‘What’s the point anymore?’ – Lincoln, Ipswich and Coventry fans react to FA Cup Second Round draw,

Courtesy Graham Burrell

The ‘reward’ for the Imps, should we progress past Ipswich Town a week tomorrow, is a trip to St Andrew’s to face Coventry City.

In a draw that could have handed us exciting new venues like Maldon and Tiptree or Chichester Town, we’ve been stuck in another all League One tie, if (and it’s a big if) we ease past Ipswich at our place. In truth, we should have been in the hat outright after deserving a win at the weekend, but there is little incentive to succeed other than money given that Coventry are another of the top teams left in the cup.

It does feel a little bit like 2016/17 all over again; I bemoaned every cup draw we got (until Arsenal away) and yet they formed part of the greatest season ever to be an Imp.

It’s fair to say the game, which would take place in early December if we get through, has not been well received. With few home games between now and Christmas, a home tie against lower opposition would have been just the ticket. the way we’re playing and the chances we’re creating, somebody is going to take a thrashing soon and to get Mansfield at home, down on their luck, might have been the leg up the manager needs.

Instead, we go away again to another promotion-chasing side, and that’s only if we get past Ipswich Town. One interesting factor is the two sides are both former winners, and I’m not sure two FA Cup winners have ever met each other before the third round before (I’m bound to be proven wrong on that).

How has the draw been welcomed in Coventry? It’s fair to say thier focus is not on facing us, sadly. They feel they will be welcoming Ipswich Town to St Andrew’s and they’re about as happy about it as we were in the first round.

One of the other factors to consider is that any match is likely to be moved as Birmingham City are scheduled to be at home that day. There’s a chance that it could be picked for TV if it is Ipswich and Coventry, but us and Coventry is not going to be screened and therefore would either be Sunday or Monday. Another downer on what is an incredibly rubbish draw for the Imps.

How have our fans reacted? Pretty much the same, just without the rather insulting assumption that Ipswich will beat us next weekend.

As for Ipswich fans, they’re not entirely happy with the draw either, which is where we’ll finish the round-up of reaction.


  1. If either of these teams don’t want it and field the 2nd string I would be very encouraged in taking them on. More money in the transfer kitty. Have we all got short memories?
    The cup still has a fever about it that league games cannot meet frequently.
    Getting Ipswich beaten will soon bring back memories of last season’s trouncing of Coventry at theirs last season. A stupendous game of football!

  2. In 2009 Bradford played Notts County in the first round, both winners. In 2010 they played AFC Wimbledon in the second round and technically both winners. And I haven’t looked much further but also bear in mind that Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Bury, Portsmouth are winners, as well as Barnsely, Sheff United, Wigan, Leeds, Forest etc have had seasons in League 1

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