Just 5 foot nine including his studs Gordon Hobson would have you up out of your seat or flying up and down the old Clanford End steps. Many Clanford diehards would argue that he was the most skillful player to pull on an Imp shirt for many a year.
Spotted playing local league football in Sheffield Kerr took a gamble and threw him into the first team against Cambridge United. He scored and would go on to be top scorer in 5 of his ten seasons at the Bank. As Gordon`s career progressed he played more as a striker, though he never lost his dribble whether he was cutting in or going passed his man. Few would argue that in a fairly barren era Gordon Hobson was one of our few shining lights over two spells at the Imps.The promotion season of 1980/81 saw Hobson form a formidable partnership with another Imps legend, Mick Harford. Harford left but Hobson fired us up with 21 goals. The four against Northampton plus 2 assists in an eight nil annialation is the stuff of legends
After 8 seasons he was sensationally sold to bitter rivals Grimsby Town in a £35,000 deal, before then moving to top flight Southampton. The following season we were relegated to Division Four before slipping out of the league. It was a bitter pill to swallow. It would appear as we were going one way, Gordon was going the other.
Then in 1988/89 it all changed. We were back in the League and out of the League cup hat came Southampton. However our ex hero wouldn`t be returning to the Bank in a Saints shirt. Murphy managed to prise 60 grand in white fivers from a transfer kitty fashioned from thin air. Hobson only went and left his former team mates in his wake to score. Though we lost he went on to bag 15 that season, which went a long way to ensuring the Famous Imps made a solid return to the Football League.
Two years later Allan ‘Clown` Clarke took over as manager and released him. Though Gordon would have the last laugh seeing Clarke last only five months in the job. Gordon finished his career at Salisbury after short spells at Exeter City, Walsall and Farnborough Town before setting up a yachting business in Havant..
Born: 27/11/57 Sheffield.
Lincoln City Career: 321+(12) appearances and 96 goals 1977 – 1985 & 1988 – 1990.
Clubs: Lincoln City, Grimsby Town, Southampton, Exeter, Walsall, Farnborough and Salisbury.