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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)

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 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)

One In From Burnley FC and Two Out To Boston United & Whitehawk

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.

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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

Tom’s full stats here

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.

Connors Stats here

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.

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He’s Back!……Imps beat L2 Sides & Conference Clubs to sign Sam-Yorke

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…………..

The Delano Sam-Yorke
STMI Biopic
Full name Delano Sam-Yorke
Date of birth 20 January 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth England
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Cambridge United
Number 19
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Woking 17 (3)
2010–2011 AFC Wimbledon  0 (0)
2011–2013 Basingstoke Town  96  (39)
2013– Cambridge United 31 (5)
2014 Lincoln City (loan) 9 (3)
Includes Lge, Cups & FAT appearances

Who Is Marlon Jackson?

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.

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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.

STMI Biopic
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
Current club Bury
Number 17
Youth career
2005–2009 Bristol City
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
2009–2012 Bristol City 5 (0)
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)
2012–2013 Hereford United 25 (7)
2013–date Bury 8 (1)

Misfit Target Man Up For Grabs.

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.”

STMI Biopic
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)
YEARS Team Apps
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

A Scott Rendell Or Will New Ground Come First?

Current Luton Town and former Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford  UtdCambridge 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.

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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.

STMI Biopic
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
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Luton Town
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Aldershot Town 0 (0)
2004–2006 Reading 0 (0)
2005 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 16 (2)
2006 Hayes (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town (loan) 21 (8)
2007 Crawley Town 21 (3)
2007–2008 Cambridge United 32 (19)
2008 Peterborough United (loan) 10 (3)
2008–2010 Peterborough United 3 (1)
2008 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2009 Cambridge United (loan) 27 (15)
2009–2010 Torquay United (loan) 39 (13)
2010–2012 Wycombe Wanderers 50 (17)
2011 Bristol Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 18 (3)
2012– Luton Town 42 (12)

From Sunderland To Leicester To Lincoln – Who Is Grant Brown

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……………….

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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.

STMI Biopic
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)
Playing position Defender
Current gig-in-the-game
Current club Lincoln City
(Assistant Manager)
Senior  Stats
Tenure Team Apps
1988–1989 Leicester City 14 (0)
1989–2002 Lincoln City 447 (16)
2002–2003 Telford United 35 (0)
2003–2005 Alfreton Town 83 (1)
2005 Worksop Town 0 (0)
2005–2006 Grantham Town 42 (6)
Teams managed
2005–2012 Lincoln City (Youth team)
2007 Lincoln City (Joint caretaker)
2011 Lincoln City (caretaker)
2013 Lincoln City (caretaker)

9 Ben Tomlinson Striker

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
11 Tomlinson 18 0 1382 7 24 14 0 36 14 6 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Tomlinson 18 144 8 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 10 8

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. 

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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.

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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

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
21 Ben Thomlinson 33 13 2583 14 55 2 41 22 10 1

Ben’s Macc  Stats 2011/12

Sq  Name Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
22 Ben Thomlinson 14 10 1574 6 10 29 2 5 0
STMI Biopic
Full name Ben Tomlinson
Date of birth 31 October 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Dinnington,
Height/Weight 5 ft 11 in / 12st 8lbs
Playing position Forward
Contract information
Club & tenure Lincoln City 2 year deal
Number  11
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Worksop Town 76 (46)
2011–2012 Macclesfield Town 27 (6)
2012– Alfreton Town 46 (14)

Agent Gossip: Centre-backs Atkinson & Fenton On The Move

Centre-backs Nick Fenton (Man CityNotts 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.

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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 Fenton

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.

STMI Biopic
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)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1993–1996 Manchester City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
1996–2001 Manchester City 15 (0)
1999–2000 Notts County (loan) 13 (1)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 8 (0)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (0)
2000 Notts County (loan) 8 (0)
2000–2004 Notts County 147 (9)
2004–2006 Doncaster Rovers 63 (4)
2006–2008 Grimsby Town 80 (6)
2008–2011 Rotherham United 115 (4)
2011–2013 Morecambe 73 (4)

Rob Atkinson.

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.

STMI Biopic
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)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Accrington Stanley
Youth career
2000–2004 Barnsley
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
2004–2009 Barnsley 8 (0)
2005–2006 Scarborough (loan) 22 (0)
2006 Halifax Town (loan) 4 (2)
2007 Rochdale (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2008 Grimsby Town (loan) 24 (1)
2008–2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 9 (1)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2011 Grimsby Town 83 (7)
2011-2013 Fleetwood Town 35 (1)
2012 Accrington Stanley (loan) 12 (0)
2013- Accrington Stanley 0 (0)
2011 England C 2 (0)