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Danny-boy: Missing Manchester United Wonderkid Costing Imps Dear

When Manchester United agreed up to £136,000 with Preston North End for Danny Rowe at 12 football shuddered. The Imps then bagged the no 9 of our dreams in the summer only to see him sidelined just as our attempt to get back into the football League was gathering pace. Oh Danny Boy………….

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Danny became the star of the Manchester United U13 side, scoring for fun in the FA Premier Academy League. Preston were not best pleased, of course, as they had developed him from the age of six only to lose him at 12, when United offered him a 4 year deal (lads can’t properly join the payroll until 16).  It went to tribunal with staggered payments agreed. The payments were to be £8,000 up front, £8,000 if Daniel signed a scholarship, £20,000 when he turned pro and £100,000 after 10 first-team appearances. Preston had argued that he would have been worth a million if he had gone through their system and then been sold. It might have been the best option for a lad who was swamped at United despite the teenage promise.

Kendal Town took him on and after an impressive first half to the season he was sold to Fleetwood with Nathan Pond coming on loan the other way.  Danny was sent out on loan to gain experience in the first half of the 2011/12 season, becoming the BSN player of the month in November, a month that saw him bang in 7 goals.  Danny got 12 for the bloods in his short stay and caught Stockport’s eye hammering in another 8 including a brace against the Imps when County trounced us 4-0 in April 2012.

Danny spent last season on loan at Stockport and Barrow banging in 13 goals in all competitions, despite both sides suffering relegation.  When he signed for Lincoln the excitement was on a par with the invention of sliced bread for the Imps starved of success and haunted by relegation themselves.  It marked a new era with Danny-boy conjuring a beautiful hat-trick in pre-season and a glorious winner before injury struck to halt his and our optimistic rebirth. The clever youngster, still 23. also brings those around him into play, laying on some terrific opportunities he is as much a maker as a taker with either foot.  He has clearly learned at the feet of the master even if Old Trafford may have been a stage too far fro the Red Devil turned Red Imp.

Alas this dashed ankle ligament injury has curtailed his performances since his triumphant unveiling at the time when our most accurate striker of the ball is most needed.  With the rest either unable to hit a barn door or injured themselves the Imps went 4 hours without scoring despite creating the chances to win every game.  Danny was forced to suffer in silence from the stands with further frustration due to bad swelling whenever he tries to do any running.  It is such a shame as this lad has the class accuracy and goals in him we need. We could have done with him tomorrow in a Cup tie that could mean £20,000 to the Imps and the chance for more. That’s small beer to United but enough bread and butter to treble the Imps loan budget. Let us hope he is back in the next 2-3 weeks, because if he is the play-off dream could well be back on.

STMI Average ratings.

Name G Tot Ave
Rowe 8 58 7.3 7 7 7

 Impstatz

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
9 Rowe 6 2 492 1 6 7 0 6 6 2 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Danny Lucas Rowe
DATE OF BIRTH 29 January 1990 (age 23)
PLACE OF BIRTH Blackpool,
HEIGHT 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
WEIGHT 84Kg (13 st 2 lb)
POSITION: LW/AMC / CF
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 11
YOUTH CAREER
1996–2008 Preston /Manchester United
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Kendal Town 14 (11)
2010-13 Fleetwood 7 (0)
2011 Droylesdon (loan) 12 (12)
2013 Stockport County (loan x 2) 22 (9)
2013 Barrow (loan) 17 (4)

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  (?)

Captain Foster Then?

Luke Foster, latterly of Preston NE, captained Oxford United  the season they returned to the league. Former Sheffield WednesdayOxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster was released by League 1 side Preston North End this summer and would be an outstanding candidate to take over the armband against Wrexham FC,  in the 3 match absence of Alan Power thanks to a red card at Cambridge.

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Foster did not do much wrong at Preston during his short-term deal and only officially came off the Whites pay-roll last month. However the former Oxford legend had trained with the Imps all summer before magnanimously agreeing to a 70% pay cut at a time when he and his fiancée are getting a fledgling fashion business off the ground.

Foster was magnificent in pre-season and continues to put in inspiring performances as the Imps have faced superior resources in every game.  Luke certainly looks a good candidate to take the captain’s armband for Monday, although Nolan has also been a somewhat unsung midfield general so far this season.

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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CAREER STATUS
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City (June 2014)
NUMBER  27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 8 (0)
INTERNATIONAL
2008 England C (V Bosnia)

Footballer Foster Takes 70% Pay Cut For Love of Game

Former Sheffield Wednesday, Preston, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has taken a 70% pay-cut to team up with the Imps because he believes he can do for big mate Simmo what he did at Oxford Utd as their Conference promotion captain.  His desire to put something back in the game whilst he continues to back a fledgling fashion business with his fiancée will make every working man & woman in Britain proud –  and he has even been willing to wait until the admin staff arrive back from holiday to sign the full 1 year deal today.  Outstanding stuff Fozzie STMI hope your enterprise and ambition is rewarded on and off the pitch!

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Preston, the League 1 club who have still been paying his wages,  were kind enough to allow him to link up with big mate Simmo  after they  agreed to release him in May and he has been loyally training with Lincoln on a non-contract basis since pre-season began putting in some outstanding performances on the pitch whilst being a massive mentor to the youngsters off it.  Not sure what they put in the Yorkshire water but this is yet another ex- Sheffield Wednesday  youth, a Mexborough lad, who was spotted by Simmo and signed and rebuilt by him in 2005. His agent could have got him better deals elsewhere but he never asked – loyalty to your mates runs high – and this message will spread through the dressing room like the elixir of life. Fozzie you are a hero at a club that needs all the help it can get to bounce back (hopefully it will be our lucky 7th return to the League).

For those who missed the full STMI biopic back on May 4th, here is a rerun………

Sheffield Wednesday rated Luke highly enough to offer him a first year pro-deal then farmed him out for experience to Scarborough and Alfreton. Simmo, a lifelong Wednesday fan (the top job would be the dream, but only once his driven mission at Lincoln was complete), was eager to take him to Lincoln and he signed a two year deal, unbeknown to all that the KA era would soon come to a close. Schofield never gave Luke a look in during the second season of his deal and York took him on loan. 

Stalybridge offered him a deal for the start of the season but Luke class and composure  earned a deal with Oxford just 4 games into the new season. He was a rock (illustrating his BSP) pedigree as Oxford finally got back into the Football League.  He became captain and won the fans and players’ awards for best player, making 109 commanding appearances for United, scoring 3 goals.  The move to Holdsworth’s Mansfield  in 2010 did not work out with just 16 outings. Luke slated Mansfield under Reg, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans.

Stevenage offered him a way out and he was inspirational in the League 1 play-off success of 2010-11. The 24 league games certainly put the Stags stint behind him.  The move to ambitious big spending Rotherham saw Luke sustain a cruciate injury that wiped out the season. Keen to stay local (he has interests in fashion and retail)  Luke signed for Matlock  making 9 appearances last season until a relative heavyweight came calling.

Preston teed up a trial which and to his credit he showed enough at the Whites to earn a  deal until the end of the season. This shows the quality we could soon come to rely on even if he managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season. The first choice central defensive pairing of Wright and Huntingdon is something of an irresistible and immovable force.

The Imps have had to play a waiting game, but as they say possession is nine tenths of the law.  Luke is Yorkshire based,  as are his growing business interests in fashion. Indeed Luke wants to have a multi-million business by the time he is 40, to this end he and his partner have set up 601 Ltd. So we need a need a centre-half and according to an interesting Linked in profile snippet, with regard to his time at Lincoln :  First time being a pro and made me the person I am today.  Could this suggest that Luke may benefit from teaming up with Simmo again? He could certainly add to his international CV, having played just the once against Bosnia Herzegovina.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Preston North End
NUMBER 27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
International
2008 England C

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Will Foster Beat Off Fenton For City Contract

Former Preston North EndOxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage and Rotherham, centre-half Luke Foster is ready to beat off the challenge off 33 year old former Millers captain fantastic Nick Fenton, who mysteriously turned down the chance to join ambitious Chester FC this week. Ryan Wignall (ex Liverpool FC and Burscough) is also on trial at Scunthorpe United, the winger /striker is up for grabs and an exciting talent after Wolves failed to offer him a deal.

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With Gary Simpson looking for experience, a commanding display at Grantham Town on Saturday could well seal the deal, even though Nick Fenton is looking to stay local as he completes his physiotherapy course in Mansfield.  This must put Alfreton favourites, who in turn are trying to keep want away striker Tomlinson.

Luke played well at Lincoln Utd, but his display at Harrogate was less commanding and the test at Grantham will come from a very tall side who look to set pieces to turn the screw. Lincoln conceded from a set-piece at Lincoln Utd and at Harrogate. With Brown, Boyce, Miller and Gray doubtful, Luke will need to muster all of his experience to hold off an aerial bombardment.

With a new set of trialists on the verge of arriving at Washingborough it could be a very interesting weekend for Simmo who is still looking for a centre-back and striker. The Imps exciting 4-2-3-1 formation has the space for four forwards suggesting he will need 6-7 goal hungry predators to pillage and plunder the defences of our Conference foes.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Preston North End
NUMBER 27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
International
2008 England C – no data

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9 Danny Rowe

A CV that includes Manchester United, Preston North End, Fleetwood Town, Stockport County and Barrow FC.  One game in the 23 year old –hat trick on his debut – landmark signing is already an Imp No 9 to be proud of.  For Danny,  this deal is a chance to ram those promising youth comments down the throats of those who wanted him to develop gently and Simmo will give him every bit of help he can to follow in the footsteps of his other million pound plus finds. David Moyes never wanted him to leave…. well you know where he is… and any decent bid wouldbe considered.

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Yes Manchester United incredibly agreed up to £136,000 with Preston North End for Danny at just 12 years old .Fleetwood Town also paid good money for the 23 year-old who can play in an attacking midfield, wing or central striking role.  Before we get to his  bio, pour yourself a Pimms crack open a can and let us recount a craftsman, soon to be crowned a Lincolnshire poacher………….

It was an explosive opening from new Lincoln number 9 Danny Rowe as he opened his account just four minutes in.  Sheridan exchanged with Power before galloping down the right to whip over a low cross, Rowe raced on and cracked home from a dozen yards with the inside of his foot. Rowe is almost impossible to pick up and his fitness, despite the intense heat, made him harder contain as the game went on and both the goals to complete his heavenly hat-trick would come from distance. The first was a jaw-dropping hay-maker, full on the volley from 20 yards. The second saw him take a touch, look up and then curl a crisp cultured effort perfectly inside the post.

Manchester United & Preston £136k tug of war

Danny became the star of the Manchester United U13 side, scoring for fun in the FA Premier Academy League. Preston were not best pleased as they had developed him from the age of six only to lose him at 12, when United offered him a 4 year deal (lads can’t properly join the payroll until 16).  It went to tribunal with staggered payments agreed. The payments were to be £8,000 up front, £8,000 if Daniel signined a scholarship, £20,000 when he turned pro and £100,000 after 10 first-team appearances. Preston had argued that he would have been worth a million if he had gone through their system and then been sold. It might have been the best option for a lad who was swamped at United despite the teenage promise.

Kendal Town took him on and after an impressive first half to the season he was sold to Fleetwood with Nathan Pond coming on loan the other way.  Danny was sent out on loan to gain experience in the first half of the 2011/12 season, becoming the BSN player of the month in November, a month that saw him bang in 7 goals.  Danny got 12 for the bloods in his short stay and caught Stockport’s eye hammering in another 8 including a brace against the Imps when County trounced us 4-0 in April 2012.

Danny spent the first half of last season on loan at Stockport, a side in meltdown on and off the pitch, playing in a variety of positions, mainly from the bench to the frustration of the Edgeley faithful.  He got one goal and laid on 3 in just 612 sporadic minutes of football. Fleetwood then sent him on a half season loan to Barrow in January.  Danny was an inspiration at the relegation haunted Bluebirds who almost escaped the drop. He scored 4 and was credited with 3 assists, although his all round contribution led to far more (he played with namesake Danny Rowe at Barrow confusing the life out of the stattos).

Raid the bookies Imps. This lad will be the first player since Yeo (bow thrice) to bag 20 goals. He has it all. He has the touch and brain of Jamie Taylor. He is a playmaker, who can turn a game either as an attacking central midfielder or left-winger. At 6′ 1″ he can play as a target man or support striker.  His signing should worry Power, who has still to put pen to paper on a new deal.

Welcome Danny, with assist king Sean Newton also aboard Sincil salivates……………….

Danny’s Stockport Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
10 Danny Rowe 5 9  612 1 n/a 3 n/a n/a 0 0
Danny’s Barrow Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
30 Danny Rowe 15 2  1652 4 n/a 3 n/a n/a 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Danny Lucas Rowe
DATE OF BIRTH 29 January 1990 (age 23)
PLACE OF BIRTH Blackpool,
HEIGHT 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
WEIGHT 84Kg (13 st 2 lb)
POSITION: LW/AMC / CF
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 11
YOUTH CAREER
1996–2008 Preston /Manchester United
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Kendal Town 14 (11)
2010-13 Fleetwood 7 (0)
2011 Droylesdon (loan) 12 (12)
2013 Stockport County (loan x 2) 22 (9)
2013 Barrow (loan) 17 (4)

Foster Back On The Menu Then?

Former Preston North End, Oxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, Rotherham, York City and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster  is on tial at Lincoln City STMI revealed he was a target for Simmo when we ran a ‘WHO IS?’ back on May 4th.  So it looks as if he is still very much a target for Gary Simpson, although surely wages will be a massive problem?

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Luke was released by League 1 side Preston North End in May and is another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth. In fact the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005.  Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

Luke managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season, having failed to dislodge Wright and Huntingdon. He was only at the Whites on a short-term deal and now finds himself looking for work. He has the BSP promotion pedigree having helped Oxford to finally get back into the League. He made 109 appearances for United but has failed to settle at any other club with Stevenage (24 aps) and Holdsworth’s Mansfield (16) the two exceptions. Luke slated Mansfield, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans. Loans at York as well as Scarborough and Alfreton, both whilst on Wednesday’s books, also complement a CV that could benefit from teaming up with Simmo again.

The Imps may have to play a waiting game, as the Yorkshire based centre-half will surely catch the attention of plenty of League 2 suitors this side of the Pennines.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
Personal information
Full name Luke James Foster
Date of birth 8 September 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Mexborough, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Preston North End
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
National team
2008 England C

9 Danny Rowe (Striker Attacking Midfield)

Manchester United incredibly agreed up to £136,000 with Preston North End for Danny at 12. Fleetwood Town also paid good money for the 23 year-old who spent last season on loan at Stockport County and Barrow. This is a landmark signing and shows the scope of Simmo’s ambition for Lincoln City as he can play in an attacking midfield, wing or central striking role. For Danny, the one year deal is a chance to ram those promising youth comments down the throats of those who wanted him to develop gently and Simmo will give him every bit of help he can to follow in the footsteps of his million pound plus finds.

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 KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 
No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
9 Rowe 6 2 492 1 6 7 0 6 6 2 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Rowe 8 58 7.3 7

Danny became the star of the Manchester United U13 side, scoring for fun in the FA Premier Academy League. Preston were not best pleased as they had developed him from the age of six only to lose him at 12, when United offered him a 4 year deal (lads can’t properly join the payroll until 16).  It went to tribunal with staggered payments agreed. The payments were to be £8,000 up front, £8,000 if Daniel signined a scholarship, £20,000 when he turned pro and £100,000 after 10 first-team appearances. Preston had argued that he would have been worth a million if he had gone through their system and then been sold. It might have been the best option for a lad who was swamped at United despite the teenage promise.

Kendal Town took him on and after an impressive first half to the season he was sold to Fleetwood with Nathan Pond coming on loan the other way.  Danny was sent out on loan to gain experience in the first half of the 2011/12 season, becoming the BSN player of the month in November, a month that saw him bang in 7 goals.  Danny got 12 for the bloods in his short stay and caught Stockport’s eye hammering in another 8 including a brace against the Imps when County trounced us 4-0 in April 2012.

Danny spent the first half of last season on loan at Stockport, a side in meltdown on and off the pitch, playing in a variety of positions, mainly from the bench to the frustration of the Edgeley faithful.  He got one goal and laid on 3 in just 612 sporadic minutes of football. Fleetwood then sent him on a half season loan to Barrow in January.  Danny was an inspiration at the relegation haunted Bluebirds who almost escaped the drop. He scored 4 and was credited with 3 assists, although his all round contribution led to far more (he played with namesake Danny Rowe at Barrow confusing the life out of the stattos).

Raid the bookies Imps. This lad will be the first player since Yeo (bow thrice) to bag 20 goals. He has it all. He has the touch and brain of Jamie Taylor. He is a playmaker, who can turn a game either as an attacking central midfielder or left-winger. At 6′ 1″ he can play as a target man or support striker.  His signing should worry Power, who has still to put pen to paper on a new deal.

Welcome Danny, with assist king Sean Newton also aboard Sincil salivates……………….

Danny’s Stockport Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
10 Danny Rowe 5 9  612 1 n/a 3 n/a n/a 0 0
Danny’s Barrow Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
30 Danny Rowe 15 2  1652 4 n/a 3 n/a n/a 1 0
STMI Biopic
Full name Danny Lucas Rowe
Date of birth 29 January 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Blackpool,
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 84Kg (13 st 2 lb)
Position: LW/AMC / CF
Current club Lincoln City
Number 11
Youth career
1996–2008 Preston /Manchester United
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Kendal Town 14 (11)
2010-13 Fleetwood 7 (0)
2011 Droylesdon (loan) 12 (12)
2013 Stockport County (loan x 2) 22 (9)
2013 Barrow (loan) 17 (4)

Who Is Luke Foster ?

Former Oxford United, Mansfield Town, Stevenage, Rotherham, York City and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster has just been released by League 1 side Preston North End.  Another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth, the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005.  Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

Thankyou for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Luke managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season, having failed to dislodge Wright and Huntingdon. He was only at the Whites on a short-term deal and now finds himself looking for work. He has the BSP promotion pedigree having helped Oxford to finally get back into the League. He made 109 appearances for United but has failed to settle at any other club with Stevenage (24 aps) and Holdsworth’s Mansfield (16) the two exceptions. Luke slated Mansfield, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans. Loans at York as well as Scarborough and Alfreton, both whilst on Wednesday’s books, also complement a CV that could benefit from teaming up with Simmo again.

The Imps may have to play a waiting game, as the Yorkshire based centre-half will surely catch the attention of plenty of League 2 suitors this side of the Pennines.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
Personal information
Full name Luke James Foster
Date of birth 8 September 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Mexborough, England
Height/Weight 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Preston North End
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 6 (0)
National team
2008 England C