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Todd Jordan’s Back Then?

Ex Sheffield Wednesday youth Todd Jordan got some valuable minutes against Scunthorpe United last night, just two weeks after the horror challenge at Lincoln United that left him on crutches. He is part of a growing Sheffield based influence at The Imps, for despite the loss of Oliver to Crewe Alexandra, the Manager, Brown and Foster hail from there, as well as some Rotherham based  lads.

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This typifies the hunger and desire from a lad who wants to prove Wednesday, his boyhood heroes wrong by making a living from the game after all, albeit from a lower level.  Born in the harsh environment of Parkhills most lads thereabouts dream of performing for their fellow Wednesdayites on that cavernous but incredibly inspiring Kop.

Todd is regarded as a quick healer but we will have to hope that his natural fitness will be sufficient to cope with missing the full pre-season, for he is a vital part of this young and hungry Simpson  side. Todd, or Mo Fofana, must be an effective tough tackling and composed partner for Jon Nolan in the two that are pivotal to Simpson’s  cosmopolitan free-flowing 4-2-3-1 formation that Lincoln fans hope will take the Skrill Premier by storm.

Nolan has been superb against supposedly superior technical ability in the last two games, last night being his second man of the match performance in succession. But he cannot be expected to do it alone over a 46 match marathon.

Todd, who can also fill in at left and centre-back is a versatile, strong, competitive and of course tall lad who, like Nolan, can get forward to support the counter. His brilliant 25-yard curling strike against Telford showed he has a shot and a half on him, but his passing and distribution will improve no end under the coaching guidance of Simpson, as well as playing next to Nolan who seems to have it all.

Todd understandably ran out of steam last year, but then he had only just moved up from part-time.  Let us hope the break in pre-season will allow him and Nolan to forge the steel spine we need at Woking on opening day. If it does the side will have the balance we need to see off the counters that have so put the Imps on the back-foot in previous seasons. But if the two can win it and get the ball to the feet of the advanced midfield trio plus the poacher up top, Lincoln could be looking at much better than just the top eight this season.

Todds 2012/13 & STMI Biopic

Sq No Name Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC       
4 Todd Jordan 10 2 836 1 9 0 13 6 2 0
Full Name Todd Jordan    
Date of Birth 4th Dec 1991  Age 21
Place of Birth Sheffield    
Height 6′ 3″    
Weight 12 st 6lb
   
Youth Career
2005-2009 Sheffield Wednesday    
  Senior Career    
Club Lincoln City  SQ  04
Contract 1 year    
Pos LB/CB/DMC    
Year Club Aps Gls
2010 -2012 Worsborough 20 3
2012  2013 Parkgate FC 25 3
2013  2013 Staveley MW 5 0
2013  2013 Shirebrook 1 0
2013 –  Lincoln City 12 1

Sheffield Wednesday Youth’s Treble Saves The Mighty Imps

Vadaine Oliver is certainly following in the footsteps of one of his Sheffield Wednesday heroes. Having seen both play this season we can safely say the 21 year-old is a chip off the Jermaine Johnson aka  JJ’ block, albeit at a much lower level. For now at least. The two certainly have a similar swagger, the power, pace panache and energy that fills a fan with hope and expectation, gets you on your feet, as soon as the ball goes anywhere near them.  Vadaine has a long way to go to reach JJ’s quality, but he has the help of manager and Owls  fan Gary Simpson, not to mention 10 years to do it.

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Since missing the Hillsborough cut in May, Vadaine Oliver’s debut season has certainly been IMPressive, cemented with a hat-trick at Hyde that banished the relegation worries for the Imps on the final day of the season.  Vadaine Oliver never lost  a header today, against two mean centre-halves who know all the tricks.  He scored three second half goals and had a hand in the all important penalty.  Young Oliver- in true Dickensian style the boy always wants more – won the header that put in Jones, only for him to be pushed for a 27th minute penalty.

On 48 Sheridan beats the offside, crosses superbly and Oliver uses his strength to power home a towering header.  On 62 minutes a Gray throw finds Oliver and his salmonlike leap sees him beat the keeper to the ball and head home. The deserved hat-trick and first matchball. On 86, Miller threads an intelligent ball, that Vadaine takes in his powerful thoroughbred stride to send him home to meet his maker, just inside the left hand post.

The Imps signed Vadaine as a free agent after the Owls released him in May. As a 20 year-old we would be entitled to a fee should the vultures come circling when the window opens in the summer.  He has said he wants to continue to work with Simmo, who he knows to have a pedigree in developing players at clubs and selling them on for million plus fees. We’ll be frying tonight in Lincoln then. lets throw the boat out and add some prawns.

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

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

scores every 176 minutes.

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

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

Ow-l! We Feel Your 3 Game Pain Vadaine

The Ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker that the Imps have taken to their hearts, Vadaine Oliver, has received a three match ban for violent conduct, following an 81st minute ‘nose to nose’ confrontation with Southport centre-half Neill Byrne. As the red was for violent conduct, he will miss Wrexham, Nuneaton and Telford. The young hot-shot reacted after being clattered into the advertising hoardings during Saturday’s game and will therefore miss three games, the norm for a red card of this kind. It is a shame as the 21 year old has led the line superbly, given such a big responsibility on such young shoulders.

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A graduate of the Wednesday youth system, Vadaine was released last summer along with keepers Sean Cuff and Richard O’Donnell, defender Jon Otsemebor, midfielder Chris Sedgwick and striker Clinton Morrison, after failing to step up from the reserves.  He was a regular scorer in the youth side and given a first year pro-deal at 19. A long-term injury denied him any progress but the management team still gave him a years extension. Alas he failed to make the breakthrough, despite turning out regularly for the reserves.

The Owls’ loss was our gain, giving us the lead on his first full start away at Telford.  The, what was to become a trademark, header looked to have given us 3 valuable points until Trainer equalised on 87.  Vadaine then got us out of jail with a thunderous last gasp strike, following Morgan’s ball from the right, in a 3-2 thriller at the Bank against Hyde in the following game. Young Oliver then had to be content to be a substitute would would stake his claim from the bench in emphatic style.  Coming on against Barrow on 62 he scored the winner with almost his first touch, converting Power’s corner with a 12 yard blunderbuss straight down the middle.

The icing on the cake of his and our season, the FA Cup run, saw him bag a decisive brace as the Imp hordes saw a famous 2-1 win at Walsall. Again coming from the bench on 79 minutes, Vadaine scored twice in extra time, to see us through 3-2.  On 102 minutes another trademark header from a Power corner, gave us the lead. Then on 118 he put us 3-1 up after intercepting Chambers back pass, to calmly beat the keeper one on one. Vadaine then had to be patient before scoring in his first two successive starts since September. We lost 2-4 against Newport and Southport.  Another header gave us a 6th minute lead against Dartford, with Larkin bagging the points with a penalty for 2-1 at the death.  His headed equaliser against Woking last week secured a valuable point in Simmo’s first game.

Vadaine has pace, power and great technique even if he does look one-footed (right).  He certainly seems to have the hunger, physical presence and aggression we need.  At 6′ 2″ he is also a handful in the air as his headed goals show.  You could see it the day he came on for Barraclough against Grimsby in the Lincs cup in the 64th minute and was quickly into the action.  He powerfully robbed Disley and came away from the ball after another  full-on challenge from Hatton. That was enough to earn him a mysterious appearance in the squad photo that gave a clue to the fact that he was to get a one-year deal. A contender for young player of the year, he will be missed. See you soon Vadaine, stay fit, your part in our resurgence is far from finished you feel.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season So Far

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 18 17 1908 9 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 212 minutes.

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

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 35 Apps 9 goals