The FPA guests for Saturday’s game against Blackpool are former players Trevor Swinburne and John Hawley together with the former World champion boxer Nathan De Castro who is an honorary vice-president of the FPA.
Trevor Swinburne began his long goalkeeping career as an apprentice with Sunderland in the late 1960s and finished it with the Imps 20 years later. He was in the Sunderland team which won the FA Youth Cup in 1968-69 when they defeated West Bromwich Albion despite losing the first leg 3-0. The Black Cats won the second leg 6-0 in a remarkable turnaround. During his time at Sunderland, he was under study to the great Jim Montgomery whose form restricted Trevor’s first team appearances and eventually Trevor moved to Carlisle United in the summer of 1977. He then played for Brentford and Leeds United before signing for City in February 1986 as a replacement for Stuart Naylor. Trevor made regular appearances for the Imps until retiring in the summer of 1987. He was the first chairman of the Lincoln City Former Players Association when it was formed in 2017 and was the driving force in developing the organisation before stepping down from his role.
Lincoln City record:
Football League: 34 appearances
Football League Cup: 3 appearances
Football League Trophy: 3 appearances
John Hawley was a young professional with Lincoln City in the 1960s. He mainly appeared as a winger playing for the reserves in the North Midlands League and the A team in the Lincolnshire League and also played in the FA Youth Cup for the Imps. John moved on in the summer of 1968 and signed for Corby Town. He later played for several local clubs including Boston United and Worksop Town.
Nathan De Castro
Nathan De Castro is a Lincoln born boxer who was a double World champion at super-middleweight holding the WBU and WBF titles. He started his pro career in 2014 and in five years was WBU World Champion adding the WBF World title later in 2019. Nathan subsequently retired but was later involved in pro bare-knuckle boxing. He has worked closely with the Lincoln City former players and is an honorary vice-president of the FPA.
by Donald Nannestad