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Football TV Rights? 3 Very Different things For Fans.

I get altitude sickness at Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest,  Chesterfield FC  and Mansfield Town games having chosen to cover The Conference Premier and Conference North. Like the Manchester City fans last night I have been priced out having moved up to Lincoln as a lifestyle choice. So the two £1250 a year Arsenal season tickets and the jokes of co-season ticket holders Alan Davies and Ian Stone just had to go.  Before the rant of sorts, a quick good luck to the promotion chances of  Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield FC and their fabulous fans who are doing well in-spite of, as opposed to because of, all that TV cash. It could all change for the better, even the playing field so to speak, if Virgin’s complaint to Ofcom is taken seriously? Then again pigs could fly.

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Most of us now know that Ofcom, among other things the broadcasting regulator, looks set to open an investigation into how the Premier League sells the TV rights to its live matches. This is at the request of Virgin Media who claim the practice is driving up consumer prices. Ofcom is taking the matter seriously and will give a decision in 8 weeks. So the fan is a consumer to champion once again as opposed to a sheep that is sheered each and every year by the people’s game.

A change in the bidding process would have huge implications on the game from the top to the bottom of the pyramid. Currently, on an annual basis, £340m goes to youth development with another £23 million directly to grass roots. The Footy Bingo grass roots article yesterday shows how Greg Dyke is spearheading what has already had a staggering nine figure impact on the game CLICK ME.

Both sides will have strong arguments, not to mention that previously mentioned grass roots programme that could well be a fantastic legacy for proactive FA Chairman Greg Dyke (£1.2 bn raised for grass roots so far). Further the Premier League do operate fair, transparent and open process when it comes to the auction of its audio-visual rights. Previous investigations by UK and European busy-bodies have found everything to be in order and compliant with UK and European competition legislation.

Virgin rightly argue that we Brits pay the highest prices in Europe to watch football on TV. The real crux of it you feel is that Virgin has to buy its own rights from BSkyB and BT. It will not be bidding in the process later in the year for a slice of the pie for 2016 onwards. Therefore they have to pay higher so we pay higher which ups the price. Perhaps, but, in a free market those of us with BT Broadband can get a good chunk of live games free as well as seeing the Conference games to boot. Were it not for my football writing I would be round at a mates watching the Arsenal games because zero hour contracts have to support a football writers income nowadays. He, a pensioner, is with Virgin and pays over a hundred a month for the privilege of receiving his broadband, telephone and TV from them.

From a purely and somewhat economic theory based point of view it is about supply and demand and, what plagues the failing capitalist economy as a whole. Fairness is the least concern of big business where patents, rights and big money will guarantee an income flow for institutions and shareholders. Aside the odd spat with toothless and underfunded regulators, this is the way directors ensure they keep their bonuses and snouts in the golden troughs. We are consumers when it suits and at best sheep, or the cahless are of no consequence, the rest of the time. The Premiership have a monopoly as a collective bargaining power, with the carve up going to BSkyB and BT who can post the anti. Virgin, ITV and even the BBC cannot justify paying the lump sums on their balance sheets.

Supply and demand is also used for the high price in going to games. Again it is greed based just adding to the ‘cream’ over here while in Germany tickets are a fraction of the UK. We also top the pile across the rest of Europe by a country mile. This superb article from the Guardian is as good a case for the consumer’s defence as I have come across CLICK ME. The three percent increase in season tickets at Arsenal (had one for 14 years) amounted to a fraction of their income. Clearly an US owner taking out a similar amount was purely coincidence of course. Aside the Football Supporters federation no one is championing Twenty is plenty are they? Granted, this is for away tickets, although it would have an impact on the home prices in corresponding areas.

Andy Savage, who runs the website MCFCForum.com, got it spot on in his twitter spat with Rio Ferdinand over the price disgrace and the empty seats at City’s European game against Roma last night.

“I took Rio Ferdinand to task on Twitter. He was taking the mickey out of the empty seats at the Etihad last night. He is living in his own bubble there. Some people are living hand to mouth and don’t know where the next penny is coming from, and he’s criticising them for not filling the stadium when the tickets are £35-plus.

“He was an absolute disgrace on Twitter, as was Scholes on ITV. They are multi-millionaires. They don’t give the man on the street a second thought, how much it is costing people. The cost of living is going up, so many people are out of work. Football is not everyone’s priority, like it used to be. People just can’t afford, over the course of the month, to pay for tickets three, four or five times.

“I took Ferdinand to task, and not because he is an ex-United player. He’s got an autobiography coming out. I’m sure he’s not giving that away. I’m sure he’s not joined QPR for the love it. He’ll be getting a substantial salary. Perhaps it will hit home next year if QPR have to put their prices up and they won’t be able to fill their stadium. It really wound me up last night.”

So is there any end to the golden rails on the inevitably downward staircase of greed? Not from a regulator point of view you feel although the Lords of the manor will inevitably shoot themselves in the foot one day (perhaps the inevitable interest rate rises will not help either). The last round increased the overall receipts of the Premier League to £5.5 Bn if we include the international carve up or £3Bn domestic (up from £3.3BN for all in the last carve up) suggesting the rights have yet to plateau. When the music stops the transfer and wage inflation will catch up with them all. Until then it is open season with perhaps next summer seeing £1 billion spent in the window. For anything or anyone to actually get in the way of big business is a flight of fantasy. Can anyone picture a herd of flying pigs?

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8-Goal Duffy Is Back – Former Oxford, Mansfield & Imp Striker Back in Business

Rob Duffy scored goals aplenty at Oxford United and Mansfield Town, as well as pitching in with 9 at Grimsby Town. An injury at the start of the 2011/12 season for The Imps, saw him him needing an operation for Rob to have any chance of continuing to earn a living from the game. When he left City the pay-off was understood to see the caring Imps foot the bill for the operation. STMI  takes a look at the career of another quality player that saw the fates deny him a chance to prove his undeniable ability…. or have they?.

No they haven’t it seems for Rob Duffy has overcome that career threatening injury and rewarded Ilkeston manager Kevin Wilson’s faith on two counts so far this season. Not only has he rammed home eight goals in eight games, but, he has also rejected an offer to join Goole AFC. Lincoln City were good enough to stretch to an operation on an ankle injury, allowing the 31-year-old to make a slow but sure comeback at Kings Lynn last season before Wilson signed him for NPL rivals Ilkeston at the start of the season.

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In two seasons he cracked 25 goals in 60 appearances for Oxford despite two months out with a broken arm. The Stags almost missed him, trialling him before The Exiles stepped in. However in the January of that season they came to their senses and brother Dean Holdsworth allowed David to take him on an eighteen month deal. David gave him a two year deal where he bagged 28 League goals in 81 BSP appearances, that effectively saved the Stags who were hanging on by their antlers that year. Grimsby, awash with money as ever, came in with an undisclosed fee in the winter window and offered terms that the Stags were unable to match at the time. The deal was completed three days before the January window closed.

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Rob – a hero at Oxford United and Mansfield has had some tough knocks in the last couple of years. Mariners’ chairman John Fenty even tagged him as a ‘mistake’ – the Mariners are looking for a striker too after all up front have reported to sick bay.  But David Holdsworth always rated him as a lad with ability, who had the track record and hunger to prove the doubters wrong. His strike rate – 9 goals in all competitions or 1 every 140 mins – as a bit part-player a The Mariners, suggested Rob was indeed the landmark signing in 2011/12 for Lincoln along with miss-firing mercurial Adam Smith.

Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town, the striker had duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash. Rob certainly looked to have the pedigree and the prowess we needed at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb. The former Wales U21 may have a laid back style but he is still the composed and quiet battler. He failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding at Grimsby, despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances. Alas just 3 games in after a decent start next to Taylor, he was forced off with an ankle injury just 44 minutes into an away game at Newport. Rob, one of the highest earners at the club, was destined to become a financial albatross during a frustrating season as that  early doors ankle injury in the 2011/12 season appeared to end his career.

STMI Biopic
Full name Robert Duffy
Date of birth 2 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ilkeston
Youth career
1998–2001 Charlton Athletic
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Rushden & Diamonds 30 (1)
2005 → Stamford (loan) 2 (2)
2005 Cambridge United 9 (0)
2005 Kettering Town 4 (1)
2006 Gainsborough Trinity ? (?)
2006 Stevenage Borough 1 (0)
2006–2008 Oxford United 56 (24)
2008 → Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Newport County 21 (1)
2009–2011 Mansfield Town 78 (28)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 52 (8)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 3 (0)
2013-2014 King’s Lynn Town 7 (6)
2014– Ilkeston 8 (8)

 

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Ex-Leeds winger joins the Spireites as ex-Imp stays at Stags

Ex-Leeds United winger Gboly Ariyibi, has joined Chesterfield FC  after they failed to land Mansfield Town and ex-Lincoln City winger Sam Clucas.  Ariyibi has been on trial with the Spireites and has an impressive pedigree, having graduated through the Southampton youth system before joining Leeds last season, making one appearance against of all clubs, Nottingham Forest.

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So Mansfield Town continue to hold onto the services of the flying winger who never got the breaks at the Imps. His dream move from Debenham’s shelf stacker to a full-time contract at his home town club yielded just the one start against Darlington, the last game of Peter Jackson’s tenure.

Sam went on star at Hereford before going from strength to strength at the Stags (he opted for them over Crewe because he could return to his Lincoln roots).  This time last year he was the subject of interest from Nottingham Forest, but injury stopped a second improved bid from Forest, currently, top of the Championship table.

The Forest bid had been rumoured to be excess of £500,000, even Chesterfield cannot afford that, particularly as a central striker appears to be also on the cards over the next few days. The Spireites also had a bid knocked back  but will not follow up with a second after signing Ex-Leeds United winger Gboly Ariyibi, today.

 

 

Holdsworth Sacked

Former Lincoln City and Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth may want to give his brother Dean (who got Aldershot Town relegated) and his nephew a helping hand after both left Chelmsford City today.  That is of course if he has time as he has been a very busy lad in the transfer market…….

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The Clarets lost 6-0  to Boreham Wood in the Conference South on Saturday and have now lost 8 of their last 11 games.  City sit 17th in the table after just four wins from thirteen this term. Dean, with a massively redused budget it must be said, agreed to stand down after just five months in charge – this off the back of almost getting Aldershot relegated although Andy Scott got the honour – with assistant Kenny Brown put in caretaker charge of the side. Holdsworth’s son Jordan, a striker, has also left the club.

David meanwhile is getting busy at his Goole gig, with three new faces on Friday alone. Midfielder Anton Fosterjoins from Matlock,  striker Ryan Williams joins from Guiseley AFC on dual registration and defender Jack Freeman from AFC Darwen in the North West Counties League. Goole beat Chasetown 3-1 on Saturday to move to 14th as Holdsworth and Chairman Baron’s brave new dawn continues.

The previous week was even busier with 6 out and 4 in as David Holdsworth looked to ring the changes.  The released half dozen were George Wysocki, Brice Tiani, Regis Kimba-Mavambu, Chris Ovington, Matt Semley and Nick Guest. The arrivals were former Scunthorpe United, forward Reece Richiardi, former Crystal Palace forward William Johnson-Cole, former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder James Cottingham from Worksop Town (waiting on the registration) and former Notts County and Mansfield Town winger Danny Bisungu who is awaiting international clearance.

Impvasion – Will Imps Take Top 1K at Worcester

Only Mansfield Town denied us a third round tie against Liverpool FC last season, but, as FA Cup fever grips the Cities of Worcester and Lincoln the Imp hordes are set to descend on Aggborough in their droves – and they will be in fine fettle given the prices of between £12 and £3 quid.

Fox Mulder investigates

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The Mighty Imps lost 2-1 in a replay to Mansfield last season with that home glamour tie against Liverpool pencilled in.  The last time we reached to 3rd round was under Chris Sutton in 2009/10 when over 3100 Imps travelled to Bolton. That run started at a banana skin – but Captain Kerr set up 3 at Northwich to tame their giant killing reputation. Over to you Alan Power this is your game.

The prices for this one are just too good to miss, with one of the Skrill Premiers most loyal away followings easily trebling the 200 that travelled there last week. many were keeping their money for this week according to texts coming into STMI Towers suggesting many see this as an away day of choice.  Lincoln took 574 all the way to Barnet so anywhere from 600-1,000 looks possible.

Entry Prices for the FA Cup Match will be:

Adults: £12
Concessions: £8 (Over 60’s, Students and Unemployed – with ID)
Young Adults: £5 (16 to Under 21’s – with ID)
Juniors: £3 (Under 16’s)

Preview Harriers V Imps – Park The Bus Lads!

Kidderminster Harriers raided Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town, Luton Town and Cambridge United to strengthen an already enviable squad, that went from bottom to top last term with that 21 game hot streak to fall at the last in the play-offs.  The Harriers, currently second, can hurt anyone in the Skrill Premier Division. The goals and assist distribution throughout the side suggests they will be a threat all over the park tomorrow. Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could perhaps be forgiven for parking the team coach in front of our goal and putting a padlock on the hand-break and putting the key in his pocket until half-time at least.

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But Simmo’s Imps have a team spirit and work ethic that can not only frustrate but also come away with at least a point against the injury hit Harriers. Lincoln have been facing insurmountable odds ever since the Sincil Bank computer spewed forth a budget that is laughable for the expectations of a City and fan base that screams Football league status. We make the cut for the Monopoly board but the Bank and the station is anything but able to do big business.  Yet a side has been built that has surprised us, to the extent that we are now bemoaning the fact that we are a target man and winger short of the play-offs with 100’s of the faithful following pied piper Simmo and his six-foot soldiers on their Impquest.

Fowler, the Doncaster recruit and non-League steal Lolley are going great guns even if Dance is missing through suspension with Tolley (in from Mansfield) on the bench and Gash still out. Both Blissett and Lolley scored and soared in the 2-1 win at Southport so Steve Burrs young forward line is hardly a weakness with battering ram Morgan-Smith at its apex. Ex-Imp Gowling and successful trialist Grimes are composed but they won’t fancy Tomlinson if Newton can get beyond Lee Vaughan on their right. Left-back Jackman is no slouch either, but he is beatable if Miller has the free-time given Blissett and cultured Byrne will keep him and his midfield pinned.  It looks tough with a set-piece our best chance one feels.

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Manager Steve Burr
Formation 4-3-3
Position 2012/13 2nd in BSP
STMI Forecast Title Contenders
Average Gate 2123 (Total 14,862)
Away following 202 (1214 Aug/Sept)

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The Potential Team

Steve Burr 4-3-3

23 N Vaughan

2 L Vaughan 15 Grimes 30 Gowling 16 jackman

4 Storer

8 Fowler              7 Byrne

21 Lolley                                      13 Blissett

22 Morgan- Smith

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The Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Assists
Gash 4 Vaughan 3
Storer 3 Storer 3
Dance 3 Fowler 2
Malbon 3 Gittings 2
Lolley 3 Malbon 2
Morgan-Smith 2 Gash 2
6 players on 1 Morgan-Smith 2
Byrne 1
Villains Yellows Villains Reds
Demitriou 3 Dance 1
Fowler 3
Gowling 2
Vaughan 2
Storer 2
Byrne 2
Gittings 2
Johnson 2
Blissett 2
5 players on 1

Form Comparison 

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster (H) 7 5 1 1 14 6 8 16 6
Lincoln (A) 7 1 3 3 7 9 -2 6 15
Lincoln (H) 8 5 1 2 9 3 6 16 6
Kidderminster (A) 8 4 1 3 10 10 0 12 3
Last Five G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Kidderminster 5 3 2 0 8 2 8 11 3
Lincoln 5 1 2 2 5 4 1 5 13
Overall G W D L F A GD Pts
Kidderminster 15 9 2 4 24 16 8 29 2
Lincoln 15 6 4 5 16 12 4 22 10

The Summer Plans

With just Briggs and Collins released manager Steve Burr just keeps on making the Harriers stronger.  Leading BSP goal machine Gash has made the loan deal from Cambridge permanent, although 20 year old young gun Joe Lolley has also joined after banging in 88 goals in 83 games for Littleton in the Midlands Combination.  As if the midfield was not blessed enough Fowler comes in from Doncaster, Tolley from Mansfield, Dance from the Hatters and another unknown, winger Dior Angus a whippet with a wicked cross.  Grimes has also come in as back-up to a defence that has ex-Imp Gowling, Dunkley,Demetriou and Vaughen.

Burr rode out the storm, added Josh Gowling – who was no good for the Imps – then only tinkered with a well oiled machine when injury or the odd tactical change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 was required. Fair is fair, Kiddy deserved to go up last year, the football was sublime, but two results near the end cost them. They did not choke, so lets not look back in anger, because this quality side is unlikely to need to make up that much ground again.

IN Player From Pos Fee
31st July Joe Lolley Littleton For Undis
25th July Jamie Grimes Trialist Def Free
19th June Lee Fowler Doncaster Rov Mid Free
17th June Dior Angus Solihull Winger Undis
10th June Jamie Tolley Mansfield Mid Free
6th June James Dance Luton Mid Free
1st May Michael Gash Cambridge U For Undis
OUT Player To Pos Fee
Released Keith Briggs FC Halifax Mid
Released Mike Williams Altrincham Def

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Harriers 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
1 Daniel Lewis, 23 Nathan Vaughan

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Defenders
2 Lee Vaughan, 3 Mickey Demetriou, 6 Cheyenne Dunkley, 15 Jamie Grimes, 16 Danny Jackman,  30 Joshua Gowling, 

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Midfield
4 Kyle Storer, 5 Jamie Tolley, 7 Jack Byrne, 8 Lee Fowler, 11 Marvin Johnson, 14 Dior Angus, 17 James Dance, 18 Callum Gittings,

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Forwards
9 Michael Gash, 10 Anthony Malbon, 13 Nathan Blissett, 19 Ryan Rowe, 21 Joe Lolley, 22 Amari Morgan-Smith

 

Legend Holdsworth Returns To Management

Former Sheffield United, Watford FC and Birmingham City legend & Lincoln City and Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth and Curtis Woodhouse have been appointed as the new management team at Goole Town as new chairman Baron Bloom heralds a bright and brave new dawn.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Holdsworth played 115 games for Sheffield United, 300 for Watford and 112 for Birmingham City  in a distinguished career before moving into management with Ilkeston, Mansfield Town and latterly Lincoln City.  He has a wealth of contacts and has a track record for wheeling and dealing with a very high turnover of staff.  It will be interesting to see what Mr Holdsworth will do with some money behind him and he looks to be an exciting gamble  for property investor Bloom.

According to a press release from the club, Mr Bloom has been looking to become involved in a football club for some time and after investigating a number of options, has decided that Goole AFC offers the best opportunity to fulfil his ambitions.

He said of the appointment of Holdsworth and Woodhouse, “We are delighted to have appointed such a heavyweight team and feel this is a real coup for the Club”.

David  ‘Reg’ Holdsworth said ” I’m delighted to help Baron on his new project. After listening to his enthusiasm and desire, I hope together we can help lay some good foundations. This is a huge task and will take time, however we feel things can improve and start to change the fortunes of the club.”

Baron is determined to move the club forward both on and off the pitch and has some great ideas to improve our crowds as well as making greater use of our resources. Mr Bloom said of the venture

“I am very excited at the possibilities that this creates and I look forward to success, both on and off the field.  “For some time I have wanted to become involved in a non-league club and see how far we can move it forward. My role, which will be completely unpaid, will be to assist in improving the club’s revenue. All of this revenue will be applied to improve the club infrastructure and facilities as well as the on-field success. I am delighted to be involved with such a wonderful club, and together with the new board, I know we will take the club into many new arenas. We will be looking to work with the staff, the players and the fans and together we can take Goole AFC to ambitious new horizons. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all”.

 

Mansfield loan Briscoe Aiming To Spoil Imps Feast at Nuneaton

Former Port Vale & current Mansfield Town Winger Louis Briscoe has joined Nuneaton on loan to potentially edge the top of the table clash with Lincoln City today. If he can supply the bullets to Moult who has 9 goals so far this season and Brown, with four, the Imps could be in trouble, then again he scored against us twice last season and cost us an FA Cup money-spinning home glamour tie against Liverpool.

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Port Vale released the promising youngster after just four games but Louis has already bagged 62 goals from 252 appearances, including a goal in his only England C game.  Still only 25 Briscoe has played just twice this season with just a 20 minute cameo in League 2 and a start in the League Cup in a 0-2 defeat against Scunthorpe, which saw him withdrawn after 73 minutes.  He can play as a centre-forward, right or left winger. He played 44 games last season scoring eight times and delivering seven assists. He scored in both FA Cup games between Lincoln and the Stags as well a BSP game against Nuneaton.

Nuneaton have played a flat 3-5-2 for most of the season but Briscoe, frozen out at the Stags was a life and soul of the promotion party last season. He can play on the left or the right of midfield, as well as anywhere in a front three suggesting a tactical switch today.  The chances are he will start, with either Bell missing out on the left or Streete (at centre-back) moving forward into midfield at the expense of one or possibly two of the existing three central midfield players, depending on whether Boro go 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 allowing Briscoe to operate in a midfield trio.

Louis Briscoe
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STMI Biopic
Full name Louis Andrew Briscoe
Date of birth 2 April 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Burton upon Trent
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position R & L Winger / Striker
Club information
Current club Mansfield Town
Number 7
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior stats Lge & Cups
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Port Vale 5 (0)
2007–2008 Leek Town 43 (19)
2008 Hednesford Town 9 (2)
2008 Gresley Rovers 2 (4)
2008 Stafford Rangers 8 (0)
2009 Ilkeston Town 3 (1)
2009– Mansfield Town 187 (36)
International stats
2009 England C 1 (1)

Wright Is Right

The Chesterfield FC return of summer Mansfield Town signing and former Tamworth FC and Kidderminster Harriers striker Nick Wright was welcome news this week. Poor whippet Nick has been shackled by a hamstring injury since Macclesfield but Barnet FC on Saturday is just the game for the lightning rod to strike.

Rose Tinted says its time to get your glasses on

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Nick never really got a look in against the Stags, as Cox had Green as the undeniable first choice option, he was perhaps the most complete centre-forward at this level.  Yet Nick started well at the Imps serving up a few in the 7-1 win over Lincoln United before grabbing a hat-trick against money club Harrogate Town.

A hamstring pull in only the second game of the season forced him off 35 minutes into the Macclesfield game, but his pace and movement against the Spireites for 45 minutes was fantastic.  The Imps had their moments on the counter against League 2’s top side with Wright a constant threat. If we had got the benefit of the doubt in one of the two penalty shouts the result could have been very different.

The Barnet game could be a grudge encounter with history suggesting a battle, but also the potential for goals amidst the thrills and spills.  Lincoln went up from the Conference at the first time of asking under Murphy despite a 0-6 defeat at their place, winning the return in a fiery encounter by the odd goal. One of their lads also saw red for punching out one of ours in a hot and spicy date on and off the pitch at Sincil Bank.  Barnet perhaps got revenge of sorts when our defeat at home to Aldershot saved them as we went down.

Nick is tailor made for this one, up against the huge oaks of Acheampong and Stephens.  He has the height although that is not his real strength, but, give him a ball to run onto and he can peel off the shoulder and unload with aplomb.  He and Yussuff both have the potential to get into the double digits this season, but Nick has the ability to go far in the game, in the right team.

Come on Nick we want to be chanting Nicky Wright! Wright! Wright! Saturday night.

Mansfield 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster 2011/12 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
CLUB
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012– Mansfield Town 17 (1)
NATIONAL TEAM
2008– England C 1 (0)

Newcastle sold Imps Tony Lormor For £25,000

Tony Lormer was signed from Newcastle UTD , then moved on to Chesterfield FC, Preston North End, Notts County, Mansfield  Town, Hartlepool United and Shrewsbury Town  scoring 120 goals for in 415 appearances and commanding £200,000 in fees.

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Tony was signed by Willy McFaul and made his debut as an 18 year old under him in 1988 against Spurs. Tony played 8 times, scoring three under 3 different managers on Tyneside (Colin Suggett and Jim Smith being the others) before Colin Murphy brought the 19 year-old to Lincoln in January 1990 for £25,000. Tony scored against the Dragons on his debut and finished the season with 8 goals, just one off Gordon Hobson (who had signed the year before from Southampton for £60,000).  Tony would play under 4 different managers at City (Murph, Clarke, Thommo and Big Keith first time around), but still managed to be the top scorer in his first and second full seasons until  a cruciate ligament (knee) injury struck and kept him out for 18 months.  He got just 9 more games for us, as well as a loan at Halifax (9 aps 1 goal) before he was released.

Tony was arguably not the same player but he never really got a look in and was allowed to go to Peterborough on a free  where he spent a season in the reserves building up his fitness. He was forever grateful to Posh for that and the fact that they never stood in his way when Chesterfield came in for him.  He shone in Division 3 forming a prolific partnership with Phil Robinson as the Spireites went 21 unbeaten (it would have been 22 but he missed a penalty) and clinched promotion to Division Two via the play-offs. Injuries plagued him the following season and he found himself being played wide or in midfield, leading to a transfer request.   In November 1997, Tony joined Preston North End in a £130,000 make-weight with David Reeves coming the other way in the part-exchange deal.

It did not work out at Preston after a scoring start against Luton (plus an assist) as he added just  two more goals came from his next 16 outings.  A loan at Notts County saw no goals in seven and he was sold to Mansfield Town in June 1998 close season for £15,000. The two seasons at the Stags yielded 24 goals, which alerted  Hartlepool United  who offered £30,000 for his services. The knee injury flared up keeping him to just 10 goals from 28 starts and 22 appearances from the bench.  Tony did get a month on loan at the Shrews netting two and setting up 3 in 7 games, but alas he was not allowed to stay at a side that started to look like promotion rivals.  Tony manged 5 games for Telford before he finally gave in to injury.

STMI Biopic
Full name Anthony Lormor
Date of birth 29 October 1970 (age 42)
Place of birth Ashington, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Wallsend Boys Club
Newcastle United
Senior Stats (Lge & Cups)
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1987–1990 Newcastle United 8 (3)
1988–1989 Norwich City (loan) 0 (0)
1990–1994 Lincoln City 112 (35)
1994 Halifax Town (loan) 7 (1)
1994 Peterborough United 8 (0)
1994–1997 Chesterfield 135 (47)
1997–1998 Preston North End 20 (3)
1998 Notts County (loan) 7 (0)
1998–2000 Mansfield Town 84 (24)
2000–2002 Hartlepool United 55 (9)
2002 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 7 (2)
2002–2003 Telford United 4 (0)
2003–2005 Sutton Town  N/a  (?)
2005–2006 Heanor Town  N/a  (?)