Jon Nolan was an Everton FC reserve regular in his teens and it is starting to show with a technique, sharpness, bravery as well as shooting and passing ability, that has seen the 21-year-old getting a lot less credit than he deserves at the heart of the Imps midfield. His two goals have been jaw-droppers, his passing princely and that rebuilt confidence is beginning to shine on through!
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Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances, indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut, Alas his Goodison dream was not to be, as he and terrific fellow talent Moses Barnett trialled at Watford, who only dithered due to financial issues at the time in 2010. So Jon elected instead to join Stockport along with, ex-Crewe and Macc striker John Miles and Tranmere youth product Ryan Fraughan. The competition might have been easier, but ‘from frying pan and into the fire’ comes to mind, as crisis club Stockport continued to fall from grace.
That kind of train-wreck can leave lasting scars but Gary Simpson seems to have rebuilt the lads confidence suggesting he can kick on from here. This season has seen him grow to the extent that one can almost forget he is only twenty-one years of age. with an assured distribution, two cracking goals and all-round game that is lacking just one thing. John simply needs to believe in himself a little more, despite his tender years and up his game by another 10% – because once he steps out of his new comfort zone the Blue Nose is destined to shine and catapult the Imps up the league.
Jon has the technique and ability to be a regular at Championship level at the very least and should view the Skrill Premier as his springboard to the fame and fortune he is destined. This can be his formative playground and as he continues to deliver that Goodison Park promise the Imps and the young lad will benefit on and off the pitch. The Imps would not stand in his way if a bid came along either, so it is now up to Jon to add the world to the ball he already has at his very very gifted feet.
Match stats (Impstaz in red Stockport in blue)
|FULL NAME||Jon Nolan|
|DATE OF BIRTH||22 April 1992 (age 21)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Huyton|
|HEIGHT/WEIGHT||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)|
|PLAYING POSITION||Midfield General|
|CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)|
Gary Simpson will look to loans from Middlesbrough FC, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield, Rotherham United and perhaps even Everton FC as and when the need arises. As expected the strict limitations with regard to the Lincoln City budget meant that Gary Simpson could not make any 11th hour signings prior to the transfer window closing at 11 PM last night.
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Although a big target man to replace former sharp-shooting Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver, now at Crewe, is the priority, wages for a proven player would be prohibitive at in excess of a thousand a week even at Conference level. It would merely disrupt the harmony of the dressing room and chew up the slack that remains in the budget for reinforcements when the time arrives. A good STMI Crewe source alleges Simmo was at the game against Huddersfield yesterday, suggesting he has either a Terrier or Alex lad in his sights.
Gary Simpson has a wealth of contacts within both the Football League and Non-League game around the Sheffield and North-West area In the past he has used his Cheshire contacts as well as Everton FC, Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday to strengthen the Macclesfield side. Bury and Accrington could also be a source.
That said the manager, who thankfully missed out on the August Manager of the Month, must be happy with the performance of the squad and will surely keep the loan fund option open until the weather or injuries begin to bight. With Blue skies on the cards for a while yet, Yussuf raring to go and, Wright a fortnight away, the managers options seem plentiful.
Former Rangers star, Everton FC Reserve Team Coach and sixth most capped Scotland player, David Weir looks set for a tough management baptism at the Blades after turning down the chance to follow David Moyes to Manchester United. That said his contacts, coaching badges, experience and determined winning mentality make him the perfect man for the job.
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Despite the rumours doing the rounds, Sheffield United can go up next season. Yes there will have to be cuts and value for money after a £4.5 million pro-budget failed to deliver last year. Indeed Weir will have to move a few on as a huge amount of the budget is taken up by those offered generous long term contracts. He can certainly lead by example, even at 43, as a player manager after continuing to play for the Toffee’s reserves.
In all seriousness Mr Weir, a defensive colossus in his time, will hit the ground running and knows many of the players. David trained with Danny Wilson’s side before choosing to remain at Everton to complete his badges, after leaving Rangers last January. Mr Moyes respected his decision and will be bound to blood a few of the United youngsters with a man he trusted with his reserve team and player development.
Mr Weir’s additional relationship with Ally McCoist at Rangers and, those Everton connections, will provide a platform for loans. This is by far the most cost-effective way to get the Blades back into the Championship, providing quality and a spine around which to blend the youth and experience currently at the club. The youth set-up has an embarrassment of riches who just need a few leaders to back them in their bid to shine.
Weir only needs to get the momentum going at Sheffield United and some of the loyalist fans in football will do the rest. It will not take that much to bring back belief at Bramhall Lane. Optimism and a decent start could easily put 5,000 on the gate. That equates to £100,000 a game which would soon eat into the overdraft and build a warchest to spring board The Blades advance. For a side with so much potential it just needs the right man to take them from a division that has got beyond a joke.
The City of Sheffield deserves a Steel City derby next season at the very least and a Premiership club or two to represent one of football’s forgotten hotbeds.
|Full name||David Gillespie Weir
|Date of birth||10 May 1970 (age 43)|
|Place of birth||Falkirk,|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
||Evansville University (USA)|
|1996–1999||Heart of Midlothian||116||(12)|
It looks like Roberto Martinez will finally be installed as the new Everton Boss subject to last ditch talks with Dave Whelan today. His FA Cup success, though tempered by relegation this year, is a fitting reward for keeping Athletic in the Premier League. For Everton it is a flamboyant, gesture, but would Bill Kenwright, who met him earlier this week, really want it any other way? The West End Producer knows how to put on a show and the Martinez brand will certainly do that.
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After success – a 50% win rate to boot – at Swansea Bobby Martinez spent four seasons at Wigan and, to be fair, his utilisation of the smallest budget in the league, has been the football equivalent of turning water into wine. Everton, may have vastly superior resources, but they too are paupers compared to the top 6, so it will take a special kind of character to emulate, let alone eclipse David Moyes. But Roberto is the man who can.
His best quality is his ability to bring things back from the brink he did it three times and failed at the fourth attempt. During his first season at Wigan, Bobby dodged the trapdoor in 2009/10, beating 3 of the big four. During the late charge, the Wigan trademark, they came from 2 down to beat Arsenal 3-2 and beat Liverpool. They failed to do the double over Chelsea, losing 8-0 on the final day. The Toffee’s won’t tolerate that kind of hammering, nor the 9-1 defeat at Spurs earlier in that season, but they have a strong spine and the defensive quality to allow his attacking instincts to entertain the Gwladys Street End at the heart of one of English football’s most atmospheric stadiums.
It is a big step up for him, because the expectations are high at the School of Science, also nicknamed the Peoples club. Apt then that one that champions the finer points of the people’s game, throughout his playing journey from Real Zaragosa to Chester, will do it with style and an optimistic smile. That will be good for football and the Evertonians, who, perhaps more than most, deserve to be bashing the Big 5 Bastille door down.
|Swansea City||24 February 2007||15 June 2009||126||63||37||26||50.00|
|Wigan Athletic||15 June 2009||Present||176||51||47||78||28.98|
Simmo has bagged competitive ex-Everton FC Reserve and Stockport County favourite Jon Nolan on a free. The competitive midfield general in the making is the all-round midfielder that has eluded Impdom since Michael Connor failed to join, after a fabulous loan, that saw him rise and shine at Scunthorpe United. Like Butch he is a box-to-box blue nose who is equipped to play higher, so let us chew over top Toffee and Hatter Jon Nolan.
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Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances. Indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut, although David Moyes – a fan – is spoilt for choice at a youth academy that has produced Rooney et al. Everton are one of England’s giants, pipped only by the incredible financial bridge created by the Champions League, but their youth set-up, a veritable conveyor belt, has saved them the tens of millions necessary to be able to compete in the top half of the Premiership. When Jon steps out onto the Theatre of the Absurd his technical ability will shine like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside. Alas his Goodison dream was not to be, as he and Moses Barnett trialled at Watford, who dithered due to financial issues at the time. back in the seasonal sunset of 2010. So Jon elected instead to join Stockport along with, ex-Crewe and Macc striker John Miles and Tranmere youth product Ryan Fraughan. The competition might have been easier, but ‘from frying pan and into the fire’ comes to mind.
Stockport and the North-West clubs certainly enjoy a huge advantage over their East Midlands rivals when it comes to loans and the incredible quality of the cast-offs. Simmo’s former number two Glyn Chamberlein is still based up that way, which speaks volumes for another of football’s quiet, productive, perhaps quintessential, scouts. But when your new employers have just been relegated from the League, the baptism is bound to be harder, even at a well-supported proud club. The Imps and Hatters demise showed many parallels, one we reversed, just, this Spring. Stockport however are still in decline, with the puppet show the Hatters have going on behind the scenes, doing encore after encore it seems.
Naturally it is not easy for the players and the managers who go through the inevitable revolving door. Jon however has learned the hard way in a losing side that ultimately failed to beat the drop last term, this after a struggling season the year before. He will be one of the fittest and most technically gifted players in our side. His energy levels and strength will come into their own this season in a side that Simmo is packing full of leaders and six-foot soldiers. This will help the 21-year-old to mature, keep his head and become the complete midfield player the Imps have needed for years.
Jon chose Simmo and the Imps for football reasons, warming to the enticing words and warm reputation of Gary Simpson, a man with a vision to finally create a football club Impdom deserves. Despite a package half that of a southern based BSP club, he wants to grow under the guidance of one of the games more effective, but like himself, uncelebrated characters. Give him a huge welcome and, at times initially, a bit of patience. This lad is a Rolls Royce engine, perfect for a side that looks as if it can challenge for the play-offs and put Lincoln City back on the football map.
Welcome to Impdom Jon, stand tall, play your football and start to show what David Moyes and co saw not that long ago.
|Full name||Jon Nolan|
|Date of birth||22 April 1992 (age 21)|
|Place of birth||Huyton|
|Height/Weight||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)|
|Playing position||Midfield General|
|Contract: One Year (plus option)|
Steve King has just added Everton striker Scott Brown and Rob Evans (Dagenham) plus defender Carl Martin (Crewe) on loan, on top of the fourteen that came in in the summer. The new man has certainly swept the Silkmen’s decks and they will be a very big ask for the Imps this Saturday. Then again the bigger they come the harder they fall, as far as Holdsworth’s underdogs of war are concerned. The times may have changed as far as the financial fortunes of the two clubs have concerned but so has our reputation as wIMPS. As the late, great KA, who’s book launch and memory will overshadow this game would say: We’ll be there or thereabouts.
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Saturday 25 th August K.O at 3 pm
STMI extends a welcome to Macc fans visiting the site and Sincil Bank this Saturday – please remember its Yellow socks day in memory of Keith. So let’s cut to the chase and go look at the form of the foe.
|Fri 10th Aug – TV Game|
| Canham (15)
|Barnes-Homer (Pen 59)||ATT 2,139|
|Tues 14th Aug|
|Sat 18th Aug 2012|
|Henry (Pen 89)||OG Champion (34)||ATT 1,420|
|Nantwich Town 5-1 Macc|
|Witton Albion 1-1 Macc|
|Blackburn 3-4 Macc|
|Buxton 0-6 Macc|
|Colwyn Bay 0-2 Macc|
|New Mills 1-6 Macc|
|FC United 0-2 Macc|
Heroes & Villains
New manager King has cleared the decks bringing in 17 : 8 midfielders – Henry & Kissock (both Luton Town), Winn (Stevenage), Agombar (Grays) Costa (Dulwich),Yiadom (St Neots) plus Kieran Murtagh & Euloge Ahodikpe ; 5 defenders – Braham-Barrett (Peterborough) Jackson (Wimbledon) Mackreth (Barrow) Charnock (Fleetwood on loan) Carl Martin (Crewe on loan) ; as well as keeper Cronin (Bristol Rovers) and 3 striker Barnes-Homer (Ostersunds FK) Scott Brown (Everton on loan) & Rob Edmunds (Dagenham on loan). That’s 12 permanent deals and five loans in what has to be seen as a massive punt to get them back at the firast time of asking. Then again once the TV and transfer money has run out there would need to be a big readjustment if it all went pear shaped.
Signed from Bristol Rovers this summer, Lance also spent time at Ebbsfleet on loan last term . He has kept succesive clean sheets in his last two games after conceding two in the televised opener at the Bulls.
|Games||Sub||Conceded||Saves||Mins Played||Clean sheets||Mins per goal||Yc’s||Rc’s|
1 Lance Cronin 13 Andrew Mills
2 & RB Ryan Jackson, 5 CB Nat Brown, 22 & LB Craig Braham-Barrett, 23 CB Kieron Charnock (loan) 24 James Bolton, Carl Martin (loan from Crewe), 14 Tony Diagne,
Carl Tremarco (loan to Floriana for season),
4 Euloge Ahodikpe, 7 Jack Macreth, 8 Kieran Murtagh, 11 Peter Winn, 12 Arnaud Mendy, 15 Andre Costa, 16 Junior Yiadom, 17 Sam Wedgbury, 18 Charlie Henry, 19 John Paul Kissock, 25 Harry Agombar,
9 Matthew Barnes-Homer, 20 Waide Fairhurst, 30 Rob Edmunds (on loan from Dagenham) Scott Brown (on loan from Everton), 29 Ben Mills (loan to Chester City)