A Sensory Room for Sam
The impromptu collection for the young cancer sufferer, Sam Addison, raised a further £130 to add to the club donation of £100. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and are converting their garage into a sensory room for Sam and with your donation will be purchasing some equipment that will be a benefit for Sam at this time. On behalf of the family I would like to add my thanks and it goes to show that the Grimsby Ancient Mariners are more than a band of geriatric footballers, they have a heart.
To read more about his story, and make a further dontation please visit www.gofundme.com/sams-hope
A massive thank you goes to Simpsons Timber for their valued support.
Trip to the Etihad
The People's FA Cup
Rochdale - It's only a shower!
On the Bench
Festival of Football
The People's FA Cup 2016
The People's FA Cup Final
Canoeing in Lincoln
The large squad of twenty-eight players from the Ancient Mariners followed Barcelona into the cauldron that used to be known as Dog Kennel Lane. They divided into three teams to play matches against three teams from the City Walking Football squad. All the games were fiercely competitive. The Grimsby Ancient Mariners won nine of the fifteen games on offer. A good return considering three of the six we lost was against our own teams from Grimsby.
Man of the Day must go to Pat Lynch who bravely continued to play despite being hit on the head by a thunderbolt of a shot that imprinted Adidas in the middle of his forehead. The good news is that his agent is in negotiation with the German Company over a lucrative sponsorship deal for his head.
Lynne then gave us an excellent tour of the Etihad Stadium that was full of information and eye opening.
A fantastic day out that was a credit to all the GAM taking part and our hosts !
On entering the inaugural Peoples ́ FA Cup the Grimsby Ancient Mariners were play their first round tie across the bridge in Hull, deciding to enter two teams they were prepared to travel on Saturday, February 21, but as no teams had entered from Hull we received a walkover but we had to travel up to Middlesbrough to play a series of games against two sides from Newcastle and one from Middlesbrough.
Having to travel such a distance up to the North East it was decided that we would send sufficient players for just the one team. This regional final series of matches was to be played on a league basis, playing each team twice with the overall winner going through to the next round.
During the course of the day, it became obvious that our team had a realistic chance of going through and this proved to be the case, with our lads winning four and drawing two of their six matches without conceding a goal.
Congratulations to the team who carried the flag for Grimsby in a truly magnificent effort and added congrats go to Dave Hand who finished top scorer with 11 goals.
It is believed that the next round is to be played in Leeds and our best wishes go with the team as they hope to progress towards that Wembley final.
Well done to one and all!
Setting off from Bradley, our squad of 12 fit and ready, perhaps, team members left in a convoy of three cars - Pat, Lenny and Mike being the drivers, with Pat being the transport manager because he had the sat nav.
Meeting at a pre-arranged watering hole near Manchester for that welcoming hot drink and toast provided by Ken Thompson.
Heading on to Rochdale, although played in Heywood Sports Village we duly arrived just in time to register for the tournament.
Our first match was to be against our old rivals Chesterfield. Our first team of the day comprised Ken Thompson. Allan Nilsen, Lenny Davidson, Mike Alcred, Dave Hand, Dave Burton with Steve Wells between the sticks. Not going to plan, we lost the game 1-0 with us not having a single shot on goal. Played in steady rainfall but we had been assured "it was only a shower" we struggled to come to terms with the home teams approach to walking football. Substitute Ron Grayson came on for Mike.
Our second match was against Rotherham with Pat Lynch, Ron Grayson and John Sparling coming in for Dave Hand, Dave Burton and Mike Alcred. This game, played in what was now a torrential downpour was played more to our liking, with Ken scoring our first tournament goal followed by a somewhat fortunate own goal giving us a 2-0 victory. Pete Cribb and Carl Reeve made up the total squad members.
The heavy rain, interspersed with driving hailstone, proved too much for the majority of the teams and a break was agreed to wait for a break in the weather.
This proved to be pointless as the rain continued to pour down and putting the all-weather pitches under a layer of water which became hazardous for the players.
Reluctantly the organisers, Rochdale, had to abandon the tournament after only two rounds.
They hope to re-organise the tournament at a later date where I am sure that all those who made up our team would go again. Credit to Rochdale for their work in putting on this tournament and hopefully they raised a tidy sum for their charity.
Thanks must go to the three drivers and to all our team members for making it a really good day out.
The Grimsby Trust hired the hallowed turf at Blundell Park for their members to play a series of games for a variety of age groups.
First, two sides of juniors, played a five-a-side match followed by a penalty shoot out.
Later, two adult sides played a full match with a selection of varied levels of ability and fitness.
We, Ancient Mariners, accepted an invitation to provide a side of seven players to play against a mixed team of Grimsby Trust members.
To even up the sides, we decided to play our walking football version, three touches, no contact and scoring in opponents half of the pitch only and for the Trust, they could play as normal football at a slower pace.
Refereed by our own Tony Drinkell, who weighed heavily in the Trusts favour, penalising our side at every opportunity.
Playing with full size goals, made our version very difficult and made the Trust's efforts slightly easier.
Playing over four 15-minute quarters, our side took an early advantage through Dave Hand and then by Stuart Blackbourn and Ron Grayson extended our lead.
The Trust hit back and at the end of the first quarter we lead 3-2.
The second quarter was all for the Trust adding three more strikes without reply.
Half time 5-3 to the Trust.
Into the third quarter, honours were even with both sides adding two more goals, one for Dave and another for Stuart, 7-5.
The final quarter saw the Trust add two more strikes from distance making the final score 9-5.
This was supposed to be a showcase about walking football but our side failed to impress with too much bickering and arguing, we failed to produce any resemblance of the effort we put in every session at Bradley.
Our team on this occasion was Carl Reeve, Alan Rodgers, Stuart Blackbourn, Dave Hand, Ronnie Grayson, Dave Burton and Pete Cribb.
Our thanks must go to the Grimsby Trust for inviting us to play at Blundell Park and it is hoped that we can entertain them at Bradley in a repeat match. Apart from the result, the day proved to be very enjoyable and the Trust even offered any of our players the opportunity to play in the main match.
Our hearts said yes but our bodies, as normal, said thanks but no thanks.
The Ancient Mariners made their small screen debut recently, appearing on Estuary TV's sports show, On the Bench.
Walking football takes the honours but the plaudits go to Ken.
On Thursday, 2nd September saw us host our first Festival of Football where over 120 walking footballers graced the pitches at the Bradley Development Centre on Bradley Road, Grimsby.
Twelve teams participated from Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Scarborough, Heanor, Lincoln, Cottingham and Alfreton together with four teams from the Ancient Mariners.
The competing teams were split into two sections of six all playing five matches with the top two playing for the trophy, middle two the cup and the bottom two the Plate.
After some closely contested games with the majority being settled by the odd goal our positional finalists were known.
The Trophy was eventually won, on a penalty shoot out, by the team from Sheffield. The Cup went to Barnsley after they beat one of the Ancient Mariners by a 1-0 scoreline and the Plate went to a combined Heanor /Ancient Mariners side, again after a penalty shoot out.
Although we had to have winners for the individual sections, the real winners were the 120 plus participants who played our "beautiful game" slowly and showed that playing is far more important than the winning, an old clichés maybe but in this instance very true.
The mixed team of Heanor and AM came about as the Heanor side only arrived with three players but they were determined to enter and we were more than happy to lend them a few players from our large contingent of available superstars, ie Ronny Grayson and Roly Thompson, playing every game for them plus a few others to make their numbers up.
The administration side of the tournament was expertly handled by two of the Inspire Sports staff who liaised with the referees to ensure that all the results were collated and everyone knew exactly when and where they were supposed to be playing.
Our thanks also go out to Chris Good and his team of referees who provided their services free of charge, the Inspire Sports staff for the excellent approach from registration right through to the finals, the girls who provided an excellent buffet and finally to the Cleethorpes Chronicle and the Grimsby Telegraph for their excellent coverage of the event.
One last thank you must go to our Chairman, Ken Thompson, whose idea this was, his total commitment from it's inception to the actual tournament. He never doubted that this was feasible and that we could put on a show - he was 100% right, it was mainly down to him and all that is left to say is that "although walking football took the honours and what a show but the honour belongs to Ken."
Our victorious Ancient Mariners (missing from pic, Carl, who took the photo)
We sent a 7 man squad across to Heanor Strollers' Tournament played in Derby in the shade of Brian Clough's statue outside Derby County Football Stadium.
Playing against some strong opposition our team qualified for the third / fourth play off finals and after a dodgy start, falling behind 2-0 to our old foes Chesterfield, everything looked gloomy but with a couple of quick strikes from Danny Barker bringing it back to 2-2 and a possible grandstand finish. Up stepped big Mike Aldred, scoring with only seconds remaining to end up victors 3-2.
Well done to all those who made the long journey to Derby and for bringing back our first piece of. hopefully the first of many.
Our team consisted of Ken Thompson, Danny Barker, John Goodhand, Mike Aldred, Lenny Davidson, Dave Burton and Carl Reeve.
Following on from a visit from the Lincs FA, their representative, Sophie Bartup, she asked if we could help get their festival off the ground.
We entered four teams to play at the University of Lincoln campus against eight other teams.
We took 24 players, in four squads of 6 to play in the University's indoor facility, not ideal.
Playing in a round robin of fixtures made for an excellent day of competitive walking football against fairly new groups to expand our ever growing network both county and countrywide.
This was a festival of football with no winners and to top it off, Lincs FA presented commemorative medals to all participants, a nice touch.
Once again we entered the Peoples FA Cup, with the regional heat taking place at the Goals Centre in Hull.
After the success of last year, when we reached the final stages, we entered three teams. For the first time the club committee selected what they thought was our best team that had the best chance of taking us forward and so it proved.
Our B and C teams were drawn in the same group and when they met the B team ran out 4-1 winners. Both teams performed admirably with the B team going through into the finals as group runner up.
In the other group, our A team managed a draw in their first game, but once they accustomed to the rules proved to be too strong for all the remaining teams and they comfortably qualified for the finals as group winners which meant that they would face our B team with the eventual winners qualifying for the next round.
In what proved to be a one-sided final our A team ran up seven goals without reply.
An excellent day was had by all. Our A team now travel over to Manchester for the regional finals and we send them with our best wishes.
Watch this space for more news . . .
Congratulations to our local walking football team, the Grimsby Ancient Mariners, who have brought home the Peoples FA Cup.
Formed in 2012 with only six members playing three a side, the group has grown steadily over the years and now we have 83 registered members, playing three times a week.
The group was formed to promote fitness and welfare for the over 55 age bracket, we have members reaching late 70s playing the "beautiful game slowly."
The group sends teams to tournaments all round the country to keep extending their playing careers and making new friends and acquaintances with a like minded approach.
Grimsby Ancient Mariners entered three teams in this year's Peoples FA Cup competition and had to play their first round in Hull.
At the invitation of our member, Pat (the Pirate) Lince a group of intrepid or stupid members travelled across to the seat of all things nautical - Lincoln to show their expertise at kayaking and canoeing.
The group, Carl Reeve, Neil Holcombe, Terry Cumbers, Lenny Davidson, Rolly Thompson and Pete Cribb joined Pat and his two grandsons, William and Eric Lince to add yet another skill to these "triathletes."
As usual on most trips the first item on the agenda, not safety training or introductions, but get the coffee and tea on. Once fully refreshed from the hazardous journey across deepest Lincolnshire were introduced by Mike Bowskill, Instuctor from the TS Wrangler Lincoln Sea Cadets Corp. to the basic rules of safety on the water.
Nobody actually told us that we would really go into cold murky waters of Brayford Pool. But as we were there in for a penny as they say.
The hardest move was to squeeze our decrepit bodies into a very tight space called a kayak. Instuction then followed on how the motors work, which were paddles and how to handle them.
Worryingly we were then instructed how to get out of the craft if you sunk or capsized - did not fill us with confidence and then we had to somehow get into the life preservers, not like those used on cruise ships I might add, done up like a kipper, keep them tight so you don't slip out of them again if you sink - still lacking a bit of confidence. I think Mike and Pat were expecting to be doing a lot of life guarding.
After all this instruction, might add very necessary and helpful, it was time to launch our selves into the dark murky waters of Brayford Pool, looking very similar to the Royal Dock.
Who was going first, the canoeing experienced Neil went in first, looks easy so here we go.
Dropping your kayak into the Pool and then having to squeeze into the body of the vessel whilst on the water was not easy but eventually we all managed to get aboard (all these nautical terms) and away into the deeper water.
At this stage no disasters, everyone stayed afloat and managed to somehow manoeuvre our crafts around the designated area.
As lunch time approached we needed to get ashore (more terms) which proved to be more problematic. Lenny managed, with his knackered knees to give it a go and go on and off his craft. Yours truly was next to alight his craft but it had different ideas and went in for an early bath as the craft decided to fill with water and the only way off was to abandon ship and it was cold.
The rest of the crew managed to get ashore for lunch without any further dunkings.
After a superb buffet lunch, provided by Pat's daugher, Nicola, the second round was to try other types of boats. Some went in two man canoes , a couple went with sit-on type and the rest stuck with what they knew.
Carl was the next to go under trying to make it under a low bridge but no one else suffered the indignity of going under, well done to all our members.
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