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Vadaine Set For Crewe Break

Crewe look set to debut ex-Imp and Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver against Tranmere Rovers this Saturday.  Steve Davis will be hoping his 16th placed side can pull off their first win of the season against Ronnie Moore’s side with powerful target-man Oliver the key.  This is good news for the Imps as the transfer fee includes add-ons that are performance related.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Vadaine, Simmo’s Imp version of JJ – Jermaine Johnson – has waited patiently  on the bench so far, in a mirror of last season when he was thrown in at the deep end.  But 19 sub appearances and 22 starts later the twenty-year-old put powered home 13 goals, been credited with three assists and contributed to at least half a dozen more.

Lincoln undoubtedly miss is aerial dominance up front, with the new passing style of football missing the direct option Vadaine provides.  The manager does not seem overly concerned at the moment having used part of the vital transfer funds to bring in Thomlinson for just shy of seven grand.  However with Wright and Yussuf missing he may be forced to speed up the transformation of Bohan Dixon from a wide midfielder cum forward to an out and out centre-forward.

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Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2292 13 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

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FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals

Si Yeo: Simmo Believes, The Imps Believe, I Believe – Do You?

Simon Yeo urges Lincoln City fans to believe at the most vital time in the clubs history – during the two games against Tamworth and Hyde – that will define the future of our club. Simon would gladly trade every derby goal against Grimsby in exchange for the chance to bag a miss-hit winner off the nose or toe on Saturday – if he could. Si urges Imps to roll up in our thousands and will us a winner on Saturday.

Massive thanks as ever to Simon Yeo & thank you for reading  Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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Simon says:

“A non playing Saturday, is never an easy one for a player. You feel helpless, but you back the lads, keep their chins up and have faith in the boys regardless. Simmo, is a master at this and will have prepared the lads for these two, knowing that it was always gonna come down to these last 2 battles.  Its cut to the chase, its time for the boots to do the talking.

“But remember the team includes the fans, because you are the reason there is a Lincoln City Football club to represent the pride and dreams of this beautiful City. You have to believe, because we pros feed on your energy, expectation and desire. Its terrific when things go right but its just as vital when we are scrapping too.  You have to know that these lads and Gary and Grant will battle for you to the end.  Everyone can see how they have prized and valued the meaning of the stripes over the years – and so do the players now if the last 6 weeks is anything to go by.”

“I would love to help on the pitch, but although the heart is willing, half the head and the battle scarred body know better.  Two 90 minute oppoertunities to shine in the stripes so the lads just need to believe in themselves and give Simmo and you fantastic fans 100%. Believe in your mental strength and ability.  Give the fans passion and continue to show the fans how proud you are to wear the shirt.   Because a win on Saturday will be one of your great career memories. One to treasure in years to come. I still get mine out, in an occasional quiet moment and relive the memories, great times with those here and recently departed.

“I urge my fellow Imps to stand together and back ’em into every challenge and every last kick until the whistle blows.  Roar ’em on Silence those lambs on and off the pitch. Keep the faith, it will all work out in the end, my soldiering and footballing memoires have shown me the power and benefit of belief! Because next season will see the rise of the Imps under Simmo and his six or even seven foot soldiers. It’s not if he can get them, but when he can get them. If you have played with Futch you will know exactly what I mean”

New Imps Squad Unravelled.

In many ways this is the start, if not the definitive phase, of David Holdsworth’s career path with Lincoln City.  He is an honest man, who genuinely feels it an honour to manage our club, one who understands the financial limitations but also sees the scope he has at his disposal once the momentum builds.

“We will be organised, we will have passion and I feel privileged to have been chosen to manage this football club.”

His mentor was Graham Taylor so Lincoln is the spiritual home if not the basis for their community football model. Get off to a flier with a handsome win on Saturday and a sustainable momentum should build quickly on and off the field. Perhaps a run this season could see the building blocks for next  and this side certainly looks balanced, attack minded and full of potential.

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With 13 players still signed we can safely say that he looks to have achieved that on paper at least – well Bob’s paper. Now to see if the side can gel and push forward to restore the faith at Sincil Bank.  The full squad now comprises 36 players before loans out at 6 and the 5 sicknotes.

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1 Anyon,  2 Watson, 3 Nutter,  4 Williams, 5 Gowling, 6  Hone, 7  Taylor, 8 Power, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Louis, 11 Francis Laurent, 12 Platt, 13 Sinclair, 14 Smith, 15 Russell, 16 Pacquette, 17 Nicolau, 18 Lloyd, 19 Baraclough,  21 Draper, 22 Hutchinson,  24 Wilson, 25 Cunningham, 26 Robson,  27 Christophe, 28 Almond,  29 Thomas,  31 Peter Bore,  34 Thompson, 36 Sheridan, 43 Rodney.

And Tom Richardson who was sent straight to Blythe and is due back shortly

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Squad Breakdown

Keepers – 1 Anyon, 21 Draper

Defenders (inc dublicate players) 2 Watson, 3 Nutter,  4 Williams, 5 Gowling, 6  Hone, 13 Sinclair, 17 Nicolau,  , 26 Robson, 31 Peter Bore,

Midfielders (inc dublicate players) 8 Power,  12 Platt, 15 Russell, 17 Nicolau, 18 Lloyd,   27 Christophe, 28 Almond,  29 Thomas,  31 Peter Bore,  34 Thompson, 36 Sheridan, 43 Rodney.  And Tom Richardson 

Strikers (inc dublicate players) 7  Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Louis, 11 Francis Laurent, 14 Smith, 16 Pacquette, 18 Lloyd, 19 Baraclough,  22 Hutchinson,  24 Wilson, 25 Cunningham, 28 Almond,  29 Thomas,  43 Rodney.

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Potential options and positional cover

GK –  1 Anyon, 21 Draper

LB 3 Nutter, 17 Nicolau

RB 26 Robson,  31 Peter Bore,  2 Watson

CB 2 Watson, 4 Williams, 5 Gowling, 31 Peter Bore,

CM 27 Christophe, Richardson, 34 Thompson, 17 Nicolau

LM/LW 12 Platt, 17 Nicolau, 18 Lloyd, 36 Sheridan

RM/RW 43 Rodney 31 Peter Bore, 8 Power,  15 Russell,  12 Platt, 36 Sheridan

CF/Striker 10 Louis, 16 Pacquette, 28 Almond, 43 Rodney,


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Who Is Blackburn Rovers Centre-half Matthew Pearson


David Holdsworth is eager to counter the blow, dealt by the departure of Richard Hind, by signing Blackburn Rovers reserve Mattew Pearson following a successful trial.


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Matt is a big strong 18-year-old 6 foot centre-half,  a natural leader and a great reader of the game. His composure belies his age and were it not for a  leg fracture earlier this season, that kept him sidelined until October, he would have added to that  England U18 debut – a fine 3-0 win over Poland.


Matt has been at Ewood Park since the age of 10 and progressed through the academy to earn his first pro deal in August.   Don’t be surprised to see him on the score sheet either, a one-in-5 ratio for the Rovers reserves is pretty impressive given the company he would have to keep



Season 2011 – 12
Competition Apps Goals
Reserves 2 (1 sub) 0
Lancashire Senior Cup 1 0
Academy 1 0
Season 2010 – 11
Competition Apps Goals
Reserves 17 (1 sub) 3
Lancashire Senior Cup 3 0
Academy 1 0
FA Youth Cup 2 0
Season 2009 – 10
Competition Apps Goals
Reserves 4 (1 sub) 1
Academy 13 (2 sub) 1
FA Youth Cup 1 (1 sub) 0



Cambridge Chastise Cheeky ‘Conal on the Cheap’ Imps

Cambridge United have gone public in their local newspaper, alleging that Lincoln City are attempting to obtain Conal Platt on the cheap. This is not to suggest that a transfer fee has become a stumbling block, moreover the Imps desire to continue to pay just a fraction of his wages.  The opening line –  Jez: We wont be conned over Conal is hardly the way to go about things, as David Holdsworth attempts to rescue a player from a dead end at United.

Confused?  Let’s rewind to the original terms of Conal’s loan contract,  whereby the Imps agreed to pay a just a percentage of his weekly wage.  Now it appears the Imps would like Cambridge to continue to pay a portion of the lads wages until the end of the season.  Quite surprisingly, it is quite normal for a club to agree to pay a percentage of an ex players wages for a period in order to  help them on their way. We will be doing the same with Barnet to induce them to take McCallum if we get the chance. A decent pay-off, after all, makes a longer contract on a lower wage look a little more attractive.

Jez George and David Holdsworth both appear to be facing the harsh economic realities of football judging by his comments in the Cambridge News.   Both will naturally be poles apart when it comes to opening gambits, however paper sales apart these are some interesting tactics, unless they have been taken out of context.

“Lincoln are speaking to his agent and what Lincoln say they can do financially doesn’t stack up for us at all. We aren’t going to continue to fund clubs with our players because I’m fed up with other people benefiting from our situation all the time. We’ll do what’s fair for everyone, but we won’t have people taking advantage, and that is what Lincoln are trying to do. They are saying they haven’t got any money, but we haven’t got any money either. We agreed a two-month loan deal with them in good faith and they only covered a small proportion of his wages.”

Although the deal is not dead, the arrival of McGoldrick, coupled with the fact that we have yet to put something to Cambridge United that’s “realistic” according to George suggests a deal has stalled for the moment.  Then again the U’s manager also brought up interest from another couple of clubs to force the Imps hand.

He told the Cambridge  News  “There are one or two other clubs interested in him that we’ve instigated, but what we really need to know from Conal is whether he wants to train with the youth team and kick his heels for six months or move on. We’ve got to the point where it’s got to be fair and right for Cambridge United and we’ve got to stand up for ourselves with other clubs that they can’t just take easy pickings off us.”

Conal has been a revelation at Sincil Bank since his arrival, let’s hope there is a happy ending for all parties.

Imps Set To Travel To Grimsby In Numbers

The Imps are set to take 800 plus to Grimsby Town on New years Day after brisk early trading saw the overnight figure (629) break through  the 700 mark this morning. The Mariners have now sold out the Findus lower, suggesting some friendly close quarters banter.

The Imps will be eager to repay the faithful after a somewhat undeserved defeat on Boxing Day,  by two goals to one. Jake Sheridan, bless him was particularly bullish in yesterdays Echo, repeated on-line today here. They do say revenge is a dish best served cold Jake, so we had best wrap up warm on Sunday then.

So hoist up the Lincoln flag and lets hear the red Imps sing.  One drum, one voice, one passion!

Imps Toast Loach To Ipswich For £1M


Ipswich Town will sign Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach for £1 million in January, netting the Imps 15% of the sell on fee.  The tractor boys will also take Hugo Rodallega on loan from Wigan and make bids for Ben Haim from Portsmouth and Andy King from Leicester.  On the downside  Bullard is off to Leeds United or QPR and Cresswell off to chew toffees at Everton



This paves the way for a busy January window for David Holdsworth,  eager to boost a side held together by hope, youth and string,  going into its second Lincolnshire derby in a week. David Holdsworth will add as many as 3-4 new faces to the side if everything works out.  Leeds have offered us Will Hatfield and Sanchez on a youth loan (see Tuesday’s story here) and Leicester City have agreed to Leicester City no3 keeper Adam Smith also joining on loan.


As for the other 1 or 2, that will depend on events unfolding with two other highly paid professionals on the verge of a move and a potential pay-off respectively.  Two have already left and together with the Loach cut three favourites can now be retained.  Thompson and Sheridan will now be offered deals until the end of the season at least and Conal the Conjurer is set for a longer term deal.



Lincoln City Banter – Your New Years Resolution.

Facebook fans forum Lincoln City Banter is the fastest growing voice for fans of Lincoln City Football Club. We are living in the social media age fellow Imps, where real people with real views can not only join up the dots but inspire change both quickly and where it is needed most, in a focused group that is never far from reach.

So make Lincoln City your lost cause in 2012 and Lincoln City Banter your  ‘wired’ and mobile destination  to reconnect with them.  You are LCFC’s lifeblood, the real fans, with real opinions, who are brave enough to put their own names to their views.  If you care enough to want  change for the better then  the Imps need you. Through the turnstiles,  the  thick and the thin and perhaps even to save our mighty Imps if need be.

Join Lincolnshire’s biggest family ( Boston postcodes excepted) we live and thrive  here

Time for a word from LCB

Welcome to Lincoln City Banter Facebook Group

Lincoln City Banter is the group to come to and as the name suggests have Banter with like-minded fans and air your views on what is happening down at the Bank. The group provides up to date information from Sincil Bank and of course it would not be a banter group without the odd rumor and gossip.

Lincoln City Banter is also a proud sponsor of club Captain Josh Gowling home shirt Jamie Taylor’s away shirt and Ali Fuseini boots for 2011/2012 season.

Lincoln City Banter are also looking towards supporting the club in a share savers scheme which will be announced once all the administration has been put in place. So watch this space and start saving now and help us invest in our club.

Lincoln City Banter also provide a match day thread for all those Imps not able to make the games, to enjoy or despair together with live updates from fellow Imps attending the games. You can also post you pictures for us all to see, new old and live helping those that are not there get a feel for the match day atmosphere.

Struggling to get to the next away game? Let us know someone always has a spare seat. Or if you have a spare seat let us know and help your fellow Imps.

We look forward to your posts and if you have any questions queries or ideas please contact anyone of the admin team below.

Lincoln City Banter Admin

Paul Dawson     John Franks      Donna Jackson      Linda Hodson      Collin Morton

Kev Barwise     Rob Beezley      Vin Maguire           Shane Grey         Jay Dumphreys

Adam Watts Returns To East London

Adam Watts has agreed to part company with the Imps by mutual consent despite having 6 months left on his current deal.  A native of Hackney, East London, the former Fulham FC youth, had been spending time back in the Capitol due to a family illness, now the word is Adam is signing for a league club which makes nearby Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient  potential new employers.

Thanks Adam, good luck to you,  although many felt you were never the same after the break against Grimsby,  you had to learn fast in a struggling side at a tender young age.


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Personal information
Full name Adam James Watts
Date of birth 4 March 1988 (age 23)
Place of birth Hackney, London.
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 12 st 4lb (78kg)
Postition: Centre-half
Current club Free agent
Impstats Pld 11 Yellows 1 Goals 0 
Youth career
?–2007 Fulham
Senior  Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Fulham 0 (0)
2007 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2 (0)
2009 Northampton Town (loan) 5 (0)
2009 Lincoln City (loan) 18 (0)
2010–2011 Lincoln City 77 (1)

Form Of The Foe: Forest Green Rovers

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Forest Green Rovers were knocked out of the Trophy this week by in form Newport County by two goals to nil, despite the replay being in their own back yard.  However their League form is far more IMPressive with the recent 3-1 win win over Tamworth taking their unbeaten Blue Square Bet Premier run to 8 games.  Forest Green Rovers are most certainly on the up, financially stable and not to be taken lightly by the Imps, with many suggesting FGR are serious play-off contenders.

FGR faced severe financial problems before Dale Vince took over the Nailsworth club and became the majority shareholder back in August 2010. His arrival has stabilised off-field matters and after battling relegation for the past two seasons, they are now ninth , just three points off the play-offs and very much looking upwards. Boss Dave Hockadday has recently offered 2-year deals to Eddie Oshodi, Matty Taylor, James Rowe, Luke Graham, Al Bangura, James Bittner and a 3-year deal to hotshot Reece Styche.

Styche  will not play today as he has been sidelined with a knee injury and subsequent surgery, yet the FGR goal threat is very much  midfield based with the defenders pitching in at set-pieces.  In the middle we need to stop the trio with Jake Thomson scorching home a superb free-kick against Tamworth with next-door-neighbour Yan Klukowski notching a penalty.  Left back Christ Stokes also hammered home suggesting he will be a nightmare on the overlap for Tony Sinclair.

The FGR Team & Scheme

Forest Green:  4-3-3
J. Bittner
J. Hodgkiss, J. Turley, E. Oshodi, C. Stokes
J. Thomson, K. Forbes, Y. Klukowski
J. Rowe M. Taylor, M. Uwezu
The Facts & Stats
Don’t expect a huge crowd on what is traditionally one of the  poorest supported days of the football calendar. With a seasonal average of just 1,040 FGR will expect  700 today plus the estimated 100 or so diehard Imps.
FGR – Blue Square Breakdown
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Home 12 4 4 4 18 14 4 16 15
Away 12 5 6 1 20 9 11 21 5
Overall 24 9 10 5 38 23 15 37 9
FGR – Current Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Last 5 Overall 5 3 2 0 12 4 8 11 2
Last 5 Home 5 3 1 1 10 5 5 10 6
Last 5 Away 5 3 1 1 9 4 5 10 4
Highs & Lows
Biggest Home Win 3-0 Bath, 4-1 Alfreton Town
Biggest Away Win Alfreton Town 1-6
Heaviest Home Loss 0-2 Braintree Town
Heaviest Away Defeat Hayes & Yeading 2-0
Highest Aggregate Score Alfreton Town 1-6
Ker-ching £££
Highest Gate 1848 Stockport County
Lowest Gate 632 AFC Telford United
Average Attendance 1040
Aggregate Attendance 12483

Heroes & Villains (BSP) 2011-12

Goal machine Goals
Yan Klukowski 8
Charlie Griffin 7
Reece Styche 5
Matty Taylor 4
Jamie Turley 2
James Norwood 2

Creative Influences (BSP) 2011-12

Genius Assists
James Rowe 5
Matty Taylor 3
Keiron Forbes 3
James Norwood 3
Chris Stokes 2
Eddie Oshodi 2

Christmas Card Collectors 2011/12

(no Reds)

Dirty 1/2 dozen Yellows
James Norwood 5
Keiron Forbes 4
Chris Allen 3
Curtis McDonald 3
Jamie Turley 3
Eddie Oshodi 3
Keeper Corner: James Bittner 2011/12
Played Saves Shutouts
14 76 5