Our first look at one of the new teams to Sky Bet League One sees us turn our attention to the 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two Champions, Lincoln City...
Brief History On The Club
Lincoln City were founded back in 1884, they have been going for 135 years now. The club's nickname is ‘The Imps’ and they are based in the city of Lincoln, they won the Midland League in 1889-90 in their first full season playing league football.
Lincoln then moved on to become founder members of the Football League Second Division in 1892 after leaving the Football Alliance. They remained there until they failed re-election in 1908 but then immediately won re-election the following year after winning the Midland League.
The Imps spent a number of seasons in Division Four and made their way into Division Three, but in 1978-79 Lincoln were relegated, they then secured promotion two years later, after this they then suffered back-to-back relegations to find themselves in the conference in 1987. Although Lincoln made a quick recovery regaining Football League status by winning the conference title in 1987-88.
They gained promotion again in 1997-98 but were relegated the following season. After reaching the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, from 2002-07 Lincoln were then relegated back into the conference in the 2010-11 season.
Lincoln’s six-year stay in non-league came to an end when the Cowley brothers Danny and Nicky led the club to the National League title in 2016-17, in this season they also had a run in the FA Cup which saw them get as far as the Quarter-finals, this was the first non-league side to reach that stage in 103 years.
In the following year they narrowly missed out on promotion after losing the playoffs but did come away from that season as winners of the 2018 EFL Trophy. Lincoln then gained promotion to League One for the first time in 20 years after they won the League Two title last season.
Previous Meetings Between The Sides
Blues and Lincoln have faced each other a total of 45 times (43 league matches & two FA Cup games), Southend have won 19 of them, drawn 14 and lost 12.
The first-ever meeting between the sides was on the 7th January 1956 which ended in a 3-2 win for Southend and the most recent game took place on the 12th March 2011 which went in the favour of Lincoln City after they won 2-1.
Lincoln centre-back Cian Bolger was part of the Southend United League Two promotion team that won the 2014/15 Play-Off final against Wycombe Wanderers.
Brothers Danny & Nicky Cowley are both local lads who have spent every second of their managerial careers together, starting with Concord Rangers in 2007, passing through Braintree in 2016, to their current role with the Imps.
Their ground is called the Sincil Bank and has a capacity of 10,120.
Their home kit colours are usually red and white striped.
They finished on a total of 85 points last season.