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Ian Bowling

Ian Bowling was a goalkeeper who signed for City from Gainsborough Trinity in November 1988. He was initially understudy to Mark Wallington and made his first team debut early the following year. He made appearances over the next few seasons before departing in the summer of 1993. Ian went on to play for Bradford City and had two seasons at Valley Parade before signing for Mansfield Town. He made almost 200 appearances for the Stags before continuing to play in non-league football with Kettering Town and Worksop.

Debut vs Carlisle United, away 14 March 1989

Lincoln City Record

Football League: 59 appearances

FA Cup:  2 appearances

Football League Cup: 3 appearances

Football League Trophy: 4 appearances

Paul Ward

Paul Ward was a midfield player who appeared for both Leyton Orient and the Imps in a career which saw him play in more than 300 senior games. He was a youngster with Chelsea before making his Football League debut following a move to Middlesbrough. He later made over 100 appearances for Darlington before joining Leyton Orient for the 1988-89. He helped Orient to promotion via the play-offs and was also selected in the PFA Fourth Division Team of the Year. Paul moved on to Scunthorpe before signing for City in March 1991. He made 45 league and cup appearances for the Imps before his career was cut short by injury. 

Debut vs Torquay United, home 30 March 1991

Lincoln City Record

Football League: 38 appearances plus 1 as substitute

FA Cup:  1 appearance

Football League Cup: 3 appearances, 1 goal

Football League Trophy: 2 appearances 

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

Roger Holmes

Roger Holmes signed amateur forms for the Imps in May 1958 when he was just 15 years old having previously been playing for Limestone Rangers in the Gainsborough League. Roger made his reserve team debut four days after his 16th birthday and in September 1959 signed as a professional having already broken into the first team who were then playing in the Second Division (now the Championship). Roger was a skilful player who appeared in several different positions including winger, inside-forward and right half and made over 300 first team appearances for City. He featured in every game of the Football League Cup run in 1967-68 when the Imps reached the fourth round and finished the season as leading scorer with 14 league goals plus another three in the League Cup. The following season he suffered a serious injury in the home game against York City which put him out of action for a lengthy period. Roger played his final game for the Imps in a 3-2 home win against Peterborough in October 1971. He is involved in our Former Players Association as a committee member.

Debut vs Brighton, away 18 April 1960

Lincoln City Record 

Football League:  276 appearances plus 2 as substitute, 36 goals

FA Cup:  13 appearances, 1 goal

Football League Cup: 16 appearances, 3 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 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. He was a key figure in developing the organisation and has now 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

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