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Underfire Lincoln City board agree to showdown talks with fans

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian

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Disgruntled fans will challenge Lincoln City's hierarchy on the future of the club after the board agreed to crunch talks at Sincil Bank.

In what will be a behind-closed-doors meeting, a dozen supporters will meet chairman Bob Dorrian and the directors seeking answers on their disappointing start to the season.

Finances will also figure highly after it emerged the cash-strapped Imps were losing £10,000 every home game after failing to meet break even attendance figures.

The fans are set to be handpicked by the Lincoln City Banter Facebook group, who have been instrumental in raising funds for the club during the summer.

Chief executive Steve Prescott said: "The chairman, directors and CEO are always keen to liaise with supporters.

"Earlier this year we offered an open invitation to meet with any supporters groups, to ensure that the club is managed in the most open and transparent way possible.

"Therefore the board would welcome the opportunity to meet with supporters' groups following the team's disappointing start to the season.

"We will listen to their concerns and answer any questions they may have."

A date for the meeting has yet to be announced in which time Lincoln will hope to have ended a stuttering run of form.

After a promising start, a 2-1 defeat against Alfreton on Tuesday left them with five points from their opening seven games.

On Saturday, injury-hit Lincoln travel to Telford.

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  • redimp45  |  September 12 2012, 9:07AM

    It is that bad a situation at Sincil bank that even the echo has dropped the imps as priority in favour of Boston!!!!!!!! Something really needs to change at the helm.

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  • eatmygoal  |  September 10 2012, 9:44AM

    Erm, George Gordon I think you might have forgot to log out of your ChickenBob account because you are positing your normal stuff under that name rather than the poor attempt at parodying a fictional Bob Dorrian. And to think you accuse others of having multiple accounts. Shame on the result given we were 1-0 up but on reflection if we were losing 1-0 and got a late winner we would be toasting a good result away to a tought team.

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  • franky68  |  September 09 2012, 6:04PM

    Don't go shooting at the banter group, they're a good group of people, and from what I made out at the weekend having met 2/3 of them know they have every interest in LCFC believe me, from listening to them they have things in hand, leave it with them, they will do ok, and certainly know what they're doing .They are a very serious bunch, and are taking this situation very seriously. On a different matter all together,I don't think DH trusts any certain players, only his own bunch he brought in. John Nutter was doing a very good job as Capt, but DH had to give it to his own man. And our youngsters are'nt good enough for him he has to farm them out after all the hard work and effort put into them, and the money spent on them. If we are not careful at the end of the day I hope it does'nt happen the club could loose out on big money with Cunningham & Robinson.How far is DH looking for his own sake, he did make a comment in the Echo over a week or two ago where he may finish up here or maybe somewhere else.I may be reading too much into that, but we will wait and see. Come on boys

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  • franky68  |  September 09 2012, 1:56PM

    MacImp I think you will find it was 1 point we needed from that 11 games, from what I was given to understand anyway. Even worse is'nt it. I enjoyed watching some football yesterday with the youth team, a whole new breath of fresh air.

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  • nigelsparky  |  September 08 2012, 8:06PM

    Cycott and what pathetic view would that be? and no I'm not on the board.

  • MacImp  |  September 08 2012, 1:59PM

    Thompson vs Tilson. We can never know. However, needing 4 points from 11 games and not getting them. That is a record it would be hard not to beat. One thing is certain and that is Thompson would have played Anyon. Tilson played a rookie. The game against Rotherham (?) was a complete mystery.

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  • ChickenBob  |  September 08 2012, 11:21AM

    I do not wish to be negative about this so-called 'showdown' with the Board. I have a lot of respect for the Banter group and for people like Messrs Hobbs and Dawson who have the guts to stand up and tell the truth. I also think every Lincoln City fan should take the time to religiously read the savethemightyimps blog (linked to the Banter group) as this provides vital information (albeit some of it is slightly innaccurate) about what is really going on behind the scenes - stuff that you won't read from any other source, other than the now (seemingly defunct) postings on here by GordonGeorge1, who I know to have genuine 'behind the scenes' knowledge.. But having said all of the above, I feel that the meeting with the Board is fairly pointless and will lead to either even more bad blood being generated, or (hopefully not) the banter group representatives being 'taken in' by the board's slick PR skills and believing their rubbish. What possible good can come from a showdown with people who have proved themselves to be slippery PR merchants and incompetent at running the football Club? It concerns me that right now, on the banter group, certain 'captains' of the banter group are now requesting supporters to postpone any protest until after the meeting has taken place with the board. This is a massive tactical error for 2 reasons: (1) why the heck do you think the board have arranged the meeting for several days AFTER the planned protest? (2) you do NOT negotiate from a position of weakness, only from a position of strength. Postponing the protest until after the meeting is playing into their hands. I hope this doesn't sound too negative about the Banter group (which is a great resource) and the blog referred to earlier. The people behind these groups/forums are merchants of truth and deserve to be listened to. However, I very much hope they are not becoming 'star struck' by the thought of an 'important' meeting with the cabal. Anyone who is a fan of George Orwell will, like myself, probably feel an 'Animal Farm' moment coming on.

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  • danny_imp  |  September 08 2012, 10:06AM

    Npton_imp... Whether he would have done better than Tilson is debatable, but the fact is 90% of us fans wanted Tilson because of his previous success so we can all look back with hindsight

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  • danny_imp  |  September 08 2012, 10:02AM

    Anybody who believes that Steve Thompson is the man to bring in and sort out this mess is deluded! He has an average managerial career at best and has been out of management now for too long! I don't know whether he had any basic football knowledge before hand, but when i haven't been able to get to away games and have listened to the radio he seems to have no clue what he is talking about! The man is a boring idiot who hangs on to a couple of good stints in management and believes he could do the Lincoln job better than anybody else, when the truth is he would turn us into an even bigger joke!

  • ChickenBob  |  September 08 2012, 1:41AM

    Bospie - I'm not sure whether or not it would be good for us to have your ex manager back at Lincoln. However, we would LOVE to have your Chairman back here. He still lives in Lincoln and is (if my information is correct - which it is) still at heart more of a Lincoln fan than a County fan (though he'd probably be forced to deny it publicly for obvious reasons). More importantly, he is a very astute businessman and very competent at running a successful club. It's unfortunate that certain incompetent idiots (who haven't got a clue how to run a business) drove him out of Lincoln City, and into the arms of your Club. Our loss is your gain.

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