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Oliver Opens Crewe Account against Peterborough

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Lincoln City hot-shot Vadaine Oliver has opened his account for Crewe in the 2-2 draw against Peterborough United today.

 

Vadaine slid home a cross from Brad Inman to grab his first goal for the club in the 15th minute. Then Leitch-Smith touched home 30 yard Lee Molyneux’s pass to make it  two. Tyrone Barnett, another of Simmo’s finds,  gave Peterborough a lifeline after Mark Little’s shot was saved and then Michael Bostwick steered in Lee Tomlin’s corner in the last minute to share the spoils.

Vadaine also got an assist in the 3-3 draw with Rotherham in the League Cup and is starting to become a fist team fixture at the Railwaymen.

STMI wish you all the best Vadaine, keep clocking up the appearances and goal – because we need the cash for someone just like you!

Simmo Researching Loan Recruits

Gary Simpson will look to loans from Middlesbrough FC, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield, Rotherham United and perhaps even Everton FC as and when the need arises.  As expected the strict limitations with regard to the Lincoln City budget meant that Gary Simpson could not make any 11th hour signings prior to the transfer window closing at 11 PM last night.

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Although a big target man to replace former sharp-shooting Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver, now at Crewe, is the priority, wages for a proven player would be prohibitive at in excess of a thousand a week even at Conference level. It would merely disrupt the harmony of the dressing room and chew up the slack that remains in the budget for reinforcements when the time arrives. A good STMI Crewe source alleges Simmo was at the game against Huddersfield yesterday, suggesting he has either a Terrier or Alex lad in his sights.

Gary Simpson has a wealth of contacts within both the Football League and Non-League game around the Sheffield and North-West area  In the past he has used his Cheshire contacts as well as Everton FC, Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday to strengthen the Macclesfield side. Bury and Accrington could also be a source.

That said the manager, who thankfully missed out on the August Manager of the Month, must be happy with the performance of the squad and will surely keep the loan fund option open until the weather or injuries begin to bight. With Blue skies on the cards for a while yet, Yussuf raring to go and, Wright a fortnight away, the managers options seem plentiful.

Vadaine Set For Crewe Break

Crewe look set to debut ex-Imp and Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver against Tranmere Rovers this Saturday.  Steve Davis will be hoping his 16th placed side can pull off their first win of the season against Ronnie Moore’s side with powerful target-man Oliver the key.  This is good news for the Imps as the transfer fee includes add-ons that are performance related.

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Vadaine, Simmo’s Imp version of JJ – Jermaine Johnson – has waited patiently  on the bench so far, in a mirror of last season when he was thrown in at the deep end.  But 19 sub appearances and 22 starts later the twenty-year-old put powered home 13 goals, been credited with three assists and contributed to at least half a dozen more.

Lincoln undoubtedly miss is aerial dominance up front, with the new passing style of football missing the direct option Vadaine provides.  The manager does not seem overly concerned at the moment having used part of the vital transfer funds to bring in Thomlinson for just shy of seven grand.  However with Wright and Yussuf missing he may be forced to speed up the transformation of Bohan Dixon from a wide midfielder cum forward to an out and out centre-forward.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season 2012/13

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2292 13 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngSTMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals

Forest Eye New Stag Clucas – Bulls Could Benefit

Nottingham Forest are interested in Mansfield Town’s Sam Clucas, who beat off Crewe Alexandra for his signature recently. The cast-off Imp was a star at Hereford United – who could end up with a slice of any fee with a sell-on as they offered the youngster a deal – last season scoring 5 goals in his last 6 games.   Sam got a brace for The Stags against Peterborough United in a  4-2 win last week, so he is continuing where he left off.  Sam never got an opportunity at Lincoln, spending his time running around a field along with the late Richard Butcher, before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy and then the Bulls.

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The Hereford United midfielder and player of the year last term, Sam may have failed to make the grade at Leicester City after 6 years as a youth, but never gave up, choosing instead to study Sports Development at Lincoln college, funded by a job at Debenhams, before being signed by Jacko at Lincoln. He then spent most of his time at the Imps running around a pitch with Richard Butcher, never given a reason for becoming a Chris Sutton outcast, before moving on to Hereford to become Captain at just 21.

Sam’s 9 goals from 44 appearances for the Bulls, 5 in the last 6 games including a beautiful brace at Telford on the final day, was a tremendous, thoroughly deserved triumph last year. At just 21, he had kept the faith, harnessed his frustration and delivered. Sam, a box-to-box midfielder, played mainly on the wing last term, takes his chances and has a shot that reminds one of a now departed player, who was there when he needed someone, to keep his flickering football candle burning.  A move to Crewe will further unlock his undoubted technique, but when it comes to determination he is out on his own, well almost…….

The late Richard Butcher had plenty of pearls of wisdom for the young lad, as the two were cut off from the main squad and forced to endlessly run around the training ground. He kept the young lads spirits up at a time when the harsher side of football life threatened a driven lads career. Signed by Jacko, who described him as ‘a real find’, the ex-Lincoln College lad, was destined to become little more than a publicity stunt, facing the ‘moving on’ process despite not being given a chance to show his ability.  His choice to turn down a scholarship in the States for Lincoln, appeared to be a wrong one.

With Sutton keen to free up the budget, the endless runs and isolation from the squad is a time honoured psychological way to force a player out. This would ensure a player either elects to move to another club or  commit a breach of contract that would benefit the club. Fines of up to two weeks wages or the ability to negotiate a reduced severance deal allow the club to save money, needed to fund loans or even a new signing. People will think Sutton harsh, but in truth he was following the tricks of the trade.

Sam managed just 63 minutes for the Imps in the Trophy against Darlington, this was Jackson’s last game in charge. The team was in revolt at the management’s tactics, giving the directors little option but to relieve them of their posts just half a dozen games into the new season. Effectively missing the cut at Lincoln was as rough as the decision to axe him at the Foxes, after 6 years, despite making it through the Leicester City Academy during the previous 5.  He and Richard actually found out about being transfer listed via the grapevine over the weekend and things came to a head on the Monday morning. The management team asked everyone how their weekend had gone, to which Richard replied, ” Fine other than finding out that I had been transfer listed thanks to a on my mobile from a rival manager”.

Sam was a determined lad who was keen to hone his skills. Neither breached their contracts, with the two forming a brother-in arms bond. Richard also shared the skills he had learned, with the lad keen to build on his strength and stamina as well as passing, movement and shooting, key elements for a box-to-box midfielder player.  Richard rated Sam’s natural fitness and technique things, he himself, had been singled out for when Sutton first arrived at Lincoln.  He was also impressed with the lads drive and keenness to stay beyond the required time, in what was to all intents and purposes a training regime designed to move both players on.

Sam spent a little time at Lincoln Moorelands before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy. Here he continued to learn, under the stewardship of  Nigel Spackman, Graham Rix and Dave Beasant, getting outings for Jerez Industrial in the Primera Andaluza League. The club had escaped bankruptcy thanks to £160k loan and the signing of a 5-year deal with The Glenn Hoddle Academy.

Sam signed for Hereford in 2011. The club were relegated but, despite struggling financially the Bulls finished 6th, one place and 10 points off the play-offs.  Sam like many of the players put their careers before their pay-packets as the wage-run was missed in March and April.  Sam commanded a compensation fee as he had been offered a deal by Martin Foyle who rates him highly, suggesting the hard-up Bulls could cash in through add-ons if the Stags agree to sell. Foyle made him an ever-present in the side last year and turned him into the winger that everyone else seems to have missed.

Good luck Sam, you have always earned your right to play.

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Samuel Raymond Clucas
DATE OF BIRTH 25 September 1990 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Lincoln, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Hereford United
NUMBER 18
YOUTH CAREER
2001–2007 Leicester City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2009 Nettleham n/a (?)
2009–2010 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2010 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4 (?)
2010–2011 Jerez Industrial 12 (?)
2011– Hereford United 62 (9)

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Crewe Complete Deal for Lincoln & Former Wednesday Striker

Crewe Alexandra have pipped Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield FC for the services of Lincoln City and  former Sheffield Wednesday  striker Vadaine Oliver after a successful medical.  The agreed but undisclosed fee has also avoided the need for a tribunal.

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Vadaine, released by Sheffield Wednesday last summer, wished the Imps well. We at STMI wish him well too. May he fit in with Crewe’s carpet football style and stay free from injury in what looks set to be an exciting first season for him in League 1.

 

The Imps have done well out of a lad signed on a peppercorn wage by David Holdsworth, before earning a deal until the end of last season. Vadaine scored 13 goals in 22 starts and 19 substitute appearances but shone during the latter part of the season culminating in a hat-trick at Hyde.

Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

Crewe Eye Clucas A Sly Fox & Bull Who Also Slipped Imps Net.

Crewe Alexander look set to sign ex-Leicester City, Imp and Hereford United midfielder and player of the year Sam Clucas. Sam may have failed to make the grade at Leicester City after 6 years as a youth, but never gave up, choosing instead to study Sports Development at Lincoln college, funded by a job at Debenhams, before being signed by Jacko at Lincoln. He then spent most of his time at the Imps running around a pitch with Richard Butcher, as a fellow Chris Sutton outcast, before moving on to Hereford to become Captain at just 21.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Sam’s 9 goals from 44 appearances for the Bulls, 5 in the last 6 games including a beautiful brace at Telford on the final day, was a tremendous, thoroughly deserved triumph last year. At just 21, he had kept the faith, harnessed his frustration and delivered. Sam, a box-to-box midfielder, played mainly on the wing last term, takes his chances and has a shot that reminds one of a now departed player, who was there when he needed someone, to keep his flickering football candle burning.  A move to Crewe will further unlock his undoubted technique, but when it comes to determination he is out on his own, well almost…….

The late Richard Butcher had plenty of pearls of wisdom for the young lad, as the two were cut off from the main squad and forced to endlessly run around the training ground. He kept the young lads spirits up at a time when the harsher side of football life threatened a driven lads career. Signed by Jacko, who described him as ‘a real find’, the ex-Lincoln College lad, was destined to become little more than a publicity stunt, facing the ‘moving on’ process despite not being given a chance to show his ability.  His choice to turn down a scholarship in the States for Lincoln, appeared to be a wrong one.

Richard often talked of their time together.  With Sutton keen to free up the budget, the endless runs and isolation from the squad is a time honoured psychological way to force a player out. This would ensure a player either elects to move to another club or  commit a breach of contract that would benefit the club. Fines of up to two weeks wages or the ability to negotiate a reduced severance deal allow the club to save money, needed to fund loans or even a new signing. People will think Sutton harsh, but in truth he was following the tricks of the trade.

Sam managed just 63 minutes for the Imps in the Trophy against Darlington.  Missing the cut was as rough as the decision to axe him at the Foxes, after 6 years, despite making it at the Leicester City Academy during the previous 5.

He and Richard actually found out about being transfer listed via the grapevine over the weekend and things came to a head on the Monday morning. The management team asked everyone how their weekend had gone, to which Richard replied, ” Fine other than finding out that I had been transfer listed thanks to a call on my mobile from a rival manager”.

Sam was a determined lad who was keen to hone his skills. Neither breached their contracts, with the two forming a brother-in arms bond. Richard also shared the skills he had learned, with the lad keen to build on his strength and stamina as well as passing, movement and shooting, key elements for a box-to-box midfielder player.  Richard rated Sam’s natural fitness and technique things, he himself, had been singled out for when Sutton first arrived at Lincoln.  He was also impressed with the lads drive and keenness to stay beyond the required time, in what was to all intents and purposes a training regime designed to move both players on.

Sam spent a little time at Lincoln Moorelands before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy. Here he continued to learn, under the stewardship of  Nigel Spackman, Graham Rix and Dave Beasant, getting outings for Jerez Industrial in the Primera Andaluza League. The club had escaped bankruptcy thanks to £160k loan and the signing of a 5-year deal with The Glenn Hoddle Academy.

Sam signed for Hereford in 2011. The club were relegated but, despite struggling financially the Bulls finished 6th, one place and 10 points off the play-offs.  Sam like many of the players put their careers before their pay-packets as the wage-run was missed in March and April.  Sam will command a compensation fee like Vadaine Oliver as he has been offered a deal by Martin Foyle who rates him highly. He made him an ever-present in the side last year and turned him into a winger. In another twist of fate Richard was changed from a winger to a midfielder by Brian Talbot at Rushden. Even though he would never start a game for the Diamonds, certain influences can shape a career for good.

Good luck Sam, you have always earned your right to play, question is will it be Mansfield or Crewe?

STMI Biopic
Full name Samuel Raymond Clucas
Date of birth 25 September 1990 (age 22)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hereford United
Number 18
Youth career
2001–2007 Leicester City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2009 Nettleham n/a (?)
2009–2010 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2010 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4 (?)
2010–2011 Jerez Industrial 12 (?)
2011– Hereford United 62 (9)

Crewe Bid £15k for Former Owl & Want Away Imp Oliver.

Crewe Alexandra have had a £15,000 bid for former Sheffield Wednesday and want away Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver rejected alerting a posse of North West Clubs and closer to home rivals Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield FC, who may still have time to make a move.

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Vadaine was released by Sheffield Wednesday last summer and signed on a peppercorn wage by David Holdsworth, before earning a deal until the end of the season. The Imps are however thought to want substantially more for the striker and will chance a tribunal unless they receive a bigger bid.  The problem with a tribunal is that they will take into account the financial investment as well as the time and effort spent in improving a player who will set the BSP alight next year.  Vadaine scored 13 goals in 22 starts and 19 substitute appearances but shone during the latter part of the season culminating in a hat-trick at Hyde.

Clearly the news that two further League 2 rivals are taking an interest could ensure the Imps get a better fee, although the Railwaymen are said to be set to unveil the player according to various sources. Crewe have recently paid between £30,000 and £80,000 for Michael West and Michael Pogba.

Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

Imps Hoping To Seal Deals

With Crewe Alexandra in for Oliver, no centre-halves under contract and Gainsborough Trinity’s Terry Hawkridge up for grabs, Gary Simpson will be hoping for some decisions next week.

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Simmo has received a boost to his war-chest, thanks to £11,313 from the FA Cup Pool. He will also receive any funds from the sale of Vadaine Oliver, who looks set to leave the Imps. So any move for wonderful winger Terry looks feasible as well as a tall mystery target man. Hawkridge scored six and supplied 16 assists last season, stepping up from obscurity in style. At 22 and in receipt of a contract offer we will need to pay a fee.

But the backbone to a Bank bounce-back will be based on retaining the services of Andrew Boyce, Tom Miller and Nat Brown, who was on loan last season. Get these three and a replacement striker and the Imps will be cooking on gas.

Sincil Salivates.

Imps Wont Let Striker Go Cheap

With Crewe Alexandra now in a tug of war with Crawley Town for Aldershot FC striker Danny Hylton, manager Steve Davis, backed by strong season ticket sales, appears to be keen to lay out a small fee for a 6′ 3″ striker. Many feel this to be unsettled Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver. In football finances the term ‘small’ is relative but , to the Imps, a fair return could make a massive difference.  Tribunals also seem to be favouring non-League clubs in tussles with League ones, over the last few years.

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It is fair to say Vadaine, 22 in October, has been touted everywhere by his agent and co. Of the three Imps yet to sign (Andrew Boyce, Miller and his good self) he is the one you feel is set to leave.  But a small fee is not on the cards. The Imps have taken the player from obscurity, rebuilt his confidence and will have a very strong case at a tribunal. As the player is under 24 we are guaranteed a fee  for him, one that we deserve and, for that matter desperately need. Crewe, who have one of the most profitable youth set-ups in the football League, should be more  aware of that than most. Aside from full Academy status and good funding they have argued the youth case well raising millions in transfer fees and add-ons (the clauses ensured they profited well out of  David Platt’s £20 million in fees). The Railwaymen have also seen 75 players go on to play for the first team before being sold on, so clearly their Academy is a vital artery for the clubs continued prosperity.

Not so the Imps, with Mr Moyses putting his money where his mouth is, unlike many of our directors, as our centre of excellence endures a hand-to-mouth existence.  With an additional 5-6 players required to complement the first-team squad, the budget is a tight one, even if season ticket sales and directors undertakings have seen it grow (3 sources suggest the £400,000 budget is now closer to £450,000). But with Hawkridge under contract, plus another target likely to require a small fee, a tribunal is likely to favour the Imps. We do not get the youth subsidies enjoyed by League sides, something tribunals are mindful of.  The chances are that we would not only get a decent fee, but also some add-ons and a slice of any future sell-on.

Vadaine’s long-term career would be better served by signing for a club who will play him every week.  Just ask Tyrone Barnett who waited before going to Posh for £1.1 million. Tyrone is just one of many confirming both, that our manager has a pedigree for developing young players and, that he has never stood in anyone’s way.  The reality is that we are always going to be a selling club, but one that deserves the right to emulate Dario’s Crewe Youth vision. To do that we need a return for enduring the ups and downs on the way to seeing the glimpses one would expect as a player begins to blossom. Surely the Imps are entitled to see a bit of the Spring before a predatory club comes in and enjoys the sunshine?

Vadaine is certainly about to blossom as the stats below confirm. Surely Gary and the Imps deserve him until January at least or anywhere between £50k and 100k down payment plus add-ons.  That is hardly a small fee is it?

Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngSTMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals