Grimsby-born Gary King came through at the same time as Martin Pembleton, during a period where the Imps appeared to be safe from both relegation and any play-off challenge. It afforded Jacko the luxury of bringing a couple of young players through and of the two, King was the one we all hoped would be the next homegrown hero.
He had been with City since the age of nine and signed his first professional contract on 19 April 2008. Later that day, he made his first start for Lincoln and scored against Brentford in a match the Imps later went on to win 3–1.
It was exactly the sort of start the fans hoped would signal a much brighter future, but it wasn’t to be. It was his only goal for Lincoln, and despite a short spell with Accrington Stanley, he didn’t go on to make the grade as a league footballer. He did go on to play for almost every Lincolnshire non-league side he possibly could, most recently Lincoln United.