2018–19 Lincoln City F.C. season

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Lincoln City
2018–19 season
ChairmanClive Nates
ManagerDanny Cowley
StadiumSincil Bank, Lincoln
League Two1st (Promoted)
FA CupThird round (Eliminated by Everton)
EFL CupSecond Round (Eliminated by Blackburn Rovers)
EFL TrophySecond Round (Eliminated by Accrington Stanley)
Top goalscorerLeague: John Akinde (15)
All: John Akinde (17)
Highest home attendance9,832 (vs Colchester United; League 2)
Lowest home attendance2,723 (vs Wolverhampton Wanderers U21; EFL Trophy)
Average home league attendance9,006

The 2018–19 season is Lincoln City's 135th season in their history and their second season back in League Two after missing out on the League Two playoff final in the 2017/2018 season. Along with League Two, the club also participates in the FA Cup, and has been eliminated from the EFL Cup and EFL Trophy.

The season covers the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Transfers & Contracts[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2018 SS Portugal Bruno Andrade Boreham Wood Free transfer [1]
1 July 2018 CM Northern Ireland Michael O’Connor Notts County Free transfer [2]
1 July 2018 GK England Grant Smith Boreham Wood Free transfer [3]
1 July 2018 LB England Harry Toffolo Millwall Free transfer [4]
6 July 2018 CF England John Akinde Barnet Undisclosed [5]
9 August 2018 AM Spain Joan Luque Heybridge Swifts Undisclosed [6]
9 August 2018 CB England Jason Shackell Derby County Free transfer [7]
17 January 2019 CB Republic of Ireland Cian Bolger Fleetwood Town Undisclosed [8]
31 January 2019 GK Scotland Matt Gilks Scunthorpe United Free transfer [9]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2018 LW England Nathan Arnold Boston United Mutual Consent [10][11]
1 July 2018 GK England Paul Farman Stevenage Undisclosed [12]
1 July 2018 CM England Billy Knott Concord Rangers Released [13][14]
1 July 3018 FB Republic of Ireland Sean Long Cheltenham Town Free Transfer [15]
1 July 2018 CF England Ollie Palmer Crawley Town Undisclosed [16]
1 July 2018 LW England Cameron Stewart Free agent Mutual Consent [13]
1 July 2018 CM England Elliott Whitehouse Grimsby Town Free transfer [17]
1 July 2018 CM England Alex Woodyard Peterborough United Undisclosed [18]
13 July 2018 GK England Richard Walton Matlock Town Undisclosed [19]
6 August 2018 CB England Luke Waterfall Shrewsbury Town Undisclosed [20]
20 December 2018 CF England Matt Green Salford City Undisclosed [21]
2 January 2019 AM Spain Joan Luque Concord Rangers Released [22]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Position Nationality Name From End date Ref.
22 July 2018 CB England Scott Wharton Blackburn Rovers 23 January 2019 [23][24]
24 July 2018 SS Northern Ireland Shay McCartan Bradford City 31 May 2019 [25]
2 August 2018 RB England Adam Crookes Nottingham Forest 14 January 2019 [26][27]
21 August 2018 GK England Sam Slocombe Bristol Rovers 9 January 2019 [28][29]
28 August 2018 DF England Kellan Gordon Derby County 21 January 2019 [30][31]
31 August 2018 FW England Bernard Mensah Bristol Rovers 21 January 2019 [32][33]
17 January 2019 DF England James Brown Millwall 31 May 2019 [34]
17 January 2019 LW England Danny Rowe Ipswich Town 31 May 2019 [35]
23 January 2019 MF England Jordan Roberts Ipswich Town 31 May 2019 [36]
24 January 2019 MF Scotland Mark O'Hara Peterborough United 31 May 2019 [37]
31 January 2019 FW England Lee Angol Shrewsbury Town 31 May 2019 [38]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Position Nationality Name To End date Ref.
21 September 2018 AM Spain Joan Luque Bromley 4 December 2018 [39][40]
29 October 2018 GK England Grant Smith Maidstone United 4 December 2018 [41][42]
7 February 2019 MF England Ellis Chapman Chesterfield 31 May 2019 [43]
10 February 2019 MF United States Jordan Adebayo-Smith Grantham Town Work Experience Loan [44]

New contracts[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name Length Expiry Ref.
24 April 2019 CB England Jason Shackell 1 years June 2020 [45]
24 April 2019 GK England Josh Vickers 1 years June 2020 [46]
24 April 2019 FW England Matt Rhead 1 years June 2020 [47]
19 May 2019 MF Northern Ireland Michael O’Connor TBC TBC [48]

Competitions[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

As of 7 June 2018, Lincoln City have announced six pre-season friendlies against Blackburn Rovers,[49] Sheffield Wednesday,[50] Lincoln United[51] Boston United,[52] Norwich City and [53] Scunthorpe United[54]

League Two[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Lincoln City (C, P) 46 23 16 7 73 43 +30 85 Promotion to EFL League One
2 Bury (P) 46 22 13 11 82 56 +26 79
3 Milton Keynes Dons (P) 46 23 10 13 71 49 +22 79
4 Mansfield Town 46 20 16 10 69 41 +28 76 Qualification for League Two play-offs[a]
5 Forest Green Rovers 46 20 14 12 68 47 +21 74
Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results [55]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to EFL League One.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 23 16 7 73 43  +30 85 11 10 2 35 23  +12 12 6 5 38 20  +18

Last updated: 4 May 2019.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by matchday[edit]

Matchday12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundAHAHHAHAHAAHAHHAHHAAHHAAHAHAAAHHAHAHHAAHAHAHAH
ResultWWDWWWLWWWLWWDDLWDDWWWLWDDWWDDDDWDWWWDWDWDLDLL
Position10222111111111111112211111111111111111111111111
Source: [56][57]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

The first round draw was made live on BBC by Dennis Wise and Dion Dublin on 22 October.[58] The draw for the second round was made live on BBC and BT by Mark Schwarzer and Glenn Murray on 12 November.[59] The third round draw was made live on BBC by Ruud Gullit and Paul Ince from Stamford Bridge on 3 December 2018.[60]

EFL Cup[edit]

On 15 June 2018, the draw for the first round was made in Vietnam.[61] The second round draw was made from the Stadium of Light on 16 August.[62]

EFL Trophy[edit]

On 13 July 2018, the initial group stage draw bar the U21 invited clubs was announced.[63] The draw for the second round was made live on Talksport by Leon Britton and Steve Claridge on 16 November.[64]


Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Mansfield Town (Q) 3 3 0 0 0 7 4 +3 9 Advance to Round 2
2 L2 Lincoln City (Q) 3 0 1 1 1 4 5 −1 3
3 L1 Scunthorpe United (E) 3 0 1 1 1 3 4 −1 3
4 ACA Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 (E) 3 0 1 1 1 3 4 −1 3
Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.


Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of 4 May 2019
No. Pos Nat Player Total League 2 FA Cup League Cup EFL Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Josh Vickers 21 0 18 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF England Sam Habergham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 MF Northern Ireland Michael O’Connor 44 3 31+7 2 2+1 0 1+1 1 0+1 0
5 DF England Jason Shackell 40 5 33+1 4 3 0 2 1 1 0
6 MF Scotland Mark O'Hara 17 1 14+3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 MF England Tom Pett 51 4 33+11 3 3 1 1+1 0 2 0
8 MF Republic of Ireland Lee Frecklington 29 4 23+3 4 2 0 0 0 0+1 0
9 FW England Matt Rhead 43 3 12+22 1 1+2 1 2 0 4 1
10 FW England Lee Angol 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 FW Portugal Bruno Andrade 50 11 39+3 10 3 1 0+2 0 0+3 0
12 MF England Ellis Chapman 12 0 2+3 0 0+1 0 2 0 4 0
14 DF England Harry Toffolo 52 3 46 3 3 0 1 0 1+1 0
15 DF Wales James Wilson 15 1 4+7 1 1 0 2 0 1 0
16 MF England Michael Bostwick 49 3 45 2 3 1 0 0 1 0
17 FW Northern Ireland Shay McCartan 43 7 23+15 7 1+2 0 1 0 1 0
18 GK England Matt Gilks 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF England Danny Rowe 17 4 12+5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF England James Brown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 GK England Grant Smith 17 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 GK Poland Michael Antkowiak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF Wales Neal Eardley 47 2 43 2 2 0 1 0 1 0
24 DF Republic of Ireland Cian Bolger 17 1 12+5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF England Jordan Roberts 5 0 0+5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 MF England Harry Anderson 51 7 39+4 5 3 1 2 0 3 1
27 DF England Jamie McCombe 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 1
28 MF England Tom Shaw 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
29 FW England John Akinde 52 17 41+4 15 2+1 1 0+2 1 0+2 0
31 FW England Elliot Sartorius 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF England Duncan Idehen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF England Jon Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF England Kyle Watkins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players out on loan
30 MF United States Jordan Adebayo-Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
33 MF England Timothy Akinola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players no longer at the club
2 DF England Kellan Gordon 10 2 0+6 2 0 0 0 0 4 0
5 DF England Luke Waterfall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 DF England Scott Wharton 15 1 4+6 1 0+1 0 1 0 3 0
10 FW England Matt Green 25 6 2+16 2 1+1 0 2 1 3 3
18 FW England Bernard Mensah 8 0 0+4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
19 MF Spain Joan Luque 4 1 0+1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
20 DF England Adam Crookes 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
24 GK England Sam Slocombe 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0

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