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You're Supposed To Be Away!


17:00 23rd May 2017

On the road with Lincoln City...

For many football fans the road trip is the best thing about supporting your team.  Those epic, adventurous away days when anything and everything can go wrong but a win makes it all seem right.

We've all got our favourite tales of following the Mighty Imps around the country (and occasionally overseas for that once-in-a-lifetime experience: the pre-season tour).  There have been good days and bad days; cup shocks for and against; great atmospheres and cold, lonely nights on the terraces when everyone else had obviously stayed at home.

Now you have the chance to see your favourite memories committed to print.  The latest Youth Academy Future Imps Fundraiser is a collection of short stories entitled “You're Supposed To Be Away! On the Road with Lincoln City”.

We are looking for your stories of between 1,000 and 7,500 words which capture the magic of being on the road following Lincoln City.  They can be about a particular match or the journey or trip as a whole.  Did you have an unforgettable day or weekend away?  Did everything that could go wrong go wrong?  Serious or funny; happy or sad; victorious or humiliated; we want to hear your stories.

Any era; any competition; anything you want to tell us about!

Don't just write a match report though: we want to hear about the whole experience of following The Imps on the road. The more different and interesting the better!

If you have any photos to go with your story that would be great. They can be scanned and emailed to the address below or posted to Roger Bates, Lincoln City Youth Academy, Sincil Bank, Lincoln, LN5 8LD. Please include a postal address if you want the photos returned.

The best 20 or so stories will be included in the book. They will be chosen by our panel of judges – Ian Plenderleith, Gary Hutchinson and Alan Johnson.  The authors of all the stories published will receive a complimentary copy of the book signed by the City management team of Danny and Nicky Cowley, be invited to a Lincoln City home game as VIP guests of the club and also be our guests at the launch event.

Please email your stories in Microsoft Word format to by Wednesday 31st May 2017.


Ian Plenderleith is a football writer and now a Frankfurt-based Lincoln City fan. He has published a collection of football short stories, For Whom The Ball Rolls, and a history of the North American Soccer League, Rock n Roll Soccer. His next book will be a supporter’s memoir, The Quiet Fan, including several chapters about supporting Lincoln City in the 1970s. You can read an extract and pledge to buy an advance copy here.  Lincoln City fans can get a 15% discount on the book by using the code Lincoln15 at checkout.

Gary Hutchinson is a lifelong Lincoln City fan and part-time writer. His writing career started with letters to the now defunct Sports Echo and from there he graduated to editing the Lincoln City Mad website before moving on to become the official Sky Sports blogger for the club. That sadly ended with relegation from the Football League so he took up the editorship of the Imps fanzine Deranged Ferret. Most recently after studying a Freelance Features Writing course with the London School of Journalism he started the popular 'Stacey West' blog and was voted a finalist in the 2016 Football Blogging Awards. That meant a slap-up meal at the star-studded presentation night at Old Trafford but his proudest moment came when he released the ‘Who's Who of Lincoln City 1993-2016’ and saw it stocked in the club shop. He lives high up in the Wolds with his fiancée and finds it incredibly uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person.

Alan Johnson is a freelance journalist and has been a follower of the Imps since the 1989/90 season. He has been City's match reporter for the Non-League Paper for the last four seasons as well as contributing throughout the promotion season to the Echo's coverage. Alan (33) is married to Lucy and they have a daughter Ruby. Alan's favourite away game is City's 2-0 win at Scarborough in April 1997.

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