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Posted by: HertsGTFC, September 20, 2020, 7:31pm
Just seen on another platform that Keith Jobling has passed away, sad news!
Posted by: Yoda, September 20, 2020, 7:35pm; Reply: 1
No way he cannot be that old if true that is shocking.!!
Posted by: Davec, September 20, 2020, 7:37pm; Reply: 2
Quoted from Yoda
No way he cannot be that old if true that is shocking.!!

86 years old
Posted by: Teestogreen, September 20, 2020, 7:40pm; Reply: 3
Long serving Grimsby Town centre half - I remember seeing him partnering Ron Cockerill at centre defence mid sixties with Jimmy Thompson and Graham Taylor either side.
RIP Keith Jobling
Posted by: Grantham_Mariner, September 20, 2020, 7:45pm; Reply: 4
RIP Keith.
Posted by: sam gy, September 20, 2020, 7:51pm; Reply: 5
Was the record appearance holder before Macca, right? RIP.
Posted by: WOZOFGRIMSBY, September 20, 2020, 7:52pm; Reply: 6
Rest in peace fallen mariner
Posted by: Hagrid, September 20, 2020, 8:02pm; Reply: 7
Posted by: IlkleyMariner, September 20, 2020, 8:10pm; Reply: 8
Really solid defender and part of a promotion winning squad way back.
Loyal servant of the club.
Posted by: NorthseaMariner, September 20, 2020, 8:33pm; Reply: 9
Very sad to hear that. Met him at Brian Clifton’s funeral, nice chap and a hero of my youth.
RIP Keith.
Posted by: The Old Codger, September 20, 2020, 8:49pm; Reply: 10
Played in the first Town team I saw in 1968, RIP Keith.
Posted by: cmackenzie4, September 20, 2020, 8:51pm; Reply: 11
RIP Keith
Posted by: arryarryarry, September 20, 2020, 9:23pm; Reply: 12
Sad news.

A stalwart of the side when I first started watching the Mariners.
Posted by: Croxton, September 20, 2020, 11:08pm; Reply: 13
I think I saw him play in a rare night match 1959-60 season. Might we have played in white shirts and red shorts? Certainly remember Ron Cockerill peppering the Pontoon with some rockets in the kickabout.

Sadly, he was only a distant hero in the Saturday Telegraph I delivered round Croxton. Dad worked Saturdays and mum only took the bus to Grimsby to buy fabric from Freemo Market or Boyes for her sewing. Seeing Keith and the team on my first visit to a football game is a special memory. RIP.
Posted by: KingstonMariner, September 20, 2020, 11:36pm; Reply: 14
I think you’re right on the white shirts and red shorts. Maybe a couple of years later. Keith Jobling finished just before I started going.

RIP Keith.
Posted by: gaz57, September 21, 2020, 1:19am; Reply: 15
Posted by: ginnywings, September 21, 2020, 5:02am; Reply: 16
Just before my time.

RIP Keith.
Posted by: cannylad68, September 21, 2020, 7:38am; Reply: 17
RIP Keith
Wonderful servant for the club.

One of 3 of a famous local back line.
Posted by: fishyfanny, September 21, 2020, 7:58am; Reply: 18
RIP Keith
Posted by: wuffing, September 21, 2020, 8:08am; Reply: 19
RIP Keith. Condolences to the family
Posted by: barralad, September 21, 2020, 8:09am; Reply: 20
One of the great local Town players. R.I.P. Keith
Posted by: rancido, September 21, 2020, 8:30am; Reply: 21
An ever present in the town team when I first started watching them. RIP.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, September 21, 2020, 10:20am; Reply: 22
Sad to see this. Keith more or less took over from Allenby Chilton at centre half and was a fixture in that position for several seasons. He was the perfect centre half, good tackler, strong in the air and he led by example so the perfect captain as well later on.

In the early 60s he was part of an all-local half back line with Duncan Welbourne and Tony Knights that was an echo of the famous pre-war one. Then he partnered Ron Cockerill and Brian Clifton at times. Keith was Mr Reliable. I seem to think he suffered an injury late in his career and this may eventually have hastened his departure in 1968 when he went on to play and manage at Boston for several seasons in the 70s.
Posted by: cannylad68, September 21, 2020, 12:32pm; Reply: 23
Wasn't Johnny Pearce part of the local back line? I thought Duncan Welbourne was from Scunthorpe.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, September 21, 2020, 1:37pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from cannylad68
Wasn't Johnny Pearce part of the local back line? I thought Duncan Welbourne was from Scunthorpe.

You are right. I should have looked it up! He was the original and then had a broken leg or something and Welbourne came in. Duncan was indeed born in Scunny  but he came through Town ranks didn’t he?

Posted by: Caveman, September 21, 2020, 2:35pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from barralad
One of the great local Town players. R.I.P. Keith

Yes, Keith was one of a family of three brothers brought up in New Waltham, when
it was then still a small village.

Like most of us young lads in the post-war years he learnt his trade by kicking a
ball ( when we could get one ) around on the local farmer's field dodging around
the cow muck which was in plentyful supply.

After leaving school he went on to play for the village team before joining Town.

A fine sportsman and a pleasant and modest man.

My thoughts are with his loved ones. R.I P Keith
Posted by: promotion plaice, September 21, 2020, 3:07pm; Reply: 26

Before my time.

RIP Keith.
Posted by: Mallyner, September 21, 2020, 3:37pm; Reply: 27
I can see him playing as if I saw him yesterday.

A stalwart and a lovely man.

RIP Keith.
Posted by: jock dock tower, September 21, 2020, 3:50pm; Reply: 28
Solid and dependable. Great club servant, and one of my first memories was watching the team recently relegated from the old Second Division in 1962-3.
Posted by: RonMariner, September 22, 2020, 10:21am; Reply: 29
RIP Keith, a true GTFC legend.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, September 22, 2020, 10:28am; Reply: 30
I remember going to see his testimonial, there is a photo of Keith in the GT with Bert Trautmann, Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse. I think Tom and Nat played about 30 minutes each but what a tribute it was for Keith that players of that stature were willing to turn up at BP on his behalf.
Posted by: thevera, October 8, 2020, 8:21pm; Reply: 31
Attended his funeral today. Lovely service with Up the Mariners as the exit music. RIP GTFC legend.
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