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Stats: Imps 0 Shots 1 Reading Misfit Proves The Difference Then

Aldershot Town’s Reading FC capture Brett Williams settled this one from the spot as the Imps all but kept the Royals starlet out thanks to four fantastic saves from Farman. But in truth the Imps put in another battling performance against superior resources, with the 10 point deduction masking the true face of Aldershot and a lad who looks set to bounce back up the football pyramid (FUll REPORT HERE)

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

 

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H/T 0-0

scorers 48 Williams (Pen)

Attendance  2748   (2555 Imps 193 Shots)

Ref Mr Holmes

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The teams

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Simmo 4-2-3-1 

Farman

Miller Brown  Boyce Newton

Nolan  Foster (Y-13)

Power (Y-52) Fairhurst  Jordan

Yussuf

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Substitutions

51 Dixon on for Jordan, 61 Wright on for Yussuf

On the bench

 6 Fofana, 10 Wright 12 Sheridan, 15 Gray, 17 Dixon, 

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Andy Scott 4-2-3-1

25 Pope

12 Oleyeke 5 Goodman 2 Oastler 15 Barker

4 Stanley                       14 Roberts

19 Molesley 

24 Young                                22 Gibbs

9 Williams

*****

Substitutions

73 Rowlands on for Gibbs,  89 Paterson  on for Robertson

On the bench

21 Williams, 20 Douglas, 11 Wickham, 10 Paterson, 8 Rowlands

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Stats

Note:

Shots on includes  goals, saves includes crosses claimed

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50% Ball 50%

4 Shots on 7

7 Misses 2

6 Saves 7

5 Corners 4

4 Offside 2

13 Fouls 9

2 Yellows 0

0 Reds 0

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Cambridge United 15 10 5 0 23 6 +17 35
2 Kidderminster Harriers 15 9 2 4 24 16 +8 29
3 Luton Town 15 7 6 2 26 13 +13 27
4 Salisbury City 15 8 3 4 20 15 +5 27
5 Nuneaton Town 15 7 5 3 22 19 +3 26
6 Welling United 15 7 4 4 26 19 +7 25
7 Braintree Town 15 7 4 4 21 15 +6 25
8 Grimsby Town 15 7 3 5 20 15 +5 24
9 Lincoln City 15 6 4 5 16 12 +4 22
10 Gateshead 15 7 1 7 21 20 +1 22
11 FC Halifax Town 15 6 4 5 25 25 0 22
12 Alfreton Town 15 7 1 7 23 25 -2 22
13 Barnet 14 5 6 3 23 17 +6 21
14 Forest Green Rovers 15 5 3 7 28 26 +2 18
15 Macclesfield Town 15 5 3 7 17 19 -2 18
16 Hereford United 15 4 5 6 15 17 -2 17
17 Southport 15 5 2 8 14 20 -6 17
18 Tamworth 15 4 4 7 13 21 -8 16
19 Wrexham 14 4 3 7 18 22 -4 15
20 Dartford 15 4 3 8 14 24 -10 15
21 Woking 15 3 5 7 16 23 -7 14
22 Chester 15 3 4 8 11 21 -10 13
23 Aldershot Town (-10) 15 6 4 5 18 15 +3 12
24 Hyde 15 0 2 13 9 38 -29 2
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50 Grand Reading FC Striker Threatening Boyce’s Bonus Then?

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

Rose Tinted eyes up her heroes latest foe

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

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

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

Salisbury New Faces Threaten Imps 100% Record

Salisbury City have enlisted Reading FC star Angus MacDonald and Oldham Athletic utility man Glenn Belezika to halt the slide. Wins over Aldershot Town and FC Halifax, as well as a draw at Welling suggest we should not take a big, powerful and quick side lightly, even if they are managed by the youngest manager in football (28).

Thank-you for reading  Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Saturday  6th September K.O 15:00 pm

Away Fans Pricing  Adults £18  Cons £13
U18 £7 Small stand left of Echo Stand

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Manager Mikey Harris
Formation 4-3-3
Position 2012/13 BSS (playoffs)
Forecast Mid-table
Ave Gate 735
Away following n/a

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Salisbury City, unbeaten in 3, face Lincoln City, boasting a 100% home record, with the momentum apparently moving in the visitors favour. The Imps have been carrying injuries and, although we are welcoming players back, enforced lack of training to key personnel could begin to undermine the standard of fitness within the side.

Oldham Athletic utility man Glenn Belezika will be a threat down their right for Newton, who will face his toughest adversary to date, along with fast and furious Fitchett.  Ben Wright came on for him as a scoring sub on Saturday with Sinclair and Freer part of a very big and mobile trio. Boyce, Brown and Miller will have to be very alert indeed, although Gray may come in for Miller if he is not fit.

The normal four man Wiltshire Whites midfield had changed to a trio in the last game after Theo Lewis had seen red.  The three, 6” 4″ Ricky Wellard (Wimbledon), McPhee and Kamdjo, look formidable with Foster, Nolan and Fofana certainly in for a workout tomorrow.  Wellard is a terrific footballer and laid on the first for Frear before FC Halifax had two sent off last week.  If Fairhurst and Rowe (both groin) are fit we will stretch them, although Wright and Dixon are both straining at the leash.

Salisbury do look suspect at the back, although the size of both sides suggests a set-piece could be the thin dividing line between the two sides.  Thomlinson, has been struggling, but if he can get our noses in front, thus continuing his scoring run, Wright could well replace him. Many Imps have been unable to train this week eroding the fitness levels we have come to expect, although Newton Boyce,  Jordan, Nolan and Miller have fantastic natural fitness levels suggesting we will be able to compete.

Looks like a nervy and tight one again, although with top spot to motivate TEAM LINCOLN, should our adversaries slip, you still fancy Simmo’s soldiers to have a spring in their step. Then again the Sincil Bank stage and the aura of ex-League club Lincoln will be seen as a scalp and a big motivating factor for part-timers Salisbury.  This cup-final mentality makes getting out of the the two up Skrill Premier even harder than it looks on paper.

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Likely team & Scheme

1 Puddy

22 Belezika  6 Wilson 5 Clarke 2 Ruddick

12 Kamdjo 8 Wellard 7 McPhee 

13 Sinclair  20 Fitchett  11 Frear

 

The Summer plans

With Darrell Clarke joining ex-Imp goal machine John Ward at Bristol Rovers as assistant manager in the summer after two promotions in 3 years, former playing/ assistant Mikey Harris was promoted to make him the youngest manager in football at 28.  The comparatively small budget and his tender years will not faze the midfielder however with consolidation a realistic aim given Rovers are just down the road with the 5 year managerial partnership forming a strong bond. There is also a big Plymouth connection at the club.

Mikey’s move to bring in striker Warren Feeney in a playing assistant role is an astute one and he has avoided the exodus many feared. Thus he knows the players, the strengths and weaknesses, has added wisely and the Whites will hit the ground running.   A further example of his ambitious and persuasive way has to be the capture of Ben Wright who is a massive signing from Forest Green Rovers. Young forward Dan Fitchett has returned from Southend after spending the pre-season on trial and Glenn Wilson (centre & full-back) has re-signed.

Hugely experienced striker Warren Feeney has arrived from Plymouth as player assistant to help steady a young but exciting squads nerves.  Ex-Wimbledon midfielder Ricky Wellard  signed initially on loan from Cambridge last season before joining in January and was inspirational in the play-off winning side. His huge 6’4″ midfield presence will be vital again this term.  Monty George, a talented 16 year old keeper, has come in and Clovis Kamdjo has great technique. He can play in defence or midfield, although influential defender Chris Giles did retire in the summer, suggesting the former.

It will be tough this season but as other promoted sides have proved playing on the bigger stages inspires some great away performances that get the points that make a difference.  STMI wish Salisbury good luck (except against the Mighty Imps of course) and hope their fans enjoy the experience.

IN Player From Pos Fee
20th July Warren Feeney Plymouth For Free
23rd July Ben Wright FGR For Free
6th Aug Clovis Kamdjo Barnet Def/Mid Free
6th Aug Monte George trialist GK Free
Loans
OUT Player From Pos Fee
Released Player To Pos Fee
Retired Chris Giles n/a Def

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The Whites 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers Will Puddy, Monte George Defenders Glenn BelezikaRyan Brett, James Clarke, Brian Dutton (Cap), Callum Hart, Luke Ruddick, Glenn Wilson, Midfield Alan McDonald, Clovis Kamdjo, Elliott Frear, Chris McPhee, Stuart Sinclair, Rob Sinclair, Ricky Wellard, Forwards Warren Feeney, Dan Fitchett, Theo Lewis, Jamie White, Ben Wright,

Aldershot’s Chelsea Deal + FL Friends Help Make Rebound from -10 Possible

Aldershot have enlisted from Torquay Utd, Southend, Reading FC, Portsmouth FC, Orient, Millwall FC, Exeter City, Burton Albion and Chelsea, who will have the cream of their youth and reserve players there next year will no doubt fill Andy Scott’s remaining three loan slots.  With just two strikers, albeit quality new front-men, on the books, it could be an entertaining bounce back to boot.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Andy Scott
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 24th L2 (Relegated)
STMI Forecast  Playoff Fringes 
Ave Gate 2304
Away following 260

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When Chelsea agreed a ‘lucrative’ deal to use the Shots’  EBB Stadium, for 25 youth games over the next two seasons (including prestigious European ones as the U19’s will play in Europe), it not only helped to save the club but also ushered in the opportunity for Scott to blood blues youngsters as part of their learning curve .  Funds generated from aforementioned deal with the generous London Giants will go towards helping the Shots to service their CVA which has swallowed the £250k parachute payment in one.

A consortium led by 4 former directors and assisted by an outpouring by fans finally agreed a takeover on Aug 1st allowing boss Andy Scott to rush the paperwork round to his new recruits who had been waiting patiently and faithfully in the wings. Peter Jackson did the same thing at Huddersfield and went up via the play-offs a decade ago, so the 10 point deduction may not be such a handicap given the talent coming through the door in the last 5 days. Andy is a terrific manager and began the rebuild and achieved the intial League 2 championship success that has turned Brentford into the force they are today.

England U19 defender Webster and full-back-cum-centre-half Goodman from Millwall are two fantastic loans until January. One would have expected more but Scott is clearly waiting to see what Chelsea free-bies he can get as he sticks to a strict CVA budget. Brett Williams (Reading) and Matt Paterson (Burton) will get goals in this league.  The new midfield duo of Mark Molesley (Exeter) and Martin Rowland (Orient) will complement the remaining 6 middlemen, including Captain Craig Stanley, from the Football league days.

IN Player From Pos Fee
8th Aug Glenn Morris Re-signed GK  
8th Aug Joe Oastler Torquay Def  
8th Aug Martin Rowlands Orient Mid  
8th Aug Matt Paterson Burton For  
8th Aug Brett Williams Reading For  
7th Aug Mark Molesley Exeter Mid
Loans IN Player From Pos Fee 
January Adam Webster Portsmouth Def wages
January  Jake Goodman Millwall Def wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
18th June Danny Hylton Rotherham For Free
21st June Troy Brown  Cheltenham Def Free
21st June Ross Wormer Wimbledon Keeper Free
29th June Doug Bergqvist Exeter Def Free
6th Aug Craig Reid Southend For Free
Released
16th May 13 made redundant

Having worked as an international  component commodity trader for a former Shots sponsor I will always have a soft spot for the Shots, even if the Imp in me is tinged with a little jealousy, These are exciting times fuelled by that extra spring that always comes from a second lease of life.  So good luck, especially at the Mariners on Saturday, it will still be be down to the ability of a quality side, on paper, being able to blend, but those three remaining loan slots could make for some fabulous football in your season of rebirth.

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Shots 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
21 Jamie Young, Glenn Morris,

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Defenders
2 Ben Herd, 3 Anthony Tonlin, 4 Aaron Morris, Adam Webster, Jake Goodman, Joe Oastler,

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Midfield
Martin Rowlands, Mark Molesley, 13 Oliver Risse, 17 Adam Mekki, 18 Craig Stanley, 28 Kieron Cadogan,30 Harry Cooksley, 33 Jordan Roberts,

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Forwards
Matt Paterson, Brett Williams

Big Perce: WBA Gave Him Away And Reading Gave Him Back

West Bromwich Albion and Reading FC both fancied Percy Freeman but it was only the Imps who could get the best out of him. The Baggies ended up giving him away whilst The Royals actually gave him back to us for £10,000 less than they paid for him, despite him averaging a goal in every four matches because he lost his taste for the game. Percy Freeman aka Big Perce, enigma, gentle giant, goal machine and gracious son of Impdom this is your life……….

Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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Freeman was old school, a living god to any Imp the right side of their mid to late thirties. Big, strong and as direct as an express train he had a shot like a cannon and a forehead as tough as Hemswell Cliff. Carved from local stone in Newark the legend lives on in Lincoln to this very day. Yes Big Perce is a gentleman giant in every sense of the word and will be a part of the fixtures, fittings and legends of this City forever more.

Alas,  he was plucked from his Newark home by Stourbridge before big timers  West Brom signed him in 1968 as understudy to England international Jeff Astle (174 goals in 361 games is incredible and he got 31 for Notts County).  The apprentice was unable to displace the sorcerer making just three appearances for the First Division side before the late Bert Loxley snared the Lincoln poacher on a free. Percy scored on his debut against Cambridge, settled a huge cup tie against Sunderland (10,789)  and got two more to start with a goal in his first four consecutive games. The all action style and towering aerial presence were idolised on a Clanford end starved by a decade of demise. Though we would still finish twenty-first on the bottom rung his 16 goals and 5 braces (Brentford, 2-0,Grimsby 3-0, Bradford 4-1, Torquay A 3-4 and Aldershot 4-4 lit the season and suggested better was to come in the seventies.

Percy got 14 the following season as the Imps flirted with promotion to finish fifth, as the talisman led the line. He got a Hat trick against Exeter (4-1) and brilliant Braces against Colchester away (2-5) and Darlington away (3-3). The crowds returned as Herds rejuvenated Imps played to 16,498 V Scunthorpe (1-0), 15,015 V Cods (3-0 ), where Big Perce waded in with a goal and man of the match performance; and another 12,199 V Southend in a stalemate. Typical gates that season were 7,500, with 2 over eight thousand and another 2 in the nines. The intimidating Clanford End and atmosphere of the Bank had seen the Sincil siege mentality return. Get that this season and we are half way there.

Despite the Imps making the top three at one stage of the season controversy was to rip through the Bank. The popular David Herd was removed (potential legal issues forbid us saying exactly why – so keep that one in your trousers so to speak) with Graham Taylor coming in on 10th December. The young man’s first job was to sell Percy, already on 9 goals including a hat-trick against Bury (4-0), for a whopping £11,500 to Reading. This despite the fact that gates were pretty good too with 7,425 V Burnley Watney Cup (0-1) and 6.657 V Northampton (1-1). Naturally the turbulence and the lack of big Perce had an affect as crowds fluctuated from 3k – 4K when we had enjoyed 4 successive 6k crowds when we were in top 3 prior to Hurdgate.

Percy played regular first team football for a season and a half at Reading but his heart wasn’t in it any more. He became disillusioned and left football completely to work as a scaffolder. He then returned in an hour of need for the Royals to play a dozen games  (Played 60 times with 13 goals) before the Imps came in for him. This floated Freeman’s boat and he jumped at the chance. Taylor and the Imps board were pretty chuffed when Reading reluctantly accepted a £1500 fee and a ten grand loss on the deal. They looked on in utter disbelief as Percy’s hunger returned. He and the Imps would ransack the Fourth Division bagging more records than Woolworth’s. Percy would get 23 (plus 2 Cup) and John Ward would hit 29 goals as as the Imps clinched the championship in record-breaking style.

Imagine turning up to Sincil Bank and seeing 71 home goals (an average of more than three a game!), 111 in all and 74 points (equivalent to 106 with three points for a win).  Just like the Keith Alexander era from 202 – 2006 the strength was at the front and back with Ward and Freeman up front; Ian Branfoot (5 goals) and Sam Ellis at the back. That’s not forgetting the work of midfield maestro John Fleming who scored 9 that season (indeed Ellis got 15, Graham 12, Smith 9 and Harding 9.

The highest gate of the season saw us take over 5,000 to Reading (15,900), but with Big Perce pulling out with an injury Wardy got the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.  The gates that season were huge with 14,092 witnessing his brace against Doncaster in a 4-2 win. Another 13,880 rolled up for the neutering of Northampton 3-1 and Stoke were humbled 2-1 in front of 13,742. Typical gates were 7,500 plus with 6 gates over 10k. The tide of optimism was infectious and gripped the city. Doubtless GT the young fabulous manager could have played but for his career ending ankle injury. At the tender age of 31 , he was just a year older than Percy and the youngest manager ever to land a football League Championship.

The following season in the 3rd Division saw us finish ninth, going briefly third after a 2-2 draw at home toRotherhamin front of 9,318, with Freeman and Hubbard getting ours. Despite the old bones giving him grief Percy would bag a brace against Tranmere and a memorable equaliser in front of a huge 14,706 at the Bank againstSheffieldWednesday (1-1). Percy would hang up his boots at the end of the season grabbing 9 goals in 27 appearances with 3 as a sub.

The Bank saw some great crowds that year with a 3rd Round FA Cup replay (novelty value) defeat against Burnley (0-1) enticing 11,414; and typical gates of 6,400 with 6 gates over 7K, 2 in the 8’s and 2 in the 9K’s. Both GT and Big Perce left Sincil Bank in the summer of 1977 with Graham going to join Elton John at Watford on the way to a glittering career culminating in the England Manager’s job. Percy got a deserved testimonial before he   retired  from the professional game to concentrate on his roofing business. He turned out for Boston for a season or two before managing Nettleham, Boston FC and Stamford.

Percy Freeman is still living inLincolnand manages local pub team Ivy Tavern FC

Full Name: Freeman, Ronald Peter

Date Of Birth : 04/07/1945

Birthplace : Newark

Imps record: 

Apps : 166 ( League 138) ; Subs : 15 (league 14) ; Goals : 76 (league 64)

Season 1970/1971 : 21st Div 4

Apps : 29 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 16

Hat tricks:

Braces: Brentford (2-0),Grimsby(3-0), Bradford (4-1), Torquay A (3-4),Aldershot(4-4).

Highest gates: 10,849 V Notts Co (0-1), 10,789 V  Sunderland LC2 (2-1)

Typical gates 3,500 – 4K as we struggled bright start though with 3 7k plus crowds & 8k V Cods.

Season 1971/1972 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 35 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 14

Hat tricks:Exeter(4-1)

Braces: Colchester A (2-5)DarlingtonA (3-3)

Highest gates: 16,498 V Scunthorpe (1-0) 15,015 V Cods (3-0 Scored 1) 12,199 V Southend (0-0)

Typical gates 7,500 with 2 x 8K’s & 2 x  9Ks

Season 1972/1973 : 10th Div 4

Transferred in Dec

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 9

Hat tricks: Bury (4-0)

Braces:

Highest gates: 7,425 V Burnley Watney Cup (0-1) 6.657 V Northampton (1-1)

Typical gates. Fluctuated from 3k – 4K though 4 successive 6k crowds when we were in top 3.

Season 1974/1975 : 5th Div 4

Apps : 11 ; Subs : 2 ; Goals : 3

Hat tricks:

Braces:

Highest gates: Mansfiled (0-0) 13,108, 8579 V Shrews (3-0) 8,291 V Cambridge (0-0), 8,032 V Rotherham (2-0)

Typical gates: 2700- 3000 until Nov then 5k –6k with 1 x 7k and 2 x 8K.

Season 1975/1976 : 1st Div 4

Apps : 37 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 25

Hat tricks:

Braces:Cambridge(4-2), Scunthorpe (3-0), Doncaster (4-2) Watford (5-1), Bradford A (5-1)Doncaster(5-0) 9 in 6.

Highest gates:Doncaster14,092 (4-2 bagged a brace) 13,880 V Northampton (3-1) Stoke LC 13.472 (2-1)

Typical gates: 7,500 with 6 gates over 10k.

Season 1976/1977 : 8th Div 3

Apps : 27 ; Subs : 3 ; Goals : 9

Braces: Tranmere H (2-2)

Highest gates: Sheff W 14,706 (scored in 1-1 draw)BurnleyFA Cup £R replay 11,414 (0-1)

Typical gates 6,400 with 6 gates over 7K, 2 in the 8K’s 2 in the 9K’s

Are Leeds, Reading,Ipswich & Palace Picking Jackett’s Pocket

Wolverhampton Wanderers star  Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is being targeted by Crystal Palace, Leeds United , Reading FC and Ipswich Town, making for an interesting first day for Kenny Jackett. Jackett’s pocket is rarely picked but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is a talented but expensive free agent on June 30th so he will be unlikely to stay.  With Adam Le Fondre, aka ALF, already the centre of much attention and therefore costing money The Royals and Leeds could be competing on the same side of the negotiating table over SEB.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Our dark horse for the job almost a month back Kenny Jackett is definitely the man for the revival, as his time at Millwall proved. Wolves have suffered the post Premiership free-fall that can set a club into terminal decline, but the owners have an ambitious, yet humble and modest, manager who just needed the platform and cash a club of this stature can provide. He can rebuild wisely and emulate Norwich’s back-to-back promotion feat. A shrewd move for play-maker Richie Wellens, coming to the end of his Leicester career, could get the new midfield clicking.

Jackett will need the owners to come good, given he will need to shift some of the dead wood and that will certainly cost some money on its own.  Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes into that category, at 27,  any move for him is good news even though he is a free agent His 4 and a half year contract, signed in 2008, has become a burden that Jackett will certainly be able to utilise elsewhere. Indeed on previous experience he could probably get half a team.

The overtures of Palace, Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Reading FC and Ipswich Town will hardly be seen as vultures to the incoming manager, who will want horses for courses  in League 1, a place where many a thoroughbred has been cut down to size.  Mick McCarthy, meanwhile, is now at Ipswich and has to be a favourite. He was the former manager, who gave Sylvan his current deal, plucked him from Plymouth obscurity (plus £1.5m) and made him the goal machine he can be at Championship level. Mr McCarthy will also be able to impress that Palace and the requirements of the Premiership may not be the path he should tread. The striker got just one goal in the Premiership under him, but plundered 25 in the Championship the season before and 23 in 2007/8 split between Plymouth and Wolves.

STMI Biopic
Full name Sylvan Augustus Ebanks-Blake
Date of birth 29 March 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Cambridge,
Height/Weight 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 13st 2lb (83.45kg)
Playing position Striker
Contracted Until June 30 2013
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 9
Youth career
1999–2002 Cambridge United
2002–2004 Manchester United
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2005–2006 Royal Antwerp (loan) 9 (4)
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle 74 (23)
2008–2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers 193 (64)
International
2008 England U21

Woking FC In Focus

Gaffer Gary Hill has brought in 8 new faces: 3 strikers, Brett Williams (Reading) Bradley Bubb (Aldershot) & Loick Pires (Welling Utd); 2 midfielders, Lee Sawyer (Barnet) & Dean Sinclair (Lowestoft); plus 3 defenders, Mike Cestor (Orient), Brett Johnson (AFC Wimbledon) & Jack Parkingson (Welling Utd). The ex-Rushden boss is a canny operator and, although he is targeting survival, those loan links with Reading and Aldershot, both very local, suggest the clubs part-time status may serve as the perfect springboard to blood youngsters.  The Royals hot-shot Williams and The Shots Bradley Bubb, have serious goalscoring pedigree at non-league level. 

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


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STMI takes a look at The Cardinals.  Here are Ticket prices for all BSP Away supporters prices , the BSP ground guide is here and please feel free to bookmark our  Blue square zone for when you are playing the Imps – HERE. The guide will start with the preseason results, transfers in & out, plus the released and new deals list. Then we will have a glance at the  summer sound-bites (most recent to last) and finally the current confirmed squad as at 9th August. 

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Windsor 2-0 Woking
Woking 1-0 Crawley
Woking 1-2 QPR
Woking 2-1 Wimbledon
Carshalton 1-1 Woking
Hornchurch 1-1 Woking
Woking 2-1 Aldershot

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IN- Midfielder Dean Sinclair from Lowestoft
IN- (Loan for season)Striker Brett Williams from Reading
In (Loan for season) Striker Bradley Bubb from Aldershot
IN- Midfielder Lee Sawyer from Barnet
IN- Defender Mike Cestor from Orient
IN – Defender Brett Johnson from AFC Wimbledon.
OUT- Striker Moses Ademola to Eastleigh.
IN- Defender Jack Parkinson from Welling United
OUT- Ola Sogbanmu to Carshalton
OUT- Paris Cowan-Hall to Plymouth Argyle
IN – Striker Loick Pires has signed from Welling United.

Released – Dale Binns (due to work commitments joins part-time Eastleigh), Derek Duncan, Wayne Gray and Elvis Hammond. Andy Little has retired.

 

1 year deals for Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts, Adam Newton, Jay Davies, Josh Griffiths, Aaron Howe and Giuseppe Sole, Adam Doyle and Kevin Betsy have all now signed new contracts
Academy boys George Frith and Jack Mazzone have also signed first team contracts.
Re-engagement terms have been offered to Moses Ademola, Paris Cowan-Hall and Joe McNerney (1 year deals).

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(Most recent first) Manager Gary Hill is perhaps a realist, targeting survival for the part-time club. Midfielder Dean Sinclair signs from Lowestoft. Reading striker Brett Williams signs on loan for the season. Fans saving scheme ‘Boost the Budget’ commits to raise at least £30,000 for the pro budget, with funds available for the January window.

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Striker Bradley Bubb in from Aldershot on a season long loan. Two more in – midfielder Lee Sawyer signs from Barnet and defender Mike Cestor Brett from Orient. Johnson has signed a pre-contract agreement to join on 1st August from AFC Wimbledon. Former striker Elvis Hammond gets a 12 month stretch for money laundering (258k) Garry Hill is planning to strengthen and believes those currently seeking full time football may start to see his part-time offers more favourably come the middle of July.

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Former keeper Matt Pegler has signed for Havant & Waterlooville. Keiran Murtagh could be joining from Cambridge despite having a year left on his current deal. Former striker Elvis Hammond has admitted money laundering after transferring criminal property worth £278,532 from Ghana. Jack King looks set to move to a League club whilst Tom Davis could sign from Carshalton.

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The  Cardinals Squad

Goalkeepers

Aaron Howe,

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Defenders

Mike Cestor, Brett Johnson, RB Adam Newton, CB Adam Doyle, Joe McNerney, CB Jack Parkinson

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Midfielders

George Frith, Jay Davies, Josh Griffiths, Mark Ricketts,
Lee Sawyer, Dean Sinclair, Kevin Betsy,

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Strikers

Bradley Bubb, Loick Pires, Jack Mazzone, Giuseppe Sole, Brett Williams