Chesterfield FC, complete with Hibernian striker Eoin Doyle aka the Green Lionel Messi’, Middlesbrough FC, Sunderland AFC and Boston United are the highlights of Lincoln City’s pre-season friendlies so far, plus the Lincolnshire Cup final against Peter Swann’s Scunthorpe United or Grimsby Town and the visit of Lincoln United for the Imp derby.
Although the Sunderland and Middlesbrough games will be against their respective U21’s, the opposition could be a lot stronger if neither side have games on the same day. The visit to the Spireites could give a glimpse of things to come in more ways than one, with Chairman Bob keen to follow their stadium and its subsequent funding model. Chesterfield, one of the favourites for promotion, have just signed Eoin Doyle from Hibs. Manager Paul Cook dubbed him the ‘Green Lionel Messi’ during a 25 goal haul in their final season together at Sligo. The SPL was a step to far but the two-footed striker can come from deep, play down either flank and will pose the defence some serious problems. The Imps will be sure to travel in numbers to a fixture that will give Simmo a month to put right any wrongs before the opening day.
Simmo has big connections with Boston – he is still a legend there – so it is no surprise to see them arrive for the pre-season community day, the week before the big kick-off.
|Tue 9/7||Chesterfield||v||Lincoln City||7.45pm|
|Sat 13/7||Lincoln United||v||Lincoln City||3pm|
|Tue 16/7||Harrogate Town||v||Lincoln City||7.30pm|
|Sat 20/7||Grantham Town||v||Lincoln City||7.30pm|
|Wed 24/7||Lincoln City||v||Sunderland U21||7.30pm|
|Sat 27/7||Lincoln City||v||Middlesbrough U21||3pm|
|Sat 3/8||Lincoln City||v||Boston United||3pm|