Match Of The Week – Grimsby Town 1-2 Darlington

Wikipedia describes purgatory as “the condition or process of purification or temporary punishment in which the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for heaven”. Such a condition may not have been the intention of the Football League when they imposed their points deductions upon Luton Town, AFC Bournemouth and Rotherham United during the summer, but this has been the effect of the decision upon supporters of Grimsby Town this season. Were it not for the sanctions imposed by the Football League, Grimsby would already have been cast adrift at the foot of League Two but, as things stand, they face a lengthy wait to see if they can maintain the status that they have held since 1892. Going into today’s match, they haven’t won in the League in twenty-one matches, and are already the only club in the top ninety-two not to have won a single league match. As if this state of affairs isn’t bad enough, Grimsby’s supporters have to cope with their local rivals being arguably more successful than they have ever been before. Ten years ago, Grimsby were in the Championship, whilst Hull City were bottom of the entire Football League. This weekend, Grimsby are being kept away from the relegation places by the grace of God, whilst Hull City are travelling to Old Trafford to run Manchester United...

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