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Lincoln City Squad Updates

The Imps squad stands at 18 thanks to the signatures of Andrew Boyce and Tom Miller. We have one keeper, five defenders, seven midfielders and five strikers.   A further keeper, wide midfielder and striker are on the radar although July trialists will also be looked at. 

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With Tom Miller, Todd Jordan, Dan Gray and Jake Sheridan able to play in either defence or midfield we do have a balanced squad.  Tom, Todd and Dan can play at left or right back as well as central defence, whilst Shezza has filled in at full-back last season as well as his customary wide midfield position.  

Click on any name below and it will take you to the pen pic of the relevant Lincoln City hero, his player profile and up to date stats including games and minutes played,  goals, assists, card counts, fouls and even the clean sheets and goals conceded for keepers. As the season unfurls a match stats and form table will appear.

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Goalkeepers

Paul Farman

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Defenders

Dan Gray,    Nat Brown  , Tom Miller , Andrew Boyce ,  Sean Newton

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Midfielders

Danny RoweJon NolanAlan Power, Todd Jordan,  Karl Cunningham, Mamadou FofanaJake Sheridan

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Strikers

Wade FairhurstAdi YussufConner Robinson, Jordan Thomas

5 Andrew Boyce (Centre-Back)

On 14 Nov 2013 Andrew Boyce agreed to join Peter Swann at Scunthorpe in January, a subsequent loan was agreed until Jan 5th on 21st Nov. The undisclosed fee meets a minimum release clause in his contract. 

No St Sub Mins G On Miss Ass F’s F’d Yel Red
5 Boyce 19 0 1710 1 5 7 1 17 11 2 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Boyce 19 154 8.1 9 8 8 8 8 9 7 8 8 8
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Andrew Boyce has agreed to sign a new 2 year deal with the Imps despite rumours he might be joining up with a former Gainsborough Guru at Scunthorpe UnitedMansfield Town or Chesterfield FC.   The former Doncaster Rovers defender  could have netted the Imps at least £25,000 at a tribunal but manager Simmo is happier to have him than the cheeky alleged asking fee of fifty grand. On 14 Nov 2013 Boyce agreed to join Peter Swann at Scunthorpe in January, a subsequent loan was agreed until Jan 5th on 21st Nov. The undisclosed fee meets a minimum release clause in his contract.

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Andrew grew alongside Nat Brown last season and will continue to improve under Simmo’s guidance.  With Miller also able to play in the centre as well as defensive midfield, we could be looking at a back 5 at times just like in the play-off era under Keith Alexander.

Handy Andy sometimes stood alone last season as our central midfield quartet were regularly routed. He also pops up in both boxes at vital times notching 4 goals and nipping countless opportunities for those who would bulge Impdom’s net.

STMI christened Boycie the Beast of The Bank when he arrived. But he is now more than that. Already a hero, his never say die attitude will blossom next to Nat Brown, who can back him, or Tom Miller, up, when they dive in too early. Give it another half season, or so,to round off those rough edges and Boyce may well be plying his trade in League 1 sooner rather than later.  There are a few sides in that League knocking on the Championship door, where the TV money is a very healthy cushion indeed.  Then again, perhaps Peter Swann, who reluctantly had to let him go, may just have to do business with the Imps one more time at least.

STMI Biopic

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Andrew Boyce 45 0 3999 4 44 2 49 37 10 0
Boyce’s Backissues  
Date of Birth 05/11/1989 (age 23)
Height 6′ 3″
Weight 12st 9lbs
Youth career Doncaster Rovers
Former Clubs Kings Lynn Gainsborough

Jacko Salutes Butch & Thanks Imps

Former Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City and Bradford City Manager Peter Jackson (who has a book coming out in September/October) was at his best when I spoke to him about Richard Butcher today. Peter is the personification and seeker of triumph over tragedy. He was Bradford captain on that fateful day when 54 Bantams and 2 Imps lost their lives. He was also placed on a par with Mourinho by Huddersfield fans in happier times when optimism, inspiration and perspiration made up for lack of cash!

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Peter overcame the memory of the Huddersfield play-off semi at Sincil Bank and created an incredible wave of optimism at The Imps. We warmed to a touchline motivator who drove the Terriers on and got a slice of luck with a goal we felt should never have been. Richard was Peter Jackson’s first summer signing, in 2009 and always spoke highly of a ‘fantastic human being’ who spread so much optimism following his return from a battle against throat cancer. Peter rated Richard, a tall athletic local hero that would herald the start of an optimistic new season and era at a club Peter feels deserves success.

As many of you know I sustained a serious crush injury back in May. On Monday I had been given some bad further bad news. It would be a further three weeks before they could even consider taking the pins out and then another 6-9 weeks in plaster before the period of rehab. Peter, back from holiday bounds on the phone as soon as he hits his desk and emails. Ever respectful he opens with ‘hello mate its your second favourite manager after Keith Alexander’ and then proceeds to spread that infectious energy and boundless optimism he possesses.  Positive mental attitude or what, if they could bottle it the world would be a perfect place.

Jacko, aptly, is happily working in a care related project with his wife, has no intention to return to management but did say that he loved and treasured his time at Lincoln, despite a disappointing last few weeks. Jacko, who is such a genuine geezer and a great loss to the game since his retirement, was proud to save us from relegation and moved by the Lincoln City supporters response.

The presentation of  a card signed by most of the City it seemed, plus the huge Lord of the Imps shirt was something that warmed him during his own private battles. He wishes some of football’s most fantastic fans the success they richly deserve.

Rooney Linked With Lincoln

John Rooney the former Barnsley FC , New York Red Bulls, Orlando City and Macclesfield Town star has been in discussion with Lincoln City with regard to kick-starting his following his surprise release. The former Everton trainee has great technique and determination for a compact midfielder who can play on the right or in the centre.

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After just 17 piecemeal starts and 20 substitute appearances Simmo played John in 8 of the 9 games following Keith’s untimely death in March 2010. For one so young he rose to the challenge of helping to save a club that was staring relegation in the face following the tragic loss of a father figure. Gary offered the lad a new 2 year deal as a reward, but did not stand in the way of a lad who has the ability to play higher.

A solid defensive or right midfielder, it was of no surprise that John elected instead to try his luck in the top flight of US football aka the MLS, with top side New York Red Bulls.  Then just 20 John still managed 5 appearances that season before making another 9 for Orlando before returning to Barnsley. John never got a look in at The Tykes who just managed to avoid relegation last season by finishing 21st to condemn Posh on the final day.

The Imps are not the only side on the 22 year old’s radar.  He is a free agent after being released from Oakwell and will have his agent pitching him at the League 1 & 2 clubs. But it looks as if we will be one of the side who will give him a trial should no one beat us to him.  John is a determined lad who would do well for a season in the BSP. Born in Croxteth, Liverpool, a hard part of the city, no one Simmo may make an exception to the six-foot soldiers rule.

Personal information
Full name John Richard Rooney
Date of birth 17 December 1990 (age 22)
Place of birth Liverpool,
Height/weight 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)11st 9lb (74kg)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–2002 Everton
2002–2008 Macclesfield Town
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Macclesfield Town 46 (4)
2011 New York Red Bulls 5 (0)
2012 Orlando City 9 (2)
2012–2013 Barnsley 0 (0)

Crewe Complete Deal for Lincoln & Former Wednesday Striker

Crewe Alexandra have pipped Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield FC for the services of Lincoln City and  former Sheffield Wednesday  striker Vadaine Oliver after a successful medical.  The agreed but undisclosed fee has also avoided the need for a tribunal.

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Vadaine, released by Sheffield Wednesday last summer, wished the Imps well. We at STMI wish him well too. May he fit in with Crewe’s carpet football style and stay free from injury in what looks set to be an exciting first season for him in League 1.

 

The Imps have done well out of a lad signed on a peppercorn wage by David Holdsworth, before earning a deal until the end of last season. Vadaine scored 13 goals in 22 starts and 19 substitute appearances but shone during the latter part of the season culminating in a hat-trick at Hyde.

Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

Leeds, Hull, Leicester, Middlesbrough & Palace Show Ince, Vaughan, Pennant & Blake interest.

Despite a leg injury that will see him miss the start of the season, Leeds United, Hull City, Crystal Palace Leicester City, Middlesbrough FC  and Crystal Palace are in for  Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who is now a free agent after his release from Wolves.  Norwich City free agent Vaughan is also up for grabs and Crystal Palace have bid £4 million for Blackpool FC winger Tom Ince. Hull are strengthening their muscles with former Imp Jack Hobbs set to move to Birmingham in exchange for Curtis Davies as  well as a move for SEB and Pennant.

hold on to your hats the agents are  greasing the grapevine, grenades and all, oh lordy lordy its Joyous June oh month of rumour……………

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s representative, is said to be already in discussions with Middlesbrough and Leicester, although Leeds are yet to formalise an approach given Noel Hunt is fit well, raring to go and already known by McDermott through the Reading connection.  As for Ince junior, Blackpool will want substantially more for one of the games most exciting and emerging talents, although seasoned but evergreen Jermaine Pennant will cost substantially less. Hull City chase him and monitor the Ebanks-Blake situation with baited breath. Jermaine is a free agent although Stoke may come back with a one year deal for the well travelled winger who would make a terrific Thomas Cook rep.  Settled Steve Bruce is looking to offer a much longer deal, now he has been given ambitious assurances that have killed any overtures for his services from Wigan. That said free agents, such as Jermaine and West Ham’s Gary O’Neill are still very much on the wish list of an under-rated clever manager who could peel an orange in his pocket and not offer nor waste a drop.

Pearson of Leicester City has also needed to be frugal at a club that now looks set to challenge. Gone are the forks in the Foxes sugar bowls with them being linked left right and centre.  Looking to strengthen all over, experience and firepower are on the menu and an avenue for winger Lloyd Dyer to ensure he is not tempted by the bright lights of London club QPR.  A move for Ebanks-Blake and the experienced Matthew Upson (loan Keane is now back at Man Utd remember) could help show some ambition, as could a season long loan for Villa midfielder Barry Bannan. Another forward in the form of a permanent deal for Canary striker James Vaughan is doing the rounds. The Foxes will face competition from Leeds United for SEB and Upson, whilst Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday are both interested in Vaughan. He banged in 14 goals whilst on loan at the Terriers last term and after survival they will be looking to more than make up the Championship numbers.

Imps Aim To Play Next Season

The Imps look set to play football next season if the captures of Stockport County stars Danny Rowe, John Nolan and flying full-back Sean Newton are anything to go by. Ex Silkmen Wade Fairhurst and Burton Albion striker Ad Yussuf are two more great captures and Miller and Gray can use their feet as well as those arms that supply javelin throws to cause havoc for a target man or fox in the box.

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The trio will join Alan Power and the six-foot Sincil soldiers in a side that has the spine to compete with the big boys in a 46-match marathon of a season. Although the Imps have a bottom 6 budget they look as if they will be there or there abouts as Simmo aims to put the smile back on Sincil faces. While the pitches are playable the Imps will be planning to pass.

Should the Imps make the play-offs it could mean 49 games, plus cup commitments. The Trophy and FA Cup are seen as vital income streams by the manager who is aiming to create a new dynasty at the club to pave the way for a return to the Football League as soon as possible.

Although this season is a tough ask, the Management is looking to bring in at least 3 new faces before the season starts as well as loans to ensure the side realises the potential shared by a season ticket surge. Ticket sales are believed to be just about to break through the 800 barrier as the second discounted period also sees impressive sales so far.

Blades appoint Rangers & Everton Legend

Former Rangers star, Everton FC  Reserve Team Coach and sixth most capped Scotland player, David Weir looks set for a tough management baptism at the Blades after turning down the chance to follow David Moyes to Manchester United. That said his contacts, coaching badges, experience and determined winning mentality make him the perfect man for the job.

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Despite the rumours doing the rounds, Sheffield United can go up next season.  Yes there will have to be cuts and value for money after a £4.5 million pro-budget failed to deliver last year. Indeed Weir will have to move a few on as a huge amount of the budget is taken up by those offered generous long term contracts.  He can certainly lead by example, even at 43, as a player manager after continuing to play for the Toffee’s reserves.

In all seriousness Mr Weir, a defensive colossus in his time, will hit the ground running and knows many of the players. David trained with Danny Wilson’s side before choosing to remain at Everton to complete his badges, after leaving Rangers last January. Mr Moyes respected his decision and will be bound to blood a few of the United youngsters with a man he trusted with his reserve team and player development.

Mr Weir’s additional relationship with Ally McCoist at Rangers and, those Everton connections, will provide a platform for loans. This is by far the most cost-effective way to get the Blades back into the Championship, providing quality and a spine around which to blend the youth and experience currently at the club. The youth set-up has an embarrassment of riches who just need a few leaders to back them in their bid to shine.

Weir only needs to get the momentum going at Sheffield United and some of the loyalist fans in football will do the rest.  It will not take that much to bring back belief at Bramhall Lane. Optimism and a decent start could easily put 5,000 on the gate. That equates to £100,000 a game which would soon eat into the overdraft and build a warchest to spring board The Blades advance. For a side with so much potential it just needs the right man to take them from a division that has got beyond a joke.

The City of Sheffield deserves a Steel City derby next season at the very least and a Premiership club or two to represent one of football’s forgotten hotbeds.

STMI Biopic
Full name David Gillespie Weir
Date of birth 10 May 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Falkirk,
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1988–1992
Evansville University (USA)
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1992–1996 Falkirk 133 (8)
1996–1999 Heart of Midlothian 116 (12)
1999–2007 Everton 235 (10)
2007–2012 Rangers 143 (4)
Total 587 (30)
International Stats
1997–2010 Scotland 69 (1)

Scott Kerr Will Be Back At Bank By Xmas.

Grimsby Town’s signing of influential ex- York City, Bradford City, Scarborough FC and Imp guardian angel and midfield general, Scott Kerr, who would have welcomed a return to Impdom, will get his wish after all, well on Boxing Day or New Years Day at least.

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Scott, in his own ever modest words, won every award going at York City as well as a promotion in his first season. He sustained a cruciate injury that kept him out until last October yet still made 89 appearances during his two and a half-seasons at York.   A clever Cods catch, at 31 and battle scarred, he will still be a pivotal part of the Mariners push for promotion if his displays for the Imps are any kind of guide.

Kerr played 248 games for us under four managers, in a variety of styles amidst a growing shamble. Yet he always gave 100% and was an inspirational captain. Many forget the offensive strengths he has, with that rapier 2006-7 Schoey-ball season seeing the Yorkie Rose with thorns truly flower.  However, as was so often the case, he seemed more and more alone (O’Connor’s loan apart) in the bear pit, that is in reality the central midfield battle of attrition in a relegation haunted team. He took his share of the blame, but in truth, Scott was the only bloke who battled to protect the back four from a regular roast and ransack down the middle.

If Scott had stayed there is no doubt we would have got the points to stay up. He was an unsung hero who is as honest as the day is long. He speaks his mind, never backs down and his only failing is the desire to wear his heart on his sleeve every time he crosses that line.

Good luck Scotty, except in the two games against us. Maybe you can take a leaf out of some of the part-timers you played with during your time at the Imps and ‘pull a sicky’ during the festive fun. Two hopes there – Bob Hope and No Hope .

STMI Biopic
Full name Scott Anthony Kerr
Date of birth 11 December 1981 (age 31)
Place of birth Leeds
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Contract 1 year (plus options trigger)
Playing position: Centre Midfield General
Current club Grimsby Town
Youth career
1993–1995 Leeds United
1995–1999 Bradford City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1999–2001 Bradford City 3 (0)
2001–2003 Hull City 0 (0)
2002 Frickley Athletic (loan) 5 (1)
2003–2005 Scarborough 97 (4)
2005–2011 Lincoln City 248 (9)
2011–2013 York City 89 (1)
2013– Grimsby Town 0 (0)
International
2004–2005 England C 9 (1)
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Lincoln City Average Crowds 1884-2013

The Lincoln City average crowd statistics since the second world war make some interesting reading. Given the recent growth in our beautiful city (the fastest in Western Europe over the last decade) it illustrates the potential for any investors who fancy a football project that screams ‘success’. The population now stands at 93,000 (a rise of 9.3% since between 2001 & 2011) with an immediate catchment area of over 250,000, compared to the 66,000 the club enjoyed in Bill Anderson’s fabulous fifties side when the club pulled in 13-16,000.  That such a City has a team ranked 108th in the country, draws its own conclusions.

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Estimates from 1884 to 1893 (when we helped found the second Division) saw  crowds around 3500. Then in 1893 the 4,000  barrier was tested growing steadily to 6,000 by the late 1920′s.  A low of just over 5,000 in 1930 saw a handsome 50% rise in average gate receipts the following season, as we came second in Division 3 North. The following season we went up as Champions to the second Division. The first season back set a new high-average of 9,758.

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The 1940′s and 1950′s are seen as the traditional golden era for football attendances,  with the Imps no exception.  Over 13,000 trooped to see the promotion season of 1948 as we went on to average in the teens until 1960. The following season saw free-fall as we went from the second to the third to the fourth in successive seasons.  The sixties were bleak  but the seventies saw us bounce back from the 4,000′s to the sixes and sevens.  It peaked at an average of 8,401 for GT’s record setting Imps of ’76.

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The mid eighties saw the real lows as many Imps lost the faith after the Bradford fire and of course the Gilbert Blades affair, where lack of ambition cost us a return to those heady days of the second tier.  Bar a couple of sub 3,000 seasons in the early 1990′s we veered between 3 and 4,000 until Keith Alexander built us to just shy of a 5,000 average. Schofield’s brand of beautiful football saw us set a modern high of 5,176 in his first season, but alas, as we know, the trend has been consistently downward since then.

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Year       League Position Attendance
Season Ending Level National rank Average Rank V 92
2013 5 108 2182 n/a
2012 5 109 2347 n/a
2011 4 91 3.508 79
2010 4 88 3.670 78
2009 4 81 3.940 77
2008 4 83 4.078 81
2007 4 73 5.176 69
2006 4 75 4.739 75
2005 4 74 4.927 74
2004 4 75 4.910 74
2003 4 74 3.924 80
2002 4 90 3.223 86
2001 4 86 3.273 84
2000 4 83 3.405 79
1999 3 67 4.654 69
1998 4 71 3.968 72
1997 4 77 3.163 79
1996 4 86 2.870 80
1995 4 82 3.276 77
1994 4 88 3.179 80
1993 4 78 3.331 76
1992 4 80 2.822 80
1991 4 82 2.967 79
1990 4 78 4.071 66
1989 4 78 3.887 67
1988 5 93 3.572  n/a
1987 4 92 2.023 88
1986 3 65 2.617 77
1985 3 63 2.486 74
1984 3 58 3.148 74
1983 3 50 4.790 57
1982 3 48 4.222 69
1981 4 70 4.715 62
1980 4 75 3.713 78
1979 3 68 3.168 81
1978 3 60 4.878 67
1977 3 53 7.145 52
1976 4 69 8.401 43
1975 4 73 5.795 61
1974 4 80 3.930 74
1973 4 78 4.547 68
1972 4 73 7.603 58
1971 4 89 5.499 67
1970 4 76 6.070 67
1969 4 76 7.912 54
1968 4 81 6.692 65
1967 4 92 4.088 86
1966 4 90 3.845 87
1965 4 90 4.475 82
1964 4 79 5.650 77
1963 4 90 4.630 80
1962 3 66 5.868 74
1961 2 44 7.429 67
1960 2 35 10.734 54
1959 2 41 11.334 54
1958 2 42 10.147 61
1957 2 40 11.180 56
1956 2 30 13.215 48
1955 2 38 12.067 52
1954 2 38 14.712 48
1953 2 37 16.775 44
1952 3N 45 13.811 55
1951 3N 53 10.440 67
1950 3N 51 12.418 63
1949 2 44 15.890 53
1948 3N 45 13.187 61
1947 3N 67 7.614 73