Okay, so my last article started off a bit negative, so I decided to have a quick look back at the week around July 20th from recent history.
I wanted to cheer myself up a bit. I think I might have post-party blues, a superb 72 hours surrounded by friends and family has ended and maybe getting back to normal was a bit of a slap. So, I wanted to remind myself what a great place we’re in now, by looking back at a few things that happened this week from history that were not so great for us.
I’ve found a few things for you to ‘enjoy’.
24th July 1986 – RAF Cranwell (Away)
A year before Mrs Kanyucka agonised over names for her son, the Imps were winning 5-0 away at RAF Cranwell. That doesn’t seem too bad, does it? Four days later, Collingham were stuffed 8-0, followed by wins against Ingham (5-0), Ruston Atheltic (4-0), Lincoln United (4-2), Boston FC (2-0) and the Red Arrows (19-0). In all, City played 13 pre-season friendlies as we prepared for a promotion challenge, winning nine. Ten months later, we were relegated, so perhaps you can’t read too much into pre-season.
19th July 1987 – Pat Kanyucka born
To find out my partner shares the same birthday with Pat Kanyucka is a bit of a blow, to be honest. Obviously, I wish Pat all the best on his 34th birthday, but he was really bad for us. I’m sure he was a decent player at some point, he would have to be right? He played for QPR and Swindon amongst others so somebody must have seen something in him. Steve Tilson certainly did and he signed on a short-term contract ahead of our relegation battle in 2011. His first game was a 2-1 win away at Bradford, but Kanyucka only lasted 45 minutes before being substituted and blamed for the first goal.
After that worrying start, he struggled to break into the first team, although he did appear in the 5-1 home defeat against Shrewsbury as a second-half substitute. He was on the pitch when we drew 1-1 with Macclesfield in a match that had we won, we would have stayed up. Unfortunately, Kanyucka couldn’t prevent Sam Wedgebury from scoring in the 90th minute of that clash. He started the next game, a home clash with Rotherham He didn’t finish it though, he was sent off after 62 minutes with the Imps trailing 4-0. They scored the resulting penalty on their way to a 6-0 win. Unsurprisingly he never played for Lincoln again. There was some poetic justice though as he appeared for Tamworth the following season in a 4-0 win for the hosts that resulted in Steve Tilson losing his job. Every cloud and all that.
21st July 2011 – EGM
This is pertinent today because of what has happened recently at Swindon Town. Bad football club ownership is rife in the Football League, and some observers felt our board’s position was untenable in 2011. Ten years ago tomorrow, the club’s ownership was challenged and Bob Dorrian’s position was being questioned. Bob survived the EGM, which proposed a new chair who allegedly hadn’t even been approached, and he did eventually steer us towards financial security, albeit with a little bit of help later on from a South African investor by the name of Clive. I wonder whatever happened to him….
24th July 2012 – Geoffrey Gouveia Signs
Geoffrey Gouveia is so good I don’t have a picture of him. He never appeared in a first-team game for Lincoln and I would have skipped over him, but my research led me to include him on the list. Why? because it turns out Lewis Montsma isn’t the only model with Imps connections. Gouveia went into modelling after leaving the Imps. The next day did bring some good news though – Tom Miller penned a permanent Imps deal.
19th July 2014 – International Call Up
We’ve had some great success with internationals of late, not least Joe Morrell and Brennan Johnson, but what about this nugget from 2014. Arnaud Mendy played for Guinea-Bissau in the African Cup of Nations against Botswana to become the 11th Imps to win an international cap. Mendy appeared 38 times for City, scoring once, but left in the summer of 2015.
22nd July 2015 – Gary Charles Court Case Begins
Gary Charles assisted David Holdsworth for a short time as Imps assistant manager, and felt afterwards he was due £50,000 in unpaid wages. The three-day court case saw David Holdsworth and Bob Dorrian state the role was voluntary, whilst Josh Gowling and Tyrone Thompson stated they believed he was part of the coaching staff. In the end, City were awarded costs, with Bob Dorrian adding: “Despite the fact that the club had an £80,000 plus potential cost if it lost the case, we contended that we acted properly in all aspects towards Gary Charles and we strongly believed that the integrity of LCFC and its officers should be defended, given our conviction that we were in the right.” Charles was back in court a few years later, winning £6,600 in a tribunal against Nuneaton Borough.
Yup, things could be worse!