Match preview: Grimsby Town (a)

James Rowe is fully focused on Saturday’s trip to Grimsby Town, despite the excitement of playing Chelsea in just under a month’s time. With Grimsby sitting close the Spireites in the National League table, it’s set to be a tasty fixture.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Grimsby Town

Where: Blundell Park


The match is all-ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the ground.

Live radio commentary

Our radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis. 

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

If you’re an Android user, you can download the app here:

Alternatively, you can listen online here:          

It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal. 

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with manager James Rowe will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel. 

Jack Clarke returned to the bench against Salford last week and the midfielder will be hoping he is deemed fit enough to start the fixture.

Luke Croll will have to be assessed before the game, after going off with a knock in the previous fixture. 

Tyrone Williams is back available for the Spireites after being Cup-tied against Salford.

Fact file

Name: Grimsby Town

Nicknames: The Mariners

Founded: 1879

Stadium: Blundell Park

Address: 95 Harrington Street, Cleethorpes, England, DN35 7PX

Capacity: 9,031

Manager: Paul Hurst

On Grimsby Town

Nicknamed the Mariners, the club was founded as Grimsby Pelham Football Club in 1878, and changed their name to Grimsby Town a year later. They moved to their current stadium, Blundell Park, in 1898.  

The club have spent many years in the Football League, but this isn’t their first stint in the National League over recent years after also dropping down in 2010, where they spent six years fighting for promotion, before regaining their Football League status in 2016. The club then spent five years in League Two before once again being relegated to the fifth tier of English football in 2021. 

This season the club will be hoping to regain their Football League status, currently sitting in sixth, they will be hoping for promotion come the end of the season. 

One to watch

Sam Bell is a 19-year-old striker who joined Grimsby on loan from Bristol City earlier this year. The pacy forward has made two appearances so far this season, scoring one goal. 

The Spireites’ last three: (W/D/W)

Won – Solihull 0-2 Chesterfield – National League

Drew – Chesterfield 2-2 Altrincham – National League

Won – Salford City 0-2 Chesterfield – FA Cup

The Mariners’ last three: (W/L/L)

Won – Grimsby 1-0 Southend – National League

Lost – Solihull 2-0 Grimsby – National League

Lost – Dagenham 3-2 Grimsby – National League

The last time the Spireites met the Mariners was in pre-season when the Blues were victorious at the Technique Stadium, winning 2-1.