It was the home of Glasgow Rangers, and City lost 3-0 there in the fifth round on 29 January 1887.
Time for the answers – 10/10 this week:
1. Which ex-City goalkeeper underwent three coronary operations after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in 2014?
Joe Anyon. It was diagnosed following a medical at Cardiff City as part of his transfer from Shrewsbury Town. Unfortunately, the first and second operations were unsuccessful, and the third was to put the first two right. The transfer was cancelled.
2. Why was City’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on 15 October 1904 the start of something big?
It was the first of United’s 14 successive league wins, which is still a Football League record 112 years later. It has been equalled three times since – by Bristol City the following season, by Preston in 1950-51, and by Arsenal across the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. In one of those ironies that appear to abound in football, United’s first defeat after that run came to an end was at Sincil Bank on 11 February 1905 when City won 3-0.
3. Why was Rex Clayton’s only goal for Lincoln disallowed?
He scored on his debut at Hull on the opening day of the abandoned 1939-40 season, in a 2-2 draw at Hull. All records were expunged after play was suspended for WWII. And like so many footballers whose careers were wrecked by the advent of the war, he never played again for Lincoln.
4. Which City player scored in the 1958 Charity Shield?
Neville Bannister, then a 21-year-old outside right playing for Bolton Wanderers. He scored the second goal for FA Cup winners Bolton after 44 minutes, and set up the third for Nat Lofthouse on 60 minutes in a 4-1 win over FL champions Wolves. In those days, the final was not played at Wembley; this game took place on 6 October 1958 at Burnden Park, watched by 36,029. He joined Lincoln in March 1961, but his time at Sincil Bank can hardly be called a success: he was part of the team relegated in 1961, again in 1962 and finished third from bottom of the Fourth Division in 1963 before departing for Hartlepool in 1964.
5. What was unusual about City’s only visit to West Scotland Street?
They were knocked out of the FA Cup by a Scottish club.
It was the home of Glasgow Rangers, and City lost 3-0 there in the fifth round on 29 January 1887. Rangers went on to the semi-finals where they were beaten 3-1 by eventual winners Aston Villa. It was the last season that Scottish clubs were allowed to enter the English FA Cup, as it was banned by the Scottish FA from 1887-88.
Two weeks after Lincoln’s visit, Rangers vacated the ground to share with Third Lanark at Cathkin Park until their new stadium at Ibrox was ready, adjacent to the current ground (which is technically Second Ibrox). The site of the Scotland Street ground in Kinning Park, which held 20,000 in its heyday, now lies under the eastbound carriageway of the M8.
So, if you have ever driven into Glasgow from the airport, you have driven over the site of a piece of Lincoln City history. 129 years later, it is still City’s best ever performance in the FA Cup.
6. Which former City striker scored in 7 successive games against the Imps in the 1950s?
The legendary Arthur Rowley, who had made one appearance for City during the war. He scored 12 goals in those 7 games:
Lincoln 3 Leicester 2 (1 goal) on 6 December 1952
Leicester 3 Lincoln 2 (all 3 goals) on 25 April 1953
Leicester 9 Lincoln 2 (2 goals) on 21 November 1953
Lincoln 3 Leicester 1 (1 goal) on 27 March 1954
Leicester 4 Lincoln 0 (2 goals) on 31 December 1955
Lincoln 2 Leicester 3 (1 goal) on 27 October 1956
Leicester 4 Lincoln 3 (2 goals) on 9 March 1957.
He did not play in Lincoln’s 7-1 win on 3 September 1955.
City need not feel too hard done by. Rowley scored an incredible 251 League goals for Leicester in 303 matches. His career total of 434 League goals is still a Football League record. He holds the record for most goals in a season at both Leicester (44) and Shrewsbury (38); he is also Shrewsbury’s record League goalscorer with 152 in 236 matches between 1958 and 1965, when he was their player-manager; incredibly, those 152 goals at Shrewsbury were scored between the ages of 32 and 39.
And his solitary appearance for City? A 5-4 win at Notts County on 2 September 1944, aged just 18. He scored a hat-trick.
7. Which City legend played his last game for the Imps in a 7-0 defeat?
One-time appearance record holder Tony Emery, in the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Boxing Day 1958. Sheffield was not a happy hunting ground that season – three weeks earlier, City had gone down 6-1 at neighbours United.
8. What club record did City set in 2011-12?
The most players used in a season – 45. An incredible 34 of those played in fewer than half of the games. New manager David Holdsworth brought in an amazing 19 players in his first 4 months in the job from 31 October 2011.
9. Who missed a penalty in the Football League Trophy Final against Millwall on 20 April 1983?
Marshall Burke. It proved costly in a couple of ways: City lost the game 3-2 and Burke cost himself a hat-trick, scoring the other two.
10. Which famous manager played in Lincoln’s 11-1 win over Crewe on 29 September 1951?
Crewe wing-half Tony Waddington, who went on to manage Stoke for 18 years with some distinction. He did not enjoy his next game at Sincil Bank either, as City knocked his illustrious Stoke team out of the League Cup on 10 September 1975 in front of 13,472 wall-less fans.
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