Lincoln City go into the 2013/14 season so full of hope, fuelled by one of football’s most optimistic managers. Woking FC will not be an easy opener but the mission to deliver for the fans he has such an affinity with and, of course to finish the job on behalf of the departed Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher, is a 24/7/365 driving force for Gary Simpson.
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Simmo has amassed a side of footballers who aim to play their way into the hearts of one of football’s most loyal yet hard to please army of football supporters. The Imps passion and loyalty is beyond question even though the latest civil war is raging behind the scenes. But behind the Sincil scenes the makeover is almost complete with the side well prepared on the oppositions strengths and weaknesses and fully aware of the job they need to do. Simmo and Grant Brown have certainly covered the miles dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s. Now the side just has to blend against competitive opposition.
This Lincoln side will be the best prepared since Schofield and Deehan and, without doubt equally attractive going forward, its passing and movement has already whet our taste-buds, the pace and clinical finishing renewed our love affair with goals. We believe we can score now, good ones to boot, with a hope and expectation that our under-performing club can epitomise everything that is Imp once again. That being the tiny fellow who can punch above his weight and stand tall in the world of football.
Not the Premiership of course but one that can beat the budget just as Bill Anderson’s did when we enjoyed an incredible decade in the second Division. The goal this season is somewhat lower, to flirt with the Conference play-offs. But if we do that the crowd will come and then the war chest will be all the bigger next year.
Fear not if the belief is there the Imps will come.