If your disappointed about the end of the Championship season then spare a thought for me, I’ve now got to go a whole three months of Viva Video with a distinct lack of fixtures and opponents to tenuously link videos with. I’m pressing onwards though and you’ll be thankful that I am for today’s video not only highlights the plight of a near neighbour, but also shows the much missed crackle of night matches at Belle Vue.
Grimsby Town go into today’s fixtures on the verge of a Great Escape. The Mariners looked all set to drop out of the league a few weeks back, but a string of wins at the death has seen them fight relegation to the very last day. Grimsby need to win at Burton Albion to avoid the drop and on current form and spirit you’d be hard pressed to bet against them.
Its always odd these days seeing teams that Rovers used to face regularly, or even aspire to face regularly in dire straights. The sad demise of Conference foes Scarborough and Chester highlights how precarious football can be, and Grimsby are now in danger of dropping off much of football’s radar. For much of the 1990s Town were second tier stalwarts, even leading that division one heady September, and thanks to the mesmerec Ivano Bonetti also notched some notable cup scalps in the brisk North Sea air.
Should they go down, Rovers of course will feel Grimsby’s pain, but we remain as a club the beacon to many sides losing their Football League status. Its not the end. When Rovers returned to the league in 2003 their first home opponents were Grimsby Town in a League Cup tie. Town were a division above Rovers at the time and not even an horrific grey and burgundy kit could stp them taking the lead. However, thanks to some favourable card brandishing and a gung-ho late push, it was to be Rovers night. Best of luck to Grimsby today, but in the mean time here we go, back to Belle Vue in all its late summer, floodlit, post obstructed glory.