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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Blundell Park

9 September 2019

Macclesfield Town have made the journey up to Cleethorpes on eleven previous occasions and ahead of our twelfth visit tomorrow evening, we take a look back at each one of these.

Our first trip came on Boxing Day 2004, as Brian Horton's promotion-seeking side took a share of the spoils after a rather uneventful goalless draw.

The former Manchester City supremo returned to Blundell Park the following November, yet we would suffer our one and only defeat in Cleethorpes that day. Jon Parkin's first half strike proved to be a mere consolation, as the hosts ran out 3 - 1 victors on a bitterly cold afternoon.

With Horton's side struggling to repeat the successes of the previous year, Macc would make their third visit to Blundell Park in September 2006.

Ciaran Toner opened the scoring with an 18th minute penalty, but Andrew Teague's rare strike just after the interval gave the travelling faithful hope that a first league win would be secured.

Despite Macc laying siege to the Grimsby goal, a winner was not meant to be however as our winless run stretched to seven games.

That draw actually triggered a run of four consecutive stalemates at Blundell Park, the second of which came in August 2007.

Ian Brightwell was in charge for our fourth visit to Cleethorpes and he saw Martin Gritton give his side the lead just after the hour mark, as he cooly finished from Carl Regan's pinpoint assist.

Parity would be restored eleven minutes later however, when substitute Andy Taylor fired home from close range after Ryan Bennett had unlocked the Silkmen defence with a piercing through ball.

A goalless draw followed in May 2009 and the two sides would meet for the last time in the Football League nine months later.

The home side took the lead three minutes before the interval, when Jamie Devitt unleashed a ferocious effort from the outskirts of the area which flew past Jon Brain in the Silkmen goal.

The visitors fought back however and deservedly drew level just before the hour mark when Richard Butcher majestically curled the ball around Nik Colgan and into the far corner of the net.

Macc would not visit Blundell Park again until October 2012 - by which point, both sides were competing in the National League.

Steve King's side dominated proceedings that day, yet struggled to make the breakthrough that their performance deserved.

With just seven minutes on the clock, the Referee spotted an infringement within the penalty area and Matthew Barnes-Homer made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick to hand the Silkmen all three points.

Our eighth trip up to Cleethorpes proved to be a real Christmas cracker, as the two sides met at Blundell Park once again in December 2013.

Scott Boden opened the scoring in the 9th minute that day, as he finished a tantalising Jack Mackreth cross and our lead was doubled just thirteen minutes later when Chris Holroyd fired home from close range.

The hosts emerged for the second half in a rejuvenated manner though and would half the deficit on 56 minutes when defender Steve Williams inadvertently defected the ball past Rhys Taylor and into his own net.

The sides were level five minutes later, as Chris Doig's powerful header flew into the net to send the home fans wild.

John Askey's side fought back however and despite Holroyd seeing his penalty saved by James McKeown, would claim maximum points with Danny Andrew's dramatic winner six minutes from time.

2015 began with our ninth trip to Blundell Park and the New Year was celebrated in style as goals from Denny Johnstone and Danny Whitaker helped to secure a 2 - 1 victory over The Mariners that day.

Our tenth visit came eight months later, as Macc made it four victories in a row against The Mariners through goals either side of half-time from striker Kristian Dennis.

You can watch highlights of this game by following the attached link.

We made our last journey up to Cleethorpes last January, when two goals in the space of seven minutes would prove to be the difference between the two sides.

Tyrone Marsh opened the scoring in the 26th minute, as he turned in Michael Rose's tantalising free-kick and Scott Wilson then doubled our lead after taking full advantage of a defensive mistake to clinically slot the ball home.

All this means that our complete record at Blundell Park is as follows -

Played 11. Won 5. Drawn 5. Lost 1.

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