Ten years ago I made a Friday evening trip up the A14/A1/A46 to lovely Lincoln.

lincoln city

That journey can be done in 1:48 hours now, but the extra 8 minutes gives you time to admire the statue of your favourite UK Prime Minister (#FACT) in gorgeous Grantham.

I was paying homage to another trailblazer at Sincil Bank.


Keith Alexander, the first full-time black professional manager in the Football League, as well as being the first black qualified referee in England, a legend of the lower leagues with a CV to match Claridge and Clarkson (not Jeremy).

A proper CV

An emotional night, and the commemorative programme is an absolute treasure, packed with the joys of life.

Can’t say that now

The funeral took place at Lincoln Cathedral 3 days later.

View from the bus station
Worth the hike

One of our great cathedrals, worth the jog up Steep Hill that Keith no doubt made the Imps do 3 times a day back in their hey day.

Run !
Fire !

Not sure how, but I think I struggled up the hill after the 3-1 Lincoln win to visit this one, appropriately.

It’s a struggle

Plenty of craft, but still plenty of graft in Lincoln, as Keith would have known well.


8 thoughts on “LINCOLN LEGENDS

  1. I was a regular visitor to Lincoln, back in the early 80’s, as an old school friend lived there for a while.

    Good memories of the city and its pubs, especially the Sam Smith’s one halfway up Steep Hill.

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  2. Yes, the Strugglers and the Victoria just round the corner are the reward for that climb up the appropriately named Steep Hill. Haven’t been for a few years, and it may be a few more before my (or anyone’s) next visit.

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    1. And the Morning Star used to be a Bass stronghold up there.

      There’s at least half a dozen Proper Pubs from Sincil Bank to the Cathedral, with craft diversions just before the steep hill for the Mudgies.


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