the FPA guests for the West Ham United fixture are Matt Carmichael, Tony Cunningham Phil Hubbard and Warren Ward. The host is Gavin Gordon.
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
Tony Cunningham was a powerful striker who was brought to Lincoln by Colin Murphy from non-league club Stourbridge in May 1979. He made an instant impact on his debut in a League Cup tie against Barnsley when he was up against the former England defender Norman Hunter. Tony had too much pace and power for the ex England man and marked his first City game with a goal. Tony remained a regular first team player during his three full seasons at Sincil Bank and finished as leading scorer with 15 league and cup goals in 1981-82 when the Imps narrowly missed out on promotion to second tier football. He was sold to Barnsley in September 1982 and later played for clubs including Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester City, Newcastle United making a total of almost 500 senior appearances before ending his career with Wycombe Wanderers. One of his sons Karl later also played for the Imps.
Debut vs Barnsley, home (Football League Cup) 11 August 1979
Lincoln City Record:
Football League: 111 appearances plus 12 as substitute, 32 goals
FA Cup: 5 appearances plus 1 as substitute
Football League Cup: 13 appearances, 8 goals
Other Games: 6 appearances, 2 goals
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 including a hat-trick in a memorable 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup. Phil was then sold to Norwich City, then in the Second Division. 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 and is also co-manager of the Lincoln City Legends team along with Matt Carmichael. Phil was recently rewarded for his work by being named this year’s winner of the FPA’s Community Champion Award.
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
Warren Ward played for City as a striker during the 1985-86 season finishing as joint leading scorer with Neil Redfearn – despite only scoring eight goals. Warren’s first Football League appearances were for York City before signing for the Imps. He made his Lincoln debut in a League Cup game against his former club and a few days later made his first Football League appearance for City scoring in a 3-3 draw with Doncaster Rovers. He was loaned to Exeter City during the second half of the season scoring three goals in his 14 appearances for the Grecians but returned in April and scored three goals in the final five games of the season but was unable to prevent City being relegated from what was then Division Three. Warren later played locally for several clubs including Boston United. He currently works as a PE teacher and is a past committee member of our Former Players’ Association.
Debut vs York City away 20 August 1985
Lincoln City Record:
Football League: 15 appearances + 6 as substitute, 8 goals
Football League Cup: 1 appearance
Other: 1 appearance
Thanks to Donald Nannestad