Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 Goodbye For The Rise Of The Imps Is Nigh

2011 oh dear….. but for those expecting a  crass, chronological end of year snear,  please do not expect one here. For the term  annus horribilis still lacks a dimension when one considers, the relegation,  debt and absence of salvation and subsequent desolation felt by all within the Imps nation.  Yes 2011 is best sent packing in a sentence, but not forgotten,  for where it counted all were lacking and our supporters Trust did not even consult for our EGM backing, Let us instead look forward, for  not without reason there is optimism for the rest of this season.

David Holdsworth relishes ruling Impdom and is fully aware of the football clubs financial limitations and subsequent short-term symptoms.  There is no money at the Sincil Bank at the moment so he must move out to move some in.  Three of the top five earners have already paved the way, although enforced budgetary cuts will not leave him too much to manoeuvre with you have to say.  Every manager, outside of the top six  faces this, by far the hardest hidden part of most days at the office. Fortunately  DH  looks adept in this environment with 60 in and out at the Stags including the odd retirement.

So, the right man, at the right time in the right role to get us the all-important goals to plug those holes and save our Sincil Souls. Let us hope so for if he fails, heaven help those summer season ticket sales. But he wont will he Imps because we see and share what he hopes and thinks that we are a big deal and he sells potential players a golden glimpse.  He feels what we feel that we must aspire for our club deserves to be so much higher. So raise a glass to Lincoln City FC, 147 years young in 2011, still very much alive, so here’s to a 2012, that sees us  survive and thrive.

Safe celebrations over New Year fellow Imps make merry and stick with STMI for the rise of the Imps is nigh.

Grimsby Town The Form Of The Foe (Again)

Grimsby Town allegedly have defensive woes,  ahead of the delicious derby  double fancied by Hurst and Scott. Ermm…. on both counts we think not.   Although centre-back Pearson will miss the game on the naught step,  after picking up his 5th yellow of the seaon and L’Anson limped from the fray on Boxing Day;  Darlington’s defensive lynch-pin Miller will play alongside goal scoring super-sub Scott Garner a veritable penalty-box piranha. As for a Mariners victory, not on Sheridan’s watch, for he and the 850 from Impdom believe the tide will turn neath the hoisted Lincoln flag and hyperbole.

The Mariners team & scheme should therefore be thus

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4-4-2

McKeown

 Wood   Miller   Garner   Townsend

Coulson     Disley   Panther   McCartney

 Hearn    Elding

Without further ado here you go, our the weekly look at the form of the foe.

The Mariners 2011/12 so far
BSP G W D L F A GD Goal Av(F) Goal Av(A) Pts Ave Pts BSP Rank
Home Record 13 7 2 4 32 19 13 2.46 1.46 1.77 23 5
Away Record 12 3 3 6 11 20 -9 0.92 1.67 1.00 12 14
Overall Record 24 10 5 10 43 39 4 1.72 1.56 1.40 35 13
The Mariners Current form
BSP G W D L F A GD Goal Av(F) Goal Av(A) Pts Ave Pts BSP Rank
Overall Last 5 5 3 2 0 15 6 9 3.00 1.20 2.20 11 3
Home Last 5 5 2 2 1 13 6 7 2.60 1.20 1.60 8 10
Away Last 5 5 2 1 2 9 9 -3 1.80 1.80 1.40 7 11
2011 -12  Highs & Lows
Biggest Home Win 7-0 Stockport County
Biggest Away Win Lincoln City 1-2, Kettering Town 1-2
Heaviest Home Defeat 1-3 Wrexham
Heaviest Away Defeat Braintree Town 0-5
Highest  Score 5-2 Alfreton Town, 5-2 Barrow, 7-0 Stockport County, 4-3 Ebbsfleet United
Ker-ching £££
Highest Gate 4061 Fleetwood Town
Lowest Gate 2254 Stockport County
Average Attendance 2889
Aggregate Attendance 37565

Heroes & Villains

2011/12  Goal Machines

Hero Goals
Liam Hearn 16
Anthony Elding 8
Michael Coulson 5
Serge Makofo 5
Robert Duffy 5
Scott Garner 1

2011/12 Creative Influences

Hero Assists
MichaelCoulson 12
Craig Disley 4
Robert Duffy 4
Jamie Green 3
Liam Hearn 3
Robert Eagle 2

2011/12 Christmas Card Collectors

Villain Yellows
Bradley Wood 8
Michael Coulson 7
Robert Duffy 5
Shaun Pearson 5
Craig Disley 3
Serge Makofo &Conor Townsend 33
Only former captain Darren Kempson has received a Red card thus far and keeper McKeown received his second yellow of the season on Boxing day
Keeper Corner – James McKeown
Pld Saves Shutouts
27 125 8

Who Is Wing-Wizard Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick

 

David Holdsworth clearly has an eye for talent, returning to Colwyn Bay for Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick, the whirlwind wideboy from our 3-1 FA Trophy tie victory.

 

 

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Danny, who  can play out wide or down the middle, was a constant threat in a ten-man team against us and also IMPressed DH’s  scouts who positively purred over his hatrick against Droyleden this month.  Danny has jumped at the chance to ply his trade on a bigger stage, agreeing terms until the end of the season at least.   The former Southport youth spent last season on at Chorley and then Skelmersdale before Colwyn bay offered terms.

 

So Sincil Bank is seen as another big step in the mesmerising wee wing wizard’s career with former manager Jon Newby philosophical about things. “It is a huge blow to lose Danny, but it is a chance of full-time football for him and we couldn’t stand in his way.”

 

Let us hope Danny will be spending time in the middle if not it could signal the end of either Conal Platt or Jake Sheridan’s career at the Imps.

Real name Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick
Age 20 (Born 03 Dec, 1991)
Height  5′ 7″
Weight

 

Who Is New Beast of The Bank Rob Williams?

Lincoln City have just signed 6′ 5″ Rob Williams  from AFC Telford on loan until the end of the current season.  The 24 year old man-mountain has also ‘Shreked’ for Altrincham and The New Saints (TNS).

Telford United.pngHeight : 6’5″  Weight : 13st 2lb Age: 24  D.O.B. : Jul 6, 1987 

Position: Central defender

Not since Janos Kovacs have we had a true giant of the Imps who would head back cannon-balls for the cause and grind mens bones to make their bread.  With this lad on board if we hold onto Hinds we could have the best defence in the BSP this year and next.  Although Rob is here until the end of the season, he see’s this as a big step up and will be working to cement a much longer term deal.

Although Rob has yet to play this season after a transfer from Altrincham he is very much Mr dependable,  missing 2 games in two seasons. Last season he notched up 45 BSP appearances, 5 yellows,  two assists and a goal, whilst the season before saw 45 appearances, 2 yellows, one assist and 4 goals.  Rob has also won three Wales under-23 semi-professional caps, scoring in March 2010 against Portugal on debut.

Good luck Rob, enjoy the Lincolnshire derby on Sunday!

Imps Set To Travel To Grimsby In Numbers

The Imps are set to take 800 plus to Grimsby Town on New years Day after brisk early trading saw the overnight figure (629) break through  the 700 mark this morning. The Mariners have now sold out the Findus lower, suggesting some friendly close quarters banter.

The Imps will be eager to repay the faithful after a somewhat undeserved defeat on Boxing Day,  by two goals to one. Jake Sheridan, bless him was particularly bullish in yesterdays Echo, repeated on-line today here. They do say revenge is a dish best served cold Jake, so we had best wrap up warm on Sunday then.

So hoist up the Lincoln flag and lets hear the red Imps sing.  One drum, one voice, one passion!

Imps Toast Loach To Ipswich For £1M

 

Ipswich Town will sign Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach for £1 million in January, netting the Imps 15% of the sell on fee.  The tractor boys will also take Hugo Rodallega on loan from Wigan and make bids for Ben Haim from Portsmouth and Andy King from Leicester.  On the downside  Bullard is off to Leeds United or QPR and Cresswell off to chew toffees at Everton

 

 

This paves the way for a busy January window for David Holdsworth,  eager to boost a side held together by hope, youth and string,  going into its second Lincolnshire derby in a week. David Holdsworth will add as many as 3-4 new faces to the side if everything works out.  Leeds have offered us Will Hatfield and Sanchez on a youth loan (see Tuesday’s story here) and Leicester City have agreed to Leicester City no3 keeper Adam Smith also joining on loan.

 

As for the other 1 or 2, that will depend on events unfolding with two other highly paid professionals on the verge of a move and a potential pay-off respectively.  Two have already left and together with the Loach cut three favourites can now be retained.  Thompson and Sheridan will now be offered deals until the end of the season at least and Conal the Conjurer is set for a longer term deal.

 

 

Goal Machines: The Leading Marksmen in the BSP

Grimsby Town goal machine hit-man Hearn’s winner over Lincoln City moved to him to  within two goals of Shaw, currently the leading marksman in the BSP and one goal clear of York City’s Walker.  Gray’s brace for Southport in the 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town saw him climb above Green, who got one for Mansfield Town, Vardy one for Fleetwood in the same game; and Ebbsfleet’s Willcock who failed to score

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Player Goals Pens Total
Shaw (Gateshead) 14 4 18
Hearn (Grimsby Town) 16 0 16
Walker (York City) 13 2 15
Gray T (Southport) 13 1 14
Green (Mansfield Town) 12 2 14
Vardy (Fleetwood Town) 13 0 13
Willock (Ebbsfleet United) 11 2 13
Boyes (Barrow) 11 1 12
Soares (Hayes & Yeading) 8 4 12
Rose (Newport County) 9 2 11
Speight (Wrexham) 7 3 10
Christie (Tamworth) 3 6 9
Cook (Barrow) 9 0 9
Mangan (Fleetwood Town) 7 2 9
Morgan-Smith (Luton Town) 9 0 9
Wright (Braintree Town ) 7 2 9
Chambers (York City) 8 0 8
Elding (Grimsby Town) 7 1 8
Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) 6 2 8
Marks (Braintree Town ) 8 0 8

Lincoln City Banter – Your New Years Resolution.

Facebook fans forum Lincoln City Banter is the fastest growing voice for fans of Lincoln City Football Club. We are living in the social media age fellow Imps, where real people with real views can not only join up the dots but inspire change both quickly and where it is needed most, in a focused group that is never far from reach.

So make Lincoln City your lost cause in 2012 and Lincoln City Banter your  ‘wired’ and mobile destination  to reconnect with them.  You are LCFC’s lifeblood, the real fans, with real opinions, who are brave enough to put their own names to their views.  If you care enough to want  change for the better then  the Imps need you. Through the turnstiles,  the  thick and the thin and perhaps even to save our mighty Imps if need be.

Join Lincolnshire’s biggest family ( Boston postcodes excepted) we live and thrive  here

Time for a word from LCB

Welcome to Lincoln City Banter Facebook Group

Lincoln City Banter is the group to come to and as the name suggests have Banter with like-minded fans and air your views on what is happening down at the Bank. The group provides up to date information from Sincil Bank and of course it would not be a banter group without the odd rumor and gossip.

Lincoln City Banter is also a proud sponsor of club Captain Josh Gowling home shirt Jamie Taylor’s away shirt and Ali Fuseini boots for 2011/2012 season.

Lincoln City Banter are also looking towards supporting the club in a share savers scheme which will be announced once all the administration has been put in place. So watch this space and start saving now and help us invest in our club.

Lincoln City Banter also provide a match day thread for all those Imps not able to make the games, to enjoy or despair together with live updates from fellow Imps attending the games. You can also post you pictures for us all to see, new old and live helping those that are not there get a feel for the match day atmosphere.

Struggling to get to the next away game? Let us know someone always has a spare seat. Or if you have a spare seat let us know and help your fellow Imps.

We look forward to your posts and if you have any questions queries or ideas please contact anyone of the admin team below.

Lincoln City Banter Admin

Paul Dawson     John Franks      Donna Jackson      Linda Hodson      Collin Morton

Kev Barwise     Rob Beezley      Vin Maguire           Shane Grey         Jay Dumphreys

Imps & Mariners Defensive Woes

With Lincoln City looking to even the score with a win over rivals Grimsby Town on New Years Day,  any Imps tempted to travel to Blundell Park could well be in for a goal-fest, as both the Mariners and Imps seek repairs at the heart of their respective, if not respected, defences.

The ‘bad’ news sees Josh, howling if not fowling,  Gowling serve a one match ban for his fifth yellow of the season.  A  careless challenge on Coulson,  crowned a particularly fruitful 10 minute spell for our ‘concussed centre-back, having gone missing at sea for their first goal. Beardsley will deputise as Hone continues to ply his trade up north whilst Watts wanders South.

The Mariners, meanwhile, are also shooting themselves in the Christmas chestnuts rather nicely.  Centre-back Pearson will also miss the game on the naught step,  after picking up his 5th yellow card amidst the hurly burly of the Sincil Tinsel.  His partner L’Anson is unlikely to weigh anchor after limping from the fray on Boxing Day. But wait there is more,  Will Antwi’s loan is up and ex Captain Kempson was sent packing by the benevolent Boston duo a week before Christmas.

So,  all go and it looks like a good old fashioned 2-3-5 affair up there then?

BSP Boxing Day Crowds Bring Grounds £££’s

 

The Luton V Kettering match on Boxing day, saw a crowd of  7,164, just 106 shy of the seasonal high, the visit of leaders Wrexham.  With Wrexham and Stockport away the second highest crowd of the day witnessed Grimsby beat Lincoln in front of  5,506, with 1800 Mariners present.   In all most sides saw seasonal highs on Boxing Day, nudging the BSP average gate to 1960, with the slight exception of Mansfield V York.  However the  3,551 was  just 500 short and a marked improvement on an alarming slump since 3,997 optimistic Stags welcomed Bath on opening day.

 

 

 

Boxing Day and New Years Day in the BSP means  a throwback to the days of yore, when local rivals contested festive double headers.  AFC Telford, though not strictly Wrexham’s neighbours will not be complaining,  with 4.591 almost doubling their adjusted average gate.  Cambridge tempted 3,700 for Braintree’s visit whilst Fleetwood broke the 3,000 barrier for a top of the table clash with local rivals Southport.

 

Kidderminster against FGR saw 2,491, a little better than the North-East derby at Gateshead where Darlington enticed just 1,522.   Barrow V Stockport attracted 2,103. Ebbsfleet made an impassioned plea to fans last week, although 1,176 against Hayes was just 200 up on the previous home game and just 100 above the average.

 

Alfreton and Tamworth barely broke the thousand with 1,012, but spare some sympathy for Newport, the postponement of their game at home to Bath, cost them a much needed pay-day. That is something Hayes no longer even hold out any hope for. They will be lucky to break 300 on New Years day,  indeed they have only broken 500 on  3 occasions this year – Luton 1015, Wrexham 625 and York 525.

 

1 Luton Town 74,079 6,173
2 Wrexham 47,261 3,635
3 Stockport County 43,356 3,335
4 York City 39,810 3,062
5 Grimsby Town 37,565 2,889
6 Cambridge United 31,493 2,624
7 Mansfield Town 33,237 2,556
8 Lincoln City 32,019 2,463
9 AFC Telford United 30,087 2,314
10 Kidderminster Harriers 25,551 1,965
11 Darlington 24,821 1,909
12 Fleetwood Town 21,374 1,781
13 Kettering Town 18,485 1,421
14 Newport County 18,240 1,403
15 Barrow 17,764 1,366
16 Southport 15,206 1,169
17 Ebbsfleet United 14,994 1,071
18 Tamworth 11,770 1,070
19 Forest Green Rovers 13,452 1,034
20 Gateshead 11,917 993
21 Bath 10,500 875
22 Braintree Town 10,115 842
23 Alfreton Town 10,173 782
24 Hayes & Yeading 4,805 369