There’s a ‘popular’ feature on Facebook that shows you memories from yesteryear and gives you the option to share them with your friends. I fear that this season we’re getting so many memories with Lincoln City that the social media giant might need more hard drive space to store them all on.
In fact I feel like us fans might need one of those pensieve things that Dumbeldore has in his office at Hogwarts to save all our recollections of the season in. I’m pretty sure that as the season progresses we’re going to run out of space in our limbic systems (that’s the area of the brain that stores memories for those amongst you that are not brain surgeons).
As Nathan Arnold collected that world class pass from Adam Marriott I could feel something being squeezed out just to accommodate that immense feeling of elation that we experienced as a collective. Therefore I want to provide a bit of a service and highlight five things from this season so far that should forever be etched into our minds.
August 4th, 2016
The first unforgettable moment should be the day that Danny managed to beat social media, and unveiled a star signing that has helped influence our season. Nobody guessed Sean Raggett was Lincoln bound, I suspect not even Sean Raggett himself. One phone call and a brief Facebook live later and we had nabbed the prized jewel from Dover’s defensive crown from under the noses of Barrow or Tranmere (depending on which rumour you believe).
It was a seminal moment that may have been forgotten as ‘just another day’, but it signalled the level of respect that non-league footballers have for our management team. It was the moment it became apparent that we were big hitters in the National League transfer market, a team attractive enough to tempt the very best this level has to offer. Sean has gone on to form a terrifying central defensive unit with Luke Waterfall, and a clean sheet against Championship opposition demonstrated that better than anything else could.
August 9th, 2016
The night something changed, a night that I will remember for just as long as our win over Ipswich. It was the night I saw queues outside Sincil Bank for the first time in five years. It was the night we turned up and turned it on against a team we should be thrashing in resounding style. It was the night we first got a glimpse of what this team that Danny built is all about. It may only have been North Ferriby, it may only have been the second game but it was our biggest home win since October 2006 and it was in front of a (then) bumper crowd. It was three nil before I’d really settled into my seat, and as we cheered a further three goals the feeling that things were about to get exciting couldn’t be over ridden.
October 25th, 2016
The Imps beat Boreham Wood 2-0, and although it may seem a routine win it was a real test of our credentials. Boreham Wood had a superb away record at the time, and City had won three, drawn three and lost two of our last eight games. It had the potential to label us as bona fida promotion hopefuls, or taint us as outside play off chasers. Of course it was Nathan Arnold who started it all off in the 45th minute, and that goal gave us the confidence to push on and get a second through the big man. It will be a night that is forgotten by many in favour of far more fashionable memories, but the importance of that result should not be under estimated.
November 19th, 2016
It was my 38th birthday, and unable to travel to Forest Green I watched it on the TV with my Dad. City put us through the ringer and back with an average display for an hour or so. Forest Green raced into a 2-0 lead and despite us looking no worse than them we seemed on course to trail the championship hopefuls by 12 points. Very few of you will ever forget those last few minutes, after Alex Woodyard had registered his first goal of the season it fell to Luke and Sean to snatch first the draw, and then the unlikely win. The result left just six points between us, a deficit that we overturned as quickly as it had developed. It remains to be seen whether FGR can properly bounce back from this result, their visit to Sincil Bank at the end of March might be too late for them to think of doing the same to us.
Saturday 7th January, 2017
One aspect of our wonderful win against Ipswich on Tuesday might be that the efforts of the side in the first leg get over looked. Drawing at Portman Road at the start of the year was (at the time) the single biggest result we had achieved in terms of profile and, of course cash. 5,000 travelled to watch Theo Robinson add colour to the picture the fans had painted for ourselves. We shouldn’t have even needed the replay to finish off the 1978 FA Cup winners, and when we recount our heroics it must not be forgotten what a superb result it was to go away to a much higher ranked team and forcing the draw.
So there we go, five memories I’d like to put in my pensieve to be remembered forever. I could have gone for Rheady’s late winner at Torquay, or Macauley Bonne netting to down Tranmere. I feel almost rude to not include the battling 10 man win against Wrexham against all the odds in a match that showed the other side to our character, the battling and fighting qualities that go alongside the skill and flair upfront. The fine 3-2 win over Oldham pales in insignificance now, but at the time that was a night to remember also.
I suspect come May of this year we’ll have a few more to add, and I pray every single night that by then we can remember an FA Trophy trip to Wembley and our first league title since 1988.