Football is a game of opinions, where beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and fans of the same team can come to blows arguing the virtues of certain individuals. We’re seeing it now, John Akinde is splitting the fan base just as Matt Green has before him and Matt Rhead before him.
You can watch the same game as the man next to you and come out with different opinions. I marvelled last season as the angry man in front of me ranted incessantly at Alex Woodyard for his negativity. How could he not see Alex breaking up play and retaining possession? I suppose he would wonder why I applauded a sideways pass when it looked easier to knock it forward.
Another obvious one and one I won’t be using in the gallery is Paul Farman (main picture). I saw him nominated for our worst ever keeper, this a keeper who lifted two trophies at Lincoln, stuck with us throughout the National League years and got a Man of the Match award in an FA Cup quarter-final. How on earth anyone could lump him in with Bruce Grobbelaar or Elliot Parish was completely beyond me.
These differences of opinion are nothing new though. Over the last twenty years the Imps have had a lot of players who split us down the middle, some with more than 200 games for the club. In the latest celebration of Graham ‘photographer of the fans’ Burrell’s pictures, here’s a gallery of five Lincoln City players who still divide opinion today.
Play nice in the comments readers, yeah? We’re also giving you the chance to vote on whether the players was worthy of a Lincoln shirt or not, settling the old scores once and for all, or at least for an hour or two.