Blog Archives

BSP Bad Boys – Ada leads the Rutting Stags, Mardy Mariners, tough Hydes, Hatters,Dragons & Bucks

Take a bow Ada of Ebbsfleet who is keeping Mansfield’s Roberts – rutting stag extraordinaire – from the top of the bad boys league. Grimsby Town have two in the top ten, as do Mansfield although Beevers has amassed four yellows, one of which counted as red. It is nice to see that Wrexham’s fire breathing  Dragon Jay Harris has not lost his touch too. As we say in Lincolnshire a toast to the art of the pheasant pluckers who ensnare with flair.

Welcome to the BSP Bad boys Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

A tough challenge is part and parcel of the people’s game,  very much in the eye of the beholder. Or should that be beholden as many, on a serious note, are left to count the cost.  The officials do not help, some collect cards like confetti whilst others miss more than a sack the juggler keeper wearing Teflon gloves. Their consistency is as fickle of that of a fan, who well smile when justice is served for, but be out of their seat when the case goes against.  But the BSP would miss the midfield marauders, the old school full-backs and the centre-half hard-men chiselled from stone.  So let us take a look at the runners and riders in the race for the BSP hob nail boot award.

Player Team Yellow Red Card Count
1st Patrick Ada Ebbsfleet United 3 2 7
2nd Gary Roberts Mansfield Town 4 1 6
3rd Liam Tomsett Hyde 3 1 5
  Jay Harris Wrexham 3 1 5
5th James Marwood Gateshead 2 1 4
  Aswad Thomas Grimsby Town 4 0 4
  John Nolan Stockport County 2 1 4
  Phil Trainer AFC Telford United 4 0 4
  Lee Beevers Mansfield Town 2 1 4
  Derek Niven Grimsby Town 4 0 4

STMI count a red as two yellows. On this basis there are 15 players just one yellow off of the top 10.  Looking at the familiar faces below, it wont be long before one of the anything but angelic assassins launches themselves into the top ten.

11th Liam Bellamy Ebbsfleet United 1 1 3
  Shaun Pearson Grimsby Town 3 0 3
  Nathan Rooney AFC Telford United 3 0 3
  Johnny Hunt Wrexham 3 0 3
  Andy Pearson Hyde 1 1 3
  James Owen Barrow 3 0 3
  Omar Koroma Forest Green Rovers 1 1 3
  Lloyd Kerry Tamworth 3 0 3
  Matthew Green Mansfield Town 1 1 3
  Theo Streete Alfreton Town 3 0 3
  Richie Baker Barrow 3 0 3
  Sean Marks Braintree Town 1 1 3
  Tommy Wright Tamworth 1 1 3
  Kieran Charnock Macclesfield Town 3 0 3
Dean Keates Wrexham 3 0 3

AFC Telford In Focus

Former Queens Park Rangers  hero and AFC Telford United manager Andy Sinton is still trying to complete his side. Today’s signing of ex- QPR & Tamworth winger/centre-forward  Kieron St. Aimie, who bagged 11 from 19 appearances last term suggests he still has both a memory and an up-to-date contact book to help him out. That said draws against Chesterfield 2-2 and Walsall 0-0 suggest they are not to shabby even though he still wants at least 2 in.

STMI take a look at AFC Telford,  the Bucks are a side with plenty of potential, given its existing support and location. Here are Ticket prices for all BSP Away supporters prices  and please feel free to bookmark our  Blue square zone for when you are playing the Imps – HERE

Telford United.png

AFC Telford United

The guide will start with the preseason results, transfers in & out, plus the released and new deals list. Then we will have a glance at the  summer sound-bites (most recent to last) and finally the current confirmed squad as at 1st August.  STMI thank fans who correct us when we have got it wrong. It shows there is a kindred spirit that seems to care and share in the Blue Square. Rare amidst the greed culture of our national game and the financial walk of life. But while we have Saturday…..

Telford United.png 

AFC Telford 2 Chesterfield 2
AFC Telford 0 Walsall 0
TNS 0 AFC Telford 3
Stourbridge 1 AFC Telford 0
Market Drayton 0 AFC Telford 1

Transfers –

IN – Winger/striker Kieron St. Aimie from Tamworth
IN – striker Jake Reid from Newport
IN – central defender Michael Briscoe
Out – Proudlock to Chester City
IN-Luke Hubbins has joined from Birmingham City
OUT-Stockport County have signed Sean Newton on a 1 year.
OUT-Former midfielder Jon Adams joins Nuneaton
OUT-Former skipper Shane Killock has joined Harrogate

Released –

Ashley Cain; Shane Killock; Jon Adams; Carl Rodgers; Robbie Williams & Ryan Robinson. Kyle Perry returns to Imps.

Signed –

1 year deals for Richard Davies, Chris Blackburn, Steve Jones, Ryan Young, Nathan Rooney, Dan Preston, Phil Trainer and Steve Jones Ryan Valentine & Will Salmon,

Chris Sharp is contracted for 2012/13.

Telford United.png  

Sinton, Andy.jpg

(thanks to wiki for the pic)
Summer Sound – bites & recap  – (most news recent first)

Winger/centre forward Kieron St. Aimie signs. Sinton still wants up to three new additions with former loanee midfielder John Brown and a keeper on the list. Bucks close to signing 19-year-old New Saints defender Tom Roberts. Briscoe breaks nose in training but after a minir operation on Monday he is expected to be fit in a week or so.

Telford United.png

TV date at Cambridge United on Saturday 15th September KO 17.15. 21-year-old former Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Martin joined pre-season training but then failed to show up after a couple of days. Released Ashley Cain’s deal with TranCS Gaz Metan Medias is off as he reurns to UK for an op on a ruptured achilles tendon.

Telford United.png

Former defender Carl Rodgers has joined Altrincham. Andy Proudlock turns down new deal and leaves for Chester City. Chairman Lee Carter has been voted on to the Football Conference Board. Fans to get a place on the club’s board, Telford are after Briscoe from Kidderminster. Proudlock turns down deal. Salmon vows to fight tooth & nail to retain his place as Sinton eyes defensive targets.

Telford United.png



1 Ryan Young 20 Jack Cudworth


22 CB-Jordan Rose 14 CB – Michael Briscoe. RB – 11 Luke Hubbins, 3 Ryan Valentine, 2 Will Salmon, 5 CB – Dan Preston, 4 CB – Chris Blackburn, Steven Kinniburgh


16 Kieron St. Aimie, 17 James Spray, Jay Smith, 8 Phil Trainer, 7 Nathan Rooney, 6 Richard Davies, 21  John Brown, 19 Kris Taylor, 18 Steven Leslie


Darren Byfield, 15 Jake Reid, Chris Sharpe, 10 Steve Jones,

Stockport, Lincoln & Telford To profit At Darlington, Kettering & Tamworth’s Expense

Stockport County, Lincoln City and AFC Telford could do themselves some massive favours against Kettering Town, Tamworth FC & Darlington today as the BSP basement battle enters the final six games.

KetteringTFC.png  V  logo

Kettering could of course have any sporting chance taken from them by the courts, but that did not stop them beating the Imps one nil with just enough of an unpaid squad available to field 2-3 subs when they first faced a winding up order a few months ago. Stockport, with a defence to stress the Dalai Lama, would finish them with a win and do enough to put the fear of back -to-back relegations behind them. Saviour Jim Gannon is back and walking across water. A four nil win over Bath last week eased the nerves after another 5-o humiliation at Southport.  Some fantastic support witnessed the shame in huge numbers, hats off to the Hatters from the heart of Impdom!

Telford United.png V Club logo

Darlington fought back to 2-2 against Wrexham before going down 2-4 in front of 1401 disillusioned fans.  That is understandable, the aptly named Quakers have lost 3 on the trot with Kidderminster (1-3) and Ebbsfleet (0-2) adding to their woes after a 1-1 draw against Luton and another 0-1 reverse against relegation rivals Stockport. Since the 10 point deduction for their umpteenth admin thanks to the albatross of a stadium they have been in free-fall.  Darlo may get the break they need as Telford are hardly the form side after that decent February run.  They beat Forest Green 2-0 last week, but a 0-0 against Hayes,  a 2-1 defeat against Kettering and a 1-4 loss to leaders Fleetwood; makes the 2-1 win over Kidderminster look a long time away.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png  v Logo

The Imps fresh from two wins over Newport (2-0) and Hayes (2-1) will fancy their chances against the far from gambolling lambs.  Tamworth do not let many in but then again they are not exactly getting many at the other end either leading to six draws and one defeat in 7.  The Imps have also seen lady luck given them some long overdue attention and 3 points today will finish the job with Louis & McCammon too strong for the lambs at the set-pieces that will decide a nervy low-scoring affair.

Today’s games
AFC Telford v Darlington 15:00
Bath City v Fleetwood Town 15:00
Braintree Town v Alfreton Town 15:00
Cambridge Utd v Wrexham 15:00
Forest Green v Barrow 15:00
Grimsby v Kidderminster 15:00
Kettering v Stockport 15:00
Lincoln City v Tamworth 15:00
Mansfield v Ebbsfleet United 15:00
Newport County v Gateshead 15:00
Southport v Hayes & Yeading 15:00

Tuesday’s games (3 Apr 2012)
Gateshead v Luton 19:45
Lincoln City v Cambridge Utd 19:45
Newport County v York 19:45

BSP Standings 30/3/12

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Fleetwood Town 40 29 8 3 94 40 54 95
15 up 1 Tamworth 40 11 13 16 43 58 -15 46
16 down 16 Alfreton Town 40 12 8 20 57 81 -24 44
17 down 17 AFC Telford United 40 9 13 18 39 56 -17 40
18 down 18 Lincoln City 39 10 9 20 42 56 -14 39
19 down 19 Stockport County 40 8 14 18 45 69 -24 38
20 down 20 Newport County 37 8 11 18 45 56 -11 35
21 down 4 Hayes & Yeading 40 9 7 24 51 80 -29 34
22 down 22 Darlington * 39 10 9 20 39 60 -21 29
23 down 17 Kettering Town * 40 8 8 24 36 82 -46 29
24 down 24 Bath City 40 5 9 26 34 77 -43 24

Darlington 10 points deduction for admin & Kettering Town down 3 points for breaching league rules


How was it for you?

Andrew Abbott reflects on the Lincoln City v AFC Telford match.



Driving home on Saturday afternoon there were some very mixed messages coming out of BBC Lincolnshire’s after match coverage of Lincoln City’s game against AFC Telford including some fans who thought it was a good performance. Obviously football watching is a subjective experience, one fans good performance is another’s rubbish and a case in point would be Louis Almond who looked to this untutored eye a fair prospect, finishing apart. Others along the row thought otherwise.


This brings us to Mr Kyle Perry, subject to some rather unnecessary barracking from home fans; he is still our man at least for the moment. Kyle, again it’s a personal view, demonstrated why somebody thought he was worth signing in a show full of effort, industry and of course a goal as well. He did rather make the mistake of celebrating fully in front of the Stacey West regulars when perhaps one of those full of remorse, sorry but I am a striker, don’t congratulate me, I had to do it type reactions that we see from time to time might have been more appropriate. The question is why didn’t we see more of this from the striker before?


David Holdsworth will no doubt say that is the reason he is out on loan and there would seem to be really no way back for Perry atLincolnwhich begs the question, is it really necessary to clear out virtually all the players from the previous regime? Before you ask, yes, Gowling and Anyon are still with us although in this correspondent’s view that is not for the want of trying in Anyons case. Yet again we have a plethora of new faces to get used to. Are we better as a result of these changes? Well, City sit five points away from the drop zone and it is all starting to look a bit like last season, relative calm and a sort of a gap but this  is not going to get any wider with any more performances like the one we saw at Sincil Bank on Saturday.


Talking of Saturday, we had the highly unusual situation of each side having a player on loan from the other actually playing in the game. Presumably, no names no pack drill, somebody thought the likelihood of Perry putting in a decent performance and scoring a goal was negligible when balanced against the advantage of having Williams in defence. 2000 City fans no doubt feared otherwise. As it happens Williams had a mare whilst, in this writers view, Perry put in a man of the match performance. What a surprise! A player with a point to prove who is looking for a contract busts a gut (no slight intended) in front of fans who are giving him a hard time. At least some of those fans were big enough to give Perry the reception his performance deserved when he went off shortly before the end but in terms of management ofLincolnCitythings are not going to get any better whilst debacles of this type are presided over. City’s position is far from secure despite the managers assured interview persona. The way things feel at the moment it may not only be Kyle Perry who has no future at Lincoln.


Read a version of this together with many other articles on LincolnCityand life in Lincolnshireby logging on to

Imps 1 AFC Telford 1 Perry Pounces to spoil the view from the Stacey West

The Imps and AFC Telford shared the spoils from a game dubbed a relegation dogfight six-pointer at Sincil Bank. Kyle Perry proved that point we half suspected with a decent strike it must be said, undone by a Blackburn own goal, but there was oh so much more in this far from poor draw that leaves both sides looking over their shoulder as we move to the business end of the season.

For the benefit of the visiting Bucks, first the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you would care to shake an Imp or Buck at. 

Thanks for taking the time to read Neil Gentleman-Hobbs view from the Stacey West, the home from home  of Lincolnshire’s largest choir.

The Teams & Schemes 

 Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Lincoln City 4-4-2

1 Anyon 

26 Robson 4 Williams 5 Gowling 3 Nutter

31 Bore 8 Power 34 Thompson 30 Almond 

16 Pacquette 10 Louis

Substitutions 81 Taylor on for Pacquette 82 Rodney on for Almond 90 Christophe on for Bore

Substitutes 21 Draper, 17 Nicolau 27 Christophe 7 Taylor 32 Rodney

Telford United.png

AFC Telford 4-4-2

1 Young

23 Valentine 18 Blackburn 6 Killock 3 Newton

27 Smith 15 Rooney 29 Jones

9 Perry 22 Brown 25 Sharp

Substitutions: Brooke on for Sharp 82 Davies on for Smith 85 cain on for Perry

Substitutes 32 Robinson 16 Preston 20 Davies 28 Cain 21 Brooke

But to the game footy fans to the game………………………

With Bore, the former Grimbarian from the northernmost outreaches of the Lincolnshire empire, pushed forward to wide right and  twinkle toed tangerine Almond on the other flank,  the 4-4-2 formation looked a tasty solution with cousins Pacquette and Louis free to plunder.  Kyle Perry, the artist formerly known as our on-loan number 9, acting as the fulcrum of a 4-3-3 facing ex-friends and now perhaps forever foes, the fatty chants from ex-fans filled the air.  His first minute miss- hit  in front of the baying Stacey West amused. The chants went up an octave as  Jefferson Louis was denied at the other end by a brave block from Newton. Telford are a plucky if not aesthetic side with a ferocious Smith  drive deflected but a foot wide of the home end goal.

Power, industrious and eager to please hacked away a corner at one end before feeding Almond who was denied by a superb save from Young.  Thomson fizzed over from a good 30 yards and Pacquette unleashed the exoset only for Young to deny him a worthy opener.  Valentine roasted all and sundry delivering a peach of a cross that caused havoc, deflecting off Gowling at the far post before nestling in the safe hands of Anyon who again earned his money today.

It was end to end stuff, low on quality but plenty of exciting huff and puff. Louis fired just wide before Perry wrote the script we had all feared.  On 24 minutes Valentine again tore us to shreds down the flank, delivering deep for the unmarked on-loan portly villain to take a touch before hammering a humdinger that crashed home off the bar.  The jeers were music to Perry’s ears as he rubbed a belly that could hold the best part of a barrel full of beer just yards from the madding crowd.

The fans continued to get behind the Imps during a scrappy next eight minutes that showed we too were capable of evening the score.  Power was fouled, up stepped Nutter and Almond with the former pulling rank as captain. The 25 yard miss-hit grass cutter cannoned in off the hapless Blackburn giving the thus far impressive Young no chance. From tears and jeers to cheers for the unfairly chastised pot bellied Perry’s former peers and there was still 20 percent of the half to go.

Pacquette could not believe that Young made himself big enough to deny another goal-bound thunder bolt, likewise Almond, though he miscued into the arms of the thankful keeper.  Jefferson Louis was showing a touch that shone like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside, acting the unselfish link man for both efforts.

The second half saw the Imps attack the vociferous faithful from the off, Almond a tad adventurous with a 25 yard curler.  Robson, far better than Bore on the overlap,  sent over a peach perhaps a foot too much for both Louis and Pacquette to convert.  Almond went for glory when Louis was far better placed to give us the lead.  Power then shot wide after a fantastic forty-five yard ball from the at last roasting Robson.  Pacquette, alas his luck clearly out today, sliced wide after a goalmouth scramble that the IMPassioned home end   failed to suck home.  Oh the joys of the boys coming at us with a spring in their step.

Penalty box bouncer Brooke, last weeks hero for the Bucks in the 1-0 win over Braintree, came on for a rather blunt Sharp and turned instant villain, fowling Gowling. Perry was denied by a fabulous full length save from Anyon, clearly he had glue on his gloves.  Bore then showed a flash of what he is capable of roasting, giving and then receiving only for Young to again block when one on one, as destiny and a certain winner beckoned.

The game got physical with Smith and Thompson both terriers in the tackle for their respective sides.  Tireless Tyrone seemed alone against a three man midfield at times as Bore snored and Power pirouetted out near the Echo Stand hinterlands, allowing the plucky Bucks to buck the trend and force two corners.  Forget who ate all the pies, the discomfort in the home end was all to apparent as the discomforting bowl movements from the half time repas of many came home to roost ‘neath the Stacey West roof.  Perhaps forewarned of the perils of sitting deep Holdsworth made a double change with more forward prowess produced from the bench, Taylor replacing Pacquette and Rodney on for Almond. Telford put Davies on for Smith who had certainly earned his wedge today. Though his style was not for the feint hearted in these parts we poachers tend to admire such a pheasant plucker.

Sound the Sincil cavalry charge then. Jefferson Louis fired a ferocious piledriver a whisker wide before Robson’s long throw clearly bounced up – ball to hand perhaps – to communal screams for a penalty. Louis again glanced wide from  eight yards falling to the floor head in hands, for he knew that was a golden if not last chance at the Sincil saloon. But oh contraire,  as route one Anyon found Gowling, who flicked on to Taylor, a whirling dervish, but to ‘oohs and arghs’ his cross goal drive flew a fivers breadth wide of the face of the post. Again Jamie, a name that conjures fond memories hereabouts twisted and turned to win a corner.  All but Anyon were up as Gowling headed agonisingly wide.  Telford the part-timers had half tamed the fully pro Imps, with Perry bagging the prize before our very eyes. Fair play Kyle you clapped every stand professionally and we’ll excuse that deserved smile.

Lincoln City 1 – 1 AFC Telford (H/T 1-1)


Imps – OG Blackburn 32

Bucks Perry 24

Ref: Scott Duncan

Attendance 2438 ( 2296 Imps 142 Bucks)


Imps 53 % Bucks 47%

Shots on target

The Imps 4 Bucks 3

Shots off target

The Imps 8 Bucks 1


The Imps 2 Bucks 3


The Imps 4 Bucks 7


The Imps 0 Bucks 3


The Imps 11 Bucks 6


The Imps 0 Bucks 0

BSP Standings 25th Feb 2012

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Fleetwood Town 34 24 7 3 80 37 43 79
2 up 9 Wrexham 33 23 5 5 60 21 39 74
3 down 1 Luton Town 33 17 11 5 62 28 34 62
4 down 4 Southport 34 17 7 10 53 56 -3 58
5 No Change York City 33 15 12 6 65 36 29 57
6 up 7 Kidderminster Harriers 34 16 9 9 60 46 14 57
7 up 2 Mansfield Town 33 14 13 6 54 38 16 55
8 down 8 Grimsby Town 32 16 6 10 64 45 19 54
9 up 11 Gateshead 33 15 9 9 53 48 5 54
10 up 5 Barrow 34 15 7 12 53 48 5 52
11 up 10 Forest Green Rovers 34 12 13 9 47 33 14 49
12 down 2 Cambridge United 31 13 10 8 40 28 12 49
13 down 13 Braintree Town 34 13 7 14 56 60 -4 46
14 up 2 Tamworth 33 11 8 14 41 52 -11 41
15 up 7 Ebbsfleet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40
16 down 16 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33
17 down 17 Lincoln City 34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32
19 down 19 Stockport County 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32
20 down 20 Darlington * 34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28
21 down 21 Alfreton Town 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28
22 down 16 Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28
23 down 6 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27
24 down 24 Bath City 34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18

Includes Darlo deduction of 10 points for entering admin