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In History: Marriott makes debut on this day in 2000

12 February 2019

12th February 2019 marks 19 years since legendary goalkeeper Alan Marriott made his Lincoln City debut. Marriott was an ever-present during the noughties play-off era, and became the club's leading all-time appearance holder for a goalkeeper, falling just shy of 400 appearances during his nine-year tenure at Sincil Bank.

Bedford-born Alan Marriott, who started his career as a youngster with Tottenham Hotspur, played a total of 395 League and cup games for the Imps, putting him at the top of the Club's appearance chart for goalkeepers.

Marriott spent nine years at Sincil Bank having joined City from Spurs in the summer of 1999 but was forced to wait six months before being handed his Football League debut, being unable to dispose fellow custodians John Vaughan and Barry Richardson.

'Mazza' became a regular from his debut, onwards, and became a real hit amongst City supporters, notably during the play-off era.

The stopper made a vital save in the final game of the 2002/03 season, saving Alex Russell's spot kick, in a game the Imps would draw 1-1 and secure their first ever play-off campaign. 

Mazza notched up his 300th first team appearances for the Imps in April 2006, and missed just seven league games between the 2001/02 season and the completion of the 2006/07 season.

A firm favourite amongst the City supporters, Marriott's clean sheet against Torquay United on February 10th 2007 saw him break a long-standing Club record with the shutout against the Gulls being his 100th for the Club in League and cup competitions.



This saw him break the record which was held by Dan McPhail, a regular from the 1930s whilst his outing against Swindon Town the following month - his 310th League game - saw him break McPhail's all-time Club goalkeeping appearance record.

Marriott left Sincil Bank in the summer of 2008 having kept 111 (106 league) clean sheets from his 395 Football League and Cup appearances and subseqently joined Rushden & Diamonds before moving to Mansfield Town in January 2009.


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