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Grimsby Town

Formed 1878

Founder members of Division Two 1892. Failed re-election 1910.

Elected back into Division Two 1911. Failed re-election 1920.

Founder member of the Third Division 1920. Relegated to the Conference 2010.

Promoted to League Two 2016. Relegated to the National League 2021.

Promoted to League Two 2022.

Kit History



Grimsby Pelham



1878-1879 a y B

Width of hoops varied



Grimsby Town



grimsby town fc 1879-80

1879-1883 B F

Width of hoops varied
grimsby town 1884-85

1884-1885 B

grimsby town fc 1885-87

1885-1887 A B

grimsby town 1887-94

1887-1894 B

See notes
grimsby town 1887-94 alternate version

1887-1894 alt B

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grimsby town 1894-95

1894-1897 B

1897-1898 a n B

1898-1902 a n s B

1902-1904 a B

grimsby town 1904-05

1904-1905 B

grimsby town 1904

1905-1906 a s B

grimsby town 1906

1906-1908 a m n x B

grimsby town 1908

1908-1910 x B

grimsby town 1909-10

1910-1911 x B

grimsby town 1910

1911-1920 a r x B

grimsby town 1920-23fc

1920-1923 B

grimsby town 1924-25

1924-1925 B

grimsby town 1925-26

1925-1926 B

grimsby town 1928-33

1928-1933 x B

grimsby town 1933-34

1933-1934 s u x B

White centred stripes also worn
grimsby town 1934-35

Sept 1934 B

grimsby town 1935-36

5 Oct 1934-1936 B

grimsby town fa cup semi final kit 1936

Jan-March 1936 B

FA Cup Matches
grimsby town 1936-37

1936-1937 s x B

grimsby town fc 1938-39

1938-1939 s x B

grimsby town fc fa cup semi final strip 1939

27 March 1939 s B

FA Cup Semi-Final
grimsby town 1939-40

1939-1947 s x B

grimsby town 1946-47 but this shirt

10 May 1947 B

grimsby town 1939-40

1947-1948 B

grimsby town fc 1948-49

1948-1949 b c d B

White turnovers also appeared
grimsby town fc 1949-50

1949-1950 B

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grimsby town fc 1950-51

1950-1952 B

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grimsby town fc 1952-54

1952-1953 x B

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grimsby town 1953-54

1953-1954 B

Various older socks appeared
grimsby town fc 1950-51

1954-1955 B

grimsby town 1955-58 cold weather kit

1955-1958 b B

Cold weather kit
grimsby town 1955

1955-1958 e s x

Warm weather kit

August 1958 B

grimsby town 1958

Sept 1958-1959 f x B

grimsby town 1959-60

1959-1960 B

grimsby town 1960

1960-1963 a B

grimsby town v leicester 1963

8 Jan 1963 B

FA Cup v Leicester
grimsby town fc 1963-65

1963-1964 g h x B

Worn in last game May 1963
grimsby town fc 1965-67

1964-1966 x B

grimsby town fc 1967-69

1966-1969 B

grimsby town 1969-70

1969-1970 x B

grimsby town 1970

1970-1971 h B

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1971-1972 p x B

grimsby town 1972-73

1972-1973 1 B

grimsby town 1972-73 alternate kit

1972-1973 2 B

1973-1974 1 j x B

grimsby town 1973-74 alternate kit

1973-1974 2 B

1974-1975 h B

grimsby town 1975

1975-March 76 h q B

grimsby town fc march 1976

March-May 1976 B

grimsby town 1976-77

1976-1977 B


1977-1978 1 q B

grimsby town fc 1978-79

Oct 77-Jan 80 2 q v B

Worn with Bukta strip 77-78
grimsby town fc 1978-79 alternative version

Oct 77-Jan 80 3 B

Worn with Bukta strip 77-78
grimsby town jan-may 1980

Jan-May 1980 b

grimsby town 1979

1980-Jan 81 q B C


Jan-May 1981 q B

grimsby town 1981

1981-Oct 1982 h o B


Oct 1982-1983 q B

grimsby town 1983

1983-1984 h o z B

grimsby town fc 1984-85 alternate shirt

1984-1985 1 B

Start of season

1984-1985 2 b o z B

Worn with version 1 from Sept
grimsby town 1985

1985-1986 h B

Both 84-85 shirts also appeared
grimsby town august 1986

Aug-Sept 1986 B

grimsby town october 1986

7 Oct 1986 b

v Hull C

Oct 86-March 87 b B

grimsby town fc april 1987

April-May 1987 B

grimsby town 1987-88

1987-Feb 1988 B

grimsby town march 1988

March-May 1988 B

grimsby town 1987-89

1988-March 90 w y B

grimsby town march 1990

March-May 1990 B

grimsby town 1990-91

1990-1991 g o B


1991-1992 o B

grimsby town 1992

1992-1993 g o B

grimsby town 1993

1993-May 1994 g h B

grimsby town may 1994

May 1994 B


1994-1995 g B

grimsby town 1995

1995-1996 g B


1996-April 98 g k o B

grimsby town 1998

April 1998-1999 g B


1999-2000 g o B

grimsby town 2000

2000-2001 g h o B

All-black socks worn late in season

2001-2002 g B


2002-2003 g o B

Grimsby Town Sports
grimsby town 2003

2003-2004 g o B

grimsby town 2004

2004-2006 g l o B

Black socks sometimes worn 04-05
grimsby town 2006

2006-2007 l B

grimsby town 2007

2007-Feb 2008 l

grimsby town fc march 2008

March-May 2008 B


2008-Jan 2009 l t B

grimsby town fc february 2009

Jan-May 2009 B

grimsby town 2009

2009-2010 l B

grimsby town 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 l

grimsby town fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 l

grimsby town fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 l

grimsby town 2013-14

2013-2014 l

grimsby town 2014-15

2014-2015 l

grimsby town 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 l

grimsby town 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 l

grimsby town fc 2017-18 1st kit

2017-2018 l

grimsby town 2018-19

2018-2019 i

grimsby town 2019-2020 1st kit

2019-2020 i

grimsby town 2020-21

2020-2021 i

grimsby town 2021-22

2021-2022 i

grimsby town 2022-23

2022-2023 l



grimsby pelham fc 1878-79The club was formed in September 1878 at a meeting in a public house of members of Worsley Cricket Club. They were called Grimsby Pelham FC after a local landowning family but a year later they became Grimsby Town. Players provided their own tops with hoops in various widths.

In 1884 the hooped jerseys were replaced by royal blue and cardinal halves adorned with the Grimsby coat of arms. Blue caps were supposed to be part of the uniform but there is no photographic evidence that these were worn. Between 1887 and 1894 the blue appears to be a lighter shade (this might be due to the film stock used) and grimsby town fc crest 1888there were variations in the arrangement of the halves. The crest appeared on some tops but not others.

In 1890, the club adopted professionalism and joined the Football Alliance after an application to the Football League was turned down. In 1892 the Alliance was incorporated into the Football League as the Second Division. Since 1899 the club has played in neighbouring Cleethorpes. After a brief period in white shirts the club reverted to halved tops but it appears these were now in chocolate and light blue.

In 1901 Grimsby won the Second Division championship and played in the First Division for two seasons before relegation in 1903. Plain jerseys in salmon pink were adopted in 1904-05 followed by unusual white tops with a red yoke before chocolate and blue was reinstated.

At the end of the 1909-10 season, Grimsby failed re-election and were replaced by Huddersfield Town. The old chocolate and blue jerseys were replaced the following season with black and white striped shirts, which have become the club's signature kit to this day. After one season in the Midland League, which they won, Grimsby were elected back into the League by a single vote at the expense of their local rivals Lincoln City. Despite this rapid return, they failed to make much impression and in 1920 they finished bottom and were voted out for the second time. In a remarkable stroke of fortune they were then invited to join the new Third Division (formed by incorporating the First Division of the Southern League). When the League was further expanded a year later with the formation of Division Three (North), Grimsby transferred to the northern section.

In 1926, the Mariners won their division and with it promotion back to the Second Division. Three years later they were promoted back to the First Division. Aside from two seasons back in the Second (1932-33 and grimsby town fc crest 19361933-34), they remained in the top division until 1948, appearing in the FA Cup semi-final in 1936 (when they wore a special kit in all their cup games) and 1939. On 5 October 1934 the team wore red socks for the first time. According to Dave Wherry, one source suggests these were a gift from an anonymous fan who had won the football pools after putting Chelsea down to beat Grimsby. A more prosaic account is that the manager, Frank Womack, thought they would make it easier for players to spot each other on the pitch.

The first time that numbers were worn on the back of Grimsby's shirts was in the 1939 semi-final when another special strip was commissioned. For the record the numbers were grey on a white patch.

When Sunderland visited Blundell Park in the penultimate game of 1946-47, Grimsby wore white shirts with a broad black band and unusual collar. It is unclear if this was because Sunderland traveled with only their striped shirts and the referee decided they clashed with the home team or if they were trying out a new look.

Grimsby's decline in the 1950s was dramatic. Relegated from the First Division in 1948, they were seeking re-election to the Third Division (North) in 1955. The following season they were champions and were promoted back to Division Two were they stayed for four seasons. The so called "cod war" dispute with Iceland in the late 1950s struck a severe blow to the traditional trawler fleet that provided the basis of Grimsby's industry. As the local economy suffered so did the football club's fortunes. Throughout this period the team wore the standard striped shirts of the period with various sock combinations.

grimsby town fc old crestA new crest was designed in 1946 and although it never appeared on the team shirts it certainly featured on programmes in the 1960s. The three trawlers represent the town's traditional industry.

Fashionable candy striped shirts were worn in the late 1950s followed by a white shirt with novel trim combined with red shorts and socks. In this outfit they returned to Division Two in 1962. Long sleeved candy striped shirts were worn in an FA Cup tie with Leicester City in January 1963, a game played in freezing temeratures and these tops were reinstated in 1963 but another crash followed and in 1969 the Mariners were once again forced to seek re-election. Stripes of a traditional width returned in 1969 and three seasons later, plain white sleeves were introduced. This became the Mariners' signature strip until the 1980s.

grimsby town crest 19781972 brought the Fourth Division championship but they were back in the lowest division in 1977. A new crest was designed by George Palejowski in 1972 (for which he received an inscribed rose bowl from the club) but this did not appear on the team's shirts until the centenary season, 1978-79. The principle motif shows the club's traditional black and white stripes with stylised drawings of a trawler and fish representing the historical importance of the fishing industry to the town. Although these elements were printed in white in many publications, they were in fact red.

Successive promotions (1979 and 1980) took them back to the Second Division but then in 1987 and 1988 they were relegated and back in the Fourth. Remarkably, they repeated the successive promotions in 1990 and 1991.

In 1997 they were relegated from Nationwide Division One (the old Second Division) but came back via the play-offs the following season, also winning the Auto Windscreens Trophy. A new kit, sponsored by Dixon's Motors was worn in that final and then in the remaining league games. History repeated itself between 2003 and 2004 when Grimsby plunged down the divisions once more. In 2004 the club began an association with Young's Seafood, the town's largest private sector employer.

After struggling during the 2009-10 season, the Mariners were relegated to the Conference. Success has been agonisingly elusive since then: they reached the final of the FA Trophy in 2013 but were beaten by Wrexham on penalties. They also lost out in the promotion play-offs at the semi final stage in 2013 and 2014 before they returned to Wembley for the Conference Promotion Final where they lost to Bristol Rovers. In 2016 they returned to Wembley yet again where they beat Forest Green Rovers 3-1 to regain their place in the Football League.

The next five seasons were marked by poor form and turbulence behind the scenes culminating in relegation to the National League in May 2021. Shortly afterwards local technology entrepeneurs Jason Stockwood and Andrew Pettit completed their takeover of the club and pledged to rebuild it as a community asset and a catalyst for regeneration. At the end of an emotional campaign Grimsby finished sixth and were considered underdongs going into the play-offs. In their first eliminator against Notts County they grimsby town crest 2022equalised in the 96th minute before going on to win in extra time. They then beat Wrexham 5-4 with a goal in the last minute of extra-time and in the final, played at the London Stadium, a goal in extra-time eased them past Solihull Motors. As a commentator said after the match, "There's a hard way, there's an easy way...and then there's the Grimsby way."

In January 2022 the owners engaged Rich Lyons, a supporter who worked as a designer with Apple, to update and digitise the club crest. A flag was added to the trawler with the date of the club's formation and the scrollwork was modified but otherwise all the main features of the original were preserved.

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  • (a) Grimsby Town F.C - The Official History 1878 to 2000 (Dave Wherry) - provided by Richard Owen.
  • (b) Football Focus
  • (c) Hull City FC - Images of Sport (C Elton)
  • (d) Workington AFC - Images of Sport (Paul Eade 2003)
  • (e) Leyton Orient FC - Images of Sport (Neilson N Kaufman)
  • (f) Bristol Rovers FC - Images of Sport (Mike Jay)
  • (g) empics
  • (h) Kit Classics
  • (i) Football Cards
  • (j) Aldershot Has It Website
  • (k) Southend United FC (Images of Sport: Peter Miles & David Goody)
  • (l) Grimsby Town Official Website
  • (m) Mighty Mighty Whites
  • (n) Association of Football Statisticians - provided by Pete Wyatt
  • (o) David King
  • (p) Football League Review provided by Simon Monks
  • (q) Alick Milne
  • (r) Topical Times Cards
  • (s) Simon Monks
  • (t) Fabrizio Taddei (Errea)
  • (u) My photo library
  • (v) Steve Browne
  • (w) Matt Keenan
  • (x) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (y) Christopher Worrall
  • (z) Nolan Bennett
  • (A) Warren Lyons
  • (B) Dave Wherry
  • (C) Peter Anderson
  • (D) Lincolnshire Echo (19 November 1898) submitted by Brian Webb.
  • (E) Hull Daily Mail (6 February 1896) submitted by Brian Webb.
  • (F) Charles Alcock's Football Annuals 1869-1891 researched by Robin Horton

Team photograph courtesy of Football League Grounds For A Change (David Twydell 1991). Modern crests are the property of Grimsby Town FC. This section was substantially revised in January 2016 with material provided by Dave Wherry.