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Andrew Quann


Andrew is a Masters Student at the University of Lincoln studying Sports Journalism currently on Work Experience at the Lincolnite.

Lincoln City will be promoted back to the Football League after six seasons if they beat Macclesfield Town at a sold-out Sincil Bank tomorrow.

The Imps will be Conference champions if they beat the Silkmen in what promises to be a memorable occasion, and one which will cap a season that has been one that dreams are made off.

The game will kick off at an earlier time of 12.15pm, and will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Both the Stacey West Car Park and the South Common will be closed for parking for tomorrow’s game.

Stadium car parking will be restricted to those with pre-booked permits so all supporters who will be travelling to the game via car are advised to arrive as early as possible with only street parking available.

The University of Lincoln will open its 80-space car park at the Joseph Banks Laboratories for free.

Lincoln were relegated from the Football League in 2011, and fans have endured season after season of underachievement in the Conference since then.

Fortunes changed with the appointment of Braintree Town boss Danny Cowley as manager, with his brother Nicky joining him from the Essex club as assistant.

The former PE teacher has transformed the Imps from a mid-table team into table-toppers, with highlights including a double over second placed Tranmere Rovers, and a run of six consecutive victories in April, culminating in a dramatic late 2-1 win at Gateshead, which saw 2,500 Imps’ fans make the long journey up to the north-east.

The fantastic and consistent performances in the league were overshadowed for much of the season by the Imps’ giant-killing exploits in the FA Cup, which saw them dump out League One Oldham Athletic, Championship clubs Ipswich Town and Brighton, and Premier League Burnley.

Thousands travelled to north London to see Lincoln bravely lose to Arsenal in the quarter finals, in a match which caught the imagination of the local, national and international media.

Promotion back to the Football League will see a return of the Lincolnshire derby against fierce rivals Grimsby Town, as well as other local games against Notts County, Mansfield Town and Chesterfield.

Volunteers will be sprucing up Lincoln Train Station by planting new gardens, painting murals on the walls of the platforms and a proudly displaying a selection of historical photographs of the station in a bygone era.

The Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia will be giving the station a spring clean and a makeover, as they encourage the wider community to take part, join in and take pride in their station.

The plan is to involve the community with multiple projects will be starting from next week.

The first project will involve cleaning the redundant and overgrown platform six and the south side of the station. To do this, the task will also require a mini digger to improve that part of the station.

The second project will involve murals being painted on the walls of the station, depicting Lincoln’s historical achievements and inventions including a Spitfire plane, Lancaster bomber and a tank.

Volunteers will also plant flowers in a wooden surround that will be sponsored by the University of Lincoln.

The waiting rooms shall get a makeover as well, with posters and photos of moments in Lincoln’s history will be put up including a visits from George VI and her Majesty the Queen.

The rooms will also have steam trains featured on the walls, as well as historical pictures of the train station.

Peter Harrold, the organiser of the project and member of the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia said:  “We are looking to get the community involved including schools and everyone from the area, not just from the Rotary Club.

“We want to improve what tourists and visitors see the first thing they arrive in Lincoln if they are coming via a train.

“We also want to bring back pride to the lovely building which will be of course a part of the new transport hub here in Lincoln.”

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