Dons look to “Return to Winning Ways” on their travels this week at Grimsby Town. This preview has been completed ahead of Grimsby’s Tuesday night fixture vs Forest Green Rovers.
MK Dons and Grimsby Town will compete for the third time this season at Blundell Park. The two previous fixtures saw a 1-1 draw at stadium MK and a 3-1 victory for Grimsby Town in the FA Cup.
A strong December saw Michael Jolley named manager of the month for League 2 collecting 12 points out of a possible 15. Although the Manager of the month curse has struck with Grimsby losing all three league 2 games in January that now sees the team in 14th. Grimsby are currently 10 points away from a playoff position and 7 points ahead of the relegation positions.
Dons have been stuttering of late with 4 losses in 6 games. Only 1 win in these fixtures which was a convincing 6-0 victory at home to Cambridge. Tisdales team are currently in 5th position although we do have a game or two in hand over the teams just above us.
Players to Watch
The Mariners Top Goal scorer this season is Wes Thomas. Wes has scored 8 times this season in 24 appearances including a goal in the 3-1 FA Cup victory against the Dons in November. Wes is a well-travelled striker playing for the likes of Cheltenham Town, Bournemouth, Birmingham City and more recently Oxford United.
Milestones keep on coming for Club Legend Dean Lewington. After making his 600th league appearance at home vs Crewe, Deano is in line to make his 700th appearances for the Dons in all competitions. Lewington has been enjoying this season since moving into a more advanced position and has 1 goal and 6 assists to his name.
Michael Jolley took the manager’s job at Grimsby on 5th March this year. Michael had a youth career with Barnsley although never made an appearance for the Tykes. His previous coaching experience includes spells at Stirling University, Burnley (U23’s) & Scotland Universities Team. He was appointed as first team manager at AFC Eskilstuna in the Swedish Premier League in June 2017. He took 15 points from 16 games but this was not sufficient to avoid relegation to Superettan. In his time in Sweden, his team were able to pick up shock wins against IFK Goteborg and champions Malmo. Jolley left AFC Eskilstuna in January 2018 after failing to agree the future direction of the club. At his time with Grimsby, the Mariners have won 17 and drawn 7 of his 45 games in charge.
Goalkeeper James McKeown was sent off against Lincoln and will serve the first of a three-match suspension against the Dons. Andrew Fox will be available after his red card in the FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace.
Harry Clifton missed the weekends trip to rivals Lincoln after hobbling off injured against Macclesfield and remains a doubt. Danny Collins could be in line for a return but Akin Famewo will miss out.
George Williams hobbled off away at Bury with a Hamstring injury and will remain a doubt for the trip to Grimsby. Callum Brittain returned midweek for the Under 23’s 4-0 victory vs AFC Wimbledon and could push Conor McGrandles for the Right Wing-Back position. New signing Russell Martin was an unused sub vs Crewe Alexandra and could be in line for his debut at Blundell Park.
Blundell Park is one of those grounds that you would class as traditional and is limited compared to the modern football grounds in the UK. Dons fans will be situated behind one of the goals in a corner of the Osmond Stand. This area holds 600 away supporters although this can be extended for larger away followings. This is an all seater covered stand with few supporting pillars. This stand is joined in one corner to the Main Stand which covers 2/3rds of the side-line.
The stand opposite the Dons supporters is the Pontoon Stand which is an all seater covered stand with a couple of supporting pillars providing some obstructions to the field. The seats in this stand are black and white stripes to match the home kit of Grimsby whilst the seats in all other stands are Red. To the left of the Dons supporters is the taller Findus Stand. The Findus Stand covers half of the length of the field similarly to the North stand at the National Hockey Stadium. However, this is a two tiered, covered with a few pillars providing obstructions to the field for the top tier only.
Away Car parking is available on Harrington Street behind the main stand. There are 11 wheelchair user spaces available for away supporters which are pitch side. Three are 178 easy access and amenity seats available within the ground. There are 2 accessible toilets available in the stadium. Catering outlets are available behind the stand close to the wheelchair are. There are no dedicated counters for disabled supporters.
Grimsby have radio commentary available and have 4 headsets available at the ground. There is a ramp available to enter the club shop.
Disabled fans are advised to arrive early and to contact the Grimsby Supporter Liaison Officer Adie Merrikin if any assistance is required on 07850464884.
Advance of matchday (before 5pm on Friday 25th January)
Seniors (65+): £12
Young adults (under-18s): £12
Juniors unaccompanied (12-14): £7
Juniors accompanied (14 and under): £5
Seniors (65+): £14
Young adults (under-18s): £14
Juniors unaccompanied (12-14): £7
Juniors accompanied (14 and under): £5
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £24 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 10:00 am. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until 5pm on Friday 25th January subject to availability.
Join the M1 Northbound to junction 21A (Leicester) and join the Leicester Western Bypass A46. Continue on this road until you reach a roundabout where you turn left to remain on the A46. Stay on this road for a considerable distance as you reach Lincoln. Remain on the A46 until a roundabout where you turn left on to the A15 heading towards the M180, Riseholme and Scunthorpe. Join the M1480 at junction 4 heading Westbound. The road will continue onto the A180 which will bring you into Grimsby. The football ground will be on your left as you pass McDonalds and you will be looking for street parking in this area.
Postcode for satnavs is: DN35 7PY
The closest train station to Blundell Park is New Clee. This is less than a mile away from the ground but does not have regular service. The walk from this station is approximately 10 minutes to the ground.
Alternatively, Cleethorpes railway station is just over a mile to Blundell Park and will take approx. 15-20 minutes to walk. As you leave the station turn right then left onto station road. Turn Right onto the high street. Turn right again at the roundabout and continue on this road till you see the ground on your right.
Finally, you can reach Grimsby Town railway station although this is a couple of miles to the ground and would suggest a taxi to continue your route to the ground.
There is no car park at the ground. Street parking is available on side roads off the A180.
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