The FPA guests for Saturday’s fixture against Carlisle United are Ron Harbertson, Trevor Swinburne and Dean Walling.
Ron Harbertson, at 93 years of age, is one of the oldest former Imps players. Ron was a forward whose career began at Newcastle United and he went to play for clubs including Bradford City, Brighton, Grimsby and Darlington before joining City in March 1958 when the club looked certain for relegation into the Third Division. However the Imps had a dramatic change of form winning the final six games of the season to avoid the drop, with Ron scoring in each of the matches. He was a regular in the City team before departing to play for Wrexham in March 1960. Ron then had a short spell with Darlington before returning to Sincil Bank for the 1961/62 season.
Debut vs Liverpool, away 15 March 1958
Lincoln City record
Football League: 86 appearances, 25 goals
FA Cup: five appearances, one goal
Football League Cup: one appearance, two goals
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
Dean Walling was a central defender who started his football career as an apprentice with Leeds United before playing for Rochdale. He was then at non-league Guiseley and went on to sign for Carlisle United in July 1991. Dean became a hero for United, twice winning promotion with the club and playing at Wembley when they won the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1997 - defeating Colchester United in a penalty shootout. During his time with Carlisle he was twice selected for the PFA Divisional Team of the Season. Dean joined Lincoln City in the summer of 1997 and in his first season at Sincil Bank the Imps won promotion from League Two, with Dean again voted in to the PFA divisional team. He had two seasons at the Imps and later appeared for Doncaster Rovers, Northwich Victoria and Cambridge United. He also played international football for St Kitts & Nevis.
Debut vs Cambridge United, home 4 October 1997
Lincoln City record
Football League: 35 appearances plus three as substitute, five goals
FA Cup: four appearances, three goals
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