Simmo’s “21” Mystery
Everyone has noticed the yellow socks on the calves one cannot miss, yet the omission of the number 21 on his socks and the appearance of the same on his shorts and training apparel has completely gone under the radar at Bomber command Sincil Bank.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
21 was the squad number Richard Butcher wore at Macclesfield. Gary Simpson felt it right to retire it upon his death on 9th January 2011, just 13 days before his thirtieth birthday. He wears that number and has avoided using it as a squad number in Butch’s honour, respect is a big thing with Lincoln’s manager.
It has swept Sincil Bank since it arrived, fuelled by an energy and drive to finish a mission at Lincoln in honour of Keith Alexander and Butch, two great mates Simmo had to bury within 10 months of each other. So when the Lincoln job came up it was a dream come true.
When Edgar Davids arrogantly took the number one shirt in a haze of publicity for Barnet, our manager had donned 21 as a quiet mark of respect. So give him time because respect for our football club, its fans and of course fallen Imps Keith and Richard, will drive Simmo and Grant Brown 24/7/365 in their pursuit of happiness for Lincoln City FC and our dreams. Both are Lincoln through and through.