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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.

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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
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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

Footballer Foster Takes 70% Pay Cut For Love of Game

Former Sheffield Wednesday, Preston, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has taken a 70% pay-cut to team up with the Imps because he believes he can do for big mate Simmo what he did at Oxford Utd as their Conference promotion captain.  His desire to put something back in the game whilst he continues to back a fledgling fashion business with his fiancée will make every working man & woman in Britain proud –  and he has even been willing to wait until the admin staff arrive back from holiday to sign the full 1 year deal today.  Outstanding stuff Fozzie STMI hope your enterprise and ambition is rewarded on and off the pitch!

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Preston, the League 1 club who have still been paying his wages,  were kind enough to allow him to link up with big mate Simmo  after they  agreed to release him in May and he has been loyally training with Lincoln on a non-contract basis since pre-season began putting in some outstanding performances on the pitch whilst being a massive mentor to the youngsters off it.  Not sure what they put in the Yorkshire water but this is yet another ex- Sheffield Wednesday  youth, a Mexborough lad, who was spotted by Simmo and signed and rebuilt by him in 2005. His agent could have got him better deals elsewhere but he never asked – loyalty to your mates runs high – and this message will spread through the dressing room like the elixir of life. Fozzie you are a hero at a club that needs all the help it can get to bounce back (hopefully it will be our lucky 7th return to the League).

For those who missed the full STMI biopic back on May 4th, here is a rerun………

Sheffield Wednesday rated Luke highly enough to offer him a first year pro-deal then farmed him out for experience to Scarborough and Alfreton. Simmo, a lifelong Wednesday fan (the top job would be the dream, but only once his driven mission at Lincoln was complete), was eager to take him to Lincoln and he signed a two year deal, unbeknown to all that the KA era would soon come to a close. Schofield never gave Luke a look in during the second season of his deal and York took him on loan. 

Stalybridge offered him a deal for the start of the season but Luke class and composure  earned a deal with Oxford just 4 games into the new season. He was a rock (illustrating his BSP) pedigree as Oxford finally got back into the Football League.  He became captain and won the fans and players’ awards for best player, making 109 commanding appearances for United, scoring 3 goals.  The move to Holdsworth’s Mansfield  in 2010 did not work out with just 16 outings. Luke slated Mansfield under Reg, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans.

Stevenage offered him a way out and he was inspirational in the League 1 play-off success of 2010-11. The 24 league games certainly put the Stags stint behind him.  The move to ambitious big spending Rotherham saw Luke sustain a cruciate injury that wiped out the season. Keen to stay local (he has interests in fashion and retail)  Luke signed for Matlock  making 9 appearances last season until a relative heavyweight came calling.

Preston teed up a trial which and to his credit he showed enough at the Whites to earn a  deal until the end of the season. This shows the quality we could soon come to rely on even if he managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season. The first choice central defensive pairing of Wright and Huntingdon is something of an irresistible and immovable force.

The Imps have had to play a waiting game, but as they say possession is nine tenths of the law.  Luke is Yorkshire based,  as are his growing business interests in fashion. Indeed Luke wants to have a multi-million business by the time he is 40, to this end he and his partner have set up 601 Ltd. So we need a need a centre-half and according to an interesting Linked in profile snippet, with regard to his time at Lincoln :  First time being a pro and made me the person I am today.  Could this suggest that Luke may benefit from teaming up with Simmo again? He could certainly add to his international CV, having played just the once against Bosnia Herzegovina.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
CURRENT CLUB Preston North End
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
2008 England C

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Imps Sign 20-Goal Striker!

Former Mansfield Town, Bristol City, Northampton Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Tamworth left sided forward  Nick Wright has sensationally signed for Simmo’s Six-foot Sincil Soldiers on a one-year deal. The wide-boy goal machine should send season ticket sales sailing past the 1,100-1200 mark in his own right, but he is not the target man we seek….  suggesting another –  rumouredpaid for -striker is also close to signing! But Nick could still bag 20 in his own right, not seen hereabouts since Simon Yeo, in what seems the days of Yore!

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Simmo has finally bagged his man after chasing the lad since we ran the who is Nick Wright story back on May 4th – just after Cox incredibly deemed Wright wrong for League 2. Simmo’s interest cooled when a move to the Harriers  came into the equation, but after waiting in the wings, he swooped for what has to be regarded as something of a coup. Left out by Cox who had Green, Nick was the fastest player at the Stags to the frustration of a true goal machine. At 6’3″ he has it all, with a turn of pace that will roast most of the Conference’s big old oaks.

Nick bagged 17 goals in all competitions playing on the left for Kidderminster, suggesting he could be both poacher and gamekeeper for the Imps. Simmo likes a front 3, but has a penchant for the continental 4-2-3-1 formation where two defensive midfielders allow those in front to fly freely.

The understanding is that another out-and-out centre forward is still on the verge of joining once a fee can be thrashed out with another BSP club.

Brilliant signing welcome aboard Nick!……….Oh Nicky Wright! Wright! Wright!

Mansfield 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 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
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
2001-2005 Birmingham City
YEARS Team Apps
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town  n/a  n/a
2007 Halesowen Town  n/a  n/a
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012– Mansfield Town 17 (1)
2008– England C 1 (0)

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5 Andrew Boyce (Centre-Back)

On 14 Nov 2013 Andrew Boyce agreed to join Peter Swann at Scunthorpe in January, a subsequent loan was agreed until Jan 5th on 21st Nov. The undisclosed fee meets a minimum release clause in his contract. 

No St Sub Mins G On Miss Ass F’s F’d Yel Red
5 Boyce 19 0 1710 1 5 7 1 17 11 2 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Boyce 19 154 8.1 9 8 8 8 8 9 7 8 8 8
Boyce 1

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Andrew Boyce has agreed to sign a new 2 year deal with the Imps despite rumours he might be joining up with a former Gainsborough Guru at Scunthorpe UnitedMansfield Town or Chesterfield FC.   The former Doncaster Rovers defender  could have netted the Imps at least £25,000 at a tribunal but manager Simmo is happier to have him than the cheeky alleged asking fee of fifty grand. On 14 Nov 2013 Boyce agreed to join Peter Swann at Scunthorpe in January, a subsequent loan was agreed until Jan 5th on 21st Nov. The undisclosed fee meets a minimum release clause in his contract.

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Andrew grew alongside Nat Brown last season and will continue to improve under Simmo’s guidance.  With Miller also able to play in the centre as well as defensive midfield, we could be looking at a back 5 at times just like in the play-off era under Keith Alexander.

Handy Andy sometimes stood alone last season as our central midfield quartet were regularly routed. He also pops up in both boxes at vital times notching 4 goals and nipping countless opportunities for those who would bulge Impdom’s net.

STMI christened Boycie the Beast of The Bank when he arrived. But he is now more than that. Already a hero, his never say die attitude will blossom next to Nat Brown, who can back him, or Tom Miller, up, when they dive in too early. Give it another half season, or so,to round off those rough edges and Boyce may well be plying his trade in League 1 sooner rather than later.  There are a few sides in that League knocking on the Championship door, where the TV money is a very healthy cushion indeed.  Then again, perhaps Peter Swann, who reluctantly had to let him go, may just have to do business with the Imps one more time at least.

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Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Andrew Boyce 45 0 3999 4 44 2 49 37 10 0
Boyce’s Backissues  
Date of Birth 05/11/1989 (age 23)
Height 6′ 3″
Weight 12st 9lbs
Youth career Doncaster Rovers
Former Clubs Kings Lynn Gainsborough

Millers Thriller As 2 Year Toms Thumbs Up Signals Sincil Statement Of Intent

Despite sniffs from RotherhamGrimsby Town and Wycombe Wanderers for the services of the ex-Norwich City and Rangers utility man, Tom Miller has given a massive thumbs up To Simmo’s Six Foot Soldiers Revolution at Sincil Bank by agreeing a two year deal.  Despite Boyce and Oliver failing to agree terms, this is the true cornerstone to an Imps push for glory next season. It also shows that Simmo’s growing reputation as the new Enticer, is gathering momentum.

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Tom only failed to fulfil his promise at Rangers when a cruciate injury effectively negated his two-year contract, just a month in, after a switch from Norwich City. Tom joined the Canaries at 14 and progressed through the ranks at the Colney Training centre to become Norwich City Academy player of the season, in 2008. But somehow it was not to be thanks to manager Glenn Roeder. who failed to give him a first year pro deal.

Jim Duffy, the then assistant manager, contacted Rangers when it was evident that Tom would not get what many felt should have been a deserved opportunity in the game.  He was flown up to Ibrox and had an outstanding trial game, making a telling contribution all over the pitch in a 5-1 win. Rangers gave him a two year contract to the delight of his proud father Ray, before the tragic injury struck.  Tom was then farmed out to the tough environment of the Irish League with Dundalk, before joining Newport.

Last season’s away player of the year has never hidden, home or away, whether he has been employed at full-back or centre-back, even though his best position is in a central or defensive midfield berth. In his season and a half at the Imps he has been inspirational, a true leader on the pitch when the going gets tough. A candidate for captain, he is a born winner and this two year deal suggest he shares the vision of manager Gary Simpson – that we will be there or thereabouts this season at the very least and push on in the second year.

Awesome news Tom, try and have a word with your big mate Boycie will you!

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Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 20 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 37 0 1 2 13 38 32 3330 9 0


Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 35 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 8 0 1 2 3 11 6 720 2 0

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Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12
Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 20 4 0 0 14 21 21 1565 6 0
FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 21)
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 8 lb 75.54 KG
2004-2008 Norwich
2011-2013 Lincoln C……………………45/2
2011-2012 Newport ……………………24/0
2001–2005 Dundalk …………………….0/0
2008–2009 Rangers …………………….0/0

Brownaldinio Swaps Silk For Sweet Sincil Success.

Nat Brown the former Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Wrexham FC and Macclesfield Town box-to-box centre back has signed for the Imps on a permanent basis.  Nat Brown, 32 later this month,  made a heroic loan return to Impdom last season. He went on to play 10 games – half with an injury – and was inspirational and integral part of the successful survival bid. Brownaldinio is back at the Bank, fr a year at least,  where we are guaranteed bravery, thrills and a few spills.

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At 31, Nat Brown still has plenty to offer and is certainly good enough for the BSP, if not League 2, as ex-Imp Scott Kerr, now at York would attest. Chesterfield and Burton made a bid for him last season. A popular figure at Moss Rose he fell fallen down Kings pecking order allowing the Imps to cut an emergency loan deal.  Nat is the sort of brave talismanic  figure a side needs and his presence in either box has seen him pop up at vital moments with heroic results.  Brown  was an unsung hero at the Imps  and always gave it his all after joining us from Huddersfield in 2005.


Nat enjoyed play-off success with the Terriers in 2003/04  and did well at the Imps under KA, who resigned him at Macclesfield. A wrist injury saw him drop down Schofield’s pecking order  before Jacko agreed a ‘by mutual consent’ deal that allowed him to move to Wrexham in June 2008.  An initial loan became permanent and he would go on to become a rock at Macclesfield under Keith Alexander and then Simmo, popping up with some vital goals to back up those consistently inspirational performances.

He is one of Simmo’s reliables, with an infectious manner on and off the pitch, who will be coming here to finish a job he KA, Richard Butcher and Gary started many moons ago.

Welcome back Nat!

Nat Brown 2012/13 stats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
25 Nat Brown 10 0 900 0 8 1 8 11 0 0
FULL NAME Nathaniel Brown
DATE OF BIRTH 15 June 1981 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 9lb (73.92kg)
CLUB Lincoln City
Contract 1 year
Huddersfield Town
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Huddersfield Town 83 (0)
2005–2008 Lincoln City 105 (9)
2008–2009 Wrexham 7 (0)
2008–2009 Macclesfield Town (loan) 33 (6)
2009–2013 Macclesfield Town 160 (10)

7 Waide Fairhurst (Striker)

The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable given the competition we faced for the lad.  Having previously caught the eye of Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Hereford United and Macclesfield Town, who released him, he opted to rejoin Simmo at well below the deal offered by another BSP club.  This lad is coming to score goals and will feast on the chances that Rowe and Newton will afford him, for Waide is cleanest striker of a football at the Imps apart from Rowe.

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 KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, A= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 
No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
7 Fairhurst 5 4 495 2 3 9 0 2 1 0 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Fairhurst 9 66 7.3   7     7 7   7   7

A prolific youth striker for Donny 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.

This signing is another example of the craft Simmo has learned from Keith Alexander. He waited patiently as the clock clicked passed his 24th birthday on May 7th. This allowed teams to sign him for free as soon as the two-year deal he signed in 2011, came to an end in June. However, Maccs financial state ahead of a planned takeover(there are rumours of late payments to players), allowed his former gaffer to sign him.

Welcome aboard Waide,

Waides Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
20 Waide Fairhurst 31 12 2458 13 79 3 15 32 5 0
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
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 9 (2)

Who Is Sean Newton?

The Imps have signed Stockport County and former Chester City, Barrow and AFC Telford, left-back Sean Newton today. The former fans favourite will be a big hit with the Imps faithful, as he gets up and down the line like a bull through a china shop, a veritable Newton’s cradle of energy that dispenses the theory of relativity to full-backs and wingers left in his wake.

Sean has phenomenal pace and takes a great free-kick, scoring 5 times for The Hatters last season.  He does get some goals for a full-back as well, 6 last season as well as netting 12 in 109 aps for Telford before going on loan and, eventually becoming a permanent signing last summer.

Still only 24, Sean is an inspirational lad and just makes Simmo’s height criteria at 6′ 2″. Sean scored 6 goals and laid on 6 assists last season, firing off 49 shots from a left-foot cannon.  His tackling and shadowing are first rate, with just two yellow cards in his 44 appearances last term. He is infectious lad, on and off the field, who will build morale no end, to become one of the leaders we will need all over the park this season

Welcome aboard Sean,

Sean Newton’s Stockport Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
3 Sean Newton 43 1  3877 6 49 6 41 23 2 0
STMI Biopic
Full name Sean Michael Newton
Date of birth 23 September 1988 (age 24)
Place of birth Liverpool,
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 87Kg (13 st 6 lb)
Position: Left Back
Current club Stockport County
Number 3
Youth career
2005–2007 Chester City
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Chester City 2 (0)
2007 Southport (loan) 13 (1)
2008 Droylsden (loan) 15 (1)
2008–2009 Droylsden 35 (5)
2009 Barrow 4 (0)
2009–2012 AFC Telford United 109 (12)
2012 Stockport County (loan) 7 (1)
2012– Stockport County 43 (6)
National team
2009– England C 2 (1)

Walsall Winger’s A Done Deal

Gary Simpson will make Walsall Winger Jake Jones his first signing and make the lad a star.  Jake has not been given too much of an opportunity at the Saddlers this season with just 1 start and 7 sub appearances, racking up a mere 149 minutes of football. However Simmo has been a good influence on the lad and made a great impression. There was only one option for him when Walsall manager Dean Smith agreed to release him, although he will not officially join up with the Imps until July (players are contracted to June 30th).

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The Saddlers finished a secure 9th in League 1 after flirting with relegation during  the previous two seasons but Jake is surplus to requirements. But there is another bright red and white, this time striped, light at the end of the tunnel. Jake has been impressed by the vision shown by the manager and wants to put his long-term career development ahead of short-term financial gain. He has already made a massive down-payment, earning the penalty that saved our Lincolnshire bacon. Jake, now a free agent , frightened the lives out of the tiring Tamworth defenders, forcing Oji to bring him down in the 83rd minute. Simmo gave him the signal to save our Sincil Souls on 66 and he clicked. His introduction was a master-stroke by the manager, mindful that his pace and trickery would have a winning impact against tiring legs.

Jake can win a game on his own and will be supplying the bullets for the likes of Vadaine Oliver and his new partner in crime, who is also said to be close to completing a deal. Simmo’s mobile has been read hot over the last few days, with deals gathering pace as the Championship and play-off season comes to a close.

In the right side and,  with the right manager, Jake will go places. Sincil salivates……..

Lincoln City 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
18 Jake Jones 6 5 584 0 4 2 0 3 0

Walsall 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
16 Jake Jones 1 7 149 0 3 14 0 0 0
FULL NAME Jake Ben Jones
DATE OF BIRTH 6 April 1993 (age 20)
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
WEIGHT 11st 6lb (74kg)
NUMBER W-16 / I-18
2009–2011 Walsall
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Walsall 8 (0)
2011-12 Redditch (loan) 11 (2)
2013 Lincoln (loan) 11 (0)