The FPA guests for City’s first home game of the season against Wycombe Wanderers are Graham Bressington, Terry Cooper and Trevor Swinburne.
Graham Bressington was a powerful midfielder who joined City in November 1987, just a couple of weeks after playing against the Imps for Saturday’s visitors Wycombe Wanderers. He was a key figure in City gaining promotion back to the Football League in that season too. Bressington established himself as a very effective and popular player going on to make over 100 first-team appearances for City and was Player of the Season in 1990/91. Graham left Sincil Bank in the summer of 1993 and signed for Southend United, then managed by Colin Murphy, the man who originally signed him for City.
Debut vs Macclesfield Town, home 25 November 1987 (Conference)
Lincoln City record:
Football League: 136 appearances plus five as substitute, seven goals
Conference: nine appearances plus four as substitute
FA Cup: six appearances
Football League Cup: 10 appearances, two goals
Other: 13 appearances
Terry Cooper initially signed for City in December 1971 on loan from Notts County. He went back to Meadow Lane after making three appearances for the Imps but in the summer of 1972 he made a permanent move to Sincil Bank. Cooper, who started out playing in midfield, switched to centre-back with great success and went on to play almost 300 first-team games for City. He was a key member of the 1975/76 team which won the Division Four championship and was twice voted Player of the Season by the supporters. Cooper left Sincil Bank in the summer of 1979 and later played for Bradford City and Rochdale.
Debut vs Stockport County home 18 December 1971
Lincoln City Record:
Football League: 268 appearances plus two as substitute, 12 goals
FA Cup: 15 appearances plus one as substitute, one goal
Football League Cup: 13 appearances
Trevor Swinburne began his long goalkeeping career as an apprentice with Sunderland in the late 1960s and finished it with the Imps 20 years later. He was in the Sunderland team which won the FA Youth Cup in 1968/69 when they defeated West Bromwich Albion, despite losing the first leg 3-0. The Black Cats won the second leg 6-0 in a remarkable turnaround. During his time at Sunderland, he was under study to the great Jim Montgomery whose form restricted Trevor's first-team appearances. He then played for Brentford and Leeds United before signing for City in February 1986 as a replacement for Stuart Naylor. Trevor made regular appearances for the Imps until retiring in the summer of 1987. He was the first chairman of the Lincoln City Former Players Association when it was formed in 2017 and was the driving force in developing the organisation before stepping down from his role.
Lincoln City record:
Football League: 34 appearances
Football League Cup: three appearances
Football League Trophy: three appearances
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