Bygones: For the love of the game
BOB READ got in touch after we published this photograph of the Littlecoates FC team of 1993.
He said: "Littlecoates FC joined the Grimsby And District Saturday League in the 1992/93 season with a Mr D Herriott as their secretary.
"When they joined the league in Division 4 they played in white with their home games on the council public pitches.
"The first season saw them finish third from bottom above Foster Allen Cars and MITS United, with Old Clee FC becoming champions.
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"The leading goalscorer of that division was Paul Favell of Old Clee FC with 49 goals and the referee of that year, winning the Dean Hickson Memorial Cup, was Jim Harty.
"The following season 1993/94 saw them change the club's colours to red and their home venue to Springfield.
"This was a better season for them and they finished fourth from top, only a point behind the runners-up, Cleethorpes Motor Spares. The players had no difficulty in finding the net, scoring 103 goals.
Another item of interest in this season was that Daily Shipping Services won the Lincs County Junior Cup as well as the Division 2 championship. Leading goalscorers for that season were: C Barnard (49 goals) Immingham Utd Division 4, winning him the Ernest Vaughan "Marksman" Shield; Shaun Tillley (43 goals) Gradely Sports Division 3; Ritchie Gaunt (39 goals) Daily Shipping Services Division 2; and C Edwards (29 goals) Pavilion Division 1.
"In the season 1994/95 Littlecoates moved up to Division 3 continuing to play at Springfield, but they changed their colours to orange.
"A higher league and better opposition saw them finish in a healthy third position, only losing six games that season, a worthy effort.
"Other interesting notes showed Ron Elwis winning the secretary of the year for Stallingborough.
"The leading goalscorer for that year was A Smith, of Keelby Kings, Division 4 with 56 goals; R Offiller, Clee Ten Pin Division. 2, 46 goals; Shaun Tilley, Darleys Division 3, 42 goals; and D Robertson, Stallingborough Division 1 with 25 goals.
The 1995/96 season, which was the last year the Littlecoates club were in the league, saw them move up to Division 2 and switch their ground to Healing. They changed their club colours to blue with secretary D Herriott still in charge.
"This season saw them finish fourth from bottom against stronger opposition. The champions of Division 2 that season were Keelby Kings.
"The Littlecoates club were a credit to the Grimsby League, mainly due to a fine secretary in D Herriott.
"Although they never won any honours during their existence, they played for the love of the game.
"The heading of 20 years ago seems a long time ago, but in the mists of time it would be nice to know where those players are now and what memories they have."