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Cup draw at Grimsby hardly a big catch!

I THINK it is safe to say we have reached the business end of the Europa League.

I was not lucky enough to play in a big European competition.

However, I did play in the Anglo-Italian Cup for the Magpies in 1992.

It was an interesting experience to say the least.

When the draw was made we were all expecting a glamour tie to the bright lights of Italy.

Then to our surprise we were plucked out to player, Grimsby Town.

Of course, we had forgotten there was a preliminary to play first and so we headed to Cleethorpes.

I had had dreams of a nice bit of garlic bread and a bit of pasta in Italy against Serie B's finest.

To my surprise we were playing at Blundell Park.

In those days, the players used to get fish as a goodwill gesture from Grimsby Town to take home, so you can imagine the banter when the lads boarded the bus with fresh fish wrapped to take home to the missus!

On the subject of fish, it brings me swiftly on to my tip for the Grand National.

This year I would put a few quid each way on Seabass to triumph.

He actually jumps like a salmon too.

The National is my favourite event on the racing calendar and I have to say it is all about horses for courses.

I used to love Red Rum and I always say any horse who knows the course has a real chance.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2013
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