1 Paul Farman
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A former Newcastle United youth, Paul was released and picked up by Blyth Spartans before moving to Gateshead FC. Paul Farman, at 23, is without doubt one of the best keepers in non-league football and settling into the England C scene after a recall last season. A sensational shot-stopper, surely Sincil’s safe hands will help Simmo sleep at night?
Paul Farman signed a new two-year deal in the summer, confident that the club’s ambition meets his own. The side are looking to at least challenge for the play-offs this season, with a new bonus structure in place to reward success. This will boost earnings and help the players to further their careers. The new BT deal (see our Tuesday heads up – once again way ahead of the game) should also put the Imps in the shop window.
That is not to say Paul wants to jump ship, far from it. There was genuine interest from a raft of clubs, including a League 2 and other Conference National sides, all offering a higher basic wage. However Farman shares the vision and wants to shoulder a huge chunk of the responsibility in the Sincil six-foot soldiers assault on a return to the Football League.
It is hard to believe he is still only 23 after such a fantastic first full season at City. Since finally signing from Gateshead, he has gone from strength to strength, including that England C recall. Paul’s determination and ambition is only matched by his work rate on and off the park. He and the Imps have a camaraderie and unity that will be hard to beat as Simmo recreates that Keith Alexander era siege mentality.
City will sweat blood and guts for glory this season in pursuit of what a club of our stature deserve. Paul Farman will be a massive presence for us and reliably play his part.
Paul is a fantastic shot-stopper, the best in the division by a mile. His double saves and man-of-the match performances saved us at least a dozen points last year. Yes he has made the odd frustrating error, but who wouldn’t in the face of wave upon wave of pressure last season. Some will point at his kicking, but this too has improved with the coaching team keen to address one of his few achilles heals. Let’s face it, you can’t get better than ‘hoof’ Grant Brown to show you how to clear the decks. Then again Simmo made Jose Veiga, aka The Cape Crusader (from Cape Verde), into a great keeper at Macclesfield, so perhaps there is room for some improvement in an already impressive set of skills between the sticks.
(with thanks to Gateshead FC)
Paul spent 8 games on loan at the Imps between November and December 2012 , but an injury saw the cash-strapped Imps send him back to the Heed earlier than anticipated. It was no surprise as Paul made 3 great saves in a vital 2-1 win over Barrow on his debut and kept two clean sheets against Ebbsfleet and Forest Green as well as keeping us in the 0-1 reverse at Newport- at that point a new low for the Imps. His 8 saves during the 2-0 win over FGR, in which he sustained the injury, won us the game. He would recover from injury to reclaim the number one spot with the Heed (he was an unused sub at the Imps upon his return from the physios table) delivering 3 clean sheets in 9 games before being dropped for the last 4 games.
With Joe Anyon seen as too rich for Holdsworth’s budget, despite agreeing to a 55% drop in wages, Paul was signed last summer with Impdom finally getting an England number 1, albeit England C. Paul grabbed the opportunity with both gloves and never looked back. His 7 saves and clean sheet in the opening day 1-0 win over Kidderminster was bettered by a dozen in the 1-1 draw at old club Gateshead. Paul would make 152 saves last season, from point blank blocks to claw backs and spectacular ones for the cameras. He was and will be a rock upon which to rebuild a side fit for a play-off push.
Behind a settled back four with a bit of support from the midfield, Paul Farman has a massive part to play in the rise of the Imps. That will cement his place as an England number 1.
Lincoln City Stats 2012/13
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Lincoln City Stats 2011/12
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|Lincoln||04/11/11||22/01/12||Loan||48 (1)||4 (0)|
|Gateshead||01/07/09||01/05/12||Free||63 (1)||2 (0)|
|Blyth Sptns||01/08/08||01/07/09||Free||16(1)||0 (0)|
Posted on July 4, 2013, in Imps Squad Player Pics, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Blyth Spartans, Gateshead FC, Lincoln City goal keeper Paul Farman, Newcastle United youth. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.