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Budget: Is It Time For Trust To Be Critical Friend?

Alfreton Town, Welling United, Tamworth, Woking, Southport FC, Nuneaton Town, Tamworth, Braintree, Dartford FC and Hyde FC are all considered part time.  Yet with three training sessions a week they could be labelled as what Lincoln manager Gary Simpson has recently described as part-time in disguise.

Perhaps this is why Lincoln struggles to beat sides who have superior budgets and look to raise their game in order to gain the scalp of a big team. The real issue and reality check for Lincoln fans, is that the club is anything but a big team when it comes to the playing budget. The forecast budget is still less than that enjoyed by David Holdsworth last season, this, despite better than expected season ticket sales, higher admission prices due to the closing of the home end and better average crowds than last season. 

After an interminable half decade of misery and decline, the team finds itself mid-table yet we are failing to play the dream football that fans wish to see.  At £18 for an adult they do have a point, but the economic reality and real issue is the competition from the 23 other Conference clubs that the Imps are struggling to match. They show ambition, they inspire, while a club with the potential of Lincoln, does anything but shrouded behind  non disclosure agreements that frustrate fans and keep them in the dark.  Who would like answers on the Stadium, the recent supporter director elections etc etc etc? What about a fans forum and not one that shortens a Trust or club AGM?

But back to money, the route of all evil it would appear. Lincoln and Macclesfield have the lowest full-time budgets in the Skrill Premier League, dwarfed by Luton, Forest Green, Grimsby, Wrexham, Cambridge, Kidderminster and Gateshead.  But these disguised part-time sides are also outspending the club thanks to rich benefactors and commercial deals that allow them to punch above their financial weight.  While geographically challenged Lincoln cannot afford more than 5 overnight stays, Salisbury identified and funded the 15 they face before a ball was kicked in earnest.

When we look at the performance on the pitch of Alfreton, Salisbury and Welling, they are doing so because they have the ability to fund better loans and can pay wages in excess of ours.  Lincoln have an average of £350 per week, but many of our part-time competitors can easily offer far more – sometimes double – our highest earners. Surely everyone realises consistency costs and that you get what you can ultimately pay for on the creative and goals front, which is the lifeblood of the sport.

Alfreton, Welling, Woking and Tamworth all have bigger playing budgets than Lincoln despite our gates.  Southport and even Nuneaton are certainly on a par with the Imps, but able to pay money and get loans that are out of our reach. Only Hyde, Braintree, Dartford and Macclesfield have an inferior budget to Lincoln, but their geography is less challenging when it comes to attracting talent.

We cannot really do anything about it any more either, the dye is cast.  The Trust historically appear in fans eyes to be anything but a critical friend, despite the two long-term gold member and supporter director reigns on the board of the club. The 1 million shares have gone to the Holding Company and even the current supporter Director is now a business partner of one of the board members on the Holding company, suggesting a cosy closed shot relationship remains. All we can do is keep faith it appears and be thankful the club is still in business even if it had to give away the fans crown jewels to sustain itself without any long-term guarantees.  Not that we had a vote on it of course  – this at of all clubs, the one Supporters direct once saw as the model community club.

Please note we have omitted the actual figures for each club for legal reasons, alas, as our regular readers are aware, STMI does not have the legal backing to publish the full truth as bigger publications would.

Conference Fans Must Back Grassroots Petition – nearly 18k have heard MP Crausby’s Call Already

STMI urge fans of Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC, FC Halifax, FGR, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City, Southport FC, Tamworth FC, Welling United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC, to back the petition to ensure grass roots football gets 7.5% of the from broadcasting rights. MP David Crausby’s petition already has 17,700 signatures so please get on board before the 20th September. Please get this on your forums.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

HM Government

The petition, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, calls on the Government to ensure that grassroots football receives financial support from the Premier League. At a time when Government cuts mean that many Local Authorities are no longer able to fund grassroots football transfer fees and players wages are spiralling to obscene levels and, very much wasting the bounty.  Similarly fees for basic facilities are climbing to the point where ordinary people are being priced out of our national sport.

The Premier League continues to grow in popularity around the world. Domestic broadcasting rights for 2013-14 to 2015-16 have been sold for £3bn, combined with global rights the Premier League could bring in as much as £5bn over the next three seasons.
This cash boost must not be wasted on ever-increasing wages for players when grassroots football is struggling. Just 34% of the starting line ups during the Premiership’s opening weekend were home-based talent
The Government must encourage the FA to ensure that 7.5% of money from broadcasting rights goes to fund grassroots football. If the FA and Premier League are unable to do so voluntarily the Government must be willing to take further action to make this compulsory.
Sign this petition and pass it on to everyone you know.
Current Number of signatures: 17,700
Created by: David Crausby MP
Closing Date : 20/02/2014 10:21

Simmo’s Sexy 6 – Hatters Bees & Bulls Included

Trips to Luton Town, Barnet FC & Hereford plus a home game against Southport FC follow the Dartford FC and Salisbury City games, suggesting the next five matches will define Lincoln City’s season. Can the sexy football continue into the winter or will  we face a hat-trick, get stung and end up with a horn in our side?

Thanks for Reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The sides signings facts & stats are here

Sat 31/8/13 Dartford Lincoln City
Sat 7/9/13 Lincoln City Salisbury
Sat 14/9/13 Barnet Lincoln City
Tue 17/9/13 Lincoln City Southport
Sat 21/9/13 Luton Town Lincoln City
Tue 24/9/13 Hereford Lincoln City

Dartford will be pivotal and it is not going to be easy, they beat big spending Tamworth last time out and the Imps have yet to win away. Dartford have so far won two and lost 3 so whatever Burman says publicly about the Imps being a big test, privately at least, this will be a challenge to his own side to tip the scales and emulate last seasons top 8 finish.  If we prevail then the home game against Salisbury could see the Imps consolidate our position at the right end of the table, perhaps even top-dogs in front of the faithful.

Salisbury’s only win has come against Aldershot (1-0) and then a draw against Welling last week (0-0) losing losing the opening three to Tamworth, Luton & Alfreton. Mikey Harris, at 28 the youngest manager in the game, has inspired two promotions in three years even if Darrell Clarke has joined ex-Imp goal machine Wardy at Bristol Rovers. Edgar Davids’ Barnet will be a very tough ask indeed. Top on goal difference, the Bees are unbeaten after wins against Chester (3-0) Braintree (3-0) and big spending Gateshead (2-1). They don’t concede many either with a 0-0 against Tamworth and a 1-1 against surprises early birds Nuneaton (3rd).

Southport, now managed by Villa legend Alan Wright sit 8th with three wins and two defeats. Port beat Luton (1-0), Gateshead (2-1) and Hyde (2-1) but came unstuck against Nuneaton (1-2) and Gateshead (1-2). They are our tips to finish in the top 8 and will pose a stern test. A win is vital going into the next two games against two of the best managers in the Division. Luton’s boo boys are getting at manager John Still’s big hitters, sitting 14th after 5 games. Having lost just once on opening day at Southport (0-1) the Hatters beat Salisbury (2-0) before enduring 3 draws against Macclesfield (1-1), Forest Green and Cambridge Utd. So no one wants to right them off just yet even if the boo-boys are already getting into him.

Martin Foyle’s 11th placed Bulls have also lost just the once, last weekend at Alfreton (1-2). Decent wins away at Chester (2-0) and at home to Tamworth (1-0) , have been undone by draws against Hyde (2-2) and Braintree (1-1) on the opening day. Of course many would argue he has done well to get a side out at all and they will be tough on a Tuesday after a trip to Luton on the Saturday. Ex Imp Sam Smith is leading scorer with two so far, could he yet come back to haunt us? Or will a wet Tuesday in the West Country see East Midlands sexy football make way for the Imps winter war machine?

Imps Results Recap

Sat 10/8/13 Woking  0-0 Lincoln City
Tue 13/10/13 Lincoln City  1-0 Macclesfield T
Sat 17/8/13 Lincoln City  2-1 Forest Green R
Sat 24/7/13 Cambridge United  1-0 Lincoln City
Mon 26/8/13 Lincoln City  2-0 Wrexham

 

 The Table 30/8/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7 11
2 Cambridge United 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 11
3 Nuneaton Town 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 11
4 Lincoln City 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3 10
5 FC Halifax Town 5 3 1 1 9 9 0 10
6 Kidderminster Harriers 5 3 0 2 9 7 +2 9
7 Alfreton Town 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1 9
8 Southport 5 3 0 2 6 6 0 9
9 Forest Green Rovers 5 2 2 1 12 4 +8 8
10 Welling United 5 2 2 1 8 6 +2 8
11 Hereford United 5 2 2 1 7 5 +2 8
12 Grimsby Town 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
13 Braintree Town 5 2 1 2 5 5 0 7
14 Luton Town 5 1 3 1 3 2 +1 6
15 Dartford 5 2 0 3 3 7 -4 6
16 Wrexham 5 1 2 2 8 10 -2 5
17 Tamworth 5 1 2 2 3 5 -2 5
18 Woking 5 1 1 3 5 8 -3 4
19 Salisbury City 5 1 1 3 3 6 -3 4

Dartford Look Easier Than Wrexham’s Bubble Derby V Chester.

Lincoln can continue their best start for 6 years with a first away win at improving Dartford FC, 2-0 victors at Tamworth FC. Wrexham, play Chester FC in non-league’s first bubble fixture (a police escort on official from your home ground to the away one and back – and you only get your ticket when you get off the coach as you go in) will have a harder ordeal you feel even though we are yet to win away and they are pleased to see the back of us. The Imps strangled the Dragons passing football last week but the ferocity of the derby could see them jumping from the frying pan into the fire.  Lose this one and Morrell’s passing Princes will really need to go back to the drawing board and quick.

Old school tabloid hack Vic Erzantartz pulse begins to quicken………………….

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Simon Yeo scored a penalty in that one a few years ago – up the Wrexham end – and can vouch for the ferocity of the affair, when Wales meets England in the most policed derby, per head, in world football.  The last one he played in saw 500 police with  the capacity restricted to under 5,000.  Chester have been given 1200 tickets for this one  and will want to bounce back from a 1-2 defeat to Forest Green and a 1-3 loss at Kidderminster.

Happier times perhaps for Lincoln City, who have a 100% home record, but just a draw and a defeat on the road. Indeed it is almost the reverse mirror image of the 2006/7 season that saw three (eventually 5 alas ending at Boston 0-1) wins on the road with two draws at home.  The Imps currently have 10 points to the 11 of the Schofield and Deehan season, but are not really getting the credit they deserve it would seem.

Thomlinson has come out and said that teams should start to fear Lincoln and even the manager is confident enough to say we are ready for everyone.  But we should not underestimate a Dartford side who won 2-0 at big spending Tamworth last week to end a run of three defeats to nil.  Dartford do not do draws having won 2 and lost 3. They have won one and lost one at home so far this season and given the Imps form this is unlikely to end up a draw.  The Darts beat Alfreton 1-0 on opening day at their lovely Princes Park venue then lost at home to Braintree 2-0.

We should not count our chickens, but The Imps will be favourites to win this one for a change with Fairhurst, Thomlinson and Rowe already amongst the goals backed by a side brimming with confidence. A hearty 200 plus are set to travel and they will make plenty of noise in a stadium that lends itself well to atmosphere.  Win this one and get the away form going and the Imps will go into the home game with Salisbury fancying their chances for the play-offs this season.

The Big Fat Conference Premier Guide

For fans of Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC, FC Halifax, FGR, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City, Southport FC, Tamworth FC, Welling United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC,  here is the STMI Skrill Premier guide.  Nearly 30,000 of you have read your own team’s now you can have a nosey at the rest.

Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs – this labour of love has kept me sane (ish) through a foot crush injury this summer

The guide comprises transfer ins and outs, the squads, typical formation, last years position and crowd, tickets, ground guide (thanks Duncan Adams) and plus a gander and forecast for the coming season. Notice no side is foretasted to go down because everyone starts with a clean sheet in a league where everyone can beat anyone. Why, because every big stage is seen as a giant killing opportunity with ex-League giants viewed as scalps. Get your beer-goggles out, Believe, be pure, be vigilant and behave.

STMI looks forward to seeing you all in 2013/14, although you will not bump into me at Sincil Bank as I am still denied the ability to watch my community team. But enough of that to cut to the chase just CLICK ON A NAME, below the badge our heroes kiss.

Ins & Outs Cambridge United, Chester, Dartford & FC Halifax Part 2

STMI present the transfer ins & outs for Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC and FC Halifax up to July 5th 2013. With Lincoln City on the verge of what looks to be an exciting season how have our competitors  lost or gained since last a ball was kicked.  Our pre-season guide to each side is also on the verge of completion, as ever if we have missed any confirmed deals please ping us a comment.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE

To cut to the chase then

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Cambridge United

Cambridge are undoubtedly contenders this year, Jez George has added to a strong side that has had a season to bed in. Goals were the problem and with ex-Imp Smith off to the Bulls for a season he has added two more strikers. Cunnington is a fantastic signing and the U’s will give him even more opportunities than he enjoyed at Tamworth. Young Sam-Yorke was a revelation at Basingstoke and is the sort of talent that could compete at Championship level with ease.

IN Player From Pos Fee
8th May Tom Champion Dartford Mid Free
8th May Tom Bonner Dartford Def Free
9th May Richard Tate Tamworth Def Free
9th May D Sam-Yorke Basingstoke For Undis
10th May Adam Cunnington Tamworth For Undis
24th May Ryan Donaldson Gateshead Mid Undis
1st July Greg Taylor Luton Def Free
Loans IN
Loans OUT
Season Sam Smith Hereford For Wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st May Michael Gash Kidderminster For Undis
1st July Tom Shaw Alfreton Mid Free
Released Craig Ross
Released Joe Anderson
Released Charlie Wassmer
Released C Haynes-Brown
Released Billy Gibson
Released Rossi Jarvis
Released Jonathon Thorpe

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Chester FC

Three promotions in three season’s says it all, but the young side has added to wise old heads this season. Ever wondered where John Worthington went last season? Well Sincil Bank will finally get to see him in the flesh next season.  The Conference will also have one of football’s most policed derbies next term when Wrexham and Chester clash. Simon Yeo once netted a penalty for Chester in the fixture – the adrenalin rush was akin to when he served his county in live combat.

IN Player From Pos Fee
6th July Joe Heath Hereford Def Free
22nd May Kevin McIntyre Rochdale Mid Free
22nd May Jason Jarret FC Halifax Mid Free
22nd May Lee Pugh Clitheroe Mid Free
25th May Danny Harrison Tranmere Mid Free
29th May Craig Lindfield Accrington Winger Free
1st July Gareth Seddon FC Halifax For Free
2nd July Jamie Reed York C For Free
Loans In
To Jan Alex Titchiner Fleetwood For
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
20th June Dominic Collins Hereford Def Free
Released Louis Wells Keeper
Released Jacob Erskine For

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Dartford FC

Burman is a shrewd manager, after finishing 8th he is looking to develop rather than ring the changes. Having lost Champion and Bonner to Cambridge he has brought in like for like from Chelmsford.  Mark Arbor will take some replacing you feel.

IN Player From Pos Fee
20th May Kenny Clark Chelmsford Def Free
20th May Max Cornhill Chelmsford Mid Free
21st May Alan Julian Newport Keeper Free
7th June Tyrone Sterling Cray Wand Def Free
18th June Matt Fry Concord R Def Free
24th June Lewis Smith Hornchurch For Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
Released Tom Champion Cambridge Utd Mid Free
Released Tom Bonner Cambridge Utd Def Free
Released Mark Arber No club Def Free

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FC Halifax

Halifax are another phoenix side on the rise and few Imps will recognise the Shay that has become a tidy ground and no mistake (food is great and cheap). Briggs is a fantastic signing from Kidderminster, so is Ainge from Luton.  Matt Pearson (remember him – the Lord Lucan loanee from Blackburn)

FC Halifax
IN Player From Pos Fee
5th July Simon Ainge Luton Def Free
5th July Marc Roberts Buxton Def Free
2nd July Keith Briggs Kidderminster Mid Free
2nd July Adam Smith Lincoln Winger Free
30th June Matt Pearson Rochdale Def Free
24th June Josh Wilson Guiseley Mid Free
25th June Kevin Holsgrove Guiseley Mid Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
22nd May Jason Jarret Chester FC Mid Free
1st July Gareth Seddon Chester FC For Free
Released  none

All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE

Dartford FC In Focus

Dartford FC, who beat Welling United 1-0 in the Blue Square South play-off final,  have had a much slower summer off the pitch than on it.  Despite victories over Orient and West Ham, as well as slender defeats to Gillingham and Arsenal Youth, manager Tony Burman has struggled to bring players to what has to be one of the BSP’s finest venues.  The arrival of Dagenham & Redbridge defender Mark Arbor will undoubtedly give a powerful rudder to the ship, whilst Nathan Collier (from Hampton & Richmond) is Burman’s only other signing to date.

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STMI take a look at The Darts.  Here are Ticket prices for all BSP Away supporters prices  and please feel free to bookmark our  Blue square zone for when you are playing the Imps – HERE. The guide will start with the preseason results, transfers in & out, plus the released and new deals list. Then we will have a glance at the  summer sound-bites (most recent to last) and finally the current confirmed squad as at 2nd August.  STMI thank fans who correct us when we have got it wrong. It shows there is a kindred spirit that seems to care and share in the Blue Square. Rare amidst the greed culture of our national game and the financial walk of life. But while we have Saturday…..

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Pre-season friendlies

Dartford 2-1 Arsenal Youth
Dartford 1-0 Leyton Orient
Dartford 3-0 West Ham XI
Dartford 0-1 Gillingham

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IN- Mark Arber from Dagenham
IN- Nathan Collier from Hampton & Richmond.
OUT- Richard Graham St Albans
OUT-Paul Goodacre to AFC Hornchurch

New deals – Jacob Erskine and Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, Deren Ibrahim, Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Tom Bonner, Adam Green, Tom Champion, James Rogers & Jon Wallis
Released – Richard Graham, Matt Jones & Paul Goodacre

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The Summer sound-bites from Princes Park

(most recent news first)

Defender Mark Arber and Nathan Collier join to end the transfer drought.Tony Burman insists will make 4-5 new signings soon. Midfielder Richard Graham has signed for Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division club St Albans City. Keeper Deren Ibrahim has joined Maidstone and Paul Goodacre leaves for AFC Hornchurch. Jacob Erskine and skipper Elliot Bradbrook pen 1 year deals

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Squad

Goalkeepers

Louis Wells,

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Defenders

Mark Arbur, Nathan Collier Tom Bonner, Adam Green,

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Midfielders

Elliott Bradbrook, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Jon Wallis, George Monger, Lee Burns

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Strikers

Danny Harris, Jacob Erskine, Tony Garrod

BSP Updates – Dartford FC, Cambridge United, Alfreton, Telford, Barrow & Braintree

An update of the  ins, outs, summer transfer activity and gossip and the shaping squads for Alfreton, Telford, Barrow, Braintree,  Cambridge United and Dartford up to and including 18th July.

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Latest Gossip – Winger Simon Russell joins from Lincoln City. The Home game against Newport will be shown live on TV (Ch 433) Fr 10/11 KO 7.45. 2 more new faces as Blackpool goalkeeper Phil Barnes joins and central midfield player Dan Bradley flies in from Harriers although compensation will be due due to age. Arnold commits for another year. First signing of the summer as Nottingham Forest central midfield player Daniel Meadows joins on a 2 year deal.. Anton Brown has penned a new one-year. Groundsman Rob Brookes has been named as the best groundsman in the Football Conference. Defender Greg Young moves to to Gainsborough. Nicky Law talking to Macc Town striker Ben Tomlinson. New Training facilities courtesy of a joint venture with Somerlea Park Community Centre. Adie Hawes leaves for Worksop. Manager Nicky Law is after a keeper or 2. He feels survival this season will be a tough ask given the wage demands and big money deals in BSP this summer. bought 500 new seats from owners of Kettering’s ex ground at Rockingham Road to replace old black ones in Tom McRoy stand.

Transfers –

In – Simon Russell from Lincoln
IN – Keeper Phil Barnes from Blackpool

IN – CM Dan Bradley from Kidderminster

IN – C Mid Daniel Meadows from Forest

Out – Jamie Mullan to Stalybridge Celtic

Out – Young to Gainsborough

Out – Adie Hawes to Worksop

Out – Nathan Jarman to Chester

Released – goalkeeper Dan Lowson and winger Jamie Mullan. and central midfield man Nicky Deverdics,
New deals – 2 year deal for Darran Kempson & Daniel Meadows, 19, & 1 year for Josh Law, Connor Franklin and Leigh Franks.

In negotiation Nathan Arnold
Squad

Goalkeepers 18 Ross Turner Phil Barnes

Defenders – 2 Josh Law 3 Connor Franklin 4 Theo Streete 5 – 6 Matt Wilson 12 Leigh Franks, 24 Niklaus Kudiersky 25 Adam Quinn 26 Darren Kempson

Midfielders RW Simon Russell CM Daniel Meadows CM Dan Bradley 7 Anton Brown 8 Jake Moult 11 Nathan Arnold, Daniel Meadows

Strikers – 9 Paul Clayton 10 Chris Senior 15 Anthony Wilson

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Latest Gossip – Bucks close to signing 19-year-old New Saints defender Tom Roberts. Briscoe breaks nose in training but after a minir operation on Monday he is expected to be fit in a week or so. TV date at Cambridge United on Saturday 15th September KO 17.15. 21-year-old former Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Martin joined pre-season training but then failed to show up after a couple of days. Released Ashley Cain’s deal with TranCS Gaz Metan Medias is off as he reurns to UK for an op on a ruptured achilles tendon. Andy Proudlock turns down new deal and leaves for Chester City. Chairman Lee Carter has been voted on to the Football Conference Board. Fans to get a place on the club’s board, Telford are after Briscoe from Kidderminster. Proudlock turns down deal. Salmon vows to fight tooth & nail to retain his place as Sinton eyes defensive targets.

 

Transfers –
IN – striker Jake Reid from Newport

IN – central defender Michael Briscoe

Out – Proudlock to Chester City

IN-Luke Hubbins has joined from Birmingham City

OUT-Stockport County have signed Sean Newton on a 1 year.

OUT-Former midfielder Jon Adams joins Nuneaton

OUT-Former skipper Shane Killock has joined Harrogate

Former defender Carl Rodgers has joined Altrincham

 

Released –

Ashley Cain; Shane Killock; Jon Adams; Carl Rodgers; Robbie Williams & Ryan Robinson
Kyle Perry back at Imps for now
Signed –

1 year deals for Richard Davies, Chris Blackburn, Steve Jones, Ryan Young, Nathan Rooney, Dan Preston, Phil Trainer and Steve Jones Ryan Valentine & Will Salmon,

Chris Sharp is contracted for 2012/13.

New deals on table – Nathan Rooney;

 
Squad

Goalkeepers Ryan Young

Defenders – CB – Michael Briscoe. RB – Luke Hubbins, Ryan Valentine, Will Salmon, CB – Dan Preston, CB – Chris Blackburn, Steven Kinniburgh

Midfielders – Jay Smith, Phil Trainer, Nathan Rooney, Richard Davies

Strikers – Jake Reid, Chris Sharpe, Steve Jones,

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Gossip – three trialists set to join ,ex-Burnley midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey, former Accrington centre-half Sean Hessey and ex-Morecambe central midfielder Garry Hunter. Former Wrexham striker Obi Anoruo signs whilst Richie Baker signs a new 1 year deal. TV Date – Home game against Hereford December 7th KO 7.45. Two ex-Imps, Danny Lloyd and Former Macc Captain & Centre-back Paul Morgan invited for pre-season training. Richie Baker signs new 1 year deal.Box-to-box midfielder and free Agent (Released this summer by Gateshead) Kris Gate looks set to join. Skelton made Captain for 2012/13. Barrow and Grimsby have avoided a tribunal over striker Andy Cook after the Mariners agreed to pay an undisclosed fee. Manager Dave Baylisswell on way to his planned 19 man squad as Richard Baker set to sign new deal when he returns from holiday. Macc Town captain & centre-half Paul Morgan in talks. Paul Rutherford has signed a new one-year deal.
IN- Obi Anoruo from Wrexham.
IN- Matt Flynn from Fleetwood.
OUT – winger Jack Mackreth to Macclesfield on a one-year deal.
OUT- Andy Cook to Grimsby Town
Released – Phil Bolland, Andy Nicholas, Kelvin Lomax, Cliff Moyo & Paul Smith, Robin Hulbert and Andy Ferrell
New deals offered to 9 players: Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson, defenders Gavin Skelton and Mike Pearson, midfielders Richie Baker and James Owen and striker Andy Cook,
1 year deals agreed for 10 players – goalkeepers Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson; defenders Gavin Skelton, Mike Pearson and Matt Flynn; midfielders James Owen and Richie Baker; winger Paul Rutherford and strikers Adam Boyes and Obi Anoruo

 

Squad
Keepers – Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson

Defenders – Matt Flynn Gavin Skelton Shaun Pearson

Midfielders – Richie Baker and James Owen, wingers Jack Mackreth and Paul Rutherford

Strikers – Obi Anoruo, Adam Boyes

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Gossip – 2 more new faces as midfielder/winger Josh Dawkin and left back Sam Habergham come in from Norwich City. Centre midfielder Callum McNish arrives from Exeter. Defender Aswad Thomas joins Grimsby. Devonshire beats Cambridge manager Jez George in chase for 20 year old left midfielder Daniel Sparkes who joins from Histon but compensation will be due. 30/6 Alan Devonshire has invited along several trialists for this weekend.
Transfers
IN- midfielder/winger Josh Dawkin from Norwich
IN- Left/ centre back Sam Habergham from Norwich
IN – midfielder Callum McNish from Exeter
OUT – defender Aswad Thomas to Grimsby
IN – Left midfielder Daniel Sparkes from Histon.
OUT -Ben Wright has joined Forest Green Rovers
OUT -Jai Reason to Eastleigh

 

Released
New deals – Kenny Davis. Nathan McDonald, Sean Marks

 

Squad

Keepers – Nathan McDonald

Defenders – Sam Habergham

Midfielders – Josh Dawkin Callum McNish, Daniel Sparkes, Kenny Davis

Strikers – Sean Marks

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Latest gossip – Winger Robbie Wilmott, a transfer target for Hartlepool boss Neale Cooper, has signed from Luton. The U’s have signed teenage goalkeeper Will Norris from Southern League Division One Royston Town. Jez has bagged York City winger Adriano Moke for an undisclosed fee. United have had 2 bids knocked back by the Imps for Sam Smith. Ex-chair Rolls given 5 year suspension and £10k fine. Winger Dunk signs an extention. Midfielder Keiran Murtagh joins Macclesfield. Lance Key comes in as a part-time goalkeeping coach. 6′ 9″ ex-Wycombe keeper Jason Mooney still a target for Jez George despite training with Tranmere this week. Midfielder Adriano Moke is poised to sign from York. U’s boss Jez George rules out Wilmott return. Garner comes in from the Mariners. Keiran Murtagh set for a move to Woking. Gibson aims to prove Yeovil wrong. Gez George aiming to strengthen further . Jonathan Hedge and Rory McAuley blamed for mix-up that led to Russia’s opener in England C’s 4-0 defeat in Moscow last night.
Transfers
IN- Winger Robbie Wilmott, from Luton.
IN- keeper Will Norris from Royston Town
IN- Winger Adriano Moke from York City (fee undisclosed)
OUT- midfielder Keiran Murtagh to Macclesfield
In- Scott Garner from Grimsby Town
In- Billy Gibson from Yeovil
In- Tom Elliott from Stockport (fee not disclosed)
In- Jonathan Hedge in from Tamworth
In- Ricky Wellard from Wimbledon
29/5 New Board Members – Eddie Clark and Robert Smith
Released – Ashley Carew Danny Naisbitt, Jordan Patrick, Robert Ambrusics and Ashley Corker
Re-Signed – Adam Marriott Rory McAuley, Rossi Jarvis, Michael Gash and Liam Hughes, winger Jack Eades and left-back James Bighton
Centre-half Ryan Tafazolli could sign

 

Squad
Keepers – Jonathan Hedge, Will Norris

Defenders – LB James Bighton, Scott Garner, Kervin Roberts, James Jennings, Jonathan Thorpe, Josh Coulson, Michael Wylde, Rory McAuley, Blaine Hudson,

Midfielders – Robbie Wilmott, Adriano Moke, wingers Billy Gibson & Jack Eades, Rossi Jarvis, Ricky Wellard, Luke Allen, Tom Shaw, Harison Dunk, Luke Berry, Liam Hurst.

Strikers – Adam Marriott, Ryan Charles, Michael Gash, Liam Hughes, Andy Pugh, Tom Elliott

 

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Latest Gossip – Tony Burman insists will make 4-5 new signings soon. Keeper Deren Ibrahim has joined Maidstone and Paul Goodacre leaves for AFC Hornchurch. Jacob Erskine and skipper Elliot Bradbrook pen 1 year deals
Transfers
OUT-Paul Goodacre to AFC Hornchurch
OUT-Deren Ibrahim to Maidstone

 

New deals – Jacob Erskine and Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, Deren Ibrahim, Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Tom Bonner, Adam Green, Tom Champion, James Rogers & Jon Wallis
Released – Richard Graham, Matt Jones & Paul Goodacre
Squad

Goalkeepers – Louis Wells,

Defenders – Tom Bonner, Adam Green,

Midfielders – Elliott Bradbrook, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Jon Wallis, George Monger, Lee Burns

Strikers Danny Harris, Jacob Erskine, Tony Garrod

BSP Clubs Ground Guide 2012/13

Luton Town, Grimsby Town, Stockport County,  Hereford United, Mansfield Town, Lincoln and Wrexham will take loads to Alfreton, Telford, Barrow, Braintree, Cambridge, Dartford, Ebbsfleet, Forest Green, Gateshead, Hyde, Kidderminster, Macclesfield Town, Newport Co, Nuneaton, Southport, Tamworth and Woking next season.  But how to get there to make those vital turnstile clicks and what is it like when you pays your money and takes your chance.

Hat’s off to Duncan Adams guide to our neighbours and their grounds complete with contact details, capacities, pubs & grub, pitch dimensions and even a picture of the away end.

 

Thanks Duncan, even Lincoln City Banter is not always the place to be on match days.

BSP Updates – Dartford FC, Cambridge United, Alfreton, Telford, Barrow & Braintree,

An update of the  ins, outs and shaping squads for Alfreton, Telford, Barrow, Braintree,  Cambridge United and Dartford up to and including 1st July.

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Alfreton Town FC.svgAlfreton Town

Latest Gossip – The Home game against Newport will be shown live on TV (Ch 433) Fr 10/11 KO 7.45. 2 more new faces as Blackpool goalkeeper Phil Barnes joins and central midfield player Dan Bradley flies in from Harriers. Arnold commits for another year. First signing of the summer as Nottingham Forest central midfield player Daniel Meadows joins on a 2 year deal.. Anton Brown has penned a new one-year. Groundsman Rob Brookes has been named as the best groundsman in the Football Conference. Defender Greg Young moves to to Gainsborough. Nicky Law talking to Macc Town striker Ben Tomlinson. New Training facilities courtesy of a joint venture with Somerlea Park Community Centre. Adie Hawes leaves for Worksop. Manager Nicky Law is after a keeper or 2. He feels survival this season will be a tough ask given the wage demands and big money deals in BSP this summer. bought 500 new seats from owners of Kettering’s ex ground at Rockingham Road to replace old black ones in Tom McRoy stand.

Transfers –

IN – Keeper Phil Barnes from Blackpool

IN – CM Dan Bradley from Kidderminster

IN – C Mid Daniel Meadows from Forest

Out – Jamie Mullan to Stalybridge Celtic

Out – Young to Gainsborough

Out – Adie Hawes to Worksop

Out – Nathan Jarman to Chester

Released – goalkeeper Dan Lowson and winger Jamie Mullan. and central midfield man Nicky Deverdics,
New deals – 2 year deal for Darran Kempson & Daniel Meadows, 19, & 1 year for Josh Law, Connor Franklin and Leigh Franks.

In negotiation Nathan Arnold
Squad

Goalkeepers 18 Ross Turner Phil Barnes

Defenders – 2 Josh Law 3 Connor Franklin 4 Theo Streete 5 – 6 Matt Wilson 12 Leigh Franks, 24 Niklaus Kudiersky 25 Adam Quinn 26 Darren Kempson

Midfielders CM Daniel Meadows CM Dan Bradley 7 Anton Brown 8 Jake Moult 11 Nathan Arnold, Daniel Meadows

Strikers – 9 Paul Clayton 10 Chris Senior 15 Anthony Wilson

Telford United.pngAFC Telford United

Latest Gossip – TV date at Cambridge United on Saturday 15th September KO 17.15. 21-year-old former Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Martin joined pre-season training but then failed to show up after a couple of days. Released Ashley Cain’s deal with TranCS Gaz Metan Medias is off as he reurns to UK for an op on a ruptured achilles tendon. Andy Proudlock turns down new deal and leaves for Chester City. Chairman Lee Carter has been voted on to the Football Conference Board. Fans to get a place on the club’s board, Telford are after Briscoe from Kidderminster. Proudlock turns down deal. Salmon vows to fight tooth & nail to retain his place as Sinton eyes defensive targets.

 

Transfers –
IN – striker Jake Reid from Newport

IN – central defender Michael Briscoe

Out – Proudlock to Chester City

IN-Luke Hubbins has joined from Birmingham City

OUT-Stockport County have signed Sean Newton on a 1 year.

OUT-Former midfielder Jon Adams joins Nuneaton

OUT-Former skipper Shane Killock has joined Harrogate

Former defender Carl Rodgers has joined Altrincham

 

Released –

Ashley Cain; Shane Killock; Jon Adams; Carl Rodgers; Robbie Williams & Ryan Robinson
Kyle Perry back at Imps for now
Signed –

1 year deals for Richard Davies, Chris Blackburn, Steve Jones, Ryan Young, Nathan Rooney, Dan Preston, Phil Trainer and Steve Jones Ryan Valentine & Will Salmon,

Chris Sharp is contracted for 2012/13.

New deals on table – Nathan Rooney;

 
Squad

Goalkeepers Ryan Young

Defenders – CB – Michael Briscoe. RB – Luke Hubbins, Ryan Valentine, Will Salmon, CB – Dan Preston, CB – Chris Blackburn, Steven Kinniburgh

Midfielders – Jay Smith, Phil Trainer, Nathan Rooney, Richard Davies

Strikers – Jake Reid, Chris Sharpe, Steve Jones,

Barrow AFC Logo No Background.pngBarrow

Gossip – TV Date – Home game against Hereford December 7th KO 7.45. Two ex-Imps, Danny Lloyd and Former Macc Captain & Centre-back Paul Morgan invited for pre-season training. Richie Baker signs new 1 year deal.Box-to-box midfielder and free Agent (Released this summer by Gateshead) Kris Gate looks set to join. Skelton made Captain for 2012/13. Barrow and Grimsby have avoided a tribunal over striker Andy Cook after the Mariners agreed to pay an undisclosed fee. Manager Dave Baylisswell on way to his planned 19 man squad as Richard Baker set to sign new deal when he returns from holiday. Macc Town captain & centre-half Paul Morgan in talks. Paul Rutherford has signed a new one-year deal.
IN- Matt Flynn from Fleetwood.
OUT – winger Jack Mackreth to Macclesfield on a one-year deal.
OUT- Andy Cook to Grimsby Town
Released – Phil Bolland, Andy Nicholas, Kelvin Lomax, Cliff Moyo & Paul Smith, Robin Hulbert and Andy Ferrell
New deals offered to 9 players: Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson, defenders Gavin Skelton and Mike Pearson, midfielders Richie Baker and James Owen and striker Andy Cook,
1 year deals agreed for 9 – Forward Adam Boyes, winger Paul Rutherford, Goalkeepers Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson; defenders Gavin Skelton, Mike Pearson and Matt Flynn and midfielders James Owen & Richie Baker

 

Keepers – Danny Hurst and Shaun Pearson

Defenders – Matt Flynn Gavin Skelton Shaun Pearson

Midfielders – Richie Baker and James Owen, wingers Jack Mackreth and Paul Rutherford

Strikers – Adam Boyes

 Braintreefc.pngBraintree Town

Gossip – Centre midfielder Callum McNish arrives from Exeter. Defender Aswad Thomas joins Grimsby. Devonshire beats Cambridge manager Jez George in chase for 20 year old left midfielder Daniel Sparkes who joins from Histon but compensation will be due. 30/6 Alan Devonshire has invited along several trialists for this weekend.
Transfers
IN – midfielder Callum McNish from Exeter

OUT – defender Aswad Thomas to Grimsby

IN – Left midfielder Daniel Sparkes from Histon.

OUT -Ben Wright has joined Forest Green Rovers
OUT -Jai Reason to Eastleigh

 

Released
New deals – Kenny Davis. Nathan McDonald, Sean Marks

 

Squad

Keepers – Nathan McDonald

Defenders –

Midfielders – Callum McNish, Daniel Sparkes, Kenny Davis

Strikers – Sean Marks

logoCambridge United

Latest gossip – United have had 2 bids knocked back by the Imps for Sam Smith. Ex-chair Rolls given 5 year suspension and £10k fine. Winger Dunk signs an extention. Midfielder Keiran Murtagh joins Macclesfield. Lance Key comes in as a part-time goalkeeping coach. 6′ 9″ ex-Wycombe keeper Jason Mooney still a target for Jez George despite training with Tranmere this week. Midfielder Adriano Moke is poised to sign from York. U’s boss Jez George rules out Wilmott return. Garner comes in from the Mariners. Keiran Murtagh set for a move to Woking. Gibson aims to prove Yeovil wrong. Gez George aiming to strengthen further . Jonathan Hedge and Rory McAuley blamed for mix-up that led to Russia’s opener in England C’s 4-0 defeat in Moscow last night.
Transfers
OUT- midfielder Keiran Murtagh to Macclesfield
In- Scott Garner from Grimsby Town
In- Billy Gibson from Yeovil
In- Tom Elliott from Stockport (fee not disclosed)
In- Jonathan Hedge in from Tamworth
In- Ricky Wellard from Wimbledon
29/5 New Board Members – Eddie Clark and Robert Smith
Released – Ashley Carew Danny Naisbitt, Jordan Patrick, Robert Ambrusics and Ashley Corker
Re-Signed – Adam Marriott Rory McAuley, Rossi Jarvis, Michael Gash and Liam Hughes, winger Jack Eades and left-back James Bighton
Centre-half Ryan Tafazolli could sign

 

Squad
Keepers – Jonathan Hedge

Defenders – LB James Bighton, Scott Garner, Kervin Roberts, James Jennings, Jonathan Thorpe, Josh Coulson, Michael Wylde, Rory McAuley, Blaine Hudson,

Midfielders – wingers Billy Gibson & Jack Eades, Rossi Jarvis, Ricky Wellard, Luke Allen, Tom Shaw, Harison Dunk, Luke Berry, Liam Hurst.

Strikers – Adam Marriott, Ryan Charles, Michael Gash, Liam Hughes, Andy Pugh, Tom Elliott


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Latest Gossip – Tony Burman insists will make 4-5 new signings soon. Keeper Deren Ibrahim has joined Maidstone and Paul Goodacre leaves for AFC Hornchurch. Jacob Erskine and skipper Elliot Bradbrook pen 1 year deals
Transfers
OUT-Paul Goodacre to AFC Hornchurch
OUT-Deren Ibrahim to Maidstone

 

New deals – Jacob Erskine and Elliot Bradbrook, Danny Harris, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, Deren Ibrahim, Louis Wells, Lee Burns, Tom Bonner, Adam Green, Tom Champion, James Rogers & Jon Wallis
Released – Richard Graham, Matt Jones & Paul Goodacre
Squad

Goalkeepers – Louis Wells,

Defenders – Tom Bonner, Adam Green,

Midfielders – Elliott Bradbrook, Tom Champion, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, James Rogers, Jon Wallis, George Monger, Lee Burns

Strikers Danny Harris, Jacob Erskine, Tony Garrod