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Is Yussuf A Departure Imminent?

Former Leicester City and Burton Albion Striker Adi Yussuf may be sent out on loan in a bid to get up to speed and able to deliver according to the BBC Radio Lincolnshire Facebook Page. 

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Adi, who was a Leicester City prodigy prior to his long-standing injury that leads to an abundance of strains is in a make or break  season with regard to his football career. Both Albion and The Foxes released the lad due to the condition that has kept him from fulfilling his undoubted promise as a pacey striker. 

 

Adi made his long awaited return against Aldershot, but looked way off the pace and, perhaps more worryingly, appeared to pull up on a couple of occasions, unable to make the runs that are a trademark of his natural game.  The BBC Lincolnshire Sport on Facebook page reads  

‘The Imps manager Gary Simpson hasn’t ruled out sending striker Adi Yussuf out on loan for a month to get match fit.’ 

 

Adi might not be alone, Waide Fairhurst, another phenomenal talent has not look up to the challenge ahead and could also do with games.  With Wright and Rowe still recovering from injury the manager has not had the best of luck with his striking options so far this term, although the defence has been playing superbly ensuring the Imps best start to a season since 2006/7.  

 

This has meant Dan Gray has been unable to get a look in since the beginning of the season. Mo Fofana and Jake Sheridan also look set to feature in the Lincolnshire Cup final at The Northolme next Tuesday night against Gainsborough.

Two Foxes In The Box Will Get Lincoln back on track

Leicester City were forced to release Adi Yussuf due to an injury that had all but wrecked his Burton and Lincoln City careers until a one hour run out saw him beat the pain barrier at last. The return of Tomlinson this week suggests the Imps will have two foxes in the box and some much needed pace against ambitious Kidderminster Harriers for another David V Goliath encounter for the Imps.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Having impressed at the Leicester City Youth Academy under the Direction of John Rudkin and ex-Imp Trevor Peake (ex-Imp Nicky Eaden is also there as a coach) Adi was worth a 3 year youth deal at 16.  He was a regular in the U18′s and reserves, before going on loan to Tamworth at just 17. It was of no surprise as his trademarks, explosive acceleration and power, see him get behind defences to lethal effect. Alas that has been his downfall,  with the mystery injury leading to an abundance of hamstring and other strain injuries, seeing him sit out seasons that have looked promising.

Leicester City expected great things of Adi before injury wrecked his chances at the Walkers Stadium. Ditto gary Simpson who has stuck with the exciting talent who is learning to beat the pain barrier in order to keep his professional dream alive. His surprise start against Aldershot shows he is winning the battle which would be fantastic news for the Imps if he can.   Adi has the pace and shooting ability to ransack defences in this division and that vital hour was a simply massive step for a lad who can give the Imps the pace we need if he can get the ball to feet.

 

Ben Tomlinson is also set to return against the Harriers, giving the Imps the predatory Fox in the box we need to get amongst the flying boots to put away the chances that change games and will give the most resilient team in the Conference something to hold on to.  If Ben had played last week that penalty might not have proved so decisive, with perhaps his sixth goal of the season giving the Imps all three points. It was that kind of game in difficult conditions where fortune so often favours the brave. They certainly come no braver than Tomo who has gone alone all season to triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.

 

Adi Yussuf, if given a little time and lack, could well be the missing link the Imps are looking for in their quest for goals. He is not a target man, realistically our budget will be hard pushed to find a regular one, but he and Tommo can still get the goals Lincoln need to see them there or thereabouts.

Sly Fox Sinclair Signs Akinbiyi, Darkwah & Chimbonda

Frank Sinclair has brought in former Leicester City, Bristol City & Gillingham striker Ade Akinbiyi, Stockport County forward Cameron Darkwah and even played Wigan & Spurs defender Pascal Chimbonda as a guest in  Saturday’s 1-5 friendly defeat against Chelsea. Frank was a popular player in his time at Lincoln and STMI wish him well.

(Biopics on both Frank & Ade are available at the bottom of the article).

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Frank, one of Jacko’s Magnificent Seven in 2008,  is winding down his career at Colwyn Bay (a haunt of Dany Lloyd) and has just been given the player manager role at Llanelian Road on a permanent basis, with Ade Akinbiyi coming in as a playing coach and assistant. The two certainly have ambitious plans with the Skrill North side also investing in young winger Jamie Matthews from FC United of Manchester .  A clever player in his day, Frank was surprisingly loaned by Jacko to Wycombe Wanderers during the season and helped the Chairboys win promotion from League Two, before being one of the 7 released at the end of the season.

The Duo – Frank especially looking every bit the young and up and coming manager – are certainly showing the benefit of their contacts.  Both players look set to play some decent football to hopefully tempt ex clubs Wrexham (very local) and Leicester to give them a bit of a leg up in their promotion bid by supplying a few loans to get them started.   Although the headline signings are impressive Frank will clearly want to build on the 6 match winning streak that saved Bay from relegation last season. It earned him the managers job on a full time basis as well as April’s manager of the month award whilst still the caretaker.

Good luck Frank, thanks for some priceless moments, just let Adi look after the shooting, you know what you were like for own goals.

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STMI Biopic
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair
Date of birth 3 December 1971 (age 41)
Place of birth London
Height 5 ft 9 in
Playing position Defender
Current Gig in the game
Current club Colwyn Bay (Player/Manager)
Youth career
1988–1990 Chelsea
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Wrexham 39 (0)
2011 Hendon 10 (0)
2012– Colwyn Bay 29 (4)
International stats
1997–2003 Jamaica 28 (1)
Managerial Record
2013– Colwyn Bay – no games yet

And now for Ade who will certainly teach the young Colwyn forwards a thing or two.

STMI Biopic
Full name Adeola Oluwatoyin Akinbiyi
Date of birth 10 October 1974 (age 38)
Place of birth London
Height 6 ft 1 in
Playing position Forward
Current Gig in the game
Club Colwyn Bay (player coach)
Youth career
Senrab
Norwich City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1993–1997 Norwich City 49 (3)
1994 Hereford United (loan) 4 (2)
1994 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 7 (4)
1997–1998 Gillingham 63 (28)
1998–1999 Bristol City 47 (21)
1999–2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 (16)
2000–2002 Leicester City 58 (11)
2002–2003 Crystal Palace 24 (3)
2003 Stoke City (loan) 4 (2)
2003–2005 Stoke City 59 (17)
2005–2006 Burnley 39 (16)
2006–2007 Sheffield United 18 (3)
2007–2009 Burnley 70 (10)
2009 Houston Dynamo 14 (0)
2009–2010 Notts County 10 (0)
2013- Colwyn Bay 0 (0)
Total 503 (136)
International team
1999 Nigeria 1 (0)

Forest Eye New Stag Clucas – Bulls Could Benefit

Nottingham Forest are interested in Mansfield Town’s Sam Clucas, who beat off Crewe Alexandra for his signature recently. The cast-off Imp was a star at Hereford United – who could end up with a slice of any fee with a sell-on as they offered the youngster a deal – last season scoring 5 goals in his last 6 games.   Sam got a brace for The Stags against Peterborough United in a  4-2 win last week, so he is continuing where he left off.  Sam never got an opportunity at Lincoln, spending his time running around a field along with the late Richard Butcher, before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy and then the Bulls.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The Hereford United midfielder and player of the year last term, Sam may have failed to make the grade at Leicester City after 6 years as a youth, but never gave up, choosing instead to study Sports Development at Lincoln college, funded by a job at Debenhams, before being signed by Jacko at Lincoln. He then spent most of his time at the Imps running around a pitch with Richard Butcher, never given a reason for becoming a Chris Sutton outcast, before moving on to Hereford to become Captain at just 21.

Sam’s 9 goals from 44 appearances for the Bulls, 5 in the last 6 games including a beautiful brace at Telford on the final day, was a tremendous, thoroughly deserved triumph last year. At just 21, he had kept the faith, harnessed his frustration and delivered. Sam, a box-to-box midfielder, played mainly on the wing last term, takes his chances and has a shot that reminds one of a now departed player, who was there when he needed someone, to keep his flickering football candle burning.  A move to Crewe will further unlock his undoubted technique, but when it comes to determination he is out on his own, well almost…….

The late Richard Butcher had plenty of pearls of wisdom for the young lad, as the two were cut off from the main squad and forced to endlessly run around the training ground. He kept the young lads spirits up at a time when the harsher side of football life threatened a driven lads career. Signed by Jacko, who described him as ‘a real find’, the ex-Lincoln College lad, was destined to become little more than a publicity stunt, facing the ‘moving on’ process despite not being given a chance to show his ability.  His choice to turn down a scholarship in the States for Lincoln, appeared to be a wrong one.

With Sutton keen to free up the budget, the endless runs and isolation from the squad is a time honoured psychological way to force a player out. This would ensure a player either elects to move to another club or  commit a breach of contract that would benefit the club. Fines of up to two weeks wages or the ability to negotiate a reduced severance deal allow the club to save money, needed to fund loans or even a new signing. People will think Sutton harsh, but in truth he was following the tricks of the trade.

Sam managed just 63 minutes for the Imps in the Trophy against Darlington, this was Jackson’s last game in charge. The team was in revolt at the management’s tactics, giving the directors little option but to relieve them of their posts just half a dozen games into the new season. Effectively missing the cut at Lincoln was as rough as the decision to axe him at the Foxes, after 6 years, despite making it through the Leicester City Academy during the previous 5.  He and Richard actually found out about being transfer listed via the grapevine over the weekend and things came to a head on the Monday morning. The management team asked everyone how their weekend had gone, to which Richard replied, ” Fine other than finding out that I had been transfer listed thanks to a on my mobile from a rival manager”.

Sam was a determined lad who was keen to hone his skills. Neither breached their contracts, with the two forming a brother-in arms bond. Richard also shared the skills he had learned, with the lad keen to build on his strength and stamina as well as passing, movement and shooting, key elements for a box-to-box midfielder player.  Richard rated Sam’s natural fitness and technique things, he himself, had been singled out for when Sutton first arrived at Lincoln.  He was also impressed with the lads drive and keenness to stay beyond the required time, in what was to all intents and purposes a training regime designed to move both players on.

Sam spent a little time at Lincoln Moorelands before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy. Here he continued to learn, under the stewardship of  Nigel Spackman, Graham Rix and Dave Beasant, getting outings for Jerez Industrial in the Primera Andaluza League. The club had escaped bankruptcy thanks to £160k loan and the signing of a 5-year deal with The Glenn Hoddle Academy.

Sam signed for Hereford in 2011. The club were relegated but, despite struggling financially the Bulls finished 6th, one place and 10 points off the play-offs.  Sam like many of the players put their careers before their pay-packets as the wage-run was missed in March and April.  Sam commanded a compensation fee as he had been offered a deal by Martin Foyle who rates him highly, suggesting the hard-up Bulls could cash in through add-ons if the Stags agree to sell. Foyle made him an ever-present in the side last year and turned him into the winger that everyone else seems to have missed.

Good luck Sam, you have always earned your right to play.

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Samuel Raymond Clucas
DATE OF BIRTH 25 September 1990 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Lincoln, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Hereford United
NUMBER 18
YOUTH CAREER
2001–2007 Leicester City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2009 Nettleham n/a (?)
2009–2010 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2010 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4 (?)
2010–2011 Jerez Industrial 12 (?)
2011– Hereford United 62 (9)

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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.

Crewe Eye Clucas A Sly Fox & Bull Who Also Slipped Imps Net.

Crewe Alexander look set to sign ex-Leicester City, Imp and Hereford United midfielder and player of the year Sam Clucas. Sam may have failed to make the grade at Leicester City after 6 years as a youth, but never gave up, choosing instead to study Sports Development at Lincoln college, funded by a job at Debenhams, before being signed by Jacko at Lincoln. He then spent most of his time at the Imps running around a pitch with Richard Butcher, as a fellow Chris Sutton outcast, before moving on to Hereford to become Captain at just 21.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Sam’s 9 goals from 44 appearances for the Bulls, 5 in the last 6 games including a beautiful brace at Telford on the final day, was a tremendous, thoroughly deserved triumph last year. At just 21, he had kept the faith, harnessed his frustration and delivered. Sam, a box-to-box midfielder, played mainly on the wing last term, takes his chances and has a shot that reminds one of a now departed player, who was there when he needed someone, to keep his flickering football candle burning.  A move to Crewe will further unlock his undoubted technique, but when it comes to determination he is out on his own, well almost…….

The late Richard Butcher had plenty of pearls of wisdom for the young lad, as the two were cut off from the main squad and forced to endlessly run around the training ground. He kept the young lads spirits up at a time when the harsher side of football life threatened a driven lads career. Signed by Jacko, who described him as ‘a real find’, the ex-Lincoln College lad, was destined to become little more than a publicity stunt, facing the ‘moving on’ process despite not being given a chance to show his ability.  His choice to turn down a scholarship in the States for Lincoln, appeared to be a wrong one.

Richard often talked of their time together.  With Sutton keen to free up the budget, the endless runs and isolation from the squad is a time honoured psychological way to force a player out. This would ensure a player either elects to move to another club or  commit a breach of contract that would benefit the club. Fines of up to two weeks wages or the ability to negotiate a reduced severance deal allow the club to save money, needed to fund loans or even a new signing. People will think Sutton harsh, but in truth he was following the tricks of the trade.

Sam managed just 63 minutes for the Imps in the Trophy against Darlington.  Missing the cut was as rough as the decision to axe him at the Foxes, after 6 years, despite making it at the Leicester City Academy during the previous 5.

He and Richard actually found out about being transfer listed via the grapevine over the weekend and things came to a head on the Monday morning. The management team asked everyone how their weekend had gone, to which Richard replied, ” Fine other than finding out that I had been transfer listed thanks to a call on my mobile from a rival manager”.

Sam was a determined lad who was keen to hone his skills. Neither breached their contracts, with the two forming a brother-in arms bond. Richard also shared the skills he had learned, with the lad keen to build on his strength and stamina as well as passing, movement and shooting, key elements for a box-to-box midfielder player.  Richard rated Sam’s natural fitness and technique things, he himself, had been singled out for when Sutton first arrived at Lincoln.  He was also impressed with the lads drive and keenness to stay beyond the required time, in what was to all intents and purposes a training regime designed to move both players on.

Sam spent a little time at Lincoln Moorelands before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy. Here he continued to learn, under the stewardship of  Nigel Spackman, Graham Rix and Dave Beasant, getting outings for Jerez Industrial in the Primera Andaluza League. The club had escaped bankruptcy thanks to £160k loan and the signing of a 5-year deal with The Glenn Hoddle Academy.

Sam signed for Hereford in 2011. The club were relegated but, despite struggling financially the Bulls finished 6th, one place and 10 points off the play-offs.  Sam like many of the players put their careers before their pay-packets as the wage-run was missed in March and April.  Sam will command a compensation fee like Vadaine Oliver as he has been offered a deal by Martin Foyle who rates him highly. He made him an ever-present in the side last year and turned him into a winger. In another twist of fate Richard was changed from a winger to a midfielder by Brian Talbot at Rushden. Even though he would never start a game for the Diamonds, certain influences can shape a career for good.

Good luck Sam, you have always earned your right to play, question is will it be Mansfield or Crewe?

STMI Biopic
Full name Samuel Raymond Clucas
Date of birth 25 September 1990 (age 22)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hereford United
Number 18
Youth career
2001–2007 Leicester City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2009 Nettleham n/a (?)
2009–2010 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2010 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4 (?)
2010–2011 Jerez Industrial 12 (?)
2011– Hereford United 62 (9)

Owls Target Sunderland and Leicester Defenders & Rebuff Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday have announced a friendly against Rangers and knocked back a bid from Barnsley for unsettled O’Grady with Flitcroft now turning his attention to Donaldson at Brentford FC, someone the Owls could do with.   Jones is also being linked with Sunderland AFC free agent Kilgallon and St Ledger, who has no future at Leicester City. With 6 out of contract Dave Jones has funds and scope for movement to ensure the Owls start looking up rather than down in 2013/14.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Badge of Sheffield Wednesday

There is an optimism surrounding Hillsborough after a season of consolidation following promotion reward for saviour Milan and the grateful Owls. STMI will be following them this season, after being made to feel so welcome by both Owls online (Owlstalk) and in the flesh.  They and the cavernous Kop bearing that huge Thanks Milan banner are starting to bounce with 1,000 new season ticket holders already on board. The momentum is growing and, with the weight of expectation akin to that of Atlas, Dave Jones, a master at finding gems, has his work cut out. He has the pedigree to ensure that the Owls are there or thereabouts by addressing some key areas.

Wednesday do need more fire-power up front. The news that Jermaine Johnson will sign an extension will be greeted positively but Gary Madine, Chris McGuire and Chris O’Grady failed to help shoulder the burden largely left to Leroy Lita, as Dave Jones double-six gave way to 4-3-3 /4-5-1. It kept the Owls up, although McGuire got a vital winner at Millwall after the JJ/Lita show in the 3-2 thriller against Blackburn.  Barnsley have had a bid rejected for O’Grady, after his successful loan spell but, manager Flitcroft, will allegedly not follow it up on his self professed ‘”no 1 target” and turn instead to Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson or ex-Blade John Stead.

The Owls do have two fantastic wide-boys to supply whoever comes in with some golden bullets. They will welcome the return of Michail Antonio, injured in the spring, next term, he was sorely missed after a great start, leaving JJ with a huge ask. He duly delivered with aplomb, but he is not getting any younger (32), suggesting  the need for cover as McGuire and Lee are relatively poor replacements out wide. Mind you Buxton’s runs from full-back are a treat to behold.

The Owls midfield was overwhelmed at times last season, with central midfield quantity being a poor substitute for quality.  Semedo is a fans favourite, Lines, Prutton and Coke are tryers, but early season loans at League 1 clubs, suggest the Owls need to invest in at least one midfield general if they are to look up rather than down. Coke (27) has been offered a new deal by Jones this month, but is yet to sign. Rhys McCabe and Paul Cory are still young but would certainly benefit from a seasoned campaigner to help them realise their potential. Cheltenham’s Marlon Pack (22) is on the radar. At first hand he may not be  seen as a landmark signing, but he has the quality and engine to take the step up in his stride.  The compensation fee would also leave plenty to spare for elsewhere.

Right-back and player of the season Lewis Buxton has just agreed a new two year deal, fantastic on the overlap, his delivery ensures a dangerous and consistent end product for the Owls. Jones is being linked with ex-Sunderland free agent Kilgallon and St Ledger who has no future at Leicester City with favourite Miguel Llera rumoured to be leaving Hillsborough (if agents talk is to be believed). The Owls defence was somewhat overworked at times last season and conceded 61 goals. Llera and Gardner put in some brave performances last year,given the step up and hearts in mouths aside. With Garner’s injury record, Taylor, now 33 and, Llera out of contract, a Fox and Black cat capture could be the stitch in time that saves 9.  Left-back Reda Johnson is a fans favourite but Leeds Danny Pugh looked useful during a loan to cover for RJ’s injury. Joe Mattock can play at right or left back but struggled when called on to deputise.

Kirkland was ever-present in his first season and is happy to stay despite rumoured Premiership interest. He will be first choice again, with understudy Stephen Bywater (limited to 4 cup games) offered a new deal whilst the ageing Weaver has been released.  As further back-up, if needed, the Owls have Cameron Dawson who is an England U19 keeper. With a full-complement of keepers it leaves plenty in the kitty for a striker to get the Kop out of there seats. Donaldon could be the answer but Mansfield’s Green has surprisingly missed out during a trial at Birmingham. Now he is a gamble who could pay off better than Adam Le Fondre did for Reading.

 

Simmo Bags A Striking Fox – Who Is Adi Yussuf

Leicester City expected great things of Adi, but injury wrecked his chances at the Walkers Stadium. Ditto Tamworth FC and Burton Albion, who saw enough in pre-season to sign him for a year. So just who is Adi Yussuf and, will lady luck finally smile on a player who has the ability and desire to get a second bite at the championship?

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Having impressed at the Leicester City Youth Academy under the Direction of John Rudkin and ex-Imp Trevor Peake (Nicky Eaden is also there as a coach) Adi was given a 3 year youth deal at 16.  He was a regular in the U18’s and reserves, before going on loan to Tamworth at just 17. It was of no surprise as his trademarks, explosive acceleration and power, see him get behind defences to lethal effect. Alas that has been his downfall,  with the mystery injury leading to an abundance of hamstring and other strain injuries, seeing him sit out seasons that have looked promising. A loan to Tamworth in 2010/11 was cut short after 2 goals (Eastbourne & Harriers) and 2 assists (Darlo & Harriers again) in just 6 starts.  It was not enough to earn a new deal at the Foxes as he was axed along with 10 others when Sven-Göran Eriksson wielded the axe backed by New owners King Power International, who wanted instant success. Like Notts County they learned it takes more than a reputation and wads of cash to achieve that, with Nigel Pearson picking up not so few broken pieces, before moulding a side that achieved 6th in the Championship last season. Only Watford denied them a £120million shot this weekend.

Burton Albion crest

Manager Paul Peschisolido rated Adi highly enough to give him a one year deal after  an exciting pre-season. The 18 year old bided his time, scored in the 6-3 demolition of Barnet during the 2011/12 season, but failed to break into the starting line-up, with injury providing as big an obstacle as competition.  Last season was a similar story with just 3 starts, plus 8 from the bench, before injury curtailed any first team involvement from October, leading to his release in May. It was a decent season for Burton, who nearly got promotion, beating Bradford 3-2 at Valley Parade before being edged out of the semi 4-5 on aggregate.  Kee, Maghoma and Zola were also in fine form bagging 42 goals between them.

Adi, will go one of two ways now. If he finally breaks the injury sequence, that is well overdue odds-wise, then we have a winner. Remember Spencer Weir-Dayley? Well this lad can peel off the shoulder just like Spencer, but he also has the power to beat anyone over 100 yards. A long-ball with him on the chase will have us out of our seats, more in expectation than just hope, as he has a great first touch and accurate shot on him. It’s like a bullet too and the 6 foot 1″ striker is a real handful for a defnder both in the air and on the ground.

This one is certainly a gamble on the manager’s part. But Adi is another lad who is coming here to prove his talent as opposed to sitting on a lucrative contract. He is lean he is mean and he is keen. Good Luck Adi you are joining a club on the turn, let us hope it is catching!

Adi’s Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Adi Yussuf 3 8 409 1 14 0 11 6 1 0
Adi’s Stats 2011/12
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Adi Yussuff 2 17 473 1 9 1 11 4 0 0
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STMI Biopic
Full name Abdillahie Yussuf
Date of birth 3 October 1992 (age 20)
Place of birth Zanzibar, Tanzania
Height / Weight 6′ 1″ (1.85m) 11 st 13 lb (76 kg)
Position: Striker
Youth career Leicester City
Imps Contract 1 year (plus option)
Senior career
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Leicester City 0 (0)
2011 Tamworth (loan) 10 (2)
2011–2013 Burton Albion 25 (1)
2013– Lincoln City 0 (0)

John Beck Spirit Rekindled

John Beck….strange how a creative midfield influence at QPR,  Coventry City, Fulham, Bournemouth and Cambridge would become the architect of long-ball Lincoln. Mind you Glenn Hoddle had tarred him with that brush when Cambridge had brushed his Swindon Town side aside on the way to reaching fifth in the first Division.  This self belief and ambition was the reason he gave for turning down Leicester City in 1991 and Beck was that close to joining the first season of the new Premier league, by achieving promotion from the bottom League to the top.

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John’s luck is on a par with the Imps, but he likes challenges and a poisoned Challis or six.  His time at Cambridge and Lincoln saw some amazing and eccentric escapades but his sacking at both marked stark declines. United got rid in October 92 and were back in the bottom tier within 2 seasons, Lincoln struggled and would go into admin in 3.  Further financial collapses at Histon and Kettering have curtailed any chance of a repeat performance for a genuine character. This after helping Fallon storm through the pyramid with Histon only to be denied a place in the League after losing the play-off semi –final to Torquay.

Poor John was then sacked. Incredibly Fallon replaced him, he then returned at Fallon’s expense to try to steady a ship on the brink of financial disaster. Who says he who laughs last laughs longest? Beck left the following August (2012) to take up the Kettering challenge, now starting life in the Evo-Stick. With the club finances falling apart around his ears (we Imps remember Ladak only too well) John Beck, was escorted from the ground an hour before kick off. He had been merely been remonstrating that players and staff were being sacked around him.  Who can blame him, this season the Poppies have either had to cancel fixtures or field 10 man teams in front of a couple of hundred fans. nb Imps – careful what you wish for those calling for a phoenix club because no one is realistically going to move on until the ground deal gets sorted are they?

It is certainly hard-hats time once again at Impdom, something Gary, Grant, Chris and the lads know only too well. Good luck with keeping focused lads STMI has never doubted you. Let’s face it when the pro-club, many say puppet site, begins running headlines like they are today you know its headless happy hour at the hen coop to match the mantra behind the scenes at an utter shambles of a football club, Back the team at all cost s Imps, even at £18 (naturally the visionaries must have blown the 3 promotion opportunities afforded under Conference rules -no 21 for the train spotters amongst us) because our team need us. The time for Phoenix club talk is not for now; this is a time for responsible headlines calling for calm and unity.

But we digress, back to Beck and as they say once you’ve had Beck you never go back. John Reames – bless him and god rest his soul – had sacked Steve Wicks after just 42, dare I say winless days. His decision to appoint John Beck would put two of the most controversial characters in the game at the same club at the same time. Something had to give. Like Taylor the enticer, KA and now Gary, Beck was as popular as Drewe Broughton at a final day relegation six-pointer.  To his credit he avoided relegation to the Vauxhall Conference, now the BSP.  His football was not popular, like Keith Alexander or protégé Gary Simpson, but it worked as we narrowly missed the play-offs the following season. Team Lincoln had arrived and would have its finest hour the following season in 97-98.

Dean Walling, Beck’s captain at the Imps, was the first to publicly air what we fans were feeling under ‘Tilson’s nice Imps’, some time in September 2011.  We had become too easy to beat; the heads went down as soon as we went one down. The Holdsworth tenure only continued this mentality until Simmo and Brown took the club by the scruff of the neck. Incredibly with no money and, largely the same personnel, they are being slated for lack of tactics and, ‘its more of the same’. Fact, the budget City had and has, meant we have little but true Brit grit against a superior half at least of the BSP since we arrived here.  Tough to chew over when you are watching lads on £350-£400 a week at £18 entry fee I grant you. As to how managers can trump that – well hard graft, honesty integrity and contacts are the only bullets in your chamber.

The Team Lincoln ethos, something Gary, Chris and Grant are trying to build – was a time when Imps were men, leaders and mates. In came charmer Lee Thorpe – always more pheasant plucker than gentleman poacher. He was to partner ex-soldier Phil Stant, one player even Beck refused to throw buckets of cold water over (he had done this since his Cambridge days along with ordering the groundsmen not to cut the grass near the corners to give a winger a chance to catch up with a gamble aka the long punts). Stanty, a really nice chap as it goes, once got an urgent helicopter ride, at the tax payers expense, to the Army V Navy fixture and was sent off for violent conduct within 5 minutes. There was room for a lover amongst the fighters  with Gareth (bow thrice Imps) Ainsworth chasing the ‘hoofs’ of Grant Brown. The manager and chairman did not exactly see eye to eye when Gareth was sold for half a million.

But the togetherness of team Lincoln kept tight and up for the fight, encouraged by the manager to welcome the visitors to the Bank by loudly knocking on the dressing room door before the game and at half-time for good measure. The Imps enjoyed an unbeaten 16 games, with 9 wins and seven draws conceding half a dozen goals. There was a wobble as Posh hammered us in an eye watering affair and Emley came from two down to knock us out of the FA Cup on penalties. The fans then as now were divided with pro and anti Beck factions that even divided the otherwise on-form Lincoln Train Enthusiasts.  The Mighty Imps had slipped from top to 9th giving trigger happy Reames the opportunity to get rid of his nemesis. Assistant Westley took charge and would get the credit for our promotion, but it was the Beck backbone and team spirit that clinched it.

Nowhere was this more obvious than the battle of Moss Rose a defeat that rekindled the team Lincoln spirit. Two pleasant sides met, with both very much in the hunt.  The Lion Mascot kicked things off at half-time with a lewd gesture that incensed the travelling Imp hordes. The police escorted him from the field. Keeper Richardson put in a reverse 1930’s style challenge on Sedgemore who went toe to toe with him. Both saw red after the referee, stewards and police had contained a 22 man brawl. Team Lincoln all over – all for one and one for all.  The Imps lost 2-1 with Richardson, Thorpe and Barnett charged with misconduct.

The Imps this season have picked up plenty of cards, with 85 yellows and 7 reds, robbing us of Boyce for Saturday. But it illustrates how this team has the Beck/Alexander/Simmo spirit. Not style but fight and a determination to keep this club alive. In a few short weeks the manager has built a team spirit that has seen a side that were going down – take a look at the form – into one with a fighting chance. So let’s back them on Saturday because battling and unity between the fans and the team is the only thing that will keep this club alive. If you really want change, only results on the pitch are going to do it. Up until those two defeats the crowds were up both home and away.

But headlines and the voices of a few that hide behind hidden names on message boards, could continue to undo the club if we listen to them. The behind the scenes off-pitch antics have done much to fashion events on it over the last few years. It has driven as many fans away too, if you talk to ex-Imps fans, who still read this site judging by the stats against average Lincoln crowds. Stay up this season and they will return. Imps moaned about the football while Beck was doing well, just as they did in the Keith era. But local pride and a winning team has always made the Sincil Bank turnstiles click.  That as opposed to Chairmen is what has given this club its war chests.  The fans plus the players plus the manager equals team Lincoln. Such a simple equation in a game with so many variables. So let’s not move the goal posts because it will only make it harder to score.

STMI Biopic
Full name John Alexander Beck
Date of birth 25 May 1954 (age 58)
Place of birth Edmonton, England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1976 Queens Park Rangers 40 (1)
1976–1978 Coventry City 69 (6)
1978–1982 Fulham 114 (12)
1982–1986 Bournemouth 137 (13)
1986–1989 Cambridge United 112 (11)
Total 472 (43 )
Teams managed
1990–1992 Cambridge United
1992–1994 Preston North End
1995–1997 Lincoln City
2001 Cambridge United
2010 Histon
2012– Kettering Town

Sheffield Wednesday’s Oliver in Imps Squad Photo Sensation as Holdsworth plans 2 more Signings

Highly rated  Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver is in the Lincoln City 2012/13  squad photo surely suggesting a signing is imminent or that a  good performance against Leicester City tomorrow should seal the deal. The good news is Vadaine is a free agent having been released by the Owls in May.  Holdsworth has a good scouting network in Sheffield and quietly brought the steel city striker in on trial at the Imps whilst the on-off Sam Smith transfer with Cambridge ran its course.

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(with thanks to LCFC back row third player and well played to eagle eyed Michael Allsebrook on Lincoln City Banter for the spot)

David Holdsworth had said he was/is looking to add two new faces to the squad, hopefully by the time the Imps kick off against Kidderminster next Saturday. That will mean 12 new faces at the Imps, if one excludes Ashley Westwood now at Portsmouth.  The fast and physical presence of Vadaine on Tuesday along with a wonder-goal from Nicky Nicolau,  was almost enough to bring the county cup back to its rightful home.

Vadaine looked a big but mobile lad with plenty of technique during the half-time warm up and came on with 25 minutes to go. he was into the action from the off robbing Disley blind. He then took no prisoners in a crunching double challenge with Soares and then Hatton to come away cleanly with the ball.  He and rising star Robinson both went for the same ball allowing McKeown to scramble behind for a corner.  The keeper got lucky a second time when Vadaine hit him in the back with a second snap shot on the turn.

Although Smith has now left the Imps, Holdsworth has a selection headache upfront for the Foxes clash, with Duffy, Taylor , Robinson and Barraclough all vying for a start along with ex-Owl Oliver.  Could the Imps luck be turning at long last?  Keep the faith UTI!

For those who missed our Who Is Vadaine Oliver article that suggested this could be a sign that Cambridge were coming back with a third bid, lick your lips and read on.

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Vadaine was released along with keepers Sean Cuff and Richard O’Donnell, defender Jon Otsemebor, midfielder Chris Sedgwick and striker Clinton Morrison in May after failing to step up from the reserves.  He was a regular scorer in the youth side and given a first year pro-deal at 19. A long-term injury denied him any progress but the management team still gave him a years extension, but he failed to break through, despite turning out regularly for the reserves.

Wednesday’s loss could be Holdsworth’s gain, as the lad looks to have what it takes at BSP level and beyond.  Vadaine has pace, power and great technique even if he does look one-footed (right) on last nights showing.  He certainly seems to have the hunger, physical presence and aggression we need.  At 6′ 2″ he is also a handful in the air.  Oliver came on for Barraclough in the 64th minute and was quickly into the action.  He powerfully robbed Disley and came away from the ball after another  full-on challenge from Hatton.

He certainly added the physical presence we needed in attack last night although he and Robinson got in each others way for his first opportunity. His thunderous half-volley in a busy penalty box, was destined for the back of the net until it caught McKeown in the middle of his back. Definitely deserves another run-out against Leicester on Saturday as he looks to have the attributes of Dany N’Guessan as well as the aerial prowess of Duffy.

This could stoke up speculation that Cambridge are set to come back with a third bid for Sam Smith.

STMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 20)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER N/A
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
YEARS Team
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps