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RIP Percy Freeman Imp Reading & West Bromwich Albion Legend

West Bromwich Albion and Reading FC both fancied Percy Freeman but it was only Lincoln City that could get the best out of him. The Baggies ended up giving him away whilst The Royals actually gave him back to us for £10,000 less than they paid for him, despite him averaging a goal in every four matches simply because he lost his taste for the game. Percy Freeman aka Big Perce, enigma, gentle giant, goal machine and gracious god of Impdom died today  our condolences go to his family. This obituary is the least STMI can do for the legend.

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Freeman was old school, a living god to any Imp the right side of their late thirties to fourties. Big, strong and as direct as a Lincoln Loco express train he had a shot like a cannon and a forehead as tough as Hemswell Cliff. Carved from local stone in Newark the legend the left returned and was part of the hospitality team until recently.  But Big Perce a gentleman giant in every sense of the word will be a part of the fixtures, fittings and legends of this City forever more.

Alas,  he was plucked from his Newark home by Stourbridge before big timers  West Brom signed him in 1968 as understudy to England international Jeff Astle (174 goals in 361 games is incredible and he got 31 for Notts County).  The apprentice was unable to displace the sorcerer making just three appearances for the First Division side before the late Bert Loxley snared the Lincoln poacher on a free. Percy scored on his debut against Cambridge, settled a huge cup tie against Sunderland (10,789)  and got two more to start with a goal in his first four consecutive games. The all action style and towering aerial presence were idolised on a Clanford end starved by a decade of demise (the Imps had been a bedrock of the old second division through the 50s and early 60s). Though we would still finish twenty-first on the bottom rung his 16 goals and 5 braces (Brentford, 2-0, Grimsby 3-0, Bradford 4-1, Torquay A 3-4 and Aldershot 4-4) lit the season and suggested better was to come in the seventies.

Percy got 14 the following season as the Imps flirted with promotion to finish fifth, as the talisman led the line. He got a Hat trick against Exeter (4-1) and brilliant Braces against Colchester away (2-5) and Darlington away (3-3). The crowds returned as Herds rejuvenated Imps played to 16,498 V Scunthorpe (1-0), 15,015 V Cods (3-0 ), where Big Perce waded in with a goal and man of the match performance; and another 12,199 V Southend in a stalemate. Typical gates that season were 7,500, with 2 over eight thousand and another 2 in the nines. The intimidating Clanford End and atmosphere of the Bank had seen the Sincil siege mentality return. Get that this season and we are half way there.

Despite the Imps making the top three at one stage of the season controversy was to rip through the Bank. The popular David Herd was removed (potential legal issues forbid us saying exactly why – so keep that one in your trousers so to speak) with Graham Taylor coming in on 10th December. The young man’s first job was to sell Percy, already on 9 goals including a hat-trick against Bury (4-0), for a whopping £11,500 to Reading. This despite the fact that gates were pretty good too with 7,425 V Burnley Watney Cup (0-1) and 6.657 V Northampton (1-1). Naturally the turbulence and the lack of big Perce had an affect as crowds fluctuated from 3k – 4K when we had enjoyed 4 successive 6k crowds when we were in top 3 prior to Hurdgate.

Percy played regular first team football for a season and a half at Reading but his heart wasn’t in it any more. He became disillusioned and left football completely to work as a scaffolder. He then returned in an hour of need for the Royals to play a dozen games  (Played 60 times with 13 goals) before the Imps came in for him. This floated Freeman’s boat and he jumped at the chance. Taylor and the Imps board were pretty chuffed when Reading reluctantly accepted a £1500 fee and a ten grand loss on the deal. They looked on in utter disbelief as Percy’s hunger returned. He and the Imps would ransack the Fourth Division bagging more records than Woolworth’s. Percy would get 23 (plus 2 Cup) and John Ward would hit 29 goals as as the Imps clinched the championship in record-breaking style.

Imagine turning up to Sincil Bank and seeing 71 home goals (an average of more than three a game!), 111 in all and 74 points (equivalent to 106 with three points for a win).  Just like the Keith Alexander era from 202 – 2006 the strength was at the front and back with Ward and Freeman up front; Ian Branfoot (5 goals) and Sam Ellis at the back. That’s not forgetting the work of midfield maestro John Fleming who scored 9 that season (indeed Ellis got 15, Graham 12, Smith 9 and Harding 9.

The highest gate of the season saw us take over 5,000 to Reading (15,900), but with Big Perce pulling out with an injury Wardy got the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.  The gates that season were huge with 14,092 witnessing his brace against Doncaster in a 4-2 win. Another 13,880 rolled up for the neutering of Northampton 3-1 and Stoke were humbled 2-1 in front of 13,742. Typical gates were 7,500 plus with 6 gates over 10k. The tide of optimism was infectious and gripped the city. Doubtless GT the young fabulous manager could have played but for his career ending ankle injury. At the tender age of 31 , he was just a year older than Percy and the youngest manager ever to land a football League Championship.

The following season in the 3rd Division saw us finish ninth, going briefly third after a 2-2 draw at home toRotherhamin front of 9,318, with Freeman and Hubbard getting ours. Despite the old bones giving him grief Percy would bag a brace against Tranmere and a memorable equaliser in front of a huge 14,706 at the Bank againstSheffieldWednesday (1-1). Percy would hang up his boots at the end of the season grabbing 9 goals in 27 appearances with 3 as a sub.

The Bank saw some great crowds that year with a 3rd Round FA Cup replay (novelty value) defeat against Burnley (0-1) enticing 11,414; and typical gates of 6,400 with 6 gates over 7K, 2 in the 8’s and 2 in the 9K’s. Both GT and Big Perce left Sincil Bank in the summer of 1977 with Graham going to join Elton John at Watford on the way to a glittering career culminating in the England Manager’s job. Percy got a deserved testimonial before he   retired  from the professional game to concentrate on his roofing business. He turned out for Boston for a season or two before managing Nettleham, Boston FC and Stamford. Big Perce  finally managed local pub team Ivy Tavern FC a watering hole Chris Moyses often frequented.

A quick video of the legend and then a season by season bio

Full Name: Freeman, Ronald Peter

Date Of Birth : 04/07/1945

Birthplace : Newark

Imps record: 

Apps : 166 ( League 138) ; Subs : 15 (league 14) ; Goals : 76 (league 64)

Season by Season

1970/1971 : 21st Div 4

Apps : 29 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 16

Hat tricks: n/a

Braces: Brentford (2-0),Grimsby(3-0), Bradford (4-1), Torquay A (3-4),Aldershot(4-4).

Highest gates: 10,849 V Notts Co (0-1), 10,789 V  Sunderland LC2 (2-1)

Typical gates 3,500 – 4K as we struggled bright start though with 3 7k plus crowds & 8k V Cods.

Season 1971/1972 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 35 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 14

Hat tricks:  Exeter (4-1)

Braces: Colchester A (2-5) Darlington A (3-3)

Highest gates: 16,498 V Scunthorpe (1-0) 15,015 V Cods (3-0 Scored 1) 12,199 V Southend (0-0)

Typical gates 7,500 with 2 x 8K’s & 2 x  9Ks

Season 1972/1973 : 10th Div 4

Transferred in Dec

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 9

Hat tricks: Bury  (4-0)

Braces:

Highest gates: 7,425 V Burnley Watney Cup (0-1) 6.657 V Northampton (1-1)

Typical gates. Fluctuated from 3k – 4K though 4 successive 6k crowds when we were in top 3.

Season 1974/1975 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 11 ; Subs : 2 ; Goals : 3

Hat tricks:

Braces:

Highest gates: Mansfield (0-0) 13,108, 8579 V Shrews (3-0) 8,291 V Cambridge (0-0), 8,032 V Rotherham (2-0)

Typical gates: 2700- 3000 until Nov then 5k –6k with 1 x 7k and 2 x 8K.

Season 1975/1976 : 1st Div 4

Apps : 37 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 25

Hat tricks: n/a

Braces:Cambridge (4-2), Scunthorpe (3-0), Doncaster (4-2) Watford (5-1), Bradford A (5-1)Doncaster(5-0) 9 in 6.

Highest gates: Doncaster 14,092 (4-2 bagged a brace) 13,880 V Northampton (3-1) Stoke LC 13.472 (2-1)

Typical gates: 7,500 with 6 gates over 10k.

Season 1976/1977 : 8th Div 3

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 3 ; Goals : 9

Braces: Tranmere H (2-2)

Highest gates: Sheff Wednesday 14,706 (scored in 1-1 draw)Burnley FA Cup 3R replay 11,414 (0-1)

Typical gates 6,400 with 6 gates over 7K, 2 in the 8K’s 2 in the 9K’s

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Top 20 Skrill hot-shots – Can Super Imp Net 20?

With Lee Gregory of Halifax Town and Andre Gray of Luton Town well clear of Brett Williams of Aldershot Town and fellow Hatter Paul Benson in the goal charts;  Ben Tomlinson of Lincoln City still has a rather elusive milestones to reach. STMI also wish Luton congratulations – we said Still was the man to take you back to the promised land – the Conference will be much the poorer without you and your hordes at the turnstiles.

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Hopefully the fitness doubts that robbed the Hatters of Gray’s prowess against Braintree will enable him to make up the one goal deficit to crown a superb season for the goal machine and the Hatters.  Gregory got back to scoring ways, after two without a goal, to edge ahead with a goal in the 4-0 romp at Barnet.

No one should bet against either to break thirty goals to take the honours, but Gregory has to be the favourite. Prior to the short barren spell he had plundered seven in four games, including a brace against Alfreton and a treble at the well tanned Hyde.  Gray has just one in his last six games, although he bagged 5 in 3 including a treble at the Bulls in a seven nil rampage. Williams of Aldershot (21)  and fellow Hatter Benson(17) look too off the pace to trouble the top two crackshots.

Tomlinson, in 5th meanwhile, has just three games to bag the two goals he needs to break the twenty goal barrier and emulate Simon Yeo (21 almost a decade ago).  Currently on 18 goals in all competitions STMIs tip for 20 this season has been sidelined by a three match suspension thanks to 15 yellow cards, but who would bet against a passionate talismanic figure hitting an elusive target during another frustrating season for a club of the Mighty Imps stature? Imps can click here for the hoped-for goal machines of 2013/14.

Top 20 Skrill Premier Goal Machines

Player Team Goals
1 Lee Gregory Halifax 28
2 Andre Gray Luton Town 27
3 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 21
4 Paul Benson Luton Town 17
5 Ben Tomlinson Lincoln City 16
Scott Boden Macclesfield Town 16
James Norwood Forest Green Rovers 16
John Akinde Alfreton Town 16
9 Scott Rendell Woking 15
Connor Jennings Grimsby Town 15
11 Louis Moult Nuneaton Town 14
12 Luke Guttridge Luton Town 13
Dan Fitchett Salisbury City 13
Ross Lafayette Welling 13
Dan Holman Braintree Town 13
16 Yan Klukowski Forest Green Rovers 12
Luke Berry Cambridge United 12
Jack Marriott Woking 12
19 Michael Gash Kidderminster Harriers 11
Jake Hyde Barnet 11

 

Goal Machines: Aston Villa & Lincoln City Brute Billy Dinsdale

Billy Dinsdale debuted for Aston Villa against Arsenal in 1925 in front of over 60,000 flat caps with the woodbines puffing into the Easter Skies.  Five appearances later the season ended along with his dreams, wafting like a puff of smoke so to speak. Despite spending most of his time in their reserves big brutal Bill still hammered in the goals and made the odd first team appearance the following season, but he was seen as lacking the necessary finesse for the First Division according to legendary manager George Ramsay.  The Beast of the Bank would crack 103 goals in 136 appearances and illustrate that a beast can be just as popular as a bonny beauty.

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Aston Villa paid a ‘handsome fee’ for a lad that had bagged 42 goals in 35 games for Crook Town and he was a regular for the final 5 games of the season. He got just three more opportunities as manager George Ramsay felt he hust did not have the fitness to go with his bravery. Ramsay,  did know a thing or two, for he had been manager of Villa for 42 years winning 6 FA Cups and 6 Division One championships, but in 1926 he sold him, indeed it was one of the last things he did at Villa Park   Horace Henshall, his Lincoln counterpart, on the other hand, was a man in hurry and not one for airs and graces. After just three spy missions at the end of the 25/26 season the Imps made a small undisclosed bid and thus we signed our fifth highest League scorer and fourth highest overall scorer, of all time.  Only 4 Imps have broken 100 goals in all competitions and Dinsdale did it in just 127. He would finish top scorer in each of his four seasons at the Bank and bag 103 goals from 133 appearances. The great Billy Dinsdale was also in our elusive 20-goal club in each of those four seasons.

A shy and very private man off the field Billy was a man mountain on it. The strong athletic Dinsdale was a true beast of the Imps with a bullet header and a shot like a cannon ball, offering raw strength, aggression and work rate as opposed to the prettier side of the game. He scored on his debut againstSouthportbut after 3 blanks was dropped for Harry Andrews. Having hammered in the goals for the reserves Horace Henshall was forced to bring him back into the side in early December to save hisLincolnshirebacon (Henshall was replaced by Harry Parkes at the end of the season). He did not disappoint hammering 25 goals in the next 27 League and Cup games. He also scored 4 (2 with his head and 2 with his right peg) in a 5-0 win overDurhamCityin April 1927.

Billy finished as leading scorer again in 1927/28 with 29 goals as we narrowly failed to failed to get promotion finishing second. He bagged 6 braces against Crewe, Barrow x 2, Accrington, Rochdale and Wrexham as well as netting the winner in a 2-1 over Champions Bradford Park Avenue in front of 9785. He would net. The following season they would return to buy him in the March with the City board only to happy to get their hands on a much needed £1500, despite home gates of  16,000 gate in the cup against Leicester and 10,000 against Wrexham. We would finish 6th as a consequence though not before Billy hit a hat trick against Hartlepool and 6 braces. He helped himself to two healthy portions over Christmas getting  5 in 2 days against the monkey hangers on Christmas and Boxing Day.  He was back in the May when having failed to fit as Imps manager Harry Parks stole him back for £250 – or rather a tenner a goal.

He duly banged in 25 from 36 appearances in the 1930/31 season including two Hat tricks against Barrow andCarlisleplus a Barrow brace. With the Imps leading the Division for the whole season a draw and a home defeat to Rotherham  saw the city empty and head over to rivals for the crown Chesterfield. We lost 2-3 with Billy scoring once as we were leapfrogged for top and Billy hung up his hanging up his boots and returned to the North East as the Imps became Champions the following season with a new hero.

Billy meanwhile settled back in Darlington and worked in the fitting shop of Stephenson’s Locomotives for many years. Sadly he suffered from ill health in later years and was a shadow of the powerful athletic figure of his youth, crippled by arthritis he could hardly straighten his back. Billy died aged 80 on 21st February 1984.

LCFC career record : 
Apps : 136 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 103

LCFC Football League record : 
Apps : 126 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 89

Debut : 28/08/1926, Southport (h) 1-1, FL Division 3N (Scored)
Last Game : 02/05/1931Wigan Borough (a) 1-0, FL Division 3N

Season 1926/1927 : Div 3 N.
Apps : 27 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 25

4s: VDurham

Braces;Coventry, Bradford PA,Rotherham

Highest Gate 7861 V Stoke (1-3)

Typical gate 5,300 with 4 over 7K, 6 over 6K,

Position 11th

Season 1927/1928 : Div 3 N

Apps : 43 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 29

Braces Crewe, Barrow x 2, Accrington,Rochdale, Wrexham

Highest Gate 9785 V Bradford PA (2-1) got the winner.

Typical gate 5,600 2 over 9k, 1 over 8k, 4 over 7k

Position 2nd

Season 1928/1929 : Div 3 N
Apps : 30 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 24 Sold In March

Hat trick V Hartlepool 3

Braces: Halifax, Bradford City x 2, Accrington, Lancaster, Hartlepool 2

Got 5 in 2 days against the monkey hangers on Christmas and Boxing Day.

Highest Gate FA Cup 16,849 Leicester (0-1) 10,625 V Wrexham (1-1)

Typical Gates 5,600 – 1 over 9k, 1 over 8k, 1 over 7k, 4 over 6K.

Position 6th

Season 1930/1931 : 
Apps : 36 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 25

Hat tricks V Barrow, Carlisle

Brace V Scarborough

Highest Gate V Chesterfield 10,840.

Typical Gate 5,800 – 2 over 9k, 2 over 8k, 5 over 7k, 5 over 6K.

Position 2nd

1 Andy Graver (50/51-54/55,55/56,58/59-60/61) Apps : 289 ; Goals : 150

2 Johnny Campbell (33/34-38/39) Aps 198(0) Goals 110

3 Gordon Hobson (77/78-84/85,88/89-89/90 Aps 372 (14) Goals 105

4 John Ward (70/71-78/79,81/82) Aps 243 (20) Goals 99

5 Billy Dinsdale (26/27-28/29 and 30/31) Aps 136 Goals 103

6 Johnny Garvie (50/51-55/56) Aps 192 (0) Goals 80

7 Roy Chapman (57/58-60/61, 64/65-66/67) Aps 186 (1) Goals 81

8 Allan Hall (1931/32-1932/33) Aps 76 (0) Goals 68

9 Percy Freeman (70/71-72/73, 74/75-76/77 Aps 166 (15) Goals 76

10 Ernie Whittle (1949/50-1953/54 151 aps  64 goals

Doncaster Young Gun’s Dream Double Début For Imps.

The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable given the competition we faced for the lad.  Rovers loaned him to Shrewsbury Town, Southend United & Hereford United.  Donny then released him and he opted to join Simmo at Macclesfield Town.  Waide turned down a bigger offer in the summer to rejoin his old manager at Lincoln and marked his debut with a winning double in a match winning display against big spending Forest Green Rovers.

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Having gone 1-0 down to a cross-cum-shot from Barry, on 19 minutes, Waide pounced on a cross from Newton to unnerve Stokes, cut inside him, them switched feet to slam home with his left. The goal machine was up and running just 25 minutes into his Sincil Bank bow,  Fairhurst was also denied by a brilliant save and fired wide on two occasions before he brought the house down.

With 5 minutes on the clock Newton  fed the goal machine again, Waide took a touch before hammering a hay-maker into the top corner to have the ground on its feet.  The 2-1 win lifts the Imps to 4th, level on points with next opponents Cambridge who top the Skrill Premier thanks to a superior goal difference of 3. The way Fairhurst is wading in their lead may not last for long.

A prolific youth striker for Doncaster Rovers, Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. They destroyed us in a cup game one Tuesday night.  Wade layed on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.

With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.  After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

Well played Waide – 9 out of 10 for a match-winning performance. 

Imp Stats 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Macclesfield Stats 2012/13

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Tale of the Tape

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 1 (2)

Simpson’s Awash with Goal Machines

Who are Adi Yussuf (ex- Leicester City & Burton Albion) Nick Wright (ex-Mansfield, Kidderminster & Tamworth),  Danny Rowe (ex-Preston, Fleetwood & Man Utd) Wade Fairhurst (Doncaster Rovers & Macclesfield) and Ben Tomlinson (Macclesfield)? Indeed, but they are all up and running with Fairhurst joining the group with a stunning brace against Scunthorpe last night.  Incredibly these are all new signings, who could well follow in the wake of Gary Simpson’s spots (now on the way to £10 million and rising) and remember Captain Alan Power is also off the mark and he pitched in with 11 from midfield last season. One thing is for sure Lincoln’s goal machine list is growing by the minute. STMI takes a look at the Imps new prowess for scoring goals.

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Adi Yussuf  already has three, Nick Wright a hat-trick and 3 assists, Danny Rowe a hat-trick and two assists,  Wade Fairhurst a brace and Ben Tomlinson is less than a week off the train from Alfreton with a penalty and the desire to catch up fast. Captain Alan Power already has two goals to his name, one a rather customary penalty plus a poachers finish at the far post. Bohan Dixon has two as well, both coming on his debut at Lincoln United during a rather succesful trial that earned him a deal.

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It is almost surreal for the shell-shocked Imps, their faith tested to the limits over the last few years. Relegation from the football League was followed by two relegation dog-fights in the Blue Square Premier, yet the passing attacking football looks set to emphasise Skill in the new Skrill Premier. With Imps scratching their eyes at a rare cup success last night, a giant killing to boot, albeit against a weakened Iron side from a League above, it appears to be raining goals at a club that has been shot shy and perennial underperformers at home for almost half a decade.

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Here are the contenders, in squad number order, for the crown of top goal machine at the Imps. Perhaps one may even match 21 goal hero Simon Yeo, the last player to get twenty for City almost a decade ago.  Feel free to click on the players name should you wish to see the full STMI biopic.

7  Wade Fairhurst

Macclesfield 2012/13  Stats

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
20 Waide Fairhurst 31 12 2458 13 79 3 15 32 5

8  Alan Power   

2012/13 STMI ImpStats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Alan Power 38 3 3346 11 77 6 46 44 5 0

Danny Rowe 

Stockport & Barrow STMI 2012/13 Stats – 
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
10 Danny Rowe 20 11  2264 5 16 6 n/a n/a 0 0

Mansfield STMI 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster STMI 2011/12 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0

Alfreton STMI 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

14  Adi Yussuf 

Burton Albion  STMI Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Adi Yussuf 3 8 409 1 14 0 11 6 1 0

9 Danny Rowe

A CV that includes Manchester United, Preston North End, Fleetwood Town, Stockport County and Barrow FC.  One game in the 23 year old –hat trick on his debut – landmark signing is already an Imp No 9 to be proud of.  For Danny,  this deal is a chance to ram those promising youth comments down the throats of those who wanted him to develop gently and Simmo will give him every bit of help he can to follow in the footsteps of his other million pound plus finds. David Moyes never wanted him to leave…. well you know where he is… and any decent bid wouldbe considered.

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Yes Manchester United incredibly agreed up to £136,000 with Preston North End for Danny at just 12 years old .Fleetwood Town also paid good money for the 23 year-old who can play in an attacking midfield, wing or central striking role.  Before we get to his  bio, pour yourself a Pimms crack open a can and let us recount a craftsman, soon to be crowned a Lincolnshire poacher………….

It was an explosive opening from new Lincoln number 9 Danny Rowe as he opened his account just four minutes in.  Sheridan exchanged with Power before galloping down the right to whip over a low cross, Rowe raced on and cracked home from a dozen yards with the inside of his foot. Rowe is almost impossible to pick up and his fitness, despite the intense heat, made him harder contain as the game went on and both the goals to complete his heavenly hat-trick would come from distance. The first was a jaw-dropping hay-maker, full on the volley from 20 yards. The second saw him take a touch, look up and then curl a crisp cultured effort perfectly inside the post.

Manchester United & Preston £136k tug of war

Danny became the star of the Manchester United U13 side, scoring for fun in the FA Premier Academy League. Preston were not best pleased as they had developed him from the age of six only to lose him at 12, when United offered him a 4 year deal (lads can’t properly join the payroll until 16).  It went to tribunal with staggered payments agreed. The payments were to be £8,000 up front, £8,000 if Daniel signined a scholarship, £20,000 when he turned pro and £100,000 after 10 first-team appearances. Preston had argued that he would have been worth a million if he had gone through their system and then been sold. It might have been the best option for a lad who was swamped at United despite the teenage promise.

Kendal Town took him on and after an impressive first half to the season he was sold to Fleetwood with Nathan Pond coming on loan the other way.  Danny was sent out on loan to gain experience in the first half of the 2011/12 season, becoming the BSN player of the month in November, a month that saw him bang in 7 goals.  Danny got 12 for the bloods in his short stay and caught Stockport’s eye hammering in another 8 including a brace against the Imps when County trounced us 4-0 in April 2012.

Danny spent the first half of last season on loan at Stockport, a side in meltdown on and off the pitch, playing in a variety of positions, mainly from the bench to the frustration of the Edgeley faithful.  He got one goal and laid on 3 in just 612 sporadic minutes of football. Fleetwood then sent him on a half season loan to Barrow in January.  Danny was an inspiration at the relegation haunted Bluebirds who almost escaped the drop. He scored 4 and was credited with 3 assists, although his all round contribution led to far more (he played with namesake Danny Rowe at Barrow confusing the life out of the stattos).

Raid the bookies Imps. This lad will be the first player since Yeo (bow thrice) to bag 20 goals. He has it all. He has the touch and brain of Jamie Taylor. He is a playmaker, who can turn a game either as an attacking central midfielder or left-winger. At 6′ 1″ he can play as a target man or support striker.  His signing should worry Power, who has still to put pen to paper on a new deal.

Welcome Danny, with assist king Sean Newton also aboard Sincil salivates……………….

Danny’s Stockport Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
10 Danny Rowe 5 9  612 1 n/a 3 n/a n/a 0 0
Danny’s Barrow Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
30 Danny Rowe 15 2  1652 4 n/a 3 n/a n/a 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Danny Lucas Rowe
DATE OF BIRTH 29 January 1990 (age 23)
PLACE OF BIRTH Blackpool,
HEIGHT 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
WEIGHT 84Kg (13 st 2 lb)
POSITION: LW/AMC / CF
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 11
YOUTH CAREER
1996–2008 Preston /Manchester United
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Kendal Town 14 (11)
2010-13 Fleetwood 7 (0)
2011 Droylesdon (loan) 12 (12)
2013 Stockport County (loan x 2) 22 (9)
2013 Barrow (loan) 17 (4)

Grimes Set For A New L2 Gig then

Ashley Grimes (ex Millwall FC and Lincoln City) looks set to pillage League 2 defences again after agreeing a deal with Bury FC, after snubbing Cheltenham Town. The Championship was a little too high for him but Goal machine Grimes chimes,  regular as clockwork in League 2 and will be the perfect replacement for Andy Bishop who will finally link up with Morrell at Wrexham.

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Ashley banged in 17 goals in 30 appearances for the Imps in our relegation season should do well at relegated Bury, for whom he signed last week. Grimes got double figures in both his seasons at Rochdale in League 1 and  2 finishing with 21 goals from 70 games.  You can bet he will be looking forward to the new Gigg after two seasons of struggle at Dale. Following relegation to League 2 they finished a lowly 19th last term. Let us hope the same does not happen at Bury who now appear clear of their financial woes following their own relegation last year.

Its a shame we could not have him back, he looks good for a hat-full in League 2 this year and would probably bag 30 in the Conference. He was  awesome at Lincoln take a look at this beauty, in the middle of that hot streak of six wins in seven that suggested we could beat the drop  in 2010/11 – HERE.

Tilson had brought him in on a months loan at the end of October 2010 to try and stop the rot. He did not score in his opening three games but then clicked with a goal at Morecambe and Hereford. Tilson thankfully managed to bring him back in January and he found the Midas touch.  He scored in the 1-2 defeat to Bradford on New Years Day then got another in the 3-4 ding dong defeat in the Cup against Hereford. Next came a glorious hat-trick against Stockport in a vital 4-3 away win and a priceless poach in a 1-0 win over Port Vale.

Mind you the card count was climbing too, with the somewhat petulant striker serving  two bans (a single and a double as he reached 11 yellows for the season. But fans can forgive a goal machine that – just look at Ian Wright’s record at Arsenal.  Ashley would not 8 goals from his next 11 games including braces against Morecambe and Southend.  His final goal would come against Stevenage in March as that terrible run set in motion our relegation. Another yellow against Gillingham, his 10th of the season, didn’t help as he faced a two match ban.

 

STMI Biopic
Full name Ashley James Grimes
Date of birth 9 December 1986 (age 26)
Place of birth Swinton,
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bury
Youth career
Manchester United
 2002-2004 Bolton Wanderers
2004–2006 Manchester City
Senior career
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2006–2008 Manchester City 0 (0)
2007 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2011 Millwall 30 (4)
2010–2011 Lincoln City (loan) 30 (17)
2011–2013 Rochdale 72 (21)
2013- Bury 0 (0)
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Big Perce: WBA Gave Him Away And Reading Gave Him Back

West Bromwich Albion and Reading FC both fancied Percy Freeman but it was only the Imps who could get the best out of him. The Baggies ended up giving him away whilst The Royals actually gave him back to us for £10,000 less than they paid for him, despite him averaging a goal in every four matches because he lost his taste for the game. Percy Freeman aka Big Perce, enigma, gentle giant, goal machine and gracious son of Impdom this is your life……….

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Freeman was old school, a living god to any Imp the right side of their mid to late thirties. Big, strong and as direct as an express train he had a shot like a cannon and a forehead as tough as Hemswell Cliff. Carved from local stone in Newark the legend lives on in Lincoln to this very day. Yes Big Perce is a gentleman giant in every sense of the word and will be a part of the fixtures, fittings and legends of this City forever more.

Alas,  he was plucked from his Newark home by Stourbridge before big timers  West Brom signed him in 1968 as understudy to England international Jeff Astle (174 goals in 361 games is incredible and he got 31 for Notts County).  The apprentice was unable to displace the sorcerer making just three appearances for the First Division side before the late Bert Loxley snared the Lincoln poacher on a free. Percy scored on his debut against Cambridge, settled a huge cup tie against Sunderland (10,789)  and got two more to start with a goal in his first four consecutive games. The all action style and towering aerial presence were idolised on a Clanford end starved by a decade of demise. Though we would still finish twenty-first on the bottom rung his 16 goals and 5 braces (Brentford, 2-0,Grimsby 3-0, Bradford 4-1, Torquay A 3-4 and Aldershot 4-4 lit the season and suggested better was to come in the seventies.

Percy got 14 the following season as the Imps flirted with promotion to finish fifth, as the talisman led the line. He got a Hat trick against Exeter (4-1) and brilliant Braces against Colchester away (2-5) and Darlington away (3-3). The crowds returned as Herds rejuvenated Imps played to 16,498 V Scunthorpe (1-0), 15,015 V Cods (3-0 ), where Big Perce waded in with a goal and man of the match performance; and another 12,199 V Southend in a stalemate. Typical gates that season were 7,500, with 2 over eight thousand and another 2 in the nines. The intimidating Clanford End and atmosphere of the Bank had seen the Sincil siege mentality return. Get that this season and we are half way there.

Despite the Imps making the top three at one stage of the season controversy was to rip through the Bank. The popular David Herd was removed (potential legal issues forbid us saying exactly why – so keep that one in your trousers so to speak) with Graham Taylor coming in on 10th December. The young man’s first job was to sell Percy, already on 9 goals including a hat-trick against Bury (4-0), for a whopping £11,500 to Reading. This despite the fact that gates were pretty good too with 7,425 V Burnley Watney Cup (0-1) and 6.657 V Northampton (1-1). Naturally the turbulence and the lack of big Perce had an affect as crowds fluctuated from 3k – 4K when we had enjoyed 4 successive 6k crowds when we were in top 3 prior to Hurdgate.

Percy played regular first team football for a season and a half at Reading but his heart wasn’t in it any more. He became disillusioned and left football completely to work as a scaffolder. He then returned in an hour of need for the Royals to play a dozen games  (Played 60 times with 13 goals) before the Imps came in for him. This floated Freeman’s boat and he jumped at the chance. Taylor and the Imps board were pretty chuffed when Reading reluctantly accepted a £1500 fee and a ten grand loss on the deal. They looked on in utter disbelief as Percy’s hunger returned. He and the Imps would ransack the Fourth Division bagging more records than Woolworth’s. Percy would get 23 (plus 2 Cup) and John Ward would hit 29 goals as as the Imps clinched the championship in record-breaking style.

Imagine turning up to Sincil Bank and seeing 71 home goals (an average of more than three a game!), 111 in all and 74 points (equivalent to 106 with three points for a win).  Just like the Keith Alexander era from 202 – 2006 the strength was at the front and back with Ward and Freeman up front; Ian Branfoot (5 goals) and Sam Ellis at the back. That’s not forgetting the work of midfield maestro John Fleming who scored 9 that season (indeed Ellis got 15, Graham 12, Smith 9 and Harding 9.

The highest gate of the season saw us take over 5,000 to Reading (15,900), but with Big Perce pulling out with an injury Wardy got the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.  The gates that season were huge with 14,092 witnessing his brace against Doncaster in a 4-2 win. Another 13,880 rolled up for the neutering of Northampton 3-1 and Stoke were humbled 2-1 in front of 13,742. Typical gates were 7,500 plus with 6 gates over 10k. The tide of optimism was infectious and gripped the city. Doubtless GT the young fabulous manager could have played but for his career ending ankle injury. At the tender age of 31 , he was just a year older than Percy and the youngest manager ever to land a football League Championship.

The following season in the 3rd Division saw us finish ninth, going briefly third after a 2-2 draw at home toRotherhamin front of 9,318, with Freeman and Hubbard getting ours. Despite the old bones giving him grief Percy would bag a brace against Tranmere and a memorable equaliser in front of a huge 14,706 at the Bank againstSheffieldWednesday (1-1). Percy would hang up his boots at the end of the season grabbing 9 goals in 27 appearances with 3 as a sub.

The Bank saw some great crowds that year with a 3rd Round FA Cup replay (novelty value) defeat against Burnley (0-1) enticing 11,414; and typical gates of 6,400 with 6 gates over 7K, 2 in the 8’s and 2 in the 9K’s. Both GT and Big Perce left Sincil Bank in the summer of 1977 with Graham going to join Elton John at Watford on the way to a glittering career culminating in the England Manager’s job. Percy got a deserved testimonial before he   retired  from the professional game to concentrate on his roofing business. He turned out for Boston for a season or two before managing Nettleham, Boston FC and Stamford.

Percy Freeman is still living inLincolnand manages local pub team Ivy Tavern FC

Full Name: Freeman, Ronald Peter

Date Of Birth : 04/07/1945

Birthplace : Newark

Imps record: 

Apps : 166 ( League 138) ; Subs : 15 (league 14) ; Goals : 76 (league 64)

Season 1970/1971 : 21st Div 4

Apps : 29 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 16

Hat tricks:

Braces: Brentford (2-0),Grimsby(3-0), Bradford (4-1), Torquay A (3-4),Aldershot(4-4).

Highest gates: 10,849 V Notts Co (0-1), 10,789 V  Sunderland LC2 (2-1)

Typical gates 3,500 – 4K as we struggled bright start though with 3 7k plus crowds & 8k V Cods.

Season 1971/1972 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 35 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 14

Hat tricks:Exeter(4-1)

Braces: Colchester A (2-5)DarlingtonA (3-3)

Highest gates: 16,498 V Scunthorpe (1-0) 15,015 V Cods (3-0 Scored 1) 12,199 V Southend (0-0)

Typical gates 7,500 with 2 x 8K’s & 2 x  9Ks

Season 1972/1973 : 10th Div 4

Transferred in Dec

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 9

Hat tricks: Bury (4-0)

Braces:

Highest gates: 7,425 V Burnley Watney Cup (0-1) 6.657 V Northampton (1-1)

Typical gates. Fluctuated from 3k – 4K though 4 successive 6k crowds when we were in top 3.

Season 1974/1975 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 11 ; Subs : 2 ; Goals : 3

Hat tricks:

Braces:

Highest gates: Mansfiled (0-0) 13,108, 8579 V Shrews (3-0) 8,291 V Cambridge (0-0), 8,032 V Rotherham (2-0)

Typical gates: 2700- 3000 until Nov then 5k –6k with 1 x 7k and 2 x 8K.

Season 1975/1976 : 1st Div 4

Apps : 37 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 25

Hat tricks:

Braces:Cambridge(4-2), Scunthorpe (3-0), Doncaster (4-2) Watford (5-1), Bradford A (5-1)Doncaster(5-0) 9 in 6.

Highest gates:Doncaster14,092 (4-2 bagged a brace) 13,880 V Northampton (3-1) Stoke LC 13.472 (2-1)

Typical gates: 7,500 with 6 gates over 10k.

Season 1976/1977 : 8th Div 3

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 3 ; Goals : 9

Braces: Tranmere H (2-2)

Highest gates: Sheff W 14,706 (scored in 1-1 draw)BurnleyFA Cup £R replay 11,414 (0-1)

Typical gates 6,400 with 6 gates over 7K, 2 in the 8K’s 2 in the 9K’s

The Imps Goal Machines 2012/13

Jamie Taylor, Vadaine Oliver (a Sheffield Wednesday steal), Colin Larkin (Hartlepool United loanee – the Monkey Hanger turned goal hanger) and captain Alan Power played their part, but who can forget that incredible brace at Braintree for Tony Diagne (Macclesfield)? Time to look at the Lincoln City Goal machines for 2012/13.

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Goals be the lifeblood 0f the people’s game, thus the strikers are not surprisingly the best rewarded, idolised by the fans.  Taylor got 15, but Vadaine Oliver was just two behind in a début season to be proud of.

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Sq No Hero Goals Shots Assists
10 Jamie Taylor 15 110 8
14 Vadaine Oliver 13 81 3
8 Alan Power 11 77 6
34 Colin Larkin 8 35 1
5 Andrew Boyce 4 44 2
16 Nicky Nicolau 4 36 3
39 Conner Robinson 4 15 1
7 Adam Smith 2 44 4
14 Tony Diagne 2 11 1
20 Tommy Miller 1 14 4
15 Daniel Gray 1 8 6
37 Mamadou Fofana 1 11 0
3 John Nutter 1 6 0
4 Todd Jordan 1 9 0
23 Craig Hobson 1 6 0
Chris Bush 1 6 0

Lincoln City Top 10 Goal Scorers

Want to know the Imps 10 most lethal marksman of all time? Well Save the Mighty Imps has compiled a new goals, goals, goals section that gives you more answers and stats than you can shake an Imp at.

 

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Just click on the name

for a full biopic including, 

hat-tricks, braces and even typical crowds

 

1 Andy Graver

(1950/51-1954/55 then 1955/56, then 1958/59-1960/61)

Apps : 289 ; Goals : 150

2 Johnny Campbell

(1933/34-1938/39)

Aps 198(0) Goals 110

3 Gordon Hobson

1977/78-1984/85 and 1988/89- 1989/90

Aps 372 (14) Goals 105

4 John Ward

1970/71-1978/79 and 1981/82)

Aps 243 (20) Goals 99

5 Billy Dinsdale

(26/27-28/29 and 30/31) Aps 136 Goals 103

6 Johnny Garvie

1950/51-55/56)

Aps 192  Goals 80

7 Roy Chapman

1957/58-60/61 and1964/65-1966/67

Aps 186 (sub 1) Goals 81

8 Allan Hall

1931/32-1932/33

Aps 76 (0) Goals 68

9 Percy Freeman

1970/71-72/73 and1974/75-1976/77

Aps 166 (15) Goals 76

10 Ernie Whittle

(1949/50-1953/54)

151 aps  64 goals