Sincil Bank: Lincoln City

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 8LD, England

Lincoln City was formed as an amateur side in 1884 on the back of the disbanded Lincoln Rovers. To begin with they played their games at John O'Gaunts Ground, but moved to Sincil Bank when it opened in 1895. As with most things in the city, Lincoln Cathedral dominates the stadium, which was sold by the club in 1982. It was bought back by the former chairman John Reames in 2000, after the club had escaped its first bout of financial problems.

The stadium has undergone numerous changes and developments over the years. When it first opened there wasn’t much to speak of, but in 1896 an uncovered stand was built on the Southern side. At the same time a piece of rope that had run around the edge of the pitch was replaced by wire. The local Working Men’s Conservative Club helped them to develop it even further in the early part of the 1900s. Gradually the improvements meant that a record attendance of over 23,000 was set in 1967, though today’s capacity is closer to 10,000.

Stats

Sincil Bank Stats
Year Opened1895
Capacity10,120
Average Attendance5,161
Record Attendance23,196 (Lincoln City v Derby County (1967))
Pitch Size100 x 67 (6700)
NicknameThe Bank
OwnerLincoln City Football Club
Clubs HostedLincoln City
First FixtureLincoln City v Woolwich Arsenal (14/09/1895)
Lincoln City Stats
Year Founded1884
NicknameThe Imps
Club MascotPoacher the Imp
RivalsScunthorpe United, Grimsby Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Boston United, Peterborough United, Mansfield Town, York City, Alfreton Town
Previous StadiumsJohn O'Gaunts
KitRed & White (Home) / Green & White (Away)
Training GroundSobraon Barracks
Shirt SponsorBishop Grosseteste University
Team OwnerLincoln City Holdings
Record GoalscorerAndy Graver (74)
Record AppearancesGrant Brown (469)

Sincil Bank Photos

Sincil Bank Seating Plan & Where to Sit

There are five distinct stands around Sincil Bank, with the Lincolnshire Co-Operative Stand the largest of them. The Lincolnshire Echo Stand opened in 1987 and only runs along half the length of the pitch, but it includes the press box and Director’s section, with the other part taken up by the Family Stand. The Stacey-West Stand was the main stand in the stadium before the Lincolnshire Stand opened and is now where the away supporters sit. Finally, the Bridge McFarland Stand is opposite the Stacey-West Stand behind the other goal.

Lincoln City Ticket Prices

Adults will pay £20 for a match day ticket, whilst concessions will pay £15. Children and students pay £8. If you buy your tickets in advance then they will drop down to £18 for adults, £14 for concessions and £8 for students and juniors.

How To Get Lincoln City Tickets

You will be able to get tickets from the stadium’s ticket office, but their official website is always the best place to start. If you’d like to speak to someone then calling the club directly is always an option.

Getting To Sincil Bank

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Train - Lincoln Central Train Station is about a ten to fifteen minute from the ground.

Bus - If you get off the bus at South Park Roundabout then you’ll be a short walk from the stadium. Buses 1, 1D, 7, 7A, 13, 14, 24A, 27, 27A, 601, SB4 all stop there, so they’re the best ones to get.

Car - Sincil Bank is just off the A15, so that’s the main road you’ll want to watch out for.

By Air - Humberside International Airport is probably the closest to Lincoln if you’re coming in from abroad, located around thirty miles away. East Midlands Airport is another alternative, though that’s further away at around the fifty mile mark.

Taxi - A taxi from the centre of Lincoln to the football ground will take about ten minutes to complete its journey and shouldn’t cost much more than about £7.

Parking Near Sincil Bank

There’s a small car park at the ground, but you have to book in advance and there’s no unreserved spots on the day of a match. Public parking is located not far from the South Park Roundabout.

Useful Resources

Sincil Bank Hotels

Queen In The West - Inn - £60+

14 Moor Street, Lincoln, LN1 1PR
The Queen Inn is about a mile or so from the stadium and is situated above a pub. It’s not big, so the rooms are in demand. You'll get free Wi-Fi if you stay there, as well as breakfast included in the price of your room. One of the main benefits, of course, is that your located above a pub…
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Holiday Inn Lincoln - £70+

Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN1 1YW
Part of the Holiday Inn chain, this hotel is just under a mile from the ground. There are around 100 rooms, with Wi-Fi available in the reception area. There’s a fitness centre for those of you that like to stay in shape, with two meeting rooms, a restaurant and a bar also available for your use.
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The Lincoln Hotel - £80+

Eastgate, Lincoln, LN2 1PN
The Lincoln Hotel has a fitness centre, a garden for when the weather is favourable and some meeting rooms. You get a breakfast included in the cost of your stay, there’s a restaurant and two different lounges. If you’re driving then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s self-parking available.
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Pubs & Bars Near Sincil Bank

The Sports Bar

Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN1 1YW (01522 544244)
If you’re looking for somewhere to watch some sport then you’ll be hard pushed to find a more appropriately named place that 'The Sports Bar'. This one is actually inside the Holiday Inn in Lincoln, so if you’re staying there then it’s easily the most convenient place to go. Decent food, a good drinks selection and seven TVs all greet you here. You’ll also find a pool table and fussball table, should you like playing sport as much as watching it.

Walkabout

233-237 High St, Lincoln, LN2 1AT (01522 538663)
Few pubs are as good for live sport and entertainment as those that are part of the Walkabout chain. Themed after Australia, this place does cracking pub-style food and you can get lots of different drinks. They regularly show plenty of different live sporting events on plasma screens and HD projectors, so if there’s a match on or some Champions League football or something then they’ll have it covered. They’ll like have anything from cricket to tobogganing on too, but this isn’t a toboggan ground guide…

Ivy Tavern

51 Newport, Lincoln, LN1 3DN (01522 244460)
Based in the historic Newport quarter of the city, the Ivy Tavern is your quintessential English pub that shows live sport on TVs around the place. They do decent pub grub and all of the usual real ales, Guinness and other drinking options that you’d expect. This isn’t the biggest pub in Lincoln, but they’ve got subscriptions to all of the major sports networks so you’ll be able to watch whatever takes your fancy.

Hospitality

The main hospitality section at Sincil Bank are the executive boxes, which allow access to the Travis Perkins Executive Lounge. In there you’ll enjoy access to a bar and a buffet serving decent food options.

Private Hire

There are plenary of different areas within the stadium that are available to be used by people for things such as wedding parties, birthdays, business meetings and other functions.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing there are no tours available of the stadium, but if that changes we’ll let you know.

About Lincoln City

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There is a grotesque on the wall inside Lincoln Cathedral called the Lincoln Imp. Over the years it became a symbol for the city itself and in many ways there are similar links to be made with the football club. Perhaps that is why the club’s nickname is 'The Imps'. During its history the club has enjoyed numerous ups and downs. In the 1901-1902 campaign they climbed to fifth in the second-tier of English football, for example. They’ve also made the last sixteen of the FA Cup on three occasions, making it to the quarter-finals once.

That quarter-final match came in the 2016-2017 season when they beat Premier League side Burnley 1-0 in order to set up a huge match with top-tier giants Arsenal. They eventually lost 5-0 to the Gunners, but it was part of a brilliant season that culminated in their promotion back in to the Football League. They had been relegated from League Two - and the Football League itself - on the final day of the 2010-2011 season, so their return six years later was a sweet experience for all concerned.

Sincil Bank History

Sincil Bank was built in 1894, exactly ten years after the club’s formation, opening the following year. In the intervening years Lincoln City played their games at John O’Gaunts, a ground that only had a players’ dressing room and offered no facilities for spectators. Even so, 2000 people watched the side beat Sheffield United in their first Football League game against Sheffield United on the 1st of October in 1892.

The move to Sincil Bank, just 300 metres to the South-East of John O’Gaunts, came about because of the club’s desire to continue its growth. Known as The Bank to Imp supporters, it hasn’t only hosted Lincoln City matches during its time. In 2008 the England U16 side played Scotland’s U16s as part of the Victory Shield. It was also the location for a rock concert featuring the likes of The Who, The Kinks and The Small Faces in 1966.

Future Developments

Lincoln City are hoping to move to a new 12,000 seater stadium with adjoining retail park and other useful facilities some time in the near future. They’ve chosen a site, but at present it doesn’t have satisfactory transport links. In order to accommodate the new stadium a bridge must be built, which will likely take a few years to complete. In the meantime it is unlikely any major developments will be carried out to Sincil Bank.

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