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Gowling V Tommo Looks A Charming Contest

A quality player in his AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham FC and Lincoln days, Kidderminster Harriers life and soul Centre-back Josh Gowling is set to lock horns with  Ben Tomlinson tomorrow. It will be an interesting contest pitching the current Imps gladiator, determined to get back on the goal trail, against an ex-Imp who always seemed to struggle against the BSP hard-men.

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Saturday 19th Oct KO 3PM

 

Josh’s 90 match career at the Cherries was almost over before it gained momentum, as he sustained a serious knee injury in the first minute of a game at Brentford.  The ligament damage would keep him out for the season, but typically he battled back, making 30 often towering appearances.  Carlisle snapped him up on a two year deal but loaned him to Hereford where he played like a bull in a china shop before Mark Stimpson took a chance with a loan deal. The Gills gave him a permanent deal as he became one of the few heroes in a season of turmoil that saw the Gills drop to League 2.  Despite being half-way through a two year deal he agreed to join the Imps on a two year tenure before leaving us on transfer deadline day thanks to a by mutual consent pay-off that paved the way to him joining the Harriers.

 

Josh Gowling still has a soft spot for Lincoln, but the move saw his and the Harriers form go though the roof as soon as he joined the heart of the defence.  He has been tough to beat, but Josh, without doubt a thinking man’s centre-half, does not like in your face centre-forwards, suggesting Tomlinson could strike lucky tomorrow. Josh and James Grimes will certainly win the battle in the air against Tomlinson but Andrew Boyce will be a different kettle of fish for the central defensive pair at set-pieces with brave Ben the favourite to feed on any scraps. Tommo is not frightened to get in amongst the flying boots in the six-yard box, the traditional hunting ground of the poacher.

That is where one feels the Lincoln threat will come from tomorrow with Kidderminster’s local media claiming Lincoln will come for a point and attempt to strangle the game.  In truth the Imps have little option given a tough away trip to the second placed team in the division,  possessing a budget twice our own with plenty of quality all over the park.  Despite injuries The Harriers have plenty of experience in depth to counter the Lincoln never say die attitude that has seen them punch above their financial weight so far this season.

Josh Gowling
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STMI Biopic
Full name Joshua Anthony Isaac Gowling
Date of birth 29 November 1983 (age 29)
Place of birth Coventry
Height/Weight 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)/12st 5lb (78.46kg)
Playing position Defender
Current gig-in-the-game
Current club Kidderminster Harriers
Number 30
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2003–2005 Herfølge 30 (0)
2004–2005 Ølstykke FC (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2008 Bournemouth 90 (1)
2008 Carlisle United 5 (0)
2008–2009 Hereford United (loan) 13 (0)
2009 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2011 Gillingham 52 (4)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Lincoln City 37 (0)
2012–date Kidderminster Harriers 40 (4)

 

 

Preview: Lincoln V Tamworth – Sincil Bank Battle Looms

The Lambs raided Nottingham Forest, Oxford Utd, Gillingham FC, Fulham FC, Crawley Town, Birmingham City, Bury,  Barrow, AFC Telford and Accrington Stanley over the summer in an ambitious ploy this term.  The huge Peniket (released by Fulham) and Lateef Alliyu from Crawley Town will be a handful up front armed by a very quick and capable midfield quartet but the six-foot soldiers will win this you feel with Wright, Tomlinson and Fairhurst all with points to prove.

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Tuesday 8th Oct KO 7.45 PM

For a side with what has traditionally been regarded as a bottom third budget, manager Dave Belford and his chairman have certainly pushed the boat out and will surprise a few this season, not unlike Simmo’s Imps.  Peniket and centre-midfielder Baker have hit the ground running with three goals apiece, but the side has understandably taken time to gel. The 1-0 defeat of Macc who had gone 3 without defeat suggests they are beginning to click with lightning rod Alliyu getting the winner as well as a booking.

The defence has enjoyed a complete rebuild, but in truth a tough spine runs down this team with 23 bookings and two reds on the board already.  This one will be an incident filled battle with a few goals one feels, with the Imps and the Lambs far from shrinking violets.  Peniket is huge and skilful, he will provide a very tough test for Boyce and Brown will be at full stretch to contain Alliyu. Miller and Newton (on 4 yellows now) will also have to deal with Wright and Todd, with Evans on the overlap too. The central midfield partnership has yielded 3 goals from Baker and a couple of assist from Kerry

P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Cambridge United 13 9 4 0 22 6 +16 31
2 Grimsby Town 13 7 3 3 20 13 +7 24
3 Braintree Town 13 7 3 3 18 11 +7 24
4 Nuneaton Town 13 7 3 3 19 16 +3 24
5 Luton Town 13 6 5 2 19 9 +10 23
6 Kidderminster Harriers 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
7 Salisbury City 13 7 2 4 18 14 +4 23
8 Alfreton Town 13 7 1 5 23 21 +2 22
9 Lincoln City 13 6 3 4 16 11 +5 21
17 Tamworth 13 4 3 6 13 19 -6 15

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Manager Dale Belford
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 19th in BSP
STMI Forecast Play-off fringes
Average Gate 968 (2012/13993)
Away following 61 (2012/1388)

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The potential Lambs team 

Dale Belford 4-4-2

1 Belford

2 Evans 6 Richards-Everton 15 Courtney 19 Capaldi

27 Wright 8 Baker 7 Kerry 20 Todd

17 Peniket 26 Alliyu

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The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Baker 3 Kerry 2
Peniket 3 Alliyu 2
Alliyu 1 Thomas 1
Thomas 1 Evans 1
Todd 1    
Jones 1    
Wright 1    
Byfield 1  
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Richards-Ev 5 Richards-Ev 1
Evans 4 Courtney 1
Thomas 3    
Belford 2    
Kerry 2    
Rose 1    
Courtney 1    
Baker 1    
Todd 1    
Peniket 1    
Wright 1    
Alliyu 1

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 6 5 0 1 9 2 7 15 5
Tamworth (A) 6 2 1 3 6 10 -4 7 8
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 12
Tamworth (H) 7 2 2 3 7 9 -2 8 18
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 8 6 2 7 10
Tamworth 5 2 0 3 4 8 -4 6 14
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 13 6 3 4 16 11 5 21 9
Tamworth 13 4 3 6 13 19 -6 15 17

The Summer Plans

Despite losing top scorer Cunnington, as well as Tate, to Cambridge and Marcus Kelly going to Forest Green the side is so much stronger this year.  He brings his goalkeeping son in from Bury as a playing assistant and has assembled an admirable back four on paper.  In comes Jack Evans from Gillingham,  Matt Regan from Forest, imperious Jordan Rose from Telford and Tom Eckerslie from Accrington.

Richie Baker, from Barrow, is the only addition in midfield although the trio in his preferred 4-3-3, the loss of Kelly apart, were none too shabby anyway.  Up front the improvement will take some stopping. Peniket from Fulham will plunder this division, Justin Richards certainly still has it in him and Ebanks from Birmingham is top draw.  Let us not forget existing hit-man Darren Byfield who most Conference clubs would love to have in their team.

Belford finished 19th last season,  after replacing Marcus Law who was relieved of his duties in January.   The mission was accomplished last season to halt that alarming slide, but one gets the feeling the Lambs will be well into the top half and perhaps even pushing for the play-offs this time round.

IN Player From Pos Fee
18th July Richard Peniket Fulham For Free
1st July Jack Evans Gillingham Def Free
25th June Cameron Belford Bury Keeper Free
24th June Jordan Rose AFC Telford Def Free
21st June Tom Eckerslie Accrington Def Free
20th June Justin Richards Oxford Utd For Free
24th May Richie Baker Barrow Mid Free
23rd May Matt Regan Nottm Forest Def Free
17th May Deqwon Ebanks Birmingham C For Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
9th May Adam Cunnington Cambridge Utd For undis
9th May Richard Tate Cambridge Utd Def undis
14th June Michael Wylde Alfreton Mid Free
17th July Marcus Kelly Forest Green Mid Free

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The Lambs Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Cameron Belford, 23 James Wren, 31 Dale Belford,

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Defenders
2 Jack Evans, 3 Connor Gudger, 4 Tom Eckersley, 5 Jordan Rose, 6 Ben Richards-Everton, 14 Matty Regan, 15 Duane Courtney,

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Midfield
7 Lloyd Kerry, 8 Richie Baker, 11 Jake Jones, 18 Kaiyne Woolery, 24 Scott James, 30 Scott Lindsey,

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Forwards
9 Justin Richards, 10 Darren Byfield, 16 Stuart Hendrie, 17 Peniket, 22 Deqwon Ebanks, 26 Alliyu

Sly Fox Sinclair Signs Akinbiyi, Darkwah & Chimbonda

Frank Sinclair has brought in former Leicester City, Bristol City & Gillingham striker Ade Akinbiyi, Stockport County forward Cameron Darkwah and even played Wigan & Spurs defender Pascal Chimbonda as a guest in  Saturday’s 1-5 friendly defeat against Chelsea. Frank was a popular player in his time at Lincoln and STMI wish him well.

(Biopics on both Frank & Ade are available at the bottom of the article).

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Frank, one of Jacko’s Magnificent Seven in 2008,  is winding down his career at Colwyn Bay (a haunt of Dany Lloyd) and has just been given the player manager role at Llanelian Road on a permanent basis, with Ade Akinbiyi coming in as a playing coach and assistant. The two certainly have ambitious plans with the Skrill North side also investing in young winger Jamie Matthews from FC United of Manchester .  A clever player in his day, Frank was surprisingly loaned by Jacko to Wycombe Wanderers during the season and helped the Chairboys win promotion from League Two, before being one of the 7 released at the end of the season.

The Duo – Frank especially looking every bit the young and up and coming manager – are certainly showing the benefit of their contacts.  Both players look set to play some decent football to hopefully tempt ex clubs Wrexham (very local) and Leicester to give them a bit of a leg up in their promotion bid by supplying a few loans to get them started.   Although the headline signings are impressive Frank will clearly want to build on the 6 match winning streak that saved Bay from relegation last season. It earned him the managers job on a full time basis as well as April’s manager of the month award whilst still the caretaker.

Good luck Frank, thanks for some priceless moments, just let Adi look after the shooting, you know what you were like for own goals.

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STMI Biopic
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair
Date of birth 3 December 1971 (age 41)
Place of birth London
Height 5 ft 9 in
Playing position Defender
Current Gig in the game
Current club Colwyn Bay (Player/Manager)
Youth career
1988–1990 Chelsea
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Wrexham 39 (0)
2011 Hendon 10 (0)
2012– Colwyn Bay 29 (4)
International stats
1997–2003 Jamaica 28 (1)
Managerial Record
2013– Colwyn Bay – no games yet

And now for Ade who will certainly teach the young Colwyn forwards a thing or two.

STMI Biopic
Full name Adeola Oluwatoyin Akinbiyi
Date of birth 10 October 1974 (age 38)
Place of birth London
Height 6 ft 1 in
Playing position Forward
Current Gig in the game
Club Colwyn Bay (player coach)
Youth career
Senrab
Norwich City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1993–1997 Norwich City 49 (3)
1994 Hereford United (loan) 4 (2)
1994 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 7 (4)
1997–1998 Gillingham 63 (28)
1998–1999 Bristol City 47 (21)
1999–2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 (16)
2000–2002 Leicester City 58 (11)
2002–2003 Crystal Palace 24 (3)
2003 Stoke City (loan) 4 (2)
2003–2005 Stoke City 59 (17)
2005–2006 Burnley 39 (16)
2006–2007 Sheffield United 18 (3)
2007–2009 Burnley 70 (10)
2009 Houston Dynamo 14 (0)
2009–2010 Notts County 10 (0)
2013- Colwyn Bay 0 (0)
Total 503 (136)
International team
1999 Nigeria 1 (0)

Mansfield or Harriers + The Gowling Factor?

Ex-Gillingham and Lincoln star Josh Gowling has been the bedrock of the Harriers climb from bottom to top of the BSP. Mansfield may have the games in hand and the edge but Kidderminster Harriers have found the midas touch, for since joining his new team they have won 23 games, drawn 8 and lost  4, to have a record comparable to that of Manchester United and Barcelona. Then again the Stags have become invincible winning their last 5 home and 5 away games. The Cox blending process has not been without Just-in-time refinements along the way, but it is certainly coming good on the home straight.

STMI gives a run-down on Josh and the games to go before the BSP sends a fresh face to the Football League (who will more than likely turn down 3 up 3 down this summer)

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

Josh Gowling moved to the Imps from Gillingham, initially on loan before signing for Tilson permanently. He would endure relegation, criticism and more misery and turmoil, which he took in his stride before being rescued by Kidderminster at the end of the transfer window. The Harriers had lost all 5 games and were already adrift at the bottom, so frome the fying pan to the fire seamed apt. But it would be the Imps, eager to cut the wage bill and stay within a mean budget, that would struggle whilst the Harriers went on an unbeaten run of 8 games, from the day he made his début.

Manager Burr, had the talent in the side and the backing of an ambitious chairman, but they leaked goals.  Since those initial 8 games the form has got better and better with 20 more wins, 3 more draws and just 4 defeats.  Josh has quietly and consistently gone about his job becoming an important part of the furniture.  It is nothing more than one comes to expect of a consummate pro and a genuine bloke.

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BSP Standings 28/3/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 12 Kidderminster Harriers 41 23 9 9 69 37 32 78
2 up 7 Mansfield Town 38 24 5 9 75 46 29 77
3 up 8 Wrexham 38 20 12 6 69 36 33 72
4 down 4 Newport County AFC 38 21 7 10 74 53 21 70
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 38 18 11 9 56 32 24 65
6 up 15 Forest Green Rovers 39 17 10 12 57 40 17 61
7 down 7 Macclesfield Town 38 16 10 12 55 52 3 58
8 down 8 Hereford United 39 15 11 13 59 57 2 56
9 down 7 Luton Town 38 15 10 13 55 49 6 55

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The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 4 1 0 14 6 8 13 2
Home 5 4 1 0 15 8 7 13 2
 Away  5 4 0 1 9 5 4 12 2

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March
Sat 30th Kidderminster v Braintree Town 15:00
April
Mon 1st Luton v Kidderminster 15:00
Sat 6th Kidderminster v Lincoln City 15:00
Sat 13th Wrexham v Kidderminster 17:15
Sat 20th Kidderminster v Stockport County 17:15

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With the Easter double-headers upon us, Mansfield certainly seem to hold all the aces.  The in-form Stags are a point behind with 3 games in hand and have won their last 5 home and away. Invincible you feel, with the title likely to be their’s.  Ambitious Chairman John Radford will see the desired return on his investment you feel, one that has seen the ground repurchased for the fans to boot.  Ahead of a fixture pileup between now and 9th April

 

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The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 5 0 0 11 3 8 15 1
Home 5 5 0 0 11 2 9 15 1
 Away  5 5 0 0 9 4 5 15 1

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March
Sat 30th Tamworth v Mansfield 15:00
April
Mon 1st Mansfield v Gateshead 15:00
Thu 4th Wrexham v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 6th Barrow v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 9th Mansfield v Macclesfield 19:45
Sat 13th Braintree Town v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 16th Hereford v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 20th Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15

STMI Prediction: It looks like one less Derby for the Imps, although Kidderminster will be firm favourites to follow them, albeit via the play offs.

Josh Gowling Paid Up & Off To Harriers

Former West Bromwich Albion, Gillingham FC and Bournemouth star, Josh Gowling was paid up by Lincoln City last night with the two parties parting company at 7.30 PM on transfer deadline day. It was just in time for a move to Kidderminster Harriers. Danny Lloyd, Andy Boyce and others have wished him well on twitter.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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With 10 months plus the months notice left on his current deal it would be interesting to know how much the compromise agreement has cost the club. Has it paved the way for him to accept a lower deal elsewhere or will the last minute deal benefit the Imps as he joins the Harriers along with Midfielder Manny Panther? At 28 he is entering the peak of his career. his infectious enthusiasm will be sure to raise everybody’s game at the BSP basement club who are lucky to have a decent guy.

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A quick STMI Biopic

Josh’s career at the Cherries was almost over before it gained momentum, as he sustained a serious knee injury in the first minute of a game at Brentford.  The ligament damage would keep him out for the season. Typically he battled back, making 30 often towering appearances.  He is brave and gives and asks no quarter.  Carlisle snapped him up on a two year deal but loaned him to Hereford where he played like a bull in a china shop before Mark Stimpson took a chance with a loan deal.  The Gills gave him a permanent deal as he became one of the few heroes in a season of turmoil that saw the Gills drop to League 2.  Despite being half-way through a two year deal he agreed to join the Imps on a two year tenure.

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Here are Josh’s stats with his Imp pen pic at the bottom.
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Joshua Gowling’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 5 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Def/Cent BSP 34 1 0 2 11 37 36 3064 7 0
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Joshua Anthony Isaac Gowling
DATE OF BIRTH 29 November 1983 (age 28)
PLACE OF BIRTH Coventry,
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)/ 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 6
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2003–2005 Herfølge 30 (0)
2004–2005 Ølstykke FC (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2008 Bournemouth 90 (1)
2008 Carlisle United 5 (0)
2008–2009 Hereford United (loan) 13 (0)
2009 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2011 Gillingham 52 (4)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 6 (0)
2011– Lincoln City 37 (0)
After his permanent capture from Gillingham, Lincoln City Banter eagerly sponsored the home shirt of Joshua Gowling last season.  Our optimism matched his own as he aimed for an immediate return to the Football League for the Mighty Imps. But oh contraire life is so unfair. To say that he did not deliver,  anywhere near what we feel him to be capable of is half unfair and half understatement. Then again our defence looked good on paper last term but did not measure up on the pitch against either pace or physical presence.  He does do the subtle things well including getting away with plenty, yet the club captain off the field, has not been as commanding on it considering his pedigree.  He did look composed with Williams and Hinds by his side so there was scope when Andy Boyce  came aboard. However he did not get a look in as Miller, Hutchison and Green overtook him in the pecking order. To his credit Josh trained with the youngsters and took being frozen out on the chin.
Good luck  Josh!

McCammon & Daley Walk The Sincil Plank – Is this the Imps C of E dawn?

Ex- Gillingham striker Mark McCammon and Plymouth Argyle Winger Luke Daley have had their non-contract agreements cancelled by the club this morning.

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Both players were here on a pay as you play deal and although Luke showed some early promise, in truth both were keeping decent City youngsters like Connor Robinson, who came off the bench to score, on Monday out of the side. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, with the Chairman starting to get a grip on the ridiculous revolving door policy of a manager who seems to send our young talent out on loan to get match practice elsewhere, whilst bringing in at best average players who can never have the passion that born and bred Imps have. Oh he will say quality costs but Connor, Frazer and Elliott are on very small contracts and have Imp blood in their veins.

Fans will always give the young lads a chance to bed in and we will patiently suffer their mistakes as they learn their trade.  But what many fans – who now refuse to go to games – cannot stand is the way the heart of our club seems to be being ripped out in front of our very eyes.

Super-sub Connor has heart and he kept us out of the bottom four with one touch – even though he was given just three minutes of action to make a name for himself.  He needed 30 seconds, one touch and that could well be the point that saves us this season unless we restart the Lincoln City heart!

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Sq no Player name Starts on as sub BSP Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
29 Conner Robinson 0 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 0

Connor Robinson was handed a two year deal by the Imps this season. It is richly deserved after a promising display against Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire Cup final on Tuesday evening.

Connor has progressed through the youth ranks and was part of the side who beat Chesterfield 3-0 at the B2Net Stadium in April. He also made a substitute appearance for the Imps against Hayes in the BSP last season.

Well played Connor let us hope you get a chance this season!

FULL NAME Connor William Robinson    
DATE OF BIRTH 11 October 1994 (age 18)    
PLACE OF BIRTH Lincoln    
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)    
WEIGHT no data    
Playing Position Winger/striker    
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City    
NUMBER 36    
Contracted until May 2014    
YOUTH CAREER    
2003-2012 Lincoln City    
CAREER STATS Aps Goals
YEARS Team    
2012- Lincoln City 1 0

Reg’s Mate The Beast Of The Bank Returns.

Mark McCammon had his non-contract deal cancelled on 29/8/12 after 2 games. In a career spanning, Cambridge United, Millwall, Brentford,  Doncaster Rovers and Gillingham, Mark McCammon, even at 34,  is still a handful.  Joining on non-contract pay as you play terms, Mark has never been a great goal-scorer. But he is a great target man and support striker for the Jamie Taylor’s of this world.  He will add to our growing physical reputation and give Macclesfield and everyone else in his path ‘what for’.  In 314 games, with 127 as sub, he has netted just 46 goals. But few can have been as priceless as that goal at home to Newport last March.  You could sense the relief at Sincil Bank that day.

Mark has been one of those players who has had to make do with an impact role that sees him start from the bench.  Last season in just 3 starts, plus 8 as sub, he scored 3 goals and laid on two, in just 375 BSP minutes for City and Braintree.  In his only start for Braintree he scored, ditto the Imps,  to pretty much save our Lincolnshire bacon.  We were in disarray after that 2-1 defeat at Bath with the fat lady on stage and clearing her throat.  Mark, who STMI dubbed the Beast of The Bank, got that vital first in the defining 2-0 win over Newport last term as Nutter  fulfilled the captain’s role in heroic fashion .  Here is a view from the Stacey West’s take……

On 25 minutes captain Nutter swung over a corner and Mark McCammon rose supreme to head home a towering effort with aplomb. The release and unbridled joy was something you can only experience in an old-skool end as every Imp hugged and danced the stress and strain away.  It was take no prisoners stuff on the pitch now as Tyrone Thompson went toe to toe with anyone with a pulse and threw a fantastic 35-yard cross-field ball to Captain Nutter on a crusade. His ball in was sweet, but Sandell et al, mugged Louis on the edge of the box for yet another free-kick to howls from the baying Imps as one, again on our feet.  “Mine” said the Captain, who took four strides and hammered home a glorious hay-maker straight into the opposite top corner from 25 yards at least. It was party time at Sincil Bank now, chocs away Dambusters, with every Imp horns a-gleaming, again on our hind quarters in salutation of a superb finish.  Like some Venetian Carnivale mask,  it made one all but forgive and forget the insults and the hurt.

Welcome Back Mark, time to put the wrongful dismissal case behind you and bank the £68,000 it netted. Because your new Bank, Sincil Bank, will need your battling qualities in the absence of Duffy, who paved the way for your latest opportunity from the bench. His signing will add to our growing reputation as a physical side. But then fight is something that has long escaped us and winning one nil ugly,  against Macc of all teams,  would be something KA would be proud of this Saturday.

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub BSP Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
37 Imps 2 4 244 2 3 1 1 0 0
  Braintree 1 4 131 1 7 3 1 0 0
  Goal every 125  mins
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STMI Biopic
Full name Mark Jason McCammon
Date of birth 7 August 1978 (age 34)
Place of birth Barnet, London, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)/14st 3lb (90.25kg)
Playing position Striker
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Cambridge United 4 (0)
1999–2000 Charlton Athletic 4 (0)
2000 → Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
2000–2003 Brentford 74 (10)
2003–2005 Millwall 21 (2)
2004–2005 → Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 (3)
2006 → Bristol City (loan) 11 (4)
2006–2008 Doncaster Rovers 54 (6)
2008–2011 Gillingham 52 (5)
2010-2011 → Bradford City (loan) 4 (0)
2011-2012 Braintree Town 5 (1)
2012- Sheffield FC 0 (0)
2012- → Lincoln City (loan) 4 (2)
National team
2006–2008 Barbados 5 (4)

Gowling Transfer Listed By Imps

Former AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham FC and Steve Tilson favourite Josh Gowling has been put on the Transfer List by  the Imps with immediate effect. There had been questions after Gowling had been given time off to go to a wedding as opposed to playing against Gainsborough on Saturday, but now all is clear.

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The official club statement is simply this.

With the start of the 2012/13 season less than a fortnight away, the decision to make Gowling available for transfer has been made so that manager David Holdsworth can strengthen his squad as much as possible ahead of the new campaign with the budget he has at his disposal.
The availability of defender Gowling was officially circulated to clubs this afternoon, Monday 30 July 2012.
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Josh Gowling’s  career has taken in WBA, Gillingham,  AFC Bournemouth, the Danish Premier with Herfølge Boldklub and a loan with Ølstykke FC.   The 90 games for the Cherries apart, he has rarely stayed more than a season or two, although that is in no way a reflection of his commitment and playful optimism.  At 28 he is entering the peak of his career. question was always going to be would he be content with an Imps side treading water or will his infectious enthusiasm raise everbody’s game?

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Josh’s career at the Cherries was almost over before it gained momentum, as he sustained a serious knee injury in the first minute of a game at Brentford.  The ligament damage would keep him out for the season. Typically he battled back, making 30 often towering appearances.  He is brave and gives and asks no quarter.  Carlisle snapped him up on a two year deal but loaned him to Hereford where he played like a bull in a china shop before Mark Stimpson took a chance with a loan deal.  The Gills gave him a permanent deal as he became one of the few heroes in a season of turmoil that saw the Gills drop to League 2.  Despite being half-way through a two year deal he agreed to join the Imps on a two year tenure.

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Here are Josh’s stats with his Imp pen pic at the bottom.
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Joshua Gowling’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 5 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Def/Cent BSP 34 1 0 2 11 37 36 3064 7 0
Josh Gowling
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Joshua Anthony Isaac Gowling
DATE OF BIRTH 29 November 1983 (age 28)
PLACE OF BIRTH Coventry,
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)/ 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 6
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2003–2005 Herfølge 30 (0)
2004–2005 Ølstykke FC (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2008 Bournemouth 90 (1)
2008 Carlisle United 5 (0)
2008–2009 Hereford United (loan) 13 (0)
2009 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2011 Gillingham 52 (4)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 6 (0)
2011– Lincoln City 37 (0)

McCammon Wins Gillingham Unfair Dismissal Case on Racial grounds

Ex-Imp Mark McCammon has just won an unfair dismissal case against Gillingham FC,  with the tribunal ruling he was was unfairly dismissed  and that the dismissal was  an act of racial victimisation.  The Gills were –  “disappointed – in fact, staggered” by the decision and would be consulting their lawyers, but football looks set to be rocked by another race case. Mark was awarded £68,000.

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Mark brought the case against the Gills in June, claiming he and other black squad members were treated differently to white players.  He sued for race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure to pay him.

Gillingham’s statement said: “We are hugely disappointed – in fact, staggered – by this decision. As an organisation, we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against, nor victimise our staff. This case is the first of its kind to be brought against the club in its entire history – a history that has seen the club employ many thousands of staff of various race, religion and creed, none of whom have ever felt the need to bring such a claim.”

Gillingham said they would “discuss the judgement with our lawyers and decide upon the next course of action, whether that be an appeal against the findings, or another form of action, as deemed appropriate”.

Gillingham after 44 Goal Reeves

Gillingham appear to be interested in Altrincham forward Damian Reeves.  The 26-year old forward scored 44 goals in the Blue Square North last season and another in the FA Trophy.


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The goal machine has scored 63 goals in his last 79 starts and 12 substitute appearances and starts every game believing he can score.  Who can blame him with that track record.  Martin Allen is believed to be about to make a move if someone does not get in first…… Morecambe are set to play there this week, hopefully they will remember to bring a brick wall but forget the cheque book