Blog Archives

Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall & Peterborough trailing Striker

Scouts from Sheffield WednesdayMillwall FC and Peterborough United were at the Kidderminster Harriers V Lincoln City match on Saturday keen to keep tabs on Joe Lolley. They must have been licking their lips as the 3 goals in 11 striker was only denied his fourth of the campaign due to his 55th minute effort being put down as an own goal for Andrew Boyce.

Kidderminsterbadge.pngBadge of Sheffield WednesdayBlue rampant lion above the word Millwall in blue letters.Peterborough United.svg

The Owls, The Posh and The Lions will need to get in quick ahead of the winter window with Steve Burr’s find of the season having another life and soul performance on the right against Newton, the finest left back in the Skrill Premier Division.  The 21 year-old winger cum centre-forward was playing for Littleton in the Midlands Combination up until last season banging in an incredible 88 goals in 83 games.

Burr signed him for an undisclosed fee on July 31st, he has bridged the gap with aplomb and, although Harriers could well be playing League football next season, Joe could well beat them to it by six months.  Burr would probably prefer to keep hold of the lad but with several other clubs interested a big fee will surely test the harriers resolve sooner rather than later.  Take a look at this entry on his growing CV.

Todd Jordan’s Back Then?

Ex Sheffield Wednesday youth Todd Jordan got some valuable minutes against Scunthorpe United last night, just two weeks after the horror challenge at Lincoln United that left him on crutches. He is part of a growing Sheffield based influence at The Imps, for despite the loss of Oliver to Crewe Alexandra, the Manager, Brown and Foster hail from there, as well as some Rotherham based  lads.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

This typifies the hunger and desire from a lad who wants to prove Wednesday, his boyhood heroes wrong by making a living from the game after all, albeit from a lower level.  Born in the harsh environment of Parkhills most lads thereabouts dream of performing for their fellow Wednesdayites on that cavernous but incredibly inspiring Kop.

Todd is regarded as a quick healer but we will have to hope that his natural fitness will be sufficient to cope with missing the full pre-season, for he is a vital part of this young and hungry Simpson  side. Todd, or Mo Fofana, must be an effective tough tackling and composed partner for Jon Nolan in the two that are pivotal to Simpson’s  cosmopolitan free-flowing 4-2-3-1 formation that Lincoln fans hope will take the Skrill Premier by storm.

Nolan has been superb against supposedly superior technical ability in the last two games, last night being his second man of the match performance in succession. But he cannot be expected to do it alone over a 46 match marathon.

Todd, who can also fill in at left and centre-back is a versatile, strong, competitive and of course tall lad who, like Nolan, can get forward to support the counter. His brilliant 25-yard curling strike against Telford showed he has a shot and a half on him, but his passing and distribution will improve no end under the coaching guidance of Simpson, as well as playing next to Nolan who seems to have it all.

Todd understandably ran out of steam last year, but then he had only just moved up from part-time.  Let us hope the break in pre-season will allow him and Nolan to forge the steel spine we need at Woking on opening day. If it does the side will have the balance we need to see off the counters that have so put the Imps on the back-foot in previous seasons. But if the two can win it and get the ball to the feet of the advanced midfield trio plus the poacher up top, Lincoln could be looking at much better than just the top eight this season.

Todds 2012/13 & STMI Biopic

Sq No Name Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC       
4 Todd Jordan 10 2 836 1 9 0 13 6 2 0
Full Name Todd Jordan    
Date of Birth 4th Dec 1991  Age 21
Place of Birth Sheffield    
Height 6′ 3″    
Weight 12 st 6lb
   
Youth Career
2005-2009 Sheffield Wednesday    
  Senior Career    
Club Lincoln City  SQ  04
Contract 1 year    
Pos LB/CB/DMC    
Year Club Aps Gls
2010 -2012 Worsborough 20 3
2012  2013 Parkgate FC 25 3
2013  2013 Staveley MW 5 0
2013  2013 Shirebrook 1 0
2013 –  Lincoln City 12 1

4 Todd Jordan (Utility – LB,CB, CM,LM)

 

No Name St Sub Mins G On Miss Ass Fs F,d Yell Red
4 Jordan 11 1 873 0 1 2 1 11 11 2 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Jordan 12 93 7.8 7 8 8 8 8 7 7   9 8
MOMS
Jordan 1

thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Sheffield Wednesday youth Todd Jordan awakens, perhaps in slightly older Imps, comparisons with a young Richard Butcher. Butch remember, never got a deal at Northampton Town, for alas, like Todd, he failed to make the grade at youth level. Both have had to drop to carve their way into the game and both have the determination and boundless energy to just keep going.   Jordan had an emerging box-to-box style last year that endeared him to Lincoln fans as he turned a non-contract paid as you are played deal into a one year deal this summer. After that 25-yard wonder goal the shouts of “shoot” will certainly never be far away – and if he can repeat that 8-12 times a season, as Butch did, his dream will certainly be back on. 

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Todd, is determined to make his way in the game after coming up short at his boyhood heroes. After failing to earn a first year pro deal at Hillsborough he went to work in a factory just like Butch, playing part-time for Worsborough.  Simmo got to hear of him, had a quick look and then recommended him to Parkgate in the North East Premier League. Although employed at centre-half, his cross-field balls and charges through the middle  suggested he could play as a central midfield player. He has the attributes, standing 6′ 3″ with good strength and a decent range of passing, as well as an eye for a shot.

Todd will hopefully be the better for a good pre-season fitness regime, as this will determine whether he has the engine to go box-to-box for 90 minutes. It would be unfair to judge him on last season as the step-up and fitness did tell after 12 warrior-like performances. If it does we could have another Butch on our hands, if not he will still be useful as a defensive midfielder, centre-half or natural-footed left back.

Simmo was right to take a gamble on a lad he felt had the ability to step up.  He saw that in Butch, despite that 4-0 hammering for Kettering at Halifax back in October 2001.  Richard ran up and down throughout the game despite little chance to affect the outcome in the Poppies’. Fans do miss the defensive, shadowing and shutting down element to a midfielder’s game.  Let us hope the Lincoln fans give Todd the same understanding they did Richard, even when he did not bang them in on a regular basis. Because this lad has the heart and a decent shot on him if he gets the chance. It is too early to judge the two players too closely, but the early signs suggest similarities. But only Todd can prove the hunger and the ability this term.

He certainly started well, coming on for the last 5 minutes away at Macc, then making an impressive full debut at home to Wrexham. We would lose the game 2-1 but his contribution was at the heart of a resurgent Imps performance that deserved better than the scoreline suggested, against the then top dogs of the BSP.  His brilliant 25 yard curler against Telford, illustrates his versatility and desire to go box-to-box. He is a defensive midfielder by trade, but he has also filled in at left back, with a good eye for a long-range pass. Our resources will need willing bodies to realise our play-off dreams. Todd can deliver and decent left-footers are oh so hard to find.

Todd really looked shattered during the Tamworth game and was withdrawn, making just a 90th minute appearance in the 5-1 rout of Hyde.  Clearly moving up to full time had taken its toll, but he will be all the better for a full pre-season fitness training programme. But Todd still deserved his chance at a full-time career in the game, for he has shown he will wear the stripes with pride and earn the right to be one our Six-foot Soldiers in 2013/14.  Incredibly when Butch took the gamble at Kettering he was on just £230 a week, sixty quid up on The £170 Rushden had paid him – but he kept the faith and the money and the fame came.

Sq No Name Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC       
4 Todd Jordan 10 2 836 1 9 0 13 6 2 0
Full Name Todd Jordan    
Date of Birth 4th Dec 1991  Age 21
Place of Birth Sheffield    
Height 6′ 3″    
Weight 12 st 6lb
Youth Career
2005-2009 Sheffield Wednesday    
  Senior Career    
Club Lincoln City  SQ  04
Contract 1 year    
Pos Def/Mid    
Year Club Aps Gls
2010  -2012 Worsborough 20 3
2012 – 2013 Parkgate FC 25 3
2013 – 2013 Staveley MW 5 0
2013 – 2013 Shirebrook 1 0
2013 –  Lincoln City 12 1

Crewe Complete Deal for Lincoln & Former Wednesday Striker

Crewe Alexandra have pipped Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield FC for the services of Lincoln City and  former Sheffield Wednesday  striker Vadaine Oliver after a successful medical.  The agreed but undisclosed fee has also avoided the need for a tribunal.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Vadaine, released by Sheffield Wednesday last summer, wished the Imps well. We at STMI wish him well too. May he fit in with Crewe’s carpet football style and stay free from injury in what looks set to be an exciting first season for him in League 1.

 

The Imps have done well out of a lad signed on a peppercorn wage by David Holdsworth, before earning a deal until the end of last season. Vadaine scored 13 goals in 22 starts and 19 substitute appearances but shone during the latter part of the season culminating in a hat-trick at Hyde.

Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2326 13 81 3 48 38 5 1

Owls Target Sunderland and Leicester Defenders & Rebuff Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday have announced a friendly against Rangers and knocked back a bid from Barnsley for unsettled O’Grady with Flitcroft now turning his attention to Donaldson at Brentford FC, someone the Owls could do with.   Jones is also being linked with Sunderland AFC free agent Kilgallon and St Ledger, who has no future at Leicester City. With 6 out of contract Dave Jones has funds and scope for movement to ensure the Owls start looking up rather than down in 2013/14.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Badge of Sheffield Wednesday

There is an optimism surrounding Hillsborough after a season of consolidation following promotion reward for saviour Milan and the grateful Owls. STMI will be following them this season, after being made to feel so welcome by both Owls online (Owlstalk) and in the flesh.  They and the cavernous Kop bearing that huge Thanks Milan banner are starting to bounce with 1,000 new season ticket holders already on board. The momentum is growing and, with the weight of expectation akin to that of Atlas, Dave Jones, a master at finding gems, has his work cut out. He has the pedigree to ensure that the Owls are there or thereabouts by addressing some key areas.

Wednesday do need more fire-power up front. The news that Jermaine Johnson will sign an extension will be greeted positively but Gary Madine, Chris McGuire and Chris O’Grady failed to help shoulder the burden largely left to Leroy Lita, as Dave Jones double-six gave way to 4-3-3 /4-5-1. It kept the Owls up, although McGuire got a vital winner at Millwall after the JJ/Lita show in the 3-2 thriller against Blackburn.  Barnsley have had a bid rejected for O’Grady, after his successful loan spell but, manager Flitcroft, will allegedly not follow it up on his self professed ‘”no 1 target” and turn instead to Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson or ex-Blade John Stead.

The Owls do have two fantastic wide-boys to supply whoever comes in with some golden bullets. They will welcome the return of Michail Antonio, injured in the spring, next term, he was sorely missed after a great start, leaving JJ with a huge ask. He duly delivered with aplomb, but he is not getting any younger (32), suggesting  the need for cover as McGuire and Lee are relatively poor replacements out wide. Mind you Buxton’s runs from full-back are a treat to behold.

The Owls midfield was overwhelmed at times last season, with central midfield quantity being a poor substitute for quality.  Semedo is a fans favourite, Lines, Prutton and Coke are tryers, but early season loans at League 1 clubs, suggest the Owls need to invest in at least one midfield general if they are to look up rather than down. Coke (27) has been offered a new deal by Jones this month, but is yet to sign. Rhys McCabe and Paul Cory are still young but would certainly benefit from a seasoned campaigner to help them realise their potential. Cheltenham’s Marlon Pack (22) is on the radar. At first hand he may not be  seen as a landmark signing, but he has the quality and engine to take the step up in his stride.  The compensation fee would also leave plenty to spare for elsewhere.

Right-back and player of the season Lewis Buxton has just agreed a new two year deal, fantastic on the overlap, his delivery ensures a dangerous and consistent end product for the Owls. Jones is being linked with ex-Sunderland free agent Kilgallon and St Ledger who has no future at Leicester City with favourite Miguel Llera rumoured to be leaving Hillsborough (if agents talk is to be believed). The Owls defence was somewhat overworked at times last season and conceded 61 goals. Llera and Gardner put in some brave performances last year,given the step up and hearts in mouths aside. With Garner’s injury record, Taylor, now 33 and, Llera out of contract, a Fox and Black cat capture could be the stitch in time that saves 9.  Left-back Reda Johnson is a fans favourite but Leeds Danny Pugh looked useful during a loan to cover for RJ’s injury. Joe Mattock can play at right or left back but struggled when called on to deputise.

Kirkland was ever-present in his first season and is happy to stay despite rumoured Premiership interest. He will be first choice again, with understudy Stephen Bywater (limited to 4 cup games) offered a new deal whilst the ageing Weaver has been released.  As further back-up, if needed, the Owls have Cameron Dawson who is an England U19 keeper. With a full-complement of keepers it leaves plenty in the kitty for a striker to get the Kop out of there seats. Donaldon could be the answer but Mansfield’s Green has surprisingly missed out during a trial at Birmingham. Now he is a gamble who could pay off better than Adam Le Fondre did for Reading.

 

Mmmm The Imps Squad Looks Tasty.

Given the raids on Stockport County, Burton Albion and Macclesfield Town, the Imps squad is already starting to look like a formidable unit next year.  The future of former Sheffield Wednesday hotshot and current Lincoln City, ‘darling of the D’  is still up in the air but sources within agents circles suggest that Boyce and Miller will put pen to paper next week.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

We have another week to look forward to, further boosting, it has to be said, an already impressive squad. That is not just for the money, for the quality is there, as is the desire from players willing to take a lower wage. They believe in the management team who have sold them a vision and, relatively speaking, a heritage and passionate fan-base who will follow them to the ends of the earth. So many of the ingredients already appear to be there to provide a lot more than the sombre Sincil Bank sustenance we have become used to. Given the current call on the budget (it has grown thanks to 3 directors willingness to put hands in pockets and, as ever, the fans responding with over 700 season ticket sales thus far) 20 players looks the likely model.

So on the face of it we need 6 more to sign. There is also a loan budget that will allow for  up to 3-4 to come in. Simmo has already sprung a few surprises for Macc, with raids on some top North-West clubs as well as his Yorkshire homeland. If he had gone to Stockport there is no doubt our league fates would have been reversed due to the loan window opportunities at the time. They certainly have a football Mafia either side of the Pennines, with half the clubs relying on the loan side to make the sums add up.

Defensively speaking we only have a right and left back on the face of it, so look out for a conclusion with regard to Nat Brown coming on board permanently, Diagne choosing between us and at least 3 clubs, then further targets accepting deals. Miller will be as massive to us as Boyce, his versatility is fantastic. Indeed according to a contact, a cruciate ligament injury (this is the knee one that kept Shearer and others out and once ended careers) was the only thing between him and fulfilling his promise during his 2-year deal there. Should neither sign, two more centre-backs will arrive, possibly on six month loans or a permanent basis.

The midfield is mouthwatering, in truth Power could struggle to get in. Rowe is an attacking central midfielder straight out of the Lee Frecklington mould. Like our ex-Frecktanian his swashbuckling style, along-side no nonsense Nolan, bolstered by a decent defensive midfield, gives us scope for more than hope in an area that has been our perennial downfall.  Up front youth will get a chance with Connor and Jordan eager to earn a place in a 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3, attacking 4-5-1, 4-4-1-1 or perhaps even a traditional 4-4-2. Fairhurst is a cracker and, if Yussuff can stay fit, Vadaine or another big lad will complement a side that screams goals.

 The new  2013/14 Lincoln City Squad and Stats page is already up, with player profiles and up to date stats including games and minutes played,  goals, assists, card counts, fouls and even the clean sheets and goals conceded for keepers. Imps can find it after the home page on the menu at the top of the site. or you can book mark/add to favourites by clicking here . Then Click on the name and it will take you to the pen pic / profile of the relevant Lincoln City hero. As the season unfurls a match stats and form table will appear.

Welcome to the Lincoln City Squad page for 2013/14, 

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Goalkeepers

Paul Farman

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Defenders

Dan Gray,  Sean Newton

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Midfielders

Danny RoweJon Nolan, Alan Power, Todd Jordan,  Karl Cunningham, Mamadou FofanaJake Sheridan

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Strikers

Wade FairhurstAdi YussufConner Robinson, Jordan Thomas

Are Glasgow Rangers Considering Oliver?

Glasgow Rangers manager Ally McCoist may have to vie with SPL rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle if he is to follow up on positive scout reports relating to ex-Sheffield Wednesday and current Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver.  The interesting part to this snippet is that he may have to wait until January (when the transfer embargo ends) but with new money set to come into the Glasgow giants coffers courtesy of the Easdale Brothers, any fee for the tall target man, would be small beer for the Gers and Champagne money for the cash-strapped Imps who want Oliver to start the season at Sincil Bank.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png     Badge of Sheffield Wednesday

Although Gary Simpson would love to keep the lad, a six-figure fee from North of the border would come in handy.   We can expect at least a tribunal fee as the lad is under 24 and we have offered him a deal.  The Imps budget currently stands at £400,000, on a par with that enjoyed by Holdsworth.  It is sad to hear that the lad is being touted around, but then that is the nature of football and the lad is destined to play higher sooner rather than later.

A taster for Scottish football fans……….

Since missing the Hillsborough cut in May, Vadaine Oliver’s debut season has certainly been IMPressive, cemented with a hat-trick at Hyde that banished the relegation worries for the Imps on the final day of the season.  Vadaine Oliver never lost  a header today, against two mean centre-halves who know all the tricks.  He scored three second half goals and had a hand in the all important penalty.  Young Oliver- in true Dickensian style the boy always wants more – won the header that put in Jones, only for him to be pushed for a 27th minute penalty.

On 48 Sheridan beats the offside, crosses superbly and Oliver uses his strength to power home a towering header.  On 62 minutes a Gray throw finds Oliver and his salmonlike leap sees him beat the keeper to the ball and head home. The deserved hat-trick and first matchball. On 86, Miller threads an intelligent ball, that Vadaine takes in his powerful thoroughbred stride to send him home to meet his maker, just inside the left hand post.

The Imps signed Vadaine as a free agent after the Owls released him in May. As a 20 year-old we would be entitled to a fee should the vultures come circling when the window opens in the summer.  He has said he wants to continue to work with Simmo, who he knows to have a pedigree in developing players at clubs and selling them on for million plus fees. If we don’t keep Vadaine it will be a shame but a decent fee for the lad could still pave the way to a glorious season.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season 2012/13

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2292 13 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngSTMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals

Ow-l! We Feel Your 3 Game Pain Vadaine

The Ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker that the Imps have taken to their hearts, Vadaine Oliver, has received a three match ban for violent conduct, following an 81st minute ‘nose to nose’ confrontation with Southport centre-half Neill Byrne. As the red was for violent conduct, he will miss Wrexham, Nuneaton and Telford. The young hot-shot reacted after being clattered into the advertising hoardings during Saturday’s game and will therefore miss three games, the norm for a red card of this kind. It is a shame as the 21 year old has led the line superbly, given such a big responsibility on such young shoulders.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngBadge of Sheffield Wednesday

A graduate of the Wednesday youth system, Vadaine was released last summer along with keepers Sean Cuff and Richard O’Donnell, defender Jon Otsemebor, midfielder Chris Sedgwick and striker Clinton Morrison, after failing to step up from the reserves.  He was a regular scorer in the youth side and given a first year pro-deal at 19. A long-term injury denied him any progress but the management team still gave him a years extension. Alas he failed to make the breakthrough, despite turning out regularly for the reserves.

The Owls’ loss was our gain, giving us the lead on his first full start away at Telford.  The, what was to become a trademark, header looked to have given us 3 valuable points until Trainer equalised on 87.  Vadaine then got us out of jail with a thunderous last gasp strike, following Morgan’s ball from the right, in a 3-2 thriller at the Bank against Hyde in the following game. Young Oliver then had to be content to be a substitute would would stake his claim from the bench in emphatic style.  Coming on against Barrow on 62 he scored the winner with almost his first touch, converting Power’s corner with a 12 yard blunderbuss straight down the middle.

The icing on the cake of his and our season, the FA Cup run, saw him bag a decisive brace as the Imp hordes saw a famous 2-1 win at Walsall. Again coming from the bench on 79 minutes, Vadaine scored twice in extra time, to see us through 3-2.  On 102 minutes another trademark header from a Power corner, gave us the lead. Then on 118 he put us 3-1 up after intercepting Chambers back pass, to calmly beat the keeper one on one. Vadaine then had to be patient before scoring in his first two successive starts since September. We lost 2-4 against Newport and Southport.  Another header gave us a 6th minute lead against Dartford, with Larkin bagging the points with a penalty for 2-1 at the death.  His headed equaliser against Woking last week secured a valuable point in Simmo’s first game.

Vadaine has pace, power and great technique even if he does look one-footed (right).  He certainly seems to have the hunger, physical presence and aggression we need.  At 6′ 2″ he is also a handful in the air as his headed goals show.  You could see it the day he came on for Barraclough against Grimsby in the Lincs cup in the 64th minute and was quickly into the action.  He powerfully robbed Disley and came away from the ball after another  full-on challenge from Hatton. That was enough to earn him a mysterious appearance in the squad photo that gave a clue to the fact that he was to get a one-year deal. A contender for young player of the year, he will be missed. See you soon Vadaine, stay fit, your part in our resurgence is far from finished you feel.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season So Far

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 18 17 1908 9 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 212 minutes.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngSTMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City 
NUMBER 14
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps
2013-date Lincoln City 35 Apps 9 goals

Imps Sign Former Sheffield Wednesday Striker

The Imps have confirmed the signing of   Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver on a permanent deal until May.  His picture in the  Lincoln City 2012/13  squad photo had set the cat amongst the pigeons after a great debut against Grimsby on Tuesday. He is a free agent having been released by the Owls in May and as a 20 year-old we would be entitled to a fee should the vultures come circling at the end of the season.

Badge of Sheffield Wednesday Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

STMI wishes the lad well and is sure he will become a big part of this seasons play-off push hopefully  Lincoln City Banter may have the chance of his shirt after the departures.

Wednesday’s loss is our gain, as the lad looks to have what it takes at BSP level and beyond.  Vadaine has pace, power and great technique even if he does look one-footed (right) on last nights showing.  He certainly seems to have the hunger, physical presence and aggression we need.  At 6′ 2″ he is also a handful in the air.  Oliver came on for Barraclough in the 64th minute and was quickly into the action.  He powerfully robbed Disley and came away from the ball after another  full-on challenge from Hatton.

He certainly added the physical presence we needed in attack last night although he and Robinson got in each others way for his first opportunity. His thunderous half-volley in a busy penalty box, was destined for the back of the net until it caught McKeown in the middle of his back. Definitely deserves another run-out against Leicester on Saturday as he looks to have the attributes of Dany N’Guessan as well as the aerial prowess of Duffy.

File:Lincoln City F.C. badge.pngVadaine’s Season 2012/13

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
14 Vadaine Oliver 22 19 2292 13 43 21 2 5 1

scores every 176 minutes.

STMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 20)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER N/A
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
YEARS Team
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps

Sheffield Wednesday’s Oliver in Imps Squad Photo Sensation as Holdsworth plans 2 more Signings

Highly rated  Sheffield Wednesday striker Vadaine Oliver is in the Lincoln City 2012/13  squad photo surely suggesting a signing is imminent or that a  good performance against Leicester City tomorrow should seal the deal. The good news is Vadaine is a free agent having been released by the Owls in May.  Holdsworth has a good scouting network in Sheffield and quietly brought the steel city striker in on trial at the Imps whilst the on-off Sam Smith transfer with Cambridge ran its course.

Badge of Sheffield WednesdayDavid Holdsworth Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

(with thanks to LCFC back row third player and well played to eagle eyed Michael Allsebrook on Lincoln City Banter for the spot)

David Holdsworth had said he was/is looking to add two new faces to the squad, hopefully by the time the Imps kick off against Kidderminster next Saturday. That will mean 12 new faces at the Imps, if one excludes Ashley Westwood now at Portsmouth.  The fast and physical presence of Vadaine on Tuesday along with a wonder-goal from Nicky Nicolau,  was almost enough to bring the county cup back to its rightful home.

Vadaine looked a big but mobile lad with plenty of technique during the half-time warm up and came on with 25 minutes to go. he was into the action from the off robbing Disley blind. He then took no prisoners in a crunching double challenge with Soares and then Hatton to come away cleanly with the ball.  He and rising star Robinson both went for the same ball allowing McKeown to scramble behind for a corner.  The keeper got lucky a second time when Vadaine hit him in the back with a second snap shot on the turn.

Although Smith has now left the Imps, Holdsworth has a selection headache upfront for the Foxes clash, with Duffy, Taylor , Robinson and Barraclough all vying for a start along with ex-Owl Oliver.  Could the Imps luck be turning at long last?  Keep the faith UTI!

For those who missed our Who Is Vadaine Oliver article that suggested this could be a sign that Cambridge were coming back with a third bid, lick your lips and read on.

Badge of Sheffield Wednesday

Vadaine was released along with keepers Sean Cuff and Richard O’Donnell, defender Jon Otsemebor, midfielder Chris Sedgwick and striker Clinton Morrison in May after failing to step up from the reserves.  He was a regular scorer in the youth side and given a first year pro-deal at 19. A long-term injury denied him any progress but the management team still gave him a years extension, but he failed to break through, despite turning out regularly for the reserves.

Wednesday’s loss could be Holdsworth’s gain, as the lad looks to have what it takes at BSP level and beyond.  Vadaine has pace, power and great technique even if he does look one-footed (right) on last nights showing.  He certainly seems to have the hunger, physical presence and aggression we need.  At 6′ 2″ he is also a handful in the air.  Oliver came on for Barraclough in the 64th minute and was quickly into the action.  He powerfully robbed Disley and came away from the ball after another  full-on challenge from Hatton.

He certainly added the physical presence we needed in attack last night although he and Robinson got in each others way for his first opportunity. His thunderous half-volley in a busy penalty box, was destined for the back of the net until it caught McKeown in the middle of his back. Definitely deserves another run-out against Leicester on Saturday as he looks to have the attributes of Dany N’Guessan as well as the aerial prowess of Duffy.

This could stoke up speculation that Cambridge are set to come back with a third bid for Sam Smith.

STMI Biopic

FULL NAME Vadaine Oliver
DATE OF BIRTH 21 October 1991 (age 20)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 12 st 4 lb (78 KG)
Playing Position Centre forward
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER N/A
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Sheffield Wednesday
CAREER STATS
YEARS Team
2010-2012 Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps