The FPA guests for tomorrow’s game with Charlton are Jason Lee, David Gilbert, Trevor Swinburne and Matt Carmichael. The host is Gavin Gordon.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee began his football career as a trainee with Charlton Athletic before Steve Thompson signed him for the Imps in March 1991. He quickly developed into a very effective striker both as a goal scorer and a creator of chances and was a regular in the team. He was leading scorer in 1992-93 and was then sold to Southend United for a six-figure fee. Jason went on to play for clubs including Nottingham Forest, Watford, Peterborough and Notts County finishing with a career total of over 500 senior appearances.

Debut vs Scarborough, away 2 March 1991

Football League: 86 appearances plus 7 as substitute, 21 goals

FA Cup: 2 appearances plus 1 as substitute, 1 goal

Football League Cup: 6 appearances

Other: 4 appearances

Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert was a left-sided midfield player who was born in Lincoln and joined the Imps as an apprentice. He made his first team debut as a 17 year old and featured regularly in the 1981-82 team which almost won promotion to what is now the Championship. He was briefly at Scunthorpe and then made over 100 appearances for Boston United before returning to the Football League with Northampton Town helping the Cobblers to the Fourth Division championship in 1986-87. He was then sold to Grimsby Town and helped the Mariners to two promotions during six seasons at Blundell Park before following manager Alan Buckley to West Bromwich Albion. He later played for local clubs including Grantham and Lincoln United.

Debut vs Bury, away 4 May 1981 (as substitute)

Lincoln City Record

Football League: 15 appearances plus 15 as substitute, 1 goal

FA Cup: 3 appearances

Football League Cup: 5 appearances

Matt Carmichael

Matt Carmichael was signed by Colin Murphy in August 1989. At the time he was planning to join the Met Police after having previously served in the British Army but Colin offered him a professional contract and his career changed track. He was initially used as a striker and scored on his debut against Scunthorpe United but later converted to centre back. He was voted the supporters player of the season in 1991-92 and made over 150 first team appearances before moving on to Scunthorpe in July 1993. Matt later played for Preston, Mansfield, Doncaster and Darlington. Matt is vice chairman of the Former Players Association.

Debut vs Scunthorpe, home 19 August 1989

Lincoln City Record

Football League: 113 appearances plus 20 as substitute, 18 goals

FA Cup: 4 appearances plus 1 as substitute

Football League Cup: 9 appearances plus 1 as substitute, 1 goal

Other: 7 appearances plus 1 as substitute, 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. 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

by Donald Nannestad