Monthly Archives: November 2014

Wednesday call time on GT-F deal – now that would be a signing!

Sheffield Wednesday have sent former Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City idol Gary Taylor-Fletcher back to Leicester City after an unsuccessful loan spell.

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The 33 year-old played his final game for the Owls against Huddersfield, of all clubs, although he was substituted in favour of Atdhe Nuhiu during the second half. GT-F started two of his four games but failed to galvanise a Wednesday side that is having no luck in front of goal. A particularly poor (stonewall penalty) decision and the crossbar denied them in a 0-0 draw that is becoming symptomatic of a side that has the potential to be there or thereabouts despite the financial inequalities in ‘the Premier two’ in all but name.

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GT-F would be just the job for Lincoln City during the autumn of a career that has seen him score in the top five divisions of English football.  GT-F bagged 30 goals in 93 appearances in all competitions for Big Keith’s Imps and is another of ex-manager Simmo’s finds that have gone on to play in the top flight. With 19 goals in all competitions he finished his first season as the 2003/4 player of the year. Gary then broke a 106 year record scoring in our opening 6 games of the 04/05 season before Peter Jackson, lured him to Huddersfield Town, playing him largely as a winger (Abbot and Booth both took some dislodging in their prime) in a first season  that yielded 15 goals and then 11 the season after.

Blackpool signed the mercurial front-man in their first Championship season with his début coming in a 1-0 win over his current club Leicester City.  He capped his rise from non-league to the Premier League with a 30 million 39th minute strike in the 09/10 play-off final at Wembley to wipe out those sad memories for the Imps against Southend.  Blackpool released him in the summer of 2013 with Leicester offering him a one year deal. Promotion as Champions saw GT-F get a years extention, although he failed to get a look in and then failed to shine at Sheffield Wednesday on loan.

He will be a free agent in the summer (34 in June) and would be a talismanic addition to any ambitious lower Football League or Conference side. Gary averages a goal every four games (101 in 398 League games plus 16 in 51 Cup appearances) not bad for someone who has spent most of his time cutting in. He would put 500-1000 on the gate at Lincoln – good business surely?

STMI biopic
Full name Gary Taylor-Fletcher
Date of birth 4 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Widnes, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club gig in the game
Current team
Leicester City
Number 12
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Northwich Victoria 49 (16)
2001 Hull City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2003 Leyton Orient 24 (1)
2001–2002 Grays Athletic (loan) 4 (3)
2002 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (1)
2002–2003 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2005 Lincoln City 92 (30)
2005–2007 Huddersfield Town 92 (26)
2007–2013 Blackpool 237 (39)
2013–date Leicester City 21 (3)
2014 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)

Manchester County Court Verdict: Lincoln City Supporters Trust Elections Declared Invalid

Lincoln City Supporters’ Society, according to a press release,  has lost a court case against former Lincoln City Football Club Associate Director Michael Foley who is also a Gold Member of the Supporters’ Trust. Mr. Foley has been awarded costs.

The press release is as follows.

LINCOLN CITY SUPPORTERS TRUST ELECTIONS DECLARED INVALID.

 

At a Hearing in Manchester County Court on Monday November 24, elections held by Lincoln City Supporters’ Society (the Trust) in June 2012 and May 2013 were declared invalid, void and of no effect. The elections concerned are those that took place for positions on the Society Board prior to the AGM in May 2013 and the election of a nominated Gold Supporter Director to the Board of Lincoln City Football Club in June 2012. At the Hearing, His Honour Judge Stephen Davies found that candidates for election to the Trust Board in 2013 had been wrongly disqualified from standing and in both cases that the true and correct version of Rule 54(a) had not been applied. The claim had been brought by former Lincoln City Football Club Associate Director Michael Foley who is also a Gold Member of the Supporters’ Trust. Mr. Foley has been awarded costs.

No further statement will be issued at this time.

 

Imps Move for Birmingham Midfielder shipping Ledsham to Telford.

Versatile Birmingham City midfielder Charlee Adams has returned to Lincoln on loan until January 1st 2015. He looks set to feature against Eastleigh with AFC Telford taking Karl Ledsham to balance the books.  Charlee gets the number  20 squad shirt.


Adams made his Blues first team début as a substitute at the St Andrews spiritual Blues home in the FA Cup Third Round win over Bristol Rovers last season. He then joined the Imps until the end of the seaon along with keeper Townsend who is currently warming the bench at Sincil Bank after featuring up until the FA Cup exit. Adams, a veritable wealth of nations  in Lincoln midfield terms, played 14 games during the spring of 2014 and became a cult hero with the faithful, filling in as a central defensive midfielder (CDM). Charlee can also play on the flank and in the middle in both the CDM and CAM positions.

Twenty’s plenty then for number 20 Adams who will be just 20 in January, but he has been unable to break into a struggling Blues side  racked by poor form and finances that almost make our lot look generous.  He is a confident lad solid, good distribution and positional sense who will act as a shield to a central defensive pairing that lacks pace. Birmingham do have an option to bring him back after the initial 28 day emergency youth loan expiry, however the chances are he could be ours until the end of the season.

Adams signed a one year deal last May with a further years option suggesting a loan will be as good as we get, unless Moyses wants to part with money during the winter window or in the summer. Charlee may not be the only new face at the Imps according to the grapevine, with rumours of a centre-back on the horizon too. This may have something to do with ends to the loan spells of both Audel and Sam-Yorke in January.  Indeed the summer will see a clean deck for the manager unless he wants to tie a few to contracts over the coming months.

STMI Biopic
Full name Charlee Shaun Adams
Date of birth 16 February 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Redbridge
Height/Weight 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) /12st 2lb (77.1kg)
Playing position Midfield R/L/C CDM/CAM
Current-gig-in-the-game
Current team
Birmingham City (Lincoln loan)
Number 20
Youth career
2009–2011 West Ham United
2011–2013 Birmingham City
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Birmingham City 1 (0)
2014 Lincoln City (loan) 14 (0)
2014– Lincoln City (loan) 0 (0)