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Are Glasgow Rangers Considering Oliver?

Glasgow Rangers manager Ally McCoist may have to vie with SPL rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle if he is to follow up on positive scout reports relating to ex-Sheffield Wednesday and current Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver.  The interesting part to this snippet is that he may have to wait until January (when the transfer embargo ends) but with new money set to come into the Glasgow giants coffers courtesy of the Easdale Brothers, any fee for the tall target man, would be small beer for the Gers and Champagne money for the cash-strapped Imps who want Oliver to start the season at Sincil Bank.

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Although Gary Simpson would love to keep the lad, a six-figure fee from North of the border would come in handy.   We can expect at least a tribunal fee as the lad is under 24 and we have offered him a deal.  The Imps budget currently stands at £400,000, on a par with that enjoyed by Holdsworth.  It is sad to hear that the lad is being touted around, but then that is the nature of football and the lad is destined to play higher sooner rather than later.

A taster for Scottish football fans……….

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. If we don’t keep Vadaine it will be a shame but a decent fee for the lad could still pave the way to a glorious season.

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.

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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

Former Canary Miller Will Fly Against The Harriers

Destiny has leant a hand for Tom Miller, the former Norwich City and Glasgow Rangers  utility man,  as he looks set to replace Imps captain Mills against the much fancied Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow. If the combative centre midfielder and Dan Gray (signed from Chesterfield FC) both live up to their potential the Imps could get off to a flyer despite being regarded as BSP paupers this season.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

The two Imp princes are similar players who like to get stuck in and both possess a throw that would win an Olympic event.  Indeed many Imps feel these two should be part and parcel of the Mighty Imps midfield especially if we go 4-3-3 0r 4-5-1.  Along with Boyce they are the ones who will give us the steely spine to compete, if this exciting side is to earn the right to play.

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 Both Miller and Gray signed the same day, lifting the gloom at Sincil Bank after another summer of struggle.  These two you feel will back each other up to contest every first and second ball and protect a back-line with talent and passion that is still only half-way through their second safety razor.  Over the season both utility players will doubtless be asked to fill any gaps around the squad,  as injuries and suspensions  catch up with us, but you feel,  destiny has leant a hand here with Miller looking to grab the organ grinder role gleefully . They do say necessity is the mother of invention, but maybe Holdsworth could have the midfield manglers that will give Adam Smith the chance to shine at sunny Sincil Bank tomorrow.  If so it could knock the stuffing out of the depleted Harriers who have Luton and Mansfield to follow.  Mind you Cambridge will be no bed of roses for the Imp either. Surely there is no truth in the rumour that ex-Imp Smith already has a tweek!

 

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One thing is for sure, whatever the result tomorrow,  Miller,  Grey and Boyce wont be rolling over for anyone. And they can play a bit too. So let’s get those turnstiles clicking and urge the Mighty Imps to victory, be it a 1-0 win with style and a smile or blood guts and guile!

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Good luck lads – stand and deliver and let’s Bring it on at the Bank

FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ely,
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 73.54 KG
PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER TBA
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Norwich
CAREER STATS
YEARS Team
2011-2012 Newport County
2001–2005 Dundalk
2008–2009 Rangers
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Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 35 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 8 0 1 2 3 11 6 720 2 0

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Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12
Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 20 4 0 0 14 21 21 1565 6 0

20 Tom Miller

Tom Miller the former Norwich City, Rangers and Newport County midfielder come defender has been pivotal in the Imps battle to beat the drop.  His award for away player of the season 2012/13 is therefore well deserved. STMI gives a brief bio on the lad’s career and season.

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A brief bio then………….

Tom was spotted in the local Cambridgeshire Sunday minor Leagues via the legendary Canaries scouting network (club legend and former Imp coach John Deehan has long been recommending lads to a veritable conveyor belt of talent). Tom joined at 14 and progressed through the ranks at the Colney Training centre to become Norwich City Academy player of the season, in 2008. But it was not to be, in then manager Glenn Roeder’s eyes. as a first year pro deal failed to materialise.

Jim Duffy, the then assistant manager, contacted Rangers when it was evident that Tom would not get what many felt should have been a deserved opportunity in the game.  He was flown up to Ibrox and had an outstanding trial game, making a telling contribution all over the pitch in a 5-1 win. Rangers gave him a two year contract to the delight of his proud father Ray. The Rangers side of the time was still a tough nut to crack, suffering financially, after the Souness overspend.

With big changes imminent, he was paid up in February 2010, moving across the water to Dundalk.  Irish football is a tough baptism to say the least, but Tom got one goal and, cards and accreditations in equal measure, in 32 appearances before Newport signed him in January 2011 before being released a year later with the Imps waiting in the wings.

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Tom is a true utility man. He has played at full-back and centre-back this season even though he is a defensive midfielder by trade. His one goal two assists and 9 yellow cards show the tenacity and none shall pass mantra that has been evident since inspirational desplays in the wins against Hayes (2-1 click4report) and Tamworth (4-0 click4report) last season. How fitting that his award came before the Lambs game on Saturday (see GREAT ESCAPE 2012/13).  As ever he was brilliant making 3 last ditch must win challenges that ensure we are still in with a fighting chance this week, instead of down and into the BSN abyss.

Brilliant Tom, take a bow son

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 20 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 37 0 1 2 13 38 32 3330 9 0

 

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 35 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 8 0 1 2 3 11 6 720 2 0

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Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12
Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 20 4 0 0 14 21 21 1565 6 0
FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ely,
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 8 lb 75.54 KG
PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER TBA
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Norwich
CAREER STATS
2011-2013 Lincoln C……………………45/2
2011-2012 Newport ……………………24/0
2001–2005 Dundalk …………………….0/0
2008–2009