Craig Tanner - Plymouth Argyle (SkyBet League Two) October Appearances: 7, Total Appearances: 17, Goals: 3
In October, Craig started four games, appeared off the bench on three more occasions and was an unused substitute just once. Over that period he picked up a goal - Plymouth's second in a 2-0 win over Exeter - and an assist - for ex-Reading academy graduate Carl McHugh in their side's 2-1 win over Luton Town. Tanner's good form has helped Plymouth rise to the top of League Two, and are four points clear of their nearest rivals. On social media, his purple patch has not gone unnoticed, with Chris Groves saying that he's "playing to the best of his ability" and that he "was quick, direct, dangerous, and burned defenders time after time."
Following this impressive run of form, Tanner told pafc.co.uk
"It’s been really enjoyable, I’m very happy to have the opportunity to come here and learn my trade at such a big club. The first goal I scored was a right-foot volley into the top corner, which I’ve never done before. That was in my first game at Home Park."I think I’m performing well at the moment. I think I’ve settled in now and getting used to understanding what the gaffer wants from me. It always takes time. I just want to score goals and enjoy my football, because when I enjoy my football, that’s when I play at my best.I’m a creative, attacking player. I just try and create chances for the team, work my socks off and hopefully get a couple of goals. I think my game’s really come on, especially in the last month. I’ve got a couple of goals from not that many starts, so hopefully I can get a few more starts, but I need to improve on my consistency and take it from there."
George Legg - Chesham United (Southern League Premier Division) October appearances: 8, Total appearances: 16
After regaining his place at the end of September, Legg followed on by starting the next eight games, keeping four clean sheets in the process. Unfortunately, George picked up an injury during a training session two weeks ago and was unavailable for the remaining games during October. Earlier this week, he tweeted his disappointment at his injury, but said he hopes to be back to face Bristol Rovers on the 8th of November.
Jake Taylor - Motherwell FC (Scottish Premier League) October appearances: 0, Total appearances: 6
Jake Taylor has been in and out of the Motherwell squad throughout his spell at the Scottish club, and this continued again in October. He was left out of the match day squad for his side's win over Partick Thistle and defeat against Celtic, but was an unused substitute in Motherwell's defeat to Dundee and draw against Aberdeen.
Rob Dickie - Cheltenham Town (Conference National League) October appearances: 8, Total appearances: 15, Goals: 1
Like last season at Basingstoke, Rob has quickly established himself in the Cheltenham starting line-up. In October, Dickie started every game for his loan side, featuring in notable victories against Halifax, Bromley and Havant & Waterlooville. Cheltenham currently sit 2nd in the Conference National League, and are undefeated in five.
Before his side's FA Cup replay against Havant, Dickie made some interesting comments on his start to life at Cheltenham, which you can watch here.
Lewis Collins - Farnborough (Ryman League Premier Division) October appearances: 7, Total appearances: 11, Goals: 3
Collins made seven appearances throughout October, starting four games, coming off the bench three times and failing to appear just twice - presumably through injury. Collins scored three times during this period, including the winner in their 3-2 win over Lewes and consolation goal in their embarrassing 6-2 defeat against Canvey Island.
Aaron Kuhl - Dundee United (Scottish Premier League) October appearances: 2, Total appearances: 5
Aaron Kuhl was absent from the match-day squad at the beginning of October for Dundee United's games against St Johnstone and Partick Thistle. He returned to the starting line-up against Hearts, live on Sky Sports, but failed to impress as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat. The following week Kuhl scored an own goal as his team were demolished by the Scottish champions, Celtic.
On the bright side for Aaron, his hair game is still strong:
This Aaron Kuhl's hair weave must be among the best ever. #luiz— David Friel (@davidfriel81) October 25, 2015
Harry Cardwell - Woking (Conference National League) October appearances: 2, Total appearances: 5
Unfortunately for Harry Cardwell, his final two games for Woking came as two defeats. He came off the bench in the 79th minute in their 2-0 defeat to Dover before featuring a week later from the start, playing 52 minutes in their 2-1 defeat to Southport. Cardwell returned to Reading on October 12th, having failed to find the net for Woking in his five games for the club.
Simon Cox - Bristol City (SkyBet Championship) October Appearances: 1, Total Appearances: 1
Cox departed the Berkshire club at the beginning of October but has failed to impress his new manager so far. In three matches, Cox has seen just six minutes of action, coming on as an 84th minute substitute during Bristol City's 2-1 defeat to league leaders Brighton. He was an unused substitute in their other two games, against Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City.
Noor Husin - Hemel Hempstead (Conference National League) October appearances: 2, Total appearances: 2, Goals: 1
Noor Husin joined Hemel Hempstead on loan in mid-October, and he deputised against Dartford during their 2-2 draw. He scored Hemel's second goal of the day too, tucking home from close range following an excellent team move. Husin also played 90 minutes the following week, but he failed to make an impact as ten-man Hemel Hempstead were beaten 2-1 by Concord Rangers.
Sean Long - Luton Town (SkyBet League Two) October appearances: 3, Total appearances: 3
The Reading full back joined Luton Town during October and made his debut against Crawley Town, creating the opening goal for Cameron McGeehan in their 2-1 defeat. He also played 90 minutes in their draw against Leyton Orient and played a half against Craig Tanner's Plymouth last weekend.
Long described his whirlwind first month with Luton Town in an interview with bedfordshire-news.co.uk:
"It was a mad week, I had two games, we played Lithuania on the Friday and then flew out to Italy and played them on the Tuesday. Literally as the plane landed I got the call to travel down here [to Luton], so it was a mad week but I'm not complaining. I'm playing league football so I was loving it.
It all happened fairly quickly but all the lads and the staff have been great. I've settled in well. I was looking to step on. I've played a good few seasons in Reading's Under-21s but this is the next level, out in league football, which is why I jumped at the decision to come here.
I knew a bit about Luton, I knew a few of the Irish lads here – Paddy McCourt and Mark O'Brien – so I knew a bit about them and I knew they [Luton] get great support. There's a few people you can relate to, a few Irish lads, so obviously there's a bit of stick going around but you get used to that."
Luton boss John Still had said of the defender:
"Sean's a talented young man who we've watched a few times. His availability gives us a touch more competition in an area where we've been a little light."
And Long said:
"I'm grateful that he brought me here. I'll just take each game as it comes and if it does go longer than a month I'll be delighted. At the moment I'm here for a month and I'm going to play as many games as I can."
With three goals in four starts in October, Lewis Collins has had an impressive start to life at Farnborough. With his loan not due to expire until January, all parties will be hoping he can continue his great form at the club.