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Spireites, Orient, Morecambe, York City, Barrow & Alfreton View Rich Silkmen Pickings

The hot news from Macc Town suggests that Arnaud Mendy could sign for Leyton Orient,  Sam Wedgbury for Morecambe FC, veteran Paul Morgan for Barrow and Ben Tomlinson for Alfreton.  Even Nat Brown with a year left on his contract and recently interesting Chesterfield and York City,  is now available on a free transfer.

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Upon his arrival new manager Steve King, having released 16, suggested that he expected most of the  Macclesfield squad to leave.   The new man is keen to get his own men in, buoyed by over £1.2million in transfer fees thanks largelyto Peterborough and Ipswich amongst others as 7 were sold.  Ryan Jackson comes in from AFC Wimbledon, Keeper Lance Cronin has arrived from Bristol Rovers and winger Peter Winn comes in from Stevenage.

Midfielder Arnaud Mendy is interesting Russell Slade who is mindful of the new 65% wage cap rules as he seeks two further signings.  The 22 year-old French born Bissau-Guinean certainly has the ability and physique to excel in League 1.  Sam Wedgbury could be Morecambe boss Jim Bentley’s third signing of the summer although Fleetwood might also have a say.

Paul Morgan may have another season in him after all with Barrow in talks. Could Morgs also be using this as a way into  football physio? He already has a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Salford.    Striker Ben Tomlinson could well be lining up for Alfreton next season after talks with Reds manager Nicky Law.  The Derbyshire based club  would be within easy reach for the a nippy lad who scored after 6.4 seconds for Macc against Morecambe last September.

Nat Brown appears to be interesting a few clubs along with Colin Daniels and  Ross Draper. Chesterfield have had an interest in Brown for a few weeks and may make a move now he is available on a free. Then again recently promoted York may be able to enlist the services of Scott Kerr in persuading his ex-Imp mate to join the Minstermen as they make a triumphant return to the Football League.

Nat Brown Made Free Agent

Nat Brown has been told he can now leave on a free transfer despite having a year left on his contract.  Question is will this alert The Spireites after their interest  cooled or could he end up joining someone nearer home.   Mansfield or  York  may also step in  for the popular ex-Imp, who was a hero at either end for the Silkmen.

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At 30, Nat Brown still has plenty to offer and is certainly good enough for League 1 or League 2 as ex-Imp Scott Kerr at newly promoted York would attest. He  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.  Brown  was an unsung hero at the Imps  and always gave it his all after joining us from Huddersfield.

He enjoyed play-off success with the Terriers in 2003/04  and did well at the Imps under KA, who resigned him at Macclesfield. A wrist injury saw him drop down   Schofield’s pecking order  before Jacko agreed a by mutual consent deal that allowed him to move to Wrexham in June 2008.  He was the life and soul at Macclesfield under Keith Alexander and then Simmo.

If the raffle went well or Gowling were to leave Nat would be someone we could really use next season. His spirit alone keeps a dressing room bubbling and his wage demands would not be huge.

STMI Biopic
Full name Nathaniel Brown
Date of birth 15 June 1981 (age 30)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Position 11 st 9lb (73.92kg)
Position: defender / forward
Current club Macclesfield Town
Number 5
Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Senior career (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 135 (6)

STMI Q & A – Paul Musselwhite

Paul Musselwhite is a cult hero with Scunthorpe United,  Hull City and Port Vale after a League career spanning 619 games.  He then went on to make 57 appearances at Gateshead as they gained promotion from the Northern Premier and Conference North in successive seasons.  A 619th League appearance as a sub against Southend would be our former player-coach’s  only game for the Imps. Now 43 he is on the verge of a return to the League with York City.

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Paul spent the 2-1 play-off win over Luton, on the bench, but he has tasted 6 promotions and a Football League Trophy win in 1992/92 with Port Vale.  Vale  were then Second Division runners up in 1993/94 as Paul amassed 367 appearances in all competitions before moving to Hull in 2000.   In 2004 he saw silverware again with a Third Division Runners up medal.  A return to Scunthorpe United in 2004 saw him notch a League 2 runners up medal in his first season.

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After 2 years and 82 games Paul, then 37 dropped into the non-league with Eastleigh. Unable to sell his house in Scunthorpe,  Martin Foyle signed him as cover for Vale before Harrogate came in for him.  Ambitious Gateshead then offered him a deal in January 2008. In 18 months he tasted successive play-off success with a  Northern Premier League Premier victory in 2007–08 and the Conference North in 2008/09. This May saw the potential for a return to league action, thanks to York’s 2-1 play-off win over York City.

Paul was a cult hero among Imps, as much for his affable nature as his work behind the scenes coaching Joe Anyon.  The  song we all wish for a team of Musselwhites, based on the Freddy Flintoff ditty,  shows how much he was admired. He would always chat to fans and lift the spirits during a time that saw Jackson and Sutton leave in successive Octobers.   Paul stepped in as assistant manager with Scott Lindsay prior to the Tilson appointment and made his debut at 41 when Anyon was injured away at  Southend.

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Pic (Thanks Wiki)
Personal information
Full name Paul Stephen Musselwhite
Date of birth 22 December 1968 (age 43)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 14 st (88.89kg)
Position: Goalkeeper
Current club York City (player-goalkeeping coach)
Number 1
Youth career
?–1986 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Portsmouth 0 (0)
1988–1992 Scunthorpe United 163 (0)
1992–2000 Port Vale 367 (0)
2000 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2000–2004 Hull City 103 (0)
2004–2006 Scunthorpe United 82 (0)
2006 Eastleigh 8 (0)
2006–2007 Kettering Town 2 (0)
2007 Port Vale 0 (0)
2007–2008 Harrogate Town 8 (0)
2008–2009 Gateshead 57 (0)
2009–2011 Lincoln City 1 (0)
2011– York City 3 (0

Winger Needed As Russell Departs

Simon Russell has today left the Imps by mutual consent suggesting new boys Nuneaton or ex club Tamworth (Surely not 3 times the charm for Cambridge United?)  may well be set to make a move. He played 153 games for Kidderminster Harriers and got 6 in 67 over two spells for Cambridge as well and is an energetic and capable midfielder at Conference level.   So before we get to the fond farewell …… with a wide boy leaving could either Matt Hamshaw (STMI BIOPIC HERE) or Adam Smith (STMI BIOPIC)  be waiting in the Wings?

 
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Simon will always give a team 100%, but he needs the men around him to give him the ball to really shine. The statistics show three assists against Southport (A), Darlington (A) and Bath, but his passing and movement did provide us with some much needed momentum as a lacklustre Imps side laboured and succumbed in those dark times under Tilson.
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Simon was ever present until Holdsworth arrived at the Imps, then played a largely cameo role as an impact sub. His part in the move for Jamie Taylor’s  second in the 3-1 win against Carshalton in the Trophy was a timely introduction that secured the win.
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This may seem harsh given he did shine out like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside at times, but if the team is to reach the play-off’s next season we do need better.  He was never going to be part of Holdsworth’s central plans, a judgement many will agree with.
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Good luck Simon, you’ll come back and haunt us now won’t you?
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Simon Russell’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 15 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Midfield BSP/FAC/FAT 19 9 1 3 18 7 4 1753 1 0
Simon Russell
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pic thanks to wiki
STMI Biopic
Full name Simon Craig Russell
Date of birth 19 March 1985 (age 27)
Place of birth Hull,
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 10st 5lb (65.83kg)
Position Midfield R/L/C
Current club free agent
Number 15
Youth career
?–2002 Hull City
Senior Stats (Lge & cup)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Hull City 2 (0)
2004–2008 Kidderminster Harriers 153 (16)
2008–2010 York City 33 (1)
2009 Tamworth (loan) 12 (0)
2010 Cambridge United (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Cambridge United 50 (6)
2011– Lincoln City 30 (1)
Imps – 26 League, 1 FAC,  2 FAT

Vics Rant: BSP Fixture Shambles Sees Clubs Lose Thousands

It’s not just the Imps, Luton Town, Stockport County, Wrexham, York City, Mansfield Town, Darlington and the Meteoric Mariners that are hurting, the whole of the pinnacle of non-league football is being held back.

Humbug – The Blue Square Bet Premier fixtures committee need to have a long hard look at their modus operandi says moaning old man Vic Erzantarz.

Given the BSP is now the undisputed fifth tier of English Footall, the pinnacle, the Gateway if you wish,  they need to change the fixture equation. The Division remember is looking for three up and three down, all but in name an intention to merge the league and non-League. Yet its ‘mickey mouse approach to the fixtures is limiting its members financially at the worst possible time for football.

For the opening two and a half months of the season teams play twice a week, as much to make the most of the clement elements, as to give the pitches growing time.  Yet so many of these Tuesday games involve the juicier fixtures that are costing the clubs hundreds of turnstile clicks and thus thousands towards their war chests.  Our second game of the season against Wrexham saw just 159 Dragons (they average 471 away 3rd best in Div), Stockport, on a Friday,  saw 267 travel (they average 320 away) and of course came 327 from Luton on a Tuesday (they average 694 away). We got 2049 against Luton when a Saturday would have seen 500 more Imps plus at least another 400 Hatters. At an average entry fee of £12 that would have meant an extra 11 grand in the Imps till at a time when we were losing 5 grand a week.

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By contrast the visit of York saw us hit our 3,000 break even figure at the time, as over 700 Minstermen travelled.  Mansfield, on a Tuesday did see 981 travel to swell the gate to 2,944, yet the added spice of a derby with an ex-manager ingredient would have seen the Stags travell in much bigger numbers.  Although they brought 3 times their average away following the Stags have traditionally travelled in massive numbers. Saw them play Notts County a few years ago and they took more than their home average gate.  Awesome support.

Feel free to check the ‘payday’ you are missing with the STMI average away gates HERE

Only at Christmas and New Year do we get a delicious derby double-header. Perhaps this has something to do with Police advice, yet surely they can ensure that these games take place on a Saturday given the bonhemmie enjoyed by most of the fans we meet at this level. The improvement in atmosphere, is part and parcel of the football experience, as father and son escape the bleakness of austerity to partake in a timeless journey to manhood.  The added cash will also safeguard the existence of a lifelong bond with a cruel yet magnificent mistress that we Imps, Hatters x 2 (Stockport & Luton) and all 69 other non-league aspiring clubs, know and curse so well.

No one is suggesting that the BSP extend the season by a month, although why not as it will keep the tills ringing in the harsh summer lay-off,  but at least look at helping your members to maximise their gate receipts. Let’s face it the ‘telly’ and advertising  revenue comes a pretty poor second to gate receipts and benevelent bailouts hereabouts.  In reality  the non-league financial climate is hardly a bed of roses is it and can you really see those Football League Turkey’s voting for a 3 up 3 down Christmas?

UTI Vic

Are Lincoln Bigger than Luton, Grimsby, Stockport, Mansfield & York?

Confidence is one thing Joe, but believing we are bigger than Luton Town, Grimsby Town, Stockport County, Mansfield & York, by saying we are the biggest club in the non-league is poorer form than we are showing on the pitch.  Putting on my somewhat dusty ‘rose tinted specs’  David Holdsworth appears to have succeeded in building a long overdue camaraderie and belief culture at Sincil Bank – well if Joe Anyon’s outburst  is anything to go by.

Given we are going into a game against Kidderminster, in the top 6,  this is asking for trouble – we are three points off the bottom four for heavens sake and do not want to add to the burden. Harriers manager Steve Burr will be pinning Anyon’s comments in the Echo ( HERE ) to the changing room wall as a motivational tool ahead of an already stiff test for us on Saturday.   Remember Joe, you have conceded 12 goals in the 6 games  played since your spirited return to the first team.

Let us hope the comments on the Echo site ( HERE ) have been taken out of context on a slow news day.  We want the players to believe in the institution they  are representing. Believing we are the biggest club in non-league football is one thing, but to go public at the moment is mad and doing little more than motivating those around us.  Coming to Sincil Bank is treated as a cup final by many whilst all regard an ex League team as a scalp. Why give them more motivation to rub our noses in a muddy sanded goal mouth.

Here are just a couple of reasons that suggest we are anything but  ‘the biggest’  on another week of ludicrously mixed PR messages.  Firstly our budget is nowhere near the biggest as we have no sugar Daddy (despite the latest cash injection propaganda – as usual long on headlines short on actual details) with Holdsworth  fearing a summer exodus, judging by comments he made only this week . Secondly the obvious apathy born of fans losing faith with those at the helm at the club,  means the gates are edging towards mid-table at best.

No one wants to break the bubble of optimism Joe. But lets get the points on the board and start proving our point where it counts shall we? All this does is get the other 23 teams  backs up and smack of our club having visions of grandeur without any real basis.  Optimism yes Reg, but reign it in because this is delusion, plain and simple.

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The Imps & Minstermen Teams & Schemes

Anyone as yet undecided as to whether they fancy seeing Lincoln take on York City this Sincil Super Saturday, should chance it, because this is one of the BSP’s biggest derbies.  With York riding high in 5th upwards of 800 are set to travel from the house of York in a cathedral City clash that sees a hero from both sides cross the trenches.

The first,  Scott ‘Cruncher’ Kerr, the former Imps captain,  will do battle with Thompson fresh from signing a new and well deserved deal. The second Pacquette may have to be patient on the bench with Laurent shaking off an injury. The form suggests a win for York,  but look more closely and the draw becomes more probable. York are fresh from two draws while Holdsworth’s rejuvenated Imps are resilient at home and hopefully bolstered by some interesting  new additions.

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Gowling is back from suspension, so he should start surely? Pearson looks the most likely to start next to him although Watson and Williams are also in the reckoning.  In midfield Platt and Power should get the nod, although Power’s training appearances have been limited earlier in the week.  Thompson and Christophe will vie for the ball in the middle as the Imps go 4-4-2 with Laurent and Taylor up front. Pacquette could also get a look in if Laurent is not fit to stay the course and Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick is busting at the seems to get a Sincil Bank bow.   What some may say we still lack in ability , it seems is more than made up for in endeavour.

Lincoln City 4-4-2

 Anyon

 Sinclair   Pearson   Gowling    Nutter

Power    Thompson    Christophe    Platt

Laurent        Taylor

Substitutes Smith, Watson / Williams 15 Russell, Lloyd-McGoldrick / Sheridan / Pacquette

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York may have an Achilles at the heart of the defence but keeper Ingham is ever and perhaps omni-present. With clever centre-half  McGurk out, captain Smith thankfully returns and Parslow and Fyfield fight it out for a place next to him. Full-backs Oyebanjo and Meredith complete the back four.  Kerr and Blair will look to free Boucaud and McLaughlin on the flanks although newly acquired creative influence Scott Brown arrived from Fleetwood just in time to be eligible for today.  Up front  Reed and Chambers will start as the Minstermen will be missing injured £2million rated Jason Walker and Liam Henderson, now on loan at Forest Green Rovers.  Wide men McLaughlin and Pilkington did the damage last time out as York ran out 0-2 in a game that was closer than the score suggested.  Boucaud has been keeping Pilkington on the bench of late and will also need to be watched if we do not want a repeat.

York City 4-4-2

24 Ingham

2 Oyebanjo 16 Fyfield 4 Smith 3 Meredith

15 Boucaud 17 Blair 8 Kerr 26 McLaughlin

10 Chambers 7 Reed

 Substitutes 6 Parslow 12 Pilkington 20 Challinor , 18 Moke, 11 Brown

The Sincil Silencing of Scott Kerr & Thompson’s the Tamer

 

As you would expect York City and ex Imps captain, Scott Kerr is not coming to Sincil Bank quietly. Good, because here to meet and greet  him and 1,000 York City fans will be Tyrone Thompson, who is desperate to secure a longer term Lincoln City deal. And behind him the pride of what is left of a post Scott Kerr Impdom –  which should never be underestimated. There will also be beauty in the form of Conal the Conjurer and poetic justice from pistols at 6 Pacquette, the ex Minstermen, set to complete this delectable New Years derby duel.

 

 

Scott Kerr indisputably wore his heart on his sleeve for the half decade  he inconsistently marshalled our midfield. But in the words of the Imps anthem ‘wise men say only fools rush in’ and as Scott modestly points out to the press, his presence might well have made a difference to our survival;  but opinions will vary over  that and his true proactive contribution over that same 5 years.  Kerr would get sacked more regularly than Rome during its own latter demise in the midfield – the one place where games are effectively won and lost –   and then having won the ball his  decisions and frustrating passing record meant we had it all to do all over again.

 

Tyrone Thomson our new ball winner, is totally different, he keeps it simple, using the ball far more wisely and within his capabilities.   These two will be the key battle you feel in the battle of attrition that will determine the level of possession enjoyed by either side theis super Sincil Saturday.  So come on Tyrone,  put him Kerr in his place and show him we have turned the corner and moved on. Even if pride  is all we have left with the cupboards apparently bare,  we need to show the pride and the passion on the pitch, because that is where it counts.

 

Surprise, surprise Scott has been talking to the press ahead of the big game.

 

“I’m not afraid to back myself and say that if I had not left Lincoln when I did, they would still be in the league,” he told the Lincolnshire Echo

“I would have done everything and anything to get them over the line and looking back now that is a regret.”

 

Kerr  maintains he had no choice but to leave, given the apathy shown towards him by Steve Tilson – where have we heard that before –  and has earned the captain’s armband at York.  But come 3 PM on Saturday he will have Tyrone, and Jean Francoise between him and the bragging rights and Conol the Conjurer and Jamie Taylor .  And that is before we get to the creative influences that are making trips to Sincil Bank pleasant experiences once again.

 

Come on lads a win or a draw is just what we need for lift off in 2012 and Tyrone is just the lad to get the ball so that our quality players can do it.

York City The Form Of The Foe

York City manager Mills wants a kick-start after two draws against Mansfield Town saw the Minstermen maintain 5th spot.   He and the 900 set to travel, expect this to be a welcome  three points   that sees them maintain a play-off spot. As for Scott Kerr, well the ex Lincoln City Captain is a whole different matter entirely.

The central defensive woes are partly solved,  Smith is back but McGurk is out so Parslow and Fyfield vie for a start at centre half.  Kerr will relish a return to Sincil Bank, indeed  he modestly feels there would be no BSP fayre at the Bank, had he stayed the course last season.   We shall see.

But without further ado lets go and have a gander at the form of the foe


BSP BREAKDOWN P W D L F A GD PTS RANK
Home Record 14 7 4 3 32 15 17 25 5
Away Record 13 5 6 2 22 13 9 21 7
Overall Record 27 12 10 5 54 28 26 46 5

CURRENT FORM G W D L F A GD PTS RANK
Last Five 5 1 3 1 12 6 6 6 11
Last 5 Home 5 2 2 1 13 5 8 8 10
Last 5 Away 5 1 4 0 6 4 2 7 7

BSP top 7 Jan 5th 2012

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 10 Wrexham 26 18 5 3 47 16 31 59
2 down 2 Fleetwood Town 26 17 6 3 57 30 27 57
3 down 1 Luton Town 26 13 9 4 52 24 28 48
4 down 4 Southport 28 14 6 8 43 48 -5 48
5 No Change York City 27 12 10 5 54 28 26 46
6 up 4 Cambridge United 27 12 10 5 38 24 14 46
7 up 6 Kidderminster Harriers 26 13 7 6 49 37 12 46

The Highs & Lows

Biggest Home Win 7-0 Kettering Town
Biggest Away Win Kettering Town 1-5
Heaviest Home Defeat 2-3 Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 AFC Telford United, 0-1 Alfreton Town
Heaviest Away Defeat Tamworth 2-1, Gateshead 3-2
Highest  Scoring game 6-2 Braintree Town

Kerching £££

Highest Gate 4295 Wrexham
Lowest Gate 2030 Bath
Average Attendance 3149
Total turnstile clicks 44094

Heroes & Villains

Goals………………………… …………………….
Jason Walker 14
Ashley Chambers 7
Patrick McLaughlin 7
Jamie Reed 6
Matty Blair 5
Moke/Pilkington /Fyfield /Challinor 2
Assists ……………………
Patrick McLaughlin 7
Ashley Chambers 6
Jason Walker 5
Kerr / Meredith / Blair 3
Boucaud / Moke / Oyebanjo 2
Smith / Parslow / Challinor / Reed / Potts 1

Card Collectors

Yellows…………………….. …………………….
David McGurk 6
Matty Blair / Chris Smith 4
Scott Kerr / Jason Walker  3
Andre Boucaud / Jon Challinor 3
Jamal Fyfield / Jamie Reed 2
Lanre Oyebanjo / Patrick McLauchlin  2
Adrian Moke / Ashley Chambers 1
James Meredith 1
Moses Ashikodi 1
Reds………………………….
Jason Walker 1
Andre Boucaud 1

 

Keeper Corner Michael Ingham

Squad No: 24 Age: 31 DoB: 9/7/1980 Northern Ireland Height: 1.93m Weight: 87.16 kg Yellow cards 1

Games / Goals Conceded Saves Shut Outs
25 / 26 113 9

Yo Ho Ho Yule Duel Double-Headers – The Conference Christmas Crunchers Cometh

With Christmas upon us,  it is perhaps no surprise to  see Wrexham, Fleetwood Town, York City and Luton Town making up the top six with Cambridge just two points off Kidderminster Harriers, who take up the last play-off place. Southport,  the surprise package sit third with big spenders Mansfield Town a lot lower than expected.   Grimsby Town another side with a big budget are now just 8 points off the pace going into the two derbies with Lincoln City. Size  isn’t always everything it seems with a good mince pie munching manager’s weight still worth more than their sugar daddies gold.

The Lincolnshire Derby might be top billing in our eyes, but Luton and Kettering will see the highest crowd and second placed Fleetwood and third placed Southport arguably play out the ‘Blue Square ‘Biggy on Boxing Day.  Wrexham  must fancy the trip to Telford although Mansfield’s V York  will also see a well supported and keenly contested local ‘ish’  affair.  With the same fixtures in reverse for one and all Kidderminster will be hard pushed against Forest Green, suggesting a Cambridge United’s duel with Braintree could well see a new face in the play off race come 2012.

Here is the BSP table as at 24th December, followed by the crowd stats

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 10 Wrexham 24 16 5 3 41 16 25 53
2 down 2 Fleetwood Town 24 16 5 3 49 28 21 53
3 down 3 Southport 25 14 5 6 41 37 4 47
4 up 1 York City 25 12 8 5 51 25 26 44
5 down 3 Luton Town 24 11 9 4 42 24 18 42
6 up 7 Kidderminster Harriers 24 12 6 6 47 36 11 42
7 up 3 Cambridge United 24 10 10 4 31 21 10 40
8 up 12 Gateshead 24 11 7 6 38 35 3 40
9 up 12 Forest Green Rovers 25 9 10 6 38 25 13 37
10 down 1 Mansfield Town 24 9 10 5 37 29 8 37
11 down 11 Darlington 25 10 6 9 27 28 -1 36
12 up 3 Barrow 24 10 5 9 36 35 1 35
13 down 13 Braintree Town 25 10 4 11 43 45 -2 34
14 up 2 Tamworth 23 9 6 8 28 29 -1 33
15 down 15 Grimsby Town 24 9 5 10 41 38 3 32
16 up 6 Ebbsfleet United 26 6 10 10 36 41 -5 28
17 down 17 Lincoln City 25 7 5 13 24 34 -10 26
18 down 18 AFC Telford United 25 5 9 11 25 34 -9 24
19 down 19 Newport County 25 5 7 13 30 37 -7 22
20 down 14 Kettering Town 25 5 7 13 27 50 -23 22
21 down 4 Hayes & Yeading 25 5 6 14 35 52 -17 21
22 down 22 Stockport County 25 3 11 11 26 42 -16 20
23 down 23 Alfreton Town 25 4 6 15 26 55 -29 18
24 down 24 Bath City 25 2 8 15 24 47 -23 14

Size of fanbase isn’t everything it seems with good managers worth more than their weight in their sugar daddies gold.   Here are the total turnstile clicks, seasonal highs and averages ahead of the festive double headers that are sure to trouble the statisticians over the next nine days.

Team Pld Total High Average Lge Pos
1 Luton Town 11 66915 7270 6083 5th
2 Wrexham 13 47261 4283 3635 1st
3 Stockport County 13 42636 4540 3280 22nd
4 York City 13 39810 4295 3062 4th
5 Grimsby Town 13 37565 4061 2890 15th
6 Cambridge United 11 27776 4796 2525 7th
7 Mansfield Town 12 29686 3997 2474 10th
8 Lincoln City 12 26513 2944 2209 17th
9 AFC Telford 12 25496 2640 2125 18th
10 Kidderminster Harriers 12 23060 3332 1922 6th
11 Darlington 13 23821 2647 1832 11th
12 FLEETWOOD TOWN 11 18345 3021 1668 2nd
13 Kettering Town 13 18485 2047 1422 20th
14 Newport 13 18240 1675 1403 19th
15 Barrow 12 15621 2190 1302 12th
16 Southport 13 15206 1710 1170 3rd
17 Tamworth 11 11770 1467 1070 14th
18 Ebbsfleet United 13 13818 1651 1063 16th
19 Forest Green Rovers 13 13452 1848 1035 9th
20 Gateshead FC 11 10395 1604 945 8th
21 Bath City 12 10500 1158 875 24th
22 Braintree Town 13 10115 1182 778 13th
23 Alfreton Town 12 9161 1232 763 23rd
24 Hayes & Yeading 13 4805 1015 370 21st