Saturday, October 08, 2022


Sports fans in Brigg and district will be interested to learn that one of our local football teams will achieve a major milestone this afternoon (Saturday, October 8).
Barnetby United - The Railwaymen - will be playing their 1,000th match in what is now known as the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League.
This will be against reigning Division One champions College Wanderers at the village ground on Silver Street (2.30pm kick-off).
Brigg Blog has sent the club its best wishes.
Lee Fielden - manager, player, club historian and archivist - has kindly supplied us with details of the club's record, in several leagues.
Barnetby FC can trace its roots back to 1936 - three years before the Second World War.
Lee explains: "The club made its first steps into senior football in 1945-46 in Division Two of the Scunthorpe League before departing for the Grimsby League. "A two-year stay in the The East Barkwith League then followed before a return to the Scunthorpe League in 1975.
"Barnetby United now join a select group of clubs whose first teams have played 1,000 games in the Scunthorpe League.
"As of October 6, 2022, these are: New Holland Villa 1,471, Santon 1,328, Scotter United 1,234, College Wanderers 1,169.
"Before sadly folding, long-standing league members Crosby Colts were on 1,453 games."
Following today's game, Barnetby's players and supporters will have a very good reason to raise a glass to the next 1,000!
The current Scunthorpe League run-down (prior to kick-off this afternoon) is: Played 999, Won 389, Drawn 135, Lost 475; Goals For 2,310, Goals Against 2,560, Goal Difference -250.
The village club also played 677 Grimsby League games and 32 in the East Barkwith competition.
In October 2018 we reported Lee's 500th game as manager of Barnetby United; a tasty treat came his way!
Educated in Brigg, Lee played cricket for Brigg Town, as a wicketkeeper/batsman, for many years.

PICTURED ABOVE: Barnetby United (black and white kit) in action earlier this season against Briggensians at Brigg Recreation Ground, Lee Fielden with club trophies, and the hand-written teamsheet for The Railwaymen's first game in the Scunthorpe League.