Monthly Archives: October 2013

Skrill Premier Away Support (Aug-Oct)

Luton Town, Chester FC, Cambridge Utd, Lincoln & Grimsby Town still top the Away stats, with Wrexham FC,  Barnet FC, Aldershot Town, FC Halifax and Kidderminster Harriers all still above the 200 mark.

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The Hatters hordes continue to raise the bar with an unbelievable take to Tamworth – 1199 (and that is/was some round trip). Aldershot also took a credible 193 to Impdom, with Grimsby taking 285 & 272 all the way to Salisbury & Aldershot respectively, to move within 10 of the Imps average away support. The Lincoln legions topped the Fishy foe however with 483 to Nuneaton.

Cambridge are travelling well too with 331 at Chester who continue to confound their League position with 220 at Alfreton.  The League leaders also took 239 to the Fishy foe on a Tuesday night.

The second highest for the month was the Hatters once again with 840 trooping down to Aldershot.  Barnet mustered 358 for Welling, with 260 Shaymen at Luton and The Harriers also took 259 to Chester.

Outstanding support as ever with every regular traveller deserving a medal for what they shell out financially and emotionally for the cause.  Here is the table in full, please feel free to put a link on your forums to ensure STMI get the reads. Our prof is a sad so and so but he his harmless really.

Total turnstile clicks Away-days Average
1 Luton 5856 8 732
2 Chester 3248 8 406
3 Cambridge 3064 8 383
4 Lincoln 2552 8 319
5 Grimsby 2472 8 309
6 Wrexham 1864 8 233
7 Barnet 1498 7 214
8 Aldershot 1908 9 212
9 Halifax 1477 7 211
10 Kidderminster 1616 8 202
11 Hereford 1104 8 138
12 Woking 959 7 137
13 Nuneaton 910 7 130
14 Southport 882 9 98
15 Dartford 712 8 89
16 Macclesfield 704 8 88
17 Salisbury 616 8 77
18 Forest Green 603 9 67
19 Welling 456 8 57
20 Alfreton 424 8 53
21 Tamworth 392 8 49
22 Gateshead 352 8 44
23 Hyde 328 8 41
24 Braintree 256 8 32

Skrill Premier Home Crowd Stats

Luton Town, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town and Cambridge United all top 3,000 with Lincoln, Chester FC, Aldershot and Kidderminster Harriers all  averaging over 2,000 home gates in the Skrill Premier League so far this season.

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The Luton Town effect has seen them not only pitch in with a seventh of the total turnstile clicks for the SPL (just under 352,000 with an 1826 average), but also feature in seven of their counterparts seasonal highs (we will cover the away crowds separately later today).  Lincoln City have featured in four, which is incredible given our mid-table position.

Home stats (to Oct 31 3013)

Team Turnstile Clicks Average Highest
1 Luton Town 51,620 6,452 7517
2 Wrexham 28,258 3,532 6037
3 Grimsby Town 27,150 3,393 4386
4 Cambridge United 24,586 3,073 3740
5 Lincoln City 19,473 2,434 2748
6 Chester City 18,714 2,339 2900
7 Aldershot Town 19,248 2,138 3138
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16,965 2,120 2866
9 Hereford United 14,274 1,784 2386
10 Barnet 12,453 1,779 2543
11 Halifax 13,515 1,501 1805
12 Woking 11,961 1,495 1955
13 Macclesfield Town 11,055 1,381 1720
14 Nuneaton Town 11,017 1,224 1634
15 Forest Green Rovers 8,397 1,199 1858
16 Tamworth 8,846 1,105 2066
17 Dartford 8,806 1,100 1386
18 Southport 7,579 1,082 2210
19 Braintree Town 8,395 1,049 1480
20 Salisbury City 7,409 926 1313
21 Welling 6,562 820 1017
22 Gateshead 5,632 704 944
23 Alfreton Town 5,392 674 783
24 Hyde 4,455 556 786

Imps Offer Cheap Tickets For Plum Plymouth Cup Tie.

Lincoln City and Plymouth Argyle have agreed tickets well below the normal Sincil Bank Conference admission prices for the crunch cup tie on Saturday November 9th.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png V The initials "P.A.F.C" underneath a shield featuring a ship called the Mayflower in full sail.

Saturday 9th Nov 2013 KO 3PM

Although there is still no confirmation as to whether the TV cameras will be here to screen the game live, the sensible pricing should ensure a bumper cup crowd and a cracking atmosphere:-

Ticket prices are as follows:-
Adults: £15
Concessions: £10
U18: £5

Welling V Imps, Heroes, Villains & Head-2-Head

The loan of Doug Bergqvist (Exeter City) and Blain Hudson (Cambridge United) has given young Welling United manager Jamie Day a spine of steel allowing United to go out and play some skilful, passing open football as well as shocking a few into the bargain. Everyone rated Welling and their inexperienced manager as relegation fodder, but if the small squad can avoid too many injuries they could be there or thereabouts this season.

Thanks for reading the prof

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Saturday 2nd Nov 2013 KO 3PM

What Are They Saying –  FANS Forum      Ground guide      Away ticket prices    

Hello everyone,  it’s your learned Prof here from the University of Lincoln. This will be a tough away game against a quality side that can create and take chances from all over the park.  Let’s take a look at the managers tale of the tape, the heroes & villains and remember that games of football are only won and lost out on the pitch.

Gary Simpson Manager Jamie Day
4-2-3-1 / 4-3-3 Formation 4-4-2 / 4-5-1 
13 Position 9
22 Points 25
17 Goals scored 26
16 Goals conceded 22
34 Yellow cards 28
1 Red Cards 0
16th Position 2012/13 Promoted from BSS
Play-offs Forecast Mid-table
3-0 V Hyde (H) Biggest win 5-2 V FGR (H)
1-4 Harriers (A) Heaviest defeat 0-3 V Halifax (A)

Ker-ching

19,473 Turnstile Clicks 6,562
2434 Ave Gate 820
2748 v Aldershot Hi 1017 V Barnet
1879 V Southport Low 452 V Forest Green

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Lafayette 6 Tomlinson 7 Halifax 3
Clarke 5 Dixon 3 Welling 0
Dyer 3 Fairhurst 2 Harriers 4
Pires 3 Nolan 2 Lincoln 1
Healy 3 Miller 2 Welling 2
Bergqvist 2 Boyce 2 Tamworth 0
Fazackerley 1 Rowe 1 Lincoln 0
Beautyman 1 Wright 1 Aldershot 1
Day 1 Power 1 Braintree 2
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Welling 3
Obersteller 3 Newton 7 Lincoln 0
Guthrie 3 Power 3 Tamworth 0
Lafayette 3 Miller 2 Welling 1
Healy 3 Brown 2 Barnet 1
Fazackerley 2 Boyce 1 Nuneaton 2
Gallagher 2 Tomlinson 1 Lincoln 2
Dyer  2 Nolan 1 Macclesfield 2
4 players 1 Fofana 1 Welling 1
Jordan 1 Lincoln 3
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Hyde 0
Gallagher 6 Tomlinson 6 Welling 1
Clarke 3 Nolan 5 Aldershot 0
Butcher 2 Newton 4 Hereford 1
Franks 2 Miller 4 Lincoln 0
Bergqvist 2 Power 4 Hyde 0
Guthrie 2 Jordan 2 Welling 1
Pires 2 Foster 2 Luton 3
Hudson 2 Rowe 2 Lincoln 2
Healy 2 Boyce 2 Welling 5
Obersteller 1 Yussuf 1 Forest Green 2
Fazackerley 1 Gray 1 Lincoln 1
Dyer 1 Sheridan 1 Southport 0
Day 1     Southport 2
Lafayette 1     Welling 2
Villains Reds Villains Reds Barnet 1
Power 1 Lincoln 1

Current & Overall Form

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Welling (H) 8 4 3 1 13 7 6 15 9
Lincoln (A) 8 1 3 4 8 13 -5 6 15
Lincoln (H) 8 5 1 2 9 3 6 16 7
Welling (A) 8 3 1 4 13 15 -2 10 9
Last Five G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Welling 5 2 1 2 7 8 -1 7 12
Lincoln 5 1 2 2 6 7 -1 5 16
Overall G W D L F A GD Pts
Welling 16 7 4 5 26 22 4 25 9
Lincoln 16 6 4 6 17 16 1 22 13

Historic Tale of the Tape

The sides have only met once, in the 1st Round of the FA Cup back in 1999/2000, The Imps won the game at Sincil Bank 1-0.

Season Date Home Score Away Competition
1999/2000 Sat 30 Oct Lincoln City 10 Welling Utd. F.A. Cup

Plymouth Tie & FA Cup Run Can Reawaken Lincoln Ambitions

The Plymouth Argyle FA Cup game at Sincil Bank on 9th November will see a much needed boost to the Imps coffers, thanks to the emphatic 3-0 win over Worcester City last night.  Win lose or draw the cup run – all three games of it- will dramatically boost the manager’s budget and reawaken the waning ambitions of Lincoln fans.  Manager Gary Simpson knows this job is a long-term project as he seeks to turn around the clubs fortunes but £50-£100,000 would make a tough job so much easier and give success starved Imps something to chew on. Naturally the same could be said of Plymouth and the fantastic Pilgrim support.

The initials "P.A.F.C" underneath a shield featuring a ship called the Mayflower in full sail.

Plymouth are the second best supported side in League 2, indeed an average away following of  729 for last season,  has increased both home and away so far this term despite only being 18th in the division so far.  The chance of a cup upset could tempt the TV cameras to Sincil Bank ensuring a further cash bonanza of £67,500 per club, with ITV and BT Sport showing 3 games in the First Round proper of the competition.  The tie could also put some pressure on manager John Sheridan who has been in the job since January, after guiding the Pilgrims to safety following the departure of Carl Fletcher.

With The Pilgrims likely to bring a decent following and the chance of an upset there is every chance the Imps could see a 4,000 crowd for the first time this season. At £12 per head, less the FA’s cut we could be looking at another £20,000, which equates to another players wages plus a chance to grab £18,000 in prize money. Even a defeat would increase the value of the cup run to £40,000 with the hospitality side of things adding more.  Win it and we could be looking at massive money for a club that is struggling to put together a competitive budget (400-450K) to do justice to many fans ambitions and a return to the Football League sooner rather than later.

The crowds for the first two matches have been disappointing with just 2363 turning up for the two ties.  This would put the value of the cup run at just over £20,000 when one includes the £12,500 prize money the Imps secured last night in front of just 1344 fans, including 45 visitors.  It could be argued that the FA Cup has failed to engage the folk of our fair city so far, however, the allure of Plymouth will surely have Imps out in force eager to witness a potential giant killing – perhaps the last before a planned move –  at the place so many of us love to call our second home.

Welling Injuries & Halifax Mauling Could See Imps Upturn Continue

The Imps travel to Welling Utd, who lost 3-0 at FC Halifax prior to their 1-0 FA Cup win at Brislington on Saturday.  United have been a surprise package so far this season although, like ourselves, injuries to a small squad are starting to tell. Inspirational striker Ross Lafayette – one of the Skrill Premier players of the season so far –  is currently sidelined while Tomlinson is back with a vengeance for the Imps.

Rose Tinted always looks on the bright side of life.

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Manager Jamie Day had to play in the disappointing defeat at Halifax, thanks to a first-half Lee Gregory hat-trick, replacing injured Alex Dyer.  In defence they also have issues although Blaine Hudson returned for Jack Obersteller,who reported sick on the day, with Baily Cargill switching to left back. The Imps also experienced a three goal reverse at Kidderminster thanks to two wonder-goals and an own goal from Boyce.

But at least our leading marksman is back on the goal trail with a brace against Worcester. As to how long is anyone’s guess as he appeared to hint at a move in his post-match interview. United’s leading scorer Ross Lafayette (6 goals and 3 assists in 13) thankfully looks set to miss the game after he was forced off just six minutes into the 1-1 draw with Barnet, but they would go on to beat Braintree 3-2 and Tamworth 2-0 in their next two Skrill Premier games.

Welling have slipped to nineth place after a brilliant start to the season where most pre-season previews had put the play-off dark horses down as relegation fodder like our good selves.  Live-wire Loick Pires had to play up with Guthrie against the Shaymen, with Day in for inspirational central midfielder Dyer. Both sides desperately need to get back to winning ways, but with so many injuries the Imps could not have a better opportunity to get back to winning ways in the League in the first of three away fixtures in the SPL. The home FA Cup game against Plymouth is of course on Saturday 9th November.

Imps 3 Worcester 0 Tommo Paves Way For Plymouth Giant Killing

Plymouth Argyle at home it is then as Lincoln City triumphed over Worcester City and their critics last night in handsome FA Cup fashion as fortune favoured the brave. The pre-game tragedy played into the early stages of the game as under 1300 Imps, clearly swayed by the forum bashing, witnessed young Imp Connor Robinson cut down in his prime in the opening attack. He would play no further part, but this Imps side have fight and spirit and turned the game and perhaps the season around to triumph over the odds and earn the right to boost their meagre budget with a plum home tie against mighty Plymouth Argyle – a true name to conjure with, but very much one of League 2’s struggling sides.  So a cup run begins, but let us not get too ahead of ourselves, for there were thrills and spills with heroes aplenty to do the cup proud this day.

For the benefit of  Worcester fans visiting STMI for the first time , first the Teams & schemes then a blow by blow followed by more stats than you can shake an Imp or Blue at, thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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H/T 20

scorers: Tomlinson, 31 & 44, Dixon 65

Attendance  1344   (1299 Imps  45 Blues)

Ref Mr  England

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Simmo 4-3-3

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce (Y-83)  Newton

Power Jordan Dixon

Robinson Tomlinson (Y-04) Jackson

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Substitutions

8 Wright on for Robinson, H/T Foster on for Brown, 61 Sheridan on for Jackson

On the bench

31 Preece, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 10 Wright, 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray, 27 Foster

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Heeley goes 4-4-2

Veiga

2 G Williams (Y-03)  5 Hutchison 6 S Smith 3 Deeney 

7 Thompson  4 Thorley 8 Taundry (Y-77)  11 Addy

10 Nti  9 Glover

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Substitutions

38 A Williams on for Nti, D/s Hales on for Glover & S Smith on for Moore.

On the bench 

23 Sargeant, 18 J Smith, 17 Lemon, 16 Moore, 15 Hales, 14 Williams, 12 Khan

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To the game fellow football fans to the game……………

The Visitors kicked off toward the former, now empty, home end in an eerie, nervous and somewhat empty stadium, but the Imps were quick to gain possession releasing Robinson, eager to go at his man.  Full-back Williams, beaten all ends up, crudely up-ended Connor with a late one, starting a melee that ended with Williams and Tomlinson booked for their part in proceedings.   Connor would try to run it off but his opportunity for glory was alas done with Wright replacing him moments later.

This seemed to galvanise the Imps who contested every first and second ball as if it was their last, showing an energy and determination all over the pitch.  A Power free-kick found Dixon, but that man Veiga was perfectly positioned to gobble up his header. The Blues were very much in this too with midfield attrition, pace and endeavour very much to the fore, but it was a case of more speed less haste, perhaps, with quality and clear-cut opportunities  at a premium for the gladiators on both sides.  Worcester’s villain of the piece Williams earned a corner but Glover volleyed a glorious effort and opportunity wide.

The first real moment of quality would prove decisive on the half hour, Jacksons pace, footwork and runs apart, as Miller, Jordan, Jackson and Power made patient progress down the right with Todd Jordan sending over a first class centre to Tomlinson. The tireless poacher’s bullet header gave Veiga no chance as it hum-dinged home off the underside of the bar.  The confidence coursed through Imp veins as marvellous Miller strode  onto a Tomlinson cross to strike a hay-maker just over the bar.

It was end to end as manager Heeley and Captain Thorley drove on the green Worcester ranks, despite the loss of Nti, replaced by Saturday’s goal-scoring hero Aaron Williams.  Farman under pressure from live-wire winger Thompson drove straight to Glover, but he blasted over his second opportunity of the half.  Again it would cost the visitors as Jordan – playing superbly through the pain –  laid into the path of Newton who sent over a world-class cross that Tomlinson duly headed home with aplomb past the despairing reach of Jose Veiga the Cape Crusader.  The killer goal had come at the perfect time, just a minute before the break.

Second half

Foster replaced Brown, who had been ill pre-match but played all the same, during the interval. Power had also valiantly soldiered on despite a pre-game tight hamstring and drove the Imps from the whistle.  His delivery was hacked clear by Hutchison (a hero again tonight it should be said) but the Imps were making all the running.  Tomlinson, a true Sincil soldier was set free down the centre before the sprightly striker was denied a hat-trick by Viega who made himself big.

The game was becalmed as the Imps probed but made sure that Thompson and Thorley could not find a way back for the Blues who gave it their all for the full ninety minutes.  Sheridan replaced Jackson, naturally showing a lack of match fitness after two games in quick succession. on the hour and he was quickly involved. His cross found Dixon who nodded down to Jordan but his delicious drive was palmed over by Veiga, in fantastic feline form as ever.  Newton’s corner fell to Boyce who crashed over the cross-bar from a dozen yards.

Newton was a dervish and duly delivered his seventh assist of the season (and second of the game) moments later as Dixon swept home his crisp cross for a 3-0 65th minute lead.  A double substitution for the Blues saw Hales on for Glover & S Smith on for Moore, but the former fired wide after Thompson had troubled us on the break.  Tomlinson also fired wide as both sides continued to search for a goal. Tommo was determined to bag his first hat-trick for the Imps, only to be denied by a brave block from Hutchison and Boyce got a late caution for a miss-timed challenge on the lively Hales.  Thorley was then denied a wonder strike as Farman palmed over a thirty-yard dipping half volley.

As referee England brought matters to a close beneath the proud St Georges standard of Lincoln you could see what it meant to the team and the management staff. The Imps live to fight another day and feast on the Plymouth Cup tie treasure, whilst the vanquished deserved credit for their part in a hard-fought and riveting contest.  Good luck to Worcester City in their Skrill North quest, but let us also spare a thought for young Connor Robinson, denied his chance to shine just a blink of an eye into this replay tie.

Stats

Note:

Shots on includes  goals, saves includes crosses claimed

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54% Ball 48%

9 Shots on 1

4 Misses 5

2 Saves 2

6 Corners 4

3 Offside 2

9 Fouls 13

2 Yellows 2

0 Reds 0

Stats Lincoln 3 Worcester 0 – Tomlinson Gets Tills Ringing At Bank

Worcester City’s resistance was undone by a headed brace from Tomlinson and a goal from Bohan Dixon, who converted a second cross of the night from Newton who celebrated a brace of assists. A simply massive win, it turns our season and set-up the chance of perhaps another £50,000 plus the chance of some TV cash to go with the £12,500 prize money and the receipts from two rather  disappointing gates.

 thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

WARNING In The Absence of other Stats within the media please credit STMI should you use and replicate the match stats. We will let  the last instance go but it is pretty poor form to take others work.

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H/T 2-0

scorers: Tomlinson, 31 & 44, Dixon 65

Attendance  1344   (1299 Imps  45 Blues)

Ref Mr  England

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The Teams & Schemes 

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Simmo 4-3-3

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce (Y-83)  Newton

Power Jordan Dixon

Robinson Tomlinson (Y-04) Jackson

****

Substitutions

8 Wright on for Robinson, H/T Foster on for Brown, 61 Sheridan on for Jackson

On the bench

31 Preece, 6 Fofana, 7 Fairhurst, 10 Wright, 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray, 27 Foster

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Heeley goes 4-4-2

Veiga

2 G Williams (Y-03)  5 Hutchison 6 S Smith 3 Deeney 

7 Thompson  4 Thorley 8 Taundry (Y-77)  11 Addy

10 Nti  9 Glover

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Substitutions

38 A Williams on for Nti, D/s Hales on for Glover & S Smith on for Moore.

On the bench 

23 Sargeant, 18 J Smith, 17 Lemon, 16 Moore, 15 Hales, 14 Williams, 12 Khan

Stats

Note:

Shots on includes  goals, saves includes crosses claimed

*****

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54% Ball 48%

9 Shots on 1

4 Misses 5

2 Saves 2

6 Corners 4

3 Offside 2

9 Fouls 13

2 Yellows 2

0 Reds 0

Destiny’s Child Connor Robinson: The Chesterfield Cup King!

When Chesterfield FC were slain 3-0 in the Youth Cup final in April 2012 Connor was the belle on the ball.  Now after a 23 minute cameo against Worcester City on Saturday, oh so many Imps are desperate to see one of our own live our dreams on the hallowed Sincil Bank turf against Worcester City tonight.

Rose tinted, an optimistic dreamer

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FA Cup 4th Q replay KO 7.45, Tues 28th October 2013
Adults £12, Cons £8, U18’s £5

Oh how We Imps love seeing one of our own, rise through the ranks just as Lee Frecklington did when made his debut in the Football League Trophy in 2003 against Telford.   Fast forward a decade and and another of our own looks poised for a pivotal role. Connor Robinson, for it is he, is our latest little ray of sunshine and, after that disappointing  youth defeat in the Cup to Boston, he alone now appears to be proof that the Youth set-up at Lincoln can indeed continue to deliver.

Let us hope he can step up and be strong enough to show that beauty can tame the beasts of the Skrill Premier each and every week. Young Connor has not had it easy since starring in that Imps 3-0 Youth Cup Final win over Chesterfield at the B2Net Stadium back in 2012. He did make his debut as a sub against Hayes in the BSP in 2011/12 and was given a two year first pro contract as a reward for those cup heroics and super impact performances. But like all  5 of Grants prodigal sons from the fountain of youth who were given a heraldic fanfare in the Summer of 2012, he was discarded by Holdsworth, fearful of failure in a bustling basement battle.

In 2012/13 Connor’s cameos were still a treat to behold with 4 goals in 5 starts and just 682 minutes of first team football. A March loan to Worksop for a month, under the stewardship of Simon Clark, only earned him two sub appearances in a season that could have been so much more under a different manager and different circumstances. Gary Simpson appears to be the perfect manager to heal last years memories and see Connor start to realise a potential that could see him reborn. Imp born and bred, he feels the passion and may well be a perfect replacement for Wright tonight as the Imps chase the latest cup dream. It would be a brave decision on the manager’s part but surely Connor deserves his chance to succeed or fail in his home stadium backed by fellow Imps who so want him to succeed.

Thus far his impact on games has been as limited as it has been explosive, but his time is about to come, one feels, upon the Sincil stage. One can understand the desire to protect him during the tough times but Connor’s heart at least is ready and chomping at the bit to deliver for his beloved Imps.  Lincoln born, Lincoln Bred, Connor’s an Imp until he’s dead.

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Connor’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 39 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Winger BSP 5 14 4 1 11 9 12 682 9 0

 

Connor’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 36 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Winger BSP 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 29 0 0

 Connor’s STMI Biopic

Full Name Connor William Robinson
Date of Birth 11th Oct 1994 Age 19
Place of Birth Lincoln
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 11 st 8lb
Youth Career
2005-2008 Lincoln City
Current gig-in-the-game
Club Lincoln City
Contract 1 year left (30/6/14)
Squad No 16
Pos RW / Fox-in-the-box
Year Club Aps Gls
2012- Lincoln City 21 4
2013 (Mar) Loan – Worksop 2 0

FAC Replay: Teams Schemes & Plymouth Payday Dreams

Worcester City will go to Lincoln City fuelled by Plymouth Argyle dreams as the Blues attempt what the FA Cup was designed for against The Red Imps in the very heart of Impdom. David is pitted against Goliath, but, as is the thing with modern day football, it is the cash that drives them as much as the charisma of the greatest challenge competition in world football.  Be it jumpers for goalposts or Wembley itself, the field is the leveller where heroes are made and reputations are slain.  Let battle commence, may football as ever be the winner, for there is no doubt fortune will favour the brave tonight with that plum Plymouth pay-day on offer…………………..

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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FA Cup 4th Q replay KO 7.45, Tues 28th October 2013
Adults £12, Cons £8, U18’s £5

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The FA Cup schemes and dreams

The prized pay-day is not for lenders for a change it’s for keeps as the FA Cup comes calling at Sincil Bank a theatre of dreams, screams and doubtless best laid plans and schemes. It would be a shame, from the gamely Blues perspective, if the exciting Thompson is forced to miss tonight’s game with a knock that forced him off in the latter stages of Saturday’s first instalment.  The gods signs suggest that he will, however the tragic script says that he wont, miss the chance to maraud the right flank in an evenly balanced winner takes all replay, with the Pilgrims the prize in a comedy of errors encounter on what we Imps have come to know as the theatre of the truly absurd.  Moore may start for Glover next to the exciting Nti, with Captain Thorley perhaps joined by goalscorer Aaron Williams, in for Taundry who also took a knock, plus Hales if Thompson fails to start.

The Imps have lost Nolan to a ban after his 5th yellow of the season on Saturday. The chances are that Simmo will bring in Fofana to keep things tight tonight although Dan Gray is perhaps the best passing defensive midfielder we have in the squad.  Dan must feel unlucky at getting so few starts but Miller and Newton have both been superb at full-back and look set to terrorise tonight.  As does Connor Robinson after a 23 minute cameo that eclipsed Wright who is still a shade of his ability after being hamstrung earlier in the season.  Marlon Jackson will also keep his place and, if the gods are more favourable to the Imps this time around and ‘backs em’ young ‘Action Jackson’ should get a goal or two on his home debut this evening.

The Joie de vivre of the Blues on a great stage, with the proposition of a massive pay-day is one that we cannot afford to underestimate. Epitomised by the cat that is the Cape crusader, we certainly cannot take the heroics of keeper Jose Veiga as a one off. The 36-year-old Cape Verde stopper was in fantastic form on Saturday and has seen it all at Benfica, Levante, Macclesfield and now a loan from Tamworth to the Blues as he takes his coaching badges.  A brilliant keeper it will take something or someone special to beat him and his adrenalin fuelled back four tonight.  But then FA Cup nights  always seem to throw forth a hero, enter Connor Robinson, one of our own  for one feels he is about to write his name in Imp history.

The potential teams

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Simmo 4-3-3 (Diamond)

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton

Foster  Fofana

Power 

Robinson Tomlinson  Jackson

****

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Heeley goes 4-4-2

Veiga

2 G Williams Hutchison 6 Khan 3 Deeney 

7 Thompson  4 Thorley 8 Taundry  11 Addy

10 Nti  9 Glover

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