Holy Imp! Ex- Everton & Stockport Star Gets England Call Up

Jon Nolan was an Everton FC reserve regular in his teens and it is starting to show with a technique, sharpness, bravery as well as shooting and passing ability, that has seen the 21-year-old getting a lot less credit than he deserves at the heart of the Imps midfield.  His two goals have been jaw-droppers, his passing princely and that rebuilt confidence is beginning to shine on through! Signed from Stockport County last Summer and going from strength to strength at Lincoln this season, Jon Nolan will link up with the England C team at St George’s on Sunday 21 September and Monday 22 September  ahead of the International Challenge Trophy games away to Turkey in October and at home to Estonia in November.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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The skilful CDM is in brilliant form next to Hamza Bencherif but life has not been easy for him. Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances, indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut,  Alas his Goodison dream was not to be, as he and terrific fellow talent Moses Barnett trialled at Watford, who only dithered due to financial issues at the time in 2010. So Jon elected instead to join Stockport along with, ex-Crewe and Macc striker John Miles and Tranmere youth product Ryan Fraughan. The competition might have been easier, but ‘from frying pan and into the fire’ comes to mind, as crisis club Stockport continued to fall from grace.

That kind of train-wreck can leave lasting scars but Gary Simpson seems to have rebuilt the lads confidence over the last 12 months and this season has seen him grow to the extent that one can almost forget he is only twenty-two years of age. The central defensive midfield man has an assured range of passes, a cracking shot  and all-round game that had lacked just one thing. John simply needed to believe in himself a little more, despite his tender years and up his game by another 10%. He has done that this season – and more – now out of his new comfort zone the former Blue Nose is destined to shine and catapult the Imps to the play-offs.

Jon certainly has the technique and ability to be a regular at Championship level at the very least and should view the Skrill Premier as his springboard to the fame and fortune he is destined. This can be his formative playground and as he continues to deliver that Goodison Park promise the Imps and the young lad will benefit on and off the pitch. The Imps would not stand in his way if a bid came along either, so it is now up to Jon to add the world to the ball he already has at his very very gifted feet.


DATE OF BIRTH 22 April 1992 (age 21)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)
YEARS Team Apps
2011-2013 Stockport County 62 (3)
2013– Lincoln City 45 (5)

Posted on September 11, 2014, in Squad, Uncategorized, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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