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FA Cup Prize Money 2013/14 – It’s Vital For Non-League

The FA Cup prize money 2013/14 will as ever be regarded as a lottery win to non-league clubs.  Aside from a draw at Luton Town,  Stockport County, Grimsby Town or Wrexham FC  a home win against underdogs and the chance of a tie against  League teams in the first round proper will do for most clubs. the £12,500 prize money would come in very handy along with 40% of the gate.  The first Round proper also affords the opportunity of meeting a League team with £18,000 in prize money going to the winners. It could fund those £1500 away trips and the target man we need.

It’s good to dream according to The Oracle Of Optimism 

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The FA Cup can mean some serious money, with the First Round proper also paving the way to the telly money, making the 4th Round Qualifying a vital hurdle to clear.  Win through and a draw at a League club in the next round could attract the TV companies making for a season changing £67,000 appearance fee, or £33,000 for a replay before the gate money and £18,000 prize money is even considered.  A TV fee would fund 4 Imps wages for the season, it’s that lucrative.

With a Round 3 draw at any of the top 6 teams worth in excess of a million even if your team loses the tie plus TV money (see the second table below) a non-league side could get a serious cash-flow injection that could increase their first team budget into the realms of the football fairytale. Then again just two wins could see the Imps boost our £400,000 budget beyond recognition.

FA Cup Round Prize Money
Extra Preliminary Round winners      £1000 
Preliminary Round winners          £1750 
First Qualifying Round winners       £3,000
Second Qualifying Round winners       £4,500
Third Qualifying Round winners      £7,500
Fourth Qualifying Round winners      £12,500 
First Round winners              £18,000 
Second Round winners          £27,000 
Third Round winners           £67,500
Fourth Round winners  £90.000
Fifth Round winners          £180,000 
Sixth Round winners          £360,000 
Semi-Final winners          £900,000 
Semi-Final runners-up          £450,000 
Final runners-up               £900,000
Final winners              £1,800,000 

The TV Cash……

Round Live Match fee
Round 1 67,500
Round 1 Replays 33,750
Round 2 72,000
Round 2 Replays 36,000
Round 3 123,500
Round 3 Replays 62,000
Round 4 123,500
Round 4 replays 62,000
Round 5 212,000
Round 5 Replays 106,000
Round 6 212,000
Round 6 Replays

STMI Global Readers – Where Do You Live?

We may not be  east Midlands giants Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Derby County or the 2 Manchester Clubs but The Lincoln City family still spans the globe according to the latest mind numbing research of The Prof. That said the Nottingham, Leicester, Luton and Sheffield based readership does make up the top 6 UK locations along with Lincoln and Manchester, although STMI have featured stories involving their clubs and players as well as the Skrill Premier zone stuff so their vast respective supports will distort the figures nationally. Numerous Forest & Foxes fans surprisingly see Lincoln as their second team?

Thanks for reading the prof

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Tasked with sorting the wheat from the chaff to ascertain where the Lincoln City readership inhabit I have come up with the following table.  This relates to Lincoln stories (since February) although the regular readers from elsewhere in the Skrill Premiership may still distort things a little.  It shows the international (potential) reach of the club, even though many will never get to games for one reason or another.  To drill down into the UK any further would infect the data with non Imps stories.

Country Visitors
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 490,356
United States FlagUnited States 8,547
Australia FlagAustralia 4,459
Ireland FlagIreland 3,923
France FlagFrance 2,641
Spain FlagSpain 2,339
Germany FlagGermany 2,042
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The Case For The Defence

Lincoln’s back four, or should that be back 6, has only let in one goal so far this season,  but all of that could change with league leaders Cambridge and Wrexham posing double trouble this Bank holiday weekender.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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Whenever STMI run a celebratory ‘case for the defence’ it always seems to backfire on the Imps, centre on the heroics of ‘safehands’ Farman. But fact is, even with Miller sidelined, Gray, Boyce, Brown and Neutron bomb Newton are stoking up the steam as the Lincoln Loco starts whistling at the station.  With Foster or Fofana partnering Nolan just in front the fears over the defence seem unfounded at the moment. The six man phalanx is even compensating for our lack of pace, with Miller and Jordan waiting in the wings and more than capable in a defensive midfield, centre-half or full- back role.

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Newton 2 0 270 0 1 2 2 4 1 0 0
4 Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Boyce 3 0 270 0 0 1 0 9 3 1 0
6 Fofana 2 1 197 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
23 Brown 3 0 270 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0
27 Foster 2 1 186 0 0 2 0 7 2 1 0
19 Nolan 3 0 270 0 2 1 0 3 1 0 0
15 Gray 3 0 270 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 0

The next two games will test the Imps pretensions to a play-off place, but the faith is certainly growing in a team that defends from the front, with Tomlinson pitching in too.  The determination has seen plenty of cards (7) dished out by some very poor officials but only 3 of these have been awarded to the dedicated defensive 6 (Boyce, Gray & Foster). Tomlinson has 1, Power 1 and Rowe has 2 illustrating the contribution the whole side makes towards those clean sheets.

 

The chances of us keeping a clean sheet at Cambridge or at home to Wrexham are slim one feels, yet we thought that when faced with FGR’s tripod. In the end we were breached once through a fortuitous cross-cum-shot from Barry.  That has been the only goal conceded since Simmo’s six-foot Sincil soldiers set out their Skrill Premiership stall.  And even STMI’s oracle of Optimism did not expect that a fortnight ago.

 

So well played oh defenders of Impdom, there should be a fair few more bricks in your wall at Cambridge judging by the number of fans getting aboard the Lincoln Loco this weekend.

(STMI urge all IMPS to TOOT responsibly!)

3,000 Against Rovers? Will You be there For £10?

With Forest Green Rovers set to bring as many as 200 fans, The Imps should break the 3,000 barrier on Saturday.  That will be 600 up on the encouraging Tuesday crowd that witnessed a hard earned 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town. With almost 400 travelling to Woking on opening day the fantastic support is responding to the Imps best start in 6 years.

 The oracle of optimism chimes.

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Due to the ongoing ban we still cannot be at the game, but we urge as many Imps as possible to be at fortress Sincil Bank tomorrow. Keep a clean sheet against 8 goal Forest Green Rovers and we can certainly start to put some faith in those emerging play-off credentials. Losing would not be the end of the world but a 1-0 win, even if it is a smash and grab, will spread like wild fire and continue the momentum.

 

After FGR comes Cambridge away, a very very difficult fixture, then a home Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Wrexham who will bring a few.  If the results go well the Imps could be pushing 3500-4,000 and matching the fishy foe. Then perhaps BT and co may start getting the Mighty Imps out to an even bigger audience.

Try to be there Saturday, because every turnstile click and passionate cheer counts. If you are struggling, as many are, you could get into games at Sincil Bank for less than half price – and be sitting in the Lincolnshire Co-Operative Stand to boot.

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Could Middlesbrough & Sunderland Hit Target For Imps

Could loans from Middlesbrough FC and Sunderland AFC’s development sides be the reason Simmo is biding his time on replacing Vadaine Oliver, now at Crewe and set for a debut?  Both the Black Cats &  Boro lads hardly looked like kids and look man enough to do a job in our Division and their quality is certainly not going to be a problem.

The Oracle of Optimism chimes in 

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The passing blend of football certainly impressed Jamie Clapham at Middlesbrough and the Black cats were also very complimentary.  Indeed several Boro lads looked more than up to the physical requirements required to do a good job in the Skrill Premier.  Young Black Cats Harrison and 9 Lynch would be a handful and Boro lads Jones and Main both impressed at Sincil Bank.

The local media do seem keen to point out the lack of a target man at the Imps, a route B as it were, to add a facet to the passing football that is seeing Lincoln play to feet.  Simmo has pointed out the costs that come with such a beast, with proven goalscorers taking up the lions share of the budgets up and down the football pyramid.   These are funds we do not have, but friends in high places could be the answer.

The manager admits that he feels the need for a longer ball style game will come when the pitches cut up, but, that he is also in no hurry to change things. Thomlinson battles well, but if and when the Imps change to two up front there are three or four options.  Young Black Cats Harrison, who can play up top or in defence and no 9 Lynch could also be a handful.   The Boro side also had Jones and Main. Paul Morgan may also be able to put in another word at Accrington who have some powerful lads unable to get games. Bohan Dixon was one.

Woking Spring Late Surprises On Imps then?

Thoughts move to Kingfield Stadium, Home of Woking FC with the first football Saturday upon us.  As STMI warned would happen yesterday, 15 man Woking surprisingly announce the first of those late signings with ex Swindon, Norwich, MK Dons, Wycombe and Macc midfielder Anthony McNamee appearing from the shadows.  Boss Gary Hill is a master of this, let us hope 5 pm ticks by with no more, especially a repeat of the two loan strikers last year.

Thanks for reading The oracle of Optimism

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Sat 10th August, ko 3.00 pm

£ Tickets £  TERRACE
ADULT CONS U16′s
£15 £10 £5
The away fans stand on the Tennis Club Terrace, seating is not segregated and available at the same price.

Lincoln of course go into this as prepared as they can be, a long drive before them, but pulled to victory by the Imps who are set to travel in numbers with 300 plus said to be planning to travel plus of course the London Imps contingent.

Woking will be no push-overs but this is a game you fancy the Imps to get at least a point from with doubts over just Ade Yussuff. An 11 V 11 game at the training ground also suggests Lincoln could change the formation and may go with two up front in the knowledge that Hill will pack the midfield Boston style,  with 5.

Opening fixtures are never easy to predict but on paper Lincoln have the quality, the question is can we mix it against a side that take no prisoners and will see us, a full-time side, as their first big scalp of the season.

 

Great Expectations

Lincoln City go into the 2013/14 season so full of hope, fuelled by one of football’s most optimistic managers.  Woking FC will not be an easy opener but the mission to deliver for the fans he has such an affinity with and, of course to finish the job on behalf of the departed Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher, is a 24/7/365 driving force for Gary Simpson.

Thanks for reading The oracle of Optimism

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Simmo has amassed a side of footballers who aim to play their way into the hearts of one of football’s most loyal yet hard to please army of football supporters.  The Imps passion and loyalty is beyond question even though the latest civil war is raging behind the scenes.  But behind the Sincil scenes the makeover is almost complete with the side well prepared on the oppositions strengths and weaknesses and fully aware of the job they need to do.  Simmo and Grant Brown have certainly covered the miles dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s. Now the side just has to blend against competitive opposition. 

 

This Lincoln side will be the best prepared since Schofield and Deehan and, without doubt equally attractive going forward, its passing and movement has already whet our taste-buds, the pace and clinical finishing renewed our love affair with goals. We believe we can score now, good ones to boot, with a hope and expectation that our under-performing club can epitomise everything that is Imp once again. That being the tiny fellow who can punch above his weight and stand tall in the world of football.

 

Not the Premiership of course but one that can beat the budget just as Bill Anderson’s did when we enjoyed an incredible decade in the second Division. The goal this season is somewhat lower, to flirt with the Conference play-offs. But if we do that the crowd will come and then the war chest will be all the bigger next year.  

 

Fear not if the belief is there the Imps will come. 

 

 

 

 

Miller & Boyce Eyeing Lamb Roast

Tom Miller is chomping at the bit ahead of Saturday’s game at Tamworth. Tom has been out for a month since  injuring his hip flexor in the warm-up prior to the home clash against Macclesfield, but having returned to full training on Monday he is set to start next to Boyce in a must win game at the New Lawn.

Thank you for reading Oracle of Optimism

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Arguably one of our most important players, the 22 year-old committed lad is set to return against a side he helped to destroy last season (4-0 click4report).  Miller and Boycey are arguably the best centre-back pairing in the BSP and with farman behind them in commanding form, the Imps look set to be able to deal with 7 goal Cunnington.

Toms 2012/13

Player Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
Tom Miller 3 0 270 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Ratings

KH CU NC MT G EU AT TEL H Ave
Tom Miller 7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00

Great to have you  back Tom, in at the deep end as usual but that is just how you like it.

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FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ely,
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 73.54 KG
PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 20
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Norwich
CAREER STATS
YEARS Team
2011-2012 Newport County
2001–2005 Dundalk
2008–2009 Rangers

Lincoln City FC Ticket Prices 2012/13

Lincoln City match-day admission and ticket prices are subject to a discount called “Early Bird”. For adults this means £2 off, whilst concessions and under 18’s enjoy £1 off.

 Below the images you will find two tables, first the amount you pay, before you here the turnstile click, the second is the early bird scheme.

Click on any of the images to enlarge to full size

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MATCH DAY

 

AREA

Adult

Conc.

U18

Co-op Stand

£18

£13

£7

Echo Stand

£18

£13

£7

Stacey West Stand

£16

£11

£7

Bridge McFarland Stand

£16

£11

£7

Family Stand

£16

£11

£7

T&R VIP Club

£37

£37

£37

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EARLY BIRD

Available to fans who purchase tickets in advance of  the match.

(normally 5p.m. of the preceeding day)

 

AREA

Adult

Conc.

U18

Co-op Stand

£16

£12

£6

Echo Stand

£16

£12

£6

Stacey West Stand

£14

£10

£6

Bridge McFarland Stand

£14

£10

£6

Family Stand

£14

£10

£6

T&R VIP Club

£35

£35

£35

 

Basement Battle At The Bank – Are Imps on Hyde(ing) To Nothing?

Hyde come to the Bank on Saturday, fresh from a 5-2 romp, over Hereford United, their first win in the BSP.  Morecambe signing Phil Jevons bagged a A hat-trick.  The Tigers may have tamed the Bulls but they stay 23rd, one place below the Imps, ending a run of 5 defeats (Wrexham 0-2, FGR 1-3, Southport 0-2, Mansfield 0-1 and Luton Town 1-2). The opening two against Braintree (2-2) and then Barrow(0-0) had given some rise for optimism after promotion as champions of the BSN.

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Saturday 15th September

Take £2 off for Adult or £1 for Cons & U16 for early-bird – Co Op & Echo £18 A £13 cons £7 U16 – SW/Br M & Fam – £16 A £12 cons £7 U16 

The Imps simply have to win this game. Even though it is far too early in the season to discuss relegation, a draw or defeat on Saturday will be a huge psychological blow. The Tigers will see this as a cup-final and a big venue compared to  those they won the right to avoid after a championship season in the BSN. Ask any ex-League teams fans and they will all say the same – the little sides raise their game when they play on the bigger stages of the BSP.

Hat-trick hero Phil Jevons admitted a weight had been lifted off Hyde’s shoulders  after that win against the Bulls. They came from one down to even things before half-time thanks to Spencer firing a leveller on 39.  Brown put the Tigers 2-1 up with a sweet drive into the corner before Jevons blasted three goals in 12 second-half minutes to help the Tigers to victory.  New boss Scott McNiven believes Hyde can now build on a first victory that lifted them off the bottom.
“Everyone’s aware we were due a result like that,” said McNiven, whose side went behind in the fifth minute at Ewen Fields. “It shows the team spirit we have and, hopefully, now we can kick on from it and climb the table.”

The Imps will need to build on our own resilient team spirit and go for the jugular from the off on Saturday. Then go for a second to show we have the instinct and desire to kill off teams.  The players must understand that every fan backs the team for the 90 minutes. The fear and loathing will never get in the way of supporting you our heroes than don the red and white stripes.

Come on lads – You can do this – for your own professional pride as well as local pride. One game at a time, don’t look back in anger and believe!