Being in a new division means I get to investigate a whole new round of players for this article. I like to think I can call it research, but to be honest given time constraints it’s perhaps a little more hit and hope than anything.
This week we face Doncaster Rovers and, for a side we’re geographically very close to, there isn’t a lot of transfer history between the two clubs. We have had a couple of players leave for them over the years and as you know, if they take a good player from us it’s cause for no thanks.
They have snatched John Schofield and John McGinley (main imagine) from us and both get an honourable mention here. Schoey is a top bloke, a former player and manager of ours who served us diligently. He’s still with Rovers now as far as I can tell, developing youth.
As for McGinley, he’s quite topical as he was the last player to score in three divisions for the Imps, until Harry Anderson bagged against Rotherham. ‘Jack’ had two spells with the club after arriving from Charleroi and briefly leaving for Rotherham United.
Another player to serve is well after leaving Doncaster was William Langham. He scored 51 goals for City in just 87 appearances for the club, albeit as far back as 1907-1910. He was part of the side relegated from Division Two, but he helped us bounce back from the Midland League two years later. Now, that’s what I call research.
As for regrettable moves, the 1987 loan of Glenn Humphreys didn’t turn out all that great. So, who else makes the list? Who else have they either taken from us, or given us, that made us laugh or cry?
You’re about to find out.