Q – How long have you been following the Mighty Imps and what was your first game?
43 years of hurt and counting.
First game was the League Cup 2nd round replay against Blackburn on 15 September 1971. We had just moved back to Lincs from the Midlands where I had watched my first games at Coventry. Phil Hubbard scored a hat-trick that night against our higher division opponents and soon earned himself a move away after scoring 19 goals in 24 games. A 4-1 win over 3rd Division opposition meant I was hooked. A life sentence.
Q – What is your most memorable moment as an Imp? Good and Bad.
Most memorable moment was the Wycombe match on 2 May 1988. We simply had to succeed that season, and we did. A great feeling. We had escaped from non-league football and we were never going back…..
Worst moment was probably the 2-1 home defeat by Scumthorpe on our way down the previous season. We had been leading 1-0 with around 5 minutes to go before Andy Flounders did his usual hatchet job on us, aided and abetted by a hopeless Gary West back header. Results elsewhere had gone against us and I just knew we were going down. The result at Swansea the following week was no surprise.
Q – Since you have been following LCFC, what would your best eleven be?
Oh, so difficult! How about:
Dave Felgate; Ian Branfoot, Phil Neale, Glenn Cockerill, Sam Ellis, Trevor Peake, Dick Krzywicki, John Ward, Gordon Hobson, Bob Cumming, Dave Smith.
No one from the last 25 years, I’m afraid. I’m actually quite shocked by this myself.
Q – Who is your all time favourite player?
I would have to say Gordon Hobson; if only we could find one like him.
Q – What would you say is the best goal you have seen The Imps score?
Bob Cumming v Cheltenham Town, 31 October 1987. Collected the ball on the wing in front of the SB terrace, cut inside beating 3 or 4 players before curling the ball around the keeper and inside the far top corner at the Railway End. Can still see it now.
Q – You’ve found 200k in cash under the bed and want to help out the Imps do you?
1. Buy a seat on the board
2. Donate it to the club as long as it’s spent on the playing budget
3. Donate it to the club with no conditions
4. Invest it into the youth setup
Probably 3. I would not want the personal involvement at board level, and I would hope the club would use it correctly.
Q – Stadium move, yes or no?
A stadium move is probably vital if we are to flourish as a club. There is no doubt that SB is no longer fit for purpose now that non-match day income is so important. In any case, the SB that I loved is long gone; how many of us stood for years on the SB terrace and adored those old wooden stands? It was a great ground with tons of character, but character now has to bow to the financial imperative.
Q – What of your possessions would you be prepared to lose if it meant the Imps won promotion back into the league?
My most valuable possession is a beautiful Mesa Boogie guitar amplifier that cost me a fortune, so it has to be that.
Q – Which would you choose as a fan, lose 2 games out of 3 but beat Grimsby 5-0 or a 3 game winning streak not including Grimsby?
No contest; I don’t give a damn about Grimsby, so 9 points from 9 would be just fine.
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