10 – Bob Latchford
I was, luckily, too young to remember us signing a 34-year-old Latchford back in the mid-eighties. he came in after the reign of Colin Murphy as the club hunted a sniff of Championship promotion, but with hopes fading fast. On paper, Latchford looked a great signing, a former England international with goals galore in his past. He scored five in 12 for England, finished as leading scorer at Birmingham in 1972 and 1973, then at Everton in 1975, 76, 77 and 78. He later played for Swansea, finishing top scorer there in 1982. In total, before coming to Lincoln he had 229 career goals from 525 appearances, that’s almost a goal every other game.
What did he manage for Lincoln City? One goal every eight games, or to total it up, two goals. Underwhelming doesn’t quite sum it up and, to make matters worse, he was loaned to Newport where he scored five in 20, then moved to Merthyr Tydfil where he won a Welsh Cup.