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12th September 2004 11:01

Williamson signed two-year contract 9 Sep 2004
Northampton Official Website

Williamson looking to become a Cobblers regular.

New Northampton Town signing Lee Williamson is hoping to claim a regular place in the Cobblers midfield. The former Mansfield Town skipper is pleased to be at Sixfields, and he is keen to do well.

"I am hoping to get straight into the team and I want to just play as many games as I can," he said. "Hopefully I can help the side and we can start picking up some points and start moving up the league.

"I played against Northampton four times last season and they have already played at Mansfield this season so I can remember a lot of the players faces.

"I want to show the players and the fans here what I can do and my ultimate aim is to hopefully help Northampton get promoted."
Calderwood delighted with Williamson capture
Northampton Town boss Colin Calderwood is delighted with his latest capture, midfielder Lee Williamson.

"He is someone we tried to get in the summer and I think he will give us some experience of this division, and hopefully how to get out of it," said Calderwood.

"He is still a young boy, he has got a lot of football ahead of him and I think potentially he is going to be a big benefit to the team.

"It has all happened quite quickly. The opportunity that we might be able to bring him to the club only came about after the game on Sunday and it has all happened fairly quickly over the past few days.

"When someone that I have already identified like that becomes available and we have the chance to bring them to the club we moved forward on it.

"There is a fee involved but it is a really good deal for us. We tried to set up a deal in the summer and we were fairly close but it just didn't quite happen.

"He played well against us last year and he has been successful at this level. He has got lots of good attributes to his game and he fits in nicely in terms of the type of player that we are looking for and I can see a lot of benefits for us.

"He is a good tackling midfielder but he also does well when he is in possession of the ball and I think that is something that makes him very attractive to us.

"He gives us real strength and depth in the midfield, we are accumulating a really good squad here now and he will certainly be a good addition to that.

"He has got every chance of playing against Notts County, we will have a quick look at him in training but he is certainly well In contention for Saturday."
Williamson on the move
CHAD website
MANSFIELD Town midfield stalwart Lee Williamson looks set to leave the club today (later confirmed by Northampton official site).
Northampton Town, who were pursuing the 24-year-old in the summer, have come back in this week with an undisclosed offer that the Stags have accepted.
Williamson will haave a medical at Sixfield today and, if he passes, he will be straight into the Northampton squad for the weekend.
Williamson caught the eye of Cobblers boss Colin Calderwood during the four memorable clashes between the sides last season.
"They first started to enquire about Lee during the Summer break," said manager keith Curle.
"With it being increasingly difficult for him to get regular team football at this football club we have accepted Colin Calderwood's offer for him.
"Lee has been a key figure at Field Mill for a long time now and we wish him all the very best in his future career."
Williamson has made 164 appearances for Mansfield, scoring only three goals.
But he was in the PFA Third Division side for season 2001/02 and has recently shown his versatility with appearances at full back.
Curle will want to bolster his thin squad quickly, however, as Williamson's departure would leave him with just 18 players.
A transfer tribunal will decide next Wednesday how much Stags will receive from Sunderland for Liam Lawrence.
mansfieldtown.net reports that Stags boss Keith Curle this afternoon confirmed that Mansfield Town Football club have accepted an offer for the transfer of Lee Williamson from Northampton Town.

The 24 year old Midfielder caught the eye of Cobblers Boss Colin Calderwood during the four superb games played Last season forcing the Cobbler's supremo to make enquiries through the summer to secure the Services of Williamson.

Lee will be going to Sixfields tomorrow for the obligatory medical and could become a star of Northampton as early as this weekend.

"We have accepted an undisclosed offer for Lee Williamson from Northampton today" Curle told the official website.

"They first started to enquire about Lee during the Summer break, and with it being increasingly difficult for him to get regular team football at this football club we have accepted Colin Calderwood's offer for him.

If an when he passes his medical tomorrow (Thursday) he will be joining the Cobblers at Sixfields. Lee has been a key figure at Field Mill for a long time now and we wish him all the very best in his future career." He added
Meanwhile on Marvin Robinson:
Evening Post, 10 September 2004
Marvin Robinson today pledged to fire the goals to transform Notts County's season.

And he admitted: "I need to do it to earn myself a long term deal."

The former Derby County striker has signed on a short-term contract at Meadow Lane, after being released by Chesterfield over the summer.

Robinson had been training at Mansfield Town in the last few months, but the Stags had not yet offered him any kind of contract.

At 24, the striker is already well-travelled, having spent time on loan at Stoke and Exeter, as well as playing for Derby and Chesterfield.

"I need to be proving that I am worth a longer term contract, that is why I am here," he said.

"I have a month to prove that I am worth it, that I am fit enough and can do a job.

"The best way of doing that is to get goals. That is why the manager has brought me here, after all.

"I do want the opportunity to prove myself."

Robinson scored six goals in 17 starts and 15 substitute appearances for the Spireites last season.

But he says he was not fully fit - and he believes he can do even better for the Magpies.

"I was diagnosed with a double hernia last season, but I was not allowed to have the operation," he said. "The manager asked me to play through it.

"I was always battling against the injury. So I wasn't on top form.

"But I am free from injury now, so hopefully I will be a bit sharper."

Robinson says he is close to full match fitness, after starting the season with the Stags, where he says he was close to signing a deal.

"I have been training with Mansfield and I think they were quite keen on signing me," he said.

"But they didn't have the finances in place until they got one or two players off their books.

"I was offered the chance to come here on a one-month contract, so hopefully I can get my career back on track with the Magpies."

Robinson is one of three players signed by the Magpies yesterday, along with two loan signings, French striker Youssef Safiane and midfielder Craig Pead.

And, though they still have a lot of injuries to contend with, manager Gary Mills is pleased.

"What we have done is give ourselves a few options," he said.

"We have given Marvin the chance to get his career back on track, while perhaps Youssef has a point to prove as well.

"And I know Craig from my time at Coventry, where he played a lot of games in the old Division One. He can definitely give us something."


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