|FULL NAME||Colin Larkin|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 27, 1982 (age 30)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dundalk, Ireland|
|HEIGHT/WEIGHT||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)/10st (63.49kg)|
|POSITION SQ NO.||Striker 34|
|SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)|
|1999-2002||Wolverhampton Wanderers||4 aps||(1) goals|
Larkin Is Also Sparkin Behind the Sincil Scenes.
When the Imps signed former Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and striker Colin Larkin as a free agent on August 24th, many an eyebrow was raised. He is hardly beyond his sell-by-date at 30, but the early goal prowess has been replaced, rather ominously by one of one in ten. That said most of his career has been in League 1 he averages one League goal in for, but most of all he knows the score.
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The two penalties against Hyde have arguably assisted him in getting off the mark here too. Yet there are so many more qualities to his all round game and influence off the pitch, than just goal scoring. He has also plied his trade at a much higher level than the BSP. Championship Wolves had better strikers, yet Dave Jones still insisted on a fee of £125,000 when he sold the 20 year old to Mansfield where he delivered 26 goals from 102 appearances in League 1 as a babe in boots. That 2002 Stags side included Disley, MacKenzie, Lawrence and Williamson, who liked to play to feet. Relegation followed the following season but he still bagged half a dozen goals in a season of struggle.
A free transfer to Chesterfield saw him partner Caleb Folan as the two plundered Manchester City and West Ham to reach the last 16 of the Carling Cup. Larkin opened the scoring in both the 2-1 win over the Hammers and the 3-3 thriller against a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink inspired Charlton side, who would go on to win the League Cup tie 4-3 on penalties and reach the quarter finals. His additional 11 goals in 80 League appearances do not tell half the story, with plenty more in assists and another unsuccessful relegation struggle the following season. Northampton ensured Colin stayed in League 1, but he was in and out of the side, making just 23 starts plus 31 sub appearances at Sixfields. Five goals was not a great return. Colin, was still rated high enough to earn another two year League 1 contract, as he joined Hartlepool making the bench as many times as he started – 27 apiece with just 4 League goals over a three season spell.
Not exactly inspiring reading, but that is a word that actually sums up Colin up, to our young forwards at least. Colin was thrown in at the deep end as a migrant teenage hopeful from Ireland, as Wolves loaned him to Kidderminster, where he got 7 in 35. Since washing ashore at Sincil Bank, he has been a real rock for our youngsters. Colin is a giving kind of guy, possesing immense inner belief and mental strength, with experience gained at a higher level, against adversaries that are physically if not technically his superior.
Amid the off-field turmoil behind the scenes, Holdsworth, for all his faults, has been keen to create a calming influence, with Colin stepping up to the plate, to quieten and educate, but also impart the belief the younger forwards in the squad need. He has been keen to pass on what makes a good target man and, what the smaller predators need to feed in the penalty box. You cannot teach instinct, but you can hone it and teach the Connors and Vadaines of this world how to play the percentages in an environment where time and space are in such short supply. Both put the icing on the cake after his brace against Hyde. That in itself was a fitting reward for a modest guy who has put in a shift and shown some great technique, in every game he has played.
Colin’s Season So Far
Posted on September 18, 2012, in Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged chesterfield FC, Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.