For the first time in 14 years, Lincoln Red Imps will not be Champions of the Premier Division, we spoke to Imps captain Roy Chipolina as he gave us his thoughts on the reasons behind their inconsistent season and more.
The last team to win the league other than Lincoln Red Imps was Gibraltar United in the 2001/02 season. We asked Roy how it feels to be a runner-up, “Obviously I am very disappointed. We have worked very hard throughout a tough long season in which we have given our all and that’s all you can ask for. No excuses from our side, we have just not been good enough.”
In an interview with Joseph Chipolina after Lincoln’s 4-1 win over Europa in April, the defender stated that it was an “inconsistent season” for the Imps. We asked Roy if he felt the same, “I agree with Joseph in that it’s been an inconsistent season and it’s that inconsistency that has eventually cost us the title. The difference between winning and losing has been minimal but credit should be given to all the other teams in the league who have made this such a competitive season and nail biting throughout.”
After Lincoln’s 2-2 draw against Mons Calpe, as you expected opinions were thrown around social media with the term “change of power” being used. Could this be the case? Roy answered, “In football everyone is entitled to an opinion but I believe that question can only be answered in three or four years time. What is important to me is that we react to the hurt we have all felt in the only way Lincoln know how and that is to continue to work hard on and off the field and strive to get our trophy back.”
Europa have beat Lincoln in two out of the three Cups this season. If the Imps lose in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup next Sunday, we asked Roy if their season would be dubbed a failure. “With the history and standards this historic club has set, win or lose the Cup we have failed to achieve our main objective but there is no point in dwelling on the past. We have to look forward now and try to end the season on a high.”
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