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Alan Harding Alan Harding
(1972/73-1978/79)

Full Name: Harding, Alan
Date Of Birth : 14/05/1948
Birthplace : Sunderland

LCFC career record :
Apps : 227 ; Subs : 7 ; Goals : 43


LCFC Football League record :
Apps : 203 ; Subs : 6 ; Goals : 38

LCFC Debut : 10/03/1973, Chester (h) 1-0, FL Division 4
Last Match : 07/03/1979, Chester (a) 1-5, FL Division 3



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A skilful left-sided midfield player, Alan Harding was one of Graham Taylor's early signings and proved to be an excellent acquisition by the then rookie manager.

After scoring 37 goals in 129 League outings for Darlington, Alan joined the Imps from the Quakers in March 1973 for £7,000 whilst Frank McMahon moved in the opposite direction.

Scoring the only goal of the game against Chester at Sincil Bank on his Lincoln debut, Alan went on to give City seven years of excellent service and performed a vital role in the 1975/76 Division Four championship winning campaign, which saw the Imps clinch the title in record-breaking style.

One of the most talented players in that memorable squad, Alan netted some important goals along the way, including one against Stoke City and Peter Shilton in the League Cup and one in the Championship clincher against Doncaster Rovers.

He was a virtual ever-present the following season but, after the Imps were relegated from Division Three in 1979, he moved on, returning to his native North East and Hartlepool United for a fee of £4,000.

His 84 League games for Hartlepool took his career tally to 422 whilst he netted 83 goals during his professional career.

On leaving the professional game, Alan spent time on the North East local scene, turning out for Newcastle Blue Star and Ryhope Colliery Welfare.

SEASON RECORD

1972/1973
1973/1974
1974/1975
1975/1976
1976/1977
1977/1978
1978/1979

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