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Played For Both: Grimsby Town

26 August 2019

Ahead of our trip to Grimsby tomorrow, we take a look at those select few who have appeared for both teams over the years…


Danny Andrew

Left-back Danny worked his way through the youth system at Peterborough before making his first team debut in 2008. After three loan moves, he made his way to Cheltenham Town where he spent three years - again peppered with a number of loan moves.

After joining Conference North side Gloucester City in 2012, Danny found himself out of contract and heading up the M6 to Macclesfield.

Joining on a short term contract in July 2013, Danny quickly slotted into the first team at the Moss and became an ever-present during the 2013/14 season. A free kick specialist, he scored some crucial goals, most significantly the winner against Grimsby in December 2013 - The Silkmen’s 700th Conference strike.

Leaving Macc in 2016, Danny spent some time at Fleetwood before joining Grimsby the following June. He appeared in most games during the season that followed, before heading to Doncaster on 1st June 2017 on a two year deal.

Danny signed for Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town in the summer.


Paul Bolland

Paul launched his career with hometown club Bradford City in 1997, following success in the youth set up. Going out on loan to Notts County in 1999, he signed a permanent deal shortly after.

Remaining at Meadow Lane for six years, Paul then found himself out of contract and became one of the first new signings under Russell Slade at Grimsby.

Slotting comfortably into a central midfield role, Paul remained with The Mariners until 2009, playing over one hundred games in black and white. After a number of injuries, he decided to look for pastures new and found himself at the Moss in June 2009.

Initially used as a backup player, Paul broke into the team after numerous injuries hit the squad.

Injury prone himself, he still made a significant contribution to the Silkmen cause before leaving to join Mansfield in 2011.


Rhys Browne

Starting out at Norwich in the youth team, Rhys signed for Charlton in 2014. Struggling to get on the team sheet, he subsequently left 12 months later to join Aldershot in the Conference. Remaining with the Shots for a further 12 months, Rhys joined newly promoted Grimsby in June 2016.

After only 5 appearances for Grimsby, Rhys made his way to the Moss Rose on loan and impressed with his fast pace on the wing. Playing a crucial role in Macclesfield’s march to the FA Trophy final in 2017, he chose to return to Grimsby at the end of the season before signing for Yeovil Town in June 2017 for an undisclosed fee.


Martin Gritton

A self-confessed journeyman, Martin moved to the South coast from Glasgow at an early age and spent some time at both Plymouth and Torquay, before venturing north to join Grimsby in 2004.

After two seasons and fifty appearances for The Mariners, Paul travelled the short distance to Lincoln and then to Mansfield.

It was after a loan spell with the other MTFC that Martin made his way to Macclesfield. Joining The Silkmen in May 2007, he instantly made an impression - scoring on his debut within minutes of coming off the bench against MK Dons.

Although troubled with injury, he finished the 2007/08 season as second top scorer before moving on again, this time to Chesterfield.


Tommy Widdrington

Tommy was born in the North East but made the big move to the South coast to join Southampton as a schoolboy. Staying with The Saints for almost a decade, he then made the move to Grimsby in 1996 - helping the Mariners to the Second Division title in 1998.

Joining first Port Vale and then Hartlepool, Tommy signed for The Silkmen in 2003 on a free transfer. Becoming captain a year later, te likeable Geordie notched up over sixty appearances for theclu, before departing in January 2005.

Since leaving the Moss, Tommy has appeared for Port Vale again as well as Salisbury City. He hung up his boots in 2010 and moved into management - most recently as Head of Recruitment at Bristol Rovers.

Honourable mentions: Richard Brodie, Scott Brown, Harold Chadwick, Clifford ‘Baggy Coupland, Dennis Fidler, Ben Futcher, Verdi Godwin, Billy Haydock, Fred Hobson, Byron Jenkins, Connor Jennings, Rob Jones, Joe Laws, Clayton McDonald, Jack Mackreth, Frank Marsh, Marcus Marshall, Arnaud Mendy, Dave Mobley, James Morris, Joseph Murray, Aristote Nsiala, Richard O’Donnell, John Parsons, Isaiah Rankin, Louis Robles, Joe Rogers, Rob Scott, Luke Summerfield, Ben Tomlinson, Simon Williams, Peter Winn, Dick Young.

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