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Attn Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Boston, Gainsborough & Lincs Footy Fans

Lincolnshire Football Banter is the No1 meet & greet Facebook page for fans of Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town, Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity.  The site is friendly, informative and shows the positive and lighter side of football in a county so many outsiders forget. As we witness the Fishy forum go it is so great to see another  site grow.

STMI’s heart goes out to Rob & the lads at The Fishy – a 14 year labour of love. thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

Lincolnshire football banter

Says Christian  manager of the administrators:

The Lincolnshire Football Banter Page was created on Facebook in order to bring together fans of all clubs in Lincolnshire. Created in 2011 it has attracted nearly 2,000 likes on Facebook and the posts have up to 10,000 views per day. All the news is on the site, such as Transfer News, Scores, Fixtures and even players and clubs twitter posts. We try to get the news first using 4 administrators, monitoring news and posts 24/7. Fans also have the opportunity to add posts to our main wall by contacting us through private message, if we like it, we’ll post it!

JOIN US HERE

Good luck lads & lasses!

Halifax Sign Smith

FC Halifax has signed ex-Imp, Chesterfield FC, Mansfield Town and York City winger Adam Smith along with ex-Kidderminster Harriers midfield general Keith Briggs on one year deals today.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Adam underperformed at Lincoln big time, 2 goals and 4 assists apart, but he has the ability and, at 27 still has time to prove it.  He is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack. He does have the ability to win games on his own, something we rarely saw it at Sincil Bank. He was used more away from home after bearing the brunt of fans disapointment. At 5′ 11″ he can also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions.

Good luck Adam, except of course against us lol.
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Adam Smith 23 11 1964 2 44 4 18 17 4 1
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nathan Adam Smith
DATE OF BIRTH 20 February 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Huddersfield,
HEIGHT 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
WEIGHT 12st (76.27kg)
POSITION: LEFT OR RIGHT WING
CURRENT CLUB FC Halifax
Sq No/Tenure TBA /1 Year
YOUTH CAREER
1999–2001 Chesterfield
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chesterfield 74 (3)
2008 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 11 (2)
2008–2009 York City (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 York City 29 (2)
2010–2012 Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011-2012 Aldershot Town (loan x 2) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 34 (2)

Smith Becomes A Free Agent

Lincoln can thankfully join Aldershot, Mansfield, York City, Chesterfield and Gainsborough Trinity, on the list of a growing number of clubs fortunate enough to get Adam Smith off the wage bill. The Latin phrase ‘caveat emptor’ – colloquially known as ‘buyer beware’ comes to mind with a player who will frustrate more than Captain Hook at a volleyball tournament. If he had a feather for every time he went missing in action last season he would surely be the first winger to actually fly!

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It is not as if he does not have the ability. The Stags certainly bought into and wore that T shirt before throwing it out. Well Holdsworth did and will doubtless sign him again some time soon.  Adam can, although rarely dare he, have the ground on its feet, toying with opponents. He can undo the foe with a cameo twinkle toe that will stop the show.  Assists for Aldershot  in season 2011/12 saw him run Dagenham (5-2) and Burton (2-0) ragged, but alas The Shots struggled in  October, November and December before sending him back to the Stags.

Although Adam started 8 of the 9 games he played upon his return to the Stags, netting 2 goals, he rarely finished a game.  An example of his impact potential saw him come on and bag a vital equaliser against Tamworth, a game the Stags would go on to win 2-1. Then in April he scored the opener against a resolute Stockport side as the Stags grabbed two in 8 second half minutes before being sacrificed as they held out for an invaluable 2-1 home win.
Adam underperformed at Lincoln big time, 2 goals and 4 assists apart. Allegedly he is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack.  But in reality he is a passenger in games – opportunities that he could win on his own. At 5′ 11″ he can also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions. For every fan that says he deserves to be on the stage, another ten will say ‘what the first one out of town?’
Sorry to slate you for your time at the Imps Adam and the best of luck in the future.
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Adam Smith 23 11 1964 2 44 4 18 17 4 1
pic thanks to wiki
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nathan Adam Smith
DATE OF BIRTH 20 February 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Huddersfield,
HEIGHT 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
WEIGHT 12st (76.27kg)
POSITION: LEFT OR RIGHT WING
CURRENT CLUB Mansfield Town
NUMBER 19
YOUTH CAREER
?–2001 Chesterfield
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chesterfield 74 (3)
2008 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 11 (2)
2008–2009 York City (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 York City 29 (2)
2010–2012 Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011-2012 Aldershot Town (loan x 2) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 34 (2)

Big Decision For Boyce Then?

How Doncaster Rovers allowed Andrew Boyce to slip through the net, shows how far they and former club Gainsborough Trinity have progressed, whilst the Mighty Imps have stagnated and until very recently almost fallen for good.  But our demise and Trinity’s rise look set to see a reverse after Peter Swann emerged as a contender to take over at Scunthorpe United, whilst Saviour Simmo the Sincil Enticer has taken on the challenge of rebuilding Impdom, East Midlands Football’s sleeping giant.

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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

On a positive note, Boyce, technically under contract, is keen to stay at City, despite interest from an unknown club. Worse case, Andrew, who cost us £10k, cannot leave for free as we have a further year option, plus he is under 24, thus merely offering a deal will ensure we get a fee. That said tribunals tend to lean towards a low up-front down-payment with the earn out largely coming from add-ons, that are very much performance related.  This may not help Simmo, with a budget on a par with Holdsworth’s last year, although Bob is one to sanction an increase or two, along the way. It will certainly mean that he cannot offer the lad much more money.

Then again Boyce has had to battle to stay in football and will be mindful of Simpson’s track record in developing players who have gone on to play in the Championship. A hundred quid a week is neither here or there when the right move could net a five figure signing on bonus plus a few thousand a week. An ex-winger admitted on an illuminating train journey that he was now on five figures a week plus some other goodies into the bargain. Having already curbed Boyce’s penchant for elbows, next season under Simmo should certainly see him kick-on in the right way.

A smashing lad, again in the right context, Boycey is a boss in either Box, still a bit raw, but he stepped up brilliantly from the BSN last term.  There is the early promise of a McAuley or McCombe in the lad, who put in a backs to the wall performance in every one of his 45 games last season. His 10 yellows show he is a ‘roll up your sleeves’ battler, but he is an immense presence for a young side who need leaders and men, to back up a midfield that were like rabbits between the headlights of on-rushing cars last season. But then he has some scars, earned at a young age. A Doncaster Rovers youth, he saw loans at Worksop and Mansfield Town, before leaving Donny by mutual consent.  Andrew then witnessed his club go bust, when  Kings Lynn went out of business in December 2009.

Boyce certainly put in more minutes for the cause than anyone else last season, notching up 3,999 minutes in the BSP & FA Cup. His four goals and two assists, saw him get forward for the set-pieces that were so vital to us last year.  He would then put life and limb on the line to protect our goal from wave upon wave of counters that so often threatened to tear us apart. There were so many last ditch tackles and so many vital aerial duels won, it would take all day to recount.

Keeping Boyce and Miller will be massive for the Imps. The omens are good and, if it is any help STMI beg Boycey, the lad we christened the new beast of the Bank,  to stay and see out the vital mission next season.  Give us and Simmo a season. The worst that could happen is that a League 1 side come in during the winter window as your skills are honed and your reputation grows.

Please stay Andrew your are The Sincil Bank Rock!

Andy Scott – Macc & Talent-Spotter Simmo A Gordon Banks Spot

Gary Simpson has paved the way for Peterborough United and Macclesfield Town’s transfer success.  Spotted by Stoke City scout and England legend Gordon Banks, the left-footed Boston midfield maestro took rejection at Stoke on the chin and followed Dad Ken’s advice  (a veteran of Sheffield United and Rotherham who played the day Nobby Noble missed a penalty that cost the Millers promotion to the first Division) to become a centre midfielder. He may have lacked the pace for the flank, but his heart, passing and tackling served him well at England C, Boston, Stafford Rangers and Gainsborough Trinity, where he became player manager. Gary then became an assistant and scout at former Pilgrims guru Ray O’Brien at Arnold St Mary. Keith Alexander then asked him to help out at Ilkeston and the partnership flourished as they moved up in the world at Lincoln, Peterborough and of course Macc. Keith certainly missed him in his director of football capacity at Bury,  just as Gary missed him and later Butch, having stepped  nervously and emotionally into his shoes.

 

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 STMI caught up with former Macclesfield Town Vice-Chairman and busy retail entrepreneur Andy Scott over the weekend and it turns out that Gary deserves better credit. for his time at the Silkmen, than many realise. 

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Q:   You worked with Gary through some good times and some bad Andy, it must have taken something to lift the club after both Keith and Richard Butcher’s premature passing as you successfully battled against relegation.

‘I doubt if many football clubs have ever had to endure two tragedies in just under twelve months quite like MacclesfieldTown. The fact that both Keith and Butch were so close to Gary, made it an incredibly difficult and emotional time for him personally, let alone the football club. The announcement of Keith’s death was such a massive shock to us all. I was having a drink with him in the NottsCounty boardroom after the game the night before he died and it was the same old Keith, such a wonderful, warm football man. The chairman called me at 8am the next morning to deliver the bad news. I was shell shocked. I called Gary immediately and did my best to console him, and if I was to be honest, had serious doubts that Gary would be able to carry on in the game, such was his close friendship to Keith. Later that morning he called me and said ”Andy, I have spoken to Helen, Keith’s wife, and there is no way the Gaffer wouldn’t have want the game to go ahead on Saturday (Hereford away)”. How he pulled it together and kept his devastated young squad focussed enough to pull off an amazing 2-0 victory will live with me for many a day. It told me so much about Gary Simpson the individual.’

This was then followed 10 months later with the sad passing of Butch, and yet again Gary kept it together with incredible strength and dignity. To this day I don’t know how he coped with the death of Richard so soon after losing his best friend Keith. But he did, and almost single handed, with the support of the Chairman and myself, steered the club to safety that season winning five, drawing four and losing only three of the remaining Twelve games.

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Q That young side Gary built looked great and for a while the Silkmen looked genuine play-off contenders. What do you think went wrong after a glorious 2-1 win against local rivals Port Vale? Any memories and regrets following the heroic tussle with Bolton?

‘Football I suppose has this great habit of hitting you where it hurts, when you least expect it! Everything was going so well last season and after the Bolton FA Cup draw the boys put in another great performance in the Reebok replay. After losing 2-0 to a full strength Premiership side in that replay, the Chairman and I were in the process of preparing a three and a half year contract for Gary, and why not? In the first tie at the Moss Rose we were beating Bolton 2-1 with 12 minutes to go and, with six key players out injured, Gary conjured up a fantastic display of attacking football that came within a whisker of creating the shock of the round. We had beaten Port Vale, our local rivals, 2-1 on New Years Eve, sitting comfortably mid-table and ready for a push towards the play offs. The month of January was a disaster for Gary and the squad and nobody saw it coming. With six players already out injured we then lost another six players to long term injuries that decimated the squad. Many of the injuries were not short term and most were to key players, Morgan, Draper, Chalmers, Hewitt, Fairhurst and Tomlinson to name but a few. I have no doubt that had these guys stayed fit we would still be in the Football League and  building for an exciting  future with Gary Simpson at the helm. Due to the limited finances at the club, whilst delving into the loan market was a necessity, we simply couldn’t afford the calibre of player required to get our season back on track. In adversity, Gary was fully aware of the financial restraint on the club and never once did he come to the board and ask for money for players that he knew the club simply couldn’t afford. He is a thrifty Yorkshireman and spent the clubs money like his own!! It was that terrible injury crisis and a lot of bad luck put paid to our league status.

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Q  Gary has a great eye for talent but just how big an impact does transfer income play in the sustainability of clubs like Macc?

“It’s a fact of life, on gates of around 2000 and to compete against the bigger league clubs we have to be a selling club. Gary and Keith knew full well when they took the position at the Moss Rose that if the right offer came along for our better players, the club would have to sell to balance the books. Not once did Gary complain about having to sell some of the fantastic footballers that he brought to our club. He knew the situation, he was a realist, and took the view that if it helped to progress the players career and the club benefited financially, then so be it. I think it is already well known about Gary’s ”eye” for a player and God knows where he would end up scouting on a freezing Tuesday night in November!! Goole, Matlock, Buxton and Halifax to name but a few!! He used to call me sometimes at 10pm on a Tuesday evening from the middle of nowhere with his famous catchphrase, ” Andy, I think I’ve spotted one”. Never before has MTFC done so well in the transfer market as the last two seasons, all talent that was recognised and brought to the football club by Gary. Sinclair, Barnett, Hewitt, Bencheriff, Daniel and Brisley netted the club in excess of 750k, a fantastic return that has helped to make the club financially solid, certainly for this season.” 

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Q; It has been alleged that Horton’s wage was half the weekly playing budget that had been allocated before his arrival. Clearly you can’t comment on that but given he only took two points from a possible 27, do you feel retaining Simmo would have kept Macc up if he had been given until the end of the season?

“Who knows, and I certainly can’t comment on the Brian Horton deal. But I never wanted Gary to leave, it was a decision made by the owners of the football club. I knew having worked with him for four years; we had a football man who was the perfect ”fit” for our club, and a guy who knows what it takes to punch above our weight. Remember Gary drew 5 and lost only one game in his last six, which included draws against Crawley at home and Bristol Rovers and Oxford away, all with an injury ravaged squad. With 27 points to play for I still felt Gary had the ability, skill set and desire to pull us out of the mire, but I suppose we will never know.”

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Q: The injury list at Macc was awful, with a dozen out during that 13 game spell and how frustrating was it when on-loan Dwayne Mattis was injured after an hour of his scoring debut at Wimbledon?

“The injury to Mattis was a reflection of the bad luck to hit the club as we lost 8 games by a goal and drew 5. He was a great signing for us and having controlled the game for the first hour against Wimbledon away he suffered a bad ankle injury and was out for the season. He had captained Chesterfield to promotion the previous season so we knew what a great player he could have been for us. It was a big blow losing him.

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Q What do you see as Gary’s best qualities as a coach, manager and bloke?

“His Man Management of players is excellent and he always manages get the best out them. Whilst he will always put his arm around them and support them, the players know not to step over the line. He is an honest no nonsense sort of guy and doesn’t suffer fools. As a person you couldn’t wish to meet a more passionate and devoted lover of his sport. It was a pleasure working with Gary, I had a vision of him being the bedrock of Macclesfield town for years to come, it’s a real shame it didn’t work out for both parties.”

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Q With Gary now assistant at Parkgate and doing things for the love do you think it will be long before he gets back into the game?

“I certainly hope so. No disrespect to Parkgate but I hope Gary can manage again at  Football League or Conference level, that’s where he belongs. If and when he is appointed at another football club I wish him well and I’m sure he will be great success.

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Q Have you any plans to get back into football ownership and would you employ Gary again?

“No I haven’t got any plans to get back into football just yet, I am looking forward to spending a little more time with my family on a Saturday afternoon!! I would have no hesitation in employing Gary again, I enjoyed working with him, he is a true footballing gent and I’m sure success awaits him.”

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Q With the BSP 3 up 3 down vote an agenda item for The League Club’s at the end of the season what are your views on this and the gulf between the standard and style of football in League 2 and the BSP?

“One hundred percent yes for 3 up 3 down because it is sustaining an unfair gulf. My early observations lead me to believe there is a 25-40% gap between the respective positions in the two Leagues.”