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FPA guests v Morecambe

3 November 2023

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The FPA guests for Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Morecambe are Roger Holmes and Matt Carmichael.

Roger Holmes

Roger Holmes signed amateur forms for the Imps in May 1958 when he was just 15 years old having previously been playing for Limestone Rangers in the Gainsborough League. Roger made his reserve team debut four days after his 16th birthday and in September 1959 signed as a professional having already broken into the first-team who were then playing in the Second Division. Roger was a skilful player who appeared in several different positions including winger, inside-forward and right half and made over 300 first-team appearances for City. He featured in every game of the Football League Cup run in 1967/68 when the Imps reached the fourth round. Roger finished that season as leading scorer with 14 league goals plus another three in the League Cup. The following season he suffered a serious injury in the home game against York City which put him out of action for a lengthy period. Roger played his final game for the Imps in a 3-2 home win against Peterborough in October 1971.

Debut vs Brighton, away 18 April 1960

Lincoln City record 

Football League: 276 appearances plus two as substitute, 36 goals

FA Cup: 13 appearances, one goal

Football League Cup: 16 appearances, three goals

Matt Carmichael

Matt Carmichael was signed by Colin Murphy in August 1989. At the time he was planning to join the Met Police after having previously served in the British Army but Colin offered him a professional contract and his career changed track. He was initially used as a striker and scored on his debut against Scunthorpe United but later converted to centre back. He was voted the Supporters Player of the Season in 1991/92 and made over 150 first-team appearances before moving on to Scunthorpe in July 1993. Matt later played for Preston, Mansfield, Doncaster and Darlington. 

Debut vs Scunthorpe United, home 19 August 1989

Lincoln City record

Football League: 113 appearances plus 20 as substitute, 18 goals

FA Cup: four appearances plus one as substitute

Football League Cup: nine appearances plus one as substitute, one goal

Other: seven appearances plus one as substitute, two goals

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