The Site of City’s Formation To Be Marked In Ceremony

The Imps’ history is set to be commemorated on the High Street, courtesy of the Red Imps Community Trust.

Doubtless, when you’ve been on your travels, you’ll have seen blue plaques commemorating everything from Bobby Moore to Evelyn Waugh. Lincoln City is about to get something similar on the High Street, although perhaps not blue.

On July 5th, 1884, a group of people met at the Monson Arms in the city to discuss the formation of ‘The Lincoln City Football Club’. There had been a club previously, Lincoln Rovers, but that was disbanded. A group of men, including William Mortimer, Sharpley Bainbridge, and John Henry ‘Jack’ Strawson, gave birth to a football club. Mortimer was the chairman of Rovers, Strawson a former player, and Bainbridge a notable local businessman with a passion for sports.

This meeting happened in the Monson Arms, a pub which is no longer with us. The nearest drinking establishment to the site of the pub is Popword, once Barracudas (or the Roman Ruin for those older than me). The Monson Arms was adjacent to that on the High Street in a building that stood where Moshulu is now.

To mark the location of the club’s formation, the Red Imps Community Trust will invite the Mayor of Lincoln, Biff Bean, to unveil a plaque on the site. That will happen at 10:30 on the 30th of September, the day we play Cheltenham Town. Supporters are invited to witness the event and celebrate the club’s heritage.

Perfect for a cheeky Churchill’s breakfast before heading down the High Street!