Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lincolnwide – Pride – The Rise Of The Imps Thanks to You!

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.

Image Thanks to historical kits – here

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 .

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Although fans and fans groups have been keen to pitch in the real bulk of the money will only come from the business community engaging with this  initiative. If the groundswell of county-wide pride can excite this sector then £50,000 will be the tip of the iceberg. Some may even enjoy the ride. In embracing the Raffle (Your Business can enter HERE) Jacksons and Bookers Wholesale are inviting their clients to participate.  This form of viral marketing is priceless and will hopefully spur other companies to do the same with their client bases. This will not only see the target exceeded but put the Imps back into the hearts and minds of its citizens.  Go on have a heart pledge £50 to rebuild the pride inside together we can take this county wide.
 
Image Thanks to historical kits – here
Keep this momentum going with a decent start to the season and the rise of the Imps will begin with 5 home grown in the squad. Those small steps start with every Roofer, Plumber, Heating engineer,   Bathroom fitter and Builder picking up an application form. At £50 a brick the hod will soon fill.  Remember every 100 tickets brings in £5000.  Every fan can do their bit by downloading an application form here and asking the office or accounts department to initiate a whip-round.  We can all play a part, brick by brick. Go on have a heart pledge £50 to rebuild the pride inside together we can take this county wide.
The participating Jackson’s Stores are as follows: – 
 

Lincoln – Gainsborough – Grantham

Horncastle – Hykeham – Louth

Market Rasen – Scunthorpe – Sleaford

Please support this outstanding initiative or maybe even email your own clients with a link to the application form here. Let us rebuild our football club, together.  Go on have a heart pledge £50 to rebuild the pride inside –  together we can take this county wide. Lincolnshire-wide pride.

Who Is Matt Hamshaw?

Matt Hamshaw graced Hillsborough for Sheffield Wednesday before moving to Stockport County,  Mansfield Town, Notts County and Macc Town.  His fantastic solo effort for the Owls in a 4-0 Worthington Cup quarter final over Watford (HERE), is just one in a series of goal of the season contenders for cultured winger and play maker who oozes quality.   To the surprise of the Owls forum and Silkmen he finds himself released from Macclesfield along with most of the squad in what appears to be a garage sale.
 
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Hamshaw learned his trade and trickery from Chris Waddle and has traditionally been a right-winger or midfielder, but now 30, he is finding that he can thankfully do the first 5 yards in his head.   His set-piece delivery is exceptional and on his day he is worth the gate money on his own. He was an integral part of  a Macc side that were just 6 points off the play-offs prior to 7 player sales and an injury list that would overstretch Florence Nightingale in her prime.  Gary Simpson – a great spotter of talent –  positively purrs at the man’s talent. Were it not for injury he would have made the England U20 side, having featured nationally at schoolboy levels and of course the championship with Wednesday.

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Now a family man he has suggested that he is relishing the chance of a rest and more time with his wife and daughter.  Matt has made a good living from the game, so a drop into the Conference could still give him the best of both worlds and prolong his career.  The rumours are he is open to offers from local clubs…. go on Dave get him tied down to a deal.  Because Matt Hamshaw signing for the Imps would certainly shift some raffle and season tickets not to mention the six-packs once he dons that new red and white shirt we are eagerly anticipating.  Mmmm Lincoln-wide pride with a match winner in the side.
STMI Biopic
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
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 85 (6)
2005–2006 Stockport County 43 (5)
2006–2008 Mansfield Town 94 (7)
2008–2010 Notts County 69 (3)
2010–2012 Macclesfield Town 75 (5)

Who Is Homeless Hatter Danny Gleeson?

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.

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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.

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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.

 
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STMI Biopic
Full name Daniel Edwin Gleeson
Date of birth 17 February 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Cambridge
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position 13st 2lb (83.45kg)
Position: Right back.
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Cambridge United 62 (1)
2003 Welling United (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Notts County 21 (0)
2007 Cambridge United (loan) 8 (1)
2007–2010 Cambridge United 116 (1)
2010–2012 Luton Town 49 (0)
National team
2007– England C 7 (0)

Alfreton, Telford, Barrow, Braintree, Cambridge & Dartford Ins & Outs

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

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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

 

Squad

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



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Transfers –

Transfers –

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

Released –

Ashley Cain; Shane Killock; Jon Adams; Carl Rodgers; Robbie Williams & Ryan Robinson
Kyle Perry back at Imps for now

Signed –

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;

 

Squad

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


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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.

 

Squad

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


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OUT-Ben Wright has joined Forest Green Rovers
OUT-Jai Reason to Eastleigh

Released –
New deals – Kenny Davis. Nathan McDonald, Sean Marks

 

Squad

Keepers – Nathan McDonald

Defenders

Midfielders – Kenny Davis

Strikers – Sean Marks


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Transfers
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

 

Squad
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


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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
Squad

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


BSP Vote: 4 Up 4 Down Could see half of BSP Big 8 back in League

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.

Lincoln-wide-Pride – Bookers Back Imps With Bangers & Mash

As East-ender David Holdsworth will tell us – Bangers & Mash is cockney for Cash. So who better than the kingpin of fast-to al-la-carte food, catering and independent retail supply,  Booker Wholesale,  to offer sustenance to the Renaming Raffle of Sincil Bank.
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Mmmm  Booker Wholesale, the secret ingredient behind most catering and retail operations, has agreed to display posters and application forms at their Sadler Road branch in Lincoln.  This will enable hundreds of customers (Lincoln is just one of 172 locations nationally and four in Lincolnshire) to pick up an application form.  Outstanding stuff – pop along here
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This follows Jackson Building Centre’s lead yesterday in backing what is becoming a reawakening of Lincoln-wide-pride for our beloved Imps.  Question is will the Accountants and Solicitors follow suit? Could the Council display some in their offices and even turn a blind eye to the schools and colleges all making collections?  Print off THIS in A4 or even better A3 and get it on a wall. And don’t forget a pile of these too
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Come on lets take this out to the community – every one can spread the word – download an application form here –  we need the help of every stake holder in the community – the Uni the teachers the police and the preachers.
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Print off  THIS in A4 or even better A3 and get it on a wall. And don’t forget a pile of these too
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Only together with City and County wide pride can we the sons and daughters of Impdom build a side for a play-off ride.  After 128 years of struggle Lincoln, our City, Our club deserves a football League team!
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Can Reg Bag Stag Before Shots Scare Him Off – Who Is Adam Smith?

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.

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Adam has been typecast as an impact player, indeed most wingers, Carayol and DNG included, can be classed a luxury when you are up against it.  But his work rate is good and offensively he is dynamite on either wing and can have the ground on its feet on his day. His two assists for Aldershot saw him run Dagenham (5-2) and Burton (2-0) ragged, but in truth the shots struggled in  October, November and December before sending him back to the Stags.
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Although Adam started 8 of the 9 games he played upon his return to the Stags, netting 2 goals, he rarely finished a game.  An example of his impact potential saw him come on and bag a vital equaliser against Tamworth, a game the Stags would go on to win 2-1. Then in April he scored the opener against a resolute Stockport side as the Stags grabbed two in 8 second half minutes before being sacrificed as they held out for an invaluable 2-1 home win.  He is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack.  At 5′ 11″ he has also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions.
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Adam has also made 4 substitute appearances for the Imps, whilst on loan in 2008.  On his debut he set up our first in a 2-0 win over Rochdale but failed to get the game time in a misfiring side. The loan was not extended and upon his release from the Spireites he went to Gainsborough who then sold him to Martin Foyle at York for an undisclosed fee. Foyle liked his work rate and  Holdsworth thought the same when he signed him for the Stags in 2010/11.  He does get stuck in and despite a 3 match ban for a tough challenge he delivered 6 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances in all competitions for Holdsworth.

 
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STMI Biopic
Full name Nathan Adam Smith
Date of birth 20 February 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Huddersfield,
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 12st (76.27kg)
Position: Left or Right Wing
Current club Mansfield Town
Number 19
Youth career
?–2001 Chesterfield
Senior stats (lge & cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chesterfield 74 (3)
2008 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 11 (2)
2008–2009 York City (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 York City 29 (2)
2010– Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2012 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)

Quiet Week For Reg Or Is It?

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.

David Holdsworth

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.

Lincolnshire-wide pride – Brick-By-Brick Jacksons Show The Way

Everyone with Imp Blood in their veins will surely join STMI in applauding the decision by Jacksons Building Centres to push the stadium renaming raffle throughout the Lincolnshire building and construction industry.  By making entry forms available at all their county branches, the initiative will see a massive boost as all businesses great and small take a punt at £50 per throw.  This should be a call sign to every business, from Accountants to Web designers, for they too can virally help our club in its time of need. Go on have a heart pledge £50 to rebuild the pride inside, go on join the ride, for together we can take this county wide.
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Although fans groups have been keen to pitch in the real bulk of the money will only come from the business community engaging with this  initiative. If the groundswell of county-wide pride can excite this sector then £50,000 will be the tip of the iceberg. Some may even enjoy the ride. In embracing the Raffle (Your Business can enter HERE) Jacksons are inviting their clients to participate.  This form of viral marketing is priceless and will hopefully spur other companies to do the same with their client bases. This will not only see the target exceeded but put the Imps back into the hearts and minds of its citizens.  Go on have a heart pledge £50 to rebuild the pride inside together we can take this county wide.
 
Image Thanks to historical kits – here
Keep this momentum going with a decent start to the season and the rise of the Imps will begin with 5 home grown in the squad. Those small steps start with every Roofer, Plumber, Heating engineer,   Bathroom fitter and Builder picking up an application form. At £50 a brick the hod will soon fill.  Remember every 100 tickets brings in £5000.  Every fan can do their bit by downloading an application form here and asking the office or accounts department to initiate a whip-round.  We can all play a part, brick by brick. Go on have a heart pledge £50 to rebuild the pride inside together we can take this county wide.
The participating Jackson’s Stores are as follows: – 
 

Lincoln – Gainsborough – Grantham

Horncastle – Hykeham – Louth

Market Rasen – Scunthorpe – Sleaford

Please support this outstanding initiative or maybe even email your own clients with a link to the application form here. Let us rebuild our football club, together.  Go on have a heart pledge £50 to rebuild the pride inside –  together we can take this county wide. Lincolnshire-wide pride.

Holdsworth: Help Me Build A Team To Be Proud Of

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

AND MAY THE BEST IMP WIN!

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urge fans

to go on-line to 

www.nameourstadium.com 

or

pick up a ticket from 

 

City Co-op stores or MSR Newsagents

(on the corner of St Marks and High Street in Lincoln)