Monthly Archives: June 2012

Squad Updates For Wrexham, Stockport County, Southport FC, Nuneaton, Tamworth & Woking

Welcome to fans of Nuneaton, Southport FC, Stockport County,  Tamworth, Woking and Wrexham.  Time to continue the ins, outs and shaping squads for your  Blue Square Bet Premier League Clubs up to June 15th.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

To cut to the chase –  

 Badge of Nuneaton TownNuneaton

Latest Gossip – 3 in as Hinckley United striker Danny Newton, Boston United midfielder Danny Sleath and Corby Town defender Delroy Gordon sign. Right-back Neil Cartwright turned down latest contract offer. Wilkin no rush to appoint new no2
IN- Defender Delroy Gordon from Corby Town.
IN- Midfielder Danny Sleath from Boston
IN- Striker Danny Newton
OUT- Guy Hadland to Barwell FC
IN – Jon Adams released from Telford
OUT- Gary Mills to Lincoln City

Assistant manager Fen Gillard joins Crystal Palace Academy coaching staff
New Deals – 1 year deals for Sim Forsdick, Mark Noon, Eddie Nisevic, Gaz Dean, Adam Walker,James Armson, Andy Brown, Neil Collett, Wes York

Offered – Mark Albrighton, Guy Hadland (opted for Barwell FC), Neil Cartwight.
Released – Danny Glover

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Goalkeepers Neil Collett

Defenders – Delroy Gordon, Mark Albrighton, Gareth Dean, Guy Hadland, Aaron James, Ed Matthews,

Midfielders – Danny Sleath, Eddie Nivesic, James Armson, Luke Taylor, Robbue Burns, Mark Noon, Adam Walker, Graham Ward

Strikers – Danny Newton, Danny Glover, Lee Moore, Andy Brown, Chris Dillon


Gossip – New club shop set to open volunteers wanted.
Transfers –

IN- Chris Almond from Skelmersdale United (4 figure sum).
New deals – Tony McMillan, Jay Smith, Chris Lever, Steve Akrigg, Simon Grand, Andy Owens, Earl Davis, Alan Moogan, Andy Parry, Karl Ledsham, Russell Benjamin, Tony Gray, Shaun Whalley



Goalkeepers – Tony McMillan

Defenders – Chris lever, Steven Akrigg, Earl Davis, Simon Grand, James Smith, Andrew Owens

Midfielders – Shaun Whalley, Alan Moogan, Andrew Parry, Aaron Turner, Karl Ledsham, Russell Benjamin

Strikers – James Ellison, Tony Gray

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Gossip – Hatters win BSP fair play award. In comes Tom Collins. Gannon brings Alan Lord back as his assistent (who has run a freelance scouting service) whilst Willie McStay becomes head coach at Bristol City Youth set-up


Transfers –

IN-Tom Collins Hayes & Yeading
IN – Sean Newton in on a 1 year from Telford,
IN – Danny Hattersley from Lancaster on a 1 year,
IN – Craig Hobson joins County from Stalybridge Celtic,
IN – Alex Kenyon joins from Lancaster City.
Out – Tom Elliott to Cambridge for a non disclosed fee
Out – Ryan Fraughan to TNS
Released – Danny Rowe. Bernie Hirmer and Jordan Rose
New deals – 1 year to Danny O’Donnell & Andy Halls, Daniel O’Donnell

Offered Deals Joe Connor plus younger first team players Tom Elliott, Carl Piergianni and Cameron Darkwah have also been made an offer of re-engagement.

One year contracts to youth players Ben Say, Andy Graham and Deji Omoboye. First year trainee Kyle Brownhill has also been offered a 1 year deal contract


Goalkeepers – Ian Ormson,

Defenders – LB Sean Newton CB Alex Kenyon, Euan Holden, Daniel O’Donnell, RB Andy Halls

Midfielders – Alex Kenyon, Jon Nolan, Ryan Fraughan, Sam Sheridan

Strikers – IN-Tom Collins, Craig Hobson, Tom Elliott, Danny Hattersley, Danny Whitehead, Josh Amis, Cameron Darkwah, Danny Whitehead



Out Jonathan Hedge to Cambridge United

Released 14 – Isedon Christie, Danny Thomas,Sam Habergham, Kieron St Aimie, Liam McDonald,Sam Andrew,Kyle Nix,Callum Reynolds,Joe Collister,Nabil Shariff,Troy Wallen,Jake Healy,Nick McKoy,Harvey Headley,
New deals offered 7 – Scott Meer, Jon Hedge (went to Cambridge), Connor Gudger, Paul Green, Sam Oji, Luke Bottomer and Kyle Patterson
Transfer listed – Duane Courtney

On contract – Scott Barrow, Richard Tait and JP Marna




Keepers – Dale Belford

Defenders – LB Scott Meer RB Richard Tait, Scott Barrow

Midfielders – Connor Gudger

Strikers – JP Marna, Kyle Patterson

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Latest gossip – Garry Hill is planning to strengthen – Keiran Murtagh could be joining from Cambridge despite having a year left on his current deal. Former striker Elvis Hammond has admitted money laundering after transferring criminal property worth £278,532 from Ghana.



IN- Jack Parkinson from Welling United

OUT- Ola Sogbanmu to Carshalton

OUT- Paris Cowan-Hall to Plymouth Argyle

IN – Loick Pires has signed from Welling United.
Jack King looks set to move to a League club whilst Tom Davis could sign from Carshalton.
Released – Dale Binns (due to work commitments joins part-time Eastleigh), Derek Duncan, Wayne Gray and Elvis Hammond. Andy Little has retired.


1 year deals for Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts, Adam Newton, Jay Davies, Josh Griffiths, Aaron Howe and Giuseppe Sole, Adam Doyle and Kevin Betsy have all now signed new contracts
Academy boys George Frith and Jack Mazzone have also signed first team contracts.
Re-engagement terms have been offered to Moses Ademola, Paris Cowan-Hall and Joe McNerney (accepted -1year deal).
Talks are ongoing with Alan Inns



Goalkeepers – Aaron Howe,

Defenders – RB Adam Newton, CB Adam Doyle, Alan Inns, Joe McNerney, CB Jack Parkinson

Midfielders – George Frith, Jay Davies, Josh Griffiths, Mark Ricketts, Jack King, Kevin Betsy,

Strikers – Loick Pires, Moses Ademola, Jack Mazzone, Giuseppe Sole

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Latest – Morrell hopes to secure services of Mathias Pogba for another year or two. Three first year pro’s penned one-year deals – Jamie Morton, Steve Tomassen and Anthony Stephens. Les Speed RIP. Racecourse to become fully non-smoking stadium. Mickey Thomas feels Kop should reopen after 4 years. Mark Creighton and Nat Knight-Percival make BSP team of the year.
Transfers –

OUT- Jamie Tolley to Mansfield

OUT-Knight-Purcival to Peterborough
Released – keeper Chris Maxwell, Obi Anoruo, Max Penk and Steven Leslie
New deals agreed – 1 year deals for captain Dean Keates, Rob Ogleby,John Hunt, Glen Little, Declan Walker, Leon Clowes and Nick Rushton.

6 month deal for Jamie Tolley who declined and went to

6 month deal Joe Clarke
Contracted – Keeper Mayebi, Neil Ashton, Mark Creighton, Jay Harris, Adrian Csieslewicz, Danny Wright, Jake Speight, Chris Westwood, Jay Colbeck and manager Andy Morrell

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Keepers – 1 Louis Gray, 25 Joslain Mayebi

Defenders – 3 Neil Ashton 4 Mark Creighton 14 Leon Clowes, 22 Declan Walker, 23 Chris Westwood, 28 Steve Tomassen, 34 Stephen Wright

Midfielders – 6 Jay Harris 7 Adrian Cieslewicz 12 Dean Keates, 16 Johnny Hunt 17 Glen Little 18 Jamie Tolley, 26 Joe Clarke, 27 James Colbeck, 35 Rob Evans

Strikers – 9 Danny Wright 10 Jake Speight 11 Andrew Morrell, 24 Mathias Pogba, 31 Robert Ogleby


Ins & Outs at Kidderminster, Lincoln, Luton Town, Macclesfield, Mansfield & Newport

This weeks squad developments for Kidderminster, Lincoln City, Luton Town, Macclesfield, Mansfield Town and Newport County – the ins, outs and shaping squads up to 15th June

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

To cut to the chase –  

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Latest gossip – Burr is going to be looking for some defenders as Tom Marshall is expected to follow fellow defender Luke Jones and striker Nick Wright (both to Mansfield) out of the club after turning down a new deal. With 16 signed up the management team had felt they are almost ready to go. Telford want Briscoe. Striker Nicky Wright stalling on new deal as he looks at interest from other BSP sides. James Vincent and Marvin Johnson played for England C in their 4-0 loss to a very strong Russian under-21s side in Moscow. Groundshare proposal with Worcester City on the cards.


OUT- Nick Wright to Mansfield
OUT- Luke Jones to Mansfield
IN- Cheyenne Dunkley (LB,RB, Centre Back) from Hednesford
IN- Matty Blair

New faces – Matty Blair on non-contract terms
Released – Michael Briscoe, David Hankin (to Chester), Tony Breedon
New deals –
1 year extensions for Mike Williams, Jamille Matt and Callum Gittings.
New 1 year deals to James Vincent, Dean Lyness, Rob Thompson-Brown, Dan Bradley, Danny Lewis, Lee Vaughan, Mickey Demetriou, Kyle Storer, Jack Byrne, Anthony Malbon, Ryan Rowe, Marvin Johnson and Jamille Matt



Goalkeepers Danny Lewis, Dean Lyness, Nathan Vaughan

Defenders – Cheyenne Dunkley (LB,RB,CB) Mike Williams Tom Sharpe, Lee Vaughan, Mickey Demetriou, Tom Marshall, Ashley Checkitts. Paul Hurrell

Midfielders – Matty Blair Kyle Storer,Dave Hankin, James Vincent, Marvin Johnson, Daniel Bradley, Jack Byrne

Strikers – Jamie Matt, Anthony Malbon, Steve Guinan, Ryan Rowe,


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Latest gossip – Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick leaves amidst wage demands storm that even sees our esteemed local paper delete an internet story (according to now dead links on Lincoln City Banter)  suggesting he was asking for too much money. All STMI can say at the current time is that Danny was in no way greedy, he is a smashing and talented lad and we wish him all the best elsewhere, except when he is playing us.  C’est la vie.  Holdsworth admits the cupboard is bare after accounting for the smallest budget for 40 years – £400k. Squad will comprise 21 as opposed to 23 (inc 5 youth team promotions) unless the renaming raffle brings in substantial funds. This appears may have galvanised the fans with season tickets moving up from 165 and 227 and counting in just two working days.

Tyrone Thompson looks like going elsewhere unless a deal can be agreed.
IN-Andrew Boyce in from Gainsborough
IN-Paul Farman in from Telford
IN-Rob Duffey in from Grimsby
IN-Gary Mills in from Nuneaton
IN-Ashley Westwood – Kettering
Released – Joe Anyon, Jean-Francois Christophe, Danny Hone, Andrew Hutchinson, Francis Laurent, Jefferson Louis, Richard Pacquette, Nialle Rodney, Simon Russell, Tony Sinclair, Karlton Watson, James Wilson.
Mark McCammon and Rob Williams, meanwhile, have returned to their parent clubs.
Paid Up: Kyle Perry, Danny Lloyd McGoldrick

New deals – Paul Robson, Peter Bore, Sam Smith, Alan Power, Bradley Baraclough, Jake Sheridan, Nicky Nicolau



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Paul Farman, Nick Draper,


Paul Robson, Andy Boyce, Ashley Westwood, Josh Gowling, John Nutter, Elliot Green & Dan Coupland


Gary Mills, Peter Bore, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan, Nicky Nicolau, Conal Platt, Frazer Cobb, Karl Cunningham


Rob Duffy, Sam Smith, Bradley Baraclough, Jamie Taylor.

 Luton Town F.C. badgeLuton Town

Latest gossip – New face as right-back and former Stevenage captain Ronnie Henry signs. Alex Lacey signs new 2 year deal. Midfield duo Robbie Willmott and Godfrey Poku have rejected new deals. Buckle keen to strengthen and prepared to be patient for right players. Has already put transfer bids in for Forest Green Rovers midfielder Yan Klukowski & Gateshead striker Jon Shaw (Hartlepool and York also interested). Kovacs & Tyler make BSP team of year. Andre Gray made England C debut against Russia. Osano took a parting swipe having turned down a new deal to join Wimbledon


IN – Right back Ronnie Henry from Stevenage
OUT- Keith Keane to Preston North End.
OUT-Curtis Osano to Wimbledon
IN- Striker Andre Gray from Hinckley
Released – Danny Crow, Shane Blackett and Dan Gleeson, Defender Ed Asafu-Adjaye and midfielders Charlie Henry and Christian Tavernier
New deals –

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Goalkeepers – Mark Tyler, Lewis Kidd,

Defenders – RB – Ronnie Henry, Greg Taylor, János Kovács , Dean Beckwith, George Pilkington, Alex Lacey, Jonathan O’Donnell, Brett Longden

Midfielders – Keith Keane, Alex Lawless, Robbie Willmott, Jake Howells, Andre Boucaud, James Dance, John Paul Kissock, Paul Carden, Godfrey Poku, Adam Watkins, Colby McAdams, Charlie Smith, Jerry Nash

Strikers – Andre Gray, Amari Morgan-Smith, Stuart Fleetwood, Aaron O’Connor, Dan Walker, Alasan Ann, Jake Woolley.

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Latest gossip – Keeper Lance Cronin has arrived from Bristol Rovers and winger Peter Winn comes in from Stevenage. Arnaud Mendy could sign for Leyton Orient, Sam Wedgbury for Morecambe FC, veteran Paul Morgan for Barrow and Ben Tomlinson for Alfreton. Even Nat Brown with a year left on his contract and recently interesting Chesterfield and York City, is now available on a free transfer.A lucrative friendly with FC United of Manchester set for 4th Aug.



IN- Winger Peter Winn from Stevenage.
IN- Keeper Lance Cronin from Bristol Rovers
IN- RB Ryan Jackson from Wimbledon
IN- Jack Mackreth from Barrow on a one-year deal.
OUT- Elliott Hewitt to Ipswich (£250k + addons)
21/5 Steve King appointed manager
18/5 Caretaker manager Glyn Chamberlain leaves
OUT – Shaun Brisley to Peterborough Utd (7 figure deal)
OUT- George Donnelly to Rochdale. (£25K plus add-ons)

Offered deals: Ross Draper

Released – Michael Bakare, Jon Bateson, Lewis Chalmers, Steve Collis, Jack Cudworth, Greg Daniels, Tom Fisher, Matt Hamshaw, Scott Kay,Jack Lane, Dwayne Mattis, Paul Morgan, Vinny Mukendi, Adam Roberts, Michael Thomas, Jose Veiga.
Youth players released: Jay Burgess, Ryan Meredith, George Robertson, Jordan Trinci-Lyne, Jake Vernon.
Contracted players (new boss expects most to leave the club)

James Bolton, Nat Brown, Colin Daniel, Tony Diagne, Waide Fairhurst, Arnaud Mendy, Andrew Mills, Ben Mills, Ben Tomlinson, Carl Tremarco, Sam Wedgbury.

Youth team players retained: Matt Dolan, Matt Harris, Tim Hughes, Kieron Kenny, Patrick Kilburn, Liam Leary, Paul Lewis, Niall Rhodes, Darnell Smith, Thomas Stott, Joel Swift.


New deals – Ross Draper

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Goalkeepers – Lance Cronin

Defenders – RB Ryan Jackson Jonathan Bateson, Carl Tremarco, Nat Brown, Tony Diagne, Elliott Hewitt,

Midfielders – Peter Winn, Ross Draper, Arnaud Mendy, Sam Wedgbury,

Strikers – Waide Fairhurst, Ben Tomlinson, Ben Mills

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Latest gossip – Luke O’Neill leaves for Burnley for an undisclosed fee. Two new faces as Luke Jones & Nick Wright join from Harriers. This cools interest in Ben Purkiss who has been offered an improved deal at Hereford.
29/5 4 Directors quit the Stags board. Steve Hymas, Steve Middleton, Andy Saunders and Darren Bland.
18/5 Paul Cox signs 2 year deal

OUT- Luke O’Neill to Burnley (undisclosed)
IN- Centre-half Luke Jones from Kidderminster
IN- Striker Nick Wright from Kidderminster
IN- Midfielder Chris Clements from Hednesford .
IN- Midfielder Jamie Tolley from Wrexham

Released list – Matt Bell, Sam Craven, Joe Kendrick, Danny Mitchley, Adam Smith, Jon Worthington

Rhys Day has retired

Offered New deals – Ross Dyer, Anthony Howell, Ben Hutchinson, Alan Marriott, Lindon Meikle, Luke O’Neill, Matt Rhead, Martin Riley, Ritchie Sutton, Andy Todd (as player-coach)

Still under contract for 2012/13 – Paul Bolland, Louis Briscoe, Matt Green, Adam Murray, Gary Roberts, Lee Stevenson, John Thompson

Goalkeepers – Alan Marriott, Shane Redmond,

Defenders – Luke Jones, John Thompson, Martin Riley, Richie Sutton,

Midfielders – Chris Clements, Jamie Tolley, Adam Murray, Paul Bolland, Louis Briscoe, Lee Stevenson, Andy Todd, Anthony Howell, Lindon Meikle, Gary Roberts

Strikers – Nick Wright, Matt Green, Matt Rhead, Ross Dyer, Ben Hutchinson, Adam Somes,

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Latest Gossip -Newport are also closing in on Five fresh deals next week in addition to the 3 new faces this week – Jefferson Louis, Jake Thompson and Tony James. David Pipe made captain. Ground move: Leaving Spitty Park to play at Rodney Parade the home of Newport RFC for next 3 years


IN- Striker Jefferson Louis
IN- Midfielder Jake Thompson
IN- Centre-half Tony James from Burton.
IN- goalkeeper Alan Julian on a one-year deal.
OUT- Gary Warren to SPL Inverness Caledonian Thistle
OUT-Sam Foley to Yeovil
Released – Goalkeeper Glyn Thompson, defenders Paul Rodgers and Lee Baker, midfielder trio Darryl Knights, Troy Greening and Guillaume Velez and striker Elliot Buchanan
New deals – Midfielder David Pipe has already confirmed 1 year

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Goalkeepers – Alan Julian, Matthew Swan

Defenders – Tony James, Ismail Yakubu, Andrew Hughes, Wayne Hatswell, Ryan Newman

Midfielders – Jake Thompson, David Pipe, Adam Sandell, Lee Evans

Strikers – Jefferson Louis, Craig McAllister, Jake Harris, Felino Jardim, Romone Rose, Jake Reid

Squad Updates for Ebbsfleet, FGR, Gateshead, Grimsby Town, Hereford & Hyde United

Here is this weeks BSP ins, outs and shaping squads for fans of Ebbsfleet,  Forest Green Rovers, Gateshead, Grimsby Town, Hereford and Hyde United up to and including 15th June

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Latest Gossip – 21 year old Michael West wants to play in Football League -could be sold to Palace or Charlton. Club win inaugural BSP Respect award. The Fleet player fund has reached £26k – if you wish to help e-mail the Fleet Trust at or via the club office on 01474 533796.
Tom Phipp agrees a new deal whilst Willock declines and moves to Dover


OUT-Callum Willock to Dover.
New chairperson: Jessica McQueen. Manager Liam Daish signs new deal 11th May
New deals – 1 year deals to Tom Phipp, Preston Edwards, Paul Lorraine , Joe Howe, Craig Stone
Offers to Calum Willock (turned down & left for Dover), Liam Enver-Marum, Ricky Shakes
Released – left-back Johnny Herd and utility man Clint Easton


Keepers – Preston Edwards, Joe Welch

Defenders – Paul Lorraine , Joe Howe, Yado Mambo, Ross Smith, Craig Stone

Midfielders – Lanre Azeez, Neil Barrett, Gianoulis Fakinos, Ram Marwa, Tom Phipp, Ricky Shakes, Alex Stavrinou, Michael West

Strikers – Liam Enver-Marum, Nat Pinney, Adam Williams, Gozie Ugwa, Calum Willock 

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Latest gossip – Kieron Forbes and Yan Klukowski signed new 1 year deals although Luton have made an official bid for Yan. Vice chair Trevor Horsley resigns due to the fact that he no longer has a roll to play under Dale Vince who took over in 2010. The green energy entrepreneur is currently bankrolling the club,, however Mr Horsley does not feel he had a proactive future in the club.
“I’ve supported him [Vince] but I don’t feel I have a part to play anymore.”

IN- Strker Magno Vieira from Fleetwood
IN- Strker Phil Marsh from Stalybridge
IN- Strker Ben Wright from Braintree
IN- Strker Omar Koroma on 3 year deal


Released – Jeffrey Imudia, Callum Henry, Curtis McDonald, Jake Thomson, Michael Pook, Charlie Griffin, Michael Uwezu and Tommy Wright have all been released, while on-loan striker Liam Henderson has returned to parent club York City.
Free transfer offered to – Goalkeeper James Bittner
New deals agreed – Kieron Forbes and Yan Klukowski


Goalkeepers – James Bittner, Matt Bulman, Sam Russell

Defenders – Luke Graham, Jarod Hodkiss, Chris Stokes, Jamie Turley, Chris Todd, Eddie Oshodi,

Midfielders – James Norwood, Yan Klukowski, Kieron Forbes, James Rowe, Al Bangura, Adrian Harvey, Ashley Brown, Jamie Collins

Strikers – Reece Styche, Magno Vieira, Phil Marsh, Ben Wright, Matty Taylor, Omar ‘OJ’ Koroma

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Latest Gossip – Kris Gate looks set to join Gateshead. Jon Shaw to Hartlepool or Luton 0r York.

25/5 Adam Boyd (Monkeyhangers) issues come and get me plea

Manager Ian Bogue has signed a new 1 year deal


Transfers –
IN- Keeper Adam Bartlett from Hereford.
IN- Striker James Brown from Hartlepool
Released – 11
Craig Baxte, Kris Gate, Martin Brittain, Chris Moore, Alan O’Brien. keepers Tim Deasy and Paul Farman.
Chris Carruthers, Eddie Odhiambo and Sam Rents, Rob Briggs
New deals 1 year deals – defenders – James Curtis, Ben Clark, Carl Magnay. Midfield Phil Turnbull, Jamie Chandler, Josh Gillies, James Marwood and Micky Cummins, along with strikers Nathan Fisher and Liam Hatch
Goalkeepers – Adam Bartlett

Defenders – central defenders Ben Clark and James Curtis, Carl Magnay.

Midfielders – Micky Cummins,Phil Turnbull, Jamie Chandler, Josh Gillies, James Marwood

Strikers – James Brown, Jon Shaw, Liam Hatch, Nathan Fisher

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Latest gossip – Scott Garner signs for Cambridge. Alan Buckley rejoins coaching staff and will become new youth Guru. New all Blue away kit announced. Michael Coulson interesting York. Season tickets now on sale sales £12k up on first 4 days of last year. Mariners targeting promotion.

OUT- Scott Garner to Cambridge
IN- Striker Andy Cook from Barrow (not disclosed)
OUT Rob Duffy Lincoln City


Released – Michael Coulson, Anthony Church, Kiernan Hughes- Mason, Peter Winn, Gary Silk, Charlie I’Anson

New deals – James McKeown – Signed a new 2 year deal, Frankie Artus 1 year contract

Dayle Southwell – Offered a 1 year deal

Andi Thanoj – Offered a new 2 year deal
Retained Squad
Goalkeeper – James McKeown: May 2014

Defenders – Bradley Wood: June 2013, Shaun Pearson: May 2013, Ian Miller: May 2013

Midfielders – Frankie Artus: May 2013, Andi Thanoj: May 2014, Serge Makofo: May 2013, Craig Disley: May 2013

Strikers – Liam Hearn: May 2014 Anthony Elding: May 2013 (+ 1yr option), Andy Cook May 2014, Louie Soares: May 2013


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Latest gossip – Ben Purkiss is expected to sign for Mansfield. Keeper Adam Bartlett leaves for Gateshead. Purdie offered improved deal. Foyle set to face fans at a forum as soon as his assessment is complete.

30/5 Martin Foyle appointed manager & declares intent to rebuild.

11/5 Richard O’Kelly declined to continue in the manager’s role

10/5 Vice-chairman Tim Russon has quit



OUT- Keeper Adam Bartlett to Gateshead.
Released –
Offered new deals – Nicky Featherstone, Rob Purdie
Kenny Lunt and Delroy Facey have ‘options’ of a year should Foyle exercise them
Out of contract awaiting decision from new manager

Def – Ryan Green, Ben Purkiss, James Chambers,
Mid – Joe Colbeck, Kenny Lunt, Sean Canham, Danny Williams (non-contract)
For – Delroy Facey, Yoann Arquin, Nathan Elder


New deals agreed –

Goalkeepers – Dan Hanford,

Defenders – Michael Townsend, Tyler Weir, Joe Heath, Stefan Stam, Benoit Dalibard, Will Evans

Midfielders – James McQuilkin, Harry Pell, Simon Clist, Sam Clucas

Strikers –

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Latest gossip – Former striker Matty Berkley has joined Colwyn Bay. Left back Adam Griffin signs new 1 year deal. 3 new faces as Phil Jevons , Alex Brown and Tim Marshall join.
6/6 Pearson Re-signs

18/5 Tahir Khan appointed as new chairman

11/5 Allan Kenyon steps down as Chairman.

8/5 Scott McNiven appointed new manager

7/5 Manager Gary Lowe & Martyn Booty left Hyde having guided them to the BSP as champs of BSN


IN- Striker Phil Jevons from Morecambe
IN- Midfielder Tim Marshall,
IN- Alex Brown from Chester FC.
New deals – Defender Andy Pearson & midfielder Callum Byrne have signed new 1 year deals

Goalkeepers – David Carnell, Ashley Frith, Adam Judge
Defenders – Alex Brown, Josh Brizell, LB Adam Griffin, Danny Hall, Gianluca Havern, Andrew Pearson,
Midfielders – Tim Marshall, Dave Birch, Phil Edghill, Mark Jones, Ashley Kelly, Callum Byrne, Tunji Moses, David Poole, Chris Worsley
Strikers – Phil Jevons Daniel Broadbent, Scott Spencer

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

An update of the  ins, outs and shaping squads for Alfreton, Telford, Barrow, Braintree,  Cambridge United and Dartford up to and including 15th June

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Alfreton Town FC.svgAlfreton Town

Latest Gossip – Defender Greg Young moves to to Gainsborough. Nicky Law talking to Macc Town striker Ben Tomlinson. New Training facilities courtesy of a joint venture with Somerlea Park Community Centre. Adie Hawes leaves for Worksop. Manager Nicky Law is after a keeper or 2. He feels survival this season will be a tough ask given the wage demands and big money deals in BSP this summer. bought 500 new seats from owners of Kettering’s ex ground at Rockingham Road to replace old black ones in Tom McRoy stand.

Transfers –
Out – Young to Gainsborough

Out – Adie Hawes to Worksop

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 – 6 Matt Wilson 12 Leigh Franks, 24 Niklaus 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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Latest Gossip – Andy Proudlock turns down new deal and leaves for Chester City. Chairman Lee Carter has been voted on to the Football Conference Board. Fans to get a place on the club’s board, Telford are after Briscoe from Kidderminster. Proudlock turns down deal. Salmon vows to fight tooth & nail to retain his place as Sinton eyes defensive targets.


Transfers –
Out – Proudlock to Chester City

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 Richard Davies, Chris Blackburn, Steve Jones, Ryan Young, Nathan Rooney, Dan Preston, Phil Trainer and Steve Jones Ryan Valentine & Will Salmon,

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,

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Gossip – Box-to-box midfielder and free Agent (Released this summer by Gateshead) Kris Gate looks set to join. Skelton made Captain for 2012/13. Barrow and Grimsby have avoided a tribunal over striker Andy Cook after the Mariners agreed to pay an undisclosed fee. Manager Dave Baylisswell on way to his planned 19 man squad as Richard Baker set to sign new deal when he returns from holiday. Macc Town captain & centre-half Paul Morgan in talks. Paul Rutherford has signed a new one-year deal.

IN– Matt Flynn from Fleetwood.
OUT – winger Jack Mackreth to Macclesfield on a one-year deal.
OUT– Andy Cook to Grimsby Town
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 and striker Andy Cook,
1 year deals agreed for 8 – Forward Adam Boyes, winger Paul Rutherford, Goalkeepers Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson; defenders Gavin Skelton, Mike Pearson and Matt Flynn and midfielder James Owen

Keepers – Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson

Defenders – Matt Flynn Gavin Skelton Shaun Pearson

Midfielders – Richie Baker and James Owen, wingers Jack Mackreth and Paul Rutherford

Strikers – Adam Boyes

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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

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Latest gossip – U’s have turned down a five-figure offer for winger Robbie Willmott. Garner comes in from the Mariners. Keiran Murtagh set for a move to Woking. Gibson aims to prove Yeovil wrong. Gez George aiming to strengthen further . Jonathan Hedge and Rory McAuley blamed for mix-up that led to Russia’s opener in England C’s 4-0 defeat in Moscow last night.


In– Scott Garner from Grimsby Town
In– Billy Gibson from Yeovil
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, Scott Garner, Kervin Roberts, James Jennings, Jonathan Thorpe, Josh Coulson, Michael Wylde, Rory McAuley, Blaine Hudson,

Midfielders – wingers Billy Gibson & 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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Latest Gossip – Jacob Erskine and skipper Elliot Bradbrook pen 1 year deals
New deals – Jacob Erskine and Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, Deren Ibrahim, Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Tom Bonner, Adam Green, Tom Champion, James Rogers & Jon Wallis
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

England V Sweden, The Teams, Schemes & Dreams

England are beset by unfair Euroscepticism – cruel calculated criticism of our lack of technical ability – as our nation  faces up to Sweden tonight.   Yet virtue is in the eye of few beholders  as work ethic seeks to shrug of cynicism and get the Euro campaign really rolling in the Olympic stadium this very evening. Post Jubilee and pre our own Olympics festivities, the nation as ever expects.  Gerrard, for once sharing the burden of Atlas with Parker, will hope that the javelin throwing of Young and Milner turn to shots and golden goals for Welbeck and Carroll.

Roy’s artisans should not be typecast by a few possession stats and a bland yet heartening hard-working performance against the French where heroes went unheard.  It was a clever tactical effort and as a Lescott header emphatically proved it takes just seconds to get a goal. This evenings direct approach could yet see the very peak of the football pyramid emulate and personify the pride, power and passion that has never left the grass-roots of our national game. Let us play to our strengths in the face of the Carlos Kickaballs as Lord Sugar once referred, that so beautifully hog the ball.

Time for The Three Lions to roar, as direct football earns the right to put sterile passing in its place on the Euro 2012 centre-stage.  As fans in League 2 and the BSP know only too well,  if you mix it up and show passion is the fashion, there are plenty of big scalps around for the taking.  First Sweden, then Ukraine. One game at a time, feet on the ground,  let us believe, let us share national pride in our side and enjoy the ride.

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The Teams & schemes

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Johnson   Terry   Lescott   Cole

 Milner   Gerrard   Parker   Young

Carroll   Welbeck

Subs: Green, Butland, Defoe, Jagielka, Jones, Kelly, Henderson, Walcott, Baines, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

England’s ability to exploit Sweden’s aerial weakness – 6 out of their last 7 conceded have come from headers  –   sees Carroll push Young wide as the Three Lions shape up in a conventional 4-4-2 formation.  Milner will stay on the right as Oxlade-Chamberlain drops to the bench.

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 Granqvist  Olsson  Mellberg  Olsson

Larsson Svensson Kallstrom Elm



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The Swedes are set to make three changes, though the threat posed by Ibrahimovic, now in a slightly deeper role remains.  He will have Elmander ahead of him this evening as Rosenberg makes way.  The midfield and defence also see personnel as well as additional positional shuffles. Ola Toivonen makes way  for central midfielder and previous orchestrator Elm now moved onto the left.  Gerrard and Parker will instead contest central matters with incoming veteran Svensson, who partners Kallstrom.  Our hardworking midfield two will come into their own tonight you feel as England go down the flanks and through the middle for a far more direct and match-winning game plan.

Carroll and Welbeck should have the measure of new central defensive pairing Olsson J and Mellberg. Ollson pushes  Granqvist to right-back as Lustig, given a right-run-around against Ukraine,  has a rest on the bench.  Granqvist will not have a particularly pleasant time when he faces Young, now on the left,  in all his pomp and splendour.  This is Caroll’s reputation-maker if he gets the ball in the air from the wings, something the hard-working Milner or overlapping Johnson can also provide.  What many have overlooked is the prowess of our two full-backs, very much on their best defensive behaviour against the French.  Just as well if Riberi had murdered someone in front of the referee on Monday he would still have got off scot free.

That leads us on to the referee, for as ever this vital England clash requires a sub-plot.  The very much central potential villain of the peace is referee, Damir Schomina, was much chastised for his abilities during the Champions League clash between Arsenal and AC Milan. Could he yet inflict free-kicks left, right and centre?

No we have had enough excuses and what might have beens as England fans. Though we may not win the tournament outright, the Lions shall roar two or three times yet, starting tonight.   So throw off the worries and the strife because England – our England are ours for life!

Spireites, Orient, Morecambe, York City, Barrow & Alfreton View Rich Silkmen Pickings

The hot news from Macc Town suggests that Arnaud Mendy could sign for Leyton Orient,  Sam Wedgbury for Morecambe FC, veteran Paul Morgan for Barrow and Ben Tomlinson for Alfreton.  Even Nat Brown with a year left on his contract and recently interesting Chesterfield and York City,  is now available on a free transfer.

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Upon his arrival new manager Steve King, having released 16, suggested that he expected most of the  Macclesfield squad to leave.   The new man is keen to get his own men in, buoyed by over £1.2million in transfer fees thanks largelyto Peterborough and Ipswich amongst others as 7 were sold.  Ryan Jackson comes in from AFC Wimbledon, Keeper Lance Cronin has arrived from Bristol Rovers and winger Peter Winn comes in from Stevenage.

Midfielder Arnaud Mendy is interesting Russell Slade who is mindful of the new 65% wage cap rules as he seeks two further signings.  The 22 year-old French born Bissau-Guinean certainly has the ability and physique to excel in League 1.  Sam Wedgbury could be Morecambe boss Jim Bentley’s third signing of the summer although Fleetwood might also have a say.

Paul Morgan may have another season in him after all with Barrow in talks. Could Morgs also be using this as a way into  football physio? He already has a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Salford.    Striker Ben Tomlinson could well be lining up for Alfreton next season after talks with Reds manager Nicky Law.  The Derbyshire based club  would be within easy reach for the a nippy lad who scored after 6.4 seconds for Macc against Morecambe last September.

Nat Brown appears to be interesting a few clubs along with Colin Daniels and  Ross Draper. Chesterfield have had an interest in Brown for a few weeks and may make a move now he is available on a free. Then again recently promoted York may be able to enlist the services of Scott Kerr in persuading his ex-Imp mate to join the Minstermen as they make a triumphant return to the Football League.

Nat Brown Made Free Agent

Nat Brown has been told he can now leave on a free transfer despite having a year left on his contract.  Question is will this alert The Spireites after their interest  cooled or could he end up joining someone nearer home.   Mansfield or  York  may also step in  for the popular ex-Imp, who was a hero at either end for the Silkmen.

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At 30, Nat Brown still has plenty to offer and is certainly good enough for League 1 or League 2 as ex-Imp Scott Kerr at newly promoted York would attest. He  is the sort of brave talismanic  figure a side needs and his presence in either box has seen him pop up at vital moments with heroic results.  Brown  was an unsung hero at the Imps  and always gave it his all after joining us from Huddersfield.

He enjoyed play-off success with the Terriers in 2003/04  and did well at the Imps under KA, who resigned him at Macclesfield. A wrist injury saw him drop down   Schofield’s pecking order  before Jacko agreed a by mutual consent deal that allowed him to move to Wrexham in June 2008.  He was the life and soul at Macclesfield under Keith Alexander and then Simmo.

If the raffle went well or Gowling were to leave Nat would be someone we could really use next season. His spirit alone keeps a dressing room bubbling and his wage demands would not be huge.

STMI Biopic
Full name Nathaniel Brown
Date of birth 15 June 1981 (age 30)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Position 11 st 9lb (73.92kg)
Position: defender / forward
Current club Macclesfield Town
Number 5
Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Senior career (Lge & Cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Huddersfield Town 83 (0)
2005–2008 Lincoln City 105 (9)
2008–2009 Wrexham 7 (0)
2008–2009 Macclesfield Town (loan) 33 (6)
2009– Macclesfield Town 135 (6)

Imps Striker signs for Newport.

Jefferson Louis has signed a one year deal for Newport County quashing any lingering doubts that he might appear for the Imps again next season.

Jefferson was released along with 13 others by the Imps on May 5th after bagging 6 goals in 14 appearances.  His unique style and vital goals won him plenty of admirers after arriving from Brackley, where he banged in 13 goals in 8 starts.

Starts Sub Goals Shots Shots on Assists Yellows Reds
Jefferson Louis 22 0 19 25 8 2 2 0

We would like to wish Jefferson well, except of course when he is lining up against us next season.

STMI Q & A – Paul Musselwhite

Paul Musselwhite is a cult hero with Scunthorpe United,  Hull City and Port Vale after a League career spanning 619 games.  He then went on to make 57 appearances at Gateshead as they gained promotion from the Northern Premier and Conference North in successive seasons.  A 619th League appearance as a sub against Southend would be our former player-coach’s  only game for the Imps. Now 43 he is on the verge of a return to the League with York City.

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Paul spent the 2-1 play-off win over Luton, on the bench, but he has tasted 6 promotions and a Football League Trophy win in 1992/92 with Port Vale.  Vale  were then Second Division runners up in 1993/94 as Paul amassed 367 appearances in all competitions before moving to Hull in 2000.   In 2004 he saw silverware again with a Third Division Runners up medal.  A return to Scunthorpe United in 2004 saw him notch a League 2 runners up medal in his first season.

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After 2 years and 82 games Paul, then 37 dropped into the non-league with Eastleigh. Unable to sell his house in Scunthorpe,  Martin Foyle signed him as cover for Vale before Harrogate came in for him.  Ambitious Gateshead then offered him a deal in January 2008. In 18 months he tasted successive play-off success with a  Northern Premier League Premier victory in 2007–08 and the Conference North in 2008/09. This May saw the potential for a return to league action, thanks to York’s 2-1 play-off win over York City.

Paul was a cult hero among Imps, as much for his affable nature as his work behind the scenes coaching Joe Anyon.  The  song we all wish for a team of Musselwhites, based on the Freddy Flintoff ditty,  shows how much he was admired. He would always chat to fans and lift the spirits during a time that saw Jackson and Sutton leave in successive Octobers.   Paul stepped in as assistant manager with Scott Lindsay prior to the Tilson appointment and made his debut at 41 when Anyon was injured away at  Southend.

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Personal information
Full name Paul Stephen Musselwhite
Date of birth 22 December 1968 (age 43)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 14 st (88.89kg)
Position: Goalkeeper
Current club York City (player-goalkeeping coach)
Number 1
Youth career
?–1986 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Portsmouth 0 (0)
1988–1992 Scunthorpe United 163 (0)
1992–2000 Port Vale 367 (0)
2000 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2000–2004 Hull City 103 (0)
2004–2006 Scunthorpe United 82 (0)
2006 Eastleigh 8 (0)
2006–2007 Kettering Town 2 (0)
2007 Port Vale 0 (0)
2007–2008 Harrogate Town 8 (0)
2008–2009 Gateshead 57 (0)
2009–2011 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2011– York City 3 (0

Lincoln-Wide-Pride – Football League Birthright Needs All Business’ Great & Small

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. Forget the article in the paper saying the squad is complete – lets give Holdsworth the funds to boost our side and Pimp next season’s ride! Come on Imps get a running total published at least weekly –  get the City behind this. Stockport are at over £150,000 and rising and the Ebbsfleet player fund already stands at £26,000 – here

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.

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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.
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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.