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6 January 2017

A closer look at Town's FA Cup third round opponents

Lincoln City - In Short

Founded: 1884
Nickname: The Imps
Ground: Sincil Bank
Capacity: 10,312
Manager: Danny Cowley
2015/16: National League, 13th

The Imps' Route to the Third Round

Danny Cowley's side begun their FA Cup journey in the fourth qualifying round with a home tie against fellow National League side, Guiseley. After a 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank, the Imps progressed with a 2-1 victory in the replay at Nethermoor Park as Theo Robinson grabbed a double to send his side into the first round proper.

Another home tie, this time against National League North side, Altrincham, awaited Cowley's men in that fixture, and they progressed with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Sean Raggett and Alan Power.

Oldham were next up in the second round and, with the draw taking place earlier in the day, both sides knew that a trip to Portman Road was the prize for winning the tie. The Imps didn't hang around, and raced into a 3-0 lead at Sincil Bank thanks to a Robinson double, and a strike from Terry Hawkridge, but despite the Latics scoring twice late on to reduce the arrears, it was Lincoln who set up an interesting encounter in Suffolk.


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Meet the Opposition

1 Paul Farman: Goalkeeper. Ex-Newcastle youngster has also played for Gateshead.

2 Bradley Wood: Defender. The full-back was signed from Alfreton Town in June 2015.

3 Sam Habergham: Defender. Former Norwich youngster arrived from Braintree in the summer.

4 Elliott Whitehouse: Midfielder. Ex-Sheffield United youth team captain who arrived from Nuneaton Town in October.

5 Luke Waterfall: Defender. The centre-back joined from Wrexham in June 2015.

6 Callum Howe: Defender. Has spent time on loan at Southport this season.

7 Jack Muldoon: Striker. Signed in 2015 following his release by Rochdale.

8 Alan Power: Midfielder. Ex-Republic of Ireland U21 international counts Nottingham Forest, Rushden and Diamonds and Hartlepool as former clubs.

9 Matt Rhead: Striker. Won the Conference with Mansfield in 2013.

10 Adam Marriott: Striker. Prolific for Cambridge City, he joined Stevenage before a move to Lincoln in the summer.

11 Terry Hawkridge: Midfielder. Signed from Scunthorpe in 2015 after a successful loan spell.

25 Sean Raggett: Defender. Made his name with Dover before joining Lincoln in the summer.

27 Jamie McCombe: Defender. Has returned as player-coach after a spell at Stevenage.
28 Nathan Arnold: Midfielder. Started with Mansfield and has also played for Cambridge and Grimsby.

30 Alex Woodyard: Midfielder. Arrived in the summer after a season at Braintree.
31 Theo Robinson: Striker. Experienced forward who had notable spells at Derby, Hereford and Huddersfield.

Team News


Blues skipper, Luke Chambers, and vice captain Cole Skuse are both doubts for the visit of the Imps, with the duo struggling with respective knee injuries. Myles Kenlock is also a doubt with a calf injury picked up in the 2-1 defeat at QPR on Monday. Teddy Bishop [ankle], Tommy Smith [back], Luke Hyam and Giles Coke [knee] remain out, although Paul Digby has returned to training following his knee injury.

Lincoln City

Sean Long, who joined on loan until the end of the season from Reading on Thursday, has been given the all clear by his parent club to play in the FA Cup this weekend.

Last 5 Meetings

  • 15 April 1961 - Lincoln City 1 Ipswich Town 4
  • 12 Nov 1960 - Ipswich Town 3 Lincoln City 1
  • 16 Jan 1960 - Lincoln City 0 Ipswich Town 1
  • 5 Sept 1959 - Ipswich Town 3 Lincoln City 0
  • 31 Jan 1959 - Lincoln City 3 Ipswich Town 1

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 8/15
Draw: 16/5
Lincoln: 5/1

Match Officials

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant Referees: Neil Davies & Marc Wilson
Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley

Ticket Information

Please note that the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road will be open for away fan enquiries, collections and reprints only. For this fixture only, home fans with ticket enquiries should go to the old ticket office on Constantine Road, and it will be open from 1.15pm.

Also, please be aware that season cards (except corporate) will not be activated for this match and paper tickets/print at home tickets must be used for access to the stadium.

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