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Newton Needs New Deal or Lincoln will follow Stockport County.

Sean Newton showed just why Lincoln City need to get him signed up to a new contract with a hat-trick against Alfreton Town last night.  Indeed in the two FA games he waded in with four goals plus an assist as his form continues to get better and better. Stockport County fans were gutted when Simmo picked the bones of their relegated side two years ago. The Hatters had honed him to England C standard.

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The risk is that he will go for peanuts in the January window or for free in the summer. Class left-backs have been few and far between at Lincoln and Newton’s assist rate has been second to none ever since he went to Stockport, becoming the Captain and an intrinsic part of the team.  He left them for free upon relegation to join the Imps, who are risking the same after failing to deliver a new deal in the summer.

Newton has scored ten goals in sixty-nine appearances for the Imps with a trademark free-kick and is unplayable on the counter week in week out.  Not a bad return for a full-back, but then he has also pitched in with 8 assists this season and 17 last, in league and cup competitions.

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STMI Biopic
Full name Sean Michael Newton
Date of birth 23 September 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Liverpool
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Lincoln City
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 ? (5)
2009 Barrow 4 (0)
2009–2012 AFC Telford United 110 (4)
2012 Stockport County (loan) 7 (1)
2012–2013 Stockport County 43 (6)
2013– Lincoln City 69 (10)
National team
2009– England C 2 (1)

In Simmo & Team Lincoln We Must Trust.

The weekly press call gave the IMPression that Gary Simpson is still looking to conclude his quest for a target man, although despite a clear loyalty to his players he has not ruled out a move for a midfielder should the need arise. But he is in no rush and will keep his options open it would seem, with injuries to Jordan and Rowe more the excuse for change than the failure of his middlemen.

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Simmo is an old school man manager and coach, for him loyalty is a two-way street.  In a recent interview he answered ‘neither’ to Twitter and Facebook who should really have no place in the dressing room as they do not ever get you a goal on the pitch.  His only ostentatious comment was a penchant for an Audi as a car, but the miles he has done in one of late suggests it is more the workhorse element that drives him the the Fancy-Dan label thrown at him and his team by the vanquished FA Cup foe of Worcester last week.

In reality, something Lincoln has needed almost as long as a rich and ambitious chairman, his side works hard and fights for every ball. The inspiring ‘none shall pass’ mantra has only failed them once against the brilliance of Kidderminster Harriers. Yes the Imps have lost other games, but that is down to lack of goals scored more than the ability of the side to compete against ambitious clubs, with deep enough pockets to throw more than the club generates, through its own endeavours, in order to chase the promotion dream.

This and, the style of the team, may frustrate certain sections of the support that would like to see Lincoln go gung-ho, but we are where we are because of what we are and how the club has been run. For now mid-table is a vast improvement on a slide that has seen perpetual relegation dog-fights for half a decade. Perhaps like Simmo we should back the side and give them time? Perhaps even allow the manager to generate the funds to build the club instead of the October itchy feet syndrome that drives out manager after manager.

This is no quick fix and his record is better than the start the great Enticer Graham Taylor made, which showed patience is a virtue. Therefore if the manager wants to back his players and keep his options open then In Simmo we trust. We have to,  we have just his wits his contacts plus some much needed FA Cup funds to play with if we are to further improve the side.

Action Jackson Just 1 Piece Of Simmo’s New Forward Trio Jigsaw

Former Bristol City, Aldershot Town and Hereford United striker Marlon Jackson has signed on loan from Bury FC until we meet Grimsby Town on Boxing Day, In new City Striker Marlon Jackson we have someone who is coming to Sincil Bank to kick-start his and The Imps season. His first chance will be against Worcester City with the last against Grimsby Town on Boxing day in the mouthwatering Lincolnshire Derby. This could earn him a permanent deal but he and Tommo look to be just two of an exciting new trio at Sincil Bank.

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Marlon is a fantastic footballer, with skill, strength and determination, yet he has been unable to dislodge some big names and reputations ahead of him at Bury. His pace and skill should ensure his Sincil Bank gig will be a fruitful one, with manager Simmo eager to get him on a permanent deal in the summer before Bury stepped in.  Not only was the money a little rich for us, but a return to the league was just too much for the talented forward to turn down.

Hopefully this is a case of better late than never for both the player and the manager, with neither having too much luck on the goals front this season. Lincoln have been shorn of pace due to injuries to Yussuf and Wright, with the tall target man option also taken from us when Oliver was sold to Crewe.  Marlon is 6′ 1″ but even though he is not the target man the Imps seek, his ability to play anywhere across the front three suggests he is the first part of the jigsaw. The apex, or final piece, should come next week when a 6′ 3″ mystery long-term target man looks set to become available.

Of course for this to happen, the Imps need the £20,000 from the cup tie today, of which £12,500 comes from prize money to the winners.  Marlon has a knack for goals on his debut and he is certainly the live-wire we have been missing since Danny Rowe went down with injury.  With two new forwards in the side to take us through until Danny Boy is back in November, the Imps season will feel as if it is back up and running in the next few days.

Who Is Marlon Jackson?

Former Bristol City, Aldershot Town and Hereford United striker Marlon Jackson has signed on loan from Bury until we meet the Cods on Boxing Day, The 22-year-old, who can play anywhere across the front three, has pace, power, panache and a point to prove.

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Bristol  City scouted and signed the local lad as a schoolboy  where he progressed through the youth set-up to earn a three year deal.  His pace and strength saw him most notably loaned to Hereford and Aldershot where his assists and skilful dribbling  had fans raving that he would go far. However City did not feel he was good enough for the Championship and released him allowing Hereford to snap him up where he scored on his debut.

Marlon scored 7 goals in 12 starts and 13 substitute appearances for Hereford last season before earning a return to the Football League in the summer. Thus far he has struggled to get a look in with 6 strikers on the books despite scoring against Accrington in one of only two starts for the Shakers. So far this season the pacey bustling six-footer has been limited to a further 6 appearances from the bench.

Simmo had been after the lad in the summer but Bury pipped him to the punch. However big mate and ex-Imp Ben Futcher alerted Simmo to his availability with the manager biting his hand off and concluding the deal late last night.

STMI Biopic
Full name Marlon Michael Jackson
Date of birth 6 December 1990 (age 22)
Place of birth Bristol
Height/weight 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)/12st 7lb (79.37kg)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Current gig in the game
Current club Bury
Number 17
Youth career
2005–2009 Bristol City
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
2009–2012 Bristol City 5 (0)
2009 Hereford United (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2010 Aldershot Town (loan) 24 (1)
2010 Aldershot Town (loan) 9 (0)
2011 Northampton Town (loan) 2 (1)
2011 Cheltenham Town (loan) 1 (0)
2012 AFC Telford United (loan) 8 (1)
2012–2013 Hereford United 25 (7)
2013–date Bury 8 (1)

Will Imps Catch A Striking Break Tomorrow?

With the FA Cup tie at Worcester City almost upon us, can manager Gary Simpson pull a rabbit or two out of the hat tomorrow in time to play on Saturday? Its not easy getting someone in who can also play in the FA Cup, especially in its early stages, but given the effort and miles the manager has put in he and the 100’s set to travel to Aggborough are due a break.

Vic Erzantarz has a gut feeling

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Given the luck the manager has had with strikers he and the fans are due some luck in all fairness after two blow outs this week and thousands of miles travelled in search of the right talent at the right money.  Your Uncle Vic’s gut feeling is that if you buy enough tickets sooner or later your number will come up and that miracles do happen if you work hard enough.

The Imps are due a break. Rowe is still weeks away with his ankle blowing up every time he tries to run. Wright and Yussuf are still struggling with hamstring problems and Fairhurst is under the weather. Much maligned Todd Jordan has been bravely struggling through the pain and could do with a rest or perhaps even an operation.

So I’m up off up the the Cathedral tonight to pray that his prayers are hopefully answered tomorrow . If they are we are up and running again, because we are patiently creating the chances yet the forwards and midfielders have been unable to hit a barn door.

Foxes GTF Would Be Perfect Lincoln Loan.

Since joining Leicester City from Blackpool FC on a one year deal in September, 32 year old Imps legend Gary Taylor Fletcher has struggled to get into the Foxes side.  GTF has managed just 26 minutes of League action for the third placed Foxes, which is such a waste for a talent who is winding down his career.  It would be lift-off if the Foxes would lend him to the cash strapped Imps for a month!

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GTF got 25 minutes against Blackpool on his debut, then an hour in the 2-1 League Cup win over Derby, however things have been downward since then. The Right-winger came on in the 90th minute of the 2-1 win over Barnsley, but failed to even make the bench in the next two games before being an unused sub at the weekend. GTF is behind 21 year old Anthony Knockaert in the pecking order, who was replaced by Matty James, another talented midfielder who is just 22, in the 2-1 win over Huddersfield at the weekend.  As for up top they have an embarrassment of riches in Nugent, Vardy and Hopper.

With the Foxes third and continuing to look Premiership bound and capable of at least a play-off berth if not better, Gary Taylor Fletcher could do with a loan to get match fit.  Lincoln might be way down the League but we are just down the road and the return of GTF is just what we need. Lincoln need a winger and a talisman to kick-start a return to the League. Just imagine if he signed for a month  – it would put a thousand on the gate if he signed, it would spark a stampede for replica shirt sales.

Dreams and ambition are a great thing, but the realities of life suggest the Imps will be unlikely to get such a massive favour from the Foxes. That said if you don’t ask you don’t get, oh to live the dream and see such a legend another 2-3 times at Sincil Bank before he hangs up his boots.  His Lincoln career came courtesy of Keith Alexander who signed a lad he knew from his Northwich Victoria days in  2003. GTF would mesmerise defences and go on to become Supporters Player of the Year in 2003–04 with 19 goals.

GTF then equalled a 106 year old club record when he scored in our six opening games in 2004/5 but finished the season with 11 goals from 45 appearances as the Lincolnshire poacher turned gamekeeper. Jacko spied and applied, nicking him on a free, taking him to Huddersfield where he had to make his mark as a right winger getting 15 in his first season and 11 in his second.  During his spell at the Terriers he scored the 500,000 football League goal with a 25-yard beauty into the top corner against the Millers.

Blackpool signed him in 2007 and he would be instrumental in the promotion from the Championship to the Premiership. GTF never broke double figures during his Tangerine period but the artist was certainly a creator and scorer of great goals as opposed to being the great goal-scorer we Imps knew him to be. We could do with either at the moment to catapult this club back to where it belongs. The Nucleus of the side is there but Taylor-Fletcher would give waht the club and the city have been looking for for some time.

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FULL NAME Gary Taylor-Fletcher
DATE OF BIRTH 4 June 1981 (age 32)
HEIGHT 6 ft 0
CURRENT CLUB Leicester City
YEARS Team Apps
1999–2001 Northwich Victoria 43 (11)
2001 Hull City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2003 Leyton Orient 22 (2)
2001–2002 Grays Athletic (loan) 4 (3)
2002 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (1)
2002–2003 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2005 Lincoln City 93 (30)
2005–2007 Huddersfield Town 92 (26)
2007–2013 Blackpool 209 (35)
2013– Leicester City 3 (0)
Appearance & goals data includes League & cup matches


Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall & Peterborough trailing Striker

Scouts from Sheffield WednesdayMillwall FC and Peterborough United were at the Kidderminster Harriers V Lincoln City match on Saturday keen to keep tabs on Joe Lolley. They must have been licking their lips as the 3 goals in 11 striker was only denied his fourth of the campaign due to his 55th minute effort being put down as an own goal for Andrew Boyce.

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The Owls, The Posh and The Lions will need to get in quick ahead of the winter window with Steve Burr’s find of the season having another life and soul performance on the right against Newton, the finest left back in the Skrill Premier Division.  The 21 year-old winger cum centre-forward was playing for Littleton in the Midlands Combination up until last season banging in an incredible 88 goals in 83 games.

Burr signed him for an undisclosed fee on July 31st, he has bridged the gap with aplomb and, although Harriers could well be playing League football next season, Joe could well beat them to it by six months.  Burr would probably prefer to keep hold of the lad but with several other clubs interested a big fee will surely test the harriers resolve sooner rather than later.  Take a look at this entry on his growing CV.

Misfit Target Man Up For Grabs.

Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City goal machine has returned to Gateshead FC after a loan spell at Hereford United.  Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out.  Could Simmo move for Brodie on loan to sort his target man problems?

Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie – now fit after 8 games at Hereford – would be the perfect target man. At 6′ 2″ the take no prisoners no nonsense striker would give Yussuff and Tomlinson the knock downs they need.

Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up. There had been fitness issues prior to his 8 game Hereford loan spell after the player had not featured for the Heed despite 2 goals in the first 7 games, where he scored against Saturday’s opponents Kidderminster and Southport.

Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid,  he’s not pretty, rather a direct no frills aerial handful with a shot that can be hot to handle when he has his tail up.  Simmo could be just the manager to ignite that, Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for York City.

With Gateshead winning five of their last six games while he was away the bustling forward may have to wait for his chance.  Manager Gary Mills  now has six strikers on his books, including on loan Port Vale front man Jordan Hugill, who has already bludgeoned home four.  Mills has already asked for an extension to Hugill’s loan and permission for the lad to play in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Chester FC.  He looks like getting it suggesting Simmo could move with £12,500 up for grabs in the Cup on Saturday week.

Simmo is in no rush but Richard does seem to have got his passion back under former manager Foyle who could not afford to keep him it seems, he had this to say upon his return to his home-town club.

“The lads have been flying so I will have to be patient and work hard to get back into the side. I want the chance to prove I can score goals at this level like I have in the past for York and Crawley. The reason I came back to Tyneside in the summer was to play for my home-town club. I’ll give it a real go and I’m more determined than ever to succeed at Gateshead.”

STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Richard Jon Brodie
DATE OF BIRTH 8 July 1987 (age 26)
PLACE OF BIRTH Gateshead, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
YEARS Team Apps
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

Could Sunderland Youth Be Back On Imps Radar?

Sunderland AFC pipped Gary Simpson to any chance of a bid for Duncan Watmore at the end of last season (our article HERE back in May) as manager Paulo Di Canio made the 19-year-old hot-shot his first signing offering him a 2 year deal as well as agreeing to part with an undisclosed fee for Altrincham.  The striker is currently playing for the Sunderland development squad  overseen by Ged McNamee who seemed quite impressed with the Imps style of play in the 2-0 friendly win earlier in the summer.


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Watmore played for an hour in the Sunderland U21’s 2-0 win over the Imps in pre-season and scored 14 goals in 29 outings during his debut season for Altrincham as a supporting strike partner to Damian Reeves. The son of former FA CEO Ian, Duncan has phenomenal pace, a great touch and can dribble, suggesting he can adapt to the variety of formations Simmo likes to play.

Watmore played as a winger in this weeks 3-2 win over Middlesbrough laying on an assist and was inches away from making it four for the Black Cats in the last minute.  Liam Agnew, who scored against the Imps,  got two beauties against Boro suggesting he too would be a terrific addition if Simmo can twist Ged McNamee’s arm for a freebie for a cash strapped club who try to play football.

Simmo has been piling on the miles in his search for undiscovered gems but alas even those in the Blue Square North now appear out of his reach. The Imps may be full-time on paper but in reality the money the Imps are offering is unlikely to entice someone earning £20,000 in a full-time job who may then only get £100-£150 appearance fee for a part-time club.  It is sad but true and therefore favours are the best the club can expect.


Rendell Off To Woking Then!

Current Luton Town and former Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford  UtdCambridge Utd and Crawley Town target man Scott Rendell has signed on loan for Woking FC  today.

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Rendell was put up for loan after manager John Still announced that 6′ 1″  was not going to fit in with his plans. This has alerted a posse of clubs, to the misfit who had to endure transfer day heartbreak after a mystery club failed to come up with the transfer fee.  He would have been perfect for the Imps but Woking have the money to match the Hatters loan valuation.

Rendell does not fit into Still’s plans despite a credible 12 strikes in 32 starts and 10 substitute appearances since moving from Wycombe in the summer of 2012. He bagged 17 from 27 starts for Wanders. Rendell would be the perfect supporting striker having got 12 for Torquay the season before and 15 for Cambridge UTD having returned to them on loan after an unsuccessful spell at Posh, who laid out £115,000 for his services.

We asked the question on Monday as to whether A Scott Rendell or a new ground should come first – HERE .

FULL NAME Scott David Rendell
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1986 (age 26)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ashford, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 1 in  / 12 st 4lb
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Aldershot Town 0 (0)
2004–2006 Reading 0 (0)
2005 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 16 (2)
2006 Hayes (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town (loan) 21 (8)
2007 Crawley Town 21 (3)
2007–2008 Cambridge United 32 (19)
2008 Peterborough United (loan) 10 (3)
2008–2010 Peterborough United 3 (1)
2008 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2009 Cambridge United (loan) 27 (15)
2009–2010 Torquay United (loan) 39 (13)
2010–2012 Wycombe Wanderers 50 (17)
2011 Bristol Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 18 (3)
2012– Luton Town 42 (12)