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Home of Lincoln City renamed 'The 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium'

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

Happy as Larry: Winners of the Name Our Stadium raffle, Julian Burley, left, and Andrew Helgesen. Both men are founders of the 12th Imp

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Lincoln City's ground will be known as "The 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium" next season after a fans' group won a competition to rename the club's home.

The 12th Imp organisation won the £50,000 prize after their name was pulled out of a draw during half-time of the friendly with Gainsborough.

Lincoln had raffled off the chance to rename the club's ground for £50 a ticket which raised £21,000 for manager David Holdsworth's transfer budget.

One of the founders of the 12th Imp group, Andrew Helgesen, hopes it will bring more awareness to the organisation that has raised more than £8,000.

"It's a great feeling to have won this competition," he said.

"Julian Burley who found the 12th Imp with me has not stopped beaming since.

"We hope that we can use this as an opportunity to raise more funds.

"We want to promote our great schemes that we have like the Easyfundraiser in which fans earn money for the club by spending online through certain retailers.

"Two thousand major online retailers are involved and we have raised £1,020 so far as a result.

"We also raised £1,540 for the Name Our Stadium in just three weeks because we have Lincoln City at heart.

"We believe the new name of the stadium is something all the fans can identify with because the supporters are essentially a 12th Imp."

As part of the £50,000 prize, the 12th man have won a variety of extra benefits such as season tickets and executive boxes.

But the plan is to raffle those to raise more funds for the club.

The two season tickets will be given away to two lucky people who join a new scheme to help boost Lincoln's playing budget.

Devised by the Lincoln City Banter Facebook group, supporters are signing up to pay £5 a month into an account that will then go to the manager to spend on players.

Mr Helgesen says it is vital the fundraising groups work together.

"The fans' player scheme is a great idea," he said.

"We had no hesitation in donating the two season tickets from our prize because I am sure it will help get more people on board.

"We are all Imps fans, not just separate groups, and we are all working together.

"If we are to be a real community club then the fans need to rally round to what all the above groups are trying to do and the club need to embrace the new positivity."

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  • georgegordon1  |  August 02 2012, 8:11PM

    Julian and Andrew should be commended for their hard work in raising money for the football club, but it's just so sad that all they are doing is helping things keep things ticking over for the elite cabal until they eventually bail out to the property developers in a few years time. The 12th Imp are just like the kind but misguided person that throws a coin to the alcoholic tramp begging in the street. It will just pay to feed their addiction, rather than curing them. I now eagerly await all the red downward arrows next to this comment. It's sad how ignorant some people are to the realities of what's going on at the 12th Imp Stadium.

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  • marineboy49  |  August 02 2012, 1:31PM

    Redimp45 What on earth is all the "Lack of ambition" thing about? you can't make anyone stay if they want to leave. There are way too many of these stupid cliche's in the game that actually mean nothing.

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  • redimp45  |  August 02 2012, 11:42AM

    not sure about the name it is a bit of a mouth full as for letting Smith go to Cambridge, Disgraceful. Where has the ambition gone ???

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  • Luke__W  |  August 02 2012, 11:29AM

    Don't think you'd be able to call it Alexander Park given that you had to keep the words 'Sincil Bank Stadium' in there. Wouldn't work. Plus, you'd not expect a business not to use their name, so I don't really see the problem with it. If it raises awareness of the 12th Man i.e. those not on message boards, then hopefully it'll help in the long term with further fundraising.

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  • dandman78  |  August 02 2012, 9:54AM

    Yet another PR disaster. Alexander Park for me all the way. Plus Sam Smith departs. And just when I was starting to feel good about being an Imp again..

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  • Ash2602  |  August 02 2012, 9:13AM

    Pretty sure everyone will have the exact same feelings about this. Expect a mixed response next time you're at your awfully named stadium, lads. You'll be hearing the name of a former manager in your ears quite a lot.