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Nuneaton Town V Imps – 6 Points in 96 hours or Bust For Simmo’s Dogs of War

Nuneaton Town and Southport in the next four days could well get our season back on track. Unbeaten in two the Imps will test any lingering hopes of a play-off flirt against two teams that will not be push-overs despite their form. Nuneaton have a new boss in Liam Daish a miracle worker in Conference circles, Have we met him and them at just the right time?

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

The Challenge

Liam Daish is no mug, indeed I actually tipped him for the job for another site I write for and praised the wisdom of the Nuneaton board. If anyone is going to fill promotion guru Kevin Wilkin’s boots it is Daish, not reid who failed abysmally after just five months.  Liam had a stand named after him at Ebbsfleet and did fantastic things with a budget even worse than the one Simmo has and he was funded by a shambolic website that was about as consistant as the old school dinners custard. The Fleet did sink under him due to a parlous financial position and, when the new guys came in they decided they wanted a fresh set of ideas. He then took some time out waiting for the right kind of challenge. This guy with backing and a regular,  sustained budget, could get them into the Football League.

The Boro can feel themselves unfortunate after battling hard until Sole got a last minute set-peice wonder-strike to settle matters.  Daish has been making plenty of loan enquiries  during his first week with winger Dawson arriving from Leicester City (he graduated through the Wigan academy before becoming a Fox last summer.  He should start, Dawson and Armson will be trouble for Miller and Newton tomorrow as they come forward.

As you would expect in that neck of the woods the Coventry connection is strong, ex-Sky Blue Lee Fowler (played for Harriers too) makes the midfield tick, with a 4-3-3 formation used last time out to good effect. Streete, the centre-back is a clever player too and would do a job in League 2 at the right club.  Keeper Reice Charles-Cook  is on loan from Coventry until January, he is useful with good positioning reactions and distribution.  Ex-Imp Nicky Eaden  is also involved behind the scenes at a club that has some very ambitious plans if they can stay up.

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Ground guide

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The Potential teams & schemes

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Liam Daish goes 4-2-3-1
30 Charles-Cook
27 McSsweeney 11 Streete  5 Dean 3 Franklin
25 Curran  
18 Brown            26 Fowler
  7 Armson 9 Hutchinson ? Dawson
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23 Sam-Yorke
11 Tomlinson  5 Bencherif  22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 12 Mendy
3 Newton  27 Anderson  5 Brown 17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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 Statistical head to head

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Liam Daish /prev Manager Gary Simpson
4-5-1 / 4-3-3 Formation 4-2-3-1
21 Position 15
20 Points 13
6 Goals scored 19
21 Goals conceded 22
13 Yellow cards 18
2 Red Cards 3
13th Position 2013/14 14th
Bottom half Forecast Play-offs
2-1 v Altrincham Biggest win 2-0 v Macc
0-4 V Torquay Heaviest defeat 1-3 V Gulls

Ker-ching

4,926 Total Turnstile Clicks 20,007
821 Ave Gate 2858
935 Eastleigh Hi 5209 V Grimsby
759 v Dartford Low 2231 V Braintree

Heroes & Villains

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Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results .
Brown 2 Burrow 6 Woking 1
John 1 Bencherif 4 Nuneaton 0
Dean 1 Tomlinson 4 Lincoln 1
Curran 1 Newton 3 Gateshead 1
Dyer 1 Robinson 1 Nuneaton 1
. 1 Miller 1 Dartford 2
. 1 Anderson 1 Lincoln 2
. . . . Macclesfield 0
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Alfreton 1
Starosta 1 Newton 7 Nuneaton 0
Smith 1 Tomlinson 5 Aldershot 1
Fowler 1 Power 1 Lincoln 0
. . Nolan 1 Bristol R 3
. . . . Nuneaton 1
. . . . Welling 2
. . . . Lincoln 0
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Nuneaton 1
Streete 3 Newton 5 Aldershot 1
Brown 3 Mendy 3 Lincoln 2
Dean 2 Power 3 Bristol R 3
Charles-Cook 1 Bencherif 3 Nuneaton 1
Walker 1 Tomlinson 2 FGR 0
Armson 1 Diagne 2 Lincoln 3
Gordon 1 Caprice 1 Grimsby 2
Cranston 1 Nolan 1 Torquay 4
. . Marshall 1 Nuneaton 0
. . Brown 1 Woking 3
. . Miller 1 Lincoln 1
Villains Reds Villains Reds Nuneaton 2
Brown 1 Bencherif 1 Altrincham 1
Hutchinson 1 Brown 1 Lincoln 1
. . Burrow 1 Torquay 3

Current & Overall Form 

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Form . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln (H) 6 3 2 2 12 11 1 11 15
Nuneaton (A) 6 2 3 1 9 6 3 9 23
Nuneaton (H) 6 4 1 1 12 10 2 13 21
Lincoln (A) 6 2 0 4 7 11 -3 6 15
Last Six . . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 6 2 1 3 8 9 -1 7 16
Nuneaton 6 1 1 4 4 8 -4 4 23
Overall . . . . . . . .
. G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
Lincoln 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 16 14
Nuneaton 13 2 2 9 6 21 -3 16 21

 Head to Head

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At Nuneaton Town (1) At Lincoln City (2)
Results Total % Results Total %
Nuneaton Town 1 100.00 Lincoln City 2 100.00
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 0 0.00
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 0 0.00
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Nuneaton Town 1 1.00 Lincoln City 3 1.50
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 1 0.50
On Neutral Ground (0) Overall (3 matches)
Results Total % Results Total %
Nuneaton Town 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 1 33.33
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 2 66.67
Draws 0 0.00 Draws 0 0.00
Goals Total Av.pg Goals Total Av.pg
Nuneaton Town 0 0.00 Nuneaton Town 2 0.67
Lincoln City 0 0.00 Lincoln City 3 1.00

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Highlights
Highest Aggregate 3 Lincoln City 2 – 1 Nuneaton Town 2012/2013
Highest Nuneaton Town score: 1 Nuneaton Town 1 – 0 Lincoln City 2012/2013
Highest Lincoln City score: 2 Lincoln City 2 – 1 Nuneaton Town 2012/2013

The three games

Last Season Date Home Score Away Competition
2012/2013 Sat 16 Mar Nuneaton Town 1 – 0 Lincoln City (Conference) Premier
Tue 25 Sep Lincoln City 2 – 1 Nuneaton Town (Conference) Premier
2010/2011 Sat 06 Nov Lincoln City 1 – 0 Nuneaton Town F.A. Cup

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Ins & Outs P3 Macclesfield , Nuneaton, Salisbury City and Southport

STMI present the transfer ins & outs for Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City and Southport up to July 5th 2013. With Lincoln City on the verge of what looks to be an exciting season how have our competitors  lost or gained since last a ball was kicked?  Our pre-season guide to each side is also on the verge of completion, as ever if we have missed any confirmed deals please ping us a comment.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE

To cut to the chase

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Macclesfield

It is great to see Mike Rance and Andy Scott back involved with Macclesfield with loyal servant John Askey at the helm.  So far he has tapped his Preston contacts for two players and raided fallen rivals Stockport for another. As ever the budget will be tight but Crewe may also help out further after taking Audel for a fee.  Holroyd will be a goal machine at this level

IN Player From Pos Fee
28th June Rhys Taylor Preston Keeper Free
26th June Joe Connor Stockport Def/Mid Free
19th June Chris Holroyd Preston For Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
24th June Thierry Audel Crewe Def Undis
17th May Wade fairhurst Lincoln City For Free
Released Antonio Amores
Released Nat Brown Lincoln City
Released Lance Cronin No club
Released Enes Fermino No club
Released Guy Madjo No club
Released A Morgan-Smith No club
Released Carl Tremarco No club

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Nuneaton.

A quiet one so far although the trialists and late bargains must be the chosen route for Town.  Street is a great utility capture and Kevin Wilkin will add more to replace the 8 released.

Nuneaton
IN Player From Pos Fee
10th June Theo Streete Alfreton Def/Mid Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
Released Neil Collett
Released Steven O’Halloran
Released R Thompson-Brown
Released Ben Ford
Released Tom James
Released Ben McNamara
Released Kyle Perry
Released Kyle Patterson

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Salisbury City

The smallest City in the country have appointed the youngest manager in Football after the Darren Clarke joined Wardie at Bristol Rovers. Mikey Harris is just 28 and has been promoted from within despite some stiff competition. Survival is the name of the game this year, but although no one has left during the summer he has some tough decisions to make and quick

Salisbury
Mikey Harris (28 & youngest manager) just appointed in role
IN Player From Pos Fee
Loans
Player To Pos Fee
OUT
Released

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Southport

Ex-Boss Liam Watson has signed 6 Southport players from his old club leaving new boss Alan Wright with something of a clean deck.  Danny Hattersley and Jamie Milligan look two useful acquisitions for a manager who is confidently targeting the play-offs.  He should not be written off with contacts at Villa, Blackburn, Blackpool and Fleetwood as well as experience playing at the highest level as a cultured defender.  Southport are STMI’s dark horses for the play-offs.

IN Player From Pos Fee
2nd July Luke George Stafford Rangers Def/Mid Free
28th June Danny Hattersley Stockport For
25th June Jamie Milligan Fleetwood Mid
25th June Paul Rutherford Barrow Mid
17th May Danny Hurst Barrow Keeper
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
28th June Alan Moogan AFC Telford
28th June Russell Benjamin AFC Telford
 May Simon Grand AFC Telford
 May Sean Clancy AFC Telford
 May Neil Byrne AFC Telford
 May Chris Lever AFC Telford
Released

All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE

BSP Away Support 12/13 Hatters, Mariners Stags & Imps deserve Medals!

The belated away support stats 2012/13 for Luton Town, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead. Outstanding support as ever from the Hatters – Luton that is and Stockport who have both had another shocker given their fabulous support ……but there is always next Saturday.

apologies for the delay, been writing a book in memory of Richard Butcher for charity and the broken heel has had me hanging like a bat at times! thanks as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

As usual we give both the average and the total turnstile clicks of the travelling fans. Once again you were loud and should be rightly proud considering the prices and the climate. The average taken away in the BSP was 195 plus the shrapnel down by 15 on the previous season. The Mighty Imps recovered from 183 to 228 after another shocker.

Team

Ave

Total

Games

Luton

496

11,399

23

Stockport

479

11,019

23

Grimsby

429

9,869

23

Wrexham

363

9,678

23

Mansfield

396

9,103

23

Newport

263

6044

23

Kidderminster

241

5,549

23

Cambridge

230

5,306

23

Lincoln

228

5,253

23

Hereford

214

4933.5

23

Dartford

151

3,475

23

Macclesfield

147

3,374

23

Nuneaton

130

2,999

23

Woking

102

2,337

23

Telford

91

2,102

23

Southport

90

2,082

23

Tamworth

88

2,022

23

Alfreton

77

1,769

23

Forest Green

71

1,644

23

Ebbsfleet

70

1,592

23

Barrow

68

1,407

23

Hyde

60

1,362

23

Gateshead

40

913

23

Braintree

39

722

23

BSP Conference Released Lists 2013/14

Here are the released and retained lists plus transfer gossip for Alfreton Town, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Dartford FC, Forest Green Rovers, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde FC, Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City, Luton Town, Macclesfield, Nuneaton Town, Southport, Tamworth FC, Woking FC and Wrexham FC.

Appreciate it’s a work in progress but it will grow during the summer. Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Released – No news as yet however 4 loans have gone home – Keeper Jordan Pickford, defender Jordan Rose, midfielders Steven Hewitt & Louie Soares

Agreed Deals –  2 year deal for Paul Clayton.  Dan Bradley, Darran Kempson, Danny Meadows and Ben Tomlinson start 2nd year of their contracts

At The Table – Terms of re-engagement for Leigh Franks, Josh Law, Alastair Taylor or Ashley Worsfold.

Transfer Gossip – Louie Soares has been released by  Grimsby Town and could join.

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Released – No data as yet

Agreed Deals –

At The Table –

Transfer Gossip

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Released – 6 out with Craig Ross, Joe Anderson, Charlie Wassmer, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Rossi Jarvis and Billy Gibson all leaving the U’s

Transfer Listed – Goalkeeper Jonathan Hedge and defender Scott Garner

Agreed Deals – see Transfer gossip

At The Table –

Transfer Gossip –  The U’s are off to a storming start with 5 new faces. Cunnington is in from Tamworth (brilliant signing). In come defender Richard Tait, (Tamworth) and forward Delano Sam-Yorke (Basingstoke Town). Tom Champion and Tom Bonner in from Dartford. Gash leaves for Kidderminster.

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Released – Goalkeeper Louis Wells and striker Jacob Erskine.

Agreed Deals –  Midfielders Elliot Bradbrook and Jon Wallis have both sign 1-year deals. Danny Harris, Ryan Hayes, Lee Burns and Lee Noble have also agreed new 1 year deals.

At The Table –

Transfer Gossip – Tom Champion and Tom Bonner leave for Cambridge. Left back Adam Green leaves for Basingstoke.

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Released –  Just James Rowe so far

Agreed Deals –  Bar Williams remainder of squad are under contract according to manager Dave Hockaday.

At The Table – Saul Williams

Transfer Gossip – Danny Wright in from Wrexham (2 year deal).  Hockaday in discussions to keep existing loan players. James Norwood and Chris Stokes join England C ahead of the Bermuda trip.

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Released –  Seven are axed, Yemi Odubade, Chris Bush, Glenn Wilson, Nathan Fisher, Liam Henderson, Peter Bore and Ryan McGorrigan.

Agreed Deals –

At The Table –

Transfer Gossip

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Released –  8 go, Ian Miller, Derek Niven, former youth teamer Bradley Wood, Frankie Artus, Greg Fleming, Simon Ford, Louie Soares and Greg Pearson

Agreed Deals –  Craig Disley signs new 1-year deal

At The Table – Shaun Pearson and Dayle Southwell

Transfer Gossip – the Duo are letting the dust settle and trying to avoid fees – although Wes York has refused a new deal at Nuneaton.

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Released – 6 axed, Brian Smikle, Andy Gallinagh, Dan Hanford, Simon Clist, James McQuilkin and Michael Townsend. Loans Joe Connor, Kingsley James and Chris Bush have all gone home to their parent clubs.

Agreed Deals –

At The Table – Sam Clucas, Ryan Bowman and Marley Watkins have been offered new deals. Martin Foyle is also in talks with Rod McDonald, Luke Graham, Chris Carruthers, James Bittner, Marlon Jackson, Josh O’Keefe, Joe Heath, Craig Jones and Stefan Stam.

Transfer Gossip – 

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Released –  No data as yet, but then Scott McNiven and his assistant Gavin McCann have only just signed new two-year contracts.

Agreed Deals –

At The Table –

Transfer Gossip – Scott Hogan has left for Rochdale

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Released –

Agreed Deals –  Goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan and midfielders Jack Byrne and Callum Gittings. James Vincent triggered an appearance clause to net a new deal. There are 12 signed up Lewis, Dunkley, Gowling, Vaughan, Demetriou, Storer, Jackman, Vincent, Rowe, Malbon, Gash and Blissett

At The Table – Marvin Johnson.

Transfer Gossip – Michael Gash joins from Cambridge (cracking signing). Anthony Malbon and left-back Mickey Demetriou are off to Bermuda with England C.

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Released – Seven axed with Frazer Cobb, Gomez Dali, Nick Draper, Peter Gilbert, Nicky Nicolau, Adam Smith and Jamie Taylor leaving, although JT has already signed for BSS side Sutton United.

Agreed Deals – The following have accepted new deals – Paul Farman, Mamadou Fofana, Dan Gray and Jake Sheridan.

At the table Despite Boyce being under contract he has been offered an improved deal along with Conner Robinson and Jordan Thomas. Terms of re-engagement have been offered to Karl Cunningham, Tom Miller and Vadaine Oliver. The Imps are still in negotiations with Todd Jordan, Alan Power and David Preece.

Transfer Dealings The manager is also in discussion to bring Tony Diagne and Nat Brown to the club with another couple of deals thought to be on the verge of a positive conclusion.

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Released –  Adam Watkins, Janos Kovacs, Tom Craddock, Stuart Fleetwood and Simon Heslop

Transfer listed – Scott Rendell, Simon Ainge, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Dean Brill and Arnaud Mendy

Agreed Deals – Alex Lawless (2 years), Solomon Taiwo (1 year), Steve McNulty  (2 year), Alex Wall (2 year), Scott Griffiths (1 year),

At The Table – Mark Tyler, Dan Walker

Transfers & Gossip – Southport duo Shaun Whalley and Andrew Parry sign. Andre Grey off to Bermuda with England C.

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Released – 7 axed, Antonio Amores, Nat Brown, Lance Cronin, Enes Fermino, Guy Madjo, Amari Morgan-Smith and Carl Tremarco

Agreed Deals – James Bolton, Craig Braham-Barrett, John-Paul Kissock and Peter Winn are already contracted

At The Table – Thierry Audel, Matthew Barnes-Homer, Jay Burgess, Tony Diagne, Waide Fairhurst, Arthur Gnahoua, Ryan Jackson, Jack Mackreth, Carl Martin, Andrew Mills, Pablo Mills, Kieran Murtagh, Rhys Taylor and Sam Wedgbury.

Transfer Gossip – The Silkmen are without a manager at present.

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Released – 7 axed Steven O’Halloran, Robbie Thompson-Brown, Ben Ford, Tom James, Ben McNamara, Kyle Perry and Kyle Patterson

Transfer Listed – Wes York

Agreed Deals – Adam Walker,

At The Table – Goalkeeper Neil Collett, centre-half Delroy Gordon and midfielder Danny Sleath. Gavin Cowan, Andy Brown, Simon Forsdick and Gaz Dean have been offered deals.

Transfer Gossip. Wes York has turned down a deal

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Released – Managerless Port are undecided after the departure of Liam Watson.

Agreed Deals – as above

At The Table – as above

Transfer Gossip – Simon Grand has joined Telford. Shaun Whalley and Andrew Parry have joined Luton for undisclosed fees

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Released – No news as Dale Belford given managers job on a permanent basis & Scott Lindsey made no2. Lee Hendrie retires.

Agreed Deals – Darren Byfield, Lloyd Kerry and left back Connor Gudger have all signed for next season

At The Table – The manager is talking to the squad with a view to finalising the retained and released list next week.

Transfer Gossip: Cunnington and Tate move to Cambridge. Cambridge’s Jonathan Thorpe looks set to join.

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Released – 6 axed, defender Adam Doyle, forward Loick Pires, winger Gavin McCallum and goalkeeper Elvijs Putnins, plus youths Josh Griffiths and Jack Mazzone.

Agreed Deals –

At The Table –

Transfer Gossip

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Released – Morrell has not released it yet, but after play-off heartbreak, he has a busy time ahead given 15 of the squad are out of contract. Could Danny Wright’s departure signal an exodus.

Agreed Deals –

At The Table – Martin Riley

Transfer Gossip – Danny Wright leaves for Forest Green (2 year deal) with Andy Mangan (released by Fleetwood) in line for a return to the Dragons.

Wrexham Deserve 3 Promotion Places For Conference Clubs

For 3 promotion places to have any chance, Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Alfreton,  Braintree,  Cambridge,  Chester FC,  Dartford, Forest Green, Gateshead, Grimsby,  Hereford,  Hyde, Kidderminster, Lincoln,  Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Southport, Tamworth, Welling United and Woking fans need to act now.  Wrexham have for the second year failed to go up, something their flowing football deserved.  Luton have a budget League 2 & 1 clubs would envy, yet they too are marooned.  STMI urge all BSP, Championship and League 1 teams to back us, surely asking League 2 clubs would be like asking Turkeys to vote for Christmas. Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – we have 1250 we need 10k so ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more, nothing less from, one fan to every other (and any League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong)

Please help, please sign and thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

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Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

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The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

Conference Petition Breaks 1k – Come Aboard!

Come on  Alfreton,  Telford, Braintree,  Cambridge, Dartford, Ebbsfleet, FGR, Gateshead, Grimsby, Hereford, Hyde, Kidderminster, Luton, Macclesfield, Mansfield, Newport, Nuneaton, Southport,  Stockport, Tamworth, Woking and Wrexham fans, please join sign the petition for 3 promotion and 3 relegation places between the BSP and The League  here  – Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet, Harriers On Line and We Imps  already pushing it

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Massive thanks to  News Now, Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet and Harriers on-line, for already coming on board. 

Feel free to copy and paste this article onto your forums and even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. 

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To cut to the chase

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

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Please sign our petition  here

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BSP Basement Battle: The Holker Street View

As Stockport County, Southport, Gateshead, Barrow, Nuneaton, Hyde, Alfreton, Tamworth and the Imps bid to avoid two relegation slots STMI takes a look at the Barrow perspective courtesy of Ralph Sheppard, chewing his nails to the quick in New Zealand.

A staggering 53 points could be needed for safety this season.

Thank you for reading Ralph Sheppard 

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HOLKER STREET NEWSLETTER 3087 – 9 APRIL 2013

Talking to BBC Radio Cumbria after the Mansfield game, Dave Bayliss
scratched his head about the penalty given to the visitors: “To be honest,
when the referee blew (for the penalty) I thought their lad was getting
booked for diving, I don’t know what I did in a former life as, both
penalties aside, we’ve now hit the woodwork seven times in seven games –
it’s ridiculous. We miss one to go ahead then he dives, scores the penalty
and it’s a huge task at 2-0 – it just sums up the season. People say that
when you’re at the bottom you don’t get the decisions and it’s true, that
one is really hard to take,” he continued. Our lads took it personally and
then lost their discipline for a short while after that too. It was a bad
decision but the other goals were avoidable as we’ve just given the ball
away cheaply. So in some ways, we’ve no one to blame but ourselves when you
do that and you miss a penalty. Still, I don’t know what I did in a former
life as both penalties aside, we’ve now hit the woodwork seven times in
seven games – it’s ridiculous.”

Dave Bayliss put down his book of Churchill speeches long enough to talk to
the Mail, and refusing to believe “Barrow AFC’s floundering bid for survival
is not a mission impossible following their latest spanking by Mansfield
Town:, he told the Mail: “I’ve never given up because we don’t need to give
up, we’ve got to keep going because there are points to be had and we
believe that if we keep playing the way we have done, but cut out the silly
mistakes which I’ve said 43 times this season, and do the basics well, then
we’ll win games. Nothing is mission impossible at this level because every
player in this League is a non-League footballer because for that reason
alone they’re not good enough to play in the Football League. That’s what
they’ve got to realise. The pitch is bobbly and bone hard and we’re still
trying to take extra touches when we don’t need to. You’ve got to make the
right decisions. Every player who was on the pitch on Saturday has got
ability, but it’s good decision-making that makes a footballer. We’ve just
got to do what we try and do every week, which is to go out and win a game.
That’s what we’ve got to do tomorrow. We’re under no illusions how hard it
will be (to stay up) but we’ll keep going and keep fighting. We’re all
disappointed but we’ve got to roll up our sleeves up and dig out a result
tomorrow.”

And I did like this on the excellent blog at http://www.twohundredpercent.net
“Finally, if you heard the sound of champagne corks popping at the weekend,
the chances are that these were either coming from the vicinity of
Gillingham or Chester. Gillingham’s 1-0 win against Torquay United – who
themselves remain in deep trouble at the other end of the table – was enough
to ensure their return to League One after an absence of three years, while
Chester made it three League titles in a row at the weekend in securing the
Blue Square Bet North championship. They will start next season in the Blue
Square Bet Premier, the same Division that the club’s forerunner, Chester
City, was in when it folded during the 2009/10 season. Proof, as if it were
needed, that getting the Vaughan family the hell away from The Deva Stadium
no matter what the short-term cost was definitely a price well worth
paying”.

BSBP BASEMENT BATTLE – NINE CONTENDERS 53 POINTS NEEDED
By Neil Gentleman-Hobbs, from the Lincoln City blog at
https://savethemightyimps.wordpress.com

Nine bid for BSBP salvation with Stockport County, Southport, Gateshead,
Barrow, Nuneaton, Hyde, Alfreton, Tamworth and the Imps scrambling for seven
lifeboats. Realistically two look set to join, all but down, Ebbsfleet
United and relegated AFC Telford United, with the next eight days seeing
some huge head-to-head confrontations. Incredibly, a herculean task of 53
points could be needed for safety this season.

The Road Ahead
This week is simply massive. Tuesday sees three head to heads involving the
nine plus the Imps game at Luton. A win for Barrow (at Alfreton) and
Nuneaton (at Gateshead) would put real pressure on the Imps (at Luton) and
Stockport would return to the drop zone. Poor Alfreton play Tamworth on
Thursday in another basement-battle that will see the loser sweating going
into the weekend. Stockport County will have to wait until Saturday to make
amends, with their Tuesday catch-up game next week at Gateshead.

Saturday sees Ebbsfleet play Telford in a game they could have done with two
weeks ago. The Imps play Tamworth, who could be tired from Thursday’s trip
to Alfreton, in a game that could yet be pivotal for both clubs futures.
Alfreton could have done without the trip to play-off bound Newport.
Nuneaton face Hyde in another key battle. Stockport will be well backed as
they seek to beat Dartford. Southport will not be relishing the trip to
big-spending Forest Green.

TUESDAY’S BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER PREVIEW
From http://www.bluesqfootball.com

Mansfield Town could overtake Kidderminster Harriers at the top of the Blue
Square Bet Premier standings with a win on Tuesday night. With the Harriers,
who have played two games more than Paul Cox’s side, not in action until
Saturday, a victory over Macclesfield Town could propel Mansfield Town two
points clear with the season drawing to a close.

Only Harriers, Southport and the already relegated AFC Telford United have
played 44 matches with everyone else playing catch-up with midweek matches.
And while the Stags, on 86 points, have won all but one of their last 14
matches, the Silkmen, in eighth with 60 points, are without a win in their
last five outings.

Wrexham, meanwhile, in third and ten points adrift of second position, are
at home to 13th-placed Cambridge United. The Dragons will be looking cement
a play-off spot ahead of Newport County and Grimsby Town – who complete the
top-five teams in the Division. A run of poor form has seen Andy Morrell’s
side fall off the pace of late while the U’s have drawn their last three
ties with their last win coming seven games ago.

Elsewhere, Newport County host Braintree Town as Grimsby Town travel to
Dartford. One point behind Wrexham and without a defeat in their last five
matches, the Exiles will be mildly confident of their place in the
play-offs. The eleventh-placed Iron will provide stern if erratic test,
however, as a look at their results shows a team with three losses and three
victories from their last six games. The Mariners are a further two points
down the standings with the Darts in ninth on 59 points.

Forest Green Rovers, on 65 points in sixth place, have an outside chance of
making up the eight-point gap on Grimsby and will need a win over Hereford
United in seventh, who are on 63 points. Rovers lost 2-1 to Tamworth last
time out with their last win coming against Southport midway through March,
while the Bulls defeated Macclesfield 1-0 following a 5-2 defeat of
Tamworth.

Moving down the table and Luton Town in twelfth, host 19th-placed Lincoln
City. The Hatters will have all but given up on promotion this season,
following four winless matches and a heavy 5-1 thrashing by Gateshead last
time out. The Imps, meanwhile, are very much fighting for survival, just two
points off the drop zone. They lost 3-0 to Harriers on Saturday after a 0-0
draw with Cambridge United.

And finally, 15th-placed Alfreton Town host 22nd-placed Barrow, Gateshead in
18th, face off against 21st-placed Nuneaton Town, while 14th-placed Hyde FC
host 23rd-placed Ebbsfleet United. The Reds lost 3-2 to Stockport in their
last match after a 2-0 defeat of Southport, while the Bluebirds, without a
win in four, were 4-0 losers to Mansfield this past weekend. The Tynesiders
followed up their 4-0 defeat by the Stags with a 5-1 victory over Luton as
Boro where held by Ebbsfleet last time out – while the Tigers lost 2-1 to
Braintree.

BARROW 0 MANSFIELD TOWN 4
From http://www.bluesqfootball.com

Mansfield Town compounded Barrow AFC’s relegation woes with a 4-0 win to
ramp up the pressure on Kidderminster Harriers in the Blue Square Bet
Premier title race. The Stags remain a point behind league leaders Harriers,
who have 87, and with two games in hand should certainly fancy themselves
for automatic promotion. The Bluebirds, on the other end of the standings,
are 22nd on 46 points, three adrift of safety with three fixtures remaining
in the season.

Matt Green scored twice for the visitors, once from the penalty spot, in the
first half, before John Dempster and Lee Stevenson wrapped up the victory in
the second stanza. Even though it was all Mansfield with Green leading their
attack, the hosts had the first chance to score. Defender Luke Jones handled
the ball in the 18-yard area and Richie Baker stepped up to spot only for
Alan Marriott to deny him the opener. A minute later and Green found the
back of the net after receiving an excellent pass from Colin Daniel to
stroke the ball home from inside the area. Green troubled the Barrow defence
and was hastily brought down in the penalty box by Danny O’Donnell, giving
the referee no option but to point to the spot. The striker took the penalty
himself and made no mistake as Mansfield went into the half-time break two
goals to the good.

The Bluebirds’ defence watched Green closer in the second period and hardly
gave the striker room to move, while also catching him with the offside trap
when he was allowed space. Daniel too troubled the hosts and was fouled
outside the area, with the resultant free-kick from Adam Murray bringing
Town’s third goal as Dempster rose highest to meet the set-piece and make it
3-0. Baker tried to reduce the deficit but was again denied by Marriot, and
even though victory was assured, Stevenson scored in the 92nd minute to send
a stern warning to Kidderminster.

Barrow bookings: Hessey.
Mansfield bookings: Briscoe.

Ref: Backhouse.
Att: 1114.

RELEGATION STILL REAL DANGER FOR ALFRETON AFTER RIVALS CLAIM A CRUCIAL
VICTORY
From The Derby Telegraph

Alfreton Town missed the chance to put more distance between themselves and
one of the clubs struggling below them in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Defeat by Stockport County at the Impact Arena was not enough for the
Hatters to jump above the Reds on the fringe of the drop zone but means that
Alfreton are still far from safe with four games left to play in the final
fortnight of the season.

MANSFIELD TOWN LOOKING TO TURN THE SCREW AFTER FINE WIN AT BARROW
From The Nottingham Post

Mansfield Town bounced back from seeing their winning streak brought to an
end with a comfortable 4-0 win away to Barrow. Having lost 2-1 at
third-placed Wrexham on Thursday night to see their 12-game winning run come
to an end, the Stags bounced back in fine style to see off the struggling
Cumbrian outfit. Two goals each from Matt Green, one a penalty, and Lee
Stevenson at Holker Street helped them to victory – while Alan Marriott also
saved a penalty from Richie Baker. The result meant they stay a point behind
leaders Kidderminster – with two games in hand – after Harriers also tasted
victory, 3-0 against Lincoln City.

Kidderminster only have two games left this season and can reach a maximum
points tally of 93. Paul Cox’s men, meanwhile, sit on 86 points and have
four games to play – meaning three wins will see them return to the Football
League thanks to automatic promotion as champions. The first of these four
games starts tomorrow night when they host Macclesfield Town – who have
nothing to play for in eighth – at the One Call Stadium (7.45pm). Trips to
mid-table Braintree and Hereford – who look to be out of contention in the
race for the play-offs – follow this before ending the season back on home
soil against the team that beat them last week, Wrexham. Two wins and a draw
from these four games could even be enough depending on goal difference –
which currently stands at plus 37 for both teams.

But with Kidderminster having to travel to Wrexham next Saturday, it is not
a foregone conclusion they will win away and also beat Stockport at home on
the last day of the season. Victory over Macclesfield will be Cox’s first
aim and that would send them top of the League – still with one game in
hand. Cox said: “Kiddy are still in the driving seat as they’re still top.
We’ve achieved nothing yet, but hopefully we can win our midweek game and
start to turn the screw.”

FURNESS FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE CENTRE (FFPC) FIXTURES
Thanks to Dan Myles

Tuesday 2 April        Morecambe U11 3 FFPC U11 7
Thursday 4 April        FFPC U15 2 Morecambe U15 4
Wednesday 10 April    FFPC U13 v Morecambe U13, Holker Street, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April    FFPC U14 v Morecambe U14, Holker Street, 6.30pm
Wednesday 24 April    FFPC U12 v Morecambe U12, Holker Street, 6.30pm
Wednesday 1 May        Morecambe U16 v FFPC U16, Globe Arena, 6pm

BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Tuesday 9 April: Alfreton Town v Barrow, Dartford v Grimsby Town, Forest
Green Rovers v Hereford United, Gateshead v Nuneaton Town, Hyde FC v
Ebbsfleet United, Luton Town v Lincoln City, Mansfield Town v Macclesfield
Town, Newport County v Braintree Town, Wrexham v Cambridge United.
Thursday 11 April: Alfreton Town v Tamworth, Dartford v Braintree Town,
Newport County v Macclesfield Town.
Friday 12 April: Luton Town v Grimsby Town, 7.45pm (live on Premier Sports).
Saturday 13 April: Braintree Town v Mansfield Town, Cambridge United v
Barrow, Ebbsfleet United v AFC Telford United, Forest Green Rovers v
Southport, Hereford United v Gateshead, Lincoln City v Tamworth, Newport
County v Alfreton Town, Nuneaton Town v Hyde FC, Stockport County v
Dartford, Woking v Macclesfield Town, Wrexham v Kidderminster Harriers
(5.15pm – live on Premier Sports).
Tuesday 16 April: Ebbsfleet United v Tamworth, Forest Green Rovers v
Dartford, Gateshead v Stockport County, Hereford United v Mansfield Town,
Luton Town v Newport County (live on Premier Sports), Woking v Grimsby Town,
Wrexham v Braintree Town.
Thursday 18 April: Luton Town v Ebbsfleet United.
Saturday 20 April: AFC Telford United v Hereford United, Alfreton Town v
Forest Green Rovers, Barrow v Braintree Town, Dartford v Nuneaton Town,
Gateshead v Ebbsfleet United, Grimsby Town v Newport County, Hyde FC v
Lincoln City, Kidderminster Harriers v Stockport County, Macclesfield Town v
Cambridge United, Mansfield Town v Wrexham, Southport v Luton Town, Tamworth
v Woking (all games kick-off at 5.15pm).

BARROW’S RESULTS AND FIXTURES DURING APRIL
Monday 1 April    Barrow 1 Hyde FC 1
Wednesday 3 April    Barrow 1 Ebbsfleet United 1
Saturday 6 April    Barrow 0 Mansfield Town 4
Tuesday 9 April    Alfreton Town v Barrow
Saturday 13 April    Cambridge United v Barrow
Saturday 20 April    Barrow v Braintree Town

FAN POWER IS ALIVE AND KICKING – JUST ASK CHESTER FC
From http://footballblog.co.uk

Saturday 6 April saw one of the most studied football turnarounds completed
in record time and I for one was delighted to see Chester FC “return” to the
Conference just three years after going out of business. Cast your mind back
to March 2010, Chester City, as was, were in the Conference, unable to
complete fixtures, fans were boycotting games which in my opinion is the
death knell for start.! At the same time, the club were financially wrecked
with players going on strike and the future looked non-existent. It was a
difficult time for a club that had realistically been struggling for 20
years since they left their Sealand Road ground, then had to play for two
seasons at Macclesfield Town’s Moss Rose ground, a 70-mile round-trip as the
crow flies. Yo-yoing between the Football League and Conference did not do
them too many favours, as perhaps people expected too much from a club and
read too much into their potential at a time when they should have
consolidated and built on what they had.

The club went out of business and had to start from scratch, a bunch of
die-hard supporters refused to let the game die in the town and hastily got
a collective of supporters, professionals, businessmen and ex-players alike
to get a team name registered and raise funds to get a club restarted again
but without the baggage of its previous regime. The club successfully
applied to the Evo-Stik League and was admitted to Step four, the Evo-Stik
League Division One North, featuring sides such as Lancaster City, Cammell
Laird, Clitheroe and others.

In a way they were lucky to get admitted to such a high level as most new
clubs would have to apply at Step six or lower, just as Wimbledon, Maidstone
and Aldershot did. They secured the lease of the former club’s ground, The
Deva Stadium and backed by a tremendous amount of goodwill and support the
club gained three successive titles.

The game this weekend which saw Chester win 1-0 at home against Boston at
the Deva Stadium was watched by 3685 people, higher than several League Two
home games that took place on the same day and shows what potential they
will bring to the Conference Premier. A total of 33 wins and an unbeaten run
of 30 games shows that Neil Young’s team will not be any pushovers either.
Whoever takes on the sponsorship of the Conference levels of football will
surely be rubbing their hands at the prospect of a Conference Premier that
looks just as strong, if not stronger than its League Two counterpart. The
progress through the Leagues was swift but effective, yes they swept all
before them, but they re-learned their trade and have made friends
throughout the non-League pyramid, not to mention boosting the coffers of
many clubs with much-needed away gate revenue. Last season when I was at
Marine FC, Chester fans came to the game at the Arriva Stadium, they were
respectful to the level of football that they were at, knew their football
and contributed to the club’s Floodlight fund collection and that effect was
probably similar at lots of clubs at that level.

For me though, the “return” of Chester to a high level of football shows a
lot more than a club being able to steamroller through Divisions on a
momentum of support and results, it shows eternal hope to fans of many clubs
who are struggling or out of touch, or just living on borrowed time. It
shows that however much a business or owner can get their hands into a club,
the power of a club’s support can ultimately decide whether a club lives or
dies. It provides credence to the belief that fan power still exists and
that whatever situation a club finds itself in, in this modern age of
football there is always hope. I’m not for one minute saying that fans of
clubs in severe trouble should start AFC clubs or abandon their own to
re-start for the sake of re-starting but it does show that fans of clubs
like Darlington 1883, Scarborough Athletic, AFC Halifax Town and so on are
not joking when they say that they will be back. Chester provide a prime
example of what a well run fan orientated and operated club can achieve.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
By Ash Hoskin, Barrow AFC assistant-manager, from the Barrow v Mansfield
Town programme

Games don’t come any bigger than this afternoon’s match. Mansfield are
flying and have their sights on the Conference title and a place back in the
Football League. For us it is all about survival at this level.

We definitely owe them one for what happened at their place. Looking at
their match programme, they are strong from 1 to 30 and could select a
couple of very good sides. But the good thing is we tend to do better
against teams at the top of the table. Our great fans will be behind us and
we have got to put a shift in. The one thing me and Dave won’t put up with
is the lack of desire that we showed in the first half against Ebbsfleet on
Wednesday. We got bullied because they were a big team and we couldn’t cope
with the physical side of it. Without the great saves from Danny Hurst we
would have been thumped. But what hurt me and Dave most was that lack of
desire. The Ebbsfleet players had been on a bus for ten hours yet came out
of the traps flying. They wanted it more than us and when that happens in
football you have got to start asking questions.

Our supporters turned out again and I thought it was a great crowd
considering we had had a home game two days earlier. They were patient
waiting for the delayed kick-off – and then we put up that showing in the
first half. Totally unacceptable. I am not a shouter or a screamer, I like
to be more constructive over what we are not doing and what we can do to
make ourselves better. So at half-time I spoke about desire. If you get
beaten by a better footballing team, you have to hold your hand up. But it
is unacceptable when your failing is because of desire. We obviously felt
down in the dressing-room but we changed our shape and got amongst them. I
was pleased with the reaction. We came to grips with things and played a
higher tempo.

Danny made a couple more good saves but Boyesy had two one-on-ones and the
keeper saved one and in the other his first touch let him down. On top of
that there were two or three scrambles in their box and at the end of the
day we could have finished with a win. Against Hyde I thought it was two
points dropped but the way the game with Ebbsfleet panned out, I thought it
was a point gained considering Danny made save after save. So we kick on
from here. Our fate is still in our hands and if we all pull together we
will finish clear of that bottom four. So some more of your great support
and encouragement please. Stick with us. and keep the faith.

AROUND THE PREMIER
By Phil Yelland, from the Barrow v Stockport County programme

There is plenty of news to catch up on from around the League since our last
home game.

AFC Telford: It’s all change in the hot-seat again at AFC Telford, manager
Mark Cooper resigned after just thirty days in charge to take up a post as
assistant to newly-appointed Swindon Town boss Kevin McDonald in League One.
Cooper’s tenure had not seen a win for the Shropshire side but performances
had improved. He will be replaced by former caretaker Graham Hyde, who is
likely to take charge for the rest of the season. Cooper’s last move when
with the club was to sign former Kilmarnock defender Simon Ford on loan from
title-chasing Grimsby Town for the rest of the season, Ford joined the
Mariners last summer from Chesterfield but has not appeared in the first
team since.

Alfreton Town: Boss Nicky Law faced a keeper crisis last month when
first-choice Phil Barnes picked up an injury. Law has therefore brought in
teenager Jordan Pickford on loan from Premiership Sunderland. Pickford has
performed at this level before as last season he spent a spell on loan with
Darlington and they fought for their very existence.

Braintree Town: The latest addition to Alan Devonshire’s squad is teenage
midfielder Steve Smith who has signed initially on a one-month loan from
Leicester City of the Championship. Smith can also play in central defence.

Cambridge United: It seems as if England “C” international goalkeeper
Jonathon Hedge’s time at Cambridge is coming to a close as manager Richard
Money has made it clear he is looking for either a new number one or cover
for Craig Ross. Hedge seems to have lost form and it seemed as if the
problem had been solved temporarily with a deal to bring in young Finnish
keeper Jesse Joronen from Premiership Fulham but that deal fell through when
the Finn indicated he was not prepared to start life with the U’s on the
bench. Striker Michael Gash has been loaned to title-chasing Kidderminster
Harriers until, the end of the season – that might yet become a permanent
move and as a result, Harriers striker Nathan Blissett, who signed a new
deal not long ago, has joined United on a one-month loan.

Forest Green Rovers: It’s a case of one in and one out for Rovers as they
continue their push for the play-offs. It’s a case of an old face returning
in experienced midfielder Lee Fowler after an absence of just over twelve
months. He left the club to join Fleetwood Town in their quest for the Blue
Square Bet Premier title last season and in the summer, he joined Doncaster
Rovers in League One. He has been loaned to Rovers for the rest of the
season. One player who will not feature again this season is striker Rhys
Styce. He has got seriously damaged knee ligaments and may be ruled out of
action for up to nine months.

Ebbsfleet United: The off-the-field challenges for the Kent side seem to be
continuing as membership of the club has dropped below 1000 for the first
time – when the ambitious fan-ownership scheme commenced several years ago,
they attracted 32,000 members. The challenge is how the club goes forward
with reports suggesting that there seem to be few potential investors and a
possible sale to the Supporters Trust at the stage of impasse.

Gateshead: It is going to be a very tough end to the season after the
decision was reached that their home ground the International Stadium would
not be fit to play again this season. They had arranged to play a number of
home games at the ground of Hartlepool United of League One, but last
Tuesday’s home game against Kidderminster Harriers was played at York, and
on Saturday, they entertained Hyde at Blyth Spartans Croft Park ground.
Whilst other games are scheduled for Hartlepool, there are three more games
which will need to be played elsewhere. Gateshead Thunder Rugby League club
are also affected by the pitch problems and they are to play their first
home game of the season at Hull KR’s ground!

Grimsby Town: The only change to the Mariners squad in recent weeks has seen
the departure of experienced defender Simon Ford. Ford had played virtually
no part since joining the club last summer and he has now joined AFC Telford
on loan for the rest of the season.

Hereford United: Boss Martin Foyle has added one player to his squad at this
stage by bringing in versatile Joe Connor on loan from League rivals
Stockport County. Connor returned to Stockport last season after a spell in
the USA and can play in central defence or attack.

Hyde FC: Tigers boss Scott McNiven is continuing to work with his young
squad to try to find consistency. His first new player is also a return of
an old face. Yong striker Danny Broadbent was allowed to join Mossley of the
Evo-Stik First Division North in late January but one-month on, he has left
Seel Park and returned to Ewen Fields. He scored on his return as a
substitute in the 5-1 defeat at Alfreton Town. The second signing is
experienced midfielder Jamie Milligan, who has spent most of his career with
Fleetwood Town, but has not been in the first-team picture recently. He
joins on loan from the League Two side for one month.

Kidderminster Harriers: Just one change to the Harriers squad in recent
weeks sees the arrival of the experienced striker Michael Gash who has also
played as this level for Ebbsfleet United and York City joining on loan for
the rest of the season. At the same time, young Harriers striker Nathan
Blissett has moved to Cambridge United on loan for a month to boost their
squad.

Lincoln City: The Red Imps battle for survival is to be spear-headed by
former Macclesfield Town boss Gary Simpson who has been appointed for the
rest of the season. Simpson has no experience at this level, but when he was
with Macclesfield, he was use to scrapping it out for Football League
survival. Simpson also had a spell as assistant manager of City in their
Football League days when the late Keith Alexander was their manager. One
player he will have available to help him is midfielder Jake Jones whose
loan from League One side Walsall has been extended for the rest of the
season. Simpson’s first signing for the club was experienced defender Nat
Brown who previously had a loan spell at Sincil Bank. He joins on loan again
from Macclesfield Town for the rest of the season. He has been joined at
Sincil Bank by Macclesfield colleague midfielder Tony Diagne who will also
be on loan for the rest of the season. One player leaving the Red Imps is
former skipper Gary Mills. He has been released having not appeared in the
first team this year due to injury.

Luton Town: If the departure of Paul Buckle as manager of the Hatters was a
surprise, the appointment of long-serving Dagenham & Redbridge manager John
Still to take over on a two-and-a-half year deal was even more of a
surprise. Still had been in charge at Victoria Road for over nine years and
having led the Daggers into the Football League, he managed to keep them
there on minimal resources and took them to League One for a season. Still’s
immediate aim looks to be to get Town into the play-offs and to do that they
will need to start scoring goals again. That may explain his first signing
as he has brought in the highly-rated twenty-two year-old striker Alex Wall
on loan from Maidenhead United of Blue Square Bet South on loan for the rest
of the season with a view to a permanent move. Teenage defender Jake Goodman
has also joined the club for the rest of the season on loan from Millwall of
the Championship.

Macclesfield Town: Boss Steve King has allowed one player to leave the club
on loan. Skipper Nat Brown who has been a regular all season has been
allowed to join one of his former clubs Lincoln City on loan for the rest of
the season. In addition, midfielder Tony Diagne has also joined Lincoln City
on loan for the rest of the campaign.

Newport County: The main news from the Welsh side comes from off the field.
The club have agreed a ten-year lease with landlords Newport Gwent Dragons
Rugby club which will allow them to play their home games at Rodney Parade
for the next ten years. I think that deal would allow then to enter the
Football League if they were to win promotion. The arrangement this season
has clearly worked well and better than their previous home ground Spytty
Park where waterlogging was a problem.

Nuneaton Town: Boss Kevin Wilkin has taken steps to stabilise his squad for
the rest of the season by extending the loan deals of two young players from
League One neighbours Coventry City for the rest of the season. They are
twenty year-old goalkeeper Lee Burge who was so impressive against us last
month and defender Aaron Phillips. Meanwhile striker Kyle Patterson has
returned from a loan spell with Blue Square Bet North side Worcester City
and has now been loaned to Hednesford Town who are chasing promotion from
the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Southport: There is a single new face in Liam Watson’s Southport squad but
the player has plenty of experience. Signing on non-contract terms is
midfielder Sean Clancy who was a member of the title-winning Fleetwood Town
squad last season. Over the summer Clancy joined Chester in Blue Square Bet
North, but having fallen out of favour, he was released before Christmas and
joined Kidderminster Harriers where his short spell included being sent-off
after coming on as a substitute.

Stockport County: There are two new young faces in the Stockport County
squad for the run in to the end of the season. The first is twenty year-old
midfielder Greg McDermott, son of former Liverpool, Newcastle United and
England midfielder Terry. He joins having previously been on the books of
Newcastle United. Another midfielder, Paul Marshall also joins following his
release by FC Halifax Town of Blue Square Bet North. At the same time,
former club skipper Joe Connor has been allowed to join League rivals
Hereford United on loan for a month.

Woking: Manager Gary Hill has added one new face to his squad with striker
Adam Francis joining on loan from Queen’s Park Rangers of the Premiership
for the rest of the season. Young Francis is the son of former England and
QPR star Gerry who recently completed a one-month loan with Staines in Blue
Square Bet South.

Wrexham: The Red Dragons player/boss Andy Morrell has signed two
battle-hardened veterans to help his squad for the League run-in and FA
Trophy Final. The first is thirty-seven year-old striker Dele Adebola who
has featured down the years for something like twenty senior clubs. Adebola
joined Rochdale of League Two last summer but his game time has been
restricted by the departure of manager John Coleman and the return to the
club as boss of Keith Hill. He will stay on loan for the rest of the season.
Defender Dave Artell was injured earlier in the season playing for
Northampton Town in League Two. He still lives near Wrexham and it has been
agreed he will join the Welsh side for a month, initially to gain fitness
and game time.

Barrow AFC, Wilkie Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5UW. Telephone and
fax +44 (0)1229 823061, Mailto:office@barrowafc.com
Official Barrow AFC home page: http://www.barrowafc.com
Barrow AFC unofficial home page: http://www.barrowafc.net
Barrow AFC statistics page: http://www.barrowfc.com
Another Barrow AFC site: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/furnessnet/index.htm
Barrow AFC blog: http://ascarisbrick.blogspot.com/
Bluebird Development Fund fundraising site: http://www.buy.at/bdf
BDF section on the club’s website: http://www.barrowafc.com/newsite/club/bdf.php
BDF contact email address: Mailto:bdfbafc@googlemail.com
National Supporters’ Club contact email address:
Mailto:daveleitch@btinternet.com
Furness Cavaliers: http://www.furnesscavaliers.co.uk
Askam United: http://www.askam-united.co.uk
Dalton United: http://www.daltonunited.co.uk
Furness Premier Football League:
http://football.mitoo.co.uk/News.cfm?LeagueCode=FPFL2010
The Evening Mail’s web site: http://www.nwemail.co.uk
The National Football Archive: http://www.enfa.co.uk
Lancashire Football Association: http://www.lancashirefa.com
Official Conference site: http://www.footballconference.co.uk
Conference grounds: http://www.footballgroundguide.com/conference/index.htm
Walney Island: http://www.walney-island.com and http://www.walneyisle.co.uk
Barrow Council’s events website: http://tinyurl.com/cqqxr6o
Official Barrow Rugby League site: http://www.barrowrlfc.com
BBC Radio Cumbria: North, east and west 95.6FM, south 96.1FM, Whitehaven and
Keswick 104.1FM, Kendal 95.2FM and Windermere 104.2 FM. AM; north 756 AM,
south 837 AM and west 1458 AM:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/sport/barrow_afc/index.shtml
Live broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_radio_cumbria/
Barrow Sports Council: http://www.barrowsportscouncil.org.uk
Links to the above and other Barrow and Furness related sites:
http://www.holker.st/linkpage.htm
The weather in Barrow: http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2070

BSP Basement Battle – 9 Contenders 53 Points Needed

Nine bid for BSP salvation with Stockport County, Southport, Gateshead, Barrow, Nuneaton, Hyde, Alfreton, Tamworth and the Imps scrambling for seven lifeboats. Realistically two look set to join, all but down, Ebbsfleet and relegated Telford, with the next 8 days seeing some huge head-to-head confrontations.  Incredibly, a herculean task of 53 points could be needed for safety this season.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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The Road Ahead

This week is simply massive. Tuesday sees three head to heads involving the 9 plus the Imps game at Luton.  A win for Barrow (at Alfreton) and Nuneaton (at Gateshead) would put real pressure on the Imps (at Luton) and Stockport would return to the drop zone.  Poor Alfreton play Tamworth on Thursday in another basement battle that will see the loser sweating going into the weekend. Stockport County will have to wait until Saturday to make amends, with their Tuesday catch-up game next week at Gateshead.

Saturday sees Ebbsfleet play Telford in a game they could have done with 2 weeks ago. The Imps play Tamworth, who could be tired from Thursdays trip to Alfreton, in a game that could yet be pivotal for both clubs futures.  Alfreton could have done without the trip to play-off bound Newport. Nuneaton face Hyde in another key battle. Stockport will be well backed as they seek to beat Dartford. Southport will not be relishing the trip to big-spending Forest Green.

Tuesdays Games
Alfreton Town v Barrow 19:45
Dartford v Grimsby 19:45
Forest Green v Hereford 19:45
Gateshead v Nuneaton 19:45
Hyde v Ebbsfleet United 19:45
Luton v Lincoln City 19:45
Mansfield v Macclesfield 19:45
Newport County v Braintree Town 19:45
Wrexham v Cambridge Utd 19:45
Thursdays Games
Alfreton Town v Tamworth 19:45
Dartford v Braintree Town 19:45
Newport County v Macclesfield 19:45
Saturday 13 Apr
Braintree Town v Mansfield 15:00
Cambridge Utd v Barrow 15:00
Ebbsfleet United v AFC Telford 15:00
Forest Green v Southport 15:00
Hereford v Gateshead 15:00
Lincoln City v Tamworth 15:00
Newport County v Alfreton Town 15:00
Nuneaton v Hyde 15:00
Stockport County v Dartford 15:00
Tuesday 16 Apr
Ebbsfleet United v Tamworth 19:45
Forest Green v Dartford 19:45
Gateshead v Stockport County 19:45

BSP Standings 6/4/13

POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
1 up 12 Kidderminster Harriers 44 26 9 9 76 39 37 87
12 down 10 Luton Town 41 15 11 15 59 58 1 56
13 down 3 Cambridge United 43 14 14 15 65 65 0 56
14 down 14 Hyde FC 43 15 7 21 60 67 -7 52
15 down 15 Alfreton Town 42 13 12 17 60 71 -11 51
16 No Change Tamworth 42 14 9 19 51 62 -11 51
17 down 17 Southport 44 13 12 19 70 83 -13 51
18 up 2 Gateshead 42 12 14 16 54 57 -3 50
19 down 19 Lincoln City 43 13 11 19 59 68 -9 50
20 down 20 Stockport County 43 13 10 20 56 70 -14 49
21 down 21 Nuneaton 43 11 15 17 49 62 -13 48
22 down 7 Barrow 43 11 13 19 44 76 -32 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 41 8 14 19 53 80 -27 38
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 44 5 17 22 49 74 -25 32

BSP 3 Up 3 Down Petition – Have you signed Yet?

For 3 Up 3 Down Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead fans must unite and act now.   Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more nothing less from one fan to every other (and League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong.

Massive thanks to  News Now, Red Passion, Luton Outlaws, Bulls News, BAFC + HSN, Stagsnet and Harriers on-line, for already coming on board.  

To cut to the chase

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.

BSP 3 Up 3 Down Petition – 985 & rising

For 3 Up 3 Down Luton, Grimsby, Wrexham, Stockport, Mansfield, Newport, Cambridge, Kidderminster, Hereford, Dartford, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Telford, Woking, Southport, Tamworth, Ebbsfleet, Alfreton, Forest Green, Hyde, Barrow, Braintree and Gateshead fans need to act now.   Please sign our petition  here and copy and paste this article onto your forums – even ask your clubs to put it on their official sites. This is a call to arms, a fair and just fight for the right, nothing more nothing less from one fan to every other (and League fans too, if you have a sporting sense of right and wrong.

Massive thanks to  News Now for their RSS assistance as ever, without them my blog would be a gin palace without a road….  I Neil Gentleman-Hobbs am proud to write about the Imps & BSP either side of the realities of minimum wage working and time demands.

Ahead of a scheduled Football League full vote this summer, this is Football’s chance to be seen as a shining light in an unfair world – to be fair and willing to share. Give that right to fans and teams who dare to dream. You, the fans and the Football League, are the gateway and the custodians of the people’s game in so many ways. Please, surely there has to be at least one more set of golden keys?

Urge your members to give the Conference one more promotion spot. Is it so much so ask with the new TV deal just about to shower your members with even more cash? We are not asking for the cash handout, just give our teams the right to play our way onto the table.

BSP fans, believe we can do this together and rest assured The Football League will get an email every time someone signs.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

Akin to the economy, we are starting to become stale and starved down here, through a two up two down system that blights – is that fair in the peoples game?  No its Feudalism football, an increasing reflection of life designed to stop the dream, kill the passion. Once again the enterprise dies. That may be shaping up to be Modern Britain but surely Football can be seen to send out the right message? We are not asking for your money just the right for 3 teams to join the party each season. Let us increase the natural flow of money through the game for the benefit of all, especially grass roots football. Its like quantitative easing  but without the inflation, it wont affect the nation because those who aspire can achieve higher.

*****

Please sign our petition  here

*****

The more noise we fans make the more they will listen. The football League vote is laden towards the top and it will cost them nothing. 5 Leagues plus two regional feeders could see dreams fulfilled, enticing investors into the game.

Let us force the League and the Blue Square Premier around a table and do what is fair.  In the current climate the last thing we need is to perpetuate ‘Feudalism Football’ – because that is what it is when the few shut out the millions who try to play the game on every park and pitch throughout the land.

Please sign our petition  here

3 up 3 down from League 2 to the BSP would allow passage up and down the pyramid, which could put more of an incentive into lads wanting to play the game now we are in a depression with £400 a week and the chance of getting spotted even though you slipped through the net at 16.

A more affordable football experience, the chance to have a friendly beer with other fans.  That extra place, or two would really fire the imagination fuelled by ambition and local pride and allow people to dare to dream without the fear of failure. 2 up 2 down is not fair is it Mr Clegg and it is most certainly not  British.  Everybody deserves a second chance. 3 up and 3 down will give us a sporting one at least.