Our First Matches: Two more fan stories

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My first Imps game was in March of 2012, the club was still in mourning after its relegation from the Football League, and attendances were at an all-time low. I’d been following Lincoln since 2010/11, as I was an avid player of FIFA 10 and 11 at the time. How’s that for a throwback? The club was in a very dark place. Throughout the 2011/12 season, the last in the Football League, I’d see ticket offers in newspapers on the kitchen table and I was desperate to get to a game. My time to visit Sincil Bank for the first time came on the 31st March 2012. Lincoln City vs Tamworth. Two teams desperately trying to fight against relegation. Should be a close game.

Lincoln City 4-0 Tamworth.

Not a bad first outing if I do say so myself.

Looking back on archives from that day, it says that the attendance was 2213, a world away from the incredible numbers that we get today! The bank genuinely had the feel of a cemetery. You could sense the miserableness of the supporters, a relegation, as well as another relegation battle on the cards, topped off with poor management and financial troubles.

I wasn’t alone for my first city game. I took a mate of mine, a Manchester United fan, who enjoyed the day, but wasn’t converted to the Imps, sadly. We were sat in the family stand with my Dad, which was completely empty give or take a couple of other people around us. Soon enough the game kicked off and the deadlock was broken by Peter Bore after seven minutes. As soon as that goal went in I experienced an epiphany, that Sincil Bank should become my second home, and it did. Two own goals in the 30th and 82nd minutes and a penalty from the ever reliable Alan Power in the 48th minute sealed a convincing victory.

In the car on the way home I was looking at fixtures in the programme trying to work out which match I would be going to next. I chose the home game against Darlington in the April, which was also my first game outside of the family stand. I was sat in the Echo stand instead.

That ended up as a 5-0 win for the Imps. Nine goals in my first two games. I thought that it would always be a walk in the park supporting the Imps.
Was I right? Absolutely not. Watching the team you love get pummelled 4-0 at home to North Ferriby made me realise I was completely wrong. But hindsight is a wonderful thing. Carshalton away felt like the lowest of the low, and it probably was, but Danny and Nicky have changed things completely.

Who would have thought back then that we would win the National League, get to an FA Trophy semi-final and an FA Cup quarter-final, beating a premier league side away and getting a trip to the Emirates all in the same season. Who would have thought that in our first season back to the Football League we would win the Checkatrade Trophy and get to Wembley, and reach the play-offs at the first attempt. And now we are on the brink of promotion to League One. Its an exciting time to be an Imps fan, and I for one am not going to take it for granted.