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Friday, 12 January 2018

Lincoln City serve notice of intent.

Older readers may remember the song Welcome Home by Peters and Lee. I fancy myself as a bit of a music aficionado and it’s a dreadful racket by anyone’s reckoning but nevertheless I couldn’t get it out of my head.

We are of course welcoming Lee Frecklington back and, by any standards that is a big signing for City and signals to anyone who may care to notice that Lincoln City are not in league two to make up the numbers.

I couldn’t help but muse on Frecklingtons journey and reflect that it does mirror our own demise because the club he departed to, Peterborough United and the club he ended up at, Rotherham United were for many seasons on a par with City. Maybe I flatter myself a little in Posh’s case but we have all spent some time in each others company.

Both of those clubs have been operating at a much higher level than us underlining our own deficiencies because, for me, it was more than possible that we too could have gone onwards and upwards but instead we went down down deeper and down, whilst we're on the subject of corny old songs.

Now however, as we heard in Clive Nates interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire the club are making every effort to use this present benign period to propel the Imps further upwards. City’s problem, historically, has been lack of cash. Whilst that will always be a concern the situation at the moment, money in the bank from the cup exploits and greatly increased gates, the prospect for improvement is there.

We heard at the annual general meeting that the club are of the view that a stadium greater than the mooted 10000-12000 capacity might be necessary when the time comes. As things stand, should City make it to League One the present accomodation will be insufficient for some of the bigger games. What a problem to have.

Meanwhile, games don’t come any bigger that Saturdays epic encounter with Notts County. We’re fond of citing Grimsby Town as the big one but with their present lowly league performance there won’t be a bigger one than Saturday. Having, hope I’m not tempting providence, survived this far of the transfer window intact leaving aside Raggett and Dickie and discounting Knott which wasn’t a huge surprise, the Imps will be pitting a very strong side against our near neighbours and a truly massive game can be anticipated.

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