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The Early Years : 1884-1919


01:00 1th May 2012

From the Club's formation through to The Great War - a brief summary of the early years in the history of Lincoln City Football Club.

1884: Lincoln City were officially formed as an amateur association, even though there had been a team playing since the 1860s.


1886-87: Lincoln City win the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy for the first time. City were amongst the last 16 survivors in the FA Cup from an entry of 126 clubs. They eventually lost to Glasgow Rangers.


1889-90: Lincoln City again reached the last 16 of the FA Cup before being beaten by Preston North End. The Imps also won the Midland Counties League.


1891-92: Lincoln City turned professional and repeated their achievement of five years previous by winning the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.


1892-93: Lincoln City became one of the 12 founder members of the Second Division. The other clubs were: Small Heath, Sheffield Utd, Darwen, Grimsby, Ardwick, Burton Swifts, Northwich Victoria, Bootle, Crewe, Burslem, Port Vale and Walsall T. Swifts.


1895: Lincoln City moved to Sincil Bank from the John O'Gaunts ground. They drew their first game at Sincil Bank 0-0 with Gainsborough Trinity and also drew their first League game 1-1 with Woolwich Arsenal.


1901-02: Lincoln City achieved what has proved to be their best ever League position to date - that of fifth in the Second Division. The Imps also reached the last 16 of the FA Cup again - yet another achievement that has remained unequalled since. They eventually lost to Derby County.


1904-05: Lincoln City made it to the last 32 of the FA Cup but were beaten by Manchester City for whom the great Billy Meredith scored the only goal.


1907-08: Lincoln City, along with Stoke City, are relegated out of the League. Lincoln finished bottom of the League, with only 21 points from 38 games, and were replaced by Chesterfield.


1908-09: Lincoln City do the double! They won both the Midland Counties League and the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy in the same year. City's success in the Midland Counties League ensures their return to the Second Division.


1909-10: Lincoln City retain the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.


1910-11: After just one year, City are relegated again out of the League, having finished bottom of the Second Division for the second time in three years and were replaced by Grimsby Town.


1911-12: Lincoln City were the champions of the newly-formed Central League. Many people are convinced that this is the finest team that Lincoln have ever produced. The usual line-up of that time was:- Fern, Jackson, Wilson, Robson, A Gardner, T Wield, J 'Cracker' Manning, Max Cubbin, W Miller, Batty and Brindley.


1912-13: Lincoln City had returned to the Second Division in place of Gainsborough Trinity.


1914-15: Sincil Bank's doors were closed to keep the public out! The FA Cup Second Round Second Replay between Bradford and Norwich was played in front of empty terraces because of the importance of munitions work.


1915-19: The Football League programme was suspended because of the Great War

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