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Chairman

John Fenty [2004-2011] - Despite the collapse of ITV Digital, John Fenty remained resolute in his financial support of the Club ensuring its existence for the future. In 2005 Russell Slade was appointed and there was relative success on the pitch in reaching the Football League Division 3 play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The re-appointment of Alan Buckley as Manager again brought the Club success in reaching Wembley for a third time in the Johnstone Paint Trophy Final. In 2009 the Club were relegated to the Conference National with the loss of guaranteed income from the Football League.

Peter Furneaux [2001-2004] - Took over the reigns for a second spell in charge, although this time as figure head for major shareholder Dudley Ramsden. The impact of the collapse of ITV digital and the consequential financial shortfall leaves the Club with substantial losses. Initially these losses were co-funded by Ramsden and director John Fenty until a deal was struck in 2002 for Fenty to take control of the Club. Furneaux remained as Chairman for Fenty until 2004 when he took over at the helm.

Douglas Everitt [1991-2001] - A change in the control of the Club sees Bills Carrs' board deposed in December 1999. Local accountant Everitt is appointed by major shareholder Dudley Ramsden to chair the newly constructed board. The lucrative ITV Digital contract kicks in and Club is guaranteed £2m per season in TV money. Alan Buckley is unexpectedly replaced by Lennie Lawrence as Manager and the team is transformed into a multinational outfit with the signing of a number of expensive overseas players. Amongst the new signings was Phil Jevons who scores one of the greatest goals in the Clubs history in the famous League Cup win over Liverpool away at Anfield. Everitt’s time at the top came to an end with the news of the collapse of ITV digital and disagreement with Ramsden over policy.

William Carr [1994-1999] - William Herbert Carr was a successful builder & land developer. 'Bill' presided over the Club in arguably the most successful post war period seeing two Wembley successes in 1998. During his tenureship Blundell Park was redeveloped to be an all seater stadium to meet the requirements of Lord Justice Taylor's Report, Gary Croft and John Oster were sold for record transfer fees but the reappointment of Alan Buckley is without doubt the most significant event during his period in charge. He also set the Club firmly on the path to relocation recognising sustainability would only be achieved away from Blundell Park at a purpose built multi-use stadium. Bill passed away in February 2004.

Peter Furneaux [1987-1994] - Peter William Furneaux an electrician by trade co-owned a successful electrical installation company based in Cleethorpes. Succeeded Ron Ramsden in 1987 and was instrumental in turning the Clubs fortunes around in the late eighties and early nineties. The appointment of Alan Buckley in 1988 was the most influential post war decision taken by a board, resulting in back to back promotions from the old Fourth Division to the Second Division (now known as the Championship). His Chairmanship came to an end in 1994 but would return to the seat in 2001 for major shareholder Dudley Ramsden.

Walter Ramsden [1985-1987] - Walter Ronald Ramsden, ‘Ron’ succeeded son Dudley following turmoil in the boardroom. He established Ron Ramsden’s shop in 1946, which became one of the biggest independent supermarkets in the north of England. He eventually sold out to his son Dudley Ramsden. Back to back relegations saw the Club back in League Division 4 and Ramsden leave the board. He died in 1990.

Thomas Bygott [1985] - In the midst of boardroom turmoil, local builder Bygott took the chair for a month in late 1985. His son, Stephen, was also later a director.

Dudley Ramsden [1985-1985] - Supermarket impresario and co-founder of NISA-TODAYS retail co-operative, Dudley Burton Ramsden was without doubt the main driving force behind the building of the Findus Family Stand, which was completed in 1983. Through his retail connections Ramsden was able to sell the stand naming rights to Findus the towns’ biggest employer at the time. The Club were a head of the game, through his vision, with only five other Clubs in the country being able to boast private Executive Boxes and Corporate dining facilities. Due to disagreements with his father Ron, his chairmanship was a relatively short one.

Richard Middleton [1979-1985] - Richard Kitchener Middleton owned and ran a successful glazing company which was situated in Freeman Street. ‘Dick’ presided over the Club when Town were crowned Champions of Division 3 and was at the helm when the Mariners finished fifth in Division 2 behind Manchester City, Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday and the Champions Chelsea in 1984. He died in 1988.

Henry Hamilton [1969-1979] - Henry Christopher Hamilton aka ‘Paddy Hamilton’ owned a successful hardware distribution company in Grimsby. He was Chairman of the Club when the Mariners won Division 4 in 1972, under Manager Lawrie McMenemy, and were again promoted from the Fourth Division in 1979. He died in 1979.

Frederick Would [1969] - Also known as FA Would he returned to the chair for a brief period in 1969.

Roy Osmond [1968-1969] - He was Chairman of the Club when town finished 91st place in the Football League and had to face the ignominy of re-election. The Managing Director of an animal husbandry firm, he was the son of former director and President L K Osmond, after whom the stand at Blundell Park was named.

Frederick Would [1954-1968] - Frederick Arthur Would first joined the Grimsby Town board in 1946, going on to replace the long-serving George Pearce as Chairman. The owner of a building and contracting firm, Fred (rarely seen without a fat cigar) was also a county councillor for both Lincolnshire and Humberside, while in 1966 he was involved with the FA Selection Committee for that year's World Cup in England. He died in 1995.

George Pearce [1931-1954] - Grimsby Town's longest-serving Chairman, George Pearce steered the Club through its ‘Golden Area’ in the First Division, including FA Cup Semi-Finals in 1935/6 and 1938/9. He oversaw the signings of Club icons Pat Glover, Jackie Bestall, George Tweedy and Harry Betmead and was also Chairman when Bill Shankly was appointed as Manager in June 1951. A fish merchant by trade, George had been a director since the early 1900s, even enjoying a spell as Manager in 1936/1937 for 28 games. He died in 1957.

Joseph Stookes [1928-1931] - Born in 1873, Joseph Wallace Stookes joined Grimsby Town's board in 1919, taking over as Chairman four years later. By trade a fish merchant, the Mariners made steady progress under his command, rising from the Third Division North to the top-flight. His son-in-law was fellow director (and later FIFA President), Arthur Drewry. He was Chairman when he died in 1931.

James Plaistow [1920-1923] - Jim's short reign as Grimsby Town Chairman saw the Mariners play Division Three football for the first time before ill-health forced his resignation. Previously a Football League referee, his other great interest was cycling, Jim's business skills producing a profitable cycle outlet that later expanded to become one of the area's top motor car showrooms. He died in 1929.

Alfred Cooper [1908-1920] - A Grimsby Town director for twenty years, Alfred William Cooper's reign as Chairman covered the Mariners' one season in the Midland League following the loss of Football League status and the First World War era. Chief salesman for one of the `giants' of the local fishing industry - Sir Alec Black - Alf was responsible for Grimsby Town adopting their famous black and white striped shirts in 1910. He died in 1936.

William Goodwin [1906-1908] - Born in Hull, William Francis Goodwin came to Grimsby in the 1880s, in time becoming an important name in the local fishing industry with interests in trawlers, fish oil and ice production. Briefly Grimsby Town Chairman in the Edwardian era, he was previously Financial Secretary, resigning his post when the Club's then-large debts became more manageable. He died in 1928.

John Thompson [1905-1906] - Chairman during the Edwardian era, John Henry Thompson resigned from the Grimsby Town board when financial problems threatened to split the directors and the club’s existence. He then returned to his occupation as a builder and property owner with interests throughout Lincolnshire.

William Bellamy [1900] - William Henry Bellamy was a notable name in Grimsby Town's early history, serving on its committee, then as a director and finally Chairman for a short spell. Prominent in the mineral water trade, he held high positions with the Football Association and Football League as well as serving as a linesman, being an official at the 1905 FA Cup Final between Newcastle and Aston Villa. He died in 1945.

Christmas White [LATE 1890’s] - Born Christmas White in 1858, Chris was initially associated with Grimsby Town in the late 19th century. A staunch local Conservative councillor for several years, he owned a thriving grocer's shop on Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, also being the area sub-postmaster. He died in 1926.

Frederick Coulson [1894-1904] - A prominent local businessman being both a fish merchant and director of several fishing companies, Fred Baxter Coulson took over the helm of Grimsby Town when aged just 32. The brother of fellow director Albert Coulson, he was sadly dogged by ill health, but had the satisfaction of seeing the Mariners reach the top-flight during his reign (1901-03) for the first time. He died in 1911.

Edward Heneage [1889] - A Liberal MP for Grimsby with extensive interests in farming and property, Edward Heneage’s brief reign as President coincided with Grimsby Town FC moving to Abbey Park on land which he owned. Formerly on army service with the 1st Life Guards, he was later made Lord Heneage. He died in 1922.

Charles Carter [1885-1889] - Club President when the Mariners were establishing themselves as one of the top teams in Lincolnshire in pre-Football League days, Charles Frederick Carter was the owner of Coal Salt on Grimsby docks, suppliers to the fishing trade that still exists today as Cosalt.

Henry Smethurst [1885] - Grimsby Town President in the 1880s, Henry Smethurst was better known locally for almost fifty years’ public service as an Alderman and Liberal councillor. After working in his father’s fish merchants, he went on to be a trawler owner with interests in other fishing concerns in his own right. He died in 1923.

Sir John Astley [1878-1885] - Grimsby Town's first-ever President following the Club's formation, Rome-born Sir John Astley was a well-known Lincolnshire MP. He had earlier served in the Crimean War with the Scots Fusilier Guards (being wounded at the Battle of Alma) before entering politics. Sir John was a close friend of the Earl of Yarborough (whose name `Pelham' was initially adopted into the Club's title), his son later marrying into the Earl's family. He died in 1894.