Season 2005-06 Result
Grimsby Town 0-1 Newcastle United
 A.Shearer 80.
 L.Clark.
Date: 26/10/2005  Venue: Blundell Park  Competition: Carling Cup
Crowd: 9,311
Match Report Submitted on 28/10/2005 by Smike
‘You’re $hit and You Stink of Fish!’
Fond memories flooded back on the way to Blundell Park last night. Who could ever forget the last time The Toon played there? We also reminisced about the two Boxing Day visits in the early eighties. Unfortunately we didn’t make it in time for fish & chips as we were stuck in traffic on the M180, and there was considerable confusion over pre-match rendezvous as there were two different entrances for away fans, at completely different sides of the ground. Consequently, once tickets had eventually been exchanged we needed to go straight in or risk missing the kick off.
The Toon donated all of their team shirts from last night’s game to the ‘Keep The Mariners Afloat Campaign’. Thankfully the generosity stopped there. The night could easily have been ruined by Justin Whittle, who blatantly elbowed Shearer in the face right in front of the referee, who amazingly took no action. Young Chrissy wanted to invade the pitch to linch him, ‘Do you think I’ll loose my season ticket if I run onto the pitch?’ he enquired.
The ‘Half Time’ Bar.

The ‘Half Time’ Bar.
The game kicked off with The Toon Army in fine voice. Their biggest crowd of the season, 9,311 saw Shearer miss a chance early on and N’Zogbia hit the post soon after as Grimsby defended doggedly. The first half was interrupted twice as someone was setting off fireworks near the ground and two of the rockets landed on the pitch. We were pleasantly surprised at half time when we found a bar with seats and tables under our stand. Although were we tempted to watch the remainder of the game on TV, Shearer nearly opened the scoring on 46 mins and this cleared the bar as everyone dashed for their seats.
No doubt Shearer felt like chinning Whittle but he took sweet revenge by sticking the ball in the back of their net as extra time loomed. Chopra laid the ball back to Shearer who smashed the ball, left-footed into the net. ‘Same Old Shearer!
Back Seat Drivers.

Back Seat Drivers.
The draw for the fourth round is at lunchtime on Saturday. I‘m hoping for Doncaster, Palace or Reading at home, however I have a sneaking feeling, knowing our luck, we’ll draw Arsenal or Manure away.
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