Tag: Lincoln City

Tentatively Upwardly Mobile: Lincoln City Face The New Season

The start of the new season sees Lincoln City play their third season back in the Football Conference and after three years of difficulties on the pitch, there are signs at the start of this season that a corner might be at the point of being turned, although there are still… issues to be resolved behind the scenes at the club, as Keith Duncombe reports. We’re Going to Piss This Tin-Pot League! That’s a joke, of course. The chance of Lincoln City FC, the team I support, pissing any league at all after they dropped out of the Football League on the last day of the season three years ago was – and is – approximately zero. Those of us who have followed the Imps for several decades will remember that we have been here before. The Imps have the dubious honour of being the first team to ever have suffered automatic relegation from the Football League, when it came at the end of the 1986/87 season. I’m also told that we hold the record for the most number of relegations from the Football League overall – four, to be precise. The Imps additionally have a number of other ignominious and thoroughly inglorious firsts and worsts in their history, but as I need to finish this article without sinking into a pit of black despair, I won’t list them...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-12-2011

After all the excitement of the recent rounds of cup matches in the FA Cup and FA Trophy over the last couple of weeks, it was back to the league for non-league football this weekend, and we have highlights from six matches for you this evening. From the Blue Square Premier, we have the match between Forest Green Rovers and Lincoln City. From the Blue Square Bet South, we have two matches, those between Salisbury City and Maidenhead United, and Dartford and Dorchester Town. We then have a match from the Premier Division of the Southern League, between Slough Town and Bedworth United, then a match from Division One North of the Ryman League, between Enfield Town and Thamesmead Town, and finally from Division Two of the Northern League, between Hebburn Town and West Allotment. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that record, edit and upload these matches. Forest Green Rovers vs Lincoln City Salisbury City vs Maidenhead United Dartford vs Dorchester Town Slough Town vs Bedworth United Enfield Town vs Thamesmead Town Hebburn Town vs West Allotment You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Lincoln City & The Harsh Realities Of Life In The Blue Square Premier

Winning, as successful managers are wont to say at moments of extreme hubris, is a habit. If there is anything to this theory – and whether we should be taking what managers say during times of success at face value is, of course, a matter for conjecture in itself – then we can probably assume that losing can become a habit, and there are few clubs that have developed as much of a habit over the course of 2011 as Lincoln City. At the start of this year, they seemed likely to finish somewhere around middle to lower reaches of League Two, but suddenly – and at precisely the wrong time of the season – Lincoln’s form collapsed, and nine defeats in their final ten matches of the season led to the club dropping out of the Football League and into the Blue Square Premier. The trauma of such a collapse, for supporters, can be offset against the optimism that comes with starting afresh in a new division. At a lower level, they may well rationalise, they will get the opportunity to find their level and, with a little luck, get back into the habit of winning again. This, however, isn’t always the way that things work out and Lincoln City are finding out the hard way that the Blue Square Premier can be considerably more competitive than some...

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Lincoln City’s Relegation Opens Up Some Very Old Wounds

The final day of the Football League season inevitably brings shredded nerves, and yesterday brought an unfolding drama with a hint of familiarity to it at the bottom of League Two, with Lincoln City and Barnet playing to avoid relegation into the Football Conference. Lincoln started the day two points ahead of Barnet, but with an inferior goal difference. In short, they needed a win from their match against Aldershot Town to guarantee their survival for another season. If they failed to win, they would still keep their heads above water if Barnet failed to beat Port Vale in their match at Underhill. Two hours later, we had our answer. Barnet, who survived relegation on the last day of last season, beat Port Vale thanks to a single penalty, while Lincoln City lost three-nil at home to Aldershot Town and, therefore, fell out of the Football League. Lincoln’s slide down the table had been one of the most alarming seen in any division this season. They had looked comfortable a couple of months ago, but failed to win any of their final eleven matches while, over the same period of time, Barnet picked up seventeen points. While the survival instinct kicked in at Barnet, Lincoln’s rudderless end to the season saw them sleepwalk out of the Football League. The irony in all of this is striking, as Lincoln City...

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Keith Alexander: 1956-2010

At the time of writing, England are about to kick off against Egypt in their first friendly match of 2010. This is football as a peculiar mix of Hollywood and pantomime, a story that often seems to have very little to do with what goes on during the matches themselves. It’s a world that frequently feels alien. Away from this, however, there is a whole other world of football going on, a world in which people give up their youth, their other aspirations, relationships and families because they believe in the game. Often away from the spotlight and the wilder excesses of the game, the people that inhabit this world are often easily dismissed as “journeymen”, but they are crucial to our narrative of football. We lost one of them last night. Neither Keith Alexander’s playing career nor his managerial career scaled, as some might put it, the heights. As a player, he spent fourteen years in non-league football before going on to enjoy something of an Indian summer in the Football League with Grimsby Town and Mansfield Town, whilst winning a handful of caps at international level for St Lucia. It was not, however, his playing career that marks out his significance in the game, rather the managerial career that followed it, a managerial career that lasted from 1993 until right up until his death at the tragically...

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