‘The air is electric’ – hopeful Mariners fans on great start to…

After an incredible start to the season, Grimsby Town fans are jubilant about recent performances and are equally as thrilled to see so many people back in the stands as the town gets behind their local team.

After a difficult associate of years, the Mariners finally seem to be finding some form with wins against top teams in the division such as Wrexham and Torquay.

However, with a long way nevertheless to go, many fans are remaining reserved on their thoughts about the Mariners clinching promotion back to League Two.

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Having said that, there has been an unbelievable amount of sustain for the team so far with some fans having not missed a single game however, both home and away.

For many, it’s nice to see their club back amongst the big time once more, attracting nearly 6,000 fans to every home game and giving the fans something to celebrate.

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For families especially, it’s been a magical start to the footballing season. Lifelong Town fan Dave Gilbert, 47, from Lincoln, has travelled to every match so far with his son Kian, 13, and is looking forward to what this season has to offer.

He said: “This has been better than the time we got promoted. There is a feeling of togetherness amongst fans, players and manager.

“It’s also great to see how much of a strong squad Paul Hurst has assembled for this league.

“There might be a queue for the toilets now, but it’s bright and the air is insane.

Dave Gilbert, 47, and son Kian, 13, are incredibly happy with the way the Mariners are performing this season

“To watch all the fans get up and start cheering is great for the players in addition.”

He also said that the takeover has definitely helped things progress this season. “It’s difficult to know what the immediate impact of something like that is, but I always hoped it’d be good for the team.

“My son and I travel all the way from Lincoln for the game. Before, we’d turn up to Blundell Park, watch the match, then go home. Now, we get there a associate of hours early and make a day of it.

“We already drove to Torquay to watch them play as my son and I couldn’t wait a week to see them play again.

“In terms of promotion, I do think we’re the team to beat in the league, but I’d hate to jinx anything by saying we’ll make a return to League Two.”

It’s not just families that are enjoying this season though, some die hard Grimsby fans are also relishing what they’ve witnessed so far.

Alex Nettleton, 25, has followed Grimsby Town since being a young boy and is delighted with the way they’ve been playing.

He said: “It’s just good to see a buzz around the place again, the squad look well up for every game and it matches the fans’ passion, after the last few years it’s great to have that feeling back and long may it continue.”

Fans are ecstatic about the club’s recent performances

However, for some, this is their first season properly supporting Grimsby Town. Archie Cuthbert, 11, is thrilled to be supporting his local club at such a thriving time.

He said: “I’ve loved watching my home town perform the way they are doing.

“I went to my first match at Blundell Park the other week when we played Wrexham and it was bright.

“It’s not something I ever thought I would see as I know in the past the club haven’t had the best of seasons.

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“The air was the best bit for me though. Everyone was chanting and they all seemed really happy to be at Blundell Park.

“If we carry on playing like we are at the minute, I’d love to think we could be promoted, it’s just great to see your home town perform so well with such fantastic sustain.”

For others though, this is far from their first season. Supporting The Mariners for nearly a century, this is shaping up as one to remember for 99 year old super fan Jack Hinchliffe.

He said: “The whole place is really positive, this is definitely one of the better seasons I’ve watched over the years.

Jack Hinchliffe has been supporting Grimsby Town since the 1930’s

“The air is absolutely electric at the minute and, frankly, it’s great to see.

“My favourite match so far has to be the first home match we played, it got us off to such a good start. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season now and I really hope we can keep performing the way we are.

“The only thing that could stop us from clinching promotion, in my opinion, is if we were hit with injuries.”

For local mental health campaigner Terry Birkett, the positive air amongst Mariners fans is a great assistance to those in the town as a whole.

Terry says the way town are playing is a raise for everyone, already non football fans

He said: “Town’s buzzing with the performances the team have put in so far. I’ve noticed that everyone in the town seems happier too, not just football fans.

“There’s just something special about the club this season, if we get to the top of the league, I genuinely reckon we could win it.

“Players like John McAtee have been especially impressive. I’ve not seen a player like him at town in a long while and the way they play is lifting the whole town.

“I’m just feeling more belief this season with us having more of a hunger and fight to win games. The owners deserve praise too as they’ve made the club a great place to be and given everyone a enormous raise.”

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