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SEASON PREVIEW: GRIMSBY TOWN

28 July 2016

Ahead of the new Sky Bet League 2 season we asked Liam Govey to take a look at each of our 23 opponents. Next under the microscope is Grimsby Town...


Grimsby Town
Address: Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 7PZ
Stadium capacity: 9,052
Manager: Paul Hurst

Transfers
In
Dominic Vose (on loan from Scunthorpe United), Danny Andrew (Fleetwood Town), James Berrett (York City), Tom Bolarinwa (Sutton United), Andrew Boyce (Scunthorpe United), Rhys Browne (Aldershot Town), Ashley Chambers (Dagenham & Redbridge), Ben Davies (Portsmouth), Dan Jones (Hartlepool United), Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United), Zak Mills (Boston United) and Luke Summerfield (York City).

Out
Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United), Callum Bastock (released), Craig Clay (released), Danny East (Guiseley), Conor Henderson (released), Marcus Marshall (released), Andy Monkhouse (released), Jon Nolan (Chesterfield), Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United), Jon-Paul Pittman (Harrogate Town), Gregor Robertson (released), Anthony Straker (Aldershot Town), Josh Sunter (released) and Richard Tait (Motherwell).

Last Season
For the Mariners, it was sixth time lucky, as they finally returned to the Football League for the first time since 2010. After scraping past Braintree Town in the play-off semi-finals, Grimsby saw off Forest Green Rovers to end six years of heartbreaks and setbacks in non-league. Despite winning promotion, Grimsby suffered a similar fate to Stevenage in 2010 when they simultaneously lost the FA Trophy final to Halifax at Wembley.

Key Players
Despite promotion, a lot of upheaval has taken place at Blundell Park for next season. The signings of Danny Andrew and Ben Davies will add some versatility and steel to the defence and midfield. Despite losing top scorer Padraig Amond to Hartlepool, Omar Bogle will be key in filling the void, having scored 16 times last season. The loan of Dominic Vose from Scunthorpe could also be key, with the 22-year-old eager to prove himself.

SkyBet Odds
Win outright- 25/1
Promotion- 5/1
Relegation- 12/1
Top 7- 9/4

Fixtures
Grimsby Town v Stevenage - Saturday 27th August
Stevenage v Grimsby Town - Saturday 28th January

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