Our painfully one-sided bullying of Lincoln City is odd in as much as we have always been much the lesser team and yet still thoroughly spanked them. Certainly the stats don't lie.
We first met back in the 87/88 season, back in the days when a team relegated from the Football League pretty much just had to stay full-time to bounce straight back into the Big Time. Lincoln City, with future Poppies legend Phil Brown very much to the fore, duly spanked the cream of non-league and clambered back into the League. But not before the mighty Poppies, coming back to prominence under the guidance of Alan Buckley did the double over them.
The next time we met in the league action, Lincoln had just tumbled out of the League again, and we were having our monstrous season of horror at Non Park. Under the fine leadership of the likes of Imraan Ladak, George Rolls and even Helen Bloody Thompson, we managed just 8 wins as we finished rock bottom of the Conference. This small handicap didn't stop us from doing the double over Lincoln City again.
Four league games. Four wins to the Poppies. Six goals for, and none against. We'd happily take that record against anyone!
Lincoln City had better luck against us in the FA Cup in 2008. Just as the Poppies were cruising to the accustomed victory, bugger me if Lincoln didn't score a goal to force a replay. The Poppies were so shocked at having to pick the ball out of their own net against the Imps, that City stunned us again by scoring first in the replay at Sincil Bank. Of course, we couldn't let this situation stand, and as soon as we got over the shock we duly scored twice and normal service was resumed.
Given how their illustrious neighbours are so firmly in our back pocket, Lincoln United really shouldn't feel too bad at bowing down to the Poppies.
|This city genuinely, and rightfully|
hates our guts!