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Lincoln City
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Full name Lincoln City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Imps
Founded 1884; 134 years ago (1884)
Ground Sincil Bank
Capacity 10,120[1]
Chairman Clive Nates[2]
Manager Danny Cowley[3]
League League Two
2017–18 League Two, 7th of 24
Website Club website
Current season

Lincoln City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Lincoln, Lincolnshire. The club participates in League Two, the fourth tier of English football.

The club plays at the 10,120-capacity Sincil Bank, and are nicknamed the Imps after the legend of the Lincoln Imp. They have also been known as the Red Imps. Traditionally they play in red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red and white socks. Their most recent championship win was the Football Conference, is the 2016–17 season that also saw the Imps go through to the quarter-finals in the FA Cup.

The 1987–88 conference winning season saw the club set an all-time record attendance for a Conference match, attracting 9,432 spectators in a 2–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers, on 2 May 1988, the last game of the season (this record has since been broken by Oxford United). The game also decided the championship, as beforehand Lincoln had not occupied the top spot at any point in the season.

The club's highest-ever position is fifth in the Second Division in 1901–02. They have not been higher than the third tier since 1960–61, and they hold the record for the most demotions from the League (five, in 1908, 1911, 1920, 1987 and 2011 – though in all but the last case, they returned to the League the following season).

After reaching the last 16 in the FA Cup three times, Lincoln won and progressed to the quarter-finals on the fourth attempt, when on 18 February 2017 they became the first non-Football League side since Queens Park Rangers in 1914 – and first outright since the non-League became feeder to the League – to reach the quarter-finals, registering a 1–0 victory over the Premier League's Burnley.[4] Their best performance in the League Cup came in 1967–68, when they reached the fourth round before losing 0–3 at home to Derby County in a replay.

Lincoln reached the play-offs of the Third Division/League Two in five consecutive seasons, from 2002 to 2003 to 2006–07, losing in the final twice (2002–03 and 2004–05) and the semi-finals three times. This failure to succeed in five consecutive play-off competitions is also a record. The Imps also reached the play-offs in 2017–2018, after finishing the season in 7th place.


1980s and 1990s[edit]

In 1982 and again in 1983, Lincoln narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division. In 1985, Lincoln were the opposition at Bradford City when the Bradford City stadium fire claimed the lives of 56 spectators – two of them, Bill Stacey and Jim West, were Lincoln fans, and subsequently these fans had the Stacey West stand named after them.

Lincoln were relegated on the last day of the following season, and the year after that they became the first team to suffer automatic relegation from the Football League. This was a dramatic decline for a club who had almost reached the Second Division four years earlier and has been linked to the trauma arising from the disaster. This marked the fourth occasion on which Lincoln were demoted from the Football League, a record that still stands. They regained their Football League place automatically via promotion as champions of the Conference (beforehand it was done by re-election) at the first attempt with a long ball game devised by eccentric manager Colin Murphy and held on to it until the end of season 2010–11. On 8 September 1990, Lincoln were the opposition when David Longhurst suffered a fatal heart attack during the first half of a game against York City at Bootham Crescent. The game was abandoned at halftime.

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

Financial difficulties and Play-off attempts[edit]

With Lincoln entering administration at the end of the 2001–02 season, Alan Buckley was relieved of his duties as manager on financial grounds[5] with Keith Alexander placed in charge of all football matters. On 3 May 2002 Lincoln successfully petitioned to go into administration[6] but the financial crisis would leave the first team squad bereft of players as the day saw five senior players – Jason Barnett, Grant Brown, David Cameron, Steve Holmes and Justin Walker – released at the end of their contracts[7] with a sixth, Lee Thorpe, departing for Leyton Orient.[8] A hectic day finished with confirmation of Alexander's official appointment as team manager.[9]

In 2002–03, Alexander was given the task of keeping the team in the football league; he proved the many pundits and fans who believed that Lincoln would be relegated and sent out of business due to financial irregularities wrong. With a team made up of cheap ex-non-league players and the lower paid members of the previous season's squad, he took them to the play-off final which they lost 5–2 to Bournemouth. The team was rewarded with a civil reception in Lincoln, and an open-top bus ride through Lincoln, an event usually reserved for the winners of such competitions; it was awarded to the team because of the massive achievement.

In 2003–04 Alexander again confounded the critics by coaching the Imps to another play-off position, this time losing to eventual winners Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals. Alexander, one of the very few black managers in the Football League, had a very serious brain injury (a cerebral aneurysm) halfway through the season, but made a full recovery. In the 2004–05 season they again qualified for the play-offs, for the third year running, and in the semi-finals Lincoln beat Macclesfield Town 2–1 on aggregate over two legs but lost in the final against Southend United 2–0 after extra time.

Lincoln fans do a card display before a match against Swindon

In the 2005–06 season, Lincoln City lost narrowly to then Premier League side Fulham in the second round of the 2005–06 League Cup, taking the match to extra-time before the London side won 5–4 in the final minute. In the league, Lincoln again reached the play-offs after many fans and critics believed that they would finish in the mid-table after losing many of their first team regulars from the previous three campaigns. In January both Alexander and former assistant manager Gary Simpson were put on gardening leave by the board. Alexander was soon after reinstated; however, Simpson did not return. Shortly after, over a disagreement with other board members over the way the club was being run and certain personnel, two prominent board members, Ray Trew and Keith Roe departed from the club. Lincoln brushed this saga to the side though, and finished 7th in League 2 after only losing 3 games since the new year. Lincoln were to face local neighbours Grimsby Town in the play-offs, a side they had beaten 5–0 at Sincil Bank earlier in the season. However, once again it was not to be, as Lincoln lost 3–1 on aggregate to become the first team ever to lose four consecutive play-off competitions.

After speculation that he would take up the vacant managerial role at Peterborough United, Keith Alexander left his position as manager of Lincoln City by mutual consent on 24 May 2006, stating that he could take the club no further, and shortly after on 15 June John Schofield was appointed his successor, with John Deehan as Director of Football. When John Deehan was the Director of Football, the club enjoyed a close link with Premier League outfit Aston Villa. As well as Villa hosting a behind closed-doors friendly with City earlier in the 2006–07 season, Paul Green, a promising youngster, made a permanent move to the club, whilst goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik featured several times on the substitute bench during his loan spell at City. Deehan also brought in Ryan Amoo, a youth player who he worked with at Villa, who has since left the club since his contract expired. For the fifth year in a row, under a different manager, however, Lincoln City reached the League Two play-offs after finishing 5th in the league (the highest position that they have qualified for the play-offs in). Once again, however, they lost, this time to Bristol Rovers in the semi-finals courtesy of a 2–1 defeat away and a 3–5 defeat at home. The failure to succeed in five successive play-off competitions is a record for any club.

Demise and relegation from the Football League[edit]

Chart of table positions of Lincoln City in the Football League.

The team started the 2007–08 campaign poorly, managing just two wins before a winless streak that lasted from 25 August to 24 November. During this winless streak the Managerial team of John Schofield and John Deehan were sacked, and replaced with former Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson. Jackson quickly earned the nickname "Lord of the Imps" due to his shared name with Peter Jackson, the director who made the Lord of the Rings films. Jackson parted company with the club on 2 September 2009 due to poor home form in the previous season and a poor start to the 2009/10 season.

On 28 September 2009, the Lincoln hotseat was handed to former Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Celtic and England striker Chris Sutton. His assistant was named as Ian Pearce, another former Premier League player. The club had been managed by coach Simon Clark following the sacking of Peter Jackson and his assistant Iffy Onuora. It was announced that Sutton would take the reins from Clark on 30 September. Sutton led Lincoln City to the third round of the FA Cup, after beating Northwich Victoria in a second-round game televised live on ITV1. City were drawn with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in the third round. The tie was played on 2 January 2010 at the Reebok Stadium, with Lincoln losing the game 4–0 and crashing out respectfully to the Premier League side. League form improved in January, with the team profiting from new loan and permanent signings. Loan signing Davide Somma became an instant hero, scoring 9 goals in his 14 games on loan and ending up being Lincoln's top goalscorer for the season.

Sutton resigned in September 2010, citing personal reasons. However, he later revealed it was due to disagreements over spending with the club's board. On 15 October, the Imps hired Steve Tilson as the club's new manager. Under new management, things looked up for the Imps and by Christmas, Tilson's side were 11th. The good run ended abruptly, and Lincoln started to slip down the table. After a run of nine losses and a draw in the final ten games, Lincoln City were relegated from League Two on the last day of the end of the 2010–2011 season. They needed a win in their final game against Aldershot Town to survive, but lost 3–0. With relegation rivals Barnet winning their final game, Lincoln finished 23rd and were relegated. Almost 8,000 supporters watched the game.

Conference Premier[edit]

Following relegation to the Conference Premier, Tilson released all but three members of the squad, telling them they had no future at Sincil Bank. By early October, Lincoln were one point above the relegation zone and the management were coming under fire after a run of one win in four; Tilson was sacked as manager on 10 October 2011 following a 4–0 defeat at Tamworth. Following the duo's sacking, Grant Brown was put in temporary charge.

Brown remained in charge for four games, winning the first but none of the subsequent three, before former Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth was confirmed as manager. Holdsworth managed the Imps to safety but only by 8 points; furthermore, Lincoln lost to Isthmian League outfit Carshalton Athletic in the FA Trophy and suffered its earliest FA Cup exit since 1924–25.

Lincoln were one game away from facing Liverpool in the FA Cup third round the following season, but were denied by a second round replay defeat to Mansfield Town. On 17 February 2013, David Holdsworth left the club by mutual consent following twelve games without a win. On 27 February 2013, Gary Simpson, a former assistant of Keith Alexander during his time at the club, was appointed manager until the end of the season. Safety was secured on the final day with a 5–1 away win against Hyde.

After a good start to the 2013–14 season, Lincoln went on a run of just two wins in seventeen games, which saw the Imps embroiled in relegation trouble once more. From the start of February to the end of the season, Lincoln lost just three games, and finished 14th in the league, their best placing since relegation. Gary Simpson was placed on gardening leave on 3 November 2014. Assistant manager Chris Moyses was placed in temporary charge and then appointed permanently on 8 December 2014. Lincoln finished 15th that season. 2015–16 would prove to be largely a season of mid-table stability, eventually culminating in a 13th-place finish. Just before the season ended, Moyses announced that he would leave the club in order to focus on his business interests outside of football, and was subsequently replaced by Braintree Town manager Danny Cowley.

City started the 2016–17 season with mixed form, winning two and losing two of their opening four games. This was followed by a run of victories that resulted in the Imps sitting top of the table after a victory at Tranmere, the first time the club had topped any table in ten years. The form again dipped with defeats to Dover and Barrow in late September, but that would be the last time that the Imps would taste defeat in any competition until a last minute defeat to Guiseley on Boxing Day. During that run the Imps travelled to run-away leaders Forest Green and would have fallen twelve points behind with a defeat, but three goals in the final 30 minutes turned around a 2–0 deficit.

The good form continued into the New Year as the Imps gradually started to pull clear of the group. Despite a bit of a dip of form in March, Cowley would go on to lead the Imps to a National League title and a return to League Two for the first time since their relegation six years earlier.[10] The club ended their second spell in non-league with draws against Maidstone and Southport, the latter of whom were the club's first opponents back in non-league, bringing it full circle.

2016–17 FA Cup[edit]

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.[11][12] In the quarter finals, they were defeated 5–0 at Arsenal.[13]

2017-18 EFL Trophy[edit]

On 6 February 2018 Lincoln beat Chelsea U21s in the semi-final of the 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.[14]


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.[15] 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.[16] Martin Peters paraded the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the ground in March 2010 as part of its global tour.[17] FA WSL club Lincoln Ladies played home games at Sincil Bank in their 2011 season.[18] The Ladies' club had previously hosted Arsenal Ladies there in an FA Women's Cup semi-final in March 2008.[19]


Lincoln City is one of three professional football clubs playing inside Lincolnshire. Lincoln City's main rival is Grimsby Town. The other Lincolnshire rival Lincoln has is Scunthorpe United, which at various points fans have considered bigger than the Grimsby derby. Other Lincolnshire neighbours include Gainsborough Trinity and Boston United – however neither are considered rivals due to the limited league meetings between the clubs.

Mansfield Town and Notts County are considered fierce rivals, and Peterborough United, Hull City and York City are all clubs who have had some sort of local rivalry with The Imps in the past. The other club in the city of Lincoln. Lincoln United are further down the footballing league pyramid and are not considered rivals.

Crest and colours[edit]


Lincoln City's logo used until 2001

Lincoln City currently sport a "traditional" Lincoln Imp badge, a crest 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".[20] 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.


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 retains the red and white striped shirt, but with dashed diagonal lines within the white stripes, along with the black shorts having a red stripe across the bottom. Their away kit has never retained any single pattern or design, and areas varied vastly throughout the seasons, but is currently grey in colour.

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 NSUK Asbestos Surveys. 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) and Bishop Grosseteste University (2013-2018).

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

As of 21 September 2018.[21]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Josh Vickers
2 England MF Kellan Gordon (on loan from Derby County)
3 England DF Sam Habergham
4 Northern Ireland MF Michael O’Connor
5 England DF Jason Shackell
6 England DF Scott Wharton (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
7 England MF Tom Pett
8 Republic of Ireland MF Lee Frecklington (Captain)
9 England FW Matt Rhead
10 England FW Matt Green
11 Portugal MF Bruno Andrade
12 England MF Ellis Chapman
14 England DF Harry Toffolo
No. Position Player
15 Wales DF James Wilson
16 England MF Michael Bostwick
17 Northern Ireland FW Shay McCartan (on loan from Bradford City)
18 England FW Bernard Mensah (on loan from Bristol Rovers)
20 England DF Adam Crookes (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
21 England GK Grant Smith
22 Poland GK Michael Antkowiak
23 Wales DF Neal Eardley
24 England GK Sam Slocombe (on loan from Bristol Rovers)
26 England MF Harry Anderson
27 England DF Jamie McCombe
29 England FW John Akinde
30 England FW Jordan Adebayo-Smith

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
19 Spain MF Joan Luque (on loan at Bromley)

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Nationality Name
Manager England Danny Cowley
Assistant Manager England Nicky Cowley
First Team Coach England Jamie McCombe
First Team Coach England Andy Warrington
Youth Academy Manager England Damian Froggatt
Lead PDP Coach England Tom Shaw
Goalkeeping Coach England Jimmy Walker
Head of Sports Science and Medicine England Mike Hine
Sport Therapist England Steve Rands
Head of Sports Science England Luke Jelly
Strength & Conditioning/Sports Massage England Kieran Walker
Statistical Analyst England Matt Page
Statistical Analyst England Toby Ellis
Head of Performance Analysis England Stewart England
Assistant Performance Analyst England Glenn Skingsley
Club Podiatrist England Julian Soons

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
John Strawson Sep 1892 Feb 1896 97 31 11 55 31.96%
Alf Martin England 1896 Mar 1897 35 9 11 24 25.71%
James West England 1897 1900 106 34 22 50 32.08%
David Calderhead Scotland 1 August 1900 1 August 1907 256 89 53 114 34.77%
John Henry Strawson England 1 August 1907 31 May 1914 195 52 40 103 26.67%
George Fraser England 1 August 1919 31 May 1921 46 10 10 26 21.74%
David Calderhead, Jnr. England 1 April 1921 31 May 1924 118 37 28 53 31.36%
Horace Henshall England 1 August 1924 1 May 1927 132 51 28 53 38.64%
Harry Parkes England 1 May 1927 1 May 1936 395 187 78 130 47.34%
Joe McClelland England 1 May 1936 1 January 1946 140 61 27 52 43.57%
Bill Anderson England 1 January 1946 1 January 1965 855 307 189 359 35.91%
Con Moulson Republic of Ireland 1 January 1965 1 March 1965 8 0 0 8 00.00%
Roy Chapman England 1 March 1965 31 May 1966 65 15 13 37 23.08%
Ron Gray England 1 August 1966 1 July 1970 184 60 55 69 32.61%
Bert Loxley England 1 July 1970 1 March 1971 32 12 4 16 37.50%
David Herd England 1 March 1971 6 December 1972 82 30 30 22 36.59%
Graham Taylor England 6 December 1972 20 June 1977 211 97 61 53 45.97%
George Kerr Scotland 20 June 1977 1 December 1977 18 5 4 9 27.78%
Willie Bell England 21 December 1977 23 October 1978 40 11 13 16 27.50%
Colin Murphy England 6 November 1978 1 May 1985 309 121 88 100 39.16%
John Pickering England 1 July 1985 20 December 1985 24 4 6 14 16.67%
George Kerr Scotland 20 December 1985 7 March 1987 61 17 17 27 27.87%
Peter Daniel England 7 March 1987 1 May 1987 12 2 5 5 16.67%
Colin Murphy England 26 May 1987 20 May 1990 103 39 26 38 37.86%
Allan Clarke England 3 June 1990 30 November 1990 18 3 6 9 16.67%
Steve Thompson England 1 November 1990 31 May 1993 128 48 36 44 37.50%
Keith Alexander Saint Lucia 1 August 1993 16 May 1994 48 13 13 22 27.08%
Sam Ellis England 1 August 1994 4 September 1995 56 21 12 23 37.50%
Steve Wicks England 4 September 1995 16 October 1995 7 0 2 5 00.00%
John Beck England 16 October 1995 6 March 1998 130 48 42 40 36.92%
Shane Westley England 7 March 1998 11 November 1998 30 9 5 16 30.00%
John Reames England 11 November 1998 1 June 2000 87 30 21 36 34.48%
Phil Stant England 1 June 2000 27 February 2001 38 12 10 16 31.58%
Alan Buckley England 28 February 2001 25 April 2002 69 16 24 29 23.19%
Keith Alexander Saint Lucia 5 May 2002 24 May 2006 213 81 69 63 38.03%
John Schofield England 15 June 2006 15 October 2007 51 21 12 18 41.18%
Peter Jackson England 30 October 2007 2 September 2009 92 32 21 39 34.78%
Chris Sutton England 28 September 2009 28 September 2010 51 14 14 23 28.00%
Steve Tilson England 15 October 2010 10 October 2011 37 11 7 19 29.73%
David Holdsworth England 31 October 2011 17 February 2013 71 21 19 31 29.57%
Gary Simpson England 27 February 2013 3 November 2014 58 23 15 20 39.65%
Chris Moyses England 3 November 2014 12 May 2016 64 22 15 27 34.38%
Danny Cowley England 12 May 2016 Present 91 55 18 17 60.43%

Honours and achievements[edit]



  • Division 3 (North)
    • Winners (3): 1931–32, 1947–48, 1951–52
    • Runners-up (3): 1927–28, 1930–31, 1936–37
  • League Two
    • Winners (1): 1975–761
    • Runners-up (1): 1980–811
    • Third place (1): 1997-982
    • Play-off finalists (2): 2002–032, 2004–05
  • Football Conference/National League
    • Winners (2): 1987–88, 2016–17


Other/Youth and Reserve[edit]

  • 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, 1955–56 (Shared), 1961–62, 1963–64 (Shared), 1965–66 (Shared), 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 (1): 2006–07
  • Fred Green Memorial Trophy6
    • Winners (1): 2006–07
  • John Reames Memorial Trophy
    • Winners (1): 2013–14
  • Midland League / Central League
    • Winners (4): 1889–90, 1908–09, 1911–125, 1920–21
    • Runners-up (1): 1932–33
    • Third-placed (1): 1928–29

Highest finishes[edit]


1 Then known as Division 4
2 Then known as Division 3
3 This final has not been officially recognised in the current Football League Trophy records, and consequently the club have not been credited as runners-up in the history books of this competition. This is due to the fact that in between the abandonment of the Texaco Cup/Anglo-Scottish Cup and the arrival of the current competition, this was the competition that took place (the Football League Group Trophy) but has not been considered an "official" replacement/transition between the trophies
4 Then known as Division 2
5 Central League
6 Competition contested every year from 2007 against local rivals, Lincoln United


7 Division 2 from 1892 to 1992; Division 1 from 1992 to 2004
8 Division 3 from 1892 to 1992; Division 2 from 1992 to 2004
9 Division 4 from 1892 to 1992; Division 3 from 1992 to 2004
10 Football Conference from 1979 to 2014

Club records[edit]


  • Record league attendance: 5 March 1949 v. Grimsby Town – 23,146
  • Record cup attendance: 15 November 1967 v. Derby County – 23,196
  • Record transfer fee paid: Saint Kitts and Nevis Dean Walling – £75,000 to Carlisle United, 1997, England Tony Battersby – £75,000 to Bury, 1998
  • Record transfer fee received: England Jack Hobbs – >£750,0002 from Liverpool, 2005
  • Record league victory: 11–1 v. Crewe Alexandra (Home), The Football League, 29 September 1951
  • Record cup victory: 0–13 v. Peterborough United (Away), FA Cup, 12 October 1895

Player records[edit]

  • Record appearances: Grant Brown – 469
  • Record goal scorer: Andy Graver – 143 (1950–55, 1958–61)
  • Record goals in one season: Allan Hall – 45 (1931–32)
  • Youngest player: England Shane Nicholson – 16 years and 112 days v. Charlton Athletic, 23 September 1986, League Cup
  • Oldest player: England Albert Iremonger – 42 years and 312 days v. Doncaster Rovers, 23 April 1927, Football League

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ "Five Set For City Exit". Official Website. Lincoln City FC. 3 May 2002. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
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  12. ^ "Lincoln City topple Burnley as Sean Raggett seals historic FA Cup shock". Guardian. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City". 11 March 2017 – via 
  14. ^ "Lincoln City lift Checkatrade Trophy after narrow win over Shrewsbury". Guardian. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  15. ^ David Conn (30 November 2009). "Lincoln look to supporters for survival". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "Lions win Victory Shield". The Football Association. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "Football World Cup trophy to be shown at Lincoln City". BBC. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Tony Leighton (30 November 2009). "OOH Lincoln declare intention to join women's Super League in 2011". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Lincoln City Ladies v Arsenal Ladies". BBC Lincolnshire. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  20. ^ "Lincoln City marks anniversary with red Imp return". BBC News. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "First Team". Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  22. ^ a b The Lincoln City FC Archive Archived 8 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Lincooln City FC, 26 March 2009

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