By Nathan Jackson
December 1 2005
1919-20 – The return from the war proves to be a bad time for both
1920-21 – City again bounced straight back from relegation and won the league comfortably and were invited to become founder members of the new Division 3 North along with Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Accrington Stanley, Darlington, Hartlepools, Stalybridge Celtic, Crewe Alexandra, Walsall, Southport, Ashington, Wrexham, Chester, Wigan Borough, Nelson, Barrow, Tranmere Rovers Halifax and Rochdale.
1921-22 – City finish 14th in the new division in a very average season,
1922-23 – City again fail to inspire and finish 13th. Nelson are promoted whereas 11th place Stalybridge Celtic are relegated.
1923-24 – In a division now containing 22 sides, City finish 19th and although no teams are relegated, many fans start viewing the division as a joke due to it having the rule of having just 1 team promoted, which turned out to be Wolverhampton Wanderers in this season.
1924-25 – City improve dramatically, finishing 8th but the season’s main talking point was City’s elimination in the FA Cup, to Midland League side, Alfreton.
1925-26 – City fail to inspire again and finish 15th in an uneventful season that saw
1926-27 – City sign the tallest goalkeeper in history, Albert Iremonger from
1927-28 – What’s this?
1928-29 – Although still having a good season by normal standards, City were considered failures for finishing 6th in a division that was won by the other
1929-30 – Another good season saw the Imps finish in 5th position in a division won by Port Vale. However, this season will be remembered for football’s first great fire. City’s
1930-1 – A remarkable season, not just because City scored 102 goals, but because they didn’t win the league.
1931-2 – Again, City were made favourites for the title and lived up to expectations, winning the league on goal average from
1932-3 – City finished 18th and avoided relegation by 3 points. Stoke City win the division.
1933-4 – The sale of Allan Hall proved costly as the Imps were relegated.
1934-5 – For a long time during the season, City looked like they would win promotion straight back to the higher division, however, a final position of 4th was still deemed as a good season. Doncaster Rovers are promoted as champions.
1935-6 – City again finished 4th as City were starting to build a squad they hoped could win them promotion the following year.
1936-7 – Despite scoring 103 goals, the Imps are denied late on as
1937-8 – A slightly less successful season sees the Imps finish a disappointing 7th, 10 points behind champions, Tranmere Rovers.
1938-9 – City have their first poor season since the relegation back to this level as they finish 17th, following poor away form which saw 15 defeats from the 21 games on the road.
All Football is Cancelled because of World War 2.