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Lincoln City: Imps aiming for first Wembley appearance in 133-year history

5 February 2018

Children from Bishop King Primary School enjoyed an extra special football session ahead of Lincoln City’s Checkatrade Trophy Semi-Final match against Chelsea U21.

The children were treated to an appearance from Lincoln City defender Sam Habergham, and got up close with the Trophy that is within touching distance for the Imps.

Tuesday night's last-four tie against the Blues is almost a sell-out and Habergham is relishing the opportunity to impress in front of a packed out crowd at Sincil Bank.

The 25-year-old explained why a trip to Wembley would mean so much to the club and the fans.

“I’ve been one game away three times before, so hopefully this could be fourth time lucky,” he said. “The manager has also been one game away six times before so for him and me it would be nice to get there. As a team, not many of the boys have played at Wembley so it’s definitely something we’d like to do.

“For the supporters to have the chance to come and watch us at Wembley would be great. I’m sure they’d travel in their numbers, and they’ll be out in force for the semi-final.

“It’s always nice to have a full house at Sincil Bank and I’m sure they’ll be really positive and help us get on the front foot. Hopefully we can go on and win the game and get them to Wembley.”


Paula Colburn, Business Manager at Bishop King Primary School, went on to explain how the school being only a few metres away from Sincil Bank has benefited pupils.

“You can see our playing field from the club’s ground so our 405 children are very avid and dedicated Lincoln City supporters. We do work a lot with the club, especially in the area of male role models – a lot of our children perhaps don’t have male role models in their life.

“Games and occasions like this bring, not just our school, but the entire community together, so it’s been fantastic to be on a run like this. I can guarantee that if Lincoln get to Wembley then a lot of our pupils, teachers, staff and many more will be heading off to Wembley in April!”

Tuesday night’s semi-final gets under way at 7:45pm and will be screened live on Sky Sports as the Imps, unbeaten in the competition so far, look to book their place in a Wembley final for the first time in their history.

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