“ Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 7PY. „
What a god foresaken place this is. I'm a Notts County fan and have visited this ground on a few occasions and every time it seems to get worse.
We went there last Saturday and firstly, some moron had decided to hose all the seats down with water, which had not only left the seats wet through, but also dirty as the dirt from the floor had obviously been washed up onto the seats. I'll be surprised if the toilets have any toilet paper in them because almost every Notts fan was using it to wipe their seat down before the game started.
As it was a cold day I thought I'd warm myself up with a hot chocolate before the match. At a cost of 2 quid, I expected a bit more than half a cup of water and half powder that resulted in a gloopy mess halfway down the cup. Nice.
I'm used to visiting shocking grounds but most of this standard do not have the gaul to charge £18 for the privilage. Anyway, we won 1-0 so it wasn't all bad!
Watching football at Blundell PArk is watching football in the raw, its my home town ground and I love it but I'm not blinkered to its faults.
Blundell PArk is the home of the less than Marvellous Mariners (at the moment) Grimsby Town. They have played there since 1899, and the Maine stand is an original from that period making it the oldest stand of its type in the world.
Blundell PArk as all anaroks of the football know is actually in Cleethorpes not in Grimsby making Grimsby having to technically play away every game but the towns are joined and the precise dividing line between Cleethorpes and Grimsby is hard to pin down. The ground is on Grimsby Road and is behind the Macdonalds with the Imperial pub on the corner, The Imp is a home town pub and the away fans used to go to the Jugg but its been shut down since last year.
Getting to the ground.
If your coming by train, get the train to Cleethorpes walk up past the pubs and arcades and get to the top of Isaacs Hill (a very small hill) and walk down Grimsby Road for about 10 minutes before you start seeing the ground. Plenty of opportunities for drinks and fish and chips on the way, personally if I was buying chips I'd get them from Hobsons on the corner about 5 minutes walk from the ground.
If your driving then get there early because there is virtually no parking in that area, the ground is embedded in little tight streets and there are no car parks. So if you want to park somewhere neat the ground I'd suggest getting there by 2 at the latest. Your car is perfectly safe so don't worry about it being broken into.
If your really brave and get off at Grimsby train station then go to the bus station at the end of Freshney place and catch a number 4 or 4A, both stop near the ground.
So to the ground itself, as I mentioned its old, its not in a good position because its surrounded by housing on all sides meaning redevlopment is nearly impossible. The ground has four main stands, the Pontins stand is the one on the left and is for the home fans, the Findus (now john smiths) is the biggest stand which faces out onto the North Sea in fact if your sitting at the top you can watch the ships steam past, thats a mixed stand, the Osman stand to the right is for away fans and the Maine Stand which faces the Findus is a mixed stand.
The maine stand is the nicest but also oldest stand, its wooden and the views are good, but the best views are from the top of the Findus stand however it can get a bit chilly up there as the wind blows in from the North Sea. the Maine stand is where the players come out and is where the managers stand in front off.
The grounds facilities are well limited, toilets are only entered if absolutely desperate and the food is of the soup and sausage roll end of the spectrum but if you fill up on the way on fish and chips, who needs soup?
This is an old ground, some of the views are a bit poor and the facilities are terrible, parking is difficult and leaving can be a bit dodgy as all the fans funnell through only a couple of streets before you get onto Grimsby Road proper. However, as a place to watch football well it gets you back to football in the community and the occassional exposure isn't bad for any football fan. I'd say its one of the worst grounds around but not as bad as the old Millmoor or Old Show Ground but as both these grounds are now gone it shows I think how much the club needs to move to a new ground.
My Mum & Dad first took me to Blundell Park on April 19th 1997. It was a late 14th birthday present for me, and the Mighty Mariners were playing Reading (we won 2-1 and so began my obsession).
We had chosen to sit in the biggest stand of the ground which was then called the John Smiths Stand after the sponsor.
This stand is split into two tiers, the smallest being the lower stand and called Lower Smiths (or it was in 97 and I still call it this) and the bigger is the Upper Smiths Stand. This Stand is now called the Carlsberg stand but depending on your age it will be called something else - most people I know still call it the Findus Stand.
This trip to Blundell Park was to be my first ever live football match, and I really didn't know what to expect. Places like BP don't really feature heavily in televised football and while I wasn't expecting Old Trafford or Anfield (I had been past BP on many occasion) I was in awe as I walked through the stand to take my seat, the feeling you get is very difficult to describe and one I suspect that only someone who has been to watch their beloved team no matter what the sport could understand.
If you can be in love with a location such as this then I was. It may have been mostly shabby looking place but this was the home to my beloved football team.
Blundell Park was built in 1898 and although the home of Grimsby Town Football Club is actually in the neighbouring town of Cleethorpes, albeit only a few hundred yards from Grimsby. It is the lowest ground/stadium at only 2feet above sea level.
The capacity of Blundell Park since the all-seater regulations were brought in is just over 9500.
The ground consists of four stands, The Pontoon, The Main Stand, The Osmond End and The Carlsberg Stand.
The Pontoon is where the atmosphere due to the noisiest and some might say the more dedicated fans sit and is situated to the left of the Carlsberg stand behind one of the goals. This stand was built in 1961 with money raised by fans of the Mariners. The colours of the seats are black and white to match the club's kit. The Pontoon or Ponny is my favoured stand and offers quite a good view of goal mouth action even if nowadays it's more likely to be the opposition.
The Carlsberg stand as mentioned above is the biggest stand at the club and was opened in 1981. The lower stand is great for seeing more action throughout the whole match, this stand isn't fully covered so you may find yourself getting wet if it is raining.
The Upper stand offers fantastic views of the whole ground and beyond - on a clear day you can see over the North Sea to Spurn Point, which is also invaluable if at a particularly boring game you can count how many trains or ships pass by during the 90 minutes (urm I've never done that honestly Dad). The executive boxes are in between the two tiers, there is also an executive pass holder area here, where match sponsors etc... sit and get access into the executive bar before the match, at half time and afterwards.
Be warned though this stand is high up and you have no protection from that North Sea wind, even in summer you need to wrap up.
The Osmond end built in 1939, seats around 2000 people and is the away end of the ground, this is to the right of the Carlsberg stand and attached to the Main Stand. If the club are expecting a particularly high attendance of home fans and not many visitors they can open the away end to the home fans as it is easy to section it off safely to segregate the rival fans. I have to admit after being in the Osmond a few times you can get a great atmosphere in there, the roof slopes downwards rather than the Ponny's which goes upwards, and this means that any signing from the fans gets better acoustics in here.
Finally the Main Stand opened in 1901 and quite possibly one of the oldest stands in English football. This stand is made of wood and is situated opposite the Carlsberg stand - with it's back to the North Sea making it one of the warmer stands to sit in (I'm a girl, I take things like this into consideration!!) Before it was a legal requirement for stadiums to be non smoking, the Main Stand has always (while I've been going to BP) been a non smoking area of the ground. Quite sensible too if you ask me. The Main Stand is also the family area of the ground, and one junior can get a free ticket with a paying adult. Because of this it is often considered the least atmospheric areas of the ground - other stands can often be heard asking "Main stand, main stand give us a song".
The players dug outs, are just in front of the Main Stand and the tunnel runs out of it as it also houses the changing rooms, making this stand a young autograph hunters dream.
Each stand has food areas where you can get a variety of grub, burgers, hot dogs, chocolate bars or a drink.
Don't get me wrong Blundell Park is not without fault, parking around the ground is atrocious but I'm guessing in 1891 they didn't really envisage thousands of people turning up and wanting to park their cars nearby.
Most parking has to be done on the neighbouring streets much to the resident's annoyance on match day - though some people like to remind them Blundell Park was already there when they moved in.
The Imperial Pub does offer some parking for £3 (I believe).
Some of the toilets (only being able to comment on the ladies) leave a little to be desired, but most people don't go to the footy to check out the "facilities".
Blundell Park also has a function suite called McMenemy's which can be hired from £150 and has a capacity of 250-300 people, with parking directly outside for up to 80 cars.
Directly outside is a McDonalds and of course being in Grimsby/Cleethorpes you are never far from a Fish 'n' Chip Shop and who can come here and not sample some fish n chips?
There are bus stops just outside on the main road which offers a regular service into Cleethorpes or Grimsby town centres where there are train stations.
The club are hoping to relocate to a new build stadium in the very near future although nothing ever seems to have a definite date. My last visit to Blundell Park will be a very emotional one.
Ticket prices are:
Upper Carlsberg Stand £18.00
Lower Carlsberg Stand £16.00
Main Stand £18.00
Pontoon Stand £16.00
Young Adults (15-18) (All Areas) £12.00
Senior Citizens (65+) £12.00
Juniors (1-14) (All Areas) £8.00
Unemployed (Pontoon Only) £12.00
Well guys and gals, football is one of my biggest hobbies. Yes you read that correctly, i'm a female who loves football, I can’t get enough of the sport. No matter what the match is or who is playing, i’m often found watching the footie, on my bed or in the armchair, shouting at the referee etc.. So to my beloved hometown team Grimsby Town FC. In this opinion i will try to give you an insight into the history of the club upto present day antics as well as players who have been and gone, what the ground, Blundell Park, is like and how many people it holds, what you can buy inside the ground food wise, how much it is to get in and what chants you might hear us sing. (",) HISTORY (",) The club were originally known as Grimsby Pelham F.C. in honour of the Pelham family who were prominent landowners in the area. In and around Grimsby there are many streets named Pelham something or other in memory and recognition of this family. In 1879 Grimsby Pelham was renamed Grimsby Town in the Wellington Pub, which to this day is still standing. It’s wasn’t until 1910 that the Might Mariners adopted their famous Black and White stripes. No we are not the same as Newcastle United, Grimsby Town have the Black Stripe in the middle of the shirt, whereas Newcastle has the white stripe! Grimsby Town turned professional in 1890 with their first League game coming as founder members of Division Two in 1892 with a 2-1 victory over Forthwith Victoria. (“,) THE GROUND (“,) Blundell Park our beloved football ground. This ground is to be found beside the seaside in the lovely resort of Cleethorpes. *interesting fact* Grimsby Town are the only football team to play away even though they are at home! The football ground is well over 100 years old now; the memories and nostalgia around the place are totally amazing. The Main Stand as the fans know it is the original st
and and this is where the older generation sit. This stand holds 2322 people with 88 disabled places. Then we have the Pontoon, this is where all the loud people, like me sit, it is positioned right behind the goal so we can chant away to put the away goal keeper off and if you look to the left when your sat in the stand you can see the North sea! This stand holds 1808 people. The third stand is known as either The John Smiths stand, after the bitter, or the Findus stand which all of us avid fans know and love it as. This is a two-tier stand where many season ticket holders sit. It has an upper floor with a special section for special guests. Personally I hate this stand. The lower Smiths holds 826 people and the upper Smiths hold 2038 people. Then we have the away stand known as the Osmond Stand and this is obviously where all the away fans sit. This stand only holds 1913 people, which for away teams doesn’t allow them to bring many fans. In recent days, because we have begun to woo the crowds back, there have had to be some extra seats put into the ground. When the stadium was first built the corners didn’t meet, unlike the new stadiums you see today. So we now have the corner areas, which hold in total an extra 941 people. Some fans are embarrased by Blundell Park and although i do agree that it does resemble a tin shack, at the end of the day that is what it is, there are a lot of memories here with this ground and the fact it has been standing for over 100 years must mean it should be preserved or placed in some historical society's care, not be flattened for housing which are the current plans once permission has been granted for a new stadium. (",) PRESENT DAY (",) I’ve been an avid fan since I was a small girl. Every Saturday my dad used to kit me up and we would be off to Blundell Park, our home ground to watch an afternoon of football. One of my first me
mories was in 1987-1988 season when we appointed Alan Buckley as manager for the first time. I remember going to watch my Mighty Mariners with my Harry the Haddock. Harry the Haddock is the famous Grimsby mascot and is basically an inflatable fish. A lot of people assume Mighty Mariner, which is a Michelin style mascot is the true Grimsby Town Mascot, and you would be incorrect to say or think so, Mighty is a crowd pleaser and teaser, he warms up the home fans with his antics and winds up the away fans. Harry the Haddock is the Grimsby Town Mascot. Alan Buckley was an excellent manager and he was appointed and sacked twice in the Mariners History. In between him going and leaving, the Mariners had Brian Laws. Many of you football fans out there will remember the famous incident between Brian Laws and Ivano Bonetti; there was a dressing room bust up and the media went into a frenzy with stories about a plate of chicken sandwiches being thrown by Brian Laws into the face of Bonetti, leaving him with a black eye. Sadly for Laws this led to him eventually leaving the club and the re-appointment of Alan Buckley. For all the Mariners Fans, they were delighted with the Arrival of Buckley in the 1998-1999 season, we had just been relegated back into Division two and we needed a lift. For the Mariners this was Alan Buckley. (“,) WEM-BER-LEE (“,) Now my mighty Mariners have managed to get themselves to Wembley, twice in one season and win both times. For the Auto Windscreen Shield Trophy Final on April 19th 1988 62,438 people made their way to Wembley to watch the Mariners win and then again on May 24th 1998 to watch them win the play off final to secure promotion back into Division Two. Sadly at the end of last season we were relegated once again. (“,) PLAYERS (“,) Rather than me go through the whole squad and tell you who they all are, I will go through the prominent players, the ones who
have been around the longest and then to the familiar ones that some of you might have heard of. 1) John Macca McDermott Known as Macca to the fans, made his league debut for the Mariners in 1987 and by the age of 21. All in all Macca has player over 500 games for the club and continues to be a fans favourite. Macca plays in defence. 2) Tony Gallimore – Joined Grimsby Town in 1996 for a grand total of £200,000 and also plays in defence, or in midfield if we are lacking players. Gally as he is known to the fans has his own chant which goes like this “Gally-mooooore on the P*ss” i’m sure that doesn’t need explaining to anyone! With 386 appearances and 13 goals, Gally is certainly worth his weight in gold. 3) Paul Groves – Grovesie is on his second term at Blundell Park, having joined from Blackpool in 1994 he left 4 years later to go and play for West Brom. He came back in 1997 to captain the Mariners through their double Wembley win and is now the clubs manager, since the departure of Lennie Lawrence in December 2001. 4) Stacy Coldicott – His wife is currently in the Big Brother House, known as Steph the annoying Brummie (they are currently going through a divorce), Stacy came to Blundell Park in August 1998 from West Brom. Stacy is one of the fans favourite in midfield but sadly for him, he has been plagued by injury over the recent two seasons. (“,) OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW (“,) Out with the old and in with the new, that’s basically how a football season works, this season the Mariners have lost Danny Coyne their goalkeeper to premiership side Leicester City on a free transfer, Steve “Livvo” Livingstone to some third division team going by the name of Cardiff. Players such as Stuart Campbell, Alan Pouton, Terry Cooke and Phil Jevons, the three new signings Iain Anderson, Tony Crane and Marcel Cas all excellent players m
ay now get their chance to make it big with the departure of some old favourites. (“,) 2003-2004 SEASON (“,) The Mariners this season find themselves back in Division two after a disappointing season last year and they must secure promotion back to Division one to make sure they can keep hold of all their players, already the squad numbers have dwindled and players are pondering over their future in division two, hoping something better will come along. (“,) CHANTS (“,) Okay an opinion on football wouldn’t be right without a chant or two would it? I’m now going to share with you some of the chants you might hear in and around Blundell Park and i’m sorry if anyone is offended by any of these chants, I really don’t mean to offend you. 1) Anti Yorkie Chants: In your Yorkshire Slums You look in the dustbin for something to eat You find a dead rat an you think it’s a treat I your Yorkshire slum. This chant is most likely to be sung at home when we are playing a team from Yorkshire – be it Sheff Wednesday, Sheff United, Barnsley etc. There has always been a great, but friendly, rivalry between the two. 2) A chant to you all We P*ss on your fish, yes we do, yes we do. Okay straight forward and to the point. A lot of people know Grimsby is famous for fish and at one match I remember some away fans started singing “you only sing when your fishing, sing when your fiiiiiiiiishing” which is an alternative to “you only sing when your winning” so a Town Fan who was sat in front of me stood up and sang “We P*ss on your fish, yes we do, yes we do” and ever since then it has stuck. 3) A nice chant. Walking down the Grimsby Rooooooooooooooooooooad, to see Paul Groveses aces. Alll the lads, you should have seen them coming Fastest team in the land Always in the
running. All the lads and lasses Smiles on their faces Walking down the Grimsby Rooooooooooooooooooooad, to see Paul Groveses aces. There are many definitions of this song, and the Grimsby Road leads to Blundell Park, every time we have a new manager we change the name to suit! (“,) MY MARINERS AND ME (“,) I’m the only Mighty Mariners fan in my house. My Dad and Brothers are all Man United fans and to be fair my dad has followed United since he was a young boy, although he is 45 tomorrow! I’m of the opinion you get a map and a ruler mark down all the nearest football teams and support the one, which is the closest, and Grimsby Town are my boys. Even though I live in London, I continue to support the boys, going to watch them play as often as I can. The cost of a match at Blundell Park varies from being £13 to non season ticket holders to £8 for students and OAP’s and £5 for kids. We do often have buy an adult ticket bring a kid for free, especially when we have Sky Television and we need to fill the ground. Food available – outside the ground we have lovely fish and chip restaurants, most people when they come to Grimsby want fish and chips. If any of you travel to Blundell Park I would advise you all to go to the seaside and go to a place called Steel’s. It is world famous and people often have to book to get in. Inside the ground you have the tradition pies, sausage rolls, crisps and chocolate. Drinks range from tea and coffee to Bovril and alcohol. Our match day programme is sold inside and outside of the ground for the bargain price of £3 and inside you will find everything you need to know about the match you are going to watch, all the statistics from the last team meeting, the current league tables and current league gossip. The Fanzine is called "sing when your fishing" and is avaliable for the sum of £1. Inside this magazine you wi
ll find funny stories and comments about Grimsby Town football club and the players. I buy this everytime I am home because it is really funny and the people who write it are pure genius. We play DOncaster tonight in the Carling cup so COME ON YOU MARINERS!!!!!
Blundell Park, the home of the mighty mariners, who needs Old Trafford we have our own theatre of dreams right here, O.K. it may be the dreams of the opposing teams that get fulfilled but still at least some dreams are getting fulfilled, however when it comes to the ground itself then sorry, its a shack. Yes I'm a town fan, yes cut me open and I'll bleed black and white but no I won't sit here and say Blundell Park is great just because I support the team that plays there, heck even the men behind the scenes at Blundell Park hate the place and are wanting to move out and to be honest I can't blame them. So obviously theres quite a few gripes coming here, maybe it'll be easier if I list them one by one - here goes: 1. Placement, oh dear god, this is bad - its directly off the main road into Cleethorpes, behind a drive-thru Mcdonalds and smack bang in the middle of one of Cleethorpes' popular residential areas so if you want to park a car here - get here early, I don't mean a couple of hours early, hows about 4-5 hours early! The reason and quite rightly so is because the residents of the Blundell Park area park their cars early on purpose - mainly so they don't lose their 'spot' to a football fan. 2. Decor, sorry it gets worse - the majority of the stadium is wooden, nope thats not a typo it really is just a lot of wood slap-dashly put together, the seats are finally plastic but that doesn't help much they're still some of the most uncomfortable seats in English Football today, but back to the main point - the wood, most of todays stadiums are a lot more modern than Blundell Park so why can't ours be? I'm one of those unlucky people who've had the opportunity to see under the stands and well theres enough trash there to really put the fear of god up me - it is cleared every so often and thats all well and good but if they're not careful they're going to ha
ve another Bradford on their hands, sorry if thats offputting or if it brings back bad memories but unfortunatly its my honest opinion, all it would take is one stray match and especialy with the stadium being wooden it would all light up very quickly. 3. Staff, Well not so much all the staff - more like the stewards, they seem to have a superiority complex, one step out of line and your out, now the most ridiculous one I've seen was when one of the younger fans caught the ball when it was kicked into touch, well it was one of the oppositions players who signalled him to throw the ball back and the young lad did however on purpose he threw it over the players head and although the player saw the funny side of it the steward didn't and approached the boys father warning him that further behaviour like that then he would be ejected from the stadium, now in recent times it has to be said that they have lightened up a bit but incidents like the one I mentioned earlier mean I'm still a little wary. Mind you having said that the good folk who man ticket booths/sellprograms/food are completely different, they are always ready to help and 9 times out of ten with a smile on their face as well, its just the stewards that get me. Well OK it was only three points but I'm sure you'll all agree they are three very major points now a couple of good things, numbered list time again - 1. Food and Drink, a couple of stands here which offer both hot and cold food and drink, only chocolate bars and crisps are on offer at reserve matches but then unless you're Hull City you don't bring any fans with you to a reserve match, all of them are priced fairly reasonably and theres nothing better than a hot chocolate when the North Sea wind is getting to you. I would talk a bit more about the food available but I'm a veggie and they only sell meat-based products warm, but from what I've heard from compadres (friends) they're of
much the same ilk. 2. Prices, well the amount of town put a discount on their prices I couldn't give you an exact amount on their week to week price (I'm a season ticket holder so I don't have to pay each week - Natch!) I honestly believe your looking at around £10 to get in to our hallowed part of the world so compared to other first division football clubs it isn't too bad, Top this off with if I remember right £1.50 for a program and its a cheap day out. 3. Quality, well Town play there what more can be said?! (hehe) but speaking seriously we are a good football-playing team we just don't seem to be able to win, however still a good match to be watched by all. 4. Atmosphere, this is where having a small ground like Blundell Park helps, theres usually a hardcore amount of fans who go and make sure that Blundell Park is roaring at the top of its voice whilst always being a friendly atmosphere between fans. Finally if you want any more reason why this ground isn't that good heres a couple of facts for you to chew on, as I type this the board of directors are trying to arrange for a new stadium and we have the lowest average league attendance in the first division (officially around 5000 per match but we're getting about 3600-3700 fans per match at the minute) - not good eh? But no matter what one way or another it'll still be home to myself and a few hundred others who support the men in black (and white).
Blundell Park is a football ground in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, England and is home to Grimsby Town.