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31 David Preece (GK)

With ex-Scunthorpe Utd & Imps keeper Jake Turner now at Grimsby Town David Preece is determined to use all of his experiences at Aberdeen FC, Barnsley, Sunderland FC and Darlington to coach Farman and our young goalkeepers to bring out the best of their ability.  Jake Turner is now on the verge of a deal at Grimsby, after going nowhere at Lincoln, it is easy to see how great natural talent can still let opportunities slip through their gloves.

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31 David Preece  1  0  90  4  1  0  0
Name G Tot Ave 8
Preece 1 8 8 8

David has now been back around a fortnight, after an agreed summer sabbatical at Kevlavic, in Iceland, a country he sees as a home from home. Upon his return he has been keen to work on technique as well as passing on the invaluable empirical knowledge and experience he has amassed to ensure the young keepers can avoid the pitfalls that can end your chances so quickly. Paul Farman is also looking sharper than ever under his studious and varied coaching regime.

This is typical of a keeper who spent three seasons biding his time at Barnsley. His philosophy is to always be ready, opportunities to impress can come at any-time just like a tactical change in an otherwise quiet game between the sticks. Nothing illustrates this more than his 6 years at Aberdeen where he made 107 appearances in all competitions, competing with Peter Kjaer and Ryan Essen. David then started his Nordic footballing love affair in Denmark with Silkeborg IF, before crack OB Odense came in. After more bench time he returned to England earning a 1 year deal at Barnsley. The tykes gave him another two-year deal but he made just 8 appearances.

At 36  he still has plenty to offer on the pitch but he is invaluable off it, handy to have if you are juggling a tight budget that requires a coach and playing keeper combined.  He made 8 appearances last season, there when we needed him, a sure-footed understudy that will not let us down. We are lucky to have him for another year.

With him around the chances are we will not allow another Jake Turner to slip through the net.  Jake got a deal last term as Nick Draper was farmed to Sheffield FC –  HERE – but never got a look in. And he is a talent, so much in the Mazza mould if you get the chance to see him play.  Not the tallest but he has everything else and some.

STMI Biopic
Full name David Preece
Date of birth 26 August 1976 (age 36)
Place of birth Sunderland
Height/Weight 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)/12st 2lb (77.1kg)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Contract: 1 year
Current club Lincoln City
Number 13
Youth career
1990–1994 Sunderland
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Sunderland 0 (0)
1997–1999 Darlington 107 (0)
1999–2005 Aberdeen 107 (0)
2005–2008 Silkeborg IF 74 (0)
2008–2009 OB 0 (0)
2009–2012 Barnsley 8 (0)
2012– Lincoln City 8 (0)
2013 Keflavík 1 (0)

Rooney Linked With Lincoln

John Rooney the former Barnsley FC , New York Red Bulls, Orlando City and Macclesfield Town star has been in discussion with Lincoln City with regard to kick-starting his following his surprise release. The former Everton trainee has great technique and determination for a compact midfielder who can play on the right or in the centre.

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After just 17 piecemeal starts and 20 substitute appearances Simmo played John in 8 of the 9 games following Keith’s untimely death in March 2010. For one so young he rose to the challenge of helping to save a club that was staring relegation in the face following the tragic loss of a father figure. Gary offered the lad a new 2 year deal as a reward, but did not stand in the way of a lad who has the ability to play higher.

A solid defensive or right midfielder, it was of no surprise that John elected instead to try his luck in the top flight of US football aka the MLS, with top side New York Red Bulls.  Then just 20 John still managed 5 appearances that season before making another 9 for Orlando before returning to Barnsley. John never got a look in at The Tykes who just managed to avoid relegation last season by finishing 21st to condemn Posh on the final day.

The Imps are not the only side on the 22 year old’s radar.  He is a free agent after being released from Oakwell and will have his agent pitching him at the League 1 & 2 clubs. But it looks as if we will be one of the side who will give him a trial should no one beat us to him.  John is a determined lad who would do well for a season in the BSP. Born in Croxteth, Liverpool, a hard part of the city, no one Simmo may make an exception to the six-foot soldiers rule.

Personal information
Full name John Richard Rooney
Date of birth 17 December 1990 (age 22)
Place of birth Liverpool,
Height/weight 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)11st 9lb (74kg)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–2002 Everton
2002–2008 Macclesfield Town
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Macclesfield Town 46 (4)
2011 New York Red Bulls 5 (0)
2012 Orlando City 9 (2)
2012–2013 Barnsley 0 (0)

Owls Target Sunderland and Leicester Defenders & Rebuff Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday have announced a friendly against Rangers and knocked back a bid from Barnsley for unsettled O’Grady with Flitcroft now turning his attention to Donaldson at Brentford FC, someone the Owls could do with.   Jones is also being linked with Sunderland AFC free agent Kilgallon and St Ledger, who has no future at Leicester City. With 6 out of contract Dave Jones has funds and scope for movement to ensure the Owls start looking up rather than down in 2013/14.

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There is an optimism surrounding Hillsborough after a season of consolidation following promotion reward for saviour Milan and the grateful Owls. STMI will be following them this season, after being made to feel so welcome by both Owls online (Owlstalk) and in the flesh.  They and the cavernous Kop bearing that huge Thanks Milan banner are starting to bounce with 1,000 new season ticket holders already on board. The momentum is growing and, with the weight of expectation akin to that of Atlas, Dave Jones, a master at finding gems, has his work cut out. He has the pedigree to ensure that the Owls are there or thereabouts by addressing some key areas.

Wednesday do need more fire-power up front. The news that Jermaine Johnson will sign an extension will be greeted positively but Gary Madine, Chris McGuire and Chris O’Grady failed to help shoulder the burden largely left to Leroy Lita, as Dave Jones double-six gave way to 4-3-3 /4-5-1. It kept the Owls up, although McGuire got a vital winner at Millwall after the JJ/Lita show in the 3-2 thriller against Blackburn.  Barnsley have had a bid rejected for O’Grady, after his successful loan spell but, manager Flitcroft, will allegedly not follow it up on his self professed ‘”no 1 target” and turn instead to Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson or ex-Blade John Stead.

The Owls do have two fantastic wide-boys to supply whoever comes in with some golden bullets. They will welcome the return of Michail Antonio, injured in the spring, next term, he was sorely missed after a great start, leaving JJ with a huge ask. He duly delivered with aplomb, but he is not getting any younger (32), suggesting  the need for cover as McGuire and Lee are relatively poor replacements out wide. Mind you Buxton’s runs from full-back are a treat to behold.

The Owls midfield was overwhelmed at times last season, with central midfield quantity being a poor substitute for quality.  Semedo is a fans favourite, Lines, Prutton and Coke are tryers, but early season loans at League 1 clubs, suggest the Owls need to invest in at least one midfield general if they are to look up rather than down. Coke (27) has been offered a new deal by Jones this month, but is yet to sign. Rhys McCabe and Paul Cory are still young but would certainly benefit from a seasoned campaigner to help them realise their potential. Cheltenham’s Marlon Pack (22) is on the radar. At first hand he may not be  seen as a landmark signing, but he has the quality and engine to take the step up in his stride.  The compensation fee would also leave plenty to spare for elsewhere.

Right-back and player of the season Lewis Buxton has just agreed a new two year deal, fantastic on the overlap, his delivery ensures a dangerous and consistent end product for the Owls. Jones is being linked with ex-Sunderland free agent Kilgallon and St Ledger who has no future at Leicester City with favourite Miguel Llera rumoured to be leaving Hillsborough (if agents talk is to be believed). The Owls defence was somewhat overworked at times last season and conceded 61 goals. Llera and Gardner put in some brave performances last year,given the step up and hearts in mouths aside. With Garner’s injury record, Taylor, now 33 and, Llera out of contract, a Fox and Black cat capture could be the stitch in time that saves 9.  Left-back Reda Johnson is a fans favourite but Leeds Danny Pugh looked useful during a loan to cover for RJ’s injury. Joe Mattock can play at right or left back but struggled when called on to deputise.

Kirkland was ever-present in his first season and is happy to stay despite rumoured Premiership interest. He will be first choice again, with understudy Stephen Bywater (limited to 4 cup games) offered a new deal whilst the ageing Weaver has been released.  As further back-up, if needed, the Owls have Cameron Dawson who is an England U19 keeper. With a full-complement of keepers it leaves plenty in the kitty for a striker to get the Kop out of there seats. Donaldon could be the answer but Mansfield’s Green has surprisingly missed out during a trial at Birmingham. Now he is a gamble who could pay off better than Adam Le Fondre did for Reading.


Miller Comes Home

Former Barnsley,  Accrington, Hereford United and Lincoln City central defender Kern Miller has signed for Boston United on a one year deal after a successful trial.  Hopefully it will signal an upturn after a couple of unsettling and indeed painful years for the 20-year-old.

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Many felt ex-youth Kern did not get a decent opportunity, making just the one appearance for us in a 2-0 win at Accrington.  He then signed for Barnsley for free after being released by Chris Sutton in the 2011 winter window.  The promising youngster was loaned out to Accy for valuable match experience but broke his jaw after just three appearances, when set upon by a group of unknown assailants in Blackpool.  Hereford took him on loan, never played him yet still offered him a deal… and then never played him. Instead Kern was forced to look around the non-league after signing for three League clubs in the same season.

Gainsborough  gave him a deal until the end of the season but he was not good enough to get passed Boyce and Waterfall and ended up on loan at Worksop. Trinity showed no interest on his return, but Boston have snapped the ex-Imp up after impressing against Sleaford Town & Rainworth Miners Welfare.

STMI Biopic
Full name Kern Miller
Date of birth 2 September 1991 (age 20)
Place of birth Boston
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current club Boston
Number 9
Youth career
2005–2009 Lincoln City
Senior stats (Lge & Cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2011-2012 Barnsley 0 (0)
2011 Accrington (loan) 3 (0)
2012 Hereford (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Hereford 0 (0)
2012 Gainsborough 1 (0)
2012 Worksop ? (?)

Middlesbrough Carayol Bid Could Net Imps £90k

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray looks set to beat Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, Leicester City and  Barnsley to the signature of Mustapha Carayol.

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The deal between Bristol Rovers and Middlesbrough that STMI broke on July 9th looks set to reach a lucrative conclusion with the Imps netting 20% of any profit over the £35,000 we received from Rovers in August 2010. Rovers valuation stands at £500,000 and, although Mowbray will not be held to ransom, Mustapha is a long term target that he covets.  He certainly has the money and plans to add three or four more players as Boro aim to return to the  Premiership this term.  Mowbray has signed Grant Leadbitter, Stuart Parnaby, Jonathan Woodgate, Emmanuel Ledesma and Christian Burgess since the window opened 18 days ago.


We always sensed that he was destined to play higher, like Danny N’Guessan, he was one that will shine in a Championship side with quality players doing the dirty work to feed them.  Although Rovers fans will miss him if and when he does go, at least they too may benefit from a clause that tracks his future progress and success. Because this lad gets people out of their seats and that kind of passion will always be in fashion in the people’s game.


FULL NAME Mustapha Soon Carayol
DATE OF BIRTH 10 June 1989 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Banjul, Gambia
HEIGHT 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
CURRENT CLUB Bristol Rovers
Swindon Town
Macclesfield Town
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Milton Keynes Dons 1 (0)
2007–2008 Crawley Town (loan) 26 (2)
2008–2010 Torquay United 54 (6)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2011 Lincoln City 37 (4)
2011– Bristol Rovers 34 (6)