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Wednesday, 28 June, 2000, 15:48 GMT
Stant takes over at Lincoln
Phil Stant and John Reames
Phil Stant taking over from John Reames
Lincoln City's 1999/2000 campaign was best summed up by the fact that they had the second best goalscoring record in the Third Division coupled with the fourth worst defensive record.

As far as the fans were concerned, Lincoln's star players during the campaign were leading scorer Lee Thorpe, who was named player-of-the-season, and goalkeeper Alan Marriott.

The other two stars were midfield pair of John Finnigan and Paul Miller, who played a large part in the Imps goal-scoring feats.

As City's season petered out, the club looked to the future early - releasing and putting players on the transfer list before the end of the campaign.

David Phillips
David Phillips not offered new terms

Six players out of contract in summer - John Vaughan, Dave Phillips, Barry Richardson, Ian Wilkins, Lee Philpott and Craig Stones were shown the door.

Another three - Stuart Bimson, Dave Barnett and Tony Battersby were given free transfers.

Added to that, two players, Terry Fleming and Gavin Gordon, are also out of contract in the summer.

To replace those players, the Imps are looking to youth in the future. Already, four players 21 and under are featuring in the team - Marriott, Paul Mayo, Graham Lewis and Anthony Henry.

In the end, City's fans were left to reflect on a season which promised much, but ultimately failed to deliver.

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