Can you name the last Charlton player to score at Sincil Bank ?
The last to score in a League game was Eddie Werge in September 1960. His goal put us 2-1 in front after Denis Edwards had equalised a 23rd minute opener from Chapman. Unfortunately, Chapman was to score again seven minutes from time and the game finished 2-2. The Imps finished bottom of The Second Division by nine points and our paths were not to cross again in the League until last season. We lost 0-2 in September last year in a game in which Ben Amos saved a Jorge Grant penalty only for Grant to score from an offside position when the ball was returned to him.
Lincoln were in The National League as recently as 2017 but enjoyed phenomenal success under Danny Cowley who took them to two promotions, an FA Cup quarter final and the EFL Trophy. After he left for Huddersfield in 2019 Michael Appleton continued the upward momentum and, having seen off Sunderland in the semi-final, his team was at Wembley last May to meet Blackpool in the play-off final. They took a very early lead through a own goal but eventually succumbed 1-2. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
This season hasn't begun so well. They have lost the influential Grant to Peterborough and they sit in 17th place with three wins from their first eleven games. Their only home win so far was in early August against Fleetwood. Since then the home supporters have seen defeats by Bolton and Ipswich and draws with Rotherham and Plymouth. Away form has been more impressive with wins at Cambridge and Burton although they lost last time out at Morecombe.
The danger man will no doubt be striker Anthony Scully who has seven goals and three assists already. He is the son of Tony Scully who enjoyed a ten year league career from the mid 1990s - notably at QPR, Cambridge and Notts County. Having failed to break through at West Ham Anthony joined Lincoln in March 2020 and has since scored 32 in 77 appearances. He will be supported in attack by Lewis Fiorini - a 19 year old on loan from Manchester City who has represented Scotland at under 21 level. City must rate him highly as he has a contract at The Emirates until 2026.
So who is the last Charlton player to score at Lincoln ? Here is a clue:
He scored an 88th winning goal in an October 1986 League Cup tie up there and his son is very likely to be in our starting eleven on Saturday. There will be few complaints from the 1300 travelling Charlton fans if our Luton loanee is able to replicate his father's feat and bring back all three points. Nigel Adkins is staying as positive as possible:
“Looking at Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday... we’ve had to navigate our way through the last period but we’re in a far stronger position now. And likewise, we’re growing and we’re building - that’s the important thing. There’s a lot of good work going on at the training ground to put ourselves in a position to try and win more games of football."