It’s a bit of a slow news week at present, at least in terms of the actual football club.
The end of season awards took place yesterday with Joe Morrell unsurprisingly grabbing the top accolade. Harry Toffolo took away POTS and Roger Bates was rightfully given a lifetime achievement award. The excellent Chris Wray is currently hand-delivering copies of this season’s Imptoons Review (still available on eBay here) and that is about it. No new players, no resume date for next season, nothing. Just the sort of lull you can come to expect in the post-season, although other teams are still playing. Apparently.
I’ve been off this week and in between thrashing my Dad at pool and compiling our own season review, I’ve been going through my Imps’ collection, sorting programmes, badges and the like, but also looking at the different envelopes of pictures I’ve acquired over the years. I’ve found eight that I think might be of interest, just to spice this windy Sunday up a little bit for you. Apologies if you’ve seen them before, but they’re worth glancing over.
First up, an Imps stalwart playing for a First Division team, against a player who would later feature in the first division, Gary Lund. This is from our 1986 Littlewoods Cup game at Charlton. Both players enjoyed the game; Lund scored but Thommo’s side ran out 3-1 winners. This would have been played at Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace, with whom Charlton had to ground share between 1985 and 1991. Selhurst Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us, an FA Cup thrashing sticks in my mind, as does a huge chunk of Gary Willard inspired injury time that prevented a big cup upset.
Not sure if I included this before, but it is the only colour picture I have of what I still feel was one of our finest away kits of all time; 1992/93. It was the first year of the Echo sponsoring the club and I just loved the red contrasting with the blue. The shirt had some fine swirls in it too, a sure-fire hit one day for the retro range. I recall us wearing it on my first ever away trip too, to York City, which prompted me to buy it. Sadly, at some point in the 27 years since, I’ve lost it, the only City shirt I have owned and lost. Gutted isn’t the word.
This is an interesting one; it popped out of a programme I was looking through. It’s John Reames checking out the plans for the current Selenity Stand in what looks like an official press photo opp. The rebuilding of the St Andrews Stand was the first part of the redevelopment that led to the modern-day Sincil Bank and it was designed with the Bradford Fire Disaster very much at the forefront of people’s minds. That is why there are big walkways and lots of open spaces in the stand, so people could easily escape a disaster of some sort.
This is the first that isn’t strictly Lincoln; I took it from a Charles Buchan’s Football magazine I was browsing last week. I love the changing trends of football and have been lucky enough to secure a couple of rosettes in some memorabilia I purchased this week. The rosette seller used to be a common sight outside bigger grounds, but it isn’t something you see now. I guess when money was a little tighter, these were a cheaper wya of showing support for your club. Now, you just get shirts, scarves and other club gear, but sadly not the classic rosette.
A pair of pictures from a less-than classic Imp, Peter Daniel. Daniel began his career at Hull City, but moved to Wolves for £182,000 in May 1978, a fee that would be worth around £1.05m today. Whilst at Molineux he won a League Cup medal and is pictured at the top playing for them. He later went to America before returning to Sunderland, where he again made a League Cup Final appearance, this time losing in the 1985 competition.
He joined us as a player in 1985 and became captain, which is where the second snapshot comes from. He took over as player manager late in the 86/87 season and saw us slip out of the league under his stewardship. Rightly, he resigned (as Tilson should have done) and later went back to playing for Burnley, where he played against his former club Wolves in the 1988 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley, collecting another runners up medal.
This is a GMVC game, I’m not sure of the opponents, but I value any picture which captures a player performing a bicycle kick. This is Phil Brown, with Paul Smith looking on. It must be after November 1987 as the new St Andrews Stand is open. My guess would be Sutton or Maidstone.
Ii know it shouldn’t, but this one did make me chuckle over my Sunday lunch. Judging by the kits we are talking around 1995 against Torquay, and someone is in a lot of pain. Oh dear.