Lincoln City : 1919-1939 : Between Wars
By Nathan Jackson
December 1 2005

1919-20 – The return from the war proves to be a bad time for both Lincolnshire league sides at that point as both City and Grimsby are relegated. Grimsby were invited to become members of the newly forming Division 3, whereas the Imps are forced to spend another season in the Midlands League.


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, Stockport become champions.


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. Darlington are champions.


1925-26 – City fail to inspire again and finish 15th in an uneventful season that saw Grimsby crowned champions.


1926-27 – City sign the tallest goalkeeper in history, Albert Iremonger from Notts County, stood at a massive 6 ft 9 inches and is in the top 5 tallest players in history. However, his height can’t prevent City conceding 78 goals and finishing 11th. Stoke City are champions.


1927-28 – What’s this? Lincoln having a good season? City had a fantastic season that saw them almost claim the championship but they inevitably finished 2nd to Bradford Park Avenue.


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 Bradford team, Bradford City. Ashington are relegated.


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 South Park stand set on fire and all records were destroyed in the fire.

1930-1 – A remarkable season, not just because City scored 102 goals, but because they didn’t win the league. Chesterfield also scored 102 goals but vitally recorded a single point more than City and were therefore crowned champions.


1931-2 – Again, City were made favourites for the title and lived up to expectations, winning the league on goal average from Gateshead. One player who proved vital that season was Allan Hall, a player who will go down in the history books as the clubs top goal scorer for a single season, his 42 goals that season, has not been matched by a Lincoln player since and it would be a miracle if someone did surpass that, meaning that Allan Hall will almost certainly always have that honour.


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. Chesterfield are promoted as champions.


1936-7 – Despite scoring 103 goals, the Imps are denied late on as Stockport pip City to the title in a season that City won 18 of their 21 home games.


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.