It wouldn’t have taken you long to find a load of nutters in Lincoln, I’ve got family up there, I can take you to one road up there and job done.Enjoyed reading your account of yesterday but bulked a little at the thinking that they have overtaken us in terms of being a bigger club. Obviously as I'm sure you are aware that attendance numbers aren't always an indicator of being a bigger club but of course it helps.
Momentum (at Lincoln) has been gathering pace since coming back in from non league and it has been sustained through regular succeses and it is noticeable in their season ticket sales that are granted a lot more higher than ours...but our 4 seasons in NL had an average attendance bigger and better than theirs and this is the crucial bit...we then stagnated again for a few seasons and this definitely crushed oufc momentum through lots of internal/external problems. Whilst Lincoln's momentum has as already said above increased.
If MA can get things bouncing again (there fans already are) they will sustain things and maybe push on again but if he doesn't and the side takes a season long downward spiral I can see Lincoln's crowd straying back towards a season average of around 7k still pretty impressive but none the less a drop. Remember the season before they were promoted (and a few seasons previous to that too) they had been averaging around 2.5 k but in their defence to pull in and add 6k to this in such a short time is pretty decent and commendable. As an aside swipe they do like their carrots in these parts and rabbits do too.
However, and on a side note on leaving Sincil Bank I spoke to a Lincoln City supporter in her 50's and she said she thought we were a fabulous side (I didn't want to stop her or fill her in with any other details or ideas lol as it was just fabulous to hear a fellow supporter lavishing praise on my team lol) and said she would love Lincoln to be able to maybe one day get to the top division and be held in the same stature as a club like Oxford! I was nodding like one of those water fowls you see on D. Attenborough's nature programme's such was the adulation. Another local said to me that it was great to play against clubs like Oxford again on a regular basis...I know I kept walking round Lincoln till midnight trying to find all these nutter's but it was music to my three ears tbh after all the hurt we have at times been through. I think and its probably because I support no other side that any praise we get from anybody and anyone is very bloody welcome and for all of you over a certain age we must still try to big up this club so the younger generation can think that supporting this football club is a given and is sacrosanct.
Again without any stats to back up all of the the above (although our clubs honour's are above that of Lincoln and at the time of writing we are as a club 115 places above them in the global soccer rankings) but again is what is and can be perceived a guy boozing with me the other day banged on about Notts County and what he saw as a bigger club than ours (at this point I wanted to p*ss in his beer) but then said of their demise and to look at where they are now...so in a long written roundabout ranting nutshell- increased attendances doesn't always maketh the bigger team.
Looking at the Championship they’re all almost certainly bigger than us yet there was a time when I think we were bigger than Brentford and Reading. The Premier League is clearly a very different beast but back in the day we were bigger than Bournemouth. So we can all dream. For now though the Championship is just a dream for us. The only really small club to have made it there from L1 in recent years has been Burton. Rotherham are not that big either. Others have been close but not quite made it.
Actually quite a lot of this just comes down to feeling.
If we were fighting for promotion it would be interesting to see what our gates would be. I don’t think it would take that much of a turnaround both ways for our home crowds to overtake Lincoln’s once more. But for now ………
I just don't think we're quite set up right to get there. Staying there no chance. But Burton survived a season (or was it two) and look where Bournemouth are now. So some dreams bigger than others.I don't think getting to the championship is that much of a dream from where we are now. Staying there more than a season or two might be.
I would never say no chance in football.I just don't think we're quite set up right to get there. Staying there no chance. But Burton survived a season (or was it two) and look where Bournemouth are now. So some dreams bigger than others.
Yes fair enough but Huddersfield and Norwich managed to win promotion against all of the odds (Huddersfield were favourites to go down)You might want to check just how much money Bournemouth and one or two other ‘miracle workers’ spent to get promoted both to and from the Championship.
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