Grimsby Town set new club record for longest unbeaten run away from home
GRIMSBY Town's history boys have written themselves into the record books by extending the club's longest ever unbeaten run on the road.
Saturday's goalless draw at Newport means that the Mariners are now unbeaten in 12 games away from home, stretching back to last season when they went down 2-1 at Fleetwood Town in March.
Their current run of results has surpassed the previous record set in 2005 by Russell Slade's side who went 11 games unbeaten in all competitions on their travels.
That run started with a 2-2 draw with Notts County at Meadow Lane on April 16 and ended the following season when the Mariners lost 3-1 at Wycombe Wanderers on November 19.
The current string of unbeaten results has yielded two wins – a 2-1 victory over Hayes & Yeading last season and this campaign's 2-0 win at Hereford United – and ten draws.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Town director John Fenty hailed the current squad's achievements and their solidity away from home.
He said: "Recent results have been absolutely fantastic. If you look back, our away form since last March is absolutely fantastic and highly commendable.
"The team really seem to have increasing confidence at the minute, both home and away. Rob and Paul are hard-working managers and the results of that hard work are there for all to see. Both they and the players are doing a fantastic job."
It is now just over a year since Fenty resigned as chairman of the club, but the 50-year-old said that, since then, very little of his day-to-day role at the club has changed.
"I still work with the managers and the chief exec to procure signings and manage player contracts with the aim of building a squad that can compete each and every year.
"Ever since I stood down as chairman, the role, in essence has remained the same," he added.
"The pressure has been the same as it has always been.
" In recent times, we haven't done as well as we would have liked to, and that brings a pressure which impacts on yourself and your family life.
"But as far as support for the football club, nothing has changed in that respect either – my support continues so in essence, I'm doing exactly the same job but of course, without being called the chairman.
"I don't personally see a need for that to change, I'm quite happy, the directors are happy with the situation.
"The football club is going quite well at the moment and we're not looking to change anything.
"I'm not saying that I'm superstitious but I've got the same pair of underpants that I had when we started this fantastic unbeaten run!
"But in all seriousness, now that we're on a roll, hopefully we can continue that momentum, keep everyone on board and reap the fruits of that at the end of the season.
"We'd all like to see play-offs minimum and naturally, we'd all like promotion – if that could be automatically, how good would that be?"