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Record appearance holder on board LNER Train of Fame

12 May 2021

The third name to be voted onto the LNER Train of Fame is record appearance holder and former Imps coach Grant Brown.

Brown initially signed for the Imps on loan from Leicester City in August 1989. A former centre back and skipper, Grant made his City debut versus Wolves in the League Cup on 22nd August 1989. His league debut came away to Aldershot four days later.

Two months after joining on loan, the defender signed permanently for City for a fee of £63,000, a then club record.

Brown remained at Lincoln in a playing capacity until the end of 2001-02 season playing under 11 different managers. He currently holds the record for the most total appearances for the Imps (League and Cup) overtaking Tony Emery’s 424 appearances in the LDV Vans Trophy against Morecombe in November 2000.

Grant also holds the record for most Football League appearances for City finishing on 407 (401 starts and 6 sub appearances), having broken Tony Emery’s previous record of games in March 2002 in away game at York.

The defender scored 15 Football League goals for the Imps, his most memorable being a 35 yard right foot ‘piledriver’ at Saltergate, Chesterfield.

Grant had the rare honour in modern football of being granted a testimonial which took place during the 1999-2000 season. On leaving the Imps played part time for Telford United, Alfreton Town and Grantham Town.

Brown returned to Lincoln in August 2005 as Youth Team coach and then held various roles at the club at youth and first team level until leaving in the Summer of 2016.


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