Lincoln City have not been shy this transfer window with the likes of Jon Nolan and Craig Reid leaving the club.
Imps boss Chris Moyses has not disappointed the City fans as he has acquired the services of Patrick Brough, and Robbie McDaid on youth loans, followed by the permanent signing of Terry Hawkridge on an eighteen month contract.
With new faces joining the bank I speak to sports journalist, Alan Johnson about some old faces as he selects his Imps XI.
Words of Alan Johnson, Sports Journalist with work published in The Non-League Paper and FourFourTwo.
I have been watching the Imps since the 1989-90 season and here is my all time one to 11 since that period.
GK – Alan Marriott – A key figure in the playoff years and probably the best shot stopper we’ve had in the last 25 years. My abiding memory of of Mazza is of him celebrating in front of the Imps fans at Glanford Park as we secured a place in the playoff final. A terrible injustice that he didn’t make it to 10 years at the Bank and be awarded a testimonial.
RB – Mark Bailey – One of the most committed players I have seen in an Imps shirt and someone who knew how to rally the crowd. I will always remember the scenes at Huddersfield after our playoff defeat when Mark appeared through the pitch invasion to say farewell to our fans.
CB – Kevin Austin – One of Beck’s best signings and one that marked the beginning of ‘Team Lincoln’. A colossus at centre back.
CB – Gareth McAuley – Probably Keith Alexander’s greatest signing. The fact that 10 years later he will be a starter at Euro 2016 is a testament to himself and to Keith.
LB – Alan Johnson – For obvious reasons! But not only that, a great defender. When Alan left us he took the time to write to me and my Dad thanking us for our support (we sponsored his shirts) and to say he was sad to leave but John Beck didn’t want him.
RW – Gareth Ainsworth – An easy decision. The best player I have seen in a City shirt. A key part of my favourite season following the Imps (1996-97), Gareth scored 22 league goals and didn’t miss a minute in the league or cups. Not achieved by an outfield player since – and probably never will.
CM – John Schofield – Not the most gifted player we’ve ever had but City through and through. Always up for a scrap, something we’ve been crying out for in a player for a long time.
CM – John Finnigan – It’s hard to not include someone who was so influential in the only promotion season I have seen in a quarter of a century at the Bank. A tireless midfielder, though perhaps he didn’t score as many goals as he would have liked.
LW – David Puttnam – The reason I played as a left winger as a kid and still do to this day! My first Imps hero who had pace and a brilliant left foot.
CF – David ‘Magic’ Johnson – Another Johnson who arrived a bit before Alan. A brilliant player in his day. One performance that springs to mind is the 4-3 defeat to Everton, where he scored in one of the best games I have seen at the Bank.
CF – Darren Huckerby – Still the most successful graduate of the Imps youth team and one of the most exciting talents we’ve had – which is why Kevin Keegan paid half a million pounds to take him to Newcastle at the height of their success. I have only ever owned one non-Imps football shirt, and that was a Newcastle one following Huckerby’s transfer! I don’t think I ever wore it, mind.
Thank you Alan for sharing your Ultimate Imps XI! If anyone else would like to share their squad then please contact me.