1. Which unfortunate City centre half was found dead in his flat on 5 June 2012, having apparently died several weeks earlier?
Reclusive Chris Thompson, who made 6 appearances for the Imps on loan from Bolton towards the end of 1982-83. Thompson had been suffering from depression and alcohol-related problems for a number of years.
2. What was used for the last time during the home game against Aldershot on 13 January 1990?
The old South Park Stand, which was demolished the following week. The Railway End followed suit a few weeks later, last used for the 2-1 friendly win over Moscow Torpedo on 19 February.
3. Which former Imp, who never made an appearance for the first team, went on to win 78 full international caps including an appearance against England? (Question set by Imphistorian)
Luke Dimech (Malta).
4. Which City winger married an Olympic sprinter?
John McClelland, who married 1958 European 100m champion Heather Armitage. Armitage competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1952 and a silver medal in 1956 as part of the 4x100m relay team. The relay team won gold and also set a new world record at the Commonwealth Games in 1958.
5. Which legendary Lincoln striker was jailed for nine months for selling condemned food?
The ever-flamboyant Jock Dodds, who ran a rock-making business in Blackpool in the 1960s. Unbeknown to him, a consignment of powdered milk bought from the USA had been condemned as unfit for human consumption (although it was unlabelled…). Expecting a small fine, he pleaded guilty and was jailed instead.
6. When did Ben Smith score past Ben Smith?
On 8 December 2007, when Hereford United midfielder Ben Smith slotted past City keeper Ben Smith in the 84th minute to close out a 3-1 win for the home side. A certain eighteen-year-old striker called Theo Robinson had put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on 10 minutes after Gary Croft was sent off.
7. How did Adam Watts injure his back in August 2011 causing him to miss three matches?
Unbelievably, he trapped a nerve picking up his boots. That sums it all up, really.
8. How did City’s 3-1 win at Brighton on 1 October 1996 almost cost the Seagulls their place in the Football League?
Two pitch invasions took place during the game in protest against the proposed sale of the Goldstone Ground. On 9 December Brighton were deducted two points by the Football League for failure to control their spectators, leaving them a massive eleven points adrift at the foot of the Third Division. However, a late-season revival left them needing to avoid defeat on the final day at Hereford to relegate Hereford to the Conference in their place. The game finished 1-1, and Brighton stayed up.
The crux of the issue revolved around an existing suspended sentence of a three-point deduction imposed by the Football League for crowd disturbances which caused the abandonment of their home game against York on 27 April 1996. Had the Football League imposed its own three-point suspended sentence as it should have done, Brighton would have been relegated. Their future would have been very different to their place on today’s Premier League gravy train.
9. Which 17-year-old prodigy scored at Sincil Bank in December 1957?
Huddersfield inside-forward Denis Law, who gave his side the lead on 48 minutes in the Second Division game played on 14 December. Jack Grainger equalised five minutes later in a 1-1 draw.
10. Who is this? How did a broken leg lead to his best season as a player?
City midfielder Phil Brown, who made 104 appearances for the club between 1987 and 1990.
On 31 October 1987, centre forward Mick Waitt fractured his leg in three places during the game against Cheltenham Town at Sincil Bank. Waitt had started the season like an express train and already had nine goals to his name. City were suddenly left very short of striking options, and after his initial replacement Mark Sertori was injured against Weymouth two games later, Brown was pushed up front in a central role. The move paid huge dividends as Brown’s return of 20 goals in all competitions helped fire City to the title. He went on to score just four more goals for the club after being moved back to midfield for his final two seasons.
Writer: Scotimp (& Imphistorian)
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