The 617 Squadron, Lincoln City’s own modern-day ultras group, have launched a crowdfunder to try to raise money for displays and events throughout the coming season.
A statement passed to the Stacey West read:
“Hi All, 617 want to continue to create displays throughout our first season back in the Football League that can inspire and lift our players and our fan base. We are looking to do several large displays and lots of smaller displays and it would be great if other Imps could support us on our journey through the Football League, we know how much this can lift the side and the management during important games. All donations are massively appreciated. Any questions, please get in touch.”
With crowds on the up and fan numbers at an all-time high, it is worth remembering that these same hardy souls were trying to raise the atmosphere in front of 1200 against sides like Welling and Ebbsfleet. Whilst a full stadium can motivate itself, nobody can forget emotional and touching displays such as the one for Graham Taylor during the Ipswich match.
The 617 continue to fly the flag for Lincoln City on the very-modern ultras scene in the UK, and quite often they stand for causes close to many fans hearts. They’re planning a boycott of the EFL Trophy as well as being keen supporters of safe standing. The return to the Football League gives them a further platform to continue their activities, both vocal and visual but always peaceful.
Their aim is to raise £1000 so they can continue with some awesome displays such as the one pictured below from last season. The project already has 19 backers despite only being a few hours old, so if you want to support alternative fan culture and help to continue to grow the fan experience in block 7 and beyond, please visit the crowdfunder page and donate.
Please note the Stacey West isn’t affiliated in any way with the 617, and whilst I don’t always agree with their ideals and methods, I will always celebrate attempts by fan groups to improve the experience. I also respect anybody who sat through the reigns of Tilson, Holdsworth and Gary Simpson and still came out the other side in a red and white shirt.