|Full name Lindon Levi Meikle|
Weight 78 kg
Name Lindon Meikle
Siblings Deon Meikle
0000–2004 Eastwood Town
Height 1.68 m
|Date of birth (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 27)|
Number 20 (York City F.C.), 20 (York City F.C. / Midfielder, Forward)
Similar People Louis Briscoe, Paul Cox, Lee Stevenson, Marvin McCoy, Tom Platt
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Current team Macclesfield Town F.C.
Lindon Meikle Goal
Lindon Levi Meikle (born 21 March 1988) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a winger or a striker for Southern League Premier Division club Kettering Town.
- Lindon Meikle Goal
- Eastwood Town
- Mansfield Town
- York City
- Macclesfield Town and Alfreton Town
- Kettering Town
- International career
- Style of play
- Personal life
- Career statistics
Meikle started his career with Vernon Colts before joining Eastwood Town's youth system, and made his first-team debut aged 16 in 2004. He helped Eastwood to promotion via the Northern Premier League First Division in 2007 and by winning the Northern Premier League Premier Division title in 2009. He played for them in the Conference North for two season before moving to Conference Premier club Mansfield Town in 2011, and helped them reach the play-offs in the 2011–12 season. Meikle was a member of the Mansfield team that won the Conference Premier title in 2013, and played for them for one season in League Two before joining divisional rivals York City.
Meikle started his career with Vernon Colts before going on trial with Eastwood Town, after his father suggested he join his brother Deon at the club. He joined the club's youth system under Paul Cox. He graduated from the youth system and made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old during the 2004–05 season. Meikle helped Eastwood to promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division via the Northern Premier League First Division play-offs in 2006–07, and around this time had trials with Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest and Yeovil Town.
He established himself as a first-team regular under Cox in 2007–08 before helping Eastwood to the Northern Premier League Premier Division title, and so promotion to the Conference North, in 2008–09. During this season, Meikle scored with a 25-yard shot in Eastwood's 2–0 home win over Wycombe Wanderers in the second round of the 2011–12 FA Cup on 29 November 2008, which saw the club reach the third round for the first time in its history. He was named the FA Cup Player of the Round for his performance in this match.
Meikle scored 11 goals in 44 appearances in 2009–10 as Eastwood finished 10th in the Conference North. At the season's end, he was named the Supporters' Player of the Year, the chairman's Player of the Year and the Manager's Player of the Year. He helped Eastwood to a play-off position in 2010–11 with a fifth-place finish, although they were unable to play in them as their ground was not deemed good enough for the Conference Premier. He made 46 appearances and scored 11 goals in 2010–11.
Less than a week after Cox's appointment as manager of Mansfield Town, Meikle followed him to the Conference Premier club on 24 May 2011 after signing a one-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut as a 76th-minute substitute for Matt Green in a 1–1 home draw with Bath City on 13 August 2011. His first goal for the club was the 81st-minute winner in a 3–1 away win over Barrow, which came after he paced past two defenders before he calmly finished with a shot into the bottom corner. Meikle played a vital role in Mansfield reaching the play-offs in third place, playing in both semi-final matches against York City, which the team lost 2–1 on aggregate. He finished 2011–12 with 7 goals in 47 appearances and was offered a new contract by the club in May 2012.
Meikle made 50 appearances and scored 4 goals in 2012–13 as Mansfield won the Conference Premier title, and therefore promotion to League Two. He was handed a new contract with the club in May 2013. Meikle played in Mansfield's first Football League match for five years, entering the 2–0 away defeat to Scunthorpe United on 3 August 2013 as a 51st-minute substitute for Lee Stevenson. His first goal at this level was the equaliser in a 2–2 home draw with Portsmouth on 24 August 2013, with a close range finish in the 72nd-minute. Meikle scored once in 32 appearances in 2013–14 as Mansfield finished 11th, although he was mostly used as a substitute as the formation employed by Mansfield did not include wingers.
Meikle turned down a new contract with Mansfield to sign for their League Two rivals York City on 1 July 2014 on a two-year contract. He made his debut in York's 1–1 away draw with Tranmere Rovers in the opening match of 2014–15 on 9 August 2014. Meikle's season was described by The Press as "miserable", and his chances in the team were limited towards the end of the season. He made 32 appearances as York finished 18th in League Two, and was transfer listed by manager Russ Wilcox in May 2015. Having failed to make a matchday squad in the opening first five matches of 2015–16, he was released by York by mutual consent on 24 August 2015.
Macclesfield Town and Alfreton Town
Meikle signed for National League club Macclesfield Town on 25 September 2015 on non-contract terms, and made his debut a day later as a 67th-minute substitute for Danny Rowe in a 3–0 away win over Aldershot Town. He was released by Macclesfield in November 2015 after making seven appearances for the club, and was denied a move to Barrow by the Football Association as he could not join a third club at that stage of the season. Meikle joined Alfreton Town of the National League North on 3 December 2015, making his debut two days later when starting their 1–0 away defeat to Lowestoft Town. He scored his first goal with a 12-yard curling shot in the 69th-minute of a 2–1 away win over Tamworth on 26 December 2015. On 6 January 2016, Meikle signed a new contract with Alfreton to the end of the season, having initially joined on a one-month non-contract basis. He made 23 appearances and scored 3 goals as Alfreton finished 10th in the National League North in 2015–16.
Meikle joined National League club Barrow on 26 May 2016, being reunited with Cox for the second time. He signed a one-year contract, with the option of a second year based on appearances.
On 16 February 2017, Meikle joined Barrow's National League rivals Southport on loan until the end of 2016–17. He made his debut two days later, starting in a 0–0 draw away to Woking. He was recalled by Barrow on 16 March 2017 to cover for players missing through injury and suspension, having made four appearances for Southport. He was released at the end of the season.
On 15 July 2017, Meikle signed for Southern League Premier Division club Kettering Town.
Meikle made his debut for the England national C team in a 3–1 away defeat to Gibraltar in a friendly on 11 November 2011. He earned four caps for England C from 2011 to 2012. He qualifies for Jamaica through his father.
Style of play
Meikle primarily plays as a winger and can also play as a striker. He is known for his high workrate, on which Cox commented that "He works so hard and is full of energy". When signing for York in 2014 manager Nigel Worthington commented that he has "pace and that directness to get at defenders".
Born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Meikle is from the Hyson Green area of the city and attended Djanogly City Academy. He worked in a clothes shop while playing semi-professionally for Eastwood, but left this role after turning professional when joining Mansfield in 2011.
Career statisticsAs of match played 16 September 2017