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Hatters & Grimsby Town In Cup Would Have Made Trinity’s Season

When Rushall Olympic beat Stockport County to line up a date at Grimsby Town in the 4th Qualifying round of the FA Cup STMI’s thoughts went out to Gainsborough Trinity and young Imp Jordan Thomas. Ditto  Stockport County, a club with a fantastic fan-base that incredibly continues to endure an existence on a par with a train crash.  Surely someone will get to the root of the problem and come up with the answer soon? The Conference is the poorer without them as is the Football League.

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An away tie at Grimsby Town would have been worth at least £20,000 to Trinity, this after a trip to Stockport that Rushall went on to win. Jimmy Turner bent a 30-yard free-kick into the top corner in the 63rd minute to send the 55 visiting supporters mad in front of the sixth tiers biggest congregation by far.  Having comprehensible beaten Rushall 2-0 in the previous round Trinity could have every reason to expect a win with the reward of a Lincolnshire derby at Grimsby Town, one of the three best supported clubs in non-league football.

A crowd of 2185 at Stockport would have been boosted by expectant Blues fans and if one includes £7,500 prize for the winners Trinity could reasonably have expected to earn £20,000 from the tie.  However an admin blunder saw them booted out of the Cup, stripped of the £4,500 from the previous round and has ultimately cost them tens of thousands.  Even if Trinity had got hammered at The Mariners the Cup run would have yielded the club close to £50,000 pounds.

Trinity have not had the best of things lately seeing their cloth cut dramatically after Peter Swann finally threw in the towel. Ongoing issues with the Blues Club and ground ownership as well as obstacles to a vaunted new stadium saw him take his vast fortunes to Scunthorpe Utd. This ended a promising era for the Blues, in turn, ushering in an alarming start to the season with an unwanted 100% record of five successive defeats. Worrying times for a team that had never seen relegation in their entire history, although they failed re-election in 1911-12 at the expense of local rivals Lincoln City.

In a desperate bid to stop the rot and part the clouds of gathering gloom manager Steve Housham signed almost every striker in Christendom and the wins came with 4 wins and a draw seeing The Blues climb from the relegation zone to mid-table. However just as luck seemed to be turning the loan for Jordan Thomas from the Imps and his subsequent inclusion in the team for the Rushall game ultimately sealed their fate.  Trinity unable to file the necessary paperwork by 12 noon, due to a lack of available personnel, relied on Lincoln City to send the paperwork to the relevant football authorities.

According to the findings of the appeal this was never received even though the Imps maintain the documents were sent at 10.19. No one, it appears, chased the authorities to ensure that the documents had been correctly processed, which given the circumstances and parties involved was perhaps easier said than done, but Trinity have apologised to fans and are in the process of an internal enquiry to get to the bottom of exactly what went wrong.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but ultimately this and a day out at Cleethorpes would have softened the blow of Peter Swann’s departure and provided vital funds to keep the club going.

Imps To Back Trinity FA Cup Appeal To Save Stockport Tie

Gainsborough FC’s lucrative trip to Stockport County, in the FA Cup,  is currently under threat after the FA Cup Committee found that Jordan Thomas was ineligible to play in the 2-0 win over Rushall Olympic  in the last round.

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The deadline for registering a loan player is 12 noon on the Friday preceeding a Saturday fixture and both the Imps and Gainsborough’s maintain that the paperwork was in with well over an hour to spare. Therefore the Imps have made a statement to support Gainsborough’s appeal via the official site HERE


The problem arises from the fact that the FA committee has ruled that the email confirmation was not received therefore, they have removed Trinity from the competition allowing Rushall the opportunity of a lucrative tie at Stockport County – by far the biggest draw at this stage of the competition. STMI wish young Jordan and Gainsborough well, at a particularly stressful time for both parties. The game could be worth over £20,000 in gate receipts alone for The Blues.  As for young Jordan, trying to make his way in the game, it is certainly not the sort of thing the young Imp needs.








Jordan Thomas Can Face Hatters

Gainsborough Trinity face Stockport County in the cup on Saturday after beating Harrogate 2-0 thanks to some help fashioned from the feet of Imps.   It will be an interesting tie as Stockport manager Ian Bogey resigned after a 3-1 defeat to Harrogate but County then went on to beat the Blues 3-1.  Since then Housham has strengthened, signing almost every striker in Christendom for the Trinity with the in-form side climbing the Skrill North table with 4 wins on the spin. County Boss Alan Lord is also over the moon after being given the manager’s job on a permanent basis following yesterday’s 4-0 win over Worcester City

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Trinity play Stockport in the FA Cup this Saturday, eager to avenge a 3-1 defeat at County on 9th September with Jordan Thomas set to feature after Lincoln agreed to allow him to play in the Cup.  The Blues sit a point and two places in front of The Hatters in 13th and will be the outsiders. In some ways it is the best draw they could possibly expect at this stage of the competition given the support of the Hatters.  With a 4,000 crowd expected Trinity could get a 40% cut of the gate to boost their finances post Peter Swan with the addition of £7,500 in prize money should they pull off a giant killing. A win would also put them in the hat for the 4th qualifying round and the chance of a tie at Luton, Grimsby, Boston or Lincoln.

Alas  Jordan will not be able to play against Lincoln should we meet in the FA Cup, although the Lincoln influence is certainly lifting Trinity. Ex-Imp striker Bradley Barraclough got on the score sheet in the 2-0 win at Harrogate, heading home Stamps flick, with another old face, Simon Russell, getting the second from the spot.  Jordan Thomas was instrumental in the first goal during the 2-0 FA win over Rushall Olympic, crossing for Barraclough’s effort to be saved only for Stamp to feed on the scraps.

Simon Russell has also been playing superbly, indeed it was his thunderbolt against the post at Leamington, allowing Stamp to pounce again, that led to a 1-0 win at Leamington that lifted Trinity from bottom of the table the previous week. Connor Robinson, unlike Jordan, is unable to play in the FA Cup, however he set-up the first in Trinity’s 2-1 win over Barrow, to earn the Blues their first win and points of the season. On a somewhat random note, Gainsborough have never been relegated in their entire history.

5 Andrew Boyce (Centre-Back)

On 14 Nov 2013 Andrew Boyce agreed to join Peter Swann at Scunthorpe in January, a subsequent loan was agreed until Jan 5th on 21st Nov. The undisclosed fee meets a minimum release clause in his contract. 

No St Sub Mins G On Miss Ass F’s F’d Yel Red
5 Boyce 19 0 1710 1 5 7 1 17 11 2 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Boyce 19 154 8.1 9 8 8 8 8 9 7 8 8 8
Boyce 1

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Andrew Boyce has agreed to sign a new 2 year deal with the Imps despite rumours he might be joining up with a former Gainsborough Guru at Scunthorpe UnitedMansfield Town or Chesterfield FC.   The former Doncaster Rovers defender  could have netted the Imps at least £25,000 at a tribunal but manager Simmo is happier to have him than the cheeky alleged asking fee of fifty grand. On 14 Nov 2013 Boyce agreed to join Peter Swann at Scunthorpe in January, a subsequent loan was agreed until Jan 5th on 21st Nov. The undisclosed fee meets a minimum release clause in his contract.

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Andrew grew alongside Nat Brown last season and will continue to improve under Simmo’s guidance.  With Miller also able to play in the centre as well as defensive midfield, we could be looking at a back 5 at times just like in the play-off era under Keith Alexander.

Handy Andy sometimes stood alone last season as our central midfield quartet were regularly routed. He also pops up in both boxes at vital times notching 4 goals and nipping countless opportunities for those who would bulge Impdom’s net.

STMI christened Boycie the Beast of The Bank when he arrived. But he is now more than that. Already a hero, his never say die attitude will blossom next to Nat Brown, who can back him, or Tom Miller, up, when they dive in too early. Give it another half season, or so,to round off those rough edges and Boyce may well be plying his trade in League 1 sooner rather than later.  There are a few sides in that League knocking on the Championship door, where the TV money is a very healthy cushion indeed.  Then again, perhaps Peter Swann, who reluctantly had to let him go, may just have to do business with the Imps one more time at least.

STMI Biopic

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Andrew Boyce 45 0 3999 4 44 2 49 37 10 0
Boyce’s Backissues  
Date of Birth 05/11/1989 (age 23)
Height 6′ 3″
Weight 12st 9lbs
Youth career Doncaster Rovers
Former Clubs Kings Lynn Gainsborough

Imps Hoping To Seal Deals

With Crewe Alexandra in for Oliver, no centre-halves under contract and Gainsborough Trinity’s Terry Hawkridge up for grabs, Gary Simpson will be hoping for some decisions next week.

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Simmo has received a boost to his war-chest, thanks to £11,313 from the FA Cup Pool. He will also receive any funds from the sale of Vadaine Oliver, who looks set to leave the Imps. So any move for wonderful winger Terry looks feasible as well as a tall mystery target man. Hawkridge scored six and supplied 16 assists last season, stepping up from obscurity in style. At 22 and in receipt of a contract offer we will need to pay a fee.

But the backbone to a Bank bounce-back will be based on retaining the services of Andrew Boyce, Tom Miller and Nat Brown, who was on loan last season. Get these three and a replacement striker and the Imps will be cooking on gas.

Sincil Salivates.

Bank Beast Boyce Ban Blow

The 66th minute yellow card against Luton Town will see Imp warrior Andrew Boyce miss the vital Tamworth match on Saturday and the final game of the season at Hyde on Saturday.


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Andrew is said to be devastated that he cannot finish the mission after a brave season, epitomised by fantastic performance in both boxes.  It was indiscipline, due to an altercation with the canny Lawless, that saw him react to the latter’s poor challenge on one of his team-mates.  A shame but one of those things. It is a learning curve and handy Andy has been an integral part of our great March form. One that ensures the Imps remain very much in with a chance of staying up this season. He is young and he will bounce back, if we fans can help fill the void and take up the slack.

The yellow sees him reach 10 cautions for the season, which means an automatic two match ban. Our thoughts are with you Boycie – see you next season, when you will hopefully play your part in a glorious season.

Swann Smiles, Trinity Win and Grimsby and Wrexham Grin

History will read that Wrexham and Grimsby Town will contest the Trophy, as well as, perhaps, the BSP automatic promotion slot. But Gainsborough’s stock and dreams continue to rise as high as those blue balloons that greeted the teams as the gladiators took to the Colosseum to contest a grass-roots full-blooded FA Trophy fiesta semi, with passion never out of fashion.  The chants for Peter Swann, the chairman, were sung by all, as the kindly, astute, but ailing benefactor, looked on like a proud father who sees the fruits of his labour and dreams continue to blossom, whatever the aggregate score.

For the benefit of  Dragons and Trinity fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the  score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then an epic match report to reflect the deeds by both sides, in a titanic tussle,  that was an £11 treat to behold. Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Gainsborough  21 Wrexham

(34 AGG)

(H/T 1 –1)


D Wright 21 Hawkridge 26 Leary 79 

Att  2450

Blues 1606, Dragons 844   


The teams & Schemes




1 Budz,

2 Roma (Y-90), 5 Hone, 4 Waterfall 3 Wilde,

9 Yates 7 Russell 6 Leary (Y-45)  8 Nelthorpe 11 Hawkridge

 10 Stamp (Y-36)



45 Barraclough on for Nelthorpe (switch to 4-4-2) 63 Young on for Waterfall 71 Connor on for Yates  (switch to 4-3-3) 



Young, Clarke, Thompson, Barraclough, Connor

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24 Maxwell

2 S Wright  23 Westwood  6 Riley  3 Ashton

8 Harris 12 Keates 14 Clarke 16 Hunt

9 Wright (Y-65) 11 Morrell (Y-68)



76 Ormerod on for Morrell 81 Ciezlewicz on for Hunt



Coughlin, Cieslewicz, Walker, Little, Ormerod.



But to the game fellow football fans, to the game.

The Blues were first to press with good work from Russell and Leary down the right.  Not unlike the first game it was end to end stuff. Danny Wright slipped Wilde down the right channel and from Waterfall’s half clearance Harris drove wide.  Steven Wright then overlapped to send over a peach, but Butz was wise to that one. A neat three man exchange saw Harris, Clarke and Ashton denied in the nick of time by Russell, eager to meet, greet and beat all over the field. From the corner Danny Wright signalled his intent, but fired wide under pressure from Hone.

Much like the first game, a refereeing decision would threaten to put the game beyond the gamely Gainsborough blues.  A glorious 30-yard chipped ball from Russell saw Yates bring it under his spell and beat Riley all ends up.  The centre-back went to ground and the ref bought it, curtailing a clear run on goal.  Maxwell sent the free-kick all of 50 yards far right to Danny Wright. He turned inside and curled an unstoppable 25-yarder into the top left corner with Butz, close but clasping at air. A ‘worldie’ that even the Trinity fans acknowledged as worth the gate money alone.

Even with Wrexham knocking it about, Leary, Russell and Hawkridge were quick to respond.  Harris sent a 30-yarder a foot wide but it was not just Keates pulling the strings as Russell and Leary began to pick the passes and find their range, leading to a throw on the right. Roma threw long, Stamp nodded on. Wilde headed into the 6-yard box. Hawkridge killed it with his right and powered home on the half volley with his left to give Maxwell no chance. Twenty-six on the clock and, with the 3 stand roofs one-hundred foot in the air above the Northolme,  the dream’s pilot light flickered back into life.

Trinity were rampant. Yates tore down the right but Riley blocked for a corner. Hawkridge found the golden forehead of Stamp, who powered barely a yard wide. A Hawkridge free-kick saw Leary cleverly cushion, but Nelthorpe’s screamer was bravely headed off the line by Westwood. It was old-school end to end stuff now as the people’s game warts and all, embraces the senses and sent the pulses rasing. A Keates free kick was punched to the feet of the marauding Morrell. The old stager instinctively fired true, only to be brilliantly blocked by Hone. Clarke dinked it back in, Waterfall got enough on it, but Keates was there to send in a peach of a chip that Morrell headed a fivers breadth wide of the far post.

Second half.

At half-time Housham sent on Barraclough for Nelthorpe and went 4-4-2, but in truth the ref was poor and gave everything to the visitors with Morrell permanently in his ear. Even when Waterfall was grounded at a corner and stretchered off he saw no evil in a red shirt. The second period continued to bubble but never quite boiled until Connor joined Barraclough and Stamp in an attacking holy Trinity on 71 at the expense of Yates. Could the gung-ho 4-3-3 give the Blues a way back in?  Reborn babe in boots, Barraclough twisted and turned to win a throw. Roma’s incoming was half-cleared but Young played to Russell. His flick to Stamp was sublime, as the big man chested and flicked into the path of Barraclough’s surging run. Quick feet saw him grounded by Maxwell, but the penalty appeals were waved away in front of the travelling hordes.

A probing 40-yard free-kick from Hawkridge found Stamp who nodded back and amidst the confusion in the six-yard box Clarke forced his own keeper to brilliantly claw away for the corner.  The driven set-piece saw Hone power a header a foot the wrong side of the far post.  But the Dragons were very much at the dance.  One-touch from Clarke, Hunt and Morrell forced Butz to bravely come and claim. His driven clearance hit Morrell, who was thankfully booked, as the rebound trickled into an empty net.  Still one-one but fans of both sides were feeling their stomachs churn as the smell of tobacco gave way to the top quality half-time curried culinary wares.

Hunt then chipped a couple of foot over before Trinity stormed down the other end with a power and menace that showed they were far from finished.  Leary, brilliantly, with 4 round him, twisted , turned and curled an 18 yarder, that took a deflection, just inside the post.  Yessss! 2-1, the charismatic ground was shaken to its very foundations by the roar.  The Town sensed that one more could force extra time and, with the wind behind them  , all eyes were on the that Wembley prize.  It was manic, frantic stuff now, no quarter asked nor given, played to the backdrop of a bear pit scene of yore.  Danny Wright played in Ormerod, Hone was prone, but Young picked his pocket as the trigger twitched.

Roma arrowed in a throw, as good as any free-kick, Hone headed on and Barraclough brilliantly twisted and turned before prodding, agonising inches wide. A sublime 30-yard ball from Russell found Stamp. The no. 10 colossus headed to Leary, back to his Grimsby days of pomp and splendour, but Ashton somehow got in a last ditch block to deny him for a corner. Count them lad, count them.  Hawkridge blitzed in the set-piece, Young rose to power goal-wards  but Joe Clarke somehow headed off the line.  The Dragons and their fans were really touching cloth now, as  the rest of the Northolme were on their terrace tiptoes, trying to suck the third home.

Cieslewitz, mustered the magic, but Butz was down to his right to save and then claim. Time was of the essence in a who-dares-wins battle in a cacophany of noise to raise the hairs on the back of a saints neck.  Trinity swarmed forward, Stamp headed into the 6-yard box and Connor headed goalward only for Maxwell to brilliantly palm over.  Alas, that last ditch point blank save at the very death won it, as the ref blew straight after Hawkridge’s corner. The Welsh-folk raced onto the pitch to embrace their heroes as Trinity, meanwhile, took the plaudits from a growing fan-base that will undoubtedly come again.  The play-offs beckon, although Lincolnshire pride will still be represented at Wembley as Grimsby take on the Dragons. The Mariners could take thrity thousand I hear, but then they have done a tad more than that before.


The Wembley dream may be over but those play-offs are still to come. Top dogs and big spending Chester, away, are the next opponents on Wednesday. Trinity have some big similarly spending adversaries to beat if they are to make the BSP next season. Then again, this developing side will give Trinity fans plenty to savour over the next few weeks, years and beyond.  The owner, but soon to be ex-Chairman’s health may be failing, but his passion, desire and commitment to the cause is going nowhere.  The fans chanted Peter Swan and their heroes at the start, they did so at the end. Good deeds and local pride are certainly prerequisites, but appreciated none the less, in these straight talking parts.


Belief in Holy Trinity will Slay Those Wrexham Dragons

Wrexham will not know what has hit them if Gainsborough Trinity, to a man woman and infant soul have anything to do with it at the Northolme.  For this is a town and a community club on the rise. The Blues have great expectations and go into this one two goals down aiming to attack, attack, attack.  Will Stamp make his mark or will Barraclough continue to prove his Trinity pedigree, one that was long denied at Lincoln City under Holdsworth? Townsfolk have until an hour before kick-off to claim their golden tickets. Will belief become reality as the Northolme dares to dream of Wembley?

For the benefit of  Dragons and Trinity fans, who missed the first installment of this titanic tussle, click hereThanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Gainsborough V Wrexham  (1-3 agg) 

Andy Morrell is wary of a Trinity comeback, after his side turned around two and three goal deficits in the recent past, only to face disappointment.  That third goal certainly looked to have swung the tie but Trinity gaffer and guru Steve Housham will use that and belief as the Blues aim to turn the tide and make it an all-Lincolnshire affair at Wembley.

He told Look North and the Blues official site

“I am no Uri Geller, but I want everyone to go to sleep on Friday night whispering the word ‘believe’,” said Housham, whose side are vying for a showpiece final against either county rivals Grimsby Town or Dartford. And ‘believe’ should be the first word they repeat on Saturday morning. We need everyone to have that belief that we can turn this around. We were gutted to concede a goal right at the end last week to make it 3-1, but it’s just a two-goal lead at half-time and it is not insurmountable. I looked into the lads’ faces after last week as they got on the coach to come home and I can honestly tell you they believe they can do it. They were disappointed with how they played in Wrexham, the occasion probably got to one or two, but they truly believe they can turn it around. The first 15 or 20 minutes will be vital. We have to start well, without being gung ho, and if we can get an early goal, you never know, we may see Wrexham wobble.”

The Dragons will pack the away end with most of their 1200 allocation already sold. Trinity still have tickets available, which will be available up until 1pm today. Tickets are on sale today until an hour before kick-off, at The State Club, 23- 25 Church Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2JJ. Prices £11 and £7

No one should write-off the Blues, who gave as good as they got last week on a massive stage in front of the cameras. But an early set-piece could turn the game, with Yates, Harkness and Stamp a Holy Trinity who can unlock the Bank of England. Passion you feel can get Trinity through, but the delivery and execution has a quality that would not be out of place higher in the football pyramid. Dream and believe, because who dares wins in the Cup.

Barraclough Booted To Trinity Now.

Bradley Barraclough has been sent to Gainsborough Trinity on loan until January 2nd 2013.  He has not even got a look in since playing against Grimsby in the Lincolnshire Cup final and you feel this will pave the way for even more of David Holdsworth’s favoured sons to join the Imps.  So much for youth getting a chance!

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Surely it is time for Bob Dorrian to tell the manager to work with the squad to avoid a repeat of the 58 signing fiasco Mansfield fans witnessed in just under two years. The Imps are a club that have little money and if anything the fans will give the youngsters more time than a journeyman footballer in for what he can get. Yet of the Cathedral City’s C of E five, plus Bradley, only two remain.

  • Nick Draper to Sheffield on season long loan
  • Karl Cunningham loaned  to Goole until 2/1/13
  • Dan Coupland loaned  to Goole until 2/1/13
  • Bradley Barraclough loaned to Trinity until 2/1/13
  • ???

Plenty of players have ability but these lads have the heart and  want it at their home-town club.  Bradley was determined to prove himself in the red and white stripes, he like Nick, Karl and Dan have local pride burning inside.  That alone is worth getting behind.  When we welcomed back Bradley Imps hoped he would get a decent chance this season along with our  C of E five – and we don’t mean the good folk from atop Steep Hill.

Good luck Bradley, bet you will bag even more than the 11 you did last year, which, incidentally, would have made him our top scorer.  Is our club trying to drive the fans away? And they wondered why the community club renaming raffle saw the City’s businesses turn their back on it in their droves – 21k is a disgrace considering the commerce in the county Town.

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Impstats 2011/12

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub BSP Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
17 Bradley Barraclough 4 8 453 0 8 4 1 0 0

Club logo Buxton 2011/12

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub BSP Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
19 Bradley Barraclough 10 8 1250 11 n/a n/a 7 0 0
  Goal every 113  mins  
FULL NAME Bradley Barraclough
DATE OF BIRTH 26 May 1989 (age 23)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) 11 st 13lb (76KG)
2007–2010 Bellarmine University
YEARS Team Aps (Gls)
2001-2005 Bellarmine University 46 (52)
2011- Lincoln City 8 (0)
2011-12 Buxton (loan) 18 (11)

Gainsborough Trinity – The Form Of The Foe.

A pre-season friendly, against Gainsborough Trinity, one of our oldest rivals. This game will have an edge to it however, as we are now but a dozen places or so above them in the football pyramid.  Trinity were of course replaced by us in the Football League,  in those days of sepia snaps and yore, never to return. However,  although we are still the top dogs,  Andy Boyce’s transfer for professional  career reasons will attest to that; the gap is closing as a 2-2 draw with Grimsby and a 0-0 against Mansfield will confirm.  Indeed Trinity bring with them an unbeaten pre-season record thus far.

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Yes the pre-match statistical view of the oponents is back, albeit in a pre-season form.  So let’s have a gander at the form of the foe.


Pre-season so far (unbeaten)

Cleethorpes Town 3-1.
Grimsby Town 2-2.
Brigg Town 2-1
Mansfield Town 0-0
Lincoln Moorland – 1-1
Hucknall Town 0-0


The Summer story

IN Greg Young from Altrincham
IN Terry Hawkridge Carlton Town
IN Josh Wilde from Buxton
OUT  Phil Barnes to Alfreton
OUT  Andy Boyce Lincoln (tribunal)
OUT Kevin Sandwith to Buxton.
OUT Ryan Kendall to North Ferriby United
OUT  Leon Mettam to Worksop
OUT Michael Emery to Boston

Housham has already been busy in the transfer market, signing Boyce replacement Greg Young from Alfreton, highly-rated winger Terry Hawkridge from Carlton Town and left back Josh Wilde from Buxton. Danny Hone, Craig Nelthorpe and Danish Keeper Jan Budz (Stalybridge Celtic) are also on trial. Ex Imp Hone also looks set to be offered a deal at the Blues after impressive performances including a towering header against Brigg.  Another ex-Imp, Paul Connor, got the other in a 2-1 win. Danny is an honest pro who sweats blood every game.

Housham is still in search of a replacement for Kendall, after Trinity lost out to Gills over 44-goal Reeves.  Dead-shot Reeves then plays the loyalty card, electing to stay at Altrincham despite the blues offering better terms than our beloved Imps. The word is Luton may have the answer with swoop or a loan deal a possibility for the ambitious Blues with contact ongoing and even a visit to a Hatters friendly recently. Gaffer Housham, is under pressure to deliver, releasing the quality of Lewis McMahon, Leon Mettam, Kevin Sandwith, Ryan Packowski and Adam Watts from the squad earlier in the summer. Jonathan D’Laryea and Shane Clarke have resigned for the 2012/13 season, the Shaaane screams will startle the prawn munchers in the Library tomorrow you feel.

Former Gainsborough Trinity keeper Michael Emery joined Boston seeing his chances limited. Former Imp Leon Mettam also left for the same reason, the prize of first team football at Worksop.  Ryan Kendall surprisingly moved to North Ferriby United, but though he top scored Trinity can afford and needed better. John Myskiw became the new Commercial Manager after the retirement of Ex director Geoff Holmes.  Phil Barnes has moved up to the BSP with Alfreton


 Retained list

Housham was pleased to have a preliminary squad of 16 players signed and declared that he was looking  for between 18 and 20 players. The following made the cut

 Jonathan D’Laryea, Luke Waterfall. Ryan Kendall (left for N Ferriby), Ryan Williams, Darryn Stamp, Michael Leary, Dominic Roma, Jamie Yates, Jonathan Williams, Jason White, Shane Clarke.


Keepers Phil Barnes, Andrew Pettinger and Michael Emery were given an opportunity to prove themselves during pre-season, but Barnes and Emery departed to Alfreton and Boston respectively.


On contract – Paul Connor and Lee Ridley were both on two year contracts.


Released list – Lewis McMahon, Leon Mettam, Kevin Sandwith, Ryan Packowski and Adam Watts



Current Squad



Jason White, Andrew Pettinger


RB Dominic Roma, LB’s Josh Wilde & Lee Ridley, CB- Greg Young, CB Luke Waterfall

Mid RW Jonathan D’Laryea, CM Shane Clarke CM Michael Leary, CM Ryan Williams, CM Jonathan Williams, LW Jamie Yates, LW Terry Hawkridge,

For- Darryn Stamp, Paul Connor


Gainsborough’s  ticket prices 2012/13

Matchday prices – Adults £11, Concession £7, Under16 £4, Under 12 Accompanied by an Adult £2.

Season tickets will be: Adult £190, Seated £200 (early bird pre 1/7 Adult £165, seated £170) Concession £105 standing, Seated £115 (early bird pre 1/7 Conc £90, seated £100) Under 16 season ticket £50 ( New) (early bird pre 1/7 £40)