Monthly Archives: May 2012
League Football is Lincoln City and her proud citizens’s birthright. But we are going to have to earn it again – together as a City a United Impdom so to speak. There are plenty that will be arguing with that boast when the BSP kicks off in August, yet no one has made it back into the league more times than us – 4 and counting.
We owe it to those that have struggled for the Cits (Citizens) aka our Mighty Imps ever since Robert Dawber gave us a field to play on and George Hallam had Impdom on its feet with a hat-trick in our first ever game. Hats in the air and all sorts by all counts. That inspired Councillor Bainbridge and Henry Strawson to get the business community to provide ‘two hours of healthy recreation’ for the foundry workers. Lincoln City aka The Mighty Imps were one of the original members of the old second Division and we punched above our weight with the top 36 clubs in the country. Come on let’s get some Lincoln-wide-pride in our side.
This next season will be a pivotal one. We either start a resurrection or turn out the lights and follow the thousands that have lost the faith following years of scandalous under investment in a 128 year-old local institution. Its not so much the play-offs or bust but the restoration of local pride is a must.
So how can we the sons and daughters of Impdom help? Well a prayer ahead of the 3-4 up and 3-4 down vote at the Football League meeting in Portugal would help no end. As would a lottery win to help Bob Dorrian out. For all his sins he is the only one of a shameful board who is doing what a football club director should do by continuing to put in the cash to keep us going. But the Imps need the City to pitch in just as they have in the past.
Now times are hard for individuals, but together we can give this City a team to be proud of. Built and backed by the businesses and fans – a community backed fifth rise of the Imps can and will happen. Get your company to follow Jackson Building Centre’s, Bookers and Brown & Starkeys lead in backing what is becoming a reawakening of Lincoln-wide-pride for our beloved Imps. Urge your company to buy a ticket. Print off THIS in A4 or even better A3 and get it on the wall. And don’t forget at least one or maybe a pile of these too .
Lincoln – Gainsborough – Grantham
Horncastle – Hykeham – Louth
Market Rasen – Scunthorpe – Sleaford
|Full name||Matthew Thomas Hamshaw|
|Date of birth||1 January 1982 (age 30)|
|Place of birth||Rotherham,|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||11 st 6lb (72.56kg)|
|Position: central / left midfield|
Luton Town have released former Cambridge United right back Danny Gleeson, alerting a posse of BSP clubs. Proven at this level, last season saw his chances limited by injury and competition from on-loan AFC Wimbledon defender Curtis Osanu. The 6′ 3″ lad is already understood to be in discussions with 4 BSP clubs after failing to get a new deal along with striker Danny Crowe and left back Shane Blackett.
The big issues as ever for the Imps would be wages and budget, plus the fact that we already have Paul Robson signed up for another season. David Holdsworth is however mindful of the fact that a big side will pose problems for some of the footballing sides and Danny would certainly provide that. He has been capped 7 times for England C, suggesting Paul Fairclough the non-league guru also has confidence in his ability.
Born a stones throw from the Abbey Stadium Danny came up through the ranks before tasting League football at both Cambridge and Notts County following a free transfer. He then rejoined the U’s on loan before making the deal permanent in 2007, making 110 appearances over 3 seasons as well as receiving his England call-ups. In 2010 Luton signed him for free on a two year deal that saw him become an integral part of the side that tasted defeat in the play-off final against Wimbledon. This season saw one of the don’s fringe players came back to haunt him by keeping him out of the side. Let us hope Janos Kovacs has nothing but good things to say about him should we pursue an interest.
An update of the ins, outs and shaping squads for Alfreton, Telford, Barrow, Braintree, Cambridge United and Dartford up to and including 31st May
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Out Nathan Jarman to Chester
Released – goalkeeper Dan Lowson and winger Jamie Mullan. and central midfield man Nicky Deverdics,
New deals – 2 year deal for Darran Kempson & Daniel Meadows, 19, & 1 year for Josh Law, Connor Franklin and Leigh Franks.
In negotiation Anton Brown and Nathan Arnold
Goalkeepers 18 Ross Turner
Defenders – 2 Josh Law 3 Connor Franklin 4 Theo Streete 5 Greg Young 6 Matt Wilson 12 Leigh Franks, 20 Adie Hawes 24Niklaus Kudiersky 25 Adam Quinn 26 Darren Kempson
Midfielders – 7 Anton Brown 8 Jake Moult 11 Nathan Arnold, Daniel Meadows
Strikers – 9 Paul Clayton 10 Chris Senior 15 Anthony Wilson
IN-Luke Hubbins has joined from Birmingham City
OUT-Stockport County have signed Sean Newton on a 1 year.
OUT-Former midfielder Jon Adams joins Nuneaton
OUT-Former skipper Shane Killock has joined Harrogate
Former defender Carl Rodgers has joined Altrincham
Ashley Cain; Shane Killock; Jon Adams; Carl Rodgers; Robbie Williams & Ryan Robinson
Kyle Perry back at Imps for now
1 year deals for Steve Jones, Ryan Young, Nathan Rooney, Richard Davies, Dan Preston, Phil Trainer and Steve Jones Ryan Valentine & Will Salmon, Richard Davies, Chris Blackburn
Chris Sharp is contracted for 2012/13.
New deals on table – Nathan Rooney;
Goalkeepers Ryan Young
Defenders – RB – Luke Hubbins, Ryan Valentine, Will Salmon, Dan Preston, Chris Blackburn, Steven Kinniburgh
Midfielders – Jay Smith, Phil Trainer, Nathan Rooney, Richard Davies
Strikers – Chris Sharpe, Steve Jones, Adam Proudlock
OUT – winger Jack Mackreth to Macclesfield on a one-year deal.
Released – Phil Bolland, Andy Nicholas, Kelvin Lomax, Cliff Moyo & Paul Smith, Robin Hulbert and Andy Ferrell
New deals – offered to 9 players: Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson, defenders Gavin Skelton and Mike Pearson, midfielders Richie Baker and James Owen, Paul Rutherford, and striker Andy Cook,
Only forward Adam Boyes has signed up so far.
Keepers – Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson
Defenders – Skelton and Pearson
Midfielders – Richie Baker and James Owen, wingers Jack Mackreth and Paul Rutherford
Strikers – Andy Cook, Adam Boyes
OUT-Ben Wright has joined Forest Green Rovers
OUT-Jai Reason to Eastleigh
New deals – Kenny Davis. Nathan McDonald, Sean Marks
Keepers – Nathan McDonald
Midfielders – Kenny Davis
Strikers – Sean Marks
IN Tom Elliott from Stockport (fee not disclosed)
In – Jonathan Hedge in from Tamworth
In – Ricky Wellard from Wimbledon
29/5 New Board Members – Eddie Clark and Robert Smith
Released – Ashley Carew Danny Naisbitt, Jordan Patrick, Robert Ambrusics and Ashley Corker
Re-Signed – Adam Marriott Rory McAuley, Rossi Jarvis, Michael Gash and Liam Hughes, winger Jack Eades and left-back James Bighton
Centre-half Ryan Tafazolli could sign
Keepers – Jonathan Hedge
Defenders – LB James Bighton, Kervin Roberts, James Jennings, Jonathan Thorpe, Josh Coulson, Michael Wylde, Rory McAuley, Blaine Hudson,
Midfielders – winger Jack Eades, Rossi Jarvis, Ricky Wellard, Luke Allen, Tom Shaw, Kieran Murtagh, Harison Dunk, Luke Berry, Liam Hurst.
Strikers – Adam Marriott, Ryan Charles, Michael Gash, Liam Hughes, Andy Pugh, Tom Elliott
New deals – Danny Harris, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, Deren Ibrahim, Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Tom Bonner, Adam Green, Tom Champion, James Rogers & Jon Wallis
Offered – Jacob Erskine and Elliot Bradbrook are still considering offers
Released – Richard Graham, Matt Jones & Paul Goodacre
Goalkeepers – Louis Wells, Deren Ibrahim
Defenders – Tom Bonner, Adam Green,
Midfielders – Elliott Bradbrook, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Jon Wallis, George Monger, Lee Burns
Strikers Danny Harris, Jacob Erskine, Tony Garrod
With Luton Town, Wrexham, Stockport County, Hereford United Mansfield, Macclesfield, Lincoln City and Grimsby, counting the cost of the great League 2 and BSP divide, an ally has stepped forward to champion the cause for not just three, but four up and four down.
Luton Town chief Gary Sweet has confirmed that each season spent out of the League is costing them 1.2million. TV solidarity money alone accounts for £450,000 and the Imps, Stags, Dragons, Silkmen or any other promoted BSP sides for that matter, would also expect higher gates. Not only are there more Saturday games but the away support is higher too.
With The Football league Board set to vote on a change at its AGM in sunny Portugal next week, it is of some surprise that we have what appears to be a turkey voting for Christmas. Barnet have been in the bottom three three years running yet Chairman Tony Kleanthous wants the change and is campaigning for up to FOUR promotion and relegation places. As League 2 representative on the Football League board he also has some clout as well as some votes up his sleeve.
Here is a quote from last weeks Non League Paper in which the aptly named Tony Kleanthous stated”Three years running we’ve been the third bottom club so I think I can speak better than most on this topic. We’d have gone down if the extra place had been there, but none of that changes my view. As far as I am concerned, it’s absolutely the right thing for football. It’s the dynamic movement between leagues-promotion and relegation-that makes football so great in this country and for us, the fear was the difficulty in getting promoted again. It should be four up for down throughout all divisions.”
Spot on Mr Kleanthous and should a compromise deal of two up plus a play-off place occur it would indeed increase the dynamics within the game. It would make clubs likeLincolnvery attractive to overseas investors with a bit of ambition for a start. It would also see relegated clubs given an opportunity to return to the league as opposed
The issue is on the agenda to be discussed and voted on at next weeks Football League Annual General Meeting inPortugal.
The Imps are still negotiating with former Chesterfield, York City, Mansfield and Aldershot flying winger Adam Smith. Smith played more than half his games at Aldershot last season, in two loan spells at the club, but David’s brother Dean is yet to conclude a deal for a lad who has family values of his own as well as firm roots in our neck of the woods. Adam has already put his career on hold due to the ill-health of his young daughter.
Yes there is more to this lad than meets the eye and he could just have the hunger to go with a pretty precocious talent that could come to fruition at the Imps. Adam had 7 seasons at Chesterfield so he has some league pedigree and could definitely do a job at our level as the first of his two seasons at the Stags shows. In 2010/11 he bagged 6 goals from 31 League and 2 FA Cup appearances.
The question on everyone’s lips is can David Holdsworth sign a player or two in time for The Lincolnshire Echo to beam IMPSpiration across the back pages this Thursday? If he can spread mirth and merriment across the Banter page and t’internet a few more will certainly dig deep and buy a season ticket or even pledge a nifty fifty on the Sincil Bank renaming nose.
Busy Bee Dave bagged 5 last week – although in fairness we have come to expect that as an average week – yet all is quiet. Is Impdom becalmed or is this the lull before the storm?
There is talk of a midfielder – a non-league gem – signing unless Tyrone agrees a deal. Danny Lloyd McGoldrick is also still at the negotiating table as is Ex Stag Adam Smith who Holdsworth covets. Having the brass to back that ambition is another matter however and the manager will reason that the money is better spent on two instead of the one. One of those will be a big target man in due course, although a clear understanding of the lower leagues suggests there will be a few more through the door before Dave’s wheelin’ & dealin’ is complete. He will probably be blown out a few times too, but then again if you don’t buy the ticket you wont win the lottery.
Holdsworth is not of course desperate to spend everything. The club appears on track given the discount season tickets are just ahead of last year . The City wide plea for funds to help him build a team funded with a raffle for the right to rename Sincil Bank, is also gaining momentum. There could also be further player movement out.
At least Holdsworth looks to be a man who plans to at least give us a fighting chance next season. That is something we have needed at Lincoln City for far too long now. If he can reverse the slide then the attendance upside and subsequent scope in the budget, could give us a sporting chance of making the play-offs. Now that is something to reawaken the Imp in all of us. Has your company had a whip-round yet? HERE
Now Bob thinks me may occasionally give him short shrift on here. We do and some is deserved. But we need to help lighten the load because he is still putting cash in as and when the club needs it. If 25 of you put in £2 or ten put in a fiver that would lighten the load and get our team moving back towards the football League. And hopefully your workplace will still be talking about the Imps when the season kicks off, even if you don’t win the right to name the ground. Because you helped to put a team out. A team that is starting to look as if it will have a go at doing our city proud.
Lincoln – Gainsborough – Grantham
Horncastle – Hykeham – Louth
Market Rasen – Scunthorpe – Sleaford
Last week started and finished on a note of optimism as David Holdsworth added what certainly look to be some promising players to his squad. Here in his own words a plea for us to help him rebuild the side. He has pushed the board to his credit but now we need to help with the cause.
As David Holdsworth puts it
“I think our financial position has been well documented
The club has looked at various ways of bringing money to help compensate for losing solidarity payments and this is a great idea.
I would really appreciate any help that comes my way in terms of giving me a better budget.
And if the club can raise £50,000 then that would be absolutely fantastic and a credit to the community.
This will give fans and businesses the chance to help me sign a player and have their name in lights.”
Remember Entry forms are available on www.nameourstadium.com
Tickets are also available
at MSR Newsagents on the corner of St Marks and High Street, Lincoln as well as several Co-op stores in the city