Weekly Quiz Answers (16/5/16)
1. Which former City captain was left paralysed by an accident in the summer of 2007?
Alan Walker. The accident occurred while he was attending a coaching course in Belfast in connection with his job as manager of Maidstone United. Fortunately it was only temporary and he recovered fully within a few months.
2. Why are the first four home games from the 1952-53 season unique in the history of Lincoln City?
Each game was watched by over 20,000, the only time that has happened in the club's history. Including the final game of the 1951-52 championship season against Stockport, there were actually five home games in a row watched by over 20,000, giving a total of 107,073 attending a run of five games at Sincil Bank. The average home attendance that season was 16,774. Hard to believe in these days of Boreham Wood and Guiseley...
3. What two club goalscoring records are held by Johnny Campbell?
a) Most hat-tricks in a season - five in 1936-37: 3 v Southport, 3 v Halifax, 5 v Rochdale, 3 v Darlington, and 3 in the away game at Gateshead.
b) He is the only City player to score 30 goals in a season twice. He scored 30 in 1935-36 (28 League, 2 Cup) and bettered this the following season with 36 (35 League, 1 Cup).
He also jointly holds the most hat-tricks for Lincoln with Andy Graver (7 each).
Despite the fact that Campbell scored an impressive 110 goals in 198 appearances for the club, City somehow managed to avoid promotion in that time. The closest they came was 2nd in 1936-37 when they travelled to Stockport for the final game of the season, needing to win to overtake the home side; Stockport won 2-0 to take the title in front of 26,135.
4. Who was the first City player to be sold for a six figure transfer fee?
Glenn Cockerill, who was sold to Swindon for £110,000 (including the 10% signing-on fee for the player which was standard at the time) in December 1979.
5. Which future City supremo was sent off at Sincil Bank in December 1982?
John Deehan, who received his marching orders playing for Norwich in City's 3-1 Football League Trophy quarter-final win on 8 December. Four days earlier, Norwich had beaten reigning League champions (and champions-to-be) Liverpool 1-0 in the First Division.
6. Besides losing 2-4 to Sheffield United on 3 September 1892, why did City's debut in the Football League not get off to the most auspicious of starts?
They turned up late for the game at Bramall Lane, delaying the kick-off by 35 minutes and keeping an impatient crowd of around 4,000 waiting. Incredibly, they were also late for their second match, away to Small Heath 3 weeks later. They lost that one 4-1 at Coventry Road in front of 2,500.
7. How many games did City play in Wales in 2015-16?
Two. Obviously Wrexham, but Chester's Deva Stadium is also over the border in Flintshire.
8. Who had three separate spells as City's caretaker manager, covering eight games but winning just one?
Grant Brown. Complete record is P8 W1 D3 L4 F6 A10 Pts 6. The solitary win - by 3-1 - came at Alfreton on 11 October 2011.
9. What dubious honour is shared by Millwall, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth?
They are the three clubs to have been relegated from Division Two with Lincoln, in 1934, 1949 and 1961 respectively. City finished bottom on each occasion and only Portsmouth won promotion back the following season.
10. Which legendary footballer scored a hat-trick past three different goalkeepers during a match at Sincil Bank?
Jock Dodds, in the Second Division match against West Ham on 18 December 1948. City won 4-3 to end a run of 11 matches without a win. Three players made their debuts that day - defender John Bickerstaffe, goalkeeper and soon-to-be cricket umpire Arthur Jepson, and a certain Doug Wright, one of the best players ever to wear the red and white stripes. Interestingly, two weeks later Dodds scored both goals as City picked up their first away win of the season at...Spurs. Wins over West Ham and Spurs? Hard to believe in these days of Boreham Wood and Guiseley...
Also interestingly, future City manager David Herd repeated the feat for Manchester United in the First Division against Sunderland on 26 November 1966, which United won 5-0.