The FPA guests for Tuesday evening’s fixture against Barnsley are Grant Brown and Paul De Garis.
Grant Brown made a record number of appearances during his lengthy career with the Imps, having first signed on loan from Leicester City in August 1989. Brown immediately established himself as a regular in the back four and although he went back to Leicester when his loan ended in November 1989, he returned soon afterwards and signed on a permanent basis for what at the time was reported as a record fee paid by City of £60,000. Brown went on to make over 450 senior appearances for the Imps and was given a testimonial in 2000 when Middlesbrough visited Sincil Bank. He was voted Player of the Season in 2001/02 which was his final season as a player. Grant later returned to take charge of City’s youth team and was also first-team assistant manager for a time, and on three occasions served as caretaker manager.
Debut vs Aldershot, away 26 August 1989
Lincoln City record
Football League: 401 appearances + six as substitute, 15 goals
FA Cup: 18 appearances
Football League Cup: 22 appearances, one goal
Other: 21 appearances plus one as substitute, two goals
Paul De Garis
Paul De Garis was a goalkeeper who signed for City during the 1994-95 season. He made a number of reserve team appearances and was substitute goalkeeper for the first-team on several occasions including for the FA Cup third round tie at Premier League club Crystal Palace. De Garis returned to his native Guernsey in 1995 and continued to play in the island league, making appearances for the island representative team. Tuesday evening will be his first visit back to Lincoln since 1995.
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