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Lincoln City striker Ben Tomlinson: 'We packed into the car like a family off to the seaside'

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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It was a bit of shock when we got the call to say there was going to be no bus to take us to Barnet on Saturday.

If anything, though, the whole situation would show what we mean when we talk about the 'togetherness' of the squad here at Lincoln.

There was no messing and we all piled in to a car. Hamza Bencherif took the wheel, Nat Brown was co-pilot, Marcus Marshall was sat alongside me in the back, while Jordan Burrow was sat on my knee – it was like we were a family off to the seaside.

We had a decent run of it and there was no real worries once we got the sat nav plugged in. I know most people probably think as a footballer you are not the brightest, but we're a reasonably intelligent bunch down here at Lincoln City.

That said, I think if I was travelling down on my own, a few of the lads might have got a bit worried that I'd make a wrong turn.

We all got down okay and after a run through the formation using Jelly Babies rather than our usual tactics board, we pulled off a great result.

Then we all piled in the car again and went home.

What made this all be less of an issue was the simple fact that we all get on and for a group of lads playing football, that is not an easy thing to achieve.

Let's be honest, it can be rubbish being stuck on a coach with a person you don't get on with, never mind being rammed next to them in a car for a six-hour round trip to London and back.

However, we have got a good atmosphere down at the club and that has been created by Gary Simpson.

I'm not sure if it is part of some master plan by the manager, but he gets the right lads in.

Last season I had some good mates at the club and I got on really well with Waide Fairhurst. Things obviously didn't work out for Waide and it was sad to see him go.

It was also sad to see some of the other lads from last season move on. You spend a year with them and you do build up friendships.

What you all understand, though, is football is a ruthless game and people do move on. Some might go because the manager wants to change things, others might do well and get signed up by another club.

Gary Simpson's recruitment has been good, though, and all the new lads that have arrived have immediately slotted in. I've practically adopted Jordan Burrow since he was signed. He's become my little brother.

We've had a few team nights out and if things go well for us, we've got another day out in the pipeline.

It might sound silly, but I think we proved on Saturday the willingness to go the extra mile for your team-mates is worth points on the board this season.

Personally for me, this has to have been the happiest I've been in my career.

I feel very lucky to be with this group of lads. I relish turning up to training, it has never felt like a chore. I go in and think 'I'm training with my mates'.

That is a great feeling and makes life a lot easier when you get a phone call saying there will be no bus.

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  • Phil1W  |  August 22 2014, 12:55PM

    Why was there no bus?

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  • Poshimp2  |  August 21 2014, 7:07PM

    That's the spirit Ben. Blieve me, we fans will be a very BIG part of the team, especially away from home. Keep up the good work!

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