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The Imps have succeeded where Chesterfield FC, Stevenage FC, Morecambe FC and Boston Utd could not, with Gary Simpson finding the goal Machine in Jordan Burrow. His four goals so far this season see him link up with fellow Imp Jon Nolan at the England C team training session at St George’s on Sunday 21 September and Monday 22 September ahead of the International Challenge Trophy games away to Turkey in October and at home to Estonia in November.
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Jordan, who was at Chesterfield FC from the age of 9, rammed in 26 for the reserves in 2011/12 plus two during a month loan at Boston as a 19 year old. He seemed a born goalscorer. Having notched up 26 goals in his last season as a scholar, he followed that up last year with an IMPressive 18 goal haul, clearly not fazed by adult centre-halves. He is a big solid lad who can definitely do a job at Conference level. Though not blessed with exceptional pace he is not slow, has a great work ethic and is eager to press when not in possession. His natural eye for goal sees him pull the trigger to fantastic effect from anywhere in the box, but his heading ability, positioning andphysical presence earn him most of his goals.
Manager Sheridan offered him his first pro deal in June, then released him in January. Football is not just a hard game but a financial one, the Spireites budget is not the biggest and Sheridan felt he was two years away from the first team. Jordan spent a month on loan at Boston in October and came off the bench to score with headers in both the games he played in(BSN league games V Workington 2-1 & Droylsden). The Pilgrims were unable to offer the lad further terms and reluctantly sent him back to Chesterfield when the loan expired.
David Holdsworth had him on the radar but Lincoln never followed through (SEE STMI Jan 21012 HERE as Moerecambe came in during the January 2012 window with an 18 month deal. Jordan got four that season in ten starts and nine from the bench. The following season saw one goal from 12 starts plus another 22 from the bench in league 1. The move to Stevenage, on a free, last season was also a tough time as he struggled to break into the side starting 10, getting 12 opportunies as a sub and splinters from 40 views from the bench.
Simmo has given the 21-year-old goal machine his wings, by giving him a shoulder to rest on and the belief that he can score goals at this level. He could well prove himself in the division above in time too, but England duty and the seventh Lincoln cruscade to retake League status is the focus for now.
|Full name||Jordan Burrow|
|Date of birth||12 September 1992|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Senior stats (all comps)|
|2011||Boston United (loan)||8||(2)|
Jon Nolan was an Everton FC reserve regular in his teens and it is starting to show with a technique, sharpness, bravery as well as shooting and passing ability, that has seen the 21-year-old getting a lot less credit than he deserves at the heart of the Imps midfield. His two goals have been jaw-droppers, his passing princely and that rebuilt confidence is beginning to shine on through! Signed from Stockport County last Summer and going from strength to strength at Lincoln this season, Jon Nolan will link up with the England C team at St George’s on Sunday 21 September and Monday 22 September ahead of the International Challenge Trophy games away to Turkey in October and at home to Estonia in November.
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The skilful CDM is in brilliant form next to Hamza Bencherif but life has not been easy for him. Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances, indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut, Alas his Goodison dream was not to be, as he and terrific fellow talent Moses Barnett trialled at Watford, who only dithered due to financial issues at the time in 2010. So Jon elected instead to join Stockport along with, ex-Crewe and Macc striker John Miles and Tranmere youth product Ryan Fraughan. The competition might have been easier, but ‘from frying pan and into the fire’ comes to mind, as crisis club Stockport continued to fall from grace.
That kind of train-wreck can leave lasting scars but Gary Simpson seems to have rebuilt the lads confidence over the last 12 months and this season has seen him grow to the extent that one can almost forget he is only twenty-two years of age. The central defensive midfield man has an assured range of passes, a cracking shot and all-round game that had lacked just one thing. John simply needed to believe in himself a little more, despite his tender years and up his game by another 10%. He has done that this season – and more – now out of his new comfort zone the former Blue Nose is destined to shine and catapult the Imps to the play-offs.
Jon certainly has the technique and ability to be a regular at Championship level at the very least and should view the Skrill Premier as his springboard to the fame and fortune he is destined. This can be his formative playground and as he continues to deliver that Goodison Park promise the Imps and the young lad will benefit on and off the pitch. The Imps would not stand in his way if a bid came along either, so it is now up to Jon to add the world to the ball he already has at his very very gifted feet.
|FULL NAME||Jon Nolan|
|DATE OF BIRTH||22 April 1992 (age 21)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Huyton|
|HEIGHT/WEIGHT||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)|
|PLAYING POSITION||Midfield General|
|CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)|
Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood always saw Hamza Bencherif as one for the future, but alas even though Hamza came up through the youth system to earn a three year pro deal, he never made it at the club that took him from his adopted homeland France. Between 2006 and 2009 Nottingham Forest was a different animal to the one at the top of the Championship this weekend. Back then Calderwood had to get them back in it and, then struggle to keep them up. Hamza kept up and on 88 minutes thumped home Newton’s corner to defeat the fishy foe and silence 1800 Grimbarians behind that very net. Such was the emotion the first three rows of the Lincolnshire Co Op Stand have pledged their daughters virtues out of admiration and respect.
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Hamza was actually born and brought up in the suburbs of Paris where the Forest scouts got wind of him as a cultured kid at Guingamp on the Peripherique. The strong lad had broken into the reserves and featured regularly from an early age. Young Bencherif played seven games for the Algerian under 21’s in 2005-6 and, it was decided that he would go on loan to Lincoln City, to get some valuable game time. That was when the Imps love affair with the giant of a man began. Unable to get into Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest side, the manager kindly agreed to a months loan to get the Algerian under 20 international some much needed match practice. He would work under Johns, Schofield and Deehan, for just 13 days before they started the Imps annual October manager merry-go-round trend. Hamza started, the day he joined, on Oct 2nd v Bury, then scored in the 2-4 defeat at home to Chesterfield. He was brave, he was popular, but a lack of pace and youthful nativity exposed him at the centre of an Imps defence that was ransacked more regularly than Rome.
Despite hopes that he would sign full-time in both the January and the summer, a move failed to materialise. Peter Jackson did try on both occasions but money was tight and he was always, frustratingly for both managers, on the verge of breaking into the Forest first team . No doubt Matt Alexander, still a close friend, played a part in Macclesfield securing his services in the summer of 2009. Matt even Tweeted his best regards upon his release from Notts County. In his natural centre midfield berth he was magnificent, although a leg break against Rochdale, in December, brought a promising season to a close. He was fit and raring to go for 2010/11 banging in 11 goals, including a brace against Burton.
Martin Allen (alerted by Schofield and perhaps Matt, son of KA) made Hamza an offer that Macclesfield could not match in June 2011 and he signed a two-year deal starting 17 times with 8 substitute appearances, scoring against Bournemouth and Rochdale. Some poetic justice there of sorts in a 1-0 win. He was popular with the fans, his endurance endears as much as his bravery. Incoming Keith Curle, who signed 12 players in the Summer of 2012, also rated him highly, although Hamza would be little more than a bench warmer this season. He would only play 11 times, all starts and thanks to injuries, in a promotion chase that fizzled, costing Curle his job in March. Chris Kimonya gave him 1 minute of action away at Doncaster before deciding to release him at the end of the 2013 season.
With Simmo back at Lincoln City Hamza was on the verge of a second loan spell at the Imps in March 2013, until a mysterious MLS club scuppered the chance of Simmo securing a unique loan treble of Macclesfield Town heroes – Hamza (then at County), Tony Diagne and Nat Brown. Patience clearly comes to those who wait then Simmo? Last summer Lincoln missed out again, as did Hamza, in the end electing to join Plymouth i n September on a short-term deal . JS Kabylie came in for him with an 18 month contract in the January window offering a return to Algeria. Bencherif bagged a unique runners up double last term with medals in Algerian Ligue 1 and the Coupe Nationale.
His somewhat surprising arrival back at Lincoln has been a long time coming, finally linking up with Diagne and Brown to form a spine that threatened League 2 promotion for Macclesfield until the injury list and player sales caught up with the dream. But Hamza, still only 26, is at his peak, proving, pace apart, that he is the complete Conference Premier central midfielder. Thus far he has scored in each of his last four games for Lincoln. The Thoroughbred may not win the sprints but over a 46 match marathon you can bet your house on him to shine this season. A dark horse for player of the season maybe, but he is the spine that is allowing Nolan and the rest to glow. It’s getting brighter too with Lincoln also set to be there or thereabouts this season.
Lincoln City beat off York City, Tranmere Rovers Grimsby Town and FC Halifax for the services of Cambridge United striker Delano Sam-Yorke, the darling of the Imps last season. The fast furious and brilliant Bank babe returns on loan until January. Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..
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With Imps still scratching their eyes at our play-off form, well ten points from five games is certainly there or there abouts , the news that Delano Sam-Yorke is back is fantastic news. Whether he will be ready to play tomorrow is another matter, but, with a tough 8-game programme on the horizon he will be needed.
Delano Sam-Yorke bagged 3 goals in 9 League games for the Imps last season, but having made just two starts this League 2 term Cambridge agreed to a loan after moves to League rivals York City and, Tranmere Rovers fell through.
Sam returned to Cambridge last season and went to to celebrate promotion and FAT trophy success. He bagged two against FC Halifax in the last but one game of last season. Chairman Bob Dorian had vowed to break the bank for him, but a permanent deal had appeared to stall.
His pace power and skill thrills. Welcome back to the Bank Delano… Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..
|Full name||Delano Sam-Yorke|
|Date of birth||20 January 1989|
|Place of birth||England|
|2014||Lincoln City (loan)||9||(3)|
|Includes Lge, Cups & FAT appearances|
When Birmingham City granted Lincoln a one year loan deal this summer it saved the cash strapped Imps on both a peace of mind and financial front. The 19-year old had another storming game against Braintree Town yesterday showing a composure well beyond his years. His five saves were made to look easy thanks to his positioning and cat-like reflexes. He also stood tall against some big old oaks – at 5’11” Nick is not the tallest of keepers – which is no mean feet in a Gary Simpson side where one is expected to stand shoulder to shoulder with six-foot plus Sincil Bank soldiers.
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The Vanarama Premiership is not the place for shrinking violets. Thus, when Nick joined the struggling Imps on an emergency youth loan, initially for a month, on the eve of St Valentine’s Day, many expected the proverbial massacre, against Kidderminster, then serious contenders. Nick’s clean sheet, command of his area and distribution suggested City had found a more than adequate replacement for a first choice keeper who looked set to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury. It also ensured the club would remain inside one of the smallest budgets in the Conference Premier.
Not bad for an 18-year-old who had spent just 3 months at Oxford City, the previous season, plus a handful of games on the bench in cup games for his home-town club. Nick went from strength to strength in his second game, a 1-1 draw at home to Chester, making some fabulous saves that put him in the Non League Paper’s team of the week. He would go on to play 14 matches last season, his accurate distribution a somewhat understated part of the team’s improvement.
Paul Farman must have been gutted when Nick elected to return to Lincoln in August, particularly as he had recovered and prepared to ’embrace’ a new conference season. For Nick it was an easy decision. That début in front of over 2,000 had been his first experience of a decent crowd remember. Indeed, he has admitted on occaisions to a warm affinity with the fans who create an atmosphere home and away, but equally, to the preparation and professionalism of the management, the keeper coach and the build up to match-day. Thus a return to Impdom was something he could not trade for a return to U-21 formative football. We need luck hereabouts, fortunately no League club came in and Birmingham still have a few ahead of him in the first team pecking order.
Braintree was another battle, very much hard fought and won, particularly with the Imps down to ten men. Nick showed his typical consistency, bravery and shot stopping skills, with that fantastic 30- yard volley to get Tomlinson away to ease the pressure. His kicking is certainly superb, but then so is his awareness of Caprice and Newton, the Imps flying full-backs, who tore at their opposite numbers with a vengeance yesterday in a 3-2 thriller. Were it not for the sending off Lincoln were out of sight and exploiting the flanks at will, turning both Habergham and Peters inside out, at will.
With Lincoln third and heading for top-dogs FC Halifax on Bank Holiday Monday, a small squad just got smaller with Diagne’s harsh red (a penalty yes but he was not the last man with Brown cutting off any route to goal) and doubts over Newton and Caprice, manager Gary Simpson potentially has just sixteen fit players in a season many feel will be key to the club’s future. That means packing the bench with the cream of the Lincoln City youth graduates and, perhaps even, the player-keeper coach. The games will certainly be coming thick and fast for the eager Blues babe turned red Imp. Certainly no shrinking violet, perhaps purple passion is coming through in the mix.
|26||Nick Townsend||DoB 01/11/1994||GK||5’11” (181 cm)||14st 5lbs (91 kg)|
(click on player name for full stats)
The Lincoln City FC 2014/15 squad and players statistics at a glance. But wait there is more, an Imps dream gateway to the stars who don the red and white stripes. Simply click on the name to reveal minutes played, goals, yellow and red cards, starts plus the substitute details. A bit of a historical bent? Then there is more of the same and even details of historical loans, transfers and the odd fee. Massive thanks to SOCCERWAY
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|1||Paul Farman||02/11/1989||GK||6’2″ (187 cm)||12st 6lbs (79 kg)|
|2||Tom Miller||29/06/1990||DEF/RLC||6’1″ (185 cm)||11st 8lbs (75.6kg)|
|3||Sean Newton||23/09/1988||DEF/WB L||6’1″ (187 cm)||13st 10lbs (87 kg)|
|4||Todd Jordan||04/12/1991||CDM||6’3″ (191 cm)||12st 6lbs (79 kg)|
|5||Hamza Bencherif||09/02/1988||CDM||6’3″ (191 cm)||16st 10lbs (106.2 kg)|
|6||Tony Diagne||07/09/1990||DEF/RLC||6’0″ (183 cm)||11st 11lbs (75 kg)|
|7||Sahr Kabba||13/04/1989||STR||5’4″ (1.63cm)||12st 6lbs (79 kg)|
|8||Alan Power||23/01/1988||CAM||5’7″ (170 cm)||11st 7lbs (73 kg)|
|9||Jordan Burrow||12/09/1992||STR||6’1″ (185 cm)||12st 0lbs (76 kg)|
|10||Karl Ledsham||17/11/1987||CM||6’2″ (190 cm)||12st 5lbs (78 kg)|
|11||Ben Tomlinson||11/09/1990||STR/AM-RLC||5’11” (181 cm)||11st 11lbs (75 kg)|
|12||Arnaud Mendy||10/02/1990||CDM||5’9″ (175 cm)||13st 8lbs (86 kg)|
|14||Jon Nolan||22/04/1992||CDM||5’11” (179 cm)||11st 5lbs (72 kg)|
|16||Connor Robinson||11/10/1994||STR/AMR||5’11” (181 cm)||11st 8lbs (75.6kg)|
|17||Jake Caprice||21/01/1982||RB||5’11” (179 cm)||11st 7lbs (73 kg)|
|18||Kegan Everington||17/12/1995||MF||6’0″ (183 cm)||12st 0lbs (76 kg)|
|19||Alex Simons||13/03/1996||STR/AMRL||5’8″ (172 cm)||11st 7lbs (73 kg)|
|22||Marcus Marshall||17/10/1989||MID||5’10” (178 cm)||11st 6lbs (72.6 kg)|
|23||Nat Brown||15/06/1981||CD||6’2″ (188 cm)||12st 6lbs (79 kg)|
|26||Nick Townsend||01/11/1994||GK||5’11” (181 cm)||14st 5lbs (91 kg)|
|31||David Preece||26/08/1976||GK||6’2″ (188 cm)||12st 3lbs (77.5 kg)|
Mo Fofana has understandably suffered a lapse in form but the pressure is mounting on the lad to deliver with fans cries for him to start probably doing him more harm than good.
Vic Erzantarz chews the cud
Mo, a native French speaker, earned a one year extension after some bright performances in a hit and miss first season for both his good self and the Imps last term. He deserved a new deal, possibly more as a versatile defensive squad player, but, with so many other midfielders in the side the work horse was going to have to be at his best in order to get a regular starting place as a centre-half, right-back or defensive midfielder. Mo has therefore not been cast aside and recently got an opportunity against Gainsborough, however his confidence and display on the night showed that he is currently a shadow of what he can be when he is at the top of his game. At this level players cannot be expected to show the consistency of the pros plying their trade further up the pyramid. If they could Lincoln would be counting the luca and wishing them well for the future.
Ratings (last 10 games)
Fofana’s early season form was a credit to his desire and tenacious tackling but his right foot bias and inexperience puts him behind two-footed or left-footed players when it comes to playing to the left of Nolan. Foster was certainly far from his best on Saturday, but he was replacing Nolan with Todd Jordan to his left. Jordan is two-footed but he is much stronger on his left peg and has played well. In a crowded midfield moving the ball from your left to right foot allows your opponent to rob you as well as making it easier to beat you when going past with the ball at his feet.
It is a frustration for fans, but to rush Mo back into a slot that will further erode his confidence would be the wrong move at the moment. With the side struggling for consistency it will also add pressure to our 25 year old hero and maybe even further add to what has seen him suffer the lapse in form that the team are also trying to overcome. Todd Jordan meanwhile was a stand-out performer against Worcester laying on a brilliant ball for Tomlinson to head home to ease the tension and set-up the plum Plymouth tie. He has made the step up from the NPL and is going from strength to strength yet become a target for a small section of fans, despite some brave performances of his own and a hernia condition to boot.
|FULL NAME||Mamadou Fofana|
|DATE OF BIRTH||7 January 1988 (age 25)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sarcelles, France|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 1 in (1.81 m)|
|WEIGHT||12st 4lbs (78.2kg)|
|POSITION: CD / DM / CM|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City / 1 year deal|
Inspirational Lincoln and England C keeper Paul Farman looks set to face Plymouth Argyle in a winner takes all encounter as David attempts to slay Goliath in the First Round of The FA Cup on Saturday.
Rose Tinted is getting excited
Farman has been a solid ever-present presence between the sticks for Lincoln and will be vital if we are to keep out the Pilgrims who have won their last two games 1-0 against Mansfield and Northampton respectively. Farman was forced to miss the 0-1 reverse at Welling with a knee injury as experienced keeper coach David Preece came in to cover.
|Sq No||Starts||Sub||Mins||Saves||Let In||C/S||YC|
The Pilgrims had a tough start to the season but have now lost just once in the last 5 games, the defeat coming at the Monkey-Hangers (Hartlepool) with home draws against Portsmouth (1-1) and Newport (0-0). Both the Stags and Newport have made solid starts to the season suggesting John Sheridan’s side look set to climb the table with an FA Cup run also very much in the plans.
The up-turn in form should also boost the gate with the Pilgrims perhaps bringing anywhere from 700-1500, boosted by the atmospheric former home end the Stacey-West, named after the two Imps who died in the Bradford Fire disaster.
Paul Farman sustained a knee injury during the week that cost him his place against Welling United and with Plymouth Argyle on the horizon the Imps injury woes have mounted during the last week. Keeper coach David Preece was more than competent against Welling and would not let the Imps down should he be required to deputise.
Fox Mulder investigates
Connor Robinson sustained a horror challenge that has thankfully led to just bruising, but Todd Jordan – coming into his own over the last 3-4 games – is carrying a hernia that will require an operation. He battled on yesterday and should be able to play against the Pilgrims, although Connor is unlikely to feature.
The talented Danny Rowe is still sidelined with an ankle issue that sees swelling whenever he tries to run on it in training. The Imps have missed him although hopefully he could be back for a tough run in the League during November. Lincoln face Southport and Forest Green away, before home games at in-form Alfreton and Hereford who beat us thanks to a poor example of refereeing. Rowe could be the difference between three points and ten from those four games.
Adi Yussuf does appear to be over a career threatening complaint that leads to pain and strains, but he needs match fitness in order to be considered. The Manager has been hampered in his attempts to get him a loan due to The FA Trophy competition. According to Simmo there are two rounds coming up meaning the player might only get just the one outing when a 3-4 week loan really needs to see him endure 360 minutes on the pitch.
Ben Tomlinson’s comments about Newton’s quality of delivery helping him to get a move have been taken out of context in some quarters. The Imps leading scorer is fully focused on adding to his seven goal haul again today with agent provocateur Newton continuing to assist him in his quest.
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Saturday 2nd Nov 2013 KO 3PM
Sean Newton has been a revelation this season, with many comparing his and Millers sensational wing-back contribution to that of Bimson and Bailey in the golden era under the late great KA. Keith Alexander knew how to feed the forwards and the same can be said of Simmo who has incouraged them to get down the flanks.
Newton leads the assist charts with 7 at the moment and Miller has delivered two, but both have seen plenty of their quality crosses go unfulfilled. The two have had fantastic seasons and will be missed for a game shortly with the duo on 4 cautions so far this season a one match ban is almost inevitable. Tomlinson has returned from his own ban with a vengeance and a brace against Worcester to set up a Cup tie against Plymouth that has everyone laughing all the way to the bank.
If Tommo can continue to grab goals at the rate he is he could end up with 19 this season and perhaps even join the exclusive 20 goal club. That book has not been dusted off since Yeo did it in 2004/5 almost a decade ago, but the way Ben battles you fancy him to be amongst the goals every game. Therefore it is inevitable that a Football league side will come in for him with the Imps unlikely to want to stand in his way. Ben was 24 on Thursday and, with him tied down to a two year deal, the Imps will be able to cash in on a forward that is destined to play higher and with the best years of his career still in front of him.
Here are the current heroes and villains stats with a Ben’s biopic at the bottom.
|Goal Machines||Card Collectors|
Take a bow Ben
|FULL NAME||Ben Tomlinson|
|DATE OF BIRTH||31 October 1989 (age 24)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dinnington,|
|HEIGHT/WEIGHT||5 ft 11 in / 12st 8lbs|
|CLUB & TENURE||Lincoln City 2 year deal|