As Barnet FC sign another striker – this Millwall sensation scored 124 goals last season – the poor Imps can be excused for feeling a little glum ahead of a must win against Macclesfield where our budget is but a fraction of the potential of the football club. The Bees meanwhile will buzz even louder after hitting their second five of the season with Martin Allen continuing to be backed to the hilt to land Millwall and ex-Maidstone United terrifying teen Alfie Pavey.
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Barnet scored another five last week, with recent Yeovil loan signing Hoskins pitching in with a debut super-sub strike. Now 18-year-old Millwall goal machine Alfie Pavey has also joined on 28-day youth loan. Hats off to the Bees, they are ambitious and flying. Indeed the Imps and Wrexham are the only sides to beat them this season and stop them scoring.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Pavey buzzed:
“I’m hoping to learn from some of the more experienced players and see if I can bring some of the qualities that they have in their game into mine. It should be a great experience for me playing against bigger, stronger players and working on my hold-up play.
“The first training session today went well. It is a nice little ground here and I’ve heard that they get a decent crowd, so hopefully I can get some game time and get myself on the scoresheet.”
Scouts from Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall FC and Peterborough United were at the Kidderminster Harriers V Lincoln City match on Saturday keen to keep tabs on Joe Lolley. They must have been licking their lips as the 3 goals in 11 striker was only denied his fourth of the campaign due to his 55th minute effort being put down as an own goal for Andrew Boyce.
The Owls, The Posh and The Lions will need to get in quick ahead of the winter window with Steve Burr’s find of the season having another life and soul performance on the right against Newton, the finest left back in the Skrill Premier Division. The 21 year-old winger cum centre-forward was playing for Littleton in the Midlands Combination up until last season banging in an incredible 88 goals in 83 games.
Burr signed him for an undisclosed fee on July 31st, he has bridged the gap with aplomb and, although Harriers could well be playing League football next season, Joe could well beat them to it by six months. Burr would probably prefer to keep hold of the lad but with several other clubs interested a big fee will surely test the harriers resolve sooner rather than later. Take a look at this entry on his growing CV.
Former Millwall FC, Leicester City, Rangers FC and Lincoln City Winger Dany N’Guessan bagged his 5th League goal in 7 games for Swindon Town as the Robins stormed to 6th in the table. STMI suggested he could fly at the Robins under shrewd dude Cooper and so far La Fusee Rouge is blazing a trail across the sky.
Danny has put Leicester City and Millwall rejection behind him to prove that even if the Championship might be a step too far he certainly has what it takes to star at league 1 level. His 28th minute penalty secured a 2-0 result against Notts County, the third league win on the bounce. Danny scored in the previous 4-0 thumping of Rotherham and got the only goal against Tranmere. He also scored in the 1-2 defeat at Preston, so La Fusee Rouge (the red Flare) is on a hot-streak with 4 in 4 games.
Swindon’s Mark Cooper is certainly getting the best out of an immensely talented winger, who even as a 21 year old Imp, was unplayable on his day. Danny got 17 goals in 75 starts for the Imps and gave us some terrific memories as he made the 2008-9 League 2 team of the year. That is the way with wingers turned centre-forwards, luxury players who will win you games, but when a side fails to find them they effectively take you down to ten men. His early season criticism of Millwall’s long ball football during a winless start now looks a thing of the past with Dany perhaps finally set to will deliver and prove the potential Glasgow Rangers saw in him all those years ago.
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Rangers FC, Leicester City and Millwall FC all failed but can Swindon Town get the best out of the immensely talented former Imp Dany N’Guessan christened La fusée rouge – The Red Flare – at Lincoln. Alas, thus far the potential has remained unfulfilled even if the career has certainly been paved with gold. So can Mark Cooper be the catalyst before a truly brilliant talent goes to waste?
Danny is one of those players who is unplayable on his day, but when his head is down he will disappear back into his shell. Rangers had signed him from Auxerre, then sent him on loan to Boston, where he joined Lincoln on a free going on to score 17 goals in 75 starts and 22 substitute appearances. When we were good Danny was brilliant, when we struggled he was never going to get us out of a hole. That said he was still in the League 2 team of the year during his final season with us and put in a decent display against Leicester in a friendly to get us a hefty fee. Well that and some terrific YouTube footage put up by his agent, keen to tout him around.
That is the way with wingers, luxury players who will win you games, but when a side fails to find them they effectively take you down to ten men. His criticism of Millwall’s long ball football during a winless start to the season, that sees the Lions sitting 23rd, is no surprise – a far cry from the “The manager has shown faith in me and I think I can do well here. I hope to do that and help Millwall up the table” when he signed a three year deal. He must have felt elated after a 6 month loan deal at the Lions had rescued him from Leicester who knew they had taken a bath. The Foxes ‘enjoyed’ 6 goals in 39 appearances, but despite three loan deals to Scunthorpe, Southampton and Millwall, he did little to live up to the hype or fee.
The thing with Dany is that he starts well. He did at Lincoln, Leicester and Millwall (36 aps 4 goals) with their final throw of the dice loan at Charlton even continuing the trend as he bagged 4 goals in 7 games. Dany scored on his Leicester and Millwall débuts which also bodes well for the Robins. Swindon fans have got a terrific player who will help their play-off aspirations if the wind is with them. But with the Robins currently 10th he could yet end up being a help or a hindrance unless unless Mark Cooper can get the best out of him. Mark is the son of Terry the former Leeds legend, Danny by comparison is the mirror of current one Jermaine Johnson aka JJ, on his day. Pace, power and a shot like a cannon that can turn a game in seconds and have the ground on its feet are the positives, a sullen shadow on the flank the negative.
There are no superlatives to describe La fusée rouge in full stride, but, whether Mark Cooper, a terrific coach and successful manager at Kettering and Darlington, has that in him, when so many others have failed, is anyone’s guess? At 26 Dany is entering his peak, therefore the other big question is: will he finally grasp yet another guilt edged opportunity or will inconsistency be his enemy once again?
Former Imp, Brentford FC, Doncaster Rovers, Gillingham FC, Millwall FC & Brighton & Hove Albion striker Mark McCammon will keep the £68,000 he won from The Gills last season. Gillingham FC have lost their appeal over the ruling it sacked the ex-Imp striker Mark McCammon ‘in an act of racial victimisation, See original STMI article HERE
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Back in July 2012, Mark McCammon won an unfair dismissal case against Gillingham FC, with the tribunal ruling he was was unfairly dismissed and that the dismissal was an act of racial victimisation. The Gills were – ”disappointed – in fact, staggered” by the decision and would be consulting their lawyers, Mark was awarded £68,000.
Mark brought the case against the Gills in June 2012, claiming he and other black squad members were treated differently to white players. He sued for race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure to pay him.
Gillingham’s statement at the time said: “We are hugely disappointed – in fact, staggered – by this decision. As an organisation, we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against, nor victimise our staff. This case is the first of its kind to be brought against the club in its entire history – a history that has seen the club employ many thousands of staff of various race, religion and creed, none of whom have ever felt the need to bring such a claim.”
Gillingham said at the time that they would “discuss the judgement with our lawyers and decide upon the next course of action, whether that be an appeal against the findings, or another form of action, as deemed appropriate”.
The club subsequently lodged an appeal against the ruling that it sacked the striker in an act of racial victimisation, saying the case did not look at the main issues. At a hearing yesterday a judge upheld the original tribunal’s decision.
Mr McCammon, now 35, said: “It was traumatising and it sort of sabotaged my career in the football world, my progress. I had football clubs after me and that just deteriorated. It’s very, very unfortunate.”
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally told BBC South East: “We are confident that we dismissed Mark McCammon for the right reasons.
“It is unfortunate, very frustrating, but people associated with this football club are very well aware of the circumstances around this case and that the club is very much an equal opportunities employer.”
Mr Scally said after the appeal decision on Tuesday the reference to racism should not have been in the letter and said the tribunal and appeal ruled against the club because of the technicality of the term being included.
STMI would like to offer you all the the best Mark – is he still a good target man if fit, even at 35?
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Aldershot have enlisted from Torquay Utd, Southend, Reading FC, Portsmouth FC, Orient, Millwall FC, Exeter City, Burton Albion and Chelsea, who will have the cream of their youth and reserve players there next year will no doubt fill Andy Scott’s remaining three loan slots. With just two strikers, albeit quality new front-men, on the books, it could be an entertaining bounce back to boot.
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|Position 2012/13||24th L2 (Relegated)|
|STMI Forecast||Playoff Fringes|
When Chelsea agreed a ‘lucrative’ deal to use the Shots’ EBB Stadium, for 25 youth games over the next two seasons (including prestigious European ones as the U19’s will play in Europe), it not only helped to save the club but also ushered in the opportunity for Scott to blood blues youngsters as part of their learning curve . Funds generated from aforementioned deal with the generous London Giants will go towards helping the Shots to service their CVA which has swallowed the £250k parachute payment in one.
A consortium led by 4 former directors and assisted by an outpouring by fans finally agreed a takeover on Aug 1st allowing boss Andy Scott to rush the paperwork round to his new recruits who had been waiting patiently and faithfully in the wings. Peter Jackson did the same thing at Huddersfield and went up via the play-offs a decade ago, so the 10 point deduction may not be such a handicap given the talent coming through the door in the last 5 days. Andy is a terrific manager and began the rebuild and achieved the intial League 2 championship success that has turned Brentford into the force they are today.
England U19 defender Webster and full-back-cum-centre-half Goodman from Millwall are two fantastic loans until January. One would have expected more but Scott is clearly waiting to see what Chelsea free-bies he can get as he sticks to a strict CVA budget. Brett Williams (Reading) and Matt Paterson (Burton) will get goals in this league. The new midfield duo of Mark Molesley (Exeter) and Martin Rowland (Orient) will complement the remaining 6 middlemen, including Captain Craig Stanley, from the Football league days.
|8th Aug||Glenn Morris||Re-signed||GK|
|8th Aug||Joe Oastler||Torquay||Def|
|8th Aug||Martin Rowlands||Orient||Mid|
|8th Aug||Matt Paterson||Burton||For|
|8th Aug||Brett Williams||Reading||For|
|7th Aug||Mark Molesley||Exeter||Mid|
|18th June||Danny Hylton||Rotherham||For||Free|
|21st June||Troy Brown||Cheltenham||Def||Free|
|21st June||Ross Wormer||Wimbledon||Keeper||Free|
|29th June||Doug Bergqvist||Exeter||Def||Free|
|6th Aug||Craig Reid||Southend||For||Free|
|16th May||13 made redundant|
Having worked as an international component commodity trader for a former Shots sponsor I will always have a soft spot for the Shots, even if the Imp in me is tinged with a little jealousy, These are exciting times fuelled by that extra spring that always comes from a second lease of life. So good luck, especially at the Mariners on Saturday, it will still be be down to the ability of a quality side, on paper, being able to blend, but those three remaining loan slots could make for some fabulous football in your season of rebirth.
Shots 2013/14 Squad
21 Jamie Young, Glenn Morris,
2 Ben Herd, 3 Anthony Tonlin, 4 Aaron Morris, Adam Webster, Jake Goodman, Joe Oastler,
Martin Rowlands, Mark Molesley, 13 Oliver Risse, 17 Adam Mekki, 18 Craig Stanley, 28 Kieron Cadogan,30 Harry Cooksley, 33 Jordan Roberts,
Matt Paterson, Brett Williams
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- Millwall FC manager Kenny Jacket looks set for the Wolverhampton Wanderers hot-seat whilst Paul Dickov is on the verge of the Doncaster Rovers job, even though Millwall and Sheffield United are keen to secure his services. Bircham should get the Millwall job if East London sources are to be believed. STMI take a look at the credentials of the favourites to get the jobs, which in the case of Wolves has back to back promotions potential written all over it.
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Paul Dickov replaced Dave Penny, a Rovers legend it has to be said, at Oldham and went on to build a youthful footballing side. The Latics peaked at ninth halfway through the 2010/11 season before finishing 15th. The following season saw them finish a credible 16th. Last season his shock resignation on 3rd February came a week after beating Liverpool 3-2 in the cup. The finances at Oldham are similar to the current ones at Sheffield United. Upon taking the reigns at The Latics, he had to shift Captain and player of the season Sean Gregan as well as top scorer Pawol Abbott. Whoever takes over at the Blades must face a big budget reduction, with most of what is left taken up by those on contracts through next season at least. Will Dickov want that or a patient, financially strong club like Doncaster who love a passing attacking game?
|Paul Dickov’s Managerial CV||From||To||Record|
|Oldham Athletic||9 June 2010||3 February 2013||141||43||37||61||30.50|
Kenny Jacket was the longest serving manager in the Championship up until his resignation this week. He cut his managerial teeth at Watford, before being relegated to assistant manager under old fox and enticer Graham Taylor. The duo got two successive promotions before finishing bottom of the Premier League in 1999/2000. When Taylor left Watford incoming Vialli did not fancy him, but Holloway at QPR did. Kenny spent 3 years as an assistant at Rangers, learning from another master, Holloway, before taking up the Swansea job, still warm from Flynn. He worked miracles in his first season getting promotion from League 2 and winning the Welsh Cup. The following season saw them win the Football League Trophy, retain the Welsh Cup, but lose to Barnsley in the play-offs.
Jackett left the Swans of his own accord in Feb 2007, taking up the job of reserve team manager at Manchester City 3 weeks later. However Millwall came knocking in the November and despite ruling himself out initially he accepted the job. The following season saw the revitalised Lions lose the League 1 play-off final 3-2 to Scunthorpe, at Wembley. They were back the following season, beating Swindon 1-0. Millwall finished 9th in their first season in the Championship – a tremendous achievement given the resources of the club and the unfair financial competition from ex-Premier League sides. The last two seasons have been solid with a semi-final appearance against eventual winners Wigan.
The Wolves job is the perfect project for Jackett. He will get the backing and has the ability to get a relegated giant back into shape and fast. Wanderers relegation and League 1 footing is a travesty for a club with such a heritage. He has learned from some of the most cunning managers in the game, takes no prisoners and can make water into wine. There are plenty of ex-Prem sides who have dropped to this level, got the right man in and been back in the Premiership with successive promotions. Kenny Jackett is that man.
|Watford||10 June 1996||2 June 1997||59||24||19||16||40.68|
|Swansea City||5 April 2004||15 February 2007||156||69||40||47||44.23|
|Millwall||6 November 2007||7 May 2013||307||130||74||103||42.35|
Could the Imps be on the verge of beating Barnet for the services of Dan Holman after Histon manager Dennis Green signed 20 year old striker Louie Theophanous from AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday. The ex Millwall and Dagenham & Redbridge hit-man scored 17 goals for the Dons reserved last season and he has been brought in to replace Dan who bagged 29 for Histon in his first season for the club. He is also up and running this season.
Rose Tinted… speculates to accumulate.
The sensible betting Imp would think that tomorrows signings would be the two trialists, namely forward Mo Farfana and midfielder Ashley Dunn. But the Imps appear to be on the verge of agreeing a pay-off with Josh Gowling and, have offers for Jamie Taylor and Alan Power still in the mix. Dunn is a no-nonsense box-to-box midfielder whilst forward thinking Mo is an unknown quantity from Sweden. But Dan Holman really would be the icing on the cake.
Bob Dorrian, keen to get the crowds up fast and damn his critics, has also put his hand in his pocket to fund Andy Boyce’s transfer this season to bolster Reg’s Wedge. For all his faults he plays the long game does Bob and Dan looks worth his weight in gold. Perhaps the Imps may not be quite as poor as they make out when it comes to a centre-forward that would really get the turnstiles clicking. Dan was signed from Long Buckby in July 2011 where he bagged…… wait for it …. 60 goals in 77 appearances and followed it up a league higher in the BSN with 29 last term. He even tried his luck from 30 yards against Boston this week who went on to win 6-0. Dan won every award going at the Blue Square North club last season and got league recognition with the BSN player of the month in January.
Histon are not in the best of financial shape but were not prepared to allow the lad to go to Barnet on the cheap 6 days ago. But now John Beck’s old club have had a second bid in from a BSP club rumoured to be the Imps. You have to feel we are in with a chance as we are holding folding at the moment whilst perenial strugglers Barnet are not. Even with the TV money they are creaking under a top-heavy wage structure and greater London overheads. Word has it we are also going to announce the signing of a striker tomorrow, the question is will it be Dan or Mo?
The Imps received some good news today with Ali Fuseini agreeing to leave the club for an undisclosed pay-off commonly termed ‘by mutual consent’. Although Barnet and Dagenham & Redbridge have been touted as potential future employers, the 22 -year-old is believed to be weighing up his options with a return to London not exactly a done deal.
From a Lincoln City point of view, he is one of the trio we suggested would need to leave to fund David Holdsworth’s transfer plans in January. Gavin McCallum is at Barnet on lone with a view to a permanent deal in January whilst Adam Watts is believed to be another who is on the verge of agreeing a ‘by mutual consent’.
Ali , 22, was a massive disappointment since he signed for the Imps on a free transfer in January 2011. His release by Championship club Millwall turned from a dream to a nightmare as he struggled to get into games scoring once in 35 outings. He is most certainly a gifted player, one who could well come back to haunt us, but you cannot be a play maker unless you have the ball at your feet and Ali is not built to earn the right to play to be honest. Put a ball winner next to him and you have a whole different ball game as Millwall fans will testify.