Grimsby Town players enjoy tour around Fish Market and Young's factory
Grimsby Town FC players and their manager, Marcus Bignot, make an early morning visit to the Grimsby Fish Market. Pictured here with Martyn Boyers, right, chief executive of Grimsbny Fish Market. Picture: Rick Byrne
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Mar 2017
GRIMSBY Town players swapped their famous black and white shirts for protective overalls this morning for a tour around some of the key sites of the town's fish processing industry.
The Mariners visited the bustling Grimsby Fish Market, before taking a look around the factory of the club's main sponsor, Young's Seafood Ltd.
The tour gave a chance for many of the workers to rub shoulders with their heroes, while the 22 Town players had the chance to experience an industry which Grimsby has become synonymous with.
Mariners boss Marcus Bignot said: "We had a great tour around the Fish Market. It's important to have a real insight into the fish trade, its history, what it means to this town and its connection with the football club.
"It's great for us to rub shoulders with the workers. It's away from the norm of what we are used to.
"Some football clubs are losing their identity. The fans turn up on a Saturday and that's about it. We want to build that connection with the supporters.
Shaun Pearson picks a fish for his tea at the Grimsby Fish Market.
"Many of the people we saw in the Fish Market were season ticket holders so it's only right that we show our support."
He added: "It's been a difficult time with the strikes going on in Iceland and it hit the market hard. But they still come out and support us, which is great. This is our way of showing appreciation."
It was an early start for many of the squad, with players meeting traders at the Grimsby Fish Market down on the Docks for 6.45am.
They observed the market in operation before moving up to Young's Seafood Ltd's factory on Humberstone Road.
After donning protective clothing, the players headed out onto the factory floor where they saw the salmon production line.
Club skipper Craig Disley, pictured above, said: "Young's have been a sponsor for a long time and a lot of the people who work here are Town fans.
"It gives us a chance to meet them and have a chat. At the end of the day we're a family club and a community club and anything that is going to build on that is important for the club and the players."
Steve Lidgett, operations director at Young's Seafood Ltd, commented: "We were thrilled to welcome Grimsby Town Football Club to our Humberstone Road Factory. The relationship we have with the Club means a lot to us, and as the largest private sector employer in Grimsby, many of our staff members are Mariners themselves.
"We were proud to show the team how we provide our customers with the highest possible quality of products, making the best fish delicious, now and for generations to come.
We hope the team enjoyed themselves and wish them the very best of luck for the rest of the season."
Young's has supported the club for over a decade, with the Mariners proudly sporting the Young's Seafood logo on their shirts since 2004.