It has been a season of much anticipation, with the recent release of the DVD ‘Impossible Is Just An Opinion’ Lincoln City’s unbelievable achievements are still fresh in the minds of the fans.
Whilst the team at Nicholsons’ welcomed popular goalkeeper Paul Farman to the office with the National League trophy; the sale of season tickets were almost reaching 6,000. Team Nicholsons’ look forward to the season, ready to attend both home and away games.
New players arrived for the start of the season including former Peterborough ‘player of the season’ Michael Bostwick and the former loanee, Harry Anderson. Defender, Sean Raggett, was sold to Norwich and has been loaned back to Lincoln City until January. Hopefully the loss of a number of last years’ players, including Captain Alan Power and two goal Macclesfield hero Terry Hawkridge, will not hinder the team. The player’s pre-season warm up included a sponsored warm weather trip to Portugal and a game against Benfica.
The fixtures were out and the first match back in the Football league was a trip to Wycombe. With a hard fought 2-2 draw followed by a narrow 2-1 defeat at Rotherham set the team up for their first home match against Morecambe – despite chances aplenty, it finished 1-1. This was followed by a disappointing loss at Exeter, a home win against Carlisle, was a must – the 4-1 result was followed by another good performance against Luton (0-0). With 2 away games – Stevenage 1-0 down with 10 men and half an hour to play, the mighty imps turned it around winning 2-1 and with a 1-0 victory over Forest Green on Tuesday they were up to 5th.
Three local derbies followed, firstly a disappointing 1-0 home loss to Mansfield. Closely followed by a 4-1 away defeat to Notts County, a result that didn’t do Cowley’s team justice, as they were the stronger side until Billy Knott was controversially sent off at 0-0 after half an hour. This game was watched by over 4,000 imps fans, an unbelievable figure considering the average home gate was only around 2,500 2 years ago!
A 2-1 home win v Barnet and a 0-0 away Lincolnshire derby draw against Grimsby put the team in a mid-table position – a pretty good start to life in the football league having played a number of the more favourable teams.