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Thanks to Donald Nannestad

The FPA guests for the Portsmouth game are Sam Ellis, Dennis Booth, Simon Yeo. Phil Hubbard and Ron Harbertson with Gavin Gordon acting as host. Details of the guests are below.
In addition the FPA will be making a presentation at half-time to the family of the late Roy Finch who made almost 300 first team appearances for City in the 1940s and 1950s. I’ve attached a brief summary of Roy’s career.

Sam Ellis

Sam Ellis was centre-half and captain of City’s record-breaking 1975-76 team. Sam was voted the Supporters Player of the Season both in that campaign and in the following season when City were in the old Third Division. Sam was a key member of the team that Graham Taylor built and was important not only for his defending but also for his for his ability to score goals and in 1974-75 he finished as leading scorer with 15 league and cup goals. Sam began his career at Sheffield Wednesday playing for the Owls in the 1966 FA Cup final and winning England Under 23 caps while at Hillsborough. He moved on to Mansfield Town before signing for City in the summer of 1973. He left Lincoln in the summer of 1977 and followed Graham Taylor to Watford helping his new team win the Fourth Division championship. Sam later managed Bury, Blackpool and the Imps and was a highly respected coach who worked for clubs including Manchester City, Leeds United, Burnley and Middlesbrough.

Debut vs Scunthorpe United, home 25 August 1973

Lincoln City Record:

Football League 173 appearances, 33 goals

FA Cup: 13 appearances, 4 goals

Football League Cup: 8 appearances, 4 goals

Dennis Booth

Dennis Booth was a midfield player who first signed for City on loan from Southend in February 1974. During his time on loan he scored a hat-trick of headers in just seven minutes as City defeated Bury 4-3 which was the only time in his career that he managed three goals in a game. Dennis signed permanently for City in the summer of 1974 and was an important player in the Imps 1975-76 team which won the Fourth Division title. He moved on in October 1977 to play for Watford and was later at Hull City before moving in to coaching. In total he made almost 550 senior appearances during his 20 year playing career.

Debut vs Reading, home 17 February 1974 (while on loan)

Lincoln City Record:

Football League: 162 appearances, 9 goals

FA Cup: 13 appearances

Football League Cup: 10 appearances plus 1 as substitute, 1 goal

Phil Hubbard

Phil Hubbard is a Lincoln born player who was one of the Imps’ first apprentices following the introduction of a youth set-up in the mid-1960s. He made his initial appearances for the club as a forward but played in several different positions including right back and left-half during his time at Sincil Bank. He became a regular first team player in 1968-69 and finished as leading scorer in 1970-71 when he was voted Player of the Season. Phil continued to score regularly in 1971-72 and by Christmas had 18 goals before he was sold to Norwich City. He moved on to play for Grimsby Town before returning to Sincil Bank in August 1976. He spent three further seasons with City and had a spell playing in the USA before signing for Boston United in November 1979. He is involved with our Former Players Association as a committee member.

Debut vs Chester, away 19 February 1966

Lincoln City Record:

Football League: 250 appearances plus 11 as substitute, 53 goals

FA Cup: 16 appearances plus 2 as substitute, 1 goal

Football League Cup: 16 appearances, 6 goals

Simon Yeo

Simon Yeo signed from non-league Hyde United in August 2002 scoring on his home debut against Rochdale and continued to be a prolific scorer throughout his time at Sincil Bank. The highlights of his career included scoring against Torquay on the final day of the 2002-03 season to secure City a place in the play-offs where he came off the bench in both semi-final legs against Scunthorpe United with dramatic effect – scoring twice in the last 20 minutes to earn the Imps a 5-3 win at Sincil Bank and then netting the winner in the second leg at Scunthorpe. He was the Supporters Player of the Year and leading scorer in 2004-05 but left in the summer to play in New Zealand. He returned in January of the following year only to depart again in the summer of 2006. Simon later played for Peterborough United,  Chester City and Macclesfield Town. 

Debut vs. Kidderminster Harriers away 10 August 2002

Lincoln City Record

Football League: 85 appearances plus 50 as substitute, 42 goals

FA Cup: 4 appearances, 1 goal

Football League Cup: 2 appearances plus 1 as substitute 2 goals  

Other: 9 appearances plus 7 as substitute, 6 goals

Ron Harbertson

Ron Harbertson is one of the oldest former Imps players at the age of 94 and President of the Former Players Association. 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

Roy Finch was a forward who signed for the Imps from West Bromwich Albion in February 1949 when the club was playing in the old Second Division. His transfer made history as on the eve of his move he was at home in Barry, South Wales. Lincoln manager Bill Anderson arranged for a three-seater aircraft to collect him from Cardiff Airport and fly him to Southampton where City were playing.

Roy signed his transfer forms on the tail plane of the aircraft before making his debut on that same day. He was a regular for the Imps for the remainder of that season and went on to make a total of 291 League and Cup appearances for City scoring 58 goals before retiring in 1959. He later ran a newsagent’s shop in the Monks Road area of the city and played for East End Athletic in the local Sunday League. Roy passed away in August 2007 at the age of 85.

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