A trailer released earlier this week by newly promoted Lincoln City about an end of season DVD reviewing their record breaking campaign provided a stark reminder of the amazing achievement it really was. With the season being over for about two months now, this teaser gave Lincoln and football supporters alike a gentle insight into those 61 matches.
Countless awards were won by players and management on the back of their Vanarama National League title winning campaign. Whilst on a more global scale it was their remarkable run to the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup, knocking out Premier League side Burnley along the way. Following a six-year absence, April 22nd 2017 was the day that Lincoln City Football Club sealed their spot back in the EFL… The72.
The appointment of Danny Cowley and brother Nicky as the management team certainly sparked interest back into the football club. There was a growing feeling of acceptance that the National League is where we would be remaining for quite some time, especially after a series of mid-table finishes. Chris Moyses certainly got the ball rolling to a degree, but the Cowley brothers even themselves couldn’t have imagined their debut campaign in the City dugout to have gone much better.
An away draw at Macclesfield Town is certainly no bad result, and that was the score on March 12th 2016 in front of just over 1,500. Rewind a year to March 11th 2017, and Lincoln City were stepping out at the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the latter stages of the greatest club competition in the world. Likewise when on April 23rd 2016, the Imps lost 3-2 at home to Woking, with 2,518 sparsely populating Sincil Bank. Then of course, April 22nd 2017 saw the league trophy being passed to skipper Luke Waterfall with over 10,000 crammed into the famous stadium. There were plenty of high points along the way, but the turn of the year really saw Lincoln City Football Club reach unprecedented levels not just in terms of results, but providing memories that will last a lifetime. Just ask any City fan present at Portman Road in January, even away at little North Ferriby United just a few days after tumbling Burnley out of the cup, plus those wild celebrations after late goals against Torquay United and Gateshead.
It was a journey which most, if not all, football fans could relate too. Teams do win the league against the odds, and cup shocks do happen, albeit very rarely in the same season. The trailer below provides an insight into what can be expected on this end of season DVD, with interviews with players, staff and everyone behind the scenes that made, and continues to make, Team Lincoln exactly what it is. With season tickets already surpassing 5,000 for next season, the sky really is the limit for Lincoln City. After all, impossible is just an opinion.