Five Marmite Lincoln City Players

Josh Gowling

If there’s ever a player who gets stick that doesn’t deserve it, it is Josh Gowling. He was a League One quality defender when he first crossed our path, one of the few Tilson signings who had a quality about him.

He came to City after being a part of the Gillingham defence that conceded seven at Accrington, loaned out in disgust. I thought he immediately added security to our back four, helping us to three wins on the bounce including a clean sheet against Nuneaton. We beat Morecambe 2-1 and Hereford 3-1 whilst he was with us, as well as drawing 2-2 with Hereford in the FA Cup. Then disaster, he played as we got hammered 5-0 at home by Bury and off he went, back to Gillingham.

Even worse, he came back with Gillingham during that awful run in and scored as they beat us 4-0 at the Bank. He didn’t celebrate.

Courtesy of Graham Burrell

At the end of the season, he had options, yet he returned to us in the National League. That level of loyalty I appreciated, maybe it was money, maybe I didn’t see something, but I respected him for coming back. Was he a decent player for us? He was a Tilson player and for that, he suffered. He made 37 appearances for the wally from Southend and latterly David Holdsworth, right up until we secured our survival with the 3-2 win at Ebbsfleet. After that, he was gone.

He did come back to haunt us time and again, beating us 3-0, 2-1 and 4-1 whilst at Kidderminster, then 2-0 whilst at Grimsby and being sent off in a 1-1 draw. He helped the Cods back to the Football League too, earning him even fewer brownie points.

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