Lincoln United Football Club was founded in 1938 as Lincoln Amateurs, playing in the Lincoln League. In 1951, the Club signed its first professional player (on 5 shillings a week, 25p in today’s money) and Lincoln Amateurs was re-named Lincoln United aka ‘The Whites’.
The Club won its first honours in the 1963-64 season with the Lincolnshire League Championship and the Lincolnshire Senior ‘B’ Cup. Three years later, the Whites joined the Yorkshire League and, once again, completed the League and Cup double. The Club went on to play in a number of Leagues, including (as founder members) the Northern Counties East League and the Central Midlands League. In one of its most impressive periods, the Club was promoted three times between 1987 and 1990.
In the mid-90s, United entered the Unibond Division One and then moved into the restructured Unibond Premier Division and won the Lincolnshire FA Senior Shield. In 2008, Lincoln United was relegated to the Unibond Division One South, now known as the EVO-STIK NPL Division One South, where it has remained to this day.
Throughout its history, Lincoln United has been a major force in the city of Lincoln’s football scene, thanks to the efforts over the years of its officials, players, volunteers and supporters – too many to record in full. Some names do warrant a mention, however, like the legendary manager, Fred Green; former Secretary, Bryan Smith; former chairmen, Keith Roe and Robin Taylor; current President and long-time benefactor, Maurice Bull; and managers, Allen Crombie, Gary Goddard, John Wilkinson and Terry Fleming. Key players in recent years include Tony Simmons, Rick Ranshaw, Terry Fleming, Gary Crosby, Steve Carter and record appearance-maker, Brendan McDaid.
The last few years have seen the Club ‘in transition’ after a period of relative stagnation, on and off the field. A new Committee was formed in 2010-11 with three main objectives: Gain Promotion; Improve the Club’s Facilities; and Strengthen its Links with the Community. Improvements off the field were not mirrored on it and after a disappointing first two seasons, which saw the Club flirting dangerously close with relegation, United changed its management team and appointed new Manager, Dave Frecklington, and Assistant Manager, Sam Wilkinson in 2013-14. After a disappointing first season, ‘Freck’ went on to take the Club to 9th in his second season and, for the first time in the Club’s history, into the Play-Offs in his third and last season.
For the 2016-17 season, United has Sam Wilkinson as its new Manager with Chris Hall and Stuart Reddington as Assistant Manager and First Team Coach, respectively. The new Management Team, and what is largely the squad of last season’s players, have already brought success to the Club with a place in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup Final, having knocked out teams from higher Leagues in the quarter and semi-finals. Division One South will be another tough place to compete in 2016-17 but with a strong management team and playing squad, Lincoln United want to improve on last season’s performance and will be looking for promotion.