Hanging on my wall in my spare room is a huge picture. It shows Elliott Whitehouse turning away to celebrate as he bagged the goal that won us the Checkatrade trophy at Wembley.
Recently, I felt a bit odd having a Grimsby player staring back at me whenever I went in there; the picture is due to go in my log cabin eventually as a testament to a great day. Knowing that I will no longer be looking at a Cod is the only comfort I can glean from the news Elliott has been released.
Grimsby have released nine players as part of their reshuffle and despite Whitehouse scoring three times in 25 starts for them this season, he is one that has gone. It’s been a tough two years for the likeable Yorkshire lad, he suffered a horrific injury shortly after leaving us and missed the entire season.
When he did finally get back to action, he was part of a Grimsby side that struggled to make an impression in League Two, eventually sacking manager (and another former Imp) Michael Jolley. Whitehouse is the first of a trio of Imps heroes to leave the club, with Matt Green and National League winning captain, Luke Waterfall, both retained for next season.
When we signed Elliott, it was a signal of intent at just the right time for City. He was having a storming time at Nuneaton, and doubtless, he would have become even hotter property as the season wore on. He was plucked from the National League North, and then gently eased into first team action. In our first season under Danny Cowley, he found a habit of popping up in the box to get on the end of a cross or a corner, and despite not being the physical presence of the two centre halves he was just as dangerous.
He never fully impressed himself into the first team the following season though, despite having a hardcore of fans who felt he wasn’t given a chance. In 2017/18 he started 22 games in all competitions, coming off the bench 21 times. Granted, many of his starts came when we needed to reshuffle, pushing Bostwick back into defence or resting Lee Frecklington, but 22 starts was, in my opinion, ample chance. In those games, Elliott scored four and assisted twice, with one of those four coming from the spot. Two of his goals came in the EFL Trophy, one of course at Wembley in the final.
He now joins Michael O’Connor, Jordan Roberts and Danny Rowe as former Imps hunting for a new club, a position an increasing number of players will be in over the coming weeks.
My neighbour is doing a remarkable feat of endurance this weekend; he’s going to run a mile every hour for 48 hours, as well as do press-ups and sit-ups, in aid of the NHS. He’ll be wearing a pack of some description too, he’s ex-army and has some training gear. He’ll be doing this through the night and day, sleeping when he can in a hammock outside the house to avoid waking his partner or their dogs.
I haven’t run 48 miles in 48 years, let alone hours.
If you can, get behind him here at Just Giving. he’s on £450 already and hopes to raise £2000. It’s a huge challenge but he’ll do it and he deserves out support where we can.