The Red Lion Histon

2016 - 2017 Campaign


6.8.16 GTFC 2 v 0 Morecombe

GTFC v Morecombe Ticket
GTFC v Morecombe Ticket

Our exile over. The FA Trophy behind us - hopefully the disastrous double final day never to be seen again. Away supporters in the Osmond Stand. The need for a bigger (better?) stadium and a feeling of actually belonging.

"We are back in the league"

turbulent close-season. Some favourite Mariners gone and new hero’s arriving. The first game of the season confirms 'The Sun Always Shines on Blundell'. A final nostalgic memory before 100% concentration on the future.

Director Lee Mullen and the Innkeeper share the sweet taste of success.
Director Lee Mullen and the Innkeeper share the sweet taste of success.

A gloriously sunny day with a crowd of 6000+ made the return to the EFL almost worth the wait.

In Hursty we trust and his newly assembled squad quickly confirmed our belief.

A team still in its infancy, far from taking tentative steps, strode into battle scoring after only 9 minutes. Kayden Jackson whose pace electrified the crowd scored and immediately raised expectations of him.

Alongside Luke Summerfield, Sean McAllister and Tom Bolarinwa was in particular, this group of disparate individuals already appeared to have gelled into a coherent fighting force that would push the Mighty Mariners into newly chartered waters.

A Ben Davies masterclass in dead ball precision sealed a magnificent return home.

Histon Mariners Man of the Match: Kayden Jackson.

The worldwide respect for the returning Mariners was no better exemplified then when John Fenty welcomed Norwegian Mariner Stavanger Ray to Blundell.

Stavanger Ray - whose father was a fisherman who regularly visited Grimsby - is a lifelong Mariner and on his debut @ Blundell is aware of the possibility of finding a half-brother!


16.8.16 Colchester 3 v 2 GTFC

Colchester v GTFC Ticket
Colchester v GTFC Ticket

Reunion of the Histon Mariners with a cross-section of Chesterfield society aka the Chesterfield Mariners proved as enlightening as ever.

The Histon Mariners were guided into dock by his Lordship whose demonstration of his navigational skills, honed in the early 1940's proved invaluable. Eventually on arrival, his Lordship was attempting to enlighten Teflon Man with his unique insight and skills whilst Gareth struggled to appreciate the intricate details.

Ray the Fish and Badminton legend Gerry were equally astounded by his Lordships ability.

Thankfully given his advancing years his Lordship managed to navigate his way to the conveniences in advance of bag overflow.

An extraordinary performance from Town. The initial bursting into life suggested all was well until a period of total meltdown found Town 3 v 0 down! Hursty took action by removing Andrew Boyce - who later accepted blame - and putting on the ever reliable Sean Pearson. Boyce was not the sole culprit but relatively normal service was resumed.

Capt Diz gave some hope immediately after the breakdown and but for a denial of what will prove the most blatant penalty of the Season Town may well have got something from the game.

Omar on the scoresheet a bonus confirmed the old boy spine of McKeown, Pearson, Disley and now Omar prevails.

Histon Mariners Man of the Match: Sean Pearson


20.08.16 GTFC 1 v 2 Leyton Orient

GTFC v Leyton Orient Ticket
GTFC v Leyton Orient Ticket

Pre-match preparation at Willy's was augmented by the arrival of the independent Orient away fans. Delighted to be back at Cleethorpes Orient fans congratulated the Histon Mariners for their campaign and commitment to real football.

Barry and Geoff, Orient diehards welcome GTFC return to the EFL.
Barry and Geoff, Orient diehards welcome GTFC return to the EFL.

Expectations were realistically optimistic and the first half justified such a stance. A good save from Omar and another penalty earned when Disley was taken down ensured Town's lack of 'the rub of the green' continued.

2 horrendous mistakes in the second half from our dependable spine gave Town an uphill task.

We cannot continue to simply look good at times and not capitalize on chances, give soft goals away and expect a return. In Hursty we trust and we expect a tightening up of our general play to ensure normal service is resumed.

Histon Mariners Man of the Match: Sean Pearson (up until his error) but overall probably Craig Disley.

Post-match analysis was muted. All Mariners appreciate we cannot continue to lament bad referee decisions and hard luck. Even the New Imperial Club was subdued but at least one loner found someone to befriend - even if he was a family member.


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10.09.16 Luton Town 1 v 2 GTFC

Luton Town v GTFC Ticket
Luton Town v GTFC Ticket

Probably Town's toughest test so far proved no matter for the Mighty Mariners.

Ray the Fish made valiant efforts to accompany the President who was anxious to see the effects of Paul Hurst's Summer revamp.

El Presidente was warmly welcomed by the Black & White Army, here New Imperial stalwart Wayne acknowledges the work of the Histon Mariners President and enthuses about the prospects of GTFC.


Before the game John Boy was recommended by his granny Coleen for promotion from the Youth set up to full adult status.


After due consideration by the Logistics Director - the President and Chairman will deliver their verdict on his recommendations which revolve around a trial period and assessment of his ability to talk common-sense (unlikely), to converse without the use of digital gadgetry (impossible?) and accepting his Granny's advice and his uncle Jay's example.

Friends and associates of the Histon Mariners were out in force.

McMenemy Mike with his air guitar attempts to orchestrate affairs. A bemused Jason and a proud Lisa look on.
McMenemy Mike with his air guitar attempts to orchestrate affairs. A bemused Jason and a proud Lisa look on.
John Boyish sits between Ray the Fish and Uncle Jay trying to talk common sense but to his credit - phoneless!
John Boyish sits between Ray the Fish and Uncle Jay trying to talk common sense but to his credit - phoneless!
A fit and well Chairman Tony of Purley Mariners in discussion with The Fish about John Boy's coming of age.
A fit and well Chairman Tony of Purley Mariners in discussion with The Fish about John Boy's coming of age.
Imperial John gives the thumbs up to the Campaign.
Imperial John gives the thumbs up to the Campaign.

With recent good news about the new ground and funding, Town's performance at Luton helped further raise the positive vibe around GTFC.

An exceptional first half performance by Town saw them finish the half ahead by virtue of the ever improving Omar Bogle.

The Black & White Army were enthralled with Town's first half performance.

Even TM was prepared to raise his hat to Paul Hurst. Becky appeared bemused and was left to report on proceedings to his Lordship - who had been given special permission to enter the overcrowded facilities by virtue of his status and societal standing.


The defense appeared well marshalled by Sean Pearson. Luke Summerfield worked tirelessly in midfield, Dominic Vose and Ashley Chambers proved continuously dangerous and the shift put in by Turton was immense.

Weathering the inevitable second half Luton onslaught showed the grit and determination of Town. The well-timed substitution by Paul Hurst, saw Kayden Jackson make the winner for Omar during an inspired 10 minutes cameo.

A great result for the Mariners and Paul Hurst's reactions at the end signals good times for GTFC.

A pleasant journey home was in front of everyone and it was a particular privilege for Town fans when his Lordship took time to personally thank everyone for their efforts.


The Mighty Mariners deserved the 3 points without giving a virtuoso performance. A gritty 0 v 1 away win suits the majority of appreciative fans. A clean sheet was more than welome.

Encouraging performances from James McKeown, Brandon Comley and Dominic Vose give further optimism as to the quality and depth of Paul Hurst's squad.

HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH : Danny Collins / Sean Pearson.

Jubilant fans embarked on the journey home whilst Gaz continued to look for any friends. A sympathetic Carl tries to assist.


Next day at Histon HQ, The Red Lion, Associate Mariners from Ipswich called in to congratulate the Histon Mariners on their ever increasingly successful return to the EFL.

Surprisingly Mr. Clegg (in particular) but also Ferrett were not keen to discuss their trip to Leeds Utd but were noticably excited(!) and vociferous about their visit to the Fanny and Bacardi Bar in Wakefield. Extraordinary tales re Fanny into the early hours - "try the other one!"


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24.09.16 Mansfield Town 0 v 1 GTFC

Mansfield Town v GTFC Ticket
Mansfield Town v GTFC Ticket

NB the rather ageist ticket

An extraordinary performance from The Innkeeper whereby the ticket collector on the train from Cambridge checked his OAP rail card - presumably because he looked so young and then on entering the first local hostelry was stopped by the bouncers and asked again for proof of age - presumably because he looked so young(?)


Having established his credentials such traumatic experiences were soothed with a warming hot chocolate.

Moving on to the excellent Railway Tavern and accompanied by the Derby Mariners. Mansfield fans were delighted to be able to welcome our intrepid crew.


The Stags were most appreciative of the Mariners pursuit of real football and like so many outside the pantomime of the Premier League envisaged the movement going from strength to strength.

Derby Mariners Craig and Tim are questioned by the local constabulary re an incident involving a bearded Escort Agency worker.
Derby Mariners Craig and Tim are questioned by the local constabulary re an incident involving a bearded Escort Agency worker.

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1.10.16 GTFC 0 v 3 Hartlepool

GTFC v Hartlepool Ticket
GTFC v Hartlepool Ticket

With sights set even higher in the league The President and Fitness Director travelled north amidst a glorious first day in October.

Lord Roy's flunkey, Gareth was on hand to congratulate the Fitness Director on enabling a fit looking squad to travel north.


A quick word with the Chairman however, cast little light on proceedings and in reality was largely a waste of time.


At Blundel very old sparring partners of the President, Mike and Steve were also anxious to congratulate the Fitness Director on his assembled squad. They too were fully appreciative of the difficult job in hand that Mr Dean encountered re the Chairman's ability to attend.


With regards the inexplicable proceedings out on the pitch, it is probably best to treat it as a bad day at the office.

Town's opening 20 minutes - apart from horror injury to Ashley Chambers (whose 2 1/4 minutes on the pitch earned him 6/10 for his performance in the national press?!) - were most encouraging.

However a brace from former Mariner Podge helped inflict a disbelieving 0 v 3 loss. Fair play to Podge, the Histon Mariners will never forget his role in our escape from the conference.

HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH : Tom (Tombola) Bolarinwa

A real treat in store for the Fitness Director was being joined by the Chairman of Wainfleet Mariners. l His early years following Forest have scarred him and Forest's alleged interest in Omar Bogle has caused blood flow in regions he'd thought long lost.

The President and Mr. Dean looked delighted to be joined by Wainfleet Mariners Chairman at the Railway Sleeper.
The President and Mr. Dean looked delighted to be joined by Wainfleet Mariners Chairman at the Railway Sleeper.

Encouraged by the Wainfleet Chairman, The Fitness Director and President visit Stuart's favourite female clothes shop, where proprietor and family associate Tina told everyone of her Germanic Trade Experience.

At the Notts, many Mariners were discussing plans for the forthcoming Cambridge Fixture on 15th October.

Ashley from Cleethorpes thanks the President for the arrangements being made for that game at the Red Lion.
Ashley from Cleethorpes thanks the President for the arrangements being made for that game at the Red Lion.

A Marquee, outside bar, BBQ and 92" screen showing Towns goals and success from last season, should all help to raise funds for the Mariners Trust - 30p a pint will be donated for the Trust from the Histon Mariners HQ The Red Lion.

"Meet under the Hewitts Sign".

The Fitness Director suggested an early finish and as always this advice was adhered to knowing his programme for the rest of the season.

Innis & ***** applaud the Fitness Director on his success and commiserate on the difficulty of helping the Chairman reach the desired fitness levels.
Innis & ***** applaud the Fitness Director on his success and commiserate on the difficulty of helping the Chairman reach the desired fitness levels.

On the return to base our Fitness Guru was lucky enough to be greeted by the Barhill Battleaxe. Serious respect can only be attributed to Mr Dean for his dealing with the difficulties faced. One can only wonder if there is a connection between the two.


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P.S. Latest shock news from the Chesterfield Area. There have been unconfirmed reports that Lord Roy has substituted the temporary loss of Charlotte with a 4th Freezer. Obviously it can be understood that 3 Freezers are not enough - given the necessary state of preparation for a visit from TM as well as accommodate the needs of his household staff- but as a substitute for Charlotte it is a little bemusing.

In Hursty we trust.

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08.10.16 Exeter City 0 v 0 GTFC

Exeter City v GTFC Ticket
Exeter City v GTFC Ticket

A peaceful and uneventful journey west was abruptly ended at Exeter St. Davids when the Histon Mariners met up with the Mariners Trust members, ably led by David Roberts.

As a result of being in the wrong carriage for alighting at the appropriate stop, our intrepid band of tourists were duly stranded at Digby & Stourton.


Vacant looking and bemused the experienced (ancient) Mariner Dave Roberts rescued proceedings and duly got the group of disparate individuals back on track (!) to the correct station.

A bizarre system of purchasing tickets from one turnstile to be presented to another ensued.

Derbyshire Andy looks suitably bemused at said scenario.

Inside the Chesterfield Mariners were seen in intense pre-match preparations Lord Roy explains to TM the necessity for his newly expanded freezer facilities, whilst Ian considers whether to follow his pasty with another or a pie.


The Chesterfield Mariners acknowledge the Histon Mariners but could only apologise for the absence of "Ivor the Engine Driver". Signalman Gareth was on duty playing with his trains for approximately one week - we hope his journey is successful and proves to be just the ticket.

The match itself proved disappointing. Town would be grateful for a point - which would probably have been taken beforehand. A competent back four display we would acknowledge the disappointment felt by Sean Pearson.

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : ZAC MILLS

The Histon Mariners are delighted that their sponsorship of Zac might now bear some fruit after his troublesome start to the season.

We should remember in October 2015, every Town fan would have gratefully accepted being 10th in EFL Div 2 in October 2016.

In Hurst we trust.

Afterwards Tim and Dan celebrated their 3 year anniversary. Tim laments there being only 2 of them. Dan regrets the absence of the Bearded Escort….!
Afterwards Tim and Dan celebrated their 3 year anniversary. Tim laments there being only 2 of them. Dan regrets the absence of the Bearded Escort….!

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15.10.16 Cambridge Utd 0 v 1 GTFC

Cambridge Utd v GTFC Ticket
Cambridge Utd v GTFC Ticket

A very long time in coming but finally the Mighty Mariners and the Black & White Army traveled south to visit Histon Mariners HQ and enlighten all at the Abbey Stadium, Cambridge.

The Cleethorpes Chronicle and the Grimsby Telegraph foretold the Black & White Army that the Innkeeper would be donating 30p per beverage (pint!) to the Mariners Trust.

Expectations were high - expectations were accomplished. The event was commemorated in stone at Histon HQ.


Around 300 fans arrived at Histon HQ - The Red Lion (meet under the Hewitts sign) on a marvelous Autumn day. With tremendous good will and humor in abundance, one can only wonder why the need for such presence of the local constabulary can only be the result of unnecessary orders from above who appear to have little regard for the waste of public money and "the potential for provocation". Such futile policing was typified by the turning away of 2 coaches from Histon towards the unsuspecting and probably unprepared establishments in Cambridge.

However the B & W Army was in good heart.

Roger Gott of the Notts will be amazed to see Will behind the bar at The Red Lion more than the Notts itself.
Roger Gott of the Notts will be amazed to see Will behind the bar at The Red Lion more than the Notts itself.
John Boy - escaped from his Uncle Jay and Gran - but still appears glued to said digital device.
John Boy - escaped from his Uncle Jay	and Gran - but still appears glued to said digital device.

Even the Chairman of the Histon Mariners appeared joyous on this memorable day. McMenamy Mike took advantage of his good humour.


New Imperial celebrity Linda was astounded to see (and hear) the snorter in his own back yard.


Cleethorpes constabulary with local bemused colleagues thanked the Chairman for such a great occasion. The Chairman continued to smile........?

The President was proud to welcome so many of the B & W Army to Histon HQ.
The President was proud to welcome so many of the B & W Army to Histon HQ.

Youth Protege James - still buzzing from his Wembley Excursions was seen to be fulfilling his duties alongside the President by welcoming Louth Mariner Mike Robertson.


Rochdale Mariner, Roger was equally reminiscing about Wembley and joined the Histon Mariners in welcoming the B & W Army.


Inside, as expected Roger from the Notts, astounded by Wills prowess behind the bar, spoke of his hope that the Notts would some day benefit.


At the Abbey Stadium Histon Mariners mingled with the B & W Army. Cambridge officials were astounded by the might of Town's following.


Naturally Lord Roy of Chesterfield Mariners was on hand to give his blessing to proceedings.


Red Devil Dave Keeble could hardly contain his delight with his association with the Mighty Mariners - so much so that he has booked a trip to Blundel in December.


Old Mariners associate Nippy looked flabbergasted by the quality of Town's performance whilst Webmaster Mr Hoppett and regular Histon Mariner Brian Dear look on in perfect contentment.


The game itself was a vast improvement on the previous weeks excursion to Devon. The Mighty Mariners looked fitter, more aggressive, quicker and skillful in the first half - the second was a much more even affair.

Dominic Vose proved a handful throughout, whilst the defense was never truly troubled, being well marshalled by Danny Collins and Josh Gowling.

For the second consecutive game, in his only 2 full appearances so far Histon Mariners sponsored Zac Hills was :

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : ZAC MILLS

Hursty's deployment of James Berret - most successfully - and selection proved a solid example of his judgement.

In Hursty we trust.

Such was the prevelant atmosphere that the Chairman appeared to get carried away.

The Chairman flanked by Cleethorpes visitor Andy Mihal and Gary the Hammer.
The Chairman flanked by Cleethorpes visitor Andy Mihal and Gary the Hammer.
Such was the Chairman's exuberance he was left on his own.
Such was the Chairman's exuberance he was left on his own.

At half time he mingled with the B & W Army to thank them for their continued support of the Histon Mariners Campaign. He was delighted to chat and monitor the performance of Histon Mariners sponsored Henry Moore.


Henry was excited to introduce Jack Lyons, Harley Thompson and Ben Grist to the Chairman of the Histon Mariners.
Henry was excited to introduce Jack Lyons, Harley Thompson and Ben Grist to the Chairman of the Histon Mariners.

We will continue to monitor the progress made by GTFC stalwart, Henry and wish him all the best.

Post-match analysis was conducted at the Dobblers Inn.

Gary the Hammer had much to learn and was appreciative of the Presidents time and experience.
Gary the Hammer had much to learn and was appreciative of the Presidents time and experience.
TM decided to celebrate the success of Hursty's battleplan by washing down his last pie with a pineapple and lemonade. His Lordship looks suitably impressed.
TM decided to celebrate the success of Hursty's battleplan by washing down his last pie with a pineapple and lemonade. His Lordship looks suitably impressed.
The Chairman, Gary the Hammer and our illustrious President commiserate with a down but not out, Thomas.
The Chairman, Gary the Hammer and our illustrious President commiserate with a down but not out, Thomas.

Celebrations - not so much with the performance and result but with the overall Histon Mariners Campaign - continued until the early hours.

QPR Mariners associates traveled north to celebrate with the Histon Mariners.

Gerry Ryan was proud to be with the Dorian Gray of QPR contingent (?) Dave Bas.
Gerry Ryan was proud to be with the Dorian Gray of QPR contingent (?) Dave Bas.

So lucky were the Histon Mariners that young Dave Bas gave an impromptu performance with top local band Rendition.


With much merriment until the early hours the Histon Mariners Campaign gathers momentum. Expectations are high but who knows what lurks beyond the distant horizon.

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22.10.16 GTFC 0 v 1 Cheltenham

Despite a clear sunny autumn day - a grey cloud seemed to descend over the hallowed turf of Blundel. Rumors ran amock about Hirsty's future. Outside, Town's Director Philip Day met with his Lordship - such influential powerhouses continue to give reassurances about the well being of Town.


However the game in hand was the priority of the day and Rebecca was clearly at odds with sister Charlotte.

With such a key fixture at Blundel, Chesterfield Joe distracted Charlotte to the Proact Stadium. In order to watch ex-mariner Joe Nolan.
Hopefully Joe and Charlotte got to Chesterfield without visiting Sheffield and Alfreton on the way.....!

It was reported that both Rebecca and Charlotte had matching shoes. It was also nice to see Gareth fully refreshed after his week away with Thomas the Tank.


A most disappointing afternoon ensued, as much for Cheltenham's spoiling tactics as anything else. Such an approach clearly secured 3 points but will not over the course of the season gain them any friends.

Opportunities existed for Town but a fairly pedestrian performance from Town left little to discuss.

Unbelievably Zac Mills for the third consecutive game piped Dominic Vose to be the :

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : ZAC MILLS

Written off as a bad day at the office, in terms of atmosphere and performance there was little need for post-match analysis but the question of Paul Hurst remained prominent.

A visit to The Wellington Bar, Freeman Street provided thought for future plans.



The original home of Grimsby Pelham has been revamped as the spiritual home of Town. Pete Blendell (AWOL) top man at Welly Bar is also a great supporter of the Histon Mariners campaign - and we appreciate his backing.

The Cleethorpes Beer Festival at The Beachcomber Mariners saw fans continue to discuss the future of Paul Hurst. However we trust that Histon Mariners sponsored Youth, Henry Moore will help in ensuring a bright and successful future no matter what happens.

Henry allows Mariner Legend Dad Andy the spotlight. Andy reluctantly accepts!!!
Henry allows Mariner Legend Dad Andy the spotlight. Andy reluctantly accepts!!!

A subdued evening - not surprising given events but one thing will definitely continue, the Histon Mariners campaign for real football and football fans.

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05.11.16 Bolton Wanderers 1 v 0 GTFC

Bolton Wanderers v GTFC Ticket
Bolton Wanderers v GTFC Ticket

A substantial effort by the Black & White Army as expected. It was soon evident that complete justice was being done to the established reputation of Town's away support.

The Innkeeper was soon questioned on arrival at the Bolton Ukranian Social Club in Castle Street. Those with Ukranian connections were aware of the imminent arrival of the Black & White Army and were in full appreciation of the Histon Mariners Campaign.

Likewise at the Bank Top Brewery Tap in Astley Bridge.


Pre-match talk was buoyant and expectant - an indication of the progress being made. Managerial appointment was also a central theme of conversation.

Gazzer Cox, East-End Dean Airdrie Mariner Will, Doug and Essex Boy Will on manoeuvres.
Gazzer Cox, East-End Dean Airdrie Mariner Will, Doug and Essex Boy Will on manoeuvres.
Gordie Gaz looks excited, thinking he’s found a friend.
Gordie Gaz looks excited, thinking he’s found a friend.
Sgt. Dicks and a very excited young lady in preparation for the 90 minutes.
Sgt. Dicks and a very excited young lady in preparation for the 90 minutes.

Inside a rather chilly Macron Stadium, Uncle Jay attempts to guide John Boy towards full Histon Mariner Status.


However Jay soon joins Ray the Fish in despair as John Boy reverts back to form.


An opening 20 minutes saw a rather nervous Town probably grateful to be only 1 v 0 down - largely thanks to James McKeown. However the Mighty Mariners showed terrific spirit in coming back to finish the half, possibly the stronger side. Captain Disley marshaled the troops well and Danny Collins held the back line together well.

The second half saw a rampant Town give Bolton a hard time. Bolton, a full division higher were probably grateful to have gone straight through - eventually because of 2 great saves by the Bolton keeper from James Berrett and Scott Vernon.

Super Physio Dave Moore clearly declared his intention with Town finishing with 4 up front aided and abetted by Josh Gowling.

However, it wasn't meant be but the Mighty Mariners made many friends and admirers.

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : LUKE SUMMERFIELD

Just ahead of Zac Mills (again) and Danny Collins.

Histon Mariners sponsored youth Henry Moore was obviously delighted with Uncle Dave's role and even more so that Andy Moore failed to grab the limelight.


Full expectations to hear of managerial appointment next week - and it can be confirmed the Histon Mariners are involved in sponsorship talks.......

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Whilst some things continue to evolve, some things rarely change. Gordie Gaz still searches for friends - his determination can be clearly seen and can only be admired.



19.11.16 Plymouth Argyl 0 v 3 GTFC

A long expedition as such is always made more enjoyable by meeting up with other excited travelling companions such as Dave Roberts ably assisted by Stuart and their band of desperados.


The said journey also had its distinctly surreal movements as when one rather odd Argyl supporter lamented the Innkeepers efforts, in travelling so far to see the Mighty Mariners lose to "virtual runaway leaders". A stunned Innkeeper - not known for being lost for words could only muster a less than convincing "Are you sure?"

Pre-match preparations conducted at the disappointing Britannia Inn, were as ever vibrant and uplifting. New Imperial stalwarts were on hand with a perceptive insight as ever on proceedings.


With the South Coast air full of optimism it was easy to be carried along on a wave of expectations. With such evident vibrancy it was still awe inspiring to see the fleet-of-foot Teflon sponsored Ian bringing up the rear to the rampant lordship.


Unsurprisingly a pit stop was called for - though his lordship was keen to forge ahead.
Unsurprisingly a pit stop was called for - though his lordship was keen to forge ahead.

What started out as a mood of positive optimism evolved throughout the 90 minutes into an appreciative acknowledgment of one of Town's finest performances - against those "rampant leaders" for many, many years.

Superbly marshalled at the back by Danny Collins and Josh Gowling. Fine performances from full backs Rob Andrew and the increasingly reliable Zac Mills. A combatitive midfield of Brandon Conley and Luke Summerfield. Terrific contributions from James Berret and Ashley Chambers. With constant threats from Omar and Kayden Jackson.

It was difficult to pick a man of the match but....

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : DANNY COLLINS

He just deserved it. His experience is proving invaluable and if the Mighty Mariners continue to be involved in the play-off places, we hope his continued presence is confirmed at the turn of the year.

Noticeable at the final whistle was the team bonding led by Histon Mariners sponsored Marcus Bignett after which leaving the players to accept the Black & White Army applause.


By the end, such a tremendous occasion clearly had an uplifting effect on all Mariners fans.

Even at half time the momentum of the occasion was sensed by the Black & White Army.

Dave Roberts and 1st lutenant Stuart, as experienced campaigners, were in total agreement that a special occasion was at hand.
Dave Roberts and 1st lutenant Stuart, as experienced campaigners, were in total agreement that a special occasion was at hand.
New Imperial Carl and Derby Mariner Tim were clearly joyous whilst enjoying a half time cup of tea.
New Imperial Carl and Derby Mariner Tim were clearly joyous whilst enjoying a half time cup of tea.
Likewise Big Andy, Chairman of the Market Raison Mariners.
Likewise Big Andy, Chairman of the Market Raison Mariners.

The Black &White Army were kept on their feet for further second half goals.


All in all the expedition West was a great success - if only the Innkeeper could meet his rather odd travelling Argyle companion!!!!

In such euphoria a cool head is to be admired and Gareth certainly held his hands up to the LEADER(!) of the GTFC Super Six Fantasy Football League.


Post match analysis proceeded despite the rather inclement weather(!) A rather poor selection - in actual fact, dire - of beverages was found in some quite acceptable taverns.

His Lordship was kept in ready supply by a rather sheepish and subservient looking Gareth.
His Lordship was kept in ready supply by a rather sheepish and subservient looking Gareth.
His Lordship clearly gives his verdict on his underlings performance.
His Lordship clearly gives his verdict on his underlings performance.

The essence of his verdict was summarized at 11.35pm in The Maritime Inn when "Gareth Richards is a half-wit" was his considered opinion. Such a comment was fueled by the explanation given for the Innkeepers unscheduled visit to Preston after the Bolton Cup-Tie when heading for Wigan due to said train enthusiast Gareth's directions.

Even Badminton legend Paul found it hard to disagree with his Lordship and can be seen to be totally bemused.
Even Badminton legend Paul found it hard to disagree with his Lordship and can be seen to be totally bemused.

A highly successful mission. Marcus B appears to have filled in seamlessly. The Black & White Army is rightly ever more comfortable with League 2 and can even begin to dream.....

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26.11.2016 Crawley Town 3 v 2 GTFC

Crawley Town v GTFC Ticket
Crawley Town v GTFC Ticket

Military precision is clearly evident whenever the Black & White Army is on maneuvers. The Leadership skills of legends such as the Chairman of Histon Mariners and Lord Roy of the Chesterfield Mariners is a sight to behold. The quiet unobtrusive observations from those of a more formally trained background can never be underestimated.

On maneuvers in Crawley, aspiring leaders identify the essential qualities of his Lordship.

The "Twit" clearly shows aspirations towards leadership, having announced "we are on a crawl in Crawley" which began at the White Hart.
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At the Brewery Shades, Derby Tim equally looks on in admiration.
At the Brewery Shades, Derby Tim equally looks on in admiration.

Whilst on secret maneuvers from Rutland base. "Cmdr Tim" encourages Rebekah within the Youth Program. Clearly one for the future, Rebekah's geographical knowledge perhaps belies the geographical location of numerous secret missions.......


“Cmdr Tim” himself appears to be mindful of distant missions - obviously no further details are forthcoming. (Official Secrets etc.)


A rather lack luster performance from Town. Inevitably goals had to be conceded on our travels at some point. 6 clean sheets on our travels since Luton on September 10th coinciding with the arrival of Danny Collins.

2 particularly good goals from Omar, probably earned him....

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : OMAR BOGLE

No particularly good displays probably sums up proceedings.

Teflon sponsored Ian struggled to engage Youth Mariner, Rebekah, throughout the day.
Clearly “Cmdr Tim” keeps a mindful eye to ensure no divulging of secret information.


Eventually Rebekah fell asleep as TM recounts tales from a bygone era - unsurprisingly.


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10.12.16 GTFC 0 v 1 Portsmouth

GTFC v Portsmouth Ticket
GTFC v Portsmouth Ticket

Six years of conference football and regular near misses inevitably means the anticipation of such fixtures as this is high. Away support from a major football club makes the day all the more exciting and rewarding. One can only imagine so many clubs welcome the Black & White Army with the same anticipation.

Enroute the President gives Mr. Dear a full briefing on developments over a cup of tea.

Dietary requirements were clarified prior to meeting up with Mr. Dean.
Dietary requirements were clarified prior to meeting up with Mr. Dean.

After a warm welcome -as ever- from the excellent Kingsway, the full contingent met at Willys, where the house beverage drew superlatives from a rather festive Chairman.....?

Xmas Card

On to the Notts with the essential stop at Stuart Bateman's favourite women's clothes shop, where mine host the effervescent Tina was delighted to welcome The President, Fitness Guru and Home Counties Liaison Officer.


The backrooms were discretely ignored - the sight of Mr B checking stock would not be a pleasant sight....!

Objectives were coordinated at the Notts, where the Chairman explained his plans.


The President and Fitness Guru were naturally mesmerized.
The President and Fitness Guru were naturally mesmerized.

Late arrival Stuart greeted by Brian D - reasons for being late on parade were not discussed....


With the Pompey arriving and Christmas in the air, a vibrant Blundel reassured all that the Might Mariners are on the right road.

Phillip Serrel & Loz (nice trainers again) welcome the Histon Mariners.
Phillip Serrel & Loz (nice trainers again) welcome the Histon Mariners.

Celebrations continued in the pre-match build up centered on the President and Chairman meeting with Histon Mariners sponsored Zac Mills.


Since breaking into the team at Exeter, Zac has proved a valuable asset and is now a firm favourite with the B & W Army.


The festive Chairman was clearly emotional with the occasion.


His thoughts sending the President to sleep.
His thoughts sending the President to sleep.
In all, the President and Chairman can be satisfied with the evolution of the Histon Mariners Campaign at a time of festive pantomime, much of the Premier League circus increasingly leaves the fans and real football behind - will tackling become extinct!!! Real football fans dread such an accusance.
In all, the President and Chairman can be satisfied with the evolution of the Histon Mariners Campaign at a time of festive pantomime, much of the Premier League circus increasingly leaves the fans and real football behind - will tackling become extinct!!! Real football fans dread such an accusance.
Club Captain, Craig Disley could not ignore the occasion.
Club Captain, Craig Disley could not ignore the occasion.
Likewise Town impresario Ken Rogers celebrates the Histon Mariners success with the Town Faithful.
Likewise Town impresario Ken Rogers celebrates the Histon Mariners success with the Town Faithful.

Despite the 1 v 0 reversal spirits could not be totally dampened. Towns fragility in mid-field enabled Portsmouth to look more commanding. The loss of Sean McAllister is being increasingly discussed. Perhaps a more regular Craig Disley would help. When teams have 3, 4 or even 5 in the middle, Town do struggle on that second ball. Difficult to find a man of the match, given a collective subdued performance but with Doncaster away next week - optimism remains high as it should.

(inside note: January could be interesting......)

At the Imperial Histon Mariners Chairman continued to keep spirits high in his glass


Not only does the Chairman have the ongoing pressures of the Campaign to deal with but he also announced his great concern with the ongoing problems associated with the grass verge outside Somerset Mansions. After feeding, nurturing and cutting throughout the summer, Council contractors have been and denigrated the sacred turf.

The Chairman announces the matter will not rest, his 'blood is boiling' and the consequences have to be faced.

Members of the Imperial fall asleep during the Chairman’s rant.
Members of the Imperial fall asleep during the Chairman’s rant.
Mr D is astounded that the Chairman carries such a heavy load. The fitness guru equally pays close attention even though he's heard it all before.
Mr D is astounded that the Chairman carries such a heavy load. The fitness guru equally pays close attention even though he's heard it all before.

Outside the seriousness of his intentions could hardly be doubted (we hope Council workers are wearing hard hats!!)


At the Peoples Bar the President and Home Counties Liaison Officer analyze the breadth and depth of the Chairman's concerns.


Everyone is astounded by the tenacity and stamina displayed by the fired-up Chairman. The need for rehydration is inevitable.
Everyone is astounded by the tenacity and stamina displayed by the fired-up Chairman. The need for rehydration is inevitable.
In the Society Bar Pompey representative Steve, is entranced by the Chairman's display. Steve declares admiration for the Histon Mariners campaign and its illustrious leader.
In the Society Bar Pompey representative Steve, is entranced by the Chairman's display. Steve declares admiration for the Histon Mariners campaign  and its illustrious leader.
The Chairman cannot let the matter rest and contemplates his next move. His blood is clearly boiling.
The Chairman cannot let the matter rest and contemplates his next move. His blood is clearly boiling.
Cleethorpes Steve is grateful for an illuminating discussion with the Chairman.
Cleethorpes Steve is grateful for an illuminating discussion with the Chairman.
Xxxx having previously met the Chairman tries to stay awake for his latest audience.

By the time the Chairman arrived at the Smugglers, he was clearly feeling the strain of a tiring day. The Fish explains the trials and tribulations of a Day in the Life of an illustrious leader.


OXO crisps all round.

Though not a step forward on the pitch, off the pitch a sterling performance from its leaders ensured the Histon Mariners Campaign marches on. Back at Cleethorpes H.Q. Mr. D thanks the redoubtable Innis for the hospitality of the Kingsway.


And finally declares proceedings at an end.


Forward with Marcus B
& Seasons Greetings (especially from the Chairman)

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Xmas Card

17.12.16 Doncaster 1 v 0 GTFC

Doncaster v GTFC Ticket
Doncaster v GTFC Ticket

Magnificent effort by the Black & White Army - 4000+ is more away support than some Premier League sides. All and sundry turned up and with a "degree" of festivity there was much to remember of the past 12 months.

A nice pair of trainers as always.
A nice pair of trainers as always.
The Fish listens intentlty to John Boy's efforts to attain senior status.
The Fish listens intentlty to John Boy's efforts to attain senior status.
Purley Mariner, Tony in deep analysis with McMike.
Purley Mariner, Tony in deep analysis with McMike.
Town legend, Leeson laps up the sunshine - always good to listen to his words of wisdom.
Town legend, Leeson laps up the sunshine - always good to listen to his words of wisdom.
Direct from Celebrity Antiques Roadshow Philip Serrel gives the thumbs up.
Direct from Celebrity Antiques Roadshow Philip Serrel gives the thumbs up.
Mrs Fish, Coleen and Uncle Jay try not to listen to John Boy.
Mrs Fish, Coleen and Uncle Jay try  not to listen to John Boy.
Ray the Fish finally tries to show interest in John Boy.
Ray the Fish finally tries to show interest in John Boy.

3 minutes in and a kick in the guts is felt by all. The rest of the half was like a continuation of last weeks game against Portsmouth.

Much more was expected in the second half and the Mighty Mariners responded.

Solid performance from Danny Andrew and as ever Danny Collins but midfield is the area to be strengthened in January initially by the return of Sean McAllister.

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : DANNY COLLINS.

Onwards and upwards.

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7.1.17 Hartlepool 0 v 1 GTFC

Hartlepool v GTFC Ticket
Hartlepool v GTFC Ticket

A long train north presents ample time for contemplation. Signs of recent fluctuations in performance show signs of settling down inducing considerable buoyancy and optimism.

En route at Thornby, Mariners started to meet up.

Pete (extreme left), leading Mariners Trust members in the absence of Sgt. Roberts, meet up with Hebden Bridge Mariners. Jack (extreme right) who usually attempts to sabotage such  photo opportunities could only watch in amazement as a rather shy Carl proceeded to confuse everyone as to the correct platform required.
Pete (extreme left), leading Mariners Trust members in the absence of Sgt. Roberts, meet up with Hebden Bridge Mariners. Jack (extreme right) who usually attempts to sabotage such photo opportunities could only watch in amazement as a rather shy Carl proceeded to confuse everyone as to the correct platform required.

Despite best efforts, the Black & White Army reverted to its well drilled maneuvers and appropriate destinations were eventually found.

The Chesterfield Mariners took root in the excellent Camerons Brewery Tap. Ample and sustaining rehydration proceeded in pre-match preparation. His Lordship oversees son-in-law Joe's future plans and potential ring purchases.
The Chesterfield Mariners took root in the excellent Camerons Brewery Tap. Ample and sustaining rehydration proceeded in pre-match preparation. His Lordship oversees son-in-law Joe's future plans and potential ring purchases.
Unsurprisingly Charlotte looks on rather unimpressed, (As when her chaperone fell asleep in a toilet at New Year….)
Unsurprisingly Charlotte looks on rather unimpressed, (As when her chaperone fell asleep in a toilet at New Year….)
....as Joe shows 'touching affection' for close friend Newcastle Craig.
....as Joe shows 'touching affection'	for close friend Newcastle Craig.
Meanwhile TM searches for the availability of pies and prays some are left.

Sustained and expectant the Black & White Army descended on the Northern Gas & Power Stadium. A magnificent gesture of support from the parents of Adi Yussaf who sought out the Logistics Director to thank him for the Histon Mariners Campaign.


A very competent first half display saw the Mariners 1 v 0 up thanks to Adi Yussaf's second goal in his second appearance. His pace is certainly going to be an asset to the squad. Hartlepool put considerable pressure on Town in the second half and resolute defending ensured a further three points on the road.

Terrific performances from Dean Henderson - who patently obviously is enjoying things. Good to see Andrew Boyce looking so comfortable on the right hand side of the back three. Danny Andrew and Ben Davies look to have been wingbacks for a long time. Even more so, Zac Mills comfort in mid field is apparent for all to see. Amazingly at this early stage of the season, if Zac continues as he is he will be in the mix for awards at the end of the season.

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : BRANDON COMLEY.

Potentially his final game for 'the Mariners', as his initial loan period comes to an end. Hopefully the loan will be extended but it would be no surprise if higher-ranked teams come looking.

Regular members of the B & W Army were joyous at the performance and the discernable progress being made.

Lisa and Mike appear like characters from Mills & Boon.
Lisa and Mike appear like characters from Mills & Boon.
Sgt. Dodds and a vaguely bemused elderly lady.
Sgt. Dodds and a vaguely bemused elderly lady.
Imperial John rejoices. Derby Dan looks on spell bound.
Imperial John rejoices. Derby Dan looks on spell bound.

Afterwards Adi Yussaf's father sought out Lord Roy of Chesterfield Mariners and confirmed the excitement Adi is experiencing and the astonishment at the B & W Army. His Lordship exudes expertise and leadership - we are grateful for his presence.


January looks certain to be interesting.

In Marcus We Trust.

UTM


21.01.17 GTFC 2 v 0 Notts County

GTFC v Notts County Ticket
GTFC v Notts County Ticket

A brief sojourn to Cleethorpes bode well when Stockport Mariner Stuart was at HQ (Kingsway Hotel) to welcome President Maurice.
Fond memories of maneuvers at Altrincham when Stuart joined the Histon Mariners for post match refreshment. The President was on hand to accept his thanks.


Andy Carr - still a Mighty Mariner - and Cleethorpes Mark. Welcomed Histon Mariners at Willys
Andy Carr - still a Mighty Mariner - and Cleethorpes Mark. Welcomed Histon Mariners at Willys

The Histon Mariners have enjoyed the exuberance and uplifting association of Andy Carr who we hope to see shortly on our travels - travel sickness permitting -

Pre-match preparations continued unsurprisingly at the Notts. President Maurice indulged in deep and thoughtful analysis with mine host Will and Cleethorpes Doug.


Will always provides a unique insight as an Airdrie Mariner - who embodies the spirit of a real football supporter - no fortuitous association with a theatrical premier league outfit!!!

At the moment team selection is always eagerly reviewed by the Black and White Army.

Today debuts for Chris Clements and Jamey Osborne and a rare start for Scott Vernon.

Overall not a tremendous display but a perfectly good functional performance. Within such parameters Clements and Osborne certainly impressed - Deano continues to exude confidence - Brandon Conley reiterated what a good signing he has been - whilst super consistent Zac just rolls on.

With a towering performance from skipper Sean Pearson, it took an exceptional performance from...

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : DANNY ANDREW.

The usual warm reception at the invigorating New Imperial Club was underpinned by a growing awareness and appreciation of Marcus Bignott's efforts.

A rather cautious McMike and a rather thirsty Lisa at the Notts, after much analysis.
A rather cautious McMike and a rather thirsty Lisa at the Notts, after much analysis.

Continuing to analyze proceedings over a familiar nightcap at Willys with the Innkeeper continued with logistical arrangements for the descent on Stevenage next week.

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28.01.17 Stevenage 2 v 0 GTFC

Stevenage v GTFC Ticket
Stevenage v GTFC Ticket

The Black and White Army once again produced a magnificent effort (in excess of 1300) - there must be a statistician somewhere that can prove where in a list of best away supported clubs, the Mighty Mariners stand, regularly taking 25% + of their home gate away. Regular troops to the fore.

Top T. Linda
Top T. Linda
Sgt Dodds not so bemused
Sgt Dodds not so bemused
Hunter, youth protégé of Bromley Mariners and anxiously awaiting February 18th when he will be Match Mascot @ Blundel against Mansfield.
Hunter, youth protégé of Bromley Mariners and anxiously awaiting February 18th when he will be Match Mascot @ Blundel against Mansfield.
3 bemused Marionettes Coleen and Becky flanking a very bemused elderly lady, are all well marshaled by Sgt. Dodds.
3 bemused Marionettes Coleen and Becky flanking a very bemused elderly lady, are all well marshaled by Sgt. Dodds.
Whilst the foot soldiers prepared, His Lordship again welcomed mum and dad of Adi Yussaf.
Whilst the foot soldiers prepared, His Lordship again welcomed mum and dad of Adi Yussaf.

Possibly the least inspiring performance materialized for a long time. Inexplicably given recent developments but in retrospect part and part of a new team and system blending.

Probably not worth dwelling on, least of all the second goal conceded.

A full shift again for Vernon Scott. Brandon Comley worked tirelessly and Danny Andrew played near his recent form. All in all probably worth forgetting.

Post match analysis - in reality little to analyze - took place at Histon H.Q. The Red Lion.

Camden Mariner Mick checks on train timetables whilst TM looks for the availability of pies.
Camden Mariner Mick checks on train timetables whilst TM looks for the availability of pies.

TM was not to be kept waiting for long. Gareth proceeded to consume most of the available ketchup with napkin availability maintained in ratio.


TM as ever attempts a low profile but flanked and encouraged by Gareth, Becky and Ray the Fish, fails.



Encouraged by Lord Roy, a guest appearance by legendary Ely Mariners Charles and Laura proved most incisive and remarkably sociable. As has been said whilst the results are a matter of life and death, there are other elements to the campaign which are far more important.

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PS. If it is to be believed an infamous Chesterfield Mariner is set to reveal (we hope not literally) his prematch underwear superstition. Details of his trawl through a pile to find non-green pair will be closely monitored with a full report available here........


4.2.17 GTFC 1 v 1 Luton Town

GTFC v Luton Town Ticket
GTFC v Luton Town Ticket

The Histon Mariners campaign made a giant leap forward with the debut appearance of well known local 'celebrities' Councilor Carrington & Mark 'The Trim' Trimmer.

After an exciting and expectant journey north, Cleethorpes HQ was on hand to welcome our virgin duo. The ever helpful Sally welcomes them aboard.


News of their arrival in Cleethorpes spread rapidly. After an initial briefing at Willys from the Innkeeper, enroute to the Notts, local celebrity Tina could barely contain herself in her desire to meet the intrepid duo.


Tina's excitement could barely be concealed and Cllr Carrington on realising the excitement being caused in Cleethorpes decides to go incognito. Despite his best efforts, many members of the B & W Army were keen to meet up.

Still incognito The Cllr. was delighted to meet Will and share experiences from Blundel and the Excelsior Stadium.
Still incognito The Cllr. was delighted to meet Will and share experiences from Blundel and the Excelsior Stadium.
Will's “very close associate”, Cleethorpes Doug was seen to be benefitting from an audience with the Councillor.
Will's “very close associate”, Cleethorpes Doug was seen to be benefitting from an audience with the Councillor.

At Blundell the welcome given to the two virgins continued.

Town legend Dave Boy Boylan was on hand to welcome them to Blundell with due reverence to the legendary Graham Taylor.
Town legend Dave Boy Boylan was on hand to welcome them to Blundell with due reverence to the legendary Graham Taylor.
McMenemy Mike pays due deference.
McMenemy Mike pays due deference.

Inside, many Town players were anxious to welcome our dubious duo welcoming them to the Campaign. The Trim, Ashley Chambers, Tom Bolarinwa, The Cllr., Sean McAllister, Josh Gowling and James Berrett.

It was no surprise given the extensive backgrounds of our debutants, that Ashley Chambers knew of The Trim's credentials and yet The Modest Councillor was reluctant to reveal how he helped Zac Mills progress his career.

Given the extent of the remodelling that Marcus B has undertaken, the overall performance was one of considerable promise. Gavin Gunning looks potentially awesome, James Osborne has already clearly established himself. Adi Yussaf and new strike partner Calum Dyson certainly both put a shift until tiring.

Luton are obviously a powerful unit but Town were not overawed and when gelled the Mighty Mariners will we are confident, will, be a force to be reckoned with.

However whilst the new provided the interest and expectation it was the old who confirmed and produced. Sean Pearson is clearly relishing his role as Captain and James McKeown illustrated why he has been Town's No.1 for so long. The last gasp penalty save was icing on a cake. We trust James will re-settle and continue to excel.

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : JAMES MCKEOWN.

Suitably sustained, invigorated and clearly at home our virgin duo accepted their new roles as Strategic and Political Officer - The Councillor and Assistant Youth Development Officer under the fin of Ray the Fish - The Trim. Having accepted their roles, post match analysis ensued at the New Imperial Club, where future plans were formulated over a celebratory Apple Juice.

The Trim takes on board insightful suggestions from Albert at the New Imperial Club.

The Councillor with help from the Trim makes great efforts to incorporate Albert's observations in his strategic planning.
The Councillor with help from the Trim makes great efforts to incorporate Albert's observations in his strategic planning.

All the experience and knowhow demonstrated by The Councilor with the assistance of The Trim was clearly evident during their discussion with Albert on the socio-economic effects and political consequences with regard the introduction of technology to football. The cultural dynamics implicit in the modern interpretation of the offside rule is an area of special interest to The Councilor – Albert will be forever grateful.

The Trim in particular has clearly opened a regular promising line of communication with Albert and we look forward to the results....

Onto the Notts where musical legend Pete Townsend met with our newly evolved duo. Pete from the Cleethorpes Mariners declared “I Cant Explain” the immediate impact of The Trim & the Cllr. There was no “Substitute” for such experienced enlightenment. He “Could See For Miles” the impact they would have. And was glad to be able to thank them for their efforts and certainly “Wont Get Fooled Again”.


Meanwhile at the Smugglers McMike and Kingsway Simon reflect on the amazing impact of the Histon Mariners latest recruits.


Ray the Fish coordinates manouvres with the Cllr.
Ray the Fish coordinates manouvres with the Cllr.
The Fish is clearly astounded at the extent of the Cllrs. contribution as Mrs Fish and Lisa welcome him aboard.
The Fish is clearly astounded at the extent of the Cllrs. contribution as Mrs Fish and Lisa welcome him aboard.

An old friend of the Histon Mariners Andy Murray aka Moza joins Lisa at The Smugglers to welcome & congratulate the Histon Mariners New Recruits for their continuing innovations.


A final nightcap at Willys as McMike, The Cllr, GTFC Impresario Ken Rodgers and Lisa toast future success with a warming Ovaltine.


The future is bright, the future is GTFC and real football.

UTM


11.02.17 Crew Alexander 5 v 0 GTFC

Crew Alexander v GTFC Ticket
Crew Alexander v GTFC Ticket

Hops, a magnificent choice of venue to conduct proceedings - thanks to Gareth. However, little information about non-green under attire! Can only be attributed to a lack of due diligence on behalf of N.E. Derbyshire Head of Undercover Operations, Becky.

Delighted Shrewsbury fans joined with the B & W Army to express appreciation for the work being conducted by Paul Hurst. Gareth and TM obviously were on hand to graciously accept such appreciation.

His Lordship accepts thanks from Shrewsbury Dave & Abby. Dave as manager of Crewe Ladies team (With daughter Abby a key player….!) epitomises the camaraderie of football outside the theatre of the Premier circus.
His Lordship accepts thanks from Shrewsbury Dave & Abby. Dave as manager of Crewe Ladies team (With daughter Abby a key player….!) epitomises the camaraderie of football outside the theatre of the Premier circus.
The B & W Army from far and wide share a convivial Earl Grey.
Derby Andy (not happy about Alistair Cook's resignation) and Doncaster Paul enlighten listeners with their perceptive analysis.
The B & W Army from far and wide share a convivial Earl Grey. <br />
               Derby Andy (not happy about Alistair Cook's resignation) and Doncaster Paul enlighten listeners with their perceptive analysis.
Meanwhile Doncaster Paul attempts to uncover the truth about Gareth’s non-green attire, from N.E. Derbyshire Head of Undercover Operations.
Meanwhile Doncaster Paul attempts to uncover the truth about Gareth’s non-green attire, from N.E. Derbyshire Head of Undercover Operations.

Despite a most instructive, sociable pre-match preparation, Crewe proceeded to pull Town apart and after 30 minutes had an insurmountable 4 v 0 lead. It is not the function of these ramblings to single out opposition players but it must be said, Crewe forward George Cooper produced a masterclass. The 3 substitutions at half time gave Town 'some' momentum but in an effort to restore respectability conceded a fifth goal.

No recriminations - a bad day at the office. Zac Mills pace was missed. Paul Hurst had the same 5 v 0 result in his early days at Braintree after a similar amount of games and personnel changes. James McKeown probably kept it to 5 by virtue of 2/3 good saves.

James Osborne looked as though he still wanted to play but lacked play mates. To award a Man of the Match would be a futile gesture.

The disbelief amongst the B & W Army was clearly evident.

Nigel Lowther in touch with Mr. Tondeur to reaffirm what had happened.
Nigel Lowther in touch with Mr. Tondeur to reaffirm what had happened.
A shocked TM looks for confirmation that it really was as bad as it seemed.
A shocked TM looks for confirmation that it really was as bad as it seemed.

Afterwards, the B & W Army was noticeably shocked. Some angry and frustrated comments whilst understandable do not help at this stage. Marcus Bignot addressed the fans, accepted blame and urged unity.


Early days, team in transition, players adapting to a different level, all acceptable observations but a quick response is a must The Histon Mariners Campaign will continue to campaign both off the pitch and in conjunction with GTFC to ensure continuing success.

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11.3.17 Leyton Orient 0 v 3 GTFC

Leyton Orient v GTFC Ticket

Leyton Orient v GTFC Ticket 2
Leyton Orient v GTFC Tickets

Logistics Director demonstrated remarkable charity towards Leyton Orient by buying 2 tickets for himself. (Or was it simply a cock-up)

Little did Ray & Coleen Fish realise what lay ahead as they gathered pre-match thoughts and awaited directions to said pre-match plaice.
Little did Ray & Coleen Fish realise what lay ahead as they gathered pre-match thoughts and awaited directions to said pre-match plaice.

Interesting maneuvers en route from Bethnal Green to the Carpenters Arms, Cheshire Street by virtue of a well known Chesterfield travel guide who has a penchant for green underwear on match days.

Having experienced the travel guides directions at Colchester and Stevenage, the tour of East London should have come as no surprise. We should appreciate the opportunity to view the East End but thirst quenching was higher on the scale of desirable pursuits.

On arriving at the Carpenters Arms Gareth was modest in the extreme at the opportunity he'd provided.
On arriving at the Carpenters Arms Gareth was modest in the extreme at the opportunity he'd provided.

Not content with the initial tour our green underclothed tour guide kept carping on with further insightful thoughts.


Exhausted but enlightened the Black & White Army arrived at Brisbane Road in fine fettle albeit a little drained.


The unwelcome cloud hanging over Leyton Orient virtue of HMRC only serves to illustrate the precarious situation so many proper football clubs find themselves.

Mismanagement is within the realm of control but the continuous unwelcome invasion of dubious foreign ownership who's intentions at best are 'a little murky' coupled with the ludicrous disproportionate cash flow towards the Premier Pantomime belies the depth of feeling and concerns amongst real fans.

Best wishes to LOFT!

However the Mighty Mariners failed to concede a goal in the first five minutes and actually went on to score themselves within the first 10 minutes.

Whilst not dominating as might be expected Town never looked ill at ease.

Two more goals the third a sublime Scott Disley production saw Town run out comfortable 3 v 0 victors.

We win, we lose, we win, we lose thats why were comfortable mid table - a good first season performance in this division. If we constantly won we'd be top - if we constantly lost we'd be bottom. We are comfortable mid table.

Also remember this is the third team in less than 12 months - the promotion team, Paul Hurst's revamped team and now Marcus Bignot's team...

Significant performances from Danny Andrew, Sean Pearson and Dominic Vise but...

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : CRAIG DISLEY

The B & W Army continues to amaze - nearly 1100 at Leyton including our most welcome Belgian colleagues.

An anxious Lisa with the doubting Mike.
An anxious Lisa with the doubting Mike.
No such doubts from Purley Tony and ........
No such doubts from Purley Tony and ........

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Important romantic update - Youth protégé John Boy couldn't attend proceedings because of a prior and more important liaison. The Histon Mariners pledge to address the situation and set John Boy on the road of true righteousness. More news of John and Chloe in due course.

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14.03.17 Portsmouth 4 v 0 GTFC

Portsmouth v GTFC Ticket
Portsmouth v GTFC Ticket

We win, we lose, we win, we lose - however - for 15 minutes Town looked composed, aggressive and in control. 2 'rather' fortunate goals for Portsmouth sealed the result and the resultant performance from Town.

Members of the Black & White Army looked on in disbelief.


Very difficult to draw positives from the remaining 70 minutes, however -

- Asante driving in from the left, letting fly from the edge of the box - with the most minimal of backlift - forcing the keeper to make a great save, provides significant hope for the future.

- Town continuing to fight against a very good team with their tails up was encouraging.

- The Black & White Army were again magnificent, 600 + at Portsmouth mid week. Resultant humor from the fans when 0 v 4 down suggest the performance was not embarrassing as at Crewe and that we are at one with our first seasons performance in Division 2 (or 4 as it really is).

- 12 months ago virtually to the day Town were away at Guisley - remember!

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Important romantic update - Hot news from Rome (how romantic) Chesterfield Joe proposes to Charlotte.

- an excuse for new hair extensions?

- His Lordship has now to negotiate the dowry....!

- We hope Becky helps her into matching shoes on the big day.

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25.03.17 Accrington Stanley 1 v 1 GTFC

Accrington Stanley v GTFC Ticket
Accrington Stanley v GTFC Ticket

Enjoyable sojourn around Lancashire on a wonderfully sunny day - giving the proceedings a distinct end of season feel. – Histon Mariners end of season tour.




The absence of a certain Chesterfield Tour Guide - allegedly on tour himself with his Huddersfield Town associates on an international weekend so as to avoid extensive absenteeism, which appears to run for 2 weeks!!! - made the logistical exercise trouble free.

Prematch sustenance began at Grants Bar on the Manchester Road, the home of Big Clock Brewery - Accrington's finest export.


Excellent liquid refreshment and most hospitable locals who directed affairs to Peel Park, the site of the original Stanley. The superb Peel Park Hotel overlooked the old stand which burned down in the early 70's. The Peel Park Hotel was luckily saved by being dowsed with water during the fire. The original ground can still be ascertained, with football still being played by “Real Stanley FC”.


The Peel Park Hotel - possibly the best establishment visited this season. Supporters swapped proper stories exploits and pre-match discussion typifying the essence of what we all search for on Saturdays.

Also at The Peel Park Hotel the Histon Mariners were delighted to meet up with Town exiles based in Barnsley(!) Whilst appreciating the experience of living in the South Yorks Bermuda Triangle, the Innkeeper listened with great interest of tales of Town visits to Liverpool and Everton.

Outlaw Steve with Barnsley Exiles Kenny & Jo with sister Angela from Wigan.
Outlaw Steve with Barnsley Exiles Kenny & Jo with sister Angela from Wigan.

Kenny recalling bunking off school, hitchhiking to Merseyside and back for those games, illustrates the passion engendered for Real Football in the pre-premiership days. Such passion lives on and days like the visit to Accrington reiterate the belief.


As said a distinct end of season feel in glorious sunshine.


'Judith Chalmers' returned and led the old gits on tour.

Nice to see Asante get off the mark - being unlucky not to start his account at Portsmouth. But why so many free-kicks conceded on the edge of the box, from where so many goals have been conceded this season.

Once again in the dying minutes 2 points were surrendered - cutting out such frailties would have pushed us into a realistic play-off place.

Useful performances from Dominic Vose (again) and Andrew Boyce.

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH our own sponsored : ZAC MILLS.

Similar discussions were evident amongst the B & W Army.

McMenamy Lisa seeks to explain some finer details to TM in the absence of the voice of reason.
McMenamy Lisa seeks to explain some finer details to TM in the absence of the voice of reason.
However Lisa struggles as TM realises his proximity to the Burger stall, without any help from a Chesterfield Tour Guide.
However Lisa struggles as TM realises his proximity to the Burger stall, without any help from a Chesterfield Tour Guide.

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PS. The Voice of Reason was seconded to his Cumbrian Estate by Senior Management - who we trust found plenty of useful tasks for him to perform.


1.4.17 GTFC 1 v 5 Doncaster Rovers

GTFC v Doncaster Rovers Ticket
GTFC v Doncaster Rovers Ticket

The continued and worldwide success of the Histon Mariners Campaign was evident on arrival at Cleethorpes HQ, Willys

The President was welcomed by local MP Martin Vickers and David Hornby.
The President was welcomed by local MP Martin Vickers and David Hornby.

The ever growing favorable sentiments towards Real Football outside of the Premier Circus is fully appreciated and Martin expressed his support & gratitude.

Likewise inside the hallowed walls Lisa with Mariners Legend Lesson welcome the Histon Mariners.
Likewise inside the hallowed walls Lisa with Mariners Legend Lesson welcome the Histon Mariners.

However the day did not bode well, despite an encouraging start and a well taken Sam Jones goal.

Obviously the view from outside the dressing room is different from inside and one would accept less informed. However there is a general lack of understanding about some selections. One can understand players being selected who are contracted for next season - in which case why pick loan players - especially out of position. Most unfortunate was the suggestion that Omar Bogles absence was a factor in defeat!!

Reality is 1 v 5 is a thrashing - from this we learn move on and continue the campaign on and off the pitch.

Apart from the Sam Jones goal, ZAC MILLS again produced a performance that warranted....

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : ZAC MILLS

Afterwards the Chairman was overall very happy(!) with the Histon Mariners Campaign and continued to spread the word in his cheerful and insightful way, firstly at the New Imperial Club where members are always delighted to hear his encouraging words and later at No.1 Bar.


Ever eager to spread the net from the regular Cleethorpes plaices the Histon Mariners decided on yet another new venture.


Leaving Cleethorpes
Leaving Cleethorpes
- Via Grimsby
- Via Grimsby
- Via Stallingborough
- Allegedly with 15 letters the longest named railway station in England.
- Via Stallingborough
- to destination Harborough

Foggy, Compo and Cleggie?
- to destination Harborough

At Harborough the Station Inn provided refreshment from a most arduous journey.


A full Committee meeting of the President, Chairman and Fitness Director and post match conference was in typically upbeat fashion and reminded us all of the progress over the last 12 months, the positive developments re ground relocation and the potential for next season.


The Fitness Director recently suffering from his exhaustive research into new methods and areas of interest was encouraged to continue his exhaustive research by the grateful chairman.


Such ventures into new territory can only be seen as part of the vigorous and exhaustive campaign which will surely have explosive results.


Onto the Notts and sister venue of the Peoples Bar where Porthos, Athos and Aramis continued their positive demeanor when planning the future of the Campaign.


At the Smugglers the Chairman led the way with a nightcap and explained to Landlady Julie the problems of players out of contract and selection dilemmas but also the exciting future plans of the Histon Mariners.


As ever top hosts at the Kingsway were on hand to welcome the Histon Mariners home after yet another exciting and exhausting episode.

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No better illustration of the Histon Mariners Campaign for real and all embracing football was the visit of players from the Colchester Youth Academy U12 who were in Histon to play Histon F.C. After a substantial - very substantial victory - the players were equally excited to visit the Home of the Histon Mariners.

The goal scoring trio Bobby, Ben and Matt partook of post match refreshment and a game of darts at the Red Lion.

Excited and with eager anticipation at being in the home of the Histon Mariners was clearly evident when Mattie Mighty Mariner arrived to welcome them, they were unable to restrain from further refreshment.


Bobby, Ben and Matt take centre stage at the Red Lion with Mattie the Mighty Mariner.

Ever eager to encourage youth appreciation of Real Football and the common bond, we wish them the best of luck in the future - perhaps not if they play GTFC - and wholeheartedly look forward to seeing them again.

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14.04.17 GTFC 2 v 1 Cambridge Utd

In the continuing effort to promote the passion and camaraderie of real football The Histon Mariners invited old soldiers Gary the Tent and Dick the Taxi both long (very long ) term CUFC stalwarts.

Despite considerable military training The Tent was 3 minutes late on parade – no surprise. With The Taxi deploying unbelievable navigational skills further time was still lost – equally not surprising.

Our debutants decamped at the renowned Kingsway and proceeded to Willy's for debriefing.

The Tent and The Taxi check barings at Willy's.
The Tent and The Taxi check barings at Willy's.
Legendary Cleethorpes Entrepreneur Tina is astounded by the appearance of The Tent and a certain well known ladies clothes shop.
Legendary Cleethorpes Entrepreneur Tina is astounded by the appearance of The Tent and a certain well known ladies clothes shop.
In the Notts Dick the T and Gary the T appeaed Apprehensive at events about to unfold.
In the Notts Dick the T and Gary the T appeaed Apprehensive at events about to unfold.

A most hospitable welcome for the Southern contingent at Blundel was appreciated by the intrepid duo.

John Fenty welcomed Dick and Gary to Blundel.
John Fenty welcomed Dick and Gary to Blundel.
GTFC legend Dave Boylen made special efforts to welcome The Taxi to Blundel.
GTFC legend Dave Boylen made special efforts to welcome The Taxi to Blundel.

Obviously a big day at Blundel on Good Friday with many connections between the two clubs readily apparent.

CUFC Offical Jez George & Manager Shaun Derry welcome The Tent and share appreciative experiences of the Histon Mariner Campaign.
CUFC Offical Jez George & Manager Shaun Derry welcome The Tent and share appreciative experiences of the Histon Mariner Campaign.
Town legend Sean Pearson welcomes The Tent on behalf of GTFC.
Town legend Sean Pearson welcomes The Tent on behalf of GTFC.

Meanwhile Ben Davies and Sean Pearson thank the Histon Mariners for all their support this season and particularly over the past week or so.


The atmosphere and mood at Blundel before kick-off clearly reflected the Campaign was reinvigorated and moving in the right direction.

In McMenemy's before Kick-off, Ray the Fish takes on board this exact point, well-made by Youth member Sophie.


John Boy still awaiting full status looks on hopefully - perhaps mindful of Dragonfly Embroidery heiress Chloe.

A nervous John Boy with much on his mind. Attempting to hide telecommunication efforts.

A battling performance from the Mighty Mariners ensued. No doubt carrying new instructions, the first half performance got GTFC to half time all square. There is no doubt the team looked up for a battle - better football will follow.

A further step in the right direction in the second half resulted in a useful 2 v 1 victory.

Goal celebrations indicated a renewed team spirit and the effort could not be faulted.

In Russell Slade we now trust.

Good peformance again from Zac Mills and also Andrew Boyce. Terrific 90 minutes(!) from Jamie Osborne but…

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : CHRIS CLEMENT

Afterwards buoyant Mariners welcomed the positive change in atmosphere.

Purley Tony typified the mood by raising a 'glass' to the future.
Purley Tony typified the mood by raising a 'glass' to the future.

As ever the Histon Mariners were welcomed at the New Imperial Club - the regular host for post match analysis.

A useful contribution from Dick the Taxi and Gary the Tent gave a rounded view of proceedings. Their visit was already regarded by all as a great day, for the campaign for Real Football but the arrival of 'The Crow Man' Alva and assistant, without doubt took the debate into another stratosphere.


Sharing a Dandelion & Burdock many footballing issues and non football issues were heartily debated from the problem of agents syphoning money from the game and the introduction of goal line technology through to the north-south divide over Brexit. Later at the Smugglers The Tent listened intently to McMike.


The Taxi and The Tent after much conversation with Ray the Fish and McMike agreed on the result as a more or less fair reflection.


Dick the Taxi and Gary the Tent were soon caught up in typical Cleethorpes celebrations.

'Oh Town are we.......'
'Oh Town are we.......'

McMenemy Mike and Ray the Fish are visibly uplifted with proceedings As are Coleen the Fish and McLisa.

Unsurprisingly the Innkeeper did a rather poor impression of Frank Sinatra. The Taxi could not believe the level of performance from the Innkeeper.


It was however allegedly not poor enough as Twinkle Toes Tent and McLisa took to the floor.
It was however allegedly not poor enough as Twinkle Toes Tent and McLisa took to the floor.

Appreciative members of the audience congratulated the Innkeeper on an unbelievable effort.


Landlady Julie attempts to rebook the Innkeeper for a repeat performance via Coleen the Fish.
Landlady Julie attempts to rebook the Innkeeper for a repeat performance via Coleen the Fish.

The campaign rolled on to Willy's where Jack and Lisa conclude proceedings with McMenemy Mike.


All in all a most satisfactory chapter. Delighted debutants, progression via the Histon Mariners Campaign, 3 points and renewed hope and vigor.

In Russell Slade we Trust.

An early start the following day- as in the wont of Taxi Drivers everywhere. Here Dick the Taxi reflects on proceedings the previous day over his cereal. Such diligence born via military services, ensures a regular motions - an essential attribute of the Taxi.


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After GTFC’s uplifting performance against Yeovil, very old friends of The Histon Mariners called in at the Red Lion on the way back from Rotherham to congratulate The Histon Mariners on a successful seasons campaigning. Old Tractor Boys Ray Slegg & Geoff “Ferret” after a difficult season following Ipswich were magnanimous in their support, and shared a congratulatory cream soda with the Inn Keeper.


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29.04.17 Barnet 3 v 1 GTFC

Barnet v GTFC Ticket
Barnet v GTFC Ticket

"Barnet FC ban inflatables" - The Black and White Army responds - the Mariachi Band hired. The excess collected to be donated to the Disabled Supporters Club. - orders from above instruct the Innkeeper to dress accordingly.

A Shy & Retiring Inn Keeper…?
A Shy & Retiring Inn Keeper…?

Ray & Coleen the Fish assemble at Histon HQ with the Innkeeper and Experienced Youth Protégée John Boy on a sole mission without the Embroidery Queen, Chloe.


At Barnet the Black & White Army made tremendous efforts to celebrate what has been an eventful and essentially satisfactory season with invigorated enthusiasm and hope for 2017-18.

As ever Anne with Camera on hand to record proceedings.
As ever Anne with Camera on hand to record proceedings.
Jolly Boyz on tour with Judith Chalmers(2nd from left) providing an experienced and aspirational lead from the rear.
Jolly Boyz on tour with Judith Chalmers(2nd from left) providing an experienced and aspirational lead from the rear.
Trevor and Lucy Ann from the Chairman of Barrow on Humber Mariners
Trevor and Lucy Ann from the Chairman of Barrow on Humber Mariners
Imperial Club stalwarts Phil “Steve” Serrel and Sean with the Innkeeper.
Imperial Club stalwarts Phil “Steve” Serrel and Sean with the Innkeeper.
Loz and the Innkeeper both with unseen dancing shoes.
Loz and the Innkeeper both with unseen dancing shoes.
Gordie, Imperial Daz finds friends and at last and looks happy.
Gordie, Imperial Daz finds friends and at last and looks happy.
Dave W from Grimsby with the Innkeeper.
Dave W from Grimsby with the Innkeeper.
Doncaster Mariner Paul with John Tondeur provide a degree of sanity and get ready for proceedings.
Doncaster Mariner Paul with John Tondeur provide a degree of sanity and get ready for proceedings.
As does a very hungry elderly lady....................!!!
As does a very hungry elderly lady....................!!!

John Fenty and Philip Day congratulate the Black and White Army on a great effort both today and for the season as a whole.


Equally Sean McAllister and Paul Wilkinson thank the Histon Mariners for their contribution and fully endorse the Campaign for Real Football.


In the refreshment quarters before hand the Mariachi Band enliven even further the Latin American atmosphere with human chilis, cactii and poncho wearing lotharios.


Likewise throughout the game the Sambo and Conga were ever present. Only the Black & White Army can turn an otherwise unimportant game into another great away day.


The Innkeeper and Band mutually thanked each other for their contributions.
The Innkeeper and Band mutually thanked each other for their contributions.

There was a game played but almost secondary to proceedings. A soft goal given to Barnet indicated the likely dynamic of the afternoon. Second half readjustment saw a better town performance which did little to dampen proceedings.

Behind closed doors friendlies being arranged by Russell Slade, recalled loan players, trialists and previously out of favour of players being given run-outs, all bode well for next season preparations.

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : VERNON SCOTT

Jason never one to miss a photo opportunity.
Jason never one to miss a photo opportunity.
A serious McMike and a shaky Lisa.
A serious McMike and a shaky Lisa.
The Fish monitors proceedings with enthusiastic support from Coleen. John Boy looks bemused without his phone (& food to hand).
The Fish monitors proceedings with enthusiastic support from Coleen. John Boy looks bemused without his phone (& food to hand).

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Ariba! Ariba!!


06.05.17 GTFC 1 v 1 Plymouth Argyle

GTFC v Plymouth Argyle Ticket
GTFC v Plymouth Argyle Ticket

The President of the Histon Mariners led his troops North. As the A46 was reached the volume was turned up in the car and a rousing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory set the tone for the final chapter of Season 2016/2017.

Ed Smith & James Cox immediately seized on the President at Willy's, congratulating him on the Histon Mariners Campaign.
Ed Smith & James Cox immediately seized on the President at Willy's, congratulating him on the Histon Mariners Campaign.
Histon Mariners, Gary the Hammer and Kevin the Web listen intently to the Presidents pre-match briefing.
Histon Mariners, Gary the Hammer and Kevin the Web listen intently to the Presidents pre-match briefing.

The great and good of the Cleethorpes Business Community as ever were keen to welcome the Histon Mariners.

The President and Webmaster with Tina, proprietor of Stuart - Bateman's favourite womens clothes shop.
The President and Webmaster with Tina, proprietor of Stuart - Bateman's favourite womens clothes shop.
Roger Gott of the Notts Pub & Restaurant welcomes the Hammer.
Roger Gott of the Notts Pub & Restaurant welcomes the Hammer.

In the meantime The Logistics Director welcomes Plymouth Paul, expressing considerable admiration - and perhaps a little jealousy - at a rather splendid outfit so fitting for the occasion.


Such occasions carry considerable important consequences but should not become so self absorbed as to avoid the sociability of the occasion.

At McMenemy's the usual high quality welcome was on hand to facilitate analysis and planning.

An interesting exchange between Stuart B, Chairman of Wainfleet Mariners and Gary the Hammer remains a mystery but Stuart's incredulous reaction and the Hammer's level of excitement proves an inspiration for us all.


Equally when the absence of the Chairman was discussed, Stuart's obvious disappointment was readily apparent.
Equally when the absence of the Chairman was discussed, Stuart's obvious disappointment was readily apparent.

The Hammer obviously made a great impression on his previous visit to Blundel as reflected in those keen to herald his return.

The Hammer is welcomed by Mighty Mariner.
The Hammer is welcomed by Mighty Mariner.
Town legend Dave Boylen updates and cross references ideas with Gary.
Town legend Dave Boylen updates and cross references ideas with Gary.
Jason & McLisa show appreciation for his latest visit.
Jason & McLisa show appreciation for his latest visit.

Plymouth arrived with hopes of being anointed Champions. The Histon Mariners President had set the tone with his rousing rendition on the A46. Without doubt Russell Slade has ensured, with an eye to next season, that Town perform like the Dogs of War.
At last, in the final game of the season, Town got an early goal after less than 2 minutes. Fittingly the embodiment of the GTFC spirit, Sean Pearson led the way. Town could quite easily of ended the half 2 goals up. It is hard to argue that Plymouth's determination to acquire the Championship in the second half, necessitated a battling, backs to the wall performance from the Mighty Mariners.

The general consensus amongst Mariners was that such a performance would have been unlikely a few weeks ago. Russell Slade appears to have regalvanised the spirit, the fans appear to have responded. Contentment with the nature of the 1 v 1 draw means the close season is entered with optimism and hope.

Danny Collins and Sean Pearson marshalled the back four well and Craig Disley as every held his head in midfield. But in his first start since August SEAN MCALLISTER demonstrated what has been missed, and for that reason….

HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH : SEAN MCALLISTER

Post match analysis was perhaps not as intense as is often the case, which was not surprising given the end of the season. The Hammer and The Web shared great satisfaction with the day and toasted future and continued success of the Histon Mariners at the Peoples Bar with a chilled milkshake.


At the Smugglers Mrs Fish thank the Hammer for his contribution and hoped he would continue to assist the cause next season.


Meanwhile the very essence of the Campaign was demonstrated at the Notts, where the Innkeeper discussed many aspects of the Campaign with Plymouth Supporters.

Adrian, Old Boy Mike, Kim and Stuart Duncan celebrate a successful campaign with the Innkeeper.
Adrian, Old Boy Mike, Kim and Stuart Duncan celebrate a successful campaign with the Innkeeper.

Stuart Duncan, originally from Glasgow, in particular celebrated the reality of the Histon Mariners Campaign. The theatrics and essentially pantomime character of the Premier League, the grey dullness and narrow parameters of modern attitudes to many aspects of life particularly amongst the young was common ground shared by Stuart and the Innkeeper. Such mutual celebration of real football and individuals prepared to swim against the current, underpinned a most enjoyable exchange of views. Good luck to Plymouth next year - we believe Town can join them in League 1 (or Division 3 to Stuart and the Innkeeper) in a years time.

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In Russell we trust.