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Match Previews


9 April 2021

Match Previews


9 April 2021

The Bantams will look to extend their three-match unbeaten run - when hosting Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The Mariners are sitting bottom of the table and seven points from safety - having won seven, drawn 13 and lost 19 so far this season. 

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s visitors to West Yorkshire.


The Mariners proved busy in the January window - signing 14 players as a further 11 departed the club.

INS: Joe Bunney (Hartlepool United), Stefan Payne (Tranmere Rovers), Jay Matete (Fleetwood Town, loan), Giles Coke (Hereford), Lenell John-Lewis (Hereford), Rollin Menayese (Mansfield Town, loan), Idris El Mizouni (Ipswich Town, loan), Jake Eastwood (Sheffield United, loan), Sam Habergham (unassigned), Jock Curran (Spalding United, recalled from loan), Filipe Morais (unassigned), Julien Lamy (unassigned), Joe Adams (Brentford, loan), Joseph Hope (Cleethorpes Town, recalled from loan).

OUTS: James Tilley (Crawley Town), Bilel Mohsni (Barnet), Montel Gibson (Altrincham, loan), Owen Windsor (West Bromwich Albion, recalled from loan), Terry Taylor (Wolves, recalled from loan), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest, recalled from loan), Ludvig Öhman (unassigned), Danny Preston (Nottingham Forest, recalled from loan), Owura Edwards (Bristol City, recalled from loan), James Morton (Bristol City, recalled from loan), Joseph Hope (unassigned).


Filipe Morais

Morais was part of the City side which triumphed over Chelsea in the 2014/15 Emirates FA Cup, winning 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. He is a product of the Blues’ academy and has clocked up over 400 career appearances.

The Portugese winger signed for Grimsby Town at the beginning of December, following his release from Crawley Town at the start of October, and has made 15 appearances for the Mariners this season.

Elliot Hewitt

The versatile defender started his career off at Macclesfield Town before signing for Ipswich Town in 2012.

Hewitt struggled for first-team appearances while with the Suffolk-based side and enjoyed spells with Gillingham and Colchester United - before signing a permanent deal with Notts County in 2015.

He played 152 times for the Magpies, including a Sky Bet League Two Play-Off campaign where they lost out to Coventry City in the semi-finals. The Welshman penned a two-year deal with Grimsby in 2019 and has featured 59 times since his arrival.

Giles Coke

Coke began as a product of QPR’s academy but failed to make any first team appearances for the Hoops.

He made his first senior appearance 2004 for Kingstonian and has gone on to play for a further 12 clubs - including for Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.

The 34-year-old midfielder signed for Paul Hurst’s side on February 12 - on a deal that will see him at Blundell Park until the end of this season.

Luke Waterfall

The 30-year-old enjoyed his most successful spell as a player with Lincoln City, as he helped guide the club back into the EFL as National League champions in 2016/17 - winning the Papa John’s Trophy the season after.

Waterfall then signed for Shrewsbury Town in 2018 where he made 54 appearances, scoring six goals. The Sheffield-born defender departed the Shrews for Grimsby in August 2019 and has been a regular in the side since arriving.


James McKeown started off his professional career with Peterborough United in 2007 before signing a permanent deal with Grimsby Town in 2011. Whilst at the Posh, McKeown made loan appearances for Kettering Town, Worcester City and Boston United.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper has made 448 appearances for the Mariners and helped win promotion back into Sky Bet League Two in 2016 after losing out in the National League Play-Off Final to Bristol Rovers, on penalties, in the previous season.


Paul Hurst was appointed manager of Grimsby Town for the second time on December 30 after he enjoyed a spell at Blundell Park between 2013 and 2016.

The 46-year-old enjoyed success with Shrewsbury Town where he guided the club into the 2018 Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final, losing out to Rotherham United. He earned himself a move to Ipswich Town though moved to Scunthorpe United shortly after. 

Hurst spent most of his playing career as a defender for Rotherham United, and made over 400 appearances for the club - between 1993 and 2008. 


Grimsby Town held promotion candidates Cheltenham Town to a 1-1 draw in Sky Bet League Two at Blundell Park. 

Grimsby Town 1 (John-Lewis 8')

Cheltenham Town 1 (Boyle 34')

Monday 5 April

Grimsby: McKeown, Hewitt, Waterfall, Menayese, Hendrie, Matete, Clifton, Habergham, John-Lewis (Coke 79'), Hanson, Payne (Green 85').

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