The last time The Imps faced tomorrow’s opponents Accrington Stanley was on the opening day of the season, in front of a crowd of 8,668 at Sincil Bank, with Tony Harrington refereeing the match. The Imps won 2-0 that day. Tomorrow afternoon the man in the middle is Christopher Pollard.
The Imps went ahead in the 35th minute when Jorge Grant’s corner was met by Michael O’Connor, whose header looped over the Stanley defender on the line. Bruno Andrade was bundled over in the box with 10 minutes to go and John Akinde stepped up to make it 2-0 (81′) and secure all 3 points for the hosts.
Time for the Q&A! Thank you to Accrington Stanley supporter Peter for answering our questions!
How long have you supported Accrington Stanley?
I saw my first game back in 2002 as Stanley won the Unibond Premier League and secured their promotion to the Nationwide Conference. At the time I was a season ticket holder at a Premier League club and starting going to Stanley on my spare Saturday’s.
Where did you finish last season?
We finished 14th with a respectable 55 points but flirted with the bottom 4 until a fine 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.
What do you think of your Manager?
John Coleman is perfect for Accrington Stanley. There are not many who could manage with the restrictions we have historically had at the club. We have generally had the lowest budget in the leagues we have played in, smallest gates and no training ground. On that basis they guy deserves a medal!
What were your hopes and expectations for the 2019/20 season?
More than happy for mid-table mediocrity, which would still be a remarkable achievement.
One(s) to watch?
Jordan Clark and Joe Pritchard are both a handful on their day out wide. Mark Hughes and Ross Sykes form a good mix of youth and experience in the heart of the defence.
Which teams you think will finish in the top six?
Rotherham United, Peterborough United, Coventry City, Portsmouth, Sunderland & Ipswich Town.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom three?
Bolton Wanderers, Southend United & Tranmere Rovers.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
Great following, solid, hardworking, a typical League 1 side.
What do you think the score will be?
I suspect the weather will play a part but hope we can sneak it, 2-1.
Will The Imps Win, Lose Or Draw Against Accrington Stanley?
Random fact about your Club?
Never played at Wembley.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Always liked Anderson down the right whenever I’ve seen him.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as an Accrington Stanley Supporter?
Winning L2 has to be the proudest and my embarrassing moment was getting trounced 5-2 at Burton last season, after leading 2-1 at half time. We were awful. 0-4 at Ipswich this season which wasn’t a great day out either!
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Captain Seamus Conneely does the hard yards and dirty work in midfield and rarely gets the plaudits.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
Yes, we do, the OASST, and we play a large part with the club. We have just become one of the small number of clubs to have signed a memorandum of understanding with the club.
Which was your favourite match involving Accrington Stanley?
Beating Ipswich 2-0 earlier this season and then the 7-1 thumping of Bolton a few weeks later.
Which was your least favourite match involving Accrington Stanley?
Losing at home to Crewe in the FAC this season was right up there. It was freezing cold, delayed by 1 hour at half time when the officials x 2 got injured and finished with a referee and only one linesman! We were awful and the best side win.
Do you have a Former Players Association at Accrington Stanley?
What’s the best thing about Accrington?
Although I don’t live there, it’s a small friendly town with a traditional market square and town hall.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) February 14, 2020