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Nottingham Forest & Notts County Thoroughbred Wins The Lincolnshire

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood always saw Hamza Bencherif as one for the future, but alas even though Hamza came up through the youth system to earn a three year pro deal, he never made it at the club that took him from his adopted homeland France.  Between 2006 and 2009 Nottingham Forest was a different animal to the one at the top of the Championship this weekend. Back then Calderwood had to get them back in it and, then struggle to keep them up. Hamza kept up and on 88 minutes thumped home Newton’s corner to defeat the fishy foe and silence 1800 Grimbarians behind that very net. Such was the emotion the first three rows of the Lincolnshire Co Op Stand have pledged their daughters virtues out of  admiration and respect.

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Hamza was actually born and brought up in the suburbs of Paris where the Forest scouts got wind of him as a cultured kid at Guingamp on the Peripherique.  The strong lad had broken into the reserves and featured regularly from an early age. Young Bencherif played seven games for the Algerian under 21’s in 2005-6 and, it was decided that he would go on loan to Lincoln City, to get some valuable game time. That was when the Imps love affair with the giant of a man began. Unable to get into Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest side, the manager kindly agreed to a months loan to get the Algerian under 20 international some much needed match practice. He  would work under Johns, Schofield and Deehan,  for just 13 days before they started the Imps annual October manager merry-go-round trend.  Hamza started, the day he joined, on Oct 2nd v Bury, then scored in the 2-4 defeat at home to Chesterfield.  He was brave, he was popular, but a lack of pace and youthful nativity exposed him at the centre of an Imps defence that was ransacked more regularly than Rome.

Despite hopes that he would sign full-time in both the January and the summer, a move failed to materialise. Peter Jackson did try on both occasions but money was tight and he was always, frustratingly for both managers, on the verge of breaking into the Forest first team .  No doubt Matt Alexander, still a close friend, played a part in Macclesfield securing his services in the summer of 2009. Matt even Tweeted his best regards upon his release from Notts County.  In his natural centre midfield berth he was magnificent, although a leg break against Rochdale, in December, brought a promising season to a close.  He was fit and raring to go for 2010/11 banging in 11 goals, including a brace against Burton.

Martin Allen (alerted by Schofield and perhaps Matt, son of KA) made Hamza an offer that Macclesfield could not match in June 2011 and he signed a two-year deal starting 17 times with 8 substitute appearances, scoring against Bournemouth and Rochdale.  Some poetic justice there of sorts in a 1-0 win.  He was popular with the fans, his endurance endears as much as his bravery. Incoming Keith Curle, who signed 12 players in the Summer of 2012, also rated him highly, although Hamza would be little more than a bench warmer this season.  He would only play 11 times, all starts and thanks to injuries, in a promotion chase that fizzled, costing Curle his job in March. Chris Kimonya gave him 1 minute of action away at Doncaster before deciding to release him at the end of the 2013 season.

With Simmo back at Lincoln City Hamza was on the verge of a second loan spell at the Imps in March 2013, until a mysterious MLS club scuppered the chance of Simmo securing a unique loan treble of  Macclesfield Town heroes – Hamza (then at County), Tony Diagne and Nat Brown.   Patience clearly comes to those who wait then Simmo?  Last summer Lincoln missed out again, as did Hamza, in the end electing  to join Plymouth i n September on a short-term deal .  JS Kabylie came in for him with an 18 month contract in the January window offering a return to Algeria. Bencherif bagged a unique runners up double last term with medals in Algerian Ligue 1 and the Coupe Nationale.

His somewhat surprising arrival back at Lincoln has been a long time coming, finally linking up with Diagne and Brown to form a spine that threatened League 2 promotion for Macclesfield until the injury list and player sales caught up with the dream.  But Hamza, still only 26, is at his peak, proving, pace apart, that he is the complete Conference Premier central midfielder. Thus far he has scored in each of his last four games for Lincoln.  The Thoroughbred may not win the sprints but over a 46 match marathon you can bet your house on him to shine this season. A dark horse for player of the season maybe, but he is the spine that is allowing Nolan and the rest to glow. It’s getting brighter too with Lincoln also set to be there or thereabouts this season.

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Personal information
Full name Hamza Bencherif
Date of birth 2 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Current gig in the game
Current team
Lincoln City
Number 5
Youth career
 – Guingamp
 – Nottingham Forest
Senior stats (all comps)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
2007 Lincoln City (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2011 Macclesfield Town 60 (16)
2011–2013 Notts County 40 (2)
2013–2014 Plymouth Argyle 9 (1)
2014 JS Kabylie 12 (0)
2014– Lincoln City 7 (4)
National team
2005–2006 Algeria U20 7 (1)

Plymouth Payday For Imps?

Portsmouth FC aside Plymouth Argyle at Sincil Bank is the best possible prize if Lincoln beat Worcester City in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday.  Only Portsmouth FC, Scunthorpe or Notts County would have been a better draw with the Pilgrims set to bring between 500 and a thousand fans to the cash-strapped Imps. Lucky Stevenage host Pompey in what will be a sell-out.

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Notts County who have sacked yet another manager, face The Monkeyhangers of Harlepool away and Scunthorpe will contest a Lincolnshire Derby at the Fishy foe of Grimsby Town.

But the Imps have a massive opportunity to face a side who will bring plenty of fans and could well be beaten if we are at our best. Over 2,000 Pilgrims travelled to Rochdale to witness the club dramatically avoid going into the Conference last season with an average take of 729 during the season.  Their home support was 7095 last season in a season of struggle, up to 7,171 this. Despite being 18th in League 2  The Pilgrims are the second best supported side in the division compared to Portsmouth’s who have an incredible average of 15,861.

Worcester City will of course be thinking exactly the same thing. With the £12,500 prize money plus the two 4th qualifying Round ties this could boost the cup run for both sides to north of £40-50,000. So every Imp needs to be at Sincil Bank on Tuesday to help ensure a much needed pay-day is ours.  Of course a replay against the Pilgrims would be most welcome, its a fabulous stadium and a 7,000 crowd there would be big money for the Imps.

Mad Dog’s Gills exit Spells Trouble For Schofield.

Gillingham FC’s knee-jerk sacking of ex Leicester City, Brentford FC & Notts County manager Martin Allen leaves ex-Imp John Schofield in limbo with Peter Taylor 1-4 favourite to sweep anew in the next few days.  Allen had steered the Gills to promotion in his first season in charge but 2 wins in the opening 11 saw his 16 month tenure end yesterday.

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Once again Allen has been hard done by, just as he was at Leicester City (fall-out with the chairman over signing policy) and Cheltenham (unfounded  racism accusations that led to gardening leave), with fans shocked at his sudden departure.  His stats have been somewhat consistently impressive throughout his managerial career (see below) with the last stint yielding a 42% win rate with 27 wins, 17 draws and just 20 defeats.  He and first team coach John Schofield inspired the Gills best ever start to a season, most away wins ever (11) and the championship at a club that was not financially blessed after almost a decade of hardship. To sack the League 2 manager of the year  after just 16 months in the job does seem harsh.

John Schofield has been Martin Allen’s number two at Cheltenham, Notts County and Gillingham, linking up with him after the love affair with Lincoln turned sour. John had been responsible for the Imps youth section with many notable successes before being given the top job after Keith Alexander had gone to Peterborough.  His brand of attacking football won many plaudits with Stallard and Forester enjoying a 37 goal partnership, but the defensive weaknesses ultimately did for him and John Deehan who had joined him to add experience.

When the duo found themselves out of a job, Schoey was distraught to say the least. He had hoped to stay at the Imps, with a return to the Youth set up that he had worked wonders at. Lincoln was in Schoey’s blood after two stints, 250 appearances and the steady progression up the City youth coaching ladder as he gained the top UEFA ‘A’ licence.  John is a superb coach, a poet for princely passing football, but one very much down to earth with mud in his studs.

Scunthorpe gave him a way back into the game after a four month period of disillusionment, before Walsall manager Jimmy Mullen stepped in.  After Jimmy was sacked he took charge for one game before being moved on after Chris Hutchins got the job and brought in his own man.  Schoey then joined Martin Ling at Cambridge before teaming up with Allen at the Magpies. It will be interesting to see whether he puts in for the job or is kept on as part of Peter Taylor’s new set-up, as it would be such a shame to see one of the games great unsung coaches out of work again. Then again Martin Allen will soon be back in work.

Martin Allen & Schofield Records

Club From To Allen’s Record
G W D L Win %
Barnet March 2003 March 2004 47 20 17 10 42.55
Brentford 18 March 2004 31 May 2006 124 54 36 34 43.55
Milton Keynes Dons 21 June 2006 25 May 2007 55 28 11 16 50.91
Leicester City 25 May 2007 29 August 2007 4 2 1 1 50.00
Cheltenham Town 15 September 2008 11 December 2009 60 13 19 28 21.67
Barnet 23 March 2011 11 April 2011 3 2 1 0 66.67
Notts County 11 April 2011 18 February 2012 43 16 10 17 37.21
Barnet 16 April 2012 11 June 2012 3 2 0 1 66.67
Gillingham 5 July 2012 13 October 2013 64 27 17 20 42.19
Total 403 164 112 127 40.69

Club From To Schoey’s Record
G W D L Win %
Lincoln City 24 May 2006 15 October 2007 64 23 14 27 36.0
Walsall (caretaker) 10 January 2009 20 January 2009 1 0 0 1 0.0
Cheltenham Town (caretaker) 20 October 2009 22 December 2009 9 1 3 5 11.1

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  (?)

Could Hamza Bencherif Rock The City Kasbah At Last?

While Chesterfield FC contemplate signing former Nottingham Forest & Notts County man-mountain of thrills, spills & skill’s Hamza Bencherif, the Imp that got away – twice – the bean-counters fear they are £130,000 over budget after signing winger Gary Roberts from Swindon Town and defender Ian Evatt from Blackpool.  Could Simmo – his business all done before the coming of St Luke  remember – yet have the time and energy for one last miracle?

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The Spireites are determined to get back into League 1 this season and have assembled a side of serious contenders (they beat us 3-1 behind closed doors) for the season ahead. Hamza who had hoped to be plying his trade in the MLS until the deal fell through after leaving Notts County, has been impressing but budget’s are budgets even at the ambitious Spireites it would seem.  Chances are they will find the cash, but if not, could Gary Simpson pull another rabbit out of the hat? Far fetched perhaps but Foster? Tomlinson? Rowe? Nolan? Wright? First let us make some semblance of the riddle over the matter of Hamza getting away twice.

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Unable to get into Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest side, the manager kindly agreed to a months to get the Algerian under 20 international some much needed match practice. He  would work under Schofield and Deeham for just 13 days before they started the Imps annual October manager merry-go-round trend.  Hamza started, the day he joined, on Oct 2nd v Bury, then scored in the 2-4 defeat at home to, of all foes, Chesterfield.  He was brave, he was popular, but a lack of pace and youthful nativity exposed him at the centre of an Imps defence that was ransacked more regularly than Rome.

Hamza, played twelve inspiring games before going back to Forest but despite no first team opportunities he was not allowed back in the January, with the cash-strapped Imps unable to make a bid.  We wound down the days until his contract expired at the end of the season, but again Jacko made no move and he elected to join Keith and Simmo at Macclesfield, during a summer of woe.

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Despite breaking his leg in the first season at Macc, Hamza, part of the French Connection, was the midfield rock, scoring 16 in 60 appearances as the club battled back from the death of first Keith and then Butch. The all-but-butt-naked Silkmen flirted with the play-offs until the previous owners sold everything that was not nailed to the floor.  Then of course post Xmas scurvy overcame the crew with more on the sick than Merseyside, to end the Simpson tenure. To top it Simmo was allowed to get a Scouser, of the Everton persuasion, in on loan and he returned home twenty minutes into a goal scoring debut – you’ve guessed it injured.

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Like most things that have been and gone at Lincoln, they seem to end up at Notts County. Martin Allen (alerted by Schofield and perhaps Matt, son of KA) made Hamza an offer that Macclesfield could not match in June 2011 and he signed a two-year deal starting 17 times with 8 substitute appearances, scoring against Bournemouth and Rochdale.  Some poetic justice there of sorts in a 1-0 win.  He was popular with the fans, his endurance endears as much as his bravery in truth.

Incoming Keith Curle, who signed 12 players in the Summer of 2012, also rated him highly, although Hamza would be little more than a bench warmer this season.  He would only play 11 times, all starts and thanks to injuries, in a promotion chase that fizzled, costing Curle his job in March. Chris Kimonya gave him 1 minute of action away at Doncaster before deciding to release him this summer although he can undoubedly do a job at League 1. Pace is his enemy at the back but in the middle he is a midfield matador, and irresistable precence and an immovable force.

As Hamza was in and out more frequently than wedding tackle, he  knew the Meadow Lane gig was up last March within a fortnight of Curle moving on. Simmo was fighting fires at Lincoln, not to mention time with the loan window fast approaching.  He twisted the boards arm for some money for loans and, with the Queen blinking on the Bank notes, he moved for an ambition trio. Nat Brown and Tony Diagne came, but alas Hamza, who shares the same agent as the other two, had to turn the deal down at the last minute. At the time an MLS club looked set to take him, but then the deal cooled, leaving him to sit out the final few week of the season at County due to the closure of the loan window.

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Hamza Bencherif
DATE OF BIRTH February 9, 1988 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Paris,
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) / All musclet
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
YOUTH CAREER
1999-2004 EA Guingamp
2004-2006 Nottingham Forest
SENIOR CAREER LGE & CUP
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
2007 Lincoln City (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2011 Macclesfield Town 68 (16)
2011–2013 Notts County 37 (2)
NATIONAL TEAM
2006–2007 Algeria U20 7 (1)

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Fenton Now Training with The Reds

Former Notts County, Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Rotherham United Captain Nick Fenton looks to have chosen Alfreton Town over Lincoln City and Chester FC, as news reaches STMI Towers that he is now training with Alfreton.

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At 33, despite his experience and composure, perhaps he is seen as a bit of a gamble for the Imps, who have Luke Foster  on trial.  Nick Fenton does want to stay local to Mansfield, for post career reasons (as we suggested a week ago),  so Alfreton seem to be the logical fit.    Nick started out at Manchester City, progressed through the ranks and earned a 5 year first pro deal! He played 15 games for City, spending valuable loan time at 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. He played 61 games, netting 4 times in a 2004/5 and 2005/6 at the Keepmote that saw Donny finish 10th and 8th in League 1

Rovers let him go to Grimsby just 1 League and 1 cup game, against Rochdale, into the 2006/7 season (as a replacement for Big Ben Futcher) along with Ravenhill. Nicks absence from the heart of the defence did not improve ambitious Rovers as they finished 11th and would have to wait a further season before promotion to the Championship was reached. Big spending Rotherham then 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 the perhaps pivotal physio course in Mansfield. Alfreton’s new part-time status will also surely suit

STMI BIOPIC
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)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
YOUTH CAREER
1993–1996 Manchester City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
1996–2001 Manchester City 15 (0)
1999–2000 Notts County (loan) 13 (1)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 8 (0)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (0)
2000 Notts County (loan) 8 (0)
2000–2004 Notts County 147 (9)
2004–2006 Doncaster Rovers 63 (4)
2006–2008 Grimsby Town 80 (6)
2008–2011 Rotherham United 115 (4)
2011–2013 Morecambe 73 (4)

 

12 Jake Sheridan

Jake Sheridan has put disappointment atNotts County  and Tamworth FC behind him. He is the personification of self-believe and the work ethic, battling all the way from Dunkirk, in truth, there is none more deserving of a new deal at home from home Lincoln City. Jake never lost the faith or his desire, even when he found himself back in factory work. He joined on a pay as you play non contract deal, earned a one year deal last year and a double bubble two year deal this.

After falling from favour at Notts County the midfielder spent a couple of seasons at Tamworth under Gary Mills. But new gaffer Marcus Law  froze him out so  Jake went part-time with Eastleigh.  This lad personifies the virtues of hard graft. He has the determination at the training ground to keep honing his technique and the desire to pick himself up and earn the right to play on the pitch where it really matters. Jake, is a  hard-working  midfielder and a determined genuine soul who is making his dream come true. He even shared a loan spell at the Imps with minimum wage factory commitments prior to his permanent switch in January 2012.  He is not overly blessed but he will give you 100%  and has proved he has enough to make a living from the game at our level.  Let us hope we see more of the creative side of your game Jake, that step over and eye for a shot or pass  does you and us proud.

Jakes Stats 2012/13

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
12 Jake Sheridan 33 10 2989 0 47 4 28 30 8 1

Jakes Stats 2011/12

Sq  Name Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
36 Jake Sheridan 10 8 960 0 10 5 0 3 0
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jake Sheridan
DATE OF BIRTH 8 July 1986 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Nottingham
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.76 m)
WEIGHT 11st 6lbs (72.64kg)
PLAYING POSITION: MIDFIELDER
CURRENT Deal Lincoln City 2 year contract
NUMBER 36
YOUTH CAREER
Dunkirk
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Notts County 33 (1)
2007–2011 Tamworth 81 (7)
2011–2012 Eastwood Town 5 (0)
2011–2012 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2012– Lincoln City 63 (0)

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Agent Gossip: Centre-backs Atkinson & Fenton On The Move

Centre-backs Nick Fenton (Man CityNotts 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 Fenton

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.

STMI Biopic
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)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1993–1996 Manchester City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1996–2001 Manchester City 15 (0)
1999–2000 Notts County (loan) 13 (1)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 8 (0)
2000 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (0)
2000 Notts County (loan) 8 (0)
2000–2004 Notts County 147 (9)
2004–2006 Doncaster Rovers 63 (4)
2006–2008 Grimsby Town 80 (6)
2008–2011 Rotherham United 115 (4)
2011–2013 Morecambe 73 (4)
 

Rob Atkinson.

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.

STMI Biopic
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)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Accrington Stanley
Youth career
2000–2004 Barnsley
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2009 Barnsley 8 (0)
2005–2006 Scarborough (loan) 22 (0)
2006 Halifax Town (loan) 4 (2)
2007 Rochdale (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2008 Grimsby Town (loan) 24 (1)
2008–2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 9 (1)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2011 Grimsby Town 83 (7)
2011-2013 Fleetwood Town 35 (1)
2012 Accrington Stanley (loan) 12 (0)
2013- Accrington Stanley 0 (0)
Interational
2011 England C 2 (0)
 

Sheridan Grafts & Crafts His Way To New Deal

Jake Sheridan has put the disappointment of Notts County and Tamworth rejection behind him, to earn a well deserved new deal at Lincoln City. Jake never lost the faith or his desire, even when he found himself back in factory work. He joined on a pay as you play non contract deal, earned a one year deal last year and a double bubble two year deal this.

After falling from favour at Notts County the midfielder spent a couple of seasons at Tamworth under Gary Mills. But new gaffer Marcus Law  froze him out so  Jake went part-time with Eastleigh.  This lad personifies the virtues of hard graft. He has the determination at the training ground to keep honing his technique and the desire to pick himself up and earn the right to play on the pitch where it really matters. Jake, is a  hard-working  midfielder and a determined genuine soul who is making his dream come true. He even shared a loan spell at the Imps with minimum wage factory commitments prior to his permanent switch in January 2012.  He is not overly blessed but he will give you 100%  and has proved he has enough to make a living from the game at our level.  Let us hope we see more of the creative side of your game Jake, that step over and eye for a shot or pass  does you and us proud.

Jakes Stats 2012/13

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
12 Jake Sheridan 33 10 2989 0 47 4 28 30 8 1

Jakes Stats 2011/12

Sq  Name Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
36 Jake Sheridan 10 8 960 0 10 5 0 3 0
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Jake Sheridan
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jake Sheridan
DATE OF BIRTH 8 July 1986 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Nottingham
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.76 m)
WEIGHT 11st 6lbs (72.64kg)
PLAYING POSITION: MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 36
YOUTH CAREER
Dunkirk
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Notts County 33 (1)
2007–2011 Tamworth 81 (7)
2011–2012 Eastwood Town 5 (0)
2011–2012 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2012– Lincoln City 63 (0)

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Who Is Hamza Bencherif?

Notts County have released Hamza Bencherif,  who came here on loan from Nottingham Forest in 2007. He was also on the verge of a return in March, until a mysterious MLS club scuppered the chance for him to link up at the Imps with former Macclesfield Town team mates Tony Diagne and Nat Brown.  Simmo knows him well and would love to have him, but surely it would take a statement of ambition or a new Imp sugar Daddy to step forward and boost the budget so that we could afford him? That said season ticket sales would shoot through the roof.

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Hamza is an immense presence that would transform the Lincoln City midfield and make us into play-off contenders. Power would be free to fly, Todd Jordan would have a partner in crime.  But who is this mystery super hero?

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Unable to get into Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest side, the manager kindly agreed to a months to get the Algerian under 20 international some much needed match practice. He  would work under Schofield and Deeham for just 13 days before they started the Imps annual October manager merry-go-round trend.  Hamza started, the day he joined, on Oct 2nd v Bury, then scored in the 2-4 defeat at home to Chesterfield.  He was brave, he was popular, but a lack of pace and youthful nativity exposed him at the centre of an Imps defence that was ransacked more regularly than Rome.

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Despite hopes that he would sign full-time in both the January and the summer, a move failed to materialise, despite him failing to break into the Forest first team.  No doubt Matt Alexander, still a close friend, played a part in Macclesfield securing his services in the summer of 2009. Matt even Tweeted his best regards upon his release from Notts County.  In his natural centre midfield berth he was magnificent, although a leg break against Rochdale, in December, brought a promising season to a close.  He was fit and raring to go for 2010/11 banging in 11 goals, including a brace against Burton.

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Martin Allen (alerted by Schofield and perhaps Matt, son of KA) made Hamza an offer that Macclesfield could not match in June 2011 and he signed a two-year deal starting 17 times with 8 substitute appearances, scoring against Bournemouth and Rochdale.  Some poetic justice there of sorts in a 1-0 win.  He was popular with the fans, his endurance endears as much as his bravery. Incoming Keith Curle, who signed 12 players in the Summer of 2012, also rated him highly, although Hamza would be little more than a bench warmer this season.  He would only play 11 times, all starts and thanks to injuries, in a promotion chase that fizzled, costing Curle his job in March. Chris Kimonya gave him 1 minute of action away at Doncaster before deciding to release him this summer.

STMI Biopic
Full name Hamza Bencherif
Date of birth February 9, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Paris,
Height/Weight 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
EA Guingamp
Nottingham Forest
Senior career Lge & Cup
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
2007 Lincoln City (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2011 Macclesfield Town 68 (16)
2011–2013 Notts County 37 (2)
National team
2006–2007 Algeria U20 7 (1)