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Maybe it’s just me but Supporters Trusts sometimes have a bit of a dour image. You know; earnest middle-to-late aged people huddled together discussing serious issues like an increase in burger prices as if the world depended on the outcome. 
It’s true of course that our Trust bods are involved in areas of the club where a frivolous approach would not be right. Our performances on the club boards of directors, how we press for Fan Led Review reforms, or how we play our part overseeing the Stacey West Investment Bond are examples of matters that we take very seriously. 
For a fan supporting your club is about enjoyment though. I like to think our Trust board are tuned into that and contribute to the fun our members and Imps supporters generally have throughout the season.
Each month we put out our RICT Player of the Month poll and from humble beginnings we now get hundreds of people having their say. It’s also that Player of the Year time again, and, in partnership with the Lincoln and District Football Supporters Club, we have run an on-line vote where our fans can reward who they think has been their stand-out performer.
Our stand in the Fan Village is well known. We give our freebie stuff, sell Imps books and posters, have collectable programmes on show, and are a base where local entertainers like magicians and ballon modellers who we’ve hired can operate from.
A recent Imps-players anagram competition went down well. We had loads of entrants who worked out, amongst others, who ‘Team Joy’ and ‘A Green Polo’ were. 
On a more basic level the RICT stand is just a place to come to for a chat about the club and we’re delighted to chew the Lincoln City fat with anyone and everyone. Call and see us if you haven’t already.
Finally, and with an about-turn from fun to forlorn, we were all saddened to hear of the passing of Lou Bird, a programme seller at the ground for many years. She was a lovely character and a friend of many and will be sorely missed.


So that’s it – the season is over. It’s been brilliant and finishing last Sunday with a home win followed by an excellent presentation ceremony were perfect ways to draw things to a close. The Red Imps Community Trust Fan Village marquee has been put away for the summer and all our matchday activities will resume in a couple of months’ time.

Ironically the close season can be busier for people at a football club than when the campaign is underway. There’s so much to do and your week isn’t punctuated with the pleasing diversion of a match or two. The Trust is no different and we’ll be spending the summertime working on a range of matters. 

 Trust membership is attached to all LCFC season ticket memberships so we’ll be welcoming people to our organisation and describing what we do. Our AGM takes place on 29th June where our board will report on our progress and new faces will be invited to join us in how we’re run. Mandi Slater and I, your RICT representatives, will attend Lincoln City and Lincoln City Holdings board meetings, and we’ll be putting on events, like our bingo nights at Tension Twisted Realities.

We have a heritage remit so keep looking at our on-line museum, and we’ve a couple of cracking one-off ‘Imps of the past’ initiatives coming up. I can’t reveal them but one involves a pub on the High Street with a Lincoln City history and another focusses on match programmes of yesteryear.

The Fan Led Review is an ongoing subject and we’re working with the club and other fans’ groups on how Lincoln City governance will always involve supporter input. The Stacey West Stand development is about to start and our Investment Bond is still available to those who wish to invest. Further promotion of this is planned in a week or two.

 We have a Fan of the Season award and whilst we haven’t quite formally launched our request for nominations of who you think deserves it you have my express permission to write in to our website with your choice of the Fan of 22-23 from today. We are supporting MIND, our charity partner, throughout 2023 and donations for them, especially Lincoln City shirts and other items, are very welcome.  Our Trust Gold Members scheme is being relaunched with a new name and we’ll be supporting Gavin Gordon and his Former Players Association in what they have planned too.

As you can see there’s lots to do. None of it is a chore though and we all have a passion to succeed as a Trust. I think we are one of the most active in the country and we aim to keep it that way.


The EFL Family Excellence Scheme sees each of the seventy-two clubs receive two matchday assessment visits. These ‘secret shoppers’ look to see how families, especially children, are welcomed at home fixtures and how good the services are that are provided for them.
Sixty-six clubs achieved Family Excellence Status but twelve were Gold Award winners, including Lincoln City for the first time in our history. Fan engagement is hugely important in football and this is yet another accolade that confirms how important everyone connected with the club feel our supporters are.
The Fan Village is a huge contributor in binding Lincoln City and fans together. Prior to kick-off it’s a vibrant place to eat, drink, take part in activities, and generally have a good time.
We like to think the Red Imps Community Trust plays a part in this with our stand now an established place to visit. We give away freebie stuff, have collectable programmes available, run competitions, and much much more.
As one of the Trust bods who’s at the stand I can confirm that meeting people and building relationships is also a massive element of what we do. Supporting the Imps is what we all have in common and, from that, camaraderie and supporting each other is what follows. Some of the conversations from the last home game confirm that.
A lovely guy and long-term fan came to say hello and quietly confirmed he’d been told his illness was now incurable. He was wondering about whether to get a season ticket as a result. What on earth can you say in response to that.
Another chap told us how he’d worked at the cathedral for over 40 years. Once he’d done 30 of them they made a gargoyle of him and fitted it high up on that superb building. The only things they missed off was his glasses, he said.
People come to see if we’ve got a specific programme from years ago, or to ask if the club will keep producing one in the future. They ask what the Trust is up to and we often look to help them with issues and problems they have. More generally we hear about people’s lives and how important Lincoln City is to them. 
Non-football types will say that players are overpaid and what’s the point of it all. The point is it’s more than football and Lincoln City, the Foundation, the Trust, and other fans’ groups recognise that. That’s why the awards keep coming. Deservedly so too.

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