Malcolm Dunkley

We’re going back a bit now, way back to 1988 and the years of Tony James, Colin Murphy and promotion back to the football league. The injury to big Mick Waitt sustained in the GMVC had knocked his ability and the Imps hooked up with towering centre forward Malcolm Dunkley who had previously been playing in Finland for RoPS Rovaneimi (or something like that). He made just 9 appearances for City, but for fans of a certain age he will always be remembered.

Malcolm Dunkley watches a header flash across goal

On his debut it seemed a star had been born as Malcolm netted twice in a 3-0 Imps win at Sincil Bank. He netted again in the next game against Hereford and it appeared a star was born. However the Imps faded badly and his last four starts for the club brought defeats against Darlington, Crewe, Rotherham and Carlisle to effectively end our back to back promotion hopes. 

I think as the transfer deadline approached Colin Murphy knew he needed to plan for the next season and Malcolm didn’t figure in those plans. Paul Smith had formed a decent partnership up top with Gordon Hobson and it meant Malcom was the unlucky third wheel. He headed back to RoPS in Finland where he enjoyed relatively prolific spell. Upon on completion of his career he remained in Finland and moved into coaching.

His name is often mentioned when talking about cult players at Lincoln, four goals in nine games is a tidy haul for any footballer. His ungainly 6’5 height and unorthodox style endeared him to Imps fans as well as make him recognisable on the pitch. It’s a shame it didn’t work out as Big Dunk could quite easily have forged a decent career in the lower leagues with City.

Tragically Malcolm passed away in September 1995 of a heart attack age just 44 years old.