The last time The Imps faced today’s opponents Fleetwood Town (managed by Joey Barton) was on Saturday 31st August 2019 at Sincil Bank, in front of a crowd of 8,361. The Imps won 2-0 that day thanks to two Tyler Walker goals (34′ & 35′).
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Ahead of today’s match, we have done a Q&A with Fleetwood Town supporter Ben, so thank you to him for answering our questions!
How long have you supported Fleetwood Town?
I have supported Fleetwood for 7-8 seasons now. It all started back in 2012 as I got free tickets via the club I played for at the time. A little moment that has changed my life.
Where did you finish last season?
We finished 6th on PPG. A very good season as I felt we much improved from our 1st season and would if finished higher if given the opportunity to.
What do you think of your Manager?
I love him. Passionate, intelligent, and all-round top manager. Really improved since coming to Highbury and learned a lot. I thought he wouldn’t be successful, but he’s proven me wrong.
What are your hopes and expectations for the 2020/21 season?
My hopes are a play-off spot. We have a very good team. The likes of Paddy Madden, Ched Evans and Paul Coutts who are all very good at this level.
One(s) to watch?
Paddy Madden. Scores goals and works tirelessly. A player that makes intelligent runs in behind and likes to secure goals. Always gets 20+ A season. A fantastic professional too.
Which teams you think will finish in the top six in League One?
Peterborough, Sunderland, Hull, Fleetwood, Ipswich, Lincoln.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom four in League One?
Rochdale, Northampton, MK Dons, Burton.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
I like them. A good club author fantastic fans and a lovely ground. A top manager who has good experience in his career.
What do you think the score will be?
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Random fact about your Club?
We got 6 promotions in 10 years as we got promoted to League One.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Jorge Grant. An intelligent player who makes interesting runs in behind and looks to hurt teams. A good player and will be one of the best in his position this year.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as a Fleetwood Town Supporter?
Proudest is promotion at Wembley. Winning at that ground is always amazing and it’s an absolute joy.
Most embarrassing was Gillingham away and Graham Alexander who was our manager at the time making a numerous amount of changes and getting beat 5-1.
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
Yes, we do. However, it is an interesting one as nobody seems to know what is going on through it.
Which was your favourite match involving Fleetwood Town?
Play-off Final victory 1-0 vs Burton.
Which was your least favourite match involving Fleetwood Town?
Losing to Blackpool 2-1 in the last minute at Bloomfield Road in 2019.
Do you have a Former Players Association at Fleetwood Town?
Yes, we do. They have monthly meet-ups at Poolfoot Farm the state of the art training ground that we have.
What is the best thing about Fleetwood?
Probably how unique it is. A small town of only 26,000 people. It is an absolute joy to be part off.
Would you rather Barton stopped going onto Talksport all the time and concentrate on his job with you?
I don’t care what Joey does in his free time. He is dedicated to his job and works tirelessly on the training ground with his players. He talks a very good game and shares very good footballing knowledge.
Given JB’s reputation, and his antics off the pitch. Be honest, what were your thoughts when he was named as your new manager?
I was thinking “Oh No” but again given a chance he’s proven me wrong. I don’t judge people on the past. He can only change the future. He is a top bloke and proven me wrong.
Was Jamie Vardy a one-off, or do you think it could happen again soon with your current recruitment or development practices?
Again, we have another lad called Harvey Saunders who we signed from Darlington. He’s scored 8 goals this season so far and looks so clinical in front of goal. Fast and very confident. A bit like Vardy was. Let’s see I can’t see why he won’t do similar.
Fylde are falling but Blackpool are resurgent. Is there really room for more than one EFL team so near to Preston?
Again, Blackpool are a work in progress. We are just concentrating on ourselves as it’s the best thing to do. No point looking at those around us as we will be more successful in making our own goals and thriving towards them.
Your CEO says there are some good things in the Manchester United/Liverpool league restructuring proposals. Is he missing the wood for the trees?
Again, it’s needing change. No money is being sent to EFL Clubs while the Premier League Clubs get the benefits. I think there were some good values, but it wouldn’t be football letting the “Top 6 have charge”.
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"I love him. Passionate, intelligent, and all-round top manager."
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln1) October 17, 2020