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Misfit Target Man Up For Grabs.

Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City goal machine has returned to Gateshead FC after a loan spell at Hereford United.  Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out.  Could Simmo move for Brodie on loan to sort his target man problems?

Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie – now fit after 8 games at Hereford – would be the perfect target man. At 6′ 2″ the take no prisoners no nonsense striker would give Yussuff and Tomlinson the knock downs they need.

Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up. There had been fitness issues prior to his 8 game Hereford loan spell after the player had not featured for the Heed despite 2 goals in the first 7 games, where he scored against Saturday’s opponents Kidderminster and Southport.

Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid,  he’s not pretty, rather a direct no frills aerial handful with a shot that can be hot to handle when he has his tail up.  Simmo could be just the manager to ignite that, Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for York City.

With Gateshead winning five of their last six games while he was away the bustling forward may have to wait for his chance.  Manager Gary Mills  now has six strikers on his books, including on loan Port Vale front man Jordan Hugill, who has already bludgeoned home four.  Mills has already asked for an extension to Hugill’s loan and permission for the lad to play in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Chester FC.  He looks like getting it suggesting Simmo could move with £12,500 up for grabs in the Cup on Saturday week.

Simmo is in no rush but Richard does seem to have got his passion back under former manager Foyle who could not afford to keep him it seems, he had this to say upon his return to his home-town club.

“The lads have been flying so I will have to be patient and work hard to get back into the side. I want the chance to prove I can score goals at this level like I have in the past for York and Crawley. The reason I came back to Tyneside in the summer was to play for my home-town club. I’ll give it a real go and I’m more determined than ever to succeed at Gateshead.”

STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Richard Jon Brodie
DATE OF BIRTH 8 July 1987 (age 26)
PLACE OF BIRTH Gateshead, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CURRENT GIG IN THE GAME
CURRENT CLUB Gateshead
NUMBER 24
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 8 (0)
INTERNATIONAL TEAM
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

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

P W D L F A GD PTS
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

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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

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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 

Form
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
Overall
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
Loans
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

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The Lambs Squad 2013/14

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

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

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

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

Rendell Off To Woking Then!

Current Luton Town and former Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford  UtdCambridge Utd and Crawley Town target man Scott Rendell has signed on loan for Woking FC  today.

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Rendell was put up for loan after manager John Still announced that 6′ 1″  was not going to fit in with his plans. This has alerted a posse of clubs, to the misfit who had to endure transfer day heartbreak after a mystery club failed to come up with the transfer fee.  He would have been perfect for the Imps but Woking have the money to match the Hatters loan valuation.

Rendell does not fit into Still’s plans despite a credible 12 strikes in 32 starts and 10 substitute appearances since moving from Wycombe in the summer of 2012. He bagged 17 from 27 starts for Wanders. Rendell would be the perfect supporting striker having got 12 for Torquay the season before and 15 for Cambridge UTD having returned to them on loan after an unsuccessful spell at Posh, who laid out £115,000 for his services.

We asked the question on Monday as to whether A Scott Rendell or a new ground should come first – HERE .

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Scott David Rendell
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1986 (age 26)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ashford, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 1 in  / 12 st 4lb
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Luton Town
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Aldershot Town 0 (0)
2004–2006 Reading 0 (0)
2005 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 16 (2)
2006 Hayes (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town (loan) 21 (8)
2007 Crawley Town 21 (3)
2007–2008 Cambridge United 32 (19)
2008 Peterborough United (loan) 10 (3)
2008–2010 Peterborough United 3 (1)
2008 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2009 Cambridge United (loan) 27 (15)
2009–2010 Torquay United (loan) 39 (13)
2010–2012 Wycombe Wanderers 50 (17)
2011 Bristol Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 18 (3)
2012– Luton Town 42 (12)

Imps Striker Target Joins Bulls

Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City has left Gateshead FC for a loan spell at Hereford United.  Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out. Former Imp Larkin is also said to be on substantially more than the Imps paid him last season.

Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie if fit would have been a great addition alongside Tomlinson up front. Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up.  Fit is the question however, as the player is understood not to be featuring for the Heed with concerns over his general fitness, this, despite 2 goals in the first 7 games.

Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid. He’s a no frills lad but his aerial presence and shot are hot to handle when he has his tail up. Canny manager Martin Foyle will reignite that if anyone can Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for him at York City.

STMI Biopic
Full name Richard Jon Brodie
Date of birth 8 July 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Current gig in the game
Current club Hereford United
(on loan from Gateshead)
Number 24
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 0 (0)
International team
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

A Scott Rendell Or Will New Ground Come First?

Current Luton Town and former Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford  UtdCambridge Utd and Crawley Town target man Scott Rendell is available for loan after manager John Still announced that 6′ 1″  is not going to fit in with his plans. This has alerted a posse of clubs, to the misfit who had to endure transfer day heartbreak after a mystery club failed to come up with the transfer fee.

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With our previous big lad starting to score at Crewe and The Imps failing to break down Salisbury due to a plan B, the 6′ 1″ 12st 4 powerhouse could be just what the Imps are looking for.  With rumours circulating around the forums that the Imps have found land for a new stadium (allegedly behind Morrisons), the question is what comes first the team or the stadium?

Rendell does not fit into Still’s plans despite a credible 12 strikes in 32 starts and 10 substitute appearances since moving from Wycombe in the summer of 2012. He bagged 17 from 27 starts for Wanders. Rendell would be the perfect supporting striker having got 12 for Torquay the season before and 15 for Cambridge UTD having returned to them on loan after an unsuccessful spell at Posh, who laid out £115,000 for his services.

Question is will the loan budget stretch to him and if why not? Season ticket sales are up crowds looking promising and even enough confidence around the place to fund plans for a move.

The team is the heart of the football club and a £400k budget does not suggest that given a ground sale will surely generate millions and change if we are only going to end up with a soulless 4-5,000 capacity ground. It will be fit for purpose, but what purpose if the funds are not going to a team that might fill it back in the Football League.  Surely this season is the best opportunity for promotion for half a decade, so the priority has to be to get a plan B in before its too late?. These should be the sort of questions the critical friend must start asking, Otherwise the great share give-away wont be the only thing to take the fans by surprise.

STMI Biopic
Full name Scott David Rendell
Date of birth 21 October 1986 (age 26)
Place of birth Ashford, England
Height/weight 6 ft 1 in  / 12 st 4lb
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Luton Town
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Aldershot Town 0 (0)
2004–2006 Reading 0 (0)
2005 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 16 (2)
2006 Hayes (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town (loan) 21 (8)
2007 Crawley Town 21 (3)
2007–2008 Cambridge United 32 (19)
2008 Peterborough United (loan) 10 (3)
2008–2010 Peterborough United 3 (1)
2008 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2009 Cambridge United (loan) 27 (15)
2009–2010 Torquay United (loan) 39 (13)
2010–2012 Wycombe Wanderers 50 (17)
2011 Bristol Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 18 (3)
2012– Luton Town 42 (12)

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
STMI BIOPIC
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)
POSITION WINGBACK / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
YOUTH CAREER
1999–2000 Rushden & Diamonds
SENIOR STATS
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

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Ex Captain Signs For Boston

Boston have signed former Mansfield Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Crawley Town, Stevenage Borough and Kettering and Lincoln City midfield dynamo Gary Mills.  Holdsworth, who has always rated his noble qualities, even signed him and made him Captain last season, at the expense of Nutter.

The BSN is a level Mills will excel at. He loves to be at the centre of things and has the ability to become Boston’s much needed midfield boss, being an instrumental part of Nuneaton’s rise to the BSP last season in 2011/12.

He leads by example in the good times and the bad, i;;ustrated by his time at the Stags, 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.

His passing is more solid than spectacular, but he is able to unlock a defence with a deft threaded ball.  At 32 he certainly has the experience, let us hope the injuries will not catch up with him over a 46 match marathon, because his heart alone deserves an Indian summer or maybe even two.

Good luck Gary, definitely one to watch.

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
STMI BIOPIC
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)
POSITION WINGBACK / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
YOUTH CAREER
1999–2000 Rushden & Diamonds
SENIOR STATS
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

Futch Joins “The Management” To KO Shaymen But A Dragon Awaits?

Even though Wrexham FC and former Bury hero Andy Morrell is odds on to get the Gigg Lane gig, former Imp Ben Futcher will definitely not be playing for FC Halifax Town in the short-term, because The Shakers manager Richie Barker  has defected to Crawley Town.  Peter Shirtliff and Futch will take temporary charge, but the musical chairs looks set to continue, because Ben is unlikely to be head and shoulders above his peers in this particular contest.

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Confused and feel you are caught up in a caper more confusing than Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?  Well lets give you the SP and the full Jackanory…..when Barker appointed Big Ben as the reserve side and development manager this summer, he looked set to hang up his boots, bar the odd rumble in the Football Combination Northern Section jungle.  But only if the Shakers young and hopefuls were hard-pressed of course.  What a waste, surely the coaching badges could be done as homework thought ambitious Halifax,  who moved for a loan deal just to make sure he still had the appetite and the bacon and eggs for the game at just 31 years old.  Its a deal its a steal its the sale of the f…… yep the Shakers thought they would keep him.
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So Barker having it on his toes to Crawley means 2 meter Futcher the penalty box  Butcher, will have to hang up his boots again, at least until the new managerial process has run its course. Who knows he and Peter Shirtliff may get a shot or two and prove themselves.  Although quite when the music stops at Bury is anyone’s guess as Bury only signed Welsh winger Craig Jones on a two-year deal yesterday. So Ben may not be hanging up his boots just yet, with a return to Halifax still very much in the offing.  Musical chairs or what geezers?

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 By Jove he’s taller than the stand and the other great oaks!
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A Dave Penny cast off Futch became Keith  Alexander’s first signing for the Imps along with Dean Cropper. He would follow KA everywhere after going on to be our leading scorer (10) and young player of the year in his first season.  He was a rock for three seasons before sensationally agreeing to join Boston for allegedly more money and then Grimsby. He found it hard to get into the Mariners side until the end of the season.  Sods Law it was just in time to score in the 2-1 play-off semi against The Mighty Imps.  Keith forgave a man who shares our play-off pain (The Mariners lost to Cheltenham to record his 3rd play-off final defeat in 4 years) and signed him for Posh and Bury. Simmo also took him on loan  to Macc last season.
STMI BIOPIC
FUTCH’S STATISTICAL  PROFILE
FULL NAME Benjamin Paul Futcher
DATE OF BIRTH 4 June 1981 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Bradford,
HEIGHT 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
WEIGHT 12st 5lbs (78.54kg)
POSITION CENTRE-HALF
CURRENT CLUB  Bury
NUMBER 35
CAREER STATS LGE & CUP
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Oldham Athletic 11 (0)
2001 Stalybridge Celtic (loan) 17 (1)
2002 Stalybridge Celtic 9 (0)
2002 Doncaster Rovers 2 (0)
2002–2005 Lincoln City 133 (15)
2005–2006 Boston United 17 (1)
2006 Grimsby Town 23 (3)
2006–2007 Peterborough United 28 (3)
2007– Bury 127 (4)
2010–2011  Oxford United (loan) 6 (0)
2011  Mansfield Town (loan) 13 (1)
2012 AFC Telford United (loan) 3 (0)
2012– Macclesfield Town (loan) 10 (0)

4 Gary Mills Midfield Matador

David Holdsworth has made combative captain and ex- Mansfield Town midfield boss and play-maker,  Gary Mills,  the Lincoln City Captain for the 2012-13 season.  This will see a sideways move for left-back John Nutter to club captain and, is perhaps another sign that the Gillingham and Tilson influence is now history at the club following Joshua Gowling’s transfer listing on Monday.

Mills will be at the centre of things this season in every sense of the term.  He was brought in to be the midfield boss and knows the non-league well having played for Rushden & Diamonds, Crawley Town, Stevenage Borough and Kettering. He is Holdsworth’s man having worked under him at Mansfield Town and was an instrumental part of Nuneaton’s rise to the BSP last season.
His signing on May 21st, on a year long deal, suggested we wanted someone who could lead by example and be there in the good times and the bad.  He spent a large part of his career at Rushden where he enjoyed their football League highs and 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 reasonable pace. He will backs down to no one in the challenge.
Gary has a terrific football brain in the heat of battle and a great range of passing,  His flick and turn to put young Robinson away, against Grimsby, was a joy to behold.  His passing is more solid than spectacular, but he is able to unlock a defence with a deft threaded ball.  At 31 he certainly has the experience, let us hope the injuries will not catch up with him over a 46 match marathon.
Good luck Gary, definitely one to watch.
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Gary Leonard Mills
DATE OF BIRTH 20 May 1981 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Isle of Sheppey, England
HEIGHT 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
WEIGHT 11 st  5lb (72 kg)
POSITION WINGBACK / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
YOUTH CAREER
1999–2000 Rushden & Diamonds
SENIOR STATS
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– Nuneaton Town 27