Grimsby Town Football Club
GTFC play their home games at Blundell Park which is actually in Cleethorpes, just a short drive from Grimsby.
My previous visit was around 15 years ago and in February, it was freezing! this latest visit in August 2008 for the first game of the 2008/9 season against Rochdale - weather wet and cold this time.
Anyway little had changed in Blundell Park over the years, a few more seats now and much more expensive to get in. I believe a new stadium is in the pipeline.
The game? it finished a 0-0 draw, though quite entertaining, and I had the correct score at the bookies down the road.
Cleethorpes - Gateway to the Humber Estuary
"Place Of Me Birth"
Cleethorpes, a salty little resort on the East coast of England. It describes itself as a seaside resort although it actually lies on the lip of the Humber River which affords fine views of merchant shipping. The best time to visit is Sept-May, i.e. out of season. All the pubs, clubs and bingo halls are still open and the local women are gagging for new talent as there is a shortage of holidaymakers. Likewise the local male population have no tourists to stab hence your chance of hospitalisation is higher. For a wonderful curry (one of the best in the UK) try Indigos in the marketplace or for an idea of how desperate the bars can sink try the Swashbuckle opposite what was the Clifton Bingo Club (which is now about to become flats). Further nightlife can no longer be obtained at the Lifeboat Hotel pub (demolished to build flats), the Winter Gardens concert venue (demolished to build flats) or JD's Nightclub (you've guessed it).
If you are looking for a nice flat on the seafront then Cleethorpes now has plenty. They're all brand new, and empty following the property slump. Unfortunately, just like its neighbour Grimsby, Cleeethorpes has a town council that can't see beyond the end of its snout. The simple logic that says; if you destroy all the things that made people want to live in the town then sooner or later people won't want to live in the town, seems to have escaped them.
The beach is still there so they've still got one photo to put in the town's tourist brochure. However, due to lack of protection, the sand dunes have long gone. They've yet to build flats on them but its only a matter of time.
The beach is good for used syringe collecting and the sea is just about safe for swimming as long as you are willing to fight your way through the sewerage outflows and discarded sanitary ware.
Also make sure you try the Pleasure Island Theme Park, the only theme park in the UK where you are guaranteed no queues. Cleethorpes, it’s good for a saucy weekend but don’t make a life out of it.