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Wright Aiming For Glory

He’s quality, Birmingham City farmed Nick out to Bristol City, Northampton Town  and Tamworth before Kidderminster and Mansfield Town came calling. Last season at The Stags was a frustrating one for Nick Wright as Manager Cox signed him in the summer only for Green to get  the nod time and again. After a hamstrung start Nick is raring to go against Salisbury City tomorrow, if he starts – and its a big IF after just half hour –  expect him to fly out of the traps.

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When Wright received his Championship medal last season, there was an element of frustration.  Having started just 5 times with 14 substitute appearances he had played little part in proceedings with just one goal and three assists in 531 minutes on the pitch. The problem Nick has had through most of his career is manager’s assuming that he is a target man because he is so tall, the reason he lost out to Green.

Nick is determined to earn some glory on the pitch this season, but,  just 35 minutes into the Macclesfield game the explosive striker’s hamstring went.  Nick is determined to put that behind him and could well come from the bench with Fairhurst and Tomlinson struggling with Abductor (groin) issues these last three weeks. With the Imps playing the ball on the ground he could go up top Saturday should Thommo not pull through.

IMPSTATZ 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Wright 2 0 196 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0

Mansfield 2012/13 stats 

No Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster 2011/12 stats 

No Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
CLUB
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012– Mansfield Town 17 (1)
NATIONAL TEAM
2008– England C 1 (0)

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10 Nick Wright (Forward)

Birmingham City farmed Nick out to Bristol City, Northampton Town and Tamworth before Kidderminster and Mansfield came calling.  It comes as no surprise that the Stags let him go, because the tall, powerful forward is a much misunderstood lad.  Oh he can score goals aright as his hat-trick on Wednesday proves, but forget his huge height, because his goals nearly always come from on the floor.  Therein lies the problem, the obvious physical attributes get in the way of his pace and deadly shooting from width and distance.

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 KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 
No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
10 Wright 6 7 576 1 4 6 0 13 4 0 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Wright 14 100 7.1 7 7 8 8 8 7 8 6 7 7

Mansfield’s Cox signed the 25 year old last season, but there was no way he was going to get in front of Green, who was the most complete centre-forward last year, and the rest of their forward line.  At least they did not try to change him as Birmingham, Bristol City and the Cobblers tried to do. Tamworth and Kidderminster went with his natural flow and reaped the rewards as Nick bagged double digits in the season’s he was with them. If the Imps do the same and we fans do not get on his back, the off days will be outnumbered by the hot streaks and he will get at least 15-20 and contribute to as many more this season.

He really is unplayable when he is on fire, pouncing from either flank or feeding off a target man in a supporting striker role. Although he failed to break into the first team squad at Birmingham, they saw he had something, so Nick saw loan deals with the Lambs, Northampton Town, Ashford and Bristol City.   He signed for the Lambs upon his release from Birmingham in 2007 and bagged 13 and 10 respectively in his first two seasons. He was a massive part of the promotion side that made it back into the BSP in 2008/9 delivering as many assists as goals.

The first season back was a steep learning curve  with Gary Mills leaving him out of the Tamworth side before transfer listing him at the end of the 2009-10 season. Local rivals Kidderminster stepped in and he bagged 8 in 2010/11 and 15 in 2011/12, despite  half his appearances coming from the bench. It was of some surprise to Lambs that Cox was allowed to take him to Mansfield at the beginning of last season. Again he was used as an impact player with 1 goal in 5 starts and just 531 minutes to impress, with 9 short cameos from the bench. If Simmo can work his magic with this lad we will see goals,goals, goals and £s£s£s when he finally  delivers on the undoubted talent he has.

Mansfield 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster 2011/12 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
CLUB
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012– Mansfield Town 17 (1)
NATIONAL TEAM
2008– England C 1 (0)

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Hutchison To Hatters

Former Birmingham City and Lincoln youth prodigy, Graham Hutchison, is currently on trial at Luton Town.  As a 15-year-old Hutch hogged the headlines after the Blues parted with a substantial but undisclosed fee in 2010, pipping Fulham who had also trialled him.

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Graham played for the Hatters in the 4-0 win over Hitchin last night as well as the Beds Premier Cup Final win over Biggleswade on Monday night. John Still looks set to offer him a deal, with midfielder Aman Verma and Striker Dominic St Louis also hoping for something. With Graham released on a free we will not see any sell-on fee although we did get a chance to see him play 7 games on youth loan last season. Birmingham released him on 30th June along with another centre back Frazer Kerr.

Still only 20 he has a bit to learn, but you feel the hurly burly of the Conference will take some adapting to. Strength and pace apart, the Hatters are getting a great player who has the attributes to make it much higher up the pyramid.

Graham played in a Lincoln side that exposed him for all the wrong reasons; in truth the back four was getting routed 2 on 1 down the flanks, as well as little cover from the centre of midfield at the time. That said, his composure, positioning and tackling showed a sense of timing that suggested he would do well with a veteran or two to ‘wise him up’ to some of the tricks of the trade. He will get that at Luton and Still is certainly putting together a side that can more than help him on his way.

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Graham Hutchison
DATE OF BIRTH 17 January 1993 (age 20)
PLACE OF BIRTH Bellshill (Scotland)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12st 4lb  (78KG)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
YOUTH CAREER
2011-2012 Lincoln
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2010-2013 Birmingham 0 (0)
2012 Lincoln loan 7 (0)
 Hutch was a Scotland schoolboy and also capped at U19

 

Get Your Coat Mr Holdsworth – Simmo & Grant Please

From hero at Watford, Sheffield United and Birmingham City to double zero at Mansfield Town and now Lincoln with more signings than a Harry Potter book launch complete with JK Rowley and associated adland posse! Do ex-players make good managers, the late John Reames did not think so.

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It is safe to say David Holdworth career and record has peaked. If he were a batsmen he would still put Alistair Cooke in his place – surely he is approaching the 120’s for just the one wicket (Mansfield Town) in the last two and a half years? We stopped counting here. In the interest of fairness let us start with the playing career highs and lows and end with the management slide.

 

The player

CLUB FROM TO FEE LEAGUE FA CUP LGE CUP OTHER
APS G APS G APS G APS G
Gretna 14 Jul, 03 31 May, 05 Free 31 (1) 0 3 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 2 (0) 0
Scarborough 01 Nov, 02 14 Jul, 03 Signed 16 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Bolton 31 Aug, 02 01 Nov, 02 Free 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Walsall 18 Jan, 02 22 Apr, 02 Loan 9 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Birmingham 23 Mar, 99 31 Aug, 02 £1,250,000 77 (7) 7 1 (0) 0 10 (0) 1 8 (1) 0
Sheff Utd 08 Oct, 96 23 Mar, 99 £450,000 95 (0) 4 13 (0) 3 7 (0) 0 5 (0) 0
Watford 08 Nov, 86 08 Oct, 96 Apprentice 249 (9) 10 14 (1) 1 20 (0) 2 8 (2) 0
Totals £1,700,000 477 (17) 23 35 (1) 5 40 (0) 3 23 (3) 0

 

The Manager

CLUB FROM TO MANAGED WON DRAWN LOST
Lincoln 24 Oct, 2011 Present 71 21 19 31
Mansfield 29 Dec, 2008 18 Nov, 2010 91 37 20 34

Mr Holdsworth also managed Ilkeston, ex haunt of the great Keith Alexander between 1996 & 2,000. He was replaced by Mariners duo Paul Hurst and Rob Scott. This did see his best record. He managed 31, won 18, drawn 8, lost 5, for 48, against 29).

In reality Awful, with the addition of the word downward sums it up. But then so is the standard of the League we find ourself in. It’s the Conference when you strip away the façade. Has-beens meet up-and-comers, be that clubs or players. The standard of football is substantially below that of League football yet the pricing is anything but. So for fans to turn up you need to either put in the cash, sell them the loyalty close, or start counting up the assets and liabilities and put up with the dwindling moans along the way.

 

Gary Simpson and Grant Brown would put the pride back into Lincoln City whether Mr Holdsworth beats Barrow and Mansfield Town or not.  We need football men with mud in their boots and an eye for talent on the one hand. But we also need to restore the faith and pride of the fans who would be patient, knowing we have blokes who understand what Imp means.

Lincoln is better than that. How come the club is the only thing that has not moved forward in the City in the last decade? We have hit rock bottom, get someone in at a football level that can kick things into shape, as opposed to kicking the can down the road. Someone who can get the players to sell on if need be, but above all to sell some season tickets next season and beyond.

Gary Simpson and Grant Brown might just do that. And they like us would be doing it for the love of it as much as the money. That should be the mantra at the heart of a community club surely?

 

 

 

Imps Lose £60,000

Lincoln City have been forced to cancel a second lucrative friendly according to a tersely worded statement from the Board today (HERE).  Due to the incredibly short notice surely Holdsworth’s  connections make Sheffield United the favourite although ties have also been renewed with Birmingham City. Although the Imps have chosen to remain tight-lipped on a name this cancellation, on top of the Leicester no-game on Saturday, will cost the club £60,000 the Imps board estimates.

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David Holdsworth has been keen to open links with his former clubs with Birmingham already lending us Graham Hutchison on a season long youth loan. Sheffield United meanwhile are local and  the steel city is pretty much Holdsworth’s scouting home ground. The Imps and Blades also have a big history on and off the pitch.

David Holdsworth is also having to build his own budget, pretty much as he goes along.   The war chest certainly will have been boosted by the sell-on clauses for Loach and Carayol and,  the departure of Gowling will give him a little more scope. However when the club are dependant on the fans player scheme and a long overdue and pretty elusive cup run, we know things are near the edge. STMI have been suggesting this since we came into existence.

The Imps will certainly miss this kind of money, given the club anticipate a loss for the coming financial year.  The statement also mentioned that the mystery new investors were due to come to the game.  Although this unfortunate incident does not seem to have put them off, clearly we are at a far more advanced stage than STMI were lead to believe on Thursday when the Directors forum suggested a potential meeting may take place in the next couple of weeks.

Clearly the events of the weekend have set a precedent that now looks likely to preclude any further high profile friendlies for the club in the foreseeable future.  These have always been a lucrative income stream, although with season ticket sales down by around a third on the football League days and those pre-season solidarity payments now gone,  they are becoming somewhat vital to the clubs early season cash-flow.

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Imps Sign Birmingham & Scunthorpe Youth Talents

Birmingham City centre back Graham Hutchison and Scunthorpe youth keeper Jake Turner have both signed deals with the Imps today.  Hutch, who was actually sold to Birmingham, will stay until January 2nd 2013 and will be eligible to play in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.  Jake has signed a one year deal following the loan of Nick Draper to Sheffield FC.

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The Blues signed the 19 year-old Scottish youth international in April 2010 for an undisclosed up-front fee plus appearance odd-ons.  For once we got a huge of luck as we had been with us a few months after Nottingham Forest had let him slip through their net.  Since then Graham has become a regular in the Blues reserves side earning his first pro contract last year. He is quick, strong, and has great distribution

 

Jake graduated from the Iron’s youth set-up and was seen as one for the future by Alan Knill who offered him his first pro-deal last May. Jake was loaned to Brigg Town last August to get some invaluable match experience but, upon his return, he found first-team opportunities to be non existent. It was somewhat frustrating being third in the pecking order behind Josh Lillis and Sam Slocombe as he failed to break through.

Jake was released in January 2012 and spent the remainder of the season with Winterton Rangers before Linking up with the Imps.

Jake Turner
Player name: Jake Turner
Date of birth: 19 Jan 1993
Nationality: English
Position: Goal Keeper
Height: 1.85m