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RIP Percy Freeman Imp Reading & West Bromwich Albion Legend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Name: Freeman, Ronald Peter

Date Of Birth : 04/07/1945

Birthplace : Newark

Imps record: 

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

Season by Season

1970/1971 : 21st Div 4

Apps : 29 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 16

Hat tricks: n/a

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

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

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

Season 1971/1972 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 35 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 14

Hat tricks:  Exeter (4-1)

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

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

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

Season 1972/1973 : 10th Div 4

Transferred in Dec

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 9

Hat tricks: Bury  (4-0)

Braces:

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

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

Season 1974/1975 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 11 ; Subs : 2 ; Goals : 3

Hat tricks:

Braces:

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

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

Season 1975/1976 : 1st Div 4

Apps : 37 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 25

Hat tricks: n/a

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

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

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

Season 1976/1977 : 8th Div 3

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 3 ; Goals : 9

Braces: Tranmere H (2-2)

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

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

Lincoln Top National League with Macclesfield & Grimsby Town Lurking

Lincoln city (2014).pngLincoln City sit top with Macclesfield Town grinding the gears of rivals Grimsby Town (3rd) in the current form stakes over the last 8 games.  The Silkmen do edge it on goal difference but the Lincoln Loco is gathering steam game by game and the away form is something to be proud of.

Thanks as ever for reading Rose Tinted

Lincoln go for four wins on the spin on Wednesday night at Boreham Wood. A potential banana skin at the newly promoted club struggling to adapt in 20th, the Imps can take solace from having the fourth best away record in the division.

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 Stat Total Home Away
Rank 5  9 4
Matches played 21 10 11
Wins 11 5 6
Draws 5 4 1
Losses 5 1 4
Goals for 34 17 17
Goals against 23 9 14
Points 38 19 19
Clean sheets 5 3 2
Avg. goals scored p/m 1.62 1.70 1.55
Avg. goals conceded p/m 1.1 0.90 1.27
Avg. time 1st goal scored 36m 43m 30m
Avg. time 1st goal conced. 47m 40m 52m
Failed to score 3 1 2
Biggest victory 2 – 0 2 – 0 3 – 1
Biggest defeat 0 – 2 0 – 1 0 – 2

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Lincoln Loco Pulls Into Boreham Wood Then?

The three-one Torquay United away romp following on from the Tranmere Rovers and Aldershot Town wins ensured the Lincoln City Loco entered the play-offs. Nosebleed time for one of the longest serving League clubs perhaps ahead of a second successive away test tomorrow night (Wed 25th) at Boreham Wood FC. Moyses mission certainly seems to be gathering steam among the loyalist fans in football but it is the emerging City of Lincoln that needs the Football League every bit as much as the vociferous and Mighty Imps.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

The long-overdue brace from Waterfall (16’& 74′) – it could have been a hat-trick for the centre-half – with hit-man Hearn chiming in with his eighth of the season (25′) saw the fifth placed play-off birth realised but it has been coming. The Mighty Imps go into this one looking for their fourth win on the spin having won four and lost one of their last five excluding the Cup. Then again Lincoln do not traditionally do well in the FA Cup which would afford the much needed gravy to really float the City boat.

Pos Team P W D L F A D P Last 5
1 22 12 8 2 44 17 +27 44 DWWWD
2 22 13 4 5 38 23 +15 43 DWDWL
3 Previous rank: 5 22 10 9 3 45 21 +24 39 WWWLD
4 Previous rank: 3 22 11 6 5 35 26 +9 39 WLLWW
5 Previous rank: 8 21 11 5 5 34 23 +11 38 WWWLW
6 Previous rank: 9 21 11 4 6 41 26 +15 37 WWWWD
7 Previous rank: 4 21 11 4 6 35 28 +7 37 LWWWD
8 Previous rank: 7 21 10 6 5 27 18 +9 36 WDWLW
9 Previous rank: 12 22 11 2 9 35 23 +12 35 WWWLL
Pos P W D L F A GD Pts Last 5
20 22 5 5 12 22 28 -6 20 LDWLD

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Those that cannot go will be huddled around their transistor radios listening to BBC RADIO LINCS  with Sportin Hortin and Tommos dulcet tones, a throw back to the traditional values the Cathedral City casts far and wide.  The Mighty Imps will however be well backed, as ever, for the long trip to Hertfordshire on the morrow with more than a few borrowing money to go. They should be forgiven for this is Christmas come early for a club managed by a fan who has put his own dough in to fuel the dream and prove he is the man with a plan that can.

Moyses, a firm but fair straight talking man motivator, could get some help with that ahead of the transfer window as the turnstile clicks gather pace. With 3176 at the last Tranmere home game a win tonight could see 3500 at home to Welling on Saturday – and they wont be bringing many. A crowd funder initiative raised £16,440 to fund this side in the summer as the fans did their bit pre-season but now is the time to get on the Lincoln Loco and cheer the Imps over the line with a new crowdfunder initiative  – So come on imps back Moyses Mission The Next Goal #teamlincoln.

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Bradford Would Beat Chelsea in an Ideal World.

Ahead of the Chelsea Bradford game, a heartwarming preview with a Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City link stirring memories of the oft forgotton 56 who perished in the Bradford fire. May the Bantams win it for them and the great British sense of fair play.

No one is giving Bradford City a prayer against Chelsea FC. However 6000 and the souls of the forgotten 56 will be there hoping for the win our national psyche and ‘sport’ needs.  This in the romantic FA Cup, one that allegedy allows underdogs to go from jumpers for goal posts to the glitter of Wembley.  That is why every neutral and everyone sick of the rising inequality in modern Britain should be on Bradford City’s side.

Chelsea FC.svgThe attitude from those awash with Russian cash in SW6 is that one of Yorkshire’s most inspiring clubs should be grateful for the cash bonanza as brave Bradford gallantly get hit for five or six. But, the Bantam’s have been forged by one of the toughest journeys in football.  With the Hillsborough disaster getting the column inches to earn the justice it deserves, the Bradford fire and its 25th anniversary was ignored outside Yorkshire. Even the Premier and Football League have conveniently moved the dates for the  tributes around the grounds to the 24/25th April.  This May the Eleventh will be the the 30th anniversary of an oft forgotten tragedy with Huddersfield’s North Stand Loyal kicking off a terrific Terrier fundraising initiative – HERE .

A brief bit of history is both respectful and due.  Having won the Third Division Championship  prior to the game a young Peter Jackson (one I count as a friend) was presented with City’s first trophy for 56 years. That same number would die on a day  set up for celebration – some families lost 3 generations  – with 256 injured as the burns unit learned the hard way to become the best in the world at what it does. The opponents that day, Lincoln. who lost two fans and named their former home end after the two victims, went to Valley Parade again 7 years ago with Stuart McCall and laying wreathes prior to  the game.

There is one other massive reason people should want Bradford to win today. Where Chelsea were saved by Ken Bates, then Matthew Harding and then  Roman Abramovich who has spent 100s of millions to get them success .  Bradford fell from the Premiership and almost died falling into the bottom rung of the Football league. There they struggled under debt repayment plans backed by 11,000 diehards who they rewarded with the cheapest season tickets in the country – costing around a game and a half compared to those Made In Chelsea.

From a purest football perspective Chelsea undeniably deserve to win. But if passion is the fashion Hanson will give the two Blues centre-backs a game they will learn from today. The Bantam’s have an attacking trio that can do damage in any division and they will be really up for it today (fired up just did not seem the right thing to put). London may have all the money and the 12:1 job ratio thanks to the banks etc, but Yorkshire is God’s county.

Come on City! Do it for financial fair play, do it for the fans and do it for the 56.

Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire!

Manchester County Court Verdict: Lincoln City Supporters Trust Elections Declared Invalid

Lincoln City Supporters’ Society, according to a press release,  has lost a court case against former Lincoln City Football Club Associate Director Michael Foley who is also a Gold Member of the Supporters’ Trust. Mr. Foley has been awarded costs.

The press release is as follows.

LINCOLN CITY SUPPORTERS TRUST ELECTIONS DECLARED INVALID.

 

At a Hearing in Manchester County Court on Monday November 24, elections held by Lincoln City Supporters’ Society (the Trust) in June 2012 and May 2013 were declared invalid, void and of no effect. The elections concerned are those that took place for positions on the Society Board prior to the AGM in May 2013 and the election of a nominated Gold Supporter Director to the Board of Lincoln City Football Club in June 2012. At the Hearing, His Honour Judge Stephen Davies found that candidates for election to the Trust Board in 2013 had been wrongly disqualified from standing and in both cases that the true and correct version of Rule 54(a) had not been applied. The claim had been brought by former Lincoln City Football Club Associate Director Michael Foley who is also a Gold Member of the Supporters’ Trust. Mr. Foley has been awarded costs.

No further statement will be issued at this time.

 

Conference Wrap – It Rains Goals & Crowds in the People’s Premiership

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Woking FC Win   Barnet FC, Gateshead FC ,  Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers draw FC Halifax Torquay Utd & Wrexham FC lose in front of 8,163. Yes you did read that correctly just one of the top seven  won on a day when it rained goals in the Vanarama Conference Premier aka the People’s Premiership. The Mighty Imps beat AFC Telford to end the slump and thus move to within seven points of the play-offs (or 6 from relegation depending on whether your glass is half full or not.  Grab that beverage and some popcorn for some crackle, pop and snap because it is time for Neil’s big, fat Conference Premier wrap.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Barnet buzzed as Mad Dog’s men swarmed to three up thanks to  a gem of a Lopez free-kick on 32. Ditto  Cook 38′ and then the Akinde cometh on  43′ to…

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REPORT & STATS: Lincoln 2 Telford 0 – Simmo’s Six Foot Soldiers Come Good

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AFC Telford battled hard at Lincoln City, but for once lady luck and the officials smiled on Gary Simpson and the six-foot Sincil soldiers aka the Dogs of War. Simmo has delivered three of the six points The Chairman is expecting, just the win at Forest Green Rovers to go then. Depending on whether your glas is half-full or half empty, City sit seven off the play-offs and six off relegation. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves, first the teams & schemes then a blow by blow and finally more stats than one can shake an Imp or Buck at.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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H/T 0-0
Scorers  63′  Newton (pen) 76′ Tomlinson.
Attendance 2529 (2483 Imps  46 Bucks )
Ref Mr Hicks

The Teams & Schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller (Y)  25  Anderson 6 Brown 3 Newton

12 Mendy…

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Conference Wrap – It Rains Goals & Crowds in the People’s Premiership

Woking FC Win   Barnet FC, Gateshead FC ,  Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers draw FC Halifax Torquay Utd & Wrexham FC lose in front of 8,163. Yes you did read that correctly just one of the top seven  won on a day when it rained goals in the Vanarama Conference Premier aka the People’s Premiership. The Mighty Imps beat AFC Telford to end the slump and thus move to within seven points of the play-offs (or 6 from relegation depending on whether your glass is half full or not.  Grab that beverage and some popcorn for some crackle, pop and snap because it is time for Neil’s big, fat Conference Premier wrap.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Barnet buzzed as Mad Dog’s men swarmed to three up thanks to  a gem of a Lopez free-kick on 32. Ditto  Cook 38′ and then the Akinde cometh on  43′ to complete a whirlwind move.  Everyone will be after the Steve Burr recipe for half-time tea as The Harriers achieved  three second-half flyby in return.  Gash smashed on 58′ before two corners from Nicholson found the head of Blissett on 80′ and 82′.

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Woking and Eastleigh do look as if they will continue to surprise a few and perhaps even last the distance with a couple of stand-out results.  Rendell 52′Morgan 66′ and Payne 90′ did the damage for the wild Cards at Altrincham as Woking’s passing game exposed the ten- man hosts who finished with nine after an injury the Crowther.   Eastleigh stormed back to dump the Shaymen fifth.  FC Halifax went a goal up though a Boden penalty on 16′.  Then it was all rhyme as Reason 22′ Green 53′ Fleetwood 76′ and Strevens 90 sent most of the 1500 home happy.  The Spitfires are  soaring high above the clouds on and off the pitch with that new 2200 away end ready for the FA Cup and the big games ahead.

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Gateshead draw again, this time at Forest Green , with Rovers now unbeaten now in four.  Parkin finished a fine move for the hosts on 71′ before Howe got swept home an equaliser just 6 minutes later to crown his début.   Ten-man Aldershot held Bristol Rovers in a stormer of a 2-2 draw. The Shots went ahead with a Williams penalty on  16′ (pen) after Parkes tried to play second keeper. Rovers replied with Monkhouse on 42′ and then went ahead with a penalty of their own from Taylor 68′. Roberts then decided to play the ‘panto’ hero and villain hitting a whistler into the top corner on 77′ before the one owned by the referee called time on his contribution with a yellow.

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  Torquay travelled to Alfreton with the Reds all but dead and second from bottom. They are still there but after this wonderful 4-2 win the gap from salvation is just one win away.  The hosts took the lead through Hawley 18′, before Briscoe curled in a beauty on the half hour. Shaw put Alfreton 2-1 up on the  stroke of half-time  but Briscoe bagged his brace on 54′ to square matters.   Clayton made it  three-two with a chip to grace Cleethorpes on 70′ before Hawley brought the house down to celebrate his own double.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Reds will want to have an eye on Dartford rather than Southport,  gaffer Gary Brabin continues to refresh the parts other men cannot reach as two loans, George 69′ and super-sub Bakayoko 84′ secured the points with a 2-0 win at Alan Devonshire’s Braintree. Welling did themselves a favour with a 4-1 win home win over fellow strugglers Nuneaton to pull further away from the trapdoor.  As did Dover with a 2-0 win over Chester.  Dartford earned a vital point at home to high-flying Macclesfield to keep them one place above Southport now unbeaten in two. Brabin’s boys have taken four points in his first five days, to sit one place above  the drop zone.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham celebrated their 150th year in front of 8163 – well almost.  Carrington brought down Thomas to allow John-Lewis to convert from the spot on 28′ and the Dragons huffed and puffed and passed, yet could not blow the trawler onto the rocks.  During a second half reminiscent of the tempest it was poetry and passion in motion with Moult sent off for ‘fistycuffs ‘ with Disley.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales:

“To get such a fantastic gate and to play in the manner that we did for long spells of the first half was really disappointing. “We came out and gave a better account of ourselves up until the sending off in the second half. “We had Grimsby camped in and it’s important you keep 11 men on the field. “I didn’t see what the sending off was for but on my understanding it was for a stamp, if that’s the case we can’t have any complaints.”

Indeed Kevin, I too have peripheral vision issues with my right eye.

 

3466 Aldershot Town 2 2 Bristol Rovers
REPORTS B Williams 16 pen , Roberts 77, . . A Monkhouse 42 , M Taylor  68 pen
736 Alfreton Town 4 2 Torquay United
REPORTS Hawley 18 & 77 , Shaw 45 , Clayton 70 . . Briscoe 32 & 54 ,
1218 Altrincham 0 3 Woking
REPORTS . . . Rendell 52 , Morgan 66 , Payne 91
1689 Barnet 3 3 Kidderminster Harriers
REPORTS Luisma 32 , Cook 38 , Akinde 43 , . . Gash 58 , Blissett 80 , Blissett 82 ,
810 Braintree Town 0 2 Southport
REPORTS . . . George 69 , Bakayoko 84 ,
1063 Dartford 1 1 Macclesfield Town
REPORTS Hayes 85 , . . Barnes-Homer 87 ,
1009 Dover Athletic 2 0 Chester FC
REPORTS Essam 64 , OG-Heneghan 47 . . .
1498 Eastleigh 4 1 FC Halifax Town
REPORTS Reason 22 , Green 53 , Fleetwood 76 , Strevens 90 , . . D Hattersley 16 pen ,
1217 Forest Green Rovers 1 1 Gateshead FC
REPORTS J Parkin 71 , . . Howe 77
2529 Lincoln City FC 2 0 AFC Telford Utd
REPORTS Newton 63 pen , Tomlinson 76 , . . .
614 Welling United 4 1 Nuneaton Town
REPORTS Beautyman 19 & 45+1 , Marsh 72  & 74, . . Dean 23 ,
8163 Wrexham 0 1 Grimsby Town
REPORTS . . . John-Lewis 28 pen ,


The Table  
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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 16 10 3 3 36 13 +23 33
2 Woking 15 9 3 3 29 14 +15 30
3 Gateshead 16 8 6 2 28 19 +9 30
4 Bristol Rovers 16 8 5 3 20 15 +5 29
5 FC Halifax Town 16 8 4 4 28 18 +10 28
6 Torquay United 15 8 3 4 27 16 +11 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 16 7 6 3 21 15 +6 27
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16 7 5 4 22 15 +7 26
9 Wrexham 16 8 2 6 21 19 +2 26
10 Macclesfield Town 16 6 7 3 19 14 +5 25
11 Grimsby Town 16 6 6 4 26 12 +14 24
12 Eastleigh 15 6 5 4 25 21 +4 23
13 Lincoln City 16 6 3 7 25 27 -2 21
14 Braintree Town 15 6 2 7 20 17 +3 20
15 Aldershot Town 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
16 Chester 16 6 2 8 16 26 -10 20
17 Welling United 16 4 6 6 22 24 -2 18
18 Dover Athletic 16 5 2 9 18 26 -8 17
19 Dartford 16 3 6 7 16 23 -7 15
20 Southport 16 4 3 9 16 28 -12 15
21 Altrincham 16 4 3 9 16 33 -17 15
22 Nuneaton Town 16 4 2 10 12 28 -16 14
23 Alfreton Town 16 4 1 11 15 34 -19 13
24 AFC Telford United 16 1 4 11 19 39 -20 7

Preview Imps V AFC Telford: Can Imps Break The Mould?

AFC Telford and, the phrase three times a charm comes to mind for Lincoln City.  Having lost to Nuneaton and Southport, we now face Liam Watson’s bottom feeders Telford. That Lincoln sit just one point and one place above them in the current form table. Says something. We are 22nd, Telford 23rd and Southport 24th.  The fates have conspired against us, but not Watson who  left Southport to join the relegated Telford  and turn them into Conference North Champions last season.

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Watson has struggled as has Simmo. According to BBC Radio Lincolnshire last night he needs to deliver in the next two games.  Pressure then with Hamza the fourth red of the season (we had one rescinded remember) missing too today. We will leave the stats this week as they are as depressing as the current mood amongst the fantastic fans of our football club.  Well, save the table below which illustrates that a two or three goal win today would put a different completion on a run that see yet another manager failing to deliver what we feel is our birthright at this club. I am afraid that is down to a competitive budget and an ambitious board. Fear not, I wont be discussing that again as it has seen myself and three others banned indefinitely from Sincil Bank.  Sincil Silence is clearly golden.  If the club can spring back it would appear those players awaiting new deals from the summer will indeed be finally offered new ones. If not they will be sold in the winter window, doubtless fetching a pretty penny with five just months until the summer window.

 

. Team W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bristol Rovers 4 2 0 9 3 6 14
13 Macclesfield Town 2 2 2 8 7 1 8
14 Braintree Town 2 2 2 7 6 1 8
15 Dartford 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
16 Dover Athletic 2 1 3 8 8 0 7
17 Aldershot Town 2 1 3 5 8 -3 7
18 Altrincham 2 1 3 4 14 -10 7
19 Eastleigh 1 3 2 7 10 -3 6
20 Nuneaton Town 2 0 4 7 10 -3 6
21 Alfreton Town 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
22 Lincoln City 1 2 3 7 9 -2 5
23 AFC Telford Utd 1 1 4 8 15 -7 4
24 Southport 1 1 4 6 14 -8 4

 

Watson has just signed  defender Parry from Luton and Bermudan keeper Hall  – can’t wait to hear about those shorts.  Mike Grogan (leg) defender Neill Byrne (knee) and possibly Jordan Deacey (hamstring or Phenix to deputise) should all be fit to start given the kidology of the pre-match managerial pearls of wisdom. Managers and players continually mentioning our size before and during games may account for part of our card count.  We also never seem to get the rub of the green when our players are fouled (stonewall penalties for Sam-Yorke, Tomlinson and Caprice in recent weeks).

 

As Watson opened in his pre-match with the Shropshire Star:

“We have just got to go there and make sure we are up for the fight because we need to be against Lincoln.

“They are a big, dominant side. They have got a lot of proven players. I like (Lincoln manager) Gary Simpson, I think he is a nice fella and his teams are always big and strong, with six-footers everywhere.

“I thought they would have been up there towards the play-offs this season. They have got good forwards as well.

“They have got good options so I don’t know why it is not going for them at the minute. But I had someone watch them Tuesday against Southport so I have got a report.”

 

Potential Teams & Schemes

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Tuesday 30th Sept

Potential teams & schemes

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Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

26 Townsend

5 Miller  25  Anderson 6 Brown 6 Diagne

12 Mendy 14 Nolan

22 Marshall  10 Ledsham 11 Tomlinson

23 Sam-Yorke

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18 Smith 10 Gray 

11 Clancy 6 Grogan 20 Poku 7 Phenix

23 Higgins 4 Byrne 16 MacDonald 24 Parry

1 Hall

Watson goes  4-4-2

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Imps V AFC Telford Can Imps Break The Mould?

AFC Telford and, the phrase three times a charm comes to mind for Lincoln City.  Having lost to Nuneaton and Southport, we now face Liam Watson’s bottom feeders Telford. That Lincoln sit just one point and one place above them in the current form table. Says something. We are 22nd, Telford 23rd and Southport 24th.  The fates have conspired against us, but not Watson who  left Southport to join the relegated Telford  and turn them into Conference North Champions last season.

 

Watson has struggled as has Simmo. According to BBC Radio Lincolnshire last night he needs to deliver in the next two games.  Pressure then with Hamza the fourth red of the season (we had one rescinded remember) missing too today. We will leave the stats this week as they are as depressing as the current mood amongst the fantastic fans of our football club.  Well, save the table below which illustrates that a two or three goal win today would put a different completion on a run that see yet another manager failing to deliver what we feel is our birthright at this club. I am afraid that is down to a competitive budget and an ambitious board. Fear not, I wont be discussing that again as it has seen myself and three others banned indefinitely from Sincil Bank.  Sincil Silence is clearly golden.  If the club can spring back it would appear those players awaiting new deals from the summer will indeed be finally offered new ones. If not they will be sold in the winter window, doubtless fetching a pretty penny with five just months until the summer window.

 

. Team W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bristol Rovers 4 2 0 9 3 6 14
13 Macclesfield Town 2 2 2 8 7 1 8
14 Braintree Town 2 2 2 7 6 1 8
15 Dartford 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
16 Dover Athletic 2 1 3 8 8 0 7
17 Aldershot Town 2 1 3 5 8 -3 7
18 Altrincham 2 1 3 4 14 -10 7
19 Eastleigh 1 3 2 7 10 -3 6
20 Nuneaton Town 2 0 4 7 10 -3 6
21 Alfreton Town 2 0 4 4 9 -5 6
22 Lincoln City 1 2 3 7 9 -2 5
23 AFC Telford Utd 1 1 4 8 15 -7 4
24 Southport 1 1 4 6 14 -8 4