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

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

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The Challenge

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

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

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

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Ground guide

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

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The Potential teams & schemes


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

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 Statistical head to head

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


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

Heroes & Villains

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

Current & Overall Form 

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

 Head to Head

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

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

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


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Vanarama Conference Premier Fans Forums

STMI have compiled the Vanarama  Conference Premier clubs main fans forums for 2014/15 for AFC Telford,  Aldershot Town,  Alfreton,  Altrincham, Barnet FC,  Braintree Town,  Bristol Rovers,  Chester,  Dartford,  Dover Athletic,  Eastleigh, Forest Freen Rovers, Gateshead FC,  FC Halifax,  Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City,  Macclesfield Town,  Southport FC,  Torquay United, Welling,  Woking and Wrexham . As ever if we have missed any or you want to be added just leave a link in the comment box at the bottom of the article. For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold last years list is below that of this season. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngSo what are we all talking about? Do our beloved teams give us nice dreams, fill us with screams or are we gossiping about those behind the scenes? Here are the forums the chat rooms warts and all……………..

Club Forum name and link
Barnet FC
Bristol Rovers
Chester FC
Dover Athletic
FC Halifax
Forest Green Rovers
Lincoln City
Torquay Utd
Welling United

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For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold here is last years list. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.

Conference top Forums 2013/14 Aldershot Alfreton Barnet FC Braintree Cambridge Utd Chester FC Dartford FC Halifax Forest Green Rovers Gateshead Grimsby Hereford Hyde FC Kidderminster Lincoln City Luton Macclesfield Nuneaton Salisbury City Southport Tamworth Welling United Woking Wrexham

Vanarama Golden Boot Award – The Goal machines in the Frame.

 Woking FC, Aldershot Town, Barnet FC, Southport FC, FC Halifax grumbling Grimsby Town and the Mighty Imps feature highly in the Vanarama Conference Premier goal machines chart early doors.  The Busy Bees and FC Halifax feature thrice , whilst Impdom’s there twice, with a double entry for the Fishy Foe ahead of the Derby at Sincil Bank.  Apparently Vanarama plan to award a golden boot to this season’s winner.  Well that will be down the local cash converters or pawn shop ‘sharpish’. In the People’s Premiership a hobnail boot sprayed with bronze lacquer and adorned with tinsel, with the laced tied mind, will do the trick along with a cheque of course!

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Scott Rendell is an old school centre-forward, big strong, he takes no prisoners and, at 27 he is at his and the Conference goal charts peak.  He is not everyone’s cup of tea with Luton  (his 5th parent club) shipping him out for the 8th loan club of his career.  But he doesn’t care, why should the lad who would score regularly in a convent.  Woking have him on loan at the moment and he is delivering handsomely on what is his stock and trade from the off.  Scott bagged a brace opening day away at Alfreton, then went on a four match barren spell before firing  four (every part of his body) against Dover.  Last week he got another against Wrexham, who are no mugs, so with 5 in 2 games you would fancy him to continue the hot-streak against Lincoln on Saturday.


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Busy Barnet bee Lee Cook is the most lethal left winger in the Conference. His roasting rate…. steady children read this site….. would impress Hades himself, with six goals  plus  playing a key role in three more ( some choose to use the American term ‘Assist’).  The 32 year old ex-QPR star got a brace at Chester on his opening day debut, then hit a three game drought,  setting up a couple before coming into his own in the last couple of games.  Despite only doing a 44 minute stint he grabbed a hat-trick against Dartford after replacing Mekki ( clearly not quite the North London version of the Barcelona beau then) and beat them on his own. Last week lethal Lee grabbed one in the 2-0 win over Southport to take the buzzing bees top.


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Brett Williams is a class apart even if he did not make the breakthrough at Premiership Reading.  He scored at every loan club and shone like a sixpence up a chimney sweep’s backside at Woking last year. A free transfer to Aldershot this year suggested  goals galore. Opening day he obliged at Aldershot, was unlucky against Eastleigh then got a goal against Telford and Forst Green. After failing to gut the Gulls (that’s going to be a tough trip for anyone) his brace battered the fishy foe all on his own in a 2-1 win.


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Grimsby’s Scott Neilson has four so far this season as the Fishy Foe got 13 goals over the Bank Holiday. Barnet’s there again with Charlie MacDonald, at 33, still going strong. He has been instrumental in the Busy Bees free styling free-scoring assault on top-spot.  With four strikes so far and five assists, when he,  John Akinde (on three) and Lee Cook heat up those mouthwatering away-days or nights, the home groundsman probably thinks about turning out the lights .  Mind you I can think of 2 or three chairman in this League that would even have the 50p for the meter on a chain.


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Talking of which, two Imps join yet another busy bee John Akinde, on three goals – someone needs to stop the queen bee breeding they are awash honey, money and goals!  Rock the Kazbah Hamza Bencherif, has been a rock all over the pitch this season and Tomlinson is doing what he does best. Well he is not quite getting as many cards as normal, although with the Imps awarded 3 reds in 3 games the refs are bound to turn to him some time soon. FC Halifax have three pedigree stallions in the chasing pack, also on three goals.  Peniket is unplayable on his day, Boden a real handful and consistent with it, but Roberts is the gamekeeper turned poacher supreme.

  Goal machine Team Goals
1 Scott Rendell Woking 7
2 Lee Cook Barnet 6
3 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 5
4 Charlie MacDonald Barnet 4
4 Scott Neilson Grimsby Town 4
5 John Akinde Barnet 3
5 Hamza Bencherif Lincoln City 3
5 Ben Tomlinson Lincoln City 3
5 Richard Brodie Southport 3
5 Jamie Chandler Gateshead 3
5 Kenny Davis Braintree Town 3
5 Cheyenne Dunkley Kidderminster Harriers 3
5 Waide Fairhurst Macclesfield Town 3
5 Lee Hughes Forest Green Rovers 3
5 Lenell John-Lewis Grimsby Town 3
5 Louis Moult Wrexham 3
5 Richard Peniket FC Halifax Town 3
5 Damian Reeves Altrincham 3
5 Marc Roberts FC Halifax Town 3
5 Giuseppe Sole Woking 3
5 Scott Boden FC Halifax 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simmo’s 6 Foot Soldiers Aiming For 3rd

The Imps were a little unfortunate to find themselves down to 8th after bossing Barnet FC for long periods.  But with Southport travelling poorly and Luton Town losing 2-0 to Wrexham FC, two games in five days could see us third with the Lincoln Loco promotion journey gathering some steam. Then its a trip to the Bulls with Hyde at home on the Saturday.

Rose Tinted sees us going top at home against Hyde in two weeks time.


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The 574 Imps – thats absolutely fantastic support and belief for a 3 hour trip – had to wait until the last kick of the game, but they  kept the faith until Nolan raised the North Stand roof to nick a point. It was no more than the team deserved and the six-foot soldiers will look to get three points tomorrow to set them up for a massive encounter at Kenilworth Road on Saturday. Win that and get a point or more at Hereford, then we can certainly get the Lincoln Loco out of  the engine shed!

The morale in the dressing room is sky high with the squad determined to restore the faith at Sincil Bank. The Imps have won three and lost one at home and will want strengthen the Fortress to put an even broader smile on the faces of the fans who have backed them so passionately away from home.  The manager and the players feel they need fear no one in the division, confident they can match and exceed anyone on their day.

Fairhurst could return after a virus and Nick Wright could start, Yussuf is still struggling suggesting he could yet win or lose his fight to sustain a living out of the game.  Nolan, Rowe and Neutron bomb Newton will doubtless be doubly determined to get one over on their ex-Hatter colleague Hattersley.  Tomlinson looks due for a goal or two after another battling performance at The New Hive. The lad is only just trailing Boyce in the foul charts such is the work-rate being put in throughout the squad.

Come on Imps, someone has been due a hiding, so get yourselves out in numbers at home because it could be tomorrow.

The Road ahead &  results so far

Date Home   Away Att
Sat 10/8/13 Woking  0-0 Lincoln City  Att 1845
 REPORT Imps 370
Tue 13/10/13 Lincoln City  1-0 Macclesfield T  Att 2386
 REPORT Rowe 26 Imps2313
Sat 17/8/13 Lincoln City  2-1 Forest Green R Att 2290 
 REPORT Fairhurst 26 & 85 Barry 19 Imps2244
Sat 24/7/13 Cambridge United  1-0 Lincoln City  Att 3022
 REPORT   Berry 41 Imps 447
Mon 26/8/13 Lincoln City  2-0 Wrexham  Att 2610
 REPORT  Thomlinson 37 & 82 Imps2385
Sat 31/8/13 Dartford  1-2 Lincoln City Att 1386 
 REPORT Thomlinson 21, Boyce 33   Bradbrook 59 Imps 265
Sat 7/9/13 Lincoln City  0-1 Salisbury ATT 2646
REPORT 40 McPhee Imps2614
Sat 14/9/13 Barnet  1-1 Lincoln City  Att 1913
REPORT Marsh-Brown 56 Nolan 95  Imps 574
Tue 17/9/13 Lincoln City Southport
Sat 21/9/13 Luton Town Lincoln City
Tue 24/9/13 Hereford Lincoln City
Sat 28/9/13 Lincoln City Hyde


Profs Head-2-Head – Lincoln & Southport FC

With Southport FC, FC Halifax and Salisbury City closing fast and the Fishy foe now level, Professor Allbeanz-Present takes a statistical look at the Imps & Sandgrounders ahead of tomorrows vital game. We must win this one ahead of Luton Town on Saturday. If we do we are back amongst the challengers, if not , the 11th placed Sandgrounders could leapfrog us as they, Salisbury City and Halifax are just a point behind the Imps.

Thanks for reading  The Prof – it all adds up don’t you know.


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Tuesday  17th September K.O 19:45 pm

Hello everyone,  it’s your learned Prof here from the University of Lincoln. After a spirited draw at Barnet the Imps entertain another powerful part-time side in a battle of attrition……………..

Gary Simpson Manager Alan Wright
4-2-3-1 /various Formation 4-3-3 & 4-2-3-1
8 Position 11
14 Points 13
8 Goals scored 10
5 Goals conceded 12
12 Yellow cards 7
1 Red Cards 0
16th Position 2012/13 20th 
Play-offs Forecast Top 8
2-0 V Wrexham (H) Biggest win 2-1 V Gateshead (H)
0-1 V Cambridge (A) & Salisbury (H) Heaviest defeat 1-4 Tamworth (A)


9928 Total Turnstile Clicks 4962
2429 Ave Gate 1240
2642 v Salisbury Hi 2210 V Luton
2290 V Forest Green Low 825 V Welling

Heroes , Villains & Form

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results
Leadsham 2 Tomlinson 3 Southport 2
Osawe 2 Fairhurst 2 Welling 2
Hattersley 2 Rowe 1 Barnet 1
Tames 1 Boyce 1 Lincoln 1
Milligan 1 Nolan 1 Tamworth 4
Chalmers 1     Southport 1
Almond 1 Lincoln 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Salisbury 1
Fitzpartrick 3 Newton 3 Southport 1
Milligan 2 Boyce 1 Aldershot 0
Brown 1 Brown 1 Dartford 1
Chalmers 1 Lincoln 2
Challoner 1 Halifax 1
        Southport 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Lincoln 2
Flynn 4 Rowe 2 Wrexham 0
George 1 Tomlinson 2 Southport 2
Irie-Bi 1 Foster 2 Gateshead 1
Chalmers 1 Boyce 1 Cambridge 1
    Power 1 Imps 0
    Gray 1 Nuneaton 3
    Miller 1 Southport 1
    Newton 1 Imps 2
    Yussuf 1 FGR 1
Hyde 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds Southport 2
N/a 0 Power 1 Imps 1
        Macc 0

Form Comparisons

Home / Away                
    G W D L F A GD Pts
1 Lincoln City 4 3 0 1 5 2 3 9
16 Southport 4 1 0 3 4 9 -5 3
    G W D L F A GD Pts
8 Lincoln City 8 4 2 2 8 5 3 14
11 Southport 8 4 1 3 10 12 -2 13


The historic tale of the tape

At Sincil Bank (33) At Southport (33)
Results Total % success Results Total % success
Lincoln City 21 64 Southport 16 48
Southport 5 15 Lincoln City 7 21
Draws 7 21 Draws 10 30
Goals Total Ave per game Goals Total Ave per game
Lincoln City 81 2.45 Southport 63 1.91
Southport 30 0.91 Lincoln City 48 1.45
Neutral venues Total (66 matches)
Results Total % Success Results Total % success
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 28 42
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 21 32
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 17 26
Goals Total Ave per game Goals Total Ave per game
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 129 1.95
Southport 0 0.00 Southport 93 1.41
Highest Aggregate 8 Southport  4 – 4 Lincoln City 1964/1965
Highest Lincoln City score: 7 Lincoln City  70 Southport 1931/1932
Highest Southport score: 5 Southport  5 – 1 Lincoln City 1965/1966

Last 10 Matches

Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/13 Sat 09 Mar Lincoln  1 – 0 Southport Blue Square Prem
2012/13 Tue 08 Jan Southport 4 – 2 Lincoln  Blue Square Prem
2011/12 Tue 24 Jan Lincoln  2 – 0 Southport Blue Square Prem
2011/12 Sat 13 Aug Southport 2 – 2 Lincoln Blue Square Prem
1975/76 Wed 25 Feb Lincoln  6 – 0 Southport Division 4
1975/76 Wed 24 Sep Southport 1 – 2 Lincoln  Division 4
1974/75 Mon 28 Apr Southport 3 – 2 Lincoln Division 4
1974/75 Wed 18 Sep Lincoln 1 – 1 Southport Division 4
1972/73 Sat 14 Apr Southport 1 – 0 Lincoln Division 4
1972/73 Wed 21 Mar Lincoln 3 – 1 Southport Division 4

 The Table 14/9/13

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


Conference Fans Must Back Grassroots Petition – nearly 18k have heard MP Crausby’s Call Already

STMI urge fans of Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC, FC Halifax, FGR, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City, Southport FC, Tamworth FC, Welling United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC, to back the petition to ensure grass roots football gets 7.5% of the from broadcasting rights. MP David Crausby’s petition already has 17,700 signatures so please get on board before the 20th September. Please get this on your forums.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

HM Government

The petition, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, calls on the Government to ensure that grassroots football receives financial support from the Premier League. At a time when Government cuts mean that many Local Authorities are no longer able to fund grassroots football transfer fees and players wages are spiralling to obscene levels and, very much wasting the bounty.  Similarly fees for basic facilities are climbing to the point where ordinary people are being priced out of our national sport.

The Premier League continues to grow in popularity around the world. Domestic broadcasting rights for 2013-14 to 2015-16 have been sold for £3bn, combined with global rights the Premier League could bring in as much as £5bn over the next three seasons.
This cash boost must not be wasted on ever-increasing wages for players when grassroots football is struggling. Just 34% of the starting line ups during the Premiership’s opening weekend were home-based talent
The Government must encourage the FA to ensure that 7.5% of money from broadcasting rights goes to fund grassroots football. If the FA and Premier League are unable to do so voluntarily the Government must be willing to take further action to make this compulsory.
Sign this petition and pass it on to everyone you know.
Current Number of signatures: 17,700
Created by: David Crausby MP
Closing Date : 20/02/2014 10:21

Simmo’s Sexy 6 – Hatters Bees & Bulls Included

Trips to Luton Town, Barnet FC & Hereford plus a home game against Southport FC follow the Dartford FC and Salisbury City games, suggesting the next five matches will define Lincoln City’s season. Can the sexy football continue into the winter or will  we face a hat-trick, get stung and end up with a horn in our side?

Thanks for Reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The sides signings facts & stats are here

Sat 31/8/13 Dartford Lincoln City
Sat 7/9/13 Lincoln City Salisbury
Sat 14/9/13 Barnet Lincoln City
Tue 17/9/13 Lincoln City Southport
Sat 21/9/13 Luton Town Lincoln City
Tue 24/9/13 Hereford Lincoln City

Dartford will be pivotal and it is not going to be easy, they beat big spending Tamworth last time out and the Imps have yet to win away. Dartford have so far won two and lost 3 so whatever Burman says publicly about the Imps being a big test, privately at least, this will be a challenge to his own side to tip the scales and emulate last seasons top 8 finish.  If we prevail then the home game against Salisbury could see the Imps consolidate our position at the right end of the table, perhaps even top-dogs in front of the faithful.

Salisbury’s only win has come against Aldershot (1-0) and then a draw against Welling last week (0-0) losing losing the opening three to Tamworth, Luton & Alfreton. Mikey Harris, at 28 the youngest manager in the game, has inspired two promotions in three years even if Darrell Clarke has joined ex-Imp goal machine Wardy at Bristol Rovers. Edgar Davids’ Barnet will be a very tough ask indeed. Top on goal difference, the Bees are unbeaten after wins against Chester (3-0) Braintree (3-0) and big spending Gateshead (2-1). They don’t concede many either with a 0-0 against Tamworth and a 1-1 against surprises early birds Nuneaton (3rd).

Southport, now managed by Villa legend Alan Wright sit 8th with three wins and two defeats. Port beat Luton (1-0), Gateshead (2-1) and Hyde (2-1) but came unstuck against Nuneaton (1-2) and Gateshead (1-2). They are our tips to finish in the top 8 and will pose a stern test. A win is vital going into the next two games against two of the best managers in the Division. Luton’s boo boys are getting at manager John Still’s big hitters, sitting 14th after 5 games. Having lost just once on opening day at Southport (0-1) the Hatters beat Salisbury (2-0) before enduring 3 draws against Macclesfield (1-1), Forest Green and Cambridge Utd. So no one wants to right them off just yet even if the boo-boys are already getting into him.

Martin Foyle’s 11th placed Bulls have also lost just the once, last weekend at Alfreton (1-2). Decent wins away at Chester (2-0) and at home to Tamworth (1-0) , have been undone by draws against Hyde (2-2) and Braintree (1-1) on the opening day. Of course many would argue he has done well to get a side out at all and they will be tough on a Tuesday after a trip to Luton on the Saturday. Ex Imp Sam Smith is leading scorer with two so far, could he yet come back to haunt us? Or will a wet Tuesday in the West Country see East Midlands sexy football make way for the Imps winter war machine?

Imps Results Recap

Sat 10/8/13 Woking  0-0 Lincoln City
Tue 13/10/13 Lincoln City  1-0 Macclesfield T
Sat 17/8/13 Lincoln City  2-1 Forest Green R
Sat 24/7/13 Cambridge United  1-0 Lincoln City
Mon 26/8/13 Lincoln City  2-0 Wrexham


 The Table 30/8/13

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

The Big Fat Conference Premier Guide

For fans of Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC, FC Halifax, FGR, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City, Southport FC, Tamworth FC, Welling United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC,  here is the STMI Skrill Premier guide.  Nearly 30,000 of you have read your own team’s now you can have a nosey at the rest.

Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs – this labour of love has kept me sane (ish) through a foot crush injury this summer

The guide comprises transfer ins and outs, the squads, typical formation, last years position and crowd, tickets, ground guide (thanks Duncan Adams) and plus a gander and forecast for the coming season. Notice no side is foretasted to go down because everyone starts with a clean sheet in a league where everyone can beat anyone. Why, because every big stage is seen as a giant killing opportunity with ex-League giants viewed as scalps. Get your beer-goggles out, Believe, be pure, be vigilant and behave.

STMI looks forward to seeing you all in 2013/14, although you will not bump into me at Sincil Bank as I am still denied the ability to watch my community team. But enough of that to cut to the chase just CLICK ON A NAME, below the badge our heroes kiss.

Southport FC In Focus

Southport manager Liam Watson has brought in 7:  3 strikers – Michael Bakare (Macclesfield Town), Chris Almond (Skelmersdale United for a fee) & Steven Tames (Prescot Cables);  2 midfielders Aaron Chalmers from (Stockport Sports) & Charlie Joyce (Morecambe); plus defenders Chris Lynch (Stalybridge Celtic) & Louis Barnes (Marine).  Can they go one better than 7th last year and reach the play-offs? Don’t bet against it because the ex-striker builds a formidable team spirit and certainly has a talent when it comes to unearthing hidden gems on the cheap. Apt given the Sandgrounders heritage.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


STMI takes a look at The Sandgrounders,  who will be formidable foes again this season.  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 pre-season 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 8th August. 

SouthportFC.png Pre-season friendlies

Airbus Uk 0 – 0 Southport
Skelmersdale United 2 – 1 Southport
Southport 1 – 1 Wigan Reserves
Radcliffe 0 – 4 Southport
Southport 3 – 1 Rochdale

SouthportFC.png Transfer dealings

IN- Midfielder Charlie Joyce from Morecambe
IN- Steven Tames from Prescot Cables.
IN- Defender Chris Lynch from Stalybridge
IN- Striker Michael Bakare from Macclesfield
IN – Defender Louis Barnes from Marine
IN – Midfielder Aaron Chalmers from Stockport Sports
IN – Chris Almond from Skelmersdale United (4 figure sum).
OUT- Andrew Owens to Mansfield (tribunal)

Released –  not that we know of
New deals – Tony McMillan, Jay Smith, Chris Lever, Steve Akrigg, Simon Grand, Andy Owens, Earl Davis, Alan Moogan, Andy Parry, Karl Ledsham, Russell Benjamin, Tony Gray, Shaun Whalley

SouthportFC.png  Haig Avenue Summer sound-bites

(Most recent first) Fans are to raise cash to keep Kevin Lee(a veteran of 219 appearances) at the club after a horror challenge last season has forced him into a premature coaching role. Supporters Trust – Trust in Yellow – has taken on the cause. For more details email or ring Jonathan on 07824 483805. You can also visit the campaign website at and follow it on Twitter at @Support4kevlee.


Midfielder Charlie Joyce joins from Morecambe. Striker Steven Tames and defender Chris Lynch sign 1 year deals. Full-back Louis Barnes arrives from Marine. Southport home game V Lincoln live on TV Fri 30/11 KO 7.45. Watson targets striker Steven Tames and defender Zac Aley. Midfielder Aaron Chalmers joins from Stockport Sports.


Alan Moogan moves into a player coaching role as Simon Grand is made captain. Defender Andrew Owens has joined Mansfield with manager Watson suggesting it is a sideways move. The clubs look set to go to a tribunal. Adam Carden has joined Fylde. New club shop set to open volunteers wanted.


Sandgrounders Squad


1 Tony McMillan,  13 Matt Nemes



Chris Lynch, Louis Barnes, 3 Chris Lever,  4 Steven Akrigg, 5 Earl Davis, 6 Simon Grand (Captain), 14 James Smith (Vice Captain),



20 Charlie Joyce, Aaron Chalmers, 7 Shaun Whalley, 8 Alan Moogan, 11 Andrew Parry, 16 Aaron Turner, 17 Karl Ledsham, Russell Benjamin



Chris Almond, 9 James Ellison, 10 Tony Gray, Steven Tames, Michael Bakare