Your correspondent spends his working days toiling away in the pleasant market town of Boston and is sometimes asked when he is going to write an article on Boston United.
It is not the role of the Lincoln City correspondent to be writing about United although with the Pilgrims riding high in Blue Square Bet North maybe there will come a time when Lincoln City and Boston once again lock horns as they did in the not too distant past.
Lincoln City have never occupied a position in the league that justified a tag of ‘giant’ but when Boston United gained league status a few seasons and therefore equal status in the local paper and on the radio, fans of the Imps had to reappraise their view of their place in the football hierarchy.
Ask any Pilgrims’ fan who his most deadly rivals are they will almost certainly cite Lincoln but that is not really the case with Imps, they will state Grimsby or Scunthorpe, Notts County, Peterborough or Mansfield, indeed when Boston started to mount a promotion campaign which was to lead to promotion to the football league their results were read out at Sincil Bank and cheered, sometimes even when Boston had won!
Having said all that the attendances for games against Boston were the best for some considerable time, apart from the play offs and nowadays are very rarely attained. Many fans would very much like to see a return to those titanic tussles of seasons past.
Alarmingly, City have lost fixtures against Peterborough, Notts County, Hull and Scunthorpe for reasons of those clubs success and good luck to them. Perhaps even more surprisingly Mansfield and especially Grimsby Town have been lost due to on field failure.
It’s customary for neighbouring fans to gloat at the misfortune suffered by their nearest and not so dearest but those thoughts soon evaporate particularly when Christmas comes around and the Boxing Day clash is Port Vale away followed by Shrewsbury at home. Very local!
Don’t blame the fixtures’ computer too much though; there just aren’t any truly local games for Lincoln at the moment. It’s come to something when the nearest fixtures are Chesterfield followed by Rotherham, even then those sides constantly threaten to desert the Imps as both are at the right end of the table.
So from this Lincoln City supporter to our local sides who find themselves in the unaccustomed role of non league teams and to our friends in the south, we’ve had our fun at your expense and very much wish to have you back to resume our traditional rivalries in the near future.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to football fans of whatever hue, may you enjoy your football and continue to support your local team and to Lincoln City fans in particular all the very best this Christmas. Maybe one day we’ll even play a game of football again. Up the Imps!
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.