The club was first formed in 1976 by Charles Polson and managed by Charles Head. A group of players associated to the old Police youth team called the “Blue Batons” and complemented by players that had been released by Glacis United and St Jago’s joined forces to form the first Lincoln team that played in the Gibraltar 4th division. Most of these players formed part of the successful Gibraltar U-15 squad that a few years earlier had made an impression in their tour of Washington and New York.
When this Lincoln team became old enough to play Senior Football, it was decided to enter this young team into the GFA second division. The team started to climb to the top in the second division in the season 1981/82 winning the league, the division cup and gaining promotion to the GFA’s first division after only one season. The next year was not so successful and Lincoln finished in mid table in the first division. The season 1983/84 proved to be the culmination of a lot of hard work when the young Lincoln team won the league and promotion to the GFA premier league.
In 1984/85 Lincoln played their first season in the GFA premier league in which they were joint champions with Glacis United - the first of 7 league titles which were won between 1984 and 1994 . This great Lincoln team was managed by Charlie Head and included players like Stephen Head, Mario Vera, Andrew Serra, Wilfred Gavito, Ian Payas, Frank Barton, Terence Polson, Mick McElwee, Francis Caruana, Derek Alman and Denis Lopez amongst many others. Many of these also represented Gibraltar at national level through the 80’s and 90’s. All of these ex-players retain strong links with the current club setup and it can be said that the Lincoln family has a strong and vibrant family tree.
From the beginning, Lincoln has believed in the nurturing of young talent and has always run a significant number of junior teams with the idea that these teams and players would feed into the senior team and create a club ethos that would guarantee the future of the club for many years to come.
There followed a period of rebuilding and restructuring of the team which entailed replacing the older players with younger ones. Through this the club remained competitive but struggled to win titles. As the younger players grew in confidence and experience, the club’s youth policy began to pay off and the patience the club had shown paid off in a massive way as the next phase of success broke through at the start of the millennium.
A team blessed with once in a generation players like Ernest Galliano, Danny Bonfiglio, Graham Alvez, Robert Guiling, Leigh Ghio, Christian Sanchez, Dwayne Robba, Daniel Duarte began to dominate Gibraltarian football in a way previously not witnessed. League and Cup success began to flow as freely as the football they were playing with managers Charlie Cumbo, Andrew Serra, Stephen Head, Mick McElwee and Dennis Lopez giving the youngsters freedom to express themselves.
There were yet more incredible players coming up close behind. Players like Roy Chipolina, Ryan Casciaro, Lee Casciaro, Sean Duarte, Christian Barbara, Mark Casciaro, Philip Davitt were brought in to strengthen an already champion team with the inevitable result that Lincoln continued to dominate local football to an almost embarrassing degree. As if that were not enough, the Lincoln Youth Academy continued to strike a gold mine of talent with Brian Perez, John-Paul Duarte, Pitu Anes, Lee Muscat, Tarik Chrayeh, Kyle Casciaro, Neal Medina and Jordan Perez joining the party to make an already invincible squad even stronger.
The very rare achievement of the treble (League, Rock Cup and Senior Cup) was made to look effortless in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011. League and Rock Cup doubles were made in 2009 and 2010. A League and Senior Cup double was done in 2012.
But this is a team which will go down in the record books as the greatest in the history of Gibraltarian Football and the one whose legacy is the longest lasting due to their unparalleled achievement of 12 GFA Premier League titles in a row 2003 – 2014. Twelve years of utter domination has proven the worth of the investment Lincoln has made into the development of youth football stretching back to the mid-80’s. Many of the original boys who formed part of the first junior programmes are still playing and keeping their standards as high as ever in the current squad.
By smashing the previous record of 9 in a row held by the great Glacis Utd team of the 60’s and 70’s, this team has woven itself into the fabric of Gibraltarian football. We are privileged indeed to be watching them make history each season. The current squad includes the recent additions of hugely talented players like George Cabrera, Aaron Payas, Liam Clarke, Joseph Chipolina, Ian Rodriguez and Lee Graham as well as yet more younger generation players such as Mikey Yome, Mark Ballester, Alain Pons, Jean-Carlos Garcia, Alan Parker and Dayle Coleing.
With such an array of talent, not only is the current squad arguably the strongest ever assembled in Gibraltar, it also makes the future a very bright one for Lincoln to continue to be the most successful club in Gibraltarian Football history. The junior programme which runs 10 teams from under 7 to under 15, each season churns out another crop of youngsters with the Lincoln DNA – a desire to play attractive football, a never-say-die attitude and an appreciation of teamwork and sacrifice. They are a credit to their hard-working coaches and the club as a whole.
League TITLES - 21 (1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
Rock Cup TITLES - 15 (1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Senior Cup TITLES 18 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014)