The three-one Torquay United away romp following on from the Tranmere Rovers and Aldershot Town wins ensured the Lincoln City Loco entered the play-offs. Nosebleed time for one of the longest serving League clubs perhaps ahead of a second successive away test tomorrow night (Wed 25th) at Boreham Wood FC. Moyses mission certainly seems to be gathering steam among the loyalist fans in football but it is the emerging City of Lincoln that needs the Football League every bit as much as the vociferous and Mighty Imps.
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The long-overdue brace from Waterfall (16’& 74′) – it could have been a hat-trick for the centre-half – with hit-man Hearn chiming in with his eighth of the season (25′) saw the fifth placed play-off birth realised but it has been coming. The Mighty Imps go into this one looking for their fourth win on the spin having won four and lost one of their last five excluding the Cup. Then again Lincoln do not traditionally do well in the FA Cup which would afford the much needed gravy to really float the City boat.
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Those that cannot go will be huddled around their transistor radios listening to BBC RADIO LINCS with Sportin Hortin and Tommos dulcet tones, a throw back to the traditional values the Cathedral City casts far and wide. The Mighty Imps will however be well backed, as ever, for the long trip to Hertfordshire on the morrow with more than a few borrowing money to go. They should be forgiven for this is Christmas come early for a club managed by a fan who has put his own dough in to fuel the dream and prove he is the man with a plan that can.
Moyses, a firm but fair straight talking man motivator, could get some help with that ahead of the transfer window as the turnstile clicks gather pace. With 3176 at the last Tranmere home game a win tonight could see 3500 at home to Welling on Saturday – and they wont be bringing many. A crowd funder initiative raised £16,440 to fund this side in the summer as the fans did their bit pre-season but now is the time to get on the Lincoln Loco and cheer the Imps over the line with a new crowdfunder initiative – So come on imps back Moyses Mission The Next Goal #teamlincoln.
Current Luton and former Derby County, Tranmere Rovers, Macclesfield and Grimsby Town combative midfielder Arnaud Mendy will definitely leave the Hatters this summer. Simmo signed the 6’3″ midfield Goliath for Macc and is a big fan of the lad who got him glorious goal against Bolton in the Cup. Although a fee may apply the media appears awash with the news of an increase in the Imps budget for next season, so Simmo may move for the player.
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Arnaud was schooled at the famous FC Rouen Academy before moving to Derby County in 2008, making his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, before moving to Grimsby for some regular first team experience. Not quite, when Woods replaced Newell, Arnaud was sent back to the Rams, only for another loan deal at The Millers to be denied by the closing of the loan window. His inspirational displays for the Rams reserves led them to the Central league title in May 2010.
A three month loan at Tranmere saw Arnaud bag the winner in a 1-0 win over The Posh. Simmo who has good contacts in France, signed him after his release from the Rams on a one year deal in July 2011. He became one of the first names on the team sheet and a linchpin for a Macc side on the march until injuries and player sales led to relegation. King liked him and he was offered an extension into this season until Luton took him on loan. A swap deal involving John Paul Kissock made the switches permanent in the January window.
A regular under Paul Buckle, topping the Hatters card count with 8 yellows, it was safe to say the new manager was not a fan and Arnaud was recently placed on the Transfer list by John Still, for ‘non-footballing’ reasons. A breach of discipline was cited and, with the transfer and loan window closed, the competitive box-box midfielder will have to wait until the summer to move on. The 23 year-old will command a fee (under 24 rules) unless a very favourable agreement can be reached with a suitor club.
This could spell bad news for Mo Fofana as Arnaud can offer the midfield much greater tactical variation. He has a great engine, good technique, and is a solid passer who is a determined and popular lad. If we can afford him – because he wont come cheap -Arnaud will perform and give us something extra against every side we come up against, including the odd goal. Take a look at this one
The Imps have parted company with Richards Hinds and Luke Medley. We will certainly miss Hinds the former Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City Tranmere Rovers and Scunthorpe United centre-half who has been a defensive rock since signing for us whereas Luke’s return to Kidderminster Harriers after six sub appearances will hardly cause a ripple.
Alas, Hinds was only at Sincil Bank on a non-contract basis and the Imps reluctantly cancelled the players registration today ahead of an anticipated move to a league club. STMI would like to wish Richard well and thank him for 10 terrific performances and a much needed equaliser against Luton Town.
A committed player, Hinds notched up 4 yellows in nine Conference games, as he became the bedrock of the Imps back four that even claimed two cleansheets.
|STMI Biopic: Richard Hinds|
|Full name||Richard Paul Hinds|
|Date of birth||22 August 1980 (age 31)|
|Place of birth||Sheffield|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||12 st 1lb 76.65 KG|
|Postion: Central Defender|
|Current club||Free Agent|
|Imps stats||Aps 10 Yellows 4 Goals 1|
|Senior stats (League & Cup)|
|IMPSTATS Aps 10 Yellows 4 Goals 1|
Richard Hinds has signed until the end of the season to add some much needed steel at the heart of the defence. The 31-year-old, who had been on trial at Crewe following his release from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer, has also been a stalwart at Scunthorpe, Hull City and Tranmere Rovers. Laws loved him, with Richard following him from Scunthorpe to Wednesday prior to a leg break that kept him out for 6 months.
This is a great first permanent signing by Holdsworth as Hinds has an experience and composure about him that will serve the Imps well. Potentially his partnership with a fit Gowling could give us one of the best back fours in the Conference but he can also play in the centre of midfield, behind a three. He can play as a sweeper although at 12 st 12lb the 31- year-old sturdy stalwart is always going to be one of those who will increasingly rely on doing the first 10 yards in their head.
David Holdsworth was not surprisingly delighted with the capture.
“I’m delighted to have been able to bring a player of Richard’s quality to Lincoln City Football Club,” said boss Holdsworth.
“He will bring dependability and leadership to the team and is just the sort of player we need here at this moment in time.”
Welcome to the Imps Richard and a great first bit of business DH.
- Squad No: 5
- Position: Defender
- Age: 31
- Birth Date: Aug 22, 1980
- Birth Place: England
- Height: 1.88m
- Weight: 77.18 kg