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October’s The Acid Test For Imps

The Imps face Nuneaton Town, Tamworth FC, Aldershot FC, Kidderminster Harriers and the FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying fixtures in what will be a pivotal month for the clubs ambitions.  The Conference clubs do not come into the FA Trophy, sponsored by Carlsberg until the 1st Round on 30th November.

Vic looks to the immediate future

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Sa 5/10/13 Nuneaton Lincoln City
Tu 8/10/13 Lincoln City Tamworth
Sa 12/10/13 Lincoln City Aldershot
Sa 19/10/13 Kidderminster Lincoln City
Sa 26/10/14 FAC 4th Qualitying TBA

October is a massive but vital month for our aspirations on both the promotion and financial fronts.  Second placed Nuneaton will either give manager Kevin Wilkin the reaction he wants tomorrow or slump to a fourth successive defeat, suggesting the early promise was just a flash in the pan.  Moult the top Skrill Premier marksman, with 9, will need to be kept quiet.  Next comes Tamworth under big spending Dale Belford, who could well bring Jones back for a revenge mission at Sincil Bank next Tuesday.  The Lambs are 20th for all the cash they have splashed, after three defeats in the last four, but they did manage a spirited 2-1 win at Forest Green.

The Saturday game also sees us at home, this time against Aldershot, back from the dead but spending merrily on some talented players. If one adds back the ten point deduction the Shots would be just two points behind the Imps.  The trip to 3rd placed Kidderminster is going to be tough with the Harriers showing their quality and promotion credentials with  4 wins a draw and just one defeat in the last 6. They, runaway leaders Cambridge and Luton will be the three to ultimately challenge for the title this season, but if the Imps can get 7-9 points from the next four the play-offs should be seen as for more than a pipe dream.

The FA Cup is Lincoln’s most lucrative potential earner this season, with £12,500 for a win in the 4th Qualifying round at the end of the month. Get through that one and we have the chance of some TV cash too, with £67,000 per team for a First Round match or £33,000 apiece for a replay plus £18,000 for the winners. These figures exclude gate receipts, with season tickets invalid suggesting a 2,000 crowd would yield each side £9600 after the FA take a cut.  These numbers will allow the flexibility and financial freedom in January to ensure Lincoln had not just hold out against predatory clubs after our existing players, but also allow for some reinforcements for a play-off push.

Imps Wont Let Striker Go Cheap

With Crewe Alexandra now in a tug of war with Crawley Town for Aldershot FC striker Danny Hylton, manager Steve Davis, backed by strong season ticket sales, appears to be keen to lay out a small fee for a 6′ 3″ striker. Many feel this to be unsettled Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver. In football finances the term ‘small’ is relative but , to the Imps, a fair return could make a massive difference.  Tribunals also seem to be favouring non-League clubs in tussles with League ones, over the last few years.

thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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It is fair to say Vadaine, 22 in October, has been touted everywhere by his agent and co. Of the three Imps yet to sign (Andrew Boyce, Miller and his good self) he is the one you feel is set to leave.  But a small fee is not on the cards. The Imps have taken the player from obscurity, rebuilt his confidence and will have a very strong case at a tribunal. As the player is under 24 we are guaranteed a fee  for him, one that we deserve and, for that matter desperately need. Crewe, who have one of the most profitable youth set-ups in the football League, should be more  aware of that than most. Aside from full Academy status and good funding they have argued the youth case well raising millions in transfer fees and add-ons (the clauses ensured they profited well out of  David Platt’s £20 million in fees). The Railwaymen have also seen 75 players go on to play for the first team before being sold on, so clearly their Academy is a vital artery for the clubs continued prosperity.

Not so the Imps, with Mr Moyses putting his money where his mouth is, unlike many of our directors, as our centre of excellence endures a hand-to-mouth existence.  With an additional 5-6 players required to complement the first-team squad, the budget is a tight one, even if season ticket sales and directors undertakings have seen it grow (3 sources suggest the £400,000 budget is now closer to £450,000). But with Hawkridge under contract, plus another target likely to require a small fee, a tribunal is likely to favour the Imps. We do not get the youth subsidies enjoyed by League sides, something tribunals are mindful of.  The chances are that we would not only get a decent fee, but also some add-ons and a slice of any future sell-on.

Vadaine’s long-term career would be better served by signing for a club who will play him every week.  Just ask Tyrone Barnett who waited before going to Posh for £1.1 million. Tyrone is just one of many confirming both, that our manager has a pedigree for developing young players and, that he has never stood in anyone’s way.  The reality is that we are always going to be a selling club, but one that deserves the right to emulate Dario’s Crewe Youth vision. To do that we need a return for enduring the ups and downs on the way to seeing the glimpses one would expect as a player begins to blossom. Surely the Imps are entitled to see a bit of the Spring before a predatory club comes in and enjoys the sunshine?

Vadaine is certainly about to blossom as the stats below confirm. Surely Gary and the Imps deserve him until January at least or anywhere between £50k and 100k down payment plus add-ons.  That is hardly a small fee is it?

Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

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FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals

Woking FC In Focus

Gaffer Gary Hill has brought in 8 new faces: 3 strikers, Brett Williams (Reading) Bradley Bubb (Aldershot) & Loick Pires (Welling Utd); 2 midfielders, Lee Sawyer (Barnet) & Dean Sinclair (Lowestoft); plus 3 defenders, Mike Cestor (Orient), Brett Johnson (AFC Wimbledon) & Jack Parkingson (Welling Utd). The ex-Rushden boss is a canny operator and, although he is targeting survival, those loan links with Reading and Aldershot, both very local, suggest the clubs part-time status may serve as the perfect springboard to blood youngsters.  The Royals hot-shot Williams and The Shots Bradley Bubb, have serious goalscoring pedigree at non-league level. 

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


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STMI takes a look at The Cardinals.  Here are Ticket prices for all BSP Away supporters prices , the BSP ground guide is here and please feel free to bookmark our  Blue square zone for when you are playing the Imps – HERE. 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 9th August. 

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Windsor 2-0 Woking
Woking 1-0 Crawley
Woking 1-2 QPR
Woking 2-1 Wimbledon
Carshalton 1-1 Woking
Hornchurch 1-1 Woking
Woking 2-1 Aldershot

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IN- Midfielder Dean Sinclair from Lowestoft
IN- (Loan for season)Striker Brett Williams from Reading
In (Loan for season) Striker Bradley Bubb from Aldershot
IN- Midfielder Lee Sawyer from Barnet
IN- Defender Mike Cestor from Orient
IN – Defender Brett Johnson from AFC Wimbledon.
OUT- Striker Moses Ademola to Eastleigh.
IN- Defender Jack Parkinson from Welling United
OUT- Ola Sogbanmu to Carshalton
OUT- Paris Cowan-Hall to Plymouth Argyle
IN – Striker Loick Pires has signed from Welling United.

Released – Dale Binns (due to work commitments joins part-time Eastleigh), Derek Duncan, Wayne Gray and Elvis Hammond. Andy Little has retired.

 

1 year deals for Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts, Adam Newton, Jay Davies, Josh Griffiths, Aaron Howe and Giuseppe Sole, Adam Doyle and Kevin Betsy have all now signed new contracts
Academy boys George Frith and Jack Mazzone have also signed first team contracts.
Re-engagement terms have been offered to Moses Ademola, Paris Cowan-Hall and Joe McNerney (1 year deals).

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(Most recent first) Manager Gary Hill is perhaps a realist, targeting survival for the part-time club. Midfielder Dean Sinclair signs from Lowestoft. Reading striker Brett Williams signs on loan for the season. Fans saving scheme ‘Boost the Budget’ commits to raise at least £30,000 for the pro budget, with funds available for the January window.

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Striker Bradley Bubb in from Aldershot on a season long loan. Two more in – midfielder Lee Sawyer signs from Barnet and defender Mike Cestor Brett from Orient. Johnson has signed a pre-contract agreement to join on 1st August from AFC Wimbledon. Former striker Elvis Hammond gets a 12 month stretch for money laundering (258k) Garry Hill is planning to strengthen and believes those currently seeking full time football may start to see his part-time offers more favourably come the middle of July.

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Former keeper Matt Pegler has signed for Havant & Waterlooville. Keiran Murtagh could be joining from Cambridge despite having a year left on his current deal. Former striker Elvis Hammond has admitted money laundering after transferring criminal property worth £278,532 from Ghana. Jack King looks set to move to a League club whilst Tom Davis could sign from Carshalton.

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The  Cardinals Squad

Goalkeepers

Aaron Howe,

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Defenders

Mike Cestor, Brett Johnson, RB Adam Newton, CB Adam Doyle, Joe McNerney, CB Jack Parkinson

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Midfielders

George Frith, Jay Davies, Josh Griffiths, Mark Ricketts,
Lee Sawyer, Dean Sinclair, Kevin Betsy,

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Strikers

Bradley Bubb, Loick Pires, Jack Mazzone, Giuseppe Sole, Brett Williams

7 Adam ‘Agent’ Smith Aims To Reboot Bank

Aldershot’s and Mansfield Town’s  mercurial winged assassin Adam Smith was heralded as one of Holdsworth’s most prized summer possessions and so the patient stalking of the Stag commenced.  No sooner had Reg’s Stag been bagged, we had a matrix moment upon us as the bleached haired charming chap availed us of his focused desire at a fans forum. Agent Smith you feel is here to reboot the Bank.

The former Chesterfield, York City, Mansfield and Aldershot flying winger finally joined the Imps  (STMI broke the news back on May 30th despite the announcements stating that the cupboard was bare).  The namesake of the Father of Economics is a smashing bloke with just the hunger desire and talent we need. Smith played more than half his games at Aldershot last season, in two loan spells at the club,  but David’s brother Dean , perhaps in an act of family loyalty, failed to conclude a deal for a lad who has firm family values of his own.  Adam has already been prepared to put his career on hold due to the ill-health of his young daughter.


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Yes there is more to this lad than meets the eye and he has  just the hunger to go with a pretty precocious talent that will come to fruition at the Imps.  Adam had 7 seasons at Chesterfield so he has some league pedigree and will definitely do a job at our level as the first of his two seasons at the Stags showed. In 2010/11 he bagged 6 goals from 31 League and 2 FA Cup appearances, but you can quadruple his contribution when it comes to creating opportunities for others. Rob Duffy is going to love him almost as much as the Stacey West.

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thanks for the pic wiki
Adam has been typecast as an impact player, indeed most wingers, Carayol and DNG included, can be classed a luxury when you are up against it, but they are the heroes that really make the turnstiles click.  Adam’s work rate is good and offensively he is dynamite on either wing. He is one to have the ground on its feet, toying with mere mortals, by undoing the foe with a cameo that will stop the show . His two assists for Aldershot last term saw him run Dagenham (5-2) and Burton (2-0) ragged, but alas The Shots struggled in  October, November and December before sending him back to the Stags.
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Although Adam started 8 of the 9 games he played upon his return to the Stags, netting 2 goals, he rarely finished a game.  An example of his impact potential saw him come on and bag a vital equaliser against Tamworth, a game the Stags would go on to win 2-1. Then in April he scored the opener against a resolute Stockport side as the Stags grabbed two in 8 second half minutes before being sacrificed as they held out for an invaluable 2-1 home win.  He is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack.  At 5′ 11″ he has also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions.
 
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pic thanks to wiki
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nathan Adam Smith
DATE OF BIRTH 20 February 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Huddersfield,
HEIGHT 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
WEIGHT 12st (76.27kg)
POSITION: LEFT OR RIGHT WING
CURRENT CLUB Mansfield Town
NUMBER 19
YOUTH CAREER
?–2001 Chesterfield
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chesterfield 74 (3)
2008 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 11 (2)
2008–2009 York City (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 York City 29 (2)
2010– Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2012 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)

LCFC Squad Update.

Ashley Westwood has joined Portsmouth leaving the Imps short of a centre-half and coach.  His replacement will definitely will not be Guy Branston who signed for Aldershot or Paul Green who has joined Forest Green Rovers. On the plus side we will get a Pompey friendly (no firm details as yet) on the downside the overworked manager will need to do most of the training in the short-term with Grant Brown pitching in.

A big hand please for the Champions of Impdom.

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The Squad

(21 Imps)

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Goalkeepers

Paul Farman, Nick Draper,

Defenders

Paul Robson, Andy Boyce, Josh Gowling, John Nutter, Elliot Green & Dan Coupland

Midfielders

Adam Smith, Gary Mills, Peter Bore, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan, Nicky Nicolau, Conal Platt, Frazer Cobb, Karl Cunningham

Strikers

Rob Duffy, Sam Smith, Bradley Baraclough, Jamie Taylor.

Who Is Adam Smith?

Former Chesterfield, York City, Mansfield and Aldershot flying winger Adam Smith has finally joined the Imps  (STMI broke the news back on May 30th despite the announcements stating that the cupboard).  The namesake of the Father of Economics is a smashing bloke with just the hunger desire and talent we need. Smith played more than half his games at Aldershot last season, in two loan spells at the club,  but David’s brother Dean , perhaps in an act of family loyalty, failed to conclude a deal for a lad who has firm family values of his own.  Adam has already been prepared to put his career on hold due to the ill-health of his young daughter.

Yes there is more to this lad than meets the eye and he has  just the hunger to go with a pretty precocious talent that will come to fruition at the Imps.  Adam had 7 seasons at Chesterfield so he has some league pedigree and will definitely do a job at our level as the first of his two seasons at the Stags showed. In 2010/11 he bagged 6 goals from 31 League and 2 FA Cup appearances, but you can quadruple his contribution when it comes to creating opportunities for others. Rob Duffy is going to love him almost as much as the Stacey West.

 Smith, Nathan Adam.jpg
thanks for the pic wiki
Adam has been typecast as an impact player, indeed most wingers, Carayol and DNG included, can be classed a luxury when you are up against it.  But his work rate is good and offensively he is dynamite on either wing and can have the ground on its feet on his day. His two assists for Aldershot last term saw him run Dagenham (5-2) and Burton (2-0) ragged, but in truth the shots struggled in  October, November and December before sending him back to the Stags.
 *****
Although Adam started 8 of the 9 games he played upon his return to the Stags, netting 2 goals, he rarely finished a game.  An example of his impact potential saw him come on and bag a vital equaliser against Tamworth, a game the Stags would go on to win 2-1. Then in April he scored the opener against a resolute Stockport side as the Stags grabbed two in 8 second half minutes before being sacrificed as they held out for an invaluable 2-1 home win.  He is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack.  At 5′ 11″ he has also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions.
  *****
Adam has also made 4 substitute appearances for the Imps, whilst on loan in 2008.  On his debut he set up our first in a 2-0 win over Rochdale but failed to get the game time in a misfiring side. The loan was not extended and upon his release from the Spireites he went to Gainsborough who then sold him to Martin Foyle at York for an undisclosed fee. Foyle liked his work rate and  Holdsworth thought the same when he signed him for the Stags in 2010/11.  He does get stuck in and despite a 3 match ban for a tough challenge he delivered 6 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances in all competitions for Holdsworth.

 
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pic thanks to wiki
STMI Biopic
Full name Nathan Adam Smith
Date of birth 20 February 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Huddersfield,
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 12st (76.27kg)
Position: Left or Right Wing
Current club Mansfield Town
Number 19
Youth career
?–2001 Chesterfield
Senior stats (lge & cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chesterfield 74 (3)
2008 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 11 (2)
2008–2009 York City (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 York City 29 (2)
2010– Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2012 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)