Unsurprisingly, there isn’t much to talk about at the moment, after the rumours about Danny and Nicky Cowley going to West Bromwich Albion died down, and there aren’t many rumours either.
However, we’re trying to keep things ticking over nicely until things liven up, which is why it is great to have threads like “Gary Taylor-Fletcher Retires – Which Was Your Favourite Goal?” and the one which this article is about, “Your Favourite/Least Favourite Moments Supporting The Imps?”.
As I’ve already said, there isn’t much to talk about at the moment, so I decided to start a thread asking people to share their favourite/least favourite moments supporting The Imps. As I type I’m sat here going through all of the fantastic moments I have experienced in the last 19 years and I’m struggling to pick one moment, so I’ll mention a few. The day we beat Macclesfield Town 2-1 at home to secure promotion back to the Football League stands out in what was a truly amazing season, which of course, includes some of my other favourite moments such as Nathan Arnold’s goal at home against Ipswich Town and the 1-0 win away at Burnley.
In terms of my least favourite moments, of course, relegation is the obvious one. Looking around the stadium so many times during our time in the Conference thinking “Will we even have a Football Club soon?”. I’ll mention two more, even though there are many, many more. Defeat away at Carshalton Athletic in The FA Trophy and The Co-operative Bank calling in their debt are the first two that spring to mind.
Anyway, it’s time to look at what some of our members have posted:
Casperimp: “The worst for me by a country mile was that court date back in 2002 in Birmingham when the judge said the life of Lincoln City is hanging by a thread. Any dreadful results or relegation from the League pales into insignificance at the thought of not having a club to support at all, We were overjoyed a week later when we actually got into administration that’s how bad it was!
The best that’s hard to say as there have actually been some great times despite all the dross in between. 2003 Play-Off final after that admin, getting back into the League in 1988, promotion in 1998, getting back into the League in 2017, beating Burnley in the FA Cup, playing Arsenal in the quarter-finals, promotion to League 1 last season. All of these for me were the best and I can’t choose. However, seeing Lincoln City walk out and win at Wembley in front of 28,000 fans there to support the Imps was certainly my proudest.
One thing that is apparent with that list is how much joy there has been in the last 3 years. No wonder none of us wants to contemplate the day the Cowleys eventually leave. To me, they are already legends of the club and will go down in the annals of history as our greatest managers.”
79imp: “Best: Ipswich at home in 2017. I was 6,000 miles away in Kuala Lumpur but that was a night (middle of the night/very early morning for me!) that was truly magical. We’d been appalling in the Cup ever since I started going in 1991 – and for many years before that too – but to play so well and get our deserved win, and with such a beautifully worked goal in the shadow of the cathedral live on the BBC, still gives me goosebumps to this day. The moment when I think everyone knew that we were in truly special times. The penalty shoot-out win in the Checkatrade the year after runs it very close. I was in Lincoln for that one, and knowing your club is going to Wembley for the very first time for me even beat the wonderful day out in the final.
Worst: a whole load of games between the 2011 relegation and BC in 2016 (Before Cowley) just mould into one long horror story. Aldershot for obvious reasons, 2-0 defeat to Kettering the following season where we battered them and then fell apart after their first attack; a horrid 4-1 thrashing by Grimsby on Boxing Day; and perhaps the worst ever performance I’ve seen from a Lincoln team at home to Halifax under Chris Moyses a couple of years later.”
Imp13: “Best: Beating Burnley. I still can’t believe we did that, never saw it coming whereas recently in the league you knew we were competitive and expected to do well.
Worst: Carshalton or North Ferriby defeats in The FA Trophy. Losing to teams I hadn’t really heard of in a competition I didn’t care about. Was totally disillusioned after those games and struggled to ever see a way back.”
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) June 7, 2019