As elected supporter/director representing our 6000 plus members on the board at Lincoln City I thought I’d use this column this week to describe what I along with Trust colleagues get up to on a match-day.
The first job at home is to load the car up with our Fan Village stuff. We have a Red Imps Community Trust marquee, massive branded flags (except when it’s too windy – we don’t want to injure anyone too much), a banner, collectable programmes, a Sincil Foodbank collection box, freebie items like badges and promotion flyers, and so on.
At around 11.30 I meet our gang at the ground and we set up our stand.
I’d think I’d speak for all our Trust people when I say from then until kick-off we wouldn’t class that as work or some sort of duty. It’s actually a great wheeze talking to everyone who comes to see us. We have programme collectors delving through our RICT Prog Log and boxes of memorabilia, we market the Trust and what we do amongst Imps fans, and we answer queries and talk about fans’ concerns.
We continue to work with Uni of Lincoln student groups and last Saturday I spent an hour or so on a face-to-face survey for them on the perception of RICT and where we can improve. The Former Players Association guys often come and see us – we’ve just started doing a ‘Former Imp Forecast’ where Imps legends predict the score for our pre-match social media.
At 2.45 it all gets put away, and it’s game time. In my first year as Trust rep there were no crowds and everything was done remotely. This season therefore I’d sit in the directors’ box because it’s important to get to know other directors and club staff properly. That’s been achieved now pretty well and I’ll be in the stands for the remaining home games.
I’d bought a ticket for the KryptoKloud end and I can thoroughly recommend the view and atmosphere in there. At half time it was time to distribute RICT info flyers, and then join youngest son and family in the Co-op stand.
Sadly as we all know the team stuttered to another home defeat but that’s where all you 6000-plus Trust members and all other fans come in. We’ll be doing it all again in the Fan Village next Saturday for what is a huge game for Lincoln City. We can all play a part in cheering the lads on at 3.00 o’clock and being as positive as possible. We play a huge club with massive away support. What better way to kick-start our form for the run-in than get a result against them.