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No War Of Roses At Imps as Owls, Lillywhites, Donny & Hatters Happily Tweet

He has enlisted Preston, Sheffield Wednesday & Doncaster Rovers’ cast-offs, raided Burton, Macclesfield and Stockport County, rebuilt self belief and blended a team where the cream is floating to the top.  The team spirit and the desire to help everyone back into the Football League where they belong is why there is no war of the Rovers at Lincoln City. Here in a home from home, the red and white roses bloom in  the breadbasket of Britain, at a club Football almost forgot.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Half of the Lincoln squad still live in Sheffield, the manager included.  Todd Jordan and Foster (in from Preston) both started out at Sheffield Wednesday, whilst Brown went to Huddersfield and latterly across the Pennines at Macc, along with Ben Thomlinson, to ply their trade.  Waide Fairhurst already on a couple for the season and Andrew Boyce have Doncaster Rovers on his CV , whilst  the House of Lancaster’s ranks are boosted by Newton, Nolan and Rowe from Stockport. Rowe was the 12 year old Man Utd nabbed from Preston only for a tribunal to lay down a £136k repayment plan.

So clearly the manager, who has a reputation for talent spotting, had put together a good recipe, but the question is could they blend? It would appear so with 3 wins, a draw and a defeat to a side who dwarf the Imps budget. Two of those wins have come against Forest Green Rovers and Wrexham with budgets three times that of the Imps. So what is the secret to bringing a club back from the brink of relegation and extinction last season?

In a rousing pre-match battle cry to raise the heckles ahead of a game at Dartford that could put his side top, the manager describes the side as ‘Winners’ who “want to wear the shirt’ and are ‘ working their absolute stones off’.  As Simmo the steel City son who stood on the Kop says.

“I learned a while ago that the more you fill your dressing room with winners, the better chance you have of winning. These lads are working so hard for each other and they are getting their just rewards.”

Incredibly, Lincoln, has a bottom four budget for the division of just over £400,000. Only Nuneaton, Hyde and Braintree have less, with Alfreton and Tamworth overtaking us following their recent flurry, This despite our crowds being the eighth best in the division with more directors around our board table than most. Therefore the manager’s signings and ambitions are perhaps even more remarkable than the surge of season ticket sales that saw Lincoln Loco silently stoke up the steam pre-season. But then Colin Murphy’s Moral suggests miracles can happen every now and again if we Imps make a wish and believe.

Manager Gary Simpson
Formation 4-2-3-1 / various
Position 2012/13 16th in BSP
STMI Forecast Play-offs
Ave Gate 2127
Away following 228

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The Imps play one of the hardest formations to mark, but when we meet 5 in the middle it will be as tough for us to brake sides down as visa versa.   The team is a passing one but they make space a premium as Wrexham, Forest Green and even Cambridge will confirm.  Therein lies another problem, come the winter and the poor pitch quality of the Conference clubs, the passing game struggles, just ask Luton, Forest Green and Grimsby.  That is when the Imps will need to mix it up and fund the purchase of a big target man if they are to crown a season of promise. The new grass may not start to come through until March and Lincoln will need results through a tough and, perhaps inclement winter, if they want to stay there or thereabouts.

IN Player From Pos Fee
24th July Luke Foster Preston Def Free
23rd July Ben Thomlinson Alfreton For <£7000
1st July Nick Wright Mansfield For Free
3rd June Nat Brown Macclesfield Def Free
23rd May Adi  Yussuf Burton For Free
23rd May Jon Nolan Stockport Mid Free
17th May Wade Fairhurst Macclesfield For Free
14th May Danny Rowe Stockport Mid/For Free
14th May Sean Newton Stockport Def Free
Loans None
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st July Vadaine Oliver Crewe For £25k(+ Ad)
Released Nick Draper No Club Keeper
Released Peter Gilbert No club (Dag?) Def
Released Frazer Cobb Free Def
Released Nicky Nicolau Chelmsford C Mid
Released Adam Smith FC Halifax Winger
Released Jamie Taylor Sutton For
Released Gomez Dali No club For

Lincoln’s 2013/14 squad. 

Click on any players name for a biopic. (dates in parenthesis relate to contract termination)

Goalkeepers

1  Paul Farman   (contracted to June 2015) 13 David Preece  (contracted to June 2014) 

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Defenders

Tom Miller  (contracted to June 2015)   3   Sean Newton   (June 2015) 5  Andrew Boyce   (June 2015)  15  Dan Gray,  (June 2014)  23 Nat Brown   (June 2014)   Luke Foster  (June 2014) 

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Midfielders

Todd Jordan  (June 2014)  6 Mamadou Fofana  (June 2014)  7  Wade Fairhurst   ( June 2014)  Alan Power  (June 2015) Danny Rowe  (contracted to June 2014)  12 Jake Sheridan   ( June 2014)  19 Jon Nolan   ( June 2014)  24 Karl Cunningham  ( Dec 2013) 

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Strikers

10 Nick Wright   (June 2014) 11 Ben Tomlinson  (June 2015)  14  Adi Yussuf   ( June 2014) 16 Conner Robinson   (June 2014)  20 Bohan Dixon  (June 2014)  29 Jordan Thomas  ( June 2014) 

BSP Away Support 12/13 Hatters, Mariners Stags & Imps deserve Medals!

The belated away support stats 2012/13 for Luton Town, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead. Outstanding support as ever from the Hatters – Luton that is and Stockport who have both had another shocker given their fabulous support ……but there is always next Saturday.

apologies for the delay, been writing a book in memory of Richard Butcher for charity and the broken heel has had me hanging like a bat at times! thanks as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

As usual we give both the average and the total turnstile clicks of the travelling fans. Once again you were loud and should be rightly proud considering the prices and the climate. The average taken away in the BSP was 195 plus the shrapnel down by 15 on the previous season. The Mighty Imps recovered from 183 to 228 after another shocker.

Team

Ave

Total

Games

Luton

496

11,399

23

Stockport

479

11,019

23

Grimsby

429

9,869

23

Wrexham

363

9,678

23

Mansfield

396

9,103

23

Newport

263

6044

23

Kidderminster

241

5,549

23

Cambridge

230

5,306

23

Lincoln

228

5,253

23

Hereford

214

4933.5

23

Dartford

151

3,475

23

Macclesfield

147

3,374

23

Nuneaton

130

2,999

23

Woking

102

2,337

23

Telford

91

2,102

23

Southport

90

2,082

23

Tamworth

88

2,022

23

Alfreton

77

1,769

23

Forest Green

71

1,644

23

Ebbsfleet

70

1,592

23

Barrow

68

1,407

23

Hyde

60

1,362

23

Gateshead

40

913

23

Braintree

39

722

23

Wrexham Deserve 3 Promotion Places For Conference Clubs

For 3 promotion places to have any chance, Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Alfreton,  Braintree,  Cambridge,  Chester FC,  Dartford, Forest Green, Gateshead, Grimsby,  Hereford,  Hyde, Kidderminster, Lincoln,  Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Southport, Tamworth, Welling United and Woking fans need to act now.  Wrexham have for the second year failed to go up, something their flowing football deserved.  Luton have a budget League 2 & 1 clubs would envy, yet they too are marooned.  STMI urge all BSP, Championship and League 1 teams to back us, surely asking League 2 clubs would be like asking Turkeys to vote for Christmas. Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – we have 1250 we need 10k so ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more, nothing less from, one fan to every other (and any League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong)

Please help, please sign and thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

Lincoln Want 1 Nottingham Crown Jewel Back Then?

Former  Nottingham Forest and Macclesfield Town left-back Tony Diagne is hopefully mulling over a deal to join Lincoln City.  The lad who almost made a move to Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers last season, before Macclesfield turned down a loan deal with  Bury, would be a landmark signing and get season ticket sales rolling.  Poetic justice perhaps in a week that saw The Lincoln City Ladies up sticks to Notts County. So could Simmo get one of the Lace City’s forgotten crown jewels to join the Imps? Sincil Salivates, for the pride of Impdom can yet be restored?

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

Tony returned to home-town club Aubervilliers, after being released by Forest, having grown through the ranks under John Pemberton. JP had been instrumental in a conveyor-belt of talent at The City Ground for the best part of a decade.  Gary then talked him into giving English football a second chance, with a move to the Silkmen half way through the 2011/12 season.  Tony, a set-piece specialist, repaid the faith by getting his first goal against Hereford just a week in. He has pace and a tenacious nature, that just does not accept defeat. This was recognised with Gary extending his Silkmen stay from the end of the 2010/11 season to 2011/12.

*****

Despite Macc selling the family silver and relegation, there were enquiries from Leeds United and Blackburn, before Bury (League 1) also had a loan bid turned down by new Macc boss King.  This faith paid dividends, particularly against DiCanio’s Swindon in November.  Tony got two, one a forty-yard hay-maker of a free-kick.

His secret loan deal along with hero Nat Brown took everyone by surprise and played a big part in halting in-form Woking in their tracks, as the gallant Imps came from behind to snatch a point. In 7 action packed appearances Tony was fantastic for us last season until injury curtailed his involvement. His brilliant brace at Braintree and all-round contribution was a major factor in keeping us up.

Enticer Simpson has always rated the 22 year and signed him from French club CM Aubervilliers in 2011 as well as bringing him to the Imps on loan last season.  Tony is convalescing in France at the moment, following that nasty ankle gash, but should return in the next couple of weeks. Sincil Salivates, for the pride of Impdom can yet be restored……

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Tony Diagne 7 0 610 2 11 1 5 2 2 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Anthony Diagne
DATE OF BIRTH 7 September 1990 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Aubergenville, France
PLAYING POSITION Left back/Def Mid
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Macclesfield Town
NUMBER 33
YOUTH CAREER
2007–2010 Nottingham Forest
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 CM Aubervilliers n/a (?)
2011–DATE Macclesfield Town 84 (6)
Appearances and goals include League, FAC, LC and FT

Conference Petition Breaks 1k – Come Aboard!

Come on  Alfreton,  Telford, Braintree,  Cambridge, Dartford, Ebbsfleet, FGR, Gateshead, Grimsby, Hereford, Hyde, Kidderminster, Luton, Macclesfield, Mansfield, Newport, Nuneaton, Southport,  Stockport, Tamworth, Woking and Wrexham fans, please join sign the petition for 3 promotion and 3 relegation places between the BSP and The League  here  – Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet, Harriers On Line and We Imps  already pushing it

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Massive thanks to  News Now, Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet and Harriers on-line, for already coming on board. 

Feel free to copy and paste this article onto your forums and even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. 

*****

To cut to the chase

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

BSP 3 Up 3 Down Petition – Have you signed Yet?

For 3 Up 3 Down Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead fans must unite and act now.   Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more nothing less from one fan to every other (and League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong.

Massive thanks to  News Now, Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet and Harriers on-line, for already coming on board.  

To cut to the chase

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

BSP 3 Up 3 Down Petition – 985 & rising

For 3 Up 3 Down Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead fans need to act now.   Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more nothing less from one fan to every other (and League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong.

Massive thanks to  News Now for their RSS assistance as ever, without them my blog would be a gin palace without a road….  I Neil Gentleman-Hobbs am proud to write about the Imps & BSP either side of the realities of minimum wage working and time demands.

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

Another Big Tuesday For The Imp Heroes Then!

The Imps go into this one, at Braintree, two points above Nuneaton and three above Barrow, who play Mansfield and Macclesfield respectively.  Both Braintree and Nuneaton will also play additional games on Thursday.  Gateshead play Grimsby at Boston and Hyde host Cambridge. If all results go our way we could be up to 16th, but if the worst case scenario should occur we could be back below the trapdoor with Barrow level on points, with a game in hand.

A massive welcome to Braintree fans visiting the site for the first time, thank you for reading the Form of the Foe courtesy of Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

Oh ye of little faith, if the 16 Imp heroes – 20 shots on Saturday bless them –  can  keep up the work-rate and passion we can find 4 points from the trips to Braintree tomorrow evening and Alfreton on Saturday.  These days money and points do not grow on trees so you’ve got to pick a pocket or two boys you’ve got to pick a pocket or two!  One nil smash and grab – Believe – We Are Imps!

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Tuesday  25th March K.O 7.45 pm

GROUND GUIDE

Away Fans Prices Adults £15 Cons £10 U16 £5, U11 £3 Quag End Terrace (Cap 1000)

 

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The Iron sit 13th, by virtue of goal difference whilst the Imps sit 20th.   The condition of the pitch will play a huge part in things, although it has been a hindrance for the hosts in terms of postponements and the fact that they do better away than they do at home.

CLUB P W D L GD PTS
Kid’minster 40 23 8 9 32 77
Braintree To 35 14 7 14 -8 49
 
Lincoln City 39 11 10 18 -11 43
Nuneaton 38 9 14 15 -16 41
Barrow 38 10 10 18 -29 40
Ebbsfleet 37 8 12 17 -23 36
AFC Telford 41 5 16 20 -20 31

Braintreefc.pngBraintree’s Form

The Iron’s home form over the season sees them ranked 20th in the BSP, although it has improved to 10th over the last 5 with 2-0 wins over Luton and Grimsby. Away from home they have an enviable record that sees them sit 3rd in the current form charts. Fortunately we go to their place, although we will do well to score more than one against a very well organised defence, on a pitch that is best described as a swamp. The away section, or Quag End, takes its name from soft and swampy ground.

Recent Results (last game 1st) Results breakdown
Braintree 2                    
Nuneaton 2   G W D L F A GD Pts Position
Braintree 1 Home  18 6 5 7 24 31 -7 23 20
Woking 1 Away  17 8 2 7 26 27 -1 26 7
Stockport 1 Overall  35 14 7 14 50 58 -8 49 13
Braintree 3 The last 5′s
Gateshead 1   G W D L F A GD Pts Position
Braintree 2 Overall 5 3 2 0 10 5 5 11 3
Braintree 2 Home  5 2 2 1 7 5 2 8 10
Luton 0 Away 5 4 0 1 14 9 5 12 2
Braintree 2 Form By Month
Grimsby 0   G W D L F A GD Pts Position
FGR 4 January 5 3 0 2 11 9 2 9 2
Braintree 1 February 4 2 0 2 5 6 -1 6 15
March 4 2 0 8 5 3 8 8

 

Braintreefc.png  £££ – Ker-ching 

Highest Home Gate 1133 Cambridge
Lowest home gate 421 Nuneaton
Average Home Gate 645  
Total Turnstile Clicks 11,610  

Braintreefc.png Heroes & Villains

       
Heroes Goals   Assists
Holman 10 Holman 8
Marks 10 Sparkes 6
Davis 8 Dayley 4
Dayley 6 Habergham 4
       
Villains Yellows   Reds
Habergham 17 Paine 1
Symons 6 Peters
Peters 5 Marks 1
3 lads on 4    
       
YELLOWS 43  REDS 3

Braintreefc.png Keeper corner- Nathan McDonald

Nathan only got his place back in the side in January, but the 21 year old is a popular figure at the club with 58 appearances under his belt.

Games Sub Conceded Saves Mins Played Clean sheets Mins per goal Yc’s Rc’s
12 0 19 56 1080 2 57 0 0

BSP Home Support – 2012/13 &, 2011/12

Welcome to the BSP home support for Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead.  Luton look likely to break the 100,000 barrier again this season, but even they are, 1400 down on last season.  The need for 3 up 3 down has never been greater you feel ahead of the League vote at the end of the season, with the average attendance in the BSP standing at 1,905 compared to 2693 last term. Write to your MP and quick!

Thanks as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

As usual we give both the average and the total turnstile clicks for this season, as well as the number of games. For those inquisitive minds who wish a comparison with last season that is here to.   We have omitted last season’s crowds for those in League 2, The BSS and BSN last season. AWAY STATS  HERE

Team Games Total Turnstile Clicks Average Gate 2011/12 Total 2011/12 Ave
1 Luton Town 16 91,299 6,086 188,837 7553
2 Grimsby Town 19 72,323 3,806 76,085 3308
3 Wrexham 17 56,431 3,526 96.636 4,026
4 Stockport County 19 58,336 3,431 84,567 3,676
5 Mansfield Town 19 47,488* 2,499* 68,980 2,874
6 Newport County 18 41,904 2,464 31,042 1,349
7 Cambridge United 19 37,246 2,190 55,956 2,432
8 Lincoln City 20 42,550 2,127 53,990 2,347
9 Kidderminster Harriers 18 35,066 1,948 48,191 2,095
10 Hereford United 17 32,044 1,884  n/a L2
11 AFC Telford United 19 31,547 1,752 52,066 2,263
12 Woking 18 27,142 1,596  n/a BSS
13 Macclesfield Town 18 23,024 1,534  n/a  L2
14 Dartford 17 23,157 1,447  n/a BSS
15 Forest Green Rovers 18 19,548 1,221 23,796 1,034
16 Tamworth 19 16,890 993 25,237 1,097
17 Nuneaton Town 18 16,694 982 n/a  BSN
18 Southport 19 17,427 968 29,669 1,289
19 Ebbsfleet United 18 16,348 961 23,396  1,017
20 Barrow 18 16,045 943 29,015 1,261
21 Hyde 17 12,481 832  n/a BSN
22 Alfreton Town 17 11,780 736 24,454 1,063
23 Braintree Town 16 8,752 673 19,739 897
24 Gateshead 15 7,420 570 19,381 842

* Thanks to Martin Shaw Editor of  Stagsnet the no 1 independent forum and news site for Mansfield Town FC.

O’Connor, Cunnington, Green, Barnes-Homer & Jevons Eye The BSP Muddy Boot

The hit-men of Newport, Tamworth, Mansfield, Macclesfield,  Hyde, Hereford, Kidderminster  Alfreton and Woking FC are the surprise contenders for the Blue Square muddy boot. You have to look down as far as 17th for Luton’s Andre Gray and 20th for Lincoln’s Jamie Taylor.  Muddy may be a bit harsh, but this is a world away from the other Premier and will stay that way as long as 3 up 3 down is being blocked. Write to your MP and quick!

Thanks as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

In joint poll position is Aaron O’Connor a veritable goal machine with 17 so far and no penalties to boot. Level with him is the silent but deadly of the Lambs, Cunnington who has slammed home 7 of his from the spot.  A goal behind the rutting Stag Matt Green, our nap for the title, who is tied with Barnes-Homer of Macc (did Luton let him slip) in joint third. The grim and gifted Jevons of Hyde in 5th, is showing age and lack of height to be no barrier in the BSP.  There are ten further back a goal or two behind and still very much in the running. If Clayton (Alfreton), Brown (Nuneaton), Crawford (Barnet FC), Elliott (Cambridge), Malbon (Harriers), Norwood (FGR) and Wright (Wrexham) started to taking penalties they would be well and truly in the mix.

Goal Machine Team
1 Aaron O’Connor Newport County 17
1 Adam Cunnington Tamworth 17
3 Matthew Green Mansfield Town 16
3 Matthew Barnes-Homer Macclesfield Town 16
5 Phil Jevons Hyde 15
6 Michael Gash Kidderminster Harriers 14
6 Nathan Elder Ebbsfleet United 14
6 Paul Clayton Alfreton Town 14
6 Ryan Bowman Hereford United 14
6 Bradley Bubb Woking 14
11 Tom Elliott Cambridge United 13
11 Anthony Malbon Kidderminster Harriers 13
11 James Norwood Forest Green Rovers 13
11 Harry Crawford Dartford 13
11 Danny Wright Wrexham 13
16 Andy Brown Nuneaton Town 12
17 Scott Spencer Hyde 11
17 Adam Boyes Barrow 11
17 Andre Gray Luton Town 11
20 Jamie Taylor/Waide Fairhurst Lincoln City/Macclesfield Town 10
20 Yan Klukowski/Ben Tomlinson Forest Green Rovers/Alfreton Town 10
20 Ross Hannah/Danny Hattersley Grimsby Town/Stockport County 10