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Branston Suspended For Argyle Thanks To Cobblers Card

Plymouth Argyle centre-half Guy Branston’s Northampton Town booking means he will not get the opportunity to renew acquaintances with the Lincoln City faithful after all. It could also force a change to a formation that has seen Plymouth improve their fortunes with some hard-fought but narrow victories thanks to successive clean sheets in the last few weeks.

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Guy Branston received his fifth caution of the season after a 74th minute foul on Cobblers winger Chris Hackett to rule him out with a one match ban.  This is good news for the Imps as John Sheridan’s side have enjoyed an upturn in form since switching to three centre backs and an attack minded 3-5-2 formation that has kept 3 successive clean sheets in the five games played.  The formation began at Portsmouth with a 1-1 draw, the Pilgrims then lost 0-1 at Hartlepool, before a stalemate at Newport and back-to-back 1-0 wins over Mansfield and Northampton.

Guy, who spent six games on loan at the Imps in 1999, has made 27 moves, 14 of them loans, in his 16 years as a no-nonsense centre-back.  He has a take no prisoners image, boosted by his shaven skull, but, that could not be further from the genuine man he is off the pitch.  He has recently had a baby and is a doting dad, who helped Richard Butcher in his career as their paths crossed at Rushden, Oldham, Peterborough and Notts County as team-mates.

STMI Biopic
Full name Guy Peter Bromley Branston
Date of birth 9 January 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Leicester
Height/Weight 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)/12st 2lb (77.1kg)
Playing position Centre back
Current gig in the game
Current club Plymouth Argyle
Number 5
Senior stats
Tenure Team Apps
(Gls)
1997–1999 Leicester City 0 (0)
1997 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 31 (1)
1998 Colchester United (loan) 12 (1)
1998 Colchester United (loan) 1 (0)
1998–1999 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 7 (2)
1999 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 0 (0)
1999 Lincoln City (loan) 6 (0)
1999 Rotherham United (loan) 7 (2)
1999–2004 Rotherham United 111 (13)
2003 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 11 (1)
2004 Peterborough United (loan) 14 (0)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 11 (0)
2004–2005 Peterborough United (loan) 4 (1)
2005–2006 Oldham Athletic 50 (2)
2006–2007 Peterborough United 32 (1)
2007 Rochdale (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2008 Notts County 1 (0)
2008–2009 Kettering Town
45 (0)
2009–2010 Burton Albion 23 (0)
2010 Torquay United (loan) 16 (0)
2010–2011 Torquay United 52 (2)
2011–2012 Bradford City 19 (1)
2011 Rotherham United (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 Aldershot Town 4 (1)
2012 Bristol Rovers (loan) 4 (1)
2013– Plymouth Argyle 29 (0)

50 Grand Reading FC Striker Threatening Boyce’s Bonus Then?

Reading FC signed Brett Williams for £50,000 in January 2011, but despite loans at Rotherham United, Northampton Town and Woking FC, he joined Aldershot Town after failing to get ahead of ALF and co in the pecking order.

Rose Tinted eyes up her heroes latest foe

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The 6′ 2″ hot-shot joined Reading from Eastleigh where he had bagged 8 in 23 appearances but failed to get on despite being a regular in the first team squad. But it was not to be as he was released last summer only to join Aldershot just days after his release , Brett has gone on to become top scorer with 6 so far this season in just nine games.

Reputations mean nothing to Boyce, who has kept plenty quiet already this season, determined to keep the Imps in the top 8 as much for pride as the bonus that makes being a professional at Lincoln add up and his improvement this season has been breathtaking suggesting it will take more than £50,000 to prize him from Sincil Bank when the time inevitably comes.  We almost lost him in the summer but he was keen to stay, learn and help the Imps in their quest to return to the Football League.

Andrew Boyce is starting to catch the eye with even team-mate Nat Brown convinced that he will go to the very top. A no-nonsense giant Boyce signed a two-year deal with the Imps in the summer and is starting to make good on a potential that needed just a bit of luck.  A Doncaster Rovers youth, he saw loans at Worksop and Mansfield Town, before leaving Donny by mutual consent, only to witness his club go bust, when  Kings Lynn went out of business in December 2009.  Boyce then joined Gainsborough before jumping at the chance to make his dream to be a pro come true as the Imps parted with 12,000 plus add-ons

Video: Richard Butcher’s Goals & Book

Rejected by Northampton Town, Richard played for Kettering Town, Lincoln City, Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United and Macclesfield Town.  Butch was the Notts County top scorer in both his seasons at the club and got a beauty against Bournemouth to guarantee a play-off spot in his first season at the Imps. His untimely death in 2011 at the age of 29 was heartbreaking.

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The Richard Butcher Memorial Charity has commissioned a book celebrating Richard’s life from his formative years  to his final season at Macclesfield Town. Contributors include:-

Gail, Richard and Glenn Butcher, Managers, Mentors & Coaches. Gary Simpson, Kevin Wilson, Carl Shutt, BIG Keith RIP, Ronnie Moore, Darren Ferguson, Peter Jackson and Keith Oakes. Northampton Ali Gibb, Andy Morrow, Carl Heggs, David Savage, Gary Hughes, Gary Thompson, Matthew Finlay, Kevin, Wilson and Paul Curtis. Rushden. Carl Heggs. Kettering, Ian Bowling, Lee Howarth, Carl Shutt and Dale Watkins. Lincoln City, Ian Bowling, Peter Gain, Ben Futcher, Paul Morgan, Keith Oakes, Gary Simpson and Simon Yeo. Oldham Athletic, Mark Hughes, Andy Liddell, Ronnie Moore and Chris Porter. Peterborough United, Darren Ferguson,  Ben Futcher, Peter Gain, Keith Oakes, Gary Simpson and Gavin Strachan. Notts County Lawrie Dudfield, Ali Gibb, Jason Lee, Gavin Strachan. Macclesfield Town Paul Morgan, Gary Simpson and Simon Yeo. Darren MacKenzie, Michael Hortin (BBC) and, David Mackintosh (Leader Northamptonshire Council have also added memories.

The book will go on sale in October and is a moving yet optimistic tribute to  a gentleman who saw playing football as a privilege.  Written with the fan in mind readers can follow a season with insights from those behind the scenes during the gruelling up & downs of the 50+ match marathon and the miles a Football League box-to-box midfielder tread.   Butch’s respect for the fans filled us with warmth and great memories,,, and then there were the goals……………

Oh Dear Wright’s Gone Wrong Then?

Nick Wright our new signing from Mansfield Town (formerly of Bristol City, Northampton Town, Tamworth and Kidderminster) looks to be out for a couple of weeks after his hamstring clearly went against Macclesfield last night. Both Sportin Hortin & Tommo remarked on the event. Wright chasing a delicious dink from Rowe, pulled up 10 minutes before half time as he looked away and in with a chance of doubling our lead.

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Nick 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.

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 Mansfield’s Cox was allowed to nick him 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.

It is still too early to tell as to whether the injury is a tweak or a pull although his swift removal and replacement by Dixon saved further damage. Nick has already bagged a hat-trick at Harrogate in pre-season and will be missed on Saturday against Forest Green. Although it is a blow for Nick the Imps do have fleet of foot Bohan Dixon and Ade Yussuff to replace him. TMI wish Nick a speedy recovery as his pace will certainly terrify more than a few teams this season.

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)

Imps Sign 20-Goal Striker!

Former Mansfield Town, Bristol City, Northampton Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Tamworth left sided forward  Nick Wright has sensationally signed for Simmo’s Six-foot Sincil Soldiers on a one-year deal. The wide-boy goal machine should send season ticket sales sailing past the 1,100-1200 mark in his own right, but he is not the target man we seek….  suggesting another –  rumouredpaid for -striker is also close to signing! But Nick could still bag 20 in his own right, not seen hereabouts since Simon Yeo, in what seems the days of Yore!

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Simmo has finally bagged his man after chasing the lad since we ran the who is Nick Wright story back on May 4th – just after Cox incredibly deemed Wright wrong for League 2. Simmo’s interest cooled when a move to the Harriers  came into the equation, but after waiting in the wings, he swooped for what has to be regarded as something of a coup. Left out by Cox who had Green, Nick was the fastest player at the Stags to the frustration of a true goal machine. At 6’3″ he has it all, with a turn of pace that will roast most of the Conference’s big old oaks.

Nick bagged 17 goals in all competitions playing on the left for Kidderminster, suggesting he could be both poacher and gamekeeper for the Imps. Simmo likes a front 3, but has a penchant for the continental 4-2-3-1 formation where two defensive midfielders allow those in front to fly freely.

The understanding is that another out-and-out centre forward is still on the verge of joining once a fee can be thrashed out with another BSP club.

Brilliant signing welcome aboard Nick!……….Oh Nicky Wright! Wright! Wright!

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  n/a  n/a
2007 Halesowen Town  n/a  n/a
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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Gateshead Sign Quality Striker

Ex Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Northampton Town and Lincoln City striker Colin Larkin. has joined Gateshead.  The free agent, who bagged 8 from 13 starts in a struggling side last term, still has plenty about him, at 31, to do a job at BSP level.  His touch,link up play and finishing is first rate. He also doesn’t miss from the spot.

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The no-nonsense 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, but the Blue Square was a happy hunting ground for the Irish terrier last season.  He only started 13 games (16 sub) but showed technique and tenacity by the bucket-full. At just 5′ 9″ he was not going to win a lot in the air, but he took his chances when they came including a brace and a hat-trick.

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 13 16 1362 8 35 1 6 13 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
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)
POSITION SQ NO. Striker Number 34
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
1999-2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 aps (1) goals
2001–2002 Loan Kidderminster 35 (7)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 102 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 88 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 61 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)

 

Larkin Is Also Sparkin Behind the Sincil Scenes.

When the Imps signed former Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and  striker Colin Larkin as a free agent on August 24th, many an eyebrow was raised.  He is hardly beyond his sell-by-date at 30, but the early goal prowess has been replaced, rather ominously by one of one in ten.  That said most of his career has been in League 1 he averages one League goal in for, but most of all he knows the score.

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The two penalties against Hyde have arguably assisted him in getting off the mark here too. Yet there are so many more qualities to his all round game and influence off the pitch, than just goal scoring.  He has also plied his trade at a much higher level than the BSP.  Championship Wolves had better strikers, yet  Dave Jones still insisted on a fee of £125,000 when he sold the 20 year old to Mansfield where he delivered 26 goals from 102 appearances in League 1 as a babe in boots. That 2002 Stags side included Disley, MacKenzie, Lawrence and Williamson, who liked to play to feet. Relegation followed the following season but he still bagged half a dozen goals in a season of struggle.

A free transfer to Chesterfield saw him partner Caleb Folan as the two plundered Manchester City and West Ham to reach the last 16 of the Carling Cup. Larkin opened the scoring in both the 2-1 win over the Hammers and the 3-3 thriller against a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink inspired Charlton side, who would go on to win the League Cup tie 4-3 on penalties and reach the quarter finals.  His additional 11 goals in 80 League appearances do not tell half the story, with plenty more in assists and another unsuccessful relegation struggle the following season. Northampton ensured Colin stayed in League 1, but he was in and out of the side, making just 23 starts plus 31 sub appearances at Sixfields. Five goals was not a great return.  Colin, was still rated high enough to earn another two year League 1 contract, as he joined Hartlepool making the bench as many times as he started – 27 apiece with just 4 League goals over a three season spell.

Not exactly inspiring reading, but that is a word that actually sums up Colin up, to our young forwards at least.  Colin was thrown in at the deep end as a migrant teenage hopeful from Ireland, as Wolves loaned him to Kidderminster, where he got 7 in 35.  Since washing ashore at Sincil Bank, he has been a real rock for our youngsters. Colin is a giving kind of guy, possesing immense inner belief and mental strength, with experience gained at a higher level, against adversaries that are physically if not technically his superior.

Amid the off-field turmoil behind the scenes, Holdsworth, for all his faults, has been keen to create a calming influence, with Colin stepping up to the plate, to quieten and educate, but also impart the belief the younger forwards in the squad need. He has been keen to pass on what makes a good target man and, what the smaller predators need to feed in the penalty box. You cannot teach instinct, but you can hone it and teach the Connors and Vadaines of this world how to play the percentages in an environment where time and space are in such short supply. Both put the icing on the cake after his brace against Hyde. That in itself was a fitting reward for a modest guy who has put in a shift and shown some great technique, in every game he has played.

Colin’s Season So Far

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 4 2 375 2 12 6 1 0 0

Match-By-Match

    CU NC MT Gat Ebb Alf Tel Hyd Average
34 Colin Larkin     6 7 6 6 6 7 6.3
STMI BIOPIC
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)
POSITION SQ NO. Striker 34
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
1999-2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 aps (1) goals
2001–2002 Loan Kidderminster 35 (7)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 102 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 88 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 61 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)

Imps Sign Striker – Who is Colin Larkin?

The Imps have signed former Hartlepool United, you’ve guessed it Mansfield Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Northampton Town striker Colin Larkin.  The free agent will take the no 34 jersey, penning a deal until May 2013.

 

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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, but the Blue Square will be a happy hunting ground for an Irish terrier, who has technique and tenacity by the bucket-full. At just 5′ 9″ he will not win a lot in the air, but then Bank Beast McCammon will; allowing him to pillage and plunder the penalty box.

Welcome aboard Colin, 30 and in his prime many would argue.  This looks another terrific signing by Holdsworth on paper – this lad is coming here to score goals, so watch out Jamie Taylor.  Or does Reg know something we don’t ?

STMI BIOPIC
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)
Position Sq No. Striker Number 34
Senior stats (Lge & Cup)
1999-2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 aps (1) goals
2001–2002 Loan Kidderminster 35 (7)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 102 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 88 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 61 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)