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INTERNATIONALS

Since Lincoln City Football Club was formed in 1884 a select band of 10 players have had the honour of winning full international honours whilst on the Club's books, with the first being David 'Harry' Pugh, who played three times for Wales in the early 1900s.

Winger Pugh played for Wrexham and Stoke prior to joining City in March 1898 and went on to make a total of 99 appearances, scoring 12 goals. City kept his Football League registration when he was released in the summer of 1902 and he returned almost three years later, although his appearances in his second spell were limited to the Midland League. He later played cricket for Lincolnshire in Minor Counties action.

Brothers Con and George Moulson both represented what is now known as the Republic of Ireland during their time at Sincil Bank.

Centre-half Con became the second Lincoln player to receive international recognition when he played for the Irish Free State against Hungary in 1936.

He started his career with Grimsby Town in the late 1920s and joined City in June 1932 after a brief spell with Bristol City. He went on to make a total of 91 appearances for the Imps before joining Notts County for £2,000 in September 1936.

He returned as a wartime guest, making 97 appearances, and later - after working as a machinist for Rustons - he returned to Sincil Bank as trainer-coach in 1965 but the Imps lost all eight games under his tutelage and he was replaced by player-coach Roy Chapman shortly after.

George Moulson, meanwhile, was a goalkeeper who made 61 appearances for City and was an ever-present during the Division Three (North) Championship season of 1947/48. He played three times for Eire in 1948.

Like his brother Con, George started out at Grimsby Town and made his Mariners debut in the 1939 FA Cup Semi-Final during which he was stretchered off with concussion. He made over 100 wartime appearances for City before staying at Sincil Bank until the summer of 1949, when he joined Peterborough United.

The fourth international Imp was inside-forward Arthur Fitzsimmons who joined Lincoln after making more than 200 appearances for Middlesbrough. He won a total of 26 caps for Eire, the last coming during his time with City - a European Championship tie against Czechoslovakia in May 1959.

Fitzsimmons was almost 30 years old when he joined City from Middlesbrough for £5,000 in March 1959 but played just seven times during the latter half of the 1958/59 season before moving on to Mansfield Town for £6,000. Later returned to his homeland where he coached Shamrock Rovers and the League of Ireland representative side.

Almost 25 years later, goalkeeper David Felgate received recognition for a string of superb performances between the Lincoln sticks by being called up in to the Wales squad for a friendly against Romania on October 12th 1983. Felgate replaced Neville Southall at half-time in a game which Wales won 5-0 at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

Fifteen years later central defender Dean Walling played twice for St Kitts & Nevis in the 1998 Caribbean Cup, which took place towards the end of the Imps' 1997/98 promotion season.

Walling was City's record signing when he joined the Club from Carlisle United in October 1997 for £75,000.

After starting his career with hometown team Leeds United, Walling played for Rochdale before going on to make over 250 appearances for Carlisle prior to his arrival at Sincil Bank. A regular in his first season with the Imps, a serious groin injury saw him sit on the sidelines for almost a year before he returned in April 1999 and, after only three further appearances - all as substitute - he joined Doncaster Rovers, then in the Conference, for £25,000.

Spells with Northwich Victoria, Cambridge United, Gainsborough Trinity and Nuneaton Borough followed before Walling hung up his boots to concentrate on running a thriving county-based soccer school. He is still a regular at Sincil Bank on match days, covering games for the Press Association.

The Club's history books were rewritten on May 21st 2006 when Gareth McAuley and Jeff Hughes both turned out for Northern Ireland in a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay in New Jersey, USA.

The game marked a significant milestone in the Imps' history as not only was it the first time that the Imps had two players feature in the same squad at full international level but McAuley's appearance as a late substitute saw him overtake Harry Pugh's long-standing record of being the most capped player in City's history.

Larne-born McAuley joined the Imps on the eve of the 2004/05 season when he moved to Sincil Bank from Coleraine for an undisclosed fee and went on to be a key player for City, with his form throughout his first season in the Football League being rewarded when he won his first full international cap, coming on as a second half substitute in a friendly against Germany at Windsor Park on June 4th 2005.

Whilst McAuley won a total of five caps whilst an Imp, Hughes won two, both on Northern Ireland's tour of the USA in 2006 with his appearance against Uruguay being followed by a substitute outing against Romania.

Hughes had been on trial at Sincil Bank for some time before he put pen-to-paper on a permanent deal with the Club in August 2005. The left-sided player, who played for Northern Ireland U21s in his early days with the Imps, left City in the summer of 2007, joining Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee having made 68 appearances in Lincoln colours.

The latest additions to the list came this season with Albert Jarrett and Delroy Facey appearing for Sierra Leone and Grenada respectively.

On Sunday 5 September 2010 Jarrett helped Sierra Leone to a 1-1 draw against Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifying game in Cairo. The game was Freetown-born Jarrett's sixth appearance for his country and came a month after he made his City debut on the opening day of the 2010/11 season.

Facey, meanwhile, helped Grenada reach the Caribbean Cup Finals, appearing against Puerto Rico, St Kitts & Nevis and Guadeloupe in qualifiers in October 2010 before facing Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago in the finals a month later.

Summary:-

Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland) - 5 apps vs Germany (sub, June 2005), Portugal (sub, November 2005), Estonia (March 2006), Uruguay (sub, May 2006), Romania (May 2006)
Delroy Facey (Grenada) - 5 apps vs Puerto Rico (October 2010), St Kitts & Nevis (October 2010), Guadeloupe (October 2010), Martinique (November 2010), Trinidad & Tobago (November 2010)
George Moulson (Eire) - 3 apps vs Portugal (May 1948), Spain (May 1948), Switzerland (December 1948)
David Pugh (Wales) - 3 apps vs Scotland (February 1900), Scotland (March 1901), England (March 1901)
Con Moulson (Irish Free State) - 2 apps vs Hungary (May 1936), Luxembourg (May 1936)
Dean Walling (St Kitts & Nevis) - 2 apps vs British Virgin Islands (April 1998), Guadeloupe (April 1998)
Jeff Hughes (Northern Ireland) - 2 apps vs Uruguay ( May 2006), Romania (sub, May 2006)
Arthur Fitzsimmons (Eire) - 1 app vs Czechoslovakia (May 1959)
David Felgate (Wales) - 1 app vs Romania (sub, October 1983)
Albert Jarrett (Sierra Leone) - 1 app vs Egypt (September 2010)

 

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