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Rick Sullivan

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 18/06/2000

Cod Head Rick Sullivan
Rick at Lansdowne Road in 1995 after the English Rugby team thumped the Irish

The following is an interview of Rick Sullivan undertaken by The Fishy.

Fishy:
When did you first start supporting the Mariners, and what was your first game?

Rick:
First real memories are in 1962. First game was Grimsby 2 Sunderland 2 in 1964 - and we got relegated by 0.125 of a goal!

Fishy:
Who is the best player you ever saw wearing a Grimsby Town shirt?

Rick:
Probably Matt Tees - although I was in awe of Charlie Wright.

Fishy:
If there is one game you were allowed to go back in time and watch what would it be and why?

Rick:
Grimsby 3 Exeter 0. That night we won the old 4th division with McMenemy as manager. It may not have been as good a game as the night we drew 2 - 2 with West Ham but the 23,000 crowd roared Town to victory in an unforgettable atmosphere.

Fishy:
What are your favourite and least favourite away grounds?

Rick:
Favourite one was Anfield. (We lost 5-0 but the atmosphere was something else).
Least favourite was Ayresome Park - I don't like Teesside much!

Fishy:
What, in your opinion, are GTFC's best and worst seasons since you have been supporting them?

Rick:
Best has to be when McMenemy took us back up to the old division 3, chiefly because I remember the doom and gloom merchants forecasting re-election after an early reversal against Crewe where Stan Bowles was in top form! The worst was just before that when we had to be re-elected to division 4.

Fishy:
What is the most eventful day you have ever had in the course of following the Mariners?

Rick:
The day I won a few bob from disgruntled Middlesbrough supporters at the school where I worked. The kids were not amused that day but I was after out 1-0 win in the Cup.

Fishy:
Who is the greatest ever GTFC manager?

Rick:
In terms of my time, it has to be Lawrie McMenemy - but they say a certain Bill Shankley went on to better things!

Fishy:
How many games a season do you get to now, and what do you do while Town are playing games that you can't get to?

Rick:
1 - if I'm lucky! My other commitments make it difficult to travel to games. What I do is to keep one ear on the radio and look out for their score first - usually after a rugby game I have been officiating at.

Fishy:
Name your all-time starting eleven since you have been watching Town?

Rick:
A toughie - well, Wright, Laws, Don Donovan, Moore(D), Rathbone, Cockerill, Pennington, Tees, Green, Donovan (K), Hill.

Fishy:
Do your children support the Mariners?

Rick:
No - the eldest looks out for Middlesbrough and the youngest isn't bothered (both girls).

Fishy:
Who are your top three keepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers?

Rick:
Keepers: Wright, Teedie, Wainman.
Defenders: Rathbone, Laws, Futcher.
Midfielders: Boylen, Hill, Groves.
Strikers: Tees, Mendonca, Green

Rick Sullivan

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