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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Lincoln City

29 March 2019

Macclesfield Town head over to Sincil Bank for the twenty-second time in our history tomorrow and ahead of the game, we take a look back at each one of these.

Our first trip to face The Imps was back on 25th November 1987, when the hosts were already masterminding their way to title glory.

It proved to be a difficult afternoon for Peter Wragg's men, as they suffered a 3 - 0 reversal in their inaugural Vauxhall Conference season.

With Lincoln's ascension into the Football League at the end of that season, it would be almost ten years to the day that the sides met again at Sincil Bank.

With Sammy McIlroy's side fresh from Vauxhall Conference glory of our own, we made the journey over to Lincolnshire in defiant mood.

That manifested itself in sublime fashion on 14 minutes when winger Stuart Whittaker put The Silkmen into the lead, yet the hosts were to restore parity as both sides claimed a share of the points.

The 1997/98 season proved to be a memorable season for both clubs as promotion to the third tier was secured.

This meant that the sides would meet at Sincil Bank for a third time on Boxing Day 1998, yet their would be no festive cheer for the Silkmen contingent as they saw their side suffer a 1 - 0 defeat.

During the spring of 1999, both sides were relegated from the Nationwide League Division Two and as such, met once again during the following September.

Richie Barker struck right on the stroke of half-time that day, as Macc claimed their second point at Sincil Bank courtesy of a one-all draw.

Our first victory on the road against The Imps came on 29th February 2001 - as Gil Prescott masterminded a 2 - 1 win - despite having held the reins for barely a month.

Darren Tinson opened the scoring after just three minutes that day and although Lee Thorpe would equalise mid-way through the second period, John Askey netted just a minute from time to seal a memorable three points.

A first half Tony Battersby strike gave the hosts a 1 - 0 win during our sixth visit in February 2002 and David Moss was to experience the same fate the following August, as a brace from Simon Yeo was added to by a Scott Wills strike to seal a 3 - 0 victory for The Imps.

Moss would once again be at the helm for our eighth trip to Sincil Bank in October 2003 and he saw Peter Gain head the hosts into the lead on 21 minutes.

Matthew Tipton restored parity ten minutes after the interval, yet within sixty seconds of the restart Richard Butcher had restored Lincoln's lead.

Tipton struck his second goal of the game on 79 minutes to bring the sides level once more, yet Macc were to experience injury-time heartbreak as Francis Green struck with seconds remaining to hand the hosts a dramatic  3 - 2 victory.

Future Silkmen Francis Green and Richard Butcher would also be on the scoresheet the next time that the two sides met at Sincil Bank too. A goal either side of half-time did the damage in April 2005 as Macc suffered their fourth consecutive defeat at Lincoln.

That run was extended just over a month later, as Brian Horton took his Silkmen side to Lincolnshire as part of the Coca-Cola League Two Play-Off's.

An 11th minute Gareth McAuley strike gave Keith Alexander's men the advantage that day - yet many of the Silkmen contingent believed that the solitary goal advantage could be reversed when the two sides renewed their acquaintances at the Moss Rose the following week.

Our eleventh trip to Sincil Bank in December 2005 and it proved to be a pulsating affair, as the Silkmen claimed a point for the first time in four years.

Clyde Wijnhard opened the scoring right on half-time, yet a flurry of goals in the last eighteen minutes defined the fixture.

McAuley struck once again against Horton's men to restore parity on 72 minutes and the hosts were to move into the ascendancy eleven minutes from time when Nat Brown emphatically fired home.

Yet just two minutes later, defender Andrew Teague hit a majestic drive to level the scores once again and send the Silkmen contingent home with a share of the spoils.

A rare Rob Scott goal proved to be a mere consolation in September 2006, as the two sides met at Sincil Bank for a twelfth time. 

First-half strikes from Scott Kerr and Lee Beevers handed the hosts maximum points that day on the back of a 2 - 1 victory.

Ian Brightwell was in charge for our thirteenth visit to Sincil Bank back on 16th February 2008 and he would have seen Gareth Evans fire Macc into the lead after just eight minutes.

An eighteen minute capitulation ensued however, as Lenny John-Lewis restored parity on 72 minutes, before Jamie Forrester struck nine minutes later to hand the hosts the lead and this was extended in injury-time when Danny N'Guesson hit a third.

Adrian Patulea's solitary 27th minute strike then gave The Imps maximum points in March 2009 and this was followed by a goalless draw during our fifteenth visit to Sincil Bank in May 2010.

Our last visit to Lincoln for a Football League fixture came during the following October and the hosts were put into the ascendancy seven minutes before the interval courtesy of a composed finish by Moses Swaibu.

Midfielder Hamza Bencherif levelled the contest ten minutes into the second half, yet Jamie Clapham handed Lincoln maximum points thirteen minutes later.

Our last victory at Sincil Bank came on 25th August 2012, as Steve King's side attempted to make an instant return to the Football League.

Waide Fairhurst broke the deadlock on 12 minutes, yet Jamie Taylor restored parity with a clinical strike on the half hour mark.

Mathew Barnes-Homer restored our advantage on 77 minutes and this was extended three minutes from time by Chris Holroyd.

Andrew Boyce's 89th minute strike kept everyone own tenderhooks until the final whistle was blown, yet when it was the Macc faithful paid tribute to a memorable victory.

Our last four visits to Sincil Bank have sadly all generated Lincoln victories.

Danny Rowe was the match-winner in August 2013 as the two sides met for an eighteenth time and the following year, Lincoln once again claimed maximum points on the back of a 2 - 0 victory courtesy of first half strikes by Tom Miller and Ben Tomlinson.

A Liam Hearn hat-trick and Matt Rhead brace did the damage back in August 2015 - despite the fact that Kristian Dennis and Paul Lewis had given us a two-goal advantage within the first six minutes.

Dennis would strike for a second time right at the death, but it proved to be a consolation goal as the hosts ran out 5 - 3 winners.

Our last trip to Sincil Bank came on 22nd April 2017 as Lincoln celebrated the National League championship in what was a poignant day for all concerned.

Mitch Hancox had put the Wembley-bound Silkmen into the lead on 23 minutes, yet a Terry Hawkridge brace secured the historic win for the hosts and as the two sets of fans came together after the game, the scenes which followed will stay in all our hearts forevermore.

All this means that our complete record at Sincil Bank is -

Played 21. Won 2. Drawn 4. Lost 15.


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