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Gary Simpson The New Graham Taylor Budget Permitting

Gary Simpson may have completed the first part of his mission, but he will be up at the crack of dawn today, as he and the chairman thrash out a budget for him to emulate what Graham Taylor has done at Watford, Aston Villa and of course Lincoln City, nearly four decades ago. Gary never got the credit he deserved at Peterborough and Macclesfield, but did Taylor at Wolves and England? Yet both are not ones that look back in anger when there is so much to look forward to. Neither Taylor nor Simpson were popular when they were given the Imps job – hardly a bed of roses for any managerial reputation.  But the two are unique and brave, who do not crave a big budget, just a competitive one, plus a phone and a group of players prepared to listen, learn and believe in the common cause. They are straight talking old school and rarities nowadays – They are the Enticers.

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If one is fortunate enough to meet Graham Taylor, the warmth makes up for any, almost instant, realisation that he had to adapt and bite his tongue in the face of the media over the years. Yet he captivates, freely giving honest informed opinion, with an earthy charm took him from Worksop, to Watford and even the England job.  He is a giver, both to the people’s game he respects as well as the charity sector. Did he, perhaps deservedly, overachieve? Never on a player level, that is to say, when he had day to day relationships with men in boots as opposed to a posse of suits.

Simpson and Taylor’s  style is very much one of mud in the studs management, either at the training ground or clocking up the miles to find a gem. Both would shine their shoes on the back of their trousers before going in the posh bit after standing out in the rain to get a run-down in the flesh of the next weeks opposition.  Bob Dorrian was probably smiling not so much at Saturday’s result, but more the recent drop in petrol prices last week.

So to phase two, post the great escape that saw 20 points garnered. It will begin this morning with a visit, not so much cap in hand, to see the Chairman. Not for the sacking that one of the many perpetual knockers suggested, but to discuss how to take the Mighty Imps forward.  The Chairman appears prepared to listen and share the vision. he should after seeing almost 1,000 fans descend on a pub ground for a desperate last throw of the dice yesterday. Perhaps The Rise of The Imps is at hand fellow Imps? We have a manager and Chairman that want to see our club achieve the potential only we Imps seem to see and understand.

When Gary was given this job, he knew the financial pitfalls, the dressing-room disharmony and where the League form was taking us. But this was a challenge he relished because this was a club ingrained within him. Conscience,  not money, would guide his decision and motives, with the shoulders and souls of Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher always there in spirit to inspire and guide him.

With the moaners removed from the squad and the addition of three more players (two really as Diagne became injured), he faced ‘more of the same’ comments from clueless individuals within the media and the message boards. Simmo accepts that you pay your money and make your choice, entitled to your opinion and the use of your voice, but in reality this is agenda based and, one that will never see our beloved club move forward.

It is playground stuff and the Imps in that dressing room have learned not to look back in anger, but at the current job in hand.  Listening to the Chairman on the radio yesterday, it sounds as if Gary will get the realistic budget he needs to put us there or thereabouts next season. But we have to look a little further back than Keith Alexander, for what Gary is all about. Simmo is certainly part Colin Murphy and, part John Beck, but perhaps more importantly, he has The Enticer look about him. For like Graham Taylor OBE, Gary has both the skill to entice and then build a player that he can sell on for millions. That and fans through the turnstiles are what our football club needs.

Let us hope today’s discussions are fruitful then. The Fans have shown we are keen to respond, but the board need to do some enticing as well.

Lincoln City Managers In Stats

With no football and the snow halting Holdworth’s assault on the upper regions of the Blue Square abyss, how about a look at the managers he is trying to emulate? And for sure those we most sincerely hope he will surpass.

‘S’ denotes the status of ‘Secretary Manager’, one who organised all but the team selection. This essential task was undertaken by non other than the Board of Directors .  Harry Parkes just edges (bow please) the great Bill Anderson in percentage win terms.  Bill has the most wins – 307 – as he took us to the second Division and a golden era where we punched above our weight. That is the Imp way after all.

Manager / Sec Manager Tenure –/–/1897 –/–/1900 P W D L F A Win rate

John Strawson S

Sep 1892-Feb 1896

97

31

11

55


31.96

Alf Martin S

Feb 1896-Mar 1897

35

9

2

24



25.71

James West S

Mar 1897-Sep 1900

106

34

22

50



32.08
Manager / Sec Manager England –/–/1897 –/–/1900 P W D L F A Win rate
David Calderhead S Scotland 1 August 1900 1 August 1907 256 89 53 114 34.77%
John Henry Strawson S England 1 August 1907 31 May 1914 195 52 40 103 26.67%
George Fraser S England 1 August 1919 31 May 1921 46 10 10 26 21.74%
David Calderhead, Jnr. S England 1 April 1921 31 May 1924 118 37 28 53 31.36%
Horace Henshall S England 1 August 1924 1 May 1927 132 51 28 53 38.64%
Harry Parkes S England 1 May 1927 1 May 1936 395 187 78 130 47.34%
Joe McClelland S England 1 May 1936 1 January 1946 140 61 27 52 43.57%
Bill Anderson England 1 January 1946 1 January 1965 855 307 189 359 35.91%
Con Moulson Republic of Ireland 1 January 1965 1 March 1965 8 0 0 8 00.00%
Roy Chapman England 1 March 1965 31 May 1966 65 15 13 37 23.08%
Ron Gray England 1 August 1966 1 July 1970 184 60 55 69 32.61%
Bert Loxley England 1 July 1970 1 March 1971 32 12 4 16 37.50%
David Herd England 1 March 1971 6 December 1972 82 30 30 22 36.59%
Graham Taylor England 6 December 1972 20 June 1977 211 97 61 53 45.97%
George Kerr England 20 June 1977 1 December 1977 18 5 4 9 27.78%
Willie Bell England 21 December 1977 23 October 1978 40 11 13 16 27.50%
Colin Murphy England 6 November 1978 1 May 1985 309 121 88 100 39.16%
John Pickering England 1 July 1985 20 December 1985 24 4 6 14 16.67%
George Kerr England 20 December 1985 7 March 1987 61 17 17 27 27.87%
Peter Daniel England 7 March 1987 1 May 1987 12 2 5 5 16.67%
Colin Murphy England 26 May 1987 20 May 1990 103 39 26 38 37.86%
Allan Clarke England 3 June 1990 30 November 1990 18 3 6 9 16.67%
Steve Thompson England 1 November 1990 31 May 1993 128 48 36 44 37.50%
Keith Alexander Saint Lucia 1 August 1993 16 May 1994 48 13 13 22 27.08%
Sam Ellis England 1 August 1994 4 September 1995 56 21 12 23 37.50%
Steve Wicks England 4 September 1995 16 October 1995 7 0 2 5 00.00%
John Beck England 16 October 1995 6 March 1998 130 48 42 40 36.92%
Shane Westley England 7 March 1998 11 November 1998 30 9 5 16 30.00%
John Reames England 11 November 1998 1 June 2000 87 30 21 36 34.48%
Phil Stant England 1 June 2000 27 February 2001 38 12 10 16 31.58%
Alan Buckley England 28 February 2001 25 April 2002 69 16 24 29 23.19%
Keith Alexander Saint Lucia 5 May 2002 24 May 2006 213 81 69 63 38.03%
John Schofield
John Deehan
England
England
15 June 2006 15 October 2007 51 21 12 18 41.18%
Grant Brown England 15 October 2007 30 October 2007 2 0 1 1 00.00%
Peter Jackson England 30 October 2007 2 September 2009 92 32 21 39 34.78%
Iffy Onuora (In Jackson’s absence) England 1 March 2008 6 May 2008 11 5 0 6 16 24 45.45%
Chris Sutton England 28 September 2009 28 September 2010 51 14 14 23 44 71 27.45%
Scott Lindsey
Paul Musselwhite
England
England
2 October 2010 15 October 2010 3 1 0 2 2 4 33.33%
Steve Tilson England 15 October 2010 10 October 2011 37 11 7 19 44 72 29.73%
David Holdsworth England 24 October 2011 – Present 41 11 11 14 54 59 26.82%