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The £750,000 Imp Moves From Hull To Forest.

Nottingham Forest will complete a deal for Hull City defender and record Imps Youth Transfer Jack Hobbs today. Leicester City got a bargain after he failed to make the grade at Liverpool who paid Lincoln a small fortune for his services, when he was just 16. The initial deal is a curious one, Forest will agree an undisclosed fee which will Jack join on a season-long loan, with the added condition that the move then becomes a further two-year contract.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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The deal with Liverpool was reported to be worth £750,000, however this included a down payment (just under £200k), a game against a full Liverpool side and add-ons. The game itself saw 10,000 pack the Bank at £15 a head, but even though he did make two Premiership appearance for Liverpool that added a little more to the kitty the Imps received just over half of the headline figure. Not bad for a lad that played just 3 minutes in the red and white stripes, in a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.

Liverpool loaned Jack to Scunthorpe and then Leicester for a season. The Foxes won the league 1 Championship with Jack inspirational and worthy of the League 1 player of the year award. He was then signed on an undisclosed fee (reportedly £500k plus add-ons), signing a four year contract that would yield Lincoln another six figures. Jack made 44  League appearances in the first season and 26 in the second.  His cool head on young shoulders style and an uncanny awareness seemed to make defensive duties simple. After going down the pecking order Jack joined Hull in February 2011/11 and made 13 appearances.

Hull made the deal a permanent one, forking out just over £830,000 for the start of the 2011/12 season and manager Nigel Pearson made him Captain as Jack cited his ambition to play in the Premiership as the reason for coming. He had a torrid time at the hands of Gary Taylor Fletcher in the opening game (GTF bagged an 81st minute winner) but went on to form an immense 43 match central defensive partnership with James Chester. This was curtailed in the March when he ruptured to his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that kept him out of action for up to eight months. He came back last season and made 22 appearances, yet Bruce does not feel he is good enough for the Premiership, even now.

Forest may yet prove Liverpool and Hull wrong on that one. They are our tips, along with Leeds to be there or thereabouts this season. The initial deal remember is a curious one, Forest will agree an undisclosed fee which will see the 24-year-old join on a season-long loan, with the condition that the move then becomes a further two-year contract. So what are The Reds getting for a reported million or so? Quality, dependability and strength, both physical and mental.  His awareness and tactical skills are first class and they certainly make up for a lack of pace that appears to be the closest thing he has to a weakness. That said this is a linchpin signing.

 
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THanks for the PIC WIKI
STMI Biopic
Full name Jack Hobbs
Date of birth 18 August 1988 (age 24)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) / 13 st 2 lb
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Hull City
Number 6
Youth career
1999–2004 Lincoln City
Senior  Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2005–2009 Liverpool 5 (0)
2008 Scunthorpe United (loan) 9 (1)
2008–2009 Leicester City (loan) 49 (1)
2009–2011 Leicester City 125 (1)
2011 Hull City (loan) 13 (0)
2011– Hull City 78 (1)
International team
2007–2008 England U19 3 (1)

Leeds, Hull, Leicester, Middlesbrough & Palace Show Ince, Vaughan, Pennant & Blake interest.

Despite a leg injury that will see him miss the start of the season, Leeds United, Hull City, Crystal Palace Leicester City, Middlesbrough FC  and Crystal Palace are in for  Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who is now a free agent after his release from Wolves.  Norwich City free agent Vaughan is also up for grabs and Crystal Palace have bid £4 million for Blackpool FC winger Tom Ince. Hull are strengthening their muscles with former Imp Jack Hobbs set to move to Birmingham in exchange for Curtis Davies as  well as a move for SEB and Pennant.

hold on to your hats the agents are  greasing the grapevine, grenades and all, oh lordy lordy its Joyous June oh month of rumour……………

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s representative, is said to be already in discussions with Middlesbrough and Leicester, although Leeds are yet to formalise an approach given Noel Hunt is fit well, raring to go and already known by McDermott through the Reading connection.  As for Ince junior, Blackpool will want substantially more for one of the games most exciting and emerging talents, although seasoned but evergreen Jermaine Pennant will cost substantially less. Hull City chase him and monitor the Ebanks-Blake situation with baited breath. Jermaine is a free agent although Stoke may come back with a one year deal for the well travelled winger who would make a terrific Thomas Cook rep.  Settled Steve Bruce is looking to offer a much longer deal, now he has been given ambitious assurances that have killed any overtures for his services from Wigan. That said free agents, such as Jermaine and West Ham’s Gary O’Neill are still very much on the wish list of an under-rated clever manager who could peel an orange in his pocket and not offer nor waste a drop.

Pearson of Leicester City has also needed to be frugal at a club that now looks set to challenge. Gone are the forks in the Foxes sugar bowls with them being linked left right and centre.  Looking to strengthen all over, experience and firepower are on the menu and an avenue for winger Lloyd Dyer to ensure he is not tempted by the bright lights of London club QPR.  A move for Ebanks-Blake and the experienced Matthew Upson (loan Keane is now back at Man Utd remember) could help show some ambition, as could a season long loan for Villa midfielder Barry Bannan. Another forward in the form of a permanent deal for Canary striker James Vaughan is doing the rounds. The Foxes will face competition from Leeds United for SEB and Upson, whilst Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday are both interested in Vaughan. He banged in 14 goals whilst on loan at the Terriers last term and after survival they will be looking to more than make up the Championship numbers.

Leeds United, Forest & Hull City vie for ALF.

Leeds United and Nottingham Forest look set for a three-way transfer tussle along with Hull City over Reading FC striker Adam Le Fondre (formerly of  Rotherham United, Rochdale FC and Stockport County). ALF  will surely plunder plenty more in the Championship, after a scoring for fun in the Football League with the Millers, The Dale and the Hatters, his home-town club.  United and Forest are favourites to go up next season and, even though Reading are in no rush to sell, they will surely accept a handsome return on their £350,000 investment, should a bidding war take place.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Glenville Adam James le Fondre, aka ALF, has proved to be a goal machine at every level he has played at, poaching 146 goals from 360 games in all competitions. These are the kind of stats that are interesting more than just Billy Davies and Brian McDermott, managing two of the favourites to go up next season, with newly promoted Hull City also sniffing around.  ALF got 14 last season in all competitions and was signed by Mr McDermott along with Matt Mills, now at Bolton, who is another target. McDermott knows the Royals inside out, after being unjustly sacked last February, so he will be doubly keen to plunder the side he built.

Le Fondre is the diminutive fox in the box.  He started just 14 games last term, coming from the bench in the other 23 games, but still managed to notch 12 Premiership and 2 FA Cup goals. He got 4 braces, against Everton, Crawley, Newcastle and Chelsea, the latter two coming as a 69th and 65th minute substitute respectively. In 2011/12 he bagged 4 goals in 5 for the Millers, scored on his Reading debut against Doncaster (again as a sub), before finishing on 16 for the season from 22 starts (15 sub).  ALF destroyed League 2 with 27 goals for the Millers in 2010/11 and 30 in 2009/10. The season before saw 20 for Rochdale, with 16 the season before that.

As an Imp fan, he was a killer, a constant thorn in our side, yet beyond our reach on a four figure a week wage. He had the tricks of the trade alright, but his first touch, poaching instincts and ability to take it in his stride, or get a clean shot off, was obvious. An all-round awesome predator, he nearly always scored against us, ALF looked destined to play higher and, despite not being the fastest or strongest of adversaries, he has already attracted £200,000 in officially undisclosed transfer fees courtesy of the Dale and The Millers. He can lay on a goal or two but a true striker has to have a selfishness, it makes them what they are, goals after all are the stock-in-trade. It was of no surprise to see him instantly click despite a two league jump, when the Millers sold him to Reading.

The chances are he will finally net the 7 figure fee his talent deserves. But this is a small price to pay for someone, who, if he starts every game as he should, has the pedigree to get the 20 odd-goals that would prove to be the Edge for Leeds or Forest. Then of course there is the not to small a matter of the mega money the Premiership will guarantee.

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Personal information
Full name Glenville Adam James le Fondre
Date of birth 2 December 1986 (age 26)
Place of birth Stockport,
Height/Weight 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 73 kg (11st 6lb)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Reading
Number 9
Youth career
1998–2004 Stockport County
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Stockport County 73 (20)
2007 Rochdale (loan) 7 (4)
2007–2009 Rochdale 105 (38)
2009–2011 Rotherham United 105 (58)
2011–2013 Reading 70 (26)
Stats inc League & Cups & play-offs

Paul Musselwhite Q & A – Yes He Is A Pompey Fan

Paul Musselwhite is a cult hero with Scunthorpe United,  Hull City and Port Vale after a League career spanning 619 games.  He then went on to make 57 appearances at Gateshead as they gained promotion from the Northern Premier and Conference North in successive seasons.  A 619th League appearance as a sub against Southend would be our former player-coach’s  only game for the Imps. Now 43 he is on the verge of a return to the League with York City.

OK let us cut to the chase, here are his answers to the Lincoln City Q & A

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Q – Lincoln or Scunthorpe Paul?? – Answer carefully haha
 – I enjoyed my time at both clubs but I did play over 250 games for scunny and had 6 years in 2 spells . Lincoln have always been a fantastic club and were unlucky in the play offs a number of times.


Q Who was the best manager you worked under at Lincoln – Jacko, Sutton or Tilson
 I enjoyed working under Peter Jackson and Chris Sutton . Peter thought I was good enough after a coyple of years in non league to be the goalie coach/no2 goalie which I took as a compliment. Chris just let me get on with it.when Burchy left he told me to sign who I wanted that showed me how much confidence he had in me.  I still think we would have stayed up if him and Pearcey had not resigned . Steve Tilson I felt never really fancied Joe Anyon which left me in a difficult situation.It was no surprise when he brought in Trevor Carson and Elliot Parish .I was also left in a dfficult position at the end of my contract where I actually never got offered a new one.

Who is the biggest mentor on your career and how did you get into the game?

I was lucky to have Alan Ball and Graham Paddon as manager and assistant and Peter Osgood as my youth team manager when  I was an apprentice at Portsmouth. Ossie was the first football person who gave me the confidence and belief that I could have a career in football.  Mick Buxton then signed me as a19 year old and made me his number 1. He had so much confidence in me and I am forever grateful that he gave me that chance.


Who were your football heroes when you grew up and who would you say you have tried to emulate?

My hero was Ray Clemence,  I always wanted to be left footed so I could emulate him. I was lucky enough to play against him for Pompey reserves against Spurs near the end of his career

Who did you follow and do you still support or ever see them nowadays given the chance.

I still support Portsmouth , its not a great time to be a Pompey supporter but I try to get to watch them when I can. I went to the 2009 cup final against Cardiff , it was a great day out .

How did you feel when you were signed as a youth by Pompey and who had you been playing for before.

It felt great when I got my apprenticeship at Portsmouth, being my hometown club and the team I supported. I had played for my local teams and all the Pompey schools and rep teams from about 10 years old. I was also on schoolboy forms and played about 6 months in the youth team the season before I became an apprentice.

Do you feel the gap between the BSP and League 2 is now close enough for a 3 up and 3 down system.

I think the difference between League 2 and the Conference is very narrow now. I think this has a lot to do with a number of ex-league teams being in the Conference. The Conference chairman would probably want 3 up 3 down but I doubt the league 2 chairman would agree to this.

Would you like to have a crack at management one day?

I have never wanted to be a manager its something I have never fancied plus goalkeepers dont usually make good managers

*****

Onto your Lincoln Coaching role

How do you coach a keeper? Was Joe a good pupil?

I think you can coach young goalkeepers in all aspects of goalkeeping, technique, handling, positioning, crosses, diving, shot-stopping, kicking but I feel u get to a certain age and you are set in your ways. Most pro goalies are set in there ways so its a case of working hard day in day out , going over DVDs of games and talking through any problems. Joe had a fantastic work ethic not just on the training ground but also in the gym. Burchy was also the same as Joe, usually the first in the morning and the last to leave.

Are you a family man or are you planning to raise a future England No 1.

I am a family man, I’ve been married 18 years and have 2 boys aged 18 and nearly 16. . My oldest lad plays for Brigg.

As a coach you have to help lift the spirits, how hard is that to do and do you feel the Imps dressing room held up well under the circumstances across a season that saw improvement before that awful run. Was the relegation a bolt out of the blue for the players given we only needed 2 points after a decent revival had come to an end?

I personally did not feel it was a good changing room towards the end of the season, there was a lot of experienced players on the bench who felt they should be playing. I felt that everyone thought we would beat Cheltenham ,who were on an horrendous run ,and everything would be alright. When we lost against them it was then hoping Barnet did not win 1 of their last 2 games. I think one of the most disappointing things about getting relegated was that we had got our selves out of trouble and looked comfortable near mid table and it still amazes me now that with the players we had at the club we should have won at least 1 of our last 11 games.

Favourite food

I m not a fussy eater ill eat most foods but i like a nice spaghetti bolognaise or a nice medium rare steak and chips.

Favourite curry

My favourite curry is wimpish korma.

Have you any words for the Imps fans

A few words for Lincoln supporters……keep believing ,you have a fantastic club, I think you will get back in the league its took the club I’m at now York 8 years hopefully it wont take Lincoln as long.

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Personal information
Full name Paul Stephen Musselwhite
Date of birth 22 December 1968 (age 43)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 14 st (88.89kg)
Position: Goalkeeper
Current club York City (player-goalkeeping coach)
Number 1
Youth career
?–1986 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Portsmouth 0 (0)
1988–1992 Scunthorpe United 163 (0)
1992–2000 Port Vale 367 (0)
2000 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2000–2004 Hull City 103 (0)
2004–2006 Scunthorpe United 82 (0)
2006 Eastleigh 8 (0)
2006–2007 Kettering Town 2 (0)
2007 Port Vale 0 (0)
2007–2008 Harrogate Town 8 (0)
2008–2009 Gateshead 57 (0)
2009–2011 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2011– York City 3 (0)

STMI Q & A – Paul Musselwhite

Paul Musselwhite is a cult hero with Scunthorpe United,  Hull City and Port Vale after a League career spanning 619 games.  He then went on to make 57 appearances at Gateshead as they gained promotion from the Northern Premier and Conference North in successive seasons.  A 619th League appearance as a sub against Southend would be our former player-coach’s  only game for the Imps. Now 43 he is on the verge of a return to the League with York City.

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Paul spent the 2-1 play-off win over Luton, on the bench, but he has tasted 6 promotions and a Football League Trophy win in 1992/92 with Port Vale.  Vale  were then Second Division runners up in 1993/94 as Paul amassed 367 appearances in all competitions before moving to Hull in 2000.   In 2004 he saw silverware again with a Third Division Runners up medal.  A return to Scunthorpe United in 2004 saw him notch a League 2 runners up medal in his first season.

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After 2 years and 82 games Paul, then 37 dropped into the non-league with Eastleigh. Unable to sell his house in Scunthorpe,  Martin Foyle signed him as cover for Vale before Harrogate came in for him.  Ambitious Gateshead then offered him a deal in January 2008. In 18 months he tasted successive play-off success with a  Northern Premier League Premier victory in 2007–08 and the Conference North in 2008/09. This May saw the potential for a return to league action, thanks to York’s 2-1 play-off win over York City.

Paul was a cult hero among Imps, as much for his affable nature as his work behind the scenes coaching Joe Anyon.  The  song we all wish for a team of Musselwhites, based on the Freddy Flintoff ditty,  shows how much he was admired. He would always chat to fans and lift the spirits during a time that saw Jackson and Sutton leave in successive Octobers.   Paul stepped in as assistant manager with Scott Lindsay prior to the Tilson appointment and made his debut at 41 when Anyon was injured away at  Southend.

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Pic (Thanks Wiki)
Personal information
Full name Paul Stephen Musselwhite
Date of birth 22 December 1968 (age 43)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 14 st (88.89kg)
Position: Goalkeeper
Current club York City (player-goalkeeping coach)
Number 1
Youth career
?–1986 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Portsmouth 0 (0)
1988–1992 Scunthorpe United 163 (0)
1992–2000 Port Vale 367 (0)
2000 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2000–2004 Hull City 103 (0)
2004–2006 Scunthorpe United 82 (0)
2006 Eastleigh 8 (0)
2006–2007 Kettering Town 2 (0)
2007 Port Vale 0 (0)
2007–2008 Harrogate Town 8 (0)
2008–2009 Gateshead 57 (0)
2009–2011 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2011– York City 3 (0

Winger Needed As Russell Departs

Simon Russell has today left the Imps by mutual consent suggesting new boys Nuneaton or ex club Tamworth (Surely not 3 times the charm for Cambridge United?)  may well be set to make a move. He played 153 games for Kidderminster Harriers and got 6 in 67 over two spells for Cambridge as well and is an energetic and capable midfielder at Conference level.   So before we get to the fond farewell …… with a wide boy leaving could either Matt Hamshaw (STMI BIOPIC HERE) or Adam Smith (STMI BIOPIC)  be waiting in the Wings?

 
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Simon will always give a team 100%, but he needs the men around him to give him the ball to really shine. The statistics show three assists against Southport (A), Darlington (A) and Bath, but his passing and movement did provide us with some much needed momentum as a lacklustre Imps side laboured and succumbed in those dark times under Tilson.
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Simon was ever present until Holdsworth arrived at the Imps, then played a largely cameo role as an impact sub. His part in the move for Jamie Taylor’s  second in the 3-1 win against Carshalton in the Trophy was a timely introduction that secured the win.
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This may seem harsh given he did shine out like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside at times, but if the team is to reach the play-off’s next season we do need better.  He was never going to be part of Holdsworth’s central plans, a judgement many will agree with.
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Good luck Simon, you’ll come back and haunt us now won’t you?
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Simon Russell’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 15 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Midfield BSP/FAC/FAT 19 9 1 3 18 7 4 1753 1 0
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STMI Biopic
Full name Simon Craig Russell
Date of birth 19 March 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Hull,
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 10st 5lb (65.83kg)
Position Midfield R/L/C
Current club free agent
Number 15
Youth career
?–2002 Hull City
Senior Stats (Lge & cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Hull City 2 (0)
2004–2008 Kidderminster Harriers 153 (16)
2008–2010 York City 33 (1)
2009 Tamworth (loan) 12 (0)
2010 Cambridge United (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Cambridge United 50 (6)
2011– Lincoln City 30 (1)
Imps – 26 League, 1 FAC,  2 FAT