Lincoln City

Sincil Bank Stadium

Capacity: 10,130 (all seated)
Address: Sincil Bank Stadium, Lincoln, LN5 8LD
Telephone: 01522 880 011
Fax: 01522 880 020
Ticket Office: 01522 880011
Pitch Size: 110 x 73 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Imps
Year Ground Opened: 1895
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Bishop Grosseteste University
Away Shirt Sponsors: selenity
Kit Manufacturer: Errea
Home Kit: Red, White and Black
Away Kit: Black and White

Co-op Community Stand
Co-op Community Stand
Lincolnshire Echo Stand
Lincolnshire Echo Stand
Stacey West Stand
Stacey West Stand
Bridge McFarland Stand
Bridge McFarland Stand
Looking Towards The Stacey West Stand
Looking Towards The Stacey West Stand
Family Stand
Family Stand

On one side is the large all seater Co-op Community Stand. This large single tiered covered stand opened in 1995 and has a capacity of 5,700. Opposite is the Lincolnshire Echo Stand, a small old looking covered stand (although in fact it is comparatively modern being built in 1987). It is seated, but only runs half the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line and hence there are gaps at either side. One gap has now been partly filled by a tiny covered Family Stand. Both ends are small covered affairs. The Bridge McFarland Stand is all seated and has a row of executive boxes running across the back. This stand has a couple of supporting pillars at the front. The other end is the 'Stacey West' all seated, covered stand, for home supporters. It was named in memory of the two Lincoln supporters who lost their lives in the Bradford City Fire at Valley Parade in 1985. Unfortunately this stand is normally only open for games where a larger than normal attendance is expected.

The Club have announced that they are looking at the prospect of building a new stadium on the Western side of Lincoln, towards the end of Beevor Street, around one mile away from Sincil Bank. The Club are proposing to build a 10-12,000 capacity stadium and are hoping to design something unique. However, the proposed site has poor access and is hemmed in by railway lines, so a bridge will need to be built to give access, which could be a stumbling block.

Away fans are located in the Stacey West Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 2,000 fans can be accommodated. This covered, all seated stand, generally has good views of the playing action, although it does have a couple of supporting pillars at the front of the stand that could affect your view, especially if your team has a very large following and you are unable to move seats. On the plus side, the acoustics of this stand are very good, meaning that even relatively few travelling fans can really make some noise. The facilities are also okay and food on offer inside includes a range of Pukka Pies; All Steak, Chicken & Mushroom, Beef & Onion, Cheese & Potato (all £3.10), Sausage Rolls (£2.50), Cheeseburgers (£5 1/2 lb, £4 1/4 lb), Burgers (£4.80 1/2lb, £3.80 1/4lb), and Hot Dogs (£3.70).  I had an enjoyable day at Lincoln. There was generally a good atmosphere inside the ground, with plenty of noise being created by the local home supporters band in the Co-op Stand.

Jason Adderley a visiting West Brom supporter adds; 'Lincoln's small band of fans are passionate about their team and are one of the friendliest bunches I've met on my travels. The atmosphere was great and the drums were rousing, leading the chants of the Lincoln supporters.'

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Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fan adds; 'away supporters are admitted to the Supporters Club at the Club (called the Trust Suite) behind the South Park Stand'. Otherwise, there are plenty of good pubs to be found if you head along the High Street towards the town centre. Close to Sincil Bank on the High Street is the Hop and Barley micropub. John Bennett a visiting Bristol Rovers supporter recommends the Golden Eagle, whilst Jon Morley adds; 'The Wetherspoon's pub called 'The Ritz' serves reasonably priced food and ales'. If arriving by train then not far from the station is the Marina area, which has a number of eating and drinking places, including a Wetherspoons pub called the Square Sail. When trying to find the Marina area, just look out for the large Odeon Cinema building, which is also on the same complex. Also near to Lincoln Railway Station is the Treaty of Commerce.

Also near to Sincil Bank on Scorer Street is the handy 'Back of the Net' Fish and Chip Shop.

Lincoln is not the easiest place to get to, as it is not conveniently situated next to a motorway. I had great difficulty in finding the ground and two people that I asked for directions were unaware that Lincoln had a football team! However I have been recently informed that the ground is now well signposted around Lincoln. Otherwise follow the A46 into Lincoln (which leads onto the High St) and the ground is indicated from there. If you follow the signs for 'away coaches' then this leads you onto the A158 South Park Avenue, where there is plenty of street parking to be found (although it is a ten minute walk around to the ground). Otherwise the signs lead you to the ground, where if you arrive early then you can park behind the Stacey West Stand (cost £4), otherwise, street parking. 

Ian Gibson adds; 'On matchdays the South Common is open for parking, this can be found at the beginning of South Park Avenue when coming in from either the A46 or from the High Street. It's free to park and only about 5/10 mins from the ground'. 

Lincoln Central Railway Station is around a 15 minute away from Sincil Bank. Turn 'left out of the train station and walk up to the traffic lights next to St. Mary's church. Turn left at these traffic lights onto the High Street, walking over the railway level crossing. Walk along the High Street (passing many good pubs) for approx 10 minutes before turning left into Scorer Street. Walk along Scorer Street until you come to a bridge across the Sincil Drain river. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge onto Sincil Bank, the ground is straight ahead. Thanks to John Smalley for providing the directions.

Alternatively there is a shorter route (but you miss those fine pubs!): 'Come out of the station and turn right to go down the road. About 30 yards ahead on your right you will see some steps and a bridge over the railway. Go over the bridge and once on the other side follow the road down to the ground'. Thanks to Ben Schofield for providing these directions.

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All areas of the ground*
Adults £18
Over 60's £14
Under 18's/Students £7

In addition, the Club offers family tickets (no discount for early purchase):
1 Adult + 1 Under 18 £22
1 Over 60 + 1 Under 18 £17

*These prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more per adult and £1 per concession ticket.

** Students must be under 22 years of age and with valid ID.

Official Programme £3

Lincoln City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, Hull City, Grimsby Town, Peterborough and Boston United.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

23,196 v Derby County League Cup 4th Round, November 15th, 1967.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

10,031 v Macclesfield Town National League, April 22nd, 2017.

Average Attendance

2016-2017: 5,161 (National League)
2015-2016: 2,596 (National League)
2014-2015: 2,563 (National League)

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Lincoln City v Mansfield Town
League Two
Saturday 16th September 2017, 1pm
Jack Richardson (Mansfield Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Sincil Bank?
We hadn't played Lincoln in a while since our conference days in fact and our previous three trips to Since Bank had led to last minute winners so I was quietly confident. Also, Lincoln's squad currently has 5/6 ex Mansfield players in it so was going to be interesting to see how they got on!
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We took the train from Mansfield, changed at Nottingham and onto Lincoln, the journey takes around 2 hours which meant a few pre match drinks were had (it's only 45 minutes away in the car!!). Having visited Lincoln many times, street parking is available and many city centre car parks are also around. The Sincil Bank ground is located within ten minutes walk of the Lincoln Central Railway Station, head out of the station, turn left, cross over the line and it's a straight 10 minute walk
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We were directed to the Square Sail, a Wetherspoons pub on the Marina, it was large inside and spread over 2 floors, it was the away pub so only Mansfield fans were present. Previous visits to Lincoln show there are plenty of pubs for visiting fans along the High Street.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sincil Bank Stadium?
Sincil Bank is a nice ground, on our previous visit we were housed in the Co-op Stand which runs the length of the pitch however away fans are now located in the Stacey West Stand which gives good views of the playing surface despite two pillars.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Lincoln hammered us for the first 45 minutes and should really have been 2 or 3-0 ahead, however we went into half time at 0-0. The ex- Mansfield playing contingent were relatively quiet which pleased the 1,400 travelling fans. The second half saw fans favourite Danny Rose came on and scored within two minutes of the restart, we then held on for a fantastic 1-0 win. The atmosphere from the Lincoln fans was excellent, 9,000+ in attendance, our last visit in the National League only around 2,500 bothered to turn up with over 1,000 of us so they have recruited fans well. It will be interesting to see how long these attendances stay at a high level for, I suspect a few mid-table finishes may lead to a sharp decline. Stewards very low key and friendly, Police generally handled it well and again were low key.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting away from the ground was long-winded. There was only one exit for 1,400 away fans which led to a delay. Outside there was a large police presence which in the end was needed to keep the Lincoln and Mansfield fans apart. If heading back to the station, turn left out of the away end, follow the terraced houses straight down and you will see the station on your left.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was another enjoyable day out at Lincoln, excellent atmosphere created by both sets of fans and three points for Mansfield. It's nice to have Lincoln back in the Football League.

Lincoln City v Carlisle United
Football League Two
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
Phil Armstrong (Carlisle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Sincil Bank?
After seeing Lincoln City go on a cup run last season and since this is the first time Lincoln have been back in the Football League, I thought this would be ideal to tick Sincil Bank off the list.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I took the supporters coach which handily parked next to the Sincil Bank ground and its bars.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I had a drink outside of the stadium before entering not venturing up to the High street which I was informed was actually not too far away.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sincil Bank Stadium?
Sincil Bank looks off balance and incomplete with the Family Stand being so small compared to the other stands which are more uniform. The seating was a little tight between rows but I have seen worse.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was not great to watch, with Carlisle playing Lincoln at their own long ball game. An Air raid siren was sounded from the home end when corners were taken, which should have probably rang alarm bells with our manager. But instead we stuck with the game plan and got beat 4-1. The food was okay with attentive staff serving. The stewards where almost invisible which I always think is a sign of a good job done.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
The traffic busy was getting out of Lincoln but multiple ways out helped.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A little confused by the stadium design which I am still unable to tell if I liked it or not, air raid sirens though entertaining at the start got irritating as the game went on but that is why they are there. Poor result from our perspective, large home following almost a novelty at this level though very nice to see.

Lincoln City v Torquay United
National League
Friday 14th April 2017, 3pm
Cameron Forrest (Torquay United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sincil Bank ground?
Starting the day with Torquay in the relegation zone and Lincoln sitting proudly on top of the league, the team needed all the support it could get, plus we seem to have a go against the teams at the upper end. Being Torquay fans based in the North-west Sincil Bank is do-able and being Good Friday was enough to convince us to go.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey was easy enough for us coming from the North-west. We drove there via M62, M18, M180 and A15, following the sat-nav and a little back way in to Lincoln itself. Finding the Sincil Bank ground wasn't too bad, the city centre was a little busy but not too bad and we just had to keep a good eye out for Scorer Street (what a name to look out for on the way to the ground). Didn't see any signs for the ground driving through Lincoln but we had directions already. The ground is in the terraced streets and almost hidden until you get to it the way we drove up to it.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
Before the game we queued for our tickets. A mix up in the week up to the game had Lincoln City telling us they had sent the tickets down to Torquay and Torquay denying all knowledge and saying we had to get them from Lincoln. We knew it would be a decent away crowd and had heard we only had 180 tickets or so as we were in the corner of the ground in half of the Bridge McFarland Stand, not in the regular Stacey West Stand. We waited for some coming up on the supporters coach from Torquay and then went into the ground. Outside the turnstile one o, the Lincoln fans came and said they could win the league with three wins and a draw and if they could give the points to anyone it would be us, so that was a nice touch. After the game most of the Lincoln fans gave us a warm well done or hard luck with most saying they hoped we could stay up.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Sincil Bank?
The Sincil Bank ground is one of the bigger grounds in the league, to be expected when you consider the range of clubs, some established Football League teams and some small clubs reaching new heights. It is at the end of a road really with the river behind the Co-Op Stand, we did a full lap of the ground looking for the turnstile as the lady in the ticket office wasn't 100% sure where the turnstiles for the away fans were as they weren't using the regular away stand for us. The Lincolnshire Echo Stand opposite the Co-Op Stand looks a bit out of place, it straddles the half way line with the small Uni-Imps stand next to it but breaks up the feel of the ground.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was exciting - it was a tight game really but with Torquay showing good spirit and holding their own against the top of the league, having had that excellent FA cup run and having beat us early on in the season at Plainmoor 1-2. We went 1 up but couldn't hold on going down 2-1 again in the end in the last 8 minutes. The atmosphere in the ground was good, attendance was over 9,000 with 188 away fans, filling our allocated space. We had a catering van for refreshments in the ground - I only had a brew but quite a few had something to eat, burgers, hot dogs and chips all available and looked decent enough. Biggest gripe though was that the walkway between the front row and the pitch was as busy as a High Street - there must have been some club offices based in the stand we were in as club officials, catering assistants, visitors and seemingly anybody else who fancied it were walking back and to in front of us all match, blocking the view form the first few rows of seats. Stewards did there jobs well enough and gave us no problems.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting away from the ground was very easy. We had parked on the street around the ground, so two minutes back to the car and straight away from the ground, through Lincoln that was quieter than on the way in and back to the A15. Just need to make a good mental note on the way in as there were a few turns to make to get back to the main roads.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was a good day out at Sincil Bank, spoiled only by the result! The Torquay team showed some fight that had been lacking much of the year and always seem to play better against the top end of the league. Easy enough to get to the ground, shame about the corner of the stand we were given and the constant traffic walking past, but appreciate Lincoln have done this to maximise their home support.

Lincoln City v Chester
National League
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 7.45pm
Phil Graham (Chester fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Sincil Bank?

I had only been to Sincil Bank before for a Pre-Season Friendly against Nottingham Forest some 20 years ago. And there's something special about following your team on a long midweek away trip.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled up on Train from London Kings Cross via Peterborough.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had a pint and something to eat in The Ritz, which is a Wetherspoons pub located on the High Street. I also called into the Club Bar at the Sincil Bank Ground, which wasn't that busy considering the 7,400 crowd. The game was strangely All Ticket? Not sure why they felt the need to make it All Ticket when they haven't sold out a league game all season.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Sincil Bank?

As Chester had only sold 97 tickets we were put in a corner of the Bridge McFarland Stand behind the goal. Food was usual standard fair. I had a Burger and Bovril which was expensive at £6.20.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Lincoln won a fairly even game 1-0 with a first half goal. The referee sent one player off from each side, neither of them were warranted in my opinion. The Lincoln crowd was outstanding all night and never stopped singing although you do wonder were they were earlier in the season when they only got 2500 for a game v Southport in August.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy exit after the game and found my pre-booked  Taxi (costing £28.70) to Newark Northgate Station and made my 23:07 Train to London Kings Cross. I was then in plenty of time to catch the night bus from there and was back home at 2am.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good night although I was disappointed not to win of course. It was a great atomsphere created by the Lincoln Supporters and it will be interesting if they can maintain it next season in League Two if they aren't winning every week like they currently are in the National League.

Lincoln City v Ipswich Town
FA Cup Third Round Replay
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8.05pm
John Hague (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sincil Bank Ground?

I had planned to go to watch the mighty Blyth Spartans at Skelmersdale (would have been a new ground) but Lincoln Spartan, Mark Hall had secured me a ticket for this replay and I think I, like thousands of Lincoln fans, smelled blood.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I traveled over from Leicester by car and despite rush-hour traffic I was there within an hour. I was advised by Lincoln Spartan to park on the A15 by The South Commons. I found a spot within 10 minutes walk of Sincil Bank.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had a arranged to meet Lincoln Spartan in The Hop and Barley Micropub on High Street very close to the ground. A very small place but even on a busy matchday it was okay. A great selection of beers and ciders... just dont use the F, C, or S word - Carling, Fosters or Stella. The Back Of The Net Chippy is recommended, they had a reduced but perfect matchday menu to turn punters around quickly. I had battered sausage, chips and curry for £3.20. Excellent value.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sincil Bank Ground?

It's been a long time since I visited Sincil Bank but it's a homely place, sadly all seated these days. Clearly the old ground was redeveloped after the Bradford disaster and the Stacey West Stand is named in honour of the two Lincoln fans who lost their lives on that awful day. A lovely touch.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

At £10 a ticket the ground was full and there was a great cup atmosphere. It was clear that everyone apart from the travelling Ipswich fans smelled a giant-killing. Before kick-off there was an emotional minutes applause for club legend, Graham Taylor. One fan told me he didn't win in his first 11 games... you wouldn't get that time today and thankfully Lincoln City gave him a chance. Lincoln were at a very poor Ipswich Town from the kick off, though Ipswich were first to have an attempt on goal. Every touch from Ipswich captain, Berra, was roundly cheered as he seemed to shank most balls into the crowd. As extra-time looked inevitable Danny Cowley threw on Adam Marriott on for Theo Robinson and he really was the difference. An lovely turn of pace and direction and a sublime pass put Arnold in on goal and he coolly finished before the ground erupted in joy.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As I had parked away from the ground I dropped off Lincoln Spartan and took the back roads over to the A46 and was home in under an hour.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great night out. FA Cup football under the lights has a magic that really can't be beaten... I really feel sorry for the armchair fans who never get to experience a proper cup upset.

Lincoln City v Crewe Alexandra
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 30th July 2016, 3pm
Ian Bradley (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sincil Bank Stadium?

Having not visited Sincil Bank since the mid 1970's and it being a nice Summers afternoon, I fancied a day out in the beautiful city of Lincoln.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey by train from my home in Rotherham took about a hour and a half. Sincil Bank was then a picturesque 20 minute walk along the riverbank to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I visited a gem of a Chippy called back of the net Chippy near the ground where a very generous portion of Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Chips & gorgeous mushy peas set me back a very reasonable £4.20 and was very welcome. The locals were extremely welcoming and chatty and seemed very optimistic about the coming season.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sincil Bank Stadium?

Sincil Bank is a lovely ground that is geared up for the clubs ambition to return to the Football League. All seated with unrestricted views and a more than adequate, covered away end.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Catering was the usual overpriced football ground fayre. National League Lincoln overpowered their Football League opponents and scored three good goals in the opening half hour. Lincoln continued to be the better side and ran out very comfortable 3-0 winners.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems getting away and a another pleasant walk back to Lincoln Railway Station.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really enjoyed the day, Lincoln is a really lovely City, the ground is nice, locals friendly so every box ticked.

Lincoln City v Grimsby Town
Conference National League
Saturday 29th August 2015, 3pm
Blakey (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Sincil Bank ground?

It was derby day! Hopefully revenge would be ours from last season. We knew we were taking around 1,800 fans, so was expecting a great atmosphere and hoping for bragging rights. Lincoln had a good recent record against us though.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

The journey was fine - we're only an hour up the road. We parked in a multi-storey car park located near the Marina. We had arrived in good time to have a walk around the ground. Sincil Bank is quite hard to see from a distance, as the streets are built up pretty high as you approach the ground from the away end. But it was pretty obvious where to go as there were many home and away fans walking in the same direction and the police presence got greater. Obviously there was a big police prescience for this game as it was a local derby and also as we (Grimsby) had sold out our away allocation. We'd been before so it wasn't too hard to remember where to head. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We went straight to the ground, which was about a 15 minute walk (as we'd expected) from where we had parked. The pubs we passed were all quite busy, so we thought we'd just get to the ground. It was neither friendly, nor unfriendly. We felt quite relaxed, but excited as the derby day atmosphere was building.

What you thought on seeing Sincil Bank, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?    

Getting through the turnstiles was pretty quick and the stewards were pleasant and efficient without being over-friendly. I was given a quick patting-down by a plump and jolly female right before the entry gate, to check I wasn't sneaking any cyanide or tarantulas in with me. I quite enjoyed it. The away end (the Stacey West Stand) is a basic, decent-sized old stand, all seating with a block of toilets and a few food stalls between the stand and the turnstiles. In the toilets only half of the taps had water, but the urinals were fairly clean and there was plenty of them which meant there wasn't huge queues, unless you also wanted to wash your hands afterwards.

It's not the best of views from the Stacey West Stand, as the view is fairly restricted from a lot of the stand, but the atmosphere was good. There were a couple of old, small stands to our left and at the other end that were two of the quietest stands I've ever seen/heard. But to our right, was the Community Stand, which is a quite impressive stand for this level of football - be good for them if they could fill it! The atmosphere was building all day and we were in good voice and optimistic we'd get a result. It was our local rivals. Lincoln City also had ex-Grimsby players amongst their ranks and had also beaten us last time out - adding to the occasion. There was no alcohol served in the away end. A shame for us who can handle our drink without going daft, but understandable - especially on days like this.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The burger I bought at the ground was good. Overpriced - but only what you expect at a game. It was £3.50, which is I suppose typical. Service was very quick, but with a grunt in most cases. Though there was one very pleasant girl that served me, so I guess it depends who you got. Bottled water was £1.50. It came from the fridge, but the lid was taken off. They weren't allowed to leave the lid on apparently, in case as it was subsequently used as a missile!

Grimsby started the game well and had a few chances, but couldn't find the back of the net. However after half an hour, we found ourselves with 10 men on the field and 1-0 down, after Josh Gowling was red carded (although at the time we couldn't figure out why) and the subsequent penalty was scored by Lincoln. This led to growing frustration and hostility from our end, though mostly aimed at the referee. At this point we thought the game had been ruined, as a contest, as is often the case with a sending off. But we continued to be the better team and Bogle equalised midway through the second half. We probably should've won as we continued to create chances, but also we could have lost it near the end, so a draw in the circumstances wasn't bad. 

The stewards were fine. It was a derby with the usual tension and some moments when it threatened to boil over. We brought a lot of fans, so they were on their toes but there was no heavy-handedness or anything too strict. After the penalty incident, when the atmosphere got a little tense, there was a police presence inside the ground too, but they didn't have to act.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Through the turnstiles we were met with a cordon of Police. Some fans were being held back by the Police line, but we got through relatively quickly. Those that were held back seemed to be in accordance with the Police demands and the crowds seemed to disperse safely without incident. Looked like the car traffic was slow-moving getting away from the ground and surrounding streets, but we were on foot back into town. There was again a heavy Police presence, with groups dotted about near each corner, but we never saw any trouble. Both sets of fans kept out of each others way from what we saw and we had a generally unworried stroll back into town. The only concern we had was whether we'd paid enough on our parking ticket to stop and sample an ale before we set off and luckily we had.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We had a great day. There was a fantastic atmosphere, a fairly good game and a good result with ten men for most of the game. It was a good spirited display against the odds that us away fans all appreciated.

Lincoln City v Woking 
Conference Premier League
Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 7.45pm 
James Harden (Woking fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

To be honest I was only using up holiday from work! I attend most Woking home matches in the Blue Square Premier League, and only the odd away game. But I thought “I have a few days of leave from work left before year end, is there a midweek away game for Woking coming up that I could attend?”. Having checked the fixtures, this one stood out, so I got the all-important permission from the missus and checked with my Woking supporting pal to see if he was interested (he was), and then we booked ourselves on the Woking Supporter’s coach for the trip (£21 for supporter’s trust non-members, £16 for members). A right billy bargain we thought! This then became even cheaper, as Lincoln announced a week or two before the game that they were going to offer reduced price admission for the match, with prices tumbling from £18 on the night (£16 in advance) to a mere fiver. Christmas had come early!

We did, however, have slight second thoughts about going to the match as, on the Saturday before the fixture, Woking had been humbled 7-0 by Hyde, and were on a bad run of form, and we didn’t ideally want to go all that way (approx. four hours by coach) for another heavy defeat. In the end though, we were glad we made the effort!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We came on the supporter’s coach, so this was easy. The coach left Woking at about 2pm and, with a 40 minute stopover at Peterborough services, we arrived at Sincil Bank at around about 6.15pm, in plenty of time for the kick off, with the coach parking in the ground car park, behind one of the stands. Simple.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

On arrival at the ground we went straight to the bar in the South Park Stand (known as the Trust Suite) with pretty much all the other fans on the coach, a whopping 13 of us in total. We had a couple of pints of beer and ordered some food from the bar, despite a couple of fans we spoke to in the queue advising us to go to the local chippy for eats instead! This actually turned out ok, and wasn’t too pricey at all, if a little unconventional (chicken tikka and chips anyone?), and was quite warming on a cold night. The bar was pretty busy and everyone there seemed friendly enough.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It was a good looking ground, it felt like a ‘proper’ football stadium, being mostly all-seater and having a couple of fairly sizeable stands. It was my first away trip of the season and was better than every ground we visited on our travels in the Blue Square Bet South last year (not too hard this though)! 

For the match, we were in one corner of the large Co-Op Community Stand, I think there were 60 odd Woking fans in total. From here we had a decent enough view of the pitch, and had our own entrance and food and drink facilities, as well as toilets.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was cracking, from a Woking fan’s point of view! As mentioned, we came here on the back of a 7-0 mauling, so didn’t expect a lot out of the game, but we were thankfully in for a treat! An early penalty led to us going one up and, to be fair, the match itself was pretty even (if not the most entertaining of encounters). 

We managed to double our lead just after the hour, and then held on for a 2-0 victory, well worth the trip! Whether Lincoln had one eye on a potential FA Cup third round tie with Liverpool, I don’t know, but we weren’t going to complain!

The atmosphere was great, too, with a lot of banter between both sets of fans. The Woking supporters were in full voice throughout, and we were louder than the Lincoln followers (and their band) for a lot of the time. One Woking fan did get ejected towards the end of the game, but I don’t know what this was for, I guess for being a bit too over enthusiastic?!

The stewards were great overall, particularly towards one of our fans. He’d come on the coach with us, but wasn’t really prepared for the cold and rain, and was getting more than a little wet! A kindly steward loaned him her woolly hat and fetched him a blanket, which I thought was a really nice touch, to be applauded.

We had a half time Pukka Pie, too (Chicken Balti), which we’d read about on this website, and this was quite tasty, well recommended!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Just as with our arrival at the ground, this was straightforward too, as the coach was parked where it had been left, behind one of the stands, not far from where we’d watched the match. We all got on and took our seats, and went on our merry way.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall we had a cracking (if long) day out. We left Woking at 2pm and returned home at approx. 1.30am in the morning, with the all-important three points in the bag. 

On reflection, it might’ve been nice to have gone to Lincoln under own steam so we could have explored the city a little, but this wasn’t to be, and I would still recommend anyone to go to Sincil Bank, as it was a nice ground with a proper football ground vibe about the place.   

Lincoln City v Tamworth 
Conference Premier League
Saturday, March 31st 2012, 3pm 
Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Having lived in Lincoln for two years and not living far from Sincil Bank I always hoped that they would drop into the Conference for the opportunity to see Tamworth face them, and although I now live in Ipswich I was still looking forward to visiting the city again and the ground.

2.  How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

My journey from Ipswich was as I expected. I left Ipswich at 05:30 on a rail replacement coach to Stowmarket, then the train to Peterborough and after a quick change arrived in Lincoln at 10:01. Finding the ground was easy for me having lived in Lincoln but its pretty much a straight run using either of the very good directions on the guide, although you don’t pass any pubs using the Sincil Drain route.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Home fans friendly:

Before the game we went to The Ritz Wetherspoons on the High Street just five minutes walk from the station and then to the Walkabout which is on the High Street walking in the opposite direction from the stadium, which is good for a quiet drink as its quiet early in the morning. Then we headed for the Brayford Waterfront and The Square Sail which is a Lloyds Bar that is always doing a good trade and has the added bonus of having a very nice view of Brayford Pool. We also took in the two Uni bars The Shed (very apt for us as we stand in The Shed at The Lamb) and Tower Bar which are located on the main University campus and are very cheap. We didn’t come across any Lincoln fans on the day.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of the ground:

Having been to Sincil Bank on a few occasions I lost out on that new ground feeling. But the first thing you notice is the size of the Lincolnshire Co-op Stand, It is quite large and towers over the rest of the stadium, away fans are located in this stand and it does have very good views of the action. The rest of the stadium is a bit of a miss match, The Lincolnshire Echo stand straddles the half way line and looks a bit worn and has Poachers Corner a small covered family stand next to it. Behind the near goal is the GoCar Stand with few rows of seats in front of a row of executive boxes. Opposite that is the Stacey West Stand a fair size seated stand, the ground does have a certain charm to it with the Tamworth fans. It’s somewhat of a Marmite stadium; some hate it and some love it.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets ect..

Lincoln dominated the game from start to finish, and the result never looked in doubt. Tamworth struggled from the off and Lincoln took the lead after only 7 minutes when Bore fired in after Tamworth failed to clear. Lincoln continued to press and got a second when Danny Thomas diverted a cross into his own net. Scotty Barrow tried his luck from distance for the Lambs but apart from that we had no real chances of note. 

The second half continued in the same vein and Lincoln were awarded a penalty and Power smashed it home. The Imps continued to press and completed the rout when Thomas deflected another cross in for his second own goal of the afternoon which summed up Tamworth’s performance and fortunes. The atmosphere was ok in parts the Lincoln fans tried to make a bit of noise and had their obligatory air raid sirens, the Tamworth fans tried to rally their team for large parts to no avail. The stewards were fine and the space around the food outlet and toilets are good allowing easy passage. The food served was average but not great and a tad pricey.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Having managed to endure 80 minutes we left early so getting away from the ground was fine, although I could see with a decent crowd it could get a bit manic in the small streets around the stadium.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I love Lincoln as a city it’s a nice mix of the old and the new under the backdrop of the Cathedral. The day was fantastic with some very good bars and real ale pubs with a good atmosphere but as has been the case Tamworth blotted the day with an inept display. I’d recommend a visit to Lincoln and will definitely return I just hope that The Lambs can put in a better performance.

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Updated 9th January 2018