There’s very little news about at the moment that doesn’t include the pandemic in some way and, to a degree, current football pales into insignificance when compared with the wider world situation.
However, there are still snippets about and for today’s post I’ve decided to do a bit of an update as to where the club is at the moment and what’s been happening, or not, around the place.
Club Back South Shields
The main news story is perhaps that of South Shields, the club backed by our own Graham Burrell, and their drive to get the FA to overturn the decision to void the current season below the National League North and South. The Mariners have raised a letter to the FA questioning the decision, to which the Imps have now added their weight. It’s little surprise that South Shields feel aggrieved; they were top of the BetVictor Premier Division table and led nearest rivals FC United of Manchester by 12 points, but their promotion hopes are now shattered following the controversial decision.
Clive Nates and Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony have added their names to the list, the only League One teams to do so at present. Clive is vehemently against the decision to void any season, including those higher up. That’s despite us being safe either way and despite being an Everton fan and seeing Liverpool close to a first-ever Premier League title. However, as a man of firm principles, Clive argued strongly on social media against voiding the season and has now ensured our name is part of the movement against any decision, both lower down the spectrum and in theory, higher up.
Furlough, the word that two weeks ago people would probably have told you had something to do with farming, is suddenly a word right at the top of the national consciousness. Across the country, clubs are furloughing staff, essentially mothballing them with government help, until the crisis is finally over.
The Imps have now furloughed many non-playing staff until further notice. A club statement read:
“Due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Lincoln City Football Club have made the decision to place the majority of non-playing staff on furlough leave under the terms of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
“With the suspension of football until the 30th April at the earliest, this decision has been made to help safeguard the future of the Football Club and furthermore help to protect the jobs of our team members during these uncertain times.
“The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will provide funding for 80% of salaries up to the cap of £2,500 per month.”
This isn’t a move that’s uncommon, not in football nor the wider world, but it is another stark reminder of the serious situation we all find ourselves in. Of course, we wish all staff furloughed the best through the next few weeks and months, not just at the club but the whole country. Hopefully, these are the times when we realised some of the things that are important in life and maybe a few things that are not.
Fan’s Player Scheme
I remember a year or two ago, Helgy looking to push this and being met with a resounding ‘why does the club need the money now?’. That’s definitely all changed and for a small fee, you can join the FPS in a new push, intended to help the club in its time of need once more. The excellent scheme has raised over £120,000 since its launch and Helgy believes now is the time to get involved, if you’re not already.
“In these uncertain times I feel we need to back the club and join the FPS to raise funds for the club, 1,000 members would mean a £10,000 cash boost to the club. We have reached out into the local community, had food bank collection points at Costa for the Sincil Foodbank throughout the season too. The FPS has been running for many years now and has helped raise the club significant amounts of money whilst also rewarding supporters by offering monthly prizes for its members.
“Our aim for the future is to grow the FPS even further and attract more businesses with even better prizes enabling us to raise the profile of the club. Thank you for all of your support towards the scheme over the years.”
To join up follow the link here on the official site.
Stacey West Lockdown Quiz
Our own attempts to divert people’s attention for a short while get underway this evening around 7.30 pm, when we’ll host the first tie in the last 16 of the Stacey West Quiz. Chris Wray, the now infamous CJW cartoonist, and Wragby-resident Chris Laming are first up to face each other, but there’s plenty for a neutral as well. There’s lots of Imps’ chatter, questions you can play along with at home and hopefully something to distract you for a few minutes in a lockdown evening.
The event will be live-streamed on my personal Facebook page which, if you’re not already a friend, you can find here. This is the first of six ties before another main event in which anyone can grab a wildcard into the last eight. Remember, we’re working on a great prize offering that includes signed memorabilia and a few other special bits, but it’s also going to (hopefully) be great fun. Make sure you’re about to watch and take part at home.
Terry Bourne NHS Gesture
In a world dominated by scaremongering and bad news, we wanted to finish on this positive news story that emerged over the weekend. Imps’ kit man Terry Bourne has offered to help NHS staff during the current crisis by doing their laundry. He’s offered to safely collect it from Lincoln Hospital and further afield and return it cleaned and fresh for them to use.
“No football game would be able to take place at the ground if we didn’t have an army of NHS workers,” said Terry.
“A lot come voluntarily on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday night and give their time up so we can enjoy watching and working at Lincoln City.”
He’ll be doing the washing at the Imps’ Elite Performance Centre and can apparently knock through 12 loads a day, which I’ve now used to prove to Fe that I don’t generate unnecessary amounts at home. Two loads per week is peanuts, right Terry?