VIDEO: Top 10 Great Escape Moments to inspire Lincoln City
Lincoln City supporters will be marching through the city centre before tomorrow’s crucial match against AFC Telford United to drum up support for the Imps.
City, who desperately need fans’ backing, will be looking to get a vital win against the division's bottom team.
It’s time to focus on making City safe and prove wrong those who have written Lincoln off – as these Great Escape Moments show, Lincoln’s fate can be turned around:
1) West Brom, Premier League, 2004-2005
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West Brom pulled off the ultimate great escape in 2005 when they became the first team in Premier League history to avoid relegation after being bottom of the league on Christmas Day.
The odds were stacked against the Baggies on the final day of the season and they knew they had to win - while hoping none of their rivals did. But no team's relegation was confirmed.
And in a miraculous twist of fate Southampton, Crystal Palace and Norwich all failed to win, meaning West Brom’s 2-0 victory over Portsmouth at the Hawthorns saw them jump three league places to safety.
Watch the moment of victory from 2:50 in this video:
2) West Ham, Premier League, 2007
Another memorable turnaround came in 2007 when Carlos Tevez scored a winning goal against future employers Manchester United to keep the Hammers in the Premier League and relegate Sheffield United.
The Argentinian striker, whose team sat bottom of the table in March, led them to win seven of their final nine games, including matches against Everton and away at Arsenal.
The team’s stellar performances steered them towards safety and on the final day Tevez scored the clincher at Old Trafford.
3) Bradford, Premier League, 2000
Bradford returned to the top flight for the first time in 77 years in 1999 and went almost straight back down.
They entered their final game of the season teetering on the edge of oblivion, desperately in need of a victory against Liverpool as they fought against Wimbledon to avoid the final relegation spot.
In classic ‘final day escape’ fashion, a first-half David Wetherall strike secured safety for Bradford and brought to an end Wimbledon's 14-year stay in the top flight.
4) Sheffield United, Division One, 1990-91
The season got off to a painfully slow start for United, taking them 17 games to record their first win (they drew four and lost 12).
Victory came in a 3-2 score over Nottingham Forest just before Christmas, and unbeknownst to fans and commentators, it would herald the beginning of a classic comeback. They went on to claim 36 points from 19 games in the second half of the season and enjoyed a run of seven consecutive wins.
By March their efforts had paid off and they had hauled themselves out of the relegation zone.
5) Oldham Athletic, Premier League, 1993
Overturning an eight-point deficit to avoid relegation is impressive - doing so in the final week of the season is something else. But In 1993, Oldham did just that.
The outlook seemed bleak - the team had to win three games in seven days and hope either Crystal Palace or Sheffield United bombed in their last two fixtures. They entered Judgement Day having triumphed in their last two matches, but Crystal Palace were three points clear of them with a superior goal difference and looked set for a club record fifth consecutive season in the Premier League.
But after fighting tooth and nail on the final day at Boundary Park, Oldham pulled in their third consecutive victory, a 4-3 score against Southampton. Meanwhile Palace lost 3-0 at Arsenal and were relegated on goal difference.
Oldham were themselves relegated a year later, but it is nevertheless an unforgettable great escape.
6) Brighton, Division Three, 1997
If ever there were a tale to prove you should never give up hope, this is it.
Brighton were 12 points adrift at the bottom of Division Three in 1996, and each disaster they encountered was worse than the last. Their ultimate low point came when they were hit with a two-point deduction as punishment for a pitch invasion by fans protesting against the sale of the Goldstone ground.
But the team, undeterred, put in stellar performances from March and a 1-1 draw against Hereford on the final day of the season ensured they stayed in the Football League.
7) Fulham, Premier League, 2007-2008
The fate of the Cottagers looked to be sealed in 2007 but they clawed their way back to Premier League safety.
First came their away win over Reading with five games to go; then there was their stellar second half performance during their away game against Manchester City in which they turned around their 2-0 down position and Diamancy Kamara secured a last-minute winner.
And the icing on the cake, Danny Murphy's 76th-minute header proved enough to secure Fulham's Premier League status as they beat Portsmouth, keeping them up on goal difference.
8) Wigan Athletic, Premier League, 2011-2012
This, it can be argued, was one of the most unlikely escapes of all. At the foot of the Premier League table and destined for relegation it seemed, Wigan suddenly turned around their fate.
Their victory at Anfield in March would be the catalyst for a run of successes - they went on to triumph over Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and Stoke, before sealing a 1-0 win over Blackburn which would preserve their top flight status.
9) Celtic, Premier League, 2013
It was no relegation escape but Celtic proved doubters wrong earlier this month when they beat Aberdeen 4-3 in an electrifying Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter at Parkhead.
An injury-time strike from substitute Georgios Samaras took them back 15 points clear of Motherwell at the top of the table, but not before Charlie Mulgrew reduced the deficit and Gary Hooper equalised with just three minutes to go.
Celtic manager Lennon said: “It was absolutely brilliant.
“People were accusing the players or criticising the players for complacency and not showing enough desire, but when the fourth goal went in I think you could see what it meant to them and what it meant to the supporters.”
10) Birmingham, Division One, 1983
Birmingham looked dead in the water in 1983 - Ron Saunders’ side sat bottom of the table, where they had been almost all season, and were six points from safety with six games to go.
But determined not to go out without a fight, Birmingham managed to win five of their last six games, including three straight away wins – after none all season. They also recorded home wins over Everton and Tottenham, and finished the season three places above the drop.