Greg Lincoln

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Greg Lincoln

Appearances: 1 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 23rd March 1980

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 2001/02

Season of last appearance: 2001/02

Also played for: Arsenal (0), Torquay United (0), Stevenage Borough, Hammarby IF (Sweden), Northampton Town (12+10,1), Redbridge, Bishop's Stortford, Chelmsford City, Cambridge City, Thurrock and Aveley

5' 9" tall creative midfielder born in Cheshunt who started his career as a trainee with Arsenal and was signed as a professional by the Gunners in August 1998. During his time at Highbury Greg was rated as a hot prospect for the future and won numerous youth and reserve team honours. He played in sides which won the FA Youth Cup, Premier Youth League and Southern Junior Floodlit Cup.

In 1998 he was an unused substitute for Arsenal's Champions League match at Panathinaikos and in 1999 Greg played for England in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria. Other members of the squad included Ashley Cole and Peter Crouch.

During the 1999/00 season Greg scored 13 goals for the Gunners' reserves and in May 2001 he played in David Seaman's testimonial match shortly before being released without ever having made a first team appearance for Arsenal.

In the summer of 2001 Greg had trials with Rushden & Diamonds and Hull before joining Torquay on a non-contract basis in August 2001 at the same time as his former Arsenal team-mate Lee Canoville.

Within weeks Greg moved on to Stevenage and on 1.9.01 he played as they drew 0-0 at Southport in the Conference. It was his only appearance for the club and later in September he joined Stockholm-based Swedish side Hammarby IF on trial.

By mid-October Greg was back in England and he joined Margate as a non-contract player. On 16.10.01 he scored both goals as Margate lost 5-2 in a friendly at Tonbridge and on 20.10.01 Greg made his debut in midfield in a Conference game against Northwich at Hartsdown Park. Margate lost 2-1 and the Thanet Times said he "had a good first half but faded after the break". Greg was also booked. It was his only appearance and Greg then returned to Sweden to play for Hammarby. Margate manager Chris Kinnear told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "He's a young lad, and it's good for him if he gets a chance like that." Kinnear also spoke to The Non-League Paper and explained "There was no doubting his ability, but he probably needed another year before getting into our first team. He wasn't really physically strong enough."

Before his move to Hammarby was completely finalised Greg had a trial with Leyton Orient in November 2001 but he ended up seeing out the remainder of the 2001/02 campaign in Sweden although he did play a couple of games for Northampton's reserves at the end of the season.

In June 2002 Greg signed a one-year contract with Northampton and made his first team debut in a 4-0 defeat at Oldham in Division 2 (later League One) on 29.10.02. He went on to make 22 senior appearances (ten as sub) and scored once for the Cobblers before being released at the end of the 2003/04 campaign. Greg had also helped out with the coaching of Northampton's youth team during his time with the club and held a UEFA B coaching qualification.

In the summer of 2004 he had a trial with Barnet but Greg ended up joining Conference South club Redbridge for the start of the 2004/05 season proper.

Towards the end of 2004/05 he had a spell with Bishop's Stortford and in July 2005 Greg moved on to Chelmsford.

His next move took him to Cambridge City in December 2005 and Greg stayed with the club until September 2007 when he linked up with Thurrock.

He spent over two years with the Essex club before moving to their near neighbours Aveley in December 2009 but Greg only played twice for them before retiring in January 2010.

In October 2010 he returned to Thurrock to become the club's new manager aged only 30 but in January 2011 Greg resigned from the role.










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