Lincoln – the team
Lincoln currently sit top of the Conference and look a good bet to return to the Football League after a six year absence. This will be our first meeting with the Imps since 2003 when they knocked us out of the FA Cup 3-1, a game which included the surreal sight of Mark McGhee starting Robbie Pethick as a central midfielder. We were regular opponents during the late 90s with trips there invariably always ending in disappointment although the home fans use of an air raid siren before the game and whenever there was a corner was frankly bloody genius and we’ll be hoping that sort of caper still goes on. Sincil Bank also features a Stacey West Stand which is a great homage to Stacey from Gavin and Stacey. Really, it is a crying shame that more clubs don’t take this approach and have parts of the ground named after comedy characters. The Malcolm Tucker Terrace or a Victor Meldrew Stand would be great additions to stadiums up and down the country.
Lincoln – the place
The city’s major landmarks include Lincoln Cathedral which a famous example of Gothic architecture and an 11th century castle which is imaginatively named Lincoln Castle. It is a particularly pleasant destination with numerous historic buildings while fans of sausages will no doubt want to gorge on as many Lincolnshire Sausages as possible.
Lincoln – the people
The locals are coming out in force for this one with the game apparently sold out. Among the extensive list of famous people to hail from the city are George Boole who was the creator of Boolean logic and the actor John Hurt
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Lincoln away
Victories at Sincil Bank have been few and far between down the years. We did manage to win there in the 1999-2000 season as part of that long unbeaten run that Micky Adam’s side set up going into the Division Three title tilt the following year. The score that day was 3-1 with goals from Darren Freeman and two from Paul Rogers.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Lincoln away
The following season was an unmitigated disaster. Not only did we lose 2-0, but the opening goal came from David Cameron (Scottish striker, not the former PM) who less than six months earlier had been hauled within 20 minutes away at Hull City and described as “crap” by Alan Cork in one of the more interesting post-match interviews in Albion history.
None. Bar the aforementioned Mr Cameron, it’s actually hard to think of many players at all who have played for both clubs down the years.
We’ve come across Theo Robinson plenty of times during his nomadic career through 14 clubs and various divisions and he scored twice against Ipswich in the original tie to secure the replay. Nathan Arnold has 11 goals from midfield and is joint top scorer alongside striker Matt Rhead.
Playing against non league clubs has long proven to be an Achilles Heel for the Albion with conquerors of the last 25 years including Kingstonian, Sudbury and Hereford while as recently as five years ago it took penalties to eliminate Wrexham. A draw at 3/1 to add to our ever growing fixture congestion might be worth a punt and while it is difficult to know what sort of team Chris Hughton will send out, Steve Sidwell hasn’t played much recently and 7/1 for him to score anytime seems a big price.
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