Tag: Lincoln City

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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Notts County – The Morning After The Night Before

The dream that started at Notts County died today. After weeks of turbulence, many at Meadow Lane had been holding onto increasingly tenuous claims that big investment was coming into the club and the continuing presence there of Peter Trembling and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

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The Evil That Is The Internet Football Forum

Lincoln City supporter Keith Duncombe stepped into the murky world of the football internet forum in 1997, and, in spite of warnings from his doctor about the ill-effects that it is all having on his blood pressure, he is still there today.

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Football, Finances and League Two

The new League Two season has started with everybody financially stable – more or less – but Lincoln City supporter Keith Duncombe doesn’t feel that the authorities are going far enough. In 2002 Lincoln City FC nearly closed down. In fact, the club was 24 hours from having its application to enter administration in court considered when two of the then Board got together to try to secure enough funding to make that a reasonable possibility. One re-mortgaged his house; the other pledged a not inconsiderable sum of money. I shall be eternally grateful to them that they made these selfless gestures, as it ensured the survival of the club that I have followed all my life, and that has had fans from three generations of my family on the terraces and in the stands cheering on the “Mighty Imps” since the 1920s. But it was touch and go, and I know several fellow fans that travelled to Birmingham for the court hearing and who thought at the time that we just wouldn’t make it. The fans played their part too, and not just those who supported the Imps. I spent many a long hour on the net  at work persuading, cajoling and plain begging fans of other clubs to buy a seat (for £10) at Sincil Bank as part of the “Sponsor a Seat” initiative that eventually raised...

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Match Of The (Mid)Week: Lincoln City 1-2 Kettering Town

The FA Cup manages strange and unusual ways to mete out justice. Just ask Tommy Hutchison, who scored both goals in the 1981 final – one at each end, for Spurs and Manchester City. A week ago on Saturday, Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier must have felt as if they had done enough to beat League Two side Lincoln City when the excellently-named Exodus Geohaghan gave them the side with five minutes to play of a match that they had dominated, only for Lincoln to level things up a minute later after a horrific defensive error. It looked as if they had blown their chance of making it past league opposition. Kettering’s rise from being close to laughing stocks to the summit of non-league football has been a startling one. In October 2005, they installed Paul Gascoigne as manager, apparently unaware of the chronic alcoholism that was blighting his life at the time. He managed just thirty-nine days in charge before being sacked. The following season there were more strange tales from Rockingham Road. With two matches left to play they sacked manager Morrell Maison, bringing in Graham Westley to replace him, but Westley left after a play-off defeat by Farsley Celtic. This time, the club got it right, bringing in Mark Cooper from Tamworth, and last season they won the Blue Square North. This season, they...

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