We take a look at that famous Lincoln Red Imps team from the 2013/14 season which dominated local football for so many years, qualified the Imps for the first year of Champions League football and find out where they are now.
- Jordan Perez – Jordan would leave Lincoln at the end of that season, joining Lions before making a move to St Joseph’s. After taking a break from football, Perez joined Second Division side FC Olympique in 2017 for a season. The keeper played seven times for Boca this season before hanging up his boots – he also represented Gibraltar in beach volleyball at the 2019 Island Games.
- Dayle Coleing – Dayle would remain at Lincoln as the number 2 for a couple more years, before spells at Manchester 62 and Gib Phoenix locally, and Thackley and Liversedge while in England. In 2018, Coleing went on to join Europa and has since established himself as their number one keeper, as well as making four appearances for the Gibraltar national side since his debut vs Denmark in September 2018.
- Mark Moxham – Moxham has made his name known more among futsal followers, where he has represented Gibraltar on numerous occasions in recent seasons. The 36-year-old currently plays for Europa FC Futsal, who are second in the league and is their first-choice keeper.
- Neal Medina – Neal made the bench for Lincoln’s debut in the Champions League and would stay on at the club for a further 3 years before leaving for Gibraltar United – injuries would continue to plague his career with limited appearances since leaving. The 32-year old is now playing Futsal for Lynx FC.
- Ryan Casciaro – In the Summer of 2018, Ryan would call time on his playing days at Lincoln after nearly three decades of playing for the club. The 35-year old would go on to join St Joseph’s but injuries have seen the experienced defender only make 4 appearances this season, compared to his 21 from the campaign before.
- Garry Turner-Bone – Garry would stay on for a further two years before departing for FC Olympique. After leaving in 2016, Garry would return to Gibraltar football in 2018 to Magpies, then joined Manchester 62 for a brief spell before returning to Magpies to take on a coaching role and play for the club’s reserve side.
- Jean Carlos Garcia – After playing his youth career in Spain with Zabal and Linense, JC would make the transition to Gibraltar at 21 years old to join Lincoln. The defender would make the right-back position his for 5 years before being loaned out to Gib Phoenix in January 2019 then make a permanent move to Magpies in August 2019.
- Tarik Chrayeh – After making the bench for Lincoln’s first-ever Champions League game and then make an appearance off the bench in 2015, Tarik would go on to join their B team in Red Imps a couple of years later. Moves to Lions, St Joseph’s and Leo would sum up his next few years. The defender currently plays for Europa Point and St Joseph’s in Futsal.
- Roy Chipolina – One of the few last men still remaining in the current Lincoln squad. After passing of the torch from then captain Daniel Duarte, Roy still remains captain to this day and has led his side to numerous Cup glories. At 37, Roy is still a huge asset for club and country but injuries are proving to be a nuisance.
- Mark Ballester – At 18 years old, Mark would gain valuable experience from the team which he would put into his displays for Gibraltar at Under 19 level. The now 25-year old is currently without a team.
- Sean Lopez – After joining from Lynx in 2013. A Strong-running left-back had a great debut season but picked up a serious knee injury in the last league game of the 2014 season and hasn’t played senior football since.
- Alain Pons – Alain joined Lincoln from Taraguilla at 17 years old. Alain would play in the second leg of Lincoln’s UCL defeat to HB Torshavn before leaving the club for his university studies. The 24-year old secured a move to St Joseph’s last summer, in a bid to earn himself a starting spot in Julio Ribas’ national team.
- Lee Graham – After playing a pivotal role for Lincoln in the 2013/14 season, Lee would follow Garry to FC Olympique in 2015 before joining Britannia after their promotion. After the club folded, Lee returned to Olympique for two more seasons before switching football for Futsal where he currently plays for the Expendables in the second division.
- Daniel Duarte – The captain of this all-conquering side, Duarte would represent Lincoln until 2015, when he moved to Manchester 62, before retiring the following summer. Duarte, who became captain of the national team at the age of 26, picked up 116 caps before Gibraltar joined UEFA, and 5 caps in the UEFA era for the national side – he would have earned many more UEFA caps had UEFA membership arrived earlier than 2013, that is for certain.
- Liam Clarke – Before leaving Lincoln in 2015 and joining Manchester 62 – Liam will be known for his last-gasp winner in the 2014 Gibraltarian Rock Cup final victory over College Europa. Clarke would later go on to also play for Boca until 2018, and like some of his teammates now focuses on futsal, where he is currently at South United. The 32-year old recently made his MMA debut also.
- Mark Casciaro – Casciaro remained at Lincoln until January 2015, where he moved on to join Gibraltar United, and late Manchester 62, before retiring from football in 2017. Casciaro has also made his name in hockey for the Gibraltar national side, showing his multi-sporting talents. Apart from hockey, Mark currently plays Futsal for South United.
- Pitu Anes – Pitu remained with Lincoln until the summer of 2015, where he left for Gibraltar United – after spells there, notably including a cracking goal vs Angels. After the purchase of Gib Utd by Pablo Dana & Michel Salgado, Pitu would leave the club at the end of the season and join Second Division side Leo FC for a brief spell before retiring from football in 2018.
- Aaron Payas – Payas left Lincoln in 2014 to join Manchester 62, who he played for three seasons until taking a career break in 2017. He returned in 2018 and had spells at Europa last season, and Brunos Magpies this season, but is currently without a club.
- Joseph Chipolina – One of the few still at the club now, Joseph was used in the midfield in this title-winning side but is now seen at left-back or centre-back for club and country. Chipolina’s importance for Lincoln and Gib is still massive, and his biggest moment came in October 2018 when he scored the winning goal against both Armenia and Liechtenstein in consecutive Nations League matches.
- Sean Duarte – A ball-playing, technical player capable of breaking down defences in limited spaces and the final third. Many injuries meant his chances of first team football were limited. Sean currently plays Futsal for Spartans FC.
- Robert Guiling – In 2014, Guiling would make the move from Lincoln to Lynx – he would be a key part of the side that ended Lincoln’s 88-game unbeaten run as he scored in the 1-0 victory for Lynx. The midfielder remained at Lynx until 2018 and hasn’t played, since suffering a serious knee injury in November 2017. Robert now plays for Eagles HC (hockey).
- Brian Perez – Perez remained at Lincoln until 2015, and like some of his teammates then had a spell at Manchester 62, until 2017. The midfielder returned to football at the start of the season, joining Brunos Magpies, and despite the two-year absence, shows the qualities that made him so highly rated for many years in local football circles.
- Duane Robba – Robba was at the later years of his career in this team, and became something of a journeyman, dotting around the league for various clubs, including a couple of appearances for Gib United in 2017. At 44, Robba is now retired from football, but he has represented the national team on numerous occasions in futsal.
- Kyle Casciaro – The youngest Casciaro brother would remain at Lincoln until 2018, leaving on loan to Olympique. A permanent move to St Joseph’s would follow in 2019, before returning to Imps in January 2020.
- Alan Parker – Alan would leave the Imps for Gibraltar United in 2015, then joined various clubs and is currently at Lions. With appearances for Gibraltar’s U19 & 21 – the 23-year old is a regular figure for Gibraltar’s Futsal senior team and a huge asset for both South United and the national team.
- Michael Yome – After joining Lincoln from Zabal in 2011, Mikey would remain at the club until 2014 before leaving for university. Juggling his uni life with his club, meant a move to Manchester 62 came about in 2016. A few months later, Mikey would spend one more year away before joining Europa in 2017 where he still plays to this day.
- John Paul Duarte – JP would play nearly a decade at the Imps, finishing top goalscorer that year with Lee missing out through injury. Moves to Manchester 62 and St Joseph’s followed before settling for Brunos Magpies.
- George Cabrera – After playing most of his youth days in Spain, Cabrera would join Lincoln in 2012 from Algeciras. Goals came easy for 24-year old (at the time) and still remains at the club but a serious injury in 2017 has made getting back to full-fitness difficult.
- Lee Casciaro – A Lincoln legend – what else can you really say about Lee? Unplayable for the majority of his career, still playing regularly for club and country at the age of 38. Will they ever make another one like him?
- Graham Alvez – A lifelong Lincoln player – Graham played previously in squads which had the likes of current club president Dylan Viagas. Graham had it all as a player and hung up his boots in 2014. He would go on to coach the likes of Jaylan Hankins, Ethan Britto, and Tjay De Barr.
Goalkeeper Jordan Perez had this to say about playing in that Lincoln team – “Playing in that team it felt like home to be honest especially after most of us were playing together for over 10 years of triumphant league wins. Unfortunately, once the money came in it all changed drastically. Many players who had given endless years of commitment to the club were just treated poorly and simply left or were pushed aside. It was a shame because we were like a family and I believe that team would have defeated any other upcoming team with players from abroad for several more years.”
Captain Daniel Duarte spoke about how it felt captaining the team, “I was extremely proud and honoured to wear the captains’ armband, not only on that day, but in every single game I played. It was more than a football team it was truly a family on and off the pitch.”
Head coach Mick McElwee gave an insight into managing that Lincoln squad, “That year (2014) was tricky. We had a load of long term injuries where players missed half or all of the season; including a number of new signings which we needed to get settled and playing as soon as possible. Then we had a shortened season which did not help us as we started the league poorly with 2 draws. Early on we struggled with our form. Individuals playing well but not clicking as a team. So that created some nervous team performances.”
He added, “We adopted a 4-3-3 with Liam (Clarke), Daniel (Duarte) and Joseph (Chipolina) usually playing a tight midfield 3 and JP (Duarte), George (Cabrera) and Kyle (Casciaro) playing as a very wide front 3.Once we got that formation sorted we started to really play some good stuff – managing the team was so simple. Literally filling in the team sheet and letting them play. Stephen Head and I had to work hard to keep the players who were not in the first XI motivated enough to come into the team and make a difference.”