York City signing Lindon Meikle eager for return to 4-4-2

New signing Lindon Meikle is welcomed to York City by, from left, chairman Jason McGill, manager Nigel Worthington and assistant boss Steve Torpey

New signing Lindon Meikle is welcomed to York City by, from left, chairman Jason McGill, manager Nigel Worthington and assistant boss Steve Torpey

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FLYING winger Lindon Meikle is relishing the chance to play 4-4-2 football again having joined York City from Mansfield.

The Minstermen have made Meikle their eighth summer signing after he penned a two-year deal and the 26-year-old attacker is now looking forward to impressing in his favoured formation.

With the Stags employing wing-backs last season, Meikle was largely restricted to bench warming as 27 of his 32 outings came as a substitute.

But City chief Nigel Worthington is a big 4-4-2 advocate and the ex-Eastwood Town wide man said: "I didn't get much game time last season and the system the team were playing did not suit me.

"It was a 3-5-2 formation with no wingers, so I didn't get many chances because the manager didn't want to rotate systems. The style of football didn't help much either.

"I am quite small but all Mansfield wanted to do was boom the ball forward. Every player wants to start games and I have a better chance with a team that plays 4-4-2."

Meikle is also hoping to follow the example of City centre-back John McCombe, who was jettisoned by Mansfield boss Paul Cox midway through last season having only made five league appearances in as many months.

The 29-year-old defender went on to forge an outstanding partnership with Keith Lowe at the heart of the City defence, as the side conceded just six times in the club's last 19 matches and marched into the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

"If you look at John McCombe, they were saying he wasn't not good enough at Mansfield, but he ended up marshalling York into the play-offs, so that speaks for itself," Meikle reasoned.

City's latest signing is also pleased to have McCombe as a team-mate again rather than an adversary.

One of Meikle's two league starts last term came during the Minstermen's 1-0 win at Mansfield in March.

"I played up front in that game," the former England C international recalled. "I was chucked in even though I hadn't played many matches and, although I was grateful for that, York were solid and won easily.

"Michael Coulson ran rings around our players and I couldn't get by John. He won everything in the air and on the ground and the centre backs gave me nothing at all."

Meikle went on to admit that it took little time for him to commit the next two years of his career to the Minstermen, explaining: "My agent rang me at the start of this week and asked me if I could get up to York because Nigel Worthington wanted to speak to me.

"I thought I would be going for a chit-chat with the manager for him to get know to me but I spoke to him and the chairman and my agent rang me ten minutes afterwards to tell me they were keen and wanted to sign me.

"It was a very good offer but I wanted to consult my dad first and he was absolutely buzzing about the move because he couldn't wait for me to get away from Mansfield. I've played against York many times in the past and had good battles against them and always enjoyed the great atmosphere here."

Elsewhere, Northampton have signed midfielder John-Joe O'Toole from relegated Bristol Rovers, while Burton have recruited Preston striker Stuart Beavon on a year-long loan deal.

Cheltenham have also brought in released Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson and Crawley midfielder Andy Drury has returned to Luton for a second spell at Kenilworth Road.

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1:50pm Wed 2 Jul 14

NottsExile says...

This seems to make the squad complete and I for one am looking to see how things evolve in the coming season. As I have said earlier we seem to have put together a group of players that will be hard to beat and will compete for top honours.
As an aside I notice that Howells has declined a contract at Mansfield. Being a midfielder would we be tempted or is all this a coincidence?
Come on your mighty Reds!!!
This seems to make the squad complete and I for one am looking to see how things evolve in the coming season. As I have said earlier we seem to have put together a group of players that will be hard to beat and will compete for top honours. As an aside I notice that Howells has declined a contract at Mansfield. Being a midfielder would we be tempted or is all this a coincidence? Come on your mighty Reds!!! NottsExile
  • Score: 4

1:54pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Exiled1 says...

"I am quite small but all Mansfield wanted to do was boom the ball forward'

Heaven forbid
"I am quite small but all Mansfield wanted to do was boom the ball forward' Heaven forbid Exiled1
  • Score: 13

3:14pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bill bailey says...

I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6
are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.
I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6 are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night. bill bailey
  • Score: -32

3:28pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bill bailey says...

Just a quickie. Dundee have just sold an 18yr old Ryan Gauld to Sporting Lisbon,for £3 million with a £46 million buyout clause. I have always said on here give me a 5ft 6 in mdfielder whos centre of gravity is better than a 6 footer any day that's what Gauld is 5ft6in.
Just a quickie. Dundee have just sold an 18yr old Ryan Gauld to Sporting Lisbon,for £3 million with a £46 million buyout clause. I have always said on here give me a 5ft 6 in mdfielder whos centre of gravity is better than a 6 footer any day that's what Gauld is 5ft6in. bill bailey
  • Score: -16

4:36pm Wed 2 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

bill bailey wrote:
I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6
are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.
I'll tell you what Bill, sack NW and you take over. You've got the game Sussex.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6 are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.[/p][/quote]I'll tell you what Bill, sack NW and you take over. You've got the game Sussex. yorkandproud
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Wed 2 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

Sussex ? Ha ha . Sussed.
Sussex ? Ha ha . Sussed. yorkandproud
  • Score: 7

4:40pm Wed 2 Jul 14

chuckabuttie says...

Just read posts and wonder where our friend Duffy from North of the Border is. Normally get a quote or two on events at the Crescent by now. In Manaus or somewhere?
Just read posts and wonder where our friend Duffy from North of the Border is. Normally get a quote or two on events at the Crescent by now. In Manaus or somewhere? chuckabuttie
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bill bailey says...

bill bailey wrote:
Just a quickie. Dundee have just sold an 18yr old Ryan Gauld to Sporting Lisbon,for £3 million with a £46 million buyout clause. I have always said on here give me a 5ft 6 in mdfielder whos centre of gravity is better than a 6 footer any day that's what Gauld is 5ft6in.
So, you 5 that has given the thumbs down think a 6ft+ midfield has greater movability than a 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in player so where dose Massi come into the equation ???
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just a quickie. Dundee have just sold an 18yr old Ryan Gauld to Sporting Lisbon,for £3 million with a £46 million buyout clause. I have always said on here give me a 5ft 6 in mdfielder whos centre of gravity is better than a 6 footer any day that's what Gauld is 5ft6in.[/p][/quote]So, you 5 that has given the thumbs down think a 6ft+ midfield has greater movability than a 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in player so where dose Massi come into the equation ??? bill bailey
  • Score: -18

6:42pm Wed 2 Jul 14

T.R.M1974 says...

bill bailey wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Just a quickie. Dundee have just sold an 18yr old Ryan Gauld to Sporting Lisbon,for £3 million with a £46 million buyout clause. I have always said on here give me a 5ft 6 in mdfielder whos centre of gravity is better than a 6 footer any day that's what Gauld is 5ft6in.
So, you 5 that has given the thumbs down think a 6ft+ midfield has greater movability than a 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in player so where dose Massi come into the equation ???
Have you seen Ya Ya play Bill? Over 6ft complete player has everything in his game, said it before does not matter shape or size your either born with it or not. I dont care who we have in the middle as long as their up to the task NW sets as a game plan
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just a quickie. Dundee have just sold an 18yr old Ryan Gauld to Sporting Lisbon,for £3 million with a £46 million buyout clause. I have always said on here give me a 5ft 6 in mdfielder whos centre of gravity is better than a 6 footer any day that's what Gauld is 5ft6in.[/p][/quote]So, you 5 that has given the thumbs down think a 6ft+ midfield has greater movability than a 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in player so where dose Massi come into the equation ???[/p][/quote]Have you seen Ya Ya play Bill? Over 6ft complete player has everything in his game, said it before does not matter shape or size your either born with it or not. I dont care who we have in the middle as long as their up to the task NW sets as a game plan T.R.M1974
  • Score: 7

10:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Yorkie69 says...

City seem to have made some excellent signings. Which one will be the Craig Clay ??!!
City seem to have made some excellent signings. Which one will be the Craig Clay ??!! Yorkie69
  • Score: 4

10:19pm Wed 2 Jul 14

VINNIE J says...

bill bailey wrote:
I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6
are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.
Has someone hacked into your account bill? or are you having a senior moment, a hell of a lot of thumbs down my friend.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6 are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.[/p][/quote]Has someone hacked into your account bill? or are you having a senior moment, a hell of a lot of thumbs down my friend. VINNIE J
  • Score: -3

12:07am Thu 3 Jul 14

avidfan says...

bill bailey wrote:
I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6
are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.
Better polish those dancing shoes mate
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6 are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.[/p][/quote]Better polish those dancing shoes mate avidfan
  • Score: -1

8:31am Thu 3 Jul 14

bill bailey says...

VINNIE J wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6
are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.
Has someone hacked into your account bill? or are you having a senior moment, a hell of a lot of thumbs down my friend.
Nobody has hacked. money keeps going in, plenty of it. that's what is good about old age, few liabilities plenty of dosh. lots of holidays. eat at the best places , no benefits only pensions that I paid into to live a live style I now enjoy, Planning that's the secret. just like football really, plan what you are going to do but always have a plan B,and players that are flexible and got the brains to go with it. NW knows the score.
[quote][p][bold]VINNIE J[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: I'm of the old school , all this playing by numbers out of the manual coaches flashing their badges, with clip boards writing notes, players taking corners holding one arm in the air , what's that all about ? too much theory not enough skill. We have wrapped them in cotton wool get within a couple of feet they are rolling on the ground, When I was playing the manager would say " Their two wingers are fast and tricky keep an eye on um " that meant hit um into the railings early on and have a quiet afternoon , Every one played 90 minutes unless one brock his leg, I played at every level and I cant remember a player getting sent off. NW you can have what formation you want but you need skilful players with brains that can see in the first ten minutes of a game what is needed to beat the other team, 4 across the back and a keeper that uses the whole area playing as a 5th defender the other 6 are there to score goals from any where by any means, yes you need a gifted player to organise the other 5 ,a driving force job done. tell me a more successful way of playing the game then i'll do the cha-cha on the moon on Friday night.[/p][/quote]Has someone hacked into your account bill? or are you having a senior moment, a hell of a lot of thumbs down my friend.[/p][/quote]Nobody has hacked. money keeps going in, plenty of it. that's what is good about old age, few liabilities plenty of dosh. lots of holidays. eat at the best places , no benefits only pensions that I paid into to live a live style I now enjoy, Planning that's the secret. just like football really, plan what you are going to do but always have a plan B,and players that are flexible and got the brains to go with it. NW knows the score. bill bailey
  • Score: -4

2:12pm Thu 3 Jul 14

duffy says...

chuckabuttie wrote:
Just read posts and wonder where our friend Duffy from North of the Border is. Normally get a quote or two on events at the Crescent by now. In Manaus or somewhere?
America actually.
[quote][p][bold]chuckabuttie[/bold] wrote: Just read posts and wonder where our friend Duffy from North of the Border is. Normally get a quote or two on events at the Crescent by now. In Manaus or somewhere?[/p][/quote]America actually. duffy
  • Score: 2
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