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Tilson Up For England Job

Former  Southend United & Lincoln City boss Steve Tilson has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant England Ladies’ job.  Head coach Hope Powell was relieved of the post last week. Steve has a wealth of experience in the game. After 239 league appearances for Southend United (26 goals) the marauding midfielder moved to Canvey Island banging in 58 goals in 143 appearances in four seasons, before captaining the side to FA Trophy Final success against FGR at Villa Park in 2001. Southend then brought him back in a player coach role where he made 4 appearances before finally hanging up his boots and moving into management.

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Tilson had phenominal success at Southend after taking over from Steve Wignall in November 2003. He took the club  from League Two to the Championship in successive seasons two LDV Vans Finals  and knocked Manchester United  out of the League Cup at an ecstatic Roots Hall in 2006.  Two relegations in three seasons saw Tilson placed on gardening leave in July 2010 after 7 years at the helm. His tenure at Lincoln City got us relegated – three times a charm – yet despite a reprieve he went last October after a nightmare start to the season. Tilson managed 14 wins, 10 draws and 27 defeats in 51 games with a 27.5% success rate.

The man who took Lincoln down moved into ladies football with C & K Basildon Ladies in 2012 after an unsuccessful year at Canvey Island following his Lincoln stint. Steve holds the UEFA “A” and Pro Licence. He started with 6 straight wins and his ladies went on to win the League in style with 10 points to spare. They completed the double by beating Colchester Utd 1-0 in the final.  This season sees them pit his whits against the Ladies sides of Norwich City, MK Dons, Ipswich and Luton Town. With one game played in the Women’s South East Combination League the side have started with a 3-2 win over Luton Town.

For sure….Whether Steve gets the job or not he is certainly showing that his coaching skills are still capable of creating winning sides in either the ladies or men’s versions of the game.

STMI Biopic

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PERSONAL INFORMATION
FULL NAME Stephen Brian Tilson
DATE OF BIRTH 27 July 1966 (age 45)
PLACE OF BIRTH Wickford, England
HEIGHT 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
SENIOR PLAYING STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Witham Town
1988–1998 Southend United 239 (26)
1994 Brentford (loan) 2 (0)
1998–2002 Canvey Island 143 (58)
2002–2004 Southend United 4 (0)
TOTAL 388 (84)
MANAGEMENT STATS
YEARS Team Games Win %
1986–1988 Southend United  358  39.7%
1988–1998 Lincoln City 51 27.5%

Doncaster Young Gun’s Dream Double Début For Imps.

The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable given the competition we faced for the lad.  Rovers loaned him to Shrewsbury Town, Southend United & Hereford United.  Donny then released him and he opted to join Simmo at Macclesfield Town.  Waide turned down a bigger offer in the summer to rejoin his old manager at Lincoln and marked his debut with a winning double in a match winning display against big spending Forest Green Rovers.

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Having gone 1-0 down to a cross-cum-shot from Barry, on 19 minutes, Waide pounced on a cross from Newton to unnerve Stokes, cut inside him, them switched feet to slam home with his left. The goal machine was up and running just 25 minutes into his Sincil Bank bow,  Fairhurst was also denied by a brilliant save and fired wide on two occasions before he brought the house down.

With 5 minutes on the clock Newton  fed the goal machine again, Waide took a touch before hammering a hay-maker into the top corner to have the ground on its feet.  The 2-1 win lifts the Imps to 4th, level on points with next opponents Cambridge who top the Skrill Premier thanks to a superior goal difference of 3. The way Fairhurst is wading in their lead may not last for long.

A prolific youth striker for Doncaster Rovers, Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. They destroyed us in a cup game one Tuesday night.  Wade layed on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.

With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.  After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

Well played Waide – 9 out of 10 for a match-winning performance. 

Imp Stats 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Macclesfield Stats 2012/13

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
3 Fairhurst 1 0 90 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

Tale of the Tape

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 1 (2)

The Colin Murphy Moral of The Story.

Colin Murphy has managed Derby County, Lincoln City, Stockport County, Southend United, Notts County, Cork City  Shelbourne, and the Vietnam National side.   Hull City would also agree that he played a big part in their football development when the club achieved Premiership status first time around. The Tigers were his last club, prior to going into retirement with a stroke, but if you are Colin Murphy, you never leave football because nothing is too big an ask.   Perhaps that as much as the Brian Clough baptism shaped the Murphy moral…………..

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After a non-league playing career based around London, Colin ‘Merlin` Murphy took up coaching with Derby County, who gave him the impossible task of following Brian Cloughas manager in November 1976. Fill your boots son, a bit of a poisoned Challis, but why not follow Cloughie`s act and lead us to greater things? Surprisingly 10 months on he hadn’t quite got the Grail and got the push after 13 wins, 20 draws and 14 defeats.

TEAM FROM TO P W D L Win %
Notts Co 05-Jun-95 23-Dec-96 83 33 24 26 39.75
Southend 08-May-92 01-Apr-93 42 11 12 19 26.19
Lincoln 26-May-87 20-May-90 103 39 26 38 37.86
Stockport 01-Nov-86 26-May-87 34 12 9 13 35.29
Stockport 08-Aug-85 24-Oct-85 15 3 5 7 20
Lincoln 06-Nov-78 01-May-85 342 133 98 111 38.88
Derby 25-Nov-76 17-Sep-77 47 13 20 14 27.65

By November 1978 with Taylor now loving it at Elton John’s Watford, bargain basement Lincoln came calling and, without any overstatement the purposeful passionate manager was to transform the club from top to bottom as only he could. We needed his uniqueness, a man who put new meaning to the phrase thinking around the box. Indeed his program notes broke new boundaries and did more to flout the English languish than a decade of text-speek thanks to the mobile phone. These were his weekly morals, surreal, but making the dreams seem plausible.

After enticer Taylor’s departure, George Kerr and Willie Bell had lasted a season apiece and got us relegated and worse. The playing staff was full of overpaid under talented journeyman or others going through the motions and using up the clubs money on bench warming contracts. So Murphy and his scouts went to Pennywise shopping for non league and reserves. Trevor Peake, John Fashanu, Gordon Hobson and Steve Thompson went on to become Imp legends before moving up the ladder in exchange for many coins of the realm.  Our current manager Gary Simpson is a great talent spotter,  suggesting the club may inadvertantly be starting to follow the Murphy model or moral already.

In 1981 Murphy took Lincoln up as Runners-up  to Southend thanks to 21 goals from Hobson. The citty’s love affair with her team was revitalised as back to back promotions loomed. That season went right to the wire as the City emptied with over 7000 travelling down to Fulham on the final day. Alas a 1-1 draw saw the Lilywhites go up, pipping us by a point and Merlin Murphy and the Imp hordes trudged back to fight another day. The 82-83 season saw us storm the league for four months as England striker Gary Lineker`s Leicester fell to the Imps in the league Cup, This was fact not folklore,  but in true Lincoln style we shot ourselves in the foot, as with games in hand the players went on strike. They had a point as strife in the boardroom and financial problems meant the wages had not been paid.

Chairman Bob Dorian feels he has had a rocky ride, but Gilbert Blades really felt the full force of the fans frustrations. Despite average crowds of 12,000 and the selling of fans favourite Trevor Peak, he even hawked the Ground to the Council for £225,000! Is nothing sacred? Manager Murphy asked for some of the cash to replace him but was told no.  The Chairman’s house was given a paint job, followed by some very serious threats  and by March we had the coup d’état or Directors resignation (DR) day when the entire board resigned.  Lincoln still managed 6th but the damage was done as the fans voted with their feet in droves.

With Merlin Murphy we had stood on the threshold of a return to the second tier enjoyed during the 50’s but lack of ambition and a mean board had popped the bubble.  Loyally Murphy stayed on until 1985 and helped us through the fateful Bradford Fire, which gave rise to the Stacey West Stand.  That’s the one we are giving to the cods and co from now on.  But the fire broke Murph more than anything else – only the Imps and Bantams there that day could truly relate such an experience. The TV gives an idea but those players that left can be excused for wanting a clean break.  No one should go to a football match never to return. We Imps lost two in Bill Stacey and Jim West, lifelong Lincoln fans from cradle to grave, but if you ever go to the Bradford memorial the ages and generations of families that suffered comes across in those 56 names.  Truly, truly, tragic.

It would take something for Murphy to return from Stockport and two years later George Kerr lost our league place for us even if  Peter Daniel officially took us down. Perhaps it  was guilt on Murphy’s part, for guess who was manager of the team who pipped us, Yes, Murphy’s magic wand had spared Stockport.  QAnd suddenly he was back, our Murphy, a Magician to take us back. And he did.  But after two tenth place finishes  and 412 Games 160 Wins 114 Draws, 138 Losses and  594 points he was gone by mutual consent.

Colin then went on to Manage Shelbourne in Ireland, Southend and Notts County for a season apiece before giving up on full time management in 1996. Mind you he had a spell as Vietnam`s manager.  He then joined Hull in 2002 becoming director of football, responsible for all scouting and youth development as well as day to day coaching.  A stroke forced his retirement in 2009 although he still came back to Sincil Bank to do the odd bit of scouting up until a couple of years ago. But then the likes of Murphy, Taylor and Anderson only come along every so often at Lincoln. Let us hope Gary Simpson can joina very rare Imp breed.

7 Wade Fairhurst

The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Hereford United and Macclesfield Town striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable both for his talent and the fact that he opted to rejoin Simmo at well below the deal offered by another BSP club.

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Wade is coming here to score goals and he will be lethal in either an advanced central midfield or poacher striking role.  His technique  is a cut above, his instincts are inspirational, why if he had a little more pace he would be a championship player and no mistake.  If Rowe and Newton can supply the service, he and Nick Wright could even eclipse the partnership we saw from Forrester and Stallard in Schofield’s side of 2006/7.

A prolific youth striker for Doncaster Rovers  Wade scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. Wade provided an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.

With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.  After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

This signing is another example of the craft Simmo has learned from Keith Alexander. He waited patiently as the clock clicked passed his 24th birthday on May 7th. This allowed teams to sign him for free as soon as the two-year deal he signed in 2011, came to an end in June. However, Maccs financial state ahead of a planned takeover(there are rumours of late payments to players), allowed his former gaffer to sign him.

Welcome aboard Waide,

Waides Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
20 Waide Fairhurst 31 12 2458 13 79 3 15 32 5 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Waide Simon Fairhurst
DATE OF BIRTH 7 May 1989 (age 24)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 0 (0)

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Holdsworth Signs An Imp

After being all set to join Boston United, former Southend United, Arsenal FA Youth Cup winner, Barnet FC and Lincoln City left sided genius and kebab king, Nicky Nicolau, has been signed by David Holdsworth’s brother Dean, for Chelmsford City.

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Despite wanting to stay at the Imps, even offering to accept less money, 29-year-old Nicky was released at the end of the season. Nicky was in and out of the side in both his seasons in Impdom but he put in some pretty impressive cameos, supplying and scoring goals.  In just 18 starts and 9 substitute appearances, he scored 4 goals and set up 3 more. His set-piece delivery is first-rate, although his pace and defensive qualities do beg the question as to why he is employed predominantly at full-back or on the left flank.

Nicky is never going to set the world alight, but he is a versatile and hard-working player. Having won the FA Youth Cup in 2001 he was given a 3 year deal at the Gunners but failed to make the grade. Southend pounced but the Championship/ L1 also seemed a step too far.   Barnet however gave him a run in the side where he appeared 95 times in league & Cup before dropping into non-league with Woking (in BSP next season).

Good luck Nicky and thanks for a few quality memories.

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Nicky’s Imp stats 2012/13
No17 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Lincoln City Conf 18 9 4 3 36 11 9 1584 3 0
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Nicky’s Imp stats 2011/12
No17 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Lincoln City Conf 16 5 0 2 13 10 13 1222 0 0
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STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Nicky George Nicolau
DATE OF BIRTH 12 October 1983 (age 29)
PLACE OF BIRTH Camden Town, London
HEIGHT 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
WEIGHT 10st 8lbs (67.19kg)
POSITION: LEFT BACK / LEFT MIDFIELD
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 17
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Arsenal 0 (0)
2004 Southend United (loan) 9 (0)
2004–2005 Southend United 25 (1)
2005–2006 Swindon Town 6 (0)
2006 Hereford United (loan) 10 (1)
2006–2009 Barnet 95 (4)
2009–2010 Woking 21 (1)
2010 Dover Athletic 11 (1)
2010–2011 Boreham Wood 15 (3)
2011–2013 Lincoln City 48 (0)

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7 Waide Fairhurst (Striker)

The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable given the competition we faced for the lad.  Having previously caught the eye of Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Hereford United and Macclesfield Town, who released him, he opted to rejoin Simmo at well below the deal offered by another BSP club.  This lad is coming to score goals and will feast on the chances that Rowe and Newton will afford him, for Waide is cleanest striker of a football at the Imps apart from Rowe.

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 KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, A= 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
7 Fairhurst 5 4 495 2 3 9 0 2 1 0 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Fairhurst 9 66 7.3   7     7 7   7   7

A prolific youth striker for Donny Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. They destroyed us in a cup game one Tuesday night.  Wade layed on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.

With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the  December thanks to injury.  After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.

Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.

This signing is another example of the craft Simmo has learned from Keith Alexander. He waited patiently as the clock clicked passed his 24th birthday on May 7th. This allowed teams to sign him for free as soon as the two-year deal he signed in 2011, came to an end in June. However, Maccs financial state ahead of a planned takeover(there are rumours of late payments to players), allowed his former gaffer to sign him.

Welcome aboard Waide,

Waides Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
20 Waide Fairhurst 31 12 2458 13 79 3 15 32 5 0
STMI Biopic
Full name Waide Simon Fairhurst
Date of birth 7 May 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)
Playing position Striker
Contract: One Year (plus option)
Current club Lincoln City
Senior career
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2008–2011 Doncaster Rovers 10 (2)
2009 Solihull Moors (loan) 5 (2)
2009–2010 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 10 (4)
2010 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Hereford United (loan) 16 (3)
2011–2013 Macclesfield Town 61 (13)
2013– Lincoln City 9 (2)

Sutton, Tilson & Holdsworth Compared

Fans of Southend United, Sheffield United, Norwich City, Mansfield Town, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham and Celtic will give mixed views on the playing and managerial abilities of  Chris Sutton, Steve Tilson and David Holdsworth.  Oh contraire, with despair in the air let’s compare while we Imps still have a little time to spare.

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Chairman Bob Dorrian has so far hired three managers. His first two, Steve Tilson and Chris Sutton saw bold two and a half year deals, however David Holdsworth was a different matter.  Last season he did not have a written deal, given instead a remit to keep us up. His new deal, signed this summer, runs until the end of the season.

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Comparisons between the three are harsh, given the differing mandates and funds available. However football is a results led business and David Holdsworth appears to be holding up the rear in terms of wins and success rate. Despite the despondency we have scored more and conceded less, although the BSP and League 2 are very different beasts.

Manager G W D L F A Win %
Steve Tilson 15/10/2010 10/10/2011 37 11 7 19 44 72 29.73%
Chris Sutton 28/09/2009 28/09/2010 51 14 14 23 44 71 28.00%
David Holdsworth 31/10/2011 10/09/2012 41 11 11 14 54 59 26.82%

Transfer Policy

In terms of  players signed Mr Holdsworth leads the way with 45 deals. His closest rival Chris Sutton managed 30 (Facey, Watts & Anderson have been counted twice), although most were loans, suggesting he could not have cost us quite as much as the club made out. Sutton and Pearce called in favours from Martin O’Neill,  Roy Hodgeson, Pulis and Grayson.  Indeed many cost us only the accommodation, including life saver Somma from Leeds.

Manager Permanent deals Loan Signings
David Holdsworth 36 9
Chris Sutton 12 18
Steve Tilson 15 8

David Holdsworth

David Holdsworth’s signings took an entire article recently, for full details add Fofana and click here. All told if we include Mansfield he is now 103 for just the one wicket.  There is a wheat-from-chaff nature to the non-league, with quantity over quality symptomatic to working with smaller budgets.  We all have our opinions on the hits and misses, as to whether the finances will allow us the time to tell is anyone’s guess.

Chris Sutton

Chris was also forced to work with little money, although it was more than Tilson and of course Holdsworth.  The FA Cup run money was also not as forthcoming as he had expected.  Ahead of their first transfer window, the comment from the supporter director that the Barnsley League Cup gate had been lower than expected, must have gone down as well with the management as the 3104 Imps that travelled to Bolton.

Chris Sutton’s Permanent deals

Bit of a mixed bag here. Anyon was a superb capture, although Carayol did more for us in the bank than at the Bank. But the purpose of the exercise is to put the data in front of Imps and let you decide.

Clark Keltie Darlo Free 15-Jan-10
James Reid Nottm Forest Free 11-Mar-10
Mustapha Carayol Torquay Undisc 20-May-10
Drewe Broughton Rotherham Free 02-Jun-10
Gavin McCallum Hereford Undisc 21-Jun-10
Jamie Clapham Notts Co Free 07-Jul-10
Josh O’Keefe Walsall Free 15-Jul-10
Albert Jarrett Barnet Free 15-Jul-10
Joe Anyon Port Vale Free 15-Jul-10
Adam Watts Fulham Undisc 15-Jul-10
Joe Anderson Fulham Undisc 15-Jul-10
Delroy Facey Notts Co free 16-Jul-10

Chris Sutton’s Loans

Somma kept us up, Torres was superb when fit, but of the Fulham loans you have to feel we got the wrong ones on a permanent basis.  Many have moved on to better things although Ben Huchison is at Mansfield, swimming against the stream somewhat.

Michael Uwezu Fulham  
David Stephenson Norwich Plays in SPL for Hibs
Brian Gilmour Rangers Stenhousemuir
Michael Gordon MK Dons  
Eric Lichaj Aston Villa Aston Villa
Drewe Broughton Rotherham Darlo
Sergio Torres Posh Crawley
Anthony Pulis Stoke Aldershot
Delroy Facey Notts Co Hereford
Davide Somma Leeds Leeds
Steven Lennon Rangers Newport
Rene Howe Posh Torquay
Nathan Baker Aston Villa Aston Villa
Matthew Saunders Fulham Dag & Red
Adam Watts Fulham Trinity
Chris Herd Aston Villa Aston Villa
Joe Anderson Fulham  
Ben Hutchinson Celtic Mansfield

Steve Tilson

Tilson’s Budget last season was tied up with historic contracts that actually gave him less room to manoeuvre than Holdsworth.  His desire to remain based in the south, meant that he was not around as much as his salary should have commanded. Kit man Matt Carmichael took pre-season training  and in the interests of not looking back in anger, we will leave it at that.

Steve Tilson’s  Loan Deals

Grimes was a hit,without a doubt, but the loan system ensured we lost players at vital times.

Ashley Grimes Millwall Rochdale
Mitchell Nelson Bournemouth
Julian Kelly Reading Notts Co
Gavin Hoyte Arsenal Dag & Red
Stephen Hunt Notts Co Notts Co
Tom Kilbey Portsmouth Portsmouth
     
Adifane Noussoura  
Trevor Carson Sunderland Bury

Steve Tilson’s Permanent deals

Again we will let you be the judge as to whether finance, managerial ability, or other factors played a part in the following signings.

Luke Howell MK Dons Free 28-Jan-11
Ali Fuseini Millwall Free 31-Jan-11
Jamie Taylor Eastbourne Free 01-Jul-11
Simon Russell Cambridge U Free 01-Jul-11
Francis Laurent Northampton Free 04-Jul-11
Alan Power Rushden Free 06-Jul-11
Sam Smith Rushden Free 06-Jul-11
Kyle Perry Tamworth Free 08-Jul-11
Tony Sinclair Gillingham Free 08-Jul-11
John Nutter Gillingham Free 08-Jul-11
Josh Gowling Gillingham Free 14-Jul-11
Nicky Nicolau Dover Free 10-Au-11
Jean-F Christophe Free 25-Au-11
Jean Arnaud   Free 27-Sep-11
Patrick Kanyuka   Free 27-Jan-11

Tactical and Man-management skills

Chris Sutton, was by far the most tactically astute of the three. The problem was he did not understand that he did not have the tools at his disposal.  With regard to the trio, who bottom line have all let us down, we will leave you to draw your own conclusions on their unproductive tactical and man-management skills. All three, after all, have solicitors who would ensure we ran out of money far sooner than the truth would out.  Undeniably all three would have been able to get better players to the club if they had the money, but then every manager in every walk of life would say that.  As for the man that hired them and insists on us sharing the collective responsibility: Why has only one of the three got anything remotely close to any kind of managerial record. None of the three warmed to the fans and, more importantly, none were able to change our fortunes or give us a style of play that makes fans want to part with their money.

In the immortal words of former chairman John Reames…..

“There have been too many managers….. Allan Clarke a total disaster, real ability but impossible to deal with after a few wins…… and impossible to find after a few losses……. Keith Alexander.. great potential but felt I let him down insisting on an experienced assistant……..Sam Ellis…. Our most disappointing manager….. A great publicist but we needed a coach…… John Beck…. I was naïve enough to think I could control him….. Lincoln have always had 2 kinds of managers…. Those who have failed elsewhere and ex players who have no idea how to run a relatively large business… neither of these make the greatest sense to me.

With that last comment in mind he actually became our chairman and manager.  

Just to cheer Bob up a bit, John sacked 12 excluding himself – Colin Murphy (1978 -1985 left by mutual consent), John Pickering (July 1985 – Dec 1985), George Kerr (Dec 1985 – Mar 1987), Peter Daniel (Mar 1987 – May 1987), Colin Murphy (July 1987 – May 1990 left by mutual consent), Allan Clarke (June 1990 – Dec 1990), Steve Thompson (Dec 1990 – May 1993), Keith Alexander (May 1993 – May 1994), Sam Ellis (June 1994 – Sept 1985), Steve Wicks (Sept 1995 – Oct 1995 just 42 days), John Beck (Oct 1995 – Mar 1998) and Shane Westley (Mar 1998 – Nov 1998)

For those who wish to see the warts and all guide to Lincoln City’s managers and how well these three actually rank in what has to be perceived as an increasingly poisoned challis. Click here