Friday, November 23, 2007


Will Hull City fans visit Brigg before and after tomorrow's big derby match at Scunthorpe United?
As the game kicks off at noon, followers of the Tigers, travelling via the Humber Bridge and the A15, will have to be quick to get served and make it to the game on time. But after the match it's very likely some will drop in, hoping to either celebrate or drown their sorrows in Brigg hostelries, depending on how the Iron perform against their favourites.
No doubt Insp Brett Rutty and his colleagues at Brigg police station are fully aware of the situation.
When Grimsby Town gained promotion to the old First Division, back in the 1980s, they opened their programme against Leeds United, whose fans invaded Brigg in large numbers.
It was a very hot August day and many 'Yorkies' decided to take their drinks outside.
No trouble was reported but, once the fans had departed for Blundell Park, licensed premises (particuarly the Black Bull) noted many of their glasses had been taken away, which caused quite a shortage that night.
Police sometimes ask licensees near football grounds to close either side of matches when they think there might be public order issues. However, do they take into account the effect this might have on places along the route for travelling fans?
Only a couple of years ago I recall getting off the bus in Cary Lane, one tea-time, and finding Brigg Market Place literally awash with Geordie supporters of Newcastle United who had stopped off on their way to Grimsby for a cup-tie.

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