Australian Four Four Two - - UPFRONT - Pho­tog­ra­phy Andy Brown

It’s the day of Grimsby Town’s first pre-sea­son friendly on home soil, and grounds­man Mike Phillips is hard at work. The Mariners are back in the Foot­ball League for the first time since 2010, so there’s an ex­tra spring in his step as he marks out the Blun­dell Park pitch for the new League Two cam­paign. “You get your tape mea­sure out, make sure the lines are pre­cise and put your set square down so ev­ery­thing’s square,” he ex­plains. “I’ve been work­ing here for 36 years. It’s a priv­i­lege to look af­ter the pitch at the club I’ve al­ways sup­ported.”

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