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Conference North Wrap – Stockport, Barrow & Yussuf On The Turn

Barrow FC , AFC Fylde & Stockport County win, Boston United, Chorley FC, Guiseley and North Ferriby slip up whilst  Oxford City striker  and ex-Imp sick-note Adi Yussuf bagged his third goal in a week as the Jekyll and Hyde academic side stormed to fifth in the table.  Hyde very much on the slide are bottom feeding again.

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Their are currently two cocks crowing in the Conference North,  as  AFC Fylde and Barrow FC both returned to the summit.  Chorley were chewed 2-0 at Worcester with D’s all round for the former leaders as Deeney and Dunkley supplied the hot-sauce. Goal machines  Oxford City – who should be in the south and stay there – have now gatecrashed the final Northen play-off position to steal 5th,  having inflicted a second defeat on a Lincolnshire club in a week. The City aim to stay there it seems after an incredible bounce-back.  Eight days ago City let in 8, to AFC Fylde, before beating  Boston 7-2 away and yesterday enjoyed a comfortable win over 2-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity amidst the leaves and lecterns. Yussuf haired in for a 12th minute opener before Rodriguez netted at the death. Barrow, did not play midweek and had to come from one down before Pilkingtom pounced with Jason settling from the spot on 68. A Hannigan brace fired Fylde to glory at Gloucester, bottom four for now.

 

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The Green’s – not Queen’s –  speech did not have the pick-me -up Duke Dennis of Boston expected at Northern Giants Stockport County in front of a massive crowd of 2585.  That these incredibly loyal die-hard fans have suffered so much, both on and off the field, brings a tear to the eye. Hopefully Alan Lord can continue to turn things around amid the back stage shambles and get at least a play-off spot after the Bogie man guided the Hatters to second bottom before leaving this time last year but now three consecutive home wins and five goals in five from Kristian Dennis suggests their could be some light at the end of the tunnel.  Ryan opened things for the Hatters on 21 heading home a Lofthouse corner.  Pierginni headed home leveller on the verge of half-time.  Dennis bagged a real poachers brace bundling home a Duxbury centre and then stabbing home a Churchman cross-come-shot.  Pilgrims goal machine Southwell did get a consolation seven minutes from time.  The Pilgrims drop to seventh now five points off the pace.  Good job Guiseley drew at Hednesford 1-1 and money club North Ferriby endured a snore draw at Colwyn Bay

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The Results Scorers & Crowds

 

1629 Barrow 2 1 Leamington
. Pilkington 22 , Jason 68 pen . . D Newton 18
225 Brackley Town 1 0 Hyde FC
. Rowe 30 pen , . . .
286 Colwyn Bay 0 0 North Ferriby United
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396 Gloucester City 0 2 AFC Fylde
. . . . T Hannigan 45 & 51 ,
362 Harrogate Town 0 4 Solihull Moors
. . . . Knights 13 , Byfield 23, Beswick 45 , Bogle 70 ,
502 Hednesford Town 1 1 Guiseley
. Marvin Robinson 90 , . . A Boyes 74 ,
675 Lowestoft Town 3 2 Bradford Park Avenue
. Henderson 14 , A Fisk 54 ,Henderson 59 , . . B Barraclough 51 , R Qualter 53 ,
218 Oxford City 2 0 Gainsborough Trinity
. A Yussuf 12 , J Rodriguez 90 , . . .
404 Stalybridge Celtic 3 1 Tamworth
. McKenna 18 , J Cadman 26 ,Ennis 9 , . . S Clarke 1 ,
2585 Stockport County 3 2 Boston United
. Ryan 21 , K Dennis 44  & 50 , . . Piergianni 40 , Southwell 83
551 Worcester City 2 0 Chorley
. Deeney 31 , Dunkley 86 , . . .

 

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 Vanarama North Table

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 AFC Fylde 9 6 1 2 24 7 +17 19
2 Barrow 8 6 1 1 20 10 +10 19
3 Chorley 9 5 2 2 12 9 +3 17
4 Guiseley 9 4 3 2 12 9 +3 15
5 Oxford City 9 4 3 2 16 15 +1 15
6 North Ferriby United 9 4 2 3 10 8 +2 14
7 Boston United 9 4 2 3 15 17 -2 14
8 Stockport County 8 4 1 3 13 11 +2 13
9 Worcester City 9 3 4 2 9 7 +2 13
10 Leamington 9 4 1 4 12 11 +1 13
11 Lowestoft Town 9 3 4 2 10 10 0 13
12 Colwyn Bay 9 3 3 3 14 14 0 12
13 Hednesford Town 9 3 3 3 10 11 -1 12
14 Stalybridge Celtic 9 3 2 4 12 13 -1 11
15 Gainsborough Trinity 9 3 2 4 10 14 -4 11
16 Solihull Moors 8 3 1 4 16 12 +4 10
17 Bradford Park Avenue 9 3 1 5 15 19 -4 10
18 Harrogate Town 9 2 3 4 7 12 -5 9
19 Gloucester City 9 1 5 3 13 17 -4 8
20 Tamworth 9 1 5 3 8 13 -5 8
21 Brackley Town 8 2 1 5 6 14 -8 7
22 Hyde 9 0 2 7 8 19 -11 2

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Holy Imp! Ex- Everton & Stockport Star Gets England Call Up

Jon Nolan was an Everton FC reserve regular in his teens and it is starting to show with a technique, sharpness, bravery as well as shooting and passing ability, that has seen the 21-year-old getting a lot less credit than he deserves at the heart of the Imps midfield.  His two goals have been jaw-droppers, his passing princely and that rebuilt confidence is beginning to shine on through! Signed from Stockport County last Summer and going from strength to strength at Lincoln this season, Jon Nolan will link up with the England C team at St George’s on Sunday 21 September and Monday 22 September  ahead of the International Challenge Trophy games away to Turkey in October and at home to Estonia in November.

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The skilful CDM is in brilliant form next to Hamza Bencherif but life has not been easy for him. Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances, indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut,  Alas his Goodison dream was not to be, as he and terrific fellow talent Moses Barnett trialled at Watford, who only dithered due to financial issues at the time in 2010. So Jon elected instead to join Stockport along with, ex-Crewe and Macc striker John Miles and Tranmere youth product Ryan Fraughan. The competition might have been easier, but ‘from frying pan and into the fire’ comes to mind, as crisis club Stockport continued to fall from grace.

That kind of train-wreck can leave lasting scars but Gary Simpson seems to have rebuilt the lads confidence over the last 12 months and this season has seen him grow to the extent that one can almost forget he is only twenty-two years of age. The central defensive midfield man has an assured range of passes, a cracking shot  and all-round game that had lacked just one thing. John simply needed to believe in himself a little more, despite his tender years and up his game by another 10%. He has done that this season – and more – now out of his new comfort zone the former Blue Nose is destined to shine and catapult the Imps to the play-offs.

Jon certainly has the technique and ability to be a regular at Championship level at the very least and should view the Skrill Premier as his springboard to the fame and fortune he is destined. This can be his formative playground and as he continues to deliver that Goodison Park promise the Imps and the young lad will benefit on and off the pitch. The Imps would not stand in his way if a bid came along either, so it is now up to Jon to add the world to the ball he already has at his very very gifted feet.

 

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jon Nolan
DATE OF BIRTH 22 April 1992 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Huyton
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)
PLAYING POSITION Midfield General
CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)
YOUTH CAREER Everton
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2011-2013 Stockport County 62 (3)
2013– Lincoln City 45 (5)

Hatters & Grimsby Town In Cup Would Have Made Trinity’s Season

When Rushall Olympic beat Stockport County to line up a date at Grimsby Town in the 4th Qualifying round of the FA Cup STMI’s thoughts went out to Gainsborough Trinity and young Imp Jordan Thomas. Ditto  Stockport County, a club with a fantastic fan-base that incredibly continues to endure an existence on a par with a train crash.  Surely someone will get to the root of the problem and come up with the answer soon? The Conference is the poorer without them as is the Football League.

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An away tie at Grimsby Town would have been worth at least £20,000 to Trinity, this after a trip to Stockport that Rushall went on to win. Jimmy Turner bent a 30-yard free-kick into the top corner in the 63rd minute to send the 55 visiting supporters mad in front of the sixth tiers biggest congregation by far.  Having comprehensible beaten Rushall 2-0 in the previous round Trinity could have every reason to expect a win with the reward of a Lincolnshire derby at Grimsby Town, one of the three best supported clubs in non-league football.

A crowd of 2185 at Stockport would have been boosted by expectant Blues fans and if one includes £7,500 prize for the winners Trinity could reasonably have expected to earn £20,000 from the tie.  However an admin blunder saw them booted out of the Cup, stripped of the £4,500 from the previous round and has ultimately cost them tens of thousands.  Even if Trinity had got hammered at The Mariners the Cup run would have yielded the club close to £50,000 pounds.

Trinity have not had the best of things lately seeing their cloth cut dramatically after Peter Swann finally threw in the towel. Ongoing issues with the Blues Club and ground ownership as well as obstacles to a vaunted new stadium saw him take his vast fortunes to Scunthorpe Utd. This ended a promising era for the Blues, in turn, ushering in an alarming start to the season with an unwanted 100% record of five successive defeats. Worrying times for a team that had never seen relegation in their entire history, although they failed re-election in 1911-12 at the expense of local rivals Lincoln City.

In a desperate bid to stop the rot and part the clouds of gathering gloom manager Steve Housham signed almost every striker in Christendom and the wins came with 4 wins and a draw seeing The Blues climb from the relegation zone to mid-table. However just as luck seemed to be turning the loan for Jordan Thomas from the Imps and his subsequent inclusion in the team for the Rushall game ultimately sealed their fate.  Trinity unable to file the necessary paperwork by 12 noon, due to a lack of available personnel, relied on Lincoln City to send the paperwork to the relevant football authorities.

According to the findings of the appeal this was never received even though the Imps maintain the documents were sent at 10.19. No one, it appears, chased the authorities to ensure that the documents had been correctly processed, which given the circumstances and parties involved was perhaps easier said than done, but Trinity have apologised to fans and are in the process of an internal enquiry to get to the bottom of exactly what went wrong.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but ultimately this and a day out at Cleethorpes would have softened the blow of Peter Swann’s departure and provided vital funds to keep the club going.

Imps To Back Trinity FA Cup Appeal To Save Stockport Tie

Gainsborough FC’s lucrative trip to Stockport County, in the FA Cup,  is currently under threat after the FA Cup Committee found that Jordan Thomas was ineligible to play in the 2-0 win over Rushall Olympic  in the last round.

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The deadline for registering a loan player is 12 noon on the Friday preceeding a Saturday fixture and both the Imps and Gainsborough’s maintain that the paperwork was in with well over an hour to spare. Therefore the Imps have made a statement to support Gainsborough’s appeal via the official site HERE

 

The problem arises from the fact that the FA committee has ruled that the email confirmation was not received therefore, they have removed Trinity from the competition allowing Rushall the opportunity of a lucrative tie at Stockport County – by far the biggest draw at this stage of the competition. STMI wish young Jordan and Gainsborough well, at a particularly stressful time for both parties. The game could be worth over £20,000 in gate receipts alone for The Blues.  As for young Jordan, trying to make his way in the game, it is certainly not the sort of thing the young Imp needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Thomas Can Face Hatters

Gainsborough Trinity face Stockport County in the cup on Saturday after beating Harrogate 2-0 thanks to some help fashioned from the feet of Imps.   It will be an interesting tie as Stockport manager Ian Bogey resigned after a 3-1 defeat to Harrogate but County then went on to beat the Blues 3-1.  Since then Housham has strengthened, signing almost every striker in Christendom for the Trinity with the in-form side climbing the Skrill North table with 4 wins on the spin. County Boss Alan Lord is also over the moon after being given the manager’s job on a permanent basis following yesterday’s 4-0 win over Worcester City

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Trinity play Stockport in the FA Cup this Saturday, eager to avenge a 3-1 defeat at County on 9th September with Jordan Thomas set to feature after Lincoln agreed to allow him to play in the Cup.  The Blues sit a point and two places in front of The Hatters in 13th and will be the outsiders. In some ways it is the best draw they could possibly expect at this stage of the competition given the support of the Hatters.  With a 4,000 crowd expected Trinity could get a 40% cut of the gate to boost their finances post Peter Swan with the addition of £7,500 in prize money should they pull off a giant killing. A win would also put them in the hat for the 4th qualifying round and the chance of a tie at Luton, Grimsby, Boston or Lincoln.

Alas  Jordan will not be able to play against Lincoln should we meet in the FA Cup, although the Lincoln influence is certainly lifting Trinity. Ex-Imp striker Bradley Barraclough got on the score sheet in the 2-0 win at Harrogate, heading home Stamps flick, with another old face, Simon Russell, getting the second from the spot.  Jordan Thomas was instrumental in the first goal during the 2-0 FA win over Rushall Olympic, crossing for Barraclough’s effort to be saved only for Stamp to feed on the scraps.

Simon Russell has also been playing superbly, indeed it was his thunderbolt against the post at Leamington, allowing Stamp to pounce again, that led to a 1-0 win at Leamington that lifted Trinity from bottom of the table the previous week. Connor Robinson, unlike Jordan, is unable to play in the FA Cup, however he set-up the first in Trinity’s 2-1 win over Barrow, to earn the Blues their first win and points of the season. On a somewhat random note, Gainsborough have never been relegated in their entire history.

Could Grimsby’s Scott Still Have A Hatters Date?

Rob Scott’s  Grimsby Town departure ahead of the Luton Town game has sparked rumours that Stockport County could be his next port of call.  Gossip certainly but the parting of the ways was for  ‘non footballing reasons’,  begging the question that he could be set to miss one Hatters date for another with one of the biggest jobs in Non-League football up for grabs following Ian Bogey’s on pitch resignation last week.

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With Chairman John Fenty putting Paul Hurst in sole charge and then explaining that the parting of the ways had nothing to do with the teams performances, the Cleethorpes rumour mill has moved into overdrive.  The club and its chairman have declined to comment further on the matter at this time.  The duo, seemed joined at the hip, having worked together at Ilkeston, Boston and Grimsby, taking both The Robins and The Pilgrims into the BSN in successive seasons.

Rob’s disciplinarian profile, a tad unjust, would be perfect for the Hatters who have been in free-fall.  Having taken over from David Holdsworth he guided an Ilkeston side  beset by financial turmoil to the Northern Premier League promotion via the play-offs. Mr Scott does have Cheshire connections having played at Macclesfield at the end of a 15 year career. He also played at Oldham so he is no stranger to the other side of the Pennines.

The Hatters are a fantastic club with massive potential and a fantastic fan-base…. surely the bounce-back has to start soon? Could Rob Scott be the very man to do it as he branches out on his own?

The Jon Nolan Factor

The Middlesbrough FC win saw Former Everton FC Reserve and Stockport County favourite Jon Nolan act the consummate defensive midfielder.  He was everywhere, from the intelligent pick-pocket to the good old midfield gladiator with a sliding tackle  on the dry grass that showed he is willing to compete for the cause.  Nolan is looking forward to the Scunthorpe game with relish.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances. Indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut, His displays at County also went down well and, it is hard to believe the lad is still only 21. He was a marked man on Saturday, targeted by Boro for some rough stuff, yet he rose above it and went on to inspire a match winning performance.

Jon is key to the exciting attacking formation Simmo is trying to bring to Sincil Bank. The 4-2-3-1 set up is one of the hardest to set up against in world football at any level, yet it requires an awful lot of discipline from the two defensive midfield men of it is to shine. Their job is to provide cover for the back four by anticipating the counter as well as acting as the spring for counters of our own. With four men eager to pressure a simple or measured pass is key to hurt the opposition quickly. Wright, Yussuf, Connor Robinson and co, need the ball to feet and early.

Jon, clearly missed (rested ahead of the busy remaining home pre-season catalogue) against Sunderland, came back and did that against Boro.  His energy, positional discipline, timing and distribution was so key.  Missing Todd Jordan and Mo Fofana, Power was forced to play next to him, a waste in truth for the captain to have to come from deep. Yet beggars cannot be choosers and Fofana, as well as Todd, will need to fill in at the back during a 46 match marathon, given the size of the squad.

Many have already questioned the strength of the defence and the balance of the squad. Jon is there to provide that and did so on Saturday superbly.  With key players coming back from injury in time for the new season, Dan Gray, Tom Miller and Todd Jordan can also all play defensive midfield as well as in the full-back positions.  So the case for the defence and this so called imbalance is maybe not the foregone conclusion we fear.

Well played Jon, your looking great so far.

Jons Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Jon Nolan 24 8 2270 3 27 4 18 56 7 1
Jons Stats 2011/12
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Jon Nolan 18 12 1691 0 18 1 25 32 3 0
STMI Biopic
Full name Jon Nolan
Date of birth 22 April 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Huyton
Height/Weight 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)
Playing position Midfield General
Contract: One Year (plus option)
Youth Career Everton
Senior career
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2011-2013 Stockport County 62 (3)
2013– Lincoln City 0

8 Alan Power

We are going to see what Nottingham Forest, Hartlepool United and Ireland U21’s saw from Captain Alan Power this season.  His goal at Lincoln United illustrates his desire to lead from the front, but it is the condition he is in that is most inspiring to fans as well the Sincil Six foot soldiers who only appear to be towering above him from a heigh perspective.

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When Forest and Hartlepool offered him two year deals they felt he would kick on. Indeed during his time at Forest he became reserve captain and was a highly regarded, busy, scheming, tenacious lad, who not only graduated with sufficient honours to earn a two year pro-deal, but also played for the Ireland youth set-up through to the under 21′s.  As a 19 year-old Alan made one first team appearance for Forest against the Posh in  (2007)  in the FL trophy.

He was then loaned to Grays, then a BSP club, but,  after his contract at Forest ran down, The Monkey-hangers of  Hartlepool stepped in and offered him a two year deal. He made just 8 non-appearance, unable to break into the first 11, before going to Rushden. He was reborn, albeit at a struggling club, with the Imps stepping in, just in time, at the end of the season. Ditto Lincoln until Mills finally got the boot to give him the responsibility it appears to have needed to kick-start his energy and talent.

He signed a new two year deal at The Imps and cannot wait to add to last season’s 6 assists and 11 goals – those stats are not too shabby (in a struggling side to boot) are they? At times you feel he has the ability to run the show, to bob and weave and find that killer pass. Despite an injury leading up to Christmas he came back strong and struck the penalty that saved our skins at home to the Lambs. Arguably his assured penalties won him the player of the season award, but he certainly deserved a new two year deal.

It took him a while to sign it and in reality he will have to be at his best if he is to get ahead of Nolan and Rowe in the central midfield pecking order.  Competition is not a bad thing for the club, but let us hope it does not weigh too heavily, on a true Sincil free spirit. But so often, games and midfield battles can pass him by. Perhaps it was the off-field turmoil and morale sapping  defeats endured by a side who genuinely expected to fair much better; that saw most of the side disappear into their shells for large periods, before Simmo’s galvanising arrival.

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Power’s 2012/13 Stats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Alan Power 38 3 3346 11 77 6 46 44 5 0

Power’s 2011/12 Stats

Sq no Name Starts Sub  Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
8 Alan Power 40 0 3579 4 33 16 4 7 1
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Alan Thomas Daniel Power
DATE OF BIRTH 23 January 1988 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Dublin, Ireland
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)/11st 4lb (71.66kg)
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
CONTRACT: TWO YEAR DEAL TO JUNE 2015
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 8
YOUTH CAREER
Nottingham Forest
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Nottingham Forest 1 (0)
2007–2008 Grays Athletic (loan) 6 (2)
2008–2010 Hartlepool United 8 (0)
2010–2011 Rushden & Diamonds 42 (3)
2011– Lincoln City 83 (15)

8 Alan Power (Midfield & Captain)

At times last season Alan Power rediscovered the ability seen by Nottingham Forest and Hartlepool United, when they offered him two year deals. Indeed during his time at Forest he became reserve captain and was a highly regarded, busy, scheming, tenacious lad, who not only graduated with sufficient honours to earn a two year pro-deal, but also played for the Ireland youth set-up through to the under 21′s. He has signed a new two year deal in Impdom but will however face stiff competition from Stockport County imports Nolan and Rowe. Optimistically or pessimistically the fact that Alan is captain and, was player of the season last year, is perhaps a bigger reflection on The Imps than many realise.

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KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 
No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
8 Power 16 0 1440 1 5 7 3 18 9 3 1
Ratings G Tot Ave
Power 16 115 7.2 8 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 8 7

As a 19 year-old Alan made one first team appearance for Forest against the Posh in  (2007)  in the FL trophy. He was then loaned to Grays, then a BSP club, but,  after his contract at Forest ran down, The Monkey-hangers of  Hartlepool stepped in and offered him a two year deal. He made just 8 non-appearance, unable to break into the first 11, before going to Rushden. He was reborn, albeit at a struggling club, with the Imps stepping in, just in time, at the end of the season.

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At times you feel he has the ability to run the show, to bob and weave and find that killer pass. His six assists and 11 goals show what can be when he is on his game.  Despite an injury leading up to Christmas he came back strong and struck the penalty that saved our skins at home to the Lambs. Arguably his assured penalties won him the player of the season award, but he certainly deserved a new two year deal.

It took him a while to sign it and in reality he will have to be at his best if he is to get ahead of Nolan and Rowe in the central midfield pecking order.  Competition is not a bad thing for the club, but let us hope it does not weigh too heavily, on a true Sincil free spirit. But so often, games and midfield battles can pass him by. Perhaps it was the off-field turmoil and morale sapping  defeats endured by a side who genuinely expected to fair much better; that saw most of the side disappear into their shells for large periods, before Simmo’s galvanising arrival.

Power’s 2012/13 Stats

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Alan Power 38 3 3346 11 77 6 46 44 5 0

Power’s 2011/12 Stats

Sq no Name Starts Sub  Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
8 Alan Power 40 0 3579 4 33 16 4 7 1
8 Alan Power
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Alan Thomas Daniel Power
DATE OF BIRTH 23 January 1988 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Dublin, Ireland
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)/11st 4lb (71.66kg)
PLAYING POSITION Midfielder
Contract: Two year deal to June 2015
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER 8
YOUTH CAREER
Nottingham Forest
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Nottingham Forest 1 (0)
2007–2008 Grays Athletic (loan) 6 (2)
2008–2010 Hartlepool United 8 (0)
2010–2011 Rushden & Diamonds 42 (3)
2011– Lincoln City 83 (15)

From Everton Blue Nose To Red Imp – Who Is Jon Nolan

Simmo has bagged competitive ex-Everton FC Reserve and Stockport County favourite Jon Nolan on a free. The competitive midfield general in the making is the all-round midfielder that has eluded Impdom since Michael Connor failed to join, after a fabulous loan, that saw him rise and shine at Scunthorpe United. Like Butch he is a box-to-box blue nose who is equipped to play higher, so let us chew over top Toffee and Hatter Jon Nolan.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

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Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances. Indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut, although David Moyes – a fan – is spoilt for choice at a youth academy that has produced Rooney et al.  Everton are one of England’s giants, pipped only by the incredible financial bridge created by the Champions League, but their youth set-up, a veritable conveyor belt, has saved them the tens of millions necessary to be able to compete in the top half of the Premiership. When Jon steps out onto the Theatre of the Absurd his technical ability will shine like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside.  Alas his Goodison dream was not to be, as he and Moses Barnett trialled at Watford, who dithered due to financial issues at the time. back in the seasonal sunset of  2010. So Jon elected instead to join Stockport along with, ex-Crewe and Macc striker John Miles and Tranmere youth product Ryan Fraughan. The competition might have been easier, but ‘from frying pan and into the fire’ comes to mind.

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Stockport and the North-West clubs certainly enjoy a huge advantage over their East Midlands rivals when it comes to loans and the incredible quality of the cast-offs. Simmo’s former number two Glyn Chamberlein is still based up that way, which speaks volumes for another of football’s quiet, productive, perhaps quintessential, scouts. But when your new employers have just been relegated from the League, the baptism is bound to be harder, even at a well-supported proud club. The Imps and Hatters demise showed many parallels, one we reversed, just, this Spring. Stockport however are still in decline, with the puppet show the Hatters have going on behind the scenes, doing encore after encore it seems.

Naturally it is not easy for the players and the managers who go through the inevitable revolving door. Jon however has learned the hard way in a losing side that ultimately failed to beat the drop last term, this after a struggling season the year before. He will be one of the fittest and most technically gifted players in our side. His energy levels and strength will come into their own this season in a side that Simmo is packing full of leaders and six-foot soldiers. This will help the 21-year-old to mature, keep his head and become the complete midfield player the Imps have needed for years.

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Jon chose Simmo and the Imps for football reasons, warming to the enticing words and warm reputation of Gary Simpson, a man with a vision to finally create a football club Impdom deserves. Despite a package half that of a southern based BSP club, he wants to grow under the guidance of one of the games more effective, but like himself, uncelebrated characters. Give him a huge welcome and, at times initially, a bit of patience. This lad is a Rolls Royce engine, perfect for a side that looks as if it can challenge for the play-offs and put Lincoln City back on the football map.

Welcome to Impdom Jon, stand tall, play your football and start to show what David Moyes and co saw not that long ago.

Jons Stats 2012/13
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Jon Nolan 24 8 2270 3 27 4 18 56 7 1
Jons Stats 2011/12
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
18 Jon Nolan 18 12 1691 0 18 1 25 32 3 0
STMI Biopic
Full name Jon Nolan
Date of birth 22 April 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Huyton
Height/Weight 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)
Playing position Midfield General
Contract: One Year (plus option)
Youth Career Everton
Senior career
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2011-2013 Stockport County 62 (3)
2013– Lincoln City 0 (0)