John Reames

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John Reames
Personal information
Full name Keith John Reames
Date of birth (1942-02-19)19 February 1942
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Date of death 6 May 2008(2008-05-06) (aged 66)
Place of death Lincoln, England
Teams managed
Years Team
1998–2000 Lincoln City

Keith John Reames (19 February 1942 – 6 May 2008) was an English football manager and administrator who was chairman of Lincoln City from 1985 to 2000. He remains, to date, their longest serving chairman; he also managed the club from 1998 to 2000.

Reames also held high positions within the Football Association (FA) and Football League during the 1990s (Chairman of the FA Referees Committee and Director of the Football League).[1]

Lincoln City[edit]

As chairman[edit]

Reames was chairman of Lincoln City for 15 years, from 1985 to 2000, and remains to date their longest-serving chairman.[1] After Lincoln City had sold their ground to the local council in 1982 for £225,000,[2] Reames bought it back from the council in 2000,[1] ensuring the existence and continuity of Lincoln City as a viable professional football club and business.[3][4]

Reames also oversaw the complete rebuilding of Sincil Bank, and guided Lincoln back to the Football League in 1988.[1] He was also responsible for appointing the first full-time black professional manager in the Football League in Keith Alexander (1993).

Upon resigning as Chairman of Lincoln City in November 2000, Reames left £400,000 in trust for the club's future.[1]

As manager[edit]

Reames also managed Lincoln from November 1998 to March 2000, winning 25 out of 75 Football League games.[1] Reames' managerial achievements include winning the October 1999 Manager of the Month Award.[1]

Later career[edit]

After leaving Lincoln, Reames was also Chairman of Gainsborough Trinity, and Managing Director of Wrexham.[1]


Reames died on 6 May 2008 from cancer. He left behind a wife Beth, sons Paul and Thomas, and daughters Kate, Sarah and Clare.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "John Reames". Lincoln City F.C. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  2. ^ Ian and Donald Nannestad. Lincoln City: The Official History. Yore Publications. p. 63. ISBN 1-874427-47-X. 
  3. ^ David Conn (2000-11-30). "Lincoln look to supporters for survival". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  4. ^ "The Reames example". The York Press. 2002-01-12. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Lincoln chairman Reames dies". BBC. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-05-08.