The Red Lion Histon

2017 - 2018 The Slade, Wilko, Jolley Era
(Images coming soon)


The Histon Mariner Campaign for Real Football continues unabated amidst the turbulent waves experienced last season. As calmer waters appeared on the horizon towards the end of last season, the full glare of a brighter future became readily apparent. A full pre-season preparation amidst the general optimism and summer sunshine bares testament to the soothing oils dispersed by Russel Slade Wilko & their team.

As ever the Histon Mariners were relentless in their overall objectives and involvement with other Mariners everywhere. Early meetings with close allies, the Chesterfield Mariners, spread fertile soil in anticipation of the fruitful season ahead.

Enroute to Madrid, on a scouting mission, his lordship expressed concern about fellow Chesterfield Mariner, Gareth. Having reached 40 it would appear his focus had become a little blurred. His lordship will do his utmost to oversee Gareth's concentration on his navigation skills in his role as Chesterfield Logistics Officer.

7.7.2017 - GTFC Youth Academy Golf Day

The Logistics Director took great trouble in taking a group of disparate individuals and moulding them into a coherent fighting force in order to further promote the Histon Mariner campaign in support of the GTFC Youth Academy Golf Day.

Whilst Messrs Allsop and Dickson were returning, Daniel Victor Grainger and newly selected Skipper Leroy were excited debutants.

Preparations were meticulously planned with considerable care taken over dietary requirements reflecting a surprising degree of professionalism. At regular intervals, squad veteran Dickson was seen to display his commitment to the evident professionalism.

Whilst the Fab Four proceeded deftly around the course, squad member Sean and the Logistics Director took the opportunity to access the impact of the Histon Mariners Campaign around the Grimsby Dock Area. At the Freemans Arms, Sean listened intently to local hopes and aspirations for the new season, alongside much gratitude for the continuing involvement of the Histon Mariners.

Over a refreshing ginger beer, Sean declared the Histon Mariners Campaign as 'Mustard'!

Meanwhile the Logistics Director was welcomed by Russel Slade and Paul Wilkinson. Discussions about the forthcoming campaign were full of optimism whilst retaining an acute sense of realism. The Histon Mariners are delighted and excited with the plans afoot and delighted to be sponsors of Russell

A tremendous effort by the Fab Four under the astute leadership of Leroy, saw an equal third finish.

Post award celebrations knew no limits. Resident Chef took the opportunity to discuss a successful day and the role played by the special diet.

Whilst Mr Dickson continued to 'stoke the boiler', whilst the Captain discussed with Daniel Victor Grainger and Mr Allsop post-match celebration plans.

To obvious amusement and surprise Daniel Victor Grainger recalled memories of former glories when svelte-like and mobile, he was widely recognised as a legendary dancefloor performer - he hoped to prove a point.

With expectations raised and disbelief a plenty the evening was ventured into with wide-eyed interest.

Onto the Kingsway Club where the Skipper forewarned legendary ska performers of the imminent arrival of D.V.

Back at the Royal Humber Hotel in the afterglow of the evening, Mr Allsop reflects whilst Mr Dickson reviews the viral response to one of the all-time great demonstrations of dance-floor manoeuvres.

The following morning amidst great joy, the Engine Room unsurprisingly needed stoking. A slave to the success of the dietary programme, Mr D. declares his long-terms commitment.

The return to Histon HQ passed quickly, probably more so because of the realisation of what had occurred. Whilst obviously momentous, not surprisingly the toll taken some was far worse than others

P.S. It was later revealed that Sean, in a far-off distant era, was capable of moves at least on a par with Daniel Victor. It seems inconceivable that on a future occasion the Histon Mariners may be able to facilitate a duet of Sean and D.V. ....."that would be mustard"!!!

5.8.17 Chesterfield 1 v 3 GTFC

The B&W army continue to impress the Real Football World with its loyalty, commitment and essentially good humour. The opening demonstration of their attributes at relegated Chesterfield confirm that the season is upon us - optimism is contained with realistic boundaries. Histon Mariner sponsored Russell Slade leads a supportive & unified army - the outlook is fishy, the outlook is B&W.Chesterfield F.C. was forced to abandon its public sector roots by the F.A. and F.L. in 1920. Initial members of the newly formed Division 3 in 1958, the same season a future World Cup Winner, Gordon Banks (possibly England's greatest ever goalkeeper) made his home debut . The usual shenanigans saw point deductions, financial irregularities & administration and the hastily formed Chesterfield Football Supporters Society, save the day in the early 2000's - see www.gameofthepeople.com.

At the Market Tavern, TM eventually arrives late on parade (maybe he'd been given directions by Chesterfield Mariner Logistics Officer) for final pre-season analysis.

With no limit to his Lordships diplomacy, he pours soothing oils on Son-in-law Joe's mental turmoil over his closet support for the mighty Mariners.

A commonly held disbelief was the general consensus amongst the major Bookies of towns' hopes for the season. Likewise press predictions are somewhat surprisingly less flattering. Not often are so many proved wrong but everyone agreed this could well be a rare occasion when the allegedly well informed experts attract significant quantities of egg to their faces.

Dave Smiths First Lieutenant Sam considered the season well prepared for and thanked the Histon Mariners for their continued efforts.

The team put out by Russell Slade was as expected & immediately the back four of Zac Mills, Clarke, Collins and Paul Dixon looked solid, compact & organised. Putting bodies on line reflects a degree of commitment, perhaps not there last season. Siriki Dembele has pace that is going to cause many of the opposing teams problems. Scott Vernon as ever proved a willing work horse. James McKeown look confident & assured - Russell Slade belief in him being well rewarded.

Zac Mills was unlucky to receive a 2nd yellow card given the persistent, petulant shown by the opposing No. 9. However an impressive 3rd victory was deserved & bodes well.

HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH - PAUL DIXON - an impressive debut. The No. 3 shirt continues..

Post- match analysis at the White Swan provided a degree of satisfaction and contentment all round.

The standing of the Histon Mariners has constantly risen over the duration of the campaign. Evidence continues to confirm this.

A most satisfying start on a pleasant day with tremendous bonhomie holds out realistic expectations for a most satisfying season.

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12.08.17 GTFC 0 v 2 Coventry City

Leading from the front, the President took the Histon Mariners on an early detour. Having left Histon HQ the Red Lion, what can only be described as a fevered pitch of excitement, the President got lost in the adjoining village of Oakington. Though a pleasant detour, with business ahead, the Histon Mariners soon pressed on to Cleethorpes.

A warm welcome at the start of the home campaign at Cleethorpes H.Q. the Kingsway, proceeded a swift return to business.

Coventry City fans converged on Willy's, knowing the Histon Mariners hold pre-match preparations at the said venue over a comforting Latte. The obvious disappointment over last season's relegation presented the opportunity to embrace the Histon Mariners campaign for Real Football was a conspicuous trait amongst the Sky Blues. Whilst lamenting the demise - largely considered the result of mis-management of disinterested owners - of this once stable top-division regular, the reconnection with real football people helped clarify focus.

Onto the excellent Notts where the warmth of the start of the new home campaign was omni - present.

However the onslaught of the campaign never stops. An unrelenting President continued to engage with all & sundry. Sky Blue Dayrel from the associated Merchants Inn, Rugby couldn't miss the opportunity to confer with President Maurice, exchange information & stories - proof of the camaraderie of Real Football.

Pre-match preparations were brought to a successful conclusion at Blundell but not before several key meetings with characters from across the spectrum of the campaign. A working lunch of physical & liquid refreshment was partaken at McMenamys with huge portions of insightful analysis.

Histon Mariners extended a warm welcome to guest Adrian Alson a long standing Coventry fan. Extremely disillusioned with the ownership of the Sky Blues, the Histon Mariners sought to ease the pain with a trip to Blundell, where the hospitality of McMenamys & optimism of the Histon Mariners would help a tentative re-connection with Real Football.

A great highlight of Adrian's visit to Blundell was his meeting with hero from the past, the mulletless Dave Smith.

Adrian witnessed many of Dave's 177games for Coventry & doubtless some of his 18 goals. Whether or not the 3rd round visit to Sutton Utd was one of those games we must find out...

Immediately prior to kick-off Kingsway Manager Simon & very old team's mates of the President, Steve & Mike, meet up with Maurice in eager anticipation for the season ahead.

The game itself, against Coventry City was always likely to be one of the harder of the season - but a most welcome challenge. A fairly even first half drew thoughts of a 0vO at half time. An almost inexplicable slip in concentration allowed an alert Coventry to take a lead mid-way through the second half. It must be said after which the mighty Mariners were second best. A second goal secured a 2v0 victory for Coventry. Very disappointing after the opening game at Chesterfield. A fairly impotent mid-field against a busy Coventry team generally thought to be the root of Towns problems.

However in these very early days, expectations remain realistically optimistic.

Another most encouraging display from Siriki Demble - we suspect a very regular statement of fact this season - and the HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH - BEN DAVIS - provided some satisfaction.

Post-match analysis was unsurprisingly a little mooted though such feelings are hard to subdue at the New Imperial Club.

Such associations renew the vigour of the campaign & puts results into context.

In Russell we trust

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P.S The Dean of Fitness is currently undergoing a truly extensive fitness regime. We trust he will emerge in even better shape to boost the campaign.

P.P.S The Histon Mariners appreciate the work of Samuel B. Townsend the U.S investor of Sarsaparilla & his contribution to the Histon Mariners campaign.

P.P.S The Histon Mariners appreciate the work of Samuel B. Townsend the U.S investor of Sarsaparilla & his contribution to the Histon Mariners campaign.

19.08.17 Stevenage 3 v 1 GTFC

Yet again the campaign net is spread and is reflected in the squad selected to attend Stevenage. The President is joined by the Logistics Director, aspiring Mariner James & closet Mariner Mark The Trim who after his debut at Cleethorpes v Luton last season acknowledges a seed sown. Equally it is not hard to envisage in the near future, Pater S.G Esq. will be looking forward to aspirant James tales of future Histon Mariner episodes.

Stevenage as part of the post-war Abercrombie Plan, had the first purpose built traffic free shopping zone in Britain. Stevenage F.C. (formally Stevenage Borough) were founded in 1976. A story very reflective of the 'Southern Switch'. See www.gameofthepeople.com.

On the journey south, 'The Trim' recalled his visit to Cleethorpes v Luton and suggested greater balance may have been provided by Cllr Cyril Carrington. The Trim fondly recalled the Councillors subtle analysis & diplomacy throughout.

Excitement at the Lamax Stadium was somewhat dampened by a very zealous & oppressive stewarding of the B&W Army. Whilst it was understandable that smaller grounds only deal with bigger match days occasionally, it would not be unreasonable to expect a better state of preparation - later, stories emerged to suggest even more evidence of over zealous stewarding.

Pre-match preparations also had to deal with the exciting news that Hasland WMC Ltd - CIU Affiliated - had elected Lord Roy of Chesterfield Mariners fame, as President. It is a wonder to everyone, how many Official roles this Parish Councillor of Grasmere can carry. Once his portrait is complete & hanging alongside Her Majesty in the club, it is hoped the Histon Mariners will get the opportunity to visit & indulge in the conviviality of such a renowned institution.

Perhaps McMike foresaw what can only be described A bad day at the office. It is hard to find any redeeming features from this games. It is probable the ball went over the opposing goal-line @ 0v0. Undoubtedly a blatant penalty was denied @ 0v2. But a lack of presence & cohesion in midfield was clearly evident. The name Sean McAllister was frequently mentioned. However a win will immediately restore spirits. It is early days & we suggest Russell has not finished finalising his squad.

Whatever the disappointments all-round on the day, the small vocal minority do not reflect the demeanour of the B&W Army, who continue to march onwards and upwards.

It would be futile to name a man of the match, though Mitch Rose put in a commendable shift.

The journey back to Histon H.Q. though disappointed was realistic. The Trim declared it a 'one-off'; aspirant James remains enthusiastic & ready to report to Pater S.G and the Presidents consistent leadership prevails.

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P.S Hopefully further information will be forthcoming from Hampton Streets No. 1 Nightspot. A tantalising display from the Club President at the Northern Soul Night, would be an occasion to behold...

23.09.17 Newport Co. 1 v 0 GTFC

Originally Newport and Monmouth County AFC, bankrupt in Feb. 1989, expulsion from the league for failing to fulfil their fixtures under (surprisingly) foreign owner American Jerry Sherman. Reformed June 1989 & several years ploughing lower divisions in exile in Gloucestershire. Back to Newport in 1994 & finally Newport County Supporters Trust took over ownership October 2015.

There is much to admire about Newport, illustrating the realities & experiences of 'proper' football supporters. Flying the flag for football as it should be played. The Histon Mariners are totally in accord with the sentiments of the above site & will continue to reflect similar sentiments. See www.gameofthepeople.com

However the Mighty Mariners visit to Rodney Parade will display no compassion in the battle for 3 points.

Having made contact with a higher authority, his Lordship was awarded concessionary status on entering the ground. Despite his valiant declarations that such an award was a little premature, "Me thinks he does protest too much!"

Agent 006.5 displayed due diligence, as his Lordship, following his Damascus moment, sought a conspicuously absent TM, with whom he could share both Revelations and location of the pies.

The ensuing 90 minutes did little to satisfy the hunger of the B&W Army. We are a work in progress, we do miss a couple of key players, we are a collection of recently acquired parts, there does appear to be commitment but it is tough to see a developing pattern. A 1 v 0 defeat left us in 13th plaice (sic) - nearer the play offs than relegation - at time when all cylinders are not quite in tune. JAMES MCKEOWN was busy & mostly effective and was probably HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH - Luke Summerfield came on for the second half & put in a shift whilst Diallang Jaiyesimi came on & injected some energy. Inevitably a certain Padraig A. separated the two teams. All in all we keep the faith & march on.

The briefest of post-match analysis & refreshment added little to the overall impression but inevitably re-affirmed the faith.

Two home games and an expedition to the Valiants at Vale Park, Burslem, will surely add a further few stitches to a rich tapestry. We live in hope (& expectation) that the evolving picture will become increasingly focused

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07.10.17 Portvale 1 v 2 GTFC

The Valiants, 105 years of existence without playing in the top tier - a record. Located in the valley of canal ports & currently struggling. Vale would hope not to beat their record lowest finish of 88th & new Manager, Neil Aspin, faces the Mighty Mariners in his first game. We hope not to witness 'New Manager Syndrome'

On arrival at Longport Railway Station. There was little evidence of a major sporting extravaganza taking place.

The walk from the station to suitable pre-match preparation venues - eventually Burlsem - actually revealed little evidence of life! Eventually all fell into place in excellent pre-match venues.

At the Titanic owned Bulls Head, intricate enlightened discussions were in full flow between the Histon Mariners & representatives of Northampton, Louth and Cheadle Hulme Mariners.

Chesterfield Mariners provide a constant presence - Becky, without an absent Gareth - on alternative manoeuvres at Port Madoc! - Charlotte (clearly anxious at being separated from Chesterfield Joe) TM & reverent Lordship.

A first half witnessed the New Manager Syndrome, as the Valiants threw all and sundry at the Mighty Mariners. Town kept a foothold in the game reaching the interval one goal down.

The second 45 minutes witnessed the proverbial game of two halves. From the back a resolute Danny Collins & an inform Ben Davies, whilst holding firm urged Town forward. A much improved Luke Summerfield orchestrated a Town revival & 2 goals virtue of Sam Jones & Sikiri Dembele. Whilst it is tremendous to witness the development of Sikiri, more and more is expected but it is imperative not to raise expectations to unrealistic proportions.

HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH awarded on a shared basis to LUKE SUMMERFIELD & SIKIRI DEMBELE. Afterwards the Mighty Mariners shared their appreciation for the support of the travelling army.

Post-match analysis was reconvened at the excellent Bulls Head. Cheadle Hulme Mariners & Histon Mariners met up with Real Football Supports, further cementing associations everywhere.

Phil clearly displays a soft spot for the Mighty Mariners, whilst Sally left the closet regaling tails as a Wycombe Wanderers Cheer Girl!

Leaving Burslem, the walk to Longport proved no more enlightening than the earlier walk from the station. At the station Cheadle Hulme Stuart could not resist the opportunity to record his visit to Longport, as there were no other witnesses.

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P.S Reports of High Terrorist Alert at Liverpool coach station next day have since emerged.

Histon Mariner Logistics Director was apparently shocked to find his bag left at the station whilst procuring refreshments, being surrounded by armed officers, on his return.

Not popular with H.M Security forces although applauded by amused on lookers, it is believed his departure from Merseyside was greatly appreciated.

21.10.17 Morecombe 0 v 0 GTFC

Only in 1889 did legislation formally recognise the existence of Morecombe - 10 years after Grimsby Pelham's initial drink at the Wellington Arms September 1878 and 10 years before a renamed Town moved to Blundell. More recognised for its association with Alan Bennett, Eric 'Morecombe' & eulogised in Bill Bryson's 'Notes From A Small Island' than its football club which reached Division 5 (the conference) in 1996 & finally the 4th Division (League 2) in 2007.

However it is heartening to see a Northern success story during a time when the imbalance towards the south marched in virtually unabated. See www.gameofthepeople.com.

The Shrimps have had some stability on the pitch since 2005 via 2 Managers, Sammy Mcllroy & current incumbent Jim Bentley, against the backcloth of the all too familiar shenanigans off the pitch. The switch from Christie Park to the Globe Arena in 2010 was a positive sign of progress.

On the day warnings of the imminent arrival of Hurricane Brian, failed to deter the B&W Army's usual commitment and saw close to 500 at the Globe Arena.

It is difficult to write about anything other than the weather for the 90 minutes duration. Increasingly an 'inclement' wet and windy afternoon descended upon the B&W faithful. AFC Flyde (approx. 25 miles away) had their game abandoned - such thoughts were prevalent. Initially resolute in defence but as the 'game' wore on increasingly a lottery. One defeat in 9 - encouraging. Couple of good saves from Macca - reassuring. Another good performance from HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH, LUKE SUMMERFIELD - finally appreciated.

As expected a resolute Chesterfield/Portmadoc Gareth and an intense York Paul were ably backed by a reverential Lordship - clearly concerned as to the whereabouts of TM.

Extraordinarily slow first half-time service ensured a drenched Histon Mariner - as rain cascaded down the overhanging roof of the said port of call. A pie that would have benefited from a drenching in order to soften the sheet of corrugated iron that covered the rather poor pie filling.

As ever love & romance travelled well from Cleethorpes to the west coast with a further episode in Blackpool to follow after the game..! The McMenamys, Lisa and Mike also reported on the continuing progress of "Sowf" Londoner Becks (see Coventry 12/08 displaying safe hands at Millwall.

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11.11.17 Exeter City 2 v 0 GTFC

A club which is a partner of Brazilian club Flumunense because they were the first English team to play a national team from Brazil, actually in Brazil in 1914.

A club owned by the Exeter Supporters Club since 2003

A club that had 5 years of experience of Division 5 (the Conference) who have progressed and stabilized (!) albeit with the help of Cup draws against Liverpool and Manchester Utd, but a club that can boast (?) having had Uri Geller as Director and Michael Jackson as Honorary Director

The second consecutive trip to Devon - easier from Histon than Grimsby.

A particularly hospitable welcome was extended by the Famous Exeter City Real Ale & Cider Emporium, with top quality refreshments including half decent pasties. Hosts Neil and Chris made a special effort to welcome the newly created grandfather & a supportive chauffeur, TM

GRR(IMSBY) possibly named with Leicestershire C.C. in mind arrived safely but early - obviously ignoring directions given by Chesterfield Mariner Logistics Manager.

Tour Manager Dave - Judith Chalmers, Mike - Chippenham Marnier and Paul - long suffering, welcome welcomes the Histon Mariners & new squad member GRR with a warming 'green tea'

Pre-match predictions saw TM confidently talk of 2 goals [in retrospect a knowledgeable TM was proved correct'ish' given his failure to explain the distribution of the said goals]

Not the most memorable day on the pitch - after so much positivity off the pitch. At a time when Real Football Fans continually fail to understand the Wengeresque policy of continuous rotation, RS could be applauded for regular selections. There might be criticism of those he selects but given a reasonable performance the previous week a final test at a high-riding outfit would appear to be a good test. However the injection of Mills, Matt & in particular Jaiyesimi provided a thin thread of hope to be to be grasped. A time has come.

Exeter played with the confidence of an automatic promotion hopeful, the Mighty Mariners did not.

For providing some energy, some hope (however slight), HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH, DIALLING JAIYESIMI.

With a lot of frustration quite tangible & understandable, the negativity is unhelpful though criticism cannot be curtailed. Real supporters in the world of Real Football at least try to remain upbeat.

The home fixture v. Carlisle may well reflect the prevailing concern but the Histon Mariners plan a major effort to promote the campaign.

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19.11.17 GTFC 0 v 1 Carlisle Utd

A significant tour de force from the Histon Mariners & associates had been planned to show support for the Mighty Mariners & the cause for Real Football.

At the Cleethorpes H.Q. the Kingsway Hotel, Stuart from Cheadle Hulme Mariners was on hand to welcome Histon Mariners President, Maurice, the Dean of Fitness & East Anglian Development Officer, Brian.

General instructions for the day ahead were given by the President initially at Willy's, followed by specific details given to the various Officers at the Notts.

Stuart gives an enthralling account of account of Wainfleet activities. The Dean takes the opportunity for a quick nap & the East Anglian Development Officer appears to be elsewhere

Airdrie Mariner, Will & 'close friend' Doug appear in good humour despite the absence of Histon Mariners Chairman

At Blundell, Russel Slade was delighted to welcome & thank the Histon Mariners for their continued support. Here the Wainfleet Chairman is held up by the Youth Development Officer Ray, as Russel presents a memento of the day

Youth Development Officer formerly known as Ray The Fish battled through the pain barrier having sustained a career threatening injury sustained in his new career of Walking Football. The mid-field dynamo has assured us the injury is short term & we look forward to future revelations.

Whilst Chesterfield Becky attends to the needs of G.R.R., his Lordship attempts to counteract the influence of Chesterfield Joe. Charlotte appears receptive - despite an absence of extensions.

4 Changes to the line-up were generally welcomed. The first half half was without doubt better than recent fare and Carlisle were certainly better than Crawley and Cambridge. But for the woodwork, a lively Jaiyesimi would have scored as would Danny Collins but for the goalkeeper. At half time an improvement was generally agreed upon.

The second half began in a similar vein but after conceding the Mighty Mariners appeared to lose an edge - whilst the effort was apparent, confidence appeared low.

The late appearance of Jamie Osbourne provides encouragement, whilst still a little rusty. The full-back pairing of Zac Mills & Ben Davies was certainly more energetic & in a similar vein Luke Summerfield continues to justify the regular praise given.

But for his efforts and directness DAILING JAIYESIMI was awarded HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH.

General approval is obviously not apparent but the discernible improvement provides hope. With some tough fixtures on the horizon a realistic assessment will be possible. It is a work in progress and Swindon will prove the extent of improvement.

Town are not in the crisis as a frustrated but vocal minority believe

Now an accomplished strummer - Greensleaves is a speciality - his close association with Dragonfly Embroidery may well provide material for future development.

Debriefing whilst a relatively sedate affair remained positive & optimistic.

A final recap at the Kingsway brought proceedings to a satisfying conclusion. An exhausted Wainfleet Chairman can only be thanked for joining the Histon Mariners. His insightful analysis & energetic input is warmly appreciated.

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26.11.17 Barnet 0 v 2 GTFC

Like a particular club in NE Lincs., Barnet do not play in their named location, instead they play in Edgware. Their badge eludes to their origins as the 'Hillman' & the 'Battle of Barnet 1471', where Northern families from either side of the Pennines squabbled.

The first televised football match by the BBC was Barnet v Wealdestone in October 1946.

Barnet's first match in the Football League (1991) was a 4 v 7 defeat to Crewe.

On the day a resurgent Town would hopefully provide new Barnet Manager - former Scottish National Team Asst. Manager Mark McGee with a troublesome home debut.

In-depth pre-match analysis had been planned. A small carefully selected group, comprising Histon Mariners Logistics Director, Chesterfield Archive & Historic Records Officer TM, with Lord Roy in the chair met at the Ye Olde Swiss Cottage NM3.

A most satisfying pre-match preparation, with the day hopefully confirming the upward momentum from the last 1 games.

TM & his Lordship lament the absence of missing Chesterfield Committee members, which we believe was due to parental responsibilities, rather than incomplete & vague travel arrangements.

A perceived upturn in fortunes appeared to materialise with a good response from the B&W Army (approx. 700) marching in unison.

Lining up as for Swindon, Town took an early lead via Jamille Matt. A proper old fashioned direct header from a corner. The Mighty Mariners were completely on top by virtue of a resurgent level of confidence. Whilst Barnet looked poor, this should not detract from the quality of Towns performance. A revitalised B&W Army provided full backing throughout the 90 minutes.

Resurgent confidence on the pitch & voluminous unity from the terraces are not mutually independent. Themes highlighted over the last game or so continued. Zac Mills & Ben Davies are proving an excellent pairing & helped spread reassurance to our battle scared centre backs - Clarke and Collins. Mitch Rose is beginning to blossom alongside player of the season (so far) Luke Summerfield.

Sikiri and DJ provide a genuine threat with pace which all provides a springboard for Sam Jones & Matt Jamille.

As to James McKeown, this must rank as one of his least active games in a town shirt.

A second goal from Sam Jones was largely the result of an outrageous drag back by Sikiri. Had such a piece of skill been performed by a Premier League pre-Madonna, it would be played again and againfor never ending analysis. Had Town won by a greater margin it would not have been an unfair reflection of their superiority.

Difficult to pick a M.o.M. but for his rebirth & overall effort and goal HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH, JAMILLE MATT.

Afterwards a most satisfying victory & resurgent belief ensured a jubilant B&W Army.

The unity as evidenced at Barnet, should illustrate the positive efforts of such an occasion. It is clear that frustration has recently risen to the surface, but far from a disaster, the future is hopeful. There is a long & medium term objectives and the Histon Mariners will continue to pursue the desired goal for the benefit of Town and real football everywhere

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16.12.17 Notts C 0 v 0 GTFC

County, approaching 5000 football league games since November 1962. Juventus modelled their black & white shirts on County's & invited them to play a game to mark the opening of their new stadium in 2011 (resulted in 1 v 1 draw).

A financial/ownership story this century to serve as a warning to all clubs about the dangers of contemporary football club management. Whatever the truth, the story deserves the attention of all Real Football Supporters.

  • 2003 crippling debts necessitated great efforts of local businessmen & supporters to save the club from extinction.
  • 2003 Ray Trew becomes Director of a well-known team in Lincoln he left in 2006, terminating his Companies Sponsorships.
  • July 2009 reports of Middle East investment (Munto Finance) led to the sale of the Supporters Trust 60% shareholders stake. Persuaded by convicted fraudster Russell King, Sven Goran Ericson appointed Director of Football.
  • October 2009 all approved by the Leagues 'fit and proper persons regulations'
  • December 2009 Peter Trembling buys club for nominal fee.
  • February 2010 2 winding up orders from HMRC. Ray Trew buys club for 1.00 with 7m liabilities.
  • July 2010 Trew took control of Nottingham Rugby Club. Relinquished control September 2011.
  • Ray Trew Management appointments - February 2010 Steve Cotterill
  • May 2010 Craig Short
  • October 2010 Paul Ince
  • April 2011 Martin Allen
  • February 2012 Keith Curle
  • February 2013 Chris Kiwonya
  • November 2013 Shaun Derry
  • March 2015 Richard Moniz
  • January 2016 James Fullerton
  • March 2016 John Sheridan
  • Jan 2017 Alan Smith

13 Managers in less than 8 years ..!!!

  • January 2017 Alan Hardy takes over County from Ray Trew and appoints current Manager Kevin Nolan in January 2017.

On match day Chesterfield Mariners conducted a full preview of forthcoming fixtures which would largely determine the nature of the season ahead. TM & Chesterfield Logistics Manager conduct pre-match analysis at Ye Trip. However both were very concerned at the exclusion of Joanne from a well-known television programme inspired by a former Premier League Chairman.

Suitably refreshed at the Canal House TM & his Lordship appear enthralled by Tales from a Distant Railway.

New father, Gareth sides with his Lordship over the great baking dilemma. It can be revealed that his Lordship had made chocolate brownies to satisfy all concerned given that Lady Barbara was not quite up to the task of creating her legendary rice crispy cakes.

The B&W Army had travelled well & expectations whilst being optimistic were contained within parameters of reason.

Guitar strumming John Bay puts down his phone for a brief Sojourn to pose with Walking Football LegEnd "The Fish".

As ever a fully prepared Elderly Lady & Sgt Dodd are warmly greeted by Derby Mariner Tim.

A thoroughly competent performance by the Mighty Mariners raised feelings of progress within the B&W Army.

By the end of 90 minutes, County wanted the final whistle more than Town. Joint leader of the Division, County made little impression on a very solid back four. The Clark- Collins partnership increasing spreads confidence with Mills& Davies performing admirably at full-back. Of course more clinical finishing would push Town up the league but as a work in progress, discernible improvements are being made.

HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH LUKE SUMMERFIELD with Ben Davies a close second.

Post-match analysis at the VAT & Fiddle alongside Notts County fans was exactly what Real Football Fans desire.

The unwanted antics from a few within the B&W Army are most unwelcome & have no place within the brief of Real Football Supporters.

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23.12.17 The Hatters 2 v 0 The Mariners

The first fully professional club in the South of England but recent history follows a familiar path illustrating the precariousness of lower league stability.

After considerable success in the 1980's - 90's including first division football, a League Cup Win & League Cup runners up place, the seemingly inevitable rock witnessed a broken ship.

A controversial sale in 2003 to John Gurney & an alleged consortium. The talk was of turning Luton into a club of the stature of Manchester Utd, of turning the proposed new ground site into a Formula One Racing Track by the same man who had previously planned to move Bedford Rugby Club to either Kent or Coventry.!!!"Champagne dreams with Coca Cola pockets"

Luton were left in a shambles, faced 2 relegations, the latter when in administration and a 10 Point deduction. A 30 point deduction the following season & a 5 year stay in the Conference.

"Be careful for what you wish for"

Pre- match preparations was at the renowned home of Hatters Fans, The Bricklayer. Landlady of 32 years, Alison was delighted to welcome Histon Mariners Logistics Director.

Equally Luton fans, Hitchin Mike, Stroud Hatter Mick and Bill of Frampton on Severn Hatter discuss with Mariner Bill the campaign for Real Football. Totally in accord with the bonhomie of opposing fans in an ideal environment share a pre-match Darjeeling.

Sharing the success of Real Football the B&W Army mix with Hatters in mutual celebration.

Meanwhile Chesterfield Mariners never far away but still with many other matters to the fore.

His Lordship was equally mindful of events elsewhere. The Hasland WMC & Institute Ltd is anticipating a high turn out to witness a dance floor extravaganza from his Lordship. In an outstanding effort to keep hydrated ready for his display & ever mindful of the task ahead he predicts two goals but feels unsure how they will be distributed.

NB The absence of pictorial evidence of TM only serves to emphasize the multidimensional application of Polytetrafluoroethylene the synthetic fluropolymer of tetrafluoroethylene!

The commitment of the 'Old Gits' continues to be an example to the entire B&W Army. Dave 'Chalmers' with first Lieutenant Stuart take time off from their pantomime duties in conjunction with a Couple of Ugly Sisters .

Jason providing the balance of youth with the experienced Purley Mariner Chairman,, Tony and McMenamy Mike.

Phones to the ready, all three show great diligence in following developments elsewhere - or reporting in for duty as told to do so..

Yes Luton were probably the best side faced this season.

Yes they deserved to win. But Town were never anything like over-run. Certainly until the first goal, hopes remained high. Luton have overrun many sides this season - that never looked likely. However the need for more clinical finishing & improvement in the final third was no surprise to the B&W Army.

Again the Clarke-Collins central axis competed and never looked in real danger. Had the Luton No. 3 been red-carded, as was probably deserved, for the challenges on Sikiri, no doubt a different game would have ensued. Such fine lines is the name of the game. The January transfer window will prove interesting. Jamille Matt again gave 100% but

HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH MITCH ROSE.

In Russel we trust

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The Chairman of the Histon Mariners continues to work for the campaign and sends his inimitable greetings to all.

30.12.17 GTFC 0 v 3 Accrington Stanley

Whilst realism necessarily perpetrates the B&W Army's general outlook it is usually difficult to completely dampen the natural enthusiasm of real football supporters. The glass is naturally half full but at times of struggle a vocal minority will encourage the perception of a glass half empty.

Airdrie Mariner Will, having been dealt the Airdrie & Cleethorpes cards remains continually up beat, here flanked by 'close' friends Doug and Adam.

The debut appearance of GRR was against Mansfield. Like other Mariner fans she as clearly excited by the prospect of a second game so soon - though cynics might suggest it was the tales from a distant railway that determined her demeanour. Given her poorly developed orienteering skills, we suspect Senior Manager Becky played a significant part in her attendance.

In McMenamys though injured, Jamie McKeown with legend Dave Boylen welcomed the Histon Mariners, wishing them good fortune in 2018.

Once recovered from injury we would expect Jamie with 352 appearances to exceed Dave's 384 - such a feat would cement Jamie in the true legend hierarchy.

Sgt. Dodd - a legendary orienteering Professional who could mentor Chesterfield Logistics Manager - with a very content elderly lady.

The resultant can only be described as disappointing. There can be no excuses & at such times fortune favours the brave. Awarding a

HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH is difficult but LUKE SUMMERFIELD appears almost beyond reproach at this difficult time. Whilst not good, it is not the complete disaster portrayed by some. Confidence needs reigniting, a January influx may help & luck needs to shine on Blundell. Onwards & upwards - the Mighty Mariners will come through. In the world of Real Football - money Is not the simple answer.

Post-match analysis was understandably muted.

The B&W Army marches on & the Histon Mariners will continue The Campaign relentlessly.

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20.01.18 Colchester 1 v 1 GTFC

Despite the oldest recorded town in Britain as the Roman Capital (& for being 200 miles from Anglesey...), The Seagulls were only elected to the Football League in 1950. With 2 years in Division 5 (1990 - 92) and 2 years in Division 2 (2006-09) the other 64 years have been in Divisions 3 &4.

The usual dubious ownership in the late 1980's left the club with ground problems (following Bradford v and Heysell) that proved difficult to rectify. Layer Road was eventually replaced by the Western Homes Community Stadium.

NB This was the result of a 30 year feasibility and location consultation with Colchester Borough Council and only after the Deputy PM, John Prescott interviewed in the clubs favour...

The first fixture (4th August 2008) v Atletico Bilbao saw a certain Scott Vern score the first goal for Colchester at the new ground (an equalizing penalty)

Colchester the home of Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Old King Cole plus a top micro-brewery at Wakes Colne, set the scene for pre-match preparations at the Victoria Freehouse.

It cannot be denied, the feel good factor is hardly prevalent at present - more half empty glasses than half full.

However, the Histon Mariners are mindful of the problem at clubs such as Blackpool and Leyton Orient but also of Charlton Athletic where the Supporters Trust (C.A.S.T) are in joint efforts with the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (C.A.R.D) in an effort to find a way forward for the club from its current lower than expected status.

In the world of Real Football, managing expectations and dreams of fans is a difficult balance to maintain.

At the Victoria Inn Freehouse, the Logistics Director of the Histon Mariners held most pleasant conversations with Seagull fans. Andy who like so many is a former 1st Division fan, following Ipswich. Disillusioned his fix of Real Football is now at The Western Homes Stadium

There was total unanimity that realistic aspirations are a fundamental bedrock of clubs like the Seagulls and Mariners. Whilst accepting Division 4 status, having dreams to rise is the lifeblood of the Real Football Supporter. The chance of experiencing those dreams is the essence of Real Football Talk.

Meanwhile Lord Roy & TM bemoan the absence of the baby sitting Gareth & are equally enthralled by Pontefract Mariner, Eddie.

A very disconcerting report of a Rock & Blues Extravaganza at Skegness was being attended by the Old Gits. This extra ordinary event left only one Old Git in attendance at Colchester.

A changed formation - a change of fortune? Town certainly started off on the front foot and ultimately dominated the first half. Matt and Vernam provided food for thought alas Matt's hamstring ended that hope. However a first goal for Vernam bodes well and Town who no doubt deserved a half-time lead and probably deserved more. A general consensus at half time agreed little evidence of "Hoofball"...! Obviously Colchester came back after half-time but the Mighty Mariners rode the storm and came back into it as the half wore on. Vernam forcing a good save from a great effort at the end. Summerfield Continues to drive things forward and Osbourn's pace at the back proved useful. Dixon had probably his best game since the opener at Chesterfield.

However, HISTON MARINER MAN OF THE MATCH CHARLES VERNAM.

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30.01.18 Yeovil 3 v 0 GTFC

Yeovil Town known as The Glovers, reflects a historical link to the tanning and gloving industries since 1347. Yeovil a surprise German target during WW2 as a centre for helicopter and defence equipment. Membership of the 2nd Division (aka The Championship) 2014-15 was a significant effort by the Glovers. Huish Park the home of Yeovil since 1990 replaced the infamous former site with its 8 foot slope from side to side.

Yeovil a 370 mile round trip on Tuesday night in January....

Histon Mariners linked up with Sutton Mariner Jack to alleviate the strain of a challenging journey. Joined by East End Mariner Rob and Statistician Michael, this well balanced blend of youthful exuberance and advanced senility certainly made the journey seem less arduous and at times 'enlightening'. An interesting tour of Somerset countryside eventually found The Arrow, where the briefest aperitif lubricated pre-match planning. This not so Fab Four, boosted the B&W Army up to 129.

East End Rob, Jack & Statistician Michael in a state of eager anticipation. NB - East End Rob was allegedly Lord Roy's fag at school...

Such information cannot be confirmed or denied at this stage.

A sending off after 6 minutes was a fair indication of the likely fare to be served. A goal against after a further 5 minutes conjured up thoughts as to why? The answer is that in times of adversity, Real Football Supporters consolidate and look onwards and upwards. Such occasions are the essence of Real Football. Such occasions accentuate the hopeful eventual highs. The difficulty of an hour's battle with 10 men, was compounded by a second dismissal - probably unlucky - saw the inevitable 0 v 3 defeat, was going to make the long journey home very long indeed, despite the best efforts of Michael The Stat. Virtually impossible to name a man of the match. Karleigh Osbourne added to the defence above and beyond his debating skills (before his sending off) and Luke Summerfield, his debating partner, battled throughout. At the final whistle the Mighty Mariners apologetically applauded the travelling army, clearly displaying a level of care that connected with those still there.

As always positives do emerge, and Old Git 'Billy' found a mate in Stuart

At the Hammersmith transit point (0040hrs), East End Mariner Rob prepared to find milk as instructed by Senior Management. Home by 0215 was not as bad as expected despite the result. The company of the aforementioned comrades helped elevate a testing 370 miles of potential boredom and 0 v 3 result.

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30.01.18 GTFC 1 v 1 Cheltenham

A pre-match meeting with John Shepherd from Mid Cheshire Cricket Club Davenham at the Notts, illustrates the embracing nature of the Histon Mariners Campaign.

Mariner exile John was on a mission on three fronts - a) Support and unity at Blundel b) on behalf of the Davenham C.C Beer Festival - to be satisfied at Axeholme Brewery and c) to establish the association with the Histon Mariners.

Histon Mariners were also on a mission to establish a format for the visit to Cambridge (17.02.18) with Terry Rodrum of the Mariners Trust. Whilst in the Trust Bar a rare quorum of the 'Old Gits' was in residence. Their alternative tours have left 'Billy' with no/few mates - the Histon Mariners will continue to offer support for a 'lonely Billy'.

Lord Roy of Chesterfield Mariners reported all was on track (incl. cask ale at Hasland's top night spot!) and formal meetings were arranged at forthcoming trips to Crawley and Carlisle.

Obviously a difficult day at Blundel, where frustrated Mariners aired legitimate concerns. But the Campaign for Real Football has to embrace the ups and downs of our game & clubs. Of course frustration manifests itself in emotional outbursts but the underlying belief & commitment will rise and establish the order of the day.

On the pitch, some encouragement, an early goal from Simeon Jackson, certainly helped ease the pressure. The consequences of the unfortunate injury to Danny Collins enabled Reece Hall-Johnson to make an impressive debut. Again Vernam plus Mallik Wilks made good progress and bodes well for the future. Inevitably Cheltenham responded in their usual inimitable style to force an even divide of the spoils. Whilst not totally at ease, the end of the disappointing run must begin somewhere - each long journey starts with a small step. For his enforced switch to centre-back after Danny Collins substitution, Zac Mills pips Charles Vernam as HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH.

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10.02.18 Crawley Town 3 v 0 GTFC

The name Crawley evolved from the Saxon Crow's Leah - a crow infested clearing in a wood! But the town's major period of development was post WW2.

The football club formed in 1896 became firmly established with a new ground at Town Mead in 1949 in line with the town's development. Continued town development led to a further Borough Council owned new ground in 1997 - the Broadfield Stadium now infamously renamed the Checkatrade Stadium.

  • 2004 on entering Division 5 saw the onset of an all too familiar off-field stay of dubious and at best mismanaged events.
  • 2005 went full time, escaped relegation, were deducted 3 points (irregular payments) and entered administration.
  • 2006 announced that liquidation was imminent through a last minute arrangement saved the day but incurred a 10 point deduction. Owners Chas and Azwar Majeed incurred the wrath of the fanswith Azwar being jailed for tax fraud relating to various other businesses.
  • 2007-08 Victor Marley led a new regime that appointed Steve Evans...and incurred another 6 point deduction.
  • 2008 Prospect Estate Holdings Ltd took control, which led to a 300,000 transfer expenditure by the enigmatic Steve Evans (which included Richard Brodie...)
  • 2010 High Court action against Crawley taken by HMRC proved unsuccessful and led to the Council leasing the club the new ground.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

The highs and lows of Real Football are all too apparent. However, old stalwarts march on.

Media personalities were at Crawley Station to welcome the Histon Mariners.

Pre-match preparations were planned at the rather pleasant White Hart.

Chesterfield Mariners, Logistics Manager and rail enthusiast Gareth on duty by kind permission of Senior Management, welcomes the Histon Mariners.

Steve Fenty, Scott, Lindsey and Terry were also on hand to contribute to proceedings.

The campaign marches on and with the Mighty Mariners due to visit Cumbria at the beginning of March, Carlisle Dave was on hand to invite the Histon Mariners to the Lord Howard in Carlisle to cement a fruitful association.

The same question emerged as Chesterfield Logistics Manager confirms arrangements with Carlisle Dave.

Carlisle Dave was delighted to encounter a significant Cumbrian landowner & was enthralled to hear of the success of Thwaites 'Wainwright' (a significant Cumbrian associate of this Lordship) at the renowned Hasland WMC.

Forty Five minutes of holding the upper-hand was undone by an added time Crawley penalty. Absence of luck, absence of confidence and an absence of ability to make 'it count', meant half-time was the familiar mood of despondency.

A second half which failed to match the first half performance saw the Mighty Mariners surcome to two further goals.That Crawley named their goalkeeper as Man of The Match provided little comfort. Ben Killip for Town, continues to grow in confidence and cannot take any blame. Sam Kelly's second half introduction and resultant performance belied much of the former negative reviews of him. But painting a gloss provides a thin veneer. Realism must accompany optimism. The HISTON MARINERS MAN OF THE MATCH - echoes Crawley's decision and names BEN KILLIP.

As ever positives must be found & 'Billy' having found a mate at Yeovil found another at Crawley

Post-match analysis was understandably brief.

His Lordship despairs, TM tries to hide, Gareth subdues his anger and Crawley representative checks the result.

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TO BE CONTINUED ....