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Inspired by ClubELO.com, the ELO rating system is a method of calculating and comparing the relative strengths of teams in competition. For every match played, the ELO scores of the two teams are considered, and adjusted for other factors (such as home advantage), to calculate the likelihood of the match result. When the actual result of the game is known, the ELO score is adjusted accordingly, comparing the expected outcome of the game with the actual outcome - so a victory over Manchester United will be worth more points than one over Supermarine. The resulting ELO score can be used to compare the strengths of teams over time, and to project future results based on the current form of all teams.

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LINCOLN CITY
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A historical overview of Lincoln City's ELO scores.

 

A list of the top 15 Lincoln City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1956 Monday, August 27, 1956 3855.97  
  1912 Saturday, December 7, 1912 3840.87  
  1902 Saturday, October 18, 1902 3830.47  
  1955 Saturday, December 24, 1955 3827.69  
  1953 Saturday, October 3, 1953 3821.92  
  1901 Thursday, December 26, 1901 3819.29  
  1913 Saturday, January 4, 1913 3816.21  
  1952 Saturday, September 6, 1952 3800.87  
  1960 Saturday, April 23, 1960 3796.07  
  1982 Saturday, November 13, 1982 3790.98  
  1957 Saturday, January 5, 1957 3777.62  
  1903 Saturday, January 3, 1903 3777.54  
  1983 Monday, January 3, 1983 3776.73  
  1959 Saturday, December 26, 1959 3773.06  
  1932 Saturday, December 3, 1932 3771.38  
 
 

A list of the worst 15 Lincoln City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  2012 Saturday, March 17, 2012 3276.61  
  2013 Saturday, March 16, 2013 3284.92  
  1966 Friday, March 18, 1966 3287.52  
  2011 Friday, October 21, 2011 3297.48  
  2014 Wednesday, January 1, 2014 3308.22  
  2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3331.44  
  2015 Saturday, April 25, 2015 3334.50  
  1965 Monday, April 19, 1965 3338.89  
  1967 Saturday, May 6, 1967 3339.20  
  1987 Wednesday, August 26, 1987 3353.42  
  1995 Saturday, October 21, 1995 3369.56  
  1968 Saturday, March 30, 1968 3375.77  
  1963 Saturday, May 11, 1963 3379.91  
  2002 Monday, April 1, 2002 3382.13  
  1991 Tuesday, January 1, 1991 3391.05  
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant victories in Lincoln City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Millwall (3708) vs. Lincoln City (3175)
  Saturday, January 8, 1921
-649.4 2.3% 0-3 +34.2 
  Lincoln City (3482) vs. Brighton and Hove Albion (4004)
  Saturday, January 28, 2017
-484.5 5.8% 3-1 +14.1 
  Burnley (4024) vs. Lincoln City (3507)
  Saturday, February 18, 2017
-554.3 4.0% 0-1 +14.4 
  Lincoln City (3414) vs. Newcastle United (3908)
  Wednesday, September 13, 1967
-389.4 9.6% 2-1 +18.1 
  Lincoln City (3429) vs. Crystal Palace (3906)
  Tuesday, September 20, 1994
-406.9 8.8% 1-0 +9.1 
  Lincoln City (3419) vs. Manchester City (3888)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1996
-403.5 8.9% 4-1 +15.9 
  Lincoln City (3391) vs. Hull City (3854)
  Wednesday, August 24, 1966
-359.9 11.2% 1-0 +17.8 
  Manchester City (3878) vs. Lincoln City (3429)
  Tuesday, September 24, 1996
-514.4 4.9% 0-1 +9.5 
  Lincoln City (3398) vs. Huddersfield Town (3844)
  Wednesday, September 14, 1966
-342.4 12.2% 2-1 +17.6 
  Lincoln City (3565) vs. Stoke City (4000)
  Wednesday, September 10, 1975
-331.6 12.9% 2-1 +17.4 
  Lincoln City (3668) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4058)
  Wednesday, October 26, 1983
-297.7 15.3% 2-1 +16.9 
  Lincoln City (3524) vs. Manchester United (3858)
  Saturday, November 6, 1897
-202.4 23.8% 1-0 +15.2 
  Lincoln City (3482) vs. Ipswich Town (3812)
  Tuesday, January 17, 2017
-292.8 15.6% 1-0 +8.4 
  Lincoln City (3544) vs. Manchester City (3861)
  Saturday, March 19, 1898
-186.1 25.5% 2-1 +14.9 
  Lincoln City (3600) vs. Derby County (3904)
  Friday, April 17, 1908
-178.2 26.4% 1-0 +14.7 
  Lincoln City (3719) vs. Manchester United (4020)
  Saturday, February 11, 1905
-167.4 27.6% 3-0 +25.3 
  Lincoln City (3478) vs. Sheffield United (3767)
  Tuesday, September 5, 2000
-222.9 21.7% 1-0 +7.8 
  Lincoln City (3538) vs. Sunderland (3821)
  Wednesday, September 9, 1970
-179.3 26.3% 2-1 +14.7 
  Lincoln City (3492) vs. Manchester City (3774)
  Tuesday, October 20, 1998
-214.9 22.5% 2-1 +15.5 
  Lincoln City (3427) vs. Torquay United (3706)
  Wednesday, October 11, 1967
-174.5 26.8% 4-2 +22.0 
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant defeats in Lincoln City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Scarborough (3209) vs. Lincoln City (3707)
  Saturday, December 13, 1930
+368.1 89.3% 6-4 -26.8 
  Lincoln City (3778) vs. Peterborough United (3307)
  Wednesday, January 9, 1957
+578.1 96.5% 4-5 -19.3 
  New Brighton (3395) vs. Lincoln City (3763)
  Saturday, February 6, 1932
+238.4 79.8% 2-1 -16.0 
  Hartlepool United (3434) vs. Lincoln City (3791)
  Saturday, November 20, 1982
+264.9 82.1% 3-0 -28.7 
  York City (3397) vs. Lincoln City (3733)
  Tuesday, August 31, 1982
+243.8 80.3% 2-1 -16.1 
  Yorkshire Amateur (3168) vs. Lincoln City (3482)
  Saturday, November 17, 1945
+186.8 74.6% 1-0 -14.9 
  Lincoln City (3577) vs. Workington (3268)
  Saturday, November 29, 1947
+420.8 91.9% 0-2 -27.6 
  Telford United (3336) vs. Lincoln City (3610)
  Tuesday, November 20, 1984
+181.6 74.0% 2-1 -14.8 
  Wrexham (3456) vs. Lincoln City (3722)
  Tuesday, December 25, 1951
+170.2 72.7% 4-2 -21.8 
  Barrow (3460) vs. Lincoln City (3726)
  Saturday, February 7, 1931
+135.5 68.6% 3-2 -13.7 
  Crewe Alexandra (3463) vs. Lincoln City (3725)
  Saturday, March 14, 1931
+132.6 68.2% 2-0 -20.5 
  Halifax Town (3460) vs. Lincoln City (3722)
  Monday, April 6, 1931
+131.8 68.1% 3-2 -13.6 
  Hartlepools United (3434) vs. Lincoln City (3696)
  Tuesday, December 25, 1928
+132.4 68.2% 3-2 -13.6 
  Barrow (3378) vs. Lincoln City (3633)
  Saturday, December 7, 1929
+125.3 67.3% 2-1 -13.5 
  Lincoln City (3693) vs. Wigan Borough (3442)
  Saturday, August 25, 1928
+379.9 89.9% 1-3 -27.0 
  Rochdale (3373) vs. Lincoln City (3624)
  Tuesday, November 4, 1980
+150.6 70.4% 1-0 -14.1 
  Rochdale (3374) vs. Lincoln City (3623)
  Saturday, December 29, 1934
+117.6 66.3% 2-0 -19.9 
  Hartlepools United (3495) vs. Lincoln City (3741)
  Saturday, May 7, 1932
+115.8 66.1% 4-3 -13.2 
  Crewe Alexandra (3502) vs. Lincoln City (3747)
  Saturday, December 5, 1931
+114.5 65.9% 8-1 -29.7 
  Lincoln City (3709) vs. Rotherham United (3464)
  Saturday, April 18, 1931
+374.7 89.6% 1-3 -26.9 
 
   

The twenty teams that Lincoln City are most successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Braintree Town 12 +12.44 
  Blackburn Rovers 19 +7.39 
  Ashington 16 +5.46 
  Workington 25 +4.29 
  Manchester United 28 +3.25 
  Hereford 42 +2.71 
  Burton United 12 +2.49 
  Macclesfield Town 43 +2.49 
  Plymouth Argyle 43 +2.47 
  Bolton Wanderers 19 +2.34 
  Newcastle United 11 +1.88 
  Gainsborough Trinity 34 +1.73 
  Kidderminster Harriers 22 +1.65 
  Barrow 67 +1.62 
  Gateshead 44 +1.61 
  Doncaster Rovers 109 +1.58 
  Barnet 34 +1.56 
  Huddersfield Town 37 +1.41 
  Leicester City 58 +1.34 
  Cardiff City 28 +1.33 

The twenty teams that Lincoln City are least successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Oldham Athletic 38 -5.03 
  Blackpool 50 -4.78 
  Swindon Town 16 -3.94 
  Derby County 30 -3.73 
  West Bromwich Albion 19 -3.06 
  Birmingham City 36 -2.84 
  Cheltenham Town 21 -2.80 
  Coventry City 11 -2.63 
  Rotherham United 90 -2.29 
  Nottingham Forest 29 -2.22 
  Notts County 64 -2.20 
  Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -2.04 
  Portsmouth 18 -1.99 
  Bristol City 36 -1.92 
  Charlton Athletic 12 -1.79 
  Aldershot Town 47 -1.78 
  Southampton 16 -1.77 
  Bradford Park Avenue 51 -1.64 
  Newport County 46 -1.52 
  Peterborough United 44 -1.52