Ahead of the Chelsea Bradford game, a heartwarming preview with a Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City link stirring memories of the oft forgotton 56 who perished in the Bradford fire. May the Bantams win it for them and the great British sense of fair play.
No one is giving Bradford City a prayer against Chelsea FC. However 6000 and the souls of the forgotten 56 will be there hoping for the win our national psyche and ‘sport’ needs. This in the romantic FA Cup, one that allegedy allows underdogs to go from jumpers for goal posts to the glitter of Wembley. That is why every neutral and everyone sick of the rising inequality in modern Britain should be on Bradford City’s side.
The attitude from those awash with Russian cash in SW6 is that one of Yorkshire’s most inspiring clubs should be grateful for the cash bonanza as brave Bradford gallantly get hit for five or six. But, the Bantam’s have been forged by one of the toughest journeys in football. With the Hillsborough disaster getting the column inches to earn the justice it deserves, the Bradford fire and its 25th anniversary was ignored outside Yorkshire. Even the Premier and Football League have conveniently moved the dates for the tributes around the grounds to the 24/25th April. This May the Eleventh will be the the 30th anniversary of an oft forgotten tragedy with Huddersfield’s North Stand Loyal kicking off a terrific Terrier fundraising initiative – HERE .
A brief bit of history is both respectful and due. Having won the Third Division Championship prior to the game a young Peter Jackson (one I count as a friend) was presented with City’s first trophy for 56 years. That same number would die on a day set up for celebration – some families lost 3 generations – with 256 injured as the burns unit learned the hard way to become the best in the world at what it does. The opponents that day, Lincoln. who lost two fans and named their former home end after the two victims, went to Valley Parade again 7 years ago with Stuart McCall and laying wreathes prior to the game.
There is one other massive reason people should want Bradford to win today. Where Chelsea were saved by Ken Bates, then Matthew Harding and then Roman Abramovich who has spent 100s of millions to get them success . Bradford fell from the Premiership and almost died falling into the bottom rung of the Football league. There they struggled under debt repayment plans backed by 11,000 diehards who they rewarded with the cheapest season tickets in the country – costing around a game and a half compared to those Made In Chelsea.
From a purest football perspective Chelsea undeniably deserve to win. But if passion is the fashion Hanson will give the two Blues centre-backs a game they will learn from today. The Bantam’s have an attacking trio that can do damage in any division and they will be really up for it today (fired up just did not seem the right thing to put). London may have all the money and the 12:1 job ratio thanks to the banks etc, but Yorkshire is God’s county.
Come on City! Do it for financial fair play, do it for the fans and do it for the 56.
Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire!
Grimsby Town’s signing of influential ex- York City, Bradford City, Scarborough FC and Imp guardian angel and midfield general, Scott Kerr, who would have welcomed a return to Impdom, will get his wish after all, well on Boxing Day or New Years Day at least.
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Scott, in his own ever modest words, won every award going at York City as well as a promotion in his first season. He sustained a cruciate injury that kept him out until last October yet still made 89 appearances during his two and a half-seasons at York. A clever Cods catch, at 31 and battle scarred, he will still be a pivotal part of the Mariners push for promotion if his displays for the Imps are any kind of guide.
Kerr played 248 games for us under four managers, in a variety of styles amidst a growing shamble. Yet he always gave 100% and was an inspirational captain. Many forget the offensive strengths he has, with that rapier 2006-7 Schoey-ball season seeing the Yorkie Rose with thorns truly flower. However, as was so often the case, he seemed more and more alone (O’Connor’s loan apart) in the bear pit, that is in reality the central midfield battle of attrition in a relegation haunted team. He took his share of the blame, but in truth, Scott was the only bloke who battled to protect the back four from a regular roast and ransack down the middle.
If Scott had stayed there is no doubt we would have got the points to stay up. He was an unsung hero who is as honest as the day is long. He speaks his mind, never backs down and his only failing is the desire to wear his heart on his sleeve every time he crosses that line.
Good luck Scotty, except in the two games against us. Maybe you can take a leaf out of some of the part-timers you played with during your time at the Imps and ‘pull a sicky’ during the festive fun. Two hopes there – Bob Hope and No Hope .
|Full name||Scott Anthony Kerr
|Date of birth||11 December 1981 (age 31)
|Place of birth||Leeds|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
|Contract||1 year (plus options trigger)|
|Playing position: Centre Midfield General|
|Current club||Grimsby Town|
|2002||Frickley Athletic (loan)||5||(1)|
Having raided Luton Town twice for Aaron O’Connor & Danny Crow and Bradford City for Michael Flynn, Newport County AFC top the table with the Euromillions funds still to come next week. O’Connor has already bagged three with Lincoln striker Jefferson Louis on two plus an assist. New boys Crow and Thompson have already set up two apeice with the Exiles averaging four a game so far with Mansfield Town amongst their scalps. Could their return from the dead continue with yet another promotion? This is a test indeed for the Imps.
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STMI extends a welcome to United fans visiting the site, so let’s cut to the chase and go look at the form of the foe.
|Undy Athletic A L 1 – 3|
|Moreton Rangers A 1 – 1|
|Evesham United A W 3 – 0|
|Camarthen Town A L 1 – 3|
|Bristol Rovers H W 2 – 0|
|Merthyr T H D 2 – 2|
|Swansea City H D 2 – 2|
|Yeovil H 1 – 3|
|In- Winger Ben Swallow York City|
|In- Keeper Lenny Pidgeley (trialist)|
|IN- Midfielder Michael Flynn from Bradford|
|IN-Striker Aaron O’Connor from Luton|
|IN- Striker Danny Crow from Luton|
|OUT Craig McAllister to Eastleigh|
|OUT- Gary Warren to Inverness Caladonian.|
|IN- Striker Jefferson Louis|
|IN- Midfielder Jake Thompson|
|IN- Centre-half Tony James from Burton.|
|IN- goalkeeper Alan Julian on a one-year deal.|
|OUT- Gary Warren to SPL Inverness Caledonian Thistle|
|OUT-Sam Foley to Yeovil|
Exciting times for the Exiles with Justin Edinburgh bringing in: strikers Aaron O’Connor & Danny Crow (both Luton Town) & Jefferson Louis (Lincoln); midfielders Michael Flynn (Bradford City), Ben Swallow (York City) and Jake Thompson (Forest Green Rovers); central defender Tony James (Burton); plus a keeper, make that two due to injury, with Alan Julian and now Lenny Pidgeley signing one year deals. But wait there is more to come, on August 20th , as a board meeting ratifies a Euromillions winner plus four new businessmen to fund the new era fit for the new HQ at Rodney Parade
|Aaron Connor||3||Danny Crow||2|
|Jefferson Louis||2||Jake Thompson||2|
|Ismail Yakubu||1||Andrew Sandell||1|
|Lee Evans||1||David Pipe||1|
|Tony James||1||Jefferson Louis||1|
Signed from Exeter this summer he is actually the number two keeper but Alan Julian is crocked. Lenny is a great shot stopper although not the most vocal or commanding of keepers. Kicking is average.
|Games||Sub||Conceded||Saves||Mins Played||Clean sheets||Mins per goal||Yc’s||Rc’s|
The Exiles Squad
40 Lenny Pidgely, 1 Alan Julian, 22 Joe Perry
2 David Pipe 3 Andrew Hughes, 5 Tony James, 6 Ismail Yakubu, 13 Andy Sandell, Mark Cooper
4 Max Porter 8 Lee Minshull 11 Ryan Charles, 17 Michael Flynn, 14 Jake Thompson, 16 Lee Evans
Kris Fielden Ben Swallow
7 Aaron O’Connor, 9 Danny Crow, 10 Jefferson Louis, 15 Jake Harris, Felino Jardim, Romone Rose,
fantastic solo effort for the Owls in a 4-0 Worthington Cup quarter final over Watford (HERE) illustrates.
|FULL NAME||Matthew Thomas Hamshaw|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1 January 1982 (age 30)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Rotherham,|
|HEIGHT||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|WEIGHT||11 st 6lb (72.56kg)|
|POSITION: CENTRAL / LEFT MIDFIELD|
The Imps have signed Nialle Rodney a former Nottingham Forest trainee from Bradford City until the end of the season. Nialle was given a free by the Bantams earlier today, before haring over to Lincoln City in time to beat the transfer deadline. Mind you once he is on a run there is very little to stop the powerful pacey predator.
Nialle Rodney is a very strong, quick and direct kind of frontman. He made three substitute appearances in the Championship for Forest before being loaned to Ilkeston and Burton Albion.
Peschisolido said of him
“He’s strong and quick and very direct, we wanted somebody who could bring a bit more presence and pace to the squad as I think we need a bit more athleticism.
“He’s somebody who we’ve been looking at for a little while. He’s been in and around the first team squad at Forest and he will certainly be a good addition for us.”
Peter Jackson signed him for Bradford City last July but he did not really get a look in, having to come from the bench in all 7 appearances. At the time Jacko told the BBC.
“Nialle offers us something different to what we already have in attack. He’s a forward player with real pace and I think that is something we missed up front last season.
“He has the pace to get behind and stretch defences and really force opposition sides to think.”
|Full name||Nialle Seyi E. Rodney|
|Date of birth||28 February 1991 (age 20)|
|Place of birth||Nottingham|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||11st 11lbs (75.0kg)|
|Position : Forward/Winger|
|Number||43 – YES FORTY-THREE|
|2010||Ilkeston Town (loan)||9||(2)|
|2011||Burton Albion (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011–||Mansfield Town (loan)||2||(0)|
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Luke Medley, the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee has arrived on loan from Kidderminster Harriers until January 1st with a view to a permanent deal. The young forward potentially has it all, Luke is powerful, very very pacey and takes no prisoners at 13st 3lbs. He is also no slouch when it comes to aerial combat either at 6′ 1″ and grabbed 5 goals in 16 appearances for the Stags. The insider story appears to be that he has lost his way since parting company from his mentor at Mansfield, the one and only David Holdsworth, but Sincil Bank could perhaps be the stage upon which to resurect the career of an artisan, if not a thespian, with the delivery of cannon.
To be or not to be that is the question…..
For if Luke can rediscover what Spurs, Barnet and Aldershot saw in him we could be looking at a new and well overdue Beast at the Bank. He scored with his first touch for Bradford on his full debut with a dream volley from just outside the box. Then again let’s not pressuree the 22 year-old.
Good luck Luke – the Stacey West goal awaits………….