Luton Town, Chester FC, Cambridge Utd, Lincoln & Grimsby Town still top the Away stats, with Wrexham FC, Barnet FC, Aldershot Town, FC Halifax and Kidderminster Harriers all still above the 200 mark.
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The Hatters hordes continue to raise the bar with an unbelievable take to Tamworth – 1199 (and that is/was some round trip). Aldershot also took a credible 193 to Impdom, with Grimsby taking 285 & 272 all the way to Salisbury & Aldershot respectively, to move within 10 of the Imps average away support. The Lincoln legions topped the Fishy foe however with 483 to Nuneaton.
Cambridge are travelling well too with 331 at Chester who continue to confound their League position with 220 at Alfreton. The League leaders also took 239 to the Fishy foe on a Tuesday night.
The second highest for the month was the Hatters once again with 840 trooping down to Aldershot. Barnet mustered 358 for Welling, with 260 Shaymen at Luton and The Harriers also took 259 to Chester.
Outstanding support as ever with every regular traveller deserving a medal for what they shell out financially and emotionally for the cause. Here is the table in full, please feel free to put a link on your forums to ensure STMI get the reads. Our prof is a sad so and so but he his harmless really.
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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.
Rob Scott’s Grimsby Town departure ahead of the Luton Town game has sparked rumours that Stockport County could be his next port of call. Gossip certainly but the parting of the ways was for ‘non footballing reasons’, begging the question that he could be set to miss one Hatters date for another with one of the biggest jobs in Non-League football up for grabs following Ian Bogey’s on pitch resignation last week.
With Chairman John Fenty putting Paul Hurst in sole charge and then explaining that the parting of the ways had nothing to do with the teams performances, the Cleethorpes rumour mill has moved into overdrive. The club and its chairman have declined to comment further on the matter at this time. The duo, seemed joined at the hip, having worked together at Ilkeston, Boston and Grimsby, taking both The Robins and The Pilgrims into the BSN in successive seasons.
Rob’s disciplinarian profile, a tad unjust, would be perfect for the Hatters who have been in free-fall. Having taken over from David Holdsworth he guided an Ilkeston side beset by financial turmoil to the Northern Premier League promotion via the play-offs. Mr Scott does have Cheshire connections having played at Macclesfield at the end of a 15 year career. He also played at Oldham so he is no stranger to the other side of the Pennines.
The Hatters are a fantastic club with massive potential and a fantastic fan-base…. surely the bounce-back has to start soon? Could Rob Scott be the very man to do it as he branches out on his own?
Peter Bore the former Lincoln City and Grimsby Town wing-back got a sensational 30 yarder for Boston United against AFC Telford. Bore who could and should have played higher is a massive part of what could well be a Boston promotion tea Party at the end of this season as the the giant-killing Pilgrims topped big-spending Telford.
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Well done Peter – you are clearly still unplayable on your day – what a strike
Scunthorpe United beat Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire Cup 3-0 to set up a final at Sincil Bank that will bring back some memories for The Imps and Iron fans who have seen their sides go in different directions largely due to ambition and investment. Let us hope both rivals put out full sides for this Lincolnshire Cup Final has plenty to inspire a very big crowd indeed. The latest money man, Peter Swann, who allegedly turned down Lincoln, will get his chance to sit in the directors box after all, adding spice to a long-awaited derby against the Iron, that has always had plenty of passion, goals and that extraordinary edge.
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It will be North Lincolnshire princes against Mid Lincolnshire paupers on paper, but the pitch and partisan nature is always the great leveller. It was not always this way, particularly during the KA era. when sons and daughters of Lincolnshire packed Sincil Bank and Glanford Park for an all Lincolnshire play-off affair a decade ago. No there was no North / mid Lincs rich and poor divide then, just passion running high on and off the pitch.
The Iron were unbeaten in their last 6 games, had won the last two and conceded only one goal in their last four games to finish fifth in the table. Lincoln had finished sixth after a 1-1 draw, thanks to a last gasp equaliser from super-sub Simon Yeo. As the lower placed side we would play at home first, with the Iron hosting the second leg.
But to the games footy fans to the games…………………………….
A packed house of 8902, allowing for segregation and the 2000 visitors, saw a pulsating all-Lincolnshire affair. Inspired by a pre-match flyby and the theme from the Dambusters, The Imps kicked off with Marriott and Evans called into action at either end. Roared on by an edge of seats Sincil Bank, Lincoln seized the initiative and deservedly went ahead with a quarter of an hour on the clock. Cult hero Bimmo flew down the flank and centred his bomb, Weaver headed home and the Red sections of the Bank were the ones bouncing, exploding with joy . Three minutes later young Richard Butcher unlocked the off-side trap with a ball to Mayo who chipped Evans to double the lead. Whilst the visitors contested the decision, the Bench, the Directors box and Sincil Bank basked in a Bacchanalian fashion undreamed of at the beginning of a bankrupt season bereft of all but staying alive.
The challenges at the coliseum added to the cacophony, Caruthers got a yellow card thumbs down for a late one on Mayo. But then fortune favours the impassioned and brave as The Iron were back in with a shout in a titanic bout. Busy Beagrie’s corner was forced home by Calvo-Garcia to sent the visitors hordes mental, their belief restored. Butcher’s headed goal was disallowed from Bimson’s almost clock-work wind up heroic throw. In truth it could have been for any one of a number of infringements, although the ref had a word with Futcher and Caruthers, both of which were taking no prisoners. Two honest pros no quarter asked or given as Futcher got booked shortly afterwards and Caruthers hit the bar with a 25-yard volley, the venom adding to its velocity .
Both managers kept the faith for the second half. Marriott held Calvo-Garcia’s shot on the turn. Cropper sent a sensational overhead kick just wide of the Stacey West, a massed molten red and white choir chanting incessantly to counter the Iron brew crew equally on song and on view. Ten minutes in Mayo controlled superbly and freed Cropper who turned his man went for the channel. crossed and found Smith who side footed home the third.
Despite the Imps having a Mayo headed ruled out the Iron yanked the very nails from their coffin thanks to a double substitution from the canny Brian Laws. On 65 minutes Paul Dalglish and Steve Torpey replaced Caruthers and Sparrow respectively. Three minutes later busy bee Beagrie’s contested corner dropped to Calvo-Garcia who hammered home to guffaws and roars. Then two minutes later an equaliser to send the visiting hordes hopes an octave higher than their pretty impressive decibel level. Hayes held up superbly, slipped into the path of Stanton, who rifled a right-footer beyond Marriott’s reach from 20 yards.
What to do thought Impdom, but Keith, he had a cunning plan, a marksmen who had seen active service in green and had been waiting for this opportunity to do this all his life, on a football field in red and white. Oh Ye, oh Ye, the introduction of pivotal postman turned poacher Simon Yeo revitalised Team Lincoln on and off the pitch. Calvo-Garcia headed over a deep corner from Dawson at one end Bimmo’s beautiful ball found Yeo who volleyed home with aplomb, almost lifting the goal as it bulged the roof of the net.
But the super-sub was not finished yet with another 8 minutes of this Sincil ‘stormer’ still set for a grandstand finish. First he was booked for explaining the facts of football to the ref, then curled an effort inches wide. Then just as against Torquay, young Butcher and Yeo combined. Bimmo found ‘Butch’ who had covered some yards in his box-to-box role. He skilfully kept the ball in with one foot and then flicked to Yeo with the other. Simple Simon kept it short and sweet slamming home an instinctive rising volley for a vital two goal advantage and a 5-3 aggregate advantage. Cue pandemonium and unbridled joy at the Bank, that would see many queuing breakfast in hand for a prized ticket to the away episode of the Lincolnshire must see soap.
The 2200 tickets were quickly snapped up for the second leg on the Wednesday, with 8,295 eager for the Glanford game that would set Irons against Imps once again. The noise of the travelling fans behind Marriott was incredible, heckles rose, lifting the visitors from warm-up to kick-off and the forcing of the early pace with a succession of corners. But Scunthorpe, quick to break and energetic looked oh so dangerous as the slippery conditions, played their part. Persistent rain made things interesting and difficult for both sides. It was a battle that would see the elements and the biblical beast taming beauty, with the artisan eager to please and seize any opportunity. Sparrow had an early effort and Evans saved a Butcher drive. Kilford comically crocked himself as he tried to clobber Gain in the rain. Mayo was inches wide before Butch robbed Calvo-Garcia but was denied by the outstretched leg of Jackson just as he was about to pull the trigger. A glorious half-volley from Butcher was ruled out for offside before Sparrow thankfully fluffed his lines and Marriott dived at Hayes’ feet.
Bimson was denied a penalty in the second half , his cross adjudged ball to hand. The battle continued with Cropper and others requiring treatment in a affair that was certainly not for the faint hearted, in a stadium that lends itself magnificently to the bear-pit scenes from Yore, complete with blood, guts and gore. Dawson sent a 25-yard exocet wide, but on the whole Keith’s big back five looked solid, particularly those crunching corners, with Futcher and Weaver stand-out heroes . It was a a true team effort, to be tested to the limits as Laws told his lads to throw the 24 carrot iron bath and caution to the wind.
With 20 minutes to go Keith then sent on – you’ve guessed – Yeo who, in truth had been baiting the bears, warming things up for some time on the touchline. Futcher, blood streaming down his face required treatment after a challenge from Torpey that made him even more the Imp public enemy number one. Not for long as jeers turned to cheers. With just two minutes on the clock the Imps countered, Peter Gain knocked an enticing ball for Yeo to scamper forward and side foot beyond Evans. The Imp hordes did a Dambusters flight that brought tears to the eye and hopes to our hearts that we would indeed get the chance to end a season of rebirth in glory at the millennium.
As for the Iron fans, they would not have too long to wait before they began their memorable journey to the Championship, leaving the long running Lincolnshire derby behind.
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.
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Grimsby Town, it is safe to say, have rubbed our Lincolnshire snouts in it these last two years. The Mariners invested, they challenged, whilst Lincoln languished, happy to just make up the numbers in the BSP. Town will expect to be up there again this season, but the battle at Blundell Park and the Bank, boosted by ex-Captain Kerr, make this a campaign to look forward to with gentleman’s relish. With the rise of the Imps at hand something will have to give in Lincolnshire, a place where poachers have roamed since the dawn of time.
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But the Blue Square Bet era has gone, bringing with it the BT TV box-office epoch, hopefully another League sponsor, as well as new Sincil Bank broom Simmo and his six-foot soldiers. But we will need more than style and a smile if we are to be anything but pretenders to the Lincolnshire throne. Perchance true Brit Grit and Guile?
The Grimsby duo, Messrs Scott and Hurst, hatched a pre-season softly softly catchy monkey cunning ruse of a plan. No fees if you please, but they set the cheese, made for a patient wait, eager to see who sniffed the bait. The Mariners have been quiet in the market for sure, with quality and steel to the fore. Winger Scott Neilson has arrived from Luton to complement a new look midfield thanks also to York raids for Scott Kerr and Patrick McLaughlin. Oh Scotty Kerr how you made young Frecklington purr! They have kept Craig Disley suggesting this foursome are a formidable force who can and will dominate games at our level. A ball winning crew and supply line to boost an awesome array of attacking talent.
However the Mariners have lost inspirational characters and talent as part of a nine-man clear out, with even financial benefactor Mr Fenty, eager to balance the books in the face of new fair play break-even rules. Defenders, Wood, Miller and Ford, have gone to pastures new. Artus, Niven, Soares and Josh Morrall have vacated the midfield, but the replacements see improvement rather than concern. Greg Pearson is the only forward to leave, suggesting the duo are more than pleased with the multitude of blessings up front, in the form of hitman Hearn Hannah and Cook.
With just 15 plus the youths – something the Mariners have strength in – the managerial duo will be keen to add trialists to finish the squad. They have plenty coming, quality too if the grapevine is to be believed, with Scott and Hurst setting their stall out to bag bargains as soon as the season ended. The Mariners budget is still a magnet for even League 1 and 2 players who need a platform to kick-start flagging careers. Remember cast-offs in football are more to do with fall-outs and formation changes, than the fruit turning bad. Those are the words of a manager, not an agent or fan, likewise the sentiment that The Mariners will undoubtedly be there or thereabouts.
So why the Optimism in the red and white half of Lincolnshire? Quite simply the array of talent that will make up one of the hardest formations to play against. Simmo is a fan of the somewhat continental 4-2-3-1, espoused by the Dutch, the Germans et al. It worked to good effect with a poor side that raised the fallen and ended a season beset by relegation fear. The recruits he has brought in suggest we can do better than the Mariners even with big spending Cambridge, Luton, Barnet – boosted by the parachute payment – and FGR, Kidderminster and Wrexham very much in the mix.
Simmo first used this at Macclesfield – aka a Silkmen Spear of destiny – that had them on the verge of the playoffs after an awesome 3-1 win against Vale. Ridiculous player sales and injuries wrote what is now in the history books, to end a dream. Yet that will not happen at Lincoln with the two Davids eager to float our boat. The back four is strong, young but gaining in experience, with a non-shall-pass mantra that was awesome in the face of sustained bombardment towards the end of last year. Boosted by Jordan and Fofana, two dogs-of-war defensive midfield players, it forms a phalanx that allows the skirmishers to run riot on the counter.
The true thrust of Simmo’s spear aka the tricky trio can call upon the prowess of Fairhurst, Power, Rowe ,Sheridan, Nolan and Wright to tie the opposition in knots. Power has come back fitter and stronger, determined to lead by example – that thirst for glory is a talent to have back on track. The apex of the attack could be Yussuf, a n other ,or, one of those previously mentioned. But whatever the shape or size of the ultimate predator that midfield screams goals, without the overlapping wing-backs we have in the side.
So, it will not be as one-sided this season for our Fishy Foe, thank heavens we got another go. But in all seriousness the county needs it and, if, Lincoln get the luck with injuries and negotiate our opening 6 fixtures with a degree of success, we will take some stopping this season at all but the best. Though the formation may adapt, the ethos will not, with the desire further driven by the determination to do it for Butch and Keith. Yes team Lincoln has the makings, method and the madness to put the club back on the map. That may not be this season but they will go whistle to whistle because Simmo and City will sweat blood and guts for glory this season in pursuit of what a club of our stature deserves.
A tenner each way on Lincoln fellow Imps, ’tis time the bookies took a bashing.
Grimsby Town’s signing of influential ex- York City, Bradford City, Scarborough FC and Imp guardian angel and midfield general, Scott Kerr, who would have welcomed a return to Impdom, will get his wish after all, well on Boxing Day or New Years Day at least.
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Scott, in his own ever modest words, won every award going at York City as well as a promotion in his first season. He sustained a cruciate injury that kept him out until last October yet still made 89 appearances during his two and a half-seasons at York. A clever Cods catch, at 31 and battle scarred, he will still be a pivotal part of the Mariners push for promotion if his displays for the Imps are any kind of guide.
Kerr played 248 games for us under four managers, in a variety of styles amidst a growing shamble. Yet he always gave 100% and was an inspirational captain. Many forget the offensive strengths he has, with that rapier 2006-7 Schoey-ball season seeing the Yorkie Rose with thorns truly flower. However, as was so often the case, he seemed more and more alone (O’Connor’s loan apart) in the bear pit, that is in reality the central midfield battle of attrition in a relegation haunted team. He took his share of the blame, but in truth, Scott was the only bloke who battled to protect the back four from a regular roast and ransack down the middle.
If Scott had stayed there is no doubt we would have got the points to stay up. He was an unsung hero who is as honest as the day is long. He speaks his mind, never backs down and his only failing is the desire to wear his heart on his sleeve every time he crosses that line.
Good luck Scotty, except in the two games against us. Maybe you can take a leaf out of some of the part-timers you played with during your time at the Imps and ‘pull a sicky’ during the festive fun. Two hopes there – Bob Hope and No Hope .
|Full name||Scott Anthony Kerr
|Date of birth||11 December 1981 (age 31)
|Place of birth||Leeds|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
|Contract||1 year (plus options trigger)|
|Playing position: Centre Midfield General|
|Current club||Grimsby Town|
|2002||Frickley Athletic (loan)||5||(1)|
Gary Simpson has been pipped by Stevenage FC and Cambridge United, thwarting a raid on Grimsby Town for their ex-captain, as well as another Macclesfield Town star it has emerged. Despite the signing of Brown and Miller his search for defenders continues, with Boyce still trying for a gold laden gig at Mansfield Town or Scunthorpe United it would seem.
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Seasoned 29 year-old Ian Miller captained the Fishy foe to fourth. He is a no nonsense central defender, but he can also play at right-back, which may come in useful with Jonathan Thorpe leaving the Abbey. That said the 20-year-old was never first choice and spent last spring on loan at Tamworth and is considering going part-time as he looks to get a University degree. Miller’s decision to return to his roots and link up with old pal Jez George must also have been down to financial reasons, given he will have to move house, in order to fulfil a two year deal. Cambridge are spending some money again this year and look to be a threat with the best part of a new team already aboard.
Stevenage pipped us to Sam Wedgbury, who would have completed our midfield and made it one of the best in the division. Although employed as a right midfielder last season under King, Simmo also played him as a defensive midfielder. Sam shields the back four on his own or as part of a duo, with an engine that allows the creative midfielders to flow. That is not to say he cannot thread a pass or deliver a decent set-piece. This is a cracking signing for Stevenage, Sam, still just 23, will easily step up to League 1 and has it in him to play in the Championship in the next year or so.
Chesterfield FC, complete with Hibernian striker Eoin Doyle aka the Green Lionel Messi’, Middlesbrough FC, Sunderland AFC and Boston United are the highlights of Lincoln City’s pre-season friendlies so far, plus the Lincolnshire Cup final against Peter Swann’s Scunthorpe United or Grimsby Town and the visit of Lincoln United for the Imp derby.
Although the Sunderland and Middlesbrough games will be against their respective U21’s, the opposition could be a lot stronger if neither side have games on the same day. The visit to the Spireites could give a glimpse of things to come in more ways than one, with Chairman Bob keen to follow their stadium and its subsequent funding model. Chesterfield, one of the favourites for promotion, have just signed Eoin Doyle from Hibs. Manager Paul Cook dubbed him the ‘Green Lionel Messi’ during a 25 goal haul in their final season together at Sligo. The SPL was a step to far but the two-footed striker can come from deep, play down either flank and will pose the defence some serious problems. The Imps will be sure to travel in numbers to a fixture that will give Simmo a month to put right any wrongs before the opening day.
Simmo has big connections with Boston – he is still a legend there – so it is no surprise to see them arrive for the pre-season community day, the week before the big kick-off.
|Tue 9/7||Chesterfield||v||Lincoln City||7.45pm|
|Sat 13/7||Lincoln United||v||Lincoln City||3pm|
|Tue 16/7||Harrogate Town||v||Lincoln City||7.30pm|
|Sat 20/7||Grantham Town||v||Lincoln City||7.30pm|
|Wed 24/7||Lincoln City||v||Sunderland U21||7.30pm|
|Sat 27/7||Lincoln City||v||Middlesbrough U21||3pm|
|Sat 3/8||Lincoln City||v||Boston United||3pm|