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Hat-trick hero added to LNER Train of Fame

18 May 2021

The next name to be added to the LNER Train of Fame is former Imps forward Gordon Hobson.

Gordon Hobson turned professional with Lincoln City in December 1977, making his club debut against Cambridge United in April 1978. It was a start to remember with the forward getting on the scoresheet as City came out 4-1 winners.

Hobson went on to form a strike partnership with future England international Mick Harford. His first club hat-trick came in a 5-2 victory at Torquay on the final day of the 1979/80 season.

The following season Gordon finished leading goal scorer with 21 goals as the Imps won promotion from the Fourth Division. One highlight from the campaign was an 8-0 thrashing of Northampton Town when Hobson scored four times.

After leaving the club in 1985, Gordon went on to feature for Grimsby Town and Southampton. He would soon return to Lincoln three years later, arriving for his second spell with Colin Murphy in charge.

The forward's return saw him continue his fine form in Lincoln's red and white, with Hobson scoring 15 league goals during the 1988/89 season. He would score a further eight goals the following season, making him the club's third top goalscorer of all-time with 105 in all competitions.

After making 372 appearances for the Imps, Gordon headed South in 1990 as he signed for Exeter City.

He would go on to feature for Walsall, Farnborough Town and Salisbury City before retiring in 1995.


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