“I love supporting Grimsby Town, it’s my hometown club. I have been supporting them for over 60 years and nothing will ever stop that.”
In the first of four short episodes profiling Mariners supporters and their love of GTFC, we tell the story of Pete Blendell.
Pete, who is the current owner of the Wellington Arms, the pub where Grimsby Town was first established in 1878, started coming to games over 60 years ago with his stepdad and he continues to be a regular at Blundell Park to this day.
“I first started watching Grimsby Town when I was about 8 or 9, back in around 1960-61. My stepfather took me to my first game. One of my first memories was of George McLean running in trying to score a goal and holding on to the post as he ran into the goal – that’s always been something that stuck in my memory.
“I sit in the Main Stand; I have been sat there for 22 years now and this will be my 23rd season. I sit with my friends and there’s a good crowd around us. We’re at a level where we feel like we’re almost in touch with the players, it’s a good view and we really enjoy it there.
“I get dropped off at the Cons Club at about ten-to-twelve, sit down and have a catch up with my old friends, we do a special guess the crowd, like a ballot. By about half-past-two we mosey along to then football ground, have a pint again and settle down to watch the match.”
Pete is just one of the 3,000-plus fans who has secured their season ticket for the 2022-23 campaign. You can join him now by buying yours online via this link, by calling 01472 605050 or visiting the Ticket Office at Blundell Park.
Still haven’t renewed yet? You have until Tuesday 19th July but avoid the stress of last-minute queues by doing it today!
Featuring: Pete Blendell
Videography: Liam Emmerson
Photography: Lee Blease
Producer: Jack Johnson