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Record Breakers & Makers : 1967-1987


03:00 1th May 2012

The 1970s proved to be a record breaking decade for the Imps but in the 1980s came another first that saw the club engrave their name in the record books.

1967-68: A record crowd of 23,196 saw the Lincoln City versus Derby County 4th Round League Cup tie on November 15 1967. This record still stands today.
1971: A young former player, Graham Taylor, was installed as the new manager and he began to plot the club's revival.
1974-75: The Imps narrowly missed out on promotion when they finished fifth on goal average.
1975-76: This was by far the most successful season in the club's history. The Imps were the champions of the Fourth Division with the highest number of League points (74) under the 'two points for a win' rule ever scored in any division. They equalled the record for the number of home wins in a season (21), set a new record of 32 wins in a season and a record for the fewest defeats (4) by a team playing in Divison 4. Lincoln also finished six points clear of their nearest rivals, Northampton Town. Lincoln also became the first Football League Club in nine years to score over 100 goals in the League.
1977: Graham Taylor decided it was time to move on. The Imps were left to ponder what might have been as Taylor steered Watford from the Fourth to the First Division and also to a Wembley FA Cup Final appearance. Taylor was replaced by George Kerr and then Willie Bell.
1978: Willie Bell left the game and was replaced by Colin Murphy, who began a seven-year spell at the club.
1978-79: Colin Murphy was unable to halt the slide into the 4th Divison, and the Imps were relegated with only 25 points and having scored only 41 goals.
1980-81: Lincoln City are promoted to the 3rd Division by virtue of finishing runners-up to Southend United. In both 1981-82 and 1982-83 the club narrowly missed promotion to the 2nd Division, finishing fourth and sixth respectively.
1983: The 2nd Round Milk Cup tie between Lincoln City and Tottenham Hotspur brought club record receipts of £34,843.30.
1984-85: Lincoln City managed to secure their third division status on the penultimate game. The final game of the season at Bradford City would be a relaxed affair. Bradford were the champions and City were safe. The awful fire in the stand, however, resulted in one of the worst tragedies in British football. The immediate impact for the Imps was the loss of two loyal fans - Bill Stacey and Jim West - and, when they returned home, to condemnation of half their ground.
1985-86: Colin Murphy left before the start of the season and his assistant, John Pickering, took over as manager. Pickering found the transfer from coach to manager difficult and was sacked before Christmas, to be replaced by George Kerr. Despite his efforts, relegation could not be avoided and the Imps were condemned to the 4th Division in the last fixture of the season.
1986-87: The Imps were well fancied for an immediate return, and even in January they were well placed. However, a disastrous run took them from seventh position to 24th in just five months. George Kerr was sacked and replaced by Peter Daniel, who was a temporary player-manager. The unthinkable happened at Swansea when defeat for the Imps and victory by Torquay and Burnley saw the Imps become the first club to be automatically relegated out of the Football League.

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