Shedding light on site of town's first ground
DON Atkins, of Taylor Street, Cleethorpes, got in touch after we published an appeal for more information about the location of an old horse racing track and the site of the first Blundell Park.
Don said: "I understand both were somewhere on land quite near to where I live in Taylor Street, towards the river bank, on what is now the fish docks and the railway to Cleethorpes. The district was later called New Clee.
"I have a copy of an old map of the area, dated 1824, on which there is marked 'Blue Stone Racetrack'. I believe the forerunner of Blundell Park was here, too, hence the names of Park Street and the former Clee Park Hotel, which had, I remember, an old fashioned footballer on its signpost.
"Later, this part of the town was incorporated into the fish docks and, as I said, the railway and the many sidings which were once there, constructed, too.
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"Where the present Blundell Park is, the area is marked 'Clee Common' on my map, and this was all built up with terrace housing later. I hope this is of some help."
BYGONES NOTE: From a previous article in the Grimsby Telegraph:
GRIMSBY Town have come a long way since their humble beginnings, which saw players getting changed in bathing huts borrowed from Cleethorpes beach.
That was back in 1880, when the Mariners moved to their first ever home – Clee Park.
The ground was situated to the north of Grimsby Road, in an area now covered by houses on parts of Daubney Street and Barcroft Street.
The first ever stand there held 500 spectators and, before the club moved to Abbey Park, a double attempt at floodlit football was made.
Those original floodlit games involved pumping burning tar oil to the top of a pylon. Despite the poor light Town were obviously comfortable and won the two games played, 8-0 and 5-1.
When the lease on Clee Park ran out in 1889, the Mariners were able to rent a pitch near Welholme Road.
That ground, which became known as Abbey Park, still held some of the memories of Clee Park as the stands also followed the team to their new home.
The modifications for Town's new ground meant a capacity of 10,000 and in their very first game at the Abbey, the Mariners trounced West Brom 6-1.
The lease on the ground had been restricted to seven years – the land was already earmarked for a housing development – but the club gained a three-year extension to that in 1896.
By the end of the 19th century however, the Mariners were on the move again.
But this time the move was to become more permanent and they moved to their present seaside home in 1899, again taking two of the stands with them.