Tony Gallimore On Grimsby Town’s 1998 Wembley Double-Winning Team

Former Grimsby Town left-back Tony Gallimore has been reflecting on Alan Buckley’s iconic 1997-98 Wembley double-winning side.

The Mariners gained promotion back to Division One by winning the Division Two play-offs, and they also won the EFL Trophy – with both finals taking place at Wembley Stadium in 1998.

And Gallimore, who made 56 appearances for Town that season, has been full of praise for the side’s team spirit as well as legendary manager Alan Buckley.

Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Everything about training – the laugh, we had a great spirit here years ago.

“And that helped us out because obviously we didn’t have the budget of other clubs in the Championship.

“But we had a really good team spirit and a really good manager in Alan Buckley, who played the right way, and it was great.


“It was really good playing under Alan Buckley. It was a bit foreign to what I was used to at the start.

“I perhaps looked longer than shorter – he liked short passing and running off the ball.

“But he drilled it into you every day in training. It was very repetitive, but obviously that’s what works.

“Everyone knew their jobs and how to play, and it was fantastic.”


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