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Vanarama Conference Wrap Results Reports Tears Fears & Jeers.

Wrexham FC,  FC Halifax & Woking FC win, Barnet, Bristol Rovers and Gateshead FC draw.  Torquay UTD lose both the points and a couple to red cards again. The Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership wrap certainly has much to amuse the baying hordes from Tuesday 30th September.  Let us take a look at the  results, crowds scorers and the all-new link to all the reports of today’s games from the local folk who were there and care.

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Braintree took a point battling point off Barnet after Weston’s cross for an early Akinde header had the Bees buzzing on twelve minutes. Stack could not quite keep out a Cox bullet-header just before the interval. Hamann brilliantly saved from Weston with Cox almost grabbing a second during an end to end affair in front of an impressive midweek 1167 crowd.

The FC Halifax  and Neil Aspin quest continues then? The second-placed Shaymen have now halved the Bee hive distance to two points after a 2-0 win at Alfreton. Smith did the roast and served up a cross for Ainge to lick his lips and head home in style after a dozen minutes. Then Boden made no mistake with a clinical finish to make the game safe.  Alfreton manager Nicky Law, bless him there should be a picture of him above the definition of optimist, felt:

“I thought we murdered them, played them to death with some good football and were far and away the better team.”

Neil Aspin diplomatically remained tight-lipped about his peers pearls of wisdom and the Port Vale link, with Micky Adams now a front runner for the job. Aspin does appear to want to finish the job here at the never grey Shay despite the obvious Valiant links. The incredible rise has been something of a personal crusade- that has seen The Shaymen remarkably return through the pyramid after some very dark days indeed.

Wrexham storm to third, Chester apart the Dragons are looking ominous after overcoming a resilient and talented Kidderminster Harriers, their squad still in tact after two of the owners honoured a commitment.  Not quite the picturesque game between the passing princes we expected but a great advert for the Conference showing a tougher side to the Dragons and Harriers. A super passing move found Moult who played in Durrell on 84 to fizz a daisy cutter home.

The Gulls were clipped again at Forest Green Rovers, now eighth after a 2-1 win. Acheampong gave Torquay the lead with a lovely lob on 22 minutes before Oshodi gave Parkin the opportunity to score from a very acute angle.  The Gulls saw the red mist again just before the half-time whistle when Courtney Richards got a second yellow.  The Gulls did get another half-time red as manager Hargreaves was sent to the stands for questioning a refereeing decision.  After losing two at Telford it was tough to take but the second-half was a valiant but uphill battle until Freer got free and found Norwood. He does not miss those and stroked home for the breakthrough 11 minutes from time.

Woking, aka The Cardinals, have found the divine inspiration they needed to get back to winning ways and thus rejoin the play-off posse. Bless my Sole Giuseppe got the winner right at the death with another fantastic free-kick after Nuneaton had parked the bus.  With Kevin Betsy back on the bench the Cards look good to stay fifth despite the battle of attrition coming up at Southport on Saturday

Garry Hill told BBC Surrey:

“It was a game we dominated for long periods and I was very pleased with the energy we played with and the tempo of the match. To score a goal so late and keep a clean sheet after the last 10 or 12 days we’ve been through, it was a big win for us.

Bristol Rovers game at Eastleigh is very much a case of last but not least with regard to the chasing pack as The Gas refused to give up their play-off place easily.  Backed by the travelling hordes Eastleigh got a seasonal high of 2600 plus and went ahead on thirty-three minutes through a Collins header after Rovers keeper  Mildenhall, saw red for bringing down McAllister outside the box. But Rovers battled and  earned a share of the spoils with a 35-yard wonder strike from Clarke. It was worth the gate money on its own and just as well too as Clarke then saw red late in the game.

The Results, Reports & Stats

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1871 AFC Telford Utd 1 2 Chester FC Report
STATS Grogan 19 . . Rooney 28  McConville 66 .
705 Alfreton Town 0 2 FC Halifax Town Report
STATS . . . Ainge 11 Boden 53 .
1817 Altrincham 1 0 Macclesfield Town Report
STATS Lawrie 90 . . . .
1167 Braintree Town 1 1 Barnet Report
STATS Cox 36 . . Akinde 12 .
797 Dover Athletic 3 0 Aldershot Town Report
STATS Sterling 22 Nanetti 54  Miller 69 .
2621 Eastleigh 1 1 Bristol Rovers Report
STATS Collins 33 . . Clarke 52 .
1365 Forest Green Rovers 2 1 Torquay United Report
STATS Parkin 34  Norwood 84 . Acheampong 22 .
3353 Grimsby Town 0 1 Southport Report
STATS . . . Richard Brodie 82 , .
2394 Lincoln City FC 1 1 Gateshead FC Report
STATS Anderson 55 . . Wright 63 .
1306 Welling United 2 2 Dartford Report
STATS J Fyfield 14 Beautyman 6 . . Bradbrook 36 , P Sweeney 9 , .
1313 Woking 1 0 Nuneaton Town Report
STATS Sole 91 . . . .
Attn: 3149 Wrexham 1 0 Kidderminster Harriers Report
STATS Durrell 84 . . . .

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The Table  

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P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

Football TV Rights? 3 Very Different things For Fans.

I get altitude sickness at Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest,  Chesterfield FC  and Mansfield Town games having chosen to cover The Conference Premier and Conference North. Like the Manchester City fans last night I have been priced out having moved up to Lincoln as a lifestyle choice. So the two £1250 a year Arsenal season tickets and the jokes of co-season ticket holders Alan Davies and Ian Stone just had to go.  Before the rant of sorts, a quick good luck to the promotion chances of  Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield FC and their fabulous fans who are doing well in-spite of, as opposed to because of, all that TV cash. It could all change for the better, even the playing field so to speak, if Virgin’s complaint to Ofcom is taken seriously? Then again pigs could fly.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Most of us now know that Ofcom, among other things the broadcasting regulator, looks set to open an investigation into how the Premier League sells the TV rights to its live matches. This is at the request of Virgin Media who claim the practice is driving up consumer prices. Ofcom is taking the matter seriously and will give a decision in 8 weeks. So the fan is a consumer to champion once again as opposed to a sheep that is sheered each and every year by the people’s game.

A change in the bidding process would have huge implications on the game from the top to the bottom of the pyramid. Currently, on an annual basis, £340m goes to youth development with another £23 million directly to grass roots. The Footy Bingo grass roots article yesterday shows how Greg Dyke is spearheading what has already had a staggering nine figure impact on the game CLICK ME.

Both sides will have strong arguments, not to mention that previously mentioned grass roots programme that could well be a fantastic legacy for proactive FA Chairman Greg Dyke (£1.2 bn raised for grass roots so far). Further the Premier League do operate fair, transparent and open process when it comes to the auction of its audio-visual rights. Previous investigations by UK and European busy-bodies have found everything to be in order and compliant with UK and European competition legislation.

Virgin rightly argue that we Brits pay the highest prices in Europe to watch football on TV. The real crux of it you feel is that Virgin has to buy its own rights from BSkyB and BT. It will not be bidding in the process later in the year for a slice of the pie for 2016 onwards. Therefore they have to pay higher so we pay higher which ups the price. Perhaps, but, in a free market those of us with BT Broadband can get a good chunk of live games free as well as seeing the Conference games to boot. Were it not for my football writing I would be round at a mates watching the Arsenal games because zero hour contracts have to support a football writers income nowadays. He, a pensioner, is with Virgin and pays over a hundred a month for the privilege of receiving his broadband, telephone and TV from them.

From a purely and somewhat economic theory based point of view it is about supply and demand and, what plagues the failing capitalist economy as a whole. Fairness is the least concern of big business where patents, rights and big money will guarantee an income flow for institutions and shareholders. Aside the odd spat with toothless and underfunded regulators, this is the way directors ensure they keep their bonuses and snouts in the golden troughs. We are consumers when it suits and at best sheep, or the cahless are of no consequence, the rest of the time. The Premiership have a monopoly as a collective bargaining power, with the carve up going to BSkyB and BT who can post the anti. Virgin, ITV and even the BBC cannot justify paying the lump sums on their balance sheets.

Supply and demand is also used for the high price in going to games. Again it is greed based just adding to the ‘cream’ over here while in Germany tickets are a fraction of the UK. We also top the pile across the rest of Europe by a country mile. This superb article from the Guardian is as good a case for the consumer’s defence as I have come across CLICK ME. The three percent increase in season tickets at Arsenal (had one for 14 years) amounted to a fraction of their income. Clearly an US owner taking out a similar amount was purely coincidence of course. Aside the Football Supporters federation no one is championing Twenty is plenty are they? Granted, this is for away tickets, although it would have an impact on the home prices in corresponding areas.

Andy Savage, who runs the website MCFCForum.com, got it spot on in his twitter spat with Rio Ferdinand over the price disgrace and the empty seats at City’s European game against Roma last night.

“I took Rio Ferdinand to task on Twitter. He was taking the mickey out of the empty seats at the Etihad last night. He is living in his own bubble there. Some people are living hand to mouth and don’t know where the next penny is coming from, and he’s criticising them for not filling the stadium when the tickets are £35-plus.

“He was an absolute disgrace on Twitter, as was Scholes on ITV. They are multi-millionaires. They don’t give the man on the street a second thought, how much it is costing people. The cost of living is going up, so many people are out of work. Football is not everyone’s priority, like it used to be. People just can’t afford, over the course of the month, to pay for tickets three, four or five times.

“I took Ferdinand to task, and not because he is an ex-United player. He’s got an autobiography coming out. I’m sure he’s not giving that away. I’m sure he’s not joined QPR for the love it. He’ll be getting a substantial salary. Perhaps it will hit home next year if QPR have to put their prices up and they won’t be able to fill their stadium. It really wound me up last night.”

So is there any end to the golden rails on the inevitably downward staircase of greed? Not from a regulator point of view you feel although the Lords of the manor will inevitably shoot themselves in the foot one day (perhaps the inevitable interest rate rises will not help either). The last round increased the overall receipts of the Premier League to £5.5 Bn if we include the international carve up or £3Bn domestic (up from £3.3BN for all in the last carve up) suggesting the rights have yet to plateau. When the music stops the transfer and wage inflation will catch up with them all. Until then it is open season with perhaps next summer seeing £1 billion spent in the window. For anything or anyone to actually get in the way of big business is a flight of fantasy. Can anyone picture a herd of flying pigs?

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Stats Teams & Schemes – Lincoln 1 Gateshead 1

Lincoln and Gateshead FC ground out a 1-1 draw after Burnley FC youngster Anderson had given us the leadA great corner from Tomlinson finds Anderson to head home with aplomb for a most unexpected but welcome lead.  The Heed level matters when Oster drives in a corner and Wright finishes with a sweet volley at the far post.

The stats, teams schemes etc  are below – if you want the full blow by blow click here. 

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

First the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Tynesider at.

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Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

H/T 0-0
Scorers  Anderson 55′ Wright 63
Attendance 2394  (2338 Imps 56 Silkmen)
Ref Mr Johnson

Teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller  25  Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne (Y)

12 Mendy 10 Ledsham

23 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif  22 Marshall

11 Tomlinson

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19 Rankine 29 Wright  

11 Finnigan 8 Turnbull 23 Rodman 7 Oster

15 Allan (Y) 6 Clark 5 Curtis   2 Jones (Y)

1 Bartlett

Mills goes  4-4-2

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 Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Capricel 14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  87′ Power on for Sam-Yorke 
The Head Bench:  9 Shaw, 10 Guy, 12 Ramshaw, 14 Brown, 16 Baxter.
Substitutions:   67′ Guy on for Rodman. on for 

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Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

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Note: shots on includes  goals and all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed

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50 % Ball 50 %

4 Shots on 6
10 Misses 5
4 Saves 4
9 Corners 3
4 Offside 2
12 Fouls 9
1 Yellows 1
1  Reds 0

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The Table  

 

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

Lincoln 1 Gateshead 1 The Burnley Boy Strikes!

Burnley FC centre-back Tom Anderson would get the man of the match for this one and deservedly so as Lincoln entertained Gateshead a club on the rise managed by one time Imps target Gary Mills.  We were the underdogs in this one facing a budget three times our own and a side unbeaten in five with a penchant for draws.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

First the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Tynesider at.

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Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

H/T 0-0
Scorers  Anderson 55′ Wright 63
Attendance 2394  (2338 Imps 56 Silkmen)
Ref Mr Johnson

Teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller  25  Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne (Y)

12 Mendy 10 Ledsham

23 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif  22 Marshall

11 Tomlinson

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19 Rankine 29 Wright  

11 Finnigan 8 Turnbull 23 Rodman 7 Oster

15 Allan (Y) 6 Clark 5 Curtis   2 Jones (Y)

1 Bartlett

Mills goes  4-4-2

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 Subs & substitutions

The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Capricel 14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
Substitutions:  87′ Power on for Sam-Yorke 
The Head Bench:  9 Shaw, 10 Guy, 12 Ramshaw, 14 Brown, 16 Baxter.
Substitutions:   67′ Guy on for Rodman. on for 

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To the game fellow football fans to the game…………

Both sides hit long balls before Miller gets the chance for a long throw that  Sam-Yorke gets a head to as it loops off Curtis for a corner.  The visitors are struggling at the back against the height and physical presence of Lincoln it would seem.  A late one from Jones on Ledsham  earns him a card.  The visitors put a decent three man move together but Mendy robs Rankine superbly.

The interchangeability of Mills players is not quite total football but  it is unsettling the Imps  with a patient build up. One such 5-man move sees Turnbull find Danny Wright who heads against the post, but, the offside flag it raised as the scribblers get their rubbers out.  Curtis and Sam-Yorke tangle with the Imp raising an arm but fortunately getting away with it.  Lincoln are reasserting themselves again but any final balls are poor.  Rankine is getting plenty of space from Diagne but Bencherif spares his blushes.

Marshall is taking the corners tonight and to be diplomatic we are missing Newton’s delivery. Tomlinson is working hard, he plays to Bencherif who thunders a 40-yard hay-maker wide. Both sides are cancelling each other out which is a credit to the Imps with a budget a third of the visitors size.  The Heeds quality of distribution and movement shows it is money well spent even if they are flattering to deceive in the opening half an hour. This may account for the recent run of three draws in an unbeaten five. Ledsham almost gets Sam-Yorke away but the back four have stepped up to catch him offside.

Miller and Diagne do seem to be staying back although Sam-Yorke beats Rodman to earn a corner. Marshall delivers Hamza misses and Tomlinson scythes just over the bar.  A Jones throw causes a bit of a skirmish in the box before the ball is cleared giving Ledsham the chance to stretch his legs.  Clarke beats him for pace and ends our most exciting opportunity of the game so far. Another poor corner from Marshall which frustrating given these seem to be our best opportunity for a gaol. Then again a wayward 40-yarder from Mendy is another option.  Anderson challenges Wright who wants a penalty but referee Johnson is having none of that.

The fact that Robinson has scored again for Boston lifts the spirits in the stands, bored by the over-elaborate passing of Gateshead, more intent on their possession football that has not really threatened. Tomlinson hits a 25-yarder which is well saved by Bartlett. Marshall gets free to thunder a drive wide.

Dangerman Rodman has woken up at last and  is promptly clattered first by Diagne and then by Townsend, with Diagne getting the card. To the surprise of the Imps and the consternation of the travelling Tynesiders, Gateshead get a corner as opposed to a penalty.  Don’t you just love the officials at this level. The hand signals were another confusing part of the pantomime, forcing many a fan to almost fo;;ow through and we couldn’t blame the coffee substitute this time!

Townsend smothers another but the temperature and tempo is increasing as Rodman weaves, shoots and sees Townsend save again. Bencherif lines up for a free-kick 30-yards out it takes two deflections and all in the ground scream for a penalty as Sam-Yorke goes down under a challenge from Clarke. The ref however points for a goal-kick.

Second half

Finnigan fouls Sam-Yorke for an early second-half card and Tomlinson fizzes the set-piece wide.  Marshall picks Rodman’s pocket and Anderson gets away with being somewhat too amorous with Wright.  Sam-Yorke brilliantly sells and roasts Clark , he squares, but Ledsham is not sharp enough to finish.  Rodman plays to Oster who twists, turns and serves his centre only for Rankine to fluff his lines. Mills is not best pleased, although, he would win best dressed in a suit so sharp you would by a car off him.

A great corner from Tomlinson finds Anderson to head home with aplomb and a most unexpected but welcome lead. Anderson appears injured once all the players clamber off him, however he gets to his feet to acknowledge the crowd.

The game certainly needed a goal with Mills considering a change, then the Imps turn off at a corner.  Oster drives the ball across, it deflects off  Brown and Wright finishes with a sweet volley at the far post.  A real result for the Imps as Lewis Guy replaces Alex Rodman. Tomlinson roasts Allen and crosses to Sam-Yorke. His shot is saved and Tomlinson on the follow up is beaten by the angle. Sam-Yorke robs and then beats Clarke; lays it on a plate for Ledsham, alas, again he fluffs his lines.

There is endeavour at both ends yet the final ball is lacking from both sides.  You can see why Gateshead draw so many games 1-1.  Townsend does save well from Guy when the great approach play finally conjures a well overdue shot.  Sam-Yorke makes way for Power as Tomlison goes down the middle.  A late Tomlinson corner finds Bencherif he heads downward but Bartlett somehow gets down to it at the expense of a corner. Power gets a yellow for a deliberate but needless trip on Oster  as the Imps grind out an impressive point against Gateshead. Not a classic but this is a point earned not two lost for the Imps.  Lincoln sit 14th the Heed drop down to seventh.

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Tuesday 30th Sept

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Note: shots on includes  goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed

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50 % Ball 50 %

4 Shots on 6
10 Misses 5
4 Saves 4
9 Corners 3
4 Offside 2
12 Fouls 9
1 Yellows 1
1  Reds 0

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The Table  

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

Chris Sutton & Terry Butcher Helping Greg Dyke’s Grass Roots Revolution in Lowestoft?

Former Norwich City,  Blackburn Rovers and Celtic FC star  Chris Sutton and Ipswich Town, Rangers FC & England demi-god Terry Butcher met up with grass roots talent guru Greg Dyke last week as The FA Chairman continues to show his commitment to the future development of English talent with a tour of  Lowestoft in Suffolk. Here and throughout the local FA family a series of football facility improvements have given a major boost to grassroots football in the area. It’s great to see that Chris Sutton appears to be showing his coaching ability after a managerial experience at Lincoln almost saw him lost to the game.

Co-funded by the The FA, Premier League and the Government,  through umbrella organisation  Sport England,  The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is actually delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.  If you are up with that let us move onto some very impressive numbers. Since the 2000 launch 13,000 grants worth more than half a billion pounds  have gone to improving grass roots sport. This has led to additional partnership funding of more £700m  equating to £1.2bn plus of inward investment into grass roots.

After the ribbon cutting exercise at the  state-of-the-art new pavilion  Mr Dyke also toured two other locations that have received just over £1 million between them from the fund. The facilities showcased in Lowestoft are mirrored nationally through the FA’s partnerships with the Football Foundation and County Football Associations who do a fabulous but often forgotten job. Mr Dyke also took in an FA Skills coaching session at the refurbished Dip Farm Playing Fields. The FA Skills programme has a spine of 158 qualified coaches and has already offered 6 million places to 5-11 year olds across the country. It puts particular emphasis on fun and technique hoping to aid the development of transferable life-skills such as team building and social skills to breed confidence.

Mr Dyke said:

“I’m delighted that The FA has been able to play its part in making these tremendous new facilities at Dip Farm a reality and I commend all the partners that have come together to make this happen. Through the Football Foundation, The FA has helped to develop 1,700 sites like this across the country demonstrating our commitment to securing the foundations of grassroots football.

“And it is great to see an FA Skills session taking place because encouraging participation from an early age and providing adequate facilities, as demonstrated here at Dip Farm, are the heartbeat of the National Game.”

 

Terry Butcher and Chris Sutton, two former players with strong connections to Lowestoft – albeit with allegiances from opposites sides of the East Anglian footballing divide – were also on hand to take the tour and were impressed by the facilities

Former England captain Terry Butcher said:

“Lowestoft is smack bang in the middle of a very fierce footballing rivalry with Norwich one way and Ipswich the other – but it is also a strong footballing town in its own right.

“I was raised in Lowestoft and remember kicking a ball around as a youngster and this tour brings back lots of great memories from the place where I got my first real taste of football. It’s wonderful to see the work that The FA is doing to boost football in the area through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.”

 

Chris Sutton had this to say:

“Good coaching from an early age is key, not only to raising the standards of football played at the higher levels, but also for building enthusiasm and love of the game at grassroots. What is great about the work in Lowestoft is that we are witnessing how better coaching, participation and facilities, feed into one and other and strengthen the National Game as a whole.”

 

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England C Squad – Imps Miss Out As Gas & The Green Gain

Alas Jon Nolan and Jordan Burrow have both missed the England cut with Lee Brown & Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) plus duos from FC Halifax and Forest Green Rovers forming the basis of the team and 16-man squad. The two Imps do make the contingency squad should injuries cut in, but that is somewhere between Bob Hope and no hope.

 

England C’s  first  fixture is against Turkey B in Istanbul in The  International Challenge Trophy Group A  on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

The  Squad

Jamie Butler (Concord Rangers)
Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers)
Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers)
Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town)
Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town)
James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers)
Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers)
Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town)
Andy Yiadom (Barnet)
Callum Kitscha (Hayes & Yeading Utd)
Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers)
Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town)
James Comley (St Albans City)
Jake Gallagher (Welling United)
Josh Payne (Woking)
Louis Moult (Wrexham)

The Contingency Squad

Jon Nolan (Lincoln City)
Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City)
Jordan Keane (Alfreton Town)
Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers)
Chey Adams (Ilkeston)
Louiezos Theophanous (Staines Town)
Luke Young (Torquay United)
Ryan Bowman (Torquay United)
Joe McNerney (Woking)
Andy Coughlin (Wrexham)
Connor Jennings (Wrexham)

 

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Sheffield Wednesday Hero Chris Waddle’s Grass Roots Trust to Benefit Conference and Small League Clubs Most

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Sheffield Wednesday hero Chris Waddle was a poet on the pitch, a passing prince who could turn the ogres of the Strickly Come Dancing judging panel. He appreciates that grass roots fundraising for FL72,Conference Premier,North, South, Evo-Stik Calor and Ryman League clubs is vital. With the loan window open the need to boost the budget is perhaps more important than ever.  A fundraising initiative has been devised that will allow fans to sign up and play a fun game that can deliver a real difference to their teams. Groups such as Supporters Trusts and football supporters clubs of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

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Vanarama Premiership Previews, Fixtures Forecasts & Form

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Barnet FC, Torquay United,  FC Halifax,  Bristol Rovers,  Gateshead & Wrexham FC lead the pack with Woking FC, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers, Macclesfield Town and and Eastleigh FC chasing. The Pulsating People’s Premiership plays out again this Tuesday with heroes and villains putting life and limb on the line for their living.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Vanarama Conference logo.pngEven though many of the lovers and fighters of the People’s Premiership have not got their breath back from the weekend, its a full programme again on the  morrow. Barnet go to Braintree fresh from a 0-0 that put high-flying Halifax in their place. Once Christened the pub team from Essex the Iron are climbing again, perched 11th with enough Devonshire  magnetism to pull any team apart.   Not exactly brown and mild and a pass round of a capstan full strength at half time nowadays but this is a derby fixture suggesting a…

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Vanarama Premiership Previews, Fixtures Forecasts & Form

Barnet FC,  Torquay United,  FC Halifax,  Bristol Rovers,  Gateshead & Wrexham FC lead the pack with Woking FC, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers, Macclesfield Town and and Eastleigh FC chasing. The Pulsating People’s Premiership plays out again this Tuesday with heroes and villains putting life and limb on the line for their living.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Vanarama Conference logo.pngEven though many of the lovers and fighters of the People’s Premiership have not got their breath back from the weekend, its a full programme again on the  morrow. Barnet go to Braintree fresh from a 0-0 that put high-flying Halifax in their place. Once Christened the pub team from Essex the Iron are climbing again, perched 11th with enough Devonshire  magnetism to pull any team apart.   Not exactly brown and mild and a pass round of a capstan full strength at half time nowadays but this is a derby fixture suggesting a clash of cultures where anything can happen. Mad Dod also has a 124 goal a season man up his sleeve. That sleeve must on a par with a clowns pocket, or maybe even a magician’s one because he is storing more fire-power than Guy Fawkes on a night out in Westminster.

Vanarama Conference logo.png The Shaymen will be beating their boss drum then? Apologies showing my age a bit there. Halifax have climbed back to second by virtue of the Braintree stalemate at the weekend and will hope to stay there with a trip to Alfreton. The Reds lost 1-0 at Dover after a 1-0 home win over Nuneaton but who would fancy them to get any points against Aspin’s finely tuned machine even if the Port Vale job may be tugging at his heart strings a little.  An end to the run that was looking as lengthy as a flight south for Gulls then Yes Torquay were finally stopped by the referee twice and  the Bucks shot four times. The Gulls went down to nine men as the wheels came of at Telford. They still only lost by the odd goal in seven but Forest Green could pose some problems as the Green Army pushed Barnet all the way before going down 1-2 at home to the Bees.

Vanarama Conference logo.png Bristol Rovers could make up over half the 3500 crowd at Eastleigh tonight following an additional 300 tickets on top of the ground being granted a licence to hold more fans. With building work not yet complete Eastleigh did not want to miss out on a pay-day.  Although the teams are a 100 miles apart this is a bit of a local one with the stuttering spitfires determined to regain that early season optimism. The Dragons slayed them 3-0 on Saturday but they are a different animal on their own battle of Britain patch. A big performance and a big win for the Gas that could see them saying amen to second or third depending on results for the Gulls and the Shaymen.

Vanarama Conference logo.png The Imps must Heed the Tynesiders who will come crashing at the gates of Impdom tomorrow night. Although a win halted the slide on Saturday with that great 10-man win over Macclesfield, we face a side very much on the rise. It is as if the clubs trajectory is a mirror of each other in all honesty. The Imp in me says a backs to the wall win, the realistic feels Gateshead could be anywhere between second and fourth tomorrow.

Vanarama Conference logo.png If anyone does slip, the Dragons or Harriers could pounce. Wrexham host Kidderminster in a massive between two quality sides that look destined to be there or thereabouts.  Wrexham blew a play-off berth last week despite dominating at Chester. Buoyed by Wilkin’s intentions to stay whether Tranmere make a move or not.  They have to win as Woking will get back to winning ways against Nuneaton.

 

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Tuesday 30th September 2014
Score draw AFC Telford United v Chester
Away win Alfreton Town v FC Halifax Town
score draw Altrincham v Macclesfield Town
Away win Braintree Town v Barnet
Home win Dover Athletic v Aldershot Town
Away win Eastleigh v Bristol Rovers
Away win Forest Green Rovers v Torquay United
Home win Grimsby Town v Southport
Draw Lincoln City v Gateshead
Home win Welling United v Dartford
Score draw Woking v Nuneaton Town
Home win Wrexham v Kidderminster Harriers

 

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Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 12 9 1 2 30 7 +23 28
2 FC Halifax Town 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
3 Torquay United 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
4 Bristol Rovers 12 7 2 3 15 11 +4 23
5 Gateshead 12 6 4 2 21 16 +5 22
6 Wrexham 12 7 1 4 17 14 +3 22
7 Woking 12 6 3 3 20 12 +8 21
8 Kidderminster Harriers 12 6 3 3 16 9 +7 21
9 Macclesfield Town 12 5 5 2 14 9 +5 20
10 Grimsby Town 12 5 4 3 24 10 +14 19
11 Braintree Town 12 6 1 5 18 11 +7 19
12 Forest Green Rovers 12 5 4 3 15 11 +4 19
13 Eastleigh 12 5 4 3 20 18 +2 19
14 Aldershot Town 12 4 4 4 13 12 +1 16
15 Lincoln City 12 5 1 6 18 21 -3 16
16 Welling United 12 3 4 5 14 18 -4 13
17 Chester 12 4 1 7 12 22 -10 13
18 Dartford 12 3 3 6 12 18 -6 12
19 Dover Athletic 12 3 1 8 10 22 -12 10
20 Alfreton Town 12 3 1 8 11 26 -15 10
21 Southport 12 2 2 8 8 20 -12 8
22 Nuneaton Town 12 2 2 8 6 20 -14 8
23 Altrincham 12 2 2 8 12 29 -17 8
24 AFC Telford United 12 1 3 8 17 33 -16 6

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Imps V Gateshead – Preview Teams Schemes Form Heroes & Villains

Gateshead FC had Luton Town and Cambridge Utd in front of them last year and have Torquay United, FC Halifax and Barnet FC this.  Can a  terrific attacking side with some quality players and a canny manager go one better in the play-off final this season? Perhaps for  The Head are stronger and more experienced and have not given the rest of the division the head start they did last year.

Sincil Bank Salivates…………..

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The challenge:

A very tough game indeed against a top four side who finished third last season and look destined to challenge again.  For those who think we should be beating sides like this, think again. Last season the Heed attracted 8,144 to their play-off game with Grimsby. They have not kept hold of too many of those floaters but crowds are up 60% this season and almost three times the season before.  This is a side on the rise, indeed we are like two ships going in the opposite direction. The Heed are ambitious with the ability to tie players to contracts and sell them on.  Mills bagged 250,000 from Posh for Maddison which should go to at least £600,000 with add-ons.

They have players than can hurt us all over the park unless we are really on our game.  Four years this fixture would not have been seen as a tough one. Now Gateshead have a budget more than double ours with a core support that is 60% of our own over the season. Good luck lads you are going to need it.

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Potential Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

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Potential teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller  25  Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne

12 Mendy 14 Nolan

23 Sam-Yorke 5 Bencherif  10 Ledsham

11 Tomlinson

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29 Wright  

14  Brown 8 Turnbull 23 Rodman 7 Oster  11 Finnigan

318 O’Donnell 6 Clark 5 Curtis   2 Jones

1 Taylor

Mills goes  4-4-2

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Statistical head to head…………

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Gary Simpson Manager Gary Mills
4-2-3-1 Formation 4-5-1 / 4-3-3
15 Position 5
13 Points 20
16 Goals scored 21
21 Goals conceded 16
17 Yellow cards 10
3 Red Cards 0
14th Position 2013/14 3rd
Play-offs Forecast Play-offs
2-0 v Macc Biggest win 4-1 V Telford
1-3 V Gulls  Heaviest defeat 1-6 v Grimsby

Ker-ching

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17,613 Total Turnstile Clicks 8,568
2935 Ave Gate 1428
5209 V Grimsby Hi 1782 v Grimsby
2231 V Braintree Low 1093 v Telford

Heroes & Villains + Recent Results

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Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results .
Burrow 6 Wright 5 Gateshead 1
Bencherif 4 Chandler 4 Aldershot 1
Tomlinson 4 Madison 4 Lincoln 2
Newton 3 Shaw 3 Macclesfield 0
Robinson 1 Guy 2 Welling 1
Miller 1 Turnbull 1 Gateshead 1
. . Rodman 1 Aldershot 2
. . Finnigan 1 Lincoln 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Macclesfield 1
Newton 7 Rodman 4 Gateshead 1
Tomlinson 4 Maddison 3 Welling 2
Power 1 Guy 2 Lincoln 0
Nolan 1 Jones 2 Gateshead 1
. . Curtis/Wright 1 Dartford 0
. . O’Donnell/Shaw . Lincoln 3
. . Brown/Wilson . Bristol R 2
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Gateshead 4
Newton 5 Turnbull 3 Telford 1
Mendy 3 Curtis  1 Lincoln 3
Power 3 O’Donnell 1 Grimsby 2
Bencherif 3 Allan 1 Kidderminster 2
Tomlinson 2 Chandler 1 Gateshead 1
Marshall 1 Rodman 1 Woking 1
Caprice 1 Jones 1 Lincoln 3
Nolan 1 Maddison 1 Gateshead 2
Diagne 1 . . Chester 1
Brown 1 . . Lincoln 1
Miller 1 . . Torquay 3
Villains Reds Villains Reds Altrincham 0
Bencherif 1 . . Gateshead 1
Brown 1 . . FC Halifax 2
Burrow 1 . . Lincoln 3

Current & Overall Form

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Form . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 6 3 1 2 11 10 -1 10 14
Gateshead (A) 6 2 3 1 9 6 3 9 7
Gateshead  (H) 6 4 1 1 12 10 2 13 5
Lincoln (A) 6 2 0 4 7 10 -3 6 14
Last Six . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Gateshead  6 3 2 1 8 3 5 11 6
Lincoln 6 1 0 5 7 14 -7 3 22
Overall . . . .   . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Gateshead  12 6 4 2 21 16 5 22 14
Lincoln 12 5 1 6 18 21 -3 16 15


Historic Tale of the Tape

At Lincoln City (14) At Gateshead (14)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 12 85.71 Gateshead 6 42.86
Gateshead 0 0.00 Lincoln City 5 35.71
Draws 2 14.29 Draws 3 21.43
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Lincoln City 33 2.36 Gateshead 27 1.93
Gateshead 4 0.29 Lincoln City 22 1.57
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (28 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 17 60.71
Gateshead 0 0.00 Gateshead 6 21.43
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 5 17.86
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 55 1.96
Gateshead 0 0.00 Gateshead 31 1.11
The Highlights​
Records
Highest Aggregate 6 Gateshead 3 – 3 Lincoln City 2011/2012
Highest Lincoln City score: 5 Gateshead 0 – 5 Lincoln City 1936/1937
Highest Gateshead score: 4 Gateshead 4 – 0 Lincoln City 1938/1939
Last 10 meetings   
Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 29 Dec Lincoln City 1 – 1 Gateshead (Conference) Premier
Mon 27 Aug Gateshead 1 – 1 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
2011/2012 Sat 21 Jan Gateshead 3 – 3 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
Tue 20 Sep Lincoln City 1 – 0 Gateshead (Conference) Premier
1951/1952 Sat 26 Jan Lincoln City 1 – 0 Gateshead Third Division (North)
Sat 22 Sep Gateshead 3 – 1 Lincoln City Third Division (North)
1950/1951 Mon 26 Mar Gateshead 1 – 2 Lincoln City Third Division (North)
Fri 23 Mar Lincoln City 2 – 1 Gateshead Third Division (North)
1949/1950 Sat 18 Feb Gateshead 2 – 1 Lincoln City Third Division (North)
Sat 01 Oct Lincoln City 2 – 0 Gateshead Third Division (North)


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