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Simmo’s Fox – In – Box Loan plans Hampered.

Gary Simpson’s plans to get a striker in on loan seem to be facing the same obstacle as his plans to get Leicester City hot-shot Adi Yussuf some valuable match time, with both the FA Cup and FA trophy playing a massive part in proceedings.

Simmo has been sniffing around Leicester City, Derby Co, Bury (he already has Marlon Jackson) the South Yorkshire clubs plus some North-West big names in search of a big target man and a wide midfielder as he waits for Yussuf, Fairhurst and Wright to rediscover their undoubted talents.  But timing looks to be against him in the immediate term. Loan clubs from higher Divisions in the Football League do not come into the Competition until November and December and there is also the small matter of the FA trophy that has ruled out a loan move for Yussuf in the other direction. Yussuf’s name has been mentioned on the Gainsborough grapevine but the manager has already stated that he will want him to play at least four games as well as continuing to train with the Imps on a daily basis.

With specific regard to inbound players, the loan budget has very little in it, although the prize money from the previous round of the Cup has given the manager enough for additional reinforcements.  However with loans normally running for a month or two the club can ill-afford to be paying a contribution to a Football League players wages with two Trophy and Two FA Cup weekends, possibly dropping to one apiece should Lincoln be eliminated.

The postponement of the Gateshead game, thanks to their cup progression, was a case in point, although the Imps won their replay over Worcester and now entertain Plymouth, who will further add to the loan budget win lose or draw. Therefore far from being ‘caught in the headlights’ as many people are suggesting, the manager appears, perhaps he is keeping his powder dry in order to best use and indeed maximise the funds at his disposal?  Simmo has good contacts in South Yorkshire and the North-West and will doubtless make a move next month when the pitches have changed and players are available ahead of the winter transfer window.  Clubs tend to offer some amazing loan opportunities in December, at very reasonable wage contributions, if they can get them off the payroll for good in the January.

STMI Global Readers – Where Do You Live?

We may not be  east Midlands giants Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Derby County or the 2 Manchester Clubs but The Lincoln City family still spans the globe according to the latest mind numbing research of The Prof. That said the Nottingham, Leicester, Luton and Sheffield based readership does make up the top 6 UK locations along with Lincoln and Manchester, although STMI have featured stories involving their clubs and players as well as the Skrill Premier zone stuff so their vast respective supports will distort the figures nationally. Numerous Forest & Foxes fans surprisingly see Lincoln as their second team?

Thanks for reading the prof

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Tasked with sorting the wheat from the chaff to ascertain where the Lincoln City readership inhabit I have come up with the following table.  This relates to Lincoln stories (since February) although the regular readers from elsewhere in the Skrill Premiership may still distort things a little.  It shows the international (potential) reach of the club, even though many will never get to games for one reason or another.  To drill down into the UK any further would infect the data with non Imps stories.

Country Visitors
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Hobbs Forest Winner Helps Pulis & McLaren Derby Cause

Nottingham Forest beat Derby County thanks to a bullet header from Ex-Imp Jack Hobbs, on-loan from Hull City, with ex-Stoke City manager Tony Pulis sitting in the stands.  Steve McLaren, currently at QPR and linked with the Sunderland job is also said to be in the mix. To pile on the irony Nigel Clough was sacked yesterday against his dad’s old club.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.


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Pulis would be the perfect fit for Derby who, like Stoke, will not be awash with money, should he, as expected step through the doors in the next few days.   Fluent Forest, under canny Billy Davies, currently look set to eclipse their fierce local rivals having moved 5th, just two wins from top, compared to The Rams 14th after Clough had spent 5 years at the helm.

Tony Pulis remember, father of Anthony who spent 7 games at Lincoln and is now plying his trade in the States for Orlando,  was disgracefully relieved of his position at Stoke for style and tactical reasons this summer. Incredibly this was for the second time – he had saved them from relegation after taking over from Steve Cotterill in 2002/3 before falling out with the previous owners. Mr Pulis returned in 2006/7 when Mr Coates took over the club and fashioned an honest, workmanlike but exciting and attacking side. Tony almost took them to play-off glory in 2006/7, but never-say-die Stoke went up second the following season where they would finish 12th in their debut season. He kept them up and around mid-table every year,  finishing 13th last term, in something of a purple patch for the Potters, including Europa League qualification and two FA Cup runs (quarter and semi-finals).

Sentimentality is rare in football, but, after letting his son come to us on loan, perhaps Pulis might think highly enough of another Imps’  work to give us a few loans if he gets the job.  Simmo’s Imps are just up the road and we play a style of football that could well help Pullis who likes cultured but strong and hard-working players. Whether that fits with Derby fans, who deserve success and some Pride back at their magnificent arena, could be decided within the next 24-48 hours.

The Colin Murphy Moral of The Story.

Colin Murphy has managed Derby County, Lincoln City, Stockport County, Southend United, Notts County, Cork City  Shelbourne, and the Vietnam National side.   Hull City would also agree that he played a big part in their football development when the club achieved Premiership status first time around. The Tigers were his last club, prior to going into retirement with a stroke, but if you are Colin Murphy, you never leave football because nothing is too big an ask.   Perhaps that as much as the Brian Clough baptism shaped the Murphy moral…………..

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After a non-league playing career based around London, Colin ‘Merlin` Murphy took up coaching with Derby County, who gave him the impossible task of following Brian Cloughas manager in November 1976. Fill your boots son, a bit of a poisoned Challis, but why not follow Cloughie`s act and lead us to greater things? Surprisingly 10 months on he hadn’t quite got the Grail and got the push after 13 wins, 20 draws and 14 defeats.

Notts Co 05-Jun-95 23-Dec-96 83 33 24 26 39.75
Southend 08-May-92 01-Apr-93 42 11 12 19 26.19
Lincoln 26-May-87 20-May-90 103 39 26 38 37.86
Stockport 01-Nov-86 26-May-87 34 12 9 13 35.29
Stockport 08-Aug-85 24-Oct-85 15 3 5 7 20
Lincoln 06-Nov-78 01-May-85 342 133 98 111 38.88
Derby 25-Nov-76 17-Sep-77 47 13 20 14 27.65

By November 1978 with Taylor now loving it at Elton John’s Watford, bargain basement Lincoln came calling and, without any overstatement the purposeful passionate manager was to transform the club from top to bottom as only he could. We needed his uniqueness, a man who put new meaning to the phrase thinking around the box. Indeed his program notes broke new boundaries and did more to flout the English languish than a decade of text-speek thanks to the mobile phone. These were his weekly morals, surreal, but making the dreams seem plausible.

After enticer Taylor’s departure, George Kerr and Willie Bell had lasted a season apiece and got us relegated and worse. The playing staff was full of overpaid under talented journeyman or others going through the motions and using up the clubs money on bench warming contracts. So Murphy and his scouts went to Pennywise shopping for non league and reserves. Trevor Peake, John Fashanu, Gordon Hobson and Steve Thompson went on to become Imp legends before moving up the ladder in exchange for many coins of the realm.  Our current manager Gary Simpson is a great talent spotter,  suggesting the club may inadvertantly be starting to follow the Murphy model or moral already.

In 1981 Murphy took Lincoln up as Runners-up  to Southend thanks to 21 goals from Hobson. The citty’s love affair with her team was revitalised as back to back promotions loomed. That season went right to the wire as the City emptied with over 7000 travelling down to Fulham on the final day. Alas a 1-1 draw saw the Lilywhites go up, pipping us by a point and Merlin Murphy and the Imp hordes trudged back to fight another day. The 82-83 season saw us storm the league for four months as England striker Gary Lineker`s Leicester fell to the Imps in the league Cup, This was fact not folklore,  but in true Lincoln style we shot ourselves in the foot, as with games in hand the players went on strike. They had a point as strife in the boardroom and financial problems meant the wages had not been paid.

Chairman Bob Dorian feels he has had a rocky ride, but Gilbert Blades really felt the full force of the fans frustrations. Despite average crowds of 12,000 and the selling of fans favourite Trevor Peak, he even hawked the Ground to the Council for £225,000! Is nothing sacred? Manager Murphy asked for some of the cash to replace him but was told no.  The Chairman’s house was given a paint job, followed by some very serious threats  and by March we had the coup d’état or Directors resignation (DR) day when the entire board resigned.  Lincoln still managed 6th but the damage was done as the fans voted with their feet in droves.

With Merlin Murphy we had stood on the threshold of a return to the second tier enjoyed during the 50’s but lack of ambition and a mean board had popped the bubble.  Loyally Murphy stayed on until 1985 and helped us through the fateful Bradford Fire, which gave rise to the Stacey West Stand.  That’s the one we are giving to the cods and co from now on.  But the fire broke Murph more than anything else – only the Imps and Bantams there that day could truly relate such an experience. The TV gives an idea but those players that left can be excused for wanting a clean break.  No one should go to a football match never to return. We Imps lost two in Bill Stacey and Jim West, lifelong Lincoln fans from cradle to grave, but if you ever go to the Bradford memorial the ages and generations of families that suffered comes across in those 56 names.  Truly, truly, tragic.

It would take something for Murphy to return from Stockport and two years later George Kerr lost our league place for us even if  Peter Daniel officially took us down. Perhaps it  was guilt on Murphy’s part, for guess who was manager of the team who pipped us, Yes, Murphy’s magic wand had spared Stockport.  QAnd suddenly he was back, our Murphy, a Magician to take us back. And he did.  But after two tenth place finishes  and 412 Games 160 Wins 114 Draws, 138 Losses and  594 points he was gone by mutual consent.

Colin then went on to Manage Shelbourne in Ireland, Southend and Notts County for a season apiece before giving up on full time management in 1996. Mind you he had a spell as Vietnam`s manager.  He then joined Hull in 2002 becoming director of football, responsible for all scouting and youth development as well as day to day coaching.  A stroke forced his retirement in 2009 although he still came back to Sincil Bank to do the odd bit of scouting up until a couple of years ago. But then the likes of Murphy, Taylor and Anderson only come along every so often at Lincoln. Let us hope Gary Simpson can joina very rare Imp breed.

Simmo Eyes Miss-fitting Hatter.

Current Luton and former Derby County, Tranmere Rovers, Macclesfield and Grimsby Town combative midfielder Arnaud Mendy will definitely leave the Hatters this summer. Simmo signed the 6’3″ midfield Goliath for Macc and is a big fan of the lad who got him glorious goal against Bolton in the Cup. Although a fee may apply the media appears awash with the news of an increase in the Imps budget for next season, so Simmo may move for the player.

 Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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Arnaud was schooled at the famous FC Rouen Academy before moving to Derby County in 2008, making his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, before moving to Grimsby for some regular first team experience. Not quite, when Woods replaced Newell, Arnaud was sent back to the Rams, only for another  loan deal at The Millers to be denied by the closing of the loan window. His inspirational displays for the Rams reserves led them to the Central league title in May 2010.

A three month loan at Tranmere saw Arnaud bag the winner in a 1-0 win over The Posh. Simmo who has good contacts in France, signed him after his release from the Rams on a one year deal in July 2011.  He became one of the first names on the team sheet and a linchpin for a Macc side on the march until injuries and player sales led to relegation. King liked him and he was offered an extension into this season until Luton took him on loan.  A swap deal involving John Paul Kissock made the switches permanent in the January window.

A regular under Paul Buckle, topping the Hatters card count with 8 yellows, it was safe to say the new manager was not a fan and Arnaud was recently placed on the Transfer list by John Still, for ‘non-footballing’ reasons. A breach of discipline was cited and, with the transfer and loan window closed, the competitive box-box midfielder will have to wait until the summer to move on.  The 23 year-old will command a fee (under 24 rules) unless a very favourable agreement can be reached with a suitor club.

This could spell bad news for Mo Fofana as Arnaud can offer the midfield much greater tactical variation. He has a great engine, good technique, and is a solid passer  who is a determined and popular lad.  If we can afford him – because he wont come cheap -Arnaud will perform and give us something extra against every side we come up against, including the odd goal.  Take a look at this one


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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Mendy in his Derby Days
STMI Biopic
Full name Arnaud Mendy
Date of birth 10 February 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Évreux, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 86 kg (13 st 7lb)
Position: Central & Defensive Midfield
Current club Luton Town
Number 14
Youth career
1997–2007 ALM Évreux
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
2007–2008 FC Rouen 0 (0)
2008–2011 Derby County 1 (0)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 13 (1)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 47 (5)
2012–2013 Luton Town (loan) 9 (0)
2013– Luton Town 15 (0)
2011– Guinea-Bissau 2 (0)

Middlesbrough Carayol Bid Could Net Imps £90k

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray looks set to beat Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, Leicester City and  Barnsley to the signature of Mustapha Carayol.

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The deal between Bristol Rovers and Middlesbrough that STMI broke on July 9th looks set to reach a lucrative conclusion with the Imps netting 20% of any profit over the £35,000 we received from Rovers in August 2010. Rovers valuation stands at £500,000 and, although Mowbray will not be held to ransom, Mustapha is a long term target that he covets.  He certainly has the money and plans to add three or four more players as Boro aim to return to the  Premiership this term.  Mowbray has signed Grant Leadbitter, Stuart Parnaby, Jonathan Woodgate, Emmanuel Ledesma and Christian Burgess since the window opened 18 days ago.


We always sensed that he was destined to play higher, like Danny N’Guessan, he was one that will shine in a Championship side with quality players doing the dirty work to feed them.  Although Rovers fans will miss him if and when he does go, at least they too may benefit from a clause that tracks his future progress and success. Because this lad gets people out of their seats and that kind of passion will always be in fashion in the people’s game.


FULL NAME Mustapha Soon Carayol
DATE OF BIRTH 10 June 1989 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Banjul, Gambia
HEIGHT 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
CURRENT CLUB Bristol Rovers
Swindon Town
Macclesfield Town
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Milton Keynes Dons 1 (0)
2007–2008 Crawley Town (loan) 26 (2)
2008–2010 Torquay United 54 (6)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2011 Lincoln City 37 (4)
2011– Bristol Rovers 34 (6)

Ipswich move for Loach will Boost Reg’s Budget

Scott Loach finally looks set to join Ipswich Town 6 months later than all of Impdom had hoped for.  Spurs and Arsenal had  both been interested, yet baulked at a £3.5-£5m swoop last summer – as did the Tractor Boys in January. Manager Paul Jewell however is still looking for a keeper and having also had designs on the lad in the winter window,  now looks set to pounce.

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This is Watford’s last chance to cash in on Scott Loach, now second in the pecking order of the once green and gloved department. The star has a year left on his current deal, suggesting both sides will be best served in doing a deal now, yet other suitors may also  help to up the anti.

The Watford and Ipswich forums are awash with the news following the leak on Sky Sports News today.  Loach is a quality young and consumate keeper despite the odd issue, alas in front of the cameras for the U21’s.

Should he and Carayol both move  David Holdsworth looks set for a transfer bonanza.  The Undisclosed deal that saw Loach leave the Imps for Watford included a £40k lump after 30 appearances and then between 20 and 25 percent of the profit on any transfer paid to Watford.  Carayol meanwhile could also net us a hefty penny with a 20% cut of any deal on a similar basis.  Bristol Rovers will need to increase their offer for Constable  so a bid from Derby County, Middlesbrough or Sheffield Wednesday would come in just nice for all parties concerned.

Holdsworth’s current budget currently stands at £400,000 plus the proceeds from the renaming raffle so he could realistically double that with the cut on these two deals.  In fact I can think of a couple of Cab drivers who would gladly drive these two lads there if it helps? So its all up to the Cathedral on Sunday for some serious prayer.

STMI Biopic
Full name Scott James Loach
Date of birth 27 May 1988 (age 24)
Place of birth Nottingham
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club Data
Current club Watford
Number 1
Youth career
1997–2000 Ipswich Town
2000–2002 Nottingham Forest
2002–2004 Southwell United
2004–2006 Lincoln City
Senior Stats (Lge & Cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Watford 163 (0)
2007 Stafford Rangers (loan) 11 (0)
2007 Morecambe (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Bradford City (loan) 20 (0)
2009–2011 England U21 14 (0)