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Wright Aiming For Glory

He’s quality, Birmingham City farmed Nick out to Bristol City, Northampton Town  and Tamworth before Kidderminster and Mansfield Town came calling. Last season at The Stags was a frustrating one for Nick Wright as Manager Cox signed him in the summer only for Green to get  the nod time and again. After a hamstrung start Nick is raring to go against Salisbury City tomorrow, if he starts – and its a big IF after just half hour –  expect him to fly out of the traps.

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When Wright received his Championship medal last season, there was an element of frustration.  Having started just 5 times with 14 substitute appearances he had played little part in proceedings with just one goal and three assists in 531 minutes on the pitch. The problem Nick has had through most of his career is manager’s assuming that he is a target man because he is so tall, the reason he lost out to Green.

Nick is determined to earn some glory on the pitch this season, but,  just 35 minutes into the Macclesfield game the explosive striker’s hamstring went.  Nick is determined to put that behind him and could well come from the bench with Fairhurst and Tomlinson struggling with Abductor (groin) issues these last three weeks. With the Imps playing the ball on the ground he could go up top Saturday should Thommo not pull through.

IMPSTATZ 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Wright 2 0 196 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0

Mansfield 2012/13 stats 

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 

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)

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10 Nick Wright (Forward)

Birmingham City farmed Nick out to Bristol City, Northampton Town and Tamworth before Kidderminster and Mansfield came calling.  It comes as no surprise that the Stags let him go, because the tall, powerful forward is a much misunderstood lad.  Oh he can score goals aright as his hat-trick on Wednesday proves, but forget his huge height, because his goals nearly always come from on the floor.  Therein lies the problem, the obvious physical attributes get in the way of his pace and deadly shooting from width and distance.

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 KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 
No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
10 Wright 6 7 576 1 4 6 0 13 4 0 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Wright 14 100 7.1 7 7 8 8 8 7 8 6 7 7

Mansfield’s Cox signed the 25 year old last season, but there was no way he was going to get in front of Green, who was the most complete centre-forward last year, and the rest of their forward line.  At least they did not try to change him as Birmingham, Bristol City and the Cobblers tried to do. Tamworth and Kidderminster went with his natural flow and reaped the rewards as Nick bagged double digits in the season’s he was with them. If the Imps do the same and we fans do not get on his back, the off days will be outnumbered by the hot streaks and he will get at least 15-20 and contribute to as many more this season.

He really is unplayable when he is on fire, pouncing from either flank or feeding off a target man in a supporting striker role. Although he failed to break into the first team squad at Birmingham, they saw he had something, so Nick saw loan deals with the Lambs, Northampton Town, Ashford and Bristol City.   He signed for the Lambs upon his release from Birmingham in 2007 and bagged 13 and 10 respectively in his first two seasons. He was a massive part of the promotion side that made it back into the BSP in 2008/9 delivering as many assists as goals.

The first season back was a steep learning curve  with Gary Mills leaving him out of the Tamworth side before transfer listing him at the end of the 2009-10 season. Local rivals Kidderminster stepped in and he bagged 8 in 2010/11 and 15 in 2011/12, despite  half his appearances coming from the bench. It was of some surprise to Lambs that Cox was allowed to take him to Mansfield at the beginning of last season. Again he was used as an impact player with 1 goal in 5 starts and just 531 minutes to impress, with 9 short cameos from the bench. If Simmo can work his magic with this lad we will see goals,goals, goals and £s£s£s when he finally  delivers on the undoubted talent he has.

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)

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4 Todd Jordan (Utility – LB,CB, CM,LM)

 

No Name St Sub Mins G On Miss Ass Fs F,d Yell Red
4 Jordan 11 1 873 0 1 2 1 11 11 2 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Jordan 12 93 7.8 7 8 8 8 8 7 7   9 8
MOMS
Jordan 1

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Sheffield Wednesday youth Todd Jordan awakens, perhaps in slightly older Imps, comparisons with a young Richard Butcher. Butch remember, never got a deal at Northampton Town, for alas, like Todd, he failed to make the grade at youth level. Both have had to drop to carve their way into the game and both have the determination and boundless energy to just keep going.   Jordan had an emerging box-to-box style last year that endeared him to Lincoln fans as he turned a non-contract paid as you are played deal into a one year deal this summer. After that 25-yard wonder goal the shouts of “shoot” will certainly never be far away – and if he can repeat that 8-12 times a season, as Butch did, his dream will certainly be back on. 

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Todd, is determined to make his way in the game after coming up short at his boyhood heroes. After failing to earn a first year pro deal at Hillsborough he went to work in a factory just like Butch, playing part-time for Worsborough.  Simmo got to hear of him, had a quick look and then recommended him to Parkgate in the North East Premier League. Although employed at centre-half, his cross-field balls and charges through the middle  suggested he could play as a central midfield player. He has the attributes, standing 6′ 3″ with good strength and a decent range of passing, as well as an eye for a shot.

Todd will hopefully be the better for a good pre-season fitness regime, as this will determine whether he has the engine to go box-to-box for 90 minutes. It would be unfair to judge him on last season as the step-up and fitness did tell after 12 warrior-like performances. If it does we could have another Butch on our hands, if not he will still be useful as a defensive midfielder, centre-half or natural-footed left back.

Simmo was right to take a gamble on a lad he felt had the ability to step up.  He saw that in Butch, despite that 4-0 hammering for Kettering at Halifax back in October 2001.  Richard ran up and down throughout the game despite little chance to affect the outcome in the Poppies’. Fans do miss the defensive, shadowing and shutting down element to a midfielder’s game.  Let us hope the Lincoln fans give Todd the same understanding they did Richard, even when he did not bang them in on a regular basis. Because this lad has the heart and a decent shot on him if he gets the chance. It is too early to judge the two players too closely, but the early signs suggest similarities. But only Todd can prove the hunger and the ability this term.

He certainly started well, coming on for the last 5 minutes away at Macc, then making an impressive full debut at home to Wrexham. We would lose the game 2-1 but his contribution was at the heart of a resurgent Imps performance that deserved better than the scoreline suggested, against the then top dogs of the BSP.  His brilliant 25 yard curler against Telford, illustrates his versatility and desire to go box-to-box. He is a defensive midfielder by trade, but he has also filled in at left back, with a good eye for a long-range pass. Our resources will need willing bodies to realise our play-off dreams. Todd can deliver and decent left-footers are oh so hard to find.

Todd really looked shattered during the Tamworth game and was withdrawn, making just a 90th minute appearance in the 5-1 rout of Hyde.  Clearly moving up to full time had taken its toll, but he will be all the better for a full pre-season fitness training programme. But Todd still deserved his chance at a full-time career in the game, for he has shown he will wear the stripes with pride and earn the right to be one our Six-foot Soldiers in 2013/14.  Incredibly when Butch took the gamble at Kettering he was on just £230 a week, sixty quid up on The £170 Rushden had paid him – but he kept the faith and the money and the fame came.

Sq No Name Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC       
4 Todd Jordan 10 2 836 1 9 0 13 6 2 0
Full Name Todd Jordan    
Date of Birth 4th Dec 1991  Age 21
Place of Birth Sheffield    
Height 6′ 3″    
Weight 12 st 6lb
Youth Career
2005-2009 Sheffield Wednesday    
  Senior Career    
Club Lincoln City  SQ  04
Contract 1 year    
Pos Def/Mid    
Year Club Aps Gls
2010  -2012 Worsborough 20 3
2012 – 2013 Parkgate FC 25 3
2013 – 2013 Staveley MW 5 0
2013 – 2013 Shirebrook 1 0
2013 –  Lincoln City 12 1

Mansfield Connections Continue to Leave Imps

Former Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town , Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Northampton Town striker Colin Larkin can now add the Imps to his list of ex-clubs as a consummate finisher continues to slide down the pyramid.   Could Gateshead FC come in with him looking to cut down on travelling expenses?

 

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The no-nonsenge Monkey-Hanger  – not goal hanger –  bagged  26 goals in 66 Stags starts, after being signed for £125,000 from Wolves. Colin had also enjoyed a successful season long loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers where he notched 7 in 35 games, as a babe in boots, to show he could punch above his weight against bigger and more experienced adversaries.

He has a knack of scoring on his debut which stretches back to his bow for Wolves in the League Cup, where he came from the bench as a starry eyed 17 year-old youth trainee.   The Stags released him on a free in June 2005 so that he could join up with League 1 Chesterfield.  He plied his trade at the crooked church club for two seasons bagging a not too unlucky 13 from 88 appearances in all competitions.

League 1 Northampton nabbed him on a free in June 2007, offering him another two year deal, where he scored 5 goals from 61 appearances.  The free agent has spent the last three seasons at League 1 Hartlepool aka the Monkey-hangers (they hung a monkey in the town square as a French spy during the Napoleonic war and have Angus the Monkey as a mascot) but was released after getting just 4 goals in 54 appearances.

League 1 was a step too far for Colin as he signed for us as a free agent in July 2012. He has shown a few flashes, but in a struggling side he has found opportunities scarce. To be fair he has taken them when they come along, with a first half hat-trick away at Dartford and a brace of penalties against Hyde, scoring 8 times in 13 starts and 18 substitute appearances. The Blue Square should really have been a happy hunting ground for an Irish terrier, who has technique and tenacity by the bucket-full.  But at just 5′ 9″ and a distinct lack of pace can he deliver at a time when we cannot afford it.

Colin currently lives in Durham and has issues with the travelling and the rising cost of fuel. Could be that a deal with Gateshead would suit him better. He leaves by mutual consent and will not be the last

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Imps stats 2012/13

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub  Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 13 18 1375 8 27 16 0 0 0
Personal information
Full name Colin Larkin
Date of birth April 27, 1982 (age 30)
Place of birth Dundalk, Ireland
Height/Weight 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) / 10st (63.49kg)
Playing position Forward
Position: Striker
Current club Lincoln City
Number 34
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2001–2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 (0)
2001–2002 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 33 (6)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 106 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 90 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 63 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 63 (4)
2012– Lincoln City 25 (8)
National team
1999 Republic of Ireland U17 2 (0)

 

RIP Richard Butcher – Magpie, Posh, Cobbler Silkman & Forever Imp

With a memorial to commemorate his life set to be unveiled next Sunday, here is an obituary for Lincoln City, Notts County, Peterborough United, Northampton Town and Macclesfield Town midfielder Richard Tony Butcher, who died at just 29 a year ago today on the 9th January.

On Saturday evening Gary Simpson dedicated the 2-2 draw against Bolton to Richard Butcher.  His untimely death was of course the second tragedy to hit the Silkmen within a year, with manager Gary Simpson a friend of both Keith Alexander and ‘Butch’. In a further ironic twist Richard was the last Macc player to see Keith when he drove Maccs ex Imps back to Lincoln after the Notts County match on the night of his own tragic death.

Whilst managers up and down the country made multi million signings in the Summer Simmo snapped up an old mate as his big dream signing of the summer following a successful loan spell where the Silkmen evaded the drop last year in some style following the death of Keith Alexander.

Richard was found dead at his home yesterday after Macc officials became alarmed that he had not come into training. With his wife, Sarah, away on commitments great mate and Gaffer Gary Simpson rang to see if there was a problem. Butch was normally one of the first in and the last to leave, never missed a session and was a proactive role model for the youngsters.

Though a post mortem is yet to be carried out an enlarged heart may well be the source of the untimely death of a ‘brilliant bloke’ who had only recently married in July. Richard had collapsed over dinner about a year ago and spent time in Lincoln hospital but he was more than capable of continuing as a full time athlete.

Fans thrilled at the box to box skills of goal scoring midfielder Richard Butcher who never quite managed to play for home town club Northampton, moving instead to Rushden & Diamonds. He impressed in his debut withKettering Town who signed him at the end of the season after just 5 chances to impress. Gary then scouted him and Keith Alexander signed him for a Lincoln City side bouncing back from their brush with extinction. He debuted against Rushden on 23rd November 2002 and opened his account against Cambridge a month later.

Butch would be an instrumental part in 3 seasons that saw one semi and two playoff final defeats before Ronnie Moore signed him for Oldham Athletic on a free transfer. Butch had never commanded a fee, instead cleverly choosing to enjoy a larger signing on fee. Things did not work out and in the October he moved back to Lincoln City on loan. Ricky scored one goal in 4 before being recalled by his parent club to finish the season on 39 appearances and 4 goals.

Keith Alexander, then at Posh, signed Butch on 26/6/06 on a free where he would go on to become a popular terrace hero with his energetic box to box style. He would make 49 league and Cup appearances (inc 9 as sub) for Posh, scoring 5 times,  before moving to Notts County. During a trying time for the club Ricky would make 87 league and Cup appearances (inc 6 as sub) scoring 19 times. That goal scoring rate is some average for a midfielder; many would argue it helped keep McParland’s magpies up.

Who can forget the headline Butcher Bounds Back into the Bank as Jacko made him his first summer signing as Joyous July oh month of rumour became reality. Butch was genuinely overjoyed to be back playing for a club and a City he had chosen to continue to live in despite his career commitments. It was not to be, Jacko departed and Chris Sutton arrived.

Butch was initially flavour of the month in the 4-5-1 formation before being discarded. Despite being ever polite he fell from grace to the extent that he would be set the task of running around the training ground as opposed to training with the first team.  Fortunately his old mates at Macclesfield rescued him and took him on loan as he bagged 2 goals in eight appearances. before the Imps recalled him from their relegation rivals who were now higher in the table.

Butch featured in Lincoln’s final 13 games largely as a makeshift bit part player but things would look up this summer. With Sutton looking to free up a diminishing budget Richard negotiated a handsome but fair settlement for his services after a truly awful spell back at a club he deeply loved. It appeared to mark the beginning of a bright new dawn as he and love of his life Sarah, married in the July.

That Lincoln lump sum also allowed big mate Gary Simpson the chance to sign him on much reduced terms despite the advances of two higher paying offers. Despite two minor version of the once career threatening cruciate injuries, Richard scored a nifty close range effort against Bury on New Years day.

What a shame he will not be there with Gary to finish the mission for Keith this season. For despite the odds being stacked against football’s new crazy gang all at the Moss want to not only survive but prosper with perhaps even a playoff punt.

LCM’s thoughts are with his wife and family at this very difficult time and we would ask all at Sincil Bank to chant his name after the minute’s silence or applause.

A life in Stats

Full name Richard Tony Butcher

Date of birth     22 January 1981

Place of birth    Northampton,

Date of death    9 January 2011

Place of death   Manchester,

Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Weight 12.07

Playing position Midfielder

 

Career stats

340 games (Lge 315 FAC 15 LC 10)

47 Goals (Lge 45 FAC 2)

 

Career Chronology

Youth

1999-2000 Northampton Town

1999–2000 Northampton Town           0          (0)

2000–2001 Rushden & Diamonds        2          (0)

2001–2002 Kettering Town     44        (13)

2002–2005 Lincoln City           110      (11)

2005–2006 Oldham Athletic     39        (4)

2005 Lincoln City (loan)           4          (1)

2006–2007 Peterborough United          49        (5)

2007–2009 Notts County         87        (19)

2009–2010 Lincoln City           15        (0)

2010 Macclesfield Town (loan)    8 (2)

2010–2011 Macclesfield Town 8 (1)