Lincoln City

Sincil Bank Stadium

Capacity: 10,130 (all seated)
Address: Sincil Bank Stadium, Lincoln, LN5 8LD
Telephone: 01522 880 011
Fax: 01522 880 020
Ticket Office: 0870 899 1976
Pitch Size: 110 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Imps
Year Ground Opened: 1895
Home Kit: Red, White and Black

Co-op Community Stand
Co-op Community Stand
Lincolnshire Echo Stand
Lincolnshire Echo Stand
Stacey West Stand
Stacey West Stand
Bridge McFarland Stand
Bridge McFarland Stand
Looking Towards The Stacey West Stand
Looking Towards The Stacey West Stand
Family Stand
Family Stand

On one side is the large all seater Co-op Community Stand. This large single tiered covered stand opened in 1995 and has a capacity of 5,700. Opposite is the Lincolnshire Echo Stand, a small old looking covered stand (although in fact it is comparatively modern being built in 1987). It is seated, but only runs half the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line and hence there are gaps at either side. One gap has now been partly filled by a tiny covered Family Stand. Both ends are small covered affairs. The Bridge McFarland Stand is all seated and has a row of executive boxes running across the back. This stand has a couple of supporting pillars at the front. The other end is the 'Stacey West' all seated, covered stand, for home supporters. It was named in memory of the two Lincoln supporters who lost their lives in the Bradford City Fire at Valley Parade in 1985. Unfortunately this stand is normally only open for games where a larger than normal attendance is expected.

Away fans are located in the Stacey West Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 2,000 fans can be accommodated. This covered, all seated stand, generally has good views of the playing action, although it does have a couple of supporting pillars at the front of the stand that could affect your view, especially if your team has a very large following and you are unable to move seats. On the plus side, the acoustics of this stand are very good, meaning that even a relatively few travelling fans can really make some noise. The facilities are also okay and food on offer inside includes Lincolnshire sausage and bacon rolls. I had an enjoyable day at Lincoln. There was generally a good atmosphere inside the ground, with plenty of noise being created by the local home supporters band in the Co-op Stand.

Jason Adderley a visiting West Brom supporter adds; 'Lincoln's small band of fans are passionate about their team and  are one of the friendliest bunches I've met on my travels. The atmosphere was great and the drums were rousing, leading the chants of the Lincoln supporters'.

Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fan adds; 'away supporters are admitted to the Supporters Club at the Club (called the Trust Suite) behind the South Park Stand'. Otherwise there are plenty of good pubs to be found if you head along the High Street towards the town centre,  John Bennett a visiting Bristol Rovers supporter recommends the Golden Eagle, whilst Jon Morley adds; 'The Wetherspoon's pub called 'The Ritz' serves reasonably priced food and ales'. Also near to the railway station is the Treaty of Commerce. All these three pubs are located on the High Street and are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Lincoln is not the easiest place to get to, as it is not conveniently situated next to a motorway. I had great difficulty in finding the ground and two people that I asked for directions were unaware that Lincoln had a football team! However I have been recently informed that the ground is now well signposted around Lincoln. Otherwise follow the A46 into Lincoln (which leads onto the High St) and the ground is indicated from there. If you follow the signs for 'away coaches' then this leads you onto the A158 South Park Avenue, where there is plenty of street parking to be found (although it is a ten minute walk around to the ground). Otherwise the signs lead you to the ground, where if you arrive early then you can park behind the Stacey West Stand (cost £4), otherwise, street parking. 

Ian Gibson adds; 'On matchdays the South Common is open for parking, this can be found at the beginning of South Park Avenue when coming in from either the A46 or from the High Street. It's free to park and only about 5/10 mins from the ground'. 

Lincoln Central train station is around a 15min walk to the ground. Turn 'left out of the train station and walk up to the traffic lights next to St. Mary's church. Turn left at these traffic lights onto the High Street, walking over the railway level crossing. Walk along the High Street (passing many good pubs) for approx 10 minutes before turning left into Scorer Street. Walk along Scorer Street until you come to a bridge across the Sincil Drain river. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge onto Sincil Bank, the ground is straight ahead. Thanks to John Smalley for providing the directions.

Alternatively there is a shorter route (but you miss those fine pubs!): 'Come out of the station and turn right to go down the road. About 30 yards ahead on your right you will see some steps and a bridge over the railway. Go over the bridge and once on the other side follow the road down to the ground'. Thanks to Ben Schofield for providing these directions.

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Home Fans:*
Co-op Community & Lincolnshire Echo Stands:
Adults £16, Over 60's £12, Under 18's/Students** £6

Away Fans:*
Bridge McFarland Stand:
Adults £16, Over 60's £12, Under 18's/Students** £6

In addition the Club offer family tickets (no discount for early purchase):
1 Adult + 1 Under 18 £20
1 Over 60 + 1 Under 18 £15
* These prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more per adult and £1 per concession ticket.

** Students must be under 22 years of age and with ID.

Official Programme £3

Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, Hull City, Grimsby Town, Peterborough and Boston United.

Record Attendance:
23,196 v Derby County,
League Cup 4th Round, November 15th, 1967.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
9,202 v v Huddersfield Town, 
Division Three Play Off, May 15th, 2004

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 2,354 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 2,181 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 2,347 (Conference Premier)

Lincoln City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Lincoln City v Woking 
Conference Premier League
Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 7.45pm 
James Harden (Woking fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

To be honest I was only using up holiday from work! I attend most Woking home matches in the Blue Square Premier League, and only the odd away game. But I thought “I have a few days of leave from work left before year end, is there a midweek away game for Woking coming up that I could attend?”. Having checked the fixtures, this one stood out, so I got the all-important permission from the missus and checked with my Woking supporting pal to see if he was interested (he was), and then we booked ourselves on the Woking Supporter’s coach for the trip (£21 for supporter’s trust non-members, £16 for members). A right billy bargain we thought! This then became even cheaper, as Lincoln announced a week or two before the game that they were going to offer reduced price admission for the match, with prices tumbling from £18 on the night (£16 in advance) to a mere fiver. Christmas had come early!

We did, however, have slight second thoughts about going to the match as, on the Saturday before the fixture, Woking had been humbled 7-0 by Hyde, and were on a bad run of form, and we didn’t ideally want to go all that way (approx. four hours by coach) for another heavy defeat. In the end though, we were glad we made the effort!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We came on the supporter’s coach, so this was easy. The coach left Woking at about 2pm and, with a 40 minute stopover at Peterborough services, we arrived at Sincil Bank at around about 6.15pm, in plenty of time for the kick off, with the coach parking in the ground car park, behind one of the stands. Simple.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

On arrival at the ground we went straight to the bar in the South Park Stand (known as the Trust Suite) with pretty much all the other fans on the coach, a whopping 13 of us in total. We had a couple of pints of beer and ordered some food from the bar, despite a couple of fans we spoke to in the queue advising us to go to the local chippy for eats instead! This actually turned out ok, and wasn’t too pricey at all, if a little unconventional (chicken tikka and chips anyone?), and was quite warming on a cold night. The bar was pretty busy and everyone there seemed friendly enough.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It was a good looking ground, it felt like a ‘proper’ football stadium, being mostly all-seater and having a couple of fairly sizeable stands. It was my first away trip of the season and was better than every ground we visited on our travels in the Blue Square Bet South last year (not too hard this though)! 

For the match, we were in one corner of the large Co-Op Community Stand, I think there were 60 odd Woking fans in total. From here we had a decent enough view of the pitch, and had our own entrance and food and drink facilities, as well as toilets.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was cracking, from a Woking fan’s point of view! As mentioned, we came here on the back of a 7-0 mauling, so didn’t expect a lot out of the game, but we were thankfully in for a treat! An early penalty led to us going one up and, to be fair, the match itself was pretty even (if not the most entertaining of encounters). 

We managed to double our lead just after the hour, and then held on for a 2-0 victory, well worth the trip! Whether Lincoln had one eye on a potential FA Cup third round tie with Liverpool, I don’t know, but we weren’t going to complain!

The atmosphere was great, too, with a lot of banter between both sets of fans. The Woking supporters were in full voice throughout, and we were louder than the Lincoln followers (and their band) for a lot of the time. One Woking fan did get ejected towards the end of the game, but I don’t know what this was for, I guess for being a bit too over enthusiastic?!

The stewards were great overall, particularly towards one of our fans. He’d come on the coach with us, but wasn’t really prepared for the cold and rain, and was getting more than a little wet! A kindly steward loaned him her woolly hat and fetched him a blanket, which I thought was a really nice touch, to be applauded.

We had a half time Pukka Pie, too (Chicken Balti), which we’d read about on this website, and this was quite tasty, well recommended!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Just as with our arrival at the ground, this was straightforward too, as the coach was parked where it had been left, behind one of the stands, not far from where we’d watched the match. We all got on and took our seats, and went on our merry way.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall we had a cracking (if long) day out. We left Woking at 2pm and returned home at approx. 1.30am in the morning, with the all-important three points in the bag. 

On reflection, it might’ve been nice to have gone to Lincoln under own steam so we could have explored the city a little, but this wasn’t to be, and I would still recommend anyone to go to Sincil Bank, as it was a nice ground with a proper football ground vibe about the place.   

Lincoln City v Tamworth 
Conference Premier League
Saturday, March 31st 2012, 3pm 
Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Having lived in Lincoln for two years and not living far from Sincil Bank I always hoped that they would drop into the Conference for the opportunity to see Tamworth face them, and although I now live in Ipswich I was still looking forward to visiting the city again and the ground.

2.  How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

My journey from Ipswich was as I expected. I left Ipswich at 05:30 on a rail replacement coach to Stowmarket, then the train to Peterborough and after a quick change arrived in Lincoln at 10:01. Finding the ground was easy for me having lived in Lincoln but its pretty much a straight run using either of the very good directions on the guide, although you don’t pass any pubs using the Sincil Drain route.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Home fans friendly:

Before the game we went to The Ritz Wetherspoons on the High Street just five minutes walk from the station and then to the Walkabout which is on the High Street walking in the opposite direction from the stadium, which is good for a quiet drink as its quiet early in the morning. Then we headed for the Brayford Waterfront and The Square Sail which is a Lloyds Bar that is always doing a good trade and has the added bonus of having a very nice view of Brayford Pool. We also took in the two Uni bars The Shed (very apt for us as we stand in The Shed at The Lamb) and Tower Bar which are located on the main University campus and are very cheap. We didn’t come across any Lincoln fans on the day.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of the ground:

Having been to Sincil Bank on a few occasions I lost out on that new ground feeling. But the first thing you notice is the size of the Lincolnshire Co-op Stand, It is quite large and towers over the rest of the stadium, away fans are located in this stand and it does have very good views of the action. The rest of the stadium is a bit of a miss match, The Lincolnshire Echo stand straddles the half way line and looks a bit worn and has Poachers Corner a small covered family stand next to it. Behind the near goal is the GoCar Stand with few rows of seats in front of a row of executive boxes. Opposite that is the Stacey West Stand a fair size seated stand, the ground does have a certain charm to it with the Tamworth fans. It’s somewhat of a Marmite stadium; some hate it and some love it.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets ect..

Lincoln dominated the game from start to finish, and the result never looked in doubt. Tamworth struggled from the off and Lincoln took the lead after only 7 minutes when Bore fired in after Tamworth failed to clear. Lincoln continued to press and got a second when Danny Thomas diverted a cross into his own net. Scotty Barrow tried his luck from distance for the Lambs but apart from that we had no real chances of note. 

The second half continued in the same vein and Lincoln were awarded a penalty and Power smashed it home. The Imps continued to press and completed the rout when Thomas deflected another cross in for his second own goal of the afternoon which summed up Tamworth’s performance and fortunes. The atmosphere was ok in parts the Lincoln fans tried to make a bit of noise and had their obligatory air raid sirens, the Tamworth fans tried to rally their team for large parts to no avail. The stewards were fine and the space around the food outlet and toilets are good allowing easy passage. The food served was average but not great and a tad pricey.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Having managed to endure 80 minutes we left early so getting away from the ground was fine, although I could see with a decent crowd it could get a bit manic in the small streets around the stadium.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I love Lincoln as a city it’s a nice mix of the old and the new under the backdrop of the Cathedral. The day was fantastic with some very good bars and real ale pubs with a good atmosphere but as has been the case Tamworth blotted the day with an inept display. I’d recommend a visit to Lincoln and will definitely return I just hope that The Lambs can put in a better performance.

Lincoln City v Torquay United
League Two
Saturday, August 14th 2010, 3pm 
Mark Horler (Torquay United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):  

It is not often you can say you are going away because Torquay United are "top of the league", but after only one game of the new season it was true! 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

Away games in August up north are never easy for Torquay United fans. The trick is to leave early anough to avoid the 9am to 10am congestion that happens every Saturday around Bristol during the holiday period. A 7am start was a must for the 500 mile round trip. In the main the journey is easy, but do not underestimate the last 60 miles on A roads, which will take around 90 minutes as much of it is 40mph speed limits. Thankfully we saw today that much of rural Lincolnshire is being dug up to make the A46 dual carridgeway. Days like today make all the enviromental concerns pale into insignificance and the opening of the new road will make journeys to Lincoln from the South so much easier. Parking was really easy in side streets. The ground is close to the town centre and a fair few of the paultry 3,000 crowd seemed to walk to the match. Priced parking was available in a nearly field but not necessary to use.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?  

Lincoln is a friendly town. The people are nice and genuine and true football supporters. We saw several Nottingham Forest shirts, they were playing Sunday, showing some "floating support". The ground is close to the town centre, near enough to walk and perhaps visit the impressive looking cathedral, which dominates the city centre. We found a really friendly chippy near the entrance to the ground.   It was interesting to see a couple of "posh" coffee stalls outside the ground selling more than your KwikSave instant. There were the usual host of volunteers selling 50:50 tickets, programmes etc and everyone of them bid us a cheery hello. Good to see and sadly lacking at most grounds nowadays.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?  

Sincil Bank is unusual for a league 2 ground in that you can walk around it's entireity. Great views of the cathedral from behind the co-op stand, and indeed to your left once inside. The club clearly have a lot of land and expansion would be very easy if necessary. However the grounds biggest fallback is that with a capacity of over 10,000 seats in 5 stands, the fans are spread thinner than Marmite.  

The atmosphere is very poor. This is a pity as the Imps fans do try their best to create atmosphere, but the stands are very open and any sound generated "drifts away". We were placed in one block of the Co-op stand. Decent facilities, a good view but very much "on our own". To our right was a small seated stand with executive boxes above. Very dated with no outside seats for "the suits" and there were no more than 100 poor soles in this stand. In front of us was the main stand. Large, tall and quite impressive and of unusual structure. It appears very steep.  A tiny "family" stand to the right had barely 30 people in.   Behind the other goal was where the majority of the singing Lincoln fans sat (well stood). As far as possible away from the away fans. Banners and flags decorate this stand. It was nice to see a banner dedictaed to Keith Alexander here.   Some of Lincolns singing support sat as close to us in the Co-op stand as it was possible to get, but still miles away from us.  

This was a pity with so little atmosphere despite the best efforts of the two sets of fans, perhaps the club should be a little less worried about segregating fans as if they were playing Leeds or Millwall!   One point of note is that concession tickets must be purchased in the club shop before the game. If you have children in your group it is worth allowing a little more time. In addition if you are 100% sure you can make the game, tickets are £1 or £2 cheaper if purchased via the club shop in the week before the game. This includes away fans 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..  

The stewards were a laid back bunch. You wan't to put your flags up "no problem" You wan't to stand up the whole match "no problem"   In fact it was the first football match I have been to where every one of the stewards I saw was actually watching the match!   Catering was far too expensive, and I noticed how little food and drinks our supporters purchased in comparison to other away days....and no pasties!   Oh the game! Torquay won 2-0. Never really got into gear and never had to as Lincoln did not really turn up. We were surprised to hear on Radio Lincoln that their managers thought they were unlucky. I have rarely seen a league two team with such little firepower and feel it will be a long hard season for the Imps. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:  

So easy, so very easy....

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:  

A good day out. I will perhaps make this a weekend trip next season.

Lincoln City v Torquay United
League Two
Saturday, August 14th 2010, 3pm 
Olie Marles (Torquay United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to going to Sincil Bank, as it was my first time, also Torquays first away trip this season. It was a gruling 250 mile trip. But we knew that if we won, we would stay as League leaders. Also the atmosphere would be hostile towards Mustapha Carayol who left torquay united for Lincoln on not the best terms with the Torquay following.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The Journey was not smooth, as we had to change coaches by the time we got to Newton abbot, a whole 3 miles into the trip. But was not too bad after that blip. it was one of the longer trips, but was helped by the stop at Birmingham, and us finding out we had Bournemouth, one of our rivals in the JPT Trophie. When we got to Lincoln the ground seemed very tucked away from view, and i couldn't see the floodlights till we got to the ground. But once we got to the ground, the parking was good, just outside the ground right next to the players coach.   

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game, i went to get my match ticket from the ticket office. The guy who served me was very helpful, but the same cannot be said for the woman on the other ticket machine, who was not very polite to one of the torquay supporters wanting an Junior ticket, claiming he was an adult. Which i had seen people get Junior tickets who looked alot older. After this, some of the torquay fans went to the pub, but we decided to get into the ground. we got a few looks from the Lincoln fans, but nothing threatening. But i met some other Torquay fans, and waited for the gates to open. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

When i got into the ground and went to take in the ground, the stand i was in the co-op stand, was impressive. It was large, and was very spacious. The away fans were next to some home fans, with tarpoling inbetween the two sets of fans. Directly infront of us was a tall stand, but didnt fill the entire side. It would make the ground look tider if they made that fill the entire side. Then to the left was a small seating area. It held the more passionate fans, with an score bored on it. Then on the right was a small stand which was empty during the game, but had executive boxes. Overall it was a nice ground, the only complaint i had was the stand infront didnt fill the side.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was free flowing, very entertaining. The Lincoln fans in the echo stand were okay, treating us to a few sing songs.  The acoustics were good in the away section. As there was only a few of us we stood together and made sure the ex- torquay player Mustapha Carayol knew what we felt about him. Torquay won 2-0 in the end with a brace by Elliot Benyon with 2 very good headers. The steward with us at the top of the away section was a very very friendly man, who openly talked to us, and was not harsh, but did his job to his best, and when he took a beach ball off a fan, he respected his decision and shook his hand, the way stewarding should be 10/10. The food was decent and not stupidly priced and the toilet was clean and spacious.     

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After winning 2-0 and keeping our top spot, we chanted out of the ground to the coach. We got a few stares and a couple comments and one got into a fisticuffs with one of our fans, but one of the older supporters stepped in and moved him on. When we got on the coach we left no problems, but did take a little while to get out of Lincoln .  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

On reflection Lincoln is a good away trip which I would do again, Despite the seven hour trip there and seven hours back.

Updated 5th February 2015

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