Ten years ago I made a Friday evening trip up the A14/A1/A46 to lovely Lincoln.
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).
An emotional night, and the commemorative programme is an absolute treasure, packed with the joys of life.
The funeral took place at Lincoln Cathedral 3 days later.
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.
Not sure how, but I think I struggled up the hill after the 3-1 Lincoln win to visit this one, appropriately.
Plenty of craft, but still plenty of graft in Lincoln, as Keith would have known well.