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Simon Yeo completes LNER Train of Fame

19 May 2021

The final name to get on board the LNER Train of Fame is former Imps striker Simon Yeo.

Simon Yeo arrived at Lincoln City in 2002 following a number of seasons at non-league level, most notably with Hyde United in the Unibond League.

The forward opened his goalscoring account for the Imps just two games in as City beat Rochdale 2-0 at home on 13th August 2002. He then scored a league brace against Macclesfield Town 13 days later but will forever be remembered for his 2002/03 Division 3 Play-off form.

Towards the end of the season, Yeo ended a seven-month goal drought by coming off the bench to notch the goal that clinched City's place in the 2003 Third Division play-offs.

He then scored three goals over two legs in the semi-finals as City secured victories over Scunthorpe to book their place at the Millennium Stadium for the first time in their history.

A regular marksman during the following two seasons, Simon quickly become a cult hero at LNER Stadium with his scoring exploits seeing him become the all-time goalscoring substitute in the Club's history.

Yeo became the first City player since Gareth Ainsworth in 1996/97 to score over 20 League goals in a season when he netted 21 times in 2004/05. A brief spell away from Lincoln followed with the forward spending time with New Zealand Knights.

However, in January 2016 he returned to LNER Stadium with his scoring form, netting five times from 11 games. A medial ligament injury to his right knee, sustained in Marc, kept him Yeo of action until the final day of the season.

Simon went on to play for Peterborough United, Chester City, Bury and Macclesfield Town as well as a number of non-league sides before hanging up his boots in 2011.


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