Paul Bastock

Bazza's Testimonial Season

Boston United's 2000/01 season will double as Paul Bastock's testimonial year. The long-serving goalkeeper has been rewarded for his loyal service to the club which began back in the summer of 1992 having had previous associations with Coventry City, Cambridge United, Fisher Athletic, Kettering Town plus a stint in Malaysia. Before the start of this campaign, Bazza had made 429 appearances for the Pilgrims in eight full seasons at York Street. He currently tops the poll of All Time Boston United Favourites.
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The end-of-season party was a huge success with £1000.06 (before expenses) raised for the popular goalkeeper. Over 150 people attended the event along with Boston United officials and players. Steve Evans, Trevor Quow, Andrew Stanhope, Micky Nuttell, Joby Gowshall, Lennie Curtis, Richard Lucas, Mark Clifford and Colin Hoyle were some of the notable celebrities who were present.

The football quiz was also a success with £98 raised. Placings are as follows:

Team Name Points (out of 130)
1 We Need A Name 115
2 Norfolk 'N' Change 107
3 Another Booking 97
4 The Price Is Right 93
5 The Bridge 87
6 Gap Rappers 82
7 Carl Alford's Waistline 81
8 No Hopers 79
9 The Prawn Sandwiches 70
10 Pressure's On 60

The latest draw in Bazza's 200 Club draw has been made with Win Spinks winning the £50 prize for April. Ted Walmsley was the £10 runner-up.

Plans are still afoot for a Testimonial match. It is likely that the opposition and date will be confirmed in the near future.

There are also plans to hold an auction before August. The following items will be up for grabs:

The recent collection at half-time of the Hereford United game raised £241.83 for Bazza's Testimonial Fund. Thanks go to all who made a contribution.

Golf Day

Paul Bastock's Big Golf Day took place at Boston West Golf Centre on Monday February 19. The event was a huge success and raised more than £600 towards Bazza's overall Testimonial Fund. Details of winners can be found below:

The positions in Bazza's Big Golf Day were:

Position Team Name Player 1 Player 2
1 The Debaters Keith Wright Gary Frost
2   Will Vaughan Pete Pearson
3 Lessons Required Andrew Dawson Neil Hutson
4 Like Father Like Son Glen Chapman Gordon Chapman
5   Andrew Malkinson Steve Evans
6 The Stokies Jack Luffman Cliff McCall
7 The Slicers Darren Clarke Andy Lawrence
8 Boston West Golf Club Graham Stacey Paul Grant
9 Matsmox Mel Moxon Ray Matson
10 Bazza & Luffy Paul Bastock John Luffman
11   Colin Woodcock Phil Walker
12 Barclays Brokers Mike Bestwick Robert Barclay
13   Ged Wilkinson Chris Cook
14 In Tandem Howard Collins Phil Sneath
15 Boston Utd Social Club David Munks Mick Gooderson
16   Chris Malkinson Michelle Malkinson
17   Glen Walden Jim
18   Pat Malkinson Derek Dawson
19 The Wasters Martin Potts Steve Chapman
20 The Townenders Mick Small Frank Bartle
21 The Potholers Graham Taylor Barry Shinn

Other awards:

Award Player
Nearest the porthole Gordon Chapman
Nearest the pin Andy Lawrence
Longest drive Gordon Chapman

Raffle winners:

Prize Winner
Top Flite golf bag Mel Moxon
Two Gliderdrome tickets for Showaddywaddy Mick Small
12 Top Flite golf balls Mike Bestwick
Baileys Keith Wright
Tin of Celebrations Pat Malkinson
Vodka Martin Potts
Tia Maria Michelle Malkinson
Cointreau Pauline Chapman
Bacardi Ray Matson

The Testimonial Committee would like to extend special thanks to former Pilgrim Ian Stringfellow, who now runs his own golfing business in Mansfield, for providing many of the day's excellent prizes.

Thanks also go to Michael Small Electrical for sponsoring the day and to Rexel Senate and Trust Windows for their continued support as joint Testimonial sponsors.

Supporters' Christmas Party

This took place at the Boston United Social Club on 2nd December.

The usual suspects hand over the money

Money for old cartridges

Save the planet and help boost Bazza's Testimonial Fund by recycling your old printer inkjet or toner cartridges. A deal has been struck with Bring your used cartridges to the Boston United Club Offices 14/16 Spain Place or on matchdays to the Cartridge Recycling Container which is placed near the York Street turnstiles. For every three cartridges brought in for recycling, will contribute £1 to the Paul Bastock Testimonial fund.

The Testimonial Committee

Bazza's committee comprises of:

Chairman: Rob Singleton (E-Mail:
Vice-Chairman: Glen Chapman
Secretary: Pauline Chapman
Treasurer: Barbara Singleton
Committee Members: Jack Luffman
John Luffman
Andy Marriott
Michael Small
Andy Robinson (E-Mail:
Neil Walden
Chris Cook
Craig Singleton (E-Mail:
Scott Dalton

Committee members are now also busy trying attract an array of sponsors, prize donors (for raffles or auctions) from businesses, individuals or from the football world in general. Any offers of help can be directed to fund secretary Pauline Chapman on (01205) 363562 or any committee member.

The Bazza 200 Club

In total there will be 10 monthly draws - the first nine having £50 and £10 prizes and the final one, in May, with a bumper prize fund of £300, £100, £50 and £10. Here are the results of the draws that have taken place so far.

Month £50 winner £10 winner
August Tim Lennon Colin Woodcock
September Neil Johnson Joan Price
October Amy Chapman B. Miller
November Ken Charlery Glyn Blackbourne
December Mandy Cook Jamie Moore
January James Hardaker Stefan Cook
February Jim Price Ted Walmsley
March Glen Maddison John Benyan
April Win Spinks Ted Walmsley

Bazza Commemorative Merchandise

Also a wide array of commemorative merchandise is now being distributed to outlets - including polo shirts, sweat shirts, fleeces, mugs, key fobs, pens, fridge magnets, novelty 'Bazza' clocks, celebration photographs from the 2000 Dr Martens title winning season and hopefully, in the near future, some big synthetic 'Bazza' hands which look like being a big hit with the fans.

As a starting point these will be on sale at the new United souvenir shop and there will also be a full range available for view and purchase at all testimonial functions.

In addition, a special Paul Bastock souvenir brochure is currently being produced and should be on sale by mid-September.

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