Numerous trips across Lincolnshire, Championship opposition and a game you can watch live for free are on the agenda for Lincoln City’s pre-season schedule this summer, as the club prepare for a new year in League One.
The regular season is set to start a bit earlier in the EFL this year, with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar taking place through the winter months rather than the summer off-season.
This means that the League One season will start for Lincoln on Saturday, July 30 and finish on May 6, pending any scheduling alterations throughout the campaign.
The fixture list for the EFL will be released on Thursday, June 23 – allowing Lincoln City to see who they will be playing when – but their pre-season opponents have now been revealed.
The Imps’ pre-season schedule will begin on Saturday, July 2 with a runout away from home against fellow Lincolnshire side Gainsborough Trinity, kicking off at 3pm.
Ten days later they will face Championship side Sheffield United in a behind-closed-doors match at a neutral venue that is yet to be announced, and on July 16 it will be another away match – this time against Hartlepool United.
A trip to Blundell Park is next for City, as they take on Grimsby Town – fresh off their promotion to League Two – on Tuesday, July 19 at 3pm. This is followed by the first home match of pre-season, against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, July 23.
Lastly, the side will face West Ham United’s under-23s squad at the LNER Stadium on July 26, again kicking off at 3pm. This game will be free entry for fans of both teams, forming part of a family day at the stadium being put on by Lincoln City Foundation.
A ‘City XI’ side will also be fielded for three additional fixtures during pre-season, and they are as follows:
- July 13 – Sleaford Town (A)
- July 20 – Lincoln United (A)
- August 2 – Eastbourne Borough (A)
The games will be a first opportunity to see new manager Mark Kennedy‘s tactics and philosophies of football, as he prepares for his first season at the Imps since replacing Michael Appleton.