Fleetwood Town face Lincoln City on Saturday 21 October at Highbury Stadium, and we've got all the pre-match information you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Lincoln City
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 21 October 2023
Venue: Highbury Stadium
Our visitors this weekend sit in 16th place in the table after a mixed-bag of results so far this campaign, with four wins, three draws and four losses under their belt. The Lincolnshire side are longing a sense of consistency hence the departure of ex-head-coach Mark Kennedy and assistant Danny Butterfield earlier this week.
With struggles in both boxes in recent months (scoring goals and keeping them out), it will be down to first-team-coach Tom Shaw to take the reigns in a hope to keep the Cods at bay on an interim basis whilst the Lincolnshire side go through the motions of hiring a permanent candidate.
The Imps have established themselves as a League One side during the past five years with a finish in the Play-offs the highest heights they’ve reached, however with Shaw at the helm of the side’s temporary proceedings the side from Sincil Bank will hope their fortunes can change in Lancashire as their last league win came at the back end of September against Cheltenham Town.
The Imps do have a squad capable of steering closer up the division with players such as Teddy Bishop, Danny Mandroiu and Paudie O’Connor, who have all valuable League One attributes.
THOSE WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR BOTH
With a few players wearing both the red of Fleetwood and the red of Lincoln, we’ve picked out a few players that have played for both in their careers.
Cian Bolger: Bolger joined Lincoln from Fleetwood after playing 85 times for the Cods. A presence at the back who stands tall at 6 foot 4 inches, Bolger was also a danger in attack utilising his height for corners – currently still playing his trade in Larne, Northern Ireland, the tough-tackling centre back is appreciated by both sides who meet this weekend.
Jeff Hughes: A player involved in Town’s promotion to League One from League Two, Hughes’ first team in England was The Imps where he made 63 appearances in midfield. Six years later he moved to the Fylde Coast and over a two year period made nearly 50 appearances for Fleetwood.
Callum Connolly: Connolly, who originally joined Lincoln on a temporary basis on loan from Everton in 2019, was on the 6th loan of his career from the Toffees where the year after he’d join up with fellow scouser Joey Barton at Fleetwood. Connolly was a versatile player who could operate in midfield or anywhere across the back-line for Barton and was part of Fleetwood’s play-off finish in 2020. Connolly now plays for our rivals, Blackpool FC.
WHAT THE GAFFER HAS HAD TO SAY ON THE MATCH
“The time off has been really valuable to us, there’s been shoots of improvement in halves of the last five games, we have obviously picked up points in those games whilst we’re just trying to repeat messages whether that’s in the analysis. The boys have been brilliant and what makes it better going into this match we have a full squad – the physio can have a little holiday now, touch-wood it stays like that.
“It’s about now getting into the nitty gritty of the individuals and where we can start to formulate the formula to go and win consistently, it’s not just the footballers but it’s the people you have to get to know and there’s a lot of interesting stories here, talent is not the problem here.”
“I remember Highbury being an absolute fortress over the years, very difficult place to come where at the moment we’re giving away points far too easily, there has to be a mentality shift, we need to fine tune and make winners of this group.
“The games I’ve watched of Lincoln they’re a good side, they have just had a bit of misfortune through injuries, you never know what goes on behind the scenes but for us it becomes an unknown realm because you don’t know how they will play, our focus shifts mainly to us and the lads have to be tactically agile at all times, we can go into this game with a position of strength.”
KEY IFOLLOW INFORMATION
If you’ve missed Lee Johnson and his men in action, but can’t make it to the stands for the game, there is still plenty of ways to get your football fix and get live coverage from BBC Radio Lancashire with prices starting at £2.50. All prices below here:
Video Match Pass (overseas only): £10.00
Audio Match Pass: £2.50
Audio Monthly Pass: £4.49
Audio Season Pass: £45.00
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TICKETING DETAILS FOR SUPPORTERS
If you can make the game yet haven’t purchased tickets yet, what are you waiting for and back Johnson and the Cods now as Fleetwood look to make the most of the games in hand to climb up that table with tickets available online before the match or at the ticket office at the stadium.
Seating (Parkside and Highbury Stand)
Standing (Memorial Stand):
If you require anymore information regarding tickets or general ticketing enquiries you can contact the ticket office at Highbury Stadium by ringing 01253775080 or contact email@example.com
KEY JIM'S BAR INFORMATION
For those early birds who want to make the most out of their day at Highbury, special deals are there for you as, between 12-1pm, all draught beers and ciders will be £2.50 per pint apart from Madri, which will cost you an extra £1.
Alongside this, supporters with Onward Cards can get four-pint pitchers for a cut-price throughout the day, with four-and-five-bottle offers also available during the day (specific times listed on the graphic).
10% off draught beer is also listed as another benefit between 1-2:45pm, at half-time, and the post-match happy hour (5-6pm) so make sure you are in there during these times!
Please note, due to the club wanting the stands to stay full to cheer on Town this Saturday, the bar will close at kick-off and will not open again until 3:30pm, so let’s get the Cods cheered on as they bid for another three points!
Here are all the offers available in Jim’s Bar this weekend: