Eight games and one goal, but what a goal it was. The Australian midfielder of Greek descent joined City at the start of the 2000/01 season and instantly became a recognisable figure with his surfer boy hair cut and his exotic sounding name. His performances didn’t warrant the attention though and until the evening of September 5th 2000 he didn’t look likely to make a mark on the home fans.
We’d already been beaten comprehensively in the first leg of the League Cup by Sheffield Utd by 6-1. Sterg was a 75th minute sub, but two games later he broke into the first team as we registered a 3-0 home win with Southend. Bring on the second leg against Sheff Utd, and a damage limitation exercise.
In the 58th minute of that game Sterg scored a stunning free kick to silence Blades fans travelling to Lincoln. We held out for a credible 1-0 win, and although we were out 6-2 on aggregate there were positives to take. The performance of our Australian midfielder was one.
However he struggled to hold down a first team place and his last Imps appearance came just a month later as a late sub in a 2-1 win at home against York. He sat on the bench for the final match of his Imps career, a day that saw us lose 4-3 to Barnett after being 3-0 up inside half an hour. I assume he saw enough that day to convince him he wanted to get back over to Oz.
He forged a good playing career in his home country, retiring in 2010 and taking over as manager of Croydon City in 2013. He’s now a sales and marketing manager for a sportswear firm in Australia.
Good on ya sport.