Brigg Town FC HISTORY

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 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.

Club HONOURS

FA Carling Vase

Winners
1995/96, 2002/03

Lincolnshire League

Champions
1952/53, 1959/60

Division One Champions
1970/71, 1971/72

Premier Division Champions
1973/74, 1975/76

Lincolnshire Senior A Cup

Winners
1975/76, 1976/77, 1993/94, 1999/2000

Lincolnshire Senior B Cup

Winners
1954/55, 1956/57, 1968/69, 1984/85

Midlands League

Champions
1977/78

Northern Counties East Football League

Premier Division Champions
2000/01

Premier Division Runners-Up
1999/2000, 2001/02, 2002/03

Division One Runners-Up
1984/85

President’s Cup Runners-Up
1991/92, 1992/93, 1994/95, 1995/96

FA Cup First Round Proper

2002/03