After the Nuneaton Town under Daish, Southport FC under former Luton Town & Cambridge United manager Gary Brabin is not an enticing thought on a Tuesday night. Yes after the no show The Sandgrounders are another side who have appointed a new manager. STMI were the first to break the news last night and feared the worst – are we cursed? In truth we were also still gutted gutted that he had agreed personal terms so early in the day because Brabin can now call in favours from all his mates in the North-West (Gary’s born and bread in Liverpool so forget porridge because raw meat scouse and 4-4-2 builds football teams in these parts) and potentially have the cabs there for this afternoon. A manager with a 49.6% win rate in the non-League has clearly been waiting for the right job since Luton discarded him in 2012. He also waited a year before returning after Cambridge – and that was for the Luton job.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Bring back Martin Foyle because Gary Brabin’s side will be bang up for it. They will be wanting to prove a point to the manager and Brabin will be wanting to prove a point to a Lincoln board that passed him by not that long ago. As to whether he can turn Southport who really battled back twice before going down 2-5 at home to Woking, well that is the big question. The Imps will be missing Anderson and Hamza, while MacDonald went off injured for ‘Port at the weekend.
Brodie and Luke Foster might also want The Imps to think they should have tried a little harder in recent years too. Challoner and Fitzpatrick are useful yet Newton and Miller can really get to grips with that back four. As to whether Brabin will revert to the 3-5-2 that got the smash and grab 1-0 at the Cods or go with his preferred 4-4-2 for his first game is anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure we play a part-time side that can pay more than we can, otherwise Mr Brabin would not have put his slippers in the oven and come out on a wet and windy Tuesday night. Then again they are his local club.
|Southport||8 April 2008||23 June 2008||7||5||0||2||71.43|
|Cambridge United||23 June 2008||13 July 2009||54||27||14||13||50.00|
|Luton Town||28 March 2011||31 March 2012||62||29||22||11||46.77|
What is being chewed over on the foes FANS Forum
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The Potential teams & schemes
Gary Brabin goes 4-4-2
2 Challoner 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
12 Lynch 4 Kay 8 George 11 Brogan
10 Brodie 17 Dyer
23 Sam-Yorke 11 Tomlinson 22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton 6 Diagne 5 Brown 17 Caprice
Simmo goes 4-3-3-
Statistical head to head
|Gary Brabin||Manager||Gary Simpson|
|4-5-1 / 4-3-3||Formation||4-2-3-1|
|Bottom half||Forecast||To half|
|n/a||Biggest win||2-0 v Macc|
|n/a||Heaviest defeat||1-3 V Gulls|
|5,817||Total Turnstile Clicks||20,007|
|1202 V Bristol R||Hi||5209 V Grimsby|
|730 v Woking||Low||2231 V Braintree|
Heroes & Villains
Current & Overall Form
Head to Head
|At Southport (33)||At Lincoln City (33)|
|On Neutral Ground (0)||Overall (66 matches)|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||28||42.42|
|Lincoln City||0||0.00||Lincoln City||129||1.95|
|Highest Aggregate||8||Southport||4 – 4||Lincoln City||1964/1965|
|Highest Southport score:||5||Southport||5 – 1||Lincoln City||1965/1966|
|Highest Lincoln City score:||7||Lincoln City||7 – 0||Southport||1931/1932|
|2012/2013||Sat 09 Mar||Lincoln City||1 – 0||Southport||(Conference) Premier|
|Tue 08 Jan||Southport||4 – 2||Lincoln City||(Conference) Premier|
|2011/2012||Tue 24 Jan||Lincoln City||2 – 0||Southport||(Conference) Premier|
|Sat 13 Aug||Southport||2 – 2||Lincoln City||(Conference) Premier|
|1975/1976||Wed 25 Feb||Lincoln City||6 – 0||Southport||Fourth Division|
|Wed 24 Sep||Southport||1 – 2||Lincoln City||Fourth Division|
|1974/1975||Mon 28 Apr||Southport||3 – 2||Lincoln City||Fourth Division|
|Wed 18 Sep||Lincoln City||1 – 1||Southport||Fourth Division|
|1972/1973||Sat 14 Apr||Southport||1 – 0||Lincoln City||Fourth Division|
|Wed 21 Mar||Lincoln City||3 – 1||Southport||Fourth D|
Try it 20% goes to your club or Trust
Luton Town, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town and Cambridge United all top 3,000 with Lincoln, Chester FC, Aldershot and Kidderminster Harriers all averaging over 2,000 home gates in the Skrill Premier League so far this season.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
The Luton Town effect has seen them not only pitch in with a seventh of the total turnstile clicks for the SPL (just under 352,000 with an 1826 average), but also feature in seven of their counterparts seasonal highs (we will cover the away crowds separately later today). Lincoln City have featured in four, which is incredible given our mid-table position.
Home stats (to Oct 31 3013)
|15||Forest Green Rovers||8,397||1,199||1858|
Barnet FC, Luton Town, Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United, Braintree, Hereford Utd and managerless Forest Green Rovers are featured in the next round of BT Skrill Premier live matches but there is still no Christmas cheer for Lincoln City.
Vic Erzantartz smells something Fishy
BT have announced the latest round of matches to cover the festive period but there is still no room at the Inn for the Imps, despite two instalments of the Lincolnshire Derby. The Cambridge V Braintree Boxing Day classic is preferred, with Luton and Barnet getting the New Year nod as opposed to a fixture that attracted one of the highest gates in the division last season. The Sincil Bank fixture attracted 5,702 with the corresponding Jan 1st rubber seeing 7,405 willing to witness the Imps against the Fishy foe. The Imps have not been at their best in the last three weeks but this is beginning to look like a club snub.
Luton Town and Kidderminster trail Cambridge United while Salisbury City ended Grimsby Town’s Hurst inspired renaissance with a 1-0 win as they continue to astound. STMI takes a look at our pre-season tips to return to the football League. For Lincoln ‘mind the gap please’ comes to mind.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
At the beginning of the season the STMI Big Fat Conference preview saw the title as a four horse race with the remaining play-off spot going anywhere in a Division where anyone could beat anyone. With fifteen match-days completed how are Cambridge, Luton , Grimsby and Kidderminster doing and currently Salisbury look like nicking the Imps wild card?
So, the Hatters double six clicks, indeed, it appears to be going the one step beyond the non-league’s super-club needs. Luton, under John Still – going for a seventh promotion have won five and drawn two in an unbeaten seven match spree. The Hatters have only lost twice all season beating The Harriers 2-0 at Aggborough as well as holding Cambridge and Grimsby 0-0 at home. In those last seven The Hatters have scored 4 goals and three goals on three occasions. With Andre Gray back with a hat-trick last week you feel the Hatters are coming to the boil. With Tamworth, Gateshead, Southport, Braintree and Chester to come the Hatters could be celebrating Christmas a month early.
Saturday’s opponents, Kidderminster Harriers, look set to continue with a young strike force against the Imps, but in truth they have goal creators and takers all over the park. The Harriers are unbeaten in five, with just the one defeat in nine, suggesting last seasons fantastic run, that saw them just fail go win the title, has started ominously early. If the Imps get a point on Saturday we should get the flags out, against a side that has an embarrassment of riches in every department even if Dance will miss this week and next in the cup. With Lincoln, Barnet, Woking, Macc and Wrexham to come, they only need a United wobble to pounce.
Cambridge have the most balanced and in-depth squad in the division, with old sage Money able to rest or rotate to beat the big or the passing sides in the division. His resting of Cunnington and Sam-Yorke in the 0-0 at Chester, still sees the Black and Amber gamblers remain unbeaten and six points clear with 4 strikers more than able to come in, Despite the embarrassment of riches up front, the U’s are not big scorers, perhaps due to the policy, with just the one sufficient on most occasions, but they are a hard working side with great experience running through the side. Whether that will be sufficient to avoid the inevitable wobble is anyone’s guess. Little Salisbury will test that tomorrow, with Southport, Macc, Aldershot and Barnet to follow.
Paul Hurst’s Grimsby do look better without ‘Mr pointy and shouty’ even if successive 0-1 defeats against Cambridge United and Salisbury brought a free-scoring three match run to an end. The Mariners certainly have quality and strength in depth too; the strike force boasts Hannah, hit-man-Hearn, Cooke and John Lewis, with a terrific midfield that will outplay most teams, but those defeats to top clubs and a 0-0 with Luton suggests the 4-4-1-1 may not accommodate all their strengths sufficiently to be anything but play-off contenders again. The Mariners will beat Forest Green but Woking and Welling are useful, before Tamworth and Barnet come to Town.
|12||FC Halifax Town||15||6||4||5||25||25||0||22|
|15||Forest Green Rovers||15||5||3||7||28||26||+2||18|
|23||Aldershot Town (-10)||15||6||4||5||18||15||+3||12|
Kidderminster Harriers raided Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Luton Town and Cambridge United to strengthen an already enviable squad, that went from bottom to top last term with that 21 game hot streak to fall at the last in the play-offs. The Harriers, currently second, can hurt anyone in the Skrill Premier Division. The goals and assist distribution throughout the side suggests they will be a threat all over the park tomorrow. Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could perhaps be forgiven for parking the team coach in front of our goal and putting a padlock on the hand-break and putting the key in his pocket until half-time at least.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
But Simmo’s Imps have a team spirit and work ethic that can not only frustrate but also come away with at least a point against the injury hit Harriers. Lincoln have been facing insurmountable odds ever since the Sincil Bank computer spewed forth a budget that is laughable for the expectations of a City and fan base that screams Football league status. We make the cut for the Monopoly board but the Bank and the station is anything but able to do big business. Yet a side has been built that has surprised us, to the extent that we are now bemoaning the fact that we are a target man and winger short of the play-offs with 100’s of the faithful following pied piper Simmo and his six-foot soldiers on their Impquest.
Fowler, the Doncaster recruit and non-League steal Lolley are going great guns even if Dance is missing through suspension with Tolley (in from Mansfield) on the bench and Gash still out. Both Blissett and Lolley scored and soared in the 2-1 win at Southport so Steve Burrs young forward line is hardly a weakness with battering ram Morgan-Smith at its apex. Ex-Imp Gowling and successful trialist Grimes are composed but they won’t fancy Tomlinson if Newton can get beyond Lee Vaughan on their right. Left-back Jackman is no slouch either, but he is beatable if Miller has the free-time given Blissett and cultured Byrne will keep him and his midfield pinned. It looks tough with a set-piece our best chance one feels.
Saturday 19th Oct KO 3PM
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|Away Fans Seating||Adults £17||Cons £11
||U16 £11 U8s FREE||Bill Graves Stand (East) 300|
|Away Fans Terracing||Adults £14||Cons £8
||U16 £11 U8sFREE||South Stand1500|
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|Position 2012/13||2nd in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||Title Contenders|
|Average Gate||2123 (Total 14,862)|
|Away following||202 (1214 Aug/Sept)|
The Potential Team
Steve Burr 4-3-3
23 N Vaughan
2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 jackman
8 Fowler 7 Byrne
21 Lolley 13 Blissett
22 Morgan- Smith
The Heroes & Villains
|6 players on||1||Morgan-Smith||2|
|5 players on||1|
The Summer Plans
With just Briggs and Collins released manager Steve Burr just keeps on making the Harriers stronger. Leading BSP goal machine Gash has made the loan deal from Cambridge permanent, although 20 year old young gun Joe Lolley has also joined after banging in 88 goals in 83 games for Littleton in the Midlands Combination. As if the midfield was not blessed enough Fowler comes in from Doncaster, Tolley from Mansfield, Dance from the Hatters and another unknown, winger Dior Angus a whippet with a wicked cross. Grimes has also come in as back-up to a defence that has ex-Imp Gowling, Dunkley,Demetriou and Vaughen.
Burr rode out the storm, added Josh Gowling – who was no good for the Imps – then only tinkered with a well oiled machine when injury or the odd tactical change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 was required. Fair is fair, Kiddy deserved to go up last year, the football was sublime, but two results near the end cost them. They did not choke, so lets not look back in anger, because this quality side is unlikely to need to make up that much ground again.
|31st July||Joe Lolley||Littleton||For||Undis|
|25th July||Jamie Grimes||Trialist||Def||Free|
|19th June||Lee Fowler||Doncaster Rov||Mid||Free|
|17th June||Dior Angus||Solihull||Winger||Undis|
|10th June||Jamie Tolley||Mansfield||Mid||Free|
|6th June||James Dance||Luton||Mid||Free|
|1st May||Michael Gash||Cambridge U||For||Undis|
|Released||Keith Briggs||FC Halifax||Mid|
Harriers 2013/14 Squad
1 Daniel Lewis, 23 Nathan Vaughan
2 Lee Vaughan, 3 Mickey Demetriou, 6 Cheyenne Dunkley, 15 Jamie Grimes, 16 Danny Jackman, 30 Joshua Gowling,
4 Kyle Storer, 5 Jamie Tolley, 7 Jack Byrne, 8 Lee Fowler, 11 Marvin Johnson, 14 Dior Angus, 17 James Dance, 18 Callum Gittings,
9 Michael Gash, 10 Anthony Malbon, 13 Nathan Blissett, 19 Ryan Rowe, 21 Joe Lolley, 22 Amari Morgan-Smith
Chester City, FGR, Tamworth FC and FC Halifax top the card collecting charts (Aldershot Town and Cambridge United are the Angels) with a Lamb head and shoulders above any other when it comes to getting into the referees notebook.
thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Now for the men of steel.
|10 players joint 10th||4|
Ask Barnet FC, Cambridge United, Nuneaton Town, Woking FC and Dartford if they like the hordes of the Imps and they give you a big Yes! Yet the top headline grabber that greets us on Monday – this after the local police had praised both sets of fans behaviour – gave the impression of a day of shame.
Its the Vic Erzantarz Monday morning moan
Once again the Imps support on Saturday was nothing short of fantastic with non-stop support from start to finish from the 483 that travelled to Nuneaton. So far Lincoln have taken 574 to Barnet in a gate of 1913, 447 to Cambridge in a gate of 3022, 370 to Woking (1845) and 265 to a very distant Dartford (1386). We even took 147 to Hereford on a Tuesday in a very poor crowd of under 1400 and there looked far more Imps than the figure suggested.
Whenever teams take large regular followings away, the Imps are the 4th best supported in the Premier, there will be the odd incidents that the local press can stir up, yet in reality it gives a false overall impression and can influence families fancying a day out supporting our local club. That can hurt the bank accounts of the Imps and our fellow Skrill Premier neighbours, many of whom need the away following to balance the books.
With so few incidents and arrests it is time to give the Imps a break!
Luton Town, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town, Cambridge United, The Imps, Chester City, Aldershot Town and Kidderminster Harriers are all still averaging over 2000 so far this season. The divisional average just over 1800, with Luton Town’s magnificent 6,000 plus making up for the 6 sides failing to break the 1,000 barrier.
thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Please feel free to put up a link to the site on any of your forums, to cut to the chase let us take a look at the total turnstile clicks and Average crowds up to the first week of October 2013/14
|Team||Total Turnstile Clicks||Average Gate|
|Forest Green Rovers||7,216||1,202|
After defeats to Woking FC, Cambridge United & Salisbury City it looks a good time to take on Nuneaton Town still second in the Skrill Premier League. Then again when two big sides at the top meet, both of whom have long throws the game could go either way.
Thank you for reading The Prof
Saturday 5th Oct KO 3 PM
Hello everyone, it’s your learned Prof here from the University of Lincoln. After a great 3-0 win over gamely Hyde The Imps go into this one in fine fettle backed by a good away following. Both sides have 100% records against each other, although we have only played 3 times in all. To cut to the chase, let us look at the facts and stats and remember that games of football are only won and lost out on the pitch.
|Gary Simpson||Manager||Kevin Wilkin|
|4-2-3-1 /various||Formation||3-5-2 or 4-4-2|
|3-0 V Hyde (H)||Biggest win||3-1 V Southport (H)|
|2-3 Luton (A)||Heaviest defeat||0-3 V Cambridge (A)|
|14,122||Total Turnstile Clicks||7,406|
|2646 v Salisbury||Hi||1561 V Wrexham|
|1879 V Southport||Low||919 V Southport|
Heroes & Villains
Current & Overall Form
Historic Tale of the Tape
|At Lincoln City (2)||At Nuneaton Town (1)|
|Lincoln City||2||100||Nuneaton Town||1||100|
|Nuneaton Town||0||0||Lincoln City||0||0|
|Lincoln City||3||1.5||Nuneaton Town||1||1|
|Nuneaton Town||1||0.5||Lincoln City||0||0|
|Neutral Ground (0)||Totals (3 matches)|
|Lincoln City||0||0||Lincoln City||2||66.7|
|Nuneaton Town||0||0||Nuneaton Town||1||33.3|
|Lincoln City||0||0||Lincoln City||3||1|
|Nuneaton Town||0||0||Nuneaton Town||2||0.7|
|Highest Aggregate||3||Lincoln City||2 – 1||Nuneaton Town||2012/2013|
|Highest Lincoln City score:||2||Lincoln City||2 – 1||Nuneaton Town||2012/2013|
|Highest Nuneaton Town score:||1||Nuneaton Town||1 – 0||Lincoln City||2012/2013|
|2012/2013||Sat 16 Mar||Nuneaton Town||1 – 0||Lincoln City||Blue Sq Premier|
|2012/2013||Tue 25 Sep||Lincoln City||2 – 1||Nuneaton Town||Blue Sq Premier|
|2010/2011||Sat 06 Nov||Lincoln City||1 – 0||Nuneaton Town||F.A. Cup|
Luton Town, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town, Cambridge United, The Imps, Kidderminster, Chester City and Aldershot Town are all averaging over 2250 so far this season. The Hatters, Dragons and Mariners are helping to keep the League average to just shy of 2,000 (1,919 to be precise).
Without further ado STMI’s first look of the season at the total turnstile clicks and average crowds of each club.
|STMI Skrill Premier Home Crowd Analysis 2013/14|
|Team||Total Turnstile clicks||Average Gate|
|15||Forest Green Rovers||4,043||1,347|