South Elmsall footballer plays a part for Lincoln FA Cup history makers

Jamie McCombe in his Doncaster Rovers days.
Jamie McCombe in his Doncaster Rovers days.

SOUTH Elmsall’s Jamie McCombe played five important minutes on Saturday as he helped Lincoln City to create FA Cup history.

The central defender was brought on straight after Sean Raggett had found the net for the National League side at Turf Moor and made sure they kept Premier Division Burnley at bay to enable the Imps to become the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals since 1914.

Jamie, 34, who is 6ft 5in tall, has had an eventful career on the pitch and is in his second spell at Lincoln.

After playing in Frickley Athletic’s youth teams, he signed for Scunthorpe United in 1999, making his debut on October 30, 2001 and scoring their third goal in a 3-0 defeat of Darlington in the Football League Trophy.

After making 17 appearances, Jamie was named Scunthorpe’s young player of the year and continued to play for the Ironmen until March, 2004, when he joined Lincoln City, and was voted their player of the year.

He moved to Bristol City in August, 2006, before joining Huddersfield Town in 2010 and was at Doncaster Rovers from August, 2012, until the start of this season when he returned to the Imps.

He was joined by his family for the visit to Burnley, and they participated in the standing ovation the whole of the Lincoln squad received after the final whistle.