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RECORD SEQUENCES

The 1-0 win at Shrewsbury Town on September 9th 2006 was our sixth consecutive away win in the Football League thus setting a new club record whilst a 3-1 success at Wycombe Wanderers a fortnight later extended that record even further.

The seven-game winning run ironically began at Wycombe on Easter Monday 2006 and continued with success at Shrewsbury in the final away League game of the 2005/06 season. If you then add on the four victories at the beginning of the 2006/07 campaign to the repeat successes at Shrewsbury and Wycombe then it meant the history books had to be amended! The run came to an end at Boston United, who secured a 1-0 success at York Street on September 27th 2006. A summary is as follows:

Date

Opponents

Competition

Res

Crowd

17/04/2006

Wycombe Wanderers

FL League 2

3-0

5,750

29/04/2006

Shrewsbury Town

FL League 2

1-0

5,170

08/08/2006

Hereford United

FL League 2

2-1

4,405

12/08/2006

Torquay United

FL League 2

2-1

3,192

26/08/2006

Mansfield Town

FL League 2

4-2

4,596

09/09/2006

Shrewsbury Town

FL League 2

1-0

4,083

23/09/2006

Wycombe Wanderers

FL League 2

3-1

5,247

Our previous record had stood at five, a feat we had achieved on four previous occasions, the last time being in 1992/93. That run, however, which saw victories at Northampton Town (2-0), Bury (2-1), Darlington (3-1), Scarborough (1-0) and Crewe Alexandra (2-1) came to an abrupt end with a 5-1 defeat at Rochdale!

The previous five-match winning away sequences came in 1968 when the Imps won the last four games of the 1967/68 season (1-0 at Exeter City, 1-0 at Newport County, 3-1 at Brentford and 5-1 at Bradford Park Avenue) plus the first game on the road the following campaign (1-0 at Halifax Town); in the Division Four championship season of 1975/76 (4-2 at Cambridge United, 3-2 at Crewe Alexandra, 3-0 at Workington, 3-1 at Watford and 4-2 at Doncaster Rovers) and in 1989/90 (1-0 at Halifax Town, 1-0 at Exeter City, 1-0 at Aldershot, 3-0 at Torquay United and 2-0 at Wrexham).

The end of 1981/82 and beginning of 1982/83, meanwhile, saw our best ever run of home Football League victories as we won 14 on the trot at Sincil Bank. Again the run started on Easter Monday, April 12th 1982, with a 2-0 success over Huddersfield Town. The full summary being as follows:

Date

Opponents

Competition

Res

Crowd

12/04/1982

Huddersfield Town

FL Division 3

2-0

8,243

17/04/1982

Reading

FL Division 3

2-1

5,028

01/05/1982

Bristol Rovers

FL Division 3

1-0

4,070

15/05/1982

Exeter City

FL Division 3

2-0

5,489

28/08/1982

Wigan Athletic

FL Division 3

2-1

3,348

11/09/1982

Reading

FL Division 3

4-0

2,790

25/09/1982

Orient

FL Division 3

2-0

3,116

29/09/1982

Sheffield United

FL Division 3

3-0

8,550

09/10/1982

Doncaster Rovers

FL Division 3

5-1

4,785

20/10/1982

Exeter City

FL Division 3

4-1

3,699

30/10/1982

Bradford City

FL Division 3

1-0

5,296

13/11/1982

Cardiff City

FL Division 3

2-1

6,585

04/12/1982

Millwall

FL Division 3

3-1

4,245

18/12/1982

AFC Bournemouth

FL Division 3

9-0

4,138

Ironically, it was Huddersfield who ended the run, beating us 2-1 on December 28th 1982.

Ten matches is the most we have ever won consecutively, this coming in the 1930/31 season. We lost the first game of the season but then won the next 10 (six at home, four away) scoring 25 goals and conceding four before a home draw with Chesterfield ended the run. We finished the season in second place in Division 3 North, one point behind Chesterfield!

This winning run was as follows:

Date

Opponents

Ven

Competition

Res

Crowd

01/09/1930

Wigan Borough

h

FL Division 3N

2-0

6,398

06/09/1930

Stockport County

h

FL Division 3N

6-1

7,418

09/09/1930

Nelson

a

FL Division 3N

2-1

3,955

13/09/1930

Gateshead

a

FL Division 3N

1-0

7,505

15/09/1930

Nelson

h

FL Division 3N

2-0

6,741

20/09/1930

Doncaster Rovers

h

FL Division 3N

1-0

6,722

27/09/1930

Hull City

a

FL Division 3N

3-1

12,638

04/10/1930

Barrow

h

FL Division 3N

5-0

7,329

11/10/1930

Hartlepools United

h

FL Division 3N

1-0

7,516

18/10/1930

Southport

a

FL Division 3N

2-1

3,479

For our worst run of defeats you have to go back to the Victorian era and 1896/97 when the Imps of the day managed to lose 12 matches on the spin. Five of the games were at Sincil Bank which is also the joint record for consecutive home losses, matched in 1960/61 and again in 1998/99.

Date

Opponents

Ven

Competition

Res

21/09/1896

Manchester City

a

FL Division 2

0-3

26/09/1896

Grimsby Town

a

FL Division 2

1-3

03/10/1896

Loughborough Town

h

FL Division 2

0-2

04/10/1896

Newcastle United

h

FL Division 2

1-2

07/11/1896

Leicester Fosse

a

FL Division 2

1-4

14/11/1896

Blackpool

a

FL Division 2

1-3

05/12/1896

Woolwich Arsenal

h

FL Division 2

2-3

19/12/1896

Darwen

a

FL Division 2

1-4

25/12/1896

Woolwich Arsenal

a

FL Division 2

2-6

26/12/1896

Burton Wanderers

h

FL Division 2

2-3

02/01/1897

Newcastle United

a

FL Division 2

1-2

09/01/1897

Grimsby Town

h

FL Division 2

0-3

The seven away games on the run, meanwhile, were the start of a longer sequence of 14 successive away defeats, only ended by a draw at Woolwich Arsenal in September 1897. The 14-match losing run being as follows:-

Date

Opponents

Competition

Res

21/09/1896

Manchester City

FL Division 2

0-3

26/09/1896

Grimsby Town

FL Division 2

1-3

07/11/1896

Leicester Fosse

FL Division 2

1-4

14/11/1896

Blackpool

FL Division 2

1-3

19/12/1896

Darwen

FL Division 2

1-4

25/12/1896

Woolwich Arsenal

FL Division 2

2-6

02/01/1897

Newcastle United

FL Division 2

1-2

23/01/1897

Notts County

FL Division 2

0-8

06/02/1897

Burton Swifts

FL Division 2

0-4

06/03/1897

Loughborough Town

FL Division 2

0-3

27/03/1897

Gainsborough Trinity

FL Division 2

0-7

03/04/1897

Burton Wanderers

FL Division 2

0-2

17/04/1897

Walsall

FL Division 2

0-5

04/09/1897

Newton Heath

FL Division 2

0-5

Five games is our longest run of consecutive draws in February/March 1981 and is also the record for consecutive away draws on three occasions (last time in 1991). At home the 3-1 win over Accrington Stanley on September 1st 2006 brought to an end a Club record run of six consecutive home Football League draws.

The consecutive home and away draw record being:

Date

Opponents

Ven

Competition

Res

Crowd

21/02/1981

Scunthorpe United

a

FL Division 4

2-2

5,032

28/02/1981

Wimbledon

h

FL Division 4

0-0

4,019

03/03/1981

Tranmere Rovers

a

FL Division 4

0-0

1,535

07/03/1981

Doncaster Rovers

h

FL Division 4

1-1

8,832

10/03/1981

Darlington

a

FL Division 4

0-0

2,076

Whilst the record home drawing run is as follows:

Date

Opponents

Competition

Res

Crowd

08/04/2006

Mansfield Town

FL League 2

1-1

6,062

15/04/2006

Bury

FL League 2

1-1

4,439

22/04/2006

Leyton Orient

FL League 2

1-1

5,660

06/05/2006

Rochdale

FL League 2

1-1

7,165

05/08/2006

Notts County

FL League 2

1-1

6,046

19/08/2006

Walsall

FL League 2

2-2

4,565

Finally, another chapter in the Club's history books was rewritten on September 12th 2006 with the 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town at Sincil Bank extending the unbeaten League start to the season to eight games - a feat never achieved before in the Club's previous 99 seasons in the Football League. The previous record had been seven unbeaten matches at the start of a season, this occurring in 1901/02, 1950/51 and 1989/90.

The unbeaten start to the 2006/07 League campaign was as follows:

Date

Opponents

Ven

Competition

Res

Crowd

05/08/2006

Notts County

h

FL League 2

1-1

6,046

08/08/2006

Hereford United

a

FL League 2

2-1

4,405

12/08/2006

Torquay United

a

FL League 2

2-1

3,192

19/08/2006

Walsall

h

FL League 2

2-2

4,565

26/08/2006

Mansfield Town

a

FL League 2

4-2

4,596

01/09/2006

Accrington Stanley

h

FL League 2

3-1

4,999

09/09/2006

Shrewsbury Town

a

FL League 2

1-0

4,083

12/09/2006

Macclesfield Town

h

FL League 2

2-1

4,185


Other Football League Record Sequences:

Longest unbeaten run : 18 matches [9 wins, 9 draws]
(11 March 1980 - 17 September 1980)
Longest unbeaten home run : 35 matches [25 wins, 10 draws]
(22 March 1975 - 29 October 1976)
Longest unbeaten away run : 12 matches [5 wins, 7 draws]
(11 March 1980 - 29 October 1980)
Longest run without a win : 19 matches [6 draws, 13 defeats]
(22 August 1978 - 23 December 1978)
Longest run without a home win : 11 matches [6 draws, 5 defeats]
(2 September 1978 - 10 March 1979)
Longest run without an away win : 35 matches [3 draws, 32 defeats]
(21 September 1896 - 17 December 1898)
Longest run without a draw : 36 matches [12 wins, 24 defeats]
(23 March 1894 - 7 September 1895)

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