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Foyle Out Question is Will Ex Luton Gaffer Brabin Be In For Imps 6-pointer?

Former Port Vale, York City, Wrexham FC and Hereford United manager Martin Foyle has been sacked by Southport ahead of the massive 6-pointer against the Imps on Tuesday. The question is will Luton Town cast-off Gary Brabin (massively backed compared to John Still who actually succeeded) get the job in time to have any influence as the Sandgrounders attempt to lift themselves out of the bottom four with a home win over the Imps? We have already faced new manager syndrome at Nuneaton who got everything going including two goals that would try the belief and patience of a saint.

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Port Vale gave Martin Foyle his first managerial job a decade ago but despite his reputation as a coach who can work within a restricted budget he has not had a lot of luck at any of his clubs as the table below shows. He did get York City to the play-off final in 2009/10 (beaten by Oxford) as well as the FA Cup third round. The following season saw the Minstermen drop to 15th and part company with him. Northwich Victoria took a chance and he guided them to the runners up spot in the NPL before financial issues robbed him and them of promotion. The Hereford gig was just another financial train wreck although he did get them into play-off contention as well as developing Sam Clucas into a wideman goal machine who went on to fetch some decent money. Alas it was swallowed by the black hole.

Team Start End Record
G W D L Win %
Port Vale 13 February 2004 26 September 2007 184 68 34 82 36.96
Wrexham (caretaker) 27 September 2008 2 October 2008 1 0 1 0 0.00
York City 24 November 2008 24 September 2010 102 44 30 28 43.14
Northwich Victoria 27 February 2012 9 May 2012 14 8 2 4 57.14
Hereford United 30 May 2012 19 March 2014 93 33 26 34 35.48
Southport 4 May 2014 5 October 2014 14 3 2 9 21.43
Total 408 156 95 157 38.24

Really Lincoln could have done with Foyle getting another game to turn things around, but the 2-5 home defeat to Woking appeared to be the last straw.  Gary Brabin is the firm favourite having played for the club a couple of years ago. He has been linked with the managers job on the last two occasions. Has he been waiting for the right job since Luton sacked him in 2012? Brabin won 46% of his games at Luton (Games 62 W 29 D 22 L 11), although it was the skill of John Still (on a reduced budget) that finally led Luton back to the promised land.   Thing is with our luck  he will turn up get a loan in and, that last minute signing will put a cross-come-shot into the top corner. Well it happened Saturday!

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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.

Misfit Target Man Up For Grabs.

Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City goal machine has returned to Gateshead FC after a loan spell at Hereford United.  Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out.  Could Simmo move for Brodie on loan to sort his target man problems?

Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie – now fit after 8 games at Hereford – would be the perfect target man. At 6′ 2″ the take no prisoners no nonsense striker would give Yussuff and Tomlinson the knock downs they need.

Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up. There had been fitness issues prior to his 8 game Hereford loan spell after the player had not featured for the Heed despite 2 goals in the first 7 games, where he scored against Saturday’s opponents Kidderminster and Southport.

Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid,  he’s not pretty, rather a direct no frills aerial handful with a shot that can be hot to handle when he has his tail up.  Simmo could be just the manager to ignite that, Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for York City.

With Gateshead winning five of their last six games while he was away the bustling forward may have to wait for his chance.  Manager Gary Mills  now has six strikers on his books, including on loan Port Vale front man Jordan Hugill, who has already bludgeoned home four.  Mills has already asked for an extension to Hugill’s loan and permission for the lad to play in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Chester FC.  He looks like getting it suggesting Simmo could move with £12,500 up for grabs in the Cup on Saturday week.

Simmo is in no rush but Richard does seem to have got his passion back under former manager Foyle who could not afford to keep him it seems, he had this to say upon his return to his home-town club.

“The lads have been flying so I will have to be patient and work hard to get back into the side. I want the chance to prove I can score goals at this level like I have in the past for York and Crawley. The reason I came back to Tyneside in the summer was to play for my home-town club. I’ll give it a real go and I’m more determined than ever to succeed at Gateshead.”

STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Richard Jon Brodie
DATE OF BIRTH 8 July 1987 (age 26)
PLACE OF BIRTH Gateshead, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CURRENT GIG IN THE GAME
CURRENT CLUB Gateshead
NUMBER 24
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 8 (0)
INTERNATIONAL TEAM
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

Fairhurst Vies For Hereford Start

Ex Doncaster Rovers & Macclesfield Town star Waide Fairhurst could make a return against the Bulls, another side he was loaned to during his 3 formative years at Rovers. Fairhurst has struggled with a groin and fitness issues since his sensational debut brace against Forest Green Rovers last month (REPORT)

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A prolific youth striker for Donny Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship  Wade laid on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich. With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.

After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

His dream debut double against FGR left us breathless and wanting more. Having gone 1-0 down to a cross-cum-shot from Barry, on 19 minutes, Waide pounced on a cross from Newton to unnerve Stokes, cut inside him, them switched feet to slam home with his left. The goal machine was up and running just 25 minutes into his Sincil Bank bow,  He was denied by a brilliant save, then put two narrowly wide on two occasions before he brought the house down. With 5 minutes on the clock Newton  fed , Waide took a touch, before hammering a hay-maker into the top corner to have the ground on its feet.

Waides Stats 2013/14 
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Waide Fairhurst 4 0 311 2 9 0 2 1 0 0
Waides Stats 2012/13 
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
20 Waide Fairhurst 31 12 2458 13 79 3 15 32 5 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 4 (2)

Injured Rowe To Miss Hereford & Hyde

Danny Rowe our summer capture from Fleetwood Town looks set to miss the Hereford United and Hyde FC games after a 63rd minute knock forced him to hobble off.

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Danny will be assessed over the next couple of days, once the acute stage swelling eases, but the early prognosis suggests a two week lay-off.   It’s a shame as he was starting to come back to his best. STMI wish Rowe a speedy recovery although this will open the door for Wade Fairhurst who is nearing full fitness.

9 Danny Rowe

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
9 Rowe 6 2 492 1 6 7 0 6 6 2 0

STMI Average ratings.

Name                       Tot Ave
Rowe 7 7 8 7 8 7 7 7   58 7.3

 

4 Point Haul From Luton & Hereford Would Be IMPressive

If the Imps can go to Luton Town and Hereford United and come back with 4 points then the Bank would really be rocking for Hyde at home. It would be so nice to see the first three thousand plus crowd of the season rolling up to see us go top!

Rose tinted looks on the bright side of life

 

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Still and Foyle are two of the Conference’s cleverest managers, poles apart in terms of money, they have still amassed decent squads.  The Hatters are hitting top form after a 3-0 win over Dartford but are prone to draws suggesting Simmo could nick a point or even 3.

Hereford have just signed Brodie on loan to go with young ex-Imp Sam Smith. Smith is joint top scorer with handful Rankine and Paul Green has also joined another ex-Imp Josh O’Keefe in Foyle’s patchwork quilt.  The Bulls have lost the last 3 and are languishing in 16th with eleven points on the board. They go to Halifax on Saturday and need to reverse the trend. Finances are hard for both the Bulls and the Imps but here is where we must be ruthless and get all three points.

The Imps have been criticised for a lack of penetration lately, but the the clean sheets are stacking up showing that 4-2-3-1 is hard to beat. But it does facilitate good passing football and with a bit more luck it will yield goals.  Nolan’s strike at Barnet apart very few balls have dropped for us in the box,  despite the crosses from Newton and those throws from Miller.  Rowe, Thomlinson and Nolan have also been keen to shoot but alas their efforts have been marginally the wrong side of the post.  Todd Jordan has also come in and been brilliant on the left of midfield.

The chances will come and they do say you earn your own luck in football with good and bad fortune evening itself out.  It took until the 95th minute last Saturday against talented Barnet, showing this side has fight and the stamina to stay the course.

Imps Striker Target Joins Bulls

Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City has left Gateshead FC for a loan spell at Hereford United.  Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out. Former Imp Larkin is also said to be on substantially more than the Imps paid him last season.

Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie if fit would have been a great addition alongside Tomlinson up front. Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up.  Fit is the question however, as the player is understood not to be featuring for the Heed with concerns over his general fitness, this, despite 2 goals in the first 7 games.

Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid. He’s a no frills lad but his aerial presence and shot are hot to handle when he has his tail up. Canny manager Martin Foyle will reignite that if anyone can Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for him at York City.

STMI Biopic
Full name Richard Jon Brodie
Date of birth 8 July 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Current gig in the game
Current club Hereford United
(on loan from Gateshead)
Number 24
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 0 (0)
International team
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

Conference Fans Must Back Grassroots Petition – nearly 18k have heard MP Crausby’s Call Already

STMI urge fans of Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC, FC Halifax, FGR, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City, Southport FC, Tamworth FC, Welling United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC, to back the petition to ensure grass roots football gets 7.5% of the from broadcasting rights. MP David Crausby’s petition already has 17,700 signatures so please get on board before the 20th September. Please get this on your forums.

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HM Government

The petition, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, calls on the Government to ensure that grassroots football receives financial support from the Premier League. At a time when Government cuts mean that many Local Authorities are no longer able to fund grassroots football transfer fees and players wages are spiralling to obscene levels and, very much wasting the bounty.  Similarly fees for basic facilities are climbing to the point where ordinary people are being priced out of our national sport.

The Premier League continues to grow in popularity around the world. Domestic broadcasting rights for 2013-14 to 2015-16 have been sold for £3bn, combined with global rights the Premier League could bring in as much as £5bn over the next three seasons.
This cash boost must not be wasted on ever-increasing wages for players when grassroots football is struggling. Just 34% of the starting line ups during the Premiership’s opening weekend were home-based talent
The Government must encourage the FA to ensure that 7.5% of money from broadcasting rights goes to fund grassroots football. If the FA and Premier League are unable to do so voluntarily the Government must be willing to take further action to make this compulsory.
Sign this petition and pass it on to everyone you know.
Current Number of signatures: 17,700
Created by: David Crausby MP
Closing Date : 20/02/2014 10:21

Doncaster Young Gun’s Dream Double Début For Imps.

The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable given the competition we faced for the lad.  Rovers loaned him to Shrewsbury Town, Southend United & Hereford United.  Donny then released him and he opted to join Simmo at Macclesfield Town.  Waide turned down a bigger offer in the summer to rejoin his old manager at Lincoln and marked his debut with a winning double in a match winning display against big spending Forest Green Rovers.

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Having gone 1-0 down to a cross-cum-shot from Barry, on 19 minutes, Waide pounced on a cross from Newton to unnerve Stokes, cut inside him, them switched feet to slam home with his left. The goal machine was up and running just 25 minutes into his Sincil Bank bow,  Fairhurst was also denied by a brilliant save and fired wide on two occasions before he brought the house down.

With 5 minutes on the clock Newton  fed the goal machine again, Waide took a touch before hammering a hay-maker into the top corner to have the ground on its feet.  The 2-1 win lifts the Imps to 4th, level on points with next opponents Cambridge who top the Skrill Premier thanks to a superior goal difference of 3. The way Fairhurst is wading in their lead may not last for long.

A prolific youth striker for Doncaster Rovers, Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. They destroyed us in a cup game one Tuesday night.  Wade layed on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.

With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.  After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

Well played Waide – 9 out of 10 for a match-winning performance. 

Imp Stats 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Macclesfield Stats 2012/13

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Tale of the Tape

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 1 (2)

The Big Fat Conference Premier Guide

For fans of Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC, FC Halifax, FGR, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City, Southport FC, Tamworth FC, Welling United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC,  here is the STMI Skrill Premier guide.  Nearly 30,000 of you have read your own team’s now you can have a nosey at the rest.

Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs – this labour of love has kept me sane (ish) through a foot crush injury this summer

The guide comprises transfer ins and outs, the squads, typical formation, last years position and crowd, tickets, ground guide (thanks Duncan Adams) and plus a gander and forecast for the coming season. Notice no side is foretasted to go down because everyone starts with a clean sheet in a league where everyone can beat anyone. Why, because every big stage is seen as a giant killing opportunity with ex-League giants viewed as scalps. Get your beer-goggles out, Believe, be pure, be vigilant and behave.

STMI looks forward to seeing you all in 2013/14, although you will not bump into me at Sincil Bank as I am still denied the ability to watch my community team. But enough of that to cut to the chase just CLICK ON A NAME, below the badge our heroes kiss.