Grimsby to stage testimonial for former Stags star Disley after releasing him

Off comes the shirt as Craig Disley celebrates a vital goal for Stags at arch-rivals Chesterfield in 2003
Off comes the shirt as Craig Disley celebrates a vital goal for Stags at arch-rivals Chesterfield in 2003
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Former Mansfield Town star Craig Disley was released by League Two rivals Grimsby Town today after six years with the Mariners.

But they have announced they will be staging a testimonial match for a player that has become a club legend at Blundell Park.

The 35-year-old midfielder helped Grimsby back into the Football League last season and is a firm fans’ favourite.

However, he only started 15 League games last season, scoring in the defeats at Barnet and Colchester, and his departure was announced this morning as boss Russell Slade revealed his retained list.

Club director John Fenty said: “Captain Disley will always hold a special place in my heart, a man who never shirked, a man for the big occasion, often chipping in with vital goals in vital games. He has been a model professional and has been great to work with.

“The club will be arranging a special benefit (testimonial) game for Craig in due course, an opportunity for good many like-minded fans to have the opportunity express their respect for a true Town legend.”

Worksop-born Disley began his career with the Stags as a youth team player and made his first team debut in 199 under manager Billy Dearden.

He went on to help the club achieve promotion into the Second Division in 2001/02 before moving on to Bristol Rovers in 2004.

He spent four years there, achieving another promotion, before signing for Shrewsbury Town for two seasons, though missed the 2009/10 season with a broken ankle.