Looking around to check on former foxes you always find interesting topics and happenings, as the one going on at Lincoln City FC at the moment. Michael Appleton took charge of The Imps back in 2019 and has had a great influence with them at this moment on a straight promotion position from League One to Championship football.Embed from Getty Images
The club has seen a good progress in a number of seasons under Danny Cowley who jumped off the project and joined Huddersfield Town a division above. Michael Appleton has worked on the platform and developed it further as the club looks close to getting back to level two of English football.
The club was founded in 1884 and since that day never seen top flight football, but has been at the second level, ending fifth in the 1901-02 season, and also having short returns to this level in laps of years and during the 50’s and early 60’s seeing a long and fine list of season in the second tier. But mostly ever since been a team floating around the third and fourth tier, and also at times being out of the EFL action completely dropping into non-league action at times.
Michael Appleton took charge of Leicester City after the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare and his unbeaten record in two games as caretaker will stand forever. He moved on when Claude Puel took charge, but in all a very popular character at the club.Embed from Getty Images
Tom Hopper joined The Imps a year ago, and the former Leicester City forward has over the years been a steady performer for Scunthorpe United adding up 115 league games and scoring 24 goals, before moving to Southend United in 2018, and then being signed by Michael Appleton.
Hopper (27) has so far played 30 league games and scored 7 goals as The Imps are flying and the group of players are interesting, finding names such as Liam Bridcutt, Harry Anderson and Anthony Scully among those, not to forget young wonder Tayo Udun, top goalscorer Jorge Grante and on loan goalkeeper from West Brom, Alex Palmer.
Looking at the stats you will find a few interesting listings such as the player with most appearances being former Leicester City stopper Grant Brown, adding up 469 appearances in a career lasting from 1989 to 2002.
You also find a few former Leicester City players and also managers, with of course Michael Appleton a name of them, who have been in charge of Lincoln, those being Allan Clarke, Willie Bell and Steve Thompson.Embed from Getty Images
Among those manager names you have a certain Graham Taylor, the former England manager that had a number of good years in the 70’s at Lincoln before taking charge of Watford. His managerial career after that is well documented, sadly passed away in 2017 at just 72 years of age.
In the list of players in both camps you will find as mentioned above, Grant Brown, another defender we also have fond memories of is Gareth McAuley who was signed from Lincoln back in 2002 spending four years with Leicester, before joining Ipswich Town and later West Bromwich, ending his years in football with Rangers a year ago.
Stefan Oakes, is a player that made a move to Lincoln, playing for The Imps from 2008 to 2010 adding up 43 league games and scoring one single goal. Ian Baraclough, the current N Ireland manager, also have a life in both camps, spending a few years at Cincil Bank during a long and exentric career in lower tier football.
Louis Dodds and Lawrie Dudfield are other names that have a foot in both camps. Graham Cross the long servant and record holder of most games in total played for Leicester City also had a short spell with Lincoln in late stages of his career.
Long servant and former Leicester City youth coach Trevor Peake did start his career at Cincil Bank, adding up 171 league games, scoring 7 times. Goalkeepers Russell Hoult and Mark Wallington did also had spells, so did David Oldfield, Lee Philpott and Nick Platnauer.
We wish Lincoln City all the best on their road to hopefully a straight promotion and of course having a special eye on Michael Appleton and Tom Hopper as they progress.