Much of our pre-match coverage centres around either Match Day Live (which you should definitely watch), or Jake’s excellent previews.
For fear of repetition, I try not to write too much before a game, but I am aware that something in the build-up might be nice! Therefore, I shall be looking at three aspects of the two club’s entwined history, if they have any. I’ll call the feature ‘Remember This’ and do it for each League One game this season. Hopefully.
Without further ado, shall we get straight into it? I’m sure you’re eager to see what it is all about.
Played For Both
The obvious pick in the run-up to a game is a player who has featured for both teams, which brings us to the first of the series, full back Nicky Eaden.
Veteran defender Eaden came to the Bank on loan from Notts Forest and played in the 2006/07 season, making his deal permanent in the winter window. He was an accomplished and composed left full back who lacked a bit of pace due to his advancing years, but who also always looked comfortable on the ball. He started as we thrashed Rochdale 7-1, then Barnet 5-0 away, but he missed the 1-0 win at Swindon which put us top.
When his loan expired at the end of December, he re-joined for the second part of the season during which the Imps collapsed. He played both semi-finals against Bristol Rovers and left with 32 league starts to his name to play for Kettering, whom he later managed.
Earlier in his career, he also appeared for the Latics. In 2002/03, he appeared 43 times as they were promoted to what is now the Championship. The following season, he starred as they finished seventh, going one better by helping them into the Premier League in 2004/05, playing 40 of their 46 matches. He didn’t follow them into the promised land though, instead, he moved to Forest, where he made just 26 starts.