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Sheffield Wednesday have sent former Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City idol Gary Taylor-Fletcher back to Leicester City after an unsuccessful loan spell.
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.
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?
|Full name||Gary Taylor-Fletcher|
|Date of birth||4 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Widnes, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Club gig in the game|
|2001||Hull City (loan)||5||(0)|
|2001–2002||Grays Athletic (loan)||4||(3)|
|2002||Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||3||(1)|
|2002–2003||Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||5||(0)|
|2014||Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||4||(0)|
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.
|Full name||Charlee Shaun Adams|
|Date of birth||16 February 1995|
|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|
|Birmingham City (Lincoln loan)|
|2009–2011||West Ham United|
|2014||Lincoln City (loan)||14||(0)|
|2014–||Lincoln City (loan)||0||(0)|
Burnley FC centre-half and left-back Tom Anderson is set to make his début at Aldershot tomorrow after his youth loan papers were just about rushed through today. He knows the division well after loan spells FC Halifax Town, Barrow and Hyde.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Burnley rate the lad highly and he certainly has the battling qualities we need. The 21-year-old began his career at Turf Moor and captained their youth and reserve teams before almost slipping the net through injury. However following rehab this summer he did enough to earn a new deal at the newly promoted Premier League Club. A tenacious tackler he earned 5 yellows in an eighteen match stint in the Conference Premier for Barrow
This from the Burnley FC official site shows the lads character
Spotted at Grosvenor Youth and Portaferry, Tom has represented his country at several age groups and won his first U21 cap in October 2013. Tom also reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2012, Conlan was given a two-year professional contract by the Clarets in April of that year.The left-back was initially released from the club in the Summer of 2014 but following a return for rehabilitation on a knee injury, Conlan impressed manager Sean Dyche with his attitude and was picked as a trialist in a pre-season friendly against Accrington Stanley and rewarded another one-year deal in September, 2014.
Boston Bag Connor
Our beloved young super-sub and nearly man Conner Robinson has gone on loan to Lincolnshire rivals and Conference North Side Boston United on a four week loan.
Whitehawk Kabba Coup
Sahr Kabba has joined Conference South contenders Whitehawk FC in an attempt to get match fitness. The prolific goal machine should find his confidence during a six-week stint. The shortest member of the six-foot soldiers squad by a foot (he is 5′ 4″ tall) STMI’s money is on a roaring return from a player who got 10 Conference South goals for Havant last term.
Lincoln City beat off York City, Tranmere Rovers Grimsby Town and FC Halifax for the services of Cambridge United striker Delano Sam-Yorke, the darling of the Imps last season. The fast furious and brilliant Bank babe returns on loan until January. Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..
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With Imps still scratching their eyes at our play-off form, well ten points from five games is certainly there or there abouts , the news that Delano Sam-Yorke is back is fantastic news. Whether he will be ready to play tomorrow is another matter, but, with a tough 8-game programme on the horizon he will be needed.
Delano Sam-Yorke bagged 3 goals in 9 League games for the Imps last season, but having made just two starts this League 2 term Cambridge agreed to a loan after moves to League rivals York City and, Tranmere Rovers fell through.
Sam returned to Cambridge last season and went to to celebrate promotion and FAT trophy success. He bagged two against FC Halifax in the last but one game of last season. Chairman Bob Dorian had vowed to break the bank for him, but a permanent deal had appeared to stall.
His pace power and skill thrills. Welcome back to the Bank Delano… Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..
|Full name||Delano Sam-Yorke|
|Date of birth||20 January 1989|
|Place of birth||England|
|2014||Lincoln City (loan)||9||(3)|
|Includes Lge, Cups & FAT appearances|
Former Bristol City, Aldershot Town and Hereford United striker Marlon Jackson has signed on loan from Bury until we meet the Cods on Boxing Day, The 22-year-old, who can play anywhere across the front three, has pace, power, panache and a point to prove.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Bristol City scouted and signed the local lad as a schoolboy where he progressed through the youth set-up to earn a three year deal. His pace and strength saw him most notably loaned to Hereford and Aldershot where his assists and skilful dribbling had fans raving that he would go far. However City did not feel he was good enough for the Championship and released him allowing Hereford to snap him up where he scored on his debut.
Marlon scored 7 goals in 12 starts and 13 substitute appearances for Hereford last season before earning a return to the Football League in the summer. Thus far he has struggled to get a look in with 6 strikers on the books despite scoring against Accrington in one of only two starts for the Shakers. So far this season the pacey bustling six-footer has been limited to a further 6 appearances from the bench.
Simmo had been after the lad in the summer but Bury pipped him to the punch. However big mate and ex-Imp Ben Futcher alerted Simmo to his availability with the manager biting his hand off and concluding the deal late last night.
|Full name||Marlon Michael Jackson
|Date of birth||6 December 1990 (age 22)|
|Place of birth||Bristol|
|Height/weight||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)/12st 7lb (79.37kg)|
|Playing position||Striker, Winger|
|Current gig in the game|
|2009||Hereford United (loan)||5||(0)|
|2009–2010||Aldershot Town (loan)||24||(1)|
|2010||Aldershot Town (loan)||9||(0)|
|2011||Northampton Town (loan)||2||(1)|
|2011||Cheltenham Town (loan)||1||(0)|
|2012||AFC Telford United (loan)||8||(1)|
Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City goal machine has returned to Gateshead FC after a loan spell at Hereford United. Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out. Could Simmo move for Brodie on loan to sort his target man problems?
Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie – now fit after 8 games at Hereford – would be the perfect target man. At 6′ 2″ the take no prisoners no nonsense striker would give Yussuff and Tomlinson the knock downs they need.
Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up. There had been fitness issues prior to his 8 game Hereford loan spell after the player had not featured for the Heed despite 2 goals in the first 7 games, where he scored against Saturday’s opponents Kidderminster and Southport.
Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid, he’s not pretty, rather a direct no frills aerial handful with a shot that can be hot to handle when he has his tail up. Simmo could be just the manager to ignite that, Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for York City.
With Gateshead winning five of their last six games while he was away the bustling forward may have to wait for his chance. Manager Gary Mills now has six strikers on his books, including on loan Port Vale front man Jordan Hugill, who has already bludgeoned home four. Mills has already asked for an extension to Hugill’s loan and permission for the lad to play in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Chester FC. He looks like getting it suggesting Simmo could move with £12,500 up for grabs in the Cup on Saturday week.
Simmo is in no rush but Richard does seem to have got his passion back under former manager Foyle who could not afford to keep him it seems, he had this to say upon his return to his home-town club.
“The lads have been flying so I will have to be patient and work hard to get back into the side. I want the chance to prove I can score goals at this level like I have in the past for York and Crawley. The reason I came back to Tyneside in the summer was to play for my home-town club. I’ll give it a real go and I’m more determined than ever to succeed at Gateshead.”
|FULL NAME||Richard Jon Brodie|
|DATE OF BIRTH||8 July 1987 (age 26)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Gateshead, England|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|CURRENT GIG IN THE GAME|
|2011–2012||Fleetwood Town (loan)||39||(10)|
|2013||Grimsby Town (loan)||15||(2)|
|2013–||Hereford United (loan)||8||(0)|
Current Luton Town and former Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford Utd, Cambridge Utd and Crawley Town target man Scott Rendell is available for loan after manager John Still announced that 6′ 1″ is not going to fit in with his plans. This has alerted a posse of clubs, to the misfit who had to endure transfer day heartbreak after a mystery club failed to come up with the transfer fee.
With our previous big lad starting to score at Crewe and The Imps failing to break down Salisbury due to a plan B, the 6′ 1″ 12st 4 powerhouse could be just what the Imps are looking for. With rumours circulating around the forums that the Imps have found land for a new stadium (allegedly behind Morrisons), the question is what comes first the team or the stadium?
Rendell does not fit into Still’s plans despite a credible 12 strikes in 32 starts and 10 substitute appearances since moving from Wycombe in the summer of 2012. He bagged 17 from 27 starts for Wanders. Rendell would be the perfect supporting striker having got 12 for Torquay the season before and 15 for Cambridge UTD having returned to them on loan after an unsuccessful spell at Posh, who laid out £115,000 for his services.
Question is will the loan budget stretch to him and if why not? Season ticket sales are up crowds looking promising and even enough confidence around the place to fund plans for a move.
The team is the heart of the football club and a £400k budget does not suggest that given a ground sale will surely generate millions and change if we are only going to end up with a soulless 4-5,000 capacity ground. It will be fit for purpose, but what purpose if the funds are not going to a team that might fill it back in the Football League. Surely this season is the best opportunity for promotion for half a decade, so the priority has to be to get a plan B in before its too late?. These should be the sort of questions the critical friend must start asking, Otherwise the great share give-away wont be the only thing to take the fans by surprise.
|Full name||Scott David Rendell
|Date of birth||21 October 1986 (age 26)|
|Place of birth||Ashford, England|
|Height/weight||6 ft 1 in / 12 st 4lb|
|Current club||Luton Town|
|2005||Aldershot Town (loan)||7||(0)|
|2005–2006||Forest Green Rovers (loan)||16||(2)|
|2006–2007||Crawley Town (loan)||21||(8)|
|2008||Peterborough United (loan)||10||(3)|
|2008||Yeovil Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|2008–2009||Cambridge United (loan)||27||(15)|
|2009–2010||Torquay United (loan)||39||(13)|
|2011||Bristol Rovers (loan)||5||(0)|
|2012||Oxford United (loan)||18||(3)|
Grant Brown should soon be made Lincoln Assistant manager on a full time basis after his own former assistant Damian Froggatt was named as the new head of youth at Sincil Bank. Our record appearance holder left the field of play after 447 appearances in all competitions to join the youth set up and then become our caretaker manager on three occasions in our time of need. He also assisted Iffy when Jacko was ill so Grant really is the rock we have come to rely on. You just know The Hoof will have been behind the Sunderland friendly and maybe even some loans besides……………….
Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Grant was born in Sunderland in 1969 (he still has the accent and is almost as big a black cat fan as that mighty hoof that would rival a six-iron) and scouted by Leicester City, who signed the determined centre back at the age of 13. Grant made his debut in the middle of his A-levels and after 17 years in the game finished his career back in the classroom by taking his coaching badges. Grant only made 12 League & 2 league Cup appearances for the second division Foxes before Colin Murphy – a big mentor – rescued him from the reserves in 1988/89. Grant and Paul Groves joined the Imps on loan whilst protracted negotiations continued over a £150,000 deal for Tony James the other way.
Grant and Paul made their debuts in a 0-1 League Cup defeat at Molineux against Wolves but Groves was then sent back after the month. Grant was retained for another month before he managed to twist John Reames arm to the tune of £63,000. A club record at the time we and ‘Murph’ had to have him so Mr Reames (RIP) – bless him – found the cash. Colin Murphy was the first of 11 managers for Grant at the Imps – some good and some bad – including the Chairman himself. Mr Reames reasoned one day that he would be cheaper and just as good as ex-players and the has-beens who had failed at other clubs.
Hoof Grant was an immense ever-present figure at the heart of our defence and the first name on the team sheet for 12 years. He certainly traded the red and White stripes of Sunderland for those of Impdom and should you ever hear him talk to our youngsters you can tell he has Imp blood coursing through those Geordie veins. Every side he sends out understand what Lincoln City is all about – walk up the posh stairs to sign your first contract and a life size picture of grant is on the wall. Respect goes a long way to building a reputation, the old fashioned values will never die.
In 1999/2000 with the debt time bomb ticking , Grant overtook Tony Emery’s appearance record of 424 League and cup games in an LDV Vans Trophy game against Morecambe in the November. He then broke his leg at home toHullwhich kept him out for nine-months so we had to wait a while for him to break the 403 League Games record (again held by Emery). It finally came on Tuesday 26th March 2002 in the derby against York at Bootham Crescent. Grant would make just 4 more appearance before being released. He would part company with his beloved Imps on a very sad note as we tottered towards the dreaded administration.
Grant was offered a one year deal with Telford, followed by a two year, again near ever present stint at Alfreton (83 aps 1 goal). John Schofield, upon being given the managers job with John Deehan, insisted that Grant was the man to take over and nurture his babes. Grant, a man of his word, explained things to Worksop who released him – perhaps on the grounds of compassion, love or insanity – from one year deal he had just signed. This allowed him to play part-time for Grantham to make up his money, because Grant has always put the interests of Lincoln before the cash.
Grant took over the first team reigns when Schoey and Deehan were sacked, before Jacko and Iffy took over. He then assisted Iffy Onuora during Jacko’s illness with Tom Spall running the youth set up. Upon Jackson’s return Simon Clark became first team coach, casting a doubt over his future. In July 2009 he was promoted to Assistant Head of Youth, taking over the head of Youth job when Tom Spall and Simon Clark took over after the sackings of Iffy and Jacko. Grant took over as caretaker manager for a second period on 10 October 2011 after Tilson got the boot. Having handed he keys to the managers door over to Reg October 2011 he got them back in 2013 until Simmo joined.
Even though Grant wanted the full job on two occasions he has never once looked elsewhere. Hoof is as loyal as they come and an outstanding servant of our football club.
|Full name||Grant Ashley Brown|
|Date of birth||19 November 1969 (age 43)|
|Place of birth||Sunderland,|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||Lincoln City
|2005–2012||Lincoln City (Youth team)|
|2007||Lincoln City (Joint caretaker)|
|2011||Lincoln City (caretaker)|
|2013||Lincoln City (caretaker)|
KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards.
thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Ben Tomlinson was chased by Bradford City, Sheffield United and Rotherham Utd before Simmo nipped in and signed him for Macclesfield Town for an undisclosed fee and Alfreton Town did the same last term. He is a younger and perhaps even better version of Ashley Grimes, now at Bury FC, with that same, tenacity, goal touch and a card collection that will ensure regular fireworks at Sincil Bank. The Imps have had to up their bid to Afreton but Simmo has got his man at last to land Ben on a two year deal.
Simmo actually got Macc to fork out a fee for the little goal machine, who had notched 29 goals in the previous season for Worksop. With scouts from the Blades, Millers, Bantams and even Forest filing their final reports and trials in the offing Simmo charmed him just in time with first team football paramount. Ben, just a babe, had also got 17 in the previous two seasons as a youthful understudy who was still breaking records in the youth side. Simmo is Tomlinson’s kind of manager and he responded well netting two in the last 5 minutes as a sub at Hereford, before getting one of the fastest goals in Football League history (6.4 seconds against Morecambe). Ben got 6 in just 10 starts under Simmo at Macc, before breaking his foot to end an awesome start. Last term he got 14 in 31 starts for Alfreton, acting as support striker to Clayton with Nathan Arnold supplying the bullets (HERE). He is a battler with 10 yellows and a red last term, however the official accreditation of 2 assists undervalues his all-round contribution to the team.
Ben’s Alfreton Stats 2012/13
Ben’s Macc Stats 2011/12
|Full name||Ben Tomlinson
|Date of birth||31 October 1989 (age 24)|
|Place of birth||Dinnington,|
|Height/Weight||5 ft 11 in / 12st 8lbs|
|Club & tenure||Lincoln City 2 year deal|
Centre-backs Nick Fenton (Man City, Notts County, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham Utd & Morecambe FC) and Rob Atkinson (Grimsby Town, Fleetwood & Accrington) have eluded Simmo it would appear. Fenton has been offered a deal by Chester FC, with Alfreton also still in talks, whilst Atkinson has signed a new deal at Accrington. To follow the SP and STMI biopic on both the lads.
thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Lincoln currently have Foster on trial but have been in for the two. Foster was composed and classy against Lincoln Utd, but doubts crept in last night at Harrogate. The Fenton deal may also not quite be as dead as the proverbial Dodo though. Nick has spent the last two seasons at Morecambe as he continues to finish a physio course. The course is based at Mansfield suggesting Alfreton or Lincoln, could still be in ‘with a wee’ shout. That said according to the agents grapevine:
“Chester are paying some big money out, I know a few lads who have got some welcome results out of Conference new-boys this summer. Mind Chester’s certainly going the age and experience route, but then they need that to bring an exiting batch through. They’ll be dark horses for the play-offs in my book.”
Nick is still quality, even at 33, a composed class act at Conference level, suggesting ambitious, but experience seeking, Chester will get him. The competition is Alfreton who have gone part-time. Word is they are beating suitors for Tomlinson off with a stick, in the knowledge his heart is already in another place (ours please!). Apologies for the tangent. Nick started out at Manchester City, progressed through the ranks and earned a 5 year first pro deal! He was loaned to Notts County, Bournemouth and then County again before they took the plunge with a £150k transfer fee and a four year deal. He would play 147 League games, plus cup competitions, for County before moving onto Doncaster, a side very much on the rise. They let him go to Grimsby (as a replacement for Big Ben Futcher) along with Ravenhill, as it was felt the Championship was too much for him. This just 1 League and 1 cup game, against Rochdale, into the season. Rotherham came calling and he played 3 seasons as Captain at the Millers through thick and thin. Nick has spent the last two seasons at Morecambe as he continues to finish a physio course.
|Full name||Nicholas Leonard Fenton
|Date of birth||23 November 1979 (age 33)|
|Place of birth||Preston,|
|Height/Weight||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12st 4lb (78KG)|
|1999–2000||Notts County (loan)||13||(1)|
|2000||Notts County (loan)||8||(0)|
The inspirational centre-back was schooled at Barnsley, one of the Championship’s longest inhabitants and offered a five year deal. He was loaned for experience to Scarborough, Halifax and Rochdale before Grimsby did a try before you buy and then bought him. He went down with the Mariners ship and into the Blue Square before Fleetwood flashed the cash. The other Cod Army signed him as they stormed the BSP on the way to the Football League, with Rob gaining 2 England C caps. He was almost unbeatable that year, but not seen as League material so they released him. Accrington gave a one year deal and have offered the same this season.
|Full name||Robert Guy Atkinson
|Date of birth||29 April 1987 (age 26)
|Place of birth||North Ferriby, England|
|Height/Weight||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12 st 4lb (78kg)
|Current club||Accrington Stanley|
|2006||Halifax Town (loan)||4||(2)|
|2007–2008||Grimsby Town (loan)||24||(1)|
|2008–2009||Grimsby Town (loan)||9||(1)|
|2009||Grimsby Town (loan)||1||(0)|
|2012||Accrington Stanley (loan)||12||(0)|