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Imps Move for Birmingham Midfielder shipping Ledsham to Telford.

Versatile Birmingham City midfielder Charlee Adams has returned to Lincoln on loan until January 1st 2015. He looks set to feature against Eastleigh with AFC Telford taking Karl Ledsham to balance the books.  Charlee gets the number  20 squad shirt.

Adams made his Blues first team début as a substitute at the St Andrews spiritual Blues home in the FA Cup Third Round win over Bristol Rovers last season. He then joined the Imps until the end of the seaon along with keeper Townsend who is currently warming the bench at Sincil Bank after featuring up until the FA Cup exit. Adams, a veritable wealth of nations  in Lincoln midfield terms, played 14 games during the spring of 2014 and became a cult hero with the faithful, filling in as a central defensive midfielder (CDM). Charlee can also play on the flank and in the middle in both the CDM and CAM positions.

Twenty’s plenty then for number 20 Adams who will be just 20 in January, but he has been unable to break into a struggling Blues side  racked by poor form and finances that almost make our lot look generous.  He is a confident lad solid, good distribution and positional sense who will act as a shield to a central defensive pairing that lacks pace. Birmingham do have an option to bring him back after the initial 28 day emergency youth loan expiry, however the chances are he could be ours until the end of the season.

Adams signed a one year deal last May with a further years option suggesting a loan will be as good as we get, unless Moyses wants to part with money during the winter window or in the summer. Charlee may not be the only new face at the Imps according to the grapevine, with rumours of a centre-back on the horizon too. This may have something to do with ends to the loan spells of both Audel and Sam-Yorke in January.  Indeed the summer will see a clean deck for the manager unless he wants to tie a few to contracts over the coming months.

STMI Biopic
Full name Charlee Shaun Adams
Date of birth 16 February 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Redbridge
Height/Weight 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) /12st 2lb (77.1kg)
Playing position Midfield R/L/C CDM/CAM
Current team
Birmingham City (Lincoln loan)
Number 20
Youth career
2009–2011 West Ham United
2011–2013 Birmingham City
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Birmingham City 1 (0)
2014 Lincoln City (loan) 14 (0)
2014– Lincoln City (loan) 0 (0)

Legend Holdsworth Returns To Management

Former Sheffield United, Watford FC and Birmingham City legend & Lincoln City and Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth and Curtis Woodhouse have been appointed as the new management team at Goole Town as new chairman Baron Bloom heralds a bright and brave new dawn.

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Holdsworth played 115 games for Sheffield United, 300 for Watford and 112 for Birmingham City  in a distinguished career before moving into management with Ilkeston, Mansfield Town and latterly Lincoln City.  He has a wealth of contacts and has a track record for wheeling and dealing with a very high turnover of staff.  It will be interesting to see what Mr Holdsworth will do with some money behind him and he looks to be an exciting gamble  for property investor Bloom.

According to a press release from the club, Mr Bloom has been looking to become involved in a football club for some time and after investigating a number of options, has decided that Goole AFC offers the best opportunity to fulfil his ambitions.

He said of the appointment of Holdsworth and Woodhouse, “We are delighted to have appointed such a heavyweight team and feel this is a real coup for the Club”.

David  ‘Reg’ Holdsworth said ” I’m delighted to help Baron on his new project. After listening to his enthusiasm and desire, I hope together we can help lay some good foundations. This is a huge task and will take time, however we feel things can improve and start to change the fortunes of the club.”

Baron is determined to move the club forward both on and off the pitch and has some great ideas to improve our crowds as well as making greater use of our resources. Mr Bloom said of the venture

“I am very excited at the possibilities that this creates and I look forward to success, both on and off the field.  “For some time I have wanted to become involved in a non-league club and see how far we can move it forward. My role, which will be completely unpaid, will be to assist in improving the club’s revenue. All of this revenue will be applied to improve the club infrastructure and facilities as well as the on-field success. I am delighted to be involved with such a wonderful club, and together with the new board, I know we will take the club into many new arenas. We will be looking to work with the staff, the players and the fans and together we can take Goole AFC to ambitious new horizons. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all”.


Preview: Lincoln V Tamworth – Sincil Bank Battle Looms

The Lambs raided Nottingham Forest, Oxford Utd, Gillingham FC, Fulham FC, Crawley Town, Birmingham City, Bury,  Barrow, AFC Telford and Accrington Stanley over the summer in an ambitious ploy this term.  The huge Peniket (released by Fulham) and Lateef Alliyu from Crawley Town will be a handful up front armed by a very quick and capable midfield quartet but the six-foot soldiers will win this you feel with Wright, Tomlinson and Fairhurst all with points to prove.

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For a side with what has traditionally been regarded as a bottom third budget, manager Dave Belford and his chairman have certainly pushed the boat out and will surprise a few this season, not unlike Simmo’s Imps.  Peniket and centre-midfielder Baker have hit the ground running with three goals apiece, but the side has understandably taken time to gel. The 1-0 defeat of Macc who had gone 3 without defeat suggests they are beginning to click with lightning rod Alliyu getting the winner as well as a booking.

The defence has enjoyed a complete rebuild, but in truth a tough spine runs down this team with 23 bookings and two reds on the board already.  This one will be an incident filled battle with a few goals one feels, with the Imps and the Lambs far from shrinking violets.  Peniket is huge and skilful, he will provide a very tough test for Boyce and Brown will be at full stretch to contain Alliyu. Miller and Newton (on 4 yellows now) will also have to deal with Wright and Todd, with Evans on the overlap too. The central midfield partnership has yielded 3 goals from Baker and a couple of assist from Kerry

1 Cambridge United 13 9 4 0 22 6 +16 31
2 Grimsby Town 13 7 3 3 20 13 +7 24
3 Braintree Town 13 7 3 3 18 11 +7 24
4 Nuneaton Town 13 7 3 3 19 16 +3 24
5 Luton Town 13 6 5 2 19 9 +10 23
6 Kidderminster Harriers 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
7 Salisbury City 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
8 Alfreton Town 13 7 1 5 23 21 +2 22
9 Lincoln City 13 6 3 4 16 11 +5 21
17 Tamworth 13 4 3 6 13 19 -6 15


Manager Dale Belford
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 19th in BSP
STMI Forecast Play-off fringes
Average Gate 968 (2012/13993)
Away following 61 (2012/1388)

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The potential Lambs team 

Dale Belford 4-4-2

1 Belford

2 Evans 6 Richards-Everton 15 Courtney 19 Capaldi

27 Wright 8 Baker 7 Kerry 20 Todd

17 Peniket 26 Alliyu


The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Baker 3 Kerry 2
Peniket 3 Alliyu 2
Alliyu 1 Thomas 1
Thomas 1 Evans 1
Todd 1    
Jones 1    
Wright 1    
Byfield 1  
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Richards-Ev 5 Richards-Ev 1
Evans 4 Courtney 1
Thomas 3    
Belford 2    
Kerry 2    
Rose 1    
Courtney 1    
Baker 1    
Todd 1    
Peniket 1    
Wright 1    
Alliyu 1

Form Comparison 

G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 6 5 0 1 9 2 7 15 5
Tamworth (A) 6 2 1 3 6 10 -4 7 8
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 12
Tamworth (H) 7 2 2 3 7 9 -2 8 18
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 8 6 2 7 10
Tamworth 5 2 0 3 4 8 -4 6 14
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 13 6 3 4 16 11 5 21 9
Tamworth 13 4 3 6 13 19 -6 15 17

The Summer Plans

Despite losing top scorer Cunnington, as well as Tate, to Cambridge and Marcus Kelly going to Forest Green the side is so much stronger this year.  He brings his goalkeeping son in from Bury as a playing assistant and has assembled an admirable back four on paper.  In comes Jack Evans from Gillingham,  Matt Regan from Forest, imperious Jordan Rose from Telford and Tom Eckerslie from Accrington.

Richie Baker, from Barrow, is the only addition in midfield although the trio in his preferred 4-3-3, the loss of Kelly apart, were none too shabby anyway.  Up front the improvement will take some stopping. Peniket from Fulham will plunder this division, Justin Richards certainly still has it in him and Ebanks from Birmingham is top draw.  Let us not forget existing hit-man Darren Byfield who most Conference clubs would love to have in their team.

Belford finished 19th last season,  after replacing Marcus Law who was relieved of his duties in January.   The mission was accomplished last season to halt that alarming slide, but one gets the feeling the Lambs will be well into the top half and perhaps even pushing for the play-offs this time round.

IN Player From Pos Fee
18th July Richard Peniket Fulham For Free
1st July Jack Evans Gillingham Def Free
25th June Cameron Belford Bury Keeper Free
24th June Jordan Rose AFC Telford Def Free
21st June Tom Eckerslie Accrington Def Free
20th June Justin Richards Oxford Utd For Free
24th May Richie Baker Barrow Mid Free
23rd May Matt Regan Nottm Forest Def Free
17th May Deqwon Ebanks Birmingham C For Free
OUT Player To Pos Fee
9th May Adam Cunnington Cambridge Utd For undis
9th May Richard Tate Cambridge Utd Def undis
14th June Michael Wylde Alfreton Mid Free
17th July Marcus Kelly Forest Green Mid Free


The Lambs Squad 2013/14


1 Cameron Belford, 23 James Wren, 31 Dale Belford,


2 Jack Evans, 3 Connor Gudger, 4 Tom Eckersley, 5 Jordan Rose, 6 Ben Richards-Everton, 14 Matty Regan, 15 Duane Courtney,


7 Lloyd Kerry, 8 Richie Baker, 11 Jake Jones, 18 Kaiyne Woolery, 24 Scott James, 30 Scott Lindsey,


9 Justin Richards, 10 Darren Byfield, 16 Stuart Hendrie, 17 Peniket, 22 Deqwon Ebanks, 26 Alliyu

Sutton, Tilson & Holdsworth Compared

Fans of Southend United, Sheffield United, Norwich City, Mansfield Town, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham and Celtic will give mixed views on the playing and managerial abilities of  Chris Sutton, Steve Tilson and David Holdsworth.  Oh contraire, with despair in the air let’s compare while we Imps still have a little time to spare.

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Chairman Bob Dorrian has so far hired three managers. His first two, Steve Tilson and Chris Sutton saw bold two and a half year deals, however David Holdsworth was a different matter.  Last season he did not have a written deal, given instead a remit to keep us up. His new deal, signed this summer, runs until the end of the season.


Comparisons between the three are harsh, given the differing mandates and funds available. However football is a results led business and David Holdsworth appears to be holding up the rear in terms of wins and success rate. Despite the despondency we have scored more and conceded less, although the BSP and League 2 are very different beasts.

Manager G W D L F A Win %
Steve Tilson 15/10/2010 10/10/2011 37 11 7 19 44 72 29.73%
Chris Sutton 28/09/2009 28/09/2010 51 14 14 23 44 71 28.00%
David Holdsworth 31/10/2011 10/09/2012 41 11 11 14 54 59 26.82%

Transfer Policy

In terms of  players signed Mr Holdsworth leads the way with 45 deals. His closest rival Chris Sutton managed 30 (Facey, Watts & Anderson have been counted twice), although most were loans, suggesting he could not have cost us quite as much as the club made out. Sutton and Pearce called in favours from Martin O’Neill,  Roy Hodgeson, Pulis and Grayson.  Indeed many cost us only the accommodation, including life saver Somma from Leeds.

Manager Permanent deals Loan Signings
David Holdsworth 36 9
Chris Sutton 12 18
Steve Tilson 15 8

David Holdsworth

David Holdsworth’s signings took an entire article recently, for full details add Fofana and click here. All told if we include Mansfield he is now 103 for just the one wicket.  There is a wheat-from-chaff nature to the non-league, with quantity over quality symptomatic to working with smaller budgets.  We all have our opinions on the hits and misses, as to whether the finances will allow us the time to tell is anyone’s guess.

Chris Sutton

Chris was also forced to work with little money, although it was more than Tilson and of course Holdsworth.  The FA Cup run money was also not as forthcoming as he had expected.  Ahead of their first transfer window, the comment from the supporter director that the Barnsley League Cup gate had been lower than expected, must have gone down as well with the management as the 3104 Imps that travelled to Bolton.

Chris Sutton’s Permanent deals

Bit of a mixed bag here. Anyon was a superb capture, although Carayol did more for us in the bank than at the Bank. But the purpose of the exercise is to put the data in front of Imps and let you decide.

Clark Keltie Darlo Free 15-Jan-10
James Reid Nottm Forest Free 11-Mar-10
Mustapha Carayol Torquay Undisc 20-May-10
Drewe Broughton Rotherham Free 02-Jun-10
Gavin McCallum Hereford Undisc 21-Jun-10
Jamie Clapham Notts Co Free 07-Jul-10
Josh O’Keefe Walsall Free 15-Jul-10
Albert Jarrett Barnet Free 15-Jul-10
Joe Anyon Port Vale Free 15-Jul-10
Adam Watts Fulham Undisc 15-Jul-10
Joe Anderson Fulham Undisc 15-Jul-10
Delroy Facey Notts Co free 16-Jul-10

Chris Sutton’s Loans

Somma kept us up, Torres was superb when fit, but of the Fulham loans you have to feel we got the wrong ones on a permanent basis.  Many have moved on to better things although Ben Huchison is at Mansfield, swimming against the stream somewhat.

Michael Uwezu Fulham  
David Stephenson Norwich Plays in SPL for Hibs
Brian Gilmour Rangers Stenhousemuir
Michael Gordon MK Dons  
Eric Lichaj Aston Villa Aston Villa
Drewe Broughton Rotherham Darlo
Sergio Torres Posh Crawley
Anthony Pulis Stoke Aldershot
Delroy Facey Notts Co Hereford
Davide Somma Leeds Leeds
Steven Lennon Rangers Newport
Rene Howe Posh Torquay
Nathan Baker Aston Villa Aston Villa
Matthew Saunders Fulham Dag & Red
Adam Watts Fulham Trinity
Chris Herd Aston Villa Aston Villa
Joe Anderson Fulham  
Ben Hutchinson Celtic Mansfield

Steve Tilson

Tilson’s Budget last season was tied up with historic contracts that actually gave him less room to manoeuvre than Holdsworth.  His desire to remain based in the south, meant that he was not around as much as his salary should have commanded. Kit man Matt Carmichael took pre-season training  and in the interests of not looking back in anger, we will leave it at that.

Steve Tilson’s  Loan Deals

Grimes was a hit,without a doubt, but the loan system ensured we lost players at vital times.

Ashley Grimes Millwall Rochdale
Mitchell Nelson Bournemouth
Julian Kelly Reading Notts Co
Gavin Hoyte Arsenal Dag & Red
Stephen Hunt Notts Co Notts Co
Tom Kilbey Portsmouth Portsmouth
Adifane Noussoura  
Trevor Carson Sunderland Bury

Steve Tilson’s Permanent deals

Again we will let you be the judge as to whether finance, managerial ability, or other factors played a part in the following signings.

Luke Howell MK Dons Free 28-Jan-11
Ali Fuseini Millwall Free 31-Jan-11
Jamie Taylor Eastbourne Free 01-Jul-11
Simon Russell Cambridge U Free 01-Jul-11
Francis Laurent Northampton Free 04-Jul-11
Alan Power Rushden Free 06-Jul-11
Sam Smith Rushden Free 06-Jul-11
Kyle Perry Tamworth Free 08-Jul-11
Tony Sinclair Gillingham Free 08-Jul-11
John Nutter Gillingham Free 08-Jul-11
Josh Gowling Gillingham Free 14-Jul-11
Nicky Nicolau Dover Free 10-Au-11
Jean-F Christophe Free 25-Au-11
Jean Arnaud   Free 27-Sep-11
Patrick Kanyuka   Free 27-Jan-11

Tactical and Man-management skills

Chris Sutton, was by far the most tactically astute of the three. The problem was he did not understand that he did not have the tools at his disposal.  With regard to the trio, who bottom line have all let us down, we will leave you to draw your own conclusions on their unproductive tactical and man-management skills. All three, after all, have solicitors who would ensure we ran out of money far sooner than the truth would out.  Undeniably all three would have been able to get better players to the club if they had the money, but then every manager in every walk of life would say that.  As for the man that hired them and insists on us sharing the collective responsibility: Why has only one of the three got anything remotely close to any kind of managerial record. None of the three warmed to the fans and, more importantly, none were able to change our fortunes or give us a style of play that makes fans want to part with their money.

In the immortal words of former chairman John Reames…..

“There have been too many managers….. Allan Clarke a total disaster, real ability but impossible to deal with after a few wins…… and impossible to find after a few losses……. Keith Alexander.. great potential but felt I let him down insisting on an experienced assistant……..Sam Ellis…. Our most disappointing manager….. A great publicist but we needed a coach…… John Beck…. I was naïve enough to think I could control him….. Lincoln have always had 2 kinds of managers…. Those who have failed elsewhere and ex players who have no idea how to run a relatively large business… neither of these make the greatest sense to me.

With that last comment in mind he actually became our chairman and manager.  

Just to cheer Bob up a bit, John sacked 12 excluding himself – Colin Murphy (1978 -1985 left by mutual consent), John Pickering (July 1985 – Dec 1985), George Kerr (Dec 1985 – Mar 1987), Peter Daniel (Mar 1987 – May 1987), Colin Murphy (July 1987 – May 1990 left by mutual consent), Allan Clarke (June 1990 – Dec 1990), Steve Thompson (Dec 1990 – May 1993), Keith Alexander (May 1993 – May 1994), Sam Ellis (June 1994 – Sept 1985), Steve Wicks (Sept 1995 – Oct 1995 just 42 days), John Beck (Oct 1995 – Mar 1998) and Shane Westley (Mar 1998 – Nov 1998)

For those who wish to see the warts and all guide to Lincoln City’s managers and how well these three actually rank in what has to be perceived as an increasingly poisoned challis. Click here

Birmingham & Chesterfield Chess Pieces Put Imps Back in The Game

Miracle manager Holdsworth will look to make Birmingham City  centre-back Graham Hutchison the final piece of his cunningly crafted jig-saw this week after astonishing Imps with the signing of Chesterfield’s Dan Gray.  With just a £400k budget the manager is to be commended and despite one year deals for his young charge’s as long as we offer them new deals, accepted or not, we will even get a fee.  Sincil Salivates as the Bank bounceback beckons.

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WHO IS Graham Hutchison WHO IS – Daniel Gray

Mills and Gray will give us a spine we have not possessed for some time, to shield the back four, similar to the role Petit and Vierra played in prolonging the career-span and impregnability of the  defence Arsene Wenger inherited from George Graham.   Hutchison, Gowling and Boyce give us a steely guile and some style should our midfield be breached. Three different beasts, but the desire to prove their undoubted ability sees the word team at the heart of the collective and individuals dream.

This may be the Blue Square Premiership, but the concept is the same throughout football,  although Holdsworth has had to play poker rather than chess knowing charisma, the waiting game and the ‘bluff’ are his only cards.  He has had to go blind in 3 card Brag and deservedly got double.   But to return from the tangent, fellow Imps. You must contest the second ball, shield the back four and get your wide men into action as fast as possible, if the threaded ball through the middle isn’t on.  Games are by and large won in midfield and we now appear to have the two matadors to do it with the stylish musketeers given a remit to pillage and plunder.

Feel free to pinch yourself, but yes we now have a central midfield duo or trio if we want to go 4-3-3 that will not only compete, but also get the quality of Adam Smith,  Conal Platt and Karl Cunningham into a game, with the ball to feet, as opposed to those hospital balls or poor passes that need two touches. This flawed ploy plays into the opposition’s hands, needing us to win it all over again. With traditionally just the one battler we are normally undone on the counter second or third time around.  Thompson and Kerr before him,  could not be expected to run 7 miles a game without a blemish that undoes all the good work that went before .

As Thommo points out regularly on BBC Radio Lincolnshire,  4-3-3 or 4-5-1 may get you the possession but it invites sides on and generally leads to fewer goals. Not so if Power can play to his strengths as Adam Smith moves up front with Duffy and Barraclough, Jamie Taylor or Sam Smith, who is looking increasingly as if he may stay.  With the supply lines in place all four forwards should hit double figures, with at least one knocking on that elusive 20 goal door.

There is also the defensive qualities of Nicolau and Sheridan if we do need to shut out games, or dig deep when injuries and disciplinary records intervene.  Though their decisions and distribution skills may be found wanting, their heart and passion for the cause sees them in the squad for reasons other than the budgetary issue that often clouds their merits. Artisans will do as much to win you a point or a see out a 1-0 smash and grab on those cold wet Tuesday night in the heat and heart of a BSP winter.

Dan Gray appears to be a catalyst, but only if he is allowed to become the midfielder we crave. So that leaves Graham Huchison as that final peice of the jigsaw. Will the Boss  seal the deal? If so even though we are an assistant short off the pitch, we will have two bosses dictating things in the middle where it counts.  We will also have heart at the back and the front, with Boyce, Gowling, and Hutchison eager to put a few opposing reputations in their place. But it is also the excitement going forward with Adam Smith and Barraclough showing a desire that can inspire the fightback Impdom yearns for. Bring on Leicester by all means as a tasty treat to tantalise us, but the wait for Kidderminster at the Bank on August 11th is getting closer.

Sincil Salivates – the Bank bounceback beckons

Please Help Reg Needs The Wedge!

Our manager has faced battles at Sheffield United, Birmingham and Watford as a player and then been made manager of Mansfield and Lincoln when the cupboards were bare.    Here in his own words,  a plea  from  David, for us to help him finish rebuilding our side. He has pushed the board to his credit but now we need to help with the cause and quick with only 5 days of the Renaming raffle to go.

As David Holdsworth puts it

“I think our financial position has been well documented 

The club has looked at various ways of bringing money to help compensate for losing solidarity payments and this is a great idea.

I would really appreciate any help that comes my way in terms of giving me a better budget.

And if the club can raise £50,000 then that would be absolutely fantastic and a credit to the community.

This will give fans and businesses the chance to help me sign a player and have their name in lights.”

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Birmingham Help Out Holdsworth

Birmingham City have graciously allowed former Nottingham Forest and Lincoln City youth prodigy Graham Hutchison,  to join the Imps on a youth loan deal until January.

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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

David Holdsworth made 95 appearances for the Blues and has been keen to forge relationships with his former clubs as he searches for a centre-half on-loan.  It makes sense for Birmingham, Watford and Sheffield United, for not only do the parent clubs get valuable first-team football, but the manager gets to increase his threadbare budget.

Let us hope he is up to the rigours of the Blue Square as it will save us a fortune we do not have. This latest Holdsworth ploy could also signal the start of a conveyor belt of talent coming the Imps way.