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FishOutOfWater
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I am sure I saw Mathews play at Blundell Park I must be losing my marbles.

I remember going to an away game forgot which one and we heard it was postponed before we got there so we all decided to go to see Sheff Wed play someone, got there and that was off so ended up at Rotherham.

They were playing Stoke and over 14,000 crowded in their old ground, we could not move behind the goal then when they announced  the team there was  NO MATHEWS   so half the crowd left by half time  



I can recall going with my dad to a testimonial game of some description at BP back in the day....not sure when it was but the word got around the crowd that night that Stan Matthews was going to be featuring

Town were playing against a Select XI and everyone was getting really excited but it turned out to be just a rumour and wishful thinking

Maybe you can recall what the occasion would have been Pete?

Probably around 65 time so would we have had a stalwart taking a testimonial around then?

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I was privileged to see the the man who is generally regarded as Grimsby
Town's greatest ever player, Jackie Bestall, play on Blundell Park.

It was in a testimonial in the 1950's and he made a cameo appearance
of about 15 minutes.

He must have been in his early fifties at the time and when he ran out
onto the pitch in his black and white stripes many of the old-timers in the
crowd were in tears.
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I was privileged to see the the man who is generally regarded as Grimsby
Town's greatest ever player, Jackie Bestall, play on Blundell Park.

It was in a testimonial in the 1950's and he made a cameo appearance
of about 15 minutes.

He must have been in his early fifties at the time and when he ran out
onto the pitch in his black and white stripes many of the old-timers in the
crowd were in tears.
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I can recall going with my dad to a testimonial game of some description at BP back in the day....not sure when it was but the word got around the crowd that night that Stan Matthews was going to be featuring

Town were playing against a Select XI and everyone was getting really excited but it turned out to be just a rumour and wishful thinking

Maybe you can recall what the occasion would have been Pete?

Probably around 65 time so would we have had a stalwart taking a testimonial around then?



Nor sure Tim I will have a sleep on it and think who it might be.


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Welcome to the fishy club.
Yes I too remember the incompetent Gordon Walker...someone I believe we acquired after he was mysteriously washed up on the banks of the Humber with a live haddock stuck down the collar of his shirt.
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I can recall going with my dad to a testimonial game of some description at BP back in the day....not sure when it was but the word got around the crowd that night that Stan Matthews was going to be featuring

Town were playing against a Select XI and everyone was getting really excited but it turned out to be just a rumour and wishful thinking

Maybe you can recall what the occasion would have been Pete?

Probably around 65 time so would we have had a stalwart taking a testimonial around then?



Just had a lightbulb moment Tim and the only one it could be about that time is Keith Jobling.

He had his 10 years in then but did not retire until 68 I think.

Nobody else had the required time in.


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Just had a lightbulb moment Tim and the only one it could be about that time is Keith Jobling.

He had his 10 years in then but did not retire until 68 I think.

Nobody else had the required time in.


Could well have been Pete

I was too young to really take the night in but I just remember being alongside my dad and him telling me why everyone was getting excited at the prospect of Stan Matthews coming on for a cameo ( a bit like Caveman just mentioning Jackie Bestall getting a run out )

It would be interesting to try and find out who had testimonials and when over the years.... these days players are at a club for so little time that you don't get to see too many ( our last one was Dizza I believe?)
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I was privileged to see the the man who is generally regarded as Grimsby
Town's greatest ever player, Jackie Bestall, play on Blundell Park.

It was in a testimonial in the 1950's and he made a cameo appearance
of about 15 minutes.

He must have been in his early fifties at the time and when he ran out
onto the pitch in his black and white stripes many of the old-timers in the
crowd were in tears.


Some moment that must have been!

A privilege for sure to get to see one of the club's true legends!
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Some moment that must have been!

A privilege for sure to get to see one of the club's true legends!


I never saw him play but walked down his road hundreds of times.


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Just had a lightbulb moment Tim and the only one it could be about that time is Keith Jobling.

He had his 10 years in then but did not retire until 68 I think.

Nobody else had the required time in.


Clarrie Williams?
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