Last updated : 15 July 2002 By Jonathan Hall

The original idea was to maintain the home strip for two consecutive seasons. However, amidst the club's financial plight, a case for releasing a new shirt was put forward by the club, to its supporters.


After much deliberation and discussion with the Supporters Trust, the Club decided that the case should be presented to supporters, as it would provide the club with another avenue for substantial financial income.


The vast majority of Imps supporters expressed their backing towards the proposal and so Impsport (the club's kit manufacturers) set about the task of producing a “special edition” home strip which could mark the “Save the Imps” campaign.


The prototype of this season's home shirt has been completed, and first impressions make for happy reading. Lincoln City Supporters Trust chairman, Rick Keracher, said, “It is a throwback to the (Graham) Taylor days, which means a very traditional red and white stripes.”


When ‘Impsport' took over the kit manufacturing responsibilities for the club, at the dawn of last season, traditional red and white stripes was what supporters were expecting, but hopes were dashed when an odd-looking, ‘speckled-effect' shirt was revealed. The shirt of last season was met with a mixed response – but this time round, the club are hoping for a much better reaction.


The more recognisable, traditional red and white stripes evident on the new home shirt are sure to please supporters. The new kit is completed with plain black shorts and embroidered badge. “Alstom”, it is believed, are set to remain as sponsor, but that area of the shirt is to be toned down.


To mark the “Save the Imps” campaign, there will be a “Save the Imps 2002” label somewhere on the strip, as anticipated.


Keracher, who has seen this prototype, was impressed – “Looks very smart and I will certainly be buying one.”

For those down at Sincil Bank on the weekend of 20th/21st July to lend a
helping hand in a clean-up of the ground, a sneak preview of the shirt is a
possibility/subject to arrangement.

The Imps will run-out in the strip for the final pre-season game which is 
currently confirmed as being at home to Mansfield Town on Saturday 3rd
August (3pm KO).
This will be the shirt's first official appearance and Impsport and the Football 
Club are hoping that the shirt receives a positive reception.
If all goes well, the new Lincoln City replica home shirt will be launched and 
ready for purchase sometime beginning of August.