Holdsworth wants Great Britain team at Rio Olympics

Lincoln City manager, David Holdsworth wants England’s C Team to represent Great Britain at the next Olympics.

In his pre-match press conference, the Imps gaffer weighed in on the national issue by saying: “My honest opinion is that England should have the C team representing it at the next Olympic Games.


David Holdsworth spoke to the press prior to Lincoln City's match against FC Halifax Town at the weekend. Photo: Andrew West

“If we’re not going to send the celebrities, send in the other people – the ones that get neglected. I went to the Great Britain game at Old Trafford and there was fantastic support.”

Holdsworth added: “Players would love it and I think the normal people in the street would relate to it. How much pride would our boys have?”

Moving to more local issues, Lincoln City are riding on the crest of a wave into their FA Cup tie with FC Halifax at the weekend, after beating Wrexham FC 4-2, with four different players scoring.

Holdsworth said: “The telling aspect last week was the strikers. It’s hugely encouraging when we put players out and they come off the pitch with confidence, and you could see what it meant to them. I’m delighted for them!

During the past week, Lincoln played in a behind closed doors friendly against Sheffield FC, which saw players, including John Nutter and Alan Power, get a run out, as they returned to full fitness.

Speaking about the friendly, Holdsworth said: “It was a good contest. The Sheffield club put out their first team and it was nice to play against a group of young lads who do things right in the way they went about it. Sometimes they can be tough encounters, but it was done in the right context and Curtis [Woodhouse] put his strongest side out.

“The boys were evenly matched and it was a good surface, which everybody came through very well. All in all, it was a really good exercise for them and the boys have benefited from it, as it’s nice to pull on a shirt and get out there.”

Nevertheless, with the fantastic performance at Wrexham in mind, Holdsworth is faced with an odd selection conundrum ahead of the weekend’s fixture. He explained: “In regards to selection headaches and whether I have one, in a nutshell, yes and no. It’s nicer to be in this situation for the first time at the club.

“I can’t call it a problem though because it isn’t a problem, but invariable results and injuries dictate changes. We haven’t had any [injuries] in the last ten days and we’re healthier for that.”

Holdsworth also spoke about individual players: “Alan Power has been out for a while and so has John Nutters. There fitness levels haven’t deteriorated and conditioning has been going well.

“We’ll look at the way we need to set up against Halifax. Being at home, we want to make sure we can attack in different ways. It would be very difficult to leave someone out after the last performance.”

Lincoln City’s next game is against FC Halifax Town at The 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium this Saturday, October 20th.

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