When Town had
IT COST only tuppence new and now, 76 years later, a rare Grimsby Town programme is set to fetch between £250 and £350 at auction.
The programme was produced for the Mariners' FA Cup semi-final match against Arsenal at Huddersfield Town's Leeds Road ground on March 21, 1936 – the first time Grimsby had reached that stage of the cup.
And although that record was equalled three years later, when Grimsby again reached the semi-final, it still remains a club record.
The programme is being auctioned by Graham Budd Auctions, in a sale based at Sotheby's, London, on Tuesday.
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It was a time when Grimsby was in the First Division.
Authors Les Triggs, David Hepton and Sid Woodhead, in their book, Grimsby Town: A Complete Record, 1878-1989, recall: "A Leeds Road semi-final against an Arsenal side that included nine internationals and before a crowd of 63,210 was the closest that the Mariners ever came to a Wembley appearance.
"Grimsby's case was not helped by the absence of Betmead, who was suspended following a clash with former Mariner Tim Coleman in the previous round against Middlesbrough.
Left-back Jack Hodgson moved to centre half and the left-back position was filled by Jimmy Kelly, who normally played right-back."
Town's line-up for the match was: Tweedy, Vincent, Kelly, Hall, Hodgson, Buck, Baldry, Bestall, Glover, Craven and Smailes.