident in the pre-season preparations.


*A good point and clean sheet. Considering the absent stars, most Mariners would take the point at Bristol.


9.9.14 Lincoln City 3 v 2 GTFC

Lincoln City v GTFC Ticket
Lincoln City v GTFC Ticket

The Innkeep

John Boy, Jay and Ray the Fish heed the Chairman's advice.
John Boy, Jay and Ray the Fish heed the Chairman's advice.

er spreads the word re the Chairman's pre-match dietary philosophy.

Mariners supporters were delighted to see the Histon Mariners reinvigorate their campaign.

Mike, Mariner legend Lee and top host Lisa show great relief, knowing the Histon Mariner's level of activity is back on track after a sluggish early season.
Mike Mariner legend Lee and top host Lisa show great relief, knowing the Histon Mariner's level of activity is back on track after a sluggish early season.

*Typical derby, GTFC having won the previous 6 encounters were due a blip. Having started sluggish, as the game wore on Town looked the likely winners. A J. P. Thunderbolt signalled the Mariners best spell - alas Lincoln rode their good fortune and were clearly ecstatic with their victory.

"One step forward, two steps back"

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27.9.14 GTFC 3 v 0 Chester City

GTFC v Chester City Ticket
GTFC v Chester City Ticket

A couple of excellent pre-match fruit juices at Willys on a glorious cloud-free sunny day, certainly emphasised the benefits of the Chairman's pre-match dietary considerations. Such a pleasant start helped raise expectations and confidence in the performance ahead.

Aswad Thomas & J.P. were clearly overjoyed to see Ray the Fish and the Logistics Director at Blundell and were fully appreciative of Mattie's pre-season efforts.

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*A solid functional display against a poor Chester team. Craig Clay as Histon Mariners Man of the Match and the ever reliable Craig Magnay typified Town's performance. A great solo effort by Ross Hannah and a hopeful kick start to Nathan Arnold's Town career provide significant hope that the only way is up.

Post-match analysis was conducted largely at the Imperial Club where Imperial John and Mariner recruit Phillip Serrel 'Antique Legend' led the applause for the Histon Mariners.

At the Nottingham House Radio Humberside Host John Tondeur and his wife were telling an excited Nigel Lowther of the Cleethorpes Chronicle about the Histon Mariners. As regular visitors to the Red Lion in Histon John Tondeur (The voice of Humberside Radio) and Lynne were able to inform and entertain the renowned editor of the Histon Mariners background and philosophy. It is hoped a possible linking up of resources may soon further extend the Histon Mariners programme.

Onto The Smugglers where Simon, Mariners Legend and Restaurant Manger at the Kingsway Hotel, was inspired to share a late night hot chocolate with the Innkeeper and catch up on the Histon Mariners progress.

At the ever-welcoming Kingsway, the cool and efficient Innis ensured the end of the day was in-keeping and ended in the usual satisfactory manner.

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It is not unknown for Mariners fans from far and wide to visit the Grimsby pub in Histon (Cambridge). Increasingly a place of pilgrimage, the Innkeeper is always delighted to welcome visitors, discuss the Histon Mariners Campaign and share Town stories from knowledgeable fans.

Ray the Fish welcomes Liam Cook and Tim Wright with the Innkeeper.
Ray the Fish welcomes Liam Cook and Tim Wright with the Innkeeper.

However this was not an initial meeting because against Chester City last season, Histon Mariners met many of Liam and Tony's entourage when dressed to kill doing the Conga at Schooners and the Nott's on Liam's stepfathers stag night. Eager to catch up with the Histon Mariners Liam and Tim were delighted and we are sure to meet up again soon.

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4.10.14 Dartford 1 v 1 GTFC

A remarkable occasion whereby Spanish loving Chelsea fan, Steve "Nippy" Butcher made a long awaited effort to associate with the Histon Mariners. Having clearly identified Mattie's pre-season Spanish venture as one of tremendous foresight for English football generally, Steve nipped off with the Logistics Director to Dartford.

A pre-match briefing over a tonic water, gave Nippy a sense of excitement he'd not experienced since his beloved Chelsea signed Fernando T.

With his senior manager on Iberian duties in Barcelona, Steve was clearly overawed by the free flowing movement of the Mighty Mariners, often likening it to being in the Nou Camp.

A clearly enthralled Steve, fully integrated with the Chesterfield Mariners Gareth, Becky, TM, Sgt Major Dick Dodd and Lord Roy's (ominously absent) younger sister Sue.
A clearly enthralled Steve, fully integrated with the Chesterfield Mariners Gareth, Becky, TM, Sgt Major Dick Dodd and Lord Roy's (ominously absent) younger sister Sue.

The extent of the Histon Mariners campaign is now well documented but events never cease to amaze. In Histon estate agents are now recruiting Mariners to manger their affairs. After making himself know, Mariner Alister, now of Tucker Gardener fame in Histon (next to the Red Lion), was keen to meet up with the Innkeeper at Dartford.

Here Alistair (far right) is clearly overcome with disbelief as he introduces his father Tony to the Innkeeper.
Here Alistair (far right) is clearly overcome with disbelief as he introduces his father Tony to the Innkeeper.

*All in all a point is a point - especially away from home. All agreed there is an awful lot more to come from the Mighty Mariners - the sooner the better!

Lenell John-Lewis prepairs to take the penalty that gave the mariners a vital away point.

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11.10.14 Wrexham 0 v 1 GTFC

Wrexham v GTFC Ticket
Wrexham v GTFC Ticket

Mariners from far and wide were drawn to the Racecourse ground in the hope and expectation of seeing the Mighty Mariners kick start their season.

Connor from Shotton, a Mariner all his life was keen to meet the Histon Mariners, particularly Youth Development officer Ray the Fish. In his absence the Logistics Director fully endorsed his allegiance.
Connor from Shotton, a Mariner all his life was keen to meet the Histon Mariners, particularly Youth Development officer Ray the Fish. In his absence the Logistics Director fully endorsed his allegiance.

Connor was enthralled to meet many other travelling Mariners. None more so than Tony, en route from Dublin, whose commitment is an example to us all.

Particular attention should be given to Towns Star Winger Jack Mackreith and his travelling entourage.

Mum Tracey flew in with Dad from Venice and was delighted to meet up with Lord of the Manor, (AKA) Chesterfield Roy.

Aunty Lynn and Uncle Joe were equally delighted to make contact with the Histon Mariners.

We are all grateful that Jack is settling in Cleethorpes (with the help of 'father figure' Scott Brown), that his Nan approves of his accommodation and that it will not be long before Jack hits the form he so often displayed at Macclesfield and in doing so became a fans favourite.

Scott Brown himself had his own travelling fan club, who could not believe their good fortune at bumping into the Histon Mariners.

Lee Clarke, John Coady and Dean Bond, all close associates of Scott, reassured us all 		"what a nice young man Scott is.....!"
Lee Clarke, John Coady and Dean Bond, all close associates of Scott, reassured us all "what a nice young man Scott is.....!".

Pre-match preparations in the Wrexham Centenary Club were hindered by the absence of Rail enthusiast Gareth.


Gareth's wife Becky was distraught at his volunteering to man the Ffestiniog, a Narrow Gauge Steam Railway. It was suggested by Mr. Non-Stick (TM) himself that perhaps the Chesterfield Mariners President was also more likely to be there than in Wrexham (at least he'd be in Wales).

Eventually after much consoling Becky was able to contextualize proceedings and appeared happy.

With absent friends in mind, the commitment of Lord Roy was brought to everyone's attention by TM!

Despite Hasland WMC having no central heating, with Charlotte in charge of 4 staff who didnt speak to each other and no one capable of changing a barrel, Lord Roy - Senior Committee member - showed steely determination to be at the Racecourse Ground.

*A terrific performance, particularly in the first half saw the Mighty Mariners secure all 3 points. Excellent performances by Scott Brown ("a nice young man") the ever consistent Carl Magnay and Histon Mariner Man of the Match Daniel Parslow led the way.

The win by virtue of the ships penalty was not an accurate portrayal of Town's thoroughly dominant professional performance.
The win by virtue of the ships penalty was not an accurate portrayal of Town's thoroughly dominant professional performance.

If this is a sign of things to come, the Mighty Mariners will prevail. Even the fictitious Cod Almighty should be positive.

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NB. Given his rather excellent performance at Wrexham, Chesterfield Ian (AKA TM) has been proposed as Senior Information Officer for the Histon Mariners, on a Non-Executive basis.

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1.11.14 GTFC 3 v 0 Dartford

GTFC v Dartford Ticket
GTFC v Dartford Ticket

With progress increasingly positive, the home fixture with Dartford is precisely the kind of fixture that has proven troublesome over the last few seasons. There was great hope that today would prove the progress being made.

Pre-match discussions, obviously at Willys again illustrated the benefit of the Histon Mariners Campaign. Mattie's pre-season efforts in Germany have been documented (see above). Today at Willys, visitors from Germany were anxious to meet the Histon Mariners and visit Blundell. Local lifelong fan Nick took on the Guiding responsibilities.

Graham (assistant to Nick) Ralph & Jenni from Hamburg and local guide Nick.

Ralph in particular was enthralled with Mariner tales, was anxious to get to Blundell and experience the fan fervour and return to Hamburg with his Blundell stories.

On a local level the Campaign continues. The Cleethorpes Constitutional Club has clearly recognised the Chairman's Contribution.

Cleethorpes Constitutional Club on the aptly named street.
Cleethorpes Constitutional Club on the aptly named street.

Equally illustrative of the Campaign was the desire of Blundell's ex-groundsman Frank Bridge to meet the Histon Mariners.

Frank Bridge with regular legend Leeson.
Frank Bridge with regular legend Leeson.

Many stories about former glories abounded and Frank without doubt deserves to share the 'Legend' tag with Leeson.

* A professional and clean-cut performance by the Mighty Mariners ensued. Nathan Arnold continued his impressive breakthrough into the team - it is beginning to look like the wait was worthwhile. Further goals from Mr. Consistency Carl Magnay, and again from 'the Shop' gave Town a fully deserved victory.
An impressive debut from Harry Pell alongside Craig Clay, earned them joint men of the match status from the Histon Mariners.

Inevitable post-match analysis occurred at the Imperial Club - unanimous verdict that GTFC are on the up.

At the Notts, Ray the Fish with Coleen met up to report on developments and share a Pepsi. They were joined by Mike, who following a stern talking to by father-in-law Leeson the legend after his stuttering approach to GTFC this season appears to be back on track.

More concerning was the embryonic ladies section that appeared to be developing.

Vicky, Lisa (not in need of a stern lecture from Leeson) and Coleen.

4.11.14 Braintree Town 0 v 1 GTFC

Braintree Town v GTFC Ticket
Braintree Town v GTFC Ticket

Ray the Fish led manoeuvres to 'bogey ground' Braintree. Mindful of 3 visits without a goal, The Chairman checked with Ray on tactics in an effort to raise moral and end the 'hoodoo'.

As ever 'cheerful and optimistic ' the Chairman encourages Ray and pleads for continued success.
As ever 'cheerful and optimistic ' the Chairman encourages Ray and pleads for continued success.
Ray, with the Chesterfield Mariners passes on the Chairman's thoughts. Gareth, having found time for away from other pursuits appears Steamin' with - Lord Roy & Information Officer TM, who look truly motivated.
Ray, with the Chesterfield Mariners passes on the Chairman's thoughts. Gareth, having found time for away from other pursuits appears Steamin' with - Lord Roy & Information Officer TM, who look truly motivated.
At half time Ray & Paul Fenty report into the Chairman with the latest news.
At half time Ray & Paul Fenty	report into the Chairman with the latest news.
At full time Ray celebrates with Imperial Club stalwarts Carl & Gaz the "Bulldog" both truly appreciative of the Chairman's efforts.
At full time Ray celebrates with Imperial Club stalwarts Wayne & Gaz the "Bulldog" both truly appreciative of the Chairman's efforts.

Despite a truly appalling display by the referee, Chris Powell, who did his utmost to disrupt play. GTFC provided evidence of a totally united front in the pursuit of glory, Total commitment, the inevitable goal from 'the Shop' and three welcome points. Hopefully a sign that this season is going to be different - the effect of the Chairman's efforts are truly noted and appreciated.

Histon Mariners Man of the Match: Toto Nsiala.


15.11.14 Altrincham 1 v 1 GTFC

In Hursty we trust -
Recent form encouraged the Black & White Army to gather en-mass, with many new and old friends on parade.

Chris Jenkins, now based in Sheffield formerly of the Lindsey School, Cleethorpes where he was a contemporary of Jack Johnson from the Commercial Department. Chris has closely followed the campaign and was delighted to meet up with the Innkeeper.

The Chesterfield Mariners have used their contacts with the Histon Mariners to encourage recruits to the Black & White Army. Recent recruit, Rob is a fine example of the work in hand. As an "Owl" his back had given way under the pressure of not having seen a goal for many a game. Rob and his twin brother Phil both regular Owls had not shaven since the last goal they has seen.

Chesterfield Mariners Gareth (in a state of bemusement, or trouble with wind?), Lord Roy, Morovian Delegate Eva with the dishevelled Rob.
Chesterfield Mariners Gareth (in a state of bemusement, or trouble with wind?), Lord Roy, Morovian Delegate Eva with the dishevelled Rob.

Rob, sporting a rather twee outer garment the like of which has not been seen since the 1920's but at home on the stage of an Oscar Wilde play, had reconciled that the Mariners in their present form was his best option to see a goal.

Eva, Rob's Morovian care-worker, lends a comforting hand to help this troubled 'Owl', whilst Roy simply looks forlorn.
Eva, Rob's Morovian care-worker, lends a comforting hand to help this troubled 'Owl',	whilst Roy simply looks forlorn.

Meanwhile Mariners everywhere were keen to link up with the Histon Mariners.

Andy Carr, AKA Mighty Mariner, seeking the Histon Mariner view as Nathan Arnold struck gold.
Andy Carr, AKA Mighty Mariner, seeking the Histon Mariner view as Nathan Arnold struck gold.
Josh, Ritchie & Wayne - Imperial Club Stalwarts renew close bonds.
Josh, Ritchie & Carl - Imperial Club Stalwarts renew close bonds.
Ceremonial beer taster from Telford, Jeremy Black was on hand to discuss refreshment strategies for Saturday 29th @ Telford. Jeremy an old friend of the Histon Mariners from meetings at Willys.
Ceremonial beer taster from Telford, Jeremy Black was on hand to discuss refreshment strategies for Saturday 29th @ Telford. Jeremy an old friend of the Histon Mariners from meetings at Willys.

Not the greatest of games or performances from the Mighty Mariners. Whilst a scruffy game, Town were never in trouble. Once piece of magic in the entire game witnessed a Nathan Arnold screamer. A sloppy goal conceded in the final minute was a disappointment but looking at other results, it must be seen as a point gained. Town probably defended too deep. High point other than the goal? The return of Scott Brown.

Histon Mariners Man of the Match? - when in doubt, give it to Carl Magnay.

After the game Katie, Rob's mum text him to see if he would now shave his facial hair off having finally seen a goal.

Eva wonders if there is any hope?
Eva wonders if there is any hope?

Even the Texan Longhorn Katie, Rob's sister-in-law, fails to appreciate the dishevelled look of the 'hairy twins'.

The Chesterfield Mariners were overjoyed with their part played in the rehabilitation of Rob 'The Owl' but were also relieved to be able to celebrate the recuperation of Lord Roy.

Thankfully Lord Roy's social contacts enabled him to attend the Royal Westminster & Chelsea Urgent Care Unit, At this privileged unit his Lordship was rehabilitated from a near death experience from over-indulgence. At the height of his trauma, his abuse of the disabled and under privileged can only be understood in the context of his traumatic hallucinating state of mind. However, a full recovery was diagnosed after 5 hours treatment by virtue of the 'Full English' consumed.

Pepsi Cola's all round at the Trappist Belgian Bar in Altrincham followed by an iced tea at Pi.


NB Gareth's bemusement seems as long standing as the proverbial wind problem.

PS. All facts and names used are by virtue of the Information Officer (Northern Division) also described as 'The Fly in the ointment...!"

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22.11.14 GTFC 0 V 2 Kidderminster

GTFC V Kidderminster Ticket
GTFC V Kidderminster Ticket

A full squad ventured north with high expectations, encouraged by recent results. Debutant Ian McFleming had followed the campaign with eager anticipation. Already forming the West Ayrshire Division of Mariners, Ian was proud of the footballing traditions of the area Jock Stein, Matt Busby and obviously Mr. Shankly was a legacy Ian is keen to build on. GTFC and the Campaign of the Histon Mariners was the logical development.

Ian giving a full report and receiving official induction from the Chairman and President at Cleethorpes Operational Centre, Willy's.

News of Ian's efforts North of the Border had travelled far and supporters of the Histon Mariners from far and wide descended on Willy's in a show of support.

Stuart Bateman (Supplies Director) Dave Boylen and 	Charlie welcome Ian to the fold.  NB the Chairman always in control, casts his experienced eye over proceedings.
Stuart Bateman (Supplies Director) Dave Boylen and Charlie welcome Ian to the fold. NB the Chairman always in control, casts his experienced eye over proceedings.
Ian is aghast at the offer of financial support for his efforts from the Supplies Director.
Ian is aghast at the offer of financial support for his efforts from the Supplies Director.

The flood of people eager to welcome Ian McFlemming continued once at Blundell.

Fellow Scot and Assistant Manager of GTFC Chris Doig gives Ian a 'Hearty' welcome. Hursty is just pleased that the two Sassanachs have each other to talk to.
Fellow Scot and Assistant Manager	of GTFC Chris Doig gives Ian a 'Hearty' welcome. Hursty is just pleased that the two Sassanachs have each other to talk to.
Blundell resident legend Leeson Pierce welcomes Ian and soon continues Ian's education.
Blundell resident legend Leeson Pierce welcomes Ian and soon continues Ian's education.
Meanwhile: the Chairman - ever vigilant - and the Director of Fitness, Mr Dean continue to check on proceedings over a cup of tea.
Meanwhile: the Chairman - ever vigilant - and the Director of Fitness, Mr Dean continue to check on proceedings over a cup of tea.

Stuart B takes a well-earned rest, his efforts belying his encroaching years.

*The less said about the game itself the better "3 steps forward 2 steps back". It is difficult to explain a performance whereby it appeared to the ill-informed that the players had only just met.
Highlight - the return of Scott Brown.
Histon Mariner Player of the Match - Craig Clay and James McKreith, who did nothing wrong.
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Post match analysis as always at the New Imperial Club was unexpectedly a little mooted but 'New Boys' Stuart and Ian McFleming were keen to learn from the President.

An interesting new development was introduced by the Fitness Director at a new venue for the Histon Mariners - The Coliseum.

Mr Dean overseas a random drink/drug test at The Coliseum - the Chairman eagerly volunteers.
Mr Dean overseas a random drink/drug test at The Coliseum - the Chairman eagerly volunteers.

The results of this new venture were conclusive - a massive disappointment, the well-trodden usual venues serve the Campaign well.

Settling at the No.1 Bar veterans Mr. Dean, President Maurice and Chairman Neville debriefed new ground troop Ian. It is unanimously agreed it had been a sterling performance and the fruits of the Ayrshire Campaign, the Shankly connection and the Scottish Liaison Committee formed with Chris Doig were terrific developments.

Following the debrief, further support for the Campaign and the branch into Scotland was evident everywhere.

At the No.2 Bar Coleen the Fish welcomes McIan.
At the No.2 Bar Coleen the Fish welcomes McIan.
At the Notts Mariner fans Michael John Lewis (New Waltham) Chris (Posh Waltham) and Paul (Cleethorpes) are delighted to meet Stuart B and Ian Mac!
At the Notts Mariner fans Michael John Lewis (New Waltham) Chris (Posh Waltham) and Paul (Cleethorpes) are delighted to meet Stuart B and Ian Mac!

Paul had met the Innkeeper at Altrincham, discussed the Campaign and was keen for friends Michael John-Lewis and Posh Chris to meet up. They were spellbound at Stuart B's stories about his career as a full-back, how he'd started as a winger at Skegness Grammar School and was for many years the 100m record holder.

Mr Dean, Director of Fitness and Restoration Projects had kept a keen eye on the performances of all concerned.

Ian Mc continued to benefit and was keen to point out the benefits of the Dean's advice on his performance.
Ian Mc continued to benefit and was keen to point out the benefits of the Dean's advice on his performance.

The Dean was keen to catch up on the Youth Development work in the Cleethorpes area. As ever Ray the Fish was able to supply positive feedback in conjunction with Coleen.

In a quiet moment of reflection the Chairman, declared the mission a success over a pepsi and a "packet of oxo crisps".
In a quiet moment of reflection the Chairman, declared the mission a success over a pepsi and a "packet of oxo crisps".

Back at Cleethorpes HQ "The Kingsway", fellow Scot Innis could not wait to welcome McIan home and himself join up with the Ayrshire Campaign. After much conversation about Military History, Regimental news, code breaking (in Latin) it could truly be said to be a lasting friendship.

Next morning the proud contingent of Histon Mariners travelled south, led by Mr. Dean following his early morning workout - as ever watched over by the Chairman - The planning would begin for the next phase.


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25.11.14 GTFC 3 V 1 Woking

GTFC V Woking Ticket
GTFC V Woking Ticket

A very low key operation was conducted by the logistics director with a view to future campaigns. In an effort to spread the word of the Histon Mariners a new venue was incorporated into the campaign.

*Terrific response to the Kidderminster disappointment. A brace from the shop and a man of the match performance from Craig Disley! Onwards and upwards.

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Following success against Woking expectations naturally were in the ascendancy. So much so that Representative Mr. R. Clegg of the Ipswich Mariners Sub-branch called into Histon H.Q, for updates and inspiration.

Ray couldn't have called at a better time because Mattie was in residence discussing matters with Turncoat Scott.


Ray's day was completed with an audience with former Mariner Sponsor Dick Tabor and a surprise visit from Chesterfield aristocrat, Lord Roy, however Dick preferred to adopt a policy of "X" for no publicity.

Ray was so motivated that he plans to coordinate an excursion to Blundell, once his Ipswich Town commitments can be coordinated with Geoff 'Ferret'.

With trips to Blundell in mind the constant upgrading of the Mariners Reliant is ongoing. Lord Roy inspected improvements with Mattie and thoroughly approved.


The programme of improvement continues with future trips to Wembley in mind.

26.12.14 Macclesfield 0 v 1 GTFC

Macclesfield v GTFC Ticket
Macclesfield v GTFC Ticket

On what can only be described as a horrendous day weather-wise, the Mighty Town secured a terrific victory thanks to our own former Silkman Jack MacKreth's early goal. A tremendous battling performance led by Histon Mariners dual Men of the Match Toto Nsiala and Shaun Pearson was just the type of result/performance needed to escape the Vanarama Conference. Toto's booking was totally ridiculous, when a foul was never committed in the first place.

A rather damp Innkeeper with Mattie is welcomed by an equally wet Legend from the New Imperial, Wayne.
A rather damp Innkeeper with Mattie is welcomed by an equally wet Legend from the New Imperial, Wayne.

28.12.14 GTFC 1 v 3 Lincoln City

GTFC v Lincoln City Ticket
GTFC v Lincoln City Ticket

Toto inexplicably booked at Macclesfield and thus suspended for the Lincoln game, took the opportunity to meet with the Histon Mariners.

Toto and the Innkeeper
Toto and the Innkeeper

Supporter of the Histon Mariners, Steve Buxton likewise met to talk with Toto and the Innkeeper.

Youth product Rory - strangely torn between the Mariners and the Imps - in the reliable hands of Steve is obviously ecstatic meeting Toto and the Innkeeper. We trust Steve will continue the education of Rory in the right direction.

Youth product Rory - strangely torn between the Mariners and the Imps - in the reliable hands of Steve is obviously ecstatic meeting Toto and the Innkeeper. We trust Steve will continue the education of Rory in the right direction.

The match itself was a let down after our Boxing Day victory but the performance was far from poor. A typical derby, a vibrant counter attacking Lincoln and less than clinical finishing from Town ended a disappointing afternoon. J.P. certainly put in a shift and probably just deserved Histon Mariners Man of the Match award.

Obviously post-match analysis at the New Imperial was illuminating and instructive as always. Discussions - far from downhearted - continued at the Cleethorpes WMC.

Wayne, Scott (Son of Town legend, Daz) and Pedro Pete remain optimistic and clearly in good spirits.
Wayne, Scott (Son of Town legend, Daz) and Pedro Pete remain optimistic and clearly in good spirits.

At the Nottingham House, friends of the Histon Mariners continued to keep spirits up.

Dave Kenwery of the Melbourne Mariners an old friend of the Histon Mariners was pleased to meet up, having flown in from Boston via Ireland for the Lincolnshire Derby.

A great example of the commitment of true Mariners, Dave held transatlantic telecommunications dialogue to report on GTFC fortunes.

The Innkeeper and Dave share an 'ice cream soda' and stories aplenty.
The Innkeeper and Dave share an 'ice cream soda' and stories aplenty.

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17.1.15 GTFC 3 v 1 Barnet

GTFC v Barnet
GTFC v Barnet

A day when all Fishy associates of Ray were gathered at Blundell to embrace the work of the Histon Mariners and cheer the Mighty Mariners on to victory against league leaders, Barnet.

The injured Scott Neilson was grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge the Youth Development work of Ray the Fish.

Scott and Dave Smith thank Mattie and Ray the Fish for their quiet but unrelenting work behind the scenes.
Scott and Dave Smith thank Mattie and Ray the Fish for their quiet but unrelenting work behind the scenes.
Scott pays special tribute to youth star, Sophie.
Scott pays special tribute to youth star, Sophie.

Paul Hurst thanked the Innkeeper and Ray the Fish for their ongoing efforts.

Pic From Ray
Paul was particularly grateful for Ray's views from the 'dugout'....!
Paul was particularly grateful for Ray's views from the 'dugout'....!
Likewise, Paul Bignot, whose limited 1st Team opportunities so far this season, reflects the strength of GTFC. However Paul was well aware of the long term nature of the Histon Mariners campaign.
Likewise, Paul Bignot, whose limited 1st Team opportunities so far this season, reflects the strength of GTFC. However Paul was well aware of the long term nature of the Histon Mariners campaign.
Mighty Mariner, AKA Andy Carr, once again welcomed the Innkeeper to Blundell and offered his backing to the Histon Mariners.
Mighty Mariner, AKA Andy Carr, once again welcomed the Innkeeper to Blundell and offered his backing to the Histon Mariners.

Many old friends of the Histon Mariners were in McMenemy's. Included were 'very old' established connections of President Maurice from the Lincs area, Mike & Steve Robertson.

Mike and Steve reminisce with the Innkeeper and Mattie on the glorious career of Maurice Gill.

Plans were made for a future meeting of the President and his former footballing colleagues where truly spell-binding stores of former escapades will be given substance and credence.

*A great stride forward by Town was fully deserved for a wholehearted performance., The arrival of Towns 'Carrol' Ollie Palmer led the fight back after an early Barnet penalty. A neutral would have found it difficult to believe that 'The Shop' and Ollie had not been regular partners for some time.

*Too often Town hopes are raised too quickly because of the levels of hope, expectations and ultimately frustration, But there is real hope in this partnership as the season marches on. Scott Brown - Histon Mariners Man of the Match - continued to drive Town forward and the ever-reliable Carl Magnay proved again to be Mr. Consistent.

*It is obviously not against the bigger/better clubs in the Conference that Town struggle. Everyone recognises the cliche, that there is no easy game in the Conference but the boost to those hopes and expectations and hopefully player confidence from this result should bode well for the future.

Post-match analysis and refreshment was plentiful. The logistics Director held his customary initial talks at the New Imperial where members bemoaned the absence of the President, Chairman, Fitness Director and Ian MacF (following the stupendous impact from his debut appearance) from recent Histon Mariners manouvres.

Later at the Fishermans and Nottingham House Leesons protege Mike and Lisa with Coleen the Fish met up with the Histon Mariners.

Coleen was keen to introduce Louisa to the Campaign. Here with Ray and Coleen the Fish, McMenemy Lisa, Louisa is aghast at proceedings and can only look forward to many great adventures in the future.

Also at the Notts were representatives of the Chesterfield Mariners. It must be reported that the Innkeeper was particularly erudite with uninteresting tales about nothing.

Becky with Lisa and Garath look on in total bemusement.
Becky with Lisa and Garath look on in total bemusement.

Lord Roys absence was surprising but was explained by virtue of the window replacement at his Manor House. A job of normal duration at most dwellings has taken 3 weeks at the Manor House because of the number of windows involved - Lord Roy was involved in a supervisory capacity.

P.S. No liability can be accepted by Teflon Man who unsurprisingly was no where to be seen.

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24.1.15 Nuneaton Town 0 v 2 GTFC

A fully integrated programme born from the alliance of Chesterfield and Histon ensued.

Lord Roy took up his rightful role as Commanding Officer and was initially welcomed by the Local Community.

Taking the role very seriously throughout the day he was particularly keen to brief and explain to anyone who would listen the need for Town to do a professional job after the heavy toil midweek at Gateshead.

Pre-match operational instructions were given at the Crown, Bond Street.

Derby Mariners Tim and Dan listen intently to Lord Roy
Derby Mariners Tim and Dan listen intently to Lord Roy
Becky and Garath are entertained as Lord Roy sends himself to sleep.
Becky and Garath are entertained as Lord Roy sends himself to sleep.

Inside the ground Lord Roy's energy levels are held in awe by all as he continues relentlessly his briefings.

Sgt. Dodds and able assistnant Sue (his Lordships sister) look for inspiration to back up his Lordships incredible efforts. Lord Roy had already explained to all that today would required a "job to be done". Town duly obliged, goals from J.P, and Ross Hannah rounded off the day exactly in the Manor (sic) which his Lordship implored. Another impressive display by Town's 'Carrol' Ollie Palmer earned him Histon Mariners Man of the Match.

Post-match analysis at Nuneaton Rugby Club witnessed his Lordship continue the task he'd begun.

Histon Mariners guest Iain Blacklaw (Representative of the Ipswich Mariners) was clearly grateful as Lord Roy pointed out the days key moments.

At Nuneaton Station whilst Garath looks for divine intervention, daughter Becky looks in awe, Mr. T acknowledges the inspiring contribution made by Lord Roy over the day.


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P.S. Teflon Man accepts no responsibility for the inaccurate representation of the facts above.

Words : A Histon Mariner

31.1.15 GTFC P v P Telford Utd

Exciting signings Christian Jolley and Gregor Robertson bolstered by the extended loan of Ollie Palmer alongside the 3 points gained at Eastleigh raised hopes and expectations for the days clash against struggling Telford.

Alas, even the Mighty Mariners cannot tame the weather.

The campaign continues:-

- extensive discussions were held with fellow fishy aficionados of Ray the Fish.

Ian McLean and Brian Fisher (!) both lifelong mariners and resident in the upper Findus stand, with the Logistics Director.
Ian McLean and Brian Fisher (!) both lifelong mariners and resident in the upper Findus stand, with the Logistics Director.

Ian and Brian were hopeful of meeting extensive representatives of the Histon Mariners as planned at Willy's before the Braintree fixture. (28.02.15).

Kingsway Restaurant Manager was equally keen to meet up with Histon Mariners for the Braintree fixture. Simon was enthralled with intelligence received from Innis re Ian Mac's debut appearance - soon to be extended

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Mattie's Mid Season Promotional Activities

Following Mattie's Iberian activities in 2014 it should be no surprise to see him look to expand the Mariners Hispanic connections further afield.

In flight, Mattie keeps a low profile to avoid mass hysteria mid-flight.
In flight, Mattie keeps a low profile to avoid mass hysteria mid-flight.
Airport staff Helen and Sulien at Habana were pre-warned of his arrival and were excited about looking after his welfare.
Airport staff Helen and Sulien at Habana were pre-warned of his arrival and were excited
about looking after his welfare.

Mattie immediately launched into a goodwill tour to promote the work of Grimsby Town Football Club and the Histon Mariners. Deploying all possible means of transport to get around and spreading the message indicating the extent of his efforts.

Personal driver's Sergio and Omar
Personal driver's Sergio and Omar
On the Train
On the Bus
Further afield in Santiago de Cuba, the same relentless drive to promote the cause was obvious
Further afield in Santiago de Cuba, the same relentless drive to promote the cause was obvious
Mattie taking refreshment at local beverage La Occidental
Mattie taking refreshment at local beverage La Occidental

Everywhere Mattie's devotion to the Youth Development Programme was clear for all to see.


At the Taverna el Pescador, owner Eduardo took the opportunity to introduce his son to Mattie.
At the Taverna el Pescador, owner Eduardo took the opportunity to introduce his son to Mattie.
Daniel at Restaurant Dos Hermanos expressed the joy of so many children.
Daniel at Restaurant Dos Hermanos expressed the joy of so many children.

People flocked to hear about the Histon Mariners


Not since Fidel's major speech has the Revolutionary Square witnessed such crowds.

In Santiago de Cuba Mattie proved a great attraction when continuing to spread the word.


Mattie met up with the Logistics Director at a Sportsbar in Habana. Devoted fans of La Liga were spellbound by stories of GTFC.


The Innkeeper & Mattie discuss future plans and the campaign so far.


Local celebrities were clearly overawed with Matties appearance.

Marco with wife were representatives of Peru and along with the Mexican delegate were thankful to meet Mattie (supported by the Innkeeper) at Restaurant Dos Hermanos
Marco with wife were representatives of Peru and along with the Mexican delegate were thankful to meet Mattie (supported by the Innkeeper) at Restaurant Dos Hermanos

Top music act in Habana, Habana Soul, were delighted to support Mattie's campaign.

The Inn Keeperwas happy to begin festivities (Vid of Mark)


Jose "The Apprentice", a lifelong GTFC follower clearly revelled in the celebrations.


Many of the followers of the Histon Mariners travelled far and wide.

Natelea and Nicolas from Chile, with Windsor Berkshire Mariner James clearly display deep joy.

In all a clearly successful mission. Havana truly welcomed Mattie and embraced the Histon Mariners campaign

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21.2.15 Barnet 1 v 3 GTFC


Barnet v GTFC Ticket
Barnet v GTFC Ticket
Teflon Man was clearly intent on meticulous pre-match preparations, showing devotion and a level focus which is as an example to us all.
Teflon Man was clearly intent on meticulous pre-match preparations, showing devotion and a level focus which is as an example to us all.

A magnificent inflatable show from Paul Hurst's Black and White Army, in excess of 1000 Mariners in a crowd of less than 3000.

Inside 'The Hive' an elderly lady was gobsmacked at Becky's explanation to Gareth about team selection.
Inside 'The Hive' an elderly lady was gobsmacked at Becky's explanation to Gareth about team selection.

Probably the best 45 minute display this season produced a miserly 1 v 0 score line. Jack MacKreth's tremendous tenacity gave Christian Jolly the opportunity to get off the goal scorers mark.

A second half of gritty determinism matched Barnet's efforts to recover and the two late goals (a fair reward for the overall performance) sent the inflatable Black and White army into raptures.

All round terrific performance with James McKeown, Craig Disley and Jack MacKreth leading the way. The Histon Mariners Man of the Match being Toto Nsiala.

Afterwards jubilant supporters were buzzing.

Lisa and Mike (with a sneaky Tony in the background)clearly reflected the prevailing mood.
Lisa and Mike (with a sneaky Tony in the background)clearly reflected the prevailing mood.
Teflon Man, Stella Dave and Lord Roy provided a more
Teflon Man, Stella Dave and Lord Roy provided a more "sober" response.

Clearly the pre-match focus of Teflon Man paid dividends We thank Stella Dave for staying for the duration. We wish Lord Roy many pleasant hours rambling in the new 'walk in wardrobe'.

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28.12.15 GTFC 1 v 0 Braintree

Following the success of Mattie's Latin American sojourn, the Histon Mariners embarked on their mission against Braintree with renewed vigour.

Mariners Stalwart Brian (newly appointed Director of Home Counties Recruitment) met with a highly excited Ayrshire Mariner Ian MacFlemming, at Willys for pre-match preparations. Lincolnshire Legend and Onesie performing cabaret artiste, Stuart B clearly held court as the others looked on fascinated.


Perhaps on the lookout to widen his cabaret performance, Stuart re-visited the Distinctively Designed Bubbles Ladies and Children’s Wear shop in Cleethorpes.

With pre-match preparations well executed, a warm welcome was the usual fayre served at McMenemy's.

Dave Bolyen was delighted to welcome Simon (Kingsway Legend) on his full debut appearance for the Histon Mariners.
Dave Bolyen was delighted to welcome Simon (Kingsway Legend) on his full debut appearance for the Histon Mariners.

Paddy McLaughlin and Histon Mariner sponsored Paul Bignot were on hand to thank the Histon Mariners for their campaign and support.

Paddy with Stuart B, Paul, Ray the Fish, Simon and Brian.
Paddy with Stuart B, Paul, Ray the Fish, Simon and Brian.

A surprise legendary guest at Blundell was very keen to meet the Histon Mariners and here the honoured Innkeeper meets with Bobby Ross.

The experience of Histon Counties Recruitment Officer, Brian was clear for all to see as he briefed Simon on the game-plan over a pre-match cup of 'Green tea'!
The experience of Histon Counties Recruitment Officer, Brian was clear for all to see as he briefed Simon on the game-plan over a pre-match cup of 'Green tea'!
Ray the Fish and Coordinating Officer for the Fleet Services John look forward to another successful outing for GTFC.
Ray the Fish and Coordinating Officer for the Fleet Services John look forward to another successful outing for GTFC.

There can be no doubt the 1 v 0 thrashing of Braintree was not the most memorable spectacle ever seen at Blundell. Stuart B clearly led the way, setting an example to all with a little more vigour than was really expected.

However, 9 points in a week would have clearly been taken if offered a week in advance.

Satisfactory performances from Jack Robertson - who has now settled well - and Craig Disley - with a quality goal. But as has been often the case this season, when in doubt give Man of the Match to Carl Magnay.

Post-match analysis and celebrations began as usual at the New Imperial Club.

The Logistics Director and Home Counties Recruitment Officer prepare to present magnificent GTFC trophies to the Club, emphasising the close working relationship between the New Imperial & Histon Mariners.

The relationship was clearly evident as New Imperialist Impresario Paul showed his appreciation of Stuart's 4 point power play presentation behind Brian D, a slightly bemused and vacant Stuart and Brother-in-law Spencer, who did his best to help his diplomatic relation.


Stuart led discussions at the New Imperial, making many friends. His 4 main topics being :

    1. The picture of an 'Old Windmill'.
    2. His request to turn the TV to a different, non-football channel.....!
    3. The serving of Good Honest Ales at the club.
    4. The personal details of former staff.

Members of the club were extremely grateful to Stuart, none more so than leading light and long standing friend of the Histon Mariners, Linda.

Nowhere, were the celebrations more evident than the No2 bar.

Glasgow Rangers fanatic and Pontoon Boot Boy Brian Duff and Town fanatic Andy Annard were waiting for the arrival of the Histon Mariners.

Rangers fan Brian Duff was particularly keen to meet up with Robbie Mac having heard of the Ayrshire Mariners Campaign. Recalling stories about a Sash Singing Parrot engrossed Robbie Mac, who close to tears realised the power of the Mariners Movement.

A deeply emotional Ian with a highly excited Brian Duff, Andy Annard and Brian D, toast the Campaign with a Dandelion and Burdock.
A deeply emotional Ian with a highly excited Brian Duff, Andy Annard and Brian D, toast the Campaign with a Dandelion and Burdock.

The No.2 Bar was in a state of high emotion and Ian McF was revelling in the confidence brought about by the Ayrshire Alliance that had been so warmly embraced.

Paul Evans leading steward at Blundell (following his Dad John who had been Head Steward for many years) was keen to thank Ian for his efforts. Stuart looks on, still bemused after his New Imperial efforts.
Paul Evans leading steward at Blundell (following his Dad John who had been Head Steward for many years) was keen to thank Ian for his efforts. Stuart looks on, still bemused after his New Imperial efforts.

Onto the Fisherman’s where McMenemy's Lisa with assistant Mike met up with the Histon Mariners.

At the Notts Jock McFlemming gave an emotional account of the day’s manouvres.

Martin (aka Moosey.....) had heard of the contribution of the Ayrshire Mariners and was soon integrated by the ever accommodating Scottish Delegate.
Martin (aka Moosey.....) had heard of the contribution of the Ayrshire Mariners and was soon integrated by the ever accommodating Scottish Delegate.

As the evening wore on ever insightful contributions were forthcoming at the Smugglers. Landlady Julie was as ever 'over the moon' to see the Histon Mariners in such a celebratory and joyous frame of mind.

Brian expressed his heartfelt appreciation on his appointment to Home Counties Recruitment Officer.

Stuart was de-briefed by Ian McTavish on the fallout from his New Imperial Presentation.

Stuart relaxes and is clearly self-congratulatory over his efforts.

An ever alert Brian with a resigned Ian toast the success of the day with a 'Milk Shake' of various flavours.

A final flourish at the Kingsway where over a sandwich and hot chocolate, Brian and Ian discuss famous Middle Eastern DJ's, Irish Maternity Matters with special focus on Dublin and the absence of Histon Mariners Diplomat Stuart.



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7.3.15 Woking 1 v 2 GTFC

Woking v GTFC Ticket
Woking v GTFC Ticket

Wigs at Woking

A magnificent turn-out of Bewiged Mariners at Woking certainly helped create a mood of optimism.

Imperial  Ritchie with Sergent Dodds watched by a slightly gobsmacked elderly lady.

Imperial Ritchie with Sergent Dodds watched by a slightly gobsmacked elderly lady.

Teflon Man briefs the Innkeeper about developments in Chesterfield re 'The Walk in wardrobe.
Teflon Man briefs the Innkeeper about developments in Chesterfield re 'The Walk in wardrobe.
NB. A Spanish Matador in the background. Further evidence of the world wide Histon Mariners Campaign.
NB. A Spanish Matador in the background. Further evidence of the world wide Histon Mariners Campaign.
Sergant Dodds in discussion with a match steward about battle plans and exit manoeuvres at the end of the game.
Sergant Dodds in discussion with a match steward about battle plans and exit manoeuvres at the end of the game.

A solid performance from the Mighty Mariners saw goals from Ollie Palmer and JP. The final score did not reflect the Town's superiority which was only challenged in the final 15 minutes. Good all-round performances with Craig Clay and Jack McKreath probably just catching the eye.

At the end of the game, the positive team spirit was clearly evident as the players - led by Super Mag's adopted wigs and joined in post-match celebrations.

At the end of the game, the positive team spirit was clearly evident as the players - led by Super Mag's adopted wigs and joined in post-match celebrations.

Dare we believe......?

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14.3.15 Chester 2 v 2 GTFC

Jesters at Chester!

A joint venture of Histon and Chesterfield Mariners was welcomed wholeheartedly by Chester fans.

Chesterfield Logistics Director, Gareth, look precedent over Histon Mariners Logistics Director given superior knowledge and experience. A quite remarkable performance followed:-

  • Communications proved problematic via modern satellite systems
  • A visit to the ship Victory proved rather dry
  • A general appearance of being down on luck in half mast trousers
    (NB. Jesters at Chester, Fancy Dress at Southport!)
  • The final destination, Telfords Warehouse, proved the worth of sticking with tried and tested officers.

The Inn Keeper was welcomed by the ceremonial officers of Chester City Council.

No sooner was the Inn Keeper welcomed that the Lord of the Manner from Chesterfield was recognised and equally given a ceremonial welcome.

A great hostelry used by many Chester FC fans made Town visitors more than welcome.

Chester Ian, the Inn Keeper and Colin.
Chester Ian, the Inn Keeper and Colin.
Darren, Wrighty, Howard, The Colonel, Strangler, the Innkeeper and Teflon Man.
Darren, Wrighty, Howard, The Colonel, Strangler, the Innkeeper and Teflon Man.

21.3.15 GTFC 2 v 1 Eastleigh


GTFC v Eastleigh Ticket
GTFC v Eastleigh Ticket

The Histon Mariners 'Old Guard' gathered to review the 2014-15 campaign so far.

Bill, the Innkeeper - was delighted to renew friendship with the Dean of Fitness and the Chairman.
Bill, the Innkeeper - was delighted to renew friendship with the Dean of Fitness and
the Chairman.

With appropriate invigorating sports drinks, President Maurice joined Mr Dean and Mr Ashby. Their collective vision does appear to be paying dividends this season.

Here the Dean of Fitness and Chairman Neville are joined by our illustrious President at Willys as they look to future projects.
Here the Dean of Fitness and Chairman Neville are joined by our illustrious President at Willys as they look to future projects.

Quite amazingly after a full and thorough review the Chairman declares "I'm Happy"......
Difficult as it was to assimilate such a statement the Dean still maintained a steady hand and calmness which only the Dean could maintain.

Clearly not simply a passing moment, the Chairman continued to exude a happy demeanour and calmness as never seen before.

Ray the Fish, an electrified Fred and Stu look on in total amazement at the 'New Chairman'.
Youth protégée, John Boy was as ever pleased to meet with the Histon Mariners in between texts but also had to report several mishaps.
Ray the Fish, an electrified Fred and Stu look on in total amazement at the 'New Chairman'
  • 1. Severe injury had only just been avoided at The Landings on Lockhill Roundabout.
  • 2. He reported on the possibility of having surgery to remove a telecommunications growth on his left hand.

  • 3. A total breakdown in consciousness when the telecommunications device appeared burnt out.

Luckily a couple of dozen Mariners fans offered their own devices realizing the potential melt down of a teenage without said device.

An ill Jack McKreath was in McMenemy's to welcome the Histon Mariners and thank them for their support. Jack now an integral part of the team and settled had little opportunity for more discussion as a frantic Dave Smith ushered the 'apparently contagious Jack' out. We hope he's up and running sooner rather than later.

   *Another victory saw the Town momentum continue. Ollie Palmer's strike-rate is now making a substantial contribution. The return of the Shop saw him on the score sheet once again after a longish absence. Significant displays from Craig Disley and Toto and Histon Mariner 'Man of the Match' Craig Clay.

   *Mags continued in his magnificently consistent manner and thankfully his yellow rather than red avoided a potential downer on post match celebrations.

Celebrations were in full flow at the New Imperial Club, where the customary post-match analysis took place. The Chairman continued his extraordinary performance by hinting at a potential wedding which in turn prompted a lengthy call home to check on the Pigeon.

An example to us all...... the Age of romance is not dead in Histon.
An example to us all...... the Age of romance is not dead in Histon.

The Chairman in full flow continued to put forth ideas and plans throughout the evening. Here the Dean and President are clearly enthralled.

As is now a regular feature of the Histon Mariners Campaign, when in Cleethorpes many local search out those members touring for the particular match.

President Maurice was a particular attraction on this visit.

A very shy and coy follower of the Histon Mariners is clearly starstruck at Wetherspoons.
A very shy and coy follower of the Histon Mariners is clearly starstruck at Wetherspoons.
Maurice holds court at the Nottingham with Cleethorpes newshound Nigel Lowther and Mr. & Mrs. Tondeur.
Maurice holds court at the Nottingham with Cleethorpes newshound Nigel Lowther and Mr. & Mrs. Tondeur.

A final hot chocolate before retirement saw the Dean and Maurice confirm future plans and arrangements, before the President made his exit incognito.

At the Smugglers, the Chairman's search for Oxo crisps proved fruitless. The Innkeeper was sought out by Ian Botham lookalike(?) who can only be seen as hoping for an element of reflective glory.

In all a quite extraordinary mission.

  • - The Chairman in a mood of tranquillity
  • - The President welcomed as a celebrity
  • - John Boy's growing problems.
  • - A great 3 points for the Mighty Mariners.

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30.3.15 Welling 0 v 2 GTFC


Paul Hurst’s Black & White Army rolled into Welling with a dual mission.

  • 1. Support for Macclesfield Town in their early kick off against Bristol Rovers. No where was this more evident than at the Coy….. Earl or Warwick.

  • 2. With the result 0 v 0 Paul Hurst’s Black & White Army were in a heightened state or excitement, none more so than ever present foot soldiers Teflon Ian & Gareth, seen here with their glasses “half-full”!

Town’s travelling fans have proved exceptional this season, particularly since the turn of the year.

They were rewarded firstly by “one of our own” Bradley Wood, equalizing against Barnet and ultimately with goals from Ollie “the Hitman” Palmer & Sean Pearson.
With a single point separating Town from the top spot, we are beginning to believe.

Significant contributions from Scott Brown, Nathan Arnold & Jack MacKreth with the Histon Mariners Man of the Match John “the Shop” Lewis.

41 down 5 to go – we believe.

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11.4.15 GTFC 0 v 1 Wrexham


GTFC v Wrexham Ticket
GTFC v Wrexham Ticket

Oh Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear!

With great anticipation the Histon Mariners booked into the Kingsway and eagerly arrived at Willys for pre-match preparation. On arrival it was encouraging to meet up with 'old' Wrexham stalwarts who had first met the Histon Mariners at the Red Lion.

Ian, Dai Davies, Mr. Thompson & Webmaster Kev and Dai Onslow were delighted to renew friendships and maintain the Mariner- Welsh Entente.
Ian, Dai Davies, Mr. Thompson & Webmaster Kev and Dai Onslow were delighted to renew friendships and maintain the Mariner- Welsh Entente.

At McMenemy's latest, signings Christian Jolly and Josh Gosling were anxious to meet with the Histon Mariners.

Here with the Webmaster, Supplies Director Dave with Financial assistant Chris (allegedly from S......thorpe!) girl youth starlet Sophie, Christian and Josh realise their ambition.
Here with the Webmaster, Supplies Director Dave with Financial assistant Chris (allegedly from S......thorpe!) girl youth starlet Sophie, Christian and Josh realise their ambition.
With kick off approaching McMenemy Mike and friend of the President Ken discuss tactics with a degree of trepidation.
With kick off approaching McMenemy Mike and friend of the President Ken discuss tactics with a degree of trepidation

* The 0 v 1 defeat was at the very best disappointing. The end of a 10 match unbeaten run that enabled us to dream. However the play-offs it is, and pre season that was the aim. Men of the Match - Craig Clay and Daniel Parslow.....!!!

At the end Vicky, The Fish & Webmaster look stunned and disbelieving.
At the end Vicky, The Fish & Webmaster look stunned and disbelieving.
Supplies Director Dave provides insightful knowledge to the Webmaster re the play off campaign.
Supplies Director Dave provides insightful knowledge to the Webmaster re the play off campaign.

At the New Imperial post match analysis was a little subdued but soon rallied.

Supplies Director Dave and Webmaster Kev reflect on proceedings amongst friends.
Supplies Director Dave and Webmaster Kev reflect on proceedings amongst friends.
Antiques legend Philip Serrel made a special journey to lend support to the Histon Mariners. Here with the Webmaster he offers to give a valuation to the President and Chairman if required.

The day continued to provide supporters of the Histon Mariners Campaign the opportunity to meet, particularly at the Nottingham House.

The Innkeeper was delighted to meet up with Graham, a Wrexham supporter for decades, further cementing the Mariner-welsh entente.
The Innkeeper was delighted to meet up with Graham, a Wrexham supporter for decades, further cementing the Mariner-welsh entente.
Mac, Norma, Kev the Web, Sam Supply Dave and Geoff were clearly excited over sharing a cream soda.
Mac, Norma, Kev the Web, Sam Supply Dave and Geoff were clearly excited over sharing a cream soda.
Notts Star Barmaid Emma was clearly a rose between two thorns. Emma had been following the Mariners Campaign all season but only tonight revealed her hand.
Notts Star Barmaid Emma was clearly a rose between two thorns. Emma had been following the Mariners Campaign all season but only tonight revealed her hand.
With so much excitement around natural wastage was inevitable.
With so much excitement around natural wastage was inevitable.

The Smugglers was equally buzzing with support for the Histon Mariners.

Regular supporters of the Mariners cause landlady Julie toasted future success with daughter Nicola and wished the Chairman well in his absence.
Regular supporters of the Mariners cause landlady Julie toasted future success with daughter Nicola and wished the Chairman well in his absence.
Nicola was obviously delighted to share an elderflower juice with Kev the Web and a rejuvenated David.
Nicola was obviously delighted to share an elderflower juice with Kev the Web and a rejuvenated David.
Paul 'Orphan Boy' Smith shared lyrics with Nicola and Web Kev.
Paul 'Orphan Boy' Smith shared lyrics with Nicola and Web Kev.

CHECK out the the brand new Town song by Orphan Boy (below).

                     

All in all the Campaign continues, unabated - the disappointment of the day put into context will not hinder the march forward.

Dave the supply finally calling it a day dreaming about what might have been.

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PS. In following up the tragic story about the teenager without a phone against Eastleigh, we can happily report that John Boy does not appear to have suffered any lasting damage.
However, we must also report, rather than attend Blundel he volunteered to go shopping with Carmen (no relation to Tuten). Text communication between the two was maintained throughout the afternoon.

We predict a time in the future ( not too long away) when even a 0 v 1 defeat at home to Wrexham will have more appeal than an afternoon watching Carmen shopping.....

18.4.15 Southport 2 v 2 GTFC


Southport v GTFC Ticket
Southport v GTFC Ticket

End of season dilemmas with play-offs forthcoming made the Southport manoeuvres a tricky affair.

At Baron's Bar at the Scariswick Hotel, Sgt. Tim Mosey was determined to ingratiate young Mariner Rebecca to the cause. Rebecca clearly demonstrated a perceptive and intuitive frame of mind when confronted by a rather intimidating Teflon Man. Further discussion of Sgt Mosey's raison d'etre are not possible because of Official Secrets.


Logistics Directors from Chesterfield and Histon discuss the play-off campaign.

Meanwhile Lord Ray's mind turns to his Country Estate in Keswick and the summers landscaping programme.
Meanwhile Lord Ray's mind turns to his Country Estate in Keswick and the summers landscaping programme.
Andy the Mullet, legendary Derbyshire CC fan and Ally from the Huddersfield Mariners plead with his Lordship to delay his summer programme till after the play-offs. His Lordship dreams of his summer activities that lay ahead.
Andy the Mullet, legendary Derbyshire CC fan and Ally from the Huddersfield Mariners plead with his Lordship to delay his summer programme till after the play-offs. His Lordship dreams of his summer activities that lay ahead.
The Chesterfield Mariners unite once at the ground.
The Chesterfield Mariners unite once at the ground.
Inside Teflon Man and Garath rally Paul Hurst's Black & White Army. Becky looks on aghast at their commitment.
Inside Teflon Man and Garath rally Paul Hurst's Black & White Army. Becky looks on aghast at their commitment.

New Imperial stalwart Wayne was seen in confidential discussions with Jack MacKreth's mum Tina and Amy representative of the Anglesey Mariners...

The game itself was indicative of the situation re the play-offs. Southport - especially in the second half - were naturally hungry for the points. With other things clearly on Paul Hurst's mind, a point was satisfactory with Sean Pearson getting the Histon Mariners Man of the Match.

Precise military manoeuvres clearly made an impression on the local constabulary. Here a bemused elderly lady with Sgt Dodds discuss tactics.
Precise military manoeuvres clearly made an impression on the local constabulary. Here a bemused elderly lady with Sgt Dodds discuss tactics.

Post match analysis was intense and lengthy. The Histon Mariners were welcomed into the Southport Supporters Club.

Leading Southport Delegate Dave Mullen was keen to make contact with Lord Ray.
Leading Southport Delegate Dave Mullen was keen to make contact with Lord Ray.
Sgt. Mosey and Dave Mullen were anxious to discuss the Mariners Campaign than previous episodes of 'Country file'.
Sgt. Mosey and Dave Mullen were anxious to discuss the Mariners Campaign than previous episodes of 'Country file'.
Meanwhile Teflon Man demonstrates Commitment to the cause as his lordship confirms dates for the Sheepdog trials on his Keswick Estate.
Meanwhile Teflon Man demonstrates Commitment to the cause as his lordship confirms dates for the Sheepdog trials on his Keswick Estate.
The Inn Keeper pays close attention, as Gareth and Becky continue to note his Lordships activities.

His Lordship announces the purchase of a new combine harvester.
His Lordship announces the purchase of a new combine harvester.

The Innkeeper explains the nature of the Histon Mariners campaign and welcomes Southport's survival in the 5th tier of English football.

Dave Higgy, Southport Butty Goddess Tina, Golden Goal Cath and the ever suffering Tony all lifelong Southport Stalwarts appreciate the support of the Histon Mariners. pic right DSCN2193

His Lordship maintains contact with the staff of his summer residence throughout.
His Lordship maintains contact with the staff of his summer residence throughout.

Later in the excellent Tap and Bottles reflection on day ahead, preoccupies all in particular Lord Roy and Teflon Man.


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PS. Rumours about Teflon Man grovelling amongst the seats on the train carriage, mopping up spilt Tizer are grossly exaggerated. However discussions with his dad Rod at the Aldershot game could prove 'enlightening'.


25.4.15 GTFC 3 v 1 Aldershot


GTFC v Aldershot Ticket
GTFC v Aldershot Ticket

The final league fixture of the season witnessed the final preparations for the dreaded play-offs.

A nostalgic President began the day at the North Thoresby Premier night spot, the New Inn.

A contemplative President was greeted by former associates on arrival and continued to re-live many former exploits. Meanwhile the Fitness and Restoration Projects Director, Mr. Dean was contemplating the immediate matter of the play-offs in a moment of quiet solitude.

The President soon arrived at Willys to give the Dean guidance.
The President soon arrived at Willys to give the Dean guidance.
A remarkable and awe inspiring dialogue continued at McMenemy's where the Chairman joined the President and The Dean.
A remarkable and awe inspiring dialogue continued at McMenemy's where the Chairman joined the President and The Dean.

With Paul Hurst equally thinking ahead, regular Town legends were rested and took the opportunity to meet up with the Histon Mariners.

Mr Fenty, Sean Pearson and Carl Magney with the Chairman, President and The Dean.
Mr Fenty, Sean Pearson and Carl Magney with the Chairman, President and The Dean.
Nathan Arnold took time out to speak to the Chairman and the Dean.
Nathan Arnold took time out to speak to the Chairman and the Dean.

However not only was the Histon Mariners Campaign in full flow but the Chesterfield Mariners were co-ordinating manoeuvres alongside to mutually beneficial ends.

His Lordship was thankfully restrained by the authoritative Enid and encouraged to focus on events immediately to hand rather than his summer pastimes.
His Lordship was thankfully restrained by the authoritative Enid and encouraged to focus on events immediately to hand rather than his summer pastimes.
Sean Pearson and Carl Magnay were grateful to Enid for her help. NB an ever-watchful President casts an experienced eye.
Sean Pearson and Carl Magnay were grateful to Enid for her help. NB an ever-watchful President casts an experienced eye.
Chesterfield Logistics Director Garath illustrated a level of flexibility beyond expectations.
Chesterfield Logistics Director Garath illustrated a level of flexibility beyond expectations.
And Teflon Man was given the benefit of Rod's vast experience and expertise. Hopefully some of it stuck.

Meanwhile exciting news on Charlotte's 21st with regards future plans with Chesterfield Joe soon spread through McMenemy's.
First Carl Magnay, then Sean Pearson and finally Nathan Arnold could only congratulate Charlotte and Joe and share in their long lasting mutual happiness.


* The game itself could have been an end of season turgid affair. However, playing with a degree of freedom without pressure saw Town perform with an eagerness befitting of a more pressurised game. Ross Hannah on a rare start scored an excellent brace which prompted many questions around Blundell.

* Josh Gowling continued to look very accomplished and Jordan Chappel had his best game yet. Histon Mariners sponsored Paul Bignot looked as if he'd played all season.
But Man of at the Match for the Histon Mariners was Toto.

Afterwards at the Imperial the Chairman was in contemplative mood as the Dean continued to plan the play-off campaign ahead, which was now known to start at Eastleigh.

Cath and Jen at the Imperial were fully appreciative of the Dean and Chairman's efforts.
Cath and Jen at the Imperial were fully appreciative of the Dean and Chairman's efforts.

A quick visit to the Fishermans preceded the Histon Mariners tour of Nottingham House.

Jim, McMenemy Mike and Ray the Fish were on hand to add vast experience to the Histon Mariners Campaign.
Jim, McMenemy Mike and Ray the Fish were on hand to add vast experience to the Histon Mariners Campaign.
A mixture of Red and Blue Sheffield Mariners were on hand to meet the Histon Mariners. Double Wednesday, Asaba, Steve No.9, Shy Dan and Paul, were soon in debate with the Histon Mariners about the great Wednesday team from 1966 and Ken Furphy's Promotion Marvels.
A mixture of Red and Blue Sheffield Mariners were on hand to meet the Histon Mariners. Double Wednesday, Asaba, Steve No.9, Shy Dan and Paul, were soon in debate with the Histon Mariners about the great Wednesday team from 1966 and Ken Furphy's Promotion Marvels.

Town fans continued to concentrate on the Play Offs ahead, none more so than The Fish and cousin Jim.

At Smugglers, the well travelled Simon of Kingsway fame sought an audience with the Chairman.
At Smugglers, the well travelled Simon of Kingsway fame sought an audience with the Chairman.
And was eventually excited to gain the attention of both the Chairman and President.
And was eventually excited to gain the attention of both the Chairman and President.
Simon was humbled at his experience and Mike provided great comfort at this emotional time.
Simon was humbled at his experience and Mike provided great comfort at this emotional time.
Meanwhile the Innkeeper was thinking ahead and sought use of the hospitality facilities at the Smugglers after the Eastleigh home game on behalf of the Fish and Jim.
Meanwhile the Innkeeper was thinking ahead and sought use of the hospitality facilities at the Smugglers after the Eastleigh home game on behalf of the Fish and Jim.

With such careful planning now in place the semi-finals are looked forward to with great anticipation.

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29.04.15 Eastleigh 1 v 2 GTFC


Eastleigh v GTFC Ticket
Eastleigh v GTFC Ticket

Nightmare journey to the deep south - delayed kick-off, we know its never easy with Town but hopes and expectations were high on arrival.

Derby Mariner Tim with Town ever-present Dan confront the Innkeeper and discuss the Histon Mariners plans over the next three games.
Derby Mariner Tim with Town ever-present Dan confront the Innkeeper and discuss the Histon Mariners plans over the next three games.

An exhilarating start that could have seen Town three up after 15 minutes. After Nathan Arnolds great opening goal, Eastleigh fought back into the game by fair and foul means. James McKeown foolishly reacted and was lucky to still have his part to play. After the Eastleigh equalizer, Nathan Arnold served up a big match treat on a solid gold platter. A stunning winner that deserves to see us at Wembley.

Great performances from Sean Pearson and the calming Josh Gowling but the difference made by Nathan Arnold wins him top spot.

Afterwards Sgt Dicks and a rather bemused but very happy elderly lady were seen to be planning future movements and making contingency plans for whatever eventuality.
Afterwards Sgt Dicks and a rather bemused but very happy elderly lady were seen to be planning future movements and making contingency plans for whatever eventuality.

Likewise Chesterfield Mariners Logistics Director was seen to be discussing plans with his equivalent from the Histon Mariners.

Onwards and upwards.
In Hursty we trust

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3.5.15 GTFC 3 (5) v 0 (1) Eastleigh


GTFC v Eastleigh Ticket
GTFC v Eastleigh Ticket

Legends here, legends there, legends everywhere as Town hoped to take the final step to Wembley.

At Willys Stuart Bateman and Dave Boylen eagerly anticipate the afternoon ahead.
At Willys Stuart Bateman and Dave Boylen eagerly anticipate the afternoon ahead.
At the Notts, Town Scout and friend of the Histon Mariners Jed explains the offside rule to a bemused Stuart.
At the Notts, Town Scout and friend of the Histon Mariners Jed explains the offside rule to a bemused Stuart.

Final preparations at McMenemy's saw Town Stars welcome the Histon Mariners and thank them for their continued support.

Histon Mariners sponsored Paul Bignot, the cruelly injured Gregor Robertson and Paddy McLaughlin test Stuart's knowledge of the offside rule.
Histon Mariners sponsored Paul Bignot, the cruelly injured Gregor Robertson and Paddy McLaughlin test Stuart's knowledge of the offside rule.
New Histon Mariner youth protégé Ed Bateman is welcomed by Paddy Mc and Paul Bignot.
New Histon Mariner youth protégé Ed Bateman is welcomed by Paddy Mc and Paul Bignot.
Top representatives of the Larne Mariners Ken Andrew & Paddy McLaughlin were keen to continue their association with the Histon Mariners.
Top representatives of the Larne Mariners Ken Andrew & Paddy McLaughlin were keen to continue their association with the Histon Mariners.

* Nervous start - maybe - but a belting brace from Ollie Palmer and cool finish from the Shop saw a great 3 v 0 victory and a magnificent 5 v 1 aggregate win.

* A top all around effort with full shifts put in everywhere. Stuart Pearson again great but Josh Gowling took the Histon Mariners Man of the Match award. With the team spirit evidently on show for all to see we have nothing to fear at Wembley. We owe Bristol Rovers and with careful planning over the ensuing weeks the Football league is within reach.

Afterwards the party atmosphere immediately kicked in at McMenemy's.

Mike, Stuart (pleased with his understanding of the off-side rule) Ray the Fish, John Boy, Vicky and a distant Sophie get ready to party.
Mike, Stuart (pleased with his understanding of the off-side rule) Ray the Fish, John Boy, Vicky and a distant Sophie get ready to party.
Outside Stuart B attempts to explain the Off-side rule to Henry Moore son of Town Legend Andy Moore.
Outside Stuart B attempts to explain the Off-side rule to Henry Moore son of Town Legend Andy Moore.

The Histon Mariners were delighted to make acquaintance with Henry and look forward to next season to provide additional support.

The party was off to a great start at the New Imperial, where the Histon Mariners were delighted to meet up with many old friends.


A spontaneous quick visit to Laportes Cricket Club the home of Cleethorpes Town FC saw Stuart B attempt to work out the Off-side rule and later relive his youth.


NB a new Mod haircut is unlikely.

At the No.2 Bar Andy Moore was delighted to meet up with Ray the Fish is, brother-in-law Jim an old friend of the Histon Mariners.

However the party crescendo had to be at the Nottingham House where the Landlord Roger made the Innkeeper most welcome.


Party time, many familiar faces, Stuart and Orphan Boy being prominent throughout.

Town fanatics everywhere, soon met up with the Histon Mariners. Here Caistor Quinton, Brendan from the Reading Mariners and Caistor Jim celebrate with the Innkeeper.
Town fanatics everywhere, soon met up with the Histon Mariners. Here Caistor Quinton, Brendan from the Reading Mariners and Caistor Jim celebrate with the Innkeeper.
Jim, son Pete and Uncle Ray celebrate with an 'R Whites'.
Jim, son Pete and Uncle Ray celebrate with an 'R Whites'.
Similar scenes at the Smugglers where McMenemy Lisa and Mike introduced Baily Thompson to the Innkeeper.
Similar scenes at the Smugglers where McMenemy Lisa and Mike introduced Baily Thompson to the Innkeeper.
Bailey, boyfriend to Sophie is obviously attempting to endear himself to his future father-in-law Dave Smith. Having admired Dave's 80's mullet, Baily attempts an equally silly haircut to the Town Legend Dave.
Mike points out to a stunned Ray the Fish and an amused Coleen, Baily's hair efforts.
Mike points out to a stunned Ray the Fish and an amused Coleen, Baily's hair efforts.

A magnificent night in Cleethorpes eventually wound down. After a more than comfortable night in the superb Kingsway Hotel at breakfast the next morning the newspapers reminded us we are still in the conference though we might be in the view of the escape hatch.

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13.05.15 Histon Mariners Wembley Promotion Campaign



In support of the Mariners Wembley Campaign the Histon Mariners were keen to add support and assist where possible with the build up.

Very old friend of the Histon Mariners Peter Balaam and experienced rally driver Jeff Hall at the outset.
Very old friend of the Histon Mariners Peter Balaam and experienced rally driver Jeff Hall at the outset.
And in a state of total confusion over technical details.
And in a state of total confusion over technical details.

The tour d'force began at Cleethorpes HQ the Kingsway Hotel. Peter and Jeff proved a unique combination of technical know-how and experience.


Once ready, Kingsway Restaurant Manager Simon and receptionist ....... cheer the Logistics Director on.


At Blundell Park Dave Smith welcomed the Logistics Director at the outset of his promotional campaign.
At Blundell Park Dave Smith welcomed the Logistics Director at the outset of his promotional campaign.
McMenemy Lisa joins the Logistics Director, Sean Pearson and Jeff Hall at Blundell.

The campaign can be judged by the interest shown by the Grimsby Telegraph, Nigel Lowther of the Cleethorpes Chronicle and Radio Humberside. The BBC and Independent Newspaper were late on parade but still wanted to publicize the Histon Mariner support of the GTFC.

Afterwards Dave Boylen congratulated the Innkeeper for his role in the campaign at Operational HQ at Willys.
Afterwards Dave Boylen congratulated the Innkeeper for his role in the campaign at Operational HQ at Willys.
Likewise Sue from Distinctively Designed Ladies and Children’s Wear (Stuart Bateman's favourite shop) was thankful or the raising of GTFC profile.
Likewise Sue from Distinctively Designed Ladies and Children’s Wear (Stuart Bateman's favourite shop) was thankful or the raising of GTFC profile.
Messrs Balaam and Hall reflect on the scale of the operation over a revitalizing energy drink.
Messrs Balaam and Hall reflect on the scale of the operation over a revitalizing energy drink.
Mr Balaam clocks in with Mrs. B to confirm his eating and bed times.
Mr Balaam clocks in with Mrs. B to confirm his eating and bed times.

The two Girton exiles, Messrs Hall and Balaam continued to revel in the excitable atmosphere of Cleethorpes.

At the Notts
At the Notts
At Steels Restaurant
At Steels Restaurant
Mr Balaam at the New Imperial Club where doubts were cast over his fitness levels.
At No2.
At No2.

Obviously the word has spread throughout Cleethorpes and a particularly grateful Julie - Smugglers Landlady - welcomed Peter B with his Horlicks nightcap.

On return from the pre Wembley promotional Campaign a pleasant surprise at the Red Lion was the welcome home greeting from long-standing GTFC supporter Mr Trevor Chapman (See chapter entitled the Tabor era) his brother-in-law, George A.

Trevor had arranged for Scottish Mariner George - based at the Auchentoshan Distillery - to welcome home the Histon Mariners.

Across the length and breath of the UK the Mariners Supporters are behind the team on Sunday. The Supporters, the magnificent unity and spirit of the dressing room and those who have kept the Mariners viable over the past years deserve victory on Sunday.

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17.5.15 GTFC 1 v 1 Bristol Rovers (AET)

GTFC lose on penalties


GTFC v Bristol Rovers Ticket
GTFC v Bristol Rovers Ticket

A fine cross-section of the Histon Mariners gathered at Histon HQ. Confidence was high, Town's underdog status was marginal in the extreme and ultimately a Bookies understanding of the size of the respective Town's and Rovers finishing one place ahead in the league.

Messrs. Dean, Ashby, Gill, The Innkeeper, Mc Fleming and Dean welcome debutant Frances O'Munnelly.
Messrs. Dean, Ashby, Gill, The Innkeeper, Mc Fleming and Dean welcome debutant Frances O'Munnelly.
Without regular guidance from the Logistics Director sections of the squad appeared bemused at times and lost.
Without regular guidance from the Logistics Director sections of the squad appeared bemused at times and lost.
The ever thoughtful President takes the opportunity to brief Ian Mac and Brian D on the plan for the day.
The ever thoughtful President takes the opportunity to brief Ian Mac and Brian D on the plan for the day.

Meanwhile the Logistics Director took the opportunity to welcome Mariners from far and wide.

Mark (Milton Keynes Mariner) & Colin (Humberside Mariner) explain the Mariners form when Louise (Cambridge Mariner) has been in attendance. A poignant sigh was heard all round.......!
Mark (Milton Keynes Mariner) & Colin (Humberside Mariner) explain	the Mariners form when Louise (Cambridge Mariner) has been in attendance. A poignant sigh was heard all round.......!
The Dean makes valiant efforts to placate a hyperactive Chairman. The extent of the job at hand brings forth considerable sympathy. Hopefully the Old Bell at Kilburn will help The Dean in his quest.
The Dean makes valiant efforts to placate a hyperactive Chairman. The extent of the job at hand brings forth considerable sympathy. Hopefully the Old Bell at Kilburn will help The Dean in his quest.

It was always an intention of the Histon Mariners Campaign to bring together in mutual admiration opposing factions in a common cause.

Frances O' and Ian Mac bear testimony to this ideal.
Frances O' and Ian Mac bear testimony	to this ideal.
A final briefing by the President and Chairman over tea and toast.
A final briefing by the President and Chairman over tea and toast.
At Wembley the Dean meets with Opposition Fitness Director.
At Wembley the Dean meets with Opposition Fitness Director.
Melbourn Mariners Dave recently based in Florida has relocated to Amsterdam to enable easier following of Town. The Histon Mariners celebrate the news.
Melbourn Mariners Dave recently based in Florida has relocated to Amsterdam to enable easier following of Town. The Histon Mariners celebrate the news.

Many friends and associates meet up with the Histon Mariners in eager anticipation.


Special thanks must go to his Lordship from the Chesterfield Mariners. Such help, support and encouragement over the season from above is testimony to the belief in the Histon Mariners campaign.
Special thanks must go to his Lordship from the Chesterfield Mariners. Such help, support and encouragement over the season from above is testimony to the belief in the Histon Mariners campaign.
The successful entente cordial forged at the Old Bell, Kilburn is clearly evident (NB a sneaky input from the Windsor Mariners).
The successful entente cordial forged at the Old Bell, Kilburn is clearly evident (NB a sneaky input from the Windsor Mariners).

Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
Nothing at all to be ashamed of Town can consider themselves unfortunate to have lost. Sean Pearson the Histon Mariners Man of the Match, we hope will be a key figure in the 2015-16 Campaign which began immediately.

The Innkeeper immediately helped Bristol Rovers fans on their role in the future campaign. It will not be doubted that the Bristol supporters will carry an interesting message forward on behalf of the Campaign.




Like a tornado, the Innkeeper worked diligently to move the Campaign forward into next season. Such was his efforts that Brian fell exhausted.

Luckily the entente cordial proved its value by revitalizing the ........

The next Campaign has begun. The work of the Histon Mariners will not cease.

In Hursty we trust.

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