Full Name: Harding, Alan
Date Of Birth :
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
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.
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