5 Memorable Matches Between the Imps and Oxford

Lincoln 1-0 Oxford 2001


Robert Betts in action during Lincoln v Oxford 2001 – Credit LCFC

The 2001/02 season was not a classic. we had an awful shirt, a weak squad and we haemorrhaged money left, right and centre. Going into this October tie, we were 20th in the table, in a season I recall thinking that might be a decent finish. Looking back, the team did have a feel of quality about it, given how history later painted the likes of Mark Bailey, Stuart Bimson and (of course) Peter Gain, but they weren’t doing the business for Buckley. The lineup was Alan Marriott, Mark Bailey, Grant Brown, Steve Holmes, Peter Gain, Stuart Bimson, Robert Betts, Kingsley Black, Ben Sedgemore, Justin Walker and Lee Thorpe. I’m not sure what that looked like in terms of tactics, maybe a 4-5-1 of some sort.

Anyway, Oxford got off to the better start, Paul Moody firing over from eight yards with the whole goal to aim at. That was the bench chance of a dour game, right until everything exploded in the dying minutes. Sub David Cameron laid a ball out to Kingsley Black on the right, he fired a cross in for Lee Thorpe for the big man to flick home. 1-0 City, game over, or so it seemed.

Claimed an assist

In NINE minutes of added time, Wayne Hatswell tried to break for the visitors. As he did, he couldn’t shrug the attentions of Thorpe, who at first jostled the player, then finally just kicked him to the ground. Hatswell didn’t react well, naturally, and lashed out, with the pair of them rolling around exchanging blows. Outcome? Red cards all round.

Still, the action went on, a long ball from the visitors dropped to Marriott, who claimed cleanly, only to be followed through upon by Martin Thomas. Mazza remonstrated, and Thomas literally stuck the nut on him. Crazy scenes? Judge for yourself right here.