Wednesday, February 27, 2019

THE CHANGING FACE OF SUNDAY AFTERNOON SPORT IN BRIGG

Brigg Recreation Ground's entry sign and one of the football pitches - February 2019

Wonderful weather on Sunday in Brigg - 59F (15C), bright sunshine and precious little wind...
But there were no afternoon football or hockey matches played at the Recreation Ground in what were ideal conditions.
North Lincolnshire Council has provided some super facilities but all pitches - grass and synthetic - were standing idle.
The reason is that far fewer people want to play team sports these days than was the case 15, 20 or 30 years ago.
In "our day" Brigg Men's Hockey Club used to have a Sunday friendly team, and its matches often took place while both Rec grass football pitches were being used for league games.
Brigg Servicemen's Club played football in the top division of the Scunthorpe & District Sunday League for many years, with home games often kicking off in the afternoon.
After taking these pictures of vacant pitches we glanced at our mobile phone and saw the following social media post from the Coney Court venue about live sport on TV:
Football showing at Brigg & District Servicemen’s Club this afternoon ... everyone welcome. "Hot dogs on sale during the match. I can smell the fried onions now, yum yum."
Yes, times have changed; watching sport on TV is now very much the norm, rather than playing The Beautiful Game.
We hope they enjoyed the onions at the Servicemen's Club. During Sunday afternoon hockey matches at The Rec we had to make do with a slice of orange at half-time!


Brigg Recreation Ground's synthetic 'Blue Astro' floodlit hockey pitch - February 2019

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