Reckless provides his guide to Barnet's final fixture of the 2013/14 season...
Lincoln City v Barnet
Skrill Premier League
Saturday 26th April 2014
Stadium: Sincil Bank Stadium, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 8LD
Telephone: 01522 880011
Club Colours: Red and White
Nickname: The Imps
Official Website: www.redimps.co.uk
Brief Directions by Road: The trusty old A1 is the route for this one - remember the A1 is your friend! From the A1 take the A46 signposted Lincoln and after approx. 10 miles look out for a roundabout and take the A1434 signposted Lincoln South (Newark Road). From this point simply follow the signs for Lincoln City Centre/Worksop A57 (the road is re labelled the B1190) and you will be directed to the ground which is situated in Sincil Bank.
Car Parking: There is limited parking at the ground, which is taken quite early, but local streets are pretty unrestricted. When travelling in on the A1434, and in Lincoln itself, look out for the available parking on South Common on your right (where the road junctions the A15 from the left). It resembles a big park and there is a nominal charge. Allow yourself a good 10-15 minute walk to the ground from here but it will allow a more straightforward access to the main outward arterial road when on the way home.
Directions by Train: Lincoln Central Station is a 15-20 minute walk from the ground. Turn left out of the station and left again into the High Street. Stay on the High Street over the level crossing where you will eventually find Scorer Street. The first right off Scorer Street is Sincil Bank. A taxi will cost around £5.50 and they are plentiful directly outside the station. The Bus Station can be found opposite the Grand Hotel about 100 yards from the station. From here most buses run along the high Street towards the ground.
Eating and Drinking Locally: My ever reliable sources tell me that the best pubs close to the ground are all on the High Street just 5-10 minutes walk away. The Golden Eagle listed by CAMRA and on the junction of Spencer Street is great for real ales and bar grub. The Wetherspoons outlet The Ritz is a cracker and can be found at 143 High Street while a few doors down the Anchor is a well worth a drop in.
However the Reckless Recommendation once once again the superb Pyewipe Inn which is situated on the A46 Lincoln by pass junction with A57. The ground is well signposted from here as well. www.pyewipeinnlincoln.co.uk
The Pyewipe backs onto the Fossdyke Navigation Canal.
Social Club: The Trust Suite is the new name for the old Centre Spot social club. Visiting fans are made welcome before and after the game.
Know Your Place: The Bridge McFarland Stand built in 1992. It has six rows of covered turquoise seats with 17 executive boxes on top and will be our home for the afternoon.
Admission Prices: Adults £16, Concessions £11, U18s £7.
Previous Meetings and Memories: At Underhill in October 2000 sensationally the Bees came from 0-3 down to win 4-3! Stuart “The Heed” Niven, Warren Goodhind, Tony Richards and Omar Riza scored the goals. Three other games come immediately to mind - the two infamous meetings in the 1987/8 Conference season when the Bees won 4-2 at Underhill (Dave Sansom (3) and Nicky Evans) and then lost the return 1-2 in one of the most officially biased and intimidating atmospheres I have ever had the misfortune to endure. Noel Ashford and Herbie Smith were dismissed for the Bees on an evening that featured a very rare goal from Skipper Kevin Millett. The third game is the complete demolition of an Imps side at Sincil Bank in September 1991. The 6 goals, without a reply, came from an own goal, Gary Bull (2), Harry Willis, Frank Murphy and Nicky Evans - marvellous!
I would like to thank everybody for putting up with my ramblings for another season and I am afraid they will be back next season. I also hope these guides have been of some help. I have made the odd error I admit and for those you have my apologies. Reckless