By Nathan Jackson
December 1 2005
1884 This was the year that the club was officially formed, however, the club itself actually dates back to the early 1860s when staff from the local biscuit factory would play against teams from all over
1886-1887 The club progress on 2 fronts, in the FA Cup, they managed to make it to the last 16, not bad considering there were 126 teams in the competition that season. The Imps were drawn to face none other, than Glasgow Rangers but the Scots comfortably beat the Imps 3-0, this still remains as the clubs best FA Cup run. City also win the Lincolnshire Senior Cup for the first time.
1889-1890 Lincoln again make the 5th ground of the FA Cup, however, this time they were beaten by the Manchester United of the day, Preston North End. City won their first league trophy when they beat off stiff competition to win the Midland Counties League.
1892-1893 City set 2 landmarks this season.
1892-1893 In an expanded league of 15 teams, the Imps finish 8, winning 11 of 28 games. Middlesbrough Ironopolis and Northwich Victoria are the two teams relegated, like
1893-1894 For the only time in the Imps history, they went through the entire season without drawing a game. City won 10 and lost 20 of their 30 league games as they finished 13th out of 16. Bury won the division that year. City shared the division with a team called Newton Heath, a team that are now known as a club some of you may have heard of, Manchester United.
1894-1895 City announced plans to move to Sincil Bank, a new stadium in the middle of the City. Walsall Town Swifts are relegated via non-re-electionand replaced with Loughborough.
1895-1896 City moved to Sincil Bank and opened it with a nice local derby against Gainsborough Trinity. However, City have a torrid season and avoid relegation by just 4 points.
1896-1897 A thoroughly miserable season for the Imps as City finish rock-bottom, however, despite finishing 8 points ahead of the Imps, Burton Wanderers were relegated.
1897-1898 City have a slightly improved season, finishing 14th. No teams were relegated this season.
1898-1899 City continue to improve and finish 12th out of an extended league of 18.
1899-1900 Again, the Imps improve, finishing 9th, exactly 18 points off promotion and above relegation. The Wednesday win the league after winning every single home game.
1900-1 Another improvement saw City finish 8th. In a strange occurrence,
1901-2 This season is official the best in the clubs history. City finish 5th in the 2nd Division (as it was known then), their highest ever position in the football league structure. City also secured their final 5th Round Appearance in the FA, where they lost out to
1902-3 Citys rise halted and they finished a less than glamorous 10th, despite being the favourites for the title that season. Doncaster Rovers are relegation whereas
1903-4 The slide continues as City finish 12th, just 8 points off bottom place.
1904-5 A slight improvement saw City finish 9th, but this was over shadowed by another cup run which ended in the last 32 where a Billy Meredith goal gave
1905-6 The division is again expanded, this time to 20 teams and the Imps finish 13th, no-one are relegated but
1906-7 City have a terrible season, finishing 19th out of 20 and only by the virtue of re-election, are they allowed to stay in the league. Burslem Port Vale and Burton Albion are relegated.
1907-8 Another terrible season sees the Imps relegated for the first time along with
1908-9 City win two trophies, not only winning the Lincolnshire Senior Cup for the 3rd time, but also winning the Midlands League, meaning promotion back into the league.
1909-10 A mediocre season sees City finish 15th. 19th placed
1910-1 Citys return to the league lasted just 2 seasons as the Imps are relegated again after finishing bottom of the league, winning just 24 points from 38 games. West Bromwich Albion win the league.
1911-12 City were founder members of the new Central League and became its first champions. City were promoted to the league.
1912-13 A relatively good season for the Imps saw them finish 8th out of 20 teams. No teams are relegated, but Preston North End become champions.
1913-14 Another miserable season see the Imps finish 19th again with only
1914-15 Another unremarkable season sees City finish 16th.