Current Luton Town and former Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford Utd, Cambridge Utd and Crawley Town target man Scott Rendell is available for loan after manager John Still announced that 6′ 1″ is not going to fit in with his plans. This has alerted a posse of clubs, to the misfit who had to endure transfer day heartbreak after a mystery club failed to come up with the transfer fee.
With our previous big lad starting to score at Crewe and The Imps failing to break down Salisbury due to a plan B, the 6′ 1″ 12st 4 powerhouse could be just what the Imps are looking for. With rumours circulating around the forums that the Imps have found land for a new stadium (allegedly behind Morrisons), the question is what comes first the team or the stadium?
Rendell does not fit into Still’s plans despite a credible 12 strikes in 32 starts and 10 substitute appearances since moving from Wycombe in the summer of 2012. He bagged 17 from 27 starts for Wanders. Rendell would be the perfect supporting striker having got 12 for Torquay the season before and 15 for Cambridge UTD having returned to them on loan after an unsuccessful spell at Posh, who laid out £115,000 for his services.
Question is will the loan budget stretch to him and if why not? Season ticket sales are up crowds looking promising and even enough confidence around the place to fund plans for a move.
The team is the heart of the football club and a £400k budget does not suggest that given a ground sale will surely generate millions and change if we are only going to end up with a soulless 4-5,000 capacity ground. It will be fit for purpose, but what purpose if the funds are not going to a team that might fill it back in the Football League. Surely this season is the best opportunity for promotion for half a decade, so the priority has to be to get a plan B in before its too late?. These should be the sort of questions the critical friend must start asking, Otherwise the great share give-away wont be the only thing to take the fans by surprise.
|Full name||Scott David Rendell
|Date of birth||21 October 1986 (age 26)|
|Place of birth||Ashford, England|
|Height/weight||6 ft 1 in / 12 st 4lb|
|Current club||Luton Town|
|2005||Aldershot Town (loan)||7||(0)|
|2005–2006||Forest Green Rovers (loan)||16||(2)|
|2006–2007||Crawley Town (loan)||21||(8)|
|2008||Peterborough United (loan)||10||(3)|
|2008||Yeovil Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|2008–2009||Cambridge United (loan)||27||(15)|
|2009–2010||Torquay United (loan)||39||(13)|
|2011||Bristol Rovers (loan)||5||(0)|
|2012||Oxford United (loan)||18||(3)|
Rob Scott’s Grimsby Town departure ahead of the Luton Town game has sparked rumours that Stockport County could be his next port of call. Gossip certainly but the parting of the ways was for ‘non footballing reasons’, begging the question that he could be set to miss one Hatters date for another with one of the biggest jobs in Non-League football up for grabs following Ian Bogey’s on pitch resignation last week.
With Chairman John Fenty putting Paul Hurst in sole charge and then explaining that the parting of the ways had nothing to do with the teams performances, the Cleethorpes rumour mill has moved into overdrive. The club and its chairman have declined to comment further on the matter at this time. The duo, seemed joined at the hip, having worked together at Ilkeston, Boston and Grimsby, taking both The Robins and The Pilgrims into the BSN in successive seasons.
Rob’s disciplinarian profile, a tad unjust, would be perfect for the Hatters who have been in free-fall. Having taken over from David Holdsworth he guided an Ilkeston side beset by financial turmoil to the Northern Premier League promotion via the play-offs. Mr Scott does have Cheshire connections having played at Macclesfield at the end of a 15 year career. He also played at Oldham so he is no stranger to the other side of the Pennines.
The Hatters are a fantastic club with massive potential and a fantastic fan-base…. surely the bounce-back has to start soon? Could Rob Scott be the very man to do it as he branches out on his own?
Ex Imp, Luton, QPR and current Millwall FC assistant manager Mick Harford has snubbed a Newcastle United approach for his services . Big mate and Magpies’ director of football Joe Kinnear was keen to renew their relationship but Mick is wants to continue in a coaching role. Mick bagged 41 in 115 appearances for the Imps before moving to Newcastle for £180,000 in the 1980-81 season after a particularly hot-streak had seen 10 goals in 21 games.
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Harford said: “After meeting with Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, I made the hard decision that it is not the right time for me to take up this role. It was an honour to be asked to work at a fantastic club and I have the utmost respect for the Newcastle United and its fans. I’ve been in talks with Millwall over a period of time and just felt it better suited me at the moment. I didn’t feel that at Newcastle.”
Steve Thompson and Mick had been favourites to forge a dream team at Lincoln back in October 2011, but David Holdsworth somehow got the deal during the evening. Allegedly the two had been offered the job, with Tommo calling in the morning to confirm he could sort out digs for Mick. Holdsworth would go on to operate a revolving door personnel policy, before being fired last term. Tommo would go on to run a pub, whilst Mick has continued in day to day coaching working for MK Dons before Millwall came calling on 28th June this year.
Mick is the assistant manager at Millwall, but is foremost a great coach, particularly with offensive players, preferring to develop players through day to day involvement. He has managed at Rotherham and Luton, as well as operating in a caretaker role at QPR (twice) and Nottingham Forest. He has fantastic contacts within the game and it would have been interesting to see what he could have done at the cash-strapped Imps particularly with the likes of the Youth team, given his stints at QPR, Forest, Rotherham and Luton were during times of financial turmoil.
|Full name||Michael Gordon Harford|
|Date of birth||12 February 1959 (age 54)|
|Place of birth||Sunderland|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Current club||Millwall (Assistant Manager)|
|Nottingham Forest (caretaker)||Level 2||16 December 2004||1 January 2005||6||2||1||3||33.33|
|Rotherham United||Level 2||7 April 2005||10 December 2005||30||5||9||16||16.66|
|Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)||Level 2||1 October 2007||29 October 2007||5||2||2||1||40.00|
|Luton Town||Level 4||16 January 2008||1 October 2009||91||25||29||37||27.47|
|Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)||Level 2||14 January 2010||1 March 2010||8||1||1||6||12.50|
Ex Chesterfield FC, Hereford Utd, Luton Town and former Beast of the Bank centre-back Janos Kovacs has turned down a deal (believed to be Inverness Caledonian Thistle) in Scotland for a return to his homeland with current Hungarian Champions Gyori ETO FC. He is a one of the games heroes – chisled from a diamond in the rough.
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Janos was an absolute legend at the Spireites and the Imps, indeed the Chesterfield fans even applauded his towering header that won us a derby game following his transfer to us. He just had to play for Hereford, the veritable Bull in a china shop personified. Janos then deservedly made the Conference team of the year 2011/12 during his Hatters days. You could go on all day about his heroic deeds, more than sometimes in the absence of ability. But he endeared fans and his song hereabouts was mark of the popularity and stature of the man who was strong, brave and brutal in either box, in the words of that song……….
His name is Janos,
He is mental he is mad
He is the finest
The ____ have ever had.
|Full name||János Kovács
|Date of birth||11 September 1985 (age 27)
|Place of birth||Budapest, Hungary|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
|2007||York City (loan)||8||(1)|
|2011–2012||Luton Town (loan)||17||(2)|
Robbie Fowler (Liverpool), Gannon (Stockport) Coleman (Accrington), Foyle (Hereford) and the Silkmen legend Sammy McIlroy have all been interviewed for the Macc job, with Fowler emerging as the dark horse favourite to get the job. All of this is a frustration for ex boss Simmo, now at the Imps, who is weighing up the cost and availability of former Luton Town schemer John Paul Kissock (as well as 4-5 other Silkmen)
Robbie Fowler (230 goals from 515 aps), amid rumours of Admin and delayed player payments, could be just what the doctor ordered. It is interesting that The Macc CEO has ruled out admin (a consortium or perhaps two are thought to be in the wings). But then Fowler has a host of contacts and would be able to pull in plenty of favours. He would be following in the footsteps of another couple of ex-League stars who have served Macc well in the past. Indeed there is also a growing precedent for ex-players to buy their way in at their first club (not suggesting Robbie would do this of course) with a former Manchester United star doing this at the Silkmen before moving on to greater and more lucrative things. Fowler is in the top 1,000 Brits list, still has a post playing ambition within the game and, has already gained his coaching badges. He has spent time at MK Dons, an big Ince haunt, as well as Muangthong United, a crack Thai side, for whom he replaced Portuguese boss Henrique Calisto last season. He had a 46.7% win rate in Thailand and would surprise a few with an attack minded passing blend of football, boosted by his regular visits to Anfield (still has a season ticket). Fowler is big mates with Steve McMannaman and as they say over there You’ll Never Walk Alone.
All of this is a frustration for Gary Simpson, who is scanning the news feeds on a daily basis, waiting for the Macc released list. He is keen to secure the services of Nat Brown, Tony Diagne, Sam Wedgebury, JP and just about anyone bar Winn, after securing Jake Jones from Walsall.
Macclesfield are not in the best of shape after King blew the lot on a failed promotion bid. The Silkmen will be cutting their cloth this summer suggesting Nat Brown and Tony Diagne may not be the only recruits coming across the Pennines this summer. John Paul Kissock, recently in from Luton Town, who swapped teams with Arnaud Mendy, also a target, would certainly shift some season tickets. And what better use of our extra budgetary wedge than Sam?
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Simmo could well move for Sam Wedgebury, who will be 24 at the end of June and therefore not subject to the need for a tribunal. Sam can play in the middle but is particularly useful up and down the right. Carl Tremarco, a left-back is also back from a season-long loan at Floriana (top flight Maltese side) and will be an addition to the wage-bill the Silkmen could do without.
Pablo Mills (centre-back), John Paul Kissock (play-maker), Peter Winn (Left wing) and Wade Fairhurst (centre-forward) would be nice, but they will be on some very decent money. But then landing any of these lads would be a true gauge as to the level of ambition the board has. If we want to be considered serious play-off candidates, and for that matter selling season tickets, landmark signings will need to arrive. The Lincoln City fans are rightly sceptical after the poor recent budgets afforded – given the stature and potential of our great club.
In truth Luton Town should not be in the Blue Square Premier and they would not be if the world was fair. Or for that matter, if the authorities, were consistent they might perhaps be in the fortunate position of Watford FC, doing rather nicely in the Championship. STMI read with interest the story on the Hatters News feed on Friday, advising fans that Trust in Luton are writing to the football League asking why Watford are being treated differently.
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But where is there was any justice in life nowadays, or fairness as Nick Clegg put it when he was trying to get the Liberals elected into Government. How short the memories and how close the solidarity amongst the fortunate, who once in position, will not be fair and share the wealth. That would be plain silly would it not akin to turkeys voting for Christmas. Long have STMI championed 3 up 3 down, but lip service apart, no MP’s or Government officials have deemed it important enough for their time.
Justice for Luton hung and for both the hatters and the The BSP perhaps now hangs again, on decisions by the Football League. The docking of 30 points in one season was an affront to sportsmanship in the people’s game, as well as an utter farce on the Leagues part that is coming back to haunt them. STMI wish the Hatters all the best in getting answers as to why Watford appear to have got away scott free, half a decade later.
Of course a point would be nice Tuesday week as well…….. But in all seriousness it would be nice for the League to give Luton some justice, even if it is too late to turn back the clock on a club blighted by an horrendously unsportsmanlike handicap. What the League can do is have a political style 3 line whip in place for the vote on 3 up 3 down in the summer. That would give all in the Blue square Premier a sporting chance to get into the League. Four would be better but 3 would be a good start.
Nuneaton are the fairest of us all. In terms of fouls Mansfield (128), Grimsby (113) Luton Town (108) and Newport (108) have committed the most BSP sins whilst Dartford (59) are the fewest. You have to feel for Stockport County’s John Nolan who has netted a red and two yellows from just 5 fouls all season, whilst being the most sinned against of the Hatters.
Welcome to the BSP fair play charts Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
We have included the fouls count, to put things into perspective, with a red counting as two yellows. STMI feel this to be no real reflection on any side, as the standard of refereeing has deteriorated this season.
|13th||Forest Green Rovers||12||1||88||95||14|
|22nd||AFC Telford United||17||2||96||69||21|
Ten in for Luton Town so far – defenders Richards (Gillingham) Turner (Torquay United) Henry (Stevenage); midfielders Matt Robinson (Leicester City) Kasim (Brighton) & Spiller (Gillingham); strikers Rendell (Wycombe), Shaw (Gateshead FC) & Gray from Hinckley; plus keeper Dean Brill to keep Tyler on his toes. Big wedge, but then if you have over 3,500 season ticket holders to please the stakes are high.
A Big thanks to Hatters News for their help in compiling this guide & thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
STMI takes a look at The Hatters, who will certainly be there or thereabouts again this season. Here are Ticket prices for all BSP Away supporters prices , the BSP ground guide is here and please feel free to bookmark our Blue square zone for when you are playing the Imps – HERE. The guide will start with the preseason results, transfers in & out, plus the released and new deals list. Then we will have a glance at the summer sound-bites (most recent to last) and finally the current confirmed squad as at 6th August.
|Luton 1 Orient 0|
|Brackley 0 Luton 0|
|Luton 2 Ipswich 0|
|Dunstable 1 Luton 0|
|Luton 0 Wycombe 0|
|St Albans City 0 Luton 2|
|AFC Dunstable 1 Luton 7|
|Hitchin 0 Luton 1|
|OUT- (loan -5/1/13) Lewis Kidd to Dunstable|
|OUT- (loan -5/1/13) Andre Boucaud Notts County.|
|IN- Keeper Dean Brill|
|OUT- Aaron O’Connor to Newport|
|IN- midfielder Matt Robinson from Leicester City (2 year deal)|
|IN- (loan -Jan) Midfielder Yaser Kasim from Brighton|
|OUT- Robbie Willmott to Cambridge United.|
|OUT- (loan -5/1/13) Midfielder John Paul Kissock to Macc Town|
|IN- Defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner from Torquay|
|IN- Defender Garry Richards from Gillingham|
|IN- Midfielder Danny Spiller from Gillingham|
|IN- Striker – Scott Rendell from Wycombe Wanderers.|
|IN- Striker Jon Shaw from Gateshead.|
|OUT- skipper George Pilkington to Mansfield|
|OUT-Godfrey Poku to Mansfield|
|IN – Right back Ronnie Henry from Stevenage|
|OUT- Keith Keane to Preston North End.|
|OUT-Curtis Osano to Wimbledon|
|IN- Striker Andre Gray from Hinckley|
Harry Crawford Amari Morgan-Smith, Danny Crow, Shane Blackett and Dan Gleeson, Defender Ed Asafu-Adjaye and midfielders Charlie Henry and Christian Tavernier
1 year extention for keeper Lewis Kidd. Midfielder Alex Lawless and striker Dan Walker both pen a new deal whilst 18-year-olds Newman Carney and Alasan Ann have signed their first professional contracts.
(Most recent first) – Buckle demands promotion and feels new captain Ronnie Henry is the man to lead the Hatters to the promised land. Young keeper Lewis Kidd goes on loan to Dunstable. Andre Boucaud loaned to Notts County until January. Goalkeeper Dean Brill returns signing a two year deal. Aaron O’Connor joins Newport. Former Leicester City youth midfielder Matt Robinson signs. Winger Robbie Willmott goes back to Cambridge United.
Midfielder Yaser Kasim has joined Luton Town on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion until January 1, 2013.New signings Jon Shaw, Garry Richards and Danny Spiller all injured but will be fine for start of season. Hatters’ head of youth Gregg Broughton joins Norwich. Midfielder John Paul Kissock joins Macc Town on loan until 5th January 2013. Hatters have 3 live TV games: Hyde (A) Friday, 17/8 KO 7.45pm, Grimsby (A) Friday, 22/9 KO 7.45pm & Mansfield (A) Thursday 15/11 KO 7.45pm.
Lawless & Walker sign 1 year extentions. Former keeper Carl Emberson becomes First Team Development Coach. Released defender Dan Gleeson joins Lowestoft Town. Defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner joins from Torquay. Released defender Ed Asafu-Adjaye has joined Forest Green Rovers and released midfielder Charlie Henry joins Macc Town. Jake Howells signs 3 year deal dispelling rumour he will leave for Ipswich. Striker Jon Shaw from Gateshead and defender Gary Richards & midfielder Danny Spiller both in from Gillingham.
Godfrey Poku & former skipper George Pilkington join Mansfield. Amari Morgan-Smith released. Lewis Kidd signs a 1 year extention. Dan Walker put on the transfer list after the 22-year-old rejected a second contract offer.New face as right-back and former Stevenage captain Ronnie Henry signs. Alex Lacey signs new 2 year deal. Midfield duo Robbie Willmott and Godfrey Poku have rejected new deals.
Buckle keen to strengthen and prepared to be patient for right players. Has already put transfer bids in for Forest Green Rovers midfielder Yan Klukowski & Gateshead striker Jon Shaw (Hartlepool and York also interested). Kovacs & Tyler make BSP team of year. Andre Gray made England C debut against Russia. Osano took a parting swipe having turned down a new deal to join Wimbledon
1 Mark Tyler, Dean Brill, 21 Lewis Kidd (on loan to Dunstable),
2 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Garry Richards 25 Ronnie Henry (Captain), 3 Greg Taylor, 6 János Kovács, 5 Dean Beckwith, 16 Alex Lacey, 31 Newman Carney, Brett Longden
Matt Robinson, Yaser Kasim, 8 Danny Spiller, 7 Alex Lawless, 11 Jake Howells, 17 Jonathan O’Donnell, 26 Andre Boucaud (loan to Notts Co), 19 James Dance, John Paul Kissock (on loan to Macc), Paul Carden, 15 Adam Watkins, Colby McAdams, Charlie Smith, Jerry Nash
10 Scott Rendell, 9 Jon Shaw, 12 Andre Gray, 13 Stuart Fleetwood,
29 Dan Walker, 32 Alasan Ann, Jake Woolley,
Luton Town have released former Cambridge United right back Danny Gleeson, alerting a posse of BSP clubs. Proven at this level, last season saw his chances limited by injury and competition from on-loan AFC Wimbledon defender Curtis Osanu. The 6′ 3″ lad is already understood to be in discussions with 4 BSP clubs after failing to get a new deal along with striker Danny Crowe and left back Shane Blackett.
The big issues as ever for the Imps would be wages and budget, plus the fact that we already have Paul Robson signed up for another season. David Holdsworth is however mindful of the fact that a big side will pose problems for some of the footballing sides and Danny would certainly provide that. He has been capped 7 times for England C, suggesting Paul Fairclough the non-league guru also has confidence in his ability.
Born a stones throw from the Abbey Stadium Danny came up through the ranks before tasting League football at both Cambridge and Notts County following a free transfer. He then rejoined the U’s on loan before making the deal permanent in 2007, making 110 appearances over 3 seasons as well as receiving his England call-ups. In 2010 Luton signed him for free on a two year deal that saw him become an integral part of the side that tasted defeat in the play-off final against Wimbledon. This season saw one of the don’s fringe players came back to haunt him by keeping him out of the side. Let us hope Janos Kovacs has nothing but good things to say about him should we pursue an interest.