Grimsby Town supporter named Fan of the Year

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Green was recognised as Fan of the Year for her work chairing Grimsby Town's supporters' trust
Green was recognised as Fan of the Year for her work chairing Grimsby Town's supporters' trust

Fans up and down the country put hours of work into their clubs but one Grimsby Town supporter has gone above and beyond despite the hurdles in her way, writes Sportsbeat's James Reid.

Kristine Green is celebrating off the pitch as well as on it after the Mariners were promoted to the Football League, as she was recognised as the William Hill Fan of the Year at The Non-League Paper’s National Game Awards in association with Buildbase for her work as chair of the supporters’ trust.

Green has driven forward initiatives to install defibrillators in all stands, create a new fan zone, and more recently raise money to send fans to the National League play-off final - and hopes her work inspire others to get involved in their local clubs.

“If people can look at me and say 'do you know, if she can do it as a parent on her own with two kids, there’s no reason I can’t do it',” said Green.

“I live on the East Marsh of Grimsby, that’s an area classed as deprived, more people than not are out of work and in benefit situations. I’m a single parent myself, I get tax credits, there’s no shame in that.

“I’ve been massively supported by all the guys at Grimsby Town Football Club, I’ve never had any restriction, any hindrance to what I want to do and how I want to do it. They’re massively supportive of what I do and that’s a huge benefit to everybody.

Green made a real difference to the Mariners off the pitch, leading initiatives to ensure that football is for everybody.

When she started getting texts about the high price of play-off final tickets, Green leapt into action.

“I thought we’d raise four or five thousand pounds and we’d got there in three or four hours,” added Green.

“Wrexham fans, Sheffield Wednesday fans all stepped up to the mark because this wasn’t a Grimsby Town, Solihull issue, this was a football issue.

“36 hours later we were at 24,000. An incredible effort from fans, volunteers – my children didn’t see me for the half-term week, I worked 17-hour days but they understand.”

This wasn’t the first time Green had led the way, with the Mariners board member also crucial to five new defibrillators at Blundell Park, a further testament to the effort that goes on behind the scenes.

“Every stand at Blundell Park has a defibrillator, you’re never more than 90 seconds away,” added Green.

“We’ve seen time and again how important that it is in football and in society in general – they’re lifesavers, literally.

“An incredible amount of work, a lot goes on – there’s all sorts going on seven days a week.

“It’s a privilege, a hard-working privilege, but a privilege all the same.”

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