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Ins & Outs -P1 Alfreton, Aldershot, Barnet & Braintree

STMI present the transfer  Ins & outs for Alfreton Town, Aldershot, Barnet FC and Braintree Town up to July 5th 2013. With Lincoln City on the verge of what looks to be an exciting season how have our competitors  lost or gained since last a ball was kicked.  Our pre-season guide to each side is also on the verge of completion, as ever if we have missed any confirmed deals please ping us a comment.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE

To cut to the chase then

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Alfreton (now part-time)

IN Player From Pos Fee
29th May Bradley Wood Grimsby Def Free
13th June Kristian Dickinson Sutton Coldfield For Free
15th June Michael Wyle Tamworth Def Free
1st July Tom Shaw Cambridge Utd Mid Free
5th July Chris Westwood Wrexham Def Free
Loans
1st July Ross Atkins Derby Co Keeper N/A
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st May Phil Barnes Gainsborough Keeper Free
1st May Anton Brown Harrogate Def Free
1st May Leigh Franks Harrogate Def/Mid Free
1st May Ashley Worsfold Harrogate Def Free
1st May Theo Streete Nuneaton Def/Mid Free
1st May Gavin Holohan Free Agent Mid Free

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Aldershot

The admin / CVA has precluded any signings and we thought it unfair to name the 13 made redundant unless a transfer to another club has gone through. Good luck to Shots fans, the players and their families at this difficult time.

IN Player From Pos Fee
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
18th June Danny Hylton Rotherham For
21st June Troy Brown Cheltenham Def
21st June Ross Wormer Wimbledon Keeper
29th June Doug Bergqvist Exeter Def
Released
16th May 13 made redundant

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Barnet FC

The Bees have that £250,000 parachute to soften the blow and will benefit from an Academy that has cost a fortune. On a par with the Crewe vision it should serve them well.

Barnet
IN Player From Pos Fee
26th June Tony Acheampong Welling Def Undis
26th June K Marsh-Brown Yeovil Mid Free
Loan
OUT Player To Pos Fee
13th May Oliver Lee Birmingham Mid Free
13th May Liam O’Brien No club Keeper Free
13th May Chiro N’Toko FC Eindhoven Def Free
13th May John Oster No Club Mid Free
22nd May Michael Kuipers No club Keeper Free
22nd May Barry Fuller Wimbledon Def Free
22nd May Clovis Kambdjo No club Mid Free
22nd May Craig Beattie No club For Free
22nd May Ishmail Kamara No club For Free
21st June Ricky Holmes Portsmouth For Free

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Braintree.

Alan Devonshire always starts slow, however the proximity to the smoke and his contacts will serve the Essex Boys well again this season.

Braintree
IN Player From Pos Fee
14th May Chez Izaac Borehamwood Mid Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
Released

All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE

Halifax Sign Smith

FC Halifax has signed ex-Imp, Chesterfield FC, Mansfield Town and York City winger Adam Smith along with ex-Kidderminster Harriers midfield general Keith Briggs on one year deals today.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Adam underperformed at Lincoln big time, 2 goals and 4 assists apart, but he has the ability and, at 27 still has time to prove it.  He is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack. He does have the ability to win games on his own, something we rarely saw it at Sincil Bank. He was used more away from home after bearing the brunt of fans disapointment. At 5′ 11″ he can also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions.

Good luck Adam, except of course against us lol.
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Adam Smith 23 11 1964 2 44 4 18 17 4 1
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 FC Halifax
Sq No/Tenure TBA /1 Year
YOUTH CAREER
1999–2001 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)
2010–2012 Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011-2012 Aldershot Town (loan x 2) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 34 (2)

Will Hatters Get BSP Reprieve As Aldershot Overshoot CVA

Stockport County could get a Conference reprieve after Aldershot FCs Administrator admitted they will miss the BSP June 1st deadline for solvency compliance. Aldershot also had to reform in 1992 and make their way back up the pyramid.

The Conference drive a hard bargain when it comes to insolvency and will insist on demotion.  Although the Aldershot supporters Trust (let us hope they have more about them than our lot) are still attempting to rescue the club things are certainly looking pretty dire. The players have now not been paid since April and the Administrators have gone awfully quiet on mystery new investors. The fact that players have been made redundant is farcical given they will have to be replaced by people in the same positions should the Shots raise a squad for next season.

This would be fantastic news for Stockport County, who have had a terrible run of luck of late.  A club with such fantastic support could do with a bonus after two relegations. They have also lost some great players, some of whom will be playing for the Imps next season.

Smith Becomes A Free Agent

Lincoln can thankfully join Aldershot, Mansfield, York City, Chesterfield and Gainsborough Trinity, on the list of a growing number of clubs fortunate enough to get Adam Smith off the wage bill. The Latin phrase ‘caveat emptor’ – colloquially known as ‘buyer beware’ comes to mind with a player who will frustrate more than Captain Hook at a volleyball tournament. If he had a feather for every time he went missing in action last season he would surely be the first winger to actually fly!

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It is not as if he does not have the ability. The Stags certainly bought into and wore that T shirt before throwing it out. Well Holdsworth did and will doubtless sign him again some time soon.  Adam can, although rarely dare he, have the ground on its feet, toying with opponents. He can undo the foe with a cameo twinkle toe that will stop the show.  Assists for Aldershot  in season 2011/12 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.

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.
Adam underperformed at Lincoln big time, 2 goals and 4 assists apart. Allegedly he is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack.  But in reality he is a passenger in games – opportunities that he could win on his own. At 5′ 11″ he can also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions. For every fan that says he deserves to be on the stage, another ten will say ‘what the first one out of town?’
Sorry to slate you for your time at the Imps Adam and the best of luck in the future.
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Adam Smith 23 11 1964 2 44 4 18 17 4 1
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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)
2010–2012 Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011-2012 Aldershot Town (loan x 2) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 34 (2)

Taylor Joins Ambitious Sutton United

Former Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham & Redbridge and Lincoln City goal machine, Jamie Taylor, will ply his trade for ambitious Sutton United next season as the The U’s look for promotion from the Conference South.  This is a massive statement of intent from Chairman Bruce Elliott and manager Paul Doswell as  JT has the pedigree – scoring for fun to get Eastbourne and Grays promoted.

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The U’s unveiled two signings last night, two strikers and two Jamies, in Messers Slabber and Taylor. JT will be given the number 10 shirt for next season.  They join one of football’s tallest and most unique mascots in Jenny The Giraffe.  This is a good move for JT who has a big goal pedigree at this level with a decent midfield including ex-Imp Ali Fuseini and former Charlton and England C Sam Rents in the engine room supplying the bullets.

Jamie, one of the highest paid Lincoln City players last term, will join an ambitious club who finished 6th in the BSS last season. He is unlikely to have to take a pay-cut either, even if he has needed to turn his hand to painting and decorating, as a fill in. The U’s were Isthmian League Champions in 2010-11, but have ambitious plans to be in the BSP after 7 wins took them to within two points of Chelmsford City.

JT is a modern predator, an infectious player who likes to get into the action in and out of the penalty box. Not the tallest, perhaps the very personification of an Imp, when he gets the ball there is a sense of expectation and an immediate increase in the teams threat and momentum.  He bagged a goal every 230 minutes plus 7 credited assistance, as well as untold nuisance value that also earned him 6 yellow cards. He gave us the lead in the Cup game against Walsall, but his braces against Telford and Stockport were inspirational in securing 4 vital points for the club at pivotal stages of the season.

Thanks Jamie and good luck.

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Jamie Taylor’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 7 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Striker L & C 37 7 15 7 82 39 50 3458 6 0
Jamie Taylor’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 7 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Striker BSP 10 14 3 1 35 8 12 1114 0 0
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jamie Taylor
DATE OF BIRTH 16 December 1982 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Crawley,
HEIGHT 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
WEIGHT 12st 6lb (76.99kg)
POSITION: STRIKER
CURRENT CLUB Sutton United
NUMBER 10
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
? –2001 Broadbridge Heath n/a (?)
2001–2002 Horsham n/a (?)
2002–2004 Aldershot Town 32 (5)
2003 Horsham (loan) n/a (?)
2003 Carshalton Athletic (loan) 7 (1)
2004 AFC Wimbledon 25 (10)
2004–2006 Horsham 6 (11)
2006–2007 Woking 11 (1)
2007–2008 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 (2)
2008 Grays Athletic (loan) 16 (9)
2008–2009 Grays Athletic 18 (3)
2009–2011 Eastbourne Borough 90 (28)
2011–2013 Lincoln City 68 (19)

The Managerial Connundrum

Whether you are Cox at Mansfield, Still at Luton, Foyle at Hereford United or the recently relegated at Aldershot and Barnet the managers lot is the same. Few managers can say they have the perfect budget, fewer still can command every penny of the yearly award.  The transfer season is a double edged sword. Players on contracts are a burden that eat into what you need, but those with the freedom to leave alter the balance of the squad and change the emphasis. Having spoken to a few managers over the last few years, the squad you want and the squad you get takes compromise and irons in fires left right and centre.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

All managers know where they are financially, they have to, but Keith Alexander knew the weekly and monthly budget to the penny and never overspent. He knew in his head how much had already been chewed up and where the scope could come from to free up some, without any need to bother the chairman at any of the clubs he was at.  But then the great KA was a unique man, the like of which the people’s game will never see again.

Most would love a clean slate or the budget that top hatter Still enjoys, but he has a mess to sort and the heavy expectation of 6000 regulars. Cox also has to separate sentimentality from reality if the Stags stampede is to continue. Simmo, practically potless in comparison has a clean slate, Boyce (hopefully) and Robinson apart, so perhaps one legacy of Holdsworth, the 44 week contract, has worked in his favour.  Then again, has it, given Oliver,  Farman and Miller could walk? Power could, but won’t as he is settled in Lincoln and blossoming, starting to show some of the ability many know he has. Confidence is a wonderful thing, with more of it the late Richard Butcher would have achieved higher than Oldham that is for sure.

Once the manager has slotted in the pieces of the jigsaw, he will then know how much he has to play with. This will also have a huge influence on who he decides to keep, as he takes a look both collectively and individually.  The fans may moan about the retained and released lists, but all managers have to marry up what they have and what they can get.  Can he get better for the money for instance, as a Joe Average might be a handy Jack of all trades even if he is a master of none?

This is how players can suddenly seem to be frozen out as the ‘moving on’ process goes on behind the scenes.  There are some brilliant antics employed by managers, including club procedure and engineered personality, formation and even sympathy issues, not to mention incredible psychological ploys – all in the club’s best interest of course. For legal reasons one cannot divulge on many ‘manager blags’ although Chris Sutton had Richard Butcher and, the now Hereford captain Sam Clucas endlessly running around a field. Character building stuff eh?  It works the other way too of course, with players becoming sick-notes who are so ill that even the magic cold sponge cannot help (some miss-sprayed Ralgex to a thigh industry has also worked temporary wonders).  When it comes to pulling the sickie the hamstring is the undoubted and almost undetectable favourite.  Nothing that a good sprint coach cannot sort of course.

Simmo does not have the best of budgets, bottom third in the BSP is the long and short of it, although he has the power of persuasion and a good knowledge of the lower Leagues and France. On the face of it £400,000 equates to £384 per week. In reality it gives scope for a much greater spread.  Some sign for as little as £250 a week at our level with non contract players getting just appearance fees, expenses board and keep. Now you can see why Keith was such a genius, because £150 an appearance for 6 weeks will allow for a loan deal, before you offer the lad the security of a contract for half a season. Garry learned from the best it has to be said.

Loans are also a great liberator for those on a shoestring. Chris Sutton got several freebies (board and keep apart), although the norm is anything up to 50% of the weekly wage. This is paid monthly on invoice, with the added benefit of the player rarely getting bonuses.  Many parent clubs will insist the player is in the starting line-up to get the much needed experience a loan is designed for.  Pulling a player back, is something the Imps have fallen foul of in the past.  There will be many battling midfielders and strikers out there this summer who are running down the last year of their contract on a thousand a week. A four to five hundred a week offer until January will appeal to a manager and his pocket calculator more than any old blarney about trying before buying.

Goodbye Jamie Taylor.

Jamie Taylor is a goal machine, plying his trade at Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham & Redbridge Grays and Eastbourne. Alas, his time at Impdom has come to an end due to a family decision to return to the south. Thanks Jamie, you repaid our faith in full, Save The Mighty Imps will always remember your mercurial style and vital goals in a struggling side.

Jamie is a modern predator, an infectious player who likes to get into the action in and out of the penalty box. Not the tallest, perhaps the very personification of an Imp, when he gets the ball there is a sense of expectation and an immediate increase in the teams threat and momentum.  He bagged a goal every 230 minutes plus 7 credited assistance, as well as untold nuisance value that also earned him 6 yellow cards. He gave us the lead in the Cup game against Walsall, but his braces against Telford and Stockport were inspirational in securing 4 vital points for the club at pivotal stages of the season.

Thanks Jamie and good luck. Will you return to Eastbourne where you bagged 28 goals in a glorious couple of seasons or will ambitious Sutton woo you?

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Jamie Taylor’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 7 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Striker L & C 37 7 15 7 82 39 50 3458 6 0
Jamie Taylor’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 7 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Striker BSP 10 14 3 1 35 8 12 1114 0 0
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jamie Taylor
DATE OF BIRTH 16 December 1982 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Crawley,
HEIGHT 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
WEIGHT 12st 6lb (76.99kg)
POSITION: STRIKER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 7
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
? –2001 Broadbridge Heath n/a (?)
2001–2002 Horsham n/a (?)
2002–2004 Aldershot Town 32 (5)
2003 Horsham (loan) n/a (?)
2003 Carshalton Athletic (loan) 7 (1)
2004 AFC Wimbledon 25 (10)
2004–2006 Horsham 6 (11)
2006–2007 Woking 11 (1)
2007–2008 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 (2)
2008 Grays Athletic (loan) 16 (9)
2008–2009 Grays Athletic 18 (3)
2009–2011 Eastbourne Borough 90 (28)
2011– Lincoln City 68 (19)