Last updated : 19 July 2002 By Jonathan Hall

The official website, teamed up with leading online auction company QXL to provide someone with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a registered Imps player.


The auction closed at 12.00pm on Friday 19th July 2002, with a bidder with the alias “Muhammad Ali” emerging as the highest bidder. His bid of £1326 will be donated to the “Save the Imps Campaign”.


The successful bidder fought off competition from close contenders, “north London imp” and “Limp Imp”, who bid £1301 and £1251 respectively.


A total of 78 bids were made throughout the auction.


Muhammad Ali will now appear on the club’s official website, in every matchday programme, and of course will be on the squad list in all opposition programmes. Furthermore, “Ali” will receive home and away shirts made to his specifications, name and numbered, plus entry to all Imps home matches is granted.


A framed team photograph, signed by the City players will find its way to the lucky bidder.


“Ali” joins the Imps on a non-contract basis, but will have all the certificates from the Football League to prove that he is officially, in essence, a Lincoln City player.


Want to appear at Lincoln City FC’s photo call? Then check out the auction area on the club’s official website.