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03 September 2019 Venue Blundell Park Attendance

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Preview: Grimsby Town (A)

3 September 2019

The Iron return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Blundell Park to face Grimsby Town in the first group stage game in the Trophy (kick-off 7.45pm).

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Pay on the night at Grimsby Town

3 September 2019


United will be looking for their first victory of the season and come into the encounter off the back of a slender 1-0 defeat to Carlisle United at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday, despite a dominant performance.

Grimsby Town came from behind to beat Walsall at the weekend, responding from going a goal down after five minutes. Elliott Whitehouse and James Hanson (two) got to the goals in the 3-1 away win at the Banks's Stadium.


Paul Hurst is likely to give the opportunity to a couple of players who are yet to feature much this season, but will take a similar squad as the one that faced the Cumbrians at the weekend.

James Perch is eligible to play in the match, with his third game of a three-match suspension being served against Mansfield at the weekend, while Lee Novak (ankle) remains absent for the next month or so.

Hurst dealt another injury blow ahead of the Carlisle encounter with Kgosi Ntlhe confirmed to miss around six weeks of action with a back injury, while Jordan Hallam is out for two months with an ankle problem.

Jamie Proctor can't figure as he's already played for Rotherham in the competition this season.

Meanwhile, skipper Andy Butler will miss out after coming off at the weekend with pins and needles in his foot. Jacob Bedeau, who is coming back from a knee injury, is likely to be part of the squad.

Clayton Lewis is set to join New Zealand for international duty, while elsewhere, Andy Dales (hamstring), Levi Sutton (knee ligaments) and Lewis Butroid (ankle) are still out due to injuries picked up in pre-season.


Speaking ahead of the game, Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley said: "We’ve got an incredibly busy schedule coming up over the next month, and we’ve got to use the squad as wisely as possible.

"We’ll be putting out a team that we believe can win the game, but also a team that recognises the schedule that we’ve got. We’ll be making a lot of changes to the team, and we’ll be putting out a young team.

"One of the main themes of my time here has been the development of the younger players. This competition gives us a good opportunity to blood some of the younger players.

"I’m talking more about the younger-end of our first-team squad, who haven’t had quite so much game time. So we need to make sure that we give them ample opportunity to show that they can do, and keep improving."


2017-18 - Tue Oct 3 FLT GS Iron 2-1 Grimsby Hopper 2
2013-14 - Tue Nov 19 FAC R1 R Iron 1-2 Grimsby Hawkridge
2013-14 - Sat Nov 9 FAC R1 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
2008-09 - Tue Oct 7 FLT R2 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Togwell, Morris
2004-05 - Sat Apr 23 LG 2 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
2004-05 - Sat Nov 6 LG 2 Iron 2-0 Grimsby Hayes 2
1997-98 - Tue Jan 27 FLT QF Iron 0-2 Grimsby  
1989-90 - Tue Apr 17 DIV 4 Grimsby 2-1 Iron Flounders
1989-90 - Tue Dec 26 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Grimsby Daws, Marshall
1988-89 - Sat Mar 18 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Flounders
1988-89 - Sat Sep 10 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Grimsby Lister
1982-83 - Tue Jan 11 FAC R3 R Grimsby 2-0 Iron  
1982-83 - Sat Jan 8 FAC R3 Iron 0-0 Grimsby  
1982-83 - Tue Sep 14 FLC R1 L2 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
1982-83 - Tue Aug 31 FLC R1 L1 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Cowling
1979-80 - Tue Aug 14 FLC R1 L2 Iron 0-0 Grimsby  
1979-80 - Sat Aug 11 FLC R1 L1 Grimsby 2-0 Iron  
1978-79 - Sat Apr 14 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Kavanagh
1978-79 - Tue Dec 26 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Kilmore, Grimes
1977-78 - Fri Mar 3 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Lumby 2
1977-78 - Sat Oct 8 DIV 4 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Dec 26 DIV 3 Grimsby 1-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Sat Sep 23 DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Deere
1971-72 - Sat Oct 16 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Deere
1971-72 - Sat Aug 14 DIV 4 Grimsby 4-1 Iron Fletcher
1970-71 - Fri Apr 9 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-0 Iron  
1970-71 - Sat Oct 3 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Keegan
1969-70 - Sat Dec 13 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Grimsby Cassidy
1969-70 - Sat Sep 13 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Heath
1968-69 - Sat Jan 25 DIV 4 Grimsby 0-1 Iron Cassidy
1968-69 - Wed Nov 6 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Colquhoun
1967-68 - Sat Jan 20 DIV 3 Iron 0-3 Grimsby  
1967-68 - Sat Sep 16 DIV 3 Grimsby 2-1 Iron Barton
1966-67 - Tue Sep 27 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Grimsby  
1966-67 - Wed Sep 7 DIV 3 Grimsby 7-1 Iron Bedford
1965-66 - Tue Apr 12 DIV 3 Iron 2-2 Grimsby Bedford, Colquhoun
1965-66 - Fri Apr 8 DIV 3 Grimsby 1-3 Iron Sloan 3
1964-65 - Tue Apr 6 DIV 3 Grimsby 3-0 Iron  
1964-65 - Sat Dec 26 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Ratcliffe, Kirkman
1963-64 - Sat Apr 11 DIV 2 Grimsby 2-0 Iron  
1963-64 - Sat Nov 30 DIV 2 Iron 2-2 Grimsby Conde, Lawther
1962-63 - Fri Dec 21 DIV 2 Iron 1-1 Grimsby Gibson
1962-63 - Sat Aug 25 DIV 2 Grimsby 3-0 Iron  
1958-59 - Sat Mar 14 DIV 2 Iron 1-3 Grimsby Marriott
1958-59 - Sat Oct 25 DIV 2 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Waldock
1955-56 - Mon Apr 2 DIV 3N Iron 0-1 Grimsby  
1955-56 - Fri Mar 30 DIV 3N Grimsby 0-1 Iron Brown
1954-55 - Thu Sep 2 DIV 3N Iron 1-0 Grimsby Jones
1954-55 - Tue Aug 24 DIV 3N Grimsby 1-4 Iron Brown 2, McGill, Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Dec 19 DIV 3N Iron 2-1 Grimsby Whitfield, Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Aug 22 DIV 3N Grimsby 0-1 Iron Gregory
1952-53 - Wed Sep 3 DIV 3N Grimsby 1-0 Iron  
1952-53 - Thu Aug 28 DIV 3N Iron 0-1 Grimsby  
1951-52 - Wed Dec 26 DIV 3N Iron 1-3 Grimsby Powell
1951-52 - Tue Dec 25 DIV 3N Grimsby 3-2 Iron Powell 2


FA CUP 0 2 2
LEAGUE 11 13 20
TOTAL 13 17 25


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Match Reports

Report: Grimsby Town 1-2 Iron

3 September 2019

The Iron emerged 2-1 victors at Grimsby Town in the group stages of the Trophy on Tuesday night.

Kevin van Veen was at the double as the Iron earned the bragging rights in the Lincolnshire derby.

In the early exchanges, Yann Songo’o battled well for the ball in the final third. The midfielder won possession back for the Iron before switching play out to the right but Ryan Colcough’s cross was too long for Alex Gilliead at the back post.

With 15 minutes on the watch, the hosts won a free-kick. Ethan Robson’s delivery was good but the Iron did well to avert the danger from the set-piece.

Moments later, Rory McArdle and Songo’o were on hand to clear a cross in from the left.

The best chance of the half fell to Songo’o, with 22 minutes played. Perch picked out the number five unmarked in the box but the latter’s header was tame and comfortable for Sam Russell.

In the 28th minute, Kevin van Veen curled in the opener. The Iron were awarded free-kick on the edge of the area for Joe Starbuck’s infringement on George Miller. The striker stepped up, angled the set piece over the wall and into the top corner.

Alex Gilliead tried his luck from range and had Grimsby ‘keeper Russell diving off to his left after the forward let fly from 35 yards.

With five minutes until the half-time whistle, Songo’o volleyed just wide of the upright. One of his teammates took a touch on the effort to lift it high of the target after he latched on to Colclough’s corner.

At the other end of the pitch, a chance went begging for Charles Vernam. The striker looked to round Eastwood before taking a tumble as the ball deflected off his own leg and behind for a corner kick.

McArdle made an important clearance as Vernam came knocking again as the Iron cleared their lines.

In added time, Colclough’s left-footed shot took a deflection before van Veen headed wide of the target.

After the restart, the Mariners levelled proceedings. With 49 minutes on the clock, Harry Cardwell pounced on the rebound from Ahkeem Rose’s effort to make it 1-1.

In the 58th minute, van Veen took aim from the 20 yards but his effort was straight at Russell between the sticks.

Colclough went close, firing just over the bar as the winger drove into the box after receiving a flick on from Eastwood’s goal kick.

Van Veen netted his and the Iron’s second of the game, with 75 minutes gone. The Iron re-took the lead after Colclough’s pinpoint cross found the former in space. The number 10 had time to control the ball before blasting into the roof of the net.

Minutes later, there were shouts of handball from the Iron but the referee waved appeals away before van Veen saw another shot that looked destined for the back of the net blocked.

Substitute Abo Eisa tested Russell who held on to the ball after the winger beat two men before setting his sights on goal.

James Perch was sent off in the dying stages, receiving a straight red card, as he battled for a 50-50 challenge on the nearside touchline, but the Iron held on for a 2-1 win over local rivals in the cup competition.

MARINERS: Russell, Starbuck, Gibson, Pollock, Ring, Hewitt, Robson (Henrie 66’), Rose (McPherson 73'), Cardwell, Vernam (Adlard 88’), Wright.

MARINERS UNUSED SUBS: McKeown, Painter, Hope, Khouri.

IRON: Eastwood, Clarke, Songo’o, Colclough, van Veen (Hornshaw 88’), Perch, Gilliead (Eisa 73’), McArdle, McGahey, Miller, McAtee (Slater 73’).

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Collins, Bedeau, O’Malley, Dawson.

ATTENDANCE: 1,302 (202 away).

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Ticket News

Pay on the night at Grimsby Town

3 September 2019

Supporters can pay cash on the turnstile or by card at the Blundell Park ticket office for the Iron's Trophy group stage clash at Grimsby Town on Tuesday, September 3rd (7.45pm kick-off).

Travel spaces are still available to purchase in person at the Iron ticket office, by calling 01724 747670 or through visiting

Visitor seating tickets are for the Osmond Stand at Blundell Park.

Match tickets went off sale from the Iron ticket office at 5pm on Monday, September 2nd.

Official coach travel, costing £8 members and £10 non-members. Departure times are 5.15pm from the Hornsby bus depot, 5.20pm from Ashby Broadway, 5.30pm from the Museum and Baths Hall, and 5.45pm from the Sands Venue Stadium. Travel must be purchased in advance from our ticket office or online via  

Prices for the game are as follows:

Adult £10
Junior (14 and under) £5
Young adult (15-18) £5
Senior citizen (65 and over) £5
Student (with valid NUS card) £5

Ambulant disabled tickets with free carer price of relevant ticket category (with proof of high or enhanced living allowance). Wheelchair and carer price of relevant ticket category.

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