Lincoln City F.C.
|Full name||Lincoln City Football Club|
|2015–16||National League, 13th|
|Website||Club home page|
The club plays at the 10,312-capacity Sincil Bank, and are nicknamed the Imps after the legend of the Lincoln Imp. They have also been known as the Red Imps. Traditionally they play in red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red and white socks. Their most recent championship win was the Football Conference, in the 1987–88 season. This season saw the club set an all-time record attendance for a Conference match, attracting 9,432 spectators in a 2–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers, on 2 May 1988, the last game of the season (this record has since been broken by Oxford United). The game also decided the championship, as beforehand Lincoln had not occupied the top spot at any point in the season.
The club's highest-ever position is fifth in the Second Division in 1901–02. They have not been higher than the third tier since 1960–61, and they hold the record for the most seasons in the Football League without reaching the top tier (104), and the most demotions from the League (five, in 1908, 1911, 1920, 1987 and 2011 – though in all but the last case, they returned to the League the following season).
The club has reached the last 16 in the FA Cup three times, most recently in 1901–02. Their best performance in the League Cup came in 1967–68, when they reached the fourth round before losing 0–3 at home to Derby County in a replay.
In recent history, Lincoln have reached the play-offs of the Third Division/League Two in five consecutive seasons, from 2002–03 to 2006–07, losing in the final twice (2002–03 and 2004–05) and the semi-finals three times. This failure to succeed in five consecutive play-off competitions is also a record.
Having formed officially as an amateur association in 1884 after the disbanding of Lincoln Rovers (formerly Lincoln Recreation), football in the city of Lincoln had been prominent since the 1860s (although not strictly connected to the modern day club). The first game Lincoln played as an amateur team at the John O'Gaunts Ground, a ground that wealthy local brewer Robert Dawber provided and rented out to the club, was an emphatic 9–1 victory over local rivals Sleaford, on 4 October 1884. George Hallam set two records for the club that day. He scored the first ever goal for the club, and also the first ever hat-trick. Their first competitive game at home also ended in an emphatic manner, beating Boston Excelsior 11–0, with Edwin Teesdale scoring four goals. It was at this time, before the club gained entry into the Football League and professional status, that the County Cup was their main priority. They won it for the first time in the 1886–87 season with a 2–0 replay victory over neighbours Grimsby Town F.C., after the initial match had finished 2–2.
Lincoln soon helped to form what was then the Second Division in 1892–93 season, as an increasing number of clubs wished to join the Football League. Their first game in the Football League was a 4–2 away defeat to Sheffield United on 3 September 1892. Their first home game was also against Sheffield United, this time, however, Lincoln won 1–0. The first game at Sincil Bank in 1895, after moving from the John O'Gaunts Ground due to Dawber's death, was a 0–0 friendly draw with local rivals, Gainsborough Trinity. The first competitive fixture at the ground was against Arsenal, the game ended 1–1.
In January 1907 The Imps knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup after a replay. Managed by David Calderhead, two late goals salvaged a home draw in the first leg. In the replay in London, an injury time goal by Norrie Fairgray took Lincoln through. Chelsea returned at the end of the season to poach Calderhead to become their manager.
Up until the 1920s Lincoln spent most of their time swinging between the Second Division and the more localised leagues, the Midland and also the Central league. After then, however, in the 1921–22 season, Lincoln, along with several other clubs from the Central and Midland leagues, founded the Third Division (North). The newly founded league and the Second Division would take turns in becoming Lincoln's home up until the early 1960s where they would drop a further division to the Fourth Division in the 1962–63 season. Formed in 1884 as an amateur association, Lincoln turned professional in the 1891–92 season. Originally they played at the John O'Gaunts ground, however, in 1895 they moved to their current ground, Sincil Bank.
Their championship honours include three Division 3 (North) championships in 1931–32, 1947–48 and 1951–52, a Division 4 (now League Two) championship in 1975–76 (when they were managed by future England manager Graham Taylor).
It was the 1975–76 season where the club broke the record for most points for a whole season when 2 instead of 3 points were awarded for a win with 74 points in total (this was and still is the record amount of points achieved under the 2-point system); the record of winning the most games (32) and losing the fewest (4), was also set. City also become the first club in nearly a decade to score over 100 league goals (111 in total). They also won 21 out of 23 home league games in this season (the other 2 were drawn) and also won 11 games away from home, another impressive bout from the club. It was the season where, Graham Taylor recalls, "teams were petrified of coming to Sincil Bank".
1980s and 1990s
In 1982 and again in 1983, Lincoln narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division. In 1985, Lincoln were the opposition at Bradford City when the Bradford City stadium fire claimed the lives of 56 spectators – two of them, Bill Stacey and Jim West, were Lincoln fans, and subsequently these fans had the Stacey West stand named after them.
Lincoln were relegated on the last day of the following season, and the year after that they became the first team to suffer automatic relegation from the Football League. This was a dramatic decline for a club who had almost reached the Second Division four years earlier and has been linked to the trauma arising from the disaster. This marked the fourth occasion on which Lincoln were demoted from the Football League, a record that still stands. They regained their Football League place automatically via promotion as champions of the Conference (beforehand it was done by re-election) at the first attempt with a long ball game devised by eccentric manager Colin Murphy and held on to it until the end of season 2010–11. On 8 September 1990, Lincoln were the opposition when David Longhurst suffered a fatal heart attack during the first half of a game against York City at Bootham Crescent. The game was abandoned at halftime.
Financial difficulties & Play-off attempts
With Lincoln entering administration at the end of the 2001–02 season, Alan Buckley was relieved of his duties as manager on financial grounds with Keith Alexander placed in charge of all football matters. On 3 May 2002 Lincoln successfully petitioned to go into administration but the financial crisis would leave the first team squad bereft of players as the day saw five senior players – Jason Barnett, Grant Brown, David Cameron, Steve Holmes and Justin Walker – released at the end of their contracts with a sixth, Lee Thorpe, departing for Leyton Orient. A hectic day finished with confirmation of Alexander's official appointment as team manager.
In 2002–03, Alexander was given the task of keeping the team in the football league, he proved the many pundits and fans who believed that Lincoln would be relegated and sent out of business due to financial irregularities wrong. With a team made up of cheap ex-non-league players and the lower paid members of the previous season's squad he managed to take them to the play-off final which they lost 5–2 to Bournemouth. The team were rewarded with a civil reception in Lincoln, and an open-top bus ride through Lincoln, an event usually preserved for the winners of such competitions, but was awarded to the team because of the massive achievement.
In 2003–04 Alexander again confounded the critics by coaching the Imps to another play-off position, this time losing to eventual winners Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals. Alexander, one of the very few black managers in the Football League, had a very serious brain injury (a cerebral aneurysm) halfway through the season, but made a full recovery. In the 2004–05 season they again qualified for the play-offs, for a third year running, and in the semi-finals Lincoln beat Macclesfield Town 2–1 on aggregate over two legs but lost in the final against Southend United 2–0 after extra time.
In the 2005–06 season Lincoln City lost narrowly to then Premier League side Fulham in the second round of the 2005–06 League Cup, taking the match to extra-time before the London side won 5–4 in the final minute. In the league, Lincoln again reached the play-offs after many fans and critics believed that they would finish in the mid-table after losing many of their first team regulars from the previous three campaigns. In January both Alexander and former Assistant Manager, Gary Simpson, were put on gardening leave by the board. Alexander was soon after reinstated, however, Simpson did not return. Shortly after, over a disagreement with other board members over the way the club was being run and certain personnel, two prominent board members, Ray Trew and Keith Roe departed from the club. Lincoln brushed this saga to the side though, and finished 7th in League 2 after only losing 3 games since the new year. Lincoln were to face local neighbours Grimsby Town in the play-offs, a side they had beaten 5–0 at Sincil Bank earlier in the season. However, once again it was not to be, as Lincoln lost 3–1 on aggregate to become the first team ever to lose four consecutive play-off competitions.
After speculation that he would take up the vacant managerial role at Peterborough United, Keith Alexander left his position as manager of Lincoln City by mutual consent on 24 May 2006 stating that he could take the club no further, and shortly after on 15 June John Schofield was appointed his successor, with John Deehan as Director of Football. When John Deehan was the Director of Football, the club enjoyed a close link with Premier League outfit Aston Villa. As well as Villa hosting a behind closed-doors friendly with City earlier in the 2006–07 season, Paul Green, a promising youngster, made a permanent move to the club, whilst goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik featured several times on the substitute bench during his loan spell at City. Deehan also brought in Ryan Amoo, a youth player who he worked with at Villa, who has since left the club since his contract expired. For the fifth year in a row, under a different manager, however, Lincoln City reached the League Two play-offs after finishing 5th in the league (the highest position that they have qualified for the play-offs in). Once again, however, they lost, this time to Bristol Rovers in the semi-finals courtesy of a 2–1 defeat away and a 3–5 defeat at home. The failure to succeed in five successive Play-off competitions is a record for any club.
Demise and relegation from the Football League
The team started the 2007–08 campaign poorly, managing just two wins before a winless streak that lasted from 25 August to 24 November. During this winless streak the Managerial team of John Schofield and John Deehan were sacked, and replaced with former Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson. Jackson quickly earned the nickname "Lord of the Imps" due to his shared name with Peter Jackson the director who made the Lord of the Rings films. Jackson parted company with the club on 2 September 2009 due to poor home form in the previous season and a poor start to the 2009/10 season.
On 28 September 2009, the Lincoln hotseat was handed to former Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Celtic and England striker Chris Sutton. His assistant was named as Ian Pearce, another former Premier League player. The club had been managed by coach Simon Clark following the sacking of Peter Jackson and his assistant Iffy Onuora. It was announced that Sutton would take the reins from Clark on 30 September. Sutton led Lincoln City to the Third round of the FA Cup, after beating Northwich Victoria in a second round game televised live on ITV1. City were drawn with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in the third round. The tie was played on 2 January 2010 at the Reebok Stadium, with Lincoln losing the game 4–0 and crashing out respectfully to the Premier League side. League form improved in January, with the team profiting from new loan and permanent signings. Loan signing Davide Somma became an instant hero, scoring 9 goals in his 14 games on loan and ending up being Lincoln's top goalscorer for the season.
Sutton resigned in September 2010, citing personal reasons. However, he later revealed it was due to disagreements over spending with the club's board. On 15 October, the Imps hired Steve Tilson as the club's new manager. Under new management, things looked up for the Imps and by Christmas, Tilson's side were 11th. The good run ended abruptly, and Lincoln started to slip down the table. After a run of nine losses and a draw in the final ten games, Lincoln City were relegated from League Two on the last day of the end of the 2010–2011 season. They needed a win in their final game against Aldershot Town to survive, but lost 3–0. With relegation rivals Barnet winning their final game, Lincoln finished 23rd and were relegated. Almost 8,000 supporters watched the game, an attendance that had not been seen at the club in years.
Lincoln City have played in the Conference Premier since the season 2011–12. Following relegation, Tilson released all but three members of the squad, telling them they had no future at Sincil Bank. By early October, Lincoln were one point above relegation zone and the management were coming under-fire after a run of one win in four; Tilson was sacked as manager on the 10 October 2011 following a 4–0 defeat at Tamworth. Following the duo's sacking, Grant Brown was put in temporary charge.
Brown remained in charge for four games, winning the first but none of the subsequent three, before former Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth was confirmed as manager. Holdsworth managed the Imps to safety but only by 8 points; furthermore, Lincoln lost to Isthmian League outfit Carshalton Athletic in the FA Trophy and suffered an earliest FA Cup exit since 1924–25.
Lincoln were one game away from facing Liverpool in the FA Cup third round the following season, but were denied by a second round replay defeat to Mansfield Town. On 17 February 2013, David Holdsworth left the club by mutual consent following twelve games without a win. On 27 February 2013, Gary Simpson, a former assistant of Keith Alexander during his time at the club, was appointed manager until the end of the season. Safety was secured on the final day with a 5–1 away win against Hyde.
After a good start to the 2013–14 season, Lincoln went on a run of just two wins in seventeen games saw the Imps embroiled in relegation trouble once more. From the start of February to the end of the season, Lincoln lost just three games, and finished 14th in the league, their best placing since relegation. Gary Simpson was placed on gardening leave on 3 November 2014. Assistant manager Chris Moyses was placed in temporary charge and then appointed permanently on 8 December 2014. Lincoln finished 15th that season.
The club have played at Sincil Bank since 1895. Previously, Lincoln City had played at the nearby John O'Gaunts ground since the club's 1884 inception. Sincil Bank has an overall capacity of 10,120 and is colloquially known to fans as "The Bank". It is overlooked by Lincoln Cathedral. Former Lincoln City chairman John Reames re-purchased the ground from the local council in 2000 at a cost of £175,000. The club had sold it in 1982 for £225,000 to fend off the threat of eviction, arranging a 125-year lease.
Sincil Bank hosted England's 2–0 win over Scotland in the Victory Shield on 28 November 2008. Martin Peters paraded the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the ground in March 2010 as part of its global tour. FA WSL club Lincoln Ladies played home games at Sincil Bank in their 2011 season. The Ladies' club had previously hosted Arsenal Ladies there in an FA Women's Cup semi-final in March 2008.
The Lincoln City mascot is called Poacher The Imp, after the old song 'The Lincolnshire Poacher'. He has been portrayed by Gary Hutchinson since he was first introduced to Imps fans in July 1999. In 2003, Poacher finished 12th in the Mascot Grand National, representing his best finish. However following claims that the event at Huntingdon allows professional athletes to compete in the guise of mascots, Poacher has decided to boycott the event in the future. Gary retired as Poacher after 16 seasons, with his last match being a FA Cup 1st Round game at home against Plymouth Argile which finished 0–0 on 9 November 2013. He is now portrayed by Jake Newson.
Peterborough United, Mansfield Town and York City are all clubs who have had some sort of local rivalry with The Imps in the past. The two other clubs in the City of Lincoln, Lincoln United and Lincoln Moorlands Railway are further down the footballing pyramid and are not considered rivals.
Crest and colours
Up until fairly recently the club's logo was very simple in design, with the letters 'L.C.F.C.' inscribed on the historic city's heraldic shield, and a ribbon displaying the club's number directly below it. Since, however, Lincoln have changed their logo twice – once in 2001 to a similar design with the club's Imp mascot and nickname added, and then again in 2014 to a simpler design, depicting only a red-and-white version of the Imp and a banner with the club name underneath. This second change was made to mark the club's 130th anniversary.
|2004–2006||Lincoln City Collection|
Traditionally, the colours and design of the Lincoln City strip have been a red and white striped shirt along with black shorts and red socks. This has varied, however, as in the late 1960s and early 70s, the club opted to field a predominantly red strip with white shorts, and also in the 2000–01 season where the shirt was quartered red and white with white shorts. Their away kit has never retained any single pattern or design, and has varied vastly throughout the seasons.
In the 2006–07 season, Lincoln have retained their traditional home kit colours and style, and have a predominantly black away strip with red side stripes, also with red shorts and black socks. This has been the away strip of choice for two seasons now. Their current sponsors are Starglaze (home) and Haart (away), with their kit manufacturer being Uhlsport. Dennis Horton & Son, also sponsor Lincoln, with their logo appearing at the top centre on the reverse of their home kit.
A brand new set of kits was introduced for the 2007–08 season due to the club changing kit supplier from Uhlsport to Umbro. The home shirt retains the traditional red and white stripes to this day. Their away kit is now Lincoln Green in colour.
|2004–2006||The Community Solutions Group|
|2013–2016||Bishop Grosseteste University|
In popular culture
The world-famous Dambusters theme is usually played during pre-match formalities. This is because The Dambusters were based just outside Lincoln, being formed at the nearby RAF Scampton during World War II, and are therefore at the heart of the city's history.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|David Calderhead||1 August 1900||1 August 1907||256||89||53||114||34.77%|
|John Henry Strawson||1 August 1907||31 May 1914||195||52||40||103||26.67%|
|George Fraser||1 August 1919||31 May 1921||46||10||10||26||21.74%|
|David Calderhead, Jnr.||1 April 1921||31 May 1924||118||37||28||53||31.36%|
|Horace Henshall||1 August 1924||1 May 1927||132||51||28||53||38.64%|
|Harry Parkes||1 May 1927||1 May 1936||395||187||78||130||47.34%|
|Joe McClelland||1 May 1936||1 January 1946||140||61||27||52||43.57%|
|Bill Anderson||1 January 1946||1 January 1965||855||307||189||359||35.91%|
|Con Moulson||1 January 1965||1 March 1965||8||0||0||8||00.00%|
|Roy Chapman||1 March 1965||31 May 1966||65||15||13||37||23.08%|
|Ron Gray||1 August 1966||1 July 1970||184||60||55||69||32.61%|
|Bert Loxley||1 July 1970||1 March 1971||32||12||4||16||37.50%|
|David Herd||1 March 1971||6 December 1972||82||30||30||22||36.59%|
|Graham Taylor||6 December 1972||20 June 1977||211||97||61||53||45.97%|
|George Kerr||20 June 1977||1 December 1977||18||5||4||9||27.78%|
|Willie Bell||21 December 1977||23 October 1978||40||11||13||16||27.50%|
|Colin Murphy||6 November 1978||1 May 1985||309||121||88||100||39.16%|
|John Pickering||1 July 1985||20 December 1985||24||4||6||14||16.67%|
|George Kerr||20 December 1985||7 March 1987||61||17||17||27||27.87%|
|Peter Daniel||7 March 1987||1 May 1987||12||2||5||5||16.67%|
|Colin Murphy||26 May 1987||20 May 1990||103||39||26||38||37.86%|
|Allan Clarke||3 June 1990||30 November 1990||18||3||6||9||16.67%|
|Steve Thompson||1 November 1990||31 May 1993||128||48||36||44||37.50%|
|Keith Alexander||1 August 1993||16 May 1994||48||13||13||22||27.08%|
|Sam Ellis||1 August 1994||4 September 1995||56||21||12||23||37.50%|
|Steve Wicks||4 September 1995||16 October 1995||7||0||2||5||00.00%|
|John Beck||16 October 1995||6 March 1998||130||48||42||40||36.92%|
|Shane Westley||7 March 1998||11 November 1998||30||9||5||16||30.00%|
|John Reames||11 November 1998||1 June 2000||87||30||21||36||34.48%|
|Phil Stant||1 June 2000||27 February 2001||38||12||10||16||31.58%|
|Alan Buckley||28 February 2001||25 April 2002||69||16||24||29||23.19%|
|Keith Alexander||5 May 2002||24 May 2006||213||81||69||63||38.03%|
|John Schofield||15 June 2006||15 October 2007||51||21||12||18||41.18%|
|Peter Jackson||30 October 2007||2 September 2009||92||32||21||39||34.78%|
|Chris Sutton||28 September 2009||28 September 2010||51||14||14||23||28.00%|
|Steve Tilson||15 October 2010||10 October 2011||37||11||7||19||29.73%|
|David Holdsworth||31 October 2011||17 February 2013||71||21||19||31||29.57%|
|Gary Simpson||27 February 2013||3 November 2014||58||23||15||20||39.65%|
|Chris Moyses||3 November 2014||12 May 2016||64||22||15||27||34.38%|
|Danny Cowley||12 May 2016||Present||23||15||4||4||65.21%|
- Division 3 (North)
- Winners (3): 1931–32, 1947–48, 1951–52
- Runners-up (3): 1927–28, 1930–31, 1936–37
- League Two
- Winners (1): 1975–761
- Runners-up (1): 1980–811
- Third-placed (1): 1997–982
- Play-off finalists (2): 2002–032, 2004–05
- Play-off semi-finalists (3): 2003–042, 2005–06, 2006–07
- Football Conference
- Winners (1): 1987–88
- Midland League / Central League
- Winners (4): 1889–90, 1908–09, 1911–125, 1920–21
- Third-placed (1): 1890–91
- Football League Trophy
- (Northern Section) Finalists (1): 2000–01
- Conference Championship Shield
- Winners (1): 1987–88
Football League Group Trophy
· Finalists (1) 1982/83
- Lincolnshire Senior Cup
- Winners (38): 1886–87, 1890–91, 1891–92, 1893–94, 1907–08, 1909–10, 1911–12, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1955–56 (Shared), 1961–62, 1963–64 (Shared), 1965–66 (Shared), 1966–67, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1974–75, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2013–14,
- Runners-up (32): 1892–93, 1894–95, 1896–97, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1908–09, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1932–33, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1954–55, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1985–86, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
- Pontin's Reserve League Cup
- Winners (1): 2006–07
- Fred Green Memorial Trophy6
- Winners (1): 2006–07
- John Reames Memorial Trophy
- Winners (1): 2013–14
- Midland League
- Runners-up (1): 1932–33
- Third-placed (1): 1928–29
- Highest league finishes
- FA Cup
- Last 16 (3): 1886–87, 1889–90 and 1901–02
- League Cup
- 4th round (1): 1967–68
- FA Trophy
- Quarter-finalists (1): 1987–88
- 1 Then known as Division 4
- 2 Then known as Division 3
- 3 This final has not been officially recognised in the current Football League Trophy records, and consequently the club have not been credited as runners-up in the history books of this competition. This is due to the fact that in between the abandonment of the Texaco Cup/Anglo-Scottish Cup and the arrival of the current competition, this was the competition that took place (the Football League Group Trophy) but has not been considered an "official" replacement/transition between the trophies
- 4 Then known as Division 2
- 5 Central League
- 6 Competition contested every year from 2007 against local rivals, Lincoln United
To end of 2015–16 season
- Championship 7
- 1892–1908, 1909–11, 1912–20, 1932–34, 1948–49, 1952–61 (34 seasons)
- League One 8
- 1961–62, 1976–79, 1981–86, 1998–99 (10 seasons)
- Division Three (North)
- 1921–32, 1934–48, 1949–52 (21 seasons)
- League Two 9
- 1962–76, 1979–81, 1986–87, 1988–98, 1999–2011 (39 seasons)
- National League 10
- 1987–88, 2011–16 (6 seasons)
- 7 Division 2 from 1892–1992; Division 1 from 1992–2004
- 8 Division 3 from 1892–1992; Division 2 from 1992–2004
- 9 Division 4 from 1892–1992; Division 3 from 1992–2004
- 10 Football Conference from 1979–2014
- Highest Football League attendance: 5 March 1949 v. Grimsby Town – 23,146
- Highest Football Conference attendance: 2 May 1988 v. Wycombe Wanderers – 9,432
- All-seater stadium record attendance: 15 May 2004 v. Huddersfield Town – 9,202
- All-seater stadium Football League record attendance: 2 May 1998 v. Brighton & Hove Albion– 9,890
- Highest FA Cup attendance: 30 January 1954 v. Preston North End – 23,027
- Highest League Cup attendance: 15 November 1967 v. Derby County – 23,196
- Highest League Trophy attendance: 13 March 2001 v. Port Vale – 4,831
- Grant Brown – 469 (462 + 7 sub)
- Grant Brown – 407 (401 + 6 sub)
- All Cups: Grant Brown – 62 (61 + 1 sub)
- FA Cup: George Fraser – 27
- League Cup: Gordon Hobson and Dave Smith – 23
- League Trophy: Grant Brown – 22 (21 + 1 sub)
- Andy Graver – 143 (1950–55, 1958–61)
- FA Cup: Billy Dinsale – 14 (1926–31)
- League Cup: Tony Cunningham – 8 (1979–83), George Shipley – 8 (1979–85)
- League Trophy: Lee Thorpe – 7 (1997–2002)
In one season (overall)
- Allan Hall – 45 (1931–32)
In one season (league)
In one season (cup)
- FA Cup: Billy Gillespie – 5 (1896–97)
- League Cup: Mick Harford – 5 (1980–81)
- League Trophy: Lee Thorpe – 6 (2000–01)
Note: Italics indicate that the season is ongoing
Transfer fees (top 5)
- Dean Walling – £75,000 to Carlisle United, 1997
- Tony Battersby – £75,000 to Bury, 1998
- Grant Brown – £63,000 to Leicester City, 1989
- Gordon Hobson – £60,000 to Southampton, 1989
- Lee Beevers – £50,000 to Boston United, 2004
- Jack Hobbs – >£750,0002 from Liverpool, 2005
- Gavin Gordon – £550,0003 from Cardiff City, 2000
- Gareth Ainsworth – £500,0001 from Port Vale, 1997
- Darren Huckerby – £400,000 from Newcastle United, 1995
- Matt Carbon – £385,000 from Derby County, 1996
- 1 Official club record
- 2 Unofficial club record
- 3 Fee based on appearances for Cardiff; due to complexities, the precise fee cannot be determined
- 11–1 v. Crewe Alexandra (Home), The Football League, 29 September 1951
- 2–8 v. Rotherham Town (Away), The Football League, 2 December 1893
- 7–1 v. Rochdale (Home), The Football League, 21 October 2006
- 6–1 v. North Ferriby (Home), The National League, 9 August 2016
- 5–0 v. Altrincham (Home), Conference National, 26 March 1988
- 0–5 v. Barnet (Away), The Football League, 14 October 2006
- 5–0 v. Grimsby (Home), The Football League 25 March 2006
- 0–13 v. Peterborough United (Away), FA Cup, 12 October 1895
- 9–0 v. Boston Town (Home), FA Cup, 25 October 1890
- 5–0 v. Hull City (Home), League Cup, 9 September 1980
- 5–1 v. Stalybridge Celtic (Home), FA Trophy, 30 November 2013
- 4–0 v. Hartlepool United (Home), League Trophy, 6 February 1985
- Albert Iremonger – 42 years and 312 days v. Doncaster Rovers, 23 April 1927, Football League
International appearances whilst at the club
|Gareth McAuley||Northern Ireland||5|| Germany (June 2005)|
Portugal (November 2005)
Estonia (March 2006)
Uruguay (May 2006)
Romania (May 2006)
|Delroy Facey||Grenada||5|| Puerto Rico (October 2010)|
St. Kitts and Nevis (October 2010)
Guadeloupe (October 2010)
Martinique (November 2010)
Trinidad and Tobago (November 2010)
|George Moulson||Republic of Ireland||3|| Portugal (May 1948)|
Spain (May 1948)
Switzerland (December 1948)
|David Pugh||Wales||3|| Scotland (February 1900)|
Scotland (March 1901)
England (March 1901)
|Con Moulson||Republic of Ireland||2|| Hungary (May 1936)|
Luxembourg (May 1936)
|Dean Walling||St. Kitts and Nevis||2|| British Virgin Islands (April 1998)|
Guadeloupe (April 1998)
|Jeff Hughes||Northern Ireland||2|| Uruguay (May 2006)|
Romania (May 2006)
|Arthur Fitzsimons||Republic of Ireland||1||Czechoslovakia (May 1959)|
|David Felgate||Wales||1||Romania (October 1983)|
|Albert Jarrett||Sierra Leone||1||Egypt (September 2010)|
Note: Italics denote that the player came on as a substitute
- List of Lincoln City F.C. players
- List of Lincoln City F.C. seasons
- Lincoln City L.F.C. – affiliated women's football team
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