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List of Lincoln City F.C. seasons

For details of the current season, see 2013–14 Lincoln City F.C. season.

Lincoln City Football Club, an English association football club based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, was founded in 1884. The club's first team won the major regional trophy, the Lincolnshire Senior Cup, in the 1886–87 season, and reached the last 16 of the FA Cup in the same year.[1] In 1888, the club joined the Combination, a league set up to provide organised football for those clubs not invited to join the Football League which was to start the same year. However, the Combination was not well organised and folded in April 1889 with many fixtures still outstanding.[2] Lincoln then became founder members of the Midland League, and won the inaugural league title.[3] After two seasons the club turned professional[1] and joined the Football Alliance; the following year they were elected to the newly formed Second Division of the Football League.[3] Their highest finishing position – fifth in the Second Division – was achieved in the 1901–02 season, and in the same season they reached the last 16 of the FA Cup for the third and, as of 2011, last time.[1] Lincoln failed to gain re-election to the League three times between 1909 and 1920; on each occasion, they won the championship of the league to which they had been relegated, either the Midland League or, in 1912, the Central League, and made an immediate return to the Football League.[1][3]

In 1921, Lincoln were founder members of the Football League Third Division North, and ten seasons later won the division title, thus gaining promotion to the Second Division, though for one season only.[4] In 1947–48, Lincoln again won the Third Division North title, and again suffered immediate relegation from the Second. On regaining Second Division status three years later they remained in the division until the 1960–61 season, but then suffered consecutive relegations.[3] The club website rates 1975–76 as "by far the most successful season in the club's history".[5] They won the Fourth Division title with a record points total for any division before the introduction of three points for a win, set new Fourth Division records for most wins and fewest defeats, and were undefeated at home, with 21 wins and 2 draws.[5][6][7]

For many years, teams finishing at the bottom of the Football League had to apply for re-election to the League for the following season – Lincoln made eleven successful applications[8] – but in the 1986–87 season, automatic promotion and relegation was introduced between the Conference National, the fifth tier of English football, and the Football League Fourth Division.[9] Lincoln finished bottom of the 1986–87 Football League, thus becoming the first club automatically relegated from the League.[5] They made an immediate return as Conference champions, and until 2011 spent all but one season in the bottom League division.[10] Lincoln reached the promotion play-offs in five consecutive seasons, between 2003 and 2007, but were unsuccessful on each occasion.[3] The 2006–07 season marked Lincoln's 100th season in the Football League; they were the first club to reach that milestone without ever playing in the top division of the League.[8] After a return of only two points from Lincoln's last 11 games of the 2010–11 season allowed Barnet to overturn an 11-point deficit, they returned to non-League football.[11]

Since their election to the Football League in 1892, Lincoln have spent 36 seasons in the second tier, 30 in the third, 38 in the fourth, and 6 seasons in non-League football.[3][10] The table details Lincoln City's achievements in senior first-team competition from their first appearance in the FA Cup in 1884–85 to the end of the most recently completed season.

Key

Details of abandoned competitions – The Combination in 1888–89 and the 1939–40 Football League – are shown in italics and appropriately footnoted.

Seasons

Season Division[lower-alpha 2] P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Cup [12][lower-alpha 3] League Cup[14][lower-alpha 4] Competition Result Name Goals
League[3][10] Other[3][14][15] Top scorer(s)[lower-alpha 5]
1884–85 R3 &
&
Fox, WalterWalter Fox 2
1885–86 R1 &
&
No goalscorer
1886–87 R5 &
&
Gregson, BillyBilly Gregson 2
1887–88 R3 &
&
Fox, WalterWalter Fox
Slotch Shaw
Jimmy Slater
Edwin Teesdale
1
1888–89 Combination 14 6 2 6 17 19 14 [lower-alpha 1] QR1 &
&
Hallam, GeorgeGeorge Hallam 2
1889–90 Midland 20 16 2 2 75 19 34 1st R2[lower-alpha 6] &
&
Smallman, FrankFrank Smallman 17
1890–91 Midland 18 7 6 5 34 21 20 3rd R1 &
&
Moore, IsaacIsaac Moore 16
1891–92 Alliance 22 6 5 11 37 65 17 9th QR2 &
&
Irving, JohnJohn Irving 12
1892–93 Division 2 22 7 3 12 45 51 17 9th QR4 &
&
Smallman, FrankFrank Smallman 19
1893–94 Division 2 28 11 6 11 59 58 28 8th QR2 &
&
Lees, DonDon Lees 17
1894–95 Division 2 30 10 0 20 52 92 20 13th QR1 &
&
Flewitt, AlbertAlbert Flewitt 13
1895–96 Division 2 30 9 4 17 53 75 22 13th QR3 &
&
Gillespie, BillieBillie Gillespie 15
1896–97 Division 2 30 5 2 23 27 85 12 16th QR5 &
&
Gillespie, BillieBillie Gillespie 10
1897–98 Division 2 30 6 5 19 43 82 17 14th QR4 &
&
Robertson, HughHugh Robertson 17
1898–99 Division 2 34 12 7 15 51 56 31 12th QR4 &
&
Robertson, HughHugh Robertson 22
1899–1900 Division 2 34 14 12 8 46 43 36 9th QR3 &
&
Hartley, JimmyJimmy Hartley 16
1900–01 Division 2 34 13 12 7 43 39 33 8th QR4 &
&
Hartley, JimmyJimmy Hartley 11
1901–02 Division 2 34 14 13 7 45 35 41 5th[E] R2[lower-alpha 6] &
&
McInnes, TomTom McInnes 14
1902–03 Division 2 34 12 12 6 46 53 30 10th R1 &
&
Hartley, JimmyJimmy Hartley 12
1903–04 Division 2 34 11 12 8 41 58 30 12th QR3 &
&
Simpson, FreddyFreddy Simpson 11
1904–05 Division 2 34 12 12 7 42 40 31 9th R1 &
&
Odonnell, DennisDennis O'Donnell 15
1905–06 Division 2 38 12 12 6 69 72 30 13th R2 &
&
Martin, JackJack Martin 20
1906–07 Division 2 38 12 12 4 46 73 28 19th R2 &
&
Watson, WilliamWilliam Watson 11
1907–08 Division 2 Template:Down-arrow 38 9 3 26 46 83 21 20th[lower-alpha 7] R1 &
&
Langham, BillyBilly Langham 13
1908–09 Midland Template:Up-arrow 38 29 5 4 86 38 63 1st R1 &
&
Langham, BillyBilly Langham 22
1909–10 Division 2 38 10 11 17 42 69 31 15th QR4 &
&
Hunter, WilliamWilliam Hunter 8
1910–11 Division 2[lower-alpha 8] Template:Down-arrow 38 7 10 21 28 72 24 20th QR5 &
&
Haycock, FredFred Haycock 6
1911–12 Central Template:Up-arrow 32 18 12 2 81 30 48 1st R2 &
&
Miller, WalterWalter Miller 21
1912–13 Division 2 38 15 10 13 50 52 40 8th QR5 &
&
Barrell, ToshTosh Barrell 13
1913–14 Division 2 38 10 6 22 36 66 26 19th R1 &
&
Egerton, BillyBilly Egerton 7
1914–15 Division 2 38 11 9 18 46 65 31 16th R1 &
&
Egerton, BillyBilly Egerton 14
1915–19 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1919–20 Division 2[lower-alpha 9] Template:Down-arrow 42 9 9 24 44 101 27 21st R1 &
&
Chesser, BillyBilly Chesser 8
1920–21 Midland Template:Up-arrow 38 27 3 8 95 40 57 1st R2 &
&
Rippon, PipPip Rippon 27
1921–22 Division 3N 38 14 6 18 48 59 34 14th QR5 &
&
Chambers, BobBob Chambers 12
1922–23 Division 3N 38 13 10 15 39 55 36 13th QR4 &
&
Griffiths, ThomasThomas Griffiths
Harry Pringle
7
1923–24 Division 3N 42 10 12 20 48 59 32 19th QR5 &
&
Bauchop, JimmyJimmy Bauchop
Archie Roe
12
1924–25 Division 3N 42 18 8 16 53 58 44 8th QR5 &
&
Pringle, HarryHarry Pringle 15
1925–26 Division 3N 42 17 5 20 66 82 39 15th R1 &
&
Havelock, HarryHarry Havelock 18
1926–27 Division 3N 42 15 12 15 90 78 42 11th R3 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 25
1927–28 Division 3N 42 24 7 11 91 64 55 2nd R3 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 29
1928–29 Division 3N 42 21 6 15 91 67 48 6th R3 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 24
1929–30 Division 3N 42 17 14 11 83 61 48 5th R2 &
&
Roberts, HarryHarry Roberts 21
1930–31 Division 3N 42 25 7 10 102 59 57 2nd R2 &
&
Dinsdale, BillyBilly Dinsdale 25
1931–32 Division 3N Template:Up-arrow 40 26 5 9 106 47 57 1st R2 &
&
Hall, AllanAllan Hall[lower-alpha 10] 45 ♦
1932–33 Division 2 42 12 13 17 72 87 37 18th R3 &
&
Hall, AllanAllan Hall 23
1933–34 Division 2 Template:Down-arrow 42 9 8 25 44 75 26 22nd R3 &
&
Reed, ChickChick Reed 7
1934–35 Division 3N 42 22 7 13 87 58 51 4th R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 18
1935–36 Division 3N 42 22 9 11 91 51 53 4th R1 &
Football League Third Division North Cup SF Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 30
1936–37 Division 3N 42 25 7 10 103 57 57 2nd R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 36
1937–38 Division 3N 42 19 8 15 66 50 46 7th R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 14
1938–39 Division 3N 42 12 9 21 66 92 33 17th R3 &
Football League Third Division North Cup DNE[lower-alpha 11] Ponting, WalterWalter Ponting 19
1939–40 Division 3N 3 1 1 1 6 7 3 [lower-alpha 12] &
&
&
Ponting, WalterWalter Ponting[23] 3
1939–45 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1945–46 R2[lower-alpha 13] &
&
Marlow, GeoffGeoff Marlow 3
1946–47 Division 3N 42 17 5 20 86 87 39 12th R3 &
&
Cheetham, TommyTommy Cheetham 30
1947–48 Division 3N Template:Up-arrow 42 26 8 8 81 40 60 1st R1 &
&
Hutchinson, JimmyJimmy Hutchinson[lower-alpha 14] 32 ♦
1948–49 Division 2 Template:Down-arrow 42 8 12 22 53 91 28 22nd[lower-alpha 15] R3 &
&
Dodds, JockJock Dodds 13
1949–50 Division 3N 42 21 9 12 60 39 51 4th R1 &
&
Dodds, JockJock Dodds 21
1950–51 Division 3N 46 25 8 13 89 58 58 5th R1 &
&
Garvie, JohnnyJohnny Garvie 21
1951–52 Division 3N Template:Up-arrow 46 30 9 7 121 52 69 1st[lower-alpha 16] R3 &
&
Graver, AndyAndy Graver[lower-alpha 17] 39 ♦
1952–53 Division 2 42 11 17 14 64 71 39 15th R3 &
&
Graver, AndyAndy Graver 18
1953–54 Division 2 42 14 9 19 65 83 37 16th R4[lower-alpha 18] &
&
Graver, AndyAndy Graver 25
1954–55 Division 2 42 13 10 19 68 79 36 16th R3 &
&
Garvie, JohnnyJohnny Garvie 13
1955–56 Division 2 42 18 10 14 79 65 46 8th R3 &
&
Northcott, TommyTommy Northcott 20
1956–57 Division 2 42 14 6 22 54 80 34 18th R3 &
&
Bannan, TommyTommy Bannan 14
1957–58 Division 2 42 11 9 22 55 82 31 20th R3 &
&
Grainger, JackJack Grainger 10
1958–59 Division 2 42 11 7 24 63 93 29 19th R3 &
&
Chapman, RoyRoy Chapman 15
1959–60 Division 2 42 16 7 19 75 78 39 13th R3 &
&
McClelland, JohnJohn McClelland 18
1960–61 Division 2 Template:Down-arrow 42 8 8 26 48 95 24 22nd R4 R1[A] &
Chapman, RoyRoy Chapman 16
1961–62 Division 3 Template:Down-arrow 46 9 17 20 57 87 35 22nd R1 R2 &
Punter, BrianBrian Punter 8
1962–63 Division 4 46 13 9 24 68 89 35 22nd R3 R2 &
Punter, BrianBrian Punter 17
1963–64 Division 4 46 19 9 18 67 75 47 11th R3 R3 &
Morton, AlanAlan Morton 21
1964–65 Division 4 46 11 6 29 58 99 28 22nd R3 R1 &
Houghton, BudBud Houghton 11
1965–66 Division 4 46 13 11 22 57 82 37 22nd R1 R1 &
Hutchinson, BarryBarry Hutchinson 20
1966–67 Division 4 46 9 13 24 58 82 31 24th R1 R3 &
Chapman, RoyRoy Chapman 21
1967–68 Division 4 46 17 9 20 71 68 43 13th R1 R4[lower-alpha 19] &
Holmes, RogerRoger Holmes 17
1968–69 Division 4 46 17 17 12 54 52 51 8th R3 R2 &
Smith, DaveDave Smith 11
1969–70 Division 4 46 17 16 13 66 52 50 8th R2 R1 &
Fletcher, RodRod Fletcher 17
1970–71 Division 4 46 13 13 20 70 71 39 21st R3 R3 &
Hubbard, PhilPhil Hubbard 19
1971–72 Division 4 46 21 14 11 77 59 56 5th R1 R3 &
Hubbard, PhilPhil Hubbard 19
1972–73 Division 4 46 16 16 14 64 57 48 10th R1 R1 &
McNeil, DixieDixie McNeil 21
1973–74 Division 4 46 16 12 18 63 67 44 12th R1 R1 &
McNeil, DixieDixie McNeil 19
1974–75 Division 4 46 21 15 10 79 48 57 5th R3 R1 &
Ellis, SamSam Ellis 15
1975–76 Division 4 Template:Up-arrow 46 32 10 4 111 39 74 1st R4 R3 &
Ward, JohnJohn Ward 29
1976–77 Division 3 46 19 14 13 77 70 52 9th R3 R1 &
Ward, JohnJohn Ward 18
1977–78 Division 3 46 15 15 16 53 61 45 16th R1 R2 &
Graham, PeterPeter Graham
Mick Harford
9
1978–79 Division 3 Template:Down-arrow 46 7 11 28 41 88 25 24th R1 R1 &
Cockerill, GlennGlenn Cockerill
John Fleming
Mick Harford
Gordon Hobson
6
1979–80 Division 4 46 18 17 11 64 42 53 7th R1 R1 &
Harford, MickMick Harford 16
1980–81 Division 4 Template:Up-arrow 46 25 15 6 66 25 65 2nd R2 R2 &
Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 21
1981–82 Division 3 46 21 14 11 66 40 77[lower-alpha 20] 4th R1 R3 Football League Group Cup Group[lower-alpha 21] Cunningham, TonyTony Cunningham
George Shipley
15
1982–83 Division 3 46 23 7 16 77 51 76 6th R1 R3 Football League Group Trophy F[lower-alpha 21] Bell, DerekDerek Bell 29
1983–84 Division 3 46 17 10 19 59 62 61 14th R2 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 11
1984–85 Division 3 46 11 18 17 50 51 51 19th R1 R1 Associate Members Cup SF(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 11
1985–86 Division 3 Template:Down-arrow 46 10 16 20 55 77 46 21st R1 R1 Associate Members Cup Group(N) Redfearn, NeilNeil Redfearn
Warren Ward
8
1986–87 Division 4[L] Template:Down-arrow 46 12 12 22 45 65 48 24th R1 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Lund, GaryGary Lund 16
1987–88 Conference Template:Up-arrow 42 24 10 8 86 48 82 1st R2 &


Conf. Champ. Shield
QF


Brown, PhilPhil Brown
John McGinley
20
1988–89 Division 4 46 18 10 18 64 60 64 10th R1 R2 Associate Members Cup Group(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 15
1989–90 Division 4 46 18 14 14 48 48 68 10th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Hobson, GordonGordon Hobson 9
1990–91 Division 4 46 14 17 15 50 61 59 14th R1 R1 Associate Members Cup Group(N) Lormor, TonyTony Lormor 13
1991–92 Division 4 42 17 11 14 50 44 62 10th R1 R1 Associate Members Cup Group(N) Lormor, TonyTony Lormor 9
1992–93 Division 3[lower-alpha 22] 42 18 9 15 57 53 63 8th R1 R2 Football League Trophy Group(N) Lee, JasonJason Lee 12
1993–94 Division 3 42 12 11 19 52 63 47 18th R2 R2 Football League Trophy SF(N) Johnson, DavidDavid Johnson 13
1994–95 Division 3 42 15 11 16 54 55 56 12th R3 R2 Football League Trophy R2(N) Bannister, GaryGary Bannister
Matt Carbon
Dean West
8
1995–96 Division 3 46 13 14 19 57 73 53 18th R1 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Ainsworth, GarethGareth Ainsworth 13
1996–97 Division 3 46 18 12 16 70 69 66 9th R1 R3 Football League Trophy R2(N) Ainsworth, GarethGareth Ainsworth 24
1997–98 Division 3 Template:Up-arrow 46 20 15 11 60 51 75 3rd R2 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 14
1998–99 Division 2 Template:Down-arrow 46 13 7 26 42 74 46 23rd R3 R1 Football League Trophy SF(N) Battersby, TonyTony Battersby
Lee Thorpe
10
1999–2000 Division 3 46 15 14 17 67 69 59 15th R2 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 17
2000–01 Division 3 46 12 15 19 58 66 51 18th R2 R1 Football League Trophy F(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 13
2001–02 Division 3 46 10 16 20 44 62 46 22nd R2 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Thorpe, LeeLee Thorpe 13
2002–03 Division 3 46 18 16 12 46 37 70 6th[lower-alpha 23] R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Futcher, BenBen Futcher 11
2003–04 Division 3 46 19 17 10 68 47 74 7th[lower-alpha 24] R2 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Taylor-Fletcher, GaryGary Taylor-Fletcher 19
2004–05 League 2[lower-alpha 25] 46 20 12 14 64 47 72 6th[lower-alpha 26] R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Yeo, SimonSimon Yeo 23
2005–06 League 2 46 15 21 10 65 53 66 7th[lower-alpha 27] R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Robinson, MarvinMarvin Robinson 11
2006–07 League 2 46 21 11 14 70 59 74 5th[lower-alpha 28] R1 R1 Football League Trophy R1(NE) Forrester, JamieJamie Forrester 18
2007–08 League 2 46 18 4 24 61 77 58 15th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(NE) Wright, BenBen Wright 15
2008–09 League 2 46 14 17 15 53 52 59 13th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(NE) Patulea, AdrianAdrian Pătulea 11
2009–10 League 2 46 13 11 22 42 65 50 20th R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1(NE) Somma, DavideDavide Somma 9
2010–11 League 2 Template:Down-arrow 46 13 8 25 45 81 47 23rd R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1(NE) Grimes, AshleyAshley Grimes 17
2011–12 Conference 46 13 10 23 56 66 49 17th QR4 &
FA Trophy R2 Smith, SamSam Smith 9
2012–13 Conference 46 15 11 20 66 73 56 16th R2 &
FA Trophy R1 Taylor, JamieJamie Taylor 16

Notes

References

External links

  • Lincoln City F.C. official website
  • Lincoln City F.C. archive

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