March began with 3 victories and 2 home wins, with a satisfactory 1-0 v to-be-relegated Yeovil and a 2-0 win over Paul Scholes’ Oldham, which was his last match in charge, where City played some of their best football of the season. A 2-1 away victory followed over former National League rivals Forest Green.
A highly important Sky TV game versus local rivals Mansfield and a John Akinde penalty earned us a 1-1 draw in a tight encounter.
A 3-0 win at Crawley followed by a 1-1 draw at home to relegation threatened Macclesfield.
Backed by over 5,500 fans City travelled to promotion rivals MK Dons and won 2-0 with a cool penalty from John Akinde and a great strike from Bruno Andrade – a commanding display and season defining moment.
A win v mid table Cheltenham the following week would guarantee promotion. A 1-1 draw caused confusing scenes as fans started leaving the ground unaware that we had been promoted even though Sky TV had announced this had been achieved as other results went their way.
An entertaining 0-0 draw against Tranmere sealed the club’s first championship since 1976. A pitch invasion ensued before the team were able to celebrate with a lap of honour.
The season finished with a 1-0 loss at Newport and a 3-0 home defeat against an excellent Colchester side where the team were harshly booed at half time – the fickle fans forgetting the previous 45 games. The presentations took place after the match and the defeat was soon forgotten with the bus parade through the city taking place the day after.
What a season! – 3 trophies now in 3 years and just 1 division off the Championship.
Arguably the fans started to believe the club were on the way back just over 2 years ago when we played championship side Ipswich in the FA Cup, Lincoln were a non-league club, Next year we play them in Division 1.