This week in the Priory Trust Lincoln City Journalist award, we were looking at different pictures and writing about what the images said to us.
It might have been factual, it might have been feelings but the young journalists were encouraged to free write; put the pen on the page and just let it flow.
The results were excellent, with a variety of different outcomes, as you’ll read below. I’ve tried to group them together as much as possible, as well as including the pictures we used in the lesson.
“Lincoln suffered a 3-0 defeat at Sincil Bank on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the celebrations flowing with the Imps becoming champions. With no pitch invasion this time, the boys headed inside before coming back out two at a time to a now-League One crowd and a third trophy in as many seasons.”
“With a highly anticipated game for Lincoln, there was a certain buzz around the city. The boys trained hard ahead of the difficult last game. When it arrived, fans were left unhappy as Colchester put three goals past Josh Vickers after some disappointing defensive play.”
“It is great to know that the city I live in are doing well for themselves and have won yet another title. In the future, this will be known as a Lincoln City golden age.”
“Last week the bus tour took place. The traffic was horrendous but the sight was something to behold. The coach parading through the town was incredible, the sight of so many fans in one place celebrating the same thing was truly amazing.”
“The 2018 Christmas picture was definitely something to remember. It reminds me of when all the family I don’t know come over for Christmas dinner and we’re all forced to smile for a ‘nice photo’. Honestly, the awkward energy is definitely my favourite element.”
This came from an image of the players with Santa hats on from the centre of one of the clubs programmes. I love ‘awkward energy’ here!
“The crowd erupted into screams; Lincoln are champions! Players were jumping in excitement and the cup was held high in the sky for all to see. Anyone could see the excitement on their faces as champagne rained from the sky. Two promotions and a trophy in three seasons; this was definitely a successful club. This was Lincoln City.”
“Champions. What a word. Celebrations, pride; winners. This is a great time to be a Lincoln City fan, a champion. The weeks leading up to their victory flew with the hype train departing for League One. The celebrations will fill the streets long after their three excellent, successful seasons and more will follow in the coming years.”
“The image of the squad with the League Two trophy is inspiring for me, it shows that anything is possible. It makes me proud of where I live because we were promoted from being a non-league club and conquered two leagues in three years. We have progressed so much under Danny Cowley, well done Lincoln City FC.”
“The Lincoln City bus tour was sensational; thousands of fans swarmed the High Street to watch the determined players journey around their proud city. This brings back memories from when they beat Oldham to put us through to the third round for the first time in years. We won the game and it was my first pitch invasion, it was a night to never forget.”
“As the Lincoln City bus made its way down the High Street, excitement rose through the air. As it approached you could see the big red flags, proudly swaying from a distance. The ecstatic fans marched behind the bus chanting, singing and screamed as Lincoln had made history. I couldn’t believe what was happening as Lincoln all came together to welcome the club to the next chapter of their story. Imps as one!”
“The final whistle blew, the crowd of around 9,000 were sent into rapture; Lincoln was promoted! Imps gaffer Danny Cowley sobbed tears of joy, his season-long hard work had paid off.”
“Proud. I’m sure that’s what we all felt. The red, orange and white bus was driving down Victory Lane. The laughs and happiness were infectious. The pride in supporting Lincoln City FC, pride at saying ‘I’m a Lincoln supporter.’
It will be remembered forever, digitally, virtually and in our hearts. It will always be a day to remember because we were champions, victorious. Years ago, the word seemed foreign but it’s not part of our daily language.
Lincoln City; even though you lost the last game, we know you’ve trained so hard, we know you’re (hopefully at least) tried your best. Balloons and wishes still fly in your name!”
“At the end of the game the player’s happiness was boosted because the season is over. Top of the league it is.
We all know the final game was bad, 3-0 to Colchester, but who do they think we are? Grimsby? Pfft.”
“Last weekend we celebrated history, but the game was very disappointing. Who cares, we have won the league! What do you expect, we are the best team in England? Sometimes, I wish Manchester United could be like that and connect with their fans more often.”
“The image of the squad on the bus with the trophy is inspiring to see. Lincoln City have done it again and are rising to League One.”
“All I could hear were bells and cheering coming down the street; flags waving in and out just like a dot to dot. In the corner of my eye I could see people signing ‘Sweet Caroline’ and flares, smoke flying into paradise with the audience and the players.
“I could feel splashes of champagne drops dripping on my face just like happy tears when something good happens.
“Banners, cheering, spraying champagne flying away into the memory box. In front of me and my family, the police were just standing there and doing their job.”
“The drums were banging and the vibration was that strong my feet were dancing away just like speakers with a high volume. When walking after the ceremony ended I could smell all different foods being cooked and every time I went close, it smelled more delicious.
“My taste buds were tingling, just like my nerves when the Imps got promoted. Lincoln City fans waving and cheering when Danny Cowley went past.”
“After Lincoln won League 2 we can all tell it’s going to be another good season, full of cheers and songs.”
“At the bus tour over the weekend, everyone stood and waited for the sound of cheers. The bus curved around the corner softly, moving to the sound of songs and cameras.
“The players were bouncing around on top of the bus singing. Nicky Cowley seemed really excited, waving his hands around and dancing as the bus drifted down the road.”
“Lincoln City have done it again, they have risen to the top, they have made history around Sincil Bank. Victory royale was Lincoln’s on the week previous; a sweet treat to think about over Easter weekend. Proud to be Lincoln.”
“The Lincoln City bus tour on Sunday was amazing because we saw the players having a good time and so were the fans. At the side of the bus were hundreds of fans who couldn’t believe that we are on the way to League One very soon.”
“Lincoln City shared their victory all over social media, sharing the love throughout Lincoln. In these pictures you see all of the joy and happiness spread across the crowd’s faces as tears of enjoyment roll down their cheeks.
“It’s impossible, but you can almost see the adrenalin spread through their bodies. The courage and determination that these players have is exceptional.
“The impact they have upon these young adults is inspirational. Seeing Lincoln City exceed and thrive in glory brings happiness to the crowd. They went from so low to so high, making people curious to see more amazing work from the players.”
“The Lincoln City bus tour was on Sunday. The players were on top with the League Two trophy, showing off for the loyal fans. The determination of the players is amazing and the proud fans will be so happy to know we’re going up to League Two.”
“The Imps; Champions of League Two and ready to tackle the next stage. Everyone was cheering inside Sincil Bank as the players jump about with their well-earned trophy and medals. The game ended 3-0 to Colchester, a disappointing performance by Lincoln, but we will hope to do much better in the opening matches of next season.”
“Lincoln City have done it again, winning yet another league title and creating a moment in history for the city to treasure.”
“It was another title-winning campaign, the second in three years, for Lincoln City and the Cowley brothers. With last year’s promotion push perhaps a step too far for the Imps, a big summer was needed. The signing of John Akinde excited fans and pundits alike with many believing he was the perfect talisman for the Imps direct system.”
“Bruno Andrade has been on top form this season, both scoring and contributing to goals.”
“The champions of the league, standing with grace and loyalty towards Lincoln, smiles on everyone’s faces as the trophy is lifted.”
“Lincoln City have had an outstanding league run this season. From just getting into the play-offs to winning the league with absolute ease.
“This has been an outstanding journey and we have an amazing pathway for the future.”
“Bruno Andrade scores lots of goals with his left or right foot. He can score with either and he gets assists as well. You don’t get many players like Andrade he nutmegs opposition defenders and will get past anyone’s defence.”
“The ball was played over, into the path of Danny Rowe. An excellent touch sent him charging towards the Grimsby box. The keeper flew out sending Rowe tumbling to the floor with a crunch. The crowd roared and the ref pulled a straight red from his pocket.”
Olivia was writing about the Grimsby derby, without the prompt of any pictures, just from memory.
“I was on my tiptoes as Michael O’Connor whipped in the free kick from 25 yards. The cross found the towering head of Jason Shackell. Pickford managed to pull off a sublime save but no Everton defenders cleared so Michael Bostwick stabbed the ball into the onion bag.”
The same goes for Kristian, who recalled Bozzy’s goal at Everton.