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The Imps were officially formed as an amateur association in 1884, even though they had been playing football since the 1860s. Following Lincolnshire Senior Trophy success, and FA Cup runs, Lincoln City turned professional in 1891-92.
The following season, they became one of the 12 founder members of the English Football Second Division. In 1895, the Imps moved from John O’Gaunts ground to Sincil Bank, this has been their home of football to this day – get the latest Lincoln City news from Sincil Bank stadium here!
Lincoln are a lower league club, who have struggled to reach the top flight of English football, as well as winning any major trophies in their history. The Imps are currently enjoying the highest level football in their existence, this started in 2016-17. Lincoln won the National League, in just the second year of the Conference rebranding.
They managed an incredible 99 points, winning 30 of their 46 games. This took them up to League Two which they were familiar with prior to their spell in the Conference. During their first season in League Two, they managed to reach the play-off semi-finals, but narrowly lost to Exeter. The Imps came back stronger the following season, and once again claimed top spot in the league to claim their position in League One for the first time.
City rewrote history, setting a new unbeaten run record of 19 games in League Two, the current team beat the previous 18 unbeaten run record set by Colin Murphy’s side from 1979-81. The Imps secured the SkyBet League Two title in their penultimate home game of the season against Tranmere.
Summer signing, John Akinde led his team to success by scoring an impressive 17th league goals in his debut season; however, teammate Tyler Walker is currently the clubs top goal-scorer this season with 14 goals and 3 assists to his name. Get the latest Lincoln City news now, including transfer rumours and player stories.
In 2017-18, Lincoln won their first cup – the English Football League Trophy. The match took place in front of over 40,000 spectators in Wembley stadium, and the Imps won the game against Shrewsbury Town 1-0. Elliot Whitehouse scored the only goal of the game, and this moment will always go down in the clubs history.
Grant Brown holds the club record for most appearances, 469, and Andy Graver is the Imps all-time top goal-scorer with 45 goals in the early 1930s. Current manager, Michael Appleton, faces a huge prospect to get the Imps promoted to the Championship.
They are not far off the play-offs; however, it looks just out of their reach in their first season in League One. Stay up to date with the latest Lincoln City news, from breaking transfer stories to player insights from Sincil Bank.