The Grimsby Town FC


League Two Table

2Notts County221543

5Accrington Stanley21837
6Lincoln City22936

9Newport County22634
13Cambridge Utd22-929
17Crawley Town22-724
18Port Vale22-924

24Forest Green22-1920

Full League Two Table

Question of the Week

Priority for transfer window?

Reduce squad size
Strengthen defence
Strengthen midfield
Strengthen attack
No change needed

Bolly to Return
Bolly to Return

Grimsby v Bradford Team News

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 25/10/2007

GRIMSBY should be boosted by the return of midfielder Paul Bolland for the crunch match with Bradford on Saturday. Bolland has been missing from action recently with a recurrent ankle problem, but Town are hoping it has sufficiently recovered for him to play against the Bantams.

Town Chairman John Fenty has appealed to all fans to make a special effort to attend Grimsby's biggest game of the year so far, or bring a friend who does not normally come. With virtually a full away end and something of a local derby, as well as there being so much at stake, there is guaranteed to be a good atmosphere.

Town's only other doubts beside Bolland are Man City utility player Shaleum Logan, who has been nursing a knock sustained in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Wycombe and Isaiah Rankin who has a sore groin. Both are expected to feature in the game though, although Rankin may have to settle for a place on the bench after a poor display at Wycombe.

Town's home supporters will get their first chance to see striker Martin Butler, currently on loan from Walsall. Butler made his debut at Wycombe on Saturday and looked a useful signing, although he wasn't really given the service by the rest of the Town side. Alan Buckley's biggest decision is who, if anyone, should partner Butler. Buckley may prefer the pace of Andy Taylor to the physical presence of Rankin, who was disappointing at Wycombe on Saturday.

Bradford, who were a Premiership club just seven years ago, have tumbled down the league in recent years, suffering from financial problems which have threatened their very existence. Backed by 13,000+ home fans the Bantams were expected to be involved in the promotion places. However a poor start has left them struggling with the Mariners at the bottom of League Two. City sit two places and just one point above Town and if either team loses the match they could well end up in the bottom two depending on other results.

A 0-0 draw for the Bantams at home to Darlington last week ended a run of five league defeats on the trot, and City will be hoping it marks the beginning of a turnaround in the fortune of former Scotland international Stuart McCall's men.

Stuart McCall should welcome back midfielder Paul Evans, who has missed the last two games with an ankle problem, to his squad. On-loan Barnsley defender Paul Heckingbottom is a minor doubt with a thigh strain, but Peter Thorne (ribs) is still unavailable.

City's top scorer is much-travelled Congolese striker Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu (no. 24) who has signed for six clubs in four years (plus one on loan). A international team mate of former Grimsby player JP Kalala, now at Oldham, Ndumbu-Nsungu has spent all his career at a higher level before joining City in the summer.

Other players to look out for are former Leeds defender David Wetherall, now captain of the Bantams and Jamaican international pair goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and midfielder Omar Daley (the pair have almost 100 caps between them). Irish striker Barry Conlon is likely to partner Ndumbu-Nsungu up front.

Head to Head

Grimsby have lost five and drawn one of the last six games against the Bantams, but had a good record against City going back to the 70s. Overall though Bradford have edged fixtures between the two clubs, although at Blundell Park there is almost nothing to choose between the two sides over the year.

P 53 W 18 D 12 L 23 F 65 A 75

Bradford Head-to-Head (67th on The Opposition Ladder)

Last Meeting

Grimsby 1-2 Bradford (Sat 25th January 2003)

In January 2003 Town's hopes of a quick return to Division One were rapidly evaporating and relegation looked more of a possibility. However when Boulding put Town 1-0 up it looked like things were on the up. Not so, Livvo was sent off just before half time for use of the elbow and then Bradford scored two second half goals to spoil our day again.


Add To Facebook

This site is by the fans, for the fans, and we will consider articles on any subject relating to the Mariners whether it be related to current news, a nostalgic look back in the past, a story about a player, a game or games in the past, something about Blundell Park or football in general. Click here to submit your article!

Related Stories

Forum Latest
TitlePostsLatest Post
Just Back10KingstonMariner16/12 20:37
Word Association Game44,110KingstonMariner16/12 20:26
Notts County match thread40mariner9116/12 20:24
Leave JF alone . . .45Bigdog16/12 20:10
Leave the EU immediately9Maringer16/12 19:26
Looking at the table4chaos3316/12 19:21
Notts County (A) Predictions33promotion plaice16/12 17:35
Ex-GTFC players thread2,225PPMariner16/12 17:34
Pyro Dogs18arryarryarry16/12 16:15
Match comms2sonofmadeleymariner16/12 15:58

News  | Features  | Submit Article  |   | 
© 2017