England international Alan Shearer, who made his debut for Newcastle at Sincil Bank on 9 August 1996 after his record-breaking £15m transfer from Blackburn.
Time for the answers – I am claiming a victory this week with one question unanswered!
1. What is the connection between Scottish actor Dougray Scott and Lincoln City?
His first wife, theatre director Sarah Trevis, is the sister of former City midfielder Derek Trevis. Their other sister Di Trevis was an actress who appeared on television throughout the 1970s before herself becoming a renowned theatre director. Di is married to composer Dominic Muldowney.
Derek Trevis made 123 appearances and scored 21 goals for City between 1970 and 1973, at which point he was released by Graham Taylor. After one last season at Stockport County, he emigrated to the USA in 1974 and became a respected player and coach in the fledgling NASL. If you want to see him in action, try searching for the Watney Cup game against Burnley on 29 July 1972. Sadly Derek died of a heart attack on 21 December 2000, aged just 58.
2. Which three players from 1968-69 went on to become top-flight managers?
Graham Taylor, Jim Smith and Ray Harford.
3. Why did the FA order Lincoln to replay their FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie against Newark in October 1892?
The original match at John O’Gaunts on 15 October was played in very wet conditions, and Newark tried unsuccessfully to have the match postponed; after City had won 3-1 they protested to the FA. To everyone’s surprise, the match was ordered to be replayed at Newark (the FA were doing some very strange things even then) on 27 October, when City won 4-3.
4. Which illustrious player famously made a debut at Sincil Bank in a ‘non-contact’ game?
England international Alan Shearer, who made his debut for Newcastle at Sincil Bank on 9 August 1996 after his record-breaking £15m transfer from Blackburn. Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan ordered Shearer to avoid any physical contact in the game but he still managed to score – a penalty – in a 2-0 win. The attendance was 10,069 – hard to believe in these days of Boreham Wood and Guiseley…
5. Which City player was surprisingly appointed manager of an international side just 18 months after leaving Lincoln?
Jimmy McCormick, who scored 6 goals in 65 appearances for City between 1947 and 1949. Having left Lincoln (initially for Crystal Palace) in June 1949, he was appointed manager of Turkey on 3 December 1950. He didn’t last long – just 7 months before being replaced in June 1951. After a disappointing spell as York City manager in 1953-54 – York finished third from bottom of Third Division North – he left football to become a licensee. He was killed in a car crash in Marbella on 3 January 1968, aged just 55.
6. Which former City player was accused of match fixing in 1995?
John Fashanu, who was arrested with goalkeepers Hans Segers and Bruce Grobbelaar following allegations made in adult comic The Sun. They were cleared in August 1997, although Fashanu allegedly lost an eye-watering £650,000 in legal fees. Interestingly, Grobbelaar was to join Lincoln for a short spell the following season.
7. In season 2015-16, what did striker Matt Rhead become the first City player for 120 years to do?
Score an FA Cup hat-trick away from home, which he did in the First Round defeat at Whitehawk on 8 November 2015. It has only been done on one other occasion, by Matthew Gillespie in City’s 13-0 win at Peterborough on 12 October 1895.
8. Why did ‘Go Go Go County’ not ‘go go go’ the night they met Lincoln?
‘Go Go Go County’ was the strapline used by Stockport County during season 1966-67 in a desperate bid to compete with their Manchester neighbours. By switching their home games to Friday nights, they hoped to attract bigger gates and build some atmosphere at the ground following a disappointing season in 1965-66. It worked – they raced to the Fourth Division championship but came unstuck in the final game of the season, which took place at Edgeley Park on Friday 26 May 1967 (some 9 days after every other club had finished the season).
Visitors Lincoln had already finished bottom of the League with a meagre 29 points and had just one away win and 16 defeats to their name in a quite depressing season. But despite goals from Eddie Stuart, Bert Harley and two from top scorer Bert Lister, Stockport went down to a surprising 5-4 defeat, Lincoln’s goals coming from Clive Ford, Roger Holmes, Lew Thom, teenager Jack Lewis and Jim Grummett in front of 9,662.
9. Which City legend missed 17 months with a broken leg in the late 1960s, effectively ending his career?
Roger Holmes, who was injured against York City at Sincil Bank on 12 October 1968, and did not appear again until a 5-2 win over Bradford Park Avenue at Sincil Bank on 23 March 1970. Although his return inspired City to four wins and two draws from the next six games and took them clear from the lingering threat of re-election, he was released in May 1971 without playing another game. He made a very unexpected return for the 3-2 win over Peterborough on 23 October 1971 to bring his City career to a close with 40 goals from 307 appearances. To this day, he is one of only 15 players to have played over 300 games for the Imps.
10. Who scored in successive games for Lincoln that were 4 years and 4 months apart?
Billy Chesser, who scored Lincoln’s final goal of the 1914-15 Second Division season against Bury at Sincil Bank on 24 April 1915 before play was suspended for the Great War. He then scored Lincoln’s first goal of the season when play resumed in 1919-20, a first-half penalty in a 1-1 draw at West Ham on 30 August 1919. This goal proved something of a false dawn, as City went on to lose the next 11 away games and were relegated from the FL at the end of that season.
The game at the Boleyn Ground is also notable for being West Ham’s first match as a Football League club, particularly pertinent with the Hammers about to vacate the ground for the Olympic Stadium. The attendance was 20,000, the fans being forced to pay an increased admission price of a shilling to see this important game. James Moyes equalised for the home side with 25 minutes to go.
Chesser also played 44 wartime games for Lincoln (17 goals) before joining Merthyr Town in 1920. He went down in Merthyr’s history immediately by scoring the winning goal in their first ever Football League match, against Crystal Palace in Division Three on 28 August 1920.
Thanks for your answers everyone, ten more questions on Monday.
? Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) December 30, 2015