Category Archives: New signings

Imps Sign Spireite Utility Man

The Imps have signed Chesterfield and Macclesfield Town utility man Dan Gray, who impressed in last weeks 2-1 win at Worksop alongside Birmingham City loanee Graham Hutchison.   He is just the sort of player we need,  as he can put himself about in the centre of midfield or in defence.  The deal will run until May 2013, ensuring stability for both the club and player and true to form Reg has got another lad with the Mansfield post-code on his CV … and bith certificate.

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The great thing about Dan is that he has a composure well beyond his 22 years. He has the heart and desire we need and. with youth on his side, we would get a fee when he gets the chance to shine next season. His versatility is a big attraction for our over-stretched resources. He can play at right-back, centre-back or in the centre of midfield.  You can’t fault his bravery either and his timing in the tackle is superb. He is quick too, so his pace combined with  positioning  should keep him and us out of trouble. His passing is not  exceptional, though solid and a lot better than we are used to.  As an all round package he will serve us reliably at BSP level and hopefully beyond.

Indeed it is of some surprise to see a teenage prodigy find himself cast aside as a free agent this summer. At 18 he became a regular in the Spireites side making 24 starts in his first season and 19 the following term before falling down the ambitious clubs pecking order as the Spireites succesfully strove for promotion to League 1.  He was loaned to Macc in 2011, scoring on his debut, before making 23 appearances over two spells.  You have to feel the former midfielder was almost shackled in a now typecast right-back role.

Well  feel free to fill yer boots at the Imps and show the Spireites that you are Dan the man that can!

FULL NAME Daniel Adam Gray
DATE OF BIRTH 23 November 1989 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mansfield, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 12 st (76kg)
PLAYING POSITION Right/centre back central Midfield
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Chesterfield 54 (0)
2008 Alfreton Town (loan) ? (?)
2011 Macclesfield Town (loan) 21 (1)
2011 Macclesfield Town (loan) 2 (0

Imps Sign Grimsby Striker – Who Is Rob Duffy?

When we ran the story that rivals Grimsby Town and Lincoln City had failed to agree terms over out of favour Robert Duffy back on Jan 27th this year we got some abuse.   Tagged a mistake by Mariners’ chairman John Fenty, David Holdsworth has however always remained a big fan and vowed to go back for him at the end of the season.  Today that has happened with the Imps securing a deal for his services until May 2013.   This lad has the ability we need and has to be seen as a marque signing

Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town,  the striker duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash.   He can certainly do the job we need at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb.  The former Wales U21 is a real battler but still failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding,  despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances.  He certainly has a pedigree at this level as his stats below show,

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Duffy playing for Grimsby Town in 2011
FULL NAME Robert Duffy
DATE OF BIRTH 2 December 1982 (age 29)
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 13st 10lb (87kg)
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 35 (4)
2005 Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity n/a (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (24)
2008 Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (9)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 61 (23)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 56 (11)

Who is Gary Mills?

The Imps have signed experienced wing back and midfielder Gary Mills. Gary worked under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town and was an instrumental part of Nuneaton’s rise to BSN promotion this season. He will join the Imps on a 44 week contract until May 2013.

Gary  has spent a large part of his career at Rushden where he enjoyed their football League highs and non-league lows. He even started there and endured their demise.  He is a battler, has reasonable pace and backs down to no one in the challenge which is good news.  Has a great cross on him and even at 31 has the engine to get up and down the flank to help out offensively and defensively.
Good luck Gary, definitely one to watch.

STMI Biopic
Full name Gary Leonard Mills
Date of birth 20 May 1981 (age 30)
Place of birth Isle of Sheppey, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 11 st  5lb (72 kg)
Position Wingback / Midfielder
Current club Lincoln City
Youth career
1999–2000 Rushden & Diamonds
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 124 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town 21 (0)
2007 Rushden & Diamonds 17 (0)
2007 Tamworth 9 (2)
2007–2008 Kettering Town 27 (2)
2008–2009 Stevenage Borough 30 (0)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 41 (1)
2010 →Forest Green Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Rushden & Diamonds 19 (0)
2011 Bath City 4 (0)
2011– Nuneaton Town 27

Bore Stays Loyal To Imps

Peter Bore has signed a 44 week deal with the Imps running until May 2013.  The talented utility player has yet to shine for the Imps, but 2 goals in 11 games suggests David Holdsworth has seen enough to sign him for next season.
This is a bit of a gamble on the manager’s part given our wage constraints  and the lack of hunger shown by the player thus far.  Perhaps it is better to sign the devil you know as opposed to the one you don’t, but in reality there will plenty of hungry and committed players willing to agree to our wage and bonus structure.
Bore had undeniable ability at Grimsby and needs to recapture that and fast.  Certainly his half-hearted displays  together with his Mariner heritage have hardly endeared him to the City faithful and this deal smacks of ‘needs must’ for both player and club.  Let us not forget that only this time last year he chose to forego a new deal at Blundell Park in order to chance his arm with trials at Bournemouth and Shrewsbury Town. Both subsequently declined his services with Simon Weaver rescuing him with a deal at Harrogate Town of the Conference North.
David Holdsworth  then showed his faith with a deal until the end of the season, but Peter looked rusty and just a shadow of what many of us have witnessed in Lincolnshire Derbies.  Clearly his versatility is an attraction, although potential we cannot afford in a pivotal season that could see him needing to more than fill in at full-back or  wide midfield. Peter has also played as an out and out striker as well as a devastating winger in his youth days.
However he will be 25 next season and needs to make the transition from potential to a proven player as he approaches what should be his prime.  We wish him luck as he and we need to blossom in August, as opposed to setting with the summer sun.

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Peter Bore’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 31 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Right Back BSP 11 0 2 1 8 6 5 833 0 0
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Personal information
Full name Peter Charles Bore
Date of birth 4 November 1987 (age 24)
Place of birth Grimsby, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
WEIGHT 12st 1lb (76.64kg)
Current club Lincoln City
Number 31
2002–2006 Grimsby Town
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Grimsby Town 167 (15)
2008 York City (loan) 4 (0)
2011-2012 Harrogate Town 25 (3)
2012- Lincoln City 11 (2)

Sheridan Continues Reg’s Rebuilding

Jake Sheridan has signed a one year deal at the Imps. The hard-working former Notts County and Tamworth midfielder made an exciting debut in the 3-0 win against Ebbsfleet, but has earned more of a defensive reputation at the club since.

After falling from favour at Notts County the midfielder spent a couple of seasons at Tamworth under Gary Mills. But new gaffer Marcus Law  froze him out so  Jake went part-time with Eastleigh. He is a determined genuine soul, sharing a loan spell at the Imps with factory commitments prior to his permanent switch in January.  He is certainly a trier and has earned another year to prove he has got  what it takes to make a living from the game at our level.

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Jakes Imp stats 2011/12
No 36 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Lincoln City Lge & Cup 12 8 0 0 15 8 6 1161 3 0
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Personal information
Full name Jake Sheridan
Date of birth 8 July 1986 (age 25)
Place of birth Nottingham
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 11st 6lbs (72.64kg)
Playing position: Midfielder
Current club Lincoln City
Number 36
Youth career
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Notts County 33 (1)
2007–2011 Tamworth 81 (7)
2011–2012 Eastwood Town 5 (0)
2011–2012 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2012– Lincoln City 20 (0)

Former Southend & Arsenal Youth Star Pens 1 year deal at Imps.

Nicky Nicolau the former Southend United, Arsenal FA Youth Cup winner and Cyprus U21 international has signed a one year extension to his current deal at Lincoln City.

Oracle of Optimism puts on his rose tinted specs & tries to help punt some season tickets……..

Nicky is never going to set the world alight, but he is a versatile and hard-working player. Having won the FA Youth Cup in 2001 he was given a 3 year deal at the Gunners but failed to make the grade. Southend pounced but the Championship/ L1 also seemed a step too far.   Barnet however gave him a run in the side where he appeared 95 times in league & Cup before dropping into non-league with Woking (in BSP next season).

Defence is the best side to his game although he will get up and down the left flank and at least help out his full-back John Nutter, even if his distribution is as consistent as custard spewed forth from Vesuvius.   That said his assist against Hayes & Yeading earned us a valuable 2-1 win, with another in the 3-3 draw at Gateshead.

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Nicky’s Imp stats 2011/12
No17 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Lincoln City Conf 16 5 0 2 13 10 13 1222 0 0
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Personal information
Full name Nicky George Nicolau
Date of birth 12 October 1983 (age 28)
Place of birth Camden Town, London
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 10st 8lbs (67.19kg)
Position: Left Back / Left midfield
Current club Lincoln City
Number 17
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Arsenal 0 (0)
2004 Southend United (loan) 9 (0)
2004–2005 Southend United 25 (1)
2005–2006 Swindon Town 6 (0)
2006 Hereford United (loan) 10 (1)
2006–2009 Barnet 95 (4)
2009–2010 Woking 21 (1)
2010 Dover Athletic 11 (1)
2010–2011 Boreham Wood 15 (3)
2011– Lincoln City 10 (0)

The Miller On Reg’s Wish List

David Holdsworth looks set to open negotiations with former Newport, Norwich City and Glasgow Rangers centre-half Tom Miller with a view to a season long deal.  Since being released by the Exiles in January Tom has been an inspirational part of the Imps defence and attack with an awesome throw to go with a tenacious tackle and box-to-box engine.

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Signed initially until the end of the season Tom was the inspiration behind the wins against his old club Newport, the 2-1 win at Hayes & Yeading and the four nil win against Tamworth  that effectively saved our Blue Square bacon. His energy and desire to go box to box from a centre-back position shows his desire to prove the doubters wrong.  But what you have to love about this 120% man is that he sees the potential we Imps do and wants to stay with us.  


Thomas William Miller


29 June 1990 (age 21)




6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)


11 st 8lb (73.54 Kg)



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Newport County

37 aps

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Norwich City



A Homecoming For Imps Striker & Buxton Player of the Year

Bradley Barraclough will finally get his chance at the Imps next season after  signing a re-engagement deal (a deal of equal though not inferior terms to last season) suggesting he will be here for another year. Credit where credit is due for our most prolific striker of the season. Whilst on loan at Buxton FC, the exciting 22-year-old   in-form striker, kept them up almost single-handedly with 11 goals in 18 games and was not surprisingly voted supporters player of the year for 2011/12.


Bradley, who was out of contract at the Imps this summer, had been sent out on loan by David Holdsworth to get some match practice. He duly obliged with 4 goals in 4 successive games. Holdsworth then agreed to an extension in January until the end of the season suggesting his best chances of staying at Lincoln were well and truly behind him.


The local lad had earned a dream one year deal at the Imps when his father famously used the medium of Youtube as an advertising channel. After spending his childhood in Lincolnshire and playing for the county at junior level, he won a scholarship in psychology at Bellarmine University in the USA, scoring 52 goals for the Bellarmine University Knights. Former Imps manager Steve Tilson praised him for his work rate and felt he had done enough for a one year deal.

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Welcome back Bradley hope you get a decent chance next season.

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Impstats 2011/12

Competition Apps (sub) Goals Yellows Reds
League 4  (8) 0 0 0

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Buxton 2011/12

Competition Apps (sub) Goals Yellows Reds
League 10 (8) 11 0 0


Smith & Power Sign For Next Season

Alan Power and  Sam Smith  join Bradley Baraclough as the first to sign 44 week deals, ensuring they will be with the Imps for next season. Smith has had his injuries this term but still notched the Young Player of The Year Award and the honour of being our top scorer. Power clearly now feels the club are ambitious enough for him and has also agreed to stay.

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Here are their stats for this season and historic career data

Sam’s Stats

Lincoln 06/7/11 Free 18 (7) 7 2 (0) 2 2 (0) 1 0 (0) 0
Rushden 01/4/07 06 Jul, 11 Youth 16 (50) 13 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Totals £0 34 (57) 20 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Alan Power’s Stats

Lincoln 06/7/11 Free 42 (0) 4 2(0) 0 1 (1) 0 0 (0) 0
Rushden 01/8/10 06 Jul, 11 Free 40 (1) 3 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Hartlepool 05/6/08 01 Aug, 10 Free 0 (6) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
Grays 22/11/07 01 Feb, 08 Loan 5 (1) 2 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Nottm Forest 14 Apr, 07 05 Jun, 08 Trainee 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
Totals £0 87 (8) 9 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (0) 0

Holdsworth uses Sheffield Connections as McCammon starts on the bench At Stags

Former Sheffield United Manager David Holdsworth has finally managed to bag 14 stone 6 foot 5 inch beast of a target man Mark McCammon in time for him to start on the bench against Mansfield Town today.

With the closure of the transfer window coming too quickly for his contract issues at Braintree Town to be resolved a non contract deal became a non-starter. So crafty David Holdsworth used plan B, enlisting  the help of Sheffield FC who, as an Evo-Stik League First Division South, are not subject to the transfer window farce.


They have subsequently kindly loaned him to us until the end of the season. He will start on the bench today raring to aid his new boss and team-mates for the Mansfield mission. You can’t miss him but he will be wearing the No 33 shirt – could have sworn we had passed 40 Reg?

Here was our who is dossier on the new Beast of the Bank

First thoughts on the new Bank Beast are that Reg is biting off more than he can chew, once we can actually sign the guy of course. Having played just 3 games for Braintree, scoring once, he had his contract cancelled and moved on – well not quite as it appears they still hold his registration.  The 14 stone 6 foot 5 inch beast of a man wins everything in the air and has been a great support striker for some lads who subsequently went on to better things. He takes no prisoners, but he is not just a thug,  as he has a good brain and a knack of forcing the issue where it counts in the box.


He  started out at Cambridge United before joining Premier League Charlton Athletic, in March 1999. Brentford offered £100,000 in June 2000 where he rewarded them with 15 goals and almost three times as many assists in 89 appearances over three seasons.  Millwall  (2 goals in 21) then signed him near the end of the 2002/03 season where he spent an in and out year crowned with the Cup Final bow.  Mark was loaned to Brighton  (4 goals in 27) and then joined permanently before being loaned to  Bristol City  (4 goals in 11).

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The year of our Lord 2006 was a good year for the veteran as he won  his first international Cap for Barbados,  scoring a hat-trick against Anguilla, the international equivalent of a pub team,  in a 7-1 Caribbean Cup Qualifying match. He also joined Doncaster Rovers  (6 goals in 54) in time to score the first ever goal at the Keepmoat Stadium. In two seasons at Donny Mark  helped Rovers to promotion to The Championship via the play-offs before moving to Gillingham (5 goals in 52) for a season. They released him last summer when his contract expired, although he did have a goalless 4 game loan at Bradford under Jacko.

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So on the plus side we have a big strong target man who will win everything in the air,  on a try before we buy non-contract basis. So far so good, Mark seems to have bonded sufficiently with the squad during his trial, but he is certainly no slouch off the pitch either. McCammon has a penchent for openly criticising  managers, something disciplinarian and social networking nemesis David Holdsworth will not like medium to long term. Dennis Wise and Mark Stimson felt his verbal force and  he admitted to ”differences” with Mark McGee. McCammon also called into a radio show after the host stated that he was not worth a place in the Brighton first eleven, telling the host, “Until you kick a ball in professional football, you can’t tell me I’m not good enough for this standard. I think what you said is very disrespectful.”

Not wishing to show any disrespect STMI would like to offer you the best Mark.

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FULL NAME Mark Jason McCammon
DATE OF BIRTH 7 August 1978 (age 33)
HEIGHT 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
WEIGHT 14st 3lb (90.25kg)
TENURE Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Cambridge United 5 (0)
1999–2000 Charlton Athletic 5 (0)
2000 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
2000–2003 Brentford 89 (15)
2003–2005 Millwall 21 (2)
2004–2005 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 (4)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 11 (4)
2006–2008 Doncaster Rovers 54 (6)
2008–2011 Gillingham 52 (5)
2010-2011 Bradford City (loan) 4 (0)
2011- Braintree Town 3 (1)
2006–2008 Barbados 5 (4)

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