Date: 11th June 2016 at 11:12am
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At that point, City’s record victory in the Football League was also against Manchester City (then still called Ardwick)…

Answers time – 10/10 this week.

1. What was ironic about Manchester City’s record 11-3 win over Lincoln on 23 March 1895?

At that point, City’s record victory in the Football League was also against Manchester City (then still called Ardwick), a 6-0 win at Sincil Bank on 24 March 1894, almost exactly a year earlier. It equalled the record set in the 8-2 win at Rotherham Town earlier that same season, on 2 December 1893.

The attendance of 2,000 was also Manchester City’s lowest of the season.

2. What connects ex-City players Paul Casey, Matt Sparrow and Liam Hearn?

All served prison sentences for assault: Casey 15 months in 1991, Sparrow 9 months in 2001, and Hearn 6 months in 2008.

3. What Lincoln City distinction is believed to be held by Colin Collindridge?

As far as I have been able to trace, he is the oldest living Lincoln City player. Collindridge played one War League match for City – a 5-2 win over Grimsby at Sincil Bank on 28 October 1944 in which he scored two goals. Now aged 95 and living in Newark, he appeared for Rotherham, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Coventry in a 20-year career; he also turned out for Notts County, Chesterfield, Oldham and Lincoln during the war when he was posted to RAF bases Skellingthorpe and Coningsby.

4. Who holds the distinction of being the first City player to be sent off in a Football League match?

Scottish striker John Irving, who was sent off for fighting with Grimsby’s Tom Frith in the Second Division game at Abbey Park on 10 November 1894. City lost 3-0. The management were clearly not amused, as he was transferred to Newark without playing another game. By twist of fate, he returned in 1896-97 in the midst of the desperate financial crisis that saw every player of any value sold, but failed to make any impact.

One of the better players to appear in the early days of the club, Irving returned a decent 43 goals from his 123 City appearances; only the prolific Billy Dinsdale (14) has scored more goals in the FA Cup than Irving (11). He later served Lincoln with great distinction, as both trainer and director.

5. The last FL visitors to their old ground were Lincoln City, and the first FL visitors to their new ground were…Lincoln City. Which club am I talking about?

Hull City. Lincoln were the last opponents in a League match at their old Anlaby Road ground, a 2-2 draw in Division Three (North) on 26 August 1939, the opening day of the season. All organised football was suspended indefinitely when war broke out in early September, and by the time play resumed at the start of the 1946-47 season, Hull had moved to the new Boothferry Park where City drew 0-0 on the opening day, 31 August 1946.

6. Which former Imp played his first game in over 8 years on 30 January 2016?

Wycombe’s goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, who was called off the bench during the match against Plymouth following an injury to first-choice keeper Alex Lynch. He kept a clean sheet as Wycombe won 1-0 at Home Park – the first time Plymouth had failed to score at home that season.

7. In which season did Lincoln win 3-0 at Field Mill in the FA Cup?

1892-93. The original owners of Field Mill were Greenhalgh & Sons Works, who owned the eponymous mill that once stood adjacent to the ground, and had a works football team called Greenhalgh’s. City beat them 3-0 in the 2nd qualifying round on 29 October 1892. Mansfield Town took the ground over in 1919.

The mill was left derelict following a fire in 1904 and was finally demolished in 1925, but the mill pond is still there if you like industrial heritage: it is directly behind the away end on the other side of Quarry Lane.

8. Which legendary striker scored a hat-trick against City in 1953-54, one of 5 hat-tricks he scored that season?

John Charles CBE, for Leeds United in their 5-2 win over City at Elland Road on 13 February 1954; his first goal was his 30th of the season, making him only the second Leeds player in history to reach 30. He had started with 7 in his first two games and ended with 42 league goals, a club record which still stands today. Amazingly, Leeds could only finish 10th. In all, Charles scored 5 goals against City before he was transferred to Juventus in August 1957 for a world record £65,000.

9. Which poor sod played in all 51 matches in City’s first season back in the Conference, 2011-12?

John Nutter (46 league, 2 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy).

10. Besides being scored by a defender, what was unusual about Sean Newton’s hat-trick against Alfreton Town in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round replay on 28 October 2014?

It was against a stand-in goalkeeper – Alfreton midfielder Anthony Howell – because their regular goalkeeper was injured and they were not allowed to sign an emergency goalkeeper under the rules of the competition (clubs are not permitted to field a player in a replay who was not registered in time for the original tie). City won 5-1.

Ironically, City almost faced the same dilemma themselves, in 2011 against the same club in the same competition. The original 4th qualifying round tie at Alfreton on 29 October had finished 1-1 but regular keeper Joe Anyon had been sent off in the match and was therefore ineligible for the replay. City’s substitute keeper, 17-year-old Nick Draper, had fallen ill since replacing Anyon at Alfreton and was unlikely to make the match; under the same rules, they would not have been allowed to sign a replacement. As it happened, Draper was dosed up and played in the replay; it was to no avail, as City lost 2-1.

As a final irony, Draper joined Alfreton in summer 2015.

Ten more on Monday.

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