Notable kits of yesteryear

linc15021 March ~ There are only so many ways to mess with a simple design of red and white stripes. If you looks at Southampton's all-red tops this season and feels that "it just isn't Southampton", then you should empathise with Lincoln fans. Every so often the club takes its traditional kit and pays someone to make it look crap. We've had fat stripes, thin stripes, micro-stripes, red-and-white quarters and, every now and again, "Arsenal". Though no one made quite such an arse of the design as this effort from Lincoln's only season above the fourth division in the past quarter of a century.

It's a non-committal conglomeration of all the mistakes made in previous redesigns. It takes in thin stripes and fat stripes, with a medium stripe pasted down the middle for good measure. It randomly throws black – the colour of Lincoln's shorts – into the mix as well, while tinkering about with the collar and cuffs like an eager kindergarten waif with a new crayon set. The Lincoln Imp is hidden on the inside of the shirt's back, a clear sign of guilt that this hotchpotch jersey was a denial of club history.

Lincoln's best result that season was beating eventual promotion play-off winners Manchester City, an event not likely to recur any time soon. Also finishing in the top eight were current top-flighters Fulham (champions), Wigan (play-off failures) and Stoke. Further down came their fifth-tier contemporaries Wrexham, Luton and Macclesfield. Lincoln finished one place above Macclesfield in 23rd, our highest League finish since 1986. The following year we reverted to good ole red and white stripes. Ian Plenderleith

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