The Imps have this afternoon announced a continuation of the link up with Lincoln United, promising some of the proceeds from the midweek clash with Exeter to our city friends.
It marks out the fixture as a special evening for Lincoln, with a commemorative programme available featuring comments from both club captains.
It’s the latest in a line of initiatives looking to strengthen the ties between the clubs. The Imps have loaned Tim Akinola to the Whites for experience, the first loan between the two clubs in some times.
Lincoln City fans can also get in to watch the Whites at a discounted rate, with a view to boosting their attendances on non match days for City as well as when fans can’t get to away matches.
Imps board member Peter Doyle is a former chairman of Lincoln United, whilst their chairman Rob Bradley is well-known as a former saviour of the Imps. Rob had the following to say about the latest venture.
“Lincoln United do well to compete at the level we are at, and there are a lot of much bigger clubs in our league.” Rob said.
“We are there, in the city, to give opportunities for good players to play part-time football and play at this very strong level. We battle week-in-week out to keep providing that opportunity. For Lincoln City to recognise what we do and actively help us along the way is a tremendous boost and we are extremely grateful for that. Tuesday night’s gesture is another very kind one by Lincoln City and we thank everyone at Sincil Bank for their continued support of our club.
“It has been quite overwhelming therefore to witness how much time and effort has been put in by Lincoln City people to supporting what Lincoln United try to do in our own quest for survival, and indeed success, at the level we play at.”
“It’s a measure of the people at Sincil Bank that they find time to think about helping the local community and nearby football friends as well as meet their own massive challenges.”
Last year, many of you will know that we were behind a magazine called ‘A City United’, which aimed solely to solidify the relationship between all levels of football in the city. As a result, we attended several Whites games and saw a vibrant and thriving football club moving in the right direction.
With the popularity of football within the city, it is a great credit to The Imps that they’re willing to not only support, but actively promoted the other Lincoln side. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, some will be Lincoln City fans and no more, but those living in Lincoln with a passion for the beautiful game would benefit from a visit to Ashby Avenue, or the Sun Hat Villas Stadium as it is known, to take in a match.
With Tim Akinola getting valuable senior minutes there, it surely won’t be long before other young players cut their teeth on the grass in the south of the city and maybe the ties can help bring the Whites through the non-league pyramid, as well as developing our own young players.
Tickets for Tuesday’s clash are available now, and can be bought from the ticket office at Sincil Bank and via Lincoln City’s Eventbrite page, which can be found here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lincoln-city-v-exeter-city-tickets-52305875281