thanks to Donald Nannestad
Matt Carmichael is hosting the former players table for the Fleetwood game with FPA President Ron Harbertson, our Chairman Gavin Gordon, Trevor Swinburne and Andy Hutchinson as guests plus four Lincoln City women players – Toni McHamilton, Leah Hardy, Chantelle Robinson and Maddi Green. We will also have the Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Biff Bean who will be presenting a cheque to the Lincoln City Foundation from the proceeds of the Charity game between our Former Players Association and Bradford City Veterans. This money will go to the Extra Time Hub which is the FPA’s charity.
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
Gavin Gordon was a striker who made his senior debut for Hull City just two months after his 16th birthday and went on to make regular first team appearances for the Tigers before he was sold to the Imps in November 1997 when he was still just 18 years old. In his first season he helped City win promotion and was a first team regular. In 2000-01 he scored 10 goals by early December and was the sold to Cardiff City for a six-figure fee. He later played for Notts County. Gavin is chairman of the Former Players Association and covers Imps games as a match summariser for BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
Debut vs Swansea City, away 8 November 1997
Lincoln City Record
Football League: 87 appearances plus 12 as substitute, 28 goals
FA Cup: 9 appearances, 2 goals
Football League Cup: 2 appearances, 1 goal
Other: 4 appearances plus 1 as substitute
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 Jim Montgomery and made several first team appearances before moving on to 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 and has recently returned to the committee.
Debut vs Blackpool, away 25 February 1986
Lincoln City Record
Football League: 34 appearances
Football League Cup: 3 appearances
Football League Trophy: 3 appearances
Andy Hutchinson was a local born striker who was a trainee with City and broke into the first team at the end of the 2008-09 season. He was a teenager when he made his senior debut as a substitute against Luton and made his first start in the following game at Bradford City. He scored City’s only goal in a 2-1 defeat making a piece of history as he was just 17 years and 34 days old making him the youngest player to score for City in a Football League game. Andy made further first team appearances over the following two seasons before moving on and playing for Lincoln United.
Debut vs Luton Town, home 11 April 2009
Lincoln City Record:
Football League: 3 appearances plus 16 as substitute, 1 goal
Football League Cup: 1 appearance as a substitute
Other: 2 appearances
We also have four first team players from Lincoln City Women who currently lie eighth out of 12 teams in Division One Midlands of the FA Women’s National League with two games hand on the sides above them.
Toni McHamilton is a striker who is the Lincoln City Women’s club captain and leading scorer this season with 10 goals following on from last season when she netted 14 times for the Women’s first team. She has summarised Imps men’s games for BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
Leah Hardy is also a striker who is second top scorer with four goals. She has scored regularly during her career with City including 23 goals in 2021-22.
Chantelle Robinson is an attacking player who signed for City two years ago from the Leicestershire club Holwell Sports in February 2022 and has appeared in the team since arriving.
Maddi Green is a left-sided midfielder who signed for Lincoln in the summer of 2020 from Notts County Ladies and previously played for Doncaster Belles. She has appeared regularly for City this season scoring three goals from 16 starts the most recent being earlier this month in the 3-3 draw at Loughborough Lightning.