Deadline Day Live Blog: All the comings and going in League Two

Hello and welcome to the Stacey West’s live blog for transfer deadline day.

That’s right, a live blog! I don’t do these very often, but to save having to do a new article every time there’s a change, I’ll be updating here whenever anything happens.

Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

5.36pm Right, that is it for the live blog. If I were you I’d be glued to the screen for a bit yet though, you just never know.

If you’ve enjoyed this I might do another one sometime, maybe for a fans forum or something. Let me know what you think.

Cheers for tuning in


5.04pm – oh yeah, have me sat here all day and then it kicks off. Peter Vincenti, the Coventry winger, has signed a two-year deal with Macclesfield Town. He’s the tall guy with his head cut off in the picture, like yer Ma used to with the old instamatic back at Skeggy in the day.


5.02pm – Here we go!!! The Imps have landed Heybridge Swift’s Spanish midfielder Joan Luque on a six-month loan deal after a successful trial. If a trial was classed as time spent on probation, he’d already be 17.5% of the way though his Imps career.

Courtesy Graham Burrell


Give over…..


16.50pm – Tsun Dai has left bury and signed for Oxford United. The U’s have been busy as they’ve also take former Charlton man Ricky Holmes on loan from Sheffield united.


16.38pm – It’s one out at Forest Green, Isaiah Osbourne has signed for Walsall, a club he’s played at before. He joins them on a one year deal.


16.31pm – They’re taking the piss, right?


16.25pm – Make sure you don’t log off at 5pm, won’t you? Many deals won’t be ratified until into the evening. I can’t promise I’ll be live blogging by then though, there’s things to do and dinner to make.


16.07pm – It’s a deal and right now, that is what we’re all after, isn’t it?


15.56pm – Imagine clearing your diary, doing a live blog and the only deal you report on is some bloke getting sacked by Oldham and joining Reg and Co at Carlisle.

I am still told there’s deals likely at Sincil Bank. Simeon Akinola is riding his fax machine over here as we speak.

15.26pm – It turns out the club was wrong earlier, but Lee Angol is looking likely to make a move. He’s being linked with a move to Shrewsbury to replace the outgoing Stefan Payne.



It’s not a deal, but The Sun’s live blog has reported that Bradford City have approached Mansfield about a last-minute deal for Danny Rose.

For clarity I don’t read the Sun, but you have to put links on rumours with News Now.

The 24-year-old smashed 14 goals in 39 games for the Stags last season. Peterborough United and Luton Town are also supposedly interested in a late deal for the forward.


15.12pm – I’ve just signed a deal to have my boiler serviced for £50 with a bloke called Eddie. Literally more interesting than the whole of football.


15.07pm – The Sun’s Alan Nixon seems to think most deals will be confirmed after 5pm. Yeah? Terrific. I’ve been sat here since 9am and now you tell me it’s all going to happen whilst I’m eating my bolognese? Cheers.

You might not be able to see his post below as he’s a protected account, but basically he’s saying I’ve wasted my day.

Like most days then.


14.47pm – I wondered who might be next, it’s Port Vale. Neil Aspin doesn’t envisage any new players on Deadline Day either.


14.40pm – Little over two hours left and nothing. Stevenage ruling themselves out of making any signings now too. There’s no presser this afternoon though, it’s tomorrow so maybe there’s a chink of light for City fans there.


14.27pm – It was on the internet was it? It must be true then.

Or not in this case. Internet pranksters at their best as Grimsby ‘announce’ new signing.


14.10pm – I’m also hearing Lee Angol could be set for a League Two switch. He turned down Grimsby recently, wisely, but could be set to move to South wales with Newport County.

14.09pm – It’s going to warm up a bit now. Remember our former target, Stefan Payne? He’s the latest to bin off Shrewsbury. They could be a crisis club this season.


13.49pm – Do you get the feeling there’s going to be very little happen today? First Notts County have nothing to do, now Exeter and Colchester are in on the act too. That’s three teams with no business to conduct. Who’s next? Lincoln City?



13.41pm – No Milk! Unreal. Deadline Day drama here at SW HQ. Heads will roll, I swear it. I’m putting in a transfer request to We are the Imps.

So, as I ‘enjoy’ a black tea, here’s a list of done deals in the Football League so far today.

Lukas Nmecha [Manchester City – Preston] Loan
Anthony Gerrard [Oldham – Carlisle] Free
Andy Mangan [Bala Town – Accrington] Free
Canice Carroll [Oxford – Brentford] Undisclosed
Kayden Jackson [Accrington – Ipswich] Undisclosed
Ollie Norburn [Tranmere – Shrewsbury] Undisclosed
Ivan Toney [Newcastle – Peterborough] Undisclosed

13.36pm – While I’m gone a quick Deadline Day poll for you. Which of the four players who left last summer would you have back right now, if you could? Tell me why in the comments section.

Now, where’s my PG Tips?

If you could have one of these National League winners back today, who would you take?

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13.31pm – I’m off to get a sandwich and a brew, that should kick start the day a little.

If anything guarantees news it is me wandering off for a bit.

13.12pm – Carlisle haven’t signed him on loan then, he’s just been a naughty boy. I once got suspended for social media posts too. I called my boss a hunchback and a host of other things over a six-week period back in 2008. Someone printed my statuses off and sent them to her. I didn’t get sacked because it was personal opinion which she couldn’t dismiss me for, but because I’d posted one during a meeting with her I got a warning for wasting company time.



13.02pm – Why do people believe this sort of shit? What is an EFL insider anyway? An Ex-Agent? A secret kit man? A spotty kid in his bedroom with nothing better to do on a Thursday afternoon than post rubbish like this.

FYI the same account had Leeds hijacking the Toto Nsiala bid and Matt Green going to Bristol Rovers. It’s rubbish.


13.01pm – Harry Kewell has signed this fella though. Not sure he’s going to be a success though, but I bet he can last 90 minutes which is more than you might say for their number nine.


12.59pm – There’s not going to be a great deal going on at Notts County this afternoon, apparently they’ve already spent their pocket money.


12.39pm – Carlisle United have signed Anthony Gerrard from Oldham Athletic on a ‘half-season’ loan deal. He signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Oldham in January 2017 and made a total of 69 appearances for them.


12.12pm – Former Scunthorpe striker Paul Hayes has dropped into the non-league with Sudbury Town. The 35-year old was on the books of promoted Wycombe last season.

12.18pm – Remember this guy? I won’t ever forget him, diving for Tranmere’s equaliser against us in December 2016. he earned a big move to Bala Twon after that escapade, but he’s back in England with League One side Accrington Stanley.



11.53am – It’s not all about players today you know!


11.34am – Crawley manager Harry Kewell has confirmed he’s looking to make one or two signings today, as well as possibly adding to his pack during the extended loan window too.

Kewell ahs had a decent summer brining in the likes of Romain Vincelot, as well as Ollie Palmer.

11.11am – The club have TWO deals all ready to go today. Michael Hortin has confirmed as much, one is possibly Juan Luque, but the other is a mystery at present.


11.08amDONE DEAL It’s not just us losing players thanks to Shrewsbury’s sale of Nsiala and Nolan. Tranmere player Oliver Norburn has joined the Shrews this morning, meaning our former National league rivals will also be on the hunt for a replacement today.

10.27am – Overnight, Bury have sold their exciting youngster Callum Styles. He’s gone to Barnsley, but he’s immediately been loaned back to the shakers. The deal is worth around £500,000 and earns the player a four-year contract.

10.09am – With little under seven hours left, there’s nothing happening in League Two right now. Sam Clucas looks set to swap Swansea for Stoke though, he’s at the Potters as we speak.

9.37am – Respected journalist Pete O’Rourke has suggested the Imps are close to securing a deal for Juan Luque. O’Rourke is a trusted source and usually he breaks news not long before it happens.


  1. Alas no Imps return for Clucas. No emotional attachment getting the better of, well everything else.

    What about that Maguire bloke. He looked alright. Not a trophy winner like Waterfall though ?

    • No one

      We have


      All able to fill his boots as a CB

      I’d personally be looking at a young cm / cam
      Like Jodi jones or Hiram Boateng who can
      – comfortably take on players
      – Shoot at long range
      – support our strikers to help maximise their goal tally

  2. I’d go with Bozzie at centre-back for now – whoever we may sign in today’s deadline day rush. Give Danny and Nicky time to sort out our squad and consider the options for the long season ahead. We don’t want a new lad trying to find his feet in what could turn out to be a vital game v Swindon.

  3. Thanks for the blog Gary – kept my eye on it regularly throughout the day – very informative even though things were not happening very quickly on the transfer front you kept us all entertained!

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