The FPA guests for Saturday’s game against Carlisle United are Ron Harbertson, Trevor Swinburne and Dean Walling. Both Trevor and Dean played over 200 games for Carlisle as well as playing for Lincoln. The host is John Kennedy.

Details of our guests are here:

Ron Harbertson

Ron Harbertson, at 93 years of age, is one of the oldest former Imps players. Ron was a forward whose career began at Newcastle United and he went to play for clubs including Bradford City, Brighton, Grimsby and Darlington before he joined City in March 1958 when the club looked doomed to be relegated into the Third Division. However the Imps had a dramatic change of form winning the final six games of the season to avoid the drop with Ron scoring in each of the matches. He was a regular in the City team before departing to play for Wrexham in March 1960. Ron then had a short spell with Darlington before returning to Sincil Bank for the 1961-62 season. He later played for Grantham.

Debut vs Liverpool, away 15 March 1958

Lincoln City Record

Football League: 86 appearances, 25 goals

FA Cup: 5 appearances, 1 goal

Football League Cup: 1 appearance, 2 goals

Trevor Swinburne 

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. During his time at Sunderland he was understudy to the great Jim Montgomery and made several first team appearances before moving on to sign for Carlisle United in the summer of 1977. Trevor made over 250 first team appearances for Carlisle during his six years with the club and was an ever-present in their team which won promotion to the old Second Division in 1981-82 just edging out the Imps who finished fourth in the table. 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 a key figure in developing the organisation before stepping down from his role.

Debut vs Blackpool, away 25 February 1986

Lincoln City Record

Football League 34 appearances

Football League Cup 3 appearances 

Football League Trophy 3 appearances

Dean Walling

Dean Walling was a central defender who started his football career as an apprentice with Leeds United before playing for Rochdale. He was then at non-league Guiseley and went on to sign for Carlisle United in July 1991. Dean went on to become a hero for United twice winning promotion with the club and playing at Wembley when they won the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1997 defeating Colchester United in a penalty shoot-out.  During his time with Carlisle he was twice selected for the PFA Divisional team of the season. Dean joined Lincoln in the summer of 1997 and in his first season at Sincil Bank the Imps won promotion from League Two with Dean again voted in to the PFA divisional team. He had two seasons at Sincil Bank and later appeared for Doncaster Rovers, Northwich Victoria and Cambridge United. He also played international football for St Kitts & Nevis. Dean now runs his own football academy.

Debut vs Cambridge United, home 4 October 1997

Lincoln City Record

Football League 35 appearances plus 3 as substitute, 5 goals

FA Cup 4 appearances, 3 goals

by Donald Nannestad