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One In From Burnley FC and Two Out To Boston United & Whitehawk

Burnley FC centre-half  and left-back Tom Anderson is set to make his début at Aldershot tomorrow after his youth loan papers were just about rushed through today. He knows the division well after loan spells FC Halifax Town, Barrow and Hyde.

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Burnley rate the lad highly and he certainly has the battling qualities we need. The 21-year-old began his career at Turf Moor and captained their youth and reserve teams before almost slipping the net through injury. However following  rehab this summer he did enough to earn a new deal at the newly promoted Premier League Club.  A tenacious tackler he earned 5 yellows in an eighteen match stint in the Conference Premier for Barrow

Tom’s full stats here

This from the Burnley FC official site shows the lads character

Spotted at Grosvenor Youth and Portaferry, Tom has represented his country at several age groups and won his first U21 cap in October 2013.  Tom also reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2012, Conlan was given a two-year professional contract by the Clarets in April of that year.
The left-back was initially released from the club in the Summer of 2014 but following a return for rehabilitation on a knee injury, Conlan impressed manager Sean Dyche with his attitude and was picked as a trialist in a pre-season friendly against Accrington Stanley and rewarded another one-year deal in September, 2014.

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Our beloved young super-sub and nearly man Conner Robinson has gone on loan to Lincolnshire rivals and Conference North Side Boston United on a four week loan.

Connors Stats here

Whitehawk  Kabba Coup 

Sahr Kabba has joined  Conference South contenders  Whitehawk FC in an attempt to get match fitness. The prolific goal machine should find his confidence during a six-week stint.  The shortest member of the six-foot soldiers squad by a foot (he is 5′ 4″ tall) STMI’s money is on a roaring return from a player  who got 10 Conference South goals for Havant last term.

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Conference North Wrap – Stockport, Barrow & Yussuf On The Turn

Barrow FC , AFC Fylde & Stockport County win, Boston United, Chorley FC, Guiseley and North Ferriby slip up whilst  Oxford City striker  and ex-Imp sick-note Adi Yussuf bagged his third goal in a week as the Jekyll and Hyde academic side stormed to fifth in the table.  Hyde very much on the slide are bottom feeding again.

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Their are currently two cocks crowing in the Conference North,  as  AFC Fylde and Barrow FC both returned to the summit.  Chorley were chewed 2-0 at Worcester with D’s all round for the former leaders as Deeney and Dunkley supplied the hot-sauce. Goal machines  Oxford City – who should be in the south and stay there – have now gatecrashed the final Northen play-off position to steal 5th,  having inflicted a second defeat on a Lincolnshire club in a week. The City aim to stay there it seems after an incredible bounce-back.  Eight days ago City let in 8, to AFC Fylde, before beating  Boston 7-2 away and yesterday enjoyed a comfortable win over 2-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity amidst the leaves and lecterns. Yussuf haired in for a 12th minute opener before Rodriguez netted at the death. Barrow, did not play midweek and had to come from one down before Pilkingtom pounced with Jason settling from the spot on 68. A Hannigan brace fired Fylde to glory at Gloucester, bottom four for now.


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The Green’s – not Queen’s –  speech did not have the pick-me -up Duke Dennis of Boston expected at Northern Giants Stockport County in front of a massive crowd of 2585.  That these incredibly loyal die-hard fans have suffered so much, both on and off the field, brings a tear to the eye. Hopefully Alan Lord can continue to turn things around amid the back stage shambles and get at least a play-off spot after the Bogie man guided the Hatters to second bottom before leaving this time last year but now three consecutive home wins and five goals in five from Kristian Dennis suggests their could be some light at the end of the tunnel.  Ryan opened things for the Hatters on 21 heading home a Lofthouse corner.  Pierginni headed home leveller on the verge of half-time.  Dennis bagged a real poachers brace bundling home a Duxbury centre and then stabbing home a Churchman cross-come-shot.  Pilgrims goal machine Southwell did get a consolation seven minutes from time.  The Pilgrims drop to seventh now five points off the pace.  Good job Guiseley drew at Hednesford 1-1 and money club North Ferriby endured a snore draw at Colwyn Bay

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The Results Scorers & Crowds


1629 Barrow 2 1 Leamington
. Pilkington 22 , Jason 68 pen . . D Newton 18
225 Brackley Town 1 0 Hyde FC
. Rowe 30 pen , . . .
286 Colwyn Bay 0 0 North Ferriby United
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396 Gloucester City 0 2 AFC Fylde
. . . . T Hannigan 45 & 51 ,
362 Harrogate Town 0 4 Solihull Moors
. . . . Knights 13 , Byfield 23, Beswick 45 , Bogle 70 ,
502 Hednesford Town 1 1 Guiseley
. Marvin Robinson 90 , . . A Boyes 74 ,
675 Lowestoft Town 3 2 Bradford Park Avenue
. Henderson 14 , A Fisk 54 ,Henderson 59 , . . B Barraclough 51 , R Qualter 53 ,
218 Oxford City 2 0 Gainsborough Trinity
. A Yussuf 12 , J Rodriguez 90 , . . .
404 Stalybridge Celtic 3 1 Tamworth
. McKenna 18 , J Cadman 26 ,Ennis 9 , . . S Clarke 1 ,
2585 Stockport County 3 2 Boston United
. Ryan 21 , K Dennis 44  & 50 , . . Piergianni 40 , Southwell 83
551 Worcester City 2 0 Chorley
. Deeney 31 , Dunkley 86 , . . .


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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 AFC Fylde 9 6 1 2 24 7 +17 19
2 Barrow 8 6 1 1 20 10 +10 19
3 Chorley 9 5 2 2 12 9 +3 17
4 Guiseley 9 4 3 2 12 9 +3 15
5 Oxford City 9 4 3 2 16 15 +1 15
6 North Ferriby United 9 4 2 3 10 8 +2 14
7 Boston United 9 4 2 3 15 17 -2 14
8 Stockport County 8 4 1 3 13 11 +2 13
9 Worcester City 9 3 4 2 9 7 +2 13
10 Leamington 9 4 1 4 12 11 +1 13
11 Lowestoft Town 9 3 4 2 10 10 0 13
12 Colwyn Bay 9 3 3 3 14 14 0 12
13 Hednesford Town 9 3 3 3 10 11 -1 12
14 Stalybridge Celtic 9 3 2 4 12 13 -1 11
15 Gainsborough Trinity 9 3 2 4 10 14 -4 11
16 Solihull Moors 8 3 1 4 16 12 +4 10
17 Bradford Park Avenue 9 3 1 5 15 19 -4 10
18 Harrogate Town 9 2 3 4 7 12 -5 9
19 Gloucester City 9 1 5 3 13 17 -4 8
20 Tamworth 9 1 5 3 8 13 -5 8
21 Brackley Town 8 2 1 5 6 14 -8 7
22 Hyde 9 0 2 7 8 19 -11 2

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Oh Dear Mills Down To Bench at Kings Lynn Then

Former Mansfield Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Crawley Town, Stevenage Borough and Kettering, Nuneaton Town, Lincoln City and Boston Utd midfield dynamo Gary Mills has now been loaned out to Kings Lynn for 3 months.

Vic Erzantarz covers the news no one else wants too.

Signed by manager Dennis Greene in the summer and made Captain at Boston, Mills our ex-captain and ‘Mr Pointy-Shouty ‘  has not featured in a single competitive game for the Pilgrims.  He had been due to play against Lincoln but had not quite recovered from a pre-season strain, following his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

In an incredible turn of events Mills was first told he did not feature in the managers plans after playing just one game against Gainsborough in the Lincs Cup.  Then he was farmed out on loan to phoenix club Kings Lynn for three months. Mills was surprised at the decision but did not want to go into the details and has also admitted that he will sit down with the Chairman and manager upon his return ‘to see where he stands’.

Mills wore his heart on his sleeve at Mansfield, the Imps and Rushden where he spent a large phase of his career, enjoying their football League highs and financial, as well as,non-league lows. It was character building stuff  as he endured their demise, before moving to Bath and then Nuneaton.  Borough would go on to enjoy their third promotion in 4 seasons with Gary a key component in the engine room.   He is a battler, can pass and has sufficient pace and stamina to always turn up to help out or motivate his team-mates pace. He backs down to no one in the challenge.

Gary is regarded as a Holdsworth player because he continues to sign him and make him captain, but surely starting on the bench away at Witton Albion, in a 1-2 defeat must be hard for such a proud man to get his head round. The Skrill North looked about his level after being an instrumental part of Nuneaton’s rise to the BSP last season in 2011/12.

Impstatz 2012/13

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
4 Gary Mills 21 1 1830 0 17 0 21 19 2 1
FULL NAME Gary Leonard Mills
DATE OF BIRTH 20 May 1981 (age 32)
PLACE OF BIRTH Isle of Sheppey, England
HEIGHT 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
WEIGHT 11 st  5lb (72 kg)
1999–2000 Rushden & Diamonds
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 124 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town 21 (0)
2007 Rushden & Diamonds 17 (0)
2007 Tamworth 9 (2)
2007–2008 Kettering Town 27 (2)
2008–2009 Stevenage Borough 30 (0)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 41 (1)
2010 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Rushden & Diamonds 19 (0)
2011 Bath City 4 (0)
2011–12 Nuneaton Town 27


Video: Ex Imp & Grimsby Star’s Wondergoal

Peter Bore the former Lincoln City and Grimsby Town wing-back got a sensational 30 yarder for Boston United against AFC Telford. Bore who could and should have played higher is a massive part of what could well be a Boston promotion tea Party at the end of this season as the the giant-killing Pilgrims topped big-spending Telford.

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Well done Peter – you are clearly still unplayable on your day – what a strike

Injured Imps On The Mend

Lincoln’s injury list will shorten just  in  time for the Middlesbrough, Boston United and Scunthorpe United home games.

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Todd Jordan will not make those games, but the naturally fit quick healer, is now just a fortnight away from full training. Miller, Brown, and Gray (thigh tweaks), all trained yesterday, suggesting they could even play some part in Wednesday’s game against Sunderland.  Boyce and Fofana also trained (thigh & groin respectively), so stiffness and reactions apart, the duo could ensure the Imps can shape  sufficiently to allow Power to play in his advanced scheming role. Fairhurst is getting stronger too.

Questions and rumours had suggested that the desire had led to a competitive squad overstretching themselves. With most of the injuries revealed in the opening 2-3 days it was more a case of the players wanting to return in peak condition, but sustaining little self-inflicted tweaks in the process. It did not do Alan Power and the ex-Stockport lads, the captain in particular looks as if he has been on a chicken diet akin to the ones Stallone did prior to the Rocky films.

This would seem to have taken the pressure off the need to sign players, although one hopes that the centre-back and striker are not too far away now. Foster certainly looks the part and is still here, which must be regarded as a good sign. As to the striker everyone seems to know about, you feel a rabbit may need to be pulled out of the proverbial hat somewhere along the line.

Attn Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Boston, Gainsborough & Lincs Footy Fans

Lincolnshire Football Banter is the No1 meet & greet Facebook page for fans of Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town, Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity.  The site is friendly, informative and shows the positive and lighter side of football in a county so many outsiders forget. As we witness the Fishy forum go it is so great to see another  site grow.

STMI’s heart goes out to Rob & the lads at The Fishy – a 14 year labour of love. thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Says Christian  manager of the administrators:

The Lincolnshire Football Banter Page was created on Facebook in order to bring together fans of all clubs in Lincolnshire. Created in 2011 it has attracted nearly 2,000 likes on Facebook and the posts have up to 10,000 views per day. All the news is on the site, such as Transfer News, Scores, Fixtures and even players and clubs twitter posts. We try to get the news first using 4 administrators, monitoring news and posts 24/7. Fans also have the opportunity to add posts to our main wall by contacting us through private message, if we like it, we’ll post it!


Good luck lads & lasses!

Imps Face Boro, Black Cats, Spireites & Messi

Chesterfield FC, complete with Hibernian striker Eoin Doyle aka the Green Lionel Messi’, Middlesbrough FCSunderland AFC and Boston United are the highlights of Lincoln City’s pre-season friendlies so far, plus the Lincolnshire Cup final against Peter Swann’s Scunthorpe United or Grimsby Town and the visit of Lincoln United for the Imp derby.

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Although the Sunderland and Middlesbrough games will be against their respective U21’s, the opposition could be a lot stronger if neither side have games on the same day.  The visit to the Spireites could give a glimpse of things to come in more ways than one, with Chairman Bob keen to follow their stadium and its subsequent funding model. Chesterfield, one of the favourites for promotion,  have just signed Eoin Doyle from Hibs. Manager Paul Cook dubbed him the ‘Green Lionel Messi’ during a 25 goal haul in their final season together at Sligo. The SPL was a step to far but the two-footed striker can come from deep, play down either flank and will pose the defence some serious problems. The Imps will be sure to travel in numbers to a fixture that will give Simmo a month to put right any wrongs before the opening day.

Simmo has big connections with Boston – he is still a legend there – so it is no surprise to see them arrive for the pre-season community day, the week before the big kick-off.

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 Date  Home    Away  KO  Att/Imp Count
Tue 9/7 Chesterfield v Lincoln City  7.45pm  
Sat 13/7 Lincoln United  v Lincoln City  3pm  
Tue 16/7 Harrogate Town  v Lincoln City  7.30pm  
Sat 20/7 Grantham Town  v Lincoln City 7.30pm  
Wed 24/7  Lincoln City  v Sunderland U21  7.30pm  
Sat 27/7 Lincoln City  v Middlesbrough U21  3pm  
Sat 3/8 Lincoln City  v Boston United  3pm

Posh to Parkgate-Talent Spotter Simmo On The Rise Again?

Gary Simpson? Who you ask? But his talent stretches to Blackpool (Taylor Fletcher), Ipswich Town (Hewitt) Peterborough (McLean, Mackail-Smith) and Brighton. Indeed it spans the top five Leagues. Peterborough United and Macclesfield are still reaping the rewards of Gary Simpson’s eye for talent spotting, but it is his not so Posh return to grass roots with Parkgate that illustrates his ability to do it again and again.

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The quiet man in the partnership with Keith Alexander, Gary’s love of the game, judgement and ability to work with what he has got, is as touching as his deep and genuine love for the way the game should truly be played, coached and managed.  You need fresh mud in your studs and a desire to do the miles, give the smiles and to convert young lads by teaching and gently preaching.  Not only can Simmo turn water into rapidly maturing wine, but Sheffield’s softly spoken son  has what is really needed in the current harsh environment  – he can turn a quid into seven, which with add-ons can even exceed a bakers dozen. At Parkgate he has a few more in the oven.

Gary learned to take rejection at Stoke before going on to be a legend at Boston as a player. He finished at Gainsborough and was eager to take his coaching badges.  Initially the managership mantel was thrust upon him at Gainsborough Trinity whilst still a player, then Lincoln and Macclesfield Town.  Simmo was caretaker at the Imps and Silkmen, before getting the job full-time at Macc, filling the blues shoes vacated by legend, mate and mentor Keith. Gary’s eleven match spell at the Imps saw five wins, four draws and two defeats. His 45% success rate, is something they would dearly love now, not to mention the talent spotting that turns pennies into pounds and truly astounds.

Peterborough have made millions from selling players he spotted and coached, as well as no doubt benefiting from two more of his Macc prodigal sons this season, having signed Sinclair and Brisley.  Macc also received fees for Hewitt (Ipswich),  Donnelly (Rochdale), Daniel and Tomlinson, that paved the way for new silkmen supremo and successor King’s spending splurge.

Much was made of Gary’s sacking from Macc. Having been forced to sell seven in the window, he then had 12 injured from January onwards. A win at local rivals and comparable giants,Port Vale, heralding play-off aspirations, would turn to dust thanks to a 16 match winless run.  Mike Rance and Andy Scott were ‘truly gutted’ to see him go, although the politics at Macc, especially after the latter top two’s departure, is set to run a while yet.

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But to the sunny climbs of Parkgate,  the Steelmen of Rotherham. With a stand of 300 and a  capacity of 1,000, they are a side on the rise, despite crowds of just a hundred or so. The facilities are good with Rotherham United electing to train there in exchange for some vital cash. The Steelmen play at level 9 of the football pyramid in the Baris North Counties East Football League Premier Division along with Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Worksop and Scarborough.  Simmo’s lad’s can go top tonight if they beat  17th placed Pickering. Then there is a  home clash against the League’s big spenders Staveley Miners Welfare at the weekend.

Gary has always been keen to train sides, to put something back at youth and amateur level. he is certainly not doing this for the money.  Having no goalkeeper available,  cost them progression in the FA Cup (bless’em) and their only defeat of the season. A win in the FA Vase at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic has brought in the petrol money for a few more away trips yet.  Just 75 witnessed it, as Nathan Forbes-Swindells settled things in the fifth minute. That could be a costly shirt one day, although if the strikers had finished it could easily have been ten.  Make that eleven with one brave defender left to ‘count them’. The talent spotting never fails with one tender 18 year-old in particular set for a very bright future indeed. Gary has also charmed in some real quality to form the U-19’s who will provide the future conveyor belt that has always been so central to his coaching concept and character.  With Tommy Docherty turning up for Dinner on 4th October to swell the campaign war chest, it is surely worth the entry for some minted wisdom, rumour and humour.

1 Worksop Parmre 7 18 11
2 Scarborough Ath 7 16 10
3 Parkgate 6 16 9
4 Brighouse Town 6 13 6
17 Pickering Town 4 4 2

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 ? (?)

Who Is Gary Silk

Former  Portsmouth, Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town, Notts County, Barnet, Wycombe Wanderers and Boston United midfield and defensive utility man, Gary Silk, is set to link up with the Imps and his former manager David Holdworth this week.

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Gary spent three seasons at the Stags, two of which were under Holdsworth’s stewardship.  He was player of the season in 2010 and played over a hundred games in what was arguably a dark period for Mansfield with money short and even a lock out from the stadium, as ownership issues persisted. The Grimsby duo made him their first summer signing last term but injury restricted him to just 24 appearances and he was released this May.

Silk is known as a right back, but can play on the right or centre of midfield. He has a good delivery and great array of passing and certainly has a well-timed, tasty challenge on him.  With Holdsworth looking primarily for a centre-back Silk will certainly have to go some to impress the manager and grow a couple of inches as he is just 5′ 9″.  He could be willing to come in on non-contract terms  given the free agent is at a loose end with just three weeks to go before the season starts.

STMI Biopic
Full name Gary Lee Silk
Date of birth 13 September 1984 (age 27)
Place of birth Newport, Isle of Wight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Right Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Portsmouth 1 (0)
2003–2004 → Barnet (loan) 1 (0)
2004–2005 → Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 22 (0)
2006 → Boston United (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2008 Notts County 63 (2)
2008–2011 Mansfield Town 102 (2)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 24 (0)