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Like every club playing professional football in England, Lincoln City odds are hugely popular, especially with those betting who like to place wagers on lower league action. Now back in the fourth tier of English football, League Two odds can offer great value though it can be a difficult league to bet on. 

In major matches, like a play-off match, or an FA Cup game, bookmakers can enhance Lincoln City odds dramatically. Let's say Lincoln are playing Liverpool in an FA Cup tie. Many bookmakers, not expecting a Lincoln victory, could enhance the already long odds to make it more attractive to potential bettors. Coral are one of many bookies who offer enhanced odds opportunities regularly.

In addtition to markets offered on what happens on the field, you can also bet on other odds associated with off-the-field activities. Lincoln City manager odds, for example, can offer value.


Lincoln City are a professional football club located in the city of Lincoln. Having spent much of their history plying their trade in the bottom divisions of the English football league system, Lincoln City currently play in the fourth tier, League Two.

Lincoln City history begins in 1884. It didn't take long for the club to win their first trophy, picking up the Lincolnshire Senior Cup during the 1886/1887 campaign. Lincoln City also enjoyed an FA Cup run in the same season, reaching the Round of 16.

In 1888, the Combination League was introduced, and Lincoln City were invited to join. However, the league disbanded just a few months later and the club went on to join the Midland League instead.

Success soon followed, with Lincoln City picking up the first Midland League title. The club then turned professional, and were invited to join the newl Second Division.

Lincoln City's highest ever league position was achieved at the turn of the century, when the club finished in fifth place of the Second Division. At the time, though, clubs had to be elected to retain their position in the Football League and Lincoln failed to achieve this on three occasions. However, following each demotion, instant promotion was achieved the following season.

The Football League Third Division was formed in 1921, and Lincoln City became founder members of the Third Division North. In 1931, Lincoln won the title and with it promotion back to the Second Division.

However, Lincoln suffered relegation in their first season back in the second tier, and this was repeated in 1948. Three years later the club won promotion and this time stayed in the Second Division until 1961.

Relegation hit the club not once, but twice, and for the 1962/1963 season the club found themselves in the Fourth Division. The club remained in the fourth tier until 1976. The 1975/1976 campaign is considered one of the most successful in Lincoln City history. Not only did Lincoln win the title, they did so in style, breaking records for most points, most wins, fewest defeats and ended the season undefeated on home turf.

Just before the turn of the decade, Lincoln suffered relegation but were back in the third tier for the 1981/1982 season. The club, though, were back in the Fourth Division in 1986 and suffered a consecutive relegation, becoming the first club to be automatically relegated from the Football League.

The club won the Conference title at the first time of asking, and remained in the fourth tier until the 2011/2012 season, bar one campaign back in the third tier, then renamed Division 2, in 1998/1999.

After six seasons out of the Football League, Lincoln regained their place in 2017 after winning the National League title. 

The 2018/2019 season is Lincoln's second consecutive campaign in League Two.


The current Lincoln City badge features the famous 'Lincoln Imp'. A similar badge was used during the 1970's and 1980's and returned to the club's shirts in 2014.

In between those years, there were two Lincoln City badges used. The first featured the city's shield with the club's initials inscribed. The second, introduced in 2001, featured, in addition,  a yellow imp, with the nickname of the club written across it.


The Lincoln City kit colours traditionally consist of red, white and black. These colours have featured on almost every Lincoln City kit since the year of formation.

The first Lincoln City kit featured red and white striped shirts, white shorts and black socks. This kit, with minor variations, lasted until 1897.

From 1897 to 1900, the Lincoln City shirt was green, worn with black shorts and black socks. The club reverted to their previous colours for the 1900/1901 season.

Between 1901 and 1931, Lincoln City's home colours consisted of red and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The club then went back to their traditional colours until 1964.

Lincoln City's home kit from then until 1973 featured just red and white. Firstly with red and white striped shirts, with both shorts and socks colours alternating between red and white, and then a red shirt with white sleeves was worn. 

In 1973, the colour black was reintroduced to Lincoln City home kits and these colours have been worn up until the present day. The 2018/2019 Lincoln City home kit features red and white striped shirts, worn with black shorts and a red trim and red and white hooped socks. 

Lincoln City Stadium

The Lincoln City stadium is called Sincil Bank. Sincil Bank has been home to Lincoln City Football Club since 1895.

The stadium features four main stands. These are the Lincolnshire Co-operative Stand, the largest stand at Sincil Bank; St. Andrews, or The Selenity Stand; the Stacey-West Stand, which usually houses away fans; and the Bridge McFarland Stand. 

There is also a Family Stand, called Poacher's Corner, next to the players' tunnel.

Before the club moved to Sincil Bank, Lincoln City played their home games at John O'Gaunts.


The majority of Lincoln City supporters hail from Lincoln and other parts of Lincolnshire. There are a number of Lincoln City supporters clubs, including the Red Imps Community Trust.

Lincoln City fans enjoy a rivalry with Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United. Non-local rivals include Peterborough United, York City and Hull City. There is another club based in the city of Lincoln, Lincoln United, though they are currently playing non-league football.


The Lincoln City ownership is split. Lincoln City Holdings Ltd owns just over 66% of the club's shares. Of this company, Robert Dorrian holds just over 14%, with Sportsvest Capital LLP owning just under 50%. Sportsvest is jointly owned by Sean Melnick, Ashley Mendelowitz and Clive Nates.

The current Lincoln City chairman is Clive Nates.


Our list of Lincoln City stats start with their record appearance maker. Grant Brown holds this record, appearing for the club on 469 occasions. 

Lincoln City's record goalscorer is Andy Graver. Graver scored 143 goals for the club across two spells, from 1950 to 1955 and 1958 to 1961. Allan Hall holds the record for most goals scored in a single season, netting 45 times during the 1931/1932 campaign.

Lincoln City's record league victory came back in 1951, with a 11-1 win over Crewe Alexandra. However, their all-time record win came in the FA Cup, when they defeated rivals Peterborough United 13-0 in 1895.

The club's record attendance also came in the FA Cup. A crowd of 23,196 watched Lincoln play Derby County in 1967.

Lincoln City's record signing is actually shared by two players. The club paid £75,000 for Dean Walling from Carlisle United in 1997 and for Tony Battersby from Bury in 1998. The biggest fee they've received for a player is £750,000, paid by Liverpool for Jack Hobbs in 2005.

Lincoln City Players

The current Lincoln City players list consists of 27 members of the first team squad, with six of these on loan from other clubs. 

Famous Lincoln City players include Grant Brown, Tony Emery and Dave Smith, all of whom made over 400 appearances for the club. Other players with historical importance to the club include record goalscorer Andy Graver; Johnny Campbell, the only other player to have scored over 100 Football League goals for Lincoln; and David Felgate, who is the only player to date to have made a senior international appearance whilst playing for Lincoln City.

Lincoln City Manager

The current Lincoln City manager is Danny Cowley. Cowley took over the managerial reigns in 2016, replacing Chris Moyses, and has led the club back to the Football League.

Cowley also has the best win percentage of any Lincoln City manager. Up until October 2018, Cowley has taken charge of 91 matches, winning 55 of them, meaning a win ratio of 60.43%.

The first ever Lincoln City manager was John Strawson. Strawson managed the club from 1892 to 1896. The longest serving Lincoln City manager is Bill Anderson. Anderson oversaw 855 matches between 1946 and 1965.

Lincoln City Honours

The list of Lincoln City honours includes one Football League Trophy (2017/2018); one fourth tier title (1975/1976); two fifth tier titles (1987/1988, 2016/2017); and one Conference Championship Shield (1987/1988). The club have also won Lincolnshire Senior Cup on 38 occasions. 


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