Blog Archives

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

Imps & 8 BSP Clubs Receive £11,313 Boost

BSP rivals Hereford United, Luton Town, Lincoln City, Alfreton, Wrexham, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers and Braintree Town will all receive £11,313 thanks to qualifying for last years first round of the FA Cup. This is another great, often hidden, example of what the FA give back to non-league clubs.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png

Simmo will receive the boost to his war-chest after the FA announced that the 32 non-league clubs who played in the FA Cup first round last season will each get the five-figure bonus, thanks to the FA Cup pool. This is based on a 5% cut from any replays from Round 3 onwards. Last year Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all featured in lucrative replays, resulting in a record payout.

The 32 clubs are as follows:-

Cambridge City, Boreham Wood, Alfreton, Wrexham, Harrogate, Macclesfield, Stockport, Met Police, Slough, Luton, Nuneaton, Lincoln, Kidderminster, Guiseley, Barrow, Forest Green, Bromley, Bradford PA, Arlesey, Yate, Chelmsford, Ebbsfleet, Bishop’s Stortford, Hastings, Hendon, Fylde, Dorchester, Hereford, Altrincham, Gloucester, Mansfield, Braintree.

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

Alfreton Town FC.svg Alfreton

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.

 Braintreefc.png Braintree

Released – No data as yet

Agreed Deals –

At The Table –

Transfer Gossip

 logo Cambridge United

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.

 Logo  Dartford

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.

 Forest Green Rovers FC logo Forest Green Rovers

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.

 Gateshead FC Logo   Gateshead

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

Grimb Badge.png   Grimsby Town

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.

Hereford United Hereford United

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 – 

 Hyde Logo.pngHyde FC

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

Kidderminsterbadge.pngKidderminster Harriers

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.

Lincoln City F.C. badge.png Lincoln City

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.

  Luton Town F.C. badge Luton Town

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.

Macclesfield Town FC.svg Macclesfield Town

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.

Badge of Nuneaton Town Nuneaton

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

SouthportFC.png Southport

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

Logo 

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.

Woking.png

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

 Wrexham FC.png

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.

Central Defender’s Path To Imps Clears

Former Huddersfield Town, Wrexham and Lincoln City centre back Nat Brown, has been released by Macclesfield, paving the way for another season at least at the Imps. He is just the mature calming influence a young side needs with successful play-off experience at the Terriers. Nat lives in Sheffield, not far from Gary Simpson, so a deal is surely just only a matter of time.

HuddersfieldTownCrest.pngFile:Wrexham FC.pngLincoln City F.C. badge.pngMacclesfield Town FC.svg

Nat enjoyed play-off success with the Terriers in 2003/04  and it was of some surprise to see him join us. Nat is a battler and did well at the Imps under KA, who also signed him for Macclesfield. A mysterious wrist injury (the long-term bandage must surely have been a PlayStation wound) saw him drop down Schofield’s pecking order  before Peter Jackson agreed a ‘by mutual consent’ deal that allowed him to move to Wrexham in June 2008.  An initial loan to  The Silkmen became permanent and he would go on to become a rock at Macclesfield under Keith Alexander and then Simmo, popping up with some vital goals to back up those consistently inspirational performances.

At 31, Nat Brown still has plenty to offer and is certainly good enough for the BSP, if not League 2, as ex-Imp Scott Kerr, now at York would attest. Chesterfield made a bid for him last season along with Mansfield Town and Burton were also in the chase. A popular figure at Moss Rose he fell down Kings pecking order allowing the Imps to cut an emergency loan deal in March. He was inspirational in his 10 games next to Andrew Boyce and Tom Miller. Nat is the sort of brave talismanic  figure a side needs and his presence in either box has seen him pop up at vital moments with heroic results.

Nats 2012/13 Imp Stats

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
25 Nat Brown 10 0 900 0 8 1 8 1 0 0

Nats 2012/13 Macc Stats

No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
5 Nat Brown  26 0 2302 2 9 2 16 21 2 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nathaniel Brown
DATE OF BIRTH 15 June 1981 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 9lb (73.92kg)
POSITION: DEFENDER / FORWARD
CLUB Free agent
NUMBER 0
YOUTH CAREER
Huddersfield Town
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Huddersfield Town 83 (0)
2005–2008 Lincoln City 105 (9)
2008–2009 Wrexham 7 (0)
2008–2009 Macclesfield Town (loan) 33 (6)
2009– Macclesfield Town 160 (10)

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.

*****

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.

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

Alfreton Town FC.svg     Telford United.png   Braintreefc.png   logo     Logo  Gravesend and Northfleet F.C. logo Forest Green Rovers FC logo  Gateshead FC Logo   Grimb Badge.png   Hereford United  Hyde Logo.pngKidderminsterbadge.png    Luton Town F.C. badge Macclesfield Town FC.svgLogo Badge of Newport CountyBadge of Nuneaton Town SouthportFC.png logo Logo Woking.png Wrexham FC.png

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. 

*****

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

*****

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.

Gallows Humour: Don’t Sign Trapdoor Simmo

With talent thin on the ground STMI urge Simmo not to sign Drewe ‘Trapdoor Broughton. The Trapdoor knows the score having achieved relegation with Kidderminster, Rushden, Chester City (good to see the Deva boys on the rise) Boston United, Wrexham, Lincoln City….. and went truly down and out with Darlington, who have now recovered and reformed. The unlucky charm should have had a government health warning on his CV during his playing days.

Forget Rest in Peace, that should read Relegated in peace because Drewe has been relegated from the Football league more than any other player and last year added the trick of BSP to oblivion in one fell swoop with Darlo. For those of a nervous Imp disposition this is just for fun and no contact has been made with the player (now retired).  STMI apologise and will happily send an adult sized pair of pampers round to anyone taken by surprise!

With the trapdoor well and truly creaking for Lincoln, the big question is will it be hung Drewen and Broughton again this Easter for a lucky BSP club? All jokes aside the feat is  as seasonal and natural an  occurrence as fresh lamb to a Welshman. God bless you Drewe, please come out of retirement, you are needed at Nuneaton  for this week at least.

THE DREWE BROUGHTON ROLL OF HONOUR
FULL NAME Drewe Oliver Broughton
DATE OF BIRTH 25 October 1978 (age 33)
PLACE OF BIRTH Hitchin, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Retired
SENIOR STATS – LEAGUE GAMES ONLY
TENURE Team  Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Norwich City 9 (1)
1997 Wigan Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
1998 Brentford 1 (0)
1998–2001 Peterborough United 35 (8)
2000 Nuneaton Borough (loan) 10 (2)
2000 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 9 (5)
2000–2001 Stevenage Borough (loan) 4 (3)
2001 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 19 (7)
2001–2003 Kidderminster Harriers 75 (12)
2003–2005 Southend United 44 (2)
2004 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 21 (6)
2004–2005 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 37 (10)
2006–2007 Chester City 14 (2)
2006–2007 Boston United (loan) 25 (8)
2007–2008 Milton Keynes Dons 13 (0)
2008 Wrexham (loan) 16 (2)
2008–2010 Rotherham United 57 (9)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2011 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2011 AFC Wimbledon (loan) 8 (2)
2011 Alfreton Town 2 (1)
2011–2012 Thurrock 10 (1)
2012 Arlesey Town 2 (1)
2012– Darlington 11 (1)
TOTAL  23 clubs 453 (83)

BSP Home Support – 2012/13 &, 2011/12

Welcome to the BSP home support for 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.  Luton look likely to break the 100,000 barrier again this season, but even they are, 1400 down on last season.  The need for 3 up 3 down has never been greater you feel ahead of the League vote at the end of the season, with the average attendance in the BSP standing at 1,905 compared to 2693 last term. Write to your MP and quick!

Thanks as ever for stopping by and reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

As usual we give both the average and the total turnstile clicks for this season, as well as the number of games. For those inquisitive minds who wish a comparison with last season that is here to.   We have omitted last season’s crowds for those in League 2, The BSS and BSN last season. AWAY STATS  HERE

Team Games Total Turnstile Clicks Average Gate 2011/12 Total 2011/12 Ave
1 Luton Town 16 91,299 6,086 188,837 7553
2 Grimsby Town 19 72,323 3,806 76,085 3308
3 Wrexham 17 56,431 3,526 96.636 4,026
4 Stockport County 19 58,336 3,431 84,567 3,676
5 Mansfield Town 19 47,488* 2,499* 68,980 2,874
6 Newport County 18 41,904 2,464 31,042 1,349
7 Cambridge United 19 37,246 2,190 55,956 2,432
8 Lincoln City 20 42,550 2,127 53,990 2,347
9 Kidderminster Harriers 18 35,066 1,948 48,191 2,095
10 Hereford United 17 32,044 1,884  n/a L2
11 AFC Telford United 19 31,547 1,752 52,066 2,263
12 Woking 18 27,142 1,596  n/a BSS
13 Macclesfield Town 18 23,024 1,534  n/a  L2
14 Dartford 17 23,157 1,447  n/a BSS
15 Forest Green Rovers 18 19,548 1,221 23,796 1,034
16 Tamworth 19 16,890 993 25,237 1,097
17 Nuneaton Town 18 16,694 982 n/a  BSN
18 Southport 19 17,427 968 29,669 1,289
19 Ebbsfleet United 18 16,348 961 23,396  1,017
20 Barrow 18 16,045 943 29,015 1,261
21 Hyde 17 12,481 832  n/a BSN
22 Alfreton Town 17 11,780 736 24,454 1,063
23 Braintree Town 16 8,752 673 19,739 897
24 Gateshead 15 7,420 570 19,381 842

* Thanks to Martin Shaw Editor of  Stagsnet the no 1 independent forum and news site for Mansfield Town FC.