Friday, January 07, 2011


North Lincolnshire Museum is renewing its appeal for Scunthorpe United memorabilia to include in an exciting new exhibition opening in April.
That news, just received from North Lincolnshire Council, is bitter-sweet. For back in April, 1965 my dad took me to watch my very first Scunthorpe United match at the Old Show Ground, in which they just happened to destroy Luton Town by a record 8-1, ace centre-forward Barrie Thomas netting five times. The "bitter" part of the story is I never kept my match programme - or it would have made a great item for the exhibiton, which I'd have been happy to loan for display purposes.
There have been many Iron-Brigg links down the years, including full-back Barry Horstead, who went from Brigg Town to Scunthorpe and played 300-plus games in the 1950s and 1960s, and (in later years) Sir John Nelthorpe School's Matt Sparrow, another long-serving player, now down at Brighton.
A decade ago, while with the Scunthorpe Telegraph, I compiled a popular special publication called Brigg 2000 (remember it?), in which we ran a feature about Barry Horstead's career, photographing him at home in Westrum Lane.
North Lincolnshire Council told Brigg Blog today:
An extensive range of memorabilia has already been put forward for the exhibition following an appeal made by the museum in October. These pieces range from teddy bears and match day programmes to a 1950s badge blazer and a pair of Timmy Bowers’ boots.
Some objects are still needed and these include:
Any SUFC branded memorabilia such as mugs, hats, rattles, scarves, fancy dress wigs, inflatables, car stickers and flags.
A full 1950s SUFC kit, complete with boots
If you have your own piece of Scunthorpe United history you think might be suitable please call Emma Wood at North Lincolnshire Museum on 01724 843533 or email
The exhibition was due to run from April to September this year but it has now been extended to January 2012. North Lincolnshire Museum has teamed up with Scunthorpe United for the celebratory exhibition, which will tell the history of the club and its importance to the local community.
The club is loaning many important pieces and photos for the exhibition and there will be a considerable emphasis on inspirational footballers that have moved others to take up the sport.
The exhibition will open at North Lincolnshire Museum, Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, on 5 April 2011 and will run until 8 January 2012.
Coun Christine O’Sullivan, cabinet member for Sport, Leisure and Culture at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The response from Iron fans so far has been very good. If you have any memorabilia you would like to loan for the exhibition please do get in touch. This exhibition will tell the story of Scunthorpe United and a large part of that story has to come from the fans.”

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