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Our first guest blogger is Paul Savage, who describes himself as a long-suffering Grimsby Town
season ticket holder. He is also the author of the Too Good To Go Down
blog. He was named 'Non League Blogger of the Year' at the Football Blogging Awards. Interact on Twitter @toogoodtogodown
or at www.toogoodtogodown.co.uk
There aren't many players who are considered to be heroes at two different football clubs, but Clive Mendonca
is hailed at both Grimsby Town
and Charlton Athletic
as a legend. From scoring goals for fun with the Mariners to netting a hat-trick at Wembley for the Addicks, who knows where Clive's career would have taken him had it not been curtailed by injury.
After bouncing around the lower leagues at Rotherham
and Sheffield United
, 'Super Clive' found his shooting boots at Blundell Park. One of Alan Buckley
's greatest ever signings - and Grimsby's most successful manager signed plenty of fantastic players - Mendonca is easily the best striker in recent memory to have pulled on a Town shirt. Clinical in the box, hes one of the all-time greats. Striking up partnerships with Tony Rees, Neil Woods
and Steve Livingstone
, he scored 60 goals in just over three seasons despite being dogged with injuries. One of my favourite Mendonca memories came after he spent a year out with injury. In his first full game back he scored a hat-trick against Ipswich
with three clinical finishes in front of the home supporters. He could score with either foot, inside and out of the box.
With Grimsby starting to struggle in the higher divisions, Charlton came calling and in 1997 signed Mendonca for £700,000. He was just as big a hit with the Addicks, especially when his hat-trick in the Play Off Final fired Charlton into the top flight. The goals came against Sunderland
, his boyhood team, and he became the last player to score three goals at the original Wembley Stadium for an English team. He joined the likes of Alan Shearer
and, of course, Geoff Hurst
, in scoring three times at the famous old ground.
Mendonca's scoring feats didn't end there, netting another hat-trick in Charlton's first home game in the Premier League against Southampton
. Injuries started to take their toll and after 8 goals in 18 Premier League games, Mendonca was forced to retire from the game. In todays money Mendonca would probably have been worth £7-million, let alone £700,000. A true cult hero, at two very different football clubs.
The Clive Mendonca
t-shirt is now available at the special price of £9.99 for a limited period only!