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Vanarama Conference Premier Fans Forums

STMI have compiled the Vanarama  Conference Premier clubs main fans forums for 2014/15 for AFC Telford,  Aldershot Town,  Alfreton,  Altrincham, Barnet FC,  Braintree Town,  Bristol Rovers,  Chester,  Dartford,  Dover Athletic,  Eastleigh, Forest Freen Rovers, Gateshead FC,  FC Halifax,  Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City,  Macclesfield Town,  Southport FC,  Torquay United, Welling,  Woking and Wrexham . As ever if we have missed any or you want to be added just leave a link in the comment box at the bottom of the article. For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold last years list is below that of this season. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngSo what are we all talking about? Do our beloved teams give us nice dreams, fill us with screams or are we gossiping about those behind the scenes? Here are the forums the chat rooms warts and all……………..

Club Forum name and link
Barnet FC
Bristol Rovers
Chester FC
Dover Athletic
FC Halifax
Forest Green Rovers
Lincoln City
Torquay Utd
Welling United

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For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold here is last years list. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.

Conference top Forums 2013/14 Aldershot Alfreton Barnet FC Braintree Cambridge Utd Chester FC Dartford FC Halifax Forest Green Rovers Gateshead Grimsby Hereford Hyde FC Kidderminster Lincoln City Luton Macclesfield Nuneaton Salisbury City Southport Tamworth Welling United Woking Wrexham

Who’ll take the Golden boot down to Cash Converters in May then?

The Vanarama Premier strikers of Barnet FC,  Altrincham FC, Woking FC, Wrexham FC, Braintree Town, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Aldershot Town FC are fighting it, out week in week, out against the great central defensive oaks of the Conference.  Outnumbered, false teeth back in the changing rooms, with goals the lifeblood of our national sport the game, scoring is all they live for (we can hear you chuckling behind your web cams  you know!  On a serious note a quick  word to the contenders with their brains hopefully in their boots – Lads  its doesn’t have to be Cash Converters or a Pawn Brokers, sometimes you can even get a good price at the bookies so I hear.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 So moving swiftly on lets take a look at the thoroughbred runners and riders shall we?

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Lee Cook of Barnet is still showing his QPR pedigree to top the Vanarama Conference goal scoring pile from the left wing.  He has failed to score in the last three although an assist at the weekend, suggests we can excuse him for that. Unplayable and a key component to a Hive dripping goals he must be sweating with Reeves and Rendell kneck and kneck with him on seven.

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Damian Reeves has been scoring for fun for years, opting to stay part time for business reasons despite countless offers from League teams.  He got 16 for Altrincham in 2010/11,  42 in 2011/12, 36 in 2012/13, 21 last season and seven so far this.    Murdered 4-0 by the Harriers last night he got a brace in a 3-3 thriller against Eastleigh on Saturday and two against Dartford the week before. Clearly midweek games are not his cup of tea so Barnet and Mad Dog best watch out this Saturday.

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Scott Rendell’ s time looks to have finally come. Seen as the nearly man at Wycombe, Oxford and Luton this has to be his season you have to feel. On seven in his first 6 games including the awesome foursome against Dover, he has failed to find the net in four. Will he click back or hibernate through the winter like previous seasons?

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Jordan Burrow has been called up for the England C games against Estonia and Turkey off the back of his five so far this season.  He is joined by  Davis of Braintree,  MacDonald (injured), the mercurial Moult of Wrexham,  King Cod Scott Neilson, Giuseppe Sole  and Brett Williams the Aldershot assassin. Albatross might be more  as the keystone cops defence meet him on Saturday. With Brown out the shots could be deadly then?

The People’s Premiership Golden Boot contenders. 

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Player Name Team Goals
1 Lee Cook Barnet 7
1 Damian Reeves Altrincham 7
1 Scott Rendell Woking 7
2 Jordan Burrow Lincoln City 5
2 Kenny Davis Braintree Town 5
2 Charlie MacDonald Barnet 5
2 Louis Moult Wrexham 5
2 Scott Neilson Grimsby Town 5
2 Giuseppe Sole Woking 5
2 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 5
3 Harry Beautyman Welling United 4
3 Hamza Bencherif Lincoln City 4
3 Scott Boden FC Halifax Town 4
3 James Constable Eastleigh 4
3 Tony Gray AFC Telford United 4
3 Joe Ironside Alfreton Town 4
3 Dean Morgan Woking 4
3 Jon Parkin Forest Green Rovers 4
3 Michael Phenix AFC Telford United 4
3 Jon-Paul Pittman Grimsby Town 4
3 Luke Young Torquay United 4

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Vanarama- It’s Up In The Air As Bees, Gulls, Gas and Dragons Circle The People’s Premiership Peak

Come on own up did you go to see Bristol Rovers, Barnet FC, Wrexham FC, FC Halifax, Grimsby Town, Torquay United, Woking FC or Kidderminster Harriers last night in the flesh, or was it the BIG Cup on TV, as The Guardian Fiver calls it? Mmm thought so, well, all is forgiven and a  warm welcome to The Gents (no not to toilets although few as common as me can boast a double-barrelled spanky-spanky, their name on every toilet doorway and their own aftershave that the misses reckons makes me smell old – yes I know there is a song in that)  or rather,  the venerable and veritable Vanarama or People’s Premiership wrap,  the division the big-money men forget, yet still it boasts heroes villains and old school football in the flesh, where giant killing and scalps are the modus operandi, in a nether region where full-time meets part-time and passion with not quite all the balls in the air.

But to the games fellow football folk to the peoples games……….

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham beat Barnet (still buzzing & top) in the battle of the passing princes, thanks to a cool Evans finish four minutes into the second half and a great performance between the sticks for Bachmann, denying Cook and Akinde from point blank range.  Barnet had their chances but the Dragons are breathing fire and climbing after a fourth away win this season.  Wilkin’s men are one win from top spot now despite still being one place off the play-offs. Silent sixth worked for Working and the Gulls, suggesting an interesting weekend, although Wrexham must wait until Monday for the bubble derby trip to Chester.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngTorquay United edged Woking in a top of the table clash between the two form sides of the division. Woking edged the first half but few break down the Gulls who deny then fly at you on the counter with more zip than a jean factory.  Captain fantastic, Young,  earned all three points and the plaudits with a 90th minute hallelujah howitzer of a free-kick from 40-yards. If there had not been a net it would still be going now,  as The Gulls (we warned you) storm second, now just a point behind the Bees. They pick teams off on the counter and have a defence that could peel an orange in its pocket – that’s five without conceding – all victories.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngSo to Halifax, down in fourth, fresh from a fishy 1-1 with The Mariners. All went well when the mesmerising Marshall curled a cultured set-piece just four minutes in. Neilson outwitted Roberts just ten minutes later to end the scoring as both sides fluffed their lines.  A question: with Port Vale now losing six on the spin will they make a call to Aspin, who turned down the Carlisle gig.  He was a legend there, but will he want to lead Halifax back into the League after leading them back from the edge and the football wilderness? Seven strikers Gateshead – the new home of 2-3-5 North East number nines, also drop to fifth, still level on points (20) with the Shaymen after coming from behind at Macclesfield. Gnahoua thundered home from 18 yards ten minutes shy of half-time, before that man, Danny Wright, did it again, clipping a beauty into the top corner on clickety-click 66.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngKidderminster continue to put their off-field troubles behind hitting Altrincham for four. Gash 37′ Reid 40′Johnson 72′ and Styche 90′ show the firepower in the Harriers side, now eighth and looking at lift-off. Biggest crowd of the night – some jealous applause at the back then for the 4861 on a Big TV Cup Tuesday –  saw side in the rise Bristol Rovers live up to their name and step on the gas to numb Nuneaton 3-1.  It was guile, style and a smile for Parkes 2′Taylor 48′ seemed to settle it until  Dean headed a lifeline. Gosling 78′ ended any comeback notions for the inspiration player caretaker who does not want the position full-time.


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1295 Aldershot Town 1 3 Braintree Town
. D Lathrope 90+4 , . . Sparkes 17 , Cox 52 , Cox 78 ,
519 Alfreton Town 3 2 AFC Telford Utd
. A Thanoj 11 , Shaw 19 , J Ironside 45+2 , . . T Gray 17 , N Byrne 71 ,
1236 Barnet 0 1 Wrexham
. . . . R Evans 49 ,
4861 Bristol Rovers 3 1 Nuneaton Town
. T Parkes 2 , M Taylor 48 , J Gosling 78 , . . Dean 68 ,
1790 Chester FC 2 0 Southport
. C Hobson 14 , K Charnock 3 , . . .
1103 Dartford 2 1 Dover Athletic
. Crawford 72 , Bradbrook 85 , . . Miller 8 ,
2108 Eastleigh 2 2 Forest Green Rovers
. J Midson 57 , J Constable 73 , . . James Norwood 30 , J Parkin 85 ,
1867 FC Halifax Town 1 1 Grimsby Town
. P Marshall 4 , . . Neilson 15 ,
1451 Kidderminster Harriers 4 0 Altrincham
. Gash 37 , C Reid 40 , Johnson72 , R Styche 90+4 , . . .
1110 Macclesfield Town 1 1 Gateshead FC
. Gnahoua 34 , . . D Wright 66 ,
2144 Torquay United 1 0 Woking
. Young 90 , . . .
504 Welling United 2 0 Lincoln City FC
. Gallagher 25 , T Marsh 78 , . . .

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 10 7 1 2 23 6 +17 22
2 Torquay United 10 6 3 1 17 5 +12 21
3 Woking 10 6 3 1 18 7 +11 21
4 FC Halifax Town 10 6 2 2 17 9 +8 20
5 Gateshead 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
6 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
7 Braintree Town 10 6 0 4 18 10 +8 18
8 Kidderminster Harriers 10 5 3 2 13 6 +7 18
9 Macclesfield Town 10 4 5 1 11 7 +4 17
10 Bristol Rovers 10 5 2 3 12 11 +1 17
11 Eastleigh 10 4 4 2 19 15 +4 16
12 Forest Green Rovers 10 4 4 2 12 8 +4 16
13 Grimsby Town 10 3 4 3 20 10 +10 13
14 Lincoln City 10 4 1 5 16 20 -4 13
15 Aldershot Town 10 3 3 4 11 11 0 12
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
17 Dartford 10 2 3 5 9 15 -6 9
18 Welling United 10 2 3 5 9 17 -8 9
19 Altrincham 10 2 2 6 12 20 -8 8
20 Southport 10 2 2 6 8 16 -8 8
21 Nuneaton Town 10 2 2 6 5 17 -12 8
22 Dover Athletic 10 2 1 7 9 20 -11 7
23 Alfreton Town 10 2 1 7 10 25 -15 7
24 AFC Telford United 10 0 3 7 13 25 -12 3


8-Goal Duffy Is Back – Former Oxford, Mansfield & Imp Striker Back in Business

Rob Duffy scored goals aplenty at Oxford United and Mansfield Town, as well as pitching in with 9 at Grimsby Town. An injury at the start of the 2011/12 season for The Imps, saw him him needing an operation for Rob to have any chance of continuing to earn a living from the game. When he left City the pay-off was understood to see the caring Imps foot the bill for the operation. STMI  takes a look at the career of another quality player that saw the fates deny him a chance to prove his undeniable ability…. or have they?.

No they haven’t it seems for Rob Duffy has overcome that career threatening injury and rewarded Ilkeston manager Kevin Wilson’s faith on two counts so far this season. Not only has he rammed home eight goals in eight games, but, he has also rejected an offer to join Goole AFC. Lincoln City were good enough to stretch to an operation on an ankle injury, allowing the 31-year-old to make a slow but sure comeback at Kings Lynn last season before Wilson signed him for NPL rivals Ilkeston at the start of the season.

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In two seasons he cracked 25 goals in 60 appearances for Oxford despite two months out with a broken arm. The Stags almost missed him, trialling him before The Exiles stepped in. However in the January of that season they came to their senses and brother Dean Holdsworth allowed David to take him on an eighteen month deal. David gave him a two year deal where he bagged 28 League goals in 81 BSP appearances, that effectively saved the Stags who were hanging on by their antlers that year. Grimsby, awash with money as ever, came in with an undisclosed fee in the winter window and offered terms that the Stags were unable to match at the time. The deal was completed three days before the January window closed.

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Rob – a hero at Oxford United and Mansfield has had some tough knocks in the last couple of years. Mariners’ chairman John Fenty even tagged him as a ‘mistake’ – the Mariners are looking for a striker too after all up front have reported to sick bay.  But David Holdsworth always rated him as a lad with ability, who had the track record and hunger to prove the doubters wrong. His strike rate – 9 goals in all competitions or 1 every 140 mins – as a bit part-player a The Mariners, suggested Rob was indeed the landmark signing in 2011/12 for Lincoln along with miss-firing mercurial Adam Smith.

Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town, the striker had duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash. Rob certainly looked to have the pedigree and the prowess we needed at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb. The former Wales U21 may have a laid back style but he is still the composed and quiet battler. He failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding at Grimsby, despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances. Alas just 3 games in after a decent start next to Taylor, he was forced off with an ankle injury just 44 minutes into an away game at Newport. Rob, one of the highest earners at the club, was destined to become a financial albatross during a frustrating season as that  early doors ankle injury in the 2011/12 season appeared to end his career.

STMI Biopic
Full name Robert Duffy
Date of birth 2 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 30 (1)
2005 → Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity ? (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (24)
2008 → Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (1)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 78 (28)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 52 (8)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 3 (0)
2013-2014 King’s Lynn Town 7 (6)
2014– Ilkeston 8 (8)


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Previews: Imps & Gulls Flying – Barnet & Halifax best Heed.

Some crackers this week in the Vanarama Peoples Premier with away day specialists Barnet FC at AFC Telford,  The Imps facing Bristol Rovers and Grimsby Town hosting Torquay United… plus Forest Green Rovers V FC Halifax and last but not least with those easy ones (???) for Woking, Gateshead and Wrexham.

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Bees at Telford then. Tremble thee not for whipping boys Oxford City, having lost 1-8 on the Saturday beat Boston 7-2 on the Tuesday. So pigs can fly then?  MacDonald (ligaments) wont be getting on the end of the flying wingmen’s service  although Akinde and replacement Gambin (a supersub brace) are scoring for fun with the Bees yet to concede either on the road.


Vanarama Conference logo.pngFGR will get their season going with at least a point against high flying FC Halifax. The Green need to after allowing Nuneaton to creep out of the bottom four.  Like Halifax they have the players and the squad suggesting this will be a goal-fest that both teams want to win. The Shaymen have been a joy to watch this season as chessman Aspin continues to plot yet another promotion.  What a ride back from the dead it has been at the Shay.


Vanarama Conference logo.pngLincoln City fresh from the local derby 3-2 thriller five-goal fried fish bliss host, Bristol Rovers, the stuttering Conference giants off the pitch. On it however The Gasmen are now coming to grips with 3 wins a draw and one defeat at bruising Braintree on it. Thus can the increasingly Jekyll and lessening  Hyde side beat the six-foot soldiers at Sincil Bank. The Imps have seen more reds than the Kremlin but Tomlinson, Bencherif and Burrow have already plundered four.  That Imps bounced back from 3 reds and 3 defeats on the bounce to edge a five goal thriller against Grimsby on Tuesday in the all- Lincolnshire affair.


Vanarama Conference logo.pngTorquay, now in the top five and tearing the Division apart look to be the form side as they head to the fisheries to play Grimsby Town, shocked at a ‘blip’ at their Lincoln neighbours. You have to feel The Gulls will fly, as they often do, in the docks.  Gateshead enlisted yet another striker yesterday (a return to 2-3-5 anyone – well they are donning flat caps at St Andrews for the day.  The Heed play bottom four Dartford expecting all three points, as do we.  Wrexham, should move towards the play-offs despite a defeat at The Gas on Tuesday. A 1-0 away defeat, after Carrington was sent off saw on-fire Dragon Moult taken off and rested ready for this one.


Vanarama Conference logo.pngKidderminster have a tough trip to improving Braintree, Eastleigh will draw at Altrincham with Macc preparing for a Dover reaction after being stung thrice in their own backyard by the Bees.  Nuneaton could be a trip too far for the Shots manager Andy Scott and Southend will be no easy port in the storm at Southend.


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Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Conference Contests

15:00 AFC Telford United v Barnet
15:00 Altrincham v Eastleigh
15:00 Braintree Town v Kidderminster Harriers
15:00 Dover Athletic v Macclesfield Town
15:00 Forest Green Rovers v FC Halifax Town
15:00 Gateshead v Dartford
15:00 Grimsby Town v Torquay United
15:00 Lincoln City v Bristol Rovers
15:00 Nuneaton Town v Aldershot Town
15:00 Southport v Alfreton Town
15:00 Woking v Chester
15:00 Wrexham v Welling United

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The Table

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 8 7 0 1 21 3 +18 21
2 FC Halifax Town 8 6 1 1 16 6 +10 19
3 Woking 8 5 3 0 17 6 +11 18
4 Gateshead 8 5 1 2 17 13 +4 16
5 Torquay United 8 4 3 1 14 5 +9 15
6 Kidderminster Harriers 8 4 3 1 9 4 +5 15
7 Eastleigh 8 4 2 2 14 10 +4 14
8 Macclesfield Town 8 3 4 1 9 6 +3 13
9 Lincoln City 8 4 1 3 14 15 -1 13
10 Wrexham 8 4 1 3 10 11 -1 13
11 Grimsby Town 8 3 3 2 19 7 +12 12
12 Braintree Town 8 4 0 4 13 9 +4 12
13 Forest Green Rovers 8 3 3 2 8 6 +2 12
14 Aldershot Town 8 3 2 3 9 7 +2 11
15 Bristol Rovers 8 3 2 3 6 8 -2 11
16 Southport 8 2 2 4 8 12 -4 8
17 Altrincham 8 2 1 5 9 13 -4 7
18 Chester 8 2 1 5 8 17 -9 7
19 Dover Athletic 8 2 1 5 8 17 -9 7
20 Nuneaton Town 8 2 1 5 3 13 -10 7
21 Dartford 8 1 3 4 7 13 -6 6
22 Welling United 8 1 3 4 6 15 -9 6
23 AFC Telford United 8 0 2 6 9 20 -11 2
24 Alfreton Town 8 0 1 7 5 23 -18 1

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Conference Preview: Derbies, Dragons, Imps? It’s Time for Mythical creatures and Heroes Tonight

Woking FC, Kidderminster Harriers, Eastleigh, Gateshead FC, Wrexham FC and Grimsby Town will look to get into the play-off spots on a night where the emotions of local derbies could play a big part.  We preview the games for tonight  – love and peace to all people’s premiership fans.

Thanks for reading STMI

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With Barnet facing Dover in the live one on Wednesday FC Halifax will be hoping the manager of the month curse will not curtail the bid to go top at Macclesfield Town.  It wont be easy in a derby atmosphere although Macc lost their first game of the season at Chester (0-1) on Non-League day, whereas Aspin’s Shaymen went to Chester and humiliated them 3-0. Macc beat Eastleigh the week before and have four clean sheets under their belt, with ex-Imp Fairhurst on fire.

The Mariners manager is already playing the ‘please be strong ref ‘ card ahead of the trip to Lincoln . The Lincolnshire Derby has never been one for the faint hearted, the incredibly named yellow bellies have changed the confrontation from Christmas so the cards and cash can come early. He has a point there have been six red cards in the last six games –  a score of three all.

Woking travel to Aldershot in another derby fixture that will test that unbeaten record that has seen a climb to third. Kidderminster, in third, will not relish a trip to Southport, who are not the force they have been these last few years. Then again the Harriers wont be if the financial rumours and threat to the playing budget is true.  Surprise package Eastleigh could top fifth by tonight, with a long trip to Dartford, down in 20th and struggling.


Gateshead look ready to pounce and, at the very least leapfrog a few, with a plumb home clash with Telford, second from bottom and struggling to adjust to the sunnier climbs of the People’s Premiership.  So do Wrexham, although a tough trip to Bristol Rovers, will be a real test, for the Dragons.

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Aldershot Town v
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Bristol Rovers v Wrexham
Chester FC v Torquay United
Dartford v
Gateshead FC v AFC Telford Utd
Lincoln City FC v Grimsby Town
Macclesfield Town v
FC Halifax Town
Nuneaton Town v Forest Green Rovers
Southport v Kidderminster Harriers
Welling United v Braintree Town


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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 7 6 0 1 18 3 +15 18
2 FC Halifax Town 7 6 0 1 15 5 +10 18
3 Woking 7 4 3 0 16 6 +10 15
4 Kidderminster Harriers 7 4 3 0 9 3 +6 15
5 Eastleigh 7 4 1 2 12 8 +4 13
6 Gateshead 7 4 1 2 13 12 +1 13
7 Wrexham 7 4 1 2 10 10 0 13
8 Grimsby Town 7 3 3 1 17 4 +13 12
9 Torquay United 7 3 3 1 12 5 +7 12
10 Braintree Town 7 4 0 3 12 7 +5 12
11 Forest Green Rovers 7 3 3 1 8 5 +3 12
12 Macclesfield Town 7 3 3 1 8 5 +3 12
13 Aldershot Town 7 3 2 2 9 6 +3 11
14 Lincoln City 7 3 1 3 11 13 -2 10
15 Bristol Rovers 7 2 2 3 5 8 -3 8
16 Dover Athletic 7 2 1 4 8 14 -6 7
17 Chester 7 2 1 4 8 15 -7 7
18 Altrincham 7 2 0 5 8 12 -4 6
19 Southport 7 1 2 4 7 12 -5 5
20 Dartford 7 1 2 4 5 11 -6 5
21 Nuneaton Town 7 1 1 5 2 13 -11 4
22 Welling United 7 0 3 4 4 14 -10 3
23 AFC Telford United 7 0 2 5 8 16 -8 2
24 Alfreton Town 7 0 0 7 4 22 -18 0

Vanarama Golden Boot Award – The Goal machines in the Frame.

 Woking FC, Aldershot Town, Barnet FC, Southport FC, FC Halifax grumbling Grimsby Town and the Mighty Imps feature highly in the Vanarama Conference Premier goal machines chart early doors.  The Busy Bees and FC Halifax feature thrice , whilst Impdom’s there twice, with a double entry for the Fishy Foe ahead of the Derby at Sincil Bank.  Apparently Vanarama plan to award a golden boot to this season’s winner.  Well that will be down the local cash converters or pawn shop ‘sharpish’. In the People’s Premiership a hobnail boot sprayed with bronze lacquer and adorned with tinsel, with the laced tied mind, will do the trick along with a cheque of course!

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngGoals are the life blood of the game and the Vanarama Conference poachers are no different.  We criticise them as selfish when they miss but when the ball comes anywhere near them you just know our heroes are going to have a crack.  With so little time and outnumbered by the oaktrees goal scorers are a breed apart that excite fans and blight foes, with banter the name of the game to a highly differing degree.


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Scott Rendell is an old school centre-forward, big strong, he takes no prisoners and, at 27 he is at his and the Conference goal charts peak.  He is not everyone’s cup of tea with Luton  (his 5th parent club) shipping him out for the 8th loan club of his career.  But he doesn’t care, why should the lad who would score regularly in a convent.  Woking have him on loan at the moment and he is delivering handsomely on what is his stock and trade from the off.  Scott bagged a brace opening day away at Alfreton, then went on a four match barren spell before firing  four (every part of his body) against Dover.  Last week he got another against Wrexham, who are no mugs, so with 5 in 2 games you would fancy him to continue the hot-streak against Lincoln on Saturday.


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Busy Barnet bee Lee Cook is the most lethal left winger in the Conference. His roasting rate…. steady children read this site….. would impress Hades himself, with six goals  plus  playing a key role in three more ( some choose to use the American term ‘Assist’).  The 32 year old ex-QPR star got a brace at Chester on his opening day debut, then hit a three game drought,  setting up a couple before coming into his own in the last couple of games.  Despite only doing a 44 minute stint he grabbed a hat-trick against Dartford after replacing Mekki ( clearly not quite the North London version of the Barcelona beau then) and beat them on his own. Last week lethal Lee grabbed one in the 2-0 win over Southport to take the buzzing bees top.


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Brett Williams is a class apart even if he did not make the breakthrough at Premiership Reading.  He scored at every loan club and shone like a sixpence up a chimney sweep’s backside at Woking last year. A free transfer to Aldershot this year suggested  goals galore. Opening day he obliged at Aldershot, was unlucky against Eastleigh then got a goal against Telford and Forst Green. After failing to gut the Gulls (that’s going to be a tough trip for anyone) his brace battered the fishy foe all on his own in a 2-1 win.


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Grimsby’s Scott Neilson has four so far this season as the Fishy Foe got 13 goals over the Bank Holiday. Barnet’s there again with Charlie MacDonald, at 33, still going strong. He has been instrumental in the Busy Bees free styling free-scoring assault on top-spot.  With four strikes so far and five assists, when he,  John Akinde (on three) and Lee Cook heat up those mouthwatering away-days or nights, the home groundsman probably thinks about turning out the lights .  Mind you I can think of 2 or three chairman in this League that would even have the 50p for the meter on a chain.


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Talking of which, two Imps join yet another busy bee John Akinde, on three goals – someone needs to stop the queen bee breeding they are awash honey, money and goals!  Rock the Kazbah Hamza Bencherif, has been a rock all over the pitch this season and Tomlinson is doing what he does best. Well he is not quite getting as many cards as normal, although with the Imps awarded 3 reds in 3 games the refs are bound to turn to him some time soon. FC Halifax have three pedigree stallions in the chasing pack, also on three goals.  Peniket is unplayable on his day, Boden a real handful and consistent with it, but Roberts is the gamekeeper turned poacher supreme.

  Goal machine Team Goals
1 Scott Rendell Woking 7
2 Lee Cook Barnet 6
3 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 5
4 Charlie MacDonald Barnet 4
4 Scott Neilson Grimsby Town 4
5 John Akinde Barnet 3
5 Hamza Bencherif Lincoln City 3
5 Ben Tomlinson Lincoln City 3
5 Richard Brodie Southport 3
5 Jamie Chandler Gateshead 3
5 Kenny Davis Braintree Town 3
5 Cheyenne Dunkley Kidderminster Harriers 3
5 Waide Fairhurst Macclesfield Town 3
5 Lee Hughes Forest Green Rovers 3
5 Lenell John-Lewis Grimsby Town 3
5 Louis Moult Wrexham 3
5 Richard Peniket FC Halifax Town 3
5 Damian Reeves Altrincham 3
5 Marc Roberts FC Halifax Town 3
5 Giuseppe Sole Woking 3
5 Scott Boden FC Halifax 3

Scunthorpe United pay Most in League 2 For Agents Fees

Scunthorpe United’s Lincolnshire rivals Lincoln City and Grimsby Town will find the  tenth Football League Agents’ Fees Report interesting reading.  Imps still ponder the mystery fee for Boyce, now on loan at the Mariners and can at least take solace from the fact that our now richer county rivals appear to be paying through the nose.

The report below includes the Championship, League One and League 2 clubs.

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The tenth Football League Agents’ Fees Report shows League Two Clubs spent £595,995  during the 2013/14 seasonspent £595,995  during the 2013/14 season. Only Scunthorpe United, who bought  broke six-figures parting with £121,480, Portsmouth £85,150 and promoted Fleetwood £70,593.   Oxford hit the bullseye with £50k, while the rest of the division certainly parted with relatively little.

Eleven clubs spent under ten thousand, three of which refused to part with a penny despite accomplishing 87 transactions.  A round of applause please for Accrington, AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool, Jeff Stellings imperious monkeyhangers. This was almost a tenth of the 907 transactions.  Certainly necessity is the mother of invention, but League 2 did half the transactions of League One at a quarter of the cost.  With Scunthorpe gone this season and Portsmouth now out of the jaws of financial despair, it will be slim pickings this year in League 2.

The League One Clubs Agent’s fees bill came to £2.4 millions last year with three clubs making up half of the total. Perhaps it is a sign of the new TV deal’s increasing polarisation of the game, or common sense on the part of the clubs. In reality with over a thousand players looking for work (and rising) it is probably a well overdue return to the principles of supply and demand.

 No surprise that Wolverhampton Wanderer’s parted with £571,350, largely getting rid of the Premiership hangover it has to be said.  Bristol City another big club falling upon hard times spent £339,467 but Brentford in third continues their ambition climb through the Divisions.  The Bees were stung for £253,236  according to the Football League report ending 2013.  The division saw 1076 transactions  including 385 transfers and 356 loans.

 The shrewd shrews certainly lived up to their name spending nothing.  No surprises that Crewe, with an enviable youth set up that provides a conveyor belt of talent, spent £6,066. Walsall spent just a monkey more (£500) with Carlisle also putting under ten grand in the agents hands.


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Skrill Premier Home Crowd Stats

Luton Town, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town and Cambridge United all top 3,000 with Lincoln, Chester FC, Aldershot and Kidderminster Harriers all  averaging over 2,000 home gates in the Skrill Premier League so far this season.

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The Luton Town effect has seen them not only pitch in with a seventh of the total turnstile clicks for the SPL (just under 352,000 with an 1826 average), but also feature in seven of their counterparts seasonal highs (we will cover the away crowds separately later today).  Lincoln City have featured in four, which is incredible given our mid-table position.

Home stats (to Oct 31 3013)

Team Turnstile Clicks Average Highest
1 Luton Town 51,620 6,452 7517
2 Wrexham 28,258 3,532 6037
3 Grimsby Town 27,150 3,393 4386
4 Cambridge United 24,586 3,073 3740
5 Lincoln City 19,473 2,434 2748
6 Chester City 18,714 2,339 2900
7 Aldershot Town 19,248 2,138 3138
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16,965 2,120 2866
9 Hereford United 14,274 1,784 2386
10 Barnet 12,453 1,779 2543
11 Halifax 13,515 1,501 1805
12 Woking 11,961 1,495 1955
13 Macclesfield Town 11,055 1,381 1720
14 Nuneaton Town 11,017 1,224 1634
15 Forest Green Rovers 8,397 1,199 1858
16 Tamworth 8,846 1,105 2066
17 Dartford 8,806 1,100 1386
18 Southport 7,579 1,082 2210
19 Braintree Town 8,395 1,049 1480
20 Salisbury City 7,409 926 1313
21 Welling 6,562 820 1017
22 Gateshead 5,632 704 944
23 Alfreton Town 5,392 674 783
24 Hyde 4,455 556 786

Action Jackson Just 1 Piece Of Simmo’s New Forward Trio Jigsaw

Former Bristol City, Aldershot Town and Hereford United striker Marlon Jackson has signed on loan from Bury FC until we meet Grimsby Town on Boxing Day, In new City Striker Marlon Jackson we have someone who is coming to Sincil Bank to kick-start his and The Imps season. His first chance will be against Worcester City with the last against Grimsby Town on Boxing day in the mouthwatering Lincolnshire Derby. This could earn him a permanent deal but he and Tommo look to be just two of an exciting new trio at Sincil Bank.

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Marlon is a fantastic footballer, with skill, strength and determination, yet he has been unable to dislodge some big names and reputations ahead of him at Bury. His pace and skill should ensure his Sincil Bank gig will be a fruitful one, with manager Simmo eager to get him on a permanent deal in the summer before Bury stepped in.  Not only was the money a little rich for us, but a return to the league was just too much for the talented forward to turn down.

Hopefully this is a case of better late than never for both the player and the manager, with neither having too much luck on the goals front this season. Lincoln have been shorn of pace due to injuries to Yussuf and Wright, with the tall target man option also taken from us when Oliver was sold to Crewe.  Marlon is 6′ 1″ but even though he is not the target man the Imps seek, his ability to play anywhere across the front three suggests he is the first part of the jigsaw. The apex, or final piece, should come next week when a 6′ 3″ mystery long-term target man looks set to become available.

Of course for this to happen, the Imps need the £20,000 from the cup tie today, of which £12,500 comes from prize money to the winners.  Marlon has a knack for goals on his debut and he is certainly the live-wire we have been missing since Danny Rowe went down with injury.  With two new forwards in the side to take us through until Danny Boy is back in November, the Imps season will feel as if it is back up and running in the next few days.