Mariner Mike’s magic memories

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GRIMSBY Town’s Blue Square North derby wins against Lincoln City over the festive period brought back some fond memories for former Scarborough FC attacker Michael Coulson.

Coulson scored in Grimsby’s 3-1 New Year’s Day victory and shone in the 2-1 success on Boxing Day to keep Grimsby’s outside hopes of booking a Football League place on track.

But six years earlier, as a fledgling Scarborough striker, Coulson had just completed his first derby battle with York City, a clash that saw City come away victorious.

Despite the scoreline, Coulson still looks back fondly on the clash and he draws plenty of comparisons with the recent Lincolnshire derbies.

He said: “These games are all exactly the same. They are the games that you want to be playing in.

“The derbies against Lincoln brought back memories of the games we used to play against York.

“We always had the sell-out crowds and there was the fact that the matches meant so much to everyone involved.

“They were fantastic occasions.”

The six point-haul for Grimsby furthered a hefty turn-around in form for the Mariners, who now lie just eight points away from a play-off place.

And so far it has been a great season for Coulson, who has put his injury woes behind him in fine style.

He added: “I had a nightmare time before I joined Grimsby because I was out for seven months on two occasions.

“Touch wood, I have put that behind me now though and things are going well for me.

“I was told recently that I was Grimsby’s longest-serving player, having made 91 appearances, I’m really enjoying my football again.

“It is good to see a few of the old faces again as well. Tyrone Thompson was playing for Lincoln the other day, and there are so many lads I have played against for Scarborough that I bump into.

“We are going well as a club, despite leaving ourselves a mountain to climb.

“We are just a few points away from the play-offs and I don’t see why we can’t make up the ground and take one of those places at the end of the season.”