Finally, we’re down to the final four candidates before you get a chance to vote.
If anything, many of the names mentioned are simply to reminisce and discuss, because there are only one or two players who are likely to win one of the spots on the wing. It would see Dave Smith (pictured) is hot favourite for one spot, but then it will be between Gareth Ainsworth and Alan Harding one assumes for the other wing. In reserves, one of the last two and perhaps David Puttnam, maybe Dick Kryzwicki.
However, if the voters were of a certain age, they might be casting for any of the three players coming up now. If you’re voting for the first, you’d be of the older generation, whereas votes for the latter two will come from Imps fans who have joined us in the last two seasons. All three received a nomination, all three will receive a brief bio.
McClelland was a second tier footballer, a ‘Championship’ player in today’s money. He joined City in 1958 as we battled against the drop from Division Two, a position we’d held for almost ten years. When we finally ended up being relegated he was sold, QPR paying £14,000 for him which was a massive sum in those days.
He spent five seasons with Manchester City but, in 1958, swapped the luxury of Maine Road for Sincil Bank, with George Hannah moving the other way. He was a fast, skilful winger who is described as ‘consistently the best player on the park’ during his Lincoln spell. In 1959/60 he finished as leading scorer for the club as we ended the campaign in a reasonable 13th. He didn’t miss a game that campaign and h set up a goal for Bert Linnecor to score at Anfield as we ran out 3-1 winners in front of 24,000.
That was perhaps the last ‘great, Imps season, certainly by the standard of opposition. McClelland scored as we drew with Aston Villa at Villa Park, as we hammered Middlesbrough 5-2, Charlton 5-3 and got a hat trick as Derby were beaten 6-2. we finished 11 points off third-placed Liverpool, punishment for just two wins in the first eleven matches. McClelland was at the centre of the revival and was every inch a top-flight player.
The following season he scored three, City were relegated and not long after the start of our Division Three campaign he moved to Loftus Road. He later played for Portsmouth and Newport.
Doubtless nominated for his role in last season’s romp to the National League title, Harry Anderson still has a lot to prove in a Lincoln City shirt, but has all the attributes to prove it. He’s an outright winger, never comfortable when having to tuck in from the touchline but always bullish and full of raw pace. His end to 2017/18 has been poor, he struggled ever since being sent off against Luton, but His goal against Forest Green typified exactly what he’s capable of.
Is he one of the best you’ve seen at Sincil Bank? That depends entirely on how old you are and how long you’ve been watching, but he’s certainly one of the best we’ve seen in the last six or seven years. If you go back and further than that then he’s got competition.
Last, but not least, is another of our current crop of wingers, Nathan Arnold. Once again, the younger fan has had their say and to be fair, anyone joining us at the beginning of last season would be hard pushed not to agree with them. His scintillating form pre-Christmas pushed us to the top of the table, his goal against Ipswich earned us a stab at the FA Cup Fourth Round and his Gateshead winner will always remain one of the greatest moments of that wonderful season.
Is Nathan one of the best you’ve ever seen at Sincil Bank? Granted, this season hasn’t been quite the same, but he’s still contracted with the club and might still have a future. There could be another chapter to write, you never know.
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