1. What is the connection between Lincoln City and Scanlon Lane, Pendleton?
It is named after Busby Babe Albert Scanlon, who lived in the area for many years and played for City between February 1962 and March 1963. The road was opened by Sir Bobby Charlton on 25 June 2014:
2. Which City winger scored on his debut for the Imps, later emigrated, and ended up playing in three internationals against England?
Phil O’Connor, who was signed on loan from Luton by Graham Taylor in January 1975 as City chased promotion to the Third Division. He scored on his debut at Torquay but returned to Luton once Dick Krzywicki had recovered from a hamstring injury. Having emigrated to Australia after his release by Luton at the end of that season, he won 20 international caps between 1976 and 1984, scoring 5 times. He played in all three matches against England in June 1983, finishing 0-0, 0-1 and 1-1. Sadly he was killed when his car left the road near Wollongong on 23 September 1985, aged 31.
3. When City wing half Joe Buick was sent off with Grimsby’s Johnny Scott during the Second Division match at Sincil Bank on 28 September 1957, why was it notable?
It was the first time a City player had been sent off in a League match since 1938.
4. What did Lincoln’s players first do during the home game with Bristol Rovers on 22 January 1983 that they are still doing 35 years later?
Wear shirts with their sponsor’s name on them (then J. Arthur Bowers).
5. Which legendary Lincoln striker painted a greyhound white and entered it into a race under another dog’s name?
Of course, the ever-flamboyant Jock Dodds, who owned a number of greyhounds in the 1930s. Prior to a race at Sheffield’s Hyde Park track, he painted a dog white and entered it into the race in place of another of his dogs which was a poorer runner. The dog won, but unfortunately, it rained. Dodds was subsequently banned from the track for fraud.
6. What was remarkable about Jamie Forrester’s four goals in 34 minutes at Mansfield on 26 August 2006?
Despite starting every one of City’s opening thirteen games that season, he failed to score in any of the other twelve. Furthermore, he played all but 36 minutes of those thirteen games – in other words, he scored four in 34 minutes, and none in the other 1,100 minutes.
The run was broken in spectacular fashion thereafter, scoring eight in his next four games including two more hat-tricks.
7. What pivotal role in David Herd’s playing career was played by Lincoln left-half and trainer Bill McGlen?
In July 1952, Manchester United manager Matt Busby arranged a swap deal with Stockport for eighteen-year-old striker Herd, with McGlen heading in the other direction. However, McGlen chose to go to Lincoln instead (for £8,000), and the deal for Herd fell through despite Busby offering a sizeable sum of money in lieu.
Herd went to Arsenal in 1954, and eventually joined United in July 1961. It did his career no harm: his total of 107 goals for Arsenal makes him their 15th-highest scorer of all time, while his 145 goals for Manchester United make him their 13th-highest scorer.
Furthermore, he never regretted the original United transfer falling through, believing he would have been on the plane at Munich in February 1958 had it gone ahead.
8. Which former Imp recently created a new national goalscoring record?
Question set by Imphistorian.
Steven Lennon, who became the record all-time overseas goalscorer in Iceland’s domestic league the Urvalsdeild after scoring his 54th goal in the top tier on 10 June 2018. He currently plays for Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (FH). Pronounce that if you can.
9. …and which former Imp sat in the Houses of Parliament?
Question set by Imphistorian.
Tom Burlison who in October 1997 was appointed a life peer as Baron Burlison of Rowlands Gill.
10. Where is this? What did Paul Farman do here that he never did again during his Imps career?
Holker Street, home of National League Barrow. Farman was named captain for the game on 15 September 2015 (which is also the date of the photograph) in the absence of Alan Power.
Writer: Scotimp (& Imphistorian)
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