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Lincoln City on verge of a new era, says chairman Bob Dorrian

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian

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Bob Dorrian believes a resurgent Lincoln City are finally on the dawn of a new era after five years of "trials and tribulations" at Sincil Bank.

The Imps are currently bursting with confidence ahead of Saturday's home clash against Hereford after stretching their unbeaten run to nine games with a 3-2 win against Walsall in their FA Cup replay.

Tuesday's extra time victory was considered a major first round scalp having overcome the League One Saddlers, who are 44 places above them in football's pyramid.

With City on their best run since the Keith Alexander era, Lincoln fans can sense their club is showing shoots of recovery after relegation from the Football League.

Lincoln chairman Dorrian accepts there is still work to do to heal the pain of the last five years, but believes the club is beginning to turn the corner.

"After the trials and tribulations of the last five years, Tuesday night was something very special," he said.

"As I have said many times before, the football club has continually let down the fans.

"Allied with the economic climate, people have stayed away because they know they are not going to be satisfied or happy after the game.

"We have had some exceptionally hard times, but I firmly believe we are now starting to turn the corner.

"We still have quite a lot to do and some way to travel, but it is starting to look very promising indeed.

"Tuesday was a clear indication of that and who knows it could be one of those nights we look back and say 'it all started from there'.

"Hopefully the fans will acknowledge how well the team is doing, will start to come back and we will then press on from there."

Dorrian said Tuesday night's victory, which earned Lincoln £18,000 in prize money, was his most memorable experience since he took over as chairman two years ago.

But rather than concentrate on himself, he instead showered praise on manager David Holdsworth who was subjected to some fierce criticism in September and became a target for abuse.

But the Lincoln chief was serenaded by the supporters at the Banks's stadium and Dorrian said he was thrilled to hear the supporters finally chanting his name.

"The board always had faith in David," he said.

"We were confident he would pull it all together and there is no doubt he has brought in some excellent players.

"It was just a question of sticking with him through the bad patch and the board never wavered in their support for him.

"Now we are starting to see what we hoped might happen if we stayed true to David.

"I am so pleased for him too because he has taken an awful lot of stick from here there and everywhere.

"It was great to hear the fans finally chant his name from the stands. It was a big night for David and I am delighted for him."

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  • Littleimp  |  November 17 2012, 7:44PM

    At the Bank's stadium 12th imp isn't it?

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  • nigelsparky  |  November 16 2012, 8:28PM

    Regarding the stay away fans, everyone must remember that times are hard at the minute , and some people no longer have the disposable income they once had. Then consider that there is so much live football on the TV, like the champions league which often clashes with Lincoln's midweek games, then you can see that its not all about how well,(or not as the case may be) the team is doing!

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  • Billy_the_Imp  |  November 16 2012, 1:30PM

    Ok eatmy goal & Npton_IMP Gate tomorrow 2000 including 150 visiting suppporters. Let's see the crowds flooding back. It may be the good football that brings people back eventually, but we need to do something to kick start their return. I suggested £15, which is still higher per match than I paid for my season ticket, so that it wouldn't cause a problem with those who think nobody should get a better deal.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  November 16 2012, 12:03PM

    People talk about being proud to wear the Lincoln shirt...why then did we have the nonsense of wearing blue against a team wearing white and blue, and the fans were all in red and white?

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  • eatmygoal  |  November 16 2012, 12:02PM

    Billy, I was only asking a question. Still the internet is the place of the over reaction I guess. Agree there Npton, it is us playing nice football rather than the dire stuff of last season that will see me on the train to Newark Northgate. It's nearly a year ago since my 10 hour trip up to Wrexham to see us have 0 shots on target. If that had been free I would still not be in a hurry to repeat that, even if the I did get more value for money by being held after the game just long enough to miss the last train home.

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  • Npton_Imp  |  November 16 2012, 8:33AM

    Now Billy don't put words in my mouth. Why would I want the club to die on it's feet? Results will always be the biggest motivator in bringing fans back to the club. The club already offer a 6 pack at a discount. The Club can not rewards match day fans at the detriment of season ticket holders. The FA Cup ticket price can not be changed unless Mansfield agree - as they get 50% of receipts. I do agree the club should always be pro-active and tempt fans back - but the great results at the moment will be 100% more likely to get me driving up the M1 than £3 off

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  • Sweepclean  |  November 15 2012, 10:15PM

    Solving the problems on the field like we have done and continually picking League points up and winning Cup games to bring in more money then surely the problem with low gates will sort itself out. But as I've said before there are only 4 teams at the most in this League who get better gates than what we get, so compared to the rest of the teams we are not doing to bad. But continually doing well will bring higher gates

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  • redIMPoster  |  November 15 2012, 8:34PM

    A useful suggestion to help swell the crowds for the FA Cup game might be to offer a discount on the price of a match ticket for that game if you bought a ticket to the Hereford or any other home game before the FA CUp tie. Anyone agree? By the way - if you are a stay away fan you are missing some excellent football at the moment!

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  • ManchesterImp  |  November 15 2012, 8:23PM

    Reducing ticket prices is not a simple exercise for the club. Whenever special reduced prices are set for a game there has to be some compensation at a future date for season ticket holders (bring a friend for a fiver as an example). There is little evidence that reduced ticket prices means a bigger gate and more revenue for the club. I cannot remember how many season tickets were sold for this season, but let us say it was 750. Average gate up to but not including the home game against Walsall was 1,935. Reducing prices across the board by £1 loses the club £1,185. This means that an average (taking into account all concessions) of £15 per paying fan the club needs to attract and extra 79 fans just to break even. Reducing prices by £5 means and extra 395 to break even. Personally I think the way to increase gates is not by reducing ticket prices but by improved performances on the field. Having a team and not a bunch of over-paid individuals. And a team that is proud to wear the Lincoln shirt, that wants to wear the Lincoln shirt. I am not going to join the conspiracy theorists and try to figure out why performances and results have improved over October. I am just thankful that they have done. Onward and upward with the resurgent mighty IMPS!!

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  • Billy_the_Imp  |  November 15 2012, 6:59PM

    OK eatmygoal and Npton_Imp if you're happy to see the club die on its feet, let's do nothing and expect the missing fans to return because we're not losing. Surely it's time to do something more to encourage people back to the Bank!

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