Club Photographers Andrew Vaughan, Chris Vaughan and Graham Burrell have picked their favourite images from the 2019/20 season.
1. Tyler Walker | Lincoln City Vs Sunderland | Saturday 5th October 2019
By October 2019 it was clear that in Tyler Walker we were watching one of the most natural goal scorers of recent times. This picture summed up for me his natural instincts in that he gambled on getting to the ball before the Sunderland keeper, and that gamble paid off.
2. Stadium General View | Lincoln City Vs Ipswich Town
I have always loved watching the stadium fill up during the hours before kick-off, this image summed up how emotive and beautiful the LNER Stadium is.
3. Jorge Grant Celebration | Lincoln City Vs Peterborough United | Wednesday 1st January 2020
Pride, passion and determination summed up in one picture. Last minute wonder free-kick to secure all 3 points against rivals Peterborough United.
4. Jake Hesketh in the rain | Accrington Stanley Vs Lincoln City | Saturday 15th February 2020
Sometimes football is not about playing in perfect conditions, it is about simply rolling up your sleeves and battling your opponent and the conditions. This image from a rain-soaked Accrington, as Jake Hesketh vies for possession with Accrington Stanley's Sam Finley, sums that up for me.
5. Anthony Scully in action | Lincoln City Vs Burton Albion | Saturday 7th March 2020
Determination to win, and utilise your physical presence summed up in Anthony Scully’s face as he battles for possession with Burton Albion's Reece Hutchinson in our last game of the 2019/20 season. This image shows why Anthony will become a real fans favourite throughout his career.
As a photographer, I am always looking to tell a story at each match. I want to capture images that communicate with the fans.
From the action on the pitch, the critical goals, the emotion in the celebrations through to the battles going on all over the pitch. But football is more than what is happening on the pitch.
As a football club, we know how important our fans are. And the role they play on a matchday. Sat pitchside seeing full stands as the backdrop to my images has been special. And the noise and atmosphere has been something else! So as a photographer images of the fans is part of the story of the game.
1. Arriving at the ground | Lincoln City Vs Rotherham United | Tuesday 12th November 2019
There is something about arriving at the ground. The anticipation, the build-up, the hope. I had the chance to look for some different images today and wanted to utilise the lights to create an atmospheric image.
2. Fans with a backdrop of Lincoln Cathedral | Lincoln City Vs Tranmere Rovers | Saturday 14th December 2019
Seeing fans filling LNER Stadium has really lifted the background of images over the past few years. And not many football stadiums have a background as magnificent as Lincoln Cathedral, which had recently switched on it’s new eco-friendly lighting system. I wanted to capture an image that showed the Lincolnshire Co-op Stand full with the view over towards the Cathedral.
3. Tyler Walker celebration | Lincoln City Vs Ipswich Town | Sunday 29th December 2019
Our final game of the decade and the sun setting over LNER Stadium made for some picturesque images. Tyler Walker helpfully scored our third goal of the game just as the sky was filled with deep blue and burnt orange.
4. Tyreece John-Jules celebration | Lincoln City Vs Blackpool | Saturday 18th January 2020
Talking to Tyreece when he signed, he said that putting his finger to his lips was his trademark goal celebration. As Tyreece scored and ran towards the corner I was sitting to celebrate the goal, I was hoping to make sure I got the image of this. Looking through the lens I could tell Tyreece had clocked my camera and put his finger to his lips for a split second whilst looking straight down my lens.
5. Tom Hopper celebration | Lincoln City Vs Burton Albion | Saturday 7th March 2020
I look for opportunities to put a remote camera out at grounds. When I do this, I always look to try and get a different angle. Using remote cameras can be very hit and miss because you have no control over ensuring the action is framed and in focus. For me, the contrast between the two sets of players makes this image, as Tom Hopper celebrates his first goal of the afternoon, in what proved to be our final game of the 2019/20 season.
1. Tyler Walker action shot | Lincoln City vs AFC Wimbledon | Saturday November 2nd 2019
Being asked to choose five pics from the last season proved to be a very hard task! But one of the things I like to see in my pictures are facial expressions, so all five of these reflect that. I like this one because I think it’s a good action picture but the players' faces make it into a short story for me!
2. Neal Eardley action shot | Lincoln City vs Bristol Rovers | Saturday 14th September 2019
I liked capturing the moment Neal trapped the ball that was fired to him from a long way away, but the concentration on his face makes it!
3. Celebration picture | Lincoln City vs Burton Albion | Saturday 7th March 2020
I like to sit just inside the 18-yard box because I can get an angle towards the crowd for pictures just like this one! That means I can capture those wonderful joyous expressions on the fans faces.
4. Harry Anderson celebration picture | Lincoln City vs Ipswich Town | Saturday 29th December 2019
Purely and simply the utter joy on Harry’s face!
5. Jack Payne action shot | Lincoln City vs Sunderland | Saturday 5th October 2019
It’s not always about celebratory joy, it’s also about the “pain”. See what I did there?