Date:Thursday July 14 2011
Rotherham United`s first friendly of the season is this weekend at Blundell Park against Grimsby.
We recently caught up with Finn, a Mariner, and asked him a few questions
How long have you been following the Mariners?
I was first taken to Blundell Park at the age of four - 53 years ago.
Can you remember your first game watching Rotherham?
Not really, I was too young and it was so long ago. I just know that I got well and truly hooked.
Who is the best ever player to pull on a Grimsby shirt?
There are so many candidates to choose from, but, as a youngster, my idol was the legendary goal scorer Matt Tees.
If you could pick an ex-Mariner to play now, who would it be?
For effort, skill, endeavour and total empathy with the fans, it has to be the one and only Bobby Cummings.
Have you been to a Mariners v Millers game before?
Many moons ago. But more recently our paths haven't crossed a great deal due to Grimsby's gradual fall from grace !
What's the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Rotherham United'?
Adam Le Fondre ! He's been the scourge of Town defences with each of his clubs. I'm fairly sure we tried to sign him before he moved to Rotherham.
What do you think of Scotty and Hursty? How well do you think they/he will do for you?
I was really chuffed at their appointment. This time, I think our chairman John Fenty has found the right answer to the managerial issue. I think Rob and Paul will do very well for the Mariners, and I think they will go on to have a great future in management - the new Clough and Taylor?
Ed Note - Stranger things have happened!
You finished eleventh last season, was you disappointed in that?
Extremely disappointed. All Town fans had high expectations and at the start of the season thought that we could bounce straight back into the League. To make it worse, it wasn't that long into the season before we knew that automatic promotion was out of our reach. Although for some time we became resigned to the fact that promotion would only be possible through the play-offs, we could see that the team wasn't nearly consistent enough to close the gap on Fleetwood and Kidderminster for the 5th spot.
What are you expectations for the coming season?
To once again see a Grimsby Town side playing as if they are proud to wear the black & white stripes. S & H have come across well in their interviews and given the impression that they will not suffer fools gladly. Under their guidance, I believe we'll see a Grimsby team playing with the winning mentality that has been so lacking in recent seasons. The dynamic duo will take us back to the League.
What players have you brought in during pre-season and are you expecting any more before the season begins?
S & H have recruited well this summer, making sure that the spine of the team has been reinforced with a mix of young, promising players and some with Football League experience. Having had a big clear out at the end of last season, they have signed a young keeper, James McKeown, defenders Gary Silk and Shaun Pearson, and a midfield trio of Craig Disley, Anthony Church and Frankie Artus. Also they've added to the fire power of Alan Connell up front with the signings of forwards Liam Hearn and Damian Spencer. I suspect that the squad is now complete for the new season.
Thanks for taking time to answer our questions and good luck to Grimsby Town for next season.
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Date:Thursday July 14 2011
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