Jordan Thomas (2012)
We end with a collection of youth team graduates, the first of which is Jordan Thomas. He made two substitute appearances for City, both in our first season in the National League. Grant Brown gave him five minutes of a 1-1 draw with Mansfield shortly after Steve Tilson was sacked, and then David Holdsworth sent him on as we drew 0-0 with Carshalton in the FA Trophy. He didn’t feature again and left at the end of the 2013-2014 season.
Sam Turner (2010)
Turner was a Lincoln born academy graduate who made two appearances for City, both from the subs bench. He replaced Albert Jarrett in the 89th minute of a 2-1 win against Macclesfield, and then Mustapha Carayol in the 86th minute of a 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury. After a year or so with Moorlands, he moved abroad to play in Sweden for Ånge IF.
Phil Watt (2006)
Watt was an academy graduate for whom John Schofield had high hopes at the start of the 2007/08 season. Sadly, he had a disaster on his debut as City were soundly thrashed 4-0 at home by Shrewsbury, and only played once more as a sub for the injured Adie Moses as we went down 3-1 in the FA Cup to Forest at the City Ground. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent not long after Peter Jackson arrived at the club.
Adi Yussuf (2013)
Yussuf is the third player on the list who has played international football, having turned out a couple of times for Tanzania. His spell at Sincil Bank was blighted by injuries that restricted him to just two appearances. He was an 81st-minute substitute in the 1-0 defeat at home to Salisbury, and then lasted 62 minutes of a 1-0 defeat against Aldershot. Whilst with the Imps he spent time out on loan at Histon, Harrogate and Gainsborough before signing for Oxford City. He found a prolific run of form at Oxford scoring 27 times in 39 appearances. That earned him a stab at league football with Mansfield, but he dropped back into non-league, only to later impress at Solihull Moors and join Blackpool. He’s still on the Seasider’s books but has been on loan in the National League four times.