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RonMariner
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Good shout for the Newman/Kerr/Booth era, a great side with a local nucleus, but for me Alan Buckley is the man. Great football, and plenty of success.

In my opinion we would not be in the BSP now if Fenty had shown him the same faith which he now lavishes on the spectacularly dismal failure that is Woods.

Of all Fenty's mistakes, sacking AB was by far the most costly.
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Chilton was town's manager when I was a boy and my dad said he was very good,

All the ones Oldfootballer mentioned I agree with ,

BUT

One stands out because of the length of time he was here and he did it twice,  

ALAN BUCKLEY   I will forgive him for his 3rd term.


                           Over 32 years living in Suffolk but always a mariner.
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If this is about the best manager OF Grimsby Town then that is different to the best manager to manage Grimsby Town so probably everyone would have to agree on Buckley. Otherwise I'd have thought Shankley and possibly McMenemy would shade it over Buckley as great managers as he was never a great manager anywhere else but Grimsby.


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Alan Buckley in my opinion.
Going back to the Lawrie McMenemy situation, Bobby Kennedy was the manager prior to him and I think we lost 1 or our last 10 games that season. Kennedy was dismissed and
Lawrie actually transformed the side further. Also (Dave will probably confirm) Tom Casey was dismissed in the seventies just as some of the youngsters were developing so
John Newman actually had the makings of a good side which he passed on to George Kerr
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If this is about the best manager OF Grimsby Town then that is different to the best manager to manage Grimsby Town so probably everyone would have to agree on Buckley. Otherwise I'd have thought Shankley and possibly McMenemy would shade it over Buckley as great managers as he was never a great manager anywhere else but Grimsby.
This is not a criticism of Lawrie Mac, but he wasn't successful with Doncaster, Sunderland or Northern Ireland. Basically only us and Southampton

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If this is about the best manager OF Grimsby Town then that is different to the best manager to manage Grimsby Town so probably everyone would have to agree on Buckley. Otherwise I'd have thought Shankley and possibly McMenemy would shade it over Buckley as great managers as he was never a great manager anywhere else but Grimsby.


He did have a measure of success with Walsall. The Walsall fans still speak very highly of him. I think he got them to a two-legged League Cup Semi Final against Liverpool?


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He did have a measure of success with Walsall. The Walsall fans still speak very highly of him. I think he got them to a two-legged League Cup Semi Final against Liverpool?


Got them promoted too I believe.
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Alan Buckley in my opinion.
Going back to the Lawrie McMenemy situation, Bobby Kennedy was the manager prior to him and I think we lost 1 or our last 10 games that season. Kennedy was dismissed and
Lawrie actually transformed the side further. Also (Dave will probably confirm) Tom Casey was dismissed in the seventies just as some of the youngsters were developing so
John Newman actually had the makings of a good side which he passed on to George Kerr


Everything you said there was spot on, from the Laurie Mac era upto the the John Newman period.

To this day John Newman will be kicking his heels because he went to Derby County as an assistant Manager and the team he left behind AT Grimsby had not gone its full potenshiel.
In other words left to soon. They ended up getting just six points I believe into getting in the old English first division
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Everything you said there was spot on, from the Laurie Mac era upto the the John Newman period.

To this day John Newman will be kicking his heels because he went to Derby County as an assistant Manager and the team he left behind AT Grimsby had not gone its full potenshiel.
In other words left to soon. They ended up getting just six points I believe into getting in the old English first division
OLDFOOTBALLER


The likes of Drinkell, Donovan, Ford and the Moores were being nurtured by the late Tom Casey. He didn't seem to get the praise for it. Wasn't he sacked on the day that he was moving to a new house in Grimsby ?
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Well not as old as some of you lot, only been watching Grimsby Town since the early 80's, maybe if I had been watching Town since the 50's or something my choice would differ.

Alan Buckley.
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