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Grimsby Town was formed in 1878 after a meeting held at the Wellington Arms Public house in Freeman Street. The club was originally called Grimsby Pelham, this being the family name of the Earl of Yarborough, a significant landowner in the area. The following year the name was changed to Grimsby Town, and in 1880 the club purchased land at Clee Park which was to become their ground until 1889 when they relocated to Abbey Park, before moving again in 1899 to their present home, Blundell Park – named after Peter Blundell, whose money enabled Sidney Sussex College to buy the land in 1616. The club brought two stands with them from Abbey Park, and a new wooden Main Stand was built on the Harrington St side of the pitch in 1901 – get the latest Grimsby Town news from Blundell Park here!
The Mariners original colours were blue and white hoops, which were later changed to chocolate and blue quartered shirts in 1884. In 1888, Town first played league football, joining the newly-formed Combination League. The league soon collapsed and the following year they applied to join the Football League, this was later refused and instead Town joined the Football Alliance. In 1890, Grimsby became a limited company and two years later they finally entered the Football League after it was expanded to two divisions.
The Inter-War years were probably the most successful period in Grimsby Town’s history, playing at the highest level. The Mariners were relegated to the new Third Division North after the first season after the Great War. This did not last long however, by 1929 they bounced all the way back up to Division One for the first time in their history, they stayed for ten years and achieved their highest-ever Football League position during this time – 5th in the 1934-35 season. The following season they adopted the black and white stripes as their new colours. Another moment in Grimsby Town’s history was their FA Cup semi-final against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford in 1939. The match attracted a record attendance of almost 77,000, and despite an impressive run, Town lost the game 5-0.
In recent years, Grimsby Town faced back-to-back relegations from the First Division to Football League Two in 2003 and 2004. They battled to win their way back up to League One for six seasons but once more they were relegated to the Conference National (now National League) in 2010, and managed to win the play-off finals in 2015-16 to reclaim their spot in League Two where they are currently playing today. You do not want to miss out on the latest Grimsby Town news from League Two here!