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PREVIEW: Grimsby away on Tuesday night

A closer look at our midweek opponents

25 September 2022

Last month's first attempt was cut short with just 34 minutes on the clock when heavy rain turned the pitch into a pool, so United go again on Tuesday.


Manager Paul Hurst and his assistant Chris Doig have extended their deals with the League Two side following a great start to the season and, of course, the club's retrun to the EFL.

Hurst and Doig were unable to stop the Mariners from being relegated but led them back to the English Football League at the first attempt in May.

Grimsby beat Solihull Moors in the play-off final to secure their step back into League Two, and quick moves were made to bolster the squad with the capture of Halifax defender Niall Maher on a two-year deal.

Harrogate striker Danilo Orsi was another who joined for two years, and defender Luke Waterfall extended his stay for the same length of time.

Full-back Michee Efete also extended for two seasons, as did striker Ryan Taylor. Midfielder Stephen Wearne signed for a year on his release from Sunderland, and current players Danny Amos and Jordan Cropper committed for a further 12-months.

Burnley defender Anthony Glennon made his move permanent, having enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blundell Park, and July kicked off with a two-year deal for midfielder Otis Khan, who came in from Orient.

The midfield area received more competition when Kieran Green and Bryn Morris joined from Halifax and Burton respectively, and winger Brendon Kiernan penned a half-season loan deal from Walsall just three weeks ago.

Hull's Andy Smith, a central defender, agreed a second spell and another season in Cleethorpes, and striker John McAtee was immediately loaned back to Grimsby by Luton, having completed a summer move to the Hatters.

The Luton link was in play once again when striker Aribim Pepple signed a loan contract until the end of this season.

The season opener was a difficult away trip to Leyton Orient, and two early goals after the break sunk the Mariners on their return to the EFL.

But there were four wins and three draws from the seven league outings that followed, leading into the home meeting with Swindon on Saturday.

That was a frustrating defeat with the Robins digging deep to hold on to their one-goal advantage, despite being reduced to ten men for over 30 minutes.

They haven't netted what could be described as a flood of goals in the league so far, but they have a knack of finding results, hence their currrent position on the edge of the play-off places.

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Midfielder Harry Clifton is a one-club man with over 175 appearances for Grimsby to his name.

The 24-year-old has four goals from his last seven appearances which suggests that he's found a decent run of form.

He likes to get forward, but he'll also look to pull the strings in the middle of the park. 


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These two sides have met on a total of 48 occasions over the years - going all the way back to the 1907/08 campaign when the Mariners registered a 6-2 FA Cup home victory over the fledgling Blues.

This, of course, does not include the 34 minutes in August 2022 which were played in terrible conditions and which, of course, eventually led to the abandonment of the game as the rain continued to rattle down.

Grimsby hold the bragging rights by some considerable margin, with 24 victories compared to United's 11. 

  Carlisle wins Draws Grimsby wins
League 9 11 19
FA Cup 0 1 2
Cup 1 0 0
League Cup 1 2 3
Total 11 14 24

It was 1-1 at Brunton Park in March 2021 thanks to a very late equaliser from Ozzy Zanzala.

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The first meeting of the 2020/21 campaign was a 1-1 draw at Blundell Park. Matt Pollock scored the opener but a James McKeown own goal meant it was a share of the spoils come full time.

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The last time the teams met was at Brunton Park in December 2019. Both sides slugged it out, but it was clean sheets all round as the spoils were shared.

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It was a sunny Bank Holiday Monday at Blundell Park in April 2019, and the game appeared to heading to a draw until Joe Grayson grabbed a winner deep into time added on.

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United were left empty-handed at Brunton Park in October earlier in that season as a first half goal from Luke Hendrie proved to be enough to take the spoils. The Blues had chances, but it wasn't their night as the visitors shut up shop to frustrate the home crowd.

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Our November 2017 trip to Blundell Park saw United give as good as they got in a tight game. Grimsby shaded the first half with the woodwork and some heroics from Jack Bonham to thank for a clean sheet. The deadlock was eventually broken when defender Clint Hill got on the end of a superb cross from Gary Liddle. 

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Things were more comfortable in the home game with Hallam Hope opening the scoring with just three minutes on the clock. It was the perfect thank you to the fans who had turned up as early as 8am on match day to help to clear snow from the pitch, and the surrounding areas, to allow the game to go ahead. Mark Ellis secured the points with a close range header with just over 15 minutes left to play.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Simon Mather
Assistant Referee 1 - Michael George
Assistant Referee 2 - Declan Ford
Fourth Official - James Westgate
Observer - Mark Brown
Senior Observer - Clive Oliver

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Simon Mather. He has taken charge of six games so far this season and has shown 26 yellow cards and no reds. 

He was in charge for our away visit to Sutton in September 2021. United lost by 4-0, Brennan Dickenson was booked and substitute Manny Mampala was sent off when he picked up two yellow cards within the space of just 18 minutes.

We saw him again in February 2022 when we went to Salford. Omari Patrick scored our goal in a 2-1 defeat with Morgan Feeney and Joe Riley going in the book.


We have been allocated 250 seated tickets in the Osmond Stand, which is covered.

Tickets will be available to purchase on match day, however there will be a £2 increase in price.


Adult £20
Senior 65+  £13
Young adult 18 - 22  £13
Student with valid NUS Card  £13
Junior Accompanied 3 - 17 £5
Junior Unaccompanied 14 -17 £7

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair supporters pay the relevant price with the carer free of charge.

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Mon 15 Aug 10am – 4pm

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the main ticket office at the designated time.
  • Phone – ring the ticket office 03300 945 930 option 1 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
  • Internet – buy online HERE.

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