Monthly Archives: July 2013

Former Imps CEO Arrives At Notts County

Steve Prescott, our ex-CEO has returned to Nottingham (he was formerly with the Nottingham Forest commercial team) to run the Notts County Commercial department.

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Mr Prescott brought in substantial business to Nottingham Forest during his stint at the City ground before taking the top job at Lincoln.  His pro-activity was curtailed at the Imps when relegation forced his job emphasis to move to ‘change management’.  He had joined Forest after enjoying a commercial role at Lincoln.

 

Mr Prescott was made redundant by Lincoln City last week and was unveiled on the Magpies official site today.  He follows the Lincoln Ladies team, who have taken their ladies football franchise over to County in recent weeks.

 

 

The Imps Are Shaping Up Well Considering….

The Imps  have now beaten Middlesbrough FC  and Scunthorpe United in consecutive games, scoring two goals in each.  Certainly the opposition were playing far from first teamers but  Lincoln continue to confound the critics, those concerned over the case for the defence, the bottom third £400,000 budget afforded to the manager and a pre-season pricing policy that has seen many unable to taste the cream.  Its all positive on the pitch however. Another of the new signings is now getting amongst the goals, with Fairhurst notching a beautiful brace, showing finishing that would grace any stage.  The passing has taken fans and foe by surprise given the reputation and size of the aptly nicknamed Six-foot soldiers. Hoof!!!!

For those Imps back from their holidays, a recap of an optimistic and intriguing pre-season that is showing an awful lot of promise.  STMI take a look at the ins and outs of 2013/14  plus the results complete with hot-links to match reports.

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The Comings and Goings

Lincoln have nine signed so far, although one of those is a temporary deal for Foster who will sign his full agreed one year contract as soon as the one remaining member of the admin staff returns from holiday.  Imps need not worry but clearly the loss of the CEO has left things a little stretched – perhaps it would be nice to bring back Fran Martin aka Mrs Lincoln City. The manager released 7 players with Oliver moving to Crewe for what could be worth £45k if he plays enough games and triggers enough add-ons.  Alfreton split the difference on the initial bid made in the summer according to sources in Derbyshire. In hindsight, a wonderful thing in any walk of life,  if Town had let him go at the start of the summer they would have actually been better off as they have had to pay his wages due to the player’s contract being a full-time one as opposed to a 44 week affair.  But that’s football for you.

IN Player From Pos Fee
24th July Luke Foster Preston Def Free
23rd July Ben Thomlinson Alfreton For < £7000
1st July Nick Wright Mansfield For Free
3rd June Nat Brown Macclesfield Def Free
23rd May Adi  Yussuf Burton For Free
23rd May Jon Nolan Stockport Mid Free
17th May Wade Fairhurst Macclesfield For Free
14th May Danny Rowe Stockport Mid/For Free
14th May Sean Newton Stockport Def Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st July Vadaine Oliver Crewe For £25k(+ Ad)
Released Nick Draper No Club Keeper
Released Peter Gilbert No club Def
Released Frazer Cobb Free Def
Released Nicky Nicolau Chelmsford C Mid
Released Adam Smith FC Halifax Winger
Released Jamie Taylor Sutton For
Released Gomez Dali No club For

The squad The side does have a decent balance to it despite the compact size with Jordan, Sheridan and Fofana all able to fill in should six defenders be insufficient.  The manager also has a loan budget with Boro and The Black Cats apparently impressed with the style and philosophy of the football.  As we pointed out in May Jamie Clapham, an Imp born and Bred is the chief development coach at Boro.

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Goalkeepers

1  Paul Farman    13 David Preece

Defenders

Tom Miller   3   Sean Newton  5  Andrew Boyce  15  Dan Gray,  23 Nat Brown    Luke Foster

Midfielders

Todd Jordan  6 Mamadou Fofana  7  Wade Fairhurst  8 Alan Power    Danny Rowe  12 Jake Sheridan  19 Jon Nolan  24 Karl Cunningham 

Strikers

10 Nick Wright 11 Ben Tomlinson 14  Adi Yussuf  16 Conner Robinson 20 Bohan Dixon 29 Jordan Thomas

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Thus far Lincoln have won four and lost three,  with no draws from our seven friendlies. Rowe, Wright and young Yussuf have three goals, whilst Power, Fairhurst and Dixon have two. Click on REPORT below the date for the match report teams, schemes & stats

Tue 9/7 Chesterfield  3-1 Lincoln City Att N/A
 REPORT Yussuf
Sat 13/7 Lincoln United 1-7 Lincoln City Att 721
 REPORT 3-Rowe,2-Dixon, Yussuf, Power 600 Imps
Tue 16/7 Harrogate Town  2-3 Lincoln City Att 256
 REPORT Hall, Woods Wright (1,5,38) 130 Imps
Sat 20/7 Grantham Town  2-1 Lincoln City  Att 236
 REPORT Meikle, McDonald Power (Pen 85) 120 Imps
Wed 24/7  Lincoln City  0-2 Sunderland U21  Att 474
 REPORT  Harrison, Agnew  463 Imps
Sat 27/7 Lincoln City  2-1 Middlesbrough U21  Att 493
 REPORT Yussuf (38) Tomlinson (pen 89)  Sirrell (60)  479 Imps
Tue 30/7 Lincoln City  2-0 Scunthorpe  ATT 918
REPORT Fairhurst 27 & 67  742 Imps
Sat 3/8 Lincoln City   Boston United
TBA Lincoln City   Boston/Gainsboro

Sly Fox Sinclair Signs Akinbiyi, Darkwah & Chimbonda

Frank Sinclair has brought in former Leicester City, Bristol City & Gillingham striker Ade Akinbiyi, Stockport County forward Cameron Darkwah and even played Wigan & Spurs defender Pascal Chimbonda as a guest in  Saturday’s 1-5 friendly defeat against Chelsea. Frank was a popular player in his time at Lincoln and STMI wish him well.

(Biopics on both Frank & Ade are available at the bottom of the article).

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Frank, one of Jacko’s Magnificent Seven in 2008,  is winding down his career at Colwyn Bay (a haunt of Dany Lloyd) and has just been given the player manager role at Llanelian Road on a permanent basis, with Ade Akinbiyi coming in as a playing coach and assistant. The two certainly have ambitious plans with the Skrill North side also investing in young winger Jamie Matthews from FC United of Manchester .  A clever player in his day, Frank was surprisingly loaned by Jacko to Wycombe Wanderers during the season and helped the Chairboys win promotion from League Two, before being one of the 7 released at the end of the season.

The Duo – Frank especially looking every bit the young and up and coming manager – are certainly showing the benefit of their contacts.  Both players look set to play some decent football to hopefully tempt ex clubs Wrexham (very local) and Leicester to give them a bit of a leg up in their promotion bid by supplying a few loans to get them started.   Although the headline signings are impressive Frank will clearly want to build on the 6 match winning streak that saved Bay from relegation last season. It earned him the managers job on a full time basis as well as April’s manager of the month award whilst still the caretaker.

Good luck Frank, thanks for some priceless moments, just let Adi look after the shooting, you know what you were like for own goals.

Sinclair, Frank.jpgThanks for the PIC WIKI
STMI Biopic
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair
Date of birth 3 December 1971 (age 41)
Place of birth London
Height 5 ft 9 in
Playing position Defender
Current Gig in the game
Current club Colwyn Bay (Player/Manager)
Youth career
1988–1990 Chelsea
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Wrexham 39 (0)
2011 Hendon 10 (0)
2012– Colwyn Bay 29 (4)
International stats
1997–2003 Jamaica 28 (1)
Managerial Record
2013– Colwyn Bay – no games yet

And now for Ade who will certainly teach the young Colwyn forwards a thing or two.

STMI Biopic
Full name Adeola Oluwatoyin Akinbiyi
Date of birth 10 October 1974 (age 38)
Place of birth London
Height 6 ft 1 in
Playing position Forward
Current Gig in the game
Club Colwyn Bay (player coach)
Youth career
Senrab
Norwich City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1993–1997 Norwich City 49 (3)
1994 Hereford United (loan) 4 (2)
1994 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 7 (4)
1997–1998 Gillingham 63 (28)
1998–1999 Bristol City 47 (21)
1999–2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 (16)
2000–2002 Leicester City 58 (11)
2002–2003 Crystal Palace 24 (3)
2003 Stoke City (loan) 4 (2)
2003–2005 Stoke City 59 (17)
2005–2006 Burnley 39 (16)
2006–2007 Sheffield United 18 (3)
2007–2009 Burnley 70 (10)
2009 Houston Dynamo 14 (0)
2009–2010 Notts County 10 (0)
2013- Colwyn Bay 0 (0)
Total 503 (136)
International team
1999 Nigeria 1 (0)

Todd Jordan’s Back Then?

Ex Sheffield Wednesday youth Todd Jordan got some valuable minutes against Scunthorpe United last night, just two weeks after the horror challenge at Lincoln United that left him on crutches. He is part of a growing Sheffield based influence at The Imps, for despite the loss of Oliver to Crewe Alexandra, the Manager, Brown and Foster hail from there, as well as some Rotherham based  lads.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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This typifies the hunger and desire from a lad who wants to prove Wednesday, his boyhood heroes wrong by making a living from the game after all, albeit from a lower level.  Born in the harsh environment of Parkhills most lads thereabouts dream of performing for their fellow Wednesdayites on that cavernous but incredibly inspiring Kop.

Todd is regarded as a quick healer but we will have to hope that his natural fitness will be sufficient to cope with missing the full pre-season, for he is a vital part of this young and hungry Simpson  side. Todd, or Mo Fofana, must be an effective tough tackling and composed partner for Jon Nolan in the two that are pivotal to Simpson’s  cosmopolitan free-flowing 4-2-3-1 formation that Lincoln fans hope will take the Skrill Premier by storm.

Nolan has been superb against supposedly superior technical ability in the last two games, last night being his second man of the match performance in succession. But he cannot be expected to do it alone over a 46 match marathon.

Todd, who can also fill in at left and centre-back is a versatile, strong, competitive and of course tall lad who, like Nolan, can get forward to support the counter. His brilliant 25-yard curling strike against Telford showed he has a shot and a half on him, but his passing and distribution will improve no end under the coaching guidance of Simpson, as well as playing next to Nolan who seems to have it all.

Todd understandably ran out of steam last year, but then he had only just moved up from part-time.  Let us hope the break in pre-season will allow him and Nolan to forge the steel spine we need at Woking on opening day. If it does the side will have the balance we need to see off the counters that have so put the Imps on the back-foot in previous seasons. But if the two can win it and get the ball to the feet of the advanced midfield trio plus the poacher up top, Lincoln could be looking at much better than just the top eight this season.

Todds 2012/13 & STMI Biopic

Sq No Name Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC       
4 Todd Jordan 10 2 836 1 9 0 13 6 2 0
Full Name Todd Jordan    
Date of Birth 4th Dec 1991  Age 21
Place of Birth Sheffield    
Height 6′ 3″    
Weight 12 st 6lb
   
Youth Career
2005-2009 Sheffield Wednesday    
  Senior Career    
Club Lincoln City  SQ  04
Contract 1 year    
Pos LB/CB/DMC    
Year Club Aps Gls
2010 -2012 Worsborough 20 3
2012  2013 Parkgate FC 25 3
2013  2013 Staveley MW 5 0
2013  2013 Shirebrook 1 0
2013 –  Lincoln City 12 1

Simpson’s Awash with Goal Machines

Who are Adi Yussuf (ex- Leicester City & Burton Albion) Nick Wright (ex-Mansfield, Kidderminster & Tamworth),  Danny Rowe (ex-Preston, Fleetwood & Man Utd) Wade Fairhurst (Doncaster Rovers & Macclesfield) and Ben Tomlinson (Macclesfield)? Indeed, but they are all up and running with Fairhurst joining the group with a stunning brace against Scunthorpe last night.  Incredibly these are all new signings, who could well follow in the wake of Gary Simpson’s spots (now on the way to £10 million and rising) and remember Captain Alan Power is also off the mark and he pitched in with 11 from midfield last season. One thing is for sure Lincoln’s goal machine list is growing by the minute. STMI takes a look at the Imps new prowess for scoring goals.

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Adi Yussuf  already has three, Nick Wright a hat-trick and 3 assists, Danny Rowe a hat-trick and two assists,  Wade Fairhurst a brace and Ben Tomlinson is less than a week off the train from Alfreton with a penalty and the desire to catch up fast. Captain Alan Power already has two goals to his name, one a rather customary penalty plus a poachers finish at the far post. Bohan Dixon has two as well, both coming on his debut at Lincoln United during a rather succesful trial that earned him a deal.

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It is almost surreal for the shell-shocked Imps, their faith tested to the limits over the last few years. Relegation from the football League was followed by two relegation dog-fights in the Blue Square Premier, yet the passing attacking football looks set to emphasise Skill in the new Skrill Premier. With Imps scratching their eyes at a rare cup success last night, a giant killing to boot, albeit against a weakened Iron side from a League above, it appears to be raining goals at a club that has been shot shy and perennial underperformers at home for almost half a decade.

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Here are the contenders, in squad number order, for the crown of top goal machine at the Imps. Perhaps one may even match 21 goal hero Simon Yeo, the last player to get twenty for City almost a decade ago.  Feel free to click on the players name should you wish to see the full STMI biopic.

7  Wade Fairhurst

Macclesfield 2012/13  Stats

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
20 Waide Fairhurst 31 12 2458 13 79 3 15 32 5

8  Alan Power   

2012/13 STMI ImpStats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Alan Power 38 3 3346 11 77 6 46 44 5 0

Danny Rowe 

Stockport & Barrow STMI 2012/13 Stats – 
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
10 Danny Rowe 20 11  2264 5 16 6 n/a n/a 0 0

Mansfield STMI 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster STMI 2011/12 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0

Alfreton STMI Stats 2012/13

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
21 Ben Thomlinson 33 13 2583 14 55 2 41 22 10 1

14  Adi Yussuf 

Burton Albion  STMI Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Adi Yussuf 3 8 409 1 14 0 11 6 1 0

Lincoln 2 Scunthorpe 0 Fairhurst Wades in A Brace

He was quality at Doncaster Rovers, he was quality at Macc, until the injury set-back, but now Fairhurst is starting to deliver at Lincoln at just the right time. Oh yes, the Lincoln City aristocrats continued to pile on the style at Sincil Bank, with the former Macclesfield Striker showing his silky skills at last in the red and white of the Mighty Imps.   Simmo’s six foot soldiers look like a side who are in it to win it with the return of the Lincolnshire County just part of the plan. Fairhurst’s quality brace took the headlines but in truth the passing and movement was top rate again with Nolan and Wright widening the smiles of those who adore and adorn the red and white stripes of Lincoln City,,,,the County club!

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Tues 30th July, ko 7.00 pm

 H/T 1-0

Att 918  ( 742 Imps 176 from The Iron)

Scorers Fairhurst 27 & 67

The Teams & Schemes

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Farman

Gray Brown  Foster Newton  

Fofana Nolan

Sheridan Fairhurst Tomlinson 

Dixon  

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substitutions

58′ D/S Boyce on for Foster & Wright on for Dixon, 73 Jordan on for Gray, 78 Robinson on for Sheridan

The Bench 

Boyce, Robinson, Wright, Jordan, Rowe

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Severn

Ribeiro Waterfall Howe Grayson

Adelakan  McAllister,  Hornsey, Bateson J Wootton

 K Wootton,  

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Substitutions

70′ Burdett on for Adelakan, 88′ Smythe on for Bateson

The Bench 

GK Weaver, 14 Smythe, 17 Burdett, 18 Cowling, 19 Hare

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

A very tentative opening twenty minutes  was limited to the middle third as five took on five in a hugely congested midfield.  Enter Wade Fairhurst, with a brilliant 20 yard bullet into the bottom left to give The Imps a 26 minute lead. Receiving a threaded ball from the cunning Nolan he turned to craft a crashing, curling effort just inside the far post.

This forced the visitors to open up a little with some carpet football from both sides.  This gave Lincoln the freedom to play their passing game, Sheridan pranced and Nolan danced, again he was the very heartbeat we have oh so long needed in the side.  That said the end product was being snuffed out with the classy Waterfall and Howe doing a number on Dixon and Fairhurst’s probing runs from deep. Full-backs Grayson and Ribeiro were also wise to the runs of Sheridan and Newton, a flying full-back always keen to overlap.

The match took on something of an exhibition nature as opposed to the fiery contest we had hoped for.  Even the initially vociferous Iron fans had ceased the banter, numbed perhaps by the inactivity on their part.  Brian Laws face was darker than the gathering clouds and his young side responded flying into the challenges.  A fearsome drive from Wootton looked a leveller until Farman pulled off a magnificent reaction save.

The Imps football was a treat, the triangles neat and almost always to feet until that all-important final ball that is, which always seemed to elude us, or saw a timely challenge from a very cohesive Iron back four. In truth we lacked the pace of Yussuf and the invention of Rowe and Power despite dominating possession, but the passion from both sides certainly saw some well timed and full-blooded challenges going in.

Second half

The Imps kick off and continue to dominate. Simmo then injects the much needed pace as Wright comes on for Dixon and Boyce comes on for Foster. Almost immediately the ploy delivers as Wright roasts their right and centres. Fairhurst  powers through but his initial goalbound effort is blocked by a combination of Howe and keeper Severn. The poacher follows up to sweep home sweetly.

Scunthorpe  rally for the sake of pride to win a corner that Wootton (J) heads over.  Burdett then comes on Adelakun and quick to heal Jordan replaces Gray. McAllister fizzes a free-kick just over the bar as the derby passion ignites into an end to end affair.  The Iron are indeed enjoying a purple patch as Bateson  but a yard the wrong side of Farman’s post. Smythe is thrown on for Batson with five minutes to go, but the Imps play keep ball to close out the game with at least three 20 pass moves.

To Boston and the unveiling of the new kit on community Saturday then. Why the cross of Impdom is stirring the soul like St George the standard bearer himself.  And then it will be the trip to Woking, with the Six-foot soldiers ushering in an era of scoring scoring Lincoln judging by the hot-shots Simmo has assembled.

Lincoln V Scunthorpe- Simmo & Laws Teams, Schemes & Dreams.

Thankfully we will not see Grimsby Town fans packing the Stacey West just yet as Scunthorpe beat them 3-0 in the last round of the County Cup. Then again with Mansfield Town this Saturday – in a  Crikey Wingco its chocks-away opening League 2 fixture – there will not be too many Iron fans wanting to follow a weakened sortie to Imp Bomber HQ to bag the  Lincolnshire FA county crown jewel (Its a nice trophy as it goes) . Mindful of  Saturday’s derby (The Stags have sold all bar 400 tickets, with the Iron section also packed to the girders) Brian Laws looks unlikely to take risks, but will play a much stronger side than the one that lost 0-1 at North Ferriby Utd. He has to for prides sake, not to mention that play-off encounter from 2002/3 that must still eat away.   As for we Imps, the chance to see us beat anything in a Scunthorpe strip, at £6 to boot, is too good to miss. Remember the kick-off is 7 pm for the young ones who also get in at £3 a go.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Tues 30th July, ko 7.00 pm

Ticket Price
Adult £6
Concession £3
Junior £3

An early evening matinee, with Panto players Laws and Simpson locking horns minus Big Keith of course.  Laws oft the pantomime villain in Imps eyes, is back at the Iron helm, as is Simmo with both motivated by unfinished business at their respective home from homes, with pride the daily alarm clock for two true football men.  Time for the boos…. for Scunthorpe will bring a weakened team for what is set to be their final friendly game of the season – well it is if we beat them to contest the Final. So they are beatable, (oh yes they are!!!) but you always have to take Brian Laws (he’s behind you) comments with a 5kg bag of salt.

Talking of which, the arrival of money man Peter Swann could also be a bitter pill to swallow, for those in red and white and pinstripe.   The spat over centre-back Boyce perhaps ensured he could never come to Lincoln by choice.  Boyce’s former Trinity partner, Luke Waterfall, will start tonight, next to Callum Howe, but forwards Chris Iwelumo and Andy Welsh are much less likely with Wooton and Winnall in.  Goalkeeper James Severn, defender George Grayson and first year pro’s Luke Hornsey (an exciting central midfielder) look set to start. Laws loves 4-4-2 but goes with 4-3-3 as his second choice.  If this is the case attacking midfielder Godden could come through from deep so Nolan beware.  Should he go 4-4-2 then Dutch left-winger Esajas may come in and Dan Gray could be in for a torrid night.

The Imps all want a place on the park with Miller, Brown, Foster and Boyce eager to get a piece of the action.  Should Fofana come back into the defensive midfield slot then Power could force young Adi onto the bench. It will be tough on him, but then the same could be said of Connor Robinson who looks also looks great in the same position.  Tomlinson may start up top instead of Wright, who loves lurking from the left anyway.  Where Rowe goes nobody knows but then that is the point for the epicentre of the advanced three midfield musketeers.

The Teams & Schemes

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Farman

Gray Brown Boyce Newton  

Power Nolan

Yussuf  Rowe Wright

Tomlinson    

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substitutions

 

The Bench 

13 GK Preece, 4 Foster, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 12 Sheridan, 16 Thomas, 17 Dixon, 20 Robinson

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Severn

Ribeiro Waterfall Howe Grayson

McAllister,  Hornsey, Collins

 Goddon

Wootton,  Winnall

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The Bench 

GK Slocombe, Ribeiro, Nolan, Mirfin, Canavan, Hawkridge, Sparrow, Collins, Welsh,Burton, Iwelumo

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Tomlinson Aims For Goal Run

Ben Tomlinson is determined to score against Scunthorpe Utd tonight and thus turn his debut strike against Middlesbrough FC into a scoring run.  Goals breed confidence for a striker as well as the team, but there is more at stake than this tonight. Indeed when it comes to goal pedigree, Rowe, Wright and Yussuf already have 3 goals chalked up.

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Clearly County pride comes into this one, with Simmo the first manager to take the County Cup seriously for some time.  That has been such a shame given the desire for a Lincoln side to win the Lincolnshire County cup was the raison d’etre for the forming of Lincoln City, the the Cits or Citizens in the first place. Councillor Bainbridge, William Mortimer and 22 others turned out at the Monson Arms hotel in 1884 with such a vision as two clubs were merged and the goal achieved in 1886-87 to finally topple the Sleaford dominance in the county

Yet the real elephant in the room, other than the ruse that The Iron will play a weakened team, is somewhat closer to home, not to mention the financial bone. Lincoln City have to start winning home games if the club is to get the crowds back and challenge sufficiently to continue to reverse what has become an alarming trend. Peter Jackson cited an inability to win enough games at home as the major reason for his premature departure.  With under 500 at the previous two home games, despite 1200 season ticket holders, let us hope the £6 / £3 entry fee will tempt a few more in.

The added bonus of a win will then hopefully tempt a few more to turn out for the Boston game and community day this Saturday. The win may not be so likely of course, but the manner of the performance can still do much to add to a healthy optimism around Sincil Bank.  Scunthorpe will be a huge test, we are the underdogs, but the passion and style of play deserves a far greater audience after Saturday’s great display.

Fortunately most of the defence looks set to return and Tomlinson, Rowe, Wright, young Yussuf and midfield general Nolan are aiming to plunder goals. If Tomlinson gets on a goal run there will be no stopping him as 29 at Worksop and 6 in 10 before a leg break at Macc shows.  He then got 14 last term for Alfreton as a support striker, suggesting we have a goal machine at Sincil Bank. In reality we have more with, Fairhurst, for one, yet to find his fitness and feet, but very much a goal machine in his Doncaster days.  Then there is Rowe and Wright who have bagged hat-tricks and dark horse Yussuf also three gaols to the good and certainly rediscovering his own knack for finding the net. Nob bad really for a side still blending, in a pre-season hampered by injuries to key personnel.

So the chance for the full squad to pit themselves against the County’s best equipped side, will be seen as a welcome test.  Surely that, curiosity and County pride will break the four figure mark tonight?

 

60 Must See Imps Video’s

Classic moments against Chesterfield, Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe, Hartlepool, York City and even the 4-1 win over Manchester City at an on-line shrine put together by  Cabsbrother Ish. So far there are 60 but the number is rising all the time.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Do you remember the Tommo head butt, Murphy’s gobbledygook, the sacking of Allan Clarke or the Tony Lormor hat trick at Scunthorpe?  Well Cabsbrother Ish does and his Youtube channel  is a must for Imps fans young and old.

Click the following link, enjoy and bookmark it.  HERE

STMI doff our hats, this is an outstanding site that an Imp can go back to time and time again.

Simmo To Play First XI V Scunthorpe (Just £6 & £3)

Scunthorpe United will net £520,000 from the Gary Hooper transfer from Celtic to Norwich City, boosting the millions of benefactor Peter Swann husband of Wilkos joint chairman Karyn, who is committed to getting them back where they belong .  If Scunthorpe United  and the spectre of Brian Laws in the away dugout will not be motivation enough, add in the £6 and £3 entry fee, Mr Peter Swann, who allegedly took his millions North of the county in favour of joining our board, plus an Iron invasion of the ex-Home end. Sincil salivates….  a not to be missed classic encounter, for the conquerors will be favourites to be crowned County Champions.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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“It’s North Lincolnshire princes against Mid Lincolnshire paupers on paper, but football, remember is played on a pitch, by men”

 

Scunthorpe fell some way short of expectations last season after Laws replaced Alan Knill in the October.  The Iron went down, in 21st position,  with Peter Swann gaining the chairmanship over the summer, vowing to invest heavily to return them to the Championship.  The cause will also be boosted to the tune of half a million pounds when Gary Hooper swaps green and white hoops for Blue and White hoops this week.  Scunthorpe sold him for £2.4m to Celtic with a 20% sell on, so the Five million fee from Norwich who pipped QPR, will net that handsome £520,000 and a return, all told, of close to £3 millions.

Andy Boyce is also set to meet up with his old central defensive partner Luke Waterfall, with battles in both boxes guaranteed.  Laws is clearly trying to recapture the golden era he enjoyed there between 1997 and 2006.  He shifted six but has shrewdly brought in nine. He has two new defenders  in Andy Dawson (Hull) & Luke Waterfall (Gainsborough). Laws has rebuilt the midfield with five new arrivals, namely, Etiënne Esajas (Swindon),  winger Terry Hawkridge (Gainsborough), Sean McAllister (Cowdenbeath), Matt Sparrow (Crawley Town) and Andy Welsh (Carlisle). To boost the strike force a decent duo in  Deon Burton (Gillingham) and Chris Iwelumo (Watford).

Scunthorpe beat Grimsby 3-0 in the last round of the County cup with two of the goals coming in the last 10 minutes. However the Imps are far more attack minded than The fishy foe, who are defensively minded. This is a very tough test against a side certain to be there or thereabouts in League 2 this season, but you feel it is set to be a football fiesta between two attack minded local rivals. As to whether we could see another repeat of the 5-3 game in 2003 who knows. But we can dream…hopefully this story will help inspire a big crowd and rekindle Imps spirits – HERE