League One Lowdown: Lincoln City

Last updated : 23 July 2019 By Jim Bonner

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1884

Chairman: Clive Nates

Last Season: League Two - 1st (Promoted)

Nicknames: The Imps

Rivals: Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town, Hull City

Major Honours


Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Lincoln: Tuesday, October 22nd (7:45pm)

Lincoln vs Portsmouth: Tuesday, January 28th (7:45pm)

Lincoln City: A brief history

Formed in 1884, Lincoln were founding members of the Football League Second Division in 1892 and would spend much of the twentieth century bouncing between the second and third tiers of English football before relegation to Division Four in 1962.

The Imps stayed in the basement division until 1976 when they won the Division Four title under Graham Taylor. However, the yo-yo label the club earned stuck as they continued to be relegated as low as the Conference and as high as Division Three. Lincoln qualified for the League Two play-offs for five successive years from 2002 to 2007 but failed every time and were relegated to non-league football again in 2011.

It wasn't until 2016 until Lincoln's fortunes changed with the appointment of Danny Cowley. He and his brother Nicky guided City to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2017, knocking out Burnley and Sunderland on the way. They were the first non-league side to get to the last eight of the competition for 109 years and they also won the Conference National the same season.

Back in League Two, Lincoln won the EFL Trophy and lost the play-off semi-finals in their first season back but that was followed up with winning the division the following season, bringing the Imps back to the third tier and continuing their tradition of moving amongst the leagues.

The Manager: Danny Cowley

Together with his brother Nicky, the Cowleys have been growing a big reputation in the lower leagues of English football. Beginning their manager & assistant manager careers at Concord Rangers, the brothers oversaw three promotions from the dregs of non-league football to the National League South.

From there, they moved to Braintree for just one season, taking them to the National League play-offs before losing to Grimsby. That caught the attention of Lincoln, who appointed them the following season where they would take the non-league club to the FA Cup quarter-finals, an EFL Trophy win and two promotions in three years.

The Ground: Sincil Bank (Capacity: 10,120 - Away: 1,100)

Sincil Bank is the only ground in League One I've yet to visit, as Pompey haven't played Lincoln since 1984 before I was even born! Ground review to come.