List of Lincoln City F.C. seasons

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Eleven young men in striped shirts and plain shorts and one older man wearing a suit pose for a team photo. Three sit on the floor, two cross-legged. Four sit on chairs behind, each in a different, casual pose. One has his foot on a football. At the back, the older man and the remaining young men stand, hands on hips or resting on the chairs.
The Lincoln City F.C. team of 1889–90, founder members of the Midland League

Lincoln City Football Club, an English association football club based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, was founded in 1884. The club's first team won the major regional trophy, the Lincolnshire Senior Cup, in the 1886–87 season, and reached the last 16 of the FA Cup in the same year.[1] In 1888, the club joined the Combination, a league set up to provide organised football for those clubs not invited to join the Football League which was to start the same year. However, the Combination was not well organised and folded in April 1889 with many fixtures still outstanding.[2] Lincoln then became founder members of the Midland League, and won the inaugural league title.[3] After two seasons the club turned professional[1] and joined the Football Alliance; the following year they were elected to the newly formed Second Division of the Football League.[3] Their highest finishing position – fifth in the Second Division – was achieved in the 1901–02 season, and in the same season they reached the last 16 of the FA Cup for the third time.[1] Lincoln failed to gain re-election to the League three times between 1909 and 1920; on each occasion, they won the championship of the league to which they had been demoted, either the Midland League or, in 1912, the Central League, and made an immediate return to the Football League.[1][3]

In 1921, Lincoln were founder members of the Football League Third Division North, and ten seasons later won the division title, thus gaining promotion to the Second Division, though for one season only.[4] In 1947–48, Lincoln again won the Third Division North title, and again suffered immediate relegation from the Second. On regaining Second Division status three years later they remained in the division until the 1960–61 season, but then suffered consecutive relegations.[3] The club website rates 1975–76 as "by far the most successful season in the club's history".[5] They won the Fourth Division title with a record points total for any division before the introduction of three points for a win, set new Fourth Division records for most wins and fewest defeats, and were undefeated at home, with 21 wins and 2 draws.[5][6][7]

For many years, teams finishing at the bottom of the Football League had to apply for re-election to the League for the following season – Lincoln made eleven successful applications[8] – but in the 1986–87 season, automatic promotion and relegation was introduced between the Conference National, the fifth tier of English football, and the Football League Fourth Division.[9] Lincoln finished bottom of the 1986–87 Football League, thus becoming the first club automatically relegated from the League.[5] They made an immediate return as Conference champions, and until 2011 spent all but one season in the bottom League division.[3] Lincoln reached the promotion play-offs in five consecutive seasons, between 2003 and 2007, but were unsuccessful on each occasion.[3] The 2006–07 season marked Lincoln's 100th season in the Football League; they were the first club to reach that milestone without ever playing in the top division of the League.[8] After a return of only two points from Lincoln's last 11 games of the 2010–11 season allowed Barnet to overturn an 11-point deficit, they returned to non-League football.[10] Five successive bottom-half finishes in the Conference (renamed the National League for 2015–16) preceded Lincoln's return to the Football League as champions.[11] They combined it with an FA Cup run in which they eliminated three Football League teams, including Championship-runners up Brighton & Hove Albion, before a 1–0 win away to Premier League club Burnley made them the first non-league club since 1913–14 to reach the quarter-finals;[12] in the quarter-final, they lost 5–0 away to Arsenal.[13]

Since their election to the Football League in 1892, Lincoln have spent 36 seasons in the second tier, 30 in the third, 38 in the fourth, and 10 seasons in non-League football.[3] The table details Lincoln City's achievements in senior first-team competition from their first appearance in the FA Cup in 1884–85 to the end of the most recently completed season.

Key

Details of abandoned competitions – The Combination in 1888–89 and the 1939–40 Football League – are shown in italics and appropriately footnoted.

Seasons

List of seasons, including league division and statistics, cup results and top scorer
Season League[3] FA Cup[3][14][b] League Cup[3][c] Other[3][15] Top scorer(s)[d]
Division[e] P W D L F A Pts Pos Competition Result Name Goals
1884–85 R3 &
&
Fox, WalterWalter Fox 2
1885–86 R1 &
&
No goalscorer
1886–87 R5 &
&
Gregson, BillyBilly Gregson 2
1887–88 R3 &
&
  • Fox, WalterWalter Fox
  • Slotch Shaw
  • Jimmy Slater
  • Edwin Teesdale
1
1888–89 Combination 14 6 2 6 17 19 14 [a] QR1 &
&
Hallam, GeorgeGeorge Hallam 2
1889–90 Midland 20 16 2 2 75 19 34 1st R2[f] &
&
Smallman, FrankFrank Smallman 17
1890–91 Midland 18 7 6 5 34 21 20 3rd R1 &
&
Moore, IsaacIsaac Moore 16
1891–92 Alliance 22 6 5 11 37 65 17 9th QR2 &
&
Irving, JohnJohn Irving 12
1892–93 Division 2 22 7 3 12 45 51 17 9th QR4 &
&
Smallman, FrankFrank Smallman 19
1893–94 Division 2 28 11 6 11 59 58 28 8th QR2 &
&
Lees, DonDon Lees 17
1894–95 Division 2 30 10 0 20 52 92 20 13th QR1 &
&
Flewitt, AlbertAlbert Flewitt 13
1895–96 Division 2 30 9 4 17 53 75 22 13th QR3 &
&
Gillespie, BillieBillie Gillespie 15
1896–97 Division 2 30 5 2 23 27 85 12 16th QR5 &
&
Gillespie, BillieBillie Gillespie 10
1897–98 Division 2 30 6 5 19 43 82 17 14th QR4 &
&
Robertson, HughHugh Robertson 17
1898–99 Division 2 34 12 7 15 51 56 31 12th QR4 &
&
Robertson, HughHugh Robertson 22
1899–1900 Division 2 34 14 12 8 46 43 36 9th QR3 &
&
Hartley, JimmyJimmy Hartley 16
1900–01 Division 2 34 13 12 7 43 39 33 8th QR4 &
&
Hartley, JimmyJimmy Hartley 11
1901–02 Division 2 34 14 13 7 45 35 41 5th[E] R2[f] &
&
McInnes, TomTom McInnes 14
1902–03 Division 2 34 12 12 6 46 53 30 10th R1 &
&
Hartley, JimmyJimmy Hartley 12
1903–04 Division 2 34 11 12 8 41 58 30 12th QR3 &
&
Simpson, FreddyFreddy Simpson 11
1904–05 Division 2 34 12 12 7 42 40 31 9th R1 &
&
Odonnell, DennisDennis O'Donnell 15
1905–06 Division 2 38 12 12 6 69 72 30 13th R2 &
&
Martin, JackJack Martin 20
1906–07 Division 2 38 12 12 4 46 73 28 19th R2 &
&
Watson, WilliamWilliam Watson 11
1907–08 Division 2 Demoted 38 9 3 26 46 83 21 20th[g] R1 &
&
Langham, BillyBilly Langham 13
1908–09 Midland Promoted 38 29 5 4 86 38 63 1st R1 &
&
Langham, BillyBilly Langham 22
1909–10 Division 2 38 10 11 17 42 69 31 15th QR4 &
&
Hunter, WilliamWilliam Hunter 8
1910–11 Division 2[h] Demoted 38 7 10 21 28 72 24 20th QR5 &
&
Haycock, FredFred Haycock 6
1911–12 Central Promoted 32 18 12 2 81 30 48 1st R2 &
&
Miller, WalterWalter Miller 21
1912–13 Division 2 38 15 10 13 50 52 40 8th QR5 &
&
Barrell, ToshTosh Barrell 13
1913–14 Division 2 38 10 6 22 36 66 26 19th R1 &
&
Egerton, BillyBilly Egerton 7
1914–15 Division 2 38 11 9 18 46 65 31 16th R1 &
&
Egerton, BillyBilly Egerton 14
1915–19 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1919–20 Division 2[i] Demoted 42 9 9 24 44 101 27 21st R1 &
&
Chesser, BillyBilly Chesser 8
1920–21 Midland promoted 38 27 3 8 95 40 57 1st R2 &
&
Rippon, PipPip Rippon 27
1921–22 Division 3N 38 14 6 18 48 59 34 14th QR5 &
&
Chambers, BobBob Chambers 12
1922–23 Division 3N 38 13 10 15 39 55 36 13th QR4 &
&
7
1923–24 Division 3N 42 10 12 20 48 59 32 19th QR5 &
&
12
1924–25 Division 3N 42 18 8 16 53 58 44 8th QR5 &
&
Pringle, HarryHarry Pringle 15
1925–26 Division 3N 42 17 5 20 66 82 39 15th R1 &
&
Havelock, HarryHarry Havelock 18
1926–27 Division 3N 42 15 12 15 90 78 42 11th R3 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 25
1927–28 Division 3N 42 24 7 11 91 64 55 2nd R3 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 29
1928–29 Division 3N 42 21 6 15 91 67 48 6th R3 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 24
1929–30 Division 3N 42 17 14 11 83 61 48 5th R2 &
&
Roberts, HarryHarry Roberts 21
1930–31 Division 3N 42 25 7 10 102 59 57 2nd R2 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 25
1931–32 Division 3N promoted 40 26 5 9 106 47 57 1st R2 &
&
Hall, AllanAllan Hall[j] 45 ♦
1932–33 Division 2 42 12 13 17 72 87 37 18th R3 &
&
Hall, AllanAllan Hall 23
1933–34 Division 2 Demoted 42 9 8 25 44 75 26 22nd R3 &
&
Reed, ChickChick Reed 7
1934–35 Division 3N 42 22 7 13 87 58 51 4th R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 18
1935–36 Division 3N 42 22 9 11 91 51 53 4th R1 &
Football League Third Division North Cup SF Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 30
1936–37 Division 3N 42 25 7 10 103 57 57 2nd R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 36
1937–38 Division 3N 42 19 8 15 66 50 46 7th R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 14
1938–39 Division 3N 42 12 9 21 66 92 33 17th R3 &
Football League Third Division North Cup DNE[k] Ponting, WalterWalter Ponting 19
1939–40 Division 3N 3 1 1 1 6 7 3 [l] &
&
&
Ponting, WalterWalter Ponting[23] 3
1939–45 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1945–46 R2[m] &
&
Marlow, GeoffGeoff Marlow 3
1946–47 Division 3N 42 17 5 20 86 87 39 12th R3 &
&
Cheetham, TommyTommy Cheetham 30
1947–48 Division 3N promoted 42 26 8 8 81 40 60 1st R1 &
&
Hutchinson, JimmyJimmy Hutchinson[n] 32 ♦
1948–49 Division 2 Demoted 42 8 12 22 53 91 28 22nd[o] R3 &
&
Dodds, JockJock Dodds 13
1949–50 Division 3N 42 21 9 12 60 39 51 4th R1 &
&
Dodds, JockJock Dodds 21
1950–51 Division 3N 46 25 8 13 89 58 58 5th R1 &
&
Garvie, JohnnyJohnny Garvie 21
1951–52 Division 3N promoted 46 30 9 7 121 52 69 1st[p] R3 &
&
Graver, AndyAndy Graver[q] 39 ♦
1952–53 Division 2 42 11 17 14 64 71 39 15th R3 &
&
Graver, AndyAndy Graver 18
1953–54 Division 2 42 14 9 19 65 83 37 16th R4[r] &
&
Graver, AndyAndy Graver 25
1954–55 Division 2 42 13 10 19 68 79 36 16th R3 &
&
Garvie, JohnnyJohnny Garvie 13
1955–56 Division 2 42 18 10 14 79 65 46 8th R3 &
&
Northcott, TommyTommy Northcott 20
1956–57 Division 2 42 14 6 22 54 80 34 18th R3 &
&
Bannan, TommyTommy Bannan 14
1957–58 Division 2 42 11 9 22 55 82 31 20th R3 &
&
Grainger, JackJack Grainger 10
1958–59 Division 2 42 11 7 24 63 93 29 19th R3 &
&
Chapman, RoyRoy Chapman 15
1959–60 Division 2 42 16 7 19 75 78 39 13th R3 &
&
McClelland, JohnJohn McClelland 18
1960–61 Division 2 Demoted 42 8 8 26 48 95 24 22nd R4 R1[A] &
Chapman, RoyRoy Chapman 16
1961–62 Division 3 Demoted 46 9 17 20 57 87 35 22nd R1 R2 &
Punter, BrianBrian Punter 8
1962–63 Division 4 46 13 9 24 68 89 35 22nd R3 R2 &
Punter, BrianBrian Punter 17
1963–64 Division 4 46 19 9 18 67 75 47 11th R3 R3 &
Morton, AlanAlan Morton 21
1964–65 Division 4 46 11 6 29 58 99 28 22nd R3 R1 &
Houghton, BudBud Houghton 11
1965–66 Division 4 46 13 11 22 57 82 37 22nd R1 R1 &
Hutchinson, BarryBarry Hutchinson 20
1966–67 Division 4 46 9 13 24 58 82 31 24th R1 R3 &
Chapman, RoyRoy Chapman 21
1967–68 Division 4 46 17 9 20 71 68 43 13th R1 R4[s] &
Holmes, RogerRoger Holmes 17
1968–69 Division 4 46 17 17 12 54 52 51 8th R3 R2 &
Smith, DaveDave Smith 11
1969–70 Division 4 46 17 16 13 66 52 50 8th R2 R1 &
Fletcher, RodRod Fletcher 17
1970–71 Division 4 46 13 13 20 70 71 39 21st R3 R3 &
Hubbard, PhilPhil Hubbard 19
1971–72 Division 4 46 21 14 11 77 59 56 5th R1 R3 &
Hubbard, PhilPhil Hubbard 19
1972–73 Division 4 46 16 16 14 64 57 48 10th R1 R1 &
McNeil, DixieDixie McNeil 21
1973–74 Division 4 46 16 12 18 63 67 44 12th R1 R1 Watney Cup R1 McNeil, DixieDixie McNeil 19
1974–75 Division 4 46 21 15 10 79 48 57 5th R3 R1 &
Ellis, SamSam Ellis 15
1975–76 Division 4 promoted 46 32 10 4 111 39 74 1st R4 R3 &
Ward, JohnJohn Ward 29
1976–77 Division 3 46 19 14 13 77 70 52 9th R3 R1 &
Ward, JohnJohn Ward 18
1977–78 Division 3 46 15 15 16 53 61 45 16th R1 R2 &
Graham, PeterPeter Graham
Mick Harford
9
1978–79 Division 3 Demoted 46 7 11 28 41 88 25 24th R1 R1 &
6
1979–80 Division 4 46 18 17 11 64 42 53 7th R1 R1 &
Harford, MickMick Harford 16
1980–81 Division 4 promoted 46 25 15 6 66 25 65 2nd R2 R2 &
Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 21
1981–82 Division 3 46 21 14 11 66 40 77[t] 4th R1 R3 Football League Group Cup Group[u] 15
1982–83 Division 3 46 23 7 16 77 51 76 6th R1 R3 Football League Group Trophy F[u] Bell, DerekDerek Bell 29
1983–84 Division 3 46 17 10 19 59 62 61 14th R2 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 11
1984–85 Division 3 46 11 18 17 50 51 51 19th R1 R1 Associate Members Cup SF(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 11
1985–86 Division 3 Demoted 46 10 16 20 55 77 46 21st R1 R1 Associate Members Cup Prelim(N)
8
1986–87 Division 4[L] Demoted 46 12 12 22 45 65 48 24th R1 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Lund, GaryGary Lund 16
1987–88 Conference promoted 42 24 10 8 86 48 82 1st R2 &
20
1988–89 Division 4 46 18 10 18 64 60 64 10th R1 R2 Associate Members Cup Prelim(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 15
1989–90 Division 4 46 18 14 14 48 48 68 10th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 9
1990–91 Division 4 46 14 17 15 50 61 59 14th R1 R1 Associate Members Cup Prelim(N) Lormor, TonyTony Lormor 13
1991–92 Division 4 42 17 11 14 50 44 62 10th R1 R1 Associate Members Cup Prelim(N) Lormor, TonyTony Lormor 9
1992–93 Division 3[v] 42 18 9 15 57 53 63 8th R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Lee, JasonJason Lee 12
1993–94 Division 3 42 12 11 19 52 63 47 18th R2 R2 Football League Trophy SF(N) Johnson, DavidDavid Johnson 13
1994–95 Division 3 42 15 11 16 54 55 56 12th R3 R2 Football League Trophy R2(N) 8
1995–96 Division 3 46 13 14 19 57 73 53 18th R1 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Ainsworth, GarethGareth Ainsworth 13
1996–97 Division 3 46 18 12 16 70 69 66 9th R1 R3 Football League Trophy R2(N) Ainsworth, GarethGareth Ainsworth 24
1997–98 Division 3 promoted 46 20 15 11 60 51 75 3rd R2 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 14
1998–99 Division 2 Demoted 46 13 7 26 42 74 46 23rd R3 R1 Football League Trophy SF(N)
10
1999–2000 Division 3 46 15 14 17 67 69 59 15th R2 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 17
2000–01 Division 3 46 12 15 19 58 66 51 18th R2 R1 Football League Trophy F(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 13
2001–02 Division 3 46 10 16 20 44 62 46 22nd R2 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 13
2002–03 Division 3 46 18 16 12 46 37 70 6th[w] R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Futcher, BenBen Futcher 11
2003–04 Division 3 46 19 17 10 68 47 74 7th[x] R2 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Taylor-Fletcher, GaryGary Taylor-Fletcher 19
2004–05 League 2[y] 46 20 12 14 64 47 72 6th[z] R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Yeo, SimonSimon Yeo 23
2005–06 League 2 46 15 21 10 65 53 66 7th[aa] R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Robinson, MarvinMarvin Robinson 11
2006–07 League 2 46 21 11 14 70 59 74 5th[ab] R1 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Forrester, JamieJamie Forrester 18
2007–08 League 2 46 18 4 24 61 77 58 15th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Wright, BenBen Wright 15
2008–09 League 2 46 14 17 15 53 52 59 13th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Patulea, AdrianAdrian Pătulea 11
2009–10 League 2 46 13 11 22 42 65 50 20th R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Somma, DavideDavide Somma 9
2010–11 League 2 Demoted 46 13 8 25 45 81 47 23rd R2 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Grimes, AshleyAshley Grimes 17
2011–12 Conference 46 13 10 23 56 66 49 17th QR4 &
FA Trophy R2 Smith, SamSam Smith 9
2012–13 Conference 46 15 11 20 66 73 56 16th R2 &
FA Trophy R1 Taylor, JamieJamie Taylor 16
2013–14 Conference 46 17 14 15 60 59 65 14th R1 &
FA Trophy R3 Tomlinson, BenBen Tomlinson 20
2014–15 Conference 46 16 10 20 62 71 58 15th R1 &
FA Trophy R1 Tomlinson, BenBen Tomlinson 14
2015–16 National 46 16 13 17 69 68 61 13th R1 &
FA Trophy R1 Rhead, MattMatt Rhead 23
2016–17 National promoted 46 30 9 7 83 40 99 1st QF &
FA Trophy SF Rhead, MattMatt Rhead 15

Notes

  1. ^ a b An attempt was made to set up a league called The Combination involving clubs not invited to join the Football League. Lack of proper organisation meant it was wound up in April 1889 with many fixtures still outstanding. Lincoln City played 14 of their full 16 fixtures.[2]
  2. ^ Beginning with the 1925–26 season, the FA Cup was structured so that the third round proper contained 64 teams. Prior to that date, the structure had varied, so rounds are not directly comparable to the round of the same name after 1925. For example, in 1892–93, Lincoln's first season in the Football League, there were only three rounds proper before the semifinal, as compared with the current six.[14]
  3. ^ The Football League Cup competition started in the 1960–61 season.[9]
  4. ^ Goals scored in the following first-team competitions are counted: the Combination, Midland League, Football Alliance, the Football League, including play-offs, the Central League, Conference National, FA Cup, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy and predecessors, Third Division North Cup, Watney Cup, FA Trophy and Conference League Cup.[16][17]
  5. ^ Divisions are sorted according to their level within the English football league system at the time.
  6. ^ a b Club's best performance in the FA Cup, reaching the last 16.[14]
  7. ^ Lincoln finished bottom of the League and failed to be re-elected. After Stoke later resigned from the League, a further election was held in which Lincoln and Tottenham Hotspur twice polled an equal number of votes. "The matter was then left in the hands of the Management Committee, who decided in favour of Tottenham Hotspur."[18]
  8. ^ After finishing bottom of the League, Lincoln failed to be re-elected, so joined the newly formed Central League, while their reserve team retained membership of the Midland League.[1][19]
  9. ^ After finishing next to bottom of the League, Lincoln finished fourth in the ballot for election to the two places available. Although the League expanded by forming a Third Division for the following season, the new division was made up of Southern clubs only, mostly from the First Division of the Southern League.[20] In 1921–22, a Third Division North was formed to run in parallel with the Southern section.[9]
  10. ^ Scored 42 goals in the Third Division North.[21]
  11. ^ Lincoln were one of eight clubs who chose not to enter the Third Division North Cup.[15]
  12. ^ The 1939–40 season was abandoned with three matches played when the Second World War began.[3] Lincoln City do not include appearances and goals from those three matches in players' career records.[22]
  13. ^ Although the Football League did not resume until the 1946–47 season, the FA Cup was contested in 1945–46. From the first round proper to the sixth round (quarter-final), results were determined on aggregate score over two legs.[3][14]
  14. ^ Scored 32 goals in the Third Division North.[21]
  15. ^ Set a record league attendance of 23,146 against Grimsby Town.[24]
  16. ^ Beat Crewe Alexandra 11–1 at home to set a record league victory.[25]
  17. ^ Scored 36 goals in the Third Division North.[21]
  18. ^ Set a record FA Cup attendance of 23,027 against Preston North End.[24]
  19. ^ Set an all-time record attendance of 23,196 against Derby County in the League Cup.[24]
  20. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win instead of two.[9]
  21. ^ a b Competed in the Football League Group Cup, a successor to the Anglo-Scottish Cup, failing to progress past the group stage in the first season,[15] but reaching the final in the second, losing 3–2 at home to Millwall. The competition was renamed the Football League Trophy for that second season, but is often referred to as the Football League Group Trophy to distinguish from the more recent Football League Trophy, of which it was a forerunner.[26]
  22. ^ When the newly formed FA Premier League split from the Football League, the remaining divisions of the Football League were renumbered upwards.[9]
  23. ^ Beat Scunthorpe United 6–3 on aggregate in the semi-final before losing 5–2 to A.F.C. Bournemouth in the 2003 Football League Third Division play-off Final.[3][29]
  24. ^ Lost 4–3 to Huddersfield Town on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals.[30]
  25. ^ Division 3 was renamed League 2 as part of a rebranding exercise by the Football League.[9]
  26. ^ Beat Macclesfield Town 2–1 on aggregate in the semi-final before losing 2–0 to Southend United after extra time in the 2005 Football League Two play-off Final.[3][31]
  27. ^ Lost 3–1 to Grimsby Town on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals.[32]
  28. ^ Reached the play-offs for the fifth successive season: lost 7–4 on aggregate to Bristol Rovers in the semi-finals.[33]

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External links

  • Lincoln City F.C. official website
  • Lincoln City F.C. archive
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