Monthly Archives: July 2012
Although beaten 0-3 by Burnley, 0-2 By Leeds United and narrowly 1-2 by Barnsley; Alfreton Town have drawn 0-0 with Notts County so they appear to be no mugs again this year. Nicky Law is under no illusions, but the club have confidently invested in an extra 500 seats (from Kettering) and even put up the prices. Ticket prices for all BSP Away supporters prices and please feel free to bookmark our Blue square zone for when you are playing the Imps – HERE
The guide will start with the transfers in & out, plus the released and new deals list. Then we will have a glance at the summer sound-bites (most recent to last) and finally the current confirmed squad as at 31st July. STMI thank fans who correct us when we have got it wrong. It shows there is a kindred spirit that seems to care and share in the Blue Square. Rare amidst the greed culture of our national game and the financial walk of life. But while we have Saturday…..
|IN-Ben Tomlinson from Macc (Undisclosed)|
|IN- Striker Tom Denton from Huddersfield Town|
|IN- Iyseden Christie from Tamworth.|
|IN- Alistair Taylor from Barnsley|
|OUT (loan 3 months) Matt Wilson to Boston|
|OUT- Chris Senior to Huddersfield as a Masseur.|
|In – Simon Russell from Lincoln|
|IN – Keeper Phil Barnes from Blackpool|
|IN – CM Dan Bradley from Kidderminster £2,500|
|IN – C Mid Daniel Meadows from Forest|
|Out – Jamie Mullan to Stalybridge Celtic|
|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. Nathan Arnold turned down a deal and left for Chester.
The stories from the Impact Arena……..
Town draw 0-0 with Notts County then lose 3-0 to Burnley. Chris Senior has left Alfreton by mutual consent and joined Huddersfield Town as full-time masseur. Winger Simon Russell joins from Lincoln City. The Home game against Newport will be shown live on TV (Ch 433) Fr 10/11 KO 7.45. Two more new faces as Blackpool goalkeeper Phil Barnes joins and central midfield player Dan Bradley flies in from Harriers although compensation will be due due to age.
Arnold commits for another year. First signing of the summer as Nottingham Forest central midfield player Daniel Meadows joins on a 2 year deal.. Anton Brown has penned a new one-year. Groundsman Rob Brookes has been named as the best groundsman in the Football Conference. 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.
1 Phil Barnes, Jon Stewart
2 Josh Law 3 Connor Franklin 5 Adam Quinn, 6 Darren Kempson 12 Leigh Franks, 17 Theo Streete, 18 Matt Wilson 24 Niklaus Kudiersky
4 Alistair Taylor, 7 Anton Brown 10 CM Dan Bradley 11 Nathan Arnold, 14 CM Daniel Meadows 16 Jake Moult 19 RW Simon Russell
8 Tom Denton, 9 Paul Clayton 15 Anthony Wilson 20 Iyseden Christie, 21 Ben Tomlinson,
Grimsby Town are coming to win this, the Grimsby duo buoyed by the news that David Holdsworth will play a youthful side this evening. From an Imp perspective you hope this is a cunning ruse and feel the alternative would be a huge mistake as a humbling in the Lincolnshire County would be a big psychological blow. The jury is still out over his managerial methods and tactical ability, but pride is about all we have left in Impdom and no one wants to see 700+ Mariners dancing on our graves tonight.
Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and welcome to the teams & schemes
Tues 31st July K.O 7pm
Adults : £6.00
Children/ concessions: £3.00
Holdsworth, will be unlikely to play the hugely ineffective Power in the middle this evening, suggesting Grey will move to his more natural position as Robson slots back in at right-back. He will have Hutchison backing him up with Boyce beside him and Nutter at left-back. To play any other back four against the Mariners, even with Hit-man-Hearn missing, would risk a hat-full. Mills and Grey (or Cobb) will be busy bees against Disley and Niven and, should we play youth out wide, if we go 4-4-2, they will struggle against Artus and Soares. Bore you feel and Nicolau or Sheridan would be the better defensive options, although the braver Imps would like to see Adam Smith or Cunningham steal the show. Of course many will be screaming for Holdsworth to give the 4 remaining promoted Imp youths (Draper is already at Sheffield FC) a chance; a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
Robson Hutchison Boyce Nutter
Bore , Mills, Grey Nicolau
Turner, Miller, Smith, Green, Coupland, Power, Sheridan, Cobb, Cunningham Taylor
The Mariners will be in the top three this season, having strengthened with seven signings. They need to be there or thereabouts, in truth, or the managerial duo will not be. Hearn apparently absent tonight, now has Elding, Cook and Soares as accomplices should the need arise. You feel the Hit-man will get at least a bit of the game now that he has shaken off an achilles/ankle problem. Artus and Soures will be patrolling the flanks tonight although Thomas and Hatton are two very capable full-backs, suggesting our need for Nicholau or Sheridan on the left and Bore on the right to counter the overlap courtesy of the cushioned pass creativity of Niven or Disley who will be a force in the middle. If Mills were to play with Power the half-time drinks will need to come out far earlier and be far stronger. Elding and Pearson for all their strength and guile, can be marshalled man-for-man by Hutchison and Boyce.
Thomas, Pearson S, Miller, Hatton,
Soares Niven, Disley (c), Artus,
Elding, Pearson G.
Colbeck, Cook, Wood, Southwell, Thanoj Hearn.
Here is the updated Lincoln City squad after another busy week. We would also like to introduce you to the STMI & Lincoln City Banter Squad Hub. For those who want to bookmark/ add us to favourites click here or on Imps Squad 2012/13 on the menu tab
Save the Mighty Imps presents the Lincoln City squad section devoted to those that wear the red and white stripes, bookmark / add to favourites as this is the unofficial LCFC squad home page and your one click destination for Imps player pen pics and Lincoln City player player stats, plus David Holdsworths pearls of wisdom as the season unfolds.
Just click on a name for the players pen pic & stats. Below the table you will find the squad in their natural positions. As the season unfolds you will be able to click in this section for the players latest stats.
|1||Paul Farman||15||Dan Gray|
|2||Paul Robson||16||Nicky Nicolau|
|3||John Nutter||17||Bradley Baraclough|
|4||Gary Mills||18||Peter Bore|
|5||Andy Boyce||19||Graham Hutchison|
|6||Joshua Gowling||20||Tom Miller|
|7||Adam Smith||21||Nick Draper|
|8||Alan Power||22||Frazer Cobb|
|9||Rob Duffey||23||Elliot Green|
|10||Jamie Taylor||24||Karl Cunningham|
|11||Conal Platt||25||Dan Coupland|
|13||Jake Sheridan||27||Jake Turner|
Paul Farman, Jake Turner,
Nick Draper (on loan Sheffied FC)
Paul Robson, Graham Hutchison, Tom Miller, Andy Boyce, Josh Gowling, John Nutter, Elliot Green & Dan Coupland
Dan Grey, Adam Smith, Gary Mills, Peter Bore, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan, Nicky Nicolau, Conal Platt, Geoffrey Gouveia, Frazer Cobb, Karl Cunningham
Rob Duffy, Sam Smith, Bradley Baraclough, Jamie Taylor.
Former AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham FC and Steve Tilson favourite Josh Gowling has been put on the Transfer List by the Imps with immediate effect. There had been questions after Gowling had been given time off to go to a wedding as opposed to playing against Gainsborough on Saturday, but now all is clear.
The official club statement is simply this.
Josh Gowling’s career has taken in WBA, Gillingham, AFC Bournemouth, the Danish Premier with Herfølge Boldklub and a loan with Ølstykke FC. The 90 games for the Cherries apart, he has rarely stayed more than a season or two, although that is in no way a reflection of his commitment and playful optimism. At 28 he is entering the peak of his career. question was always going to be would he be content with an Imps side treading water or will his infectious enthusiasm raise everbody’s game?
Josh’s career at the Cherries was almost over before it gained momentum, as he sustained a serious knee injury in the first minute of a game at Brentford. The ligament damage would keep him out for the season. Typically he battled back, making 30 often towering appearances. He is brave and gives and asks no quarter. Carlisle snapped him up on a two year deal but loaned him to Hereford where he played like a bull in a china shop before Mark Stimpson took a chance with a loan deal. The Gills gave him a permanent deal as he became one of the few heroes in a season of turmoil that saw the Gills drop to League 2. Despite being half-way through a two year deal he agreed to join the Imps on a two year tenure.
|Joshua Gowling’s Imp stats 2011/12|
The Imps take on Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire County Cup Final tomorrow July 31st KO 7p.m, tickets £6 adults, £3 concessions and juniors. The Mariners won 4-3 last year and have invested well in the summer, but so have the Imps. Who will triumph, who will bag the bragging rights and the County trophy to boot.
Tues 31st July K.O 7pm
Adults : £6.00
Children/ concessions: £3.00
Yes the pre-match statistical view of the oponents is back, albeit in a pre-season form. So let’s have a gander at the form of the foe.
|Barton 2 Grimsby 4|
|Scunthorpe 0 Grimsby 2 (Lincs semi-final)|
|Grimsby 0 Hull 0|
|Louth 0 Grimsby 2|
|Grimsby 2 Doncaster 3|
|Gainsborough 2 Grimsby 2|
|Grimsby 12 Grimsby Borough 3|
|IN- keeper Greg Flemming from Chesterfield|
|IN- midfield trialist Derek Niven|
|IN- Striker Greg Pearson from Burton.|
|IN- Defender Aswad Thomas from Braintree|
|IN- Right winger Joe Colbeck from Hereford|
|IN- Defender Sam Hatton from AFC Wimbledon|
|OUT- Coulson to York City|
|OUT- Scott Garner to Cambridge|
|IN- Striker Andy Cook from Barrow (not disclosed)|
|OUT Rob Duffy Lincoln City|
Michael Coulson, Anthony Church, Kiernan Hughes- Mason, Peter Winn, Gary Silk, Charlie I’Anson
James McKeown – Signed a new 2 year deal. Andi Thanoj new 2 year deal Frankie Artus 1 year contract Dayle Southwell – Offered a 1 year deal
Latest Gossip –
So what has been going on at our neighbours over the summer, surely nothing ‘fishy’?
Combined season ticket sales at Grimsby are set to top 1800 with 200 season tickets also being written to. Hit-man Hearn is struggling with an injury to his calf and Achilles area. Former Chesterfield keeper Greg Flemming caught the Mariners managerial duo’s eyes and has been offered a one year deal.
Former Chesterfield captain Derek Niven in on a 1 year deal. Ex-Macc holding midfielder Lewis Chalmers has unsuccesful trial for Mariners. Striker Greg Pearson arrives from Burton Albion on a 1 year deal. Two live TV games – Wrexham (A) Sat 25th Aug KO 17.15 and Luton (H) Fri 22 Sept KO 7.45. 864 season tickets sold as at 5th July.
Defender Aswad Thomas joins from Braintree on a 2 year deal. Serge Makofo paid up. Andi Thanoj agrees new 2 year deal. Michael Coulson has joined York City. 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.
James McKeown: May 2014 Greg Flemming May 2014.
Aswad Thomas June 2014, Sam Hatton June 2014, Bradley Wood: June 2013, Shaun Pearson: May 2013, Ian Miller: May 2013
CM Derek Niven June 2013, RW Joe Colbeck: June 2014, Frankie Artus: May 2013, Andi Thanoj: May 2014, Craig Disley: May 2013
Greg Pearson June 2013. Liam Hearn: May 2014 Anthony Elding: May 2013 (+ 1yr option), Andy Cook May 2014, Louie Soares: May 2013
Birmingham City centre back Graham Hutchison and Scunthorpe youth keeper Jake Turner have both signed deals with the Imps today. Hutch, who was actually sold to Birmingham, will stay until January 2nd 2013 and will be eligible to play in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. Jake has signed a one year deal following the loan of Nick Draper to Sheffield FC.
The Blues signed the 19 year-old Scottish youth international in April 2010 for an undisclosed up-front fee plus appearance odd-ons. For once we got a huge of luck as we had been with us a few months after Nottingham Forest had let him slip through their net. Since then Graham has become a regular in the Blues reserves side earning his first pro contract last year. He is quick, strong, and has great distribution
Jake graduated from the Iron’s youth set-up and was seen as one for the future by Alan Knill who offered him his first pro-deal last May. Jake was loaned to Brigg Town last August to get some invaluable match experience but, upon his return, he found first-team opportunities to be non existent. It was somewhat frustrating being third in the pecking order behind Josh Lillis and Sam Slocombe as he failed to break through.
Jake was released in January 2012 and spent the remainder of the season with Winterton Rangers before Linking up with the Imps.
|Player name:||Jake Turner|
|Date of birth:||19 Jan 1993|
Ex-Imp Mark McCammon has just won an unfair dismissal case against Gillingham FC, with the tribunal ruling he was was unfairly dismissed and that the dismissal was an act of racial victimisation. The Gills were – “disappointed – in fact, staggered” by the decision and would be consulting their lawyers, but football looks set to be rocked by another race case. Mark was awarded £68,000.
Mark brought the case against the Gills in June, claiming he and other black squad members were treated differently to white players. He sued for race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure to pay him.
Gillingham’s statement said: “We are hugely disappointed – in fact, staggered – by this decision. As an organisation, we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against, nor victimise our staff. This case is the first of its kind to be brought against the club in its entire history – a history that has seen the club employ many thousands of staff of various race, religion and creed, none of whom have ever felt the need to bring such a claim.”
Gillingham said they would “discuss the judgement with our lawyers and decide upon the next course of action, whether that be an appeal against the findings, or another form of action, as deemed appropriate”.
Save The Mighty Imps is are proud to announce the new Imps Match Hub ahead of the 2012/13 season. Lincoln City match previews, the Imps largest live match thread on the facebook page, team & schemes, match reports and even the managers pearls of wisdom. We know every Imp cannot be there for financial reasons, but like you we care and feel it is our job to share.
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Welcome to the Save The Mighty Imps & Lincoln City Banter Match Hub, the centre for previews, the teams and schemes and of course the Match report. A match thread is also available on Lincoln City Banter – please join here, you can’t miss it on the day of the game
Match Reports & stats
STMI do two or three each game , a view from the Stacey West by Author – Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and one from Author – Andrew Abbott Although a view from has all the stats Author – Prof Albeanz-Present does a synopsis that is largely stats based. We also have the managers comments post match aka Managers Pearls of Wisdom (note this is normally subject to change at the end of October)
Match previews & formations
STMI takes a look at the the opposition each week with a preview and build up from Author – Andrew Abbott , a statistical team, form & player analysis in The Form Of The Foe as well as a decent guestimate of the formations and tactics in The Teams & Schemes
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Doncaster Rovers defender George Friend and Bristol Rovers winger Mustapha Carayol are set for medicals at the Riverside on Monday despite bids from Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town for the former and Derby County for the latter. We are talking done deals as the clubs have agreed the fee’s and the agents and players, gleefully accepted the golden keys.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Doncaster Rovers are also set to get get seven figures for Friend after bids from Ipswich and Nottingham Forest upped the anti. Mowbray however has been given some serious funds this year to fuel his mission to the premiership. We wish him and the Boro the best as they have given Impdom just the shot in the arm we need.
Doncaster manager Dean Saunders meanwhile is going on a 3-4 player shopping spree after breaking the news on the Rovers website , “I think George has more or less agreed to go to Middlesbrough, so that will probably be happening on Monday.” He has had a frustrating time this summer to be honest, but now that Habibe Beye and Friend are sorted look out for raids on Leeds United for striker Billy Paynter and Wednesday centre-half Rob Jones. Cardiff City defender Paul Quinn is also currently on trial.
We Imps are ecstatic with a 20% sell on fee on the ‘undisclosed sum’. However the STMI understanding is that the Imps upfront payment is in the region of £50-60,000 plus instalments and add-ons that should see us pocket in excess of £100k on the deal.