Tomorrow’s game will be heated, tense and packed with vitriol and hate. It will be the sort of game a football fan lives for, a local derby where the atmosphere is cranked right up and the passion runs high.
Grimsby have a new manager, Michael Jolley was with us for a short while and he was the surprise replacement for Russell Slade a couple of weeks ago. He’s unbeaten as Grimsby manager and one way or another a story is written tomorrow. The new manager picks up his first win, or defeat against City. Even a draw would be a good result for them right now.
I’m aware of Jolley’s past, the incident which has seen him labelled as all sorts on social media recently. I’m not here to argue with anyone, but I sincerely hope that part of his life can be left alone tomorrow.
Danny Cowley conducts himself with class and integrity, I hope as fans we can do the same. The crime for which Jolley was convicted may not look good on his record, but a delve into the facts reveals a very different story. The circumstances of the situation are markedly different from that of a common sex offender and frankly, I feel we shouldn’t be highlighting this unfortunate incident in the young manager’s past. He doesn’t deserve it, he didn’t willingly go out and commit the crime and I feel very strongly that he deserves to be left in peace, certainly over that.
By all means, give him stick for being a Lincoln reject or a Cod, the usual stuff you’d expect to hear. Please, be aware of how we’re perceived as fans and how Danny would want us to act. Do you think our manager, the architect of our complete turnaround, will want to hear the fans of Lincoln City singing unjustified vile abuse at the opposition manager? I’m not sanitising the game here, I’m not a snow flake and I’m not a left-wing liberal either. I just believe we can represent our fans and our team better. We can show more class, infinitely more class, than to sing lewd songs at a man who really doesn’t deserve it.
I know I’ll get stick for this, I understand that, but I feel really strongly about this. Nobody batted an eyelid when Jolley worked for City and nobody should bat an eyelid right now either. We’ve got a lot to be proud of at this club and tomorrow, right before kick off, we’ll have a display that I’m sure will have the football world gushing once again and have the 617 back in the ‘good books’ once again. Please, lets retain that positivity and class and not lower ourselves to singing vicious, hate-filled songs at Michael Jolley about his past. We’re better than that Imps, genuinely.