BY PAUL SAVAGE from Football Pink
It’s September 1st 2001 and Michael Owen and Emile Heskey have just put Germany to the sword, thrashing them 5-1 in their own backyard. It was part of that euphoric time before the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea when the ‘golden generation’ were meant to bring home the trophy. Hopes were high with Rio, Frank and David Beckham in the prime of their careers.
It was also a golden time for Grimsby Town. Just as England had kicked off that game at the Olympiastadion in Munich, the Mariners sat proudly at the top of the Championship (then known as Division One) thanks to a 1-0 win over Barnsley. Phil Jevons – signed the previous summer from Everton for £250,000 – had scored his first league goal in a black and white shirt to fire the Mariners to the league’s summit. The Premier League beckoned.
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