Having succumbed to a heavy defeat in their previous outing, in a game that offered little in the form of positivity, FC Humber United continue their league campaign on Tuesday night against one of the leagues high flyers. Having established an initial foothold at the club, management aim to further instil their ideals as the club return home against north Lincolnshire outfit, Brigg Town in a 7.45pm kick-off. As has been the way for a sizable period of the season, Humber will begin the day toward the foot of the table after perhaps a turbulent time thus far. The squad, now perched on seven points from their fifteen games, will certainly be aspiring to achieve something from the remaining fixtures, under the guidance of Luke, Marc and Paul.

Sighting our opponents for Saturday’s league fixture, the visiting Brigg Town come to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium off the back of a comfortable three-one victory at home to Hall Road Ranger. Brigg Town themselves begin the day top of the table. Having made a decent start to the season, the club have collected thirty-four points from their opening thirteen games of the season. Despite perhaps being the underdog going into the fixture, Humber will certainly aim to make a decent account of themselves.

Moving forward with the football season, the moment has returned for Humber to hopefully kick on from their previous outing against Rossington Main and perhaps reinvigorate their season. Quoting their official website, FC Humber extend an opportunity to all, in reviewing a brief history of the team they face Tuesday:

“The club, known as the “Zebras” is the oldest surviving club in Lincolnshire and one of the oldest clubs in England having been formed in 1864. In the non-league world only Sheffield (1857), Harefield (1858), Hallam (1860) and Cray Wanderers (1860) are older and when including the professional clubs, Brigg Town ranks as the 9th oldest of all time.

It is also widely considered that Brigg Town is the oldest Town club in the world and the first team to play in black and white stripes.

The first fifty years of the game in Brigg

Although games of football were probably being played in the Brigg area some time earlier, the first clear reference to an organised match in the town was reported by the Lincolnshire Chronicle newspaper in early January 1864. It records a game between the Gentlemen of Brigg and the Gentlemen of Lincoln which had to be postponed owing to the hardness of the pitch after bad weather. This was shortly after the schoolmaster, Mr Tring, had drawn up the Cambridge Rules and the Football Association had launched its first official set of rules just five weeks earlier, on December 1st 1863.

With football being well-established in the town by the mid-1860s, the game became a well-recognised institution. Club members practised to take part in important matches in neighbouring towns and by the 1870s games were being played at Lincoln, Grimsby and across the River Humber in Hull. Brigg Town had become a strong side and a much sought-after opponent by other town clubs.

At this time the club had no distinguishing colours but in 1877 it was decided to adopt magenta and white for the dress of its members.”


Tale of the Tape

When it comes to FC Humber United Versus Brigg Town FC CIC, the two sides have only met in competitive action on four occasions. Through the short period FC Humber have existed in their many forms, four occasions they have met Brigg Town FC CIC and as the record stands, FC Humber have picked up one victory and zero draws, whilst Brigg have won on three occasions. Saturday’s fixture will again prove a different test for FC Humber; however, the Club will certainly have their sights set on improving their fortunes, from the previous outings this season.

Of the four fixtures FC Humber and Brigg Town FC CIC have met in competitive action, there have only been fifteen goals between the two; five from FC Humber and ten from the zebras. The last time these two met, was in league action on 28th December 2019, the tie ended in a close two-nil victory for Brigg Town. It would be suffice to say Humber will aim their sights on a much-improved result in the latest meeting between the two, as the club search for their next points on the board.

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

October 18, 2021