Friday, 1 January 2016

PART 100: Grimsby Career Mode-FIFA 17



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Signings:

IN-Oleksandr Zinchenko

Ty Stedman-"The club's finances are sky high. Improving our results and finishing in the top four the last two seasons went a long way towards buying players like Oleksandr Zinchenko. He's going to be a vital addition to the squad and helps boost our squad depth. He's probably the Ukraine's best player at the moment and he'll be welcome at our club."



OUT-Jake Clarke-Salter


Ty Stedman-"We're trying to shake off a bit of criticism that we're a selling club. We have let go of a few players but most that we've lost have gone on to big clubs. Reece Phillips left and is now one of West Ham's key players, Lance Morgan went to Bayern, even Jordan Allen last year took off to Liverpool. These are big clubs and if they want that then I'm not one who'll stop them. Whether they find success or not is the question.

Jake Clarke-Salter has been our cog in the middle of the defensive line for the better part of five years but he was offered a deal with Chelsea and he took it. He will go down a Grimsby hero after helping us to the Champions League title but life does go on."


IN-Lucas Hernandez

Ty Stedman-"Obviously losing Jake Clarke-Salter left a little bit of a hole and we've well and truly filled it. Lucas Hernandez is a world class centre back from Roma. He will be vital for us and it's a position we take very, very seriously. Good defences win trophies and that's why we've spent big to bring this guy in."


IN-Bertrand Traore

Ty Stedman-"This wasn't a signing we needed to make. We have Dembele, Sturridge, Buhagiar, we have goalscorers. What this is, is a bonus for us. We earned a load of money by winning the Champions League and why not treat ourselves to another world class striker. Bertrand troubled us when he was at Chelsea and he'll fit into what we do very well."


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UEFA Super Cup-Saturday 5th August 2023
Juventus (L.Baptistao) 1 def by. GRIMSBY TOWN (B.Traore x2 & S.Byram) 3
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Ty Stedman-"I wouldn't say we cruised to the trophy tonight. We obviously were the better team on the night but we didn't have it all our own way in that second half. The first half was absolutely superb, they came back just after half time but our quality was too much.

Bertrand Traore proved in just one game why he is such a valuable signing. He is 100% world class and with Moussa Dembele beside him and Oleksandr Zinchenko in behind, our front three are just mind-blowing in the way they played. That was a superb effort out there tonight and yes, it's wonderful to add another beautiful trophy to our collection."




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Premier League-Matchday 1-Saturday 12th August 2023
GRIMSBY TOWN (B.Traore x2, J.Bosetti & Adama) 4 def. West Bromwich Albion (E.Marcondes) 1
Blundell Park

Ty Stedman-"I couldn't have asked for a better display on the opening day of the season. I'm not going to sit here for months and lie, we want the league title. To get that close last season and fall short left us hungry. The Champions League was incredible but we want that league title. There's no use not saying that, it's obvious by the signings we've made.

Bertrand once again scored a double and could have had four. He's an amazing player and Joshua Bosetti has come to life in midfield like I knew he could. 3-0 up at half-time, the only thing we could be guilty of is not going on with it. We were the better team and we're playing brilliant football."


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Premier League-Matchday 2-Saturday 19th August 2023
GRIMSBY TOWN (M.Dembele) 1 def. Manchester United 0
Blundell Park


Ty Stedman-"We wanted to stamp our authority on where we think we'll end up this year. We wanted to produce quality football early on and pick up some big scalps at the start of the season. Juventus was a big win and today's game, this win over United is again a massive achievement.

We played good football which in my eyes is more important than the three points at this time of year. We're not taking a month or two to warm up. We know titles aren't won in August but the football we want to play is exactly what we're producing. We'll beat most teams if we play like we did today."

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EFL Cup-Round 2-Tuesday 22nd August 2023
GRIMSBY TOWN (T.Buhagiar & D.Sturridge) 2 def. Crawley Town 0
Blundell Park

Ty Stedman-"It's a win yes but it wasn't our best display. We've been superb to start the year and obviously we chopped and changed the team for tonight's game. With respect to Crawley, they are a fair distance below us in the system and we wanted to control the game better than what we did.

Credit to Crawley. They played some nice attacking football and put us under pressure. I didn't want to be forced into bringing on someone like Daniel Sturridge over some upcoming talent but when the game's on the line we need our big names and Sturridge's goal sealed what was a very nervy cup tie."

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