Gateshead Sign Quality Striker

Ex Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Northampton Town and Lincoln City striker Colin Larkin. has joined Gateshead.  The free agent, who bagged 8 from 13 starts in a struggling side last term, still has plenty about him, at 31, to do a job at BSP level.  His touch,link up play and finishing is first rate. He also doesn’t miss from the spot.

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The no-nonsense 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, but the Blue Square was a happy hunting ground for the Irish terrier last season.  He only started 13 games (16 sub) but showed technique and tenacity by the bucket-full. At just 5′ 9″ he was not going to win a lot in the air, but he took his chances when they came including a brace and a hat-trick.

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 13 16 1362 8 35 1 6 13 1 0
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 Number 34
1999-2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 aps (1) goals
2001–2002 Loan Kidderminster 35 (7)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 102 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 88 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 61 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)



Posted on May 12, 2013, in Ex Imps, Uncategorized, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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