It’s fairly safe to say that whenever any Mariners supporter hears the name Phil Jevons, it immediately takes us straight back to that joyous Tuesday night at Anfield in October 2001 and that goal. I mean who can forget that audacious 30 yard thronker to seal a famous win against Liverpool in the 120th minute right?
Having signed from Everton for £250,000 after failing to hold down a regular first team place, Jevons came with a lot of potential and an eye for goal. There was certainly a lot more to Jevons than just that goal though and he certainly showcased a small sample of what he could offer during his turbulent three years at Blundell Park.
His first season with the Mariners can be considered a success, having finished safely in 19th place in Division One, reaching top spot after five games, that Anfield goal and having recorded 8 goals in 37 games.
It started to turn sour at this point for both the frontman and the club in general. Town had hit financial troubles and Jevons was sent out on loan to Hull City for the season to lighten the wage bill, while the Mariners ended up suffering relegation to Division Two.
A very public feud developed with then chairman Peter Furneaux during the summer of 2003, relating to the renegotiation of Jevons’ contract, as the Mariners couldn’t keep up with paying either his appearance fees or high wages.
Despite the issues Jevons had another good crack at it and ended the season with 13 goals, including a remarkable four against Barnsley in February 2004, and even claimed the Grimsby Town Player of the Year award. However, yet again the Mariners were consigned to a second successive relegation with Jevons eventually moving on at the end of the season.
After leaving Blundell Park, Jevons went on to have successful spells at several clubs in League One & Two, before finishing off his career in Non League. Without doubt his most fruitful spell came at his first club after the Mariners, Yeovil Town. It was at Huish Park where he realised his potential and bagged 27 league goals, culminating in winning the 2004/05 Golden Boot and the League Two title.
Jevons continued his fine form adding 15 League One goals the following season helping Yeovil survive relegation; before moving to Bristol City for the 2005/06 season and grabbing 11 league goals, aiding The Robins with promotion to the Championship.
Looking back, it was very unfortunate that Jevons was with the Mariners when all our troubles started. Maybe if the collapse of ITV Digital didn’t occur with resulting financial issues, then he could have had a drama free three years fully concentrating on playing.
Without all the problems “Jevvo” might’ve realised his potential sooner and become a cult hero; saving us from relegation or firing us back up the leagues with his goalscoring prowess. Just one more year with us and we could have been the Yeovil Town of 2004/05.