A physically powerful central defender who is now really beginning
to show a return to form after several seasons hit by a string of
injuries that seemed to leave his playing career in serious jeapordy.
His determination in fighting his way back to fitness and then his
committed displays have made him a favourite of City fans. Lyndon
is strong in the air and rarely second to a ball that threatens
his defensive line, he isn't always the quickest player - but that
rearely matters as few strikers get chance to turn him. His aerial
strength also makes him a real threat at set-piece attacks and his
three goals this season already make it his most prolific in City
Lyndon's tale is a real history of battling injuries and hurdles
which could easily have prevented him ever playing a first team
game for the club. He began his career in the City youth team, but
never made it into the first team and had to head for Witney Town
to get a taste of Southern League football. Then had a short spell
with Trowbridge before joining Cinderford Town where he was club
captain, building a fearsome reputation as a physical and awkward
centre-back. That made him a target for several clubs and in 2002
Chris Burns secured his return to Meadow Park.
Lyndon had a nightmare start to his time at City, picking up a
mystery injury to his right knee only a few minutes into his first
appearance in a City shirt during a pre-season friendly at Brockworth.
The first diagnosis suggested cruciate ligament damage, eventually
confirmed after a second more hopeful diagnosis was eventually disproved.
Tomkins had surgery in early January 2003 and the operation went
well, but by the time he was back in training a year after the original
injury budget constraints saw him released without playing a first
team match. Linked back up with Cinderford but further injuries
and a change of manager saw him flit through several clubs before
regaining his match fitness at Bishop's Cleeve. That saw him finally
return to City and make his debut in September 2004, but despite
some impressive displays a string of minor injury niggles prevented
him getting into his very best form and the writing seemed to be
on the wall when new City boss Tim Harris allowed him to go back
to Bishop's Cleeve on loan in March 2006. However, injuries to toher
players saw him back - and since that point Lyndon hasn't looked
back. The start of the 2006/7 has seen him in the best form of his
City career and finally recapture that dominant defensive security
that won him so many plaudits when at Cinderford.