I posted this on another thread, but I thought it would be worth highlighting.
When he was unveiled on 13 May 2016, Danny (and Nicky, not to be forgotten) took over a club that had just finished in the bottom half of the National League for the fifth successive year and had won 5 of its last 25 games. Average gate was 2,594. Turnover was £1.38m, and the club had recently agreed a ‘damaging’ deal with the Co-op Bank to repay the £380,000 debt.
In the space of just 634 days, he has won the National League title, taken City back to the Football League, become the first manager to take City to an FA Cup quarter-final, the first manager to take City to an FA Trophy semi-final, and the first manager to take City to Wembley. They are challenging for automatic promotion to League One at the first attempt, a £1m training ground is being built and a new stadium is in the offing. The average gate is 8,631, making City the best-supported club in League Two, the 9th best-supported club in the lower two divisions, and the 52nd best-supported club in England. Turnover is £4.62m, the club has made a £1.3m profit and all historic debt has been cleared.
All in the space of 100 games.
If that isn’t extraordinary, nothing is.
Full record: P100 W60 D22 L18 F169 A99
Comments From The Same Thread:
MaineRoad_96: “Wow. Great seeing it all distilled down like that. Thanks again for the great stats.”
hulloutpost: “I’ll second truly extraordinary. What is even more remarkable is that this has been achieved by sheer hard graft basically using the tools at their disposal (I’m not calling city players tools BTW) gradually being improved along with infrastructure in small increments as each success has been re-invested. That rather than simply having the good fortune of selling a windfall player for say 3 million pounds.”
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City FC for the photograph.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) February 8, 2018