It is a great time to be a Lincoln City fan at present.
Having bounced back from the National League last season, they’re firmly in the play-off hunt this season and have a first-ever trip to Wembley to look forward to.
Fans have been flocking back in their thousands, the average attendance at Sincil Bank has increased by 300% since Danny and Nicky Cowley took over.
The club fully expect to sell out their allocation for the Checkatrade Trophy final and most recently, they’ve sold out for the crucial trip to Coventry in a couple of weeks time.
The initial allocation of 3,000 tickets has gone and Imps officials will now be looking for more seats.
It will be City’s first ever trip to the Ricoh and their first visit to Coventry in over sixty years. It is a stark contrast to just two seasons ago when the Imps faced Kidderminster Harriers in March and took just 77 fans.
Whilst the sudden success they’re enjoying has exceeded expectations, it isn’t built on foundations of financial folly.
The club recently announced a £1.3m profit for the previous year, boosted by a record-breaking FA Cup run that saw them eliminate Brighton, Ipswich and Premier League Burnley to reach to the Quarter Finals. In doing so, they became the first non-league club for 114 years to appear in the last eight of the famous competition.
Many felt the bubble would burst after they earned promotion, but that hasn’t been the case.
They stormed to Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy, winning six matches before knocking out Chelsea U21s on penalties. This has earned them their first appearance at the National Stadium in 133-years of history and they’re still perfectly poised to claim a play off place in League Two. The club have never achieved back to back promotions, but nobody would bet against the management duo breaking even more club records.
The correlation between the club and the fans is unique and the Imps seem to be on an upward trajectory. It is likely that 4,000+ fans will travel to the Ricoh Arena if more tickets are released, eclipsing the 4,100 they took to Notts County earlier in the season.
Lincoln City might have been last season’s success story, but if fan numbers are anything to go by, they’re nowhere near finished yet.