With the news yesterday that Jordan Adebayo-Smith might be in line for a United States call-up, we have decided to look at the other internationals who have represented their country whilst playing for the Imps.
There was some discussion after I labelled him as being in line to become our first ever US representative, mainly because Eric Lichaj did play for his country. However, I meant him becoming capped whilst playing for the Imps, not later in his career. After all, we’re on the up now and I fully expect our players to get recognition, even if it’s at younger age groups or for the likes of Northern Ireland.
I believe that we’ve had ten full international recognised during their time with the Imps. We take a look at all ten, with a couple of surprising entries towards the end of the list.
The very first of the Imps international players was David Pugh. Known as Harry, Pugh played three times for Wales in the early part of the last century. He made 99 appearances for the Imps, scoring 12 goals, from 1898 through to 1902.
Three decades later we were supplying international stars once more, this time brothers Con and George Moulson who played for the Irish Free State, now known as the Republic of Ireland. Con, otherwise know as Cornelius, played against Hungary in 1936 after joining from Notts County. He returned during wartime to make 97 appearances and was back at Sincil Bank again trainer-coach in 1965.
It wasn’t a success and City lost eight of the eight matches he oversaw.
His brother George came a little later, he was ever-present during the Division Three North Championship-winning campaign of 1947/48 after also appearing as a wartime guest. On the back of that success, he followed in his brother’s footsteps and appeared three times for Eire in 1948.
The fourth player on our list appeared for Eire as well. Arthur Fitzsimmons joined the Imp from Middlesbrough and was already an established international when he arrived at the club. He had won 25 caps for Eire, with his 26th and final outing coming against Czechoslovakia in May 1959.
He only played seven times for City before moving to Mansfield for a profit of £1000, or around £22,000 in today’s money taking inflation into account.
That brings us to the ‘modern day’ caps – six of them in total. Three played for Home Nations, three for some more exotic places. Before you clikc next, can you name all six?