Mansfield Connections Continue to Leave Imps
Former Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town , Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Northampton Town striker Colin Larkin can now add the Imps to his list of ex-clubs as a consummate finisher continues to slide down the pyramid. Could Gateshead FC come in with him looking to cut down on travelling expenses?
The no-nonsenge Monkey-Hanger – not goal hanger – bagged 26 goals in 66 Stags starts, after being signed for £125,000 from Wolves. Colin had also enjoyed a successful season long loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers where he notched 7 in 35 games, as a babe in boots, to show he could punch above his weight against bigger and more experienced adversaries.
He has a knack of scoring on his debut which stretches back to his bow for Wolves in the League Cup, where he came from the bench as a starry eyed 17 year-old youth trainee. The Stags released him on a free in June 2005 so that he could join up with League 1 Chesterfield. He plied his trade at the crooked church club for two seasons bagging a not too unlucky 13 from 88 appearances in all competitions.
League 1 Northampton nabbed him on a free in June 2007, offering him another two year deal, where he scored 5 goals from 61 appearances. The free agent has spent the last three seasons at League 1 Hartlepool aka the Monkey-hangers (they hung a monkey in the town square as a French spy during the Napoleonic war and have Angus the Monkey as a mascot) but was released after getting just 4 goals in 54 appearances.
League 1 was a step too far for Colin as he signed for us as a free agent in July 2012. He has shown a few flashes, but in a struggling side he has found opportunities scarce. To be fair he has taken them when they come along, with a first half hat-trick away at Dartford and a brace of penalties against Hyde, scoring 8 times in 13 starts and 18 substitute appearances. The Blue Square should really have been a happy hunting ground for an Irish terrier, who has technique and tenacity by the bucket-full. But at just 5′ 9″ and a distinct lack of pace can he deliver at a time when we cannot afford it.
Colin currently lives in Durham and has issues with the travelling and the rising cost of fuel. Could be that a deal with Gateshead would suit him better. He leaves by mutual consent and will not be the last
Imps stats 2012/13
|Sq no||Player name||Starts||on as sub||Mins||Goals||Shots||Shots on||Assists||YC||RC|
|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)|
|Current club||Lincoln City|
|2001–2002||Kidderminster Harriers (loan)||33||(6)|
|1999||Republic of Ireland U17||2||(0)|
Posted on March 8, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged chesterfield FC, Colin Larkin Transfer, Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.