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Lincoln City

Sincil Bank Founded 1884 The Imps

The total number of years Lincoln City have completed in the Conference Premier league is just four. In their last spell they returned to the Football League at the first time of asking and reached the last eight of the F.A Trophy. During their current spell life has been far less rosy recording the clubs lowest ever finish in 2011/12, however each campaign has seen minimal improvement. The Imps have played the most seasons in the Football League without ever reaching the top division totalling 104 campaigns. The red shirts of Lincoln City will see the return of their glory days, over the summer the club decided to revert back to the traditional Imp.Lincoln_city_badge

Last Season

Conference Premier: 14th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Round

Top Scorer: Ben Tomlinson

Average Attendance: 2354

In their first season back the Imps finished 17th, the campaign after that they finished 16th and last term up two spots to 14th. At Sincil Bank they were solid at the back with the fourth best home defence in the league, at the other end they scored just 30 on their own soil. Away from home, the balance tipped the other way with the Imps boasting the fourth best attack yet they conceded too many. Up until the end of September, Lincoln City were cruising along nicely keeping in touch with the playoff spots and then the wheels fells off. One win in 14 attempts picking up just eight points saw the Imps looking cautiously over their shoulder. In the final three months of the campaign form picked up again, so much so had they started the season at the beginning of February they would have finished fifth. In the end their was nothing unusual about where Lincoln City finished in the Conference Premier.

The Manager – Gary Simpson

A former England C manager, Simpson has only managed three clubs with one as player manager. When he came towards the end of his playing career he had a brief spell leading Gainsborough Trinity on and off the field. Simpson never returned to a managers post again until seven years later. During that time he worked closely with the late Keith Alexander at Boston United, Ilkeston Town, Northwich Victoria, Lincoln City, Peterborough United, Macclesfield Town and Bury. In fact, Simpson already had a spell at Sincil Bank back in 2003/04 when he was caretaker manager for 11 games stepping in for Alexander. It took tragic circumstances for Simpson to make his first foray into first team management when Alexander passed away in March 2010, whilst at Macclesfield Town. So close was his ties to his employer he wore two yellow socks as a tribute to his friend. In February, the 53 year old was appointed boss at Sincil Bankand for the first time spend pre season with the club.

The Summer

Lincoln City will have an attacking look to their midfield after signing Southport’s Karl Ledsham, the 26 year old spent four years with the Sandgrounders. Frenchman, Tony Diagne has signed a two year contract with the Imps. He previously spent a loan spell at Sincil Bank from Macclesfield Town before joining Morecambe in League Two. Simpson looked towards the Conference South to sign Sahr Kabba from Havant and Waterlooville, the striker scored 19 times for the Hawks. Released by Stevanage in the summer, Jordan Burrow agreed a two year deal to play at Sincil Bank, the youngster made 20 appearances last term.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Lincoln City 0 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 5 April 2014

Having been beaten by the Imps twice last season and again almost eight months prior this meeting, the Darts finally got a point. At the time the away point was vital putting Dartford within a point from safety. Loanee Jim Stevenson was the closest Dartford came to turning their draw into a much needed victory.

Dartford 1 Lincoln City 2 – Conference Premier – 31 August 2013

Controversial refereeing decisions made an impact back in August but a slow Dartford start didn’t help either. Ben Tomlinson and Andrew Boyce had the Imps two up at half time. Elliot Bradbrook pulled a goal back then in stoppage time referee Lee Swabey waved away a handball shout even though Tony Burman claims Swabey admitted to seeing the incident.

Next Meetings

Saturday 22 November 2014 at Sincil Bank

Saturday 24 April 2015 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

lincoln last 10 yrsBest Performances

5th Old Division Two (1901/02) F.A Cup 5th Round (1886/87) F.A Trophy Quarter Final (1987/88)

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