Sunday, 7 August 2011

Top 10 Lincoln City matches

I've been a fan of Lincoln City since attending my first match at home to Cardiff City back in 1985. We lost 4-0 and I was instantly hooked! Here is a list of my favourite Imps matches over the years I have been supporting them!

Lincoln 5 - 3 Scunthorpe United
League 2 play-off semi-final, 1st leg, 10th May, 2003

An amazing match in which Imps raced into a 3-1 lead but were then pegged back to 3-3 before 2 late Simon Yeo goals handed Lincoln a major advantage in this 1st leg play-off semi-final.

Peterborough United 1 - 2 Lincoln City
League 2, Christmas Eve, 2006

"Amoo, Amoo, Amoo is on fire," was the chant that rang through the away terrace after this brilliant result in which Ryan Amoo scored either side of an effort for Posh scored by Simon Yeo, who was assisted by another ex-Imp in Peter Gain. It was the perfect Christmas present for all Lincoln fans.

Lincoln City 2 - 0 Wycombe Wanderers
GM Vauxhall Conference, 2nd May, 1988

Lincoln clinched the GMVC Championship on the last day of the season with this victory. The Imps hadn't been top all season until after the penultimate game of the season when we beat Stafford Rangers 2-1 and leaders Barnet lost by the same scoreline at home to Runcorn. Lincoln's goals were scored by Phil Brown and Mark Sertori.

Lincoln City 2 - 1 Brighton & HA
Division 3 (now League 2), 1st May, 1998

City were again promoted on the last day of the season with a nervous win over Brighton when goals by Terry Fleming and Lee Thorpe provided the Imps with reason to celebrate.

Lincoln 7 -1 Rochdale
League 2, 21st Oct, 2006

After winning 5-0 at Barnet in the previous match, Lincoln confirmed their status as the highest league goalscorers at the time of playing. It was the third time in the season that Jamie Forrester had scored a hattrick, having already scored 4 at Mansfield Town and also getting a hattrick against Barnet in the previous match. Mark Stallard and Jeff Hughes each scored twice to complete the 7-1 scoreline.

Lincoln City 4 - 1 Manchester City
Coca Cola Cup, 2nd round, 1st leg, 17th Sept, 1996

One of the most amazing Lincoln performances in recent memory, John Beck's team simply overpowered Man City, who were managerless at the time, from start to finish. Even more amazing is that Man City scored after 40 seconds! Imps struck back through Terry Fleming, Steve Holmes, Gijsbert Bos and Jon Whitney. Lincoln then won the return leg 1-0 to win 5-1 on aggregate.

Southampton 2 - 2 Lincoln City
Coca Cola Cup, 3rd round, 23rd Oct, 1996

After beating Man City in the previous round, City excelled again by holding their top flight opponents to a draw after leading through Mark Hone and then salvaging a draw with a late equaliser through Gareth Ainsworth. Southampton played a full strength team so this result was a huge surprise. Even more surprising is that the next match the Saints played in they beat Man United 6-3, on the same pitch that they drew 2-2 with Lincoln only 4 days earlier.

Scarborough 0 - 2 Lincoln City
Division 3 (now League 2), 25th April, 1997

City needed a victory to keep up a late surge for the Division 3 playoffs. The atmosphere was amazing as the away fans matched the number of home fans. I believe the Imps goals that day came from Stant and Ainsworth but I could be wrong.

Lincoln City 2 - 1 Barnet
GM Vauxhall Conference, 28th Oct, 1987

This was a game that had everything; goals, fighting between players, Barnet manager (Barry Fry) being escorted off the pitch by stewards, sending offs and a penalty. In fact this game was so controversial it even made the back page of the next day's Daily Telegraph. Imps won with a freekick from Trevor Matthewson and a penalty by John McGinley.

Lincoln City 5 - 0 Grimsby Town
League 2, 25th March, 2006

An incredible show by Lincoln City that lead to the Imps being 4-0 up at the interval and Grimsby manager Russell Slade had his half-time team talk with his players on the pitch. Highlight for me was Jamie Forrester's sublime 25 yard lob over the keeper for our second goal. Lincoln's other goals came from Luke Foster, Paul Mayo, Lee Beevers and Marvin Robinson.

These 10 favourites of mine are in no particular order and I may have missed a couple of gems out. What are your favourite Lincoln matches?

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Imps play-off joy at Glanford Park, 2003

2002/2003 marked the return of Keith Alexander's second managerial spell at Lincoln City. At the start of the season Lincoln had just come out of administration and had only a handful of players on the books at the club. Alexander worked miracles and put together a team that started out as clear relegation favourites but finished in the play-offs final at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

The play-offs semi-finals pitched Lincoln City against old rivals Scunthorpe United. The first leg played at Sincil Bank was an amazing encounter. Eight goals saw Lincoln win 5-3. All eyes were now on Glanford Park. Tickets for this match went on sale for Imps fans four days after the 5-3 win at 9am on a Wednesday morning. Play-off fever had hit the city of Lincoln. Local interest was huge! At 6am the queues stretched far back and it has been suggested that anyone who turned up about this time didn't get a ticket. My friends and I had joined the queue at 5am.

The match was an evening kick-off and the evening's entertainment started with Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws parading around the edge of the pitch with a huge Scunthorpe United flag. All this did was add fuel to the hearts of the Lincoln players and management.

2,000 away fans were packed into the away end at Glanford Park and the atmosphere was typical of a passionate local derby with so much riding on the outcome of the match. Scunthorpe seemed to have the majority of the chances in the game with Alan Marriott the busier of the keepers as The Iron looked to claw back the two goal deficit from the first leg.

With the game heading for a goalless draw Simon Yeo was provided with a perfect pass from midfield to race clear of defender Jamie McCombe, who was later to play for Lincoln. It was a one on one with Tom Evans and Yeo finished calmly from the edge of the box to send the hoardes of Lincoln fans behind the goal where Yeo had scored into dreamland.

The Imps fans celebrated like they had won the biggest football prize available. After a pre-season of much uncertainty when Lincoln City came close to cease trading, Keith Alexander had performed a miracle. The relegation favourites at the start of the season had made it to the play-off final . What an achievement!

It must not be forgotten that without the help of the 'Save The Imps' campaign and huge fund raising efforts then Lincoln wouldn't have had a league team at the start of the 2002 season.

Lincoln City went on to lose the play-off final to Bournemouth but that was a day out that most Imps fans hadn't bargained for at the start of the season.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Lincoln City 5-3 Scunthorpe United, League 2 Playoffs, 2003

Even before the 2002/2003 season began, Lincoln City FC fans were unsure whether they were still going to have a club. Having finished the previous season only just escaping relegation finishing in 22nd place and then going into administration, they were called to a court hearing on 5th August 2002. Fortunately on the eve of the hearing a rescue package was put together and Lincoln continued to have a club in the Football League.

Nearly all of the previous season's players left, as did manager Alan Buckley in a cost cutting exercise. Buckley's assistant manager, Keith Alexander, who very sadly passed away this year, was made new manager and was given the unenviable task of putting together a team capable of surviving the following season in League 2 with practically no money in the bank. The Imps, in most bookmakers eyes were favourites for relegation. Being an Imps fan, I was just happy we still had a team, coming out of administration 2 days before the season began.

The first game of the season was an away game at Kidderminster Harriers. Richard Logan gave the Imps a first half lead but Bo Henriksen equalised on the hour for Ian Britton's team. At this very early stage we had no idea we'd even be battling for a play-off place at the end of the season.

A place in the play-offs was secured on the last day of the season when Simon Yeo came off the bench to score a cracker to snatch a 1-1 draw with Torquay United, who should have been 2-0 up but missed a penalty. It was Yeo's first strike since September 21st 2002, having scored in the 2-1 win against Southend United. It was goals like this that mean Yeo will always have a place in Imp's fans hearts.

Having now made the end of season play-offs on the last day of the league season by finishing 6th, Lincoln City knew that their opponents in the play-offs would be Scunthorpe United in the semi-finals.

There was huge interest in this game, not just because it was against one of Lincoln local footballing rivals but if you'd have said to any Lincoln fan at the start of the season that we'd be in the play-offs, we'd have probably just laughed. Keith Alexander had managed to gel a team of non-league virtually unheard of players into a team that was well capable of holding it's own in League 2 of the Football League.

The first leg of Lincoln City v Scunthorpe United turned out to be a highly eventful and entertaining match that finished 5-3 in Lincoln's favour. Super sub of the day Simon Yeo scored 2 late goals after coming off the bench after Scunthorpe had come back from 3-1 down to make the score 3-3.

Lincoln started the match brightly and scored after just five minutes - Simon Weaver heading in from Stuart Bimson's freekick. On 18 minutes Paul Mayo made it 2-0 when he turned to volley home left footed. 8 minutes later Alex Calvo-Garcia had pulled a goal back for The Iron. There were to be no further goals in the first half.

Lincoln took until 10 minutes after halftime to extend their lead when great work from Dene Cropper found Paul Smith to knock home from close range. At 3-1 up City seemed to go to sleep though and Scunthorpe made a double substitution bringing on Paul Dalglish and Steve Torpey, the latter was later to have an ineffective spell with the Imps. 2 goals in 2 minutes brought the Iron back on level terms, with Calvo-Garcia grabbing his second of the game and then Nathan Stanton dragging them back onto level terms.

Sincil Bank was witnessing a cracker. Simon Yeo was introduced 2 minutes after Scunthorpe had equalised, and 8 minutes from time Yeo allowed a long ball into the box to bounce before cracking a great shot past Tommy Evans in the Scunthorpe goal. And better was to come as Yeo grabbed his second of the game in the last minute as Yeo smashed in a half volley from about 12 yards out.

City hadn't conceded more than 2 league goals in a game all season and excluding an LDV Vans Trophy win against York (4-3) it was the first time Lincoln had scored more than 3 at home that season.

City now had to travel to Scunthorpe United to secure a result that would send them to their first ever playoffs final. City won 1-0 with Simon Yeo scoring again!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Lincoln City enjoy winning start, 2009/10

Lincoln City enjoyed a great start to the 2009/10 campaign by picking up 3 points and a clean sheet against a battling Barnet team at Sincil Bank yesterday.

The first half was won by Barnet in terms of chances and some fine saves from Lincoln City's goalkeeper Rob Burch kept the scores goalless at halftime.

Peter Jackson's team talk helped inspire the Imps to a one nil victory with the only goal of the game being scored by Hungarian centre back Janos Kovacs in the 59th minute after a freekick from Stefan Oakes found Kovacs whose initial effort hit the post but was then swept in from an acute angle.

The crowd for the Imps first league game of the season was 3,753 with 233 Barnet fans.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Where will Lincoln City finish 2009/10?

Just where will Lincoln Ciy finish for the 2009/10 season? Here is a small list of some predictions:

The Guardian: Mid table

The BBC: Maybe could reach the play-offs

Team Talk: Won't feature in the movers or shakers

Soccer Lens: Not even a mention

Teletext: 13th place

Notts County Mad: 15th position

So, pretty much written off before the season begins but it's better being the underdog as less is expected off us.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

10 ex Lincoln City players in the Championship

Lincoln City has recently become a breeding ground for young talent. A whole crop of talented youngsters are becoming members of the current first team squad. First teamers such as Danny Hone, Nathan Adams, Andrew Hutchinson, Kern Miller, Lenell John-Lewis, Shane Clarke are all products of the Lincoln City Centre of Excellence. Others coming through include Luca Colman-Carr and Graham Hutchinson.

In recent years a number of Lincoln City players have made the step up a division, but at the moment there are 10 ex Lincoln City players currently playing in the Championship. In no particular order, they are:

1. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool)

Taylor-Fletcher has been playing in the right midfield position for Blackpool having worked his way up the divisions the hard way. When Leyton Orient brought him into League Football from Northwich Victoria he had a very torrid time, until Keith Alexander brought him to play for Lincoln City.

He scored some very memorable goals for the Imps, including a stunning strike at Leyton Orient in terrible weather conditions and also in the televised 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in the year we lost 2-0 to Southend United in the League 2 Play-Offs Final. He is currently gaining fitness after missing the end of last season through a nasty knee injury.

2. Jamie McCombe (Bristol City)

Jamie was another of Keith Alexander's signings to leave Lincoln City and move up a division. He left Lincoln for an undisclosed sum of money that was rumoured to be a very small sum. He signed for Bristol City in 2006 and in his first full season at Bristol City, the team won promotion to the Championship and he won player of the season. McCombe suffered 4 successive play-off failures whilst with the Imps.

3. Gareth McAuley (Ipswich Town)

Yet another of Keith Alexander's very shrewd signings, 'Big G' as he was known to the Imps faithful played alongside McCombe in defence for Lincoln before leaving to join Leicester City in the summer of 2006. He was named in the PFA League 2 Team of the Year just before his Lincoln City departure.

Leicester named McAuley as club captain for the 2007-08 season in which Leicester got relegated. McAuley managed to stay in the Championship by signing for Ipswich Town for a fee reported to be in excess of £1million. Gareth is Lincoln City's most capped player of all time and currently has 11 caps to date for Northern Ireland.

4. Jack Hobbs (Leicester City)

Jack Hobbs signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2005 after playing just 3 minutes for Lincoln City - a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers in January, 2005. He started his Liverpool career in the youth team but quickly moved into the reserves where he became very highly rated. He landed a loan spell at Scunthorpe in the Championship in 2008 before joining up for a season on loan with Leicester City in League 1.

Leicester won the League 1 championship and Hobbs was named young player of the year by the Leicester fans and he was also named in the PFA League One Team Of The Year. In the summer of 2009 Hobbs signed a permanent deal with Leicester on a 4 year contract.

5. Dany N'Guessan (Leicester City)

N'Guessan signed for Leicester in the summer of 2009 after quite a scramble for his signature. Many clubs were queueing up to sign him after he put in some great performances and scored some stunning goals for Lincoln in the 2008/09 season.

MK Dons tried with two failed bids to sign Dany in January and after he rejected a further improved contract at Lincoln City it was just a case of decision making by Dany as to where he was going to play his football next season. As Dany was only 22 when he left Lincoln, the Imps were entitled to a fee for him which was finally negotiated between Lincoln and Leicester meaning no transfer tribunal.

6. Lee Frecklington (Peterborough United)

Lincoln born Frecklington was a product of Lincoln City's Centre of Excellence and also had school boy trials with Norwich City and Leeds United. He made his debut under Keith Alexander and was only used sparingly. It wasn't until John Schofield and John Deehan took charge of the Imps in the summer of 2006 that he really began to shine. He scored some very memorable goals that season including a bullet header against Walsall at home. His superb form led to him being the Steven Gerrard of League 2 and also a place in the PFA League Two Team of the Season.

Frecklington couldn't seem to reproduce his stunning form of 2006/07 on a regular basis and joined Peterborough in January 2009 on loan before signing for an undisclosed sum in the summer of the same year.

7. Dean Keates (Peterborough United)

Dean joined Lincoln City in the summer of 2005 along with Gary Birch from relegated Kidderminster Harriers. Although measuring up at only 5 foot 6 inches, Keates was a very fiery and tenacious midfielder who scored some great free kicks while playing for Lincoln. Two that spring to mind was the one he scored at Rushden and also one at Bury. After only 21 games, personal problems led to Lincoln allowing Keates to move back to the midlands were he signed for Walsall who got promoted the following season. Keates though decided to stay in League 2 by signing for Peterborough which now seems a good choice after enjoying two promotion seasons with The Posh.

8. Gareth Ainsworth (QPR)

Fourth place in the all time Lincoln City Legends list went to Gareth Ainsworth. He was simply adored by the Imps fans during his time with the club. John Beck bought him from Preston North End for £15,000 in 1995 and left for Port Vale in 1997 for a club record sum of £500,000. He became a huge favourite during his time with Lincoln and scored 37 goals in 83 games. While at QPR he has been caretaker manager twice and the chances of him ever returning to Lincoln are very slim as he is seen more in a coaching role rather than a player now at QPR. He is not surprisingly also considered to be a huge fans favourite there too.

9. Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe United)

O'Connor joined Lincoln in the latter stages of the 2008/09 season on loan from Crewe Alexander. He always looked very accomplished on the ball and was certainly a better player than League 2 standard. Although Lincoln City were rumoured to be trying to buy him or get him on loan this summer, Scunthorpe came in with a deal that could net Crewe up to £225,000.

10. Scott Loach (Watford)

Loach is another product of Lincoln City's Centre of Excellence joining Watford in the summer of 2006 after an impressive loan spell in April of that year. He nearly joined Leeds United the following summer but Leeds were under a league imposed transfer embargo so Loach stayed put. He had loan spells at Stafford Rangers, Morecambe and Bradford before eventually become first choice keeper ahead of Richard Lee. He has also gone on to play for the England u21 team and has been rumoured to be joining a Premiership team this summer.

Spurs and Man United had been rumoured to be willing to offer multi million pound deals (The Sun reckoned £6million) and as Lincoln have a sell on clause agreement with Watford, when and if he does move on the Imps will be in line for a substantial windfall.

Rene Howe (Peterborugh United) and Joe Heath (Nottingham Forest) are currently on loan to Lincoln City from Championship clubs.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Lincoln City warm up against former Hungarian League champions Ferencváros

Lincoln City held Hungarian top flight team Ferencváros to a goalless draw at Sincil Bank last night in front of 1,221 fans. It was a useful workout for the Imps who fielded their four summer signings and also a couple of trialists.

All four of the new signings, Richard Butcher, Joe Heath (6 month loan), Jamie Clarke and Chris Fagan had steady games. Joe Heath had a great game at left back and has a very promising future ahead of him. It is unlikely Lincoln will be able to buy him after his loan spell from Nottingham Forest ends such is his potential.

The trialists were ex Cheltenham Town, Rochdale and Stoke City forward Paul Connor and right back Cian Hughton. Connor did everything right up front but lacked any real penetration. However, if he can regain any of the form that saw Rochdale pay £150,000 for his services then he could prove to be a shrewd buy. Hughton had a great game at right back. He made numerous surging runs in the opposition half and also when called upon in defence he held firm and put in some solid tackles. Hopefully Peter Jackson will be able to offer a suitable contract to Hughton as he seems to have a lot of potential.

Enigmatic midfielder Stefan Oakes started the game on the bench but when he was called upon with 25 minutes to play he produced some stunning long range passes. Whether he can produce this form in League 2 next season remains to be seen but I for one hope he does as on his day he can be our best player.

Next up in pre-season for the Lincoln City first team squad is Boston United away on the 15th July with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Lincoln City's pre-season 2009/20010

Lincoln City's pre-season got under way last week when the squad travelled over to Germany and the plan was to play two fixtures. The first against an army team was called off after the Lincoln City management thought the pitch was a bit on the dangerous side. The second match arranged was against lower league German team TuS Celle FC. Although the Imps lost 1-0 it was a solid workout for them with all players given a run out. Rob Burch save a first half penalty and although Lincoln dominated they failed to score. They were undone in the 37th minute through a deflected effort.

Lincoln's first home friendly of the season on the 8th July also has a European flavour about it when they play former Hungarian champions Ferencváros who have just been promoted back to the top flight. Ferencváros is presently owned by Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe and last night won 5-1 at Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world. They finish their mini tour with a visit to Barnsley on Saturday 11th July. Ferencváros is the most famous football team to come out of Hungary. They have a great pedigree having won 28 championships, the Hungarian Cup 26 times and appeared in numerous European club tournaments. Quite simply put, they are the Manchester United or Liverpool of Hungary!

Other pre-season friendly fixtures involving Lincoln City's first team:

15th July - (A) Boston United (7.30pm)
20th July - (H) Arsenal XI (7.30pm)
28th July - (H) Sheffield United (7.30pm)
30th July - (H) Grimsby Town or Scunthorpe Utd, Lincs Cup Final (7.30pm)
1st August - (A) Goole Town (3pm)

Friday, 29 May 2009

Lincoln City 1987/88 GM Vauxhall Conference (GMVC) Champions

The 1987/88 season was the season I became a regular at Sincil Bank. I had become hooked and needed my regular fix. I only attended home games as dad didn't go to away games and I wasn't old enough to go on my own I had to make do with just the home ones. What a season to become addicted to Lincoln City though - we had just become the first team to get relegated out of the Football League, under new rules and had been replaced by Scarborough. It was not the first time we had tasted non-league football though as we had been relegated from the Football League a couple of times in the early 1900s only to win our place back immediately.

Colin Murphy was manager and he had brought in virtually a new team having cleared out most of the players who got Lincoln City relegated. I think the only player who remained was 16 year old Shane Nicholson who returned to play for Lincoln almost 20 years later.

I have many memories from the GMVC season, most of them are good but there are a couple of sour ones. We couldn't have started the season off any worse, losing our first two games 4-2 at Barnet and 3-0 at Weymouth. Our first goal in the Conference was scored by the combative midfielder Bob Cumming. The first game I went to was the first home game which was a 3-0 victory against Dagenham in which David Mossman scored twice. The next game, a 1-0 home win against Runcorn had a moment of controversy when the scary looking Nigel Batch grabbed a Runcorn player by the scruff of his neck. Some of my memories are only vague and I may be wrong but I'm sure he tried to lift this player off the floor with his shirt collar!?! Our next match was a 4-1 victory at Stafford Rangers where the giant Mick Waitt scored a hattrick. Waitt scored 9 goals for us this season that was sadly cut very short with a broken leg against Cheltenham Town at the end of October. After another heavy defeat this time 4-1 to Runcorn, we lost our first and only home match of the season on the 30th September 1-0 against Kettering Town, the only team to do the double over us.

28t October brought the much anticpated home clash with top of the table Barnet. They had been sweeping all manner of teams aside including winning 7-0 at Loakes Park, where Wycombe Wanderers used to play before moving to Adams Park. Barnet arrived at Lincoln with a certain Keith Alexander in their forward line, managed by the noisy Barry Fry and the colourful Stan Flashman as chairman.

Lincoln won the game 2-1 with goals by Trevor Matthewson (freekick) and by John McGinley (penalty) but it was a game that had many talking points. It even made the back page of the Daily Telegraph the next day! Two Barnet players were sent off for nasty looking fouls and then there was fighting on the pitch by the players, after which the ref took no action! Even Barry Fry entered the field of play and had to be calmed down and was led from the field by a steward. There was a league inquiry after this match but no further action was taken against either team.

At the end of November, Lincoln suffered another heavy defeat, this time at the hands of Sutton United (4-1) and it was clear that it was going to be a long hard winter. However, this was to be the last league defeat until we lost at Macclesfield on April 12th, a run of 16 league games unbeaten which was our best run since 1980 when we went 18 unbeaten. Barnet were also on a big run too and by February they were 7 points ahead of us.

One thing I remember well was dad always used to make us leave early before the end of the match. "Come on son, we'll miss the traffic and the rush." I missed quite a few late goals because of this. One of them was against Northwich Victoria - the start of our long unbeaten run. We were 2-1 up with a couple of minutes to play and that was how I thought it finished until I watched the final scores on a TV in the Co-op - I always used to do this on the way home! We had actually won 3-2. Northwich had equalised and then we scored the winner straight after!

I didn't go to the Boxing Day game at Boston United but I've been told we were one nil down til the last few minutes but won it 2-1! It seems I missed out on some great away games that season but I know very little about them so I can't really pass much comment on these!

Two teams suffered drubbings at the hands of Lincoln City in successive games in late March/early April! First of all Altrincham were thrashed 5-0 (again I missed the last goal as I was on my way home with my dad again) and then local rivals Boston United were thrashed 5-1. Just as well that I didn't go home from this one easrly as Mark Sertori bagged 2 near the end.

Towards the end of April I'll always remember Barry Fry having a moan about Lincoln City on Grandstand. It was with two games to go and he was bragging about how Barnet were going up and we weren't. Lincoln had the last laugh though! In the penultimate game of the season, Barnet lost 2-1 at home to Kettering and we beat Stafford Rangers by the same scoreline to go top of the Vauxhall Conference for the first time that season. All we had to do was win the last game at home to Wycombe!

It was Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd 1988, that Lincoln City reclaimed their place in the Football League with a 2-0 home win over Wycombe. The official crowd that day was 9,432 (the second time we'd broken the Conference crowd record that season - the other being 7,542 against Boston). However, it seemed like thousands more were packed into Sincil Bank that day - some have guessed around 13,500 was a closer attendance figure. Phil Brown and then substitute Mark Sertori (again) were the heroes who scored the goals that wonderul day to give City their league place back!

As Colin Murphy said in his programme notes 'Murph's Message' for the Stafford Rangers game, "Fate is a strange phenomenon and it would certainly be ironic if relevant to the only time Lincoln City were bottom of the Fourth Division was the last match of the season and possibly it may well be that the only time Lincoln City are top of the Vauxhall Conference may well be the last game of the season! Food for thought!" Indeed it was food for thought, moving to, and holding on, to the top spot after the Stafford Rangers game before the last game of the season!

Murph's Mission: Back to the league. Mission accomplished!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Dany N'Guessan set for Leicester City move?

Rumours are rife this morning that Dany N'Guessan is all set to sign for Leicester City, who have won the League 1 Championship this season. It is believed they have offered Dany a 3 year contract andit is thought the deal is set to be finalised as soon as possible.

There have been numerous clubs following N'Guessan since January with clubs such as Hull City, Wigan Athletic, West Brom, Sheffield United, Leeds and MK Dons believed to be just some of those to have been showing an interest in the talented Frenchman.

As Dany N'Guessan is under 24, Lincoln will recieve a transfer fee which is likely to go to a tribunal. It has been mentioned that a percentage of the transfer fee will go to his previous club Glasgow Rangers as a sell on clause is in place.