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Should Russell Slade be sacked?

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Stockport Preview

By: Richard Lord
Date: 01/09/2005

GRIMSBY Town will be looking to make it four wins on the trot when they entertain Stockport County on Friday night. Russell Slade is set to stick with the same formation that's seen the Mariners move up the League Two table.

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Since being forced to adopt a more customary 4-4-2 formation because of injuries, Town have looked a more balanced side for it. With a solid defence and an assured goalkeeper, the confidence has spread right through the team and now they have a chance to build on their victory over Rushden & Diamonds on Monday and show some good home form.

The Opposition

Stockport have fallen on hard times - a situation all too familiar with Mariners' fans. Now battling away in League Two the Hatters will be hoping for a quick escape but they accept that it won't be easy. After selling most of their 'better' players last season in order to reduce the wage bill, County are now relying on the younger and inexperienced players within the team. Boss Chris Turner (left) holds fond memories of this division after relative success with Hartlepool. However, his time at the helm of Stockport hasn't been easy and, after being appointed in December 2004, he has only managed three victories in his 31 games in charge.

Their Squad
Although County are financially thin on the ground, they have a sizeable squad to work from. Midfielder Harpal Singh has been at Leeds since 2000 but after several loan stints at Bradford and Bury he signed for the Hatters this summer. Matthew Hamshaw has experience with Sheffield Wednesday from their time in League One and defender Danny Griffin has 29 caps for Northern Ireland. Striker Tes Bramble has scored goals for Southend whilst Turner has reunited himself with Jermaine Easter (left) - a player he had at Hartlepool and who has also scored goals for Boston and Cambridge.

Recent Form


WDerby (LC)(a)1-0
WBristol R(a)2-1
Currently 6th in League Two.
LSheff Wed (LC)(h)2-4
DNotts Co(h)1-1
Currently 19th in League Two.

Top Scorers


Rob Jones1
Gary Jones1
Jermaine Easter3
Danny Boshell1
Tes Bramble1
Rob Clare1

Team News



  • Ciaran Toner and Gary Cohen look likely to miss out as they continue to recover from their respective injuries.

  • If Slade sticks to the same formation that's seen his side win three on the trot he may therefore decide to stick to the same team.

  • However, he has the option of drafting in Paul Bolland now that the midfielder has served his one-match ban, with Gary Croft possibly making way.

  • Simon Ramsden was rested on Monday and could come in to replace Justin Whittle, but it looks as if Rambo will be on the bench.
  • Tes Bramble could come back into the Stockport side, which would mean Adam Le Fondre dropping to the bench.

  • Tony Vaughan looks as though he'll keep his place in the side after arriving on loan from Barnsley.

  • However, manager Chris Turner has options in goal. New signing Carl Ikeme has joined on a 6-month loan deal from Wolves and could be used immediately, but also Matt Duke could start. If so, it'll be the Hull 'keeper's last game before his loan terminates. James Spencer - the 'keeper who started the season with County - is also an option for Turner.
  • Probable Teams


    1Steve Mildenhall
    2John McDermott
    3Tom Newey
    4Rob Jones
    6Justin Whittle
    15Calvin Andrew
    7JPK Kalala
    8Paul Bolland
    11Andy Parkinson
    19Gary Jones
    9Michael Reddy
    21 Matt Duke
    2 Rob Clare
    3 Mark Robinson
    28 Tony Vaughan
    8 Keith Briggs
    7 Matthew Hamshaw
    11 Harpal Singh
    19 Danny Boshell
    24 Michael Wolski
    10 Jermaine Easter
    9 Tes Bramble



    4Simon Ramsden
    20Gary Croft
    17Glen Downey
    14Terry Barwick
    10Martin Gritton
    1 James Spencer
    6 Ashley Williams
    4 Damien Allen
    23 Michael Malcolm
    12 Adam Le Fondre

    Head to Head

    Grimsby hold the advantage over Stockport in the 63 matches the two teams have met. County head to Blundell Park having won just one on of their last 11 visits. The Mariners' overall record reads: 28 wins, 19 defeats and 16 draws. The first fixture between the two sides ended in a 5-1 victory to the Mariners and it took County seven attempts before they registered their first win over Town.

    P 63 W 28 D 16 L 19 F 100 A 76

    Stockport Head-to-Head (14th on The Opposition Ladder)


    Having not recorded one correct prediction so far this season, I doubt anyone should take any notice of what I think. However, that's not enough to put me off entirely and I reckon Town will be victorious.

    3-2 to the Mariners!

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