When Lincoln City’s team bus failed to turn up for Saturday’s away fixture in Barnet, the team was left with no way to transport vital match-day equipment such as the tactics board. So manager Gary Simpson got creative.
Simpson used the lid of a kit bin for a makeshift board and a packet of Jelly Babies as the counters. Striker Ben Tomlinson wasn’t the only one amused:
— Ben Tomlinson (@buddytomo)August 16, 2014
Considering Lincoln City beat the Conference Premier (fifth division) leaders 2-1, maybe Simpson is on to something. The coach quipped to BBC Radio Lincolnshire that he might have to use Jelly Babies for the rest of the season.
"If we can keep winning I will do whatever is necessary," he said.
It didn’t take long for Simpson’s success with his new secret weapon to make the rounds.
Before you knew it, the club’s Under-10 side employed the same strategy, though our sources understand several of the jelly babies mysteriously disappeared by the halftime talk.
— Matthew Petch (@m22petch)August 17, 2014
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