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Foyle Out Question is Will Ex Luton Gaffer Brabin Be In For Imps 6-pointer?

Former Port Vale, York City, Wrexham FC and Hereford United manager Martin Foyle has been sacked by Southport ahead of the massive 6-pointer against the Imps on Tuesday. The question is will Luton Town cast-off Gary Brabin (massively backed compared to John Still who actually succeeded) get the job in time to have any influence as the Sandgrounders attempt to lift themselves out of the bottom four with a home win over the Imps? We have already faced new manager syndrome at Nuneaton who got everything going including two goals that would try the belief and patience of a saint.

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Port Vale gave Martin Foyle his first managerial job a decade ago but despite his reputation as a coach who can work within a restricted budget he has not had a lot of luck at any of his clubs as the table below shows. He did get York City to the play-off final in 2009/10 (beaten by Oxford) as well as the FA Cup third round. The following season saw the Minstermen drop to 15th and part company with him. Northwich Victoria took a chance and he guided them to the runners up spot in the NPL before financial issues robbed him and them of promotion. The Hereford gig was just another financial train wreck although he did get them into play-off contention as well as developing Sam Clucas into a wideman goal machine who went on to fetch some decent money. Alas it was swallowed by the black hole.

Team Start End Record
G W D L Win %
Port Vale 13 February 2004 26 September 2007 184 68 34 82 36.96
Wrexham (caretaker) 27 September 2008 2 October 2008 1 0 1 0 0.00
York City 24 November 2008 24 September 2010 102 44 30 28 43.14
Northwich Victoria 27 February 2012 9 May 2012 14 8 2 4 57.14
Hereford United 30 May 2012 19 March 2014 93 33 26 34 35.48
Southport 4 May 2014 5 October 2014 14 3 2 9 21.43
Total 408 156 95 157 38.24

Really Lincoln could have done with Foyle getting another game to turn things around, but the 2-5 home defeat to Woking appeared to be the last straw.  Gary Brabin is the firm favourite having played for the club a couple of years ago. He has been linked with the managers job on the last two occasions. Has he been waiting for the right job since Luton sacked him in 2012? Brabin won 46% of his games at Luton (Games 62 W 29 D 22 L 11), although it was the skill of John Still (on a reduced budget) that finally led Luton back to the promised land.   Thing is with our luck  he will turn up get a loan in and, that last minute signing will put a cross-come-shot into the top corner. Well it happened Saturday!

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He’s Back!……Imps beat L2 Sides & Conference Clubs to sign Sam-Yorke

Lincoln City beat off York City, Tranmere Rovers  Grimsby Town and FC Halifax for the services of Cambridge United striker Delano Sam-Yorke, the darling of the Imps last season. The fast furious and brilliant Bank babe returns on loan until January.  Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..

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With Imps still scratching their eyes at our play-off form, well ten points from five games is certainly there or there abouts , the news that Delano Sam-Yorke is back is fantastic news.  Whether he will be ready to play tomorrow is another matter, but, with a tough 8-game programme on the horizon he will be needed.

Delano Sam-Yorke bagged 3 goals in 9 League games for the Imps last season, but having made just two starts this League 2 term Cambridge agreed to a loan after moves to League rivals York City and, Tranmere Rovers fell through.

Sam returned to Cambridge last season and went to to celebrate promotion and FAT trophy success. He bagged two against FC Halifax in the last but one game of last season.  Chairman Bob Dorian had vowed to break the bank for him, but a permanent deal had appeared to stall.

His pace power and skill thrills. Welcome back to the Bank Delano… Mmmm Sincil Salivates…………..

The Delano Sam-Yorke
STMI Biopic
Full name Delano Sam-Yorke
Date of birth 20 January 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth England
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Cambridge United
Number 19
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Woking 17 (3)
2010–2011 AFC Wimbledon  0 (0)
2011–2013 Basingstoke Town  96  (39)
2013– Cambridge United 31 (5)
2014 Lincoln City (loan) 9 (3)
Includes Lge, Cups & FAT appearances

Misfit Target Man Up For Grabs.

Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City goal machine has returned to Gateshead FC after a loan spell at Hereford United.  Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out.  Could Simmo move for Brodie on loan to sort his target man problems?

Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie – now fit after 8 games at Hereford – would be the perfect target man. At 6′ 2″ the take no prisoners no nonsense striker would give Yussuff and Tomlinson the knock downs they need.

Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up. There had been fitness issues prior to his 8 game Hereford loan spell after the player had not featured for the Heed despite 2 goals in the first 7 games, where he scored against Saturday’s opponents Kidderminster and Southport.

Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid,  he’s not pretty, rather a direct no frills aerial handful with a shot that can be hot to handle when he has his tail up.  Simmo could be just the manager to ignite that, Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for York City.

With Gateshead winning five of their last six games while he was away the bustling forward may have to wait for his chance.  Manager Gary Mills  now has six strikers on his books, including on loan Port Vale front man Jordan Hugill, who has already bludgeoned home four.  Mills has already asked for an extension to Hugill’s loan and permission for the lad to play in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Chester FC.  He looks like getting it suggesting Simmo could move with £12,500 up for grabs in the Cup on Saturday week.

Simmo is in no rush but Richard does seem to have got his passion back under former manager Foyle who could not afford to keep him it seems, he had this to say upon his return to his home-town club.

“The lads have been flying so I will have to be patient and work hard to get back into the side. I want the chance to prove I can score goals at this level like I have in the past for York and Crawley. The reason I came back to Tyneside in the summer was to play for my home-town club. I’ll give it a real go and I’m more determined than ever to succeed at Gateshead.”

STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Richard Jon Brodie
DATE OF BIRTH 8 July 1987 (age 26)
PLACE OF BIRTH Gateshead, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PLAYING POSITION Striker
CURRENT GIG IN THE GAME
CURRENT CLUB Gateshead
NUMBER 24
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 8 (0)
INTERNATIONAL TEAM
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

Imps Striker Target Joins Bulls

Richard Brodie the former Crawley Town & York City has left Gateshead FC for a loan spell at Hereford United.  Gary Simpson had previously enquired about the lad in the summer but had been unable to match the wages Gateshead have been dishing out. Former Imp Larkin is also said to be on substantially more than the Imps paid him last season.

Although the manager seems in no rush to spend the loan budget, Brodie if fit would have been a great addition alongside Tomlinson up front. Simmo had almost landed Richard during his half-season loan at Grimsby last term but the window shut before a deal could be tied up.  Fit is the question however, as the player is understood not to be featuring for the Heed with concerns over his general fitness, this, despite 2 goals in the first 7 games.

Brodie is a big strong lad who should be plying his trade further up the pyramid. He’s a no frills lad but his aerial presence and shot are hot to handle when he has his tail up. Canny manager Martin Foyle will reignite that if anyone can Brodie got 69 goals in 165 appearances for him at York City.

STMI Biopic
Full name Richard Jon Brodie
Date of birth 8 July 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Current gig in the game
Current club Hereford United
(on loan from Gateshead)
Number 24
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Whickham 35 (21)
2006–2007 Newcastle Benfield 11 (3)
2007–2010 York City 165 (69)
2008 Barrow (loan) 7 (4)
2010–2013 Crawley Town 45 (13)
2011–2012 Fleetwood Town (loan) 39 (10)
2012–2013 Morecambe (loan) 27 (6)
2013 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (2)
2013– Gateshead 7 (2)
2013– Hereford United (loan) 0 (0)
International team
2008–2009 England C 2 (0)

Captain Foster Then?

Luke Foster, latterly of Preston NE, captained Oxford United  the season they returned to the league. Former Sheffield WednesdayOxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster was released by League 1 side Preston North End this summer and would be an outstanding candidate to take over the armband against Wrexham FC,  in the 3 match absence of Alan Power thanks to a red card at Cambridge.

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Foster did not do much wrong at Preston during his short-term deal and only officially came off the Whites pay-roll last month. However the former Oxford legend had trained with the Imps all summer before magnanimously agreeing to a 70% pay cut at a time when he and his fiancée are getting a fledgling fashion business off the ground.

Foster was magnificent in pre-season and continues to put in inspiring performances as the Imps have faced superior resources in every game.  Luke certainly looks a good candidate to take the captain’s armband for Monday, although Nolan has also been a somewhat unsung midfield general so far this season.

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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
CAREER STATUS
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City (June 2014)
NUMBER  27
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 8 (0)
INTERNATIONAL
2008 England C (V Bosnia)

Simmo Needs Jigsaw Piece – Who Is Luke Foster

Former Sheffield WednesdayOxford UnitedMansfield Town, Stevenage, York City, Rotherham and Alfreton centre-half Luke Foster was released by League 1 side Preston North End in May, he has been with Lincoln since training began.  Another ex- Sheffield Wednesday youth, the Mexborough lad was spotted by Simmo and signed by KA in 2005. Despite getting a two year deal he played no part in John Schofield’s brief carpet-ball revolution during the 2006-7 season. Still on trial at Lincoln, the big question is: Will he sign and thus complete the Imps defensive jigsaw? This will be vital if the fantastic forward four are to be able to fire us to glory.  Simmo clearly knows the lad, but he will have to use his enticing skills to the full, if he is to have any chance of landing a talented centre-back.

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Sheffield Wednesday rated Luke highly enough to offer him a first year pro-deal then farmed him out for experience to Scarborough and Alfreton. Simmo, a lifelong Wednesday fan (the top job would be the dream, but only once his driven mission at Lincoln was complete), was eager to take him to Lincoln and he signed a two year deal, unbeknown to all that the KA era would soon come to a close. Schofield never gave Luke a look in during the second season of his deal and York took him on loan. 

Stalybridge offered him a deal for the start of the season but Luke class and composure  earned a deal with Oxford just 4 games into the new season. He was a rock (illustrating his BSP) pedigree as Oxford finally got back into the Football League.  He became captain and won the fans and players’ awards for best player, making 109 commanding appearances for United, scoring 3 goals.  The move to Holdsworth’s Mansfield  in 2010 did not work out with just 16 outings. Luke slated Mansfield under Reg, referring to the dressing room as a shambles although he did make a full apology to the fans.

Stevenage offered him a way out and he was inspirational in the League 1 play-off success of 2010-11. The 24 league games certainly put the Stags stint behind him.  The move to ambitious big spending Rotherham saw Luke sustain a cruciate injury that wiped out the season. Keen to stay local (he has interests in fashion and retail)  Luke signed for Matlock  making 9 appearances last season until a relative heavyweight came calling.

Preston teed up a trial which and to his credit he showed enough at the Whites to earn a  deal until the end of the season. This shows the quality we could soon come to rely on even if he managed just 8 appearances (6 league 2 cup) and one goal (header V Coventry FLT) for Preston last season. The first choice central defensive pairing of Wright and Huntingdon is something of an irresistible and immovable force.

The Imps have had to play a waiting game, but as they say possession is nine tenths of the law.  Luke is Yorkshire based,  as are his growing business interests in fashion. Indeed Luke wants to have a multi-million business by the time he is 40, to this end he and his partner have set up 601 Ltd. So we need a need a centre-half and according to an interesting Linked in profile snippet, with regard to his time at Lincoln :  First time being a pro and made me the person I am today.  Could this suggest that Luke may benefit from teaming up with Simmo again? He could certainly add to his international CV, having played just the once against Bosnia Herzegovina.

Preston 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Luke Foster 6 2 584 1 5 3 0 1 0
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Thanks for the Pic WIKI – Luke in his Oxford United days
STMI Biopic
FULL NAME Luke James Foster
DATE OF BIRTH 8 September 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Mexborough, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
PLAYING POSITION Defender
Career Status
CURRENT CLUB none
NUMBER
YOUTH CAREER
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2004–2005 Scarborough (loan) 8 (0)
2005 Alfreton Town (loan) 18 (3)
2005–2007 Lincoln City 17 (1)
2006 York City (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 4 (1)
2007–2010 Oxford United 109 (3)
2010 Mansfield Town 16 (0)
2010–2011 Stevenage 24 (1)
2011–2012 Rotherham United 6 (0)
2012 Matlock Town 9 (0)
2012–2013 Preston North End 8 (0)
International
2008 England C (V Bosnia)

Halifax Sign Smith

FC Halifax has signed ex-Imp, Chesterfield FC, Mansfield Town and York City winger Adam Smith along with ex-Kidderminster Harriers midfield general Keith Briggs on one year deals today.

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Adam underperformed at Lincoln big time, 2 goals and 4 assists apart, but he has the ability and, at 27 still has time to prove it.  He is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack. He does have the ability to win games on his own, something we rarely saw it at Sincil Bank. He was used more away from home after bearing the brunt of fans disapointment. At 5′ 11″ he can also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions.

Good luck Adam, except of course against us lol.
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Adam Smith 23 11 1964 2 44 4 18 17 4 1
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nathan Adam Smith
DATE OF BIRTH 20 February 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Huddersfield,
HEIGHT 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
WEIGHT 12st (76.27kg)
POSITION: LEFT OR RIGHT WING
CURRENT CLUB FC Halifax
Sq No/Tenure TBA /1 Year
YOUTH CAREER
1999–2001 Chesterfield
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chesterfield 74 (3)
2008 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 11 (2)
2008–2009 York City (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 York City 29 (2)
2010–2012 Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011-2012 Aldershot Town (loan x 2) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 34 (2)

John Ward – Goal Machine & Managerial Marvel

John Ward, legend at Lincoln and manager of York City, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town. A goal machine as a player he already has 3 promotions on his managerial CV. He is currently enjoying his second spell as manager of Bristol Rovers where you would not bet against him doing it again. Wardy this is your life….a playing bio followed by the managerial highs and lows of a legendary Lincoln born and bred goal machine!

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While you, dear reader and fellow fan, are pouring yourself a hard earned post toil drink, or reviving, healthy smoothie, and still able to deal with figure’s, let us kick off with a stat-attack, before kicking back and attempting to do justice to a gentleman of the game who takes its attacking virtues to heart.

STMI Biopic
Full name John Patrick Ward
Date of birth 7 April 1951 (age 62)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Playing position Forward
Current  Job
Current club Bristol Rovers (manager)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1979 Lincoln City 263 (99)
1972 Workington (loan) 11 (3)
1979–1981 Watford 27 (6)
1981–1982 Grimsby Town 3 (0)
1982 Lincoln City 1 (0)
The Managerial Record so far……………
Club From To Record
G W D L Win %
York City 1/10/91 1/3/93 70 22 24 24 31.43
Bristol Rovers 1/8/93 10/5/96 155 65 42 48 41.94
Bristol City 27/3/97 28/10/98 84 38 19 27 45.24
Wolverhampton Wanderers 18/12/00 3/1/01 4 3 0 1 75.00
Cheltenham Town 6/11/03 2/10/7 207 76 54 77 36.71
Carlisle United 2/10/07 3/11/08 62 26 13 23 41.94
Colchester United 31/5/10 24/9/12 111 33 39 39 29.73
Bristol Rovers 17/12/12 Present 24 12 6 6 50.00
Total Tale  of the tape 715 274 196 245 38.32

The Player

‘Wardy’ the pro, an Imp born and bred, was an archetypal modern Lincolnshire poacher and predator, pouncing from all over the park. In the six-yard box he was deadly, every inch a goal machine from head to toe. John, found the space, he had pace and grace, but in the penalty box, where time and  desperate last ditch defence favours the enemy he could compete and defeat.  The goal machine has the presence, when and where it matters and, Wardy certainly had that instinct.  With goals the lifeblood of the peopl’s game, his deadly first touch and devastating awareness and flawless finish, wooed the Railway end and kick-started many a Clanford roar.

John Ward, could not get enough of the game, like most centre-forwards, love is the drug, the buzz of banging them in, putting the predator almost into hybernation the wrong side of the match whistle. Incredibly he combined playing for the Imps reserve and ‘A’ sides with appearance for top Lincoln Sunday side Adelaide Park. The insurance boys would have none of that when he signed professionally in March 1971 and he drifted, missing the 100 plus hauls he had enjoyed since he had first donned a pair of boots.

He was almost lost to Lincoln City when manager Herd loaned him to Workington in 1972. Almost a pale shadow, he started to click,  notching 3 goals in 11 appearances. Workington, saw something in the 20-year-old, not seen as tough enough by Herd, and made a bid. Fortunately, before any deal was struck David Herd got the boot and entiser Graham Taylor, recognizing the lads talent, knocked it back and positively charmed the lad back into the Imp fold.  John would reward the faith with his first hat trick for the club in the spring against Stockport.

John then never looked back. Wardy ‘walloped, caressed and proved he was blessed with 17 goals in 73/74 and 13 in 74/75, reserving his career best for our record breaking 1975/76 Division 4 Championship season.  John Ward scored 29 League and Cup goals including 4 against Chesterfield.  At the double the bagged 5 braces against Exeter, Swansea, Brentford, Doncaster, Newport.  Impdom beamed with pride in their free-scoring side with huge gates considering the size of the city at the time (65-70,000). We had 14,096 V Doncaster Rovery (5-0), 13,880 V Northampton (3-1) 13,472 V Stoke (LC2 won 2-1) and 12,074 V Barnsley (2-1).  There were 2 gates of eleven thousand, 2 of over ten, 4 gates of eight, 5 of seven and 4 gates of 6,500 plus.

John stayed at the Imps after GT`s departure to Watford but sadly suffered an injury very early into the 1977/78 season. Opening with 4 goals in the first eight games, a broken leg kept him out of action for the rest of the season. He came back the following season but netted only 4 goals in 33 appearances for a struggling club. With typical gates of between 2.5k and 3k with the last 4 home games under 1900, it was no surprise to see us bottom. A fire sale saw Ward follow Sam Ellis and Dennis Booth to Taylor`s Watford for a fee of £15,000 in the summer of 1979.

In total he netted just under 100 goals for the Imps (90 League and 9 Cup) for the Imps in 241 appearances, with his overall League and cup tally being 99 goals from 263 games, putting him fifth in the all-time Club goal scoring chart. Following a brief spell with Grimsby Town, John returned for an even briefer stay at Sincil Bank under Colin Murphy, making one appearance in April 1982, but it he knew he was passed it and hung up his shooting boots returning to Watford in a coaching role.

Management.

John went to work on his coaching badges, juggling the youth, reserve and striker training responsibilities with his studies. Three years later, Graham Taylor, knew he was ready to take the next step and appointed Wardy as his assistant. The duo worked in tandem for the next six years, firstly at Watford, then Aston Villa and finally the national team. In November 1991, John reluctantly in some ways, decided that it was his turn for a stab at management.  Taylor understood and even paved the way with a word with the York City board, which sealed the deal.

There had been a rumour that the Imps were to be his first post during the previous season, but sadly Allan Clarke, one of our worst managers ever, got the job. John Ward was also linked with the Imps prior to Schofield getting the job in 2006/7.  There is truth in his reluctance to return to Lincoln.  He has also been quoted as saying, that he does not want to ruin the fairytale memory of his time with the club by coming back and letting his former peers down. He is after all Lincoln born and bred with family, friends and contacts within the City and County.

Wardy, meanwhile, guided York to promotion via the play-offs in his second year, before Bristol Rovers made their move, to establish some new West Country roots. John subsequently took the Pirates to the play-off final in 1995, losing at Wembley to Huddersfield Town. After a spell as assistant to Adrian Heath at Burnley, Wardy returned to Bristol, this time with City. The play-off touch revived the Robins’ season as they too reached the post season sudden death phase of the campaign. Brentford beat them but the following season Ward got his success. No play-offs were needed this time, City gained automatic promotion.

Finding himself unduly unemployed Ward was then appointed as assistant to Wolves’ boss Colin Lee, who got the chop. Dave Jones retained him as his right-hand man at Molineux as they built a solid squad in readiness for the Premiership. John`s play-off touch did not let them down as they blunted the blades in May 2003. Despite helping Wolves finally achieve their goal of a return to the top flight, Ward left Molineux in the summer after a reshuffle.

Cheltenham Town snapped him up on November 6th 2003 and yes you`ve guessed it he took them up via the play-offs battering the Cods in 2006. He kept them up the following season before Carlisle came knocking in October 2007. He guided the Cumbrians to the verge of the Championship with a play-off position in his first season in charge but a poor start to 2008/09 ensured he left by mutual consent on November 3rd 2008. John unsuccessfully applied for jobs at Swindon and Port Vale (losing out to Micky Adams) prior to being appointed as Gary Ablett’s assistant at Stockport County .

John then moved to Colchester United to work under Aidy Boothroyd but stuck around after Aidy took the Coventry job. Wardy guided United to 10th in League 1  in 20010/11 but was sacked, the following September, after no wins in 9.  The Chairman acknowledged that there had been improvement everywhere but on the pitch, which in football is all that really matters. He was back in work in the December when Bristol Rovers engaged him until the end of the season for a fire-fighting second term.   John turned down the job as Director of Football at Plymouth when he replaced Mark McGee, Rovers 4th manager in two seasons   His 42 points from 23 games saw a 50% win rate gave them the gas to go from second bottom to mid-table security. Hope you keep that record going and help Rovers to get closer to where they belong Wardy.  The potential of the club is fantastic – it wasn’t that long ago (2006/7) that they took 30,000 to the Trophy Final and 40,000 to Wembley for the play-off final in the same season

Johns seasonal stats at Lincoln

LCFC career record :

4th highest scorer of all time.

Apps : 263 ; Subs : 20 ; Goals : 99

Season 1970/1971 : Div4
Apps : 3 ; Subs : 1 ; Goals : 1
LCFC Debut : 27/03/1971, Workington (a) 1-2, FL Division 4
Scored in a 4-5 defefeat at home on 3/4/71.
Position 21st


Season 1971/1972 : Div4
Apps : 10 ; Subs : 3 ; Goals : 5
Braces: Brentford.
Highest Att 16,498 V Scunthorpe (1-0 and went 2nd) 15,856 V Cods (2-2), 12,199 Southend (0-0)
Typical Crowd 6000 – 3 over 7,500, 2 8K plus and 2 9k
Position 5th


Season 1972/1973 : Div4
Apps : 17 ; Subs : 4 ; Goals : 8
Hat trick Stockport
Braces Southport.
Highest Att 7,400 V Burnley had 5 gates over 6,000.
Typical crowd 4,000
Position 10th


Season 1973/1974 : Div4
Apps : 40 ; Subs : 2 ; Goals : 17
Highest Att 7,153 V Gillingham, 5 gates over 6,000
Typical crowd 2,500-4k
Position 11th


Season 1974/1975 : Div4
Apps : 37 ; Subs : 2 ; Goals : 13
Highest Att 13,108 V Mansfield
Typical gate 5,000 with 3 gates of 8k plus, 3 Gates 7k plus and 4 gates of 6k plus
Position 5th


Season 1975/1976 : Div4
Apps : 47 ; Subs : 5 ; Goals : 29
4`s Chesterfield
Braces Exeter, Swansea, Brentford, Doncaster, Newport.
Highest Atts: 14,096 V Donny (5-0) 13,880 V Northampton (3-1) 13,472 V Stoke (LC2 won 2-1) 12,074 V Barnsley (2-1), 2 gates of 11k plus, 2 10.5k plus, 4 gates of 8k plus, 5 Gates 7k plus and 4 gates of 6.5 k plus
Position CHAMPIONS


Season 1976/1977 : Div3
Apps : 47 ; Subs : 1 ; Goals : 18
Braces V Chesterfield, Reading & Gillingham
6K Highest crowd 14,706 V Sheff Wed, 11,645 V Cods, 11,414 V Burnley
Typical gate – 2 gates 9k, 1 8k plus, 6 Gates 7k plus and 7 gates of 6.5 k plus
Position 8th


Season 1977/1978 : Div3
Apps : 8 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 4
Brace V Walsall
Highest Crowd 8,811 V Sheff Wed
Typical crowds 4k as we struggled most of the season with only 3 gates over 6k
Position 15th


Season 1978/1979 : Div3
Apps : 33 ; Subs : 2 ; Goals : 4
Highest Crowd Sheff Wed 7,007
Typical crowds 2.5k – 3k last 4 home games under 1900.
Position Bottom

Season 1981/1982 : Div3
Apps : 1 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 0
Highest Gates: Watford 8,763 LC 3R replay (lost 2-3), Huddersfield 8,243 (2-0)
Typical gate. 4k
Position 4th one point from a return to DIV 2, we were pipped by Fulham after a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on the last day in front of 20,461.

Top 10 scorers of all time

1 Andy Graver (50/51-54/55,55/56,58/59-60/61) Apps : 289 ; Goals : 150
2 Johnny Campbell (33/34-38/39) Aps 198(0) Goals 110
3 Gordon Hobson (77/78-84/85,88/89-89/90 Aps 372 (14) Goals 105
4 John Ward (70/71-78/79,81/82) Aps 243 (20) Goals 99
5 Billy Dinsdale (26/27-30,30/31) Aps 136 Goals 103
6 Johnny Garvie (50/51-55/56) Aps 192 (0) Goals 80
7 Roy Chapman (57/58-60/61, 64/65-66/67) Aps 186 (1) Goals 81
8 Allan Hall (1931/32-1932/33) Aps 76 (0) Goals 68
9 Percy Freeman (70/71-72/73, 74/75-76/77 Aps 166 (15) Goals 76
10 Ernie Whittle (1949/50-1953/54 151 aps 64 goals

Scott Kerr Will Be Back At Bank By Xmas.

Grimsby Town’s signing of influential ex- York City, Bradford City, Scarborough FC and Imp guardian angel and midfield general, Scott Kerr, who would have welcomed a return to Impdom, will get his wish after all, well on Boxing Day or New Years Day at least.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Scott, in his own ever modest words, won every award going at York City as well as a promotion in his first season. He sustained a cruciate injury that kept him out until last October yet still made 89 appearances during his two and a half-seasons at York.   A clever Cods catch, at 31 and battle scarred, he will still be a pivotal part of the Mariners push for promotion if his displays for the Imps are any kind of guide.

Kerr played 248 games for us under four managers, in a variety of styles amidst a growing shamble. Yet he always gave 100% and was an inspirational captain. Many forget the offensive strengths he has, with that rapier 2006-7 Schoey-ball season seeing the Yorkie Rose with thorns truly flower.  However, as was so often the case, he seemed more and more alone (O’Connor’s loan apart) in the bear pit, that is in reality the central midfield battle of attrition in a relegation haunted team. He took his share of the blame, but in truth, Scott was the only bloke who battled to protect the back four from a regular roast and ransack down the middle.

If Scott had stayed there is no doubt we would have got the points to stay up. He was an unsung hero who is as honest as the day is long. He speaks his mind, never backs down and his only failing is the desire to wear his heart on his sleeve every time he crosses that line.

Good luck Scotty, except in the two games against us. Maybe you can take a leaf out of some of the part-timers you played with during your time at the Imps and ‘pull a sicky’ during the festive fun. Two hopes there – Bob Hope and No Hope .

STMI Biopic
Full name Scott Anthony Kerr
Date of birth 11 December 1981 (age 31)
Place of birth Leeds
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Contract 1 year (plus options trigger)
Playing position: Centre Midfield General
Current club Grimsby Town
Youth career
1993–1995 Leeds United
1995–1999 Bradford City
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
1999–2001 Bradford City 3 (0)
2001–2003 Hull City 0 (0)
2002 Frickley Athletic (loan) 5 (1)
2003–2005 Scarborough 97 (4)
2005–2011 Lincoln City 248 (9)
2011–2013 York City 89 (1)
2013– Grimsby Town 0 (0)
International
2004–2005 England C 9 (1)
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Smith Becomes A Free Agent

Lincoln can thankfully join Aldershot, Mansfield, York City, Chesterfield and Gainsborough Trinity, on the list of a growing number of clubs fortunate enough to get Adam Smith off the wage bill. The Latin phrase ‘caveat emptor’ – colloquially known as ‘buyer beware’ comes to mind with a player who will frustrate more than Captain Hook at a volleyball tournament. If he had a feather for every time he went missing in action last season he would surely be the first winger to actually fly!

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It is not as if he does not have the ability. The Stags certainly bought into and wore that T shirt before throwing it out. Well Holdsworth did and will doubtless sign him again some time soon.  Adam can, although rarely dare he, have the ground on its feet, toying with opponents. He can undo the foe with a cameo twinkle toe that will stop the show.  Assists for Aldershot  in season 2011/12 saw him run Dagenham (5-2) and Burton (2-0) ragged, but alas The Shots struggled in  October, November and December before sending him back to the Stags.

Although Adam started 8 of the 9 games he played upon his return to the Stags, netting 2 goals, he rarely finished a game.  An example of his impact potential saw him come on and bag a vital equaliser against Tamworth, a game the Stags would go on to win 2-1. Then in April he scored the opener against a resolute Stockport side as the Stags grabbed two in 8 second half minutes before being sacrificed as they held out for an invaluable 2-1 home win.
Adam underperformed at Lincoln big time, 2 goals and 4 assists apart. Allegedly he is comfortable on either flank, in a conventional 4-4-2 or more advanced role in a three pronged attack.  But in reality he is a passenger in games – opportunities that he could win on his own. At 5′ 11″ he can also been used as a central striker although his counter-attacking style sees him work best from wide positions. For every fan that says he deserves to be on the stage, another ten will say ‘what the first one out of town?’
Sorry to slate you for your time at the Imps Adam and the best of luck in the future.
No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
7 Adam Smith 23 11 1964 2 44 4 18 17 4 1
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STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nathan Adam Smith
DATE OF BIRTH 20 February 1985 (age 27)
PLACE OF BIRTH Huddersfield,
HEIGHT 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
WEIGHT 12st (76.27kg)
POSITION: LEFT OR RIGHT WING
CURRENT CLUB Mansfield Town
NUMBER 19
YOUTH CAREER
?–2001 Chesterfield
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chesterfield 74 (3)
2008 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 11 (2)
2008–2009 York City (loan) 16 (2)
2009–2010 York City 29 (2)
2010–2012 Mansfield Town 44 (8)
2011-2012 Aldershot Town (loan x 2) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Lincoln City 34 (2)