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Bees will pollinate, Gulls will feed & What of The Wings, Shaymen & Heed?

Joyous tidings for Barnet FC,  Torquay United, Woking FC Halifax and Gateshead  FC then, while the rest of us look (Wrexham FC’s Sunday meet at rivals Chester FC means they must look further) forward to another joust in the People’s Premiership.  Prayer may help but let us not mix football and religion on a Friday night when all hail should go to the Ale.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Good luck and safe journeys fellow football fans, in the meantime let’s loosen up and salivate at the sport to come on the morrow.  Remember the optimists glass may always be half full but even the worst pessimist can never be disappointed.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngBarnet look set to get back to winning ways, at home to Altrincham, as long as they can keep Damian Reeves quiet. Never mind, ‘Mad Dog Martin’ missing MacDonald (just a month out it seems) has Akinde Cooke the Nurse and Uncle Tom Cobbly and all to keep the goals flowing. Omen hoever – Damian Reeves can and will score in a convent.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngTorquay, now second and perched, await down in the dumps Dover (22nd)  ‘neath the creaking trapdoor that beckons a return from whence they came. Gulls as many on the coast know have been picking at the White Cliff’s  for  years.  Are Woking choking after a slim 0-1 win at the Gulls? Only time will tell, well 90 minutes of it,  because any stage fright in front of the biggest crowd of the day at Bristol Rovers on the morrow, could well see those early season dreams turn sour.  They are not called Cards for nothing and the performance on Tuesday suggests cute croupier Hill won’t be shuffling his pack.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngHalifax down in fourth, will be bouncing back to perhaps top, if all went well. The omens are good, Telford, bottom, who lost 3-2 to Alfreton now one place above them with a four point cushion from the Vanarama Premier wooden spoon, arrive at the Shay tomorrow. That’s if the manager has not actually sacked the side as we go to print. Trouble in paradise in dear old Salop then.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngGateshead in the last play-off spot go to Welling, the Wings still unbeaten in their own nest.  You feel a slip for the Heed is coming allowing Wrexham to really celebrate if they can beat Chester in the great England V Wales derby. You could walk it if the police let you, but in true bubble style you’ll get your tickets in the car-park in true ticket tout Stan Flashman style. Lincoln lost 0-2 at Welling on Tuesday – ‘a defence, a defence, all Impdom for a defence’ cried Simmo.  The call was heard, all the way to the other side of the Pennines and, Burnley’s Anderson gets the chance to stop the rot at Aldershot tomorrow.  The Shots like the Imps are good going forward but have lost three of their last four. Sounds like a return to the five goal thrillers for the Imps  – let us hope we get the decider about 89 minutes in then.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngAlan Devonshire’s bravo Braintree go to Eastleigh, slipping after tasting the Vanarama height early doors, but now as they go one way The Iron go the other, what does Dev put in the Braintree tea? It can’t be the boot money because there’s is a budget that would starve even the mice at Cressing Road. They were 6th last year and once again you expect then to be either their or thereabouts.  But enough, we are mid-table already  and it is seriously running into prime drinking time so lets have it or them………

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Sat  20/9/14
15:00 Aldershot Town v Lincoln City
15:00 Alfreton Town v Nuneaton Town
15:00 Barnet v Altrincham
15:00 Bristol Rovers v Woking
15:00 Dartford v Forest Green Rovers
15:00 Eastleigh v Braintree Town
15:00 FC Halifax Town v AFC Telford United
15:00 Kidderminster Harriers v Grimsby Town
15:00 Macclesfield Town v Southport
15:00 Torquay United v Dover Athletic
15:00 Welling United v Gateshead

 

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 10 7 1 2 23 6 +17 22
2 Torquay United 10 6 3 1 17 5 +12 21
3 Woking 10 6 3 1 18 7 +11 21
4 FC Halifax Town 10 6 2 2 17 9 +8 20
5 Gateshead 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
6 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
7 Braintree Town 10 6 0 4 18 10 +8 18
8 Kidderminster Harriers 10 5 3 2 13 6 +7 18
9 Macclesfield Town 10 4 5 1 11 7 +4 17
10 Bristol Rovers 10 5 2 3 12 11 +1 17
11 Eastleigh 10 4 4 2 19 15 +4 16
12 Forest Green Rovers 10 4 4 2 12 8 +4 16
13 Grimsby Town 10 3 4 3 20 10 +10 13
14 Lincoln City 10 4 1 5 16 20 -4 13
15 Aldershot Town 10 3 3 4 11 11 0 12
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
17 Dartford 10 2 3 5 9 15 -6 9
18 Welling United 10 2 3 5 9 17 -8 9
19 Altrincham 10 2 2 6 12 20 -8 8
20 Southport 10 2 2 6 8 16 -8 8
21 Nuneaton Town 10 2 2 6 5 17 -12 8
22 Dover Athletic 10 2 1 7 9 20 -11 7
23 Alfreton Town 10 2 1 7 10 25 -15 7
24 AFC Telford United 10 0 3 7 13 25 -12 3


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One In From Burnley FC and Two Out To Boston United & Whitehawk

Burnley FC centre-half  and left-back Tom Anderson is set to make his début at Aldershot tomorrow after his youth loan papers were just about rushed through today. He knows the division well after loan spells FC Halifax Town, Barrow and Hyde.

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Burnley rate the lad highly and he certainly has the battling qualities we need. The 21-year-old began his career at Turf Moor and captained their youth and reserve teams before almost slipping the net through injury. However following  rehab this summer he did enough to earn a new deal at the newly promoted Premier League Club.  A tenacious tackler he earned 5 yellows in an eighteen match stint in the Conference Premier for Barrow

Tom’s full stats here

This from the Burnley FC official site shows the lads character

Spotted at Grosvenor Youth and Portaferry, Tom has represented his country at several age groups and won his first U21 cap in October 2013.  Tom also reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2012, Conlan was given a two-year professional contract by the Clarets in April of that year.
The left-back was initially released from the club in the Summer of 2014 but following a return for rehabilitation on a knee injury, Conlan impressed manager Sean Dyche with his attitude and was picked as a trialist in a pre-season friendly against Accrington Stanley and rewarded another one-year deal in September, 2014.

Boston Bag Connor

Our beloved young super-sub and nearly man Conner Robinson has gone on loan to Lincolnshire rivals and Conference North Side Boston United on a four week loan.

Connors Stats here

Whitehawk  Kabba Coup 

Sahr Kabba has joined  Conference South contenders  Whitehawk FC in an attempt to get match fitness. The prolific goal machine should find his confidence during a six-week stint.  The shortest member of the six-foot soldiers squad by a foot (he is 5′ 4″ tall) STMI’s money is on a roaring return from a player  who got 10 Conference South goals for Havant last term.

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Aldershot V Imps STMI Preview Teams & Schemes.

Aldershot relegated Lincoln City back in May 2010, so this one will always arouse emotion, yet in reality both of these ex-League clubs are still punching well below their ability this season.  Andy Scott has the side and those Chelsea connections, yet still they have failed to get them out of the bottom half.  Let us hope they are not the latest side that we roll out the red card carpet for then.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

The Imps can’t seem to buy a win at the moment after suspensions injuries and defensive frailties have seen that optimistic start almost erased from the memory. Young Tom Anderson comes in from Burnley on loan to strengthen a back four that has seen Brown join Tom Miller on the sidelines.  The Shots form is almost as bad as the Imps with their draw and three defeats almost comparable to our one win and five defeats.  Well got to put a brave front on it, because both sides are punching well below their respective weights and after all the Shots relegated us on that faithful day in May (2010).

The problem is the Shots are terrific up front with Williams and Scott a dream team. A passing side who can mix it up, the central midfield duo of  Lathorpe and  Forbes work hard with the two wide-boys ably assisted by Oastler, on the right and, perhaps even the fastest full-back in the division.  The Shots are a clean side with just the five bookings thus far. They do try to play and keep it on the ground, that begins with the composure of the  two big centre-backs.   Scott (3) and midfield man Lathorpe (2) lead the he assists charts, suggesting with Oastler overlapping down the flank that we can expect to get hit right left and centre tomorrow.  Then again we are due a break.

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Ground guide

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Andy Scott goes 4-4-2
1 Smith
2 Oastler 12 Gibbs 5 Wilson  3 Tonkin
7 Hatton 4 Lathorpe 16 Forbes 14 Roberts     
9 Williams 11 Scott  
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9 Burrow
11 Tomlinson  5 Bencherif  8 Power
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  27 Anderson  6 Diagne 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Statistical head to head

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Andy Scott Manager Gary Simpson
4-4-2 (off) Formation 4-2-3-1
22 Position 13
12 Points 13
11 Goals scored 16
11 Goals conceded 20
5 Yellow cards 15
0 Red Cards 2
19th Position 2012/13 14th
Play-off fringes Forecast Play-offs
3-1 Altrincham Biggest win 3-2 V Grimsby
1-3 V Braintree Heaviest defeat 1-3 V Gulls 

Ker-ching

9,535 Total Turnstile Clicks 15,348
1,907 Ave Gate 3070
3567 V Woking Hi 5209 V Grimsby
1964 V Altrinc Low 2231 V Braintree

Heroes & Villains

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Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results  
Williams 5 Burrow 5 Aldershot 1
Roberts 1 Bencherif 4 Braintree 3
Oastler 1 Tomlinson 4 Welling 2
N’Guessan 1 Newton 3 Lincoln 0
Scott 1 Robinson 1 Nuneaton 1
Lathorpe 1 . . Aldershot 1
Hatton 1 . . Lincoln 2
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Bristol R 3
Scott 3 Newton 7 Aldershot 0
Lathrope 2 Power 1 Woking 1
Roberts 1 Nolan 1 Lincoln 3
Oastler 1 . . Grimsby 2
Fitchett 1 . . Halifax 1
Forbes 1 . . Aldershot 0
. . . . Woking 3
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Lincoln 1
Wilson 2 Newton 3 Aldershot 2
Lathrope 1 Mendy 3 Grimsby 1
Forbes 1 Bencherif 2 Lincoln 1
Scott 1 Power 2 Torquay 3
. . Tomlinson 2 Torquay 1
. . Marshall 1 Aldershot 1
. . Caprice 1 FC Halifax 3
. . Nolan 1 Lincoln 2
. . Diagne . Aldershot 1
. . Brown . FGR 1
. . . . Lincoln 3
Villains Reds Villains Reds Braintree 2
. . Bencherif 1 . .
. . Brown 1 . .

Current & Overall Form 

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Form . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Aldershot (H) 5 2 1 2 7 7 0 7 16
Lincoln (A) 5 2 0 3 7 10 -3 6 10
Lincoln (H) 5 2 1 2 9 10 -1 7 17
Aldershot (A) 5 1 2 2 4 4 0 5 13
Last Six . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Aldershot 6 1 2 3 5 8 -3 6 19
Lincoln 6 1 0 5 9 16 -7 5 22
Overall . . . .   . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 10 4 1 5 16 20 -4 13 14
Aldershot 9 3 3 4 11 11 0 12 15

 Head to Head

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At The Rec  (19) At Sincil Bank  (19)
Results Total % Results Total %
Aldershot Tn. 9 47.37 Lincoln City 4 21.05
Lincoln City 5 26.32 Aldershot Tn. 8 42.11
Draws 5 26.32 Draws 7 36.84
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Aldershot Tn. 26 1.37 Lincoln City 24 1.26
Lincoln City 17 0.89 Aldershot Tn. 36 1.89
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (38 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Aldershot Tn. 0 0.00 Aldershot Tn. 17 44.74
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 9 23.68
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 12 31.58
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Aldershot Tn. 0 0.00 Aldershot Tn. 62 1.63
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 41 1.08

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The Highlights
Highest Aggregate 8 Lincoln City 4 – 4 Aldershot 1970/1971
Highest Aldershot Tn. score: 4 Aldershot 4 – 0 Lincoln City 1986/1987
Highest Lincoln City score: 4 Lincoln City 4 – 4 Aldershot 1970/1971

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Last 10 Meetings

Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2010/2011 Sat 07 May Lincoln City 0 – 3 Aldershot Tn. League Two
Tue 15 Feb Aldershot Tn. 2 – 2 Lincoln City League Two
2009/2010 Sat 01 May Aldershot Tn. 3 – 1 Lincoln City League Two
Sat 03 Oct Lincoln City 1 – 0 Aldershot Tn. League Two
2008/2009 Sat 02 May Lincoln City 0 – 2 Aldershot Tn. League Two
Tue 25 Nov Aldershot Tn. 2 – 0 Lincoln City League Two
1990/1991 Sat 23 Mar Aldershot 0 – 3 Lincoln City Fourth Division
Sat 06 Oct Lincoln City 2 – 2 Aldershot Fourth Division
1989/1990 Sat 13 Jan Lincoln City 0 – 1 Aldershot Fourth Division
Sat 26 Aug Aldershot 0 – 1 Lincoln City Fourth Division

Vanarama Premier Home Support – Who Are The Conference Crowd Pullers?

Bristol Rovers, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town, Lincoln City and Chester make up the Conference Premier home attendances top five with 20% of the season gone

Bristol Rovers still managed over 4800 fans on  a Champions league Tuesday, although the Dragons crowds are on the up. Grimsby’s die-heard support is fantastic  and pretty consistent for a club 13th in the Conference. The Mariners took 1800 to the Imps, the 5209 crowd upping Lincoln’s average to over 3,000 so far this season.

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Chester (16th) continue to amaze, with Aldershot’s crowds not that far off their final League Two days.  Ditto the Gulls who are tearing the League apart over the last few weeks.  In all fantastic support given the amount of mid-week games this time of year.  There are some very long journeys too, although it appears  that is just the way the fixtures come out of the hat.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThere are just 6 teams averaging under a thousand now, although three of them are in the 900’s with one in the 800’s. Thirteen of the People’s premiership average 1500 or more.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngFootball Bingo have included the total turnstile clicks, average and highest  gate plus League position ( in brackets) – a test of loyalty in itself surely -for the purposes of the analysis.

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 Pos Team  (League position) Pld Total Highest Average
1 Bristol Rovers (10) 5 27806 7019 5561
2 Wrexham (6) 5 17383 4068
3477
3 Grimsby Town (13) 5 17962 3785
3592
5 Lincoln City (14) 5 15344 5209
3069
4 Chester (16th) 5 11371 2514 2274
6 Aldershot Town (15) 5 10830 3567
2166
7 Torquay United (2) 5 10348 2177
2070
8 Kidderminster Harriers (8) 5 9674 2607
1935
9 Halifax Town (4) 5 8873 2369
1775
10 Barnet (1) 5 8312 2027
1662
11 Forest Green Rovers (12) 5 8226 3781
1645
12 Woking (3) 5 8121 2160
1624
13 AFC Telford (24) 5 7702 1655
1540
14 Dartford (17) 5 5556 1561 1111
15 Eastleigh (11) 5 7365 2108
1473
16 Gateshead FC (5) 5 7114 1782
1423
17 Macclesfield Town (9) 5 6619 1509
1324
18 Altrincham (19) 5 6064 1571
1213
19 Dover Athletic (22) 5 4718 1321
944
20 Braintree Town (7) 5 4616 1621
923
21 Southport (20) 5 4615 1082
923
22 Nuneaton Town (21) 5 4164 935
833
23 Alfreton Town (23) 5 3052 916
610
24 Welling United (18) 5 2756 634
551

Loyal Supporters – Vanarama North South & Non League 500 plus crowd pullers

Bristol Rovers, Stockport County and FC United of Manchester, Maidstone United, Dulwich Hamlet  or the 883 die-harder Weymouth Fans in The Calor Premier League, arguably have the credentials to be the loyalist fans in Football.  STMI and Football Bingo bring you the The Vanarama Conference North and South Home crowds plus the 59 clubs who are managing to average over 500 per home game in the Non-League and grass roots end of English football.  Hats off we applaud you and sincerely hope our Football Bingo and Football Buster  games are helping out!

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Conference North and South Average home attendances up to and including 13th September show a substantial North/South divide. Stockport, Barrow, Boston and Chorley beat top South side Ebbsfleet into fifth and Bromley sixth.  As Champions of non-League Football and grass roots fundraising initiatives Football Bingo feel every fan deserves a pat on the back.

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Club League Pos Ave Club League Pos Ave
Stockport County 5 2410 Ebbsfleet United FC 8 958
Barrow 2 1520 Bromley 2 860
Boston United 6 1147 Chelmsford City 19 653
Chorley 4 996 Wealdstone 21 644
Tamworth 20 760 Eastbourne Borough 7 558
Lowestoft Town 10 697 Havant & Waterlooville 4 541
Stalybridge Celtic 14 681 Gosport Borough 16 531
Hednesford Town 13 621 St Albans City 9 523
Guiseley 7 516 Sutton United 6 522
Worcester City 11 514 Hemel Hempstead T 14 512
Leamington 9 501 Bath City 20 481
Gloucester City 19 493 Maidenhead United 11 477
Harrogate Town 18 480 Basingstoke Town 5 465
Bradford Park Avenue 17 406 Bishops Stortford 17 438
North Ferriby United 8 378 Farnborough 15 392
Solihull Moors 16 369 Weston Super Mare 12 291
Gainsborough Trinity 15 367 Staines Town 18 282
AFC Fylde 1 363 Hayes & Yeading United 13 273
Hyde 22 324 Concord Rangers 10 258
Colwyn Bay 12 314 Boreham Wood 1 240
Oxford City 3 282 Whitehawk 3 210
Brackley Town 21 271

 

The top 59 supported non-league clubs

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Pos The Chosen Ones Ave  So far Ave 13-14 League Up or Down in %
1 Bristol Rovers 5736 6421 Vanarama Premier -10.67
2 Grimsby Town 3592 3568 Vanarama Premier 0.67
3 Wrexham 3477 2993 Vanarama Premier 16.17
4 Lincoln City 3069 2354 Vanarama Premier 30.37
5 Stockport County 2410 2571 Conference North -6.26
6 Aldershot Town 2406 1947 Vanarama Premier 23.57
7 Chester 2395 2366 Vanarama Premier 1.23
8 Kidderminster Harriers 2056 2035 Vanarama Premier 1.03
9 Torquay United 2051 2642 Vanarama Premier -22.37
10 FC United of Manchester 1881 1922 Evo-stik North Premier -2.13
11 FC Halifax Town 1752 1597 Vanarama Premier 9.71
12 Barnet 1744 1705 Vanarama Premier 2.29
13 Forest Green Rovers 1645 1195 Vanarama Premier 37.66
14 Woking 1624 1615 Vanarama Premier 0.56
15 Maidstone United 1577 1821 Ryman League Premier -13.4
16 AFC Telford Utd (P) 1540 1688 Vanarama Premier -8.77
17 Barrow 1520 736 Conference North 106.52
18 Gateshead 1423 886 Vanarama Premier 60.61
19 Macclesfield Town 1377 1512 Vanarama Premier -8.93
20 Eastleigh (P) 1314 680 Vanarama Premier 93.24
21 Altrincham (P) 1213 863 Vanarama Premier 40.56
22 Boston United 1147 1088 Conference North 5.42
23 Dartford 1113 1251 Vanarama Premier -11.03
24 Dulwich Hamlet 1110 667 Ryman League Premier 66.42
25 Spennymoor Town (P) 1035 430 Evo-stik North Div 1N 140.7
26 Darlington 1883 1029 1097 Evo-stik North Div 1N -6.2
27 Chorley (P) 996 949 Conference North 4.95
28 Ebbsfleet United FC 958 909 Conference South 5.39
29 Dover Athletic (P) 944 665 Vanarama Premier 41.95
30 Braintree Town 923 994 Vanarama Premier -7.14
31 Southport 923 1033 Vanarama Premier -10.65
32 Weymouth 883 523 Calor League Premier 68.83
33 Bromley 860 629 Conference South 36.72
34 Nuneaton Town 833 1209 Conference Premier -31.1
35 Guernsey 822 986 Ryman League Division 1 S -16.63
36 Tamworth (R) 760 978 Conference North -22.29
37 Lowestoft Town (P) 697 515 Conference North 35.34
38 Stalybridge Celtic 681 436 Conference North 56.19
39 Margate 675 325 Ryman League Premier 107.69
40 Chelmsford City 653 620 Conference South 5.32
41 Wealdstone (P) 644 680 Conference South -5.29
42 Alfreton Town 639 805 Vanarama Premier -20.62
43 Kettering Town 628 624 Calor League Central Div 0.64
44 Hednesford Town 621 622 Conference North -0.16
45 Tonbridge Angels (R) 574 422 Ryman League Premier 36.02
46 Welling United 563 811 Vanarama Premier -30.58
47 Eastbourne Borough 558 545 Conference South 2.39
48 Hereford United (R) 554 1758 Calor League Premier -68.49
49 Havant & Waterlooville 541 551 Conference South -1.81
50 Gosport Borough 531 444 Conference South 19.59
51 Stafford Rangers (R) 531 385 Evo-stik North Div 1S 37.92
52 St Albans City (P) 523 515 Conference South 1.55
53 Sutton United 522 644 Conference South -18.94
54 Guiseley 516 494 Conference North 4.45
55 Worcester City 514 519 Conference North -0.96
56 Hemel Hempstead T (P) 512 548 Conference South -6.57
57 Blyth Spartans 505 360 Evo-stik North Premier 40.28
58 Kings Lynn Town 502 607 Evo-stik North Premier -17.3
59 Leamington 501 624 Conference North -19.71

Who’ll take the Golden boot down to Cash Converters in May then?

The Vanarama Premier strikers of Barnet FC,  Altrincham FC, Woking FC, Wrexham FC, Braintree Town, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Aldershot Town FC are fighting it, out week in week, out against the great central defensive oaks of the Conference.  Outnumbered, false teeth back in the changing rooms, with goals the lifeblood of our national sport the game, scoring is all they live for (we can hear you chuckling behind your web cams  you know!  On a serious note a quick  word to the contenders with their brains hopefully in their boots – Lads  its doesn’t have to be Cash Converters or a Pawn Brokers, sometimes you can even get a good price at the bookies so I hear.

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 So moving swiftly on lets take a look at the thoroughbred runners and riders shall we?

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Lee Cook of Barnet is still showing his QPR pedigree to top the Vanarama Conference goal scoring pile from the left wing.  He has failed to score in the last three although an assist at the weekend, suggests we can excuse him for that. Unplayable and a key component to a Hive dripping goals he must be sweating with Reeves and Rendell kneck and kneck with him on seven.

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Damian Reeves has been scoring for fun for years, opting to stay part time for business reasons despite countless offers from League teams.  He got 16 for Altrincham in 2010/11,  42 in 2011/12, 36 in 2012/13, 21 last season and seven so far this.    Murdered 4-0 by the Harriers last night he got a brace in a 3-3 thriller against Eastleigh on Saturday and two against Dartford the week before. Clearly midweek games are not his cup of tea so Barnet and Mad Dog best watch out this Saturday.

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Scott Rendell’ s time looks to have finally come. Seen as the nearly man at Wycombe, Oxford and Luton this has to be his season you have to feel. On seven in his first 6 games including the awesome foursome against Dover, he has failed to find the net in four. Will he click back or hibernate through the winter like previous seasons?

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Jordan Burrow has been called up for the England C games against Estonia and Turkey off the back of his five so far this season.  He is joined by  Davis of Braintree,  MacDonald (injured), the mercurial Moult of Wrexham,  King Cod Scott Neilson, Giuseppe Sole  and Brett Williams the Aldershot assassin. Albatross might be more  as the keystone cops defence meet him on Saturday. With Brown out the shots could be deadly then?

The People’s Premiership Golden Boot contenders. 

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Player Name Team Goals
1 Lee Cook Barnet 7
1 Damian Reeves Altrincham 7
1 Scott Rendell Woking 7
2 Jordan Burrow Lincoln City 5
2 Kenny Davis Braintree Town 5
2 Charlie MacDonald Barnet 5
2 Louis Moult Wrexham 5
2 Scott Neilson Grimsby Town 5
2 Giuseppe Sole Woking 5
2 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 5
3 Harry Beautyman Welling United 4
3 Hamza Bencherif Lincoln City 4
3 Scott Boden FC Halifax Town 4
3 James Constable Eastleigh 4
3 Tony Gray AFC Telford United 4
3 Joe Ironside Alfreton Town 4
3 Dean Morgan Woking 4
3 Jon Parkin Forest Green Rovers 4
3 Michael Phenix AFC Telford United 4
3 Jon-Paul Pittman Grimsby Town 4
3 Luke Young Torquay United 4

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Leicester & Chelsea Legend breeding Internationals At Colwyn Bay!

A legend at Leicester City, Chelsea, Burnley, Huddersfield, Wrexham and Lincoln,  fans will always have a soft spot for Frank Sinclair  – own goals and all.  But having played at the highest level for the red, the blues and all, he is currently cutting his teeth as  manager of Colwyn Bay and doing well if your ask the opinion of his chairman and left back Louis Moss

 

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

During his Leicester City and Chelsea days Frank played for Jamaica before making 92 league appearances for Burnley and then 42 for Huddersfield as a loan turned into a permanent deal. He was a suave defender although his own goals meant he got more in the wrong end than the seven he got throughout his glittering career. But his dedication and, sense of humour got the lad a long way from those harsh Lambeth roots (See full biopic at the bottom).

Frank was a dark horse for the Wrexham job last season  having turned the tiny club from also-rans to a team just 3 points from the play-offs again this season, with a game in hand.  Sinclair, the 42-year-old player gaffer, is building a useful young squad with a terrific shut-out to earn a point against the Division’s money club North Ferriby last Saturday.   This followed hot on the heels of a 4-1 win against Gainsborough and a 3-0 away at  Leamington. Case in point young Moss who is as good with the assists as he is getting back to help and a chip off the old block so to speak.  The full-back is simply chuffed to have received an international call up for Barbados against Haiti in the Concacaf Gold Cup in October.

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Despite the lad missing two games during his international jaunt Frank, a gentleman of the game,  is chuffed

“He will be a big miss for us, but I am happy his early season form has been recognised and he has an opportunity maybe to play in the prestigious Gold Cup against the likes of Brazil and Mexico.

“I played in that for Jamaica so I know the standard of the tournament.”

 

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Sinclair in 2009
STMI Piopic
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair
Date of birth 3 December 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Lambeth
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Current gig in the game
Current team
Colwyn Bay
(player-manager)
Youth career
1988–1990 Chelsea
Senior League Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Wrexham 39 (0)
2011 Hendon 10 (0)
2012– Colwyn Bay 70 (6)
International team
1997–2003 Jamaica 28 (1)
Teams managed
2013– Colwyn Bay
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Vanarama- It’s Up In The Air As Bees, Gulls, Gas and Dragons Circle The People’s Premiership Peak

Come on own up did you go to see Bristol Rovers, Barnet FC, Wrexham FC, FC Halifax, Grimsby Town, Torquay United, Woking FC or Kidderminster Harriers last night in the flesh, or was it the BIG Cup on TV, as The Guardian Fiver calls it? Mmm thought so, well, all is forgiven and a  warm welcome to The Gents (no not to toilets although few as common as me can boast a double-barrelled spanky-spanky, their name on every toilet doorway and their own aftershave that the misses reckons makes me smell old – yes I know there is a song in that)  or rather,  the venerable and veritable Vanarama or People’s Premiership wrap,  the division the big-money men forget, yet still it boasts heroes villains and old school football in the flesh, where giant killing and scalps are the modus operandi, in a nether region where full-time meets part-time and passion with not quite all the balls in the air.

But to the games fellow football folk to the peoples games……….

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham beat Barnet (still buzzing & top) in the battle of the passing princes, thanks to a cool Evans finish four minutes into the second half and a great performance between the sticks for Bachmann, denying Cook and Akinde from point blank range.  Barnet had their chances but the Dragons are breathing fire and climbing after a fourth away win this season.  Wilkin’s men are one win from top spot now despite still being one place off the play-offs. Silent sixth worked for Working and the Gulls, suggesting an interesting weekend, although Wrexham must wait until Monday for the bubble derby trip to Chester.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngTorquay United edged Woking in a top of the table clash between the two form sides of the division. Woking edged the first half but few break down the Gulls who deny then fly at you on the counter with more zip than a jean factory.  Captain fantastic, Young,  earned all three points and the plaudits with a 90th minute hallelujah howitzer of a free-kick from 40-yards. If there had not been a net it would still be going now,  as The Gulls (we warned you) storm second, now just a point behind the Bees. They pick teams off on the counter and have a defence that could peel an orange in its pocket – that’s five without conceding – all victories.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngSo to Halifax, down in fourth, fresh from a fishy 1-1 with The Mariners. All went well when the mesmerising Marshall curled a cultured set-piece just four minutes in. Neilson outwitted Roberts just ten minutes later to end the scoring as both sides fluffed their lines.  A question: with Port Vale now losing six on the spin will they make a call to Aspin, who turned down the Carlisle gig.  He was a legend there, but will he want to lead Halifax back into the League after leading them back from the edge and the football wilderness? Seven strikers Gateshead – the new home of 2-3-5 North East number nines, also drop to fifth, still level on points (20) with the Shaymen after coming from behind at Macclesfield. Gnahoua thundered home from 18 yards ten minutes shy of half-time, before that man, Danny Wright, did it again, clipping a beauty into the top corner on clickety-click 66.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngKidderminster continue to put their off-field troubles behind hitting Altrincham for four. Gash 37′ Reid 40′Johnson 72′ and Styche 90′ show the firepower in the Harriers side, now eighth and looking at lift-off. Biggest crowd of the night – some jealous applause at the back then for the 4861 on a Big TV Cup Tuesday –  saw side in the rise Bristol Rovers live up to their name and step on the gas to numb Nuneaton 3-1.  It was guile, style and a smile for Parkes 2′Taylor 48′ seemed to settle it until  Dean headed a lifeline. Gosling 78′ ended any comeback notions for the inspiration player caretaker who does not want the position full-time.

 

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1295 Aldershot Town 1 3 Braintree Town
. D Lathrope 90+4 , . . Sparkes 17 , Cox 52 , Cox 78 ,
519 Alfreton Town 3 2 AFC Telford Utd
. A Thanoj 11 , Shaw 19 , J Ironside 45+2 , . . T Gray 17 , N Byrne 71 ,
1236 Barnet 0 1 Wrexham
. . . . R Evans 49 ,
4861 Bristol Rovers 3 1 Nuneaton Town
. T Parkes 2 , M Taylor 48 , J Gosling 78 , . . Dean 68 ,
1790 Chester FC 2 0 Southport
. C Hobson 14 , K Charnock 3 , . . .
1103 Dartford 2 1 Dover Athletic
. Crawford 72 , Bradbrook 85 , . . Miller 8 ,
2108 Eastleigh 2 2 Forest Green Rovers
. J Midson 57 , J Constable 73 , . . James Norwood 30 , J Parkin 85 ,
1867 FC Halifax Town 1 1 Grimsby Town
. P Marshall 4 , . . Neilson 15 ,
1451 Kidderminster Harriers 4 0 Altrincham
. Gash 37 , C Reid 40 , Johnson72 , R Styche 90+4 , . . .
1110 Macclesfield Town 1 1 Gateshead FC
. Gnahoua 34 , . . D Wright 66 ,
2144 Torquay United 1 0 Woking
. Young 90 , . . .
504 Welling United 2 0 Lincoln City FC
. Gallagher 25 , T Marsh 78 , . . .

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 10 7 1 2 23 6 +17 22
2 Torquay United 10 6 3 1 17 5 +12 21
3 Woking 10 6 3 1 18 7 +11 21
4 FC Halifax Town 10 6 2 2 17 9 +8 20
5 Gateshead 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
6 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
7 Braintree Town 10 6 0 4 18 10 +8 18
8 Kidderminster Harriers 10 5 3 2 13 6 +7 18
9 Macclesfield Town 10 4 5 1 11 7 +4 17
10 Bristol Rovers 10 5 2 3 12 11 +1 17
11 Eastleigh 10 4 4 2 19 15 +4 16
12 Forest Green Rovers 10 4 4 2 12 8 +4 16
13 Grimsby Town 10 3 4 3 20 10 +10 13
14 Lincoln City 10 4 1 5 16 20 -4 13
15 Aldershot Town 10 3 3 4 11 11 0 12
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
17 Dartford 10 2 3 5 9 15 -6 9
18 Welling United 10 2 3 5 9 17 -8 9
19 Altrincham 10 2 2 6 12 20 -8 8
20 Southport 10 2 2 6 8 16 -8 8
21 Nuneaton Town 10 2 2 6 5 17 -12 8
22 Dover Athletic 10 2 1 7 9 20 -11 7
23 Alfreton Town 10 2 1 7 10 25 -15 7
24 AFC Telford United 10 0 3 7 13 25 -12 3

 

Welling 2 Lincoln 0 Wings Wound Imps – A Case For The Defence And Quick

On a warm summers evening on a train bound for Welling, I met up with a gambling man and we were both too tired to sleep…. let alone discuss the case for the Imps defence……  But it takes two teams to contest the ball, entertain and enthral.

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 Wings fan at.

The Teams & Schemes

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H/T 1-0
Scorers  Gallagher 25 Marsh 78
Attendance 504  (400 Cards  104 Imps )
Ref Mr Lymer

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teams & schemes

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Day goes 4-3-3
1 Henly
14 Jefford 6 Bush 5 Fagen (Y-33) 3 Fyfield
23 Williams 4 Gallagher  8 Beautyman
21 Sho-Silva      24 Hudson
11 Marsh
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9 Burrow
11 Tomlinson  5 Bencherif  8 Power (Y-86)
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton (y-24)  5 Bencherif  6 Diagne 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Subs & substitutions

The Wings Bench:  13 Turner 2 Fazakerley (Y-92) 15 Baselle 20 Corne 33 Healey (Y-88)
Substitutions:  54′ Heeley on for Sho-Silva  56 Corne on for Fagan 79 Fazackerley on for Hudson.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 4 Jordan, 10 Ledsham,  15 Sam-Yorke, 22 Marshall
Substitutions:  30′  Ledsham on for Brown, 45 Sam-Yorke on for Nolan, 77′ Marshall on for Jordan

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

An untidy start from two sides is further disrupted when a drilled free-kick from Beautyman sees Marsh and Brown go up, with the Imp needing treatment for a shoulder injury.  Its hoof ball and throw ins tonight, although Hudson shows some skill to skin Caprice, but Diagne clears the danger.  Beautyman gets forward and sends a fierce drive into the bottom of the stanchion.

Nolan switches the ball to Newton and his one-two with Tomlinson earns a corner. Bush wins the header and Welling  get the ball to Beautyman who runs into Mendy. Brown is still struggling with Marsh and Sho-Silva looking lively as the two combine and Marsh has a dig that sails wide.  A scramble in the Imps box, thanks to a wrong choice from Caprice, almost gifts Marsh but Diagne recovers to block the shot. The full-backs and wingers are two on one against the Imps full-backs, moving the ball quickly and causing all sorts of problems with umpteen crosses.  Sho-Silva has a dig which Townsend saves comfortably.

That said Caprice and Newton are getting forward with Tomlinson and Burrow looking dangerous against the two centre-backs.  Sho-Silva goes on a run cuts it back,but, Mendy reads it brilliantly.  Its end to end as Sho-Silva roasts two and feeds Williams who brilliantly controls then comically fluffs his lines with what golfers would call an air shot and the Imps keeper smothers.  In an instant Townsend’s kick finds Tomlinson only for Jefford to bravely block his goal-bound effort.

A Marsh drive is well saved by Townsend.  Newton gets it wrong and fouls Marsh, taking a card for the team.  Beautyman curls in a beauty from the touchline an Gallagher gets in front of Brown to volley home a bullet from point blank range. It has been coming although the Imps have not been negative by any means, but the final ball to Tommo and Burrow has let us down.  Brown is replaced by Ledsham although Mendy is the one going into the back four. A long Tomlinson throw looks like a hand-ball from here but you don’t expect those away.

Fagan gets a yellow for some retribution on Bencherif, the two number fives have certainly had a titanic battle thus far.   Newton’s delivery is double fisted out as the Imps pressure continues. A Tomlinson drive whistles past the post.  The pace is fast and furious at times, just lacking the quality as might be expected at this level, although Beautyman, Sho-Silva have quality as does Nolan and Hamza with his back heels.  A beautiful low one from Newton confuses Henly, fortunately Fagan flicks the ball clear.

Mendy gets lucky with a rather crude challenge on Sho-Silva.  Beautyman tries a cute one to the near post but Diagne is wise to that one and clears.  Caprice roasts the right and delivers only for Fagan to hoof high to clear.  Newton is beaten by Sho-Silva, he’s away, only for an alert Townsend to avert the danger.

Beautyman conjures and feeds Bush. He unleashes a bullet – full on the volley – that is brilliantly saved by Townsend. The ball falls to Beautyman, in and sniffing,  but the young keeper recovers brilliantly to  tip the cute chip onto the bar.

Second Half

Simmo gambles, on comes Sam-Yorke, questions over match fitness, but preferred to Nolan for this vital 45 minutes. The Imps turn defence into attack Burrow turns brilliantly but  Gallagher fouls him cleverly.  The Imps have certainly disrupted the Welling rhythm of the night but a rather long and optimistic ball from Newton is asking a lot of even Tommo. Power has a dig but Hamza inadvertently supplies the block.  Welling are going long, meat and drink to Diagne although a Beautyman ball looked like a hand-ball as the half-time burgers prematurely touched cloth.

Might have been the coffee, the strength of which, acts like match-sticks under the eyelids. Then again the Imps have started brightly with Sam-Yorke needing the service from the full-backs to get us back in the game. More good news (a tad unsporting so apologies to the Wings readers) as Sho-Silva is forced off to be replaced by Heeley for a début.  Keeper Henley weakly punches at a Newton free-kick as the menacing six-foot soldiers salivate against the size of the opposition.

Another substitution as  a rather short Corne comes on for Fagan, who has been doing a great job on Bencherif. Could be an error on the night from Wings manager Day.  Marsh beats two before Diagne picks his pocket perfectly just before he pulls the trigger.   The ball falls to Burrow who spins on a sixpence but drags his effort wide.  A great delivery from Caprice falls to Ledsham who is robbed and, Welling go straight down the other end, to be incredibly stopped in their tracks by Caprice , who has just done an amazing 90-yard round trip.

The Imps are throwing the kitchen sink at a way back into the game with Welling exploiting the stretched formation with quick passing counters down the exposed flanks.  Sam-Yorke and Burrow are getting some timely and subtle blind-side digs in the back , at those key moments, although, if Bush was an Imp we would be proud of his robust tactics.  Built like a block of flats he could head a fridge fifty-yards if it saved  his side. Its route one with the Imps all-right.

Fyfield beats Tomlinson in a real battle to send Marsh away, with Ledsham back to stop him in his tracks.  Heeley plays to Beautyman, but Bencherif blocks his shot and carries the ball forward. He finds Power to Caprice but the ball goes through to Henley.  The Imps get a corner with all the big guns up and crowding the relatively diminutive keeper.  The ball eludes them and finds Power, the ball is good only for Bush to brilliantly head the ball out.

A terrific one two between Fyfield and Marsh sees the latter back-heel and the former curl a beauty a fiver breadth the wrong side of the far post.  Another Welling counter.  With the linesman flagging for a Newton foul, the ref waives play on and Marsh goes on to settle it with a sweet drive just inside the foot of the near post.   A terrific chip from Beautyman goes just over the bar.

With eleven minutes on the clock Fazakerley replaces Hudson for Welling. Bencherif goes down in the box but ref Lymer is having none of that.  Sam-Yorke earns a corner after a terrific run but again the delivery eludes the big men as the Imps fail to make the huge height advantage count.  Power gets a booking for an arm on the back of Beautyman who has run him ragged tonight. Heeley also gets a yellow for a foul on Diagne and then Fazakerley has an interesting 30 seconds. First he is booked for a foul on Newton and then hits a 30-yard hay-maker that Townsend palms round the post.

The short corner eats up some time before the whistle goes to end another disappointing result. To their credit the Wings pace and movement dominated the game with the Imps switch to long and direct failing to find the big men who could do the damage. On this showing one can understand why the Wings remain unbeaten at home and will surely continue to move up the table.  They are certainly not cannon fodder or a relegation side.

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Stats & Table

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Note: shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

*****

51 % Ball 49 %

7 Shots on 2
4 Misses 4
4 Saves 7
2 Corners 6
2 Offside 3
7 Fouls 8
3 Yellows 2
0  Reds 0

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The Table

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1 Barnet 10 7 1 2 23 6 +17 22
2 Torquay United 10 6 3 1 17 5 +12 21
3 Woking 10 6 3 1 18 7 +11 21
4 FC Halifax Town 10 6 2 2 17 9 +8 20
5 Gateshead 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
6 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
7 Braintree Town 10 6 0 4 18 10 +8 18
8 Kidderminster Harriers 10 5 3 2 13 6 +7 18
9 Macclesfield Town 10 4 5 1 11 7 +4 17
10 Bristol Rovers 10 5 2 3 12 11 +1 17
11 Eastleigh 10 4 4 2 19 15 +4 16
12 Forest Green Rovers 10 4 4 2 12 8 +4 16
13 Grimsby Town 10 3 4 3 20 10 +10 13
14 Lincoln City 10 4 1 5 16 20 -4 13
15 Aldershot Town 10 3 3 4 11 11 0 12
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
17 Dartford 10 2 3 5 9 15 -6 9
18 Welling United 10 2 3 5 9 17 -8 9
19 Altrincham 10 2 2 6 12 20 -8 8
20 Southport 10 2 2 6 8 16 -8 8
21 Nuneaton Town 10 2 2 6 5 17 -12 8
22 Dover Athletic 10 2 1 7 9 20 -11 7
23 Alfreton Town 10 2 1 7 10 25 -15 7
24 AFC Telford United 10 0 3 7 13 25 -12 3

FSF Awards Nominations.

Last year’s Football Supporters’ Federation Awards in association with William Hill saw Luis Suarez scoop Player of the Year – whatever happened to him? But who do you think should be in line for the FSF Awards 2014… 

The Awards take place on Monday 1st December 2014 and will reward the very best in football from Premier player to favourite fanzine. Winners will be selected by public vote following a nominations process which is now open.

Categories:

  • Away Day of the Year
  • Blogger of the Year
  • Commentator of the Year
  • Fanzine of the Year
  • Independent Website of the Year
  • Newspaper of the Year
  • Player of the Year
  • Podcast/Radio Show of the Year
  • Pundit of the Year
  • Supporter Liaison Officer of the Year
  • Writer of the Year

How do I nominate and how are the winners decided?

Email awards@fsf.org.uk with your nominations before 9am on Friday 17th October. Shortlisting will take place once nominations close and the winners will be decided by a public vote running in October and November.

 

When are the FSF Awards in association with William Hill and can I come?

They take place on the evening of Monday 1st December at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (London). Nominees will be invited and a limited number of tickets will go on general sale (details TBC).

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the FSF, said:

“The Awards are a great way for fans to celebrate what’s positive about the game, from both an on-field and off-field perspective. Apparently Barcelona were taking an interest as well, as they nabbed the 2013 FSF Player of the Year for £75m.”

Tony Kenny, Head of Sponsorship PR at William Hill, said:

“It’s great to be associated with the Football Supporters’ Federation Awards. The FSF are a voice for football fans across the country and there is no better award to win than one that is voted for by true football supporters.”

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