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Sheffield Wednesday Hero Chris Waddle’s Grass Roots Trust to Benefit Conference and Small League Clubs Most

Sheffield Wednesday hero Chris Waddle was a poet on the pitch, a passing prince who could turn the ogres of the Strickly Come Dancing judging panel. He appreciates that grass roots fundraising for FL72, Conference Premier, North, South, Evo-Stik Calor and Ryman League clubs is vital. With the loan window open the need to boost the budget is perhaps more important than ever.  A fundraising initiative has been devised that will allow fans to sign up and play a fun game that can deliver a real difference to their teams. Groups such as Supporters Trusts and football supporters clubs of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

The Chris Waddle Grassroots Football Trust Fund”, which delivers at least 20% of all profits generated by the app competitions into the fund means you can make Football Bingo part of your Saturday experience. Together we can make a difference to our football clubs and have some fun at the same time. Every club at every level down the pyramid is listed when you sign up – if we have missed one just ask!

This has been made for Lincoln fans wishing to help their club, although you might want one to be designed for your team – because that is the one you passionately care about.  The fund cuts to the chase to give Lincoln or your chosen club 20% straight off.

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Chris Waddle was always one to cut to the chase so let’s make it easier for you and your team to win on both scores.

Have you ever wondered which  Premier or Football League 72 club is most likely to score week in week out?  Well as most regular readers and players of the  fun Football Bingo game know, the whole idea is to fill all four corners  or the whole of your card. The corners will double your money and you get to pick 8 teams  to do it.  Below, in Alphabetical order the average goals per game in The top four divisions of the English game.  For the pessimists or cunning bingo players who want to know the average conceded by any club, deduct the Average for from the average total (yes you already knew that!).

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 Goal Averages Ave For Tot Ave For Tot Ave For Tot
 Arsenal  2 3.5 2 3 2 3.2
 Aston Villa  0.67 2 1 1 0.8 1.6
 Burnley  0.33 1.33 0 0.5 0.2 1
 Chelsea  3 4 3.33 5 3.2 4.6
 Crystal Palace  0.5 2 2.33 4.67 1.6 3.6
 Everton  2.33 6 2 3 2.2 4.8
 Hull City  1.5 3 1.33 2.67 1.4 2.8
 Leicester City  2.67 4.67 0.5 1.5 1.8 3.4
 Liverpool  1 2 1.67 3.67 1.4 3
 Manchester C  1.33 2.33 2 3 1.6 2.6
 Manchester U  2.5 3.5 1.33 3.33 1.8 3.4
 Newcastle Utd  1.67 4 0 2 1 3.2
 QPR 1 2 0 4 0.6 2.8
 Southampton  2 2 1.67 2.67 1.8 2.4
 Stoke City  0 1 1.33 2.33 0.8 1.8
 Sunderland  1.5 3 0.67 1.67 1 2.2
 Swansea City  1.33 1.67 2 4.5 1.6 2.8
 Tottenham  1.33 2.67 1.5 2.5 1.4 2.6
 West Bromwich  1 3 0.33 1.33 0.6 2
 West Ham Utd  1.33 3 2.5 4 1.8 3.4
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  Goal Averages Ave For Tot Ave For Tot Ave For Tot
 Birmingham C.  1 2.25 0.75 3 0.88 2.63
 Blackburn  2.25 4 1.25 3 1.75 3.5
 Blackpool  0.5 1.75 0.25 1.5 0.38 1.63
 Bolton  1.5 3 0.25 2 0.88 2.5
 Bournemouth  1 2.5 2 3.25 1.5 2.88
 Brentford  1.25 3 1 2.5 1.13 2.75
 Brighton & H.  1 2 1 2.5 1 2.25
 Cardiff City  1.5 3 1 2.25 1.25 2.63
 Charlton  1.75 2.75 1.25 2.5 1.5 2.63
 Derby County  2.25 3.25 1.5 3 1.88 3.13
 Fulham  0.25 1.25 1.25 5 0.75 3.13
 Huddersfield  0.5 2.25 1.25 4 0.88 3.13
 Ipswich Town  1.5 2 1.25 2.5 1.38 2.25
 Leeds Utd  1.25 1.75 1.25 3.25 1.25 2.5
 Middlesbrough  2 3 1.25 2 1.63 2.5
 Millwall  1 1.5 1 2.5 1 2
 Norwich City  2.25 3.25 2 2.75 2.13 3
 Nottm Forest  3 4 1.25 2 2.13 3
 Reading  2 3 0.75 2.5 1.38 2.75
 Rotherham  0.5 1.75 1 2.25 0.75 2
 Sheffield Wed  0.5 1 1.5 2 1 1.5
 Watford  3 4 0.75 1.75 1.88 2.88
 Wigan Athlet.  2 3 0.5 2 1.25 2.5
 Wolverhampton  1.5 1.75 0.5 1 1 1.38

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 Goal Averages Ave For Tot Ave For Tot Ave For Tot
 Barnsley 2.33 4.67 1.2 2.4 1.63 3.25
 Bradford 1.25 3.25 1.4 1.8 1.33 2.44
 Bristol City 1.75 2 2.2 3.4 2 2.78
 Chesterfield 2 3 1.8 3.4 1.88 3.25
 Colchester 1 2.8 1 2 1 2.44
 Coventry City 1.5 2.25 0.8 2.2 1.11 2.22
 Crawley Town 0.75 2.5 0.2 1.2 0.44 1.78
 Crewe Alexan. 1.67 4.33 0.6 3.2 1 3.63
 Doncaster 1 2.6 1.33 2.33 1.13 2.5
 Fleetwood 1.2 2.2 0.75 1.25 1 1.78
 Gillingham 1.6 2.2 0.75 3 1.22 2.56
 Leyton Orient 0.33 1.67 1.4 2.2 1 2
 Milton Keynes 2.6 3.6 2.67 4.67 2.63 4
 Notts County 0.8 1.8 1 1.33 0.88 1.63
 Oldham 0.75 1.75 1.2 2.2 1 2
 Peterborough 1.75 3 1.2 2 1.44 2.44
 Port Vale 0.8 2.6 1.5 3.25 1.11 2.89
 Preston 1.6 2.6 2 3.33 1.75 2.88
 Rochdale 1.2 2 2.5 3.75 1.78 2.78
 Scunthorpe 1 3 0.75 3.25 0.89 3.11
 Sheffield Utd 1 1.67 1.6 3.6 1.38 2.88
 Swindon Town 2.6 3.8 1.33 2.67 2.13 3.38
 Walsall 1 1.75 0.4 1.8 0.67 1.78
 Yeovil Town 0.8 2 1.5 3 1.11 2.44


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 Goal Averages Ave For Tot Ave For Tot Ave For Tot
 Accrington 1.5 2.75 1.6 4.6 1.56 3.78
 Burton Albion 1.75 2 1 2.6 1.33 2.33
 Bury 1.8 2.8 1.5 1.75 1.67 2.33
 Cambridge Utd 1.6 2.6 1.75 3.5 1.67 3
 Carlisle Utd 1.25 3.5 0.6 3 0.89 3.22
 Cheltenham 0.8 1.4 1 1.75 0.89 1.56
 Dagenham & R 1 3 1.4 3.2 1.22 3.11
 Exeter City 1 2.25 0.8 2.2 0.89 2.22
 Hartlepool 0.5 1.5 0.6 2.6 0.56 2.11
 Luton Town 0.5 1.25 0.8 1.6 0.67 1.44
 Mansfield 1.6 2.6 0.75 2.25 1.22 2.44
 Morecambe 1.5 2.25 1.2 2.2 1.33 2.22
 Newport 1.25 2.75 0.6 1.4 0.89 2
 Northampton 2.4 3.8 1.25 2.75 1.89 3.33
 Oxford Utd 1.2 2.4 0.75 2 1 2.22
 Plymouth 1.6 2 0.75 2 1.22 2
 Portsmouth 1.6 2.2 0.5 1.75 1.11 2
 Shrewsbury 1.8 2 0.75 2.25 1.33 2.11
 Southend Utd 1.25 1.75 1.2 2.2 1.22 2
 Stevenage 1.25 2.75 1 2.4 1.11 2.56
 Tranmere 1.2 2.6 1.25 2.5 1.22 2.56
 Wimbledon 1.8 3.2 1.5 2.75 1.67 3
 Wycombe 1.25 2.25 1.4 1.8 1.33 2
 York 1 2.2 1.25 2.75 1.11 2.44

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Let’s Make Imps Away Days Even Better

Will the Luton Town following be even bigger than the Barnet FC one and ensure the team get the best possible chance of a win for those loud and proud Imps that travel the length and breadth of the land?  Let us hope so,  because the 574 take to The New Hive was awesome and with even another draw or a 1-0 smash and grab welcome at Kenilworth Road.  There is something else that will help massively too.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.


Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngThe manager’s program notes on Tuesday highlighted the acute shortage of available funds to help the team in a vital but overlooked area.  STMI would therefore ask readers to get onto their bosses for a unique opportunity to help the teams play-off push.


The current budget has only allowed for a couple of overnight stays for the team, who can hardly be classed as pampered stars but they are athletes as well as artisans.  There are 10 long travel fixtures requiring this, but only a few directors have been generous enough to do it (our money is on Bob, the two David’s & Chris, whilst the usual free-loaders continue to sit on their hands having historically paid between £50 & £75k). What a fantastic sight it was to see 574 Imps travel last week, surely the third best supported away side in the division deserves to see their team arrive in the best possible condition.?

Barnet saw a four-hour drive, including eating a pack-up of sorts on the coach, before the players finally got to stretch their legs with a warm up.   A great team performance earned a draw with the team deserving better. STMI are not asking fans to dip into their pockets, they do that enough already, but companies keen to get on the promotion band-wagon could do so in a massively positive way. After all the team are professional and brilliantly prepared in every way, with this unnecessary Achilles undoing some of the good work and potentially robbing us of that edge.

The cost for an overnight stay runs at £1500 including VAT and even Salisbury have overnight stays organised for all their long distance matches.  Certainly made a difference, as did our win at Dartford. Wrexham travelled same day and looked beaten before we even got at them. Surely there are plenty of companies who are prepared to pitch in and be part of giving the Team an even playing field for the 6-7 games needed. It could see the vital points needed to ensure one of the Skrill Premiers most geographically isolated clubs are there or thereabouts.

Russell Moore is the commercial manager and, understandably the club are not coming out with a sales pitch on what could be a contentious issue.  However STMI feel that if we Imps pass the word round the 7 companies can easily be found to help the team.  Here is Russell’s email address and remember to tell him STMI sent you –  replace the AT with @ and get rid of the gaps for the following.

russell.moore AT

Hoist Up The Lincoln Flag Hear The Red Imps Sing!

The Rise of The Imps is at hand for Lincoln City fans, the faithful congregation of the Church at the bottom of the Hill. For Sincil Bank aka the theatre of the Absurd is our church, Simmo is the Messiah and we will channel this optimism to drag our club back from the brink. 

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Oh come all ye faithful for these are some words to inspire

and good luck with the Flag Billy!

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No one fancied us to come back from the dead in 2002/3

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Crowds grew the coffers swelled and 15,000 turned up at the Millennium in May.

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We may not be going there but dare to be there (or thereabouts)

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Get a season ticket 6 six-pack or pay on the day

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But keep the faith

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Be there or be square Dare to share the the Simmo dream

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Join a crusade to finish something for Keith, Butch and every living Imp.

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Sincil Bank’s Bouncing Back!  

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 Simmo’s Six-Foot Sincil Soldiers are coming to the Conference.  

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So sharpen your horns, shine your hooves

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Hoist up the Lincoln flag

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Hear the Red Imps sing

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Because the Rise of the Imps

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Could be one of the best or even the last trips we ever go on.

Imps & 8 BSP Clubs Receive £11,313 Boost

BSP rivals Hereford United, Luton Town, Lincoln City, Alfreton, Wrexham, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers and Braintree Town will all receive £11,313 thanks to qualifying for last years first round of the FA Cup. This is another great, often hidden, example of what the FA give back to non-league clubs.

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Simmo will receive the boost to his war-chest after the FA announced that the 32 non-league clubs who played in the FA Cup first round last season will each get the five-figure bonus, thanks to the FA Cup pool. This is based on a 5% cut from any replays from Round 3 onwards. Last year Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all featured in lucrative replays, resulting in a record payout.

The 32 clubs are as follows:-

Cambridge City, Boreham Wood, Alfreton, Wrexham, Harrogate, Macclesfield, Stockport, Met Police, Slough, Luton, Nuneaton, Lincoln, Kidderminster, Guiseley, Barrow, Forest Green, Bromley, Bradford PA, Arlesey, Yate, Chelmsford, Ebbsfleet, Bishop’s Stortford, Hastings, Hendon, Fylde, Dorchester, Hereford, Altrincham, Gloucester, Mansfield, Braintree.

Fan Share Purchases Double At Lincoln City

Lincoln City fans are following in the footsteps of what founded Britain’s industrial and commercial revolution.  The joint stock limited company, one where individuals can buy shares, as many or as few as they can afford and dream of better.  Let us aspire to inspire. Such an oaks from Acorn concept inspired, the canals, the railways and the turnpike road system, that gave Britain the route to greatness. It can and will put Lincoln City back on the righteous path.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


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 Let us aspire to inspire. Lincoln City is an institution to its only true lifelong stakeholders – the fans. The folk who weather the terraces on cold Tuesday nights, or crowd around their radios listening to BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s  Sportin Hortin and Tommo cursing ill-luck at the hands of referees.  We are there in body or spirit willing the Mighty Imps on to better days.

Back in 2009 a share saver scheme was the first thing to be put in place by the original founders of the 12th Man – HERE. The plan was to give the fans – the stakeholders from the stands –  a chance to become shareholders. Bit by bit their acorns – yours too potentially – have and will continue to grow. It is based on the principle that you give something that you would not miss, in return for something only we fans can value, pieces of paper, with our names on, neeth the Mighty Imps name,  showing we own a part of our community club. For investment in football is far different from normal stocks and shares. Profit comes not from dividends in pounds, shillings or new pence.  No this is about the greater good, with love and the pursuit of the dream far outweighing any common sense.  Those pieces of paper are ours for keeps, in your hand you hold your share of Lincoln City FC, the mighty Imps.

The 12th Man share saver scheme has gone about its business, quietly, but remarkably. There is no pretension, no grandeur, just a smooth running accounting function that puts the electronic banking in place for its members to buy shares, bit by bit.  Then Paul Wilson (the unselfish bean-counter so to speak) sends over a cheque along with a list of shares due and the board nod them through. Then the certificates – those precious bits of paper – come back by return. In the last month the monthly savings have doubled but there is plenty of room for more.

To make it easier on the club and to reduce any admin cost – to ensure all funds go where they are most needed and indeed desired – shares are purchased every 3-4 months. The  purchases consist of whatever each individual has contributed in that time. You will get a certificate to the value of shares purchased ie. if you have paid £80 during the period, you will get a certificate from LCFC for 160 shares. Paul sends one cheque but encloses an application form for every individual and existing member. Seamless, flawless but priceless and the 12th Man share saver scheme is growing fast.

If you wish to join please leave a comment at the bottom, it will not be published as potential and existing shareholders have a right to remain anonymous, bar any fellow shareholders who wish to peruse the official share register. This will be forwarded on to Paul Wilson. He will email you a standing order form.

Buy as many or as little as you wish, safe in the knowledge that you are following in the footsteps of millions of small independent shareholders who have aspired for better.

Could Budweiser Deal Net Imps £50K- £100K

The FA, in association with Budweiser, have announced a new scheme that could pave the way for up to 8  non-league clubs to receive £50,000 each year. This would be a non repayable grant with one lucky club receiving a double bubble £100,000 each season.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The Imps Community status has seen us successfully bid for several grants over the last few years including the Club is the Hub.  The new campaign, christened Budweiser Club Futures, will however see some competition for the money, as it is open to  level five, six and seven of the league pyramid: –

  • 5 – BSP or Conference : National (24)
  • 6 –  BSS & BSN  Conference North & South  (44)
  • 7- (Evo-Stick) Northern Premier League (22) Zamaretto) Southern League Premier (22)  (Ryman) Isthmian League Premier (22)

The FA’s director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking, said: “This £1million investment as part of the Budweiser Club Futures programme is a fantastic gesture, with the £100,000 super grant being a real pot of gold for the clubs involved.”

Applications close on October 31 and can be made via the FA’s website.

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The statement on the Football Association website reads:

Budweiser Club Futures will give eight grants of £50,000 to clubs across the country per season over the next two years.

Those grants aim to help clubs to become more financially sustainable by improving their facilities.

Projects that could be funded by the grants include everything from building conference facilities, improving any part of the clubhouse interior or exterior, and expanding the car park.

Anything that helps a club grow and play an even larger role in their local community.

Within each season, one of the chosen eight clubs will be given the chance to win an additional £100,000 super grant – as voted by football fans through the official FA Cup and Budweiser UK Facebook pages.

Please Help Reg Needs The Wedge!

Our manager has faced battles at Sheffield United, Birmingham and Watford as a player and then been made manager of Mansfield and Lincoln when the cupboards were bare.    Here in his own words,  a plea  from  David, for us to help him finish rebuilding our side. He has pushed the board to his credit but now we need to help with the cause and quick with only 5 days of the Renaming raffle to go.

As David Holdsworth puts it

“I think our financial position has been well documented 

The club has looked at various ways of bringing money to help compensate for losing solidarity payments and this is a great idea.

I would really appreciate any help that comes my way in terms of giving me a better budget.

And if the club can raise £50,000 then that would be absolutely fantastic and a credit to the community.

This will give fans and businesses the chance to help me sign a player and have their name in lights.”

Remember Entry forms are available on

Tickets are also available

at MSR Newsagents on the corner of St Marks and High Street, Lincoln as well as several Co-op stores in the city


Lincoln City Banter

urge fans

to go on-line to 


pick up a ticket from 


City Co-op stores or MSR Newsagents

(on the corner of St Marks and High Street in Lincoln)   

Imps Pay-A-Player (or 2) – Paul’s Plea

Paul Dawson  – the man who inspired £1800 for the team shirts is now going one better by asking the Lincoln City Banter boys and girls and Imps of all persuasions to pay a player or two.  A quid each every week or maybe even five to help the Imps first team flame thrive.

If 1,000 Lincoln City Banter fans signed up

at an average of £1 per week

we could raise £52,000

That is a 12.5% increase in the playing budget

Join Paul Dawson’s

& Lincoln City Banter’s  campaign


‎”The Fans Player Scheme” For £1 a week £52 a year a chance of winning a season ticket at the odds of 25/1 plus other incentives would you join if backed by the club ? If we were to get 1000 fans on board this would raise funds excessive of 40k to go directly to the managers Player budget.

Relay For Life Lincoln

Lincoln City fan Ben Ward will be doing Relay For Life Lincoln to raise money for cancer research, the disease that struck down his father – a lifelong Imps fan until 2008.

Over  to you Ben……

I’ll be taking it in turns to walk around the track for the duration of the Relay with the guys from Heighington Bushido Kai Karate club on 21 July 2012. I’ll be taking part in memory of my dad, who started a very short and aggressive battle against malignant melanoma in late 2007, and lost the fight in January 2008. Hopefully I can raise a nice sum of money to help the fight against cancer, and maybe one day nobody will have to suffer any more.

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 Please find whatever you can and sponsor me online – it’s quick, easy and totally secure. ! If you can spare 5 or 10 quid  Gift Aid it by clicking HERE

Many thanks for your support. Together we will beat cancer.

Come On Impdom Help Holdsworth Build Our Side

Who is up for the ride, because we need a rebirth of Lincoln-wide-pride, to give David Holdworth an opportunity to pimp our side.   In order to Save the Mighty Imps let us lighten the load and return to community mode.  Urge your company to buy a Renaming Raffle Ticket at fifty quid a bid. Print off THIS  in A4 or even better A3 and get it on the wall,  that’s all,  unless you know others who can also answer the call. And don’t forget at least one or maybe a pile of these too  if the many are to help shoulder the burden of the few.

 Image Thanks to historical kits – here

When the Mighty Imps were  relegated on that fateful day last May, what could anyone say.  In front of 8,000 witnesses in our own back yard, the spiritual home that is Sincil Bank –  aka The Theatre of the Absurd –  saw pride evaporate faster than walking the proverbial plank.  Many felt the financial fates, as well as the shadowy non-league realm of Hades, would soon come knocking at our gates.

That kind of crowd suggests we have a future and while Imp blood courses through our veins, we will keep the faith through the losses and the gains.  As long as we at  Save the Mighty Imps have our keyboards we shall champion those that remain of the once proud  Imp Hordes. We will record the losses and the draws, the wins, the virtues and the sins.

We are after all the Mighty Imps not wimps and need just a glimpse for the faithful to return to  a sunnier Sincil Bank, nay Sincil Swank, a heavenly place so rarely full of grace, but  where passion  is always the fashion.

Save the Mighty Imps is a totally independent website written by the fans for the fans, working side by side with the Lincoln City Banter  page on Facebook.  If you ever fancy chatting with real life Lincoln fans in a friendly well moderated environment why not pop along here  for a chat .

Please urge your company to buy a Renaming Raffle Ticket at fifty quid a bid. Print off THIS  in A4 or even better A3 and get it on the wall,  that’s all unless you know others who can also answer the call. And don’t forget at least one or maybe a pile of these too  if the many are to help shoulder the burden of the few.  Support the team however you see fit, but together we must now do our bit, unless we want to hear the hammer and words ‘I am afraid that is it.