Could IMPvincibles Be a Reality? Yes Together We March as 1
The power of belief is a wonderful thing. Ask any single parent juggling two jobs, or a young lad kicking a punctured ball around a dilapidated estate. The vision coupled with the hunger to win is what the football factory dream is all about.
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Gary Simpson has raised the bar again at Sincil Bank, challenging his team to see out the season unbeaten. A tough ask but why not?
What a change around it has been, for a side once on the slide, who are still just 4 points off the drop. This despite showing unprecedented form and keeping 3 successive clean sheets. Yes the Kidderminster game is a big ask, but one we do need to come out from with another point taken and proved.
The Imps April looked an impossible task at the beginning of March, prior to Gary Simpson building a belief structure, born of a back-to-basics ‘bloody-minded’ in your face style. For too long Lincoln City has been about doffing our caps. Time to change, to man up, to represent our City with pride. Simmo’s six-foot soldiers (bet he would put Power and Taylor in an over-sized shirt or give them stilts if he could) now have a never-say-die attitude that worships the shirt and the city they represent. They back each other, knowing the backing is growing from those who only dream of playing in the stripes of red and white.
Yes the future is bright. Next year you feel, this belief culture will see the rise of the Imps. A decent end to the season will give a blue collar, mud in his studs manager, the war chest he needs to continue the momentum to a play-off place at least. Because the Imps are responding already and season ticket sales will only fuel the Bank’s bounce-back. Over 400 went to Nuneaton and over 450 to Alfreton, on what many have described as a proud day. Little steps some might say but positive ones that give rise to a level of optimism rarely seen in these parts of late.
The pressure of relegation will be replaced by the weight of expectation. But Simpson has broad shoulders and a contacts book rich from the experience of the non-League scene. There will be no shortage of recruits next season you feel, but he will be unlikely to discard too many of this team. Loyalty, as the down to earth and honourable know, works both ways and costs less than journeyman footballers and fly-by-nights.
Win lose or draw at Kidderminster tomorrow, the Imps will be a force to be reckoned with next season. The Old fashioned ethos of team spirit has forged a bond between the players and the fans. We Citizens have since 1884 and, perhaps like the image of the legendary Imp itself, only ever wanted a manager and a team that has the desire to stand shoulder to shoulder with every team we meet. They are our county pride personified on the that Sincil Bank field of dreams that is lush and Lincoln green.
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Together we march as one
Posted on April 5, 2013, in Manager's pearls of wisdom, Relegation Reprieve 2012/13, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Lincoln City - The Rise of The Imps. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.