Monthly Archives: April 2013

Simmo Eyes Miss-fitting Hatter.

Current Luton and former Derby County, Tranmere Rovers, Macclesfield and Grimsby Town combative midfielder Arnaud Mendy will definitely leave the Hatters this summer. Simmo signed the 6’3″ midfield Goliath for Macc and is a big fan of the lad who got him glorious goal against Bolton in the Cup. Although a fee may apply the media appears awash with the news of an increase in the Imps budget for next season, so Simmo may move for the player.

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Arnaud was schooled at the famous FC Rouen Academy before moving to Derby County in 2008, making his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, before moving to Grimsby for some regular first team experience. Not quite, when Woods replaced Newell, Arnaud was sent back to the Rams, only for another  loan deal at The Millers to be denied by the closing of the loan window. His inspirational displays for the Rams reserves led them to the Central league title in May 2010.

A three month loan at Tranmere saw Arnaud bag the winner in a 1-0 win over The Posh. Simmo who has good contacts in France, signed him after his release from the Rams on a one year deal in July 2011.  He became one of the first names on the team sheet and a linchpin for a Macc side on the march until injuries and player sales led to relegation. King liked him and he was offered an extension into this season until Luton took him on loan.  A swap deal involving John Paul Kissock made the switches permanent in the January window.

A regular under Paul Buckle, topping the Hatters card count with 8 yellows, it was safe to say the new manager was not a fan and Arnaud was recently placed on the Transfer list by John Still, for ‘non-footballing’ reasons. A breach of discipline was cited and, with the transfer and loan window closed, the competitive box-box midfielder will have to wait until the summer to move on.  The 23 year-old will command a fee (under 24 rules) unless a very favourable agreement can be reached with a suitor club.

This could spell bad news for Mo Fofana as Arnaud can offer the midfield much greater tactical variation. He has a great engine, good technique, and is a solid passer  who is a determined and popular lad.  If we can afford him – because he wont come cheap -Arnaud will perform and give us something extra against every side we come up against, including the odd goal.  Take a look at this one

 

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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Mendy in his Derby Days
STMI Biopic
Full name Arnaud Mendy
Date of birth 10 February 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Évreux, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 86 kg (13 st 7lb)
Position: Central & Defensive Midfield
Current club Luton Town
Number 14
Youth career
1997–2007 ALM Évreux
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2007–2008 FC Rouen 0 (0)
2008–2011 Derby County 1 (0)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 13 (1)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 47 (5)
2012–2013 Luton Town (loan) 9 (0)
2013– Luton Town 15 (0)
International
2011– Guinea-Bissau 2 (0)
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Will Simmo Take The Silk Route?

Macclesfield are not in the best of shape after King blew the lot on a failed promotion bid. The Silkmen will be cutting their cloth this summer suggesting Nat Brown and Tony Diagne may not be the only recruits coming across the Pennines this summer.  John Paul Kissock, recently in from Luton Town, who swapped teams with Arnaud Mendy, also a target, would certainly shift some season tickets. And what better use of our extra budgetary wedge than Sam?

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Simmo could well move for Sam Wedgebury, who will be 24 at the end of June and therefore not subject to the need for a tribunal. Sam can play in the middle but is particularly useful up and down the right. Carl Tremarco, a left-back is also back from a season-long loan at Floriana (top flight Maltese side) and will be an addition to the wage-bill the Silkmen could do without.

Pablo Mills (centre-back), John Paul Kissock (play-maker), Peter Winn (Left wing) and Wade Fairhurst (centre-forward) would be nice, but they will be on some very decent money. But then landing any of these lads would be a true gauge as to the level of ambition the board has.  If we want to be considered serious play-off candidates, and for that matter selling season tickets, landmark signings will need to arrive.  The Lincoln City fans are rightly sceptical  after the poor recent budgets afforded – given the stature and potential of our great club.

  Starts Sub Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled Yellows Reds
John Kissock 37 3 1 58 7 24 71 9 1
Samuel Wedgbury 37 1 0 28 2 37 60 7 0
Matthew Barnes-Homer 34 3 18 79 4 32 18 1 0
Pablo Mills 28 2 3 16 0 26 27 2 1
Waide Fairhurst 28 12 13 66 3 13 31 4 0
Nat Brown 22 0 2 7 1 16 21 2 0
Peter Winn 17 13 0 50 4 13 11 1 0
Kieran Charnock 13 0 0 1 1 17 10 4 0
Tony Diagne 7 9 0 7 0 7 7 2 0
Arthur Gnahoua 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Mills 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Somma’s Leeds Days Numbered & Argyle Job For Warnock?

STMI sends a get well soon to Davide Somma, who looks to have played his last ever game for Leeds United. Since damaging his cruciate knee ligament in the 2011 pre-season, his knee has never been quite right. After 18 months out he has managed a creditable 13 goals in 14 starts, but was forced off again against Burnley in mid-week.  An operation will mean this season is a write-off with United likely to let his contract run down at the end of this season. Another quickie for Leeds fans… a very recently departed ex-Manager could be part of a consortium that may be taking over at Plymouth Argyle – he could be the new Director of Football!

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When, the then Leeds manager, Simon Grayson, leant us Davide Somma in February 2010, we Imps were given a treat.  I got me poetry books out, got a banjo and a case of Southern Comfort and waxed lyrical…..Oh Somma-time and the scoring was easy, as Davide pinged a piquant peach in off the post, on his debut in the 1-1 home draw with Crewe. Dario was most ungratified. Indeed all of his goals had a jaw dropping quality about them, including a long-range brace with grace against Bournemouth, that took the Cherry-pickin Roman Springbok to 7 goals in 9 appearances. His eighth was a parting shot one can never forget, set to the backdrop of the Sincil Bank scale version of the Bridge of Sighs, Impdom rose with his rising cupid arrow into the top corner of The Stacey West net. It was against Bury, to kept us up for another season at least, as beauty tamed the beast.

Somma, by his own admission, learned plenty from Sutton, so the loan looked to be to the mutual benefit of all parties. Even Sanchez Payne and Will Hatfield looked on the way for the following season… but oh how the footballing fates can strike. We are perhaps preaching to the converted, should Davide still be reading things from the realms of Impdom.  Alas, although he bagged a brace on his debut against Millwall, his Leeds career or love affair turned tragic tryst  would be limited to a few fantastic goals and cameo appearances.

STMI Biopic
Full name Davide Enrico Somma
Date of birth 26 March 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 12st 7lb (79.37kg)
Playing position: Striker
Current club Leeds United
Number 28
Youth career
2004 Tyler Apaches
2004 Logroñés
Senior Stats (Lge & Cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Perugia 0 (0)
2005–2007 Pro Vasto 39 (2)
2007–2008 Olbia 15 (1)
2008–2009 San Jose Earthquakes 4 (0)
2009– Leeds United 38 (13)
2009–2010 Chesterfield (loan) 3 (0)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 14 (9)
International
2010– South Africa 3 (1)

 

Gary Simpson The New Graham Taylor Budget Permitting

Gary Simpson may have completed the first part of his mission, but he will be up at the crack of dawn today, as he and the chairman thrash out a budget for him to emulate what Graham Taylor has done at Watford, Aston Villa and of course Lincoln City, nearly four decades ago. Gary never got the credit he deserved at Peterborough and Macclesfield, but did Taylor at Wolves and England? Yet both are not ones that look back in anger when there is so much to look forward to. Neither Taylor nor Simpson were popular when they were given the Imps job – hardly a bed of roses for any managerial reputation.  But the two are unique and brave, who do not crave a big budget, just a competitive one, plus a phone and a group of players prepared to listen, learn and believe in the common cause. They are straight talking old school and rarities nowadays – They are the Enticers.

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If one is fortunate enough to meet Graham Taylor, the warmth makes up for any, almost instant, realisation that he had to adapt and bite his tongue in the face of the media over the years. Yet he captivates, freely giving honest informed opinion, with an earthy charm took him from Worksop, to Watford and even the England job.  He is a giver, both to the people’s game he respects as well as the charity sector. Did he, perhaps deservedly, overachieve? Never on a player level, that is to say, when he had day to day relationships with men in boots as opposed to a posse of suits.

Simpson and Taylor’s  style is very much one of mud in the studs management, either at the training ground or clocking up the miles to find a gem. Both would shine their shoes on the back of their trousers before going in the posh bit after standing out in the rain to get a run-down in the flesh of the next weeks opposition.  Bob Dorrian was probably smiling not so much at Saturday’s result, but more the recent drop in petrol prices last week.

So to phase two, post the great escape that saw 20 points garnered. It will begin this morning with a visit, not so much cap in hand, to see the Chairman. Not for the sacking that one of the many perpetual knockers suggested, but to discuss how to take the Mighty Imps forward.  The Chairman appears prepared to listen and share the vision. he should after seeing almost 1,000 fans descend on a pub ground for a desperate last throw of the dice yesterday. Perhaps The Rise of The Imps is at hand fellow Imps? We have a manager and Chairman that want to see our club achieve the potential only we Imps seem to see and understand.

When Gary was given this job, he knew the financial pitfalls, the dressing-room disharmony and where the League form was taking us. But this was a challenge he relished because this was a club ingrained within him. Conscience,  not money, would guide his decision and motives, with the shoulders and souls of Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher always there in spirit to inspire and guide him.

With the moaners removed from the squad and the addition of three more players (two really as Diagne became injured), he faced ‘more of the same’ comments from clueless individuals within the media and the message boards. Simmo accepts that you pay your money and make your choice, entitled to your opinion and the use of your voice, but in reality this is agenda based and, one that will never see our beloved club move forward.

It is playground stuff and the Imps in that dressing room have learned not to look back in anger, but at the current job in hand.  Listening to the Chairman on the radio yesterday, it sounds as if Gary will get the realistic budget he needs to put us there or thereabouts next season. But we have to look a little further back than Keith Alexander, for what Gary is all about. Simmo is certainly part Colin Murphy and, part John Beck, but perhaps more importantly, he has The Enticer look about him. For like Graham Taylor OBE, Gary has both the skill to entice and then build a player that he can sell on for millions. That and fans through the turnstiles are what our football club needs.

Let us hope today’s discussions are fruitful then. The Fans have shown we are keen to respond, but the board need to do some enticing as well.

Thanks Gary Simpson AKA The Chosen One

STMI cant use The Special One as José Mourinho of Benfica,Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale and Real Madrid has deservedly bagged that title. These fans will say it is an insult to compare the two, but Simmo has never had a budget over £9,000 a week , yet his player sales are £6 million and rising. Could Jose with his undoubted achievements even sign one player for that weekly outlay?

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But we knew you were the one for the Lincoln City gig. A roll on the well beaten rusted drum please for here are the deeds that Saved The Mighty Imps in 2012/13.

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20 points taken

The initial target needed to be increased from 12 points due to the form of the sides around us.  Taken across 46 games our form would see us on 71 points, sufficient for sixth place this season. That was one place and 9 points off the play-offs, but certainly there or thereabouts.

Tenure P W D L F A Win % Draw % Loss %
28/2/13 –  13 6 2 5 19 16 46.15% 15.38% 38.46%

Previous 13 games

Tenure P W D L F A Win % Draw % Loss %
DH/GB  13 2 4 7 21 26 15.38% 30.76% 53.84%

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The Games

Woking 1 1 Lincoln City
Johnson (02) Oliver (25) 1,766

193 Imps

Macclesfield 2 1 Lincoln City
Garner (47 og)
Barnes-Homer (55)
Power (Pen 23) 1,557

106 Imps

Lincoln City 1 0 Southport
Power (Pen 14)
sent off Oliver (81)
sent off Byrne (81) 1,827

 1719 Imps

Lincoln City 1 2 Wrexham
Westwood (34 og) Ormerod (61)
Adebola (66)
1,379

 1266 Imps

Nuneaton 1 0 Lincoln City
York (93) 1,122

423 Imps

Lincoln City 3 2 AFC Telford
Jordan (12)
Taylor (77 & 88)
Jones (39)
Leslie (53)
1,724

 1712 Imps

Braintree Town 0 3 Lincoln City
Diagne (26 & 74)
Boyce (79)sent off Dali (04)
447

124 Imps

Alfreton Town 0 2 Lincoln City
sent off Franklin (07) Hobson (41)
Oliver (81)
Lincoln City 0 0 Cambridge Utd
2,721

2418 imps

Kidderminster 3 0 Lincoln City
Jackman (27)
Storer (80)
Vaughan (89)
2,326

194 Imps 

Luton 3 0 Lincoln City
Martin (41)
Gray (43)
Martin (72)
5,393

173 imps

Lincoln City 2 1 Tamworth
Taylor (67)
Power PEN (83)
OG -Gray (7) 3,174

2965 imps

Hyde 1 5 Lincoln City
Ashworth (50) Power (PEN 27)
Fofana (45+1)
Oliver (48, 62 & 86)
1,390

850 Imps

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Gary’s Historic Managerial Comparison

Tenure P W D L Win Rate Draw Rate Loss Rate
Lincoln City 13 –  13 6 2 5 46.15% 15.38% 38.46%
Macclesfield 10-12 111 32 32 47 28.82% 28.82% 42.34%
Lincoln City 03/4 11 5 4 2 45.45% 36.36% 18.20%

STMI BIOPIC
DATE OF BIRTH 11 April 1961 (age 51)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
CURRENT CLUB
LINCOLN CITY Manager until end of season
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1980 Stoke City 0 (0)
1980–1985 Boston United 160 (8)
1985–1986 Stafford Rangers 30 (3)
1986–1987 Weymouth 14 (3)
1986–1988 Stafford Rangers 66 (5)
1988–1990 Boston United 33 (1)
1989–1991 Altrincham 25 (0)
1991–1993 Gainsborough Trinity
1993–1995 Arnold Town
1994–1995 Hyde United 3 (0)
INTERNATIONAL
1986–1990 England C 9 (?)

Goodbye Jamie Taylor.

Jamie Taylor is a goal machine, plying his trade at Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham & Redbridge Grays and Eastbourne. Alas, his time at Impdom has come to an end due to a family decision to return to the south. Thanks Jamie, you repaid our faith in full, Save The Mighty Imps will always remember your mercurial style and vital goals in a struggling side.

Jamie is a modern predator, an infectious player who likes to get into the action in and out of the penalty box. Not the tallest, perhaps the very personification of an Imp, when he gets the ball there is a sense of expectation and an immediate increase in the teams threat and momentum.  He bagged a goal every 230 minutes plus 7 credited assistance, as well as untold nuisance value that also earned him 6 yellow cards. He gave us the lead in the Cup game against Walsall, but his braces against Telford and Stockport were inspirational in securing 4 vital points for the club at pivotal stages of the season.

Thanks Jamie and good luck. Will you return to Eastbourne where you bagged 28 goals in a glorious couple of seasons or will ambitious Sutton woo you?

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Jamie Taylor’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 7 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Striker L & C 37 7 15 7 82 39 50 3458 6 0
Jamie Taylor’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 7 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Striker BSP 10 14 3 1 35 8 12 1114 0 0
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jamie Taylor
DATE OF BIRTH 16 December 1982 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Crawley,
HEIGHT 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
WEIGHT 12st 6lb (76.99kg)
POSITION: STRIKER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 7
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
? –2001 Broadbridge Heath n/a (?)
2001–2002 Horsham n/a (?)
2002–2004 Aldershot Town 32 (5)
2003 Horsham (loan) n/a (?)
2003 Carshalton Athletic (loan) 7 (1)
2004 AFC Wimbledon 25 (10)
2004–2006 Horsham 6 (11)
2006–2007 Woking 11 (1)
2007–2008 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 (2)
2008 Grays Athletic (loan) 16 (9)
2008–2009 Grays Athletic 18 (3)
2009–2011 Eastbourne Borough 90 (28)
2011– Lincoln City 68 (19)

Sheffield Wednesday Youth’s Treble Saves The Mighty Imps

Vadaine Oliver is certainly following in the footsteps of one of his Sheffield Wednesday heroes. Having seen both play this season we can safely say the 21 year-old is a chip off the Jermaine Johnson aka  JJ’ block, albeit at a much lower level. For now at least. The two certainly have a similar swagger, the power, pace panache and energy that fills a fan with hope and expectation, gets you on your feet, as soon as the ball goes anywhere near them.  Vadaine has a long way to go to reach JJ’s quality, but he has the help of manager and Owls  fan Gary Simpson, not to mention 10 years to do it.

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Since missing the Hillsborough cut in May, Vadaine Oliver’s debut season has certainly been IMPressive, cemented with a hat-trick at Hyde that banished the relegation worries for the Imps on the final day of the season.  Vadaine Oliver never lost  a header today, against two mean centre-halves who know all the tricks.  He scored three second half goals and had a hand in the all important penalty.  Young Oliver- in true Dickensian style the boy always wants more – won the header that put in Jones, only for him to be pushed for a 27th minute penalty.

On 48 Sheridan beats the offside, crosses superbly and Oliver uses his strength to power home a towering header.  On 62 minutes a Gray throw finds Oliver and his salmonlike leap sees him beat the keeper to the ball and head home. The deserved hat-trick and first matchball. On 86, Miller threads an intelligent ball, that Vadaine takes in his powerful thoroughbred stride to send him home to meet his maker, just inside the left hand post.

The Imps signed Vadaine as a free agent after the Owls released him in May. As a 20 year-old we would be entitled to a fee should the vultures come circling when the window opens in the summer.  He has said he wants to continue to work with Simmo, who he knows to have a pedigree in developing players at clubs and selling them on for million plus fees. We’ll be frying tonight in Lincoln then. lets throw the boat out and add some prawns.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season 2012/13

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2292 13 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

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FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals

The Stats That Saw Impdom Tan Hyde

Sheffield Wednesday cast-off Vadaine Oliver inspired an incredible 5-1 rout at Hyde. Route one on 27 minutes sees Oliver, once again, win a header, the keeper can only palm to Jones who is pushed to the floor by Brizell. Penalty! Power confidently strokes home the penalty for one nil to the Imps. On the whistle a soothing second. A  Power corner finds Fofana and his powerful header is headed into the roof of the net by Ashworth. Tamworth and Woking are drawing 1-1 and Gateshead and Stockport are drawing 0-0 against Ebbsfleet and Kidderminster respectively. Green has put the Stag’s into the automatic promotion spot with a penalty 5 minutes before half-time. On 48 Sheridan beats the offside, crosses superbly and Oliver powers home with aplomb. Hyde storm forward from the centre to win a corner.   On 50 Milligan takes and Ashworth heads home at the near post for 3-1. On 62 minutes a Gray throw finds Oliver and his salmonlike leap sees him beat the keeper to the ball and head home. The Hat-trick on 86, Miller threads an intelligent ball, that Vadaine latches onto to flick nonchalantly inside the left hand post

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Saturday  20th April K.O 17:15 pm

Hyde F C  –  Lincoln City

(H/T  0-2)

Scorers

Power 27, Fofana 45+1, Oliver 48 Ashworth 50   Oliver 62 Oliver 86

Att 1,390

Ref: Handley

Tigers  490 Imps 900   

*****

The teams & Schemes 

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Scott McNiven  4-2-1-3  

***

Carnell

28 Fitzgerald 5 Ashworth (Y-60) 23 Dennis  2 Brizell 

 21 Tomsett  30 Milligan 

6 Browne (Y-59)

22 Hogan  20 Blinkhorn 11 Almond

*****

 Substitutions
 
51 D/S – Spencer on for Almond and Jevons on for Milligan, 84 McCarton on for Blinkthorn

***

The bench 

Poole (MF),   Sedgwick (MF), Spencer (STR) Jevons (STR), McCartan (STR)

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4-2-3-1

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1 Farman 

15 Gray  25 Brown    20 Miller 16 Nicolau (Y-67)

37 Fofana  35 Turnbull      

12 Sheridan (Y-55)  8 Power 18 Jones (Y-60)

14 Oliver

***

Substitutions

83 D/S Taylor on for Sherian, Jordan on for Jones. 87 Preece on for Farman

***

The Bench 

31 David Preece (GK), 6 Garner (DF),  4 Jordan  (MF), 10 Taylor (STR) 23 Taylor

 *****

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Hyde F C – Lincoln City

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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49% Ball 51%

10 Shots on 12

4 Misses 7

4 Saves 2

4 Corners 5

1 Offside 6

12 Fouls 13

2 Yellows 3

0 Reds 0

BSP Table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 46 30 5 11 92 52 40 95
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 46 28 9 9 82 40 42 93
3 down 3 Newport County AFC 46 25 10 11 85 60 25 85
4 down 4 Grimsby Town 46 23 14 9 70 38 32 83
5 up 6 Wrexham 46 22 14 10 74 45 29 80
6 down 6 Hereford United 46 19 13 14 73 63 10 70
7 down 5 Luton Town 46 18 13 15 70 62 8 67
8 down 8 Dartford 46 19 9 18 67 63 4 66
9 down 9 Braintree Town 46 19 9 18 63 72 -9 66
10 up 11 Forest Green Rovers 46 18 11 17 63 49 14 65
11 down 11 Macclesfield Town 46 17 12 17 65 70 -5 63
12 down 12 Woking 46 18 8 20 73 81 -8 62
13 down 13 Alfreton Town 46 16 12 18 69 74 -5 60
14 down 4 Cambridge United 46 15 14 17 68 69 -1 59
15 down 15 Nuneaton 46 14 15 17 55 63 -8 57
16 down 16 Lincoln City 46 15 11 20 66 73 -7 56
17 up 3 Gateshead 46 13 16 17 58 61 -3 55
18 down 18 Hyde FC 46 16 7 23 63 75 -12 55
19 down 3 Tamworth 46 15 10 21 55 69 -14 55
20 down 20 Southport 46 14 12 20 72 86 -14 54
21 down 21 Stockport County 46 13 11 22 57 76 -19 50
22 down 7 Barrow 46 11 13 22 45 83 -38 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 46 8 15 23 55 89 -34 39
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 46 6 17 23 52 79 -27 35

Hyde 1 Imps 5…..Hi 5 & Alive – The Imps Are Staying Up

Impdom’s hordes poured through the Pennines to make Hyde a home banker for Saviour Simmo’s soldiers. Yes ‘now you’re gonna believe us  – The Imps are staying up’.  Hallelujah The Mighty Imps live to fight another day, with Saviour Simmo now able to build us a squad of six foot soldiers to mount a play-off challenge. That is if the board’s ambition matches that of the manager, the huge potential fan base and a City, as a whole on the up. But let us not get ahead of ourselves, kick back, get out the good stuff, sign our BSP 3 up 3 down petition here and let’s recount the proud proud heroics that 900 Imps saw first hand.

For the benefit of  the Hatters, some visiting the site for the first time, first the  score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Hatter  at  Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Saturday  20th April K.O 17:15 pm

Hyde F C  –  Lincoln City

(H/T  0-2)

Scorers

Power 27, Fofana 45+1, Oliver 48 Ashworth 50   Oliver 62 Oliver 86

Att 1,390

Ref: Handley

Tigers  490 Imps 900   

*****

The teams & Schemes 

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Scott McNiven  4-2-1-3  

***

Carnell

28 Fitzgerald 5 Ashworth (Y-60) 23 Dennis  2 Brizell 

 21 Tomsett  30 Milligan 

6 Browne (Y-59)

22 Hogan  20 Blinkhorn 11 Almond

*****

 Substitutions
51 D/S – Spencer on for Almond and Jevons on for Milligan, 84 McCarton on for Blinkthorn

***

The bench 

Poole (MF),   Sedgwick (MF), Spencer (STR) Jevons (STR), McCartan (STR)

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4-2-3-1

***

1 Farman 

15 Gray  25 Brown    20 Miller 16 Nicolau (Y-67)

37 Fofana  35 Turnbull      

12 Sheridan (Y-55)  8 Power 18 Jones (Y-60)

14 Oliver

***

Substitutions

83 D/S Taylor on for Sherian, Jordan on for Jones. 87 Preece on for Farman

***

The Bench 

31 David Preece (GK), 6 Garner (DF),  4 Jordan  (MF), 10 Taylor (STR) 23 Taylor

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But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….

The Imps settle early against a Hyde side with Turnbull playing in Oliver who roasts his man, alas, but puts wide. Turnbull again gets forward and fizzes a foot to the right.  Power is caught offside to end a promising move. Turnbull puts in a tasty challenge to end a Hyde counter.  A decent Milligan corner is cut short as Ashworth fouls Brown.  Commentator Tommo curiously suggests that Simmo has put out a formulation to emulate the opposition again, yet the Tigers are the ones to make a rare change from their steadfast 4-4-2

A huge Gray long throw is cleared. Sheridan gets beyond his man but the ball in is poor and goes down the keepers throat.  Oliver beats two but no one is up with him and the ball flying across the box and out for the throw. A lose Turnbull ball sees Farman hit long, Oliver head on , but Sheridan cannot get a touch to finish a direct but effective move.  The huge travelling support is vociferous, making this as good as a home game.

Jones finally gets into the game but is fouled by Tomsett and is then caught offside for the second time. Fofana fouls Almond just as he is getting into his stride. Nicolau, on the overlap, fires a superb long range effort that is magnificently parried by Carnell who saves Power’s follow up. Sheridan then volleys over the bar.  A Milligan corner is well saved by Farman.  Turnbull is having a great game.

Route one sees Oliver, once again, win the header, the keeper can only palm to Jones who is pushed to the floor by Brizell. Penalty! Power confidently strokes home the penalty for one nil to the Imps. A pitch Impvasion ensues – The Imps are staying up.  Oliver – aerially immense again – wins another header but Sheridan again fails to read it.  Oliver then shoots narrowly wide. From the clearance, Miller slips, Blinkhorn gets across him and fires a curler narrowly wide. Hyde have burst into life. Blinkhorn feeds Almond who fires just wide. A great corner sees Carnell spill but Miller is just unable to capitalise.

A joyous ball by Browne finds Milligan, he crosses but Brown does just enough to keep Blinkhorn from getting any connection.   Oliver wins another Gray long throw but no one is gambling to take advantage of his nod-ons. On the whistle a soothing second. A  Power corner finds Fofana and his powerful header is headed into the roof of the net by Ashworth. Tamworth and Woking are drawing 1-1 and Gateshead and Stockport are drawing 0-0 against Ebbsfleet and Kidderminster respectively. Green has put the Stag’s into the automatic promotion spot with a penalty 5 minutes before half-time.

Second half.

Both managers keep the faith. The Imps go for the jugular, Sheridan beats the offside, crosses superbly and Oliver powers home with aplomb. Hyde storm forward from the centre to win a corner.   Milligan takes and Ashworth heads home at the near post for 3-1. Ex-Imp Spencer replaces Almond and Jevons comes on for Milligan as the Tigers go 4-3-3 with 3 centre-forwards.  A ferocious drive from Tomsett goes just over the bar.

Kidderminster go a goal up against Stockport with the Hatters on the pitch, fighting with their players and forcing the ref to lead everyone off the pitch(for 20 mins). Sheridan is caught off-side and is booked before Oliver puts another towering header wide.  It’s end to end stuff. Farman makes a magnicent save from another glorious Tomsett pile-driver  A tangle between Ashworth and Jones see both see yellow.  The Imps make it 4-1 on 62 minutes. A Gray throw finds Oliver. His fantastic leap  sees him beat the keeper to the ball and head home

Tomsett again goes close with another speculative effort.  A great drive from Spencer goes just to the right of the goal. Brown makes a saving challenge on Jevons as the Imps sit back on a three goal lead. Naturally not Oliver who is on a hat-trick.  Power’s free kick just eludes him and he then chases down a ball for a corner. Power plays a frustrating short one. Oliver dead on his feet, is given a chance to get his hat-trick as  Sheridan makes way for Taylor  and Jones comes off for Jordan. He does. Miller threads an intelligent ball, that Vadaine latches onto to flick nonchalantly inside the left hand post. Quality performance from the lad, the team and the manager on a proud, proud day for our football club.

Synopsis

Come on Bob line in the sand let’s see a few grand. Time to put football first, the Mighty Imps back into the heart of our beautiful City and back into the League. Stockport did not get the right man at the right time and look where they are now.

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Hyde F C – Lincoln City

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Stats

Note

shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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49% Ball 51%

10 Shots on 10

4 Misses 6

Saves 2

3 Corners 4

1 Offside 5

11 Fouls 13

2 Yellows 3

0 Reds 0

BSP Final Table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 46 30 5 11 92 52 40 95
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 46 28 9 9 82 40 42 93
3 down 3 Newport County AFC 46 25 10 11 85 60 25 85
4 down 4 Grimsby Town 46 23 14 9 70 38 32 83
5 up 6 Wrexham 46 22 14 10 74 45 29 80
6 down 6 Hereford United 46 19 13 14 73 63 10 70
7 down 5 Luton Town 46 18 13 15 70 62 8 67
8 down 8 Dartford 46 19 9 18 67 63 4 66
9 down 9 Braintree Town 46 19 9 18 63 72 -9 66
10 up 11 Forest Green Rovers 46 18 11 17 63 49 14 65
11 down 11 Macclesfield Town 46 17 12 17 65 70 -5 63
12 down 12 Woking 46 18 8 20 73 81 -8 62
13 down 13 Alfreton Town 46 16 12 18 69 74 -5 60
14 down 4 Cambridge United 46 15 14 17 68 69 -1 59
15 down 15 Nuneaton 46 14 15 17 55 63 -8 57
16 down 16 Lincoln City 46 15 11 20 66 73 -7 56
17 up 3 Gateshead 46 13 16 17 58 61 -3 55
18 down 18 Hyde FC 46 16 7 23 63 75 -12 55
19 down 3 Tamworth 46 15 10 21 55 69 -14 55
20 down 20 Southport 46 14 12 20 72 86 -14 54
21 down 21 Stockport County 46 13 11 22 57 76 -19 50
22 down 7 Barrow 46 11 13 22 45 83 -38 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 46 8 15 23 55 89 -34 39
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 46 6 17 23 52 79 -27 35

Stags Champs But Welsh Football’s golden era to Continue As Swansea & Cardiff Show Wrexham & Newport The Way.

In a great year for Welsh football with Swansea City winning the Capital Cup and Cardiff  City finally joining the Premiership, there could yet be an all-Welsh Blue Square semi final, or better still Final.  A reversal of type perhaps,more Red in the Blue as opposed to the change from blue to red for Cardiff, to decide who will join the Stags in The Football League. The Stags, very much at the height of a rutting season, eye victory over Wrexham this evening, in front of an expectant 7,000 crowd, to pip Kidderminster to the title even if they beat Stockport. But if Grimsby then beat Newport, they will ensure two more games against the Exiles in the Play-offs. An all-Welsh final then to ice a great year for Wales with either shaped ball, after Wrexham took the FA Trophy home on penalties last month and England were burned by the Dragons at the Arms Park.

Have you signed our 3 up 3 down petition HERE yet? Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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The Stags have sold every home ticket (just over 6,000) with The Dragons set to take around a thousand.  But even though the Dragons came from a goal down to win 2-1 just 16 days ago, surely lightning cannot strike twice? The Dragons beat the Harriers by the same score on Tuesday, with Kidderminster now entertaining a Stockport side desperate for a win to stand any chance of staying in the League. That the Hatters and Lincoln are vying to avoid a drop into the BSN is testament to the shocking shambles at both clubs.

Grimsby entertain Newport, with both guaranteed a play-off berth. Yet even a point for the Mariners would be enough to see them play each other in the play-off semi finals, if as STMI reckon, the Dragons lose against the Stags. Newport are the form side suggesting an all Welsh semi, but the Mariners magnificent support and mean defence are both worth at least a goal start.

Saturday 20 Apr
Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15
Grimsby v Newport County 17:15
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 45 29 5 11 91 52 39 92
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 45 27 9 9 78 40 38 90
3 down 3 Newport County AFC 45 25 10 10 85 57 28 85
4 up 7 Wrexham 45 22 14 9 74 44 30 80
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 45 22 14 9 67 38 29 80
6 down 6 Hereford United 45 18 13 14 69 63 6 67
7 down 7 Dartford 45 19 9 17 67 62 5 66
8 up 13 Forest Green Rovers 45 18 11 16 62 47 15 65
9 down 7 Luton Town 45 17 13 15 67 61 6 64
10 down 10 Braintree Town 45 18 9 18 62 72 -10 63
11 down 11 Woking 45 18 8 19 72 79 -7 62
12 down 12 Macclesfield Town 45 16 12 17 63 69 -6 60
13 down 3 Cambridge United 45 15 14 16 67 67 0 59
14 down 14 Alfreton Town 45 15 12 18 67 73 -6 57
15 down 15 Hyde FC 45 16 7 22 62 70 -8 55
16 down 16 Nuneaton 45 13 15 17 54 63 -9 54
17 down 17 Southport 45 14 12 19 71 83 -12 54
18 down 18 Lincoln City 45 14 11 20 61 72 -11 53
19 up 1 Gateshead 45 12 16 17 56 61 -5 52
20 down 4 Tamworth 45 14 10 21 53 68 -15 52
21 down 21 Stockport County 45 13 11 21 57 72 -15 50
22 down 7 Barrow 45 11 13 21 45 82 -37 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 45 8 15 22 55 87 -32 39
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 45 6 17 22 52 75 -23 35