Iron and Grimsby fans to raise money for charity in EFL Trophy protest match

An Iron Bru X1 will be taking on their Grimsby counterparts, the Internet Mariners, on the night of the Iron’s Trophy clash with Grimsby Town next month.

The supporters’ match has been set up in response to the controversial format used in the Football League Trophy, which sees Premier League teams involved in the competition.

Both sides will be raising funds for local charities and good causes, with all monies raised split between the Rock Foundation Foodbank and the Children’s Ward at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

The game will take place at Lucarly’s in Humberston with a 6.30pm kick off.

Iron Bru editor Matt Blanchard said: “We’re hoping that fans of both clubs will understand why we’re doing this and turn out to support us on the evening!”

Internet Mariners manager Iain Biglin added : ‘Many of us have our misgivings with the current format of the EFL Trophy, wanting to protect our historical clubs from the potential to be overtaken or pushed out of existence by ‘B Teams’, and so we are staying away from these matches.

“By turning the boycott into a fixture between the two sets of fans we can show the league that we aren’t staying away because of costs or the stand of football in the official games, whilst also acting as a positive force for our local communities.

“If you have any wish to boycott the games, please donate to our causes and come down to watch the game between both sets of fans!’

If you would like to donate, you can do so via JustGiving.

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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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