Guest thoughts from Jon Battersby, so eloquently argued I felt they needed a wider forum.
With increasing incredulity, I’m reading arguments here that we should stay and redevelop Sincil Bank. Can those that want this, please explain the following:
(a) Where would the £5m come from to execute such a plan?
(b) What effect in the short term would a reduced capacity to say 6,500 home fans for two seasons have on our ambitions under the Cowley’s, not to mention the disruption and loss of whatever revenue streams we do have whilst it’s being built?
(c) Where would an extra 4,000 fans park? May I remind people that it’s over 35 years since City had a 14k+ attendance, and the supporter demographic will have changed immeasurably since then; ie, most would come in a car that they didn’t own in 1983. Build a multi-storey on the 3G?
(d) Why are you so attached to a piece of grass? History maybe, but the Sincil Bank I grew up with is all but gone, apart from the playing surface and maybe the view.
(e) Macclesfield Town currently gain more match day revenue other than ticket sales than we do. Fact. Can we allow this to continue, and if so why?
(f) The Cowley’s mentioned Swansea as their model on Thursday night, not Bournemouth, not any of the others. Why? Because it’s the sustainable one, and where were they 14 years ago? Going down 1-0 at SB to a 90th minute OG, that’s where, but who’s laughing now eh? We have the opportunity to do the same without doubt.
(g) Why can’t we, and why shouldn’t we aim high? Do you not look around Lincoln now as a whole, and remember the blinkered, backward City, derelict wastelands and insular people and think, wow, look at it now? A first class University within 25 years, a growing population, and, people from outside actually know where it is!
(h) Are we not looking a gift horse in the mouth? Have you all forgotten that this Club has lurched from one financial crisis to another for pretty much it’s entire history, and has had to be “saved” at least four times in the last 45 years that I’ve been watching. The revenue from football only has clearly never been enough, or am I missing something?
(i) Rotherham United. 2010. Similar size and history to City. A club with no home and in admin twice in three years. 2018? A club up and down between Championship and Div 1, with a ground light years ahead of Sincil Bank and fit for 21st century football. A ground that will be inherited for the kids of today, the long term fans of the future. Are we to deny ours this?
As you can probably tell, the move away from Sincil Bank can’t come quick enough for me, as every game at the moment feels like we are losing revenue. Just one final thought, if you haven’t fallen asleep already. If we do go up this season, then it’s looking like (with what’s coming down from the Championship) that we won’t be able to house the full potential of up to ten clubs away following because of the lack of capacity.
God help us if we ever get to the Championship, because believe me, we have our best opportunity in living memory….. Up the Imps as always 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️