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Former Southampton midfielder and now-King's Lynn boss recalls the time he played for Grimsby Town

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King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington will return to familiar territory when he takes his side to Grimsby Town in the National League tomorrow night.

Widdrington is a former player of the Lincolnshire outfit, helping the "Mariners" to the League Trophy and promotion out of the Second Division in 1998.

The now-Linnets boss, who made 89 appearances and scored eight goals in a Grimsby shirt, grabbed Town's first goal of their 1997/98 double-winning season and has fond memories of his time at Blundell Park.

King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (54399633)
King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (54399633)

"I had just under three years there and I've got a close affinity with the club," he said.

"I was up there in the summer playing in a veterans game for them in a charity match so I know the club really well.

"They probably look at me as a waste of money as I was the record signing I think when I signed for them from Southampton.

"I think they were expecting somebody like Matt Le Tissier but he didn't turn up, it was me.

"They had Ivano Bonetti before me and he was a worldy, then I turned up as the biggest thing they'd ever bought and the manager was promptly sacked two months later.

"I had a great time there and they're a great club and a big one at that who shouldn't be in this division.

"Personally, I hope they won't be for too much longer but all I'm worried about is going up there and trying to beat them on Tuesday."

The Linnets – buoyed by Saturday's 3-0 victory over relegation rivals Weymouth – are likely to include recent signings Cameron Hargreaves, Josh Coulson and and Jak Hickman in their squad.

Lynn had the likes of Kyle Callan McFadden, Luis Fernandez, Daniel Bowry, Pierce Bird, Baris Altintop and Ken Charles sitting in the stand on Saturday and not selected to feature against The Terras.

And Widdrington admitted that there is no time for disappointment for any individuals who miss out as he looks to utilise Lynn's playing squad the best way during a hectic month of February.

"If you look at the players who weren't included in the 16 on Saturday, there were probably some raised eyebrows as some of them started the game at Boreham Wood.

"Every game is a one-off and once it's done it is gone. We need to accrue as many points as quickly as we can.

"I don't care if they are disappointed, but what they can't be is disappointed for too long because I will need them.

"You think there's a lot bodies, I think I could do with even more bodies, but the size of the club we are and the remit I'm working to, I'm happy with the group I'm working with, much more than I was last Saturday."

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