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Imps fan Chris helping drive football across globe

10 June 2022

Club News

Imps fan Chris helping drive football across globe

10 June 2022

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City supporter Chris Milnes is representing the Imps across the globe in his role as International Relations Project Specialist with UEFA.

After growing up in Lincoln, Chris played grassroots football for a number of local sides including GF Hykeham, Manor United, Nettleham and Jerusalem. Away from playing the sport, his love was with Lincoln City FC, holding a season ticket at LNER Stadium throughout his teenage years until leaving the area for university where he studied Law and Languages.

Chris’ dad, a retired PE teacher, provided his son with a strong connection to sport, especially football whilst coaching in the Imps Academy as well as the Lincolnshire FA Centre of Excellence.

Milnes’ early memories include watching players like Gareth Ainsworth and the Imps securing promotion to the third division in 1997/98.

Another special moment in Chris’ footballing mind is the famous 4-1 League Cup win over Manchester City with Terry Fleming, Steve Holmes, Jon Whitney and Gijsbert Bos all finding the back of the net.

Recent years have provided further highlights for the Imps with an FA Cup victory over Premier League side Burnley, two trips to Wembley Stadium and a league title winning promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

Away from being a Lincoln supporter, Chris’ career saw him move to Nyon, Switzerland in 2017 as an English Translator and Editor for UEFA. This included exciting projects working on Champions League and Europa League regulations.

He then moved into international relations a year later and now forms part of the team that manages UEFA Assist, an international football development programme that shares best practices and expertise with national associations outside of Europe.

With world travel to Asia, South America, the Caribbean and Oceania in order to help develop football around the globe, Chris always manages to keep an eye on the Imps by connecting to games through iFollow Imps.

Thanks for your support, Chris!

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