On This Day: Hooligans, Sponsors, Trialists and Transfers

This week has not been quiet, but early July is not normally a hotbed of activity when it comes to the football club….

Or is it? I found a few minutes today between other things to have a look back over the years and see what was going on around the club on July 4th. We’ve got incomings, outgoings and those looking for a role. We’ve got hooligans and sponsors, and a whole lot more.

So, for a few moments, sit back and relax as we present July 4th to you, through the years with the Imps.

I have selected the news stories chronologically, so it’s not all sixties for those of us too young to remember!


Even as far back as 1966, seven days before England’s first group game, the Imps were sniffing around signing. City had finished 22nd in Division Four, the fifth time in sixth seasons we’d been 22nd (once in Division Two, again in Division Three, and then again in Division Four on three out of four occasions).

It was hoped Anderson might be the answer to our woes, but he wasn’t. He scored seven goals in 48 appearances, six in 44 in the league, but we finished bottom anyway, and he left after a season.