Finally, something akin to a success story.
Hone was a product of the centre of excellence and made his debut as a sub in Peter Jackson’s first game in charge. He went on to make his first start in our FA Cup first round match against Nottingham Forest, a game which ended as a 1–1 draw.
After a handful of impressive outings, Peter Jackson was prompted to offer him a two-and-a-half-year professional contract. He scored his first Lincoln City goal in a 2–1 home victory over Rochdale in February 2008 and looked set to have a big future.
Hone was constantly being linked with a move up the league ladder, and it was surprising City managed to hold on to him. He went on to make 100 appearances for his hometown club, with 87 starts. Instead of progressing as he should have done, he suffered from playing in a succession of poor Lincoln teams, starting under Jackson and getting progressively worse under Chris Sutton and Steve Tilson.
He suffered an injury which ruled him out from October 2009 to February 2010 and perhaps lost a little of the edge that had him poised for bigger things. Chris Sutton sent him out on loan to Darlington, but once he returned Steve Tilson dropped him back into the starting XI. He was sent off as we slipped to an April 2-1 defeat to Oxford and missed the crucial run into the season that saw us relegated.
In May 2011, he was one of just three squad players to be offered a new contract after the mass clear out of players following relegation. He duly signed up for a further year, and although he played ten games early in the season he lost his place in the team after Tilson left and was loaned to Barrow in November 2011.
In May 2012, manager David Holdsworth confirmed that Hone would not be offered a new contract and he later joined Gainsborough and then ambitious North Ferriby. He moved with manager Billy Heath to Halifax Town after guiding Ferriby to the National League in 2016, but retired not long after.