We Take a look through the sides that we will come up against in League Two next season.
Who Are They?
Established 133 years ago, Lincoln City are a club looking to continue on their successful campaign last year. In the past, they have played in the old English second division during 1901/02 where they finished at the highest in their history in fifth position. They have not been higher than the third division since the 1960/01 season and are record holders for the most demotions in English football.
The Imps have reached the last 16 of the FA Cup three times and broke a record recently from last season where they became the first non-league club to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since QPR in 1914. The successes of Lincoln City have been echoed a lot more recently where the club reached League Two after winning the National League title.
How Did They Perform Last Season?
The Imps secured the National League title last season after a tight affair throughout the campaign. After being closely shadowed by Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere Rovers for majority of the season, a 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town with three games to go secured the trophy in front of a record-breaking crowd at Sincil Bank.
In cup competitions, Lincoln City reached the semi-final of the FA Trophy before an aggregate 3-2 loss to eventual winners, York City. In the FA Cup, their successes were yet again replicated as they reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup beating the likes of Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley along the way before bravely losing to Arsenal at the Emirates.
Our Last Meeting
The last time The Imps met Port Vale came during the 2010/11 League Two campaign there was a 2-1 win for The Valiants.
Lincoln sat 17th and needed points to move away from a potential drop but Marc Richards’ 100th career goal and Doug Loft’s second-half strike allowed a good win for Mark Grew’s men.
How To Get There
The two-hour journey from Vale Park will take you on the M6 South at Stoke-on-Trent and towards Uttoxeter on the A50. Follow the A50 towards the M1 where you come to Derby – continue here through Burton-on-Trent and into Leicester (M1 South).
Continue on the motorway and come off on the A453 at Nottingham (South) and into Newark. Follow the signs into Grantham and then to Doncaster where Lincoln will appear on the A46.
Lincoln Central Railway Station is just a short 15-minute walk to Sincil Bank. Here you will pass a fine selection of pubs but if you want to avoid these, there is a longer walk to the ground but either way is very accessible.
Odds On Promotion
Lincoln City are currently second favourites to get promoted this season at odds of 2/1. To win the league, they have been placed at 9/1 on Sky Bet.