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BSP Away Support 12/13 Hatters, Mariners Stags & Imps deserve Medals!

The belated away support stats 2012/13 for Luton Town, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead. Outstanding support as ever from the Hatters – Luton that is and Stockport who have both had another shocker given their fabulous support ……but there is always next Saturday.

apologies for the delay, been writing a book in memory of Richard Butcher for charity and the broken heel has had me hanging like a bat at times! thanks as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

As usual we give both the average and the total turnstile clicks of the travelling fans. Once again you were loud and should be rightly proud considering the prices and the climate. The average taken away in the BSP was 195 plus the shrapnel down by 15 on the previous season. The Mighty Imps recovered from 183 to 228 after another shocker.

Team

Ave

Total

Games

Luton

496

11,399

23

Stockport

479

11,019

23

Grimsby

429

9,869

23

Wrexham

363

9,678

23

Mansfield

396

9,103

23

Newport

263

6044

23

Kidderminster

241

5,549

23

Cambridge

230

5,306

23

Lincoln

228

5,253

23

Hereford

214

4933.5

23

Dartford

151

3,475

23

Macclesfield

147

3,374

23

Nuneaton

130

2,999

23

Woking

102

2,337

23

Telford

91

2,102

23

Southport

90

2,082

23

Tamworth

88

2,022

23

Alfreton

77

1,769

23

Forest Green

71

1,644

23

Ebbsfleet

70

1,592

23

Barrow

68

1,407

23

Hyde

60

1,362

23

Gateshead

40

913

23

Braintree

39

722

23

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Wrexham Deserve 3 Promotion Places For Conference Clubs

For 3 promotion places to have any chance, Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Alfreton,  Braintree,  Cambridge,  Chester FC,  Dartford, Forest Green, Gateshead, Grimsby,  Hereford,  Hyde, Kidderminster, Lincoln,  Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Southport, Tamworth, Welling United and Woking fans need to act now.  Wrexham have for the second year failed to go up, something their flowing football deserved.  Luton have a budget League 2 & 1 clubs would envy, yet they too are marooned.  STMI urge all BSP, Championship and League 1 teams to back us, surely asking League 2 clubs would be like asking Turkeys to vote for Christmas. Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – we have 1250 we need 10k so ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more, nothing less from, one fan to every other (and any League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong)

Please help, please sign and thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

Conference Petition Breaks 1k – Come Aboard!

Come on  Alfreton,  Telford, Braintree,  Cambridge, Dartford, Ebbsfleet, FGR, Gateshead, Grimsby, Hereford, Hyde, Kidderminster, Luton, Macclesfield, Mansfield, Newport, Nuneaton, Southport,  Stockport, Tamworth, Woking and Wrexham fans, please join sign the petition for 3 promotion and 3 relegation places between the BSP and The League  here  – Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet, Harriers On Line and We Imps  already pushing it

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Massive thanks to  News Now, Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet and Harriers on-line, for already coming on board. 

Feel free to copy and paste this article onto your forums and even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. 

*****

To cut to the chase

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

BSP 3 Up 3 Down Petition – Have you signed Yet?

For 3 Up 3 Down Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead fans must unite and act now.   Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more nothing less from one fan to every other (and League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong.

Massive thanks to  News Now, Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet and Harriers on-line, for already coming on board.  

To cut to the chase

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

BSP 3 Up 3 Down Petition – 985 & rising

For 3 Up 3 Down Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead fans need to act now.   Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more nothing less from one fan to every other (and League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong.

Massive thanks to  News Now for their RSS assistance as ever, without them my blog would be a gin palace without a road….  I Neil Gentleman-Hobbs am proud to write about the Imps & BSP either side of the realities of minimum wage working and time demands.

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

BSP Home Support – 2012/13 &, 2011/12

Welcome to the BSP home support for Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead.  Luton look likely to break the 100,000 barrier again this season, but even they are, 1400 down on last season.  The need for 3 up 3 down has never been greater you feel ahead of the League vote at the end of the season, with the average attendance in the BSP standing at 1,905 compared to 2693 last term. Write to your MP and quick!

Thanks as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

As usual we give both the average and the total turnstile clicks for this season, as well as the number of games. For those inquisitive minds who wish a comparison with last season that is here to.   We have omitted last season’s crowds for those in League 2, The BSS and BSN last season. AWAY STATS  HERE

Team Games Total Turnstile Clicks Average Gate 2011/12 Total 2011/12 Ave
1 Luton Town 16 91,299 6,086 188,837 7553
2 Grimsby Town 19 72,323 3,806 76,085 3308
3 Wrexham 17 56,431 3,526 96.636 4,026
4 Stockport County 19 58,336 3,431 84,567 3,676
5 Mansfield Town 19 47,488* 2,499* 68,980 2,874
6 Newport County 18 41,904 2,464 31,042 1,349
7 Cambridge United 19 37,246 2,190 55,956 2,432
8 Lincoln City 20 42,550 2,127 53,990 2,347
9 Kidderminster Harriers 18 35,066 1,948 48,191 2,095
10 Hereford United 17 32,044 1,884  n/a L2
11 AFC Telford United 19 31,547 1,752 52,066 2,263
12 Woking 18 27,142 1,596  n/a BSS
13 Macclesfield Town 18 23,024 1,534  n/a  L2
14 Dartford 17 23,157 1,447  n/a BSS
15 Forest Green Rovers 18 19,548 1,221 23,796 1,034
16 Tamworth 19 16,890 993 25,237 1,097
17 Nuneaton Town 18 16,694 982 n/a  BSN
18 Southport 19 17,427 968 29,669 1,289
19 Ebbsfleet United 18 16,348 961 23,396  1,017
20 Barrow 18 16,045 943 29,015 1,261
21 Hyde 17 12,481 832  n/a BSN
22 Alfreton Town 17 11,780 736 24,454 1,063
23 Braintree Town 16 8,752 673 19,739 897
24 Gateshead 15 7,420 570 19,381 842

* Thanks to Martin Shaw Editor of  Stagsnet the no 1 independent forum and news site for Mansfield Town FC.

BSP Away Support 2012/13 – Luton,Grimsby,Wrexham,Stockport,Stags

It’s time for the STMI Blue Square Premier away support for Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead. Outstanding support as ever from the Hatters – Luton that is and Stockport who have both had another shocker given their fabulous support ……but there is always next Saturday.

thank as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

This article has been updated to include all 23 games for the 2-13/14 season. As usual we give both the average and the total turnstyle clicks of the travelling fans. Once again you were loud and should be rightly proud considering the prices and the climate. The average taken away in the BSP was 195 plus the shrapnel down by 15 on the previous season. The mighty Imps recovered from 183 to 228 after another shocker.

Team

Ave

Total

Games

Luton

496

11,399

23

Stockport

479

11,019

23

Grimsby

429

9,869

23

Wrexham

363

9,678

23

Mansfield

396

9,103

23

Newport

263

6044

23

Kidderminster

241

5,549

23

Cambridge

230

5,306

23

Lincoln

228

5,253

23

Hereford

214

4933.5

23

Dartford

151

3,475

23

Macclesfield

147

3,374

23

Nuneaton

130

2,999

23

Woking

102

2,337

23

Telford

91

2,102

23

Southport

90

2,082

23

Tamworth

88

2,022

23

Alfreton

77

1,769

23

Forest Green

71

1,644

23

Ebbsfleet

70

1,592

23

Barrow

68

1,407

23

Hyde

60

1,362

23

Gateshead

40

913

23

Braintree

39

722

23

The BSP Relegation Rumble

The Imps, Ebbsfleet, Nuneaton and Hyde find themselves a couple of points adrift of in-form Kidderminster going into this one. Barrow too are climbing after a thrilling 3-2 win against Southport. STMI looks at the runners and riders in the BSP basement battle and asks can the Imps climb from the abyss or will we slide further down the pyramid?

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Barrow AFC Logo No Background.png  Gravesend and Northfleet F.C. logo   Hyde Logo.pngKidderminsterbadge.pngLincoln City F.C. badge.png Badge of Nuneaton Town  

The Imps travel to Wrexham with David Holdsworth’s comments suggesting a repeat of last season’s 2-0 defeat. Though realistic, it is hardly IMPspiring for the faithful, or indeed the continuation of his tenure.  After a 0-0 against Mansfield, perhaps a more positive rhetoric such as ‘ the lads are focused, we will give it our best shot and hope for a repeat of the draw we got at the big-spending Stags. Who knows we may sneak it one-nil with the defensive spine and Jamie Taylor always giving us a shout.’ Clearly our failure to take points in a clement September, will make things hard in an October from the bowels of Hades. FC Halifax, though tricky, will give the Imps a cup day that should get the crowds in, but failure will surely spell the end?

Kidderminster are the side on the rise. They have already cut the Imps two points adrift along with the other three basement boys. Ex-Imp Gowling, typically,  has been the defensive rock upon which they have won three of their last four, enjoying a run of nine unbeaten games.  The injury sustained against Hyde is not as bad as feared, but the Lambs do face  tricky games against Stockport and Gateshead. They may block an impressive rise from bottom to 20th in the table. The Imps play Stockport at home after the cup sabbatical on 20th October, in a game we must win. A new management team, plus a decent away following would burst through the break-even gate figure.

Barrow entertain fourth placed Dartford suggesting they will not increase the three point gap on us, even if David Holdsworth’s prophesy does come true on the morrow. They then travel to Nuneaton and Stockport before hosting the Imps. Three six-pointers indeed, but successive 3-2 wins over Southport and Braintree certainly stand them in good stead for the battles ahead.

Nuneaton followed up a 3-1 defeat at Stockport with a 0-0 at home to Hereford. They will probably not fancy the trip to Luton, minus red card Fleetwood, although those are the kind of big days the BSP are all about for the smaller teams, sunning themselves after promotion.  The home game against Barrow will be the meat and drink matters they must have the stomach for, if they are to sustain their Premiership existence. Mansfield at home will be an interesting ask, perhaps even a defining moment for Cox, if he is still about.

Ebbsfleet drew with in-form Kidderminster before losing 1-0 to League Leaders Newport.  The home game against faltering Alfreton should yield a win, with the returning Carew a massive bonus.  They then travel to Tamworth and Telford,  two tricky duels.

Hyde are struggling after a 1-1 draw with Gateshead was followed by that psychologically humiliating 3-0 loss at the Lambs.  The tigers host Tamworth, then travel to Cambridge, before a vital home game with Alfreton. Another side pleased to just be here, November looks a very arduous month.

Saturday’s Games
Macclesfield
v
Newport County
12:30
AFC Telford
v
Grimsby
15:00
Barrow
v
Dartford
15:00
Ebbsfleet United
v
Alfreton Town
15:00
Hereford
v
Braintree Town
15:00
Luton
v
Nuneaton
15:00
Mansfield
v
Forest Green
15:00
Woking
v
Southport
15:00
Wrexham
v
Lincoln City
15:00
Stockport County
v
Kidderminster
15:30
Gateshead
v
Cambridge Utd
17:15
Hyde
v
Tamworth
18:30

The table 

Pos   Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1
down 1
Newport County AFC
14
10
2
2
27
13
14
32
2
up 9
Wrexham
14
8
5
1
23
10
13
29
3
up 18
Forest Green Rovers
14
8
3
3
25
14
11
27
4
down 2
Luton Town
14
8
2
4
26
21
5
26
5
down 5
Dartford
14
8
1
5
25
18
7
25
6
down 6
Grimsby Town
14
6
6
2
20
9
11
24
7
up 9
Tamworth
14
7
1
6
21
19
2
22
8
down 8
AFC Telford United
14
5
6
3
25
19
6
21
9
down 9
Macclesfield Town
13
6
2
5
24
24
0
20
10
down 10
Woking
14
6
1
7
25
26
-1
19
11
up 9
Gateshead
14
4
6
4
19
19
0
18
12
down 12
Hereford United
14
5
3
6
22
26
-4
18
13
down 4
Mansfield Town
13
5
3
5
21
25
-4
18
14
down 14
Stockport County
14
4
5
5
19
19
0
17
15
down 5
Cambridge United
14
4
4
6
27
28
-1
16
16
down 16
Braintree Town
14
4
4
6
18
22
-4
16
17
down 17
Southport
14
4
4
6
19
25
-6
16
18
down 18
Alfreton Town
13
4
4
5
17
23
-6
16
19
down 4
Barrow
14
4
4
6
19
28
-9
16
20
down 7
Kidderminster Harriers
14
3
6
5
17
15
2
15
21
down 21
Lincoln City
14
3
4
7
15
21
-6
13
22
down 22
Nuneaton
14
2
6
6
20
29
-9
12
23
down 1
Ebbsfleet United
14
2
4
8
20
31
-11
10
24
down 24
Hyde FC
13
1
4
8
15
25
-10
7

BSP Bad Boys – Ada leads the Rutting Stags, Mardy Mariners, tough Hydes, Hatters,Dragons & Bucks

Take a bow Ada of Ebbsfleet who is keeping Mansfield’s Roberts – rutting stag extraordinaire – from the top of the bad boys league. Grimsby Town have two in the top ten, as do Mansfield although Beevers has amassed four yellows, one of which counted as red. It is nice to see that Wrexham’s fire breathing  Dragon Jay Harris has not lost his touch too. As we say in Lincolnshire a toast to the art of the pheasant pluckers who ensnare with flair.

Welcome to the BSP Bad boys Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

A tough challenge is part and parcel of the people’s game,  very much in the eye of the beholder. Or should that be beholden as many, on a serious note, are left to count the cost.  The officials do not help, some collect cards like confetti whilst others miss more than a sack the juggler keeper wearing Teflon gloves. Their consistency is as fickle of that of a fan, who well smile when justice is served for, but be out of their seat when the case goes against.  But the BSP would miss the midfield marauders, the old school full-backs and the centre-half hard-men chiselled from stone.  So let us take a look at the runners and riders in the race for the BSP hob nail boot award.

Player Team Yellow Red Card Count
1st Patrick Ada Ebbsfleet United 3 2 7
2nd Gary Roberts Mansfield Town 4 1 6
3rd Liam Tomsett Hyde 3 1 5
  Jay Harris Wrexham 3 1 5
5th James Marwood Gateshead 2 1 4
  Aswad Thomas Grimsby Town 4 0 4
  John Nolan Stockport County 2 1 4
  Phil Trainer AFC Telford United 4 0 4
  Lee Beevers Mansfield Town 2 1 4
  Derek Niven Grimsby Town 4 0 4

STMI count a red as two yellows. On this basis there are 15 players just one yellow off of the top 10.  Looking at the familiar faces below, it wont be long before one of the anything but angelic assassins launches themselves into the top ten.

11th Liam Bellamy Ebbsfleet United 1 1 3
  Shaun Pearson Grimsby Town 3 0 3
  Nathan Rooney AFC Telford United 3 0 3
  Johnny Hunt Wrexham 3 0 3
  Andy Pearson Hyde 1 1 3
  James Owen Barrow 3 0 3
  Omar Koroma Forest Green Rovers 1 1 3
  Lloyd Kerry Tamworth 3 0 3
  Matthew Green Mansfield Town 1 1 3
  Theo Streete Alfreton Town 3 0 3
  Richie Baker Barrow 3 0 3
  Sean Marks Braintree Town 1 1 3
  Tommy Wright Tamworth 1 1 3
  Kieran Charnock Macclesfield Town 3 0 3
Dean Keates Wrexham 3 0 3

Silkmen, The Heed & Then The Honeymoon’s Over. Could Mansfield Era Revisit Reg?

Certainly the opening five, against Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United, Newport County, Macclesfield Town and Gateshead were never going to be easy, but the next five, against Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Telford, Hyde and Tamworth are the ones upon which Holdsworth could and, rightly, should be judged.  It will be an interesting test as two wheeler-dealers – Holdsworth and King – go head-to-head on Saturday, to prove whose methods work best on the field.

Vic Erzantarz gives it to you straight and with both barrels as usual.

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I see the local paper is already painting a sympathetic picture again. Duffy now out, Holdsworth needing 2-3 more – and remember he had already got a threadbare squad, particularly in midfield, with Bore out. Indeed, the Sincil spin merchants do seem to be peddling faster than an Olympic cyclist, even though we are surely still on the first lap. The squad, now 26 (before the two injured and just mentioned and the three on loan plus the highest earner not even getting a look), had been envisaged as 21 to 23 when the £400k budget was first sent round the BSP media.  This excludes the manager and physiotherapist,  which adds close on 25% and, did not leave sufficient for an assistant, of course.

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So we need midfielders, yet even before Duffy’s injury, the threadbare budget had stretched to another forward first. OK, so it is on a non-contract basis, but once again the goalposts are being moved to suit. The non-contract deal is a curious one where we cover expenses unless the player plays, but it is still draining a club that the manager says “he will never bankrupt”. Perhaps not directly but it already appears on its knees with just 1943 for the first game of the season, on a Saturday too.  Barraclough (Trinity loan bound probably more for reinforcement justification than footballing reasons) and Connor are not getting a look-in and Vadaine looks to be falling down the pecking order too,  at a club that can ill-afford 6 forwards, as you can guess another is coming as Reg has now conveniently allowed the squad to drop down to 25.  Bob has said we will lose money this season remember, on a budgeted 2000 average gate, when everyone knows we need 3,000 yet still the merry-go-round is set to continue. You have to ask who benefits?

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The midfield need is perhaps the most perplexing. Loans aside, we have 10, of which two are injured (Platt and Bore).   This is the full dozen for those that have lost count – Luke Dayley, Adam Smith, Gary Mills, Peter Bore, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan, Nicky Nicolau, Conal Platt, Geoffrey Gouveia, Frazer Cobb, Karl Cunningham.  Youth does not look as if it is going to get too much of a chance does it, even though young Connor, who has signed a triumphant new deal can play wide or as an out and out striker.

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Given McCammon is back, who is for a double dose of jobs for me boys then, as perhaps Tyrone or another ex-Mansfield lad returns. But then Holdsworth’s tried and trusted are so hard to keep track of you can take your pick from any of these 58 – please feel free to email your Uncle Vic if we have missed any:-

Permanent

Gary Mills (Stevenage),  Tyrone Thompson (Torquay), Adam Smith (York), Rob Duffy (Newport),  Kyle Perry (Port Vale),  Jake Speight (Droylsden),  Alan Marriott (Rushden), Curtis Woodhouse (Rushden), Daryl Clare (Rushden), Craig Armstrong (Kidderminster), Luke Jones (Kidderminster), Louis Briscoe (Ilkeston),  Paul Heckingbottom (Bradford), Craig Dobson (free agent), Ollie Hotchkiss (Leeds), Michael Brough (Torquay), Jon Challinor (Cambridge), Andy Burgess (Luton), Luke Foster (Oxford), Neil Collett (Coventry), Jon Shaw (Rochdale), Paul Connor (Lincoln), Steve Foster (Blyth Spartans),  Dan Whatsize (Chesterfield),  Scott Garner (Leicester), Curtis Shaw (Ilkeston), Anthony Howell (Ilkeston), Gianluca Havern (free agent), Paul Mayo (Notts County), Neil MacKenzie (Notts County), Scott Gardner (Leeds), Ryan Williams (Weymouth),  Kyle Nix (Bradford), Tim Sandercombe (Notts County), Luke Graham (Kettering), Steven Istead (Ilkeston), Blair Sturrock (Torquay), Ed Eley (free agent), Chris Smith (Tamworth), Paul Stonehouse (Forest Green), Kevin Sandwith (Oxford), Ashley Cain (Coventry), Keigan Parker (Oldham), Luke Medley (free agent), Lee Gregory (free agent), Adam Murray (Oxford), Danny Mitchley (free agent), Mark Preece (Forest Green).

Loans

Mihkel Aksalu (Sheffield United), Rhys Day (Oxford), Simon Grand (Fleetwood), Steve Cook (Brighton), Kevin Pilkington (Luton), Peter Vincenti (Stevenage), Tomi Ameobi (Doncaster), Levi Porter (Leicester), Lee Morris (Hereford), Andy Nicholas (Rotherham),

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One thing Holdsworth does seem to have remedied, is his penchant for changing the formation, as well as the faces, on a match-by-match basis. But then these are early days, he does love to counter the opposition by all accounts.  Many of you may feel I am not a Holdsworth fan. Far from it, can’t afford to be as an Imps fan, in a game where the ends have always justified the means behind the scenes.   Holdsworth’s honeymoon will be over come the Gateshead final whistle because Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Telford, Hyde, Tamworth and Nuneaton will need to see at least a dozen points if we are to be out of the danger zone this season.  Because then we face Forest Green,  Luton, Mansfield, Wrexham and Stockport before  November is upon us.  The end of October is not a traditionally happy one for Lincoln City managers is it? Bet their will be no shortage of Cabbies willing to drive him for free if it all goes pear-shaped.

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You feel the fans and ‘supporters’ may have been placated and sidetracked, but the shouts for Holdsworth out, never far from the surface even now,  will bring it all home.  Holdsworth needs to deliver, not just for himself, but to stop the whole thing crashing down. Failure and the distrust for the Holding company will be a faux pas too far for Bob.   That could see revolutionary ramifications for the Imps, perhaps good, perhaps bad.  David Holdsworth meanwhile will be fine as he plays the PR game far better than the Imps. He will still have plenty of sympathy judging by the pauper pearls of wisdom we have seen in print.  Alas the Imps also wont have a Millionaire called Radford to buy them out of the manure. As we look at the road ahead, could the Mansfield nemesis on October 9, be his undoing or will the post honeymoon bonhomie be gone long before as those ‘supporters’ throw in the towel and vote with their feet?

Lincoln City 1 0 Kidderminster
Taylor (39) 2,112 with 1943Imps
Cambridge Utd 2 1 Lincoln City
 Elliott (03)
Moke (81)
Boyce (39)  2,546 with 278 Imps
Newport County 2 1 Lincoln City
 O’Connor (7 & 27) Taylor (51)  3,022 with 71 Imps

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AUGUST 2012
Sat 25th Lincoln City V Macclesfield Town 15:00
Mon 27th Gateshead v Lincoln City 15:00

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SEPTEMBER 2012
Sat 01st Lincoln City v Ebbsfleet United 15:00
Tue 04th Lincoln City v Alfreton Town 19:45
Sat 08th AFC Telford v Lincoln City 15:00
Sat 15th Lincoln City v Hyde 15:00
Sat 22nd Tamworth v Lincoln City 15:00
Tue 25th Lincoln City v Nuneaton 19:45
Fri 28th Forest Green v Lincoln City 19:45

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OCTOBER 2012
Sat 06th Lincoln City v Luton 15:00
Tue 09th Mansfield v Lincoln City 19:45
Sat 13th Wrexham v Lincoln City 15:00
Sat 27th Lincoln City v Stockport 15:00