'Get your friends involved in Grimsby Town Century Club initiative'
MEMBERS of The Century Club should get colleagues, friends and business associates involved in the quest to safeguard Grimsby Town's future.
That's the message from The Punch Bowl's Bernard Stafford and Terry Hall from the Grimsby Town Away Supporters Club – who have already got onboard.
Both have pledged £200 to help grow the Mariners' Youth set-up, and both believe there are many other companies and organisations who can play their part.
Stafford said: "All the people that have got involved so far should go out and nudge one or two of their business associates – maybe embarrass them into doing it!
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"I've mentioned it to a couple and am hoping to twist their arms so they part with £200. I'll buy them a couple of pints in the pub and get them to promise to join up!
"A lot of people read the stories and love the concept, but don't take that next step – people need a little nudge sometimes."
Stafford (left), who owns the popular Cleethorpes venue, added: "We've been supporters of Town for many years – too long maybe!
"But we felt that it was a great way to help the club out during a difficult time, so we had no hesitation in getting involved.
"We saw the launch of The Century Club before Christmas when it was publicised in the Grimsby Telegraph.
"Getting the youngsters through the system is the only way a club like ours is going to succeed."
Hall says that the presence of three former Youth-team stars – Bradley Wood, Andi Thanoj and Dayle Southwell – in the Mariners first-team squad shows just what the set-up offers.
He said: "We normally sponsor some of the players – including some of the youngsters – and are ball sponsors occasionally, so we thought we would put some money into this as well.
"This cash is desperately needed. It's a cracking idea and we all agreed that we should support it.
"It's great that there are three lads from the Youth team playing their part with the first team now.
"And young players can also bring money into the club if they go on to bigger things.
"Now that there are a few companies involved, word of mouth will be important. I will definitely recommend it to other people and try to get them involved."
Keep up-to-date with Town's Youth and Academy teams' progress every Tuesday in your Telegraph.