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Simmo Striker Search Boosted By Brackley

FC Halifax will play Brackley for the right to play in the BSP next season and that is good news for the Imps as Brackley’s 3-0 defeat of Altrincham (4-2 Agg) will allow Gary Simpson to swoop for striker Duncan Watmore. Damian Reeves meanwhile could end up at Scunthorpe United, now owned (bar any Queensbury Rules legal challenge), as big fan Peter Swann aims to shoot the iron back up the League.

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Ex-Imp Jefferson Louis continues to help the Imps cause, with the first, to tie the semi at 2-2, in the fourth minute. Izaac Reid made it two on 26 before Glenn Walker rounded off the rout just after half-time.

Simmo will now surely give Alty gaffer Lee Sinnott a call as soon as the dust settles.  He saw hot-shot Damian Reeves and Duncan Watmore play in a 2-0 win over FC Halifax a couple of weeks ago.  Duncan managed 14 goals in his debut season and has phenomenal pace, a great touch and can dribble, suggesting he can adapt to the variety of formations Simmo likes to play.

Reeves, on the other hand, will be too rich for our blood. We are unlikely to tempt him from a relatively lucrative deal, with the additional flexibility  of a part-time regime that allows outside interests. Trinity tried but failed with a four figure a week plus deal for a player that has notched over 40 goals  in the last two seasons. But at 27, a crack at the Football League and a long overdue pay-day courtesy of Swann’s millions, would do very nicely indeed. The Iron could also pay a fee, as Altrincham may need to cash in on an ongoing contract after failing to go up.

Reeves & Watmore On The Radar Then

Gary Simpson was at the Altrincham V FC Halifax game on Wednesday, stirring speculation that the Imps could be in for either Damian Reeves or Duncan Watmore. The two have shared a fifty-five goal partnership this season, with Reeves on 41 and Watmore on 14 in his first full season.  Gainsborough had failed to tempt Reeves last season, suggesting money is not the primary motivating factor for the 27 year old who scores for fun.

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According to a valued source over the years, Simmo was amongst a posse of scouts at the game. He was also overheard discussing the performance of Reeves and Watmore.  Reeves on for the season had a quiet game by his standards but Watmore, just 19, looks a ready made replacement for Jamie Taylor.  He has phenomenal pace a great touch and can dribble, suggesting he can adapt to the variety of formations Simmo likes to play.

Two other Altrincham players, winger Nicky Clee and left-back Matt Doughty, also stood out and are therefore worthy of a mention.  On 68, the overlapping defender, exchanged passes before placing a right-foot drive beyond the keeper.  If Simmo cannot tempt Tony Diagne to stay, Doughty would be a versatile two-footed full-back, although at 32 he could be a gamble.  Left winger Nicky Clee also looked useful, grabbing the 48th minute opener in the 2-0 win.  His 20 yard left-foot crisp drive after a one-two set Alty on their way to a play-off confrontation with Guisely or big spending Brackley in the play-offs.

Question is will the Imps meet one of these four in opposition next season, or will they be lining up for Simmo’s resurgent Imps?

Futch Joins “The Management” To KO Shaymen But A Dragon Awaits?

Even though Wrexham FC and former Bury hero Andy Morrell is odds on to get the Gigg Lane gig, former Imp Ben Futcher will definitely not be playing for FC Halifax Town in the short-term, because The Shakers manager Richie Barker  has defected to Crawley Town.  Peter Shirtliff and Futch will take temporary charge, but the musical chairs looks set to continue, because Ben is unlikely to be head and shoulders above his peers in this particular contest.

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Confused and feel you are caught up in a caper more confusing than Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?  Well lets give you the SP and the full Jackanory…..when Barker appointed Big Ben as the reserve side and development manager this summer, he looked set to hang up his boots, bar the odd rumble in the Football Combination Northern Section jungle.  But only if the Shakers young and hopefuls were hard-pressed of course.  What a waste, surely the coaching badges could be done as homework thought ambitious Halifax,  who moved for a loan deal just to make sure he still had the appetite and the bacon and eggs for the game at just 31 years old.  Its a deal its a steal its the sale of the f…… yep the Shakers thought they would keep him.
So Barker having it on his toes to Crawley means 2 meter Futcher the penalty box  Butcher, will have to hang up his boots again, at least until the new managerial process has run its course. Who knows he and Peter Shirtliff may get a shot or two and prove themselves.  Although quite when the music stops at Bury is anyone’s guess as Bury only signed Welsh winger Craig Jones on a two-year deal yesterday. So Ben may not be hanging up his boots just yet, with a return to Halifax still very much in the offing.  Musical chairs or what geezers?

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 By Jove he’s taller than the stand and the other great oaks!
A Dave Penny cast off Futch became Keith  Alexander’s first signing for the Imps along with Dean Cropper. He would follow KA everywhere after going on to be our leading scorer (10) and young player of the year in his first season.  He was a rock for three seasons before sensationally agreeing to join Boston for allegedly more money and then Grimsby. He found it hard to get into the Mariners side until the end of the season.  Sods Law it was just in time to score in the 2-1 play-off semi against The Mighty Imps.  Keith forgave a man who shares our play-off pain (The Mariners lost to Cheltenham to record his 3rd play-off final defeat in 4 years) and signed him for Posh and Bury. Simmo also took him on loan  to Macc last season.
FULL NAME Benjamin Paul Futcher
DATE OF BIRTH 4 June 1981 (age 31)
HEIGHT 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
WEIGHT 12st 5lbs (78.54kg)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Oldham Athletic 11 (0)
2001 Stalybridge Celtic (loan) 17 (1)
2002 Stalybridge Celtic 9 (0)
2002 Doncaster Rovers 2 (0)
2002–2005 Lincoln City 133 (15)
2005–2006 Boston United 17 (1)
2006 Grimsby Town 23 (3)
2006–2007 Peterborough United 28 (3)
2007– Bury 127 (4)
2010–2011  Oxford United (loan) 6 (0)
2011  Mansfield Town (loan) 13 (1)
2012 AFC Telford United (loan) 3 (0)
2012– Macclesfield Town (loan) 10 (0)

Tyrone Thompson Signs



Imps manager and IMPresario David Holdsworth has signed ex Sheffield United and FC Halifax Town winger Tyrone Thompson on a short term contract until January 8th 2012.


For those who missed our Who is Tyrone Thompson article on Nov 10th click here to find out more about a lad who is not exactly a stranger to Sincil Bank