Lincoln City players came face-to-face with the football club’s “latest signing” when their very own Knight rode into Sincil Bank.
The Imps’ Manager Danny Cowley and members of the team proudly posed with the colourful character which will feature prominently in Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln’s eagerly-awaited Summertime attraction – the Lincoln Knights’ Trail.
The Trail will play the starring role in commemorations to mark the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the signing of the Charter of the Forest.
Members of the high-flying Imps’ squad joined their boss in giving the Knight a warm welcome, by signing their names to its shield. Lincoln artist Leah Goldberg is now the adding finishing touches to the sculpture.
And the race is on to getting it ready in time for its special appearance, along with Lincolnshire Co-op’s Knight, at Lincoln City’s Good Friday clash against Torquay.
Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG) and its partner organisation Visit Lincoln devised The Knights’ Trail in partnership with Wild in Art. The attraction will be made-up of 36 Knights, all sponsored by businesses and organisations, and will be installed in and around the city centre – to be enjoyed from May 20 through to September 3.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “We encouraged Lincoln City to get involved in the Knights’ Trail because the team has brought attention to the city through its amazing performances in the FA Cup and FA Trophy competitions.
“In the process the Imps have done a phenomenal job in helping to put Lincoln on the map worldwide, encouraging more people to visit and discover more about the city’s rich history and modern day attractions.
“We were thrilled when Lincoln City came on board as a supporter of The Knights’ Trail and we are rooting for the team all the way as it fights to become National League champion.”
This week was the first time Mr Cowley and the players had seen the Lincoln City Knight – which is an unmissable sculpture which sports the team’s red-and-white strip.
In early March, Mr Cowley, added LCFC’s initials to Lincs Archiving Solutions’ Knight – which paid a visit to Sincil Bank before the Imps’ Knight was completed - but he was unable to attend the media launch of all the 36 Knights at The Showroom in Lincoln, on March 27.
“We were delighted to at last meet the Lincoln City Knight when it was brought down to Sincil Bank earlier this week. It was a great boost to the players who have been training hard ready to meet the challengers in the final run of National League games,” said Mr Cowley.
“As everyone knows, it’s been an amazing season so far and it will be great to have our Knight “onside” for Friday’s match and, even better that it will be on display on the city’s streets throughout the Summer as a reminder of the team’s success.”