Blundell Park: Grimsby Town

Cleethorpes , North East Lincolnshire, England, DN35 7PY

Blundell Park opened in 1899 as a replacement for Abbey Park, Grimsby Town’s previous stadium. They didn’t completely abandon their old home, however, taking with them all of Abbey Park’s fixtures and fittings, plus the Hazel Grove and Abbey Park Stands. Only one of the original stands is still in working order, with the ground’s capacity being reduced from 27,000 to 9052 when it became an all-seated affair in 1995.

The record attendance at Blundell Park was 31,651, set during the club’s FA Cup game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1937. An interesting fact about the two teams is that they also hold the attendance record for Manchester United’s ground Old Trafford, with 76,962 people turning out to watch them play against each other at The Theatre Of Dreams in the FA Cup semi-final of 1939.

Stats

Blundell Park Stats
Year Opened1899
Capacity9,052
Average Attendance5,259
Record Attendance31,651 (Grimsby Town v Wolvers (1937))
Pitch Size101 x 68 (6868)
OwnerGrimsby Town FC
Clubs HostedGrimsby Town
First FixtureGrimsby Town v Luton Town (02/09/1899)
Grimsby Town Stats
Year Founded1878
NicknameThe Mariners, Mighty Mariners, Town
Club MascotMighty Mariner
RivalsHull City, Scunthorpe United, Lincoln City
Previous StadiumsAbbey Park, Clee Park
KitBlack, White & Red (Home) / Blue (Away) / Pink (Third)
Training GroundCheapside Training Ground
Shirt SponsorYoungs
Team OwnerJohn Fenty, Mike Parker, The Mariners Trust
Record GoalscorerPat Glover (180)
Record AppearancesJohn McDermott (755)

Blundell Park Photos

Blundell Park Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Barneylp88 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Main Stand was replaced in 1925 and has a capacity of just over 2000, The Pontoon Stand is behind the Northern goal, The Youngs Stand has two-tiers and The Osmond Stand is where away supporters are housed. Historically sponsorship deals have often been relevant to the towns fishing/seafood heritage.

Grimsby Town Ticket Prices

Tickets are £2 cheaper if you buy them in advance, unless you want to sit in the upper tier of the Youngs Stand where prices are the same regardless. Apart from that it is only your age that will affect the cost, with the prices listed below:

  • Adults: £18.00 - £20.00
  • Concessions: £11.00 - £13.00

How To Get Grimsby Town Tickets

You can get tickets over the phone, online or in person from the ticket office.

Where to Buy

Getting To Blundell Park

Train - Cleethorpes Railway Station is about twenty minutes walk from the stadium.

Bus - Stagecoach operates several services you can use, including the 9, 13 and 46 bus routes.

Car - Get onto the M180 and follow signs to Grimsby, staying on it when it becomes the A180. You’ll see the ground opposite the McDonald’s drive-thru.

By Air - Humberside Airport is around seventeen miles away from Blundell Park.

Taxi - From Cleethorpes Station to Blundell Park a taxi will take around five minutes and cost about the same number of pounds. The driver will probably be a thoroughly nice chap too.

Parking Near Blundell Park

There is no parking at the ground itself with the exception of twelve disabled parking spaces. On-street parking is what you’ll be looking for here, so keep your eye out for any restrictions.

Useful Resources

Blundell Park Hotels

A haven for mariners, businessmen and football fans alike; here are a few good options for a place to stay in sunny Grimsby:

Holiday Inn Express Grimsby - £50+

3-9 Wellowgate, Grimsby, DN32 0RA
The Holiday Inn is about two miles from Blundell Park and has a restaurant, a bar, self-parking and an English breakfast included in the price. There’s also free Wi-Fi in the reception area. More details.

Ulceby Lodge - £65+

Spruce Lane, Ulceby, DN39 6U
Ulceby Lodge is further afield at around twelve miles from the stadium, but you’ll enjoy a quiet hotel with just five rooms. There’s a garden and terrace area, which will be ideal if the weather’s nice, plus free Wi-Fi and free parking. More details.

The Nottingham House - £75+

5-7 Sea View Steet, Cleethorpes, DN35 8EU
This 4-star inn is just over a mile from the ground and is nice and close to the beach, which is award winning by the way. There’s a restaurant and three bars as well as breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Blundell Park

The people of Grimsby and Cleethorpes are a welcoming lot, why not join them for a pre match pint in one of these little gems:

The Coach House

Fieldhouse Road, Humberston, Cleethorpes, DN36 4UJ (01472 812222)
The Coach House is a cracking pub with a great menu and a brilliant atmosphere. It’s heavily tilted towards the sport, too, so you know you’ll be able to watch some decent live stuff if you fancy it.

The Fiddler

Market Place, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LY (01472 694 576)
The Fiddler serves tasty food, plenty of different drinks and has a number of TVs for live sports. There’s also a couple of pool tables and a dart board, if you’re in the mood!

White Bear

65-69 Freeman Street, Grimsby, DN32 7AE (01472 354 893)
Friendly staff, entertainment and karaoke at various times during the week, good beers and loads of TVs to show live sport regularly are what you’ll encounter at the White Bear.

Hospitality

There are several different hospitality packages available at Blundell Park, though they all take place in the McMenemy’s Suite and come with executive seating. The Executive Package has a three-course meal, complimentary wine and half-time refreshments; whilst The VIP Package nets you the same thing but with a behind the scenes tour of the ground.

Private Hire

The McMenemy’s Suite is also the Function Suite at Blundell Park, meaning it’s where you’ll go if you want to hire a room at the home of the mighty Grimsby Town. From weddings breakfasts to exhibitions, Christenings to conferences, the options are endless - as long as you aren't bringing more than 250 people with you.

Stadium Tours & Museum

There isn't currently an option to tour the stadium without buying a matchday VIP package, and there is no museum either - unless you count the National Fishing Heritage centre. It has nothing to do with football but it's a blinding little museum.

About Grimsby Town

footysphere / Flickr.com

The mighty Mariners were formed in 1878, under the name of Grimsby Pelham, after a meeting in a local pub called The Wellington Arms. During their long existence they have enjoyed a degree of relative success, being the only team from historic Lincolnshire to compete in the top-tier of English football. They’ve won the second-tier on two occasions, the third-tier once and and the Football League Trophy once. In the 97/98 season they had a double success at Wembley in what is arguably the clubs most memorable and successful season ever. They traveled to the capital twice, winning on both occasions, and bagging themselves the Auto Windscreens Shield and promotion to the old Division One via the play-off's.

Grimsby Town and Hull City are the only teams in the English game who have been given permission to play matches on Christmas Day. This is because of the strain put on the fixture list by the fishing trade, though it hasn’t occurred for a number of years because of how trawler fleets have been reduced. Bill Shankly, who is considered to be the ‘father’ of Liverpool Football Club, managed Grimsby from 1951 until 1953.

Blundell Park History

View from the railway footbridge at the end of Fuller Street - Alan Murray-Rust [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Blundell Park is only the third stadium that Grimsby have used in their entire existence, built as it was to replace Clee Park in 1899. It wasn’t exactly a complete re-build, however, with several parts of the old stadium simply moved to the new location. It wasn’t until 1939 that the final stand from Clee Park was knocked down and replaced.

Floodlights were installed at the ground in 1953, letting the club play nighttime fixtures for the first time. In 1980 The Main Stand was demolished and replaced as was The Barrett’s Stand, which had stood since 1925. The ground became an all-seater venue in 1995 following The Taylor Report into the Hillsborough Disaster. Interestingly, Blundell Park is actually in Cleethorpes rather than Grimsby, but the line between the two towns is practically indistinguishable these days.

Future Developments

John Lord / Flickr.com

The club have wanted to move away from Blundell Park since the 1990s, but at the time of writing there is still no actual movement on that front, in spite of the fact that Grimsby Council are in support of such a decision. However the official word is that progress is being made around the table, so it is something that is very much still in the works, and something the town deserves.

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