Back Simmo: For Impdom, Pride in the Stripes & St George – Sincil Bank Salivates!
Fortunately the manager of the month award looks to be going to Cox of Mansfield Town (who will hope Burr at Kidderminster Harriers gets it) as Simpson’s Sincil Soldiers aim to add the Cambridge scalp to a haul of 13 points from his first 8 games at the helm. The 4 wins in the last half dozen, where the Imps were also the better side against Wrexham and Macclesfield, have seen our club move from certain to go down, to in with more than a fighting chance of staying up. And these Imps certainly have fight and a desire to bring the fans flocking back to Sincil Bank in their thousands.
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Although the Imps sit 15th, the spectre of relegation has not yet been banished from the Bank. Just 3 points separate us from fourth from bottom Stockport and 5 from battling Barrow, yet the Imps have 9 points from the last three games, with destiny well and truly back in our own hands.
No one knows the potential of this football club and its true meaning to the Imps faithful more than Gary, spurred on by the memory of late mates Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher. But the gaffer will be quick to credit the players, something so central to the make up of a man with mud in his studs and a working class ethos with a capital ‘W’. His job is to mould more than scold, to cajole and install a culture that makes his soldiers want to give 100% for the shirt, the club and those that make the turnstiles click. For the fans are the lifeblood of Lincoln City and every football club, but hereabouts putting in a shift is recognised and respected.
But credit where credit is due. Gary has reversed the slide, restored the pride and invited the fans back for the ride. The camaraderie, all-for one ethos and pride for the stripes has breathed fresh life into a club and a City that deserves better. The green shoots of an Imp spring is starting to wake a club that has slumbered for far too many a decade. The loyalist fans in football are begining to respond. Over 400 witnessed defeat at Nuneaton, but 456 (at least) kept the faith to reap the rewards of the battle of the aptly named Impact Arena at Alfreton. In Simmo it appears we trust, although he and we know the battle is far from over. STMI urge to Imps to flock to the cause on Monday to make survival almost certain.
|Sat 30 Mar|
|Alfreton Town||0||–||2||Lincoln City|
|Franklin (7)||Hobson (41)
|Tues 26 Mar|
|Braintree Town||0||–||3||Lincoln City|
|Diagne (26 & 74)
|Sat 23 Mar|
|Lincoln City||3||–||2||AFC Telford|
Taylor (77 & 88)
|Sat 16 Mar|
|Tues 12 Mar|
|Westwood (34 og)||Ormerod (61)
|Sat 9 Mar|
|Power (Pen 14)
|Wed 6 Mar|
|Garner (47 og)
|Power (Pen 23)||1,557|
|Sat 2 Mar|
|Johnson (2)||Oliver (25)||1,766|
The Road Ahead
|Mon 01st||Lincoln City||v||Cambridge Utd||15:00|
|Sat 06th||Kidderminster||v||Lincoln City||15:00|
|Tue 09th||Luton||v||Lincoln City||19:45|
|Sat 13th||Lincoln City||v||Tamworth||15:00|
|Sat 20th||Hyde||v||Lincoln City||17:15|
BSP Standings 31/3/13
|4||Newport County AFC||39||21||8||10||74||53||21||71|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||40||18||10||12||59||40||19||64|
|24||AFC Telford United||42||5||16||21||49||72||-23||31|
Posted on March 31, 2013, in Manager's pearls of wisdom, Relegation Reprieve 2012/13, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged gary simpson, Lincoln City FC, The Rise of The Imps. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.