Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Mariners catch the Imps
Sorry to hear the Red Imps have been beaten in the League Two play-offs - for the fourth year running.
In a local derby clash, Lincoln City FC were beaten in both the home and the away legs by Grimsby Town rivals, the Mariners.
I was in Lincoln on Saturday and wondered why I couldn't get a pint anywhere after the meeting I went for. I was told Lincolnshire Police had been tipped off there might be trouble - and took the sensible precaution of closing city centre pubs to avoid them getting smashed up as happened a couple of years ago after a similar clash.
On that occasion, the Police came in for flak, accused of shutting trouble-makers in a pub, but preventing things kicking off outside.
This time Lincs Police were ready for trouble, but there were no arrests on Saturday after the Imps were beaten by the Mariners at Sincil Bank - nor I believe after the second leg last night at Grimsby.
There's an excellent article in today's Daily Telegraph by John Inverdale on policing of the fixture.