Matchday Guide: West Ham United (H)

Ahead of the visit of West Ham United on Wednesday evening, we are able to provide supporters with a guide to plan your visit to the LNER Stadium.

Remembering Murph

Supporters are invited to take part in a minute’s applause to celebrate the life of legendary former Imps manager Colin Murphy prior to Wednesday night's tie against West Ham United.

Supporters who wish to pay their respects can do so with the applause to be held before to kick-off in City’s round three Carabao Cup tie against the Hammers.

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Colin was known for building one of the best City sides of all time, leading the club to promotion in 1980/81 before solidifying the club’s position in the third tier and almost securing another promotion to the second division.

He returned to the Imps for a second time in 1987 and secured promotion back to the football league during his first season back in charge.

Lovingly known as ‘Murph’, Colin managed the Imps last time City faced West Ham at the LNER Stadium, back in 1982.

University of Lincoln Fan Village

For those looking to relax and enjoy the matchday atmosphere, there is a wide range of food and drink options in the University of Lincoln Fan Village - including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Tipsy Imp will provide a wide range of premium beers and ciders. A variety of soft drinks are also available across the fan village.

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In the Centre Spot Tavern, which is open to home and away supporters, as well as other hospitality areas around the ground, a discounted drinks offer will be in place for 45 minutes starting from 5pm, with a pint of Stella Artois costing just £3.50.

The Imps retail unit will also be in operation, providing supporters the opportunity to kit themselves out for the new campaign with our home, away, third, goalkeeping and warm-up ranges.

The Red Imps Community Trust will have their stall including old programmes for sale.

Family activities

Poacher's Den, introduced for the 2022/23 season by the club's Foundation, is City's family-friendly area which is open to supporters of both sides ahead of games at the LNER Stadium.

Based at the north end of the GBM Stand and accessed via Sincil Bank, there is now a pool table, putting green and speed stack challenge. A new TV has also been installed for those wishing to play FIFA on the PlayStation.

This is all in addition to the Xbox, table tennis, fussball table and other fun activities at every game.

Poacher's Den is just one of the free activities in place at every home match, with free children's football sessions on the 3G pitch opposite the SRP Stand from 5:30pm for every midweek fixture - there is no need to book on, simply turn up from 5:30pm.

There is also an interactive challenge in the University of Lincoln Fan Village at every match ran by Lincoln City Foundation.

Supporter liaison officers

Our SLO team will be around the stadium before and during the game, look out for them or our Here To Help team - they will all be clearly identified. We have a matchday familiarisation opportunity for any supporters who are new to the stadium - this is free and there is no need to sign up, simply head to the ticket office for 6.15pm.

Alan Long, who heads our SLO team, also guides you through what a matchday looks like in this welcome video below.

Audio descriptive commentary

The Imps provide a free audio descriptive commentary service for fans with visual impairments. Headsets and receivers can be collected from the ticket office before the game (from the SLO point 5pm-6.45pm, then from the ticket office desks).

Fans are encouraged to bring their own headphones where possible to minimise the amount of equipment needed to be shared - the receivers have a standard aux output.

Anyone with questions about the service are asked to contact disability liaison officer Heidi Langham on

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The Imps have launched a new, enhanced teamsheet for this season, featuring the starting line-ups and notes from the head coach.

The enhanced teamsheet can be purchased at all home matches for just 50p around the ground. These will be available in the ticket office, the Red Imps Community Trust stand in the University of Lincoln Fan Village, or the 50/50 draw sellers at the northern end of the stadium from around 7pm. Alternatively, you can order your copy online HERE.

Find out more information on the teamsheet HERE.


Tickets for this fixture have sold out. Please do not come down to the LNER Stadium without a valid match ticket.


We've loved seeing the pictures of families enjoying matchdays at the LNER Stadium - why not share your images of the day with us on Twitter using the #ImpsSelfie hashtag. If you get a picture with Poacher don't forget to tag him on Twitter at @Poacher_The_Imp!

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Matchday travel

Supporters are advised to park their vehicles in the South Common. This can be booked in advance online for £5 HERE. Alternatively, pay on the day is available without booking for the cost of £6.

As of the start of this month, the streets surrounding the stadium have been moved to permit holders only.

Tthere are still plenty of parking options available for Wednesday’s fixture, including offers at local car parks at a reduced rate. They are:

King Street (100); Tentercroft St (380); Lucy Tower (420); Chaplin Street (45) (midweek fixture offer)

  • Discounted evening tariff after 6pm
  • 50% reduction on price (typical full cost is £3.50 - so cost would be £1.75)
  • Pay-by-Phone using a four-digit number (not the one on the boards)
  • The Pay-by-Phone codes are Chaplin Street 7854, Tentercroft St 7840 and Lucy Tower Street 7852.

There are 380 parking spaces at Tentercroft Street (LN5 7DB), 420 at Lucy Tower (LN1 1XL) 100 at King Street (LN5 7BN) and 45 at Chaplin Street (LN5 7BN) which are all available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Click here to find out all of the options.

Gold members can get their home matchday transport covered for just £2 courtesy of Stagecoach. For more information on this scheme, CLICK HERE.

There is also a cycle rack at the stadium for people who wish to bike down to the game.

iFollow Imps

The match is unavailable for live streaming via iFollow Imps and has not been selected for TV.

iFollow Imps subscribers can watch all the reaction, including post-match interviews and match highlights after tha game.

City supporters unable to get to the LNER Stadium will also be able to follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official X (Twitter), Facebook and Instagram pages.

Former Players Association guests

Matt Carhmichael, Tony Cunningham, Phil Hubbard and Warren Ward will attend the game as guests of the Former Players Association. They'll be interviewed by Ivor James on the University of Lincoln Fan Village stage shortly after 7pm.

Poacher's Playlist

You get to decide the matchday music at every match! Look out for the post on our social media channels and simply reply with your choice.

Safe text number

We offer an anonymous safe text number for supporters to report any concerns around safety or inappropriate behaviour and chanting in or around the stadium. You can contact the safe text line on 07718 483367.