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Southport V Imps – Brabin Planning Tuesday Rumble in the 6-Pointer.

After the Nuneaton Town under Daish, Southport FC under former Luton Town & Cambridge United manager Gary Brabin is not an enticing thought on a Tuesday night.  Yes after the no show The Sandgrounders are another side who have appointed a new manager. STMI were the first to break the news last night and feared the worst – are we cursed? In truth we were also still gutted gutted that he had agreed personal terms so early in the day because Brabin can now call in favours from all his mates in the North-West (Gary’s born and bread in Liverpool so forget porridge because raw meat scouse and 4-4-2 builds football teams in these parts) and potentially have the cabs there for this afternoon.  A manager with a 49.6% win rate in the non-League has clearly been waiting for the right job since Luton discarded him in 2012. He also waited a year before returning after Cambridge – and that was for the Luton job.

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The Challenge

Bring back Martin Foyle because Gary Brabin’s side will be bang up for it. They will be wanting to prove a point to the manager and Brabin will be wanting to prove a point to a Lincoln board that  passed him by  not that long ago.  As to whether he can turn Southport who really battled back twice before going down 2-5 at home to Woking, well that is the big question.  The Imps will be missing Anderson and Hamza, while MacDonald went off injured for ‘Port at the weekend.

Brodie and Luke Foster  might also want The Imps to think they should have tried a little harder in recent years too. Challoner  and Fitzpatrick are useful yet Newton and Miller can really get to grips with that back four.  As to whether Brabin will revert to the 3-5-2 that got the smash and grab 1-0 at the Cods or go with his preferred 4-4-2 for his first game is anyone’s guess.  One thing is for sure we play a part-time side that can pay more than we can, otherwise Mr Brabin would not have put his slippers in the oven and come out on a wet and windy Tuesday night. Then again they are his local club.

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Southport 8 April 2008 23 June 2008 7 5 0 2 71.43
Cambridge United 23 June 2008 13 July 2009 54 27 14 13 50.00
Luton Town 28 March 2011 31 March 2012 62 29 22 11 46.77
Total 123 61 36 26 49.59

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Ground guide

What is being chewed over on the foes  FANS Forum

Tickets

Seating: Adults £15 Concessions £11 Under 19’s £5 Terrace: Adults £13.50 Concessions £10 Under 19’s £5 Under 11’s accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Gary Brabin goes 4-4-2
19 Raja
2 Challoner 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
12 Lynch 4 Kay 8 George 11 Brogan
 10 Brodie 17 Dyer
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23 Sam-Yorke 11 Tomlinson   22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  6 Diagne  5 Brown 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-3-3-

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 Statistical head to head

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Gary Brabin Manager Gary Simpson
4-5-1 / 4-3-3 Formation 4-2-3-1
21 Position 15
20 Points 13
11 Goals scored 20
25 Goals conceded 24
16 Yellow cards 23
1 Red Cards 3
18th Position 2013/14 14th
Bottom half Forecast To half
n/a Biggest win 2-0 v Macc
n/a Heaviest defeat 1-3 V Gulls 

Ker-ching

5,817 Total Turnstile Clicks 20,007
821 Ave Gate 2858
1202 V Bristol R Hi 5209 V Grimsby
730 v Woking Low 2231 V Braintree

Heroes & Villains

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Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results .
Brodie 2 Burrow 6 Southport 2
Connor 2 Bencherif 4 Woking 5
Foster 2 Tomlinson 4 Nuneaton 2
Hattersley 1 Newton 3 Lincoln 1
Gorman 1 Robinson 1 Grimsby 0
Fitzpatrick 1 Miller 1 Southport 1
. . Anderson 1 Lincoln 1
. . . . Gateshead 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Southport 0
Fitzpatrick 1 Newton 7 Bristol R 1
Hattersley 1 Tomlinson 5 Lincoln 2
Gorman 1 Power 1 Macclesfield 0
. . Nolan 1 Macclesfield 3
. . . . Southport 0
. . . . Aldershot 1
. . . . Lincoln 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Chester 2
George 5 Newton 5 Southport 0
Brodie 3 Mendy 3 Welling 2
kay 2 Power 3 Lincoln 0
Mitchell 1 Bencherif 3 Southport 0
McDonald 1 Tomlinson 2 Alfreton 2
Challoner 1 Diagne 2 Lincoln 2
Rutherford 1 Caprice 1 Bristol R 3
Fitzpatrick 1 Nolan 1 Southport 1
 6 others 1 Marshall 1 Kidderminster 0
. . Brown 1 Lincoln 3
. . Miller 1 Grimsby 2
Villains Reds Villains Reds Eastleigh 2
Brodie 1 Bencherif 1 Southport 1
. . Brown 1 Woking 3
. . Burrow 1 Lincoln 1

Current & Overall Form 

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Form . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Southport (H) 7 2 0 5 5 12 -7 6 21
Lincoln (A) 7 2 0 5 8 13 -3 6 15
Lincoln (H) 7 3 2 2 12 11 1 11 16
Southport (A) 7 1 2 4 6 13 -7 9 23
Last Six . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 6 1 1 4 6 9 -3 4 22
Southport 6 1 0 5 3 13 -4 4 24
Overall . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 14 5 2 7 20 24 -3 16 15
Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11 21

 Head to Head

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At Southport (33) At Lincoln City (33)
Results Total % Results Total %
Southport 16 48.48 Lincoln City 21 63.64
Lincoln City 7 21.21 Southport 5 15.15
Draws 10 30.30 Draws 7 21.21
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Southport 63 1.91 Lincoln City 81 2.45
Lincoln City 48 1.45 Southport 30 0.91
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (66 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 21 31.82
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 28 42.42
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 17 25.76
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 93 1.41
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 129 1.95

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Records
Highest Aggregate 8 Southport 4 – 4 Lincoln City 1964/1965
Highest Southport score: 5 Southport 5 – 1 Lincoln City 1965/1966
Highest Lincoln City score: 7 Lincoln City 7 – 0 Southport 1931/1932

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Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 09 Mar Lincoln City 1 – 0 Southport (Conference) Premier
Tue 08 Jan Southport 4 – 2 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
2011/2012 Tue 24 Jan Lincoln City 2 – 0 Southport (Conference) Premier
Sat 13 Aug Southport 2 – 2 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
1975/1976 Wed 25 Feb Lincoln City 6 – 0 Southport Fourth Division
Wed 24 Sep Southport 1 – 2 Lincoln City Fourth Division
1974/1975 Mon 28 Apr Southport 3 – 2 Lincoln City Fourth Division
Wed 18 Sep Lincoln City 1 – 1 Southport Fourth Division
1972/1973 Sat 14 Apr Southport 1 – 0 Lincoln City Fourth Division
Wed 21 Mar Lincoln City 3 – 1 Southport Fourth D

 

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Nuneaton Town V Imps – 6 Points in 96 hours or Bust For Simmo’s Dogs of War

Nuneaton Town and Southport in the next four days could well get our season back on track. Unbeaten in two the Imps will test any lingering hopes of a play-off flirt against two teams that will not be push-overs despite their form. Nuneaton have a new boss in Liam Daish a miracle worker in Conference circles, Have we met him and them at just the right time?

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

The Challenge

Liam Daish is no mug, indeed I actually tipped him for the job for another site I write for and praised the wisdom of the Nuneaton board. If anyone is going to fill promotion guru Kevin Wilkin’s boots it is Daish, not reid who failed abysmally after just five months.  Liam had a stand named after him at Ebbsfleet and did fantastic things with a budget even worse than the one Simmo has and he was funded by a shambolic website that was about as consistant as the old school dinners custard. The Fleet did sink under him due to a parlous financial position and, when the new guys came in they decided they wanted a fresh set of ideas. He then took some time out waiting for the right kind of challenge. This guy with backing and a regular,  sustained budget, could get them into the Football League.

The Boro can feel themselves unfortunate after battling hard until Sole got a last minute set-peice wonder-strike to settle matters.  Daish has been making plenty of loan enquiries  during his first week with winger Dawson arriving from Leicester City (he graduated through the Wigan academy before becoming a Fox last summer.  He should start, Dawson and Armson will be trouble for Miller and Newton tomorrow as they come forward.

As you would expect in that neck of the woods the Coventry connection is strong, ex-Sky Blue Lee Fowler (played for Harriers too) makes the midfield tick, with a 4-3-3 formation used last time out to good effect. Streete, the centre-back is a clever player too and would do a job in League 2 at the right club.  Keeper Reice Charles-Cook  is on loan from Coventry until January, he is useful with good positioning reactions and distribution.  Ex-Imp Nicky Eaden  is also involved behind the scenes at a club that has some very ambitious plans if they can stay up.

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Ground guide

What is being chewed over on the foes  FANS Forum

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Liam Daish goes 4-2-3-1
30 Charles-Cook
27 McSsweeney 11 Streete  5 Dean 3 Franklin
25 Curran  
18 Brown            26 Fowler
  7 Armson 9 Hutchinson ? Dawson
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23 Sam-Yorke
11 Tomlinson  5 Bencherif  22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 12 Mendy
3 Newton  27 Anderson  5 Brown 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Statistical head to head

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Liam Daish /prev Manager Gary Simpson
4-5-1 / 4-3-3 Formation 4-2-3-1
21 Position 15
20 Points 13
6 Goals scored 19
21 Goals conceded 22
13 Yellow cards 18
2 Red Cards 3
13th Position 2013/14 14th
Bottom half Forecast Play-offs
2-1 v Altrincham Biggest win 2-0 v Macc
0-4 V Torquay Heaviest defeat 1-3 V Gulls

Ker-ching

4,926 Total Turnstile Clicks 20,007
821 Ave Gate 2858
935 Eastleigh Hi 5209 V Grimsby
759 v Dartford Low 2231 V Braintree

Heroes & Villains

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Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results .
Brown 2 Burrow 6 Woking 1
John 1 Bencherif 4 Nuneaton 0
Dean 1 Tomlinson 4 Lincoln 1
Curran 1 Newton 3 Gateshead 1
Dyer 1 Robinson 1 Nuneaton 1
. 1 Miller 1 Dartford 2
. 1 Anderson 1 Lincoln 2
. . . . Macclesfield 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Alfreton 1
Starosta 1 Newton 7 Nuneaton 0
Smith 1 Tomlinson 5 Aldershot 1
Fowler 1 Power 1 Lincoln 0
. . Nolan 1 Bristol R 3
. . . . Nuneaton 1
. . . . Welling 2
. . . . Lincoln 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Nuneaton 1
Streete 3 Newton 5 Aldershot 1
Brown 3 Mendy 3 Lincoln 2
Dean 2 Power 3 Bristol R 3
Charles-Cook 1 Bencherif 3 Nuneaton 1
Walker 1 Tomlinson 2 FGR 0
Armson 1 Diagne 2 Lincoln 3
Gordon 1 Caprice 1 Grimsby 2
Cranston 1 Nolan 1 Torquay 4
. . Marshall 1 Nuneaton 0
. . Brown 1 Woking 3
. . Miller 1 Lincoln 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds Nuneaton 2
Brown 1 Bencherif 1 Altrincham 1
Hutchinson 1 Brown 1 Lincoln 1
. . Burrow 1 Torquay 3

Current & Overall Form 

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Form . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 6 3 2 2 12 11 1 11 15
Nuneaton (A) 6 2 3 1 9 6 3 9 23
Nuneaton (H) 6 4 1 1 12 10 2 13 21
Lincoln (A) 6 2 0 4 7 11 -3 6 15
Last Six . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 6 2 1 3 8 9 -1 7 16
Nuneaton 6 1 1 4 4 8 -4 4 23
Overall . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 16 14
Nuneaton 13 2 2 9 6 21 -3 16 21

 Head to Head

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At Nuneaton Town (1) At Lincoln City (2)
Results Total % Results Total %
Nuneaton Town 1 100.00 Lincoln City 2 100.00
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 0 0.00
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 0 0.00
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Nuneaton Town 1 1.00 Lincoln City 3 1.50
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 1 0.50
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (3 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Nuneaton Town 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 1 33.33
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 2 66.67
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 0 0.00
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Nuneaton Town 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 2 0.67
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 3 1.00

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Highlights
Highest Aggregate 3 Lincoln City 2 – 1 Nuneaton Town 2012/2013
Highest Nuneaton Town score: 1 Nuneaton Town 1 – 0 Lincoln City 2012/2013
Highest Lincoln City score: 2 Lincoln City 2 – 1 Nuneaton Town 2012/2013

The three games

Last Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 16 Mar Nuneaton Town 1 – 0 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
Tue 25 Sep Lincoln City 2 – 1 Nuneaton Town (Conference) Premier
2010/2011 Sat 06 Nov Lincoln City 1 – 0 Nuneaton Town F.A. Cup

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Filling Fergy Void At Man Utd Is Easier than Wilkin’s departure To Wrexham FC.

Pound for pound Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has an easier job filling Alex Ferguson’s  boots than anyone taking on the Nuneaton Town Gig after Wrexham FC got Kevin Wilkin . We all have to start somewhere and Wrexham Boss Kevin certainly did and finished plenty during a fantastic journey. No nine-figure war chest in the People’s Premiership, then again The Wilkin’ s, Neil Aspin’s (FC Halifax – same record as Wikin but in successive seasons – watch for a Port Vale move if the poor run for The Valiants continues) and Gary Simpson’s (Lincoln) of this world don’t need it.

With ‘Golam’ gone having failed to keep the precious Red Devils in the Champions League. Louis transformed all before our very eyes on Sunday with some tactics, coaching and a million in change out of £150 more for the summer shopping trolley.  Did he even take it back for the quid or leave it in the car park? Back in the real world Kevin Wilkin, alas, from a Nuneaton point of view, is now at Wrexham FC and beginning to work the magic there. A win against top of the table Barnet could see the Dragons hit the play-offs in the People’s Premiership, sponsored by Vanarama.  The man who can, presumably got in his van and signed eight (Click for details & look for the shirts) for peanuts and a promise of glory. The Dragon’s squad is worth about £350,000 on paper, although it is certainly appreciating on the pitch.

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So it is no surprise that Nuneaton have struggled to replace him. Following liquidation in 07/08 Town sprinted back up the pyramid under his guidance coming second in the Southern League Division One Midlands. The following season saw a second successive promotion,- second again – from the Southern League Premier Division. Then in 2012, Nuneaton finished fifth place in the Conference North and won the play-off final. His record is outstanding and together with the experienced Gary Mills as his assistant Wrexham suddenly look like play-off contenders. Tough test tonight at the Buzzing Bees of Barnet. Mills is unlikely to return to the Midlands even though he has local connections with Tamworth, but Marcus Law might. He was at the Forest Green Rovers game on Tuesday night and will probably be even more interested in the job now that Brian Reid has fallen on his sword.

With regard to filling that Nuneaton void, I had to laugh at some of the other names on the bookies slate. Property developing Guru Robbie Fowler has been listed as  25/1, while Dean Saunders and Garry Flitcroft are both 12/1.  Why even Goldilocks and the three bears might turn up is  Gary Waddock and Ronnie Moore turn up for interviews, whispered locally and linked with the new Tamworth opening up the road. Current favourite and assistant boss Mark Noon is favourite for the job, but does not want the Lambs hot-seat full-time. Must be the mint sauce, apologies for that.

Understandable, though take a look at Wilkins record –   could you fill that void.

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Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Nuneaton Town 1 June 2006 20 March 2014 348 151 110 87 43.4
Wrexham 20 March 2014 Present 17 7 4 6 41.2
Total 365 158 114 93 43.3

 

Budget: Is It Time For Trust To Be Critical Friend?

Alfreton Town, Welling United, Tamworth, Woking, Southport FC, Nuneaton Town, Tamworth, Braintree, Dartford FC and Hyde FC are all considered part time.  Yet with three training sessions a week they could be labelled as what Lincoln manager Gary Simpson has recently described as part-time in disguise.

Perhaps this is why Lincoln struggles to beat sides who have superior budgets and look to raise their game in order to gain the scalp of a big team. The real issue and reality check for Lincoln fans, is that the club is anything but a big team when it comes to the playing budget. The forecast budget is still less than that enjoyed by David Holdsworth last season, this, despite better than expected season ticket sales, higher admission prices due to the closing of the home end and better average crowds than last season. 

After an interminable half decade of misery and decline, the team finds itself mid-table yet we are failing to play the dream football that fans wish to see.  At £18 for an adult they do have a point, but the economic reality and real issue is the competition from the 23 other Conference clubs that the Imps are struggling to match. They show ambition, they inspire, while a club with the potential of Lincoln, does anything but shrouded behind  non disclosure agreements that frustrate fans and keep them in the dark.  Who would like answers on the Stadium, the recent supporter director elections etc etc etc? What about a fans forum and not one that shortens a Trust or club AGM?

But back to money, the route of all evil it would appear. Lincoln and Macclesfield have the lowest full-time budgets in the Skrill Premier League, dwarfed by Luton, Forest Green, Grimsby, Wrexham, Cambridge, Kidderminster and Gateshead.  But these disguised part-time sides are also outspending the club thanks to rich benefactors and commercial deals that allow them to punch above their financial weight.  While geographically challenged Lincoln cannot afford more than 5 overnight stays, Salisbury identified and funded the 15 they face before a ball was kicked in earnest.

When we look at the performance on the pitch of Alfreton, Salisbury and Welling, they are doing so because they have the ability to fund better loans and can pay wages in excess of ours.  Lincoln have an average of £350 per week, but many of our part-time competitors can easily offer far more – sometimes double – our highest earners. Surely everyone realises consistency costs and that you get what you can ultimately pay for on the creative and goals front, which is the lifeblood of the sport.

Alfreton, Welling, Woking and Tamworth all have bigger playing budgets than Lincoln despite our gates.  Southport and even Nuneaton are certainly on a par with the Imps, but able to pay money and get loans that are out of our reach. Only Hyde, Braintree, Dartford and Macclesfield have an inferior budget to Lincoln, but their geography is less challenging when it comes to attracting talent.

We cannot really do anything about it any more either, the dye is cast.  The Trust historically appear in fans eyes to be anything but a critical friend, despite the two long-term gold member and supporter director reigns on the board of the club. The 1 million shares have gone to the Holding Company and even the current supporter Director is now a business partner of one of the board members on the Holding company, suggesting a cosy closed shot relationship remains. All we can do is keep faith it appears and be thankful the club is still in business even if it had to give away the fans crown jewels to sustain itself without any long-term guarantees.  Not that we had a vote on it of course  – this at of all clubs, the one Supporters direct once saw as the model community club.

Please note we have omitted the actual figures for each club for legal reasons, alas, as our regular readers are aware, STMI does not have the legal backing to publish the full truth as bigger publications would.

Port Vale Connection Threatens Imps FA Cup Dreams

Ex-Port Vale striker Danny Glover (son of Valiants legend Dean) looks scripted to become the Worcester City giant-killing FA Cup hero against Lincoln City this weekend.  Like his dad he is cultured but his knack is in attack, helping two sides into the Skrill Premier over the last two seasons as well as a match winning performance in the previous round.

 

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The father and son both played at opposite ends of the pitch for Port Vale, with dad, Dean, clocking up 363 League games as a cultured defender/midfielder, with son Danny making 41 as a striker. Danny, still only 23, came up through the youth ranks to score 4 League goals before moving on to Worcester City where he has averaged a goal every 3 games (27 in 84). His dad went on to become caretaker and then manager at the Valiants while Danny got the boot from his father’s successor Micky Adams.

As Danny said at the time

“Whether my dad was at the club or not I knew, and the team knew, that I was only ever going to be in the team if I was playing well. I was never going to be picked just because my dad was there.”

Danny has continued to solidly deliver at Conference North level with something of a promotion knack. He signed for Nuneaton for a season delivering 18 goals in the play-off season that saw the Boro promoted but instead returned for a second stint at Worcester.  Last year he went on loan to FC Halifax, helping the Shaymen in their promotion did to the Skrill Premier. So far this season Danny has scored three goals including a beauty in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Rugby to set up this mouthwatering tie.

Like his dad he is cultured, he is clever and he is nippy; along with right-winger Williams and midfield engine Thorley  The Dragons offer a serious threat to Lincoln’s progression in a competition that is vital to us nowadays.  In goal is Simmo’s outstanding ex-stopper Jose Veiga – aka the cape crusader – who could well have joined the Imps if Farman had moved on in the summer.  If the Imps can score early we will go on and win it, but The Dragons are a resilient side and will keep it tight which is where Glover’s quality could be decisive.

The pitch will make passing football hard for us, indeed only one side, Stockport (4-0) have managed to beat the Dragons in their last 9 games. They have won three of those games, with 5 draws, indeed  7 of the 15 matches this season have seen a point, that perhaps accounts for the Dragons lowly position in the Skrill North. A draw would do Worcester who could then expect a second pay day on a fantastic stage that will lift them as it does most part-time sides. So we need to win this one at the first time of asking and put our season back on the right track. The prize money will help there too.

STMI Biopic
Full name Daniel Glover
Date of birth 24 October 1989 (age 23)
Place of birth Crewe, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Current gig in the game
Club Worcester City
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Port Vale 41 (4)
2009 Salisbury City (loan) 7 (0)
2009–2010 Rochdale (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Stafford Rangers (loan) 6 (1)
2010–2011 Worcester City 40 (14)
2011–2012 Nuneaton Town 38 (18)
2012–date Worcester City 44 (13)
2013 F.C. Halifax Town (loan) 10 (0

 

Skrill Premier Arrests & Bans League Tables

Nuneaton Town, Lincoln, Grimsby Town, Luton Town and Wrexham FC  make up the top 5 in the Skrill Premier league which has seen arrests double last season (then the BSP), largely as a result of the Nuneaton V Lincoln and Luton V Lincoln City fixtures.

Vic Erzantarz is on the case

Please find below two tables, the first details the number of arrests per club in 2012/13, while the second details banning orders currently in place against fans. The Mariners head that by a country mile.

Arrests 2012/13 season

Nuneaton Town 87
Lincoln City 20
Grimsby Town 16
Luton Town 16
Wrexham 14
Mansfield Town 12
Newport County 10
Stockport County 9
Hereford United 8
Barnet 7
Macclesfield Town 7
Aldershot Town 5
Woking 3
Kidderminster Harriers 1
Alfreton Town 1
Others 0

Banning Orders

Grimsby Town, 41
Luton Town, 21
Lincoln City, 19
Stockport County, 15
Mansfield Town, 11
Newport County, 11
Hereford United, 10
Wrexham, 9
Aldershot Town, 8
Darlington, 8
Alfreton Town, 7
Chester City, 7
Halifax Town, 7
Kidderminster Harriers, 4
Nuneaton Town, 4
Macclesfield Town, 3
Barnet, 2
Salisbury City, 1
Others 0

Vics Rant: Give Lincoln Fans A Break

Ask Barnet FC, Cambridge United, Nuneaton Town, Woking FC and Dartford if they like  the hordes of the Imps and they give you a big Yes! Yet the top headline grabber  that greets us on Monday – this after the local police had praised both sets of fans behaviour –  gave the impression of a day of shame.

Its the Vic Erzantarz Monday morning moan

Once again the Imps support on Saturday was nothing short of fantastic with non-stop support from start to finish from the 483 that travelled to Nuneaton. So far Lincoln have taken  574 to Barnet in a gate of 1913, 447 to Cambridge in a gate of 3022, 370 to Woking (1845) and 265 to a very distant Dartford (1386). We even took 147 to Hereford on a Tuesday in a very poor crowd of under 1400 and there looked far more Imps than the figure suggested.

Whenever teams take large regular followings away, the Imps are the 4th best supported in the Premier,  there will be the odd incidents that the local press can stir up, yet in reality it gives a false overall impression and can influence families fancying a day out supporting our local club. That can hurt the bank accounts of the Imps and  our fellow Skrill Premier neighbours, many of whom need the away following to balance the books.

With so few incidents and arrests it is time to give the Imps a break!

October’s The Acid Test For Imps

The Imps face Nuneaton Town, Tamworth FC, Aldershot FC, Kidderminster Harriers and the FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying fixtures in what will be a pivotal month for the clubs ambitions.  The Conference clubs do not come into the FA Trophy, sponsored by Carlsberg until the 1st Round on 30th November.

Vic looks to the immediate future

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Sa 5/10/13 Nuneaton Lincoln City
Tu 8/10/13 Lincoln City Tamworth
Sa 12/10/13 Lincoln City Aldershot
Sa 19/10/13 Kidderminster Lincoln City
Sa 26/10/14 FAC 4th Qualitying TBA

October is a massive but vital month for our aspirations on both the promotion and financial fronts.  Second placed Nuneaton will either give manager Kevin Wilkin the reaction he wants tomorrow or slump to a fourth successive defeat, suggesting the early promise was just a flash in the pan.  Moult the top Skrill Premier marksman, with 9, will need to be kept quiet.  Next comes Tamworth under big spending Dale Belford, who could well bring Jones back for a revenge mission at Sincil Bank next Tuesday.  The Lambs are 20th for all the cash they have splashed, after three defeats in the last four, but they did manage a spirited 2-1 win at Forest Green.

The Saturday game also sees us at home, this time against Aldershot, back from the dead but spending merrily on some talented players. If one adds back the ten point deduction the Shots would be just two points behind the Imps.  The trip to 3rd placed Kidderminster is going to be tough with the Harriers showing their quality and promotion credentials with  4 wins a draw and just one defeat in the last 6. They, runaway leaders Cambridge and Luton will be the three to ultimately challenge for the title this season, but if the Imps can get 7-9 points from the next four the play-offs should be seen as for more than a pipe dream.

The FA Cup is Lincoln’s most lucrative potential earner this season, with £12,500 for a win in the 4th Qualifying round at the end of the month. Get through that one and we have the chance of some TV cash too, with £67,000 per team for a First Round match or £33,000 apiece for a replay plus £18,000 for the winners. These figures exclude gate receipts, with season tickets invalid suggesting a 2,000 crowd would yield each side £9600 after the FA take a cut.  These numbers will allow the flexibility and financial freedom in January to ensure Lincoln had not just hold out against predatory clubs after our existing players, but also allow for some reinforcements for a play-off push.

Profs Head-2-Head Nuneaton V Lincoln

After defeats to Woking FC, Cambridge United & Salisbury City it looks a good time to take on Nuneaton Town still second in the Skrill Premier League. Then again when two big sides at the top meet, both of whom have long throws the game could go either way.

Thank you for reading The Prof

 

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Saturday 5th Oct KO 3 PM

Hello everyone,  it’s your learned Prof here from the University of Lincoln. After a great 3-0 win over gamely Hyde The Imps go into this one in fine fettle backed by a good away following.  Both sides have 100% records against each other, although we have only played 3 times in all.  To cut to the chase, let us look at the facts and stats and remember that games of football are only won and lost out on the pitch.

Gary Simpson Manager Kevin Wilkin
4-2-3-1 /various Formation 3-5-2 or 4-4-2
6 Position 2
17 Points 23
14 Goals scored 17
9 Goals conceded 14
18 Yellow cards 14
1 Red Cards 0
16th Position 2012/13 15th 
Play-offs Forecast Top 8
3-0 V Hyde (H) Biggest win 3-1 V Southport (H)
2-3 Luton (A) Heaviest defeat 0-3 V Cambridge (A)

Ker-ching

14,122 Total Turnstile Clicks 7,406
2353 Ave Gate 1234
2646 v Salisbury Hi 1561 V Wrexham
1879 V Southport Low 919 V Southport

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Moult 9 Tomlinson 5 Woking 2
Brown 4 Fairhurst 2 Nuneaton 0
Cowan 1 Dixon 2 Lincoln 3
Armson 1 Rowe 1 Hyde 0
York 1 Boyce 1 Cambridge 3
Walker 1 Nolan 1 Nuneaton 0
    Miller 1 Hereford 1
    Power 1 Lincoln 0
        Nuneaton 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Salisbury 2
Armson 5 Newton 5 Luton 3
Walker 3 Miller 2 Lincoln 2
Sleath 3 Power 2 Nuneaton 2
Brown  1 Boyce 1 Hereford 1
Streete  1 Brown 1 Lincoln 1
Moult  1 Tomlinson 1 Southport 0
        Dartford 1
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Nuneaton 2
Streete 3 Newton 3 Barnet 1
Walker 2 Tomlinson 3 Lincoln 1
Armson 2 Rowe 2 Nuneaton 2
Sleath 2 Miller 2 Wrexham 0
Cowan 1 Gray 1 Lincoln 0
Dean 1 Foster 1 Salisbury 1
Moult 1 Power 1 Grimsby 1
Brown 1 Boyce 1 Nuneaton 2
Pearson 1 Yussuf 1 Dartford 1
    Jordan 1 Lincoln 2
    Nolan 1 Nuneaton 2
    Sheridan 1 Kidderminster 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds Lincoln 2
    Power 1 Wrexham 0

Current & Overall Form

Form
G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (A) 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 13
Nuneaton (H) 6 4 1 1 11 6 5 13 5
Lincoln (H) 6 5 0 1 9 2 7 15 4
Nuneaton (A) 6 3 1 2 6 8 -2 10 2
Last Five
Lincoln 5 2 1 2 7 5 2 7 10
Nuneaton 5 2 0 3 5 9 -4 6 15
Overall
G W D L F A GD Pts
Lincoln 12 6 2 4 14 9 5 20 7
Nuneaton 12 7 2 3 17 14 3 23 2

Historic Tale of the Tape

At Lincoln City (2) At Nuneaton Town (1)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 2 100 Nuneaton Town 1 100
Nuneaton Town 0 0 Lincoln City 0 0
Draws 0 0 Draws 0 0
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 3 1.5 Nuneaton Town 1 1
Nuneaton Town 1 0.5 Lincoln City 0 0
Neutral Ground (0) Totals (3 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 2 66.7
Nuneaton Town 0 0 Nuneaton Town 1 33.3
Draws 0 0 Draws 0 0
Goals Total Ave Goals Total Ave
Lincoln City 0 0 Lincoln City 3 1
Nuneaton Town 0 0 Nuneaton Town 2 0.7
High Scores
Highest Aggregate 3 Lincoln City  2 – 1 Nuneaton Town 2012/2013
Highest Lincoln City score: 2 Lincoln City  2 – 1 Nuneaton Town 2012/2013 
Highest Nuneaton Town score: 1 Nuneaton Town  1 – 0 Lincoln City 2012/2013 
Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 16 Mar Nuneaton Town 10 Lincoln City Blue Sq Premier
2012/2013 Tue 25 Sep Lincoln City 21 Nuneaton Town Blue Sq Premier
2010/2011 Sat 06 Nov Lincoln City 10 Nuneaton Town F.A. Cup

Neil’s Stats on Wednesday

Nuneaton Town beat Hereford Utd 2-1,  Cambridge Utd drew 1-1 at Alfreton Town and Kidderminster won away at Tamworth 3-0 , but the Imps still sneak up to 4th thanks to a draw for Barnet, and defeats for Grimsby and Forest Green Rovers. It was another terrific team performance with Farman and Miller rating a 9 just behind Newton who edges it with a 10.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

 

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To follow a combined stats on Wednesday, as ever lets get straight in ‘Boycie style’,  starting with the match stats & table plus the normal player ratings, minutes, fouls cards and of course concise heroes & villains (goal machines, creators & card collectors count). The full blow by blow a view from the Stacey West Match report is available here – it shows the Imps superiority, even though Southport had more shots off target,

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Tuesday 17th September KO 19.45

H/T 1-0

 scorers  26′ Miller

Attendance 1879   (1848 Imps 31 Sandgrounders)

Ref Mr Kavanagh

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The  teams & Schemes

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller  Brown  Boyce Newton 

Fofana  Jordan     

Power Nolan Sheridan

Tomlinson 

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Substitutions

71 Wright on for Tomlinson 80 Dixon on for Sheridan 90 Foster on for Power.

The Bench 

15 Gray, 27 Foster, 17 Dixon, 9 Rowe, 10 Wright

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Wright goes 5-3-2

Hurst

4 Akrigg  2 Smith 18 George 

12 Challoner                                                    20 Fitzpatrick

26 Irie-Bi

10 Ledsham (Y-14)                                    6 Brown 

15 Hattersley 9 Tames 

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Substitutions

D/S 66 Almond on for Akrigg & Osawe for Hattersley 73 Milligan on for Irie-Bi.

The Bench 

7 Chalmers, 8 Milligan, 11 Almond 19 Stevenson, 21 Osawe

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Stats

Note:

shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

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(thanks WIKI)

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51% Ball 49%

4 Shots on 3

4 Misses 6

3 Saves 5

10 Corners 5

5 Offside 3

5 Fouls 4

0 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

 

 The Table 17/9/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Nuneaton Town 9 7 2 0 16 7 +9 23
2 Cambridge United 9 6 3 0 15 4 +11 21
3 Kidderminster Harriers 9 6 0 3 16 11 +5 18
4 Lincoln City 9 5 2 2 9 5 +4 17
5 Barnet 9 4 4 1 17 10 +7 16
6 FC Halifax Town 9 5 1 3 17 15 +2 16
7 Alfreton Town 9 5 1 3 15 13 +2 16
8 Forest Green Rovers 9 4 3 2 20 12 +8 15
9 Salisbury City 9 4 2 3 11 9 +2 14
10 Grimsby Town 9 4 2 3 9 10 -1 14
11 Luton Town 9 3 4 2 8 4 +4 13
12 Southport 9 4 1 4 10 13 -3 13
16 Hereford 9 3 2 4 11 12 -1 11

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Match stats

Sq No Starts Sub Mins Saves Let In C/S YC
1 Paul Farman  9  0  810  25  5  4  0
31 David Preece  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Outfield Heroes

(nb: 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
2 Miller 5 0 450 1 1 0 0 4 6 1 0
3 Newton 9 0 810 0 4 4 4 7 3 1 0
4 Jordan 3 0 229 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
5 Boyce 8 0 720 1 3 3 1 14 5 1 0
6 Fofana 7 1 640 0 1 1 0 6 6 0  0
7 Fairhurst 4 0 311 2 3 6 0 2 1 0  0
8 Power 6 0 540 0 2 6 0 7 4 1 1
9 Rowe 5 2 429 1 6 6 0 6 4 2 0
10 Wright 2 2 146 0 2 1 0 2 3 0 0
11 Tomlinson 9 0 791 3 12 7 0 17 9 2 0
12 Sheridan 4 2 389 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0
14 Yussuf 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
15 Gray 4 0 360 0 0 1 0 4 1 1 0
16 Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Nolan 8 0 810 1 7 4 0 7 5 0 0
20 Dixon 0 6 135 0 3 4 0 3 2 0 0
23 Brown 9 0 810 0 1 1 0 6 4 0 0
24 KK 0 0 0 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Foster 5 3 428 0 1 3 0 9 7 1 0
29 Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 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. 

 Heroes & Villains

Goal Machines   Card Collectors    
  Goals   Yel Red
Tomlinson 3 Power 1 1
Fairhurst 2 Rowe 2 0
Rowe 1 Tomlinson 2 0
Boyce 1 Boyce 1 0
Nolan 1 Gray 1 0
Miller 1 Foster 1 0
Assists   Miller 1 0
Newton 4 Newton 1 0
Boyce 1 Yussuf 1 0
Brown 1  

STMI Man of match awards 2013/14

 

  MOMS                      
  Foster 1                    
  Brown 1                    
  Newton 1 1 1 1              
  Boyce 1                    
  Fofana 1                    
  Tomlinson 1                    

STMI Average ratings.

As the season progresses STMI will detail up to the the last 7 appearances along with the Cumulative average and total.

Name                     Tot Ave
Farman 7 6 6 7 8 8 7 7 9   65 7.2
Miller       8 7 8 7 8 9   47 7.8
Newton 7 7 9 8 8 9 7 9 10   74 8.2
Jordan       7       8 8   23 7.7
Boyce 8 7 8 9 9 9 7 8 8   73 8.1
Fofana 7 6 8   10 8 7 8 8   62 7.7
Fairhurst     9   7 8 7       31 7.8
Power 6 7 7 7       9 8   44 7.3
Rowe   7 7 8 7 8 7 7     51 7.3
Wright 6 7           7 7   27 6.7
Tomlinson 6 7 8 8 9 9 8 8 8   71 7.9
Sheridan       7 7 7 7 8 8   44 7.3
Yussuf             7          
Gray 7 7 7   8           29 7.3
Robinson                        
Nolan 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 9 8   67 7.4
Dixon 7 7   7 7   8 7 7   50 7.1
Brown 8 9 8 8 9 8 7 8 7   72 8
KK                        
Foster 9 8 7 8 7 9 8   7   63 7.9
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The Mighty Imps 2013/14 Squad & Contract Status

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Goalkeepers

1  Paul Farman   (contracted to June 2015) 31 David Preece  (contracted to June 2014) 

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Defenders

Tom Miller  (contracted to June 2015)   3   Sean Newton   (contracted to June 2015) 5  Andrew Boyce   (contracted to June 2015)  15  Dan Gray,  (contracted to June 2014)  23 Nat Brown   (contracted to June 2014)   27 Luke Foster  (contracted to June 2014) 

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Midfielders

Todd Jordan  (contracted to June 2014)  6 Mamadou Fofana  (contracted to June 2014)  7  Wade Fairhurst   (contracted to June 2014)  Alan Power  (contracted to June 2015) 

Danny Rowe  (contracted to June 2014)  12 Jake Sheridan   (contracted to June 2014)  19 Jon Nolan   (contracted to June 2014)  24 Karl Cunningham  (contracted to Dec 2013) 

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Strikers

10 Nick Wright   (contracted to June 2014) 11 Ben Tomlinson  (contracted to June 2015)  14  Adi Yussuf   (contracted to June 2014) 16 Conner Robinson   (contracted to June 2014)  20 Bohan Dixon  (contracted to June 2014)  29 Jordan Thomas  (contracted to June 2014)