The Grimsby chairman, Jason Stockwood, had dared supporters to dream as his club attempted to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1939. But not even the most diehard of the more than 4,000 Grimbarians who made the 460-mile round trip to the south coast to see two penalties from Gavan Holohan seal a monumental upset against Southampton could have believed this fairytale story.
Accompanied by hundreds of Harry Haddocks – the inflatable mascot that has been present at every big game in the club’s history since they played the holders Wimbledon at this stage of the 1989 competition – the away supporters made it a party atmosphere throughout even after Duje Caleta-Car pulled a goal back midway through the second half.
Written by Ed Aarons at St Mary’s
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/mar/01/southampton-grimsby-fa-cup-fifth-round-match-report under the title “Southampton pay penalty as Grimsby inflict one of the great FA Cup shocks”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.