Grantham Town have announced that they will play York City in the George and Marge Freeston Memorial Trophy. They will also host Mansfield Town and Nottingham Forest the week after.
Established in 1874 Grantham Town play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. Hailing from Lincolnshire the club play at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.
They are nicknamed ‘The Gingerbreads’ after the long history of the ‘Grantham Gingerbread‘ recipe in the town dating back to the 1700’s.
So How Good Are They?
Last season in the third step of non-league football Grantham Town managed an 8th place finish; just four points shy of the playoffs.
In recent years however they have only managed bottom half/mid table finishes but have been floating around in the league since they were promoted as champions from the NPL Division One South in 2012.
They play in the same league as Whitby Town who knocked York City out of the North Riding Senior Cup with a 3-1 home win in the Quarter Final last season.
Being in the NPL Premier Division ‘The Gingerbreads’ are only one league below York City as the NPL is a feeder to the National League North.
The last time the two teams met was at the start of the 2012/13 season when ‘The Minstermen’ travelled 93 miles south and drew 1-1 after Paddy McLaughlin’s 30 yard strike was cancelled out by Town striker Karl Demidh late on who beat Paul Musselwhite in the York City goal.
York City went on to finish 17th in League Two following their first season back in the Football League. During the season manager Gary Mills was sacked and replaced by Nigel Worthington.
Grantham Town were also playing their first season in a higher division and finished the year narrowly avoiding relegation by three points in the NPL Premier.
Relations to York City
City manager Gary Mills was player/manager for Grantham in the latter stages of his career during 1996-1998. He made 66 appearances and scored 3 goals while playing in back and white and won promotion to the Southern League Premier Division during his time in Lincolnshire
Mills resigned in 1998 due to budget cuts when the club were taken over by local businessman Reg Brealey.
Away Day Details
The South Kesteven Sports Stadium has a capacity of 7500 with 750 seats so expect to be standing on the day.
The ground is in Grantham on Trent Road. The stadium had seen 5260 people through the gates last season with an average attendance of 229 which was the 18th highest in the league.
To get to the ground it will take you 1 hour 34 minutes by car down the A1. The postcode is NG31 7XQ.
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