Saturday, June 05, 2021


A Brigg football collector, charity fundraiser and well-known town resident has a very rare match programme to prove that Brigg Town FC played in a unique tie in the world's oldest knockout cup competition, the famous FA Cup.
Andrew 'Sass' Markham has sent us this picture showing part of the publication from the tie in question.
He explains: "I was looking through my programme collection the other day and found this one.
"It is from the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round on the 29th of September 2001. Not a game normally to come to mind, but this one is unique.
"Gretna v Brigg was the last English FA Cup tie to be played in Scotland.
"At the end of the 2001/2002 season Gretna entered the Scottish Football League. They had, until then, played in the English Northern Premier League.
"Brigg Town...claim to fame."
A long-serving Brigg hockey goalkeeper who has watched football matches across the length and breadth of Britain including all league grounds in Scotland, Andrew suggests the Gretna v Brigg programme might be worth "a pound or two."
However, we reckon its value will be considerably more than this if he ever chose to sell it.
On the web, this unique match programme would surely attract the interest of many collectors in the UK and perhaps abroad.
Andrew, who was a town councillor for many years, famously hitch-hiked around the world before returning to Brigg.
He sent periodic updates on his progress which were published in the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph.
Andrew is now a keen fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Action, being a member of the local Brigg group.
Having beaten Gretna, Brigg Town battled their way through to the first round 'proper' of the FA Cup involving Football League clubs on November 17, 2001 and were drawn away to Tranmere Rovers, losing 4-1.
We'd like to feature a picture of that tie's programme in a future post, if someone could kindly oblige.