On 18th November 2000 I sat, slightly bewildered, in the chairman’s seat in the ground as the Imps beat Bracknell Town in an early round of FA Cup. John Reames had just stood down and, as new acting chair of the club, I was essentially the dummy in the shop window as we looked for new owners. It wasn’t what I’d excepted as Trust rep on the board of directors. Far from it.
The following Wednesday we played high-flying Cardiff City in Wales; my first League game as chairman. Despite a very good display we lost 3-2 to a goal in injury time. Our striker Gavin Gordon scored our goals and played superbly.
The next day Cardiff owner, Sam Hammam, rang up to say they wanted to sign Gavin. My transfer experience was pretty much limited to recruiting players for Golden Eagle FC in the Lincoln and District Sunday League, so our then CEO Jerry Lonsdale did most of the negotiations. Including add-ons, it was reported as the biggest outgoing transfer sum in our history.
Years later Gavin is now back in the Lincoln City fold as chair of the Former Players Association. His impact in this role has been impressive and because of his leadership they are a vibrant organisation doing good work. You’ll see too that he’s playing a significant role in the eagerly-anticipated Lincoln City versus Bradford City ex-players memorial match at the LNER stadium on 8th October.
Gavin is also a valued member of the Red Imps Community Trust board. He helps us with lots that we do, and he’s good at contributing to our decision-making. His very pleasant personality fits in with that of our Trust ‘team’ extremely well.
Last week Gavin played in my team in the Mayor of Lincoln’s golf day at Carholme Golf Club. He hasn’t played much and struggled a bit but later on was whacking drives down the middle of each fairway. I cracked that Cardiff Golf Club will be making him an offer if that carried on. I thought it was funny anyway.
Our club needs staff that work hard and achieve success in every area. It needs good volunteers too and quite simply Gavin Gordon is proving he’s one of the best.