Grimsby Town 'Our First Match' initiative is big hit with Liam Hearn
LIAM Hearn wishes he could have enjoyed initiatives like 'Our First Match' when he was at school.
The Grimsby Town striker was at Blundell Park on Saturday to meet more than 80 pupils from Grimsby's Welholme Primary School.
For many of them, the Conference victory over AFC Telford was their first ever match.
Thanks to the club and the Grimsby Telegraph, the youngsters had their photo taken on the pitch, and met Mighty Mariner and Hearn before watching the game in the Main Stand.
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"I think it's great to get the kids involved from a young age," said Hearn.
"It's important for a club like Grimsby Town to get as much support as possible.
"As a youngster, I never had anything like that, but it would have been good – it gives you something to look forward to and something to aspire to.
"It's great that the kids had such a good time and it's our way of giving something back."
Hearn – who is on the comeback trail after rupturing his Achilles earlier this season – hopes that many of the Welholme Primary youngsters will now become Blundell Park regulars.
"Since I've been injured, I've been interacting with the fans more and I've noticed that a lot of them have been going along to see Grimsby since they were kids," he added.
"That's great and shows that most people stick with the same club throughout their lives.
"It's important not to lose track of the people that really matter.
"The supporters pay our wages and turn up every week to see us play, so it's vital we give something back."
"I know all the lads appreciate the support we get and hopefully that will continue and help push us to promotion."