Full Name: Linnecor, Albert Roy
Date Of Birth :
Birthplace : Nechells
LCFC career record :
Apps : 287 ;
Subs : 0 ;
Goals : 55
LCFC Football League record :
Apps : 264 ;
Subs : 0 ;
Goals : 52
LCFC Debut : 22/04/1957, Rotherham United (a) 0-3, FL Division 2
Last Match : 18/04/1964, Workington (h) 0-2, FL Division 4
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Bert Linnecor gave City seven excellent years of service as a wing
half and inside forward appearing in almost 300 first team games for
the Club. A regular goal scorer he famously netted a hat-trick for
the Imps at Anfield in April 1960 when City won 3-1 to register a
League double over Bill Shankly's Liverpool team.
He represented the Saltley Boys schools team in Birmingham and after
leaving school worked assembling cycles for the Hercules Bicycle
Company. He played Saturday morning football for his works team and
also appeared for a Sunday club leaving Saturday afternoons free to
watch Birmingham City at St Andrew's.
Bert was soon spotted by a Birmingham City scout and signed amateur
forms for the Blues in February 1950, quickly working his way up to
the 'A' team. At the age of 18 he was called up for his National
Service and after initial training had 18 months with the RASC.
When he came out of the Army he turned full-time professional and
within a few months was appearing for Birmingham reserves in the
He made his Football League debut at Huddersfield in March 1956 but
never established himself as a first team regular at St Andrews and
in April 1957 he signed for the Imps in part exchange for Dick Neal.
Bert's first season at Sincil Bank was a memorable one as the Imps
won their last six games to avoid relegation from the Second
Division. The Imps were left to face Cardiff in their final match of
the season needing at least a point to stay up and, after going a
goal down, won 3-1 with goals coming from Roy Chapman (2) and Ron Harbertson.
After a narrow escape the following season City recovered in 1959/60
and finished in a mid-table position with one the highlights being
the win at Anfield and Bert's famous three goals.
Sadly for the Imps they then went through a disastrous period which
saw them plummet straight from Division Two to Division Four.
The situation improved in 1963/64 when Frank Eccleshare took over as
chairman but Bert left Sincil Bank in the summer of 1964 for the
newly formed Boston FC and continued to play in a good class of
non-League football for another decade.
In 1970 he was brought back to Sincil Bank by Bert Loxley and coached
City's young amateur players in the evenings for a few years. He was
also in charge of the Imps' under 19's in their first season in the
Northern Intermediate League when Graham Taylor was manager.
After leaving full-time football he worked for 20 years as a sales
rep before getting a job as a storeman at Rustons. He remained there
until the late 90's and is now enjoying his retirement with his wife
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