Andrew Abbott's Blog

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Summers gone.

Except it hasn’t of course in fact it’s fairly sweltering up in my garret under the rafters. That’s an exaggeration too but, never mind here we are on the cusp of another season and I wouldn’t mind betting, unlike in the past sometimes, you’re raring to go and so am I.

To say that Lincoln City have done some rebuilding would be the greatest understatement. For my money City have spent the summer preparing the way for a full blown tilt at the championship. If Accrington Stanley can do it on their meagre resources, albeit expertly manipulated by their excellent manager, then City with all the advantages at their disposal, the record season ticket sales, the new elite performance facility not to mention the best two managers in the lower divisions, should be an absolute certainty for a top three finish. Personally I’m expecting the Imps to be lifting at least one trophy come the end of the season.

Once again, the Imps have not gone for numbers. That can be an advantage provided most of the players can remain fit and the disciplinary record stays in credit. That is a bit of a worry. With yellow and red cards for the managers our dynamic duo are going to have to be on their guard against slip ups. It’s a lovely view from the top of the press area but I’d prefer our managers to be up there out of preference rather than as a sanction.

I’m not going to name any names of the new intake, I’m looking forward to seeing all of them. Of the players who have gone, whilst we wish them well, they were support players, lets be honest. With the exception of Alex Woodyard, that was a shock, all the players who have gone have been replaced with better players. Some with established reputations, some looking to make a reputation, some seeking to rebuild a career that has not gone as hoped. All of them will have no better chance than the one presented to them here at Lincoln.

Danny Cowley said at the first press conference of the season these players are coming to one of the biggest clubs in the league. Forget Notts County, forget Swindon Town forget Northampton Town we are the biggest, the loudest, the most numerous. They will realise that on Saturday when they see the sell out away following and the first home game when they will play in front of the biggest, most supportive, most enthusiastic audience they will have encountered.

I hope they’re looking forward to it as much as I am.

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