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?

 

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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

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Imps stats 2012/13

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub  Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 13 18 1375 8 27 16 0 0 0
Personal information
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)
Playing position Forward
Position: Striker
Current club Lincoln City
Number 34
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2001–2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 (0)
2001–2002 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 33 (6)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 106 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 90 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 63 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 63 (4)
2012– Lincoln City 25 (8)
National team
1999 Republic of Ireland U17 2 (0)

 

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Posted on March 8, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I always liked Larkin at Stags. He scored a billiant individual goal V Man City in a pre-season friendly.

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