The Imps have succeeded where Chesterfield FC, Stevenage FC, Morecambe FC and Boston Utd could not, with Gary Simpson finding the goal Machine in Jordan Burrow. His four goals so far this season see him link up with fellow Imp Jon Nolan at the England C team training session at St George’s on Sunday 21 September and Monday 22 September ahead of the International Challenge Trophy games away to Turkey in October and at home to Estonia in November.
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Jordan, who was at Chesterfield FC from the age of 9, rammed in 26 for the reserves in 2011/12 plus two during a month loan at Boston as a 19 year old. He seemed a born goalscorer. Having notched up 26 goals in his last season as a scholar, he followed that up last year with an IMPressive 18 goal haul, clearly not fazed by adult centre-halves. He is a big solid lad who can definitely do a job at Conference level. Though not blessed with exceptional pace he is not slow, has a great work ethic and is eager to press when not in possession. His natural eye for goal sees him pull the trigger to fantastic effect from anywhere in the box, but his heading ability, positioning andphysical presence earn him most of his goals.
Manager Sheridan offered him his first pro deal in June, then released him in January. Football is not just a hard game but a financial one, the Spireites budget is not the biggest and Sheridan felt he was two years away from the first team. Jordan spent a month on loan at Boston in October and came off the bench to score with headers in both the games he played in(BSN league games V Workington 2-1 & Droylsden). The Pilgrims were unable to offer the lad further terms and reluctantly sent him back to Chesterfield when the loan expired.
David Holdsworth had him on the radar but Lincoln never followed through (SEE STMI Jan 21012 HERE as Moerecambe came in during the January 2012 window with an 18 month deal. Jordan got four that season in ten starts and nine from the bench. The following season saw one goal from 12 starts plus another 22 from the bench in league 1. The move to Stevenage, on a free, last season was also a tough time as he struggled to break into the side starting 10, getting 12 opportunies as a sub and splinters from 40 views from the bench.
Simmo has given the 21-year-old goal machine his wings, by giving him a shoulder to rest on and the belief that he can score goals at this level. He could well prove himself in the division above in time too, but England duty and the seventh Lincoln cruscade to retake League status is the focus for now.
|Full name||Jordan Burrow|
|Date of birth||12 September 1992|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Senior stats (all comps)|
|2011||Boston United (loan)||8||(2)|
Centre-backs Nick Fenton (Man City, Notts County, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham Utd & Morecambe FC) and Rob Atkinson (Grimsby Town, Fleetwood & Accrington) have eluded Simmo it would appear. Fenton has been offered a deal by Chester FC, with Alfreton also still in talks, whilst Atkinson has signed a new deal at Accrington. To follow the SP and STMI biopic on both the lads.
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Lincoln currently have Foster on trial but have been in for the two. Foster was composed and classy against Lincoln Utd, but doubts crept in last night at Harrogate. The Fenton deal may also not quite be as dead as the proverbial Dodo though. Nick has spent the last two seasons at Morecambe as he continues to finish a physio course. The course is based at Mansfield suggesting Alfreton or Lincoln, could still be in ‘with a wee’ shout. That said according to the agents grapevine:
“Chester are paying some big money out, I know a few lads who have got some welcome results out of Conference new-boys this summer. Mind Chester’s certainly going the age and experience route, but then they need that to bring an exiting batch through. They’ll be dark horses for the play-offs in my book.”
Nick is still quality, even at 33, a composed class act at Conference level, suggesting ambitious, but experience seeking, Chester will get him. The competition is Alfreton who have gone part-time. Word is they are beating suitors for Tomlinson off with a stick, in the knowledge his heart is already in another place (ours please!). Apologies for the tangent. Nick started out at Manchester City, progressed through the ranks and earned a 5 year first pro deal! He was loaned to Notts County, Bournemouth and then County again before they took the plunge with a £150k transfer fee and a four year deal. He would play 147 League games, plus cup competitions, for County before moving onto Doncaster, a side very much on the rise. They let him go to Grimsby (as a replacement for Big Ben Futcher) along with Ravenhill, as it was felt the Championship was too much for him. This just 1 League and 1 cup game, against Rochdale, into the season. Rotherham came calling and he played 3 seasons as Captain at the Millers through thick and thin. Nick has spent the last two seasons at Morecambe as he continues to finish a physio course.
|Full name||Nicholas Leonard Fenton
|Date of birth||23 November 1979 (age 33)|
|Place of birth||Preston,|
|Height/Weight||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12st 4lb (78KG)|
|1999–2000||Notts County (loan)||13||(1)|
|2000||Notts County (loan)||8||(0)|
The inspirational centre-back was schooled at Barnsley, one of the Championship’s longest inhabitants and offered a five year deal. He was loaned for experience to Scarborough, Halifax and Rochdale before Grimsby did a try before you buy and then bought him. He went down with the Mariners ship and into the Blue Square before Fleetwood flashed the cash. The other Cod Army signed him as they stormed the BSP on the way to the Football League, with Rob gaining 2 England C caps. He was almost unbeatable that year, but not seen as League material so they released him. Accrington gave a one year deal and have offered the same this season.
|Full name||Robert Guy Atkinson
|Date of birth||29 April 1987 (age 26)
|Place of birth||North Ferriby, England|
|Height/Weight||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 12 st 4lb (78kg)
|Current club||Accrington Stanley|
|2006||Halifax Town (loan)||4||(2)|
|2007–2008||Grimsby Town (loan)||24||(1)|
|2008–2009||Grimsby Town (loan)||9||(1)|
|2009||Grimsby Town (loan)||1||(0)|
|2012||Accrington Stanley (loan)||12||(0)|
Former Nottingham Forest left-back Tony Diagne has been offered a new deal by Macclesfield, which could be bad news for Morecambe FC and Lincoln City, as Grimsby Town and Mansfield Town join the chase. The fact that the lad, who is under 24 has been offered a deal means the Silkmen will get a transfer fee whether he signs it or not. That could be bad news for The Imps and The Shrimps, however the Mariners and the Stags do have funds at their disposal and are two of the names on the grapevine, who have recently joined the chase.
The Imps are still the dark horses in this one, although Macc do have aspirations, with Robbie Fowler (news STMI were the first to break on Sunday – it nearly melted the Blog) looking to transform the club. The Grimsby duo are also looking for a versatile left-back now that Wood has been released. Mansfield meanwhile are aiming to more than make up the numbers in League 2. Many BSP promoted clubs have gone straight up to League 1 in recent years. They have the ambition and the funds to make their Championship aspirations a reality.
Tony was a revelation at Lincoln prior to his foot injury, bagging a brilliant brace at Braintree in a vital 3-0 win. This will certainly be a test of the Lincoln board’s ambition to put the Imps back on the map. As Tony is just 22, Macclesfield will now get a fee whether he signs the deal or not. With just the £400k budget to play with, would the Imps chance a tribunal fee? Perhaps we could with Diagne and Nat Brown so close Simmo may yet entice the lad to join the Imps.
|FULL NAME||Anthony Diagne
|DATE OF BIRTH||7 September 1990 (age 22)
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Aubergenville, France
|PLAYING POSITION||Left back/Def Mid|
|CURRENT CLUB||Macclesfield Town|
|Appearances and goals include League, FAC, LC and FT|
The hot news from Macc Town suggests that Arnaud Mendy could sign for Leyton Orient, Sam Wedgbury for Morecambe FC, veteran Paul Morgan for Barrow and Ben Tomlinson for Alfreton. Even Nat Brown with a year left on his contract and recently interesting Chesterfield and York City, is now available on a free transfer.
Upon his arrival new manager Steve King, having released 16, suggested that he expected most of the Macclesfield squad to leave. The new man is keen to get his own men in, buoyed by over £1.2million in transfer fees thanks largelyto Peterborough and Ipswich amongst others as 7 were sold. Ryan Jackson comes in from AFC Wimbledon, Keeper Lance Cronin has arrived from Bristol Rovers and winger Peter Winn comes in from Stevenage.
Midfielder Arnaud Mendy is interesting Russell Slade who is mindful of the new 65% wage cap rules as he seeks two further signings. The 22 year-old French born Bissau-Guinean certainly has the ability and physique to excel in League 1. Sam Wedgbury could be Morecambe boss Jim Bentley’s third signing of the summer although Fleetwood might also have a say.
Paul Morgan may have another season in him after all with Barrow in talks. Could Morgs also be using this as a way into football physio? He already has a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Salford. Striker Ben Tomlinson could well be lining up for Alfreton next season after talks with Reds manager Nicky Law. The Derbyshire based club would be within easy reach for the a nippy lad who scored after 6.4 seconds for Macc against Morecambe last September.
Nat Brown appears to be interesting a few clubs along with Colin Daniels and Ross Draper. Chesterfield have had an interest in Brown for a few weeks and may make a move now he is available on a free. Then again recently promoted York may be able to enlist the services of Scott Kerr in persuading his ex-Imp mate to join the Minstermen as they make a triumphant return to the Football League.
Joe Anyon deserves a pat on the back, for making his 50th appearance for Lincoln City this evening against Braintree. It has not exactly been a bed of roses since Chris Sutton signed him from Port Vale but he has battled back. Tilson did not like him and loaned him to Morecambe, even Holdsworth seemed to cast him aside initially after that red at Alfreton. On top of having to contend with losing his place a not so average Joe was the subject of public scrutiny over the size of his contract. Yet calmy, quietly and confidently he has shown he is a luxury we can afford. Joe Anyon take a bow son.
At this level we will find few keepers who have his all round ability. His communication, ergo command of his area, not to mention shot stopping and distribution are not only consistent, but something we can rely on. This in the key area of a football pitch. Farman could not kick, frustrating when possession is so hard to win only to then be given away so easily. Joe however, is accurate with both arm and foot, although he could be more eager to turn defence into attack.
The former England schoolboy keeper is a solid shot stopper as 77 saves and 3 clean sheets in 22 Conference starts suggests. Since his return he has conceded 9 in his 5 games, but made 25 saves that got us a point against Gateshead and 3 against Southend. Although we lost 0-1 at Kettering he kept us in it with 6 saves and waded in with 7 stops apiece in the 0-2 York reverse and 1-3 to the Cods.
Well played Joe lets have a few more clean sheets starting with tonight.
|Full name||Joseph Anyon|
|Date of Birth/Age||29 December 1986 (age 25)|
|Place of birth||Lytham St Annes, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||14 st 2lbs (90kg)|
|Playing position: Goalkeeper|
|Contracted to||June 2012|
|2011/12 Aps 22 Svs 77 CSheets 3 Reds 1|
|Career stats (Lge & Cup)|
|2005||Stafford Rangers (loan)||5||(0)|
|2005||Stafford Rangers (loan)||5||(0)|
|2005||Harrogate Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|2006||Harrogate Town (loan)||9||(0)|