1 Paul Farman
Paul Farman was schooled at Newcastle United before moving on to Washington, Blyth Spartans, Gateshead England C and the Mighty Imps. He is a quality keeper and a great catch by David Holdsworth.
Oracle of Optimism dons his bestest pair of rose tinted specs and takes a look at the Imps squad 2012/13
(with thanks for pic to Gateshead FC)
Lincoln City Stats 2011/12
|Lincoln||04/11/11||22/01/12||Loan||8 (0)||0 (0)|
|Gateshead||01/07/09||01/05/12||Free||63 (1)||2 (0)|
|Blyth Sptns||01/08/08||01/07/09||Free||16(1)||0 (0)|
Let us hope Paul will grow on us like Mazza, although he certainly has some big boots to fill and, by the looks of things not enough hair to trouble Mazza just yet. But then he and it will grow. At 23 he is still young for a goalkeeper so let us hope he gets the poor kicking out of his game. His throw is good as is his handling, but it is the reactions and shot stopping that stick in the mind. In those 8 games on loan at the Imps between November and December last year (only returning to the Heed due to injury) Paul made 3 great saves in a vital 2-1 win over Barrow on his debut, He then kept two clean sheets against Ebbsfleet and Forest Green as well as keeping us in the 0-1 reverse atNewport- at that point a new low for the Imps. His 8 saves during the 2-0 win over FGR, in which he sustained the injury, won us the game, or at least provided the platform for it. He would recover from injury to reclaim the number one spot with the Heed (he was an unused sub at the Imps upon his return from the physios table) delivering 3 clean sheets in 9 games before being dropped for the last 4 games.
Many were sad to see him go although Joe Anyon did come back strong after the red card incident. His big Achilles heel has to be his distribution, although pound for pound he is a solid stopper at our level with 10 clean sheet bonuses throughout last season.
Welcome back Paul….. let’s hope we can genuinely call you England’s number one next season, you have the pedigree as you have also played between the sticks for England C.