Saturday, November 02, 2019



Brigg continues to be a very popular port of call for supporters of various Football League clubs on their way to watch their teams in action at grounds in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.
The latest to make refreshment stops in Brigg last Saturday (October 26) were Derby County supporters heading for Hull City, and Bolton Wanderers fans going to Lincoln City for a game that was postponed due to wet pitch conditions.
Andrew 'Sass' Markham has sent us the image above showing Derby fans at our Lord Nelson, supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action fundraising group of which he is a member.
Andrew says he and colleague Lesley Whitehand took the opportunity to promote Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November (note the the banner) and to collect donations.
He adds: "We will be sending the photos to both clubs in the hope one or other will print it in their programme. Hopefully this will be good for Brigg as well as the charity.
"Our grateful thanks are due to the Black Bull, the Exchange, the Woolpack and Lord Nelson for helping us raise £194 for pancreatic cancer, and also to Steve, from Brigg Matters (magazine), for taking the photos."
Below we see Derby County supporters in the beer garden at the Black Bull and Bolton fans at the Woolpack. They stayed on in Brigg after the game at Sincil Bank, Lincoln, had been called off by the referee.
Andrew says the Bolton supporters enjoyed a trip around our local hostelries, but stresses: "I didn't accompany them!"
Brigg Blog, and others, still wonder why football fans literally go out of their way to come to Brigg rather than take more direct, and shorter, routes to Football League games in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.
However, Brigg pubs - and fast food outlets/sandwich and pie providers - are receiving welcome additional trade because their coaches come to town.
So, to use a football phrase, it's a good result.
Some 'away' fans en route to Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United also make Brigg a port of call.
Between now and the season's end in May, many more footy fans will be making pre-match visits to town pubs.

In the Woolpack, Brigg, beer garden with landlady Sarah Hardy (centre).

Under cover behind the Black Bull, with Lesley Whitehand at the front holding the collecting bucket for Pancreatic Cancer Action.