Lincoln City F.C.

Lincoln City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. The team compete in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed the "Imps" after the legend of the Lincoln Imp, they have played at 10,653-capacity Sincil Bank since their move from John O'Gaunts in 1895. Traditionally they play in red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red and white socks. They hold rivalries with other Lincolnshire clubs, particularly Football League sides Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.

Lincoln City
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Full nameLincoln City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Imps
Founded1884; 137 years ago (1884)
GroundSincil Bank
Capacity10,653[1]
ChairmanClive Nates[2]
ManagerMichael Appleton
LeagueLeague One
2019–20League One, 16th of 23
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in 1884, Lincoln won the Midland League in 1889–90, their first full season playing league football. They moved on from the Football Alliance to become founder members of the Football League Second Division in 1892, remaining there until they failed re-election in 1908. They won immediate re-election after winning the next year's Midland League, and would repeat this feat after failing re-election again in 1911 and 1920. Founder members of the Football League Third Division North in 1921, they won promotion as champions in 1931–32, but were relegated two seasons later. Crowned Third Division North champions again in 1947–48, they were relegated the next year, but would remain in the second tier for nine seasons after again winning the Third Division North title in 1951–52. Two successive relegations left them in the Fourth Division by 1962, where they would remain until Graham Taylor's title winning campaign of 1975–76.

Relegated in 1978–79, they secured promotion again two years later but suffered a double relegation to find themselves in the Conference by 1987. Lincoln made an immediate recovery however, regaining their Football League status with the Conference title in 1987–88. They were promoted again in 1997–98, but were relegated the next season. They reached the play-offs in five consecutive seasons, from 2002 to 2007, losing in the final twice (2002–03 and 2004–05) and the semi-finals three times, which is a competition record. However they exited the division at the other end when they were returned to the Conference after relegation at the end of the 2010–11 campaign. A six-season stay in non-league was ended when Cowley brothers Nicky and Danny led the club to the National League title in 2016–17, as well as a run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup – this made them the first non-league side to reach that stage in 103 years. They won the EFL Trophy in 2018 and the League Two title in 2018–19.

HistoryEdit

 
Chart of table positions of Lincoln City in the Football League

Football in the city of Lincoln had been prominent since the 1860s although not strictly connected to the modern day club. After the disbanding of Lincoln Rovers (formerly Lincoln Recreation) in 1884, Lincoln City FC was formed as an amateur football association, and the first game Lincoln played was an emphatic 9–1 victory over local rivals Sleaford, on 4 October 1884. Originally they played at the John O'Gaunts ground, provided by wealthy local brewer Robert Dawber.

Lincoln turned professional in the 1891–92 season, and soon helped to form what was then the Second Division in 1892–93 season, as an increasing number of clubs wished to join the Football League. Their first game in the Football League was a 4–2 away defeat to Sheffield United on 3 September 1892.[3] Their first home game was also against Sheffield United, this time, however, Lincoln won 1–0. Due to Dawber's death in 1895, Lincoln moved from the John O'Gaunts Ground to Sincil Bank.

 
Lincoln fans do a card display before a match against Swindon

They failed re-election to the Football League in 1908. They won immediate re-election after winning the next year's Midland League, and would repeat this feat after failing re-election again in 1911 and 1920. Founder members of the Football League Third Division North in 1921, they won promotion as champions in 1931–32, but were relegated two seasons later. Crowned Third Division North champions again in 1947–48, they were relegated the next year, but would remain in the second tier for nine seasons after again winning the Third Division North title in 1951–52. Two successive relegations left them in the Fourth Division by 1962, where they would remain until Graham Taylor's title winning campaign of 1975–76. The next would oscillate between the Third and Fourth division for the next 10 years, missing out on promotion to the Second Division in 1982 and 1983.

Lincoln were relegated to the Fourth Division at the end of the 1985–86 season, and the year after that they became the first team to suffer automatic relegation from the Football League. They regained their Football League place automatically via promotion as champions of the Conference at the first attempt. In the 1997–98 season, Lincoln were promoted from the Third Division (previously the Fourth Division), but were immediately relegated back on the next season. On 3 May 2002 Lincoln entered into administration.[4] Lincoln City were relegated again from League Two (previously the Third Division) on the last day of the end of the 2010–11 season. In the 2016–17 season of the National League (English football) (previously the Conference), Lincoln City under Danny Cowley were promoted as champions back to the Football League.

In the 2016–17 FA Cup, Lincoln beat Championship side Ipswich Town, in a replay, after progressing past Guiseley, Altrincham and Oldham Athletic, before defeating Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion at Sincil Bank to make the fifth round of the FA cup for the first time since the end of the Victorian era. On 18 February, Lincoln went on to beat top flight side Burnley 1–0 to historically go through to the FA Cup quarter final, the first time a non-league club had progressed to the last eight since 1914.[5][6] In the quarter finals, they were defeated 5–0 at Arsenal.[7]

In the 2017–18 season, on 6 February 2018, Lincoln beat Chelsea U21s in the semi-final of the 2017–18 EFL Trophy, taking them to Wembley Stadium for the first time in the 134 years of the club. They went on to win the final against Shrewsbury Town on 8 April 2018. The winning goal was scored by Elliot Whitehouse in the 16th minute and was the only goal of the match.[8] On 12 May Lincoln drew 0–0 with Exeter City F.C in the first leg of the League Two Playoff.[9] In the second leg, on 17 May, Lincoln lost 3–1.[10]

In the 2018–19 season, on 5 April 2019, Lincoln announced that Nettleham Ladies FC would be rebranded as Lincoln City Women from 1 June.[11] Lincoln won League Two, on 22 April 2019, after a 0–0 draw against Tranmere Rovers, having been top of the table since 25 August 2018. [12] Promotion from League Two represented Lincoln's first season in the EFL League One since the 1998-99 campaign.

Lincoln began their first season in the third tier in over twenty years with relative success, victorious in their first three games against Accrington Stanley, Rotherham and Southend.[13][14][15] On 9 September 2019 the team's then manager, Danny Cowley, announced his departure to join Championship side Huddersfield Town, having guided Lincoln to two promotions in his previous three seasons alongside brother and assistant manager Nicky.[16]

On 20 September 2019, Lincoln appointed Michael Appleton as their first team coach. [17]

StadiumEdit

 
The Lincolnshire Echo Stand at Lincoln's Ground, Sincil Bank

The club have played at Sincil Bank since 1895. Previously, Lincoln City had played at the nearby John O'Gaunts ground since the club's 1884 inception. Sincil Bank has an overall capacity of 10,120[1] and is colloquially known to fans as "The Bank". It is overlooked by Lincoln Cathedral.[18] Former Lincoln City chairman John Reames re-purchased the ground from the local council in 2000 at a cost of £175,000. The club had sold it in 1982 for £225,000 to fend off the threat of eviction, arranging a 125-year lease.

Sincil Bank hosted England's 2–0 win over Scotland in the Victory Shield on 28 November 2008.[19] Martin Peters paraded the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the ground in March 2010 as part of its global tour.[20] FA WSL club Lincoln Ladies played home games at Sincil Bank in their 2011 season.[21] The Ladies' club had previously hosted Arsenal Ladies there in an FA Women's Cup semi-final in March 2008.[22]

RivalsEdit

 
The Lincolnshire derby, between Lincoln City and local rivals Boston United, being played at Sincil Bank

Lincoln City is one of three professional football clubs in Lincolnshire. Lincoln City's main rivals are Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United, which at various points fans have considered one bigger than the other. Other prominent Lincolnshire rivals of the past include Gainsborough Trinity and Boston United, however meetings are nowadays limited between the clubs.

Nottinghamshire clubs Mansfield Town and Notts County are also considered rivals, and Peterborough United, Hull City and York City are clubs that have had some sort of rivalry with The Imps in the past. Lincoln United, the other football club based in Lincoln, are further down the footballing pyramid and are not a considered rival.

Badge and coloursEdit

BadgeEdit

 
Lincoln City's logo used until 2001

Lincoln City currently sport a "traditional" Lincoln Imp badge, synonymous with the success of the 70s and 80s. The badge was returned in 2014, with general manager John Vickers billing it the start of a "new era".[23] Between the two spells the club used two badges, the first of which being the city's heraldic shield with the letters "L.C.F.C" inscribed onto it. This badge was used until 2001, when the club used a similar design; however, it featured a yellow imp in the centre, with the nickname of "The Imps" written across.

ColoursEdit

Traditionally, the colours and design of the Lincoln City strip are a red and white striped shirt along with black shorts and red socks. This varied in the late 1960s and early 70s, the club opted to field a predominantly red strip with white shorts, and also in the 2000–01 season when the shirt was quartered red and white with white shorts. Currently, the home kit is largely red with white pinstriping down the length of the shirt, as well as black and white accents around the collar and cuff of the shirt. The shorts of the kit are also largely black, sporting red accents, and the socks red with black and white accents. Their away kit has never retained any single pattern or design, and areas varied vastly throughout the seasons, but is currently black across the shirt, shorts and socks with red accents on the edges of each piece. In recent years, the club have also released a third kit. Currently, the kit is green in colour, with a chevron pattern across it. This kit features white accents on the shirt, and white shorts with green accents.

Since 2015, the club's kits have been manufactured by Errea. Previous manufacturers have included Umbro (1973–78, 2007–11), Adidas (1978–83), Lowfields (1983–85), Osca (1985–87), Spall (1987–90), Matchwinner (1990–94), Admiral (1994–97), Super League (1997–99), Avec Sportswear (1999–2001), Imps Sport (2001–04), Lincoln City Collection (2004–06), Uhlsport (2006–07), and Nike (2011–15). Their current shirt sponsors are Peregrine Holdings.

Previous sponsors have included J.Arthur Bowers (1982), F&T Tyres (1983–89), Wheel Horse (1989–90), Pickfords (1990–91), Findalls (1991–92), Lincolnshire Echo (1992–98), Alstom (1998–2003), Siemens (2003–04), The Community Solutions Group (2004–06), Starglaze (2006–10), GoCar (2010–11), TSM (2011–13), Bishop Grosseteste University (2013–18), NSUK Asbestos Surveys (2018–19), SRP Hire (2019-20).

Current squadEdit

First teamEdit

As of 7 February 2021[24]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ENG Alex Palmer (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
2 DF   WAL Regan Poole
4 DF   NED Lewis Montsma
5 DF   ENG Adam Jackson
6 MF   ENG Max Sanders
7 MF   ENG Tayo Edun
8 MF   SCO James Jones
9 FW   ENG Tom Hopper
10 MF   ENG Jorge Grant (vice captain)
11 FW   IRL Anthony Scully
14 FW   SCO Theo Archibald
15 DF   ENG Cohen Bramall
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF   WAL Joe Walsh
17 FW   ENG Ramirez Howarth
18 MF   SCO Conor McGrandles
19 FW   ENG Callum Morton (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
20 MF   WAL Brennan Johnson (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
22 DF   ENG TJ Eyoma (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
23 MF   SCO Liam Bridcutt (captain)
26 MF   ENG Harry Anderson (third captain)
27 FW   ENG Morgan Rogers (on loan from Manchester City)
30 DF   IRL Sean Roughan
31 GK   ENG Sam Long
33 DF   ENG Hayden Cann

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   ENG Max Melbourne (on loan at Walsall)
25 MF   IRL Zachary Elbouzedi (on loan at Bolton Wanderers)
29 GK   ENG Ethan Ross (on loan at Weymouth)

Under 18s squadEdit

As of 17 September 2020[25]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Matt Boylan
DF   IRL Bobby Deane
DF   ENG Jasper Tetlow
DF   POL Kacper Gruszczynski
DF   ENG Josh Simpson
DF   ENG Ziyad Al-Oyouni
32 MF   ENG Ben Sault
MF   ENG Billy Brooks
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Ethan Hilton
MF   ENG Haydn Tear
MF   ENG Mehki Angol
MF   IDN Jack Brown
MF   ENG Cameo Scott
FW   ENG Nathan Odekonyero
FW   ENG Jovon Makama
34 FW   ENG Freddie Draper

Club managementEdit

Board membersEdit

Role Name
Chairman Clive Nates
Vice Chairman Jay Wright
Director Roger Bates
Director (RICT) Rob Bradley
Director Richard Clarke
Director Herman Kok
Director Greg Levine
Director David Lowes
Director/Sportvest Partner Sean Melnick
Director Ian Reeve
Chief Executive Officer Liam Scully
Director - Gold Trust Members Amanda Slater
Director Stephen Tointon

Backroom staffEdit

Role Nationality Name
Manager   Michael Appleton
Assistant Manager   David Kerslake
First Team Development Coach   Richard O'Donnell
First Team Goalkeeper Coach   Steve Croudson
Head of Sports Science and Medicine   Mike Hine
Lead Sports Scientist   Luke Jelly
Sports Science & Medicine Assistant   Luke Treadwell
Strength & Conditioning/Sports Massage   Kieran Walker
Club Doctor   Dr. Chris Batty
Assistant Sports Scientist   Harry Rossington
Club Podiatrist   Julian Soons
Director of Football   Jez George

Managerial historyEdit

Name Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
John Strawson   Sep 1892 Feb 1896 97 31 11 55 31.96%
Alf Martin   1896 Mar 1897 35 9 11 24 25.71%
James West   1897 1900 106 34 22 50 32.08%
David Calderhead   1 August 1900 1 August 1907 256 89 53 114 34.77%
John Henry Strawson   1 August 1907 31 May 1914 195 52 40 103 26.67%
George Fraser   1 August 1919 31 May 1921 46 10 10 26 21.74%
David Calderhead Jr.   1 April 1921 31 May 1924 118 37 28 53 31.36%
Horace Henshall   1 August 1924 1 May 1927 132 51 28 53 38.64%
Harry Parkes   1 May 1927 1 May 1936 395 187 78 130 47.34%
Joe McClelland   1 May 1936 1 January 1946 140 61 27 52 43.57%
Bill Anderson   1 January 1946 1 January 1965 855 307 189 359 35.91%
Con Moulson   1 January 1965 1 March 1965 8 0 0 8 00.00%
Roy Chapman   1 March 1965 31 May 1966 65 15 13 37 23.08%
Ron Gray   1 August 1966 1 July 1970 184 60 55 69 32.61%
Bert Loxley   1 July 1970 1 March 1971 32 12 4 16 37.50%
David Herd   1 March 1971 6 December 1972 82 30 30 22 36.59%
Graham Taylor   6 December 1972 20 June 1977 211 97 61 53 45.97%
George Kerr   20 June 1977 1 December 1977 18 5 4 9 27.78%
Willie Bell   21 December 1977 23 October 1978 40 11 13 16 27.50%
Colin Murphy   6 November 1978 1 May 1985 309 121 88 100 39.16%
John Pickering   1 July 1985 20 December 1985 24 4 6 14 16.67%
George Kerr   20 December 1985 7 March 1987 61 17 17 27 27.87%
Peter Daniel   7 March 1987 1 May 1987 12 2 5 5 16.67%
Colin Murphy   26 May 1987 20 May 1990 103 39 26 38 37.86%
Allan Clarke   3 June 1990 30 November 1990 18 3 6 9 16.67%
Steve Thompson   1 November 1990 31 May 1993 128 48 36 44 37.50%
Keith Alexander   1 August 1993 16 May 1994 48 13 13 22 27.08%
Sam Ellis   1 August 1994 4 September 1995 56 21 12 23 37.50%
Steve Wicks   4 September 1995 16 October 1995 7 0 2 5 00.00%
John Beck   16 October 1995 6 March 1998 130 48 42 40 36.92%
Shane Westley   7 March 1998 11 November 1998 30 9 5 16 30.00%
John Reames   11 November 1998 1 June 2000 87 30 21 36 34.48%
Phil Stant   1 June 2000 27 February 2001 38 12 10 16 31.58%
Alan Buckley   28 February 2001 25 April 2002 69 16 24 29 23.19%
Keith Alexander   5 May 2002 24 May 2006 213 81 69 63 38.03%
John Schofield   15 June 2006 15 October 2007 51 21 12 18 41.18%
Peter Jackson   30 October 2007 2 September 2009 92 32 21 39 34.78%
Chris Sutton   28 September 2009 28 September 2010 51 14 14 23 28.00%
Steve Tilson   15 October 2010 10 October 2011 37 11 7 19 29.73%
David Holdsworth   31 October 2011 17 February 2013 71 21 19 31 29.57%
Gary Simpson   27 February 2013 3 November 2014 58 23 15 20 39.65%
Chris Moyses   3 November 2014 12 May 2016 64 22 15 27 34.38%
Danny Cowley   12 May 2016 9 September 2019 176 95 42 39 53.98%
Michael Appleton   23 September 2019 Present 57 26 10 21 45.61%

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Football League Third Division North (3rd tier)

Football League Fourth Division / League Two (4th tier)

Conference / National League (5th tier)

CupEdit

Football League Trophy

Football League Group Trophy

Conference Championship Shield

  • Winners: 1988

Other/Youth and ReserveEdit

Lincolnshire Senior Cup

  • Winners (38): 1886–87, 1890–91, 1891–92, 1893–94, 1907–08, 1909–10, 1911–12, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1955–566, 1961–62, 1963–646, 1965–666, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1974–75, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2013–14,
  • Runners-up (32): 1892–93, 1894–95, 1896–97, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1908–09, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1932–33, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1954–55, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1985–86, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15

Pontin's Reserve League Cup

  • Winners: 2006–07

Fred Green Memorial Trophy3

  • Winners: 2006–07

John Reames Memorial Trophy

  • Winners: 2013–14

Midland League / Central League

  • Winners: 1889–90, 1908–09, 1911–125, 1920–21
  • Runners-up: 1932–33
  • Third-place: 1928–29

Highest finishesEdit

Highest league finish

FA Cup

EFL Cup

FA Trophy

Club recordsEdit

Source[27]

NotesEdit

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  3. ^ Steve Pearce (1997). "Shoot, The ultimate stats and facts guide to English League Football, p.130". Boxtree.
  4. ^ "City go into administration". Official Website. Lincoln City FC. 3 May 2002. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 18 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Lincoln City topple Burnley as Sean Raggett seals historic FA Cup shock". Guardian. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 11 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Lincoln City lift Checkatrade Trophy after narrow win over Shrewsbury". Guardian. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Lincoln City 0-0 Exeter City". BBC Sport. 12 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Exeter City 3-1 Lincoln City (Agg 3-1)". BBC Sport. 17 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Lincoln City Welcome Women's Football Team". www.redimps.co.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Lincoln City 0-0 Tranmere Rovers". BBC Sport. 22 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Lincoln City 2-0 Accrington Stanley". BBC Sport. 3 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Rotherham United 0-2 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 10 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Lincoln City 4-0 Southend United". BBC Sport. 17 August 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49634696M
  17. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49775124
  18. ^ David Conn (30 November 2009). "Lincoln look to supporters for survival". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  19. ^ "Lions win Victory Shield". The Football Association. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  20. ^ "Football World Cup trophy to be shown at Lincoln City". BBC. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  21. ^ Tony Leighton (30 November 2009). "OOH Lincoln declare intention to join women's Super League in 2011". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  22. ^ "Lincoln City Ladies v Arsenal Ladies". BBC Lincolnshire. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  23. ^ "Lincoln City marks anniversary with red Imp return". BBC News. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  24. ^ "First Team". Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  25. ^ https://www.weareimps.com/academy/u18-squad/. Retrieved 21 April 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Lincoln City sign Akinde from Barnet". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  27. ^ The Lincoln City FC Archive Archived 8 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine Lincooln City FC, 26 March 2009

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