Boston United Football Club News

Here is some news about the club received in the 2000/1 season, in date order with the most recent news at the top.

Squad, Pitch

9 May Boston United have announced the changes to the squad following the end of the season:

Players Staying: Paul Bastock, Ken Charlery, Mark Clifford, Jamie Cook, Peter Costello, Jim Dick, Anthony Elding, Andy Lodge, Simon Rusk, David Town, Ross Weatherstone, and Simon Weatherstone.

Players Released: Lennie Curtis, Farid Diaf, Micky Nuttell, Richard Lucas and Andrew Stanhope.

Players Available for Transfer: Paul Fewings, Lee Howarth, Jason Minett and Paul Wilson.

To be Decided: Nick Conroy and Joby Gowshall.

Work on the pitch has been completed today; 60 tons of red sand has been spread on it, then it has been terramatted and re-seeded.

Last night's victory for the Academy in the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup was the third consecutive year they have won the competition; they beat Lincoln City three years ago and Lincoln United on the following two occasions. The victory was achieved with a depleted team due to holidays; Broom and Barnes scored the goals.

The Nationwide Conference Annual Golf Tournament took place today at Tame in Oxfordshire. Boston United were represented by Chairman Pat Malkinson, Vice-Chairman Andrew Malkinson and Manager Steve Evans.

Tomorrow the Nationwide Conference hold a Commercial Managers Meeting at Pride Park, Derby. General Manager John Blackwell and Chief Executive Kevan Muggleston will represent Boston United.

York Street, Academy

8 May For at least the next two seasons Boston United intend to remain at York Street, this will be reviewed later in line with current and future stadium requirements. Chairman, Pat Malkinson, believes that sometime in the future Boston United will have to move to a new stadium as it may not be possible to adapt York Street to meet future stadium regulations.

The whole of the York Street Stand will now become the away supporters area and work will be done to the dressing rooms, directors area and terracing barriers to bring them up to the required standard.

Tonight the Academy have defeated Lincoln United 2-1 to win the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup again. After 90 minutes the score was 1-1, the Academy then scored a golden goal 10 minutes into extra time.


6 May Steve Evans has won the Conference News Manager of the Month award for April/May, during the five week period Boston United had for wins and three draws from eight matches which produced an average of 2.83 points.

Peter Costello is joint runner up for the Conference News Goalscorer of the Month award with Steve Jones of Leigh RMI; they both scored five goals in the five-week period. Darren Collins of Kettering Town was the winner with seven goals.

Boston United have applied to enter a reserve team in the Central Conference League next season.

Following a meeting with the Football Licensing Authority on Thursday 3 May 2001, in order to achieve an acceptable ground capacity in line with the club's ambitions, effective from the 2001/2002 season the York Street Stand will be designated the away supporters area. This means that the Director's Box, Visiting Director's Box and the Match Sponsors/Guests Area will have to be moved to the original area intended when the Stantons Stand was built. As a consequence, Boston United have to regretfully advise that Red Block Rows F, G and H numbers 35 to 46 inclusive and Yellow Block Rows G and H numbers 1 to 12 inclusive will not be available for renewal. Boston United apologise for any inconvenience caused by the late change to the Season Ticket renewal procedures.

Season Tickets

4 May Season Tickets for next season will be on sale tomorrow from 9.00am to 12.00noon in the club office.

The annual Player of the Season awards will be presented at tomorrow's match with Hereford United.

Work starts to repair the pitch next week, the drains will be improved and new seed and turf laid.


3 May The Standard has reported that admission prices for next season will be: Stantons Stand £9.50 (concessions £8.50), Terracing £8.50 (concessions £7.50) and York Street Section B (home) terracing plus £1.00.


2 May Earlier today the Academy beat Stamford 4-0 to finish second in the Midland Division of the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference. Glen Kill (three) and Graham Fryer scored the goals.

The Target has reported that Boston United will run a reserve team in the Central Conference League next season and that Season Tickets will go on sale on Saturday 5 May. From Saturday seating tickets will cost £130.00 and terrace tickets £120.00, after Friday 18 May the costs will be £150.00 and £140.00 respectively. Chris Cook has been appointed Director of Football at Holbeach United.

Academy, Car Boot Sale

1 May Tomorrow the Academy are away to Stamford in their final Nationwide PASE Youth Conference match of the season, kick off is at 2.00pm.

Next Tuesday, 8 May, the Academy play Lincoln United in the final of the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup at Lincoln Moorlands.

Boston United are holding a Car Boot Sale on the York Street pitch on Sunday 6 May from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Stalls cost £5.00 in advance and £6.00 if paid on the day. For more details contact the club office on 01205 364406.

Promotion Places

20 April Conference to Discuss Football League Offer of Two Promotion Places

The Nationwide Conference has reviewed the Football League’s offer of two promotion places at a meeting of its Board of Directors yesterday. The eight man Board has requested an urgent meeting with the League to negotiate the proposal and agree a fair and acceptable financial arrangement for relegated clubs. The talks are aimed at introducing the new promotion structure next season.

As part of the negotiation process, meetings with the Football Association – who have been involved with the discussions from the initial stages - are scheduled next week to help clear the path for increased promotion between the Conference and the Football League. Additional talks with the FA Premier League are also scheduled in order to determine a universally accepted formula for calculating ‘Parachute Payments’ to clubs relegated at all levels.

Conference Chairman Bill King stated: "The proposition for increased promotion places to the Football League is now fully accepted in the game. The next stage is to visit the parachute payment policy more carefully and arrive at a policy that sits comfortably at all levels of football – from the Premier League to the Football League, from the League to the Conference. We have a very tight deadline to get this done in time for next season and the Conference, League and FA must work closely to get everything finalised ahead of our AGMs this summer."


Academy, Tickets

19 April Last night the Academy beat Appleby Frodingham B 4-2 in the semi-final of the Jackson Workwear Rental Charity Cup. Tom Fielding (2), Sam Bettinson and Jack Thompson were all on target. Jody Simons and John Gaulthorp replied for Appleby Frodingham.

Academy: Hornsby, Hallam, Fletcher, Ross, English, Barnes, Fryer, Barnes (Cook, 84), Thompson, Bettinson, Fielding, McKay (Singleton, 84).

Boston now face Lincoln United, in a repeat of last year's final which the Pilgrims won 3-2, the date and venue is to be decided. The Academy are appearing in the final for the fourth consecutive season.

Tickets for the pre-season friendly with Manchester United will go on sale to the general public at 1.30pm on Saturday, they will be sold at two kiosks inside the ground one underneath the Stantons Stand and one on the Spayne Road side of the ground.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph has reported that Daniel French is expected to make his Football League debut during their match with Bournemouth on Saturday and Walsall on Tuesday.

Manchester United, Academy

17 April There is an error in the previous item concerning when the tickets for the friendly with Manchester United will be available to current season ticket holders, the correct times are:

Thursday 19 April 12.00 noon to 4.30pm

Friday 20 April 9.00am to 4.30pm and 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

Tomorrow the Academy play Appleby Frodingham B in the semi-final of the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup at Brumby Hall Scunthorpe, kick off at 7.45pm. The winners of the match will play Lincoln United, who beat Grantham Town in the other semi-final, in the final on a date to be decided. The Academy are the current holders of the Cup after they beat Lincoln United in the final last season.

Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to the away match with Hayes on 28 April, leaving York Street at 10.00am with a return fare of £9.00.

Voting has commenced for the Player of the Year, sponsored by Mr Trophies of Skegness. Voting forms are available from the Club Office, the Social Club, the Club Shop and in the programme for the match with Kingstonian on Saturday. The closing date is 25 April, with the trophy being presented at the match with Hereford United on 5 May.

Trevor Quow, Manchester United

12 April Due to ill health within his family, Trevor Quow has been given compassionate leave of absence. The club sends Trevor and his family best wishes for a speedy recovery and we look forward to his return.

The following are the ticket arrangements for the pre-season friendly with Manchester United on Wednesday 25 July 2001 (kick off I at 7.45pm):

Present season ticket holders can get their tickets from the club office at 14-16 Spain Place, Boston after 12 noon on Thursday 19 April until 7.30pm and during office hours on Friday 20 April. Purchasers will need to present their season ticket for the 2000-2001 season and Voucher "A" will be used as part of the purchase of the match tickets.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday 21 April, when Boston United entertain Kingstonian in the Nationwide Conference, kick off at 3.00pm. The tickets will be on sale from 1.30pm from two kiosks inside the ground, one on the Spayne Road side of the ground and the other near the Stantons Stand.

Ticket Prices: Stantons Stand £12.50 no concessions

York Street Stand Seats £11.00 no concessions

Terracing Adults £10.00

Terracing Concessions £7.50

For more information contact the club office on 01205 364406.

Manchester United

10 April Boston United have arranged a home pre-season friendly with a Manchester United XI for Wednesday 25 July 2001; the match will be the first of the new season and will be all ticket. Tickets will be available to season ticket holders from the club office at lunchtime on Thursday 19 April, and tickets for other supporters will be sold inside the ground before the home match with Kingstonian on Saturday 21 April.

The away fixture with Hednesford Town, which was postponed on Saturday, has been re-arranged for Monday 23 April, kick off at 7.45pm.


7 April Today's away match with Hednesford Town has been postponed due to a water logged pitch.


5 April The home match with Dagenham & Redbridge has been confirmed for Wednesday 11 April, kick off at 7.45pm.


4 April Following a pitch inspection at 1.30pm tonight's match with Dagenham and Redbridge has been postponed due to a water logged pitch. The match has been provisionally re-scheduled for Wednesday 11 April at York Street, kick off at 7.45pm.

Hednesford, Academy

3 April Boston United are planning to run a supporter's coach to Hednesford on Saturday leaving York Street at 10.30am with a return fare of £8.00

The Academy have no league match this week, instead they have a friendly match with Boston Grammar School tomorrow at the Grammar School, kick off at 2.00pm.

Hoyle, Trials

1 April Colin Hoyle joined Burton Albion on the way back from Telford yesterday.

Over 25 youngsters aged from 15 to 17 have been at York Street today to take part in trials for YTS terms for next season. The youngsters came from all over the country with Portsmouth, Southend, Leicester and London being amongst the places represented.

The Academy play their semi-final of the Jackson Workwear Cup on Wednesday 11 April when they play Appleby Frodingham B at the Quibell Sports Stadium in Scunthorpe; kick off is at 7.45.

On Wednesday 11 April York Street hosts the Lincolnshire Junior Cup Final between Wyberton and Moulton Harrox of the Peterborough League, kick off at 7.30pm.


30 March Paul Fewings has joined Farnborough Town on loan for one month.

The Lincolnshire Senior B Cup Final which was postponed on Wednesday is now scheduled for Saturday 14 April, kick off at 3.00pm.


29 March Paul Raynor has joined King's Lynn and is expected to make his debut in their Dr Martens Premier Division match with Folkestone Invicta on Saturday.

Paul Fewings is in talks with Farnborough Town of the Ryman League Premier Division this evening, with a view to signing for them in time to play in their match with Hendon on Saturday.

The transfer deadline for the three feeder leagues to the Nationwide Conference (Dr Martens League, Unibond League and Rymans League) is 10.00pm on Saturday 31 March.

The Standard has reported that Doncaster Rovers' Jamie Paterson has turned down a move to Boston United after the two clubs had agreed the transfer.

The Academy team for yesterday's match with Ipswich Wanderers was:

Cook, Marshall, Fletcher, Ross, Smith, Harris, Fielding (Barnes 46), Broome (Thompson 78), Bettinson, Elding (Fryer 82), McKay. Subs (not used): Kill, Hornsby (gk).

Scorers: Anthony Elding (4), Joe Harris

Practice, Academy, Deadline

28 March Last night Boston United held a private practice match behind closed doors at York Street; new striker David Town scored two goals as part of an impressive performance in a 2-1 victory.

Earlier today the Academy beat Ipswich Wanderers 5-1, Anthony Elding scored four of the goals.

The transfer deadline for the Nationwide Conference is at 5.00pm tomorrow. Numerous negotiations have been taking place over the last few days; it is planned to announce any movements, both in and/or out, here tomorrow.

The Target has reported that Steve Evans turned down a £40,000 bid from a Football League club last Thursday for Simon Weatherstone.

Town, Academy

26 March Boston United have beaten the transfer deadline (Thursday 29 March at 5.00pm) by signing striker David Town from Rushden & Diamonds. David was born in Bournemouth on 9 December 1976; he is 5ft 8in tall. David joined Bournemouth as a trainee on 11 April 1995, scoring 10 goals in 92 appearances (54 as substitute), he was transferred to Rushden & Diamonds for £30000 on 28 May 1999 where he scored seven goals in 25 appearances (eight as substitute), earlier this year he had a loan spell with Hayes.

The Academy play their final home league match of the season on Wednesday, when they play Ipswich Wanderers at Wyberton, kick off at 2.00pm. The Academy are hoping to avenge a 4-1 defeat at Ipswich earlier in the season.

On Wednesday the Lincolnshire County Senior B Cup Final takes place at York Street between Harrowby United and Deeping Rangers, kick off at 7.30pm. The admission is £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions.


25 March Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to the away fixture with Telford United on Saturday 31 March, it will leave York Street at 10.00am with a return fare of £8.00 each.

For the match away to Scarborough on Easter Monday (16 April) it is planned to run a coach leaving York Street at 8.00am to allow approximately two and a half hours free time in Scarborough. The cost will be £8.00 each

Charlery, Visit

23 March Ken Charlery scored the second goal after 77 minutes for England last night in their 3-0 victory over Holland, he had come as a substitute after 69 minutes replacing Warren Patmore of Yeovil Town.

Earlier today Boston United were visited by Mark Simmonds, the Conservative's prospective parliamentary candidate for Boston and Skegness, and Chris Heaton-Harris the MEP for the East Midlands, they spent a hour inspecting the facilities at York Street.

Steve Evans, Academy

21 March During the previous home match with Rushden & Diamonds the referee asked Steve Evans to leave the pitch, the FA Disciplinary Committee has decided to take no action and there is no case to consider, in their view the referee was wrong in asking him to leave the field of play.

Earlier today the Academy beat Cambridge City 4-2 in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference with goals from Anthony Elding (2), Adam Broome and James Fletcher. Steve Evans attended the match.

Boston United: Cook, Marshall, Fletcher, Ross, English (Smith), Barnes (Thompson), Fielding, Broome, Bettinson, Elding, Kill. Subs (not used): Fryer, Hallam, Hornsby (gk).

Star Man: Anthony Elding

Cambridge City are top of the league with 16 points after completing all their fixtures, Boston United currently have 12 points and can finish top of the league if they win there remaining two fixtures at home to Ipswich Wanderers next Wednesday (28 March) and away to Stamford on 11 April.

The Target has reported that Boston United have missed out on signing Tony Lock, a 24 year old front man, from Colchester United. The decision was made for logistical reasons as the player's girlfriend didn't want to give up a good job and career in Chelmsford and regular travel wouldn't be practical.

Charlery, Gowshall

20 March Ken Charlery has been called into the England semi-professional squad for their away fixture with Holland on Thursday.

The Lincolnshire Echo has reported that Joby Gowshall held talks with Gainsborough Trinity's Director of Football, Frank Nicholson, at the weekend and has decided to stay with Boston United.


19 March On Wednesday the Academy play Cambridge City at Wyberton; kick off at 2.00pm, in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference. Cambridge City are currently in first position with Boston United second.


16 March Boston United have signed Simon Rusk from Peterborough United. Simon is a 19-year-old midfield player, who has played three times for the Scotland Under 18 team, earlier in the season he scored the winning goal for Peterborough United in the Maunsell Cup.

Gowshall, Striker

15 March The Standard has reported that Boston United have received a bid from Gainsborough Trinity for Joby Gowshall and Steve Evans is in talks with a 21-year-old striker currently with a second division club.

England, Academy

14 March Paul Bastock has been selected for the England semi-professional squad for the match away to Holland on 22 March.

Earlier today in the PASE Youth Conference League Midland Division the score was Boston United Academy 4, Bury Town 0.

Boston United: Cook, Hallam, Fletcher, Ross, Smith, Fryer (Thompson), Fielding, Broome, Bettinson, Elding, McKay (Kill). Subs (not used): Harris, English, Hornsby (gk).

Scorers: Sam Bettinson (2), Anthony Elding, Jack Thompson


12 March Paul Fewings has returned to Boston United following the completion of his loan to Kingstonian.

The Academy are at home to Bury Town on Wednesday in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference.

State Visit

8 March The Minister for Sport, Kate Hoey, is expected to arrive at York Street at 2.30pm on Saturday, when she will unveil a plaque commemorating the opening of the Vice Presidents Lounge. The Minister is expected to make an appearance on the pitch along with Nationwide Conference Chief Executive John Moules and Boston's Mayor Councilor George Danby. Kate Hoey became acquainted with former manager Jim Smith during his time with Queens Park Rangers.

Rushden & Diamonds

7 March For the match on Saturday, Rushden & Diamonds supporters are to enter the ground using turnstiles three and four in the York Street Stand only.

The A1073 between Spalding and Eye is closed due to road works at Cowbit, therefore, Rushden & Diamonds supporters who will be travelling to Boston via Peterborough are advised to take the A15 to Market Deeping and then the A16 to Spalding and Boston.

Boston's Vauxhall Bridge is closed for repairs preventing any through traffic from using Main Ridge. This is expected to create additional traffic congestion around York Street, therefore all supporters are advised to allow more time for their journey.

State Visit, Academy

6 March Barring any unexpected political events the Minister for Sport, Kate Hoey, is due to attend the match with Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday, along with John Moules, Chief Executive of the Nationwide Conference.

The Boston United Academy will travel to Appleby Frodingham B in the semi-finals of this season's Jacksons Workwear Rental Charity Under-18 Cup on Sunday 15 April.

Gainsborough are through to the final of the Lincolnshire FA County Under-18 Cup after beating Bourne Town 5-3 in the semi final. Boston lost to Bourne in the quarter-final 5-2.

Lincoln United will play Gainsborough in the final after they were 5-1 victors away at Appleby Frodingham B.

Appleby Frodingham B are currently top of the Eastman Homes North League with 24 points from their nine games.

Cup draws:
Jacksons Workwear Rental Charity Under-18s Cup semi-finals (Sunday 15 April):

Appleby Frodingham B v Boston United;

Lincoln United v Grantham Town or Bottesford Town.

Lincolnshire FA County Under-18s Cup final (date TBA):

Gainsborough Trinity v Lincoln United


5 March Yesterday in the Jacksons Workwear Charity Under 18 Cup quarterfinal the score was Boston United Academy 5, Gainsborough Trinity 0.

Boston United: Cook, Hallam, McKay, Fletcher, Ross, J Thompson (Broome, 77), Fielding (Dale, 70), Fryer, Bettinson, Waters (Marsden, 64), Barnes. Subs (not used): English and Hornsby (gk).

Star Man: Tom Fielding

Scorers: Tom Fielding (22, 55, 57), Jamie McKay (37), Alan Ross (77)

Card Count:


Boston: Kieran Dale (74, foul).

Gainsborough: Chris Burton (29, foul), Carl Tipton (36, foul), Ross Thompson (65, foul)


Boston: None

Gainsborough: Ross Thompson (74, retaliation), Adam Hind (90, violent conduct)

In the Semi-final Boston United will be away to Appleby Frodingham or Alstom Sports on a date to be arranged.

Information from Craig Singleton


1 March Steve Evans has been invited by the Football Association to attend the Under 19 and Under 16 Trials at Lilleshall for the past two days looking at players who are to be released by Premiership and League clubs, he appeared on Sky Television last night with Alan Curbishley of Charlton Athletic.


28 February Tonight's scheduled match at York Street, the Lincolnshire County Senior B Final between Deeping Rangers and Harrowby United, was postponed due to a water logged pitch, a new date is still to be arranged.

The PASE Youth Conference League Midland Division fixture between Stamford AFC and Boston United Academy, scheduled for this afternoon, was called off due to the poor state of Stamford's pitch. No new date has yet been set for the game.

The Academy's next match is on Sunday (4 March) when they play host to Gainsborough Trinity in the quarter-finals of the Jacksons Workwear Cup at Wyberton with a 2pm kick-off.

Morecambe, Academy

27 February Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to the away with Morecambe on Saturday, the coach will leave York Street at 9.00am with a return fare of £10.00, supporters are advised to book early.

Tomorrow the Academy are away to Stamford in the PASE Youth Conference League Midland Division, kick off is at 2.00pm.

On Sunday the Academy play Gainsborough in the quarter final of the Lincolnshire Charity Cup, the match is to be played at Wyberton with a 2.00pm kick off.

Rawle, Weatherstone

24 February The transfer received for Mark Rawle is a club record, when taking into account potential "add ons". Other clubs have shown interest in the past, but only one firm offer was received, and it was not the club's decision for that offer to be declined. Mark's contract expired at the end of the season, whilst Boston United could have received a fee within England or Scotland there were two foreign clubs interested which could well have resulted in nothing being received. The transfer did not happen due to financial reasons at Boston United. Mark leaves the club's best wishes and thanks for all he has done.

Ross Weatherstone suffered a head injury during today's match with Northwich Victoria, he was unconscious for a short time and left the pitch on a stretcher, he later made a full recovery and did not go to hospital.


Rawle, Cook

23 February Mark Rawle has completed his move to Southend United and is expected to be in the squad for their match with Scunthorpe United tomorrow.

Jamie Cook joins the Boston United squad for tomorrow's match with Northwich Victoria, along with Ross and Simon Weatherstone and Farid Diaf, he has recently had a trial with Darlington.

Rawle, Cook

22 February BBC Ceefax has reported that Boston United have agreed to sell Mark Rawle to Southend United for £60,000 rising to £150,000 depending upon appearances. Mark has agreed personal terms and is expected to sign tomorrow.

BBC Ceefax has also reported that Boston United have signed forward Jamie Cook from Oxford United on a free transfer. James "Jamie" Cook was born in Oxford on 2 August 1979; hi is 5ft 10in tall. Jamie joined Oxford as a trainee on 1 August 1997; he has made 92 first team appearances (52 as substitute) and scored seven goals.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be broadcasting a "Sports Special" from 7.00pm on Tuesday 27 February featuring full match commentary of Chester City v Boston United on 94.9 and


21 February In today's PASE Youth Conference League Midland Division the result was:

Kettering Town Academy 1, Boston United Academy 0.

By Craig Singleton

Kettering Town: Gourley, Still, Ives, Boyce-Chong, Purdy, Lee, Barczewski, Cartlidge, Day (Broomes, 74), Lemasolien, Hudson. Subs (not used): Emery, Wright, Holmes, Ainsworth (gk)

Boston United: Hornsby, Hallam (Fryer, 63), Fletcher, Ross, Smith, Barnes, Fielding, Harris, Bettinson, Elding, McKay (Kill, 55). Subs (not used): Thompson, Corton, Cook (gk).

Scorers: Michael Boyce-Chong (88) 1-0

Bookings: Tom Fielding (52, foul)

Star Man: Sam Bettinson


19 February On Wednesday the Academy are away to Kettering Town in the PASE Youth Conference League Midland Division, kick off at 2.00pm.

Signings, Chief Executive

16 February Boston United have signed brothers Ross and Simon Weatherstone from Oxford United on two year contracts, both of them have been connected with Oxford United since they were 10 years old. They are both in the squad for tomorrow's match at Yeovil along with Farid Diaf and David Norris.

Ross Weatherstone is a defender, he was born in Reading on 16 May 1981 and is 5ft 11in tall, joining Oxford as a trainee on 1 August 1999 he has made eight first team appearances.

Simon Weatherstone is a forward, he was born in Reading on 26 January 1980 and is 5ft 11in tall, joining Oxford as a trainee on 1 August 1996 he has made 56 first team appearances (29 as substitute) and scored four goals.

Boston United have appointed Kevan Mugleston as Chief Executive Designate with effect from this week. Kevan was formerly a manager with Barclays Bank plc.

France, Cup Final

15 February Boston United have signed midfielder Farid Diaf on a two-year contract; he is expected to make his league debut at Yeovil on Saturday. Farid was born on 19 April 1971; he was with Preston North End for 18 months and has also played for Toulouse, Ales, Laval and Rennes. Preston released Farid last Summer after he incurred a torn groin and a fractured eye socket.

Julian Baudet has flown home for the weekend to consider signing for Boston United; it is hoped he will return in the middle of next week.

The Lincolnshire County Senior B Final between Deeping Rangers and Harrowby United of Grantham will be held at York Street on Wednesday 28 February 2001, kick off at 7.30pm, both clubs play in United Counties League First Division. The admission prices are £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions.

The Standard has reported that Jim Dick, Colin Hoyle and Richard Lucas have two match suspensions commencing on Saturday.

Michael McIndoe has signed for Yeovil Town from Hereford United for £25000.00.

Academy, France

14 February Earlier today the Academy recorded their first victory of the season.

Boston United Academy 3, Kettering Town Academy 1.

PASE Youth Conference League Midland Division

By Craig Singleton

Boston United: Hornsby, Marshall (Thompson, 78), Fletcher, Ross, Smith, Barnes, Fielding, Harris, Elding, Bettinson, McKay. Subs (not used): Kill, Hallam, Fryer.

Kettering Town: Ainsworth, Still, Hudson, Barczewski (Broomes, 82), Purdy, Lee, Holmes (Davies, 72), Cartlidge, Day, Lemasolien, Boyce-Chong. Subs (not used): Wright, Emery, Gourley (gk).

Brendan Barnes (8) 1-0

Jason Lee (49) 1-1

Sam Bettinson (61) 2-1

Anthony Elding (85) 3-1

Bookings: James Lemasolien (65, foul)

Star Man: Tom Fielding

Farid Diaf and Julian Baudet, the two French players, who played in last night's friendly match with Crewe Alexandra were in talks into the early hours of this morning and again throughout today about signing for Boston United. Central defender Baudet (22) is currently with Toulouse, he made 20 appearances last season as Toulouse won promotion from the second division but has not played in the first team this season. Midfielder Diaf (29) has played for Rennes and Preston North End where he suffered problems with injury and was released in the Summer.

Ten and Counting

12 February On Saturday BBC Radio Lincolnshire will provide full match commentary of
Boston United's game at Conference leaders Yeovil Town. The commentary from the South West will be the tenth the station has done so far this season on the Pilgrims. Coverage of the Boston game can be heard on BBC Radio Lincolnshire in Saturday Sport from two o'clock with Rob Underwood. The commentary itself, led by Scott Dalton, can be heard from on medium wave 1368 from three o’clock, with Lincoln City's game at Blackpool on 94.9FM and 104.7 FM.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Station Manager Charlie Partridge says... "The coverage of Boston's game is a recognition of the importance of United to people in the Boston area. While we know a lot of Pilgrims fans will make the trip to Yeovil I am sure our commentary will help those in the County keep up to date with the team. We are proud we will have done commentary from ten Boston games this season, we hope we can do more before May".

Editor Notes:
1: BBC Radio Lincolnshire is broadcast on 94.9FM, 104.7FM and 1368 MW.
2: Saturday Sport presented by Rob Underwood and Michael Hortin is broadcast between 2 and 6 o'clock every Saturday.
3: Boston fans can have their say on the Pilgrims by calling the phone in from 5 o'clock on 01522 511219.
4: BBC Radio Lincolnshire commentary games this season so far....
* Chester - August the 30th.
* Yeovil - September the 13th.
* Southport - September the 26th
* Rushden & Diamonds - October the 8th.
* Scarborough - November the 11th.
* Forest Green - December the 30th.
* Kettering - January the 1st.
* Stevenage - January the 6th.
* Woking - January the 20th.
* Yeovil - February the 27th.


11 February The Boston United Am-Am Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday 5 July 2001 at Boston Golf Course.

Transfers, Academy, Crewe

9 February The aforementioned transfers of Mark Clifford and Tim Wooding are confirmed. Paul Fewings has joined Kingstonian on loan for one month. BBC Radio Lincolnshire has reported that Boston United have made an offer for Michael McIndoe of Hereford United.

Yesterday the Academy drew 0-0 with Bury Town.

United line-up: Hornsby, Marshall, Fletcher, Ross, Pawson, Barnes, Fielding, Harris, Elding, Bettinson, Kill (Dale, 72). Subs (not used): McKay, Marsden, Thompson, Fryer.

Star Man: Richard Hornsby

Next weeks friendly fixture with Crewe Alexandra has been brought forward from Wednesday to Tuesday 13 February.

Clifford, Wooding

8 February Boston United are in the process of signing Mark Clifford from Ilkeston Town tonight for a fee. Mark, a right-sided midfield player, was born in Nottingham on 11 September 1977, he is 5ft 10in tall. Mark joined Mansfield Town as a trainee on 1 August 1995 where he made five first team appearances, joining Ilkeston Town on 1 August 1997.

Also tonight Tim Wooding is expected to be transferred to Cambridge City.

The Standard has reported that Boston United are to give a trial to two french players from Toulouse, Farid Diaf (25) and Julian Baudet (22). Diaf is a cultured midfielder and Baudet a central defender. The deal has been set up by french agent Eric Castigreno and former Leeds United player Terry Cooper. The Standard believes the fee for the players would be £60,000.

Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to the away fixture with Yeovil Town on 17 February. The coach will leave York Street at 8.00am with a return fare of £13.00.

Academy, Norris

7 February Tomorrow the Academy hope to play a league match when they are away to Bury Town in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference.

The target has reported that David Norris has re-joined Boston United on loan, he is presently serving a four-match suspension.

The admission prices for the match with Crewe Alexandra are £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.

England, Crewe

6 February Paul Bastock has been selected as a stand-by goalkeeper in the shadow squad for the England Semi-Professional squad for the match against Wales at Rushden & Diamonds Nee Park Stadium next Tuesday, 13 February. The first choice goalkeepers are Scott Cooksey (Hereford United) and Wayne Brown (Chester City); if either of them drops out of the squad Paul will take part in the match.

Next Wednesday, 14 February, Boston United have arranged a friendly fixture with Crewe Alexandra of the Nationwide League First Division. The match at York Street will kick off at 7.30pm.


5 February BBC Radio Lincolnshire has announced that Steve Evans has withdrawn his resignation as manager of Boston United, the decision was made at a meeting with Chairman, Pat Malkinson, yesterday.

In the FA Trophy Fifth Round Tiverton Town have been drawn at home to Worksop Town.

Former goalkeeper Kevin Martin played for Gainsborough Trinty on Saturday, he has joined them on loan from Scarborough for one month.


4 February BBC Radio Lincolnshire has today been reporting on its news bulletins that Steve Evans has resigned as manager of Boston United.

Wooding, Academy

1 February Tim Wooding has been recalled from his loan spell with Cambridge City due to illness and injury affecting other members of the squad.

Tonight the Academy have lost 5-2 to Bourne Town Under 18 in the Quarter Finals of the Lincolnshire Under 18 Cup, after they were leading 2-0 at half -time through goals by jack Thompson (6 minutes) and Rob Marsden (42 minutes). Team: Richard Hornsby, Brendan Barnes, Jamie McKay, Alan Ross, James Fletcher, Kieran Dale, Tom Fielding, Jack Thompson, Sam Bettinson, Mark Waters, Rob Marsden. Substitutes: Graham Fryer (replaced Waters 28 minutes), James Corton (not used), Rob Marshall (replaced McKay 65 minutes), Joe Hallam (not used).

There are still places available on the supporters coach to Tiverton on Saturday.


30 January The Academy's match tomorrow at home to Ipswich Wanderers is doubtful due to the pitch at Wyberton.

Steve Appleby has joined Holbeach United from Spalding United.


29 January There are still seats available on the supporters coach to the match with Tiverton Town on Saturday, it leaves York Street at 8.00am with a return fare of £12.50 per person.


26 January Last night the Academy beat Deeping Rangers 2-1 in the Lincolnshire Under 18 Cup at Bourne. In the next round, the quarter finals, the Academy have been drawn away to Bourne Town with the match to be played next Thursday.

Boston United 2, Deepings Rangers 1 (played at Bourne Town)

Lincolnshire Under-18s County Cup round two

By Craig Singleton

Boston: Hornsby, Marshall, Fletcher (McKay, 46), Ross, Thompson, Barnes, Harris, Fielding, Bettinson (Marsden, 81), Fryer, Waters (Dale, 58). Sub (not used): Cook (gk).

Deepings: Adams, Yardy, Creese, Pacey (Fogarty, 66), Parr, Merrill, Palmer, Mutton, Clough, Hillier, Bellamy. Subs (not used): Griffiths, Hicks, Roberts (gk).


(Boston): Sam Bettinson, 7 mins: 1-0

(Boston): Sam Bettinson, 12 mins: 2-0

(Deepings): Brett Bellamy, 43 mins: 2-1


(Deepings): Rob Yardy, 71 mins- foul

(Deepings): Brett Bellamy, 73 mins- not retreating 10 yards

(Deepings): Matt Clough, 76 mins- foul

Rob Marshall (Boston)

Huddersfield Town

25 January Boston United have arranged a friendly match with Huddersfield Town of the Nationwide League First Division for tomorrow Friday 26 January with a 7.30pm kick off. Huddersfield Town are expected to bring their first team squad together with Manager Lou Macari and Assistant Manager Joe Jordan. The admission prices are £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.

Tonight the Academy travel to Bourne Town to play Deeping Rangers in the Lincolnshire Cup.


24 January Tonight's friendly fixture with Lincoln United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was this afternoon's Academy match at home to Cambridge City in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference.

Boston United are trying to arrange a friendly match for Saturday 27 January; Tottenham Hotspur, Bradford City, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion have been contacted and a response is awaited from one of them.

The Target has reported that Chris Cook has quit as manager of the Boston United Academy, due to increasing business commitments, Trevor Quow has taken over on a temporary basis.


22 January

Boston United have arranged a friendly fixture away to Lincoln United for this Wednesday 24 January with a 7.30pm kick off.

Tonight's Lincolnshire Cup match for the Academy versus Deeping Rangers at Wyberton has been postponed and will now be played at Bourne Town on Thursday with a 7.30pm kick off.

The Nationwide Conference fixture away to Chester City has been re-arranged for Tuesday 27 February with a 7.45pm kick off.

The Nationwide Conference fixture at home to Dagenham and Redbridge has bee re-arranged for Wednesday 4 April.


20 January At the Forum last night the panel was: John Blackwell, Trevor Quow, Steve Evans and Pat Malkinson; the major announcements were:

  1. Boston United will be full-time with effect from Monday 9 July 2001; this is dependent upon the club remaining in the Nationwide Conference for next season.
  2. There are plans to either re-develop the York Street Stand or re-locate the club to a new site. The ground was inspected by the Football League two months ago and was given a B grade, even though there are other grounds in the Conference with worse facilities which have an A Grade. An A grade is required to enter the Football League and the LDV vans Trophy, therefore, at the moment if Boston United won the Conference they would not be promoted and they finish in the top eight of the Conference they would not enter the LDV vans Trophy next season. Part of the Football League criteria is that all four sides of the ground are self-supporting for turnstiles, toilets, catering facilities, etcetera, and the Stantons Stand is blocked to the outside world by the Matalan store. The inspection required the turnstiles, crush barriers, perimeter fencing, toilets and dressing rooms to be improved. KMB Architects of Kirton have drawn up plans to re-build the York Street Stand at a cost of £1.5m. It is not possible to use the new Athletics Stadium, which is to be built on the Boardsides.
  3. There will be full-time YTS players next season.
  4. Next season there will be a First Team, Reserves, Academy and YTS.
  5. Sky Television is planning to broadcast a weekly programme about the Conference commencing on Thursday 1 February until the end of March.

Wooding, Power

19 January Tim Wooding's loan spell with Cambridge City has been extended for a further month.

Lee Power has resigned as player/coach of Boston United.


18 January Boston United's match with Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday 27 January is now postponed due to the Football Association rescheduling the FA Cup Third Round Replay Dagenham & Redbridge versus Charlton Athletic for that date. The new date for the fixture is Saturday 14 April 2001.

The recently re-arranged fixture away to Chester City on Tuesday 6 February is now postponed due to Chester City's involvement in the Variety Club Trophy; a new date for the match is still to be arranged.

Leroy Chambers has joined Frickley Athletic on loan for three months from Altrincham. David Gilbert has re-joined Grantham Town from Spalding United. Kenny Cramman has re-joined Gateshead.

The Standard has reported that Steve Evans is talking to a defender and a midfield player currently with Kidderminster Harriers.

Lincolnshire Cup, Tiverton, De Souza

17 January The Lincolnshire Cup Final between Boston United and Stamford AFC which was due to be played on Wednesday 28 February has been brought forward to Wednesday 31 January.

Boston United are organising supporters coaches to the FA Trophy match away to Tiverton Town, the coaches will leave York Street at 8.00am with a return fare of £12.50 per person.

Boston United striker Miquel De Souza, who has been on loan to Ryman League leaders Farnborough Town for 84 days, has today completed a transfer to the Hampshire club for a four-figure fee.

At the moment Boston United appear to be without a fixture on 27 January, because of a frozen pitch original opponents Dagenham & Redbridge have had their FA Cup Third Round Replay with Charlton Athletic re-scheduled from tonight to 27 January.

Postponements, Forum

16 January Tonight's friendly fixture with Lincoln United has been postponed due to a frozen pitch, as has tomorrow's Academy match with Long Buckby. Long Buckby have also pulled out of the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference.

A combined quiz and fans forum will be held in the Social Club this Friday 19 January commencing at 8.00pm. The quiz will be in two parts with the fans forum held in the interval. The fans forum will be used to announce important future plans for Boston United. The quiz is for teams of four with an entry fee of £2.00 per team, all are welcome to take part.

FA Trophy, Minett

15 January In the Fourth Round of the FA Umbro Trophy Boston United have been drawn away to Tiverton Town of the Dr Martens League Western Division, with the match to be played on Saturday 3 February. Boston United will be organising supporters coaches to the match; details will be available later.

Jason Minett suffered a broken leg when he was injured during Saturday's match at Tamworth, he is expected to be in plaster for eight weeks.

Gary Mills, Promotion Places

12 January Gary Mills has left Boston United to become the new manager of Tamworth, as part of the deal Gary will not take over at Tamworth until the FA Trophy fixture is completed either tomorrow or after a replay. If a replay is required it will be at York Street next Wednesday 17 January with a 7.45pm kick off.

Unless the above match requires a replay Boston United will play a friendly fixture away to Lincoln United of the Unibond League First Division next Tuesday at their Ashby Avenue ground with 7.30pm kick off. Lincoln United are currently managed by former Boston United player Allen Crombie.

Next Wednesday the Academy are away to Long Buckby, kick off at 2.00pm.

Following a meeting of Club Chairmen, the Nationwide Conference were extremely disappointed that The Football League are not yet able to confirm the agreement to increase the number of promotion places from the Conference to The Football League. The Conference find this position totally unacceptable.

It is understood that The Football League have not defined their decision making process. The Conference are urgently seeking a joint meeting with the Football Association and The Football League for the purpose of reaching a satisfactory conclusion that allows additional promotion from the Conference at the end of the season 2001/2002. Given the current progress both on and off the field, it is vital that an early decision to complete the agreement is made in order for the Conference clubs to continue with planned investment in stadium development, commercial activities, and playing staff.

New Fixture

9 January In a re-arranged fixture Boston United will now be away to Chester City on Tuesday 6 February 2001, kick off at 7.45pm.

The Academy will play Boston Grammar School tomorrow.

Chris Lane

7 January Southport's website has reported that they have signed Chris Lane from Hereford United, he scored for them yesterday in their 3-1 defeat by Rushden & Diamonds. Last week Chris Lane was the subject of an enquiry by Steve Evans.

Bourne Town

5 January Boston United have arranged a friendly match away to Bourne Town next Tuesday 9 January at the Abbey Lawns, kick off at 7.45pm. The match will give match practice to squad players and trialists. Bourne Town are managed by former player Darren Munton.

There are still seats available on the supporters coach to the FA Trophy match at Tamworth next Saturday. The coach leaves York Street at 11.30am with a return fare of £7.00.

Sam Withers will be a guest of Boston United at the match with Stevenage Borough tomorrow. Sam, who plays for the Young Pilgrims, has leukemia and is home for the weekend from hospital in Leicester.

Hereford Players

4 January The Standard has reported that Steve Evans has asked Graham Turner of Hereford United for his valuation of two of their players, right-sided Chris Lane (20) and left-sided Gavin Williams (21).

Lincolnshire Cup

2 January The Lincolnshire County Cup Final between Boston United and Stamford AFC will take place at York Street on Wednesday 28 February 2001, kick off is at 7.30pm.

Kettering Match

1 January Today's match with Kettering Town is definitely on.

Kettering Match

31 December Boston United are very hopeful that tomorrow's match with Kettering Town will go ahead. All the terraces have been cleared of snow and the pitch has one inch of snow covering it, which is keeping it soft and protected from further frost. The match referee, Tony Green, is planning to come to Boston early tomorrow and inspect the pitch at 10.00am

Forest Green

29 December A pitch inspection at Forest Green Rovers ground at The Lawn, Nailsworth at 3.15pm today resulted in the match being declared on.

The supporters coach organised by the club to tomorrow's match has unfortunately been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

Town End

27 December Boston United's next home match is against Kettering Town on New Year's Day with a 3.00pm kick off. Manager Steve Evans hopes the people of Boston will support us in great numbers for the match by filling the Town End of the ground.

If there is sufficient interest Boston United hope to run a supporters coach to the match with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. The coach will leave York Street at 9.45am with a return fare of £10.00.


26 December Boston United have signed David Norris from Bolton Wanderers on loan for one month.

Wooding, Raffle

23 December Earlier today Tim Wooding joined Cambridge City on loan for one month.

The Boston United Christmas Draw prize list is:


£100.00 cash




T Fone



Dave Fravigar



Jay Gowshall


Vegetable Hamper

B Wilkinson


Vegetable Hamper

G Kirk


Sunday Lunch for Two

Alison Foxon


Finn Forest Golf Umbrella

M Wells


Christmas Cake

Roy Hackford


Finn Forest Polo Shirt

Sandra Norris


Magnum of Charlemagne

B Butler


Golf Umbrella

Jack Hackford


Kronenburg Lager Set

Sam Green


Premier Beers of the World

Mrs Kirk


Two Bottles of Martini Asti

Ron Butler


Black Magic Chocolates

F Wells


White Wine

Derek Dawson


Bottle QC Wine

Jack Hardy


White Wine

M Edleston


BUFC Supporters Kit

D Daubney


BUFC Polo Shirt

Steven Graham


BUFC Polo Shirt

G Hillaby


BUFC Supporters Kit

M Scoot


Bottle Liebrafraumilch

Phillip Galley


BUFC Shop £10.00 Voucher

D Wilkinson


BUFC Supporters Kit

Nick Greaves


Bottle of Bonici Fizz

Andrew Stanhope


BUFC Supporters Kit

Alastair Wood


White Wine

M Gilbert


Case of Ruddles Beer

Jason Stones


Box of Dairy Milk

S Evans


Bottle of Wine

Alan Rodgers


Magnum of Charlemagne

R A Ostler


Two Bottles of Wine

Lisa Johnson


Christmas Pudding

Lisa Blackwell


Box of Chocolates

D Roberts


Magnum of Charlemagne

D Wilkinson

Prizes can be collected from the club office.


22 December Boston United have declined a bid from an undisclosed Nationwide League club for Mark Rawle. Enquiries are being received for Miquel De Souza for when his loan spell with Farnborough Town expires on 30 January 2001.

Holbeach, Tote

19 December Wednesday evening's friendly match against Holbeach at their Carters Park ground has been called off as Boston United are unable to raise a team due to an injury crisis at York Street.

Due to the Christmas holiday next week's draw for the Alphabet Forecast will take place on Wednesday 27 December, with the prizes available for collection after 10.00am on Friday 29 December.


15 December There will be a one minutes silence at all Nationwide Conference matches tomorrow in respect of the three Nuneaton Borough supporters (Martin Lashley, Carl Long and Sean Folan) who died in a road accident on their way home from the FA Cup match at Bournemouth last Saturday.

It is hoped that Jim Dick, Paul Wilson and Peter Costello will be available for selection tomorrow and Nicky Conroy is expected to be the reserve goalkeeper.

Academy, Martin

13 December Today's Academy match away to Kettering Town was called off due to the Rockingham Road pitch being waterlogged.

Kevin Martin has been released by Boston United due to travelling difficulties from his Scarborough home, Kevin is looking for another club and if anyone is interested please contact Boston United offices on 01205 364406. Later tonight Boston United are hoping to sign goalkeeper Nicky Conroy from Yaxley of the United Counties League.

Boston United have planned the following supporters coaches to away fixtures: for the match at Kettering Town on Boxing Day 26 December the coach will leave York Street at 12 noon with a return fare of £5.00 and for the FA Trophy match at Tamworth on 13 January the coach will leave York Street at 11.30am with a return fare of £7.00.

The match at Kettering Town will be segregated with Boston United supporters using turnstiles 7, 8 and 9 for the terraces and turnstile 14 for seats. The admission at turnstiles 7, 8 and 9 will be £7.50 for adults and £6.00 for concessions; turnstile 14 will be £9.50 for adults and £7.00 for concessions.


11 December Boston United's home fixture with Stevenage Borough has been brought forward to 6 January 2001 from 14 April 2001 due to original opponents Chester City being involved in the FA Cup.


7 December The Standard has reported that Steve Evans is talking to Bolton Wanderers about David Norris having a loan spell with Boston United and that Andy Turner has returned to Rotherham United.

FA Trophy

6 December Last night Tamworth beat Belper Town 5-0 in their FA Trophy replay and they will now be at home to Boston United in the third round of the competition.

The Target has reported that Kenny Cramman's contract with Boston United has been canceled.

FA Trophy

4 December In the FA Umbro Trophy Third Round, Boston United have been drawn away to Tamworth or Belper Town, who replay their drawn Second Round match tomorrow night, the match is to be played on Saturday 13 January 2001.

On Saturday in the FA County Youth Cup Lincolnshire (featuring Boston United players Richard Hornsby and Alan Ross) beat Cornwall 1-0 with the goal being scored in the last minute of extra time. The draw for the Quarter Finals takes place later this week.

Fixture, Variety Club

30 November Last night in the Lincolnshire County Cup Stamford AFC beat Grimsby Town 1-0, Dennis Rhule scored after 76 minutes. The Final between Boston United and Stamford AFC will take place at York Street on a date to be decided, possibly in the new year.

The Standard has reported that Boston United are considering becoming a full-time club for next season.

The Nationwide Conference, The Variety Club Children's Charity and Nationwide Building Society have teamed up to launch a country-wide campaign to raise money for thousands of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children. The "Cash for Kids" collection, which will take place at all Nationwide Conference grounds is part of the fundraising activities surrounding football's newest competition - the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy.

The Nationwide Variety Club Trophy, formerly known as the Bob Lord Trophy, is approaching the quarter final stages, and will be played in early December. To maximise the fundraising potential, the nationwide Conference clubs have decided that collections will be made at ALL Nationwide Conference matches. This Saturday at York Street, for the match against Hayes, will be the second match to have a special "Cash for Kids" collection at the ground.

Over the past two years the Variety Club Children's Charity has donated over £3500 to local appeals, schools, organisations and hospitals in the Boston area. Chief Barker, Tony hatch, said "We are delighted to now be entering into a partnership with nationwide Building Society, and I ask all the Conference supporters to put what they can in the "Cash for Kids" dump bins to enable us to raise even more for children who so desperately need our support." Peter Gandolf, the Nationwide's Head of Sports Marketing commented: "We are approaching the season of giving and it is wonderful to see such generosity of spirit on the part of the Nationwide Conference Clubs. We have donated our rights to a worthwhile charity and we are delighted that so many under privileged children will receive the benefit."


29 November The Academy's match with Long Buckby which was scheduled for earlier today was called off because Long Buckby were unable to obtain a mini-bus to transport their team to Boston.

The Target has reported that Daniel French has been recalled by Peterborough United.


28 November Tomorrow the Academy play Long Buckby at Kirton Secondary School, kick off is at 2.00pm; this is a re-arranged fixture in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference.


27 November In the BBC Look North Sports Awards Steve Evans was placed third in the Manager of the Year category, behind David O'Leary and David Sims, Ronnie Moore was fourth. The awards ceremony hosted by Harry Gration and Clare Frisby is to be shown on BBC2 at 7.35pm on Tuesday 28 November.


24 November Miquel De Souza's loan to Farnborough Town has been extended for a further month. Meanwhile, Kenny Cramman has returned to Boston United.

Work is currently ongoing to repair the damage to the York Street stand caused during the FA Cup match with Burton Albion.

FA XI, Academy

23 November Last night a FA XI beat a Ryman League XI 3-1 at Boreham Wood, Paul Bastock, Colin Hoyle and Ken Charlery played the full 90 minutes with Ken Charlery scoring the first goal for the FA XI in the first minute of the match. Paul Wilson had to pull out of the match with a foot injury.

Yesterday the Academy drew 1-1 with Stamford; Glen Kill scored the goal.

Tonight's scheduled Lincolnshire County Under 18 Cup First Round Tie against Deeping Rangers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

In the FA County Youth Cup Lincolnshire have been drawn away to Cornwall, with the match to be played at Torpoint Athletic FC on Saturday 2 December 2000. Boston United players Richard Hornsby (goalkeeper) and Alan Ross (defender) have been selected in the Lincolnshire squad.

On Tuesday Boston United are away to Grantham Town in the Lincolnshire County Cup Semi-Final, the other Semi-Final between Stamford AFC and Grimsby Town is also on the same night.

Derby County Game Off

22 November Tonight's Mather Cup match against Derby County has been called off because the York Street pitch is waterlogged. It will be rearranged to be played later in the season.

Loans, Academy

21 November The month's loan of Kenny Cramman and Miquel De Souza to Farnborough Town has expired today; talks are taking place with Farnborough about extending the loan period.

Tomorrow the Academy play Stamford in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference, kick off is at 2.00pm at Wyberton.

The Academy's Lincolnshire County Under 18 Cup First Round Tie against Deeping Rangers is now scheduled for Thursday 23 November, kick off is at 7.30pm; The winners are away to Bourne Town in the next round.

Hereford, Academy

20 November Boston United are running a supporter's coach to the match at Hereford on Saturday, leaving York Street at 9.30am with a return fare of £9.00. At Hereford Boston United supporters are to use the Blackfriars Terrace, entering through turnstiles 7, 8 and 9 for the terracing and turnstile 10 for the seated area. Parking is on the Cattle Market off Blackfriars Street or at the Leisure Centre one half-mile north of the ground on the A49 towards Leominster.

The Academy have re-arranged their away fixture with Kettering Town, which was postponed last week, for Wednesday 13 December at Rockingham Road.

FA Action

16 November BBC Radio Lincolnshire has reported that a FA Disciplinary Committee has taken the following action today. Following his sending-off at the away match at Southport, Steve Evans has been fined £100 and banned from the touchline for three matches commencing on 20 November 2000. After another incident at the away match with Stevenage Borough, Steve Evans was charged with misconduct, fined £150 and given a suspended touchline ban of six matches.

In another hearing Havant and Waterlooville Chairman, Derek Pope, was charged with misconduct for rude and abusive comments to Boston United supporter Pat Portas at the match at York Street on 12 February 2000. Mr Pope was found guilty and banned from football for one month.


15 November Today's scheduled match for the Academy away to Kettering Town in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference was postponed due to the weather.


14 November Special admission prices of £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for juveniles will apply for the friendly fixture with Derby County next Wednesday.

The Lincolnshire Echo has reported that Derby County are interested in Mark Rawle.


12 November Earlier today the Academy beat Leasingham 4-0 in the Second Round of the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup. Brendan Barnes, James Fletcher (penalty), Graham Fryer and Jack Thompson scored the goals.

Team: Richard Hornsby, Brendan Barnes, Tom Fielding, Alan Ross, James Fletcher, Jamie Mackay, Graham Fryer, Wayne Russell, Rob Marsden, Mark Waters, Jack Thompson.

Substitutes: James Corten (replaced Tom Fielding), Alan Broome (replaced James Fletcher), Matthew Parnham (replaced Rob Marsden), Joe Harris (not used).

Gary Mills

11 November Boston United have signed Gary Mills, formerly manager of King's Lynn and Grantham Town. Gary was born in Northampton on 11 November 1961; he 5ft 10in tall. During his Football League career Gary played for Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Notts County and Leicester City, he made 586 first team appearances and scored 44 goals between 13 November 1978 and 31 May 1996.


10 November Ken Charlery and Tony Black of Leigh RMI are the Nationwide Conference News Goalscorers of the Month for October after they both scored six goals in the month.


9 November Boston United have arranged a friendly fixture with a Derby County XI for Wednesday 22 November at York Street, kick off at 7.15pm.

Tonight's Academy match against Deeping Rangers has been postponed again due to waterlogged pitch; it is now hoped to play the match on Monday or Tuesday next week.

On Sunday the Academy are away to Leasingham, kick off at 2.15pm, in the second round of the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup, Which they have won for the last two seasons.

The Standard has reported that Mark Rawle has trained with Notts County this week.

Turner, England

9 November Boston United have signed wide player Andrew Turner on loan for one month from Rotherham United. Andrew was born on 23 March 1975, he is 5ft 10in tall and he commenced his career at Tottenham Hotspur when he was signed by Terry Venables, his career details are:






FA Cup







36 (1)

0 (0)

2 (0)





Crystal Palace




1 (0)

0 (0)

0 (0)





40 (3)

1 (0)

4 (0)




6 (0)

0 (0)

0 (0)

Huddersfield Town



5 (1)

0 (0)

0 (0)




4 (1)

0 (0)

0 (0)




4 (0)

0 (0)

0 (0)





20 (3)

1 (0)

2 (1)










Colin Hoyle, Paul Wilson and Ken Charlery have been selected for the FA XI to play an Isthmian League XI at Boreham Wood on Wednesday 22 November. The match is a trial match for England Semi-Professional Manager, John Owens, to help select a team for a match with Italy.


8 November Today's Academy match against Bury Town and tonight's friendly fixture with Wisbech Town were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches.


6 November Tonight's Academy match against Deeping Rangers in the Lincolnshire County FA Under 18 Cup was called off due to a flooded pitch, the match has been re-arranged for Thursday.

On Wednesday the Academy are at home to Bury Town; kick off is at 2.00pm at Wyberton.

Goalkeeper Wayne Kowalski from Lincoln has decided to leave the Academy due to being homesick, niggling injuries and amount of college work he had to try and catch up with while being back home in Lincoln recuperating from injury. Chris Cook wishes him well for the future and thanks his parents for their support of Wayne.

Academy, Fixtures

2 November Yesterday the Academy lost 4-1 away to Ipswich Wanderers in the Nationwide PASE Youth Conference.

In a re-arranged fixture Boston United will now be away to Dover Athletic on 18 November 2000. The match has been brought forward from 3 February 2001.

Next Wednesday Boston United will play a friendly fixture away to Wisbech Town, kick off at 7.45pm.


30 October Tonight's Academy match against Deeping Rangers in the Lincolnshire County FA Under 18 Cup was called off due to pitch flooding and damage to the floodlights at Wyberton caused by the strong wind. A new date for the match is to be arranged.

On Wednesday the Academy are away to Ipswich Wanderers, kick off is at 2.00pm.

There are seats available on the supporters coach to Burton Albion tomorrow night.

FA Cup

28 October Boston United are running supporters coaches to the replay of today's FA Cup match with Burton Albion on Tuesday; the coaches will leave York Street at 5.00pm with a return fare of £5.50.

Today's draw for the First Round of the FA Cup featured Kidderminster Harriers versus Boston United or Burton Albion, with the match to be played on 18 November.


27 October For tomorrow's FA Cup match Burton Albion supporters should enter the ground through turnstiles 3 & 4 only, and Boston United supporters should use turnstiles 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8. The Kids for a Quid scheme will not be in operation tomorrow.


26 October Next Monday, 30 October, the Academy play Deeping Rangers in the Lincolnshire County FA Under 18 Cup. The match will be played at Wyberton's Causeway ground; kick off is at 7.45pm.

Kingstonian, Wisbech

25 October Boston United are planning to run a supporters coach to the away fixture at Kingstonian on 4 November, leaving York Street at 10.00am with a return fare of £7.50.

Boston United will play a friendly fixture away to Wisbech Town next Tuesday 31 October, if a replay of Saturday's FA Cup match is not required.


24 October Steve Evans has been nominated for an award in the BBC Look North Sports Awards; David O'Leary of Leeds United has also been nominated in the same category. To register a vote for Steve follow the link or write with your vote to: BBC Sports Awards, Woodhouse Gate, Leeds, LS2 9PX.

FA Cup

23 October For Saturday's FA Cup match with Burton Albion Boston United supporters are not to use turnstiles three and four as they are for visiting supporters only. The Kids for a Quid scheme will not be in operation because of Football Association rules.

If a replay is required it will be at Burton Albion on Tuesday 31 October, kick off at 7.30pm.

Greg Fee

22 October Greg Fee resigned as manager of Gainsborough Trinity yesterday, immediately following their 7-1 defeat away to Stalybridge Celtic.

3-2-1 Team Builder

21 October Boston United are starting a new fundraiser called 3-2-1 Team Builder, they would like 250 supporters to pay £12.00 a month for 12 months. For 51 weeks here will be a prize of £100, for week 52 there will be prizes of £3000, £2000 and £1000. For more information contact the club on 01205 364406.

In the Second Round of the Jacksons Workwear Charity Cup the Academy will be away to Leasingham on Sunday 12 November, kick off at 2.00pm.


20 October Kenny Cramman and Miquel De Souza have joined Farnborough, current leaders of the Ryman League Premier Division, on loan for one month.

Academy, Barnet

19 October Yesterday the Academy drew 0-0 away to Cambridge City in the first of their league fixtures to be completed; it was reported that the team performed well.

Barnet's website has reported that they are considering using funds they have raised to sponsor Paul Wilson, Ken Charlery and Lee Howarth and they would like to receive feedback on this offer.

Former player Keith Alexander has been appointed manger of Nothwich Victoria.

Steve Evans, FA Cup

18 October Following Steve Evans' decision to remain as manager of Boston United it was business as usual; he had no hesitation in getting on with his job of progressing with Boston United. Last night Steve went with Trevor Quow to watch the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round replay between Burton Albion and Tamworth to see who would be Boston United's opponents in the next round. The match was won 3-1 by Burton Albion who, on the balance of play, could have won by a greater margin.

Today's Academy match away to Cambridge City was expected to be played at a college ground in Cambridge due to the state of Cambridge City's ground.

Gary Pawson has joined Holbeach United.

Steve Evans

17 October Boston United have announced that Steve Evans is staying with the club after turning down the opportunity to manage an un-named Nationwide League club.

FA Cup

16 October In the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, to be played on Saturday 28 October, Boston United have been drawn at home to Tamworth or Burton Albion, who replay their Third Qualifying Round match tomorrow night.

The Non-League Paper

15 October Today's edition of The Non-League Paper has reported that Boston United have been approached by an un-named Nationwide League club who wish to appoint Steve Evans to be their manager. Steve is due to meet the directors tomorrow to discuss the situation.


13 October Paul Wilson has today signed on as a permanent player for Boston United, prior to signing Paul had held talks with Geoff Chapple of Kingstonian.

Wilson, Taylor, Academy

12 October Talks are at an advanced stage with Paul Wilson for him to sign for Boston United, but other Nationwide League and Conference clubs have come in with bids. This afternoon Steve Evans went to meet Paul to continue the negotiations.

Leigh Taylor, who has been with Boston United for three seasons after progressing through the Academy, is expected to join Holbeach United before the weekend. Former Player/Manager Greg Fee played and scored for Holbeach in their Eagle Bitter United Counties League match with Potton United last Saturday; Holbeach won 5-1.

Tonight the Academy have beaten Nettleham 5-4 in the Jackson Workwear Charity Cup.

Team: Wayne Kowalski, Brendan Barnes, William Gray, Alan Ross, James Fletcher, Kieron Dale, Tom Fielding, Adam Broome, Sam Bettinson, James Corton, Joe Harris.

Substitutes: Graham Fryer, Wayne Russell (replaced Gray), Jack Thompson (replaced Dale) Chris Spiller (replaced Corton), Peter Cook.

Goals: Corton (5,45), Barnes (13), Broome (19 penalty), Fielding (75).

In the second round the Academy are away to Leasingham.


11 October Today's scheduled Academy match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Target has reported that Steve Evans is flying to Dublin on Friday to assess a centreback, who has expressed an interest in playing in England, and is expected to take part in a match between Bohemians and St Patrick's

Grantham, Academy

9 October The date of the Lincolnshire Cup Semi-Final against Grantham Town is 28 November 2000 not as mentioned in the previous item.

The Academy have their fist home league match of the season when they play Long Buckby at Wyberton with a 2.00pm kick off. Then on Thursday the Academy team is away to Nettleham in the first round of the Jacksons Workwear Charity Cup with a 7.30pm kick off.

Boston United will be launching a brand new fund raising initiative before Christmas; further details will be announced when they are available.

Grantham, Stevenage

6 October The Lincolnshire Cup Semi-Final away to Grantham Town has been arranged for Tuesday 28 October 2000.

Boston United are running a supporters coach to the away fixture with Stevenage Borough on Saturday 14 October leaving York Street at 11.00am. The return fare is £5.50 but anyone who travels on the coaches to Rushden & Diamonds on Sunday and presents the offer voucher when booking a seat will pay half price.

The Club Shop will be open at 10.30am on Sunday for the benefit of supporters before the supporter's coaches leave for Rushden & Diamonds.


5 October Adie Hayes was due to sign for King's Lynn earlier tonight and is expected to be in their squad to play away to Welling United on Saturday. The Non-League Paper dated 15 October 2000 has reported that the transfer fee was £2000.

The Academy's match with Bedford Town, which was scheduled for yesterday, was postponed because Bedford did not have any registered players.

The Standard has reported that Paul Wilson's loan period runs out on Sunday, but Steve Evans is trying to tie up a permanent deal, and Scarborough have turned down Boston United's bid for Paul Ellender as they value him at £170,000.


3 October Boston United have signed Daniel French, a right or left wide player, from Peterborough United on one month's loan, and he is in the squad for tomorrow's match with Telford United. Daniel was born in Peterborough on 25 November 1979; he is 5ft 11in tall, he joined Peterborough as a trainee on 1 August 1997 and has made seven appearances as substitute in the Nationwide League.

Non League on the Net has reported that Brendan Phillips has been relieved of his duties as manager of Nuneaton Borough.

Cramman, Rushden

2 October Kenny Cramman has returned to Boston United following the completion of his one-month loan to Slough of the Ryman League Premier Division.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire is providing full match commentary on Sunday's away match with Rushden & Diamonds on their 1368AM medium wave frequency.

The Academy commence their fixtures on Wednesday with a visit to Bedford Town, kick off is at 2.00pm.


30 September The following new items are now available from the Club Shop:

Woollen Style College Scarves @ £ 3.50 each

Official Nationwide Conference Iron - on patches @ £ 2.00 each

The Club Shop also receives six programmes from Boston United's previous away match, that are available at the cover price. Both the matches at Northwich Victoria and Southport are in stock priced @ £ 1.50 each.


29 September Tickets for the supporters coaches to the away match with Rushden & Diamonds will be available from the Club Shop at the matches against Doncaster Rovers and Telford United.

The Target has reported that plans for a council-run pay and display car park at Boston United's York Street ground have been shelved, as the council felt that it take too long to recoup the costs of setting up the car park.


26 September Boston United would like to remind supporters that the away fixture with Rushden & Diamonds on Sunday 8 October has a 2.00pm kick-off. The club are running coaches to the match leaving York Street at 11.00am with a return fare of £5.50


25 September BBC Radio Lincolnshire will have full coverage of tomorrow night's match with Southport on their 94.9FM frequency; the programme from 7.00pm to 10.00pm will include commentary by Scott Dalton and Michael Hortin.


22 September Boston United have signed Ken Charlery from Barnet on a two-year contract and he is in the squad for tomorrow's match with Northwich Victoria. Ken was born in Stepney on 28 November 1964; he is 6ft 1in tall. Prior to Barnet Ken has been with Stockport, Peterborough (three spells), Southend, Birmingham, Watford, Maidstone, Beckton and Fisher. In League matches Ken has made 433 appearances (58 as substitute), scored 121 goals and the transfer fees paid for him total £1210000.

Boston United have made a substantial five figure bid to Scarborough for Paul Ellender.

The Nationwide Press Release has reported that Boston United have offered £25000 to Cambridge City for Adam Wilde.

Doncaster, Livett

21 September Due to the anticipated large travelling support for the home fixture with Doncaster Rovers, away supporters will occupy the whole of the York Street end of the ground and enter using turnstiles 3 and 4. Access for Boston United supporters will be through turnstiles 5, 6, 7 and 8. The seating areas will not be affected.

Simon Livett is returning to the United States of America to play football.

John Helm, Yorkshire Television football commentator was at last night's match to see the ground with a view to a future Goals on Sunday programme.

League Cup

19 September Tomorrow's League Cup match with Nuneaton Borough will be played as a one-leg match; there will not be a replay in the event of a draw. The winners of the match will be at home to Scarborough in the next round with the match to be played on 10 or 11 October.

Adie Hayes has returned from his loan spell with Tamworth.

Leigh Taylor scored for Wisbech on Saturday.

David Rennie

15 September David Rennie is expected to sign for Burton Albion tomorrow morning and then play in their Dr Martens Premier Division match with Welling United.

Today's memorial service for Sydney Burgess in the Stump was attended by over 100 people.

Ken Charlery

14 September Earlier this week Boston United agreed terms with Barnet for experienced striker, Ken Charlery, and personal terms were agreed yesterday afternoon when the striker asked for a few days to consider the implications of coming out of the Football League before finalising the move.

An offer of £25000 to Cambridge City for winger Adam Wilde has been turned down.

The offer to Nuneaton Borough for striker Marc McGregor has been withdrawn as their valuation is in excess of six figures.

Discussions are taking place with Paul Jack a centre-half who was at Airdrie with Jim Dick.

Jim Dick dislocated a finger in last night's match with Yeovil Town.

Yeovil Match is On

13 September The Safety Committee, which is responsible for the safety at Boston United's York Street ground, is of the opinion that Boston United could have been be unable to fully meet the requirements of the Ground Safety Certificate for tonight's match against Yeovil Town. The disruption caused by the national fuel shortage means that sufficient stewards cannot make it to the ground for the game. To solve this problem, part of the ground will be closed for the match so that the rest of the ground can be covered by the available stewards. A consequence of this is that there will be no segregation at tonight's match.


12 September The new floodlights at York Street are due to be used for the first time tomorrow night for the match with Yeovil Town. Tonight will be the final check of the lights and their lux value, which will bring the York Street lights up to the requirements for the Nationwide Conference.

County Youth

11 September Alan Ross, Joe Harris and Richard Hornsby have been selected for the Lincolnshire Youth Team to play Gainsborough Trinity Under 19 at the Northolme on 20 September.

Paul Wilson

8 September Boston United have signed experienced midfielder Paul Wilson on one month's loan from Barnet. Paul was born in Forest Gate on 26 September 1964; he is 5ft 9in tall. Paul joined Barnet from Barking on 1 March 1988 and he was loaned to Aldershot for one month during October/November 1998. During his career with Barnet Paul has made 300 appearances and scored 24 goals.

Boston United tried to sign two more players but negotiations broke down at a late stage and with the deadline of 3.00pm it became too late to sign anyone else for tomorrow's match. Negotiations may commence again next week.


7 September Earlier today Leigh Taylor joined Wisbech on loan for one month following a request from Ian Stringfellow. The move will enable Leigh to play in matches and gain experience; he is expected to play against Rothwell on Saturday.

Boston United have been trying to bring in new players, they are waiting to hear from Football League clubs with a view to new players being in the team on Saturday.

In the Lincolnshire Charity Cup first round the Academy have been drawn away to Nettleham.

McGregor, Cramman

1 September Earlier today Boston United had a bid of £60,000 to Nuneaton Borough for striker Marc McGregor turned down. Nuneaton signed Marc McGregor from Forest Green Rovers for £35,000 in June this year. Another enquiry to Rushden & Diamonds for England captain Gary Butterworth elicited the response that he is worth £250,000.

Kenny Cramman has been loaned to Slough Town of the Ryman League Premier Division for one month.

Former player, Chris James, has joined Matlock Town from Gainsborough Trinity.

Sydney Burgess, Academy

31 August The funeral of Mr Sydney Burgess is not a private funeral; everyone is welcome to attend at Boston Crematorium at 11.00am on Monday 4 September.

Last night the Academy drew 1-1 with a Lincolnshire County trialists team at Bourne.

Sydney Burgess, Jim Dick

27 August There will be a private family funeral for Mr Sydney Burgess on Monday 4 September, on Friday 15 September there will be a memorial service at 3.00pm at Boston Stump.

Yesterday at Woking Jim Dick suffered a deep cut to his knee (the bone could virtually be seen), the wound was treated with stitches and Jim may be unavailable for ten days.

Mr Sydney Burgess

Sydney Burgess 1927-2000

25 August It is with great sadness that Boston United FC have to announce the death of vice-chairman, Mr Sydney Burgess earlier today in Leicester General Hospital. 
Mr Burgess had been a director of the club for many years and chairman on two occasions, memorably during last season's DML championship campaign.
He will be sadly missed by all at the club.

Clayton Blackmore

24 August The Standard has reported that Clayton Blackmore, formerly with Manchester United and Middlesbrough is rumoured to be contemplating joining Boston United.

Trevor Quow is currently arranging talks and training sessions for schools and local youth groups, he can be contacted at the club office on 01205 364406

Tour, Released

22 August The Academy squad have gone to the Peak District for four days of pre-season training, the trip is also intended to enable the squad to get to know each other as there are only four members remaining from last season.

Goalkeeper Scott Kendrick has been released.

The Alphabet Forecast had its twelfth anniversary draw last night.

Injuries, Licence

21 August At lunchtime today Paul Raynor, Peter Costello, Colin Hoyle, Mark Rawle were doubtful for tomorrow night's match with Nuneaton Borough due to injury.

The Vice Presidents Lounge was granted a drinks licence by Boston Magistrates this afternoon.

There are still places available on the supporters coach to Nuneaton tomorrow, it leaves York Street at 4.30pm and the return fare is £7.00


18 August Adie Hayes has gone on loan to Tamworth of the Dr Martens Premier Division for one month from today. This is to help out Tamworth manager, Paul Hendrie who is a good friend of Steve Evans, with an injury crisis including two players out with hernia operations.

Peter Costello is to have a fitness test before tomorrow's match; he has a 50/50 chance of being fit. Miquel De Souza has a small chance of being fit for tomorrow.

Former player Craig Allardyce has joined Leigh RMI.


17 August The Vice Presidents Lounge and Club Shop at the York Street end of the ground are due to open on Saturday.

The Standard has reported that Steve Evans and Trevor Quow are to sign new three year full-time contracts on the pitch before the match with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

De Souza

16 August The Target has reported that Miquel De Souza is currently having intensive treatment on his ankle injury at Lilleshall, it is hoped he will be ready for Tuesday's match at Nuneaton.

Diss Town

14 August Tomorrow's match with Diss Town has been called off due to the injuries incurred by the Boston United squad at the weekend. The injuries include Anthony Elding with a black eye and other facial injuries, which required six stitches as part of the treatment.

Kayleigh Green

13 August Kayleigh Green has been training with Boston United recently to assist with her preparations for the trials for the England U16 team. Kayleigh was born on 24 October 1985, her friends know her as Kazza or Jaffa, she attends St Bede's RC Secondary School, her interests are football and music, her favourite teams are Boston United and Manchester United with her favourite players being Tim Wooding Mark Rawle Andrew Stanhope Paul Fewings and Lee Power, she lives with mother Jayne father Paul and sister Tara (12).

Kayleigh began playing football when she was aged seven at Tower Road School and was the first girl to play in the Primary Schools County Cup Final. When Kayleigh was 10 she joined Mayflower U12 Girls to play in the Peterborough League, they finished runners-up and Kayleigh was the league top goalscorer. For the following season Kayleigh moved to her present club, Holbeach, where they won the League and Cup double and she was the top goalscorer again. The following season at under 14 level Holbeach won the League, League Cup, County Cup, National 5-a-Side competition, and all five Summer tournaments, Kayleigh was the League top goalscorer and club player of the year. At age 14 Kayleigh moved to the U16 team and began playing full 11 a side games with Holbeach Ladies. The under 16 team was unbeaten again to win the league, and Kayleigh was the league top goalscorer. Holbeach Ladies finished as league runners-up and league cup winners, Kayleigh won awards for both teams. Kayleigh gained U16 county representative honours after successful trials at Lincoln and was a member of the winning South Holland team at the Lincolnshire Division of the Millenium Games, and at the end of August she is taking part in the national finals at Southampton.

Kayleigh's career highlight to date was when she received a letter from Hope Powell, the England women's team manager, inviting her to attend Under 16 age group trials at Coventry, where she was coached by FA coaches and scored in the games she took part in. However, due to be two years below the age group she was involved with and with over 200 girls competing for five places; she expects she will have to wait for another year before representing England.

Earlier this month Kayleigh won a national competition to spend a day training at a Premiership club with Michael Owen on Wednesday 23 August.

During four seasons of football Kayleigh has scored over 200 goals, failing to score in just one match, and has collected over 40 trophies.

Recovery, Court

11 August Mr Sydney Burgess, Boston United Vice-Chairman, is currently recovering in a Leicester hospital following a major operation last weekend.

At Lincoln Crown Court yesterday, Thursday, Swineshead man Martin McLachlan (24) was sentenced to two and a half years in jail and banned for three and a half years following his release from all domestic football matches after attacking a spectator at the Boston united versus Worcester City match on 4 March 2000. Judge John Machin said the public are sick and tired of the scourge of football violence. The courts will come down hard on anyone involved in this type of activity; it is a blight on national sport and is becoming something of a national standard. At the match a Boston United supporter was punched and headbutted, which resulted in his, nose being broken in two places and other facial injuries. A second attacker, Lee Orrey, had his case adjourned for reports and was granted bail.


10 August The Standard has reported that Steve Evans and Trevor Quow will sign new four year full-time contracts with Boston United before Saturday's match with Burton Albion. Earlier on Saturday Steve and Trevor will open this weekend's Boston Motor Show and will be presented by sponsored cars from Linpac Toyota


9 August The Target has reported that Jim Dick is suspended for the first two matches of the Nationwide Conference season, due to disciplinary points incurred whilst he was with Airdrie. Boston United have had inquiries from a Scottish Premier Division Club and an English First Division club about Jim, but he has signed a two year contract and Steve Evans is not under pressure to sell him.

Boston United have arranged a match away to Baldock on Saturday 12 August.


8 August Every home Nationwide Conference match is to be segregated next season with away supporters allocated an area of the York Street stand between the tunnel and entrance A, including the seated area in the York Street stand above the terracing. There will be the same admission price (£8.00 for adults and £7.00 for concessions) for the seated area and the terracing, with access to the seated area being on first come first served basis. A set of turnstiles will be designated for away supporters only. Some matches will be designated all ticket for away supporters. Coaches for away supporters will drop off and collect their passengers in York Street. Away supporters travelling by car are advised to use the NCP car park off John Adams Way (after crossing the river take the first exit on the left off John Adams Way into the car park).

Former players Greg Fee, Paul Watts, Steve Charles and Kevin Noteman played for Gainsborough Trinity last night in their 4-2 defeat by Mansfield Town.

League Cup

7 August In the Nationwide League Cup Boston United have been drawn at home to Nuneaton Borough; the match will take place on Wednesday 20 September.

County Cup

5 August Last night in the Lincolnshire County Cup Grantham Town beat Gainsborough Trinity 2-0 (Gainsborough also missed a penalty) and Stamford AFC beat Lincoln City 2-1. The semi-finals will now be Stamford AFC versus Grimsby Town and Grantham Town versus Boston United on dates to be decided.


3 August The pre-season friendly which had been arranged with Brigg for Saturday has been called off due to injury problems sustained in last night's match with Wisbech Town, the match will now be played at a later date.

The Target has reported that Boston United have signed goalkeeper Kevin Martin from Scarborough. Kevin was born in Bromsgrove on 22 June 1976; he is 6ft tall, he signed for Scarborough on 5 July 1995 and has made 36 appearances for them

The PSA Youth League has been revised to the following:

North: Hednesford Town, Hereford United, Loughborough University, Northwich Victoria, Telford United.

Midland: Bedford Town, Boston United, Bury Town, Cambridge City, Ipswich Wanderers, Long Buckby, Kettering Town, Stamford AFC.

South: Dagenham & Redbridge, Dover Athletic, Gravesend & Northfleet, Hitchin Town, Kingstonian, Stevenage Borough, Wealdstone, Welling United.

The fixtures are expected to be received in the next few days and they will start in week commencing Monday 2 October.


1 August The referee for Saturday's match with Nationwide Conference Champions Kidderminster Harriers was due to be Uriah Rennie, but he has now had to go to Russia on that day to take charge of a European match. Uriah will be replaced by Fraser Stretton a Nationwide League referee from Nottingham.

Yorkshire Television

29 July Last season Yorkshire Television regularly featured action form the Nationwide Conference matches involving Doncaster Rovers and Scarborough on their Goals on Sunday programme. At the moment Primetime Video Productions, who provide film for Yorkshire Television of local events and who provided the film for last season's match with Grantham Town when the Dr Martens League Title was won, have not heard from Yorkshire Television regarding any coverage of this season's matches. It has been suggested that if Boston United supporters write to Yorkshire Television requesting them to show action from Boston United's matches they may grant the request, which would also be useful for away matches. If any one is interested the address to write to is:

Sports Department
Yorkshire Television
TV Centre
Kirkstall Road

Last night Gainsborough Trinity beat Lincoln United 3-1 in the Lincolnshire County Cup and will now play Grantham Town on Friday 4 August to decide who plays Boston United in the semi-final.

County Cup

27 July In the semi-final of the Lincolnshire County Cup Boston United will be away to either Gainsborough Trinity, Grantham Town or Lincoln United; Gainsborough Trinity play Lincoln United tomorrow night. It is unlikely that the match will take place before the start of the Nationwide Conference season.

Former goalkeeper Adam Sollitt has joined Northampton Town from Kettering Town in a £30,000 transfer.

Gary Childs is believed to have joined a local Sunday League side and is currently setting up a business to supply football kits.

Currently training with Boston United is 14 year old Kayleigh Green, who has been called up for the England under 16 trials at Coventry on Saturday by England women's team manager Hope Powell. We hope to provide more information about Kayleigh in a future article.

The Souvenir Shop and Vice Presidents Lounge are scheduled to open on 12 August for the visit of Burton Albion for the Dr Martens Shield.

The Standard has reported the Lee Power is assisting Steve Evans and Trevor Quow in a coaching role whilst awaiting an ankle operation. The following players have appeared as trialists: Karl Van Der Velden (a Dutch born midfielder previously with Barnsley), Craig Herbert (previously with West Bromwich Albion and Shrewsbury Town) and goalkeeper Kevin Martin (previously with Scarborough).


25 July At a Board Meeting last night, Mr Sydney Burgess tendered his resignation as chairman due to ill health, and during the meeting Mr Pat Malkinson became chairman for the new season with Sydney Burgess as vice-chairman.


20 July Paulas Benaras, the main kit suppliers to Boston United, are providing the kit for the pre-season friendly matches, which is different from the kit, which will be used when the Nationwide Conference season starts on 19 August.

Gary Walters is believed to have joined Spalding United.


19 July Boston United have signed midfielder James "Jim" Dick from Airdrie. Jim was born in Bellshill on 21 June 1972; he is 5ft 11in tall. Jim's career record is:






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19 (3)

1 (0)

1 (0)




14 (5)

4 (0)

1 (0)

St Mirren



2 (0)

0 (0)

1 (0)













Greg Fee

17 July Greg Fee is the new manager of Gainsborough Trinity; he takes over from Ernie Moss who resigned last week to become assistant manager of Kettering Town. Greg saw the Gainsborough players for the first time on Saturday during their 2-1 victory over Louth in a pre-season friendly. Paul Watts scored both of the goals for Gainsborough.


15 July The pre-season friendly with Northampton Town on 31 July will take place at York Street instead of being an away fixture as reported in the article dated 18 May.

On 29 July Boston United will take a full side to play a friendly against Wyberton at their Causeway Ground, the kick off is at 3.00pm and the admission price is £2.50. As part of the agreement with Wyberton Sports and Social Club the Academy will play their home matches at the Causeway Ground on Wednesday afternoons or evenings.

The substitutes bench for visiting teams was completed today.

There are four advertising boards for the Nationwide Conference inside the ground as well as the one outside the ground.


13 July The officials for the forthcoming friendly matches are scheduled to be:

19 July Notts County Neale Barry of Scunthorpe assisted by Chris Wade and Richard Galley.

22 July Peterborough United Bob Desmond of Swindon assisted by Chris Wade and Ian Brooks.

26 July Scunthorpe United Darren Drysdale of Lincoln who was an Assistant Referee at this years FA Cup Final.

31 July Northampton Town Peter Jones of Loughborough assisted by Andrew Green and Candy Louth, who will be the first female to officiate at a Boston United first team match at York Street.

5 August Kidderminster Harriers Uriah Rennie of Sheffield assisted by Richard Galley and Ian Brooks.

The Standard has reported that Steve Evans has enquired about purchasing a central midfield player from another Conference club, Steve Evans did not reveal the players name but the Standard understands he is Gary Patterson of Kingstonian. In the same article Steve Evans is till awaiting a response to his offer to Airdrie for Austin McCann, if the offer is unsuccessful he is also looking at a wide player currently with a Football League club.


12 July The Vice-Presidents Lounge will have 100 matchday places available to supporters on an annual basis, it will be for strictly members and club guests only and there will be a smart casual dress code. The Nationwide Conference requires clubs to have an entertainment facility separate to the social club. The membership costs £99.00 for season ticket holders and £125.00 for non-season ticket holders. The membership benefits include: car park pass, match programme, licensed bar, pre-match buffet, half-time and full-time refreshments, selection of a man-of-the-match.


11 July The away match with Rushden & Diamonds originally scheduled for Saturday 7 October has been moved to Sunday 8 October to avoid a clash with the England versus Germany World Cup Qualifying match.

The home match with Southport originally scheduled for Saturday 24 March has been moved to Sunday 25 March with a 2.00pm kick off, to avoid a clash with the England versus Finland World Cup Qualifying match.


8 July The new medical room has been plastered and the electrical fittings installed (M Small Electrical carried out the electrical work). The back of the Stantons Stand has been painted with the colours matching the seats. Fertilizer has been spread on the pitch.

The squad had a training session at North Sea Camp today.


7 July The Boston United Am Am Golf Tournament was held yesterday. A record number of 54 teams took part in the event which was won by Tim Ruck Agricultural Supplies with 106 points, The Chippindales (including former goalkeeper Nigel Simpson) were second with 98 points and George's Dragons were third. Amongst the people with Boston United connections taking part were: Russ Allen, Nigel Simpson, Paul Bastock, Kenny Cramman, Tim Wooding, Steve Evans and Neil Timby.

The Playing for Success centre will be open out of school hours for up to six four hour sessions, catering for 160 students per week. The centre will use football but the focus will be on improving literacy, numeracy and information technology skills. The learning programme will include one-hour literacy and numeracy sessions; training on the use of IT; sessions on study skills and opportunities to write articles for publications such as the match programmes.

Playing for Success

6 July The following items have been reproduced from the Boston Standard.

Boston is joining the big boys of sport as part of a scheme to help youngsters learn how to work as well as play. Boston United's triumphant success on the football field means hundreds of local youngsters can aim for new goals in the classroom in the pioneering Playing for Success scheme. It will see over 1000 children and young people a year attend a new study centre at the York Street ground in a bid to boost their literacy and numeracy skills and 'learn how to learn'. Other partners in the project are Lincolnshire County and Boston Borough Councils and the Boston Standard.

United's successful bid for over £350,000 in grants means it is joining the big names in football - nearly 30 Premiership and Nationwide Division One football clubs already operate Playing for Success study support centres but the Pilgrims are the only Non-League side in the UK to win a grant. Out of 43 bids from sports clubs and Local Education Authorities in the country this year, the Pilgrims' scheme was one of only 10 to receive a full-scale award. It is the only sports club on the list that is not fully professional - others include the Bradford Bulls, Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves from rugby league, Somerset and Durham cricket and Gloucestershire rugby union.

Boston United manager Steve Evans said the success of the bid was 'magnificent'. "I did not think we would attract enough interest with our bid to beat, for example a club like Lincoln City so this is excellent news," Mr Evans said. "We gave it our best shot and this is just one of the things we are trying to do to help the whole community, with all age groups, people with handicaps, the under-privileged. It's magnificent that the Government and Mr Blunkett in particular, saw that our bid was the best."

Community literacy co-ordinator Anne Dorrian who helped lead the bid for the Lincolnshire LEA, said it was 'absolutely brilliant' that the Boston United scheme had won through. Of the youngsters who will take part, she said: "This will not be an easy option for those who are disaffected. The young people will be expected to attend on a voluntary basis and in their own time, showing both a commitment to learning and improvements in their performance." She was delighted that children on the scheme, as well as learning literacy, numeracy, IT and study skills, would receive another bonus - free tickets to see all the Pilgrims home games.

Tim Hartley, editor of the Boston Standard, said the newspaper was 'proud to be part of this imaginative venture' which would benefit many youngsters in the local community. As part of the project the Standard will run a Young Reporters initiative as well as regular features on the children and young people taking part in Playing for Success. The pupils will have a chance to write match reports for the newspaper and items for the match day programmes.

Nine secondary and 22 primary schools will be targeted, 480 pupils a year will have the chance of attending formal sessions at the York Street study centre and over 1000 youngsters a year will be able to take part in separate 'open sessions' on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. It is hoped that staff will be recruited and the study centre established and equipped ready for an official opening in April 2001.

The Playing for Success team
Left to right : Colin Woodcock (Director BUFC) Ann Dorrian (Literacy Co-ordinator, Lincs CC), Tim Hartley (Editor Boston Standard)


5 July The Target has reported that Kingsley Black has re-signed for Grimsby Town, having been offered a one-year extension to his contract. The two players Steve Evans was interested at Airdrie were Alex Neill and Austin McCann, Alex has since join Barnsley. An offer has been made to Austin McCann (a left winger) and a response is awaited.

Pre-season training commenced this evening with every member of the squad expected to be present apart from Joby Gowshall and Andy Lodge who are on holiday.


4 July When segregation of supporters is required at York Street next season, it is planned to allocate the York Street end of the ground to away supporters; this will entail the provision of new toilet facilities at the York Street end.

Mark Melson and Steve Appleby have joined Spalding United; Steve will also have a coaching role. Paul Wilson has joined Bedford Town of the Rymans League Division One.

Signing, Fixtures

3 July Boston United have signed left sided defender/midfielder Richard Lucas from Halifax Town. Richard was born, and still lives, in Sheffield on 22 September 1970; he is 5ft 10in tall, his career record is:






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2 (1)

3 (0)





53 (0)

4 (0)

2 (0)





62 (9)

2 (0)

6 (0)

Lincoln City



4 (0)

0 (0)

0 (0)

Preston North End




47 (3)

4 (0)

0 (0)

Sheffield United




8 (2)

1 (0)

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The Nationwide Conference fixtures for next season are expected to be released on Thursday, Boston United may now have a home fixture on the first day of the season.


1 July The structure of the new medical room in now complete with the roof being finished today, the electrical and plumbing work is in progress and the plastering is planned for next week. The concrete terracing around the medical room has been replaced.

The barriers on the terraces and in the stand have been painted.

The dressing rooms have been painted.

The building of the new vice-presidents lounge is on schedule.


29 June The Standard has reported that Mark Rawle is to spend a week with Hibernian, to enable their manager Alex McLeish and his staff to have an opportunity to assess his potential. Steve Evans has said that Mark will only move if the price is right. Earlier this week Boston United turned down a bid in excess of £60,000 which was believed to be from a Bristol club, and Kidderminster Harriers have also expressed an interest.

It is also reported that in another incident a fellow Nationwide Conference manager has made an approach to two contracted Boston United players directly. Steve Evans was angered by the approach and if there is a repetition it will be reported to the Football Association and the Nationwide Conference, he also stressed that any enquiries must be to him and not directly to the players.


28 June The Target has reported that Steve Evans has travelled to Scotland this week. Scottish First Division club Airdrie have gone into receivership and all of their players are available for a free transfer. There are two players in particular that Steve Evans believes could do a good job for Boston United in the Nationwide Conference.

The Paul Bastock Testimonial Fund committee comprises: Chairman, Rob Singleton; Secretary, Pauline Chapman; Treasurer, Barbara Singleton; Publicity Officer, Scott Dalton; General Committee, John Luffman, Jack Luffman, Chris Cook, Michael Small, Andy Robinson, Craig Singleton, Glen Chapman, Mark Dobney, Neil Walden and Andy Marriott. Over the next 12 months the committee are planning the following events: golf day, millionaire's night, Christmas and Spring dances, race evening, sportsman's dinner, various quizzes, and a high profile match against top opposition.

 Cups, Friendly

26 June Boston United are due to enter the knockout cup competitions on the following dates:

28 October 2000 FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round.

13 January 2001 FA Trophy Third Round

18-20 September 2000 Nationwide Trophy First Round, if successful it will be followed by

9-11 October 2000 Nationwide Trophy Second Round.

The scheduled pre-season friendly away to Tamworth on 6 August has been cancelled because Tamworth have a match with Aston Villa.

Boston United have announced that anyone who has been involved in the recent trouble in Belgium and Holland will not be welcome at York Street.


22 June Steve Evans is looking to sign a further three players to complete the squad to begin the new season. It is rumoured that the targets include Simon Coleman (a central defender from: Southend United, Middlesbrough, Derby County and Bolton Wanderers), Kingsley Black (a left winger from: Grimsby Town, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Luton Town) and Gary Patterson (a midfield player with Kingstonian).


21 June Joby Gowshall will be suspended for the first Nationwide Conference match of the season following his dismissal against Dorchester in the final match of last season.

Darren Munton has been appointed manager of Bourne Town.

The budgeted attendance figure for next season is about 2250, and the kid-for-a-quid scheme will be in operation again.

Testimonial, Academy

20 June Boston United have awarded long-serving goalkeeper, Paul Bastock, a testimonial for the 2000/2001 season.

The Non-League Paper has reported that the FA have sanctioned the Conference Under 19 League, which will begin in August with the following clubs:

Southern Division:Wealdstone, Boreham Wood, Dagenham & Redbridge, Dover, Gravesend & Northfleet, Kingstonian, Stevenage Borough, Welling.

Northern Division: Hednesford, Hereford, Ilkeston, Leigh RMI, Loughborough University, Northwich Victoria, Telford.

Midland Division: Bedford Town, Boston United, Bury Town, Hitchin, Ipswich Wanderers, Kettering, Long Buckby, Stamford.


15 June The following items have been re-produced from this weeks Standard.

Seating: Adults £8.00 and £7.00 for concessions.

Terraces: Adults £7.00 and £6.00 for concessions.

Monday 17 July away to Stamford.

Friday 21 July away to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Friday 28 July away to Mirlees Blackstone.

Wednesday 2 August away to Wisbech Town.

Tuesday 15 August away to Diss Town.


12 June On Saturday Boston United attended the Annual General Meeting of the Dr Martens League at Harwich, during the meeting Boston United officially resigned from the League.

On Sunday the Dr Martens League held its Gala Presentation Dinner onboard the Pride of Scandinavia on the North Sea between Harwich and Hamburg. At the Dinner Boston United received the Championship Shield from David Joyce of Dr Martens together with a permanent trophy, and Steve Evans received the Manager of the Year award.

Jackson, Tamworth

8 June Boston United are disappointed with the failure of their offer to Morecambe to sign Justin Jackson, the winner of the Nationwide Conference's Golden Boot award for scoring 29 goals last season. It is understood that Justin Jackson has today signed for Rushden & Diamonds for a fee in excess of £150,000, which makes Boston United's offer of £70,000 pale into insignificance. Boston United would like to thank Morecambe Football Club for their professionalism over the last few days in dealing with the offer.

Subject to confirmation, Boston United have arranged a friendly fixture away to Tamworth on Sunday 6 August with a 12.30pm kick off. After the match, the squad will travel south for three days of intensive training in the Aldershot area.

The following items are re-produced from this week's Boston Standard:

Seventh Signing, Jackson

7 June Boston United have signed midfielder Simon Livett. Simon was born in Newham on 8 January 1969 and is 5ft 10in tall, his previous clubs are:

Dover Athletic 28 January 2000 to 6 June 2000

Southend United 1 July 1998 to 28 January 2000

Cambridge United 1 October 1993 to 31 May 1995

Leyton Orient 10 August 1992 to 30 September 1993

West Ham United 23 January 1987 to 9 August 1992

Simon was signed for Southend by Alvin Martin, a former colleague at West Ham, where he was rated one of the top young prospects, with a great touch and excellent technique.


The Target has reported that Boston United have offered Morecambe £70000 for Justin Jackson who was the leading goalscorer in the Nationwide Conference last season with 29 goals, further payments would be due linked to goals, appearances, etcetera. Steve Evans is interested in Mark Taylor of Hereford and Austin Barclay of Shrewsbury, and is also searching for another goalkeeper as cover for Paul Bastock.

Boston United are holding a Fans Forum and Quiz in the Social Club on Friday 16 June. The quiz will be in two parts with the forum in between the two rounds. The cost to enter the quiz is £2.00 for teams of four; the money raised will go to Pilgrim Hospital. For more information contact the club on 01205 364406.

Reserves, Keeble

6 June Boston United Reserves have resigned from the Lincolnshire League and have applied to join the Pontins League. The Academy will play in the Nationwide Conference Academy League next season.

Today's edition of the Eastern Daily Press has reported that Shaun Keeble and Nicky Reeson have joined Wisbech Town, there was competition from King's Lynn, Ilkeston Town and Spalding United for Shaun's signature. Ian Stringfellow, Wisbech Town player/manager, has pledged that they will win the Dr Martens Eastern Division this season.

The promotion and relegation of two clubs between the Nationwide League and the Nationwide Conference is unlikely to be introduced before the 2001/2002 season at the earliest.


5 June The Annual General Meeting of the Nationwide Conference took place at Stratford upon Avon at the weekend. At a meeting from 11.00am to 12.45pm on Saturday, Boston United, Leigh RMI, Dagenham and Redbridge and Chester City were accepted in to the Conference for the 2000/2001 season. Boston United were welcomed with complimentary comments from other clubs.

The season begins on 19 August with the fixtures scheduled to be released on 5 July.

Next season eight clubs from the Nationwide Conference will take part in the Autoglass Trophy. The entrants will be the club relegated from the Nationwide League (Chester City) plus the clubs which finished second to seventh last season (Rushden & Diamonds, Morecambe, Scarborough, Kingstonian, Dover Athletic and Yeovil Town) plus last season's League Cup winners (Doncaster Rovers).

Boston United will now officially leave the Dr Martens League at it's Annual General Meeting which takes place at Harwich on Saturday.

Lounge, Rumours

3 June Work has started to construct the new Vice Presidents Lounge underneath the York Street stand.

The following item has been re-produced from this week's Boston Standard

Boston United boss Steve Evans has blasted the scaremongers who spread rumours the Scot was about to join Conference club Stevenage Borough.

Evans said: "I have no time for people who use my name to rumour monger amongst Boston United fans. As far as I concerned, I have only started a job here - and I want to finish it - of making Boston United a major force in Non-League Football.

"At no time have I ever considered leaving this club, and that includes opportunities to coach in the Football League and manage other clubs in the Conference."

Sixth Signing

1 June Boston United have signed experienced striker Miquel De Souza from Rushden & Diamonds. Miquel was born in Newham on 11 February 1970; he is 6ft 1in tall. Miquel played with Mickey Nuttell at Dagenham & Redbridge and was managed by Barry Fry when he was with Birmingham City; his career details are below:






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New signing

31st May Boston United manager Steve Evans has officially announced the signing of Paul Fewings from Hereford United. Paul was their top scorer last season with 14 goals, including a goal against Premiership side Leicester City in the FA Cup. Fewings is 22 years old and was born in Hull. He began his football career as a trainee with Hull City and in three seasons with the Tigers scored two goals in 57 League appearances. A free transfer to Hereford United followed in July 1998. He was released by the Bulls at the beginning of May. Further "awesome" additions to the squad are expected in the near future.

Ground improvements

31st May Ground improvements are on-going at York Street to bring the stadium up to Conference standards. Pictured here is Mick Beck from Boston College (far left) supervising construction students building the new medical room facility at the Spayne Road corner of the York Street Stand.

Building the new medical room


31 May Various work has been carried out on the York Street pitch this week to prepare it for next season. The work involves vertidraining, top-dressing, overseeding, re-seeding the goalmouths and aerating the pitch. Stephen Pask Limited of Grantham is the main contractor for the work.


Academy Awards

20 May On Thursday the Academy held their annual awards evening at Cobels Restaurant in Tawney Street. The evening was attended by the players and parents plus guests Peter Niedermeier (main sponsor) and Roy Hackford. Chris Cook was presented with a glass tankard by the Academy lads and his wife and mother (Dot) both received bouquets of flowers, again from the lads. Dot looks after several of the lads lodging with her.

Players "Player of the Year" - GARY PAWSON

Clubman of the Year- (picked by Chris Cook for the lad who has the right attitude, always turns up for training and attends College and general points noticed during the terms): RUSSELL MURPHY

The above received a silver Trophy each, which is returned at the end of the year, and will be used in further years for winners - these trophies donated by Roy Hackford. They each received a trophy, which they keep as a permanent reminder in additional to the silver Trophy.

The Academy Managers "Player of the Year" - ANTHONY ELDING. (This trophy was donated by Mick Small Electrical).

Work has started on renovating the dressing rooms for the new season.

Fixture, Award, Sponsor

19 May The date and venue of the Lincolnshire County Cup match with Scunthorpe United have been changed, it will now take place at York Street on Wednesday 26 July. The change was made at the request of Scunthorpe United and the Lincolnshire FA.

Steve Evans has won the Boston Borough Council / Boston Standard Sports Person of the Year award. The presentation will take place in the Council Chambers on Thursday evening.

Sponsorships for next season are being arranged. Matchballs cost £65.00 plus VAT (£76.38) and Players Kit £80.00 plus VAT (£94.00). To arrange a sponsorship and for details of Match Sponsorship and advertisements in the Programme and around the ground contact the club office on 01205 364406.

Friendlies, Retained

18 May The following pre-season fixtures have been arranged:

Wednesday 19 July Home Notts County

Saturday 22 July Home Peterborough United

Tuesday 25 July Away Scunthorpe United Lincolnshire Cup

Saturday 29 July Home Bolton Wanderers

Monday 31 July Away Northampton Town

Saturday 5 August Home Kidderminster Harriers

Wednesday 9 August Away Aldershot

Saturday 12 August Home Burton Albion Dr Martens Challenge Shield

Admission to the above home fixtures will be at Dr Martens League prices. Pre-season training will begin on Monday 3 July, and prior to the fixture with Aldershot there will be three days of training in the London area.

The following players from last season have been added to the retained list: Joby Gowshall, Lennie Curtis, Gary Childs, Adie Hayes, Paul Raynor, Andrew Stanhope, Paul Watts and Lee Power.

A further 50 season tickets are being offered for sale at last seasons prices under the same conditions as the previous issue of 200.

Contracts, Shield

17 May Anthony Elding, Leigh Taylor and Gary Walters have signed one year contracts.

Boston United will play Burton Albion (Dr Martens League Cup Winners) for the Dr Martens Challenge Shield at York Street on Saturday 12 August 2000, kick off is at 3.00pm. The following Saturday, 19 August, will see the commencement of the Nationwide Conference season.

The Reserve Team may play in a different competition next season. The options being considered are the Central Conference League, the Pontins League, or a regular sequence of competitive friendly matches.

Signings, Pitch

15 May The signings of Lee Howarth and Jason Minett have been confirmed.

The last match of the season takes place at York Street tonight; tomorrow work begins to prepare the pitch for next season. The foundations have been laid for the medical room and new dugout.

More Signings

14 May Today's edition of The Non-League Paper has reported that Boston United are to sign Lee Howarth from Stevenage Borough and Jason Minett from Doncaster Rovers over the weekend.

Lee Howarth played for Boston United during the 1991/92 season whilst on loan from Peterborough United. Lee was born in Bolton on 3 January 1968; he is 6ft 1in tall. Lee's playing record is:






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Tickets, Improvements

12 May When the club office opened today at 9.00am for Season Ticket sales it was discovered that the queue stretched back to John Adams Way and the first person commenced queuing at 5.00am. At 3.30pm there was one ticket left of the special promotion of 200.

Work started today on the new medical room, the terrace has been removed and the footings are ready to be put in on Monday. Foundations are being laid for a new dugout for the away team alongside the Stantons Stand.

The final piece of the first phase of the improvements to the floodlights has been completed; the results of the lux test are now awaited before the second phase is commenced.

Second Signing

11 May Boston United have signed Kenny Cramman from Rushden & Diamonds. Kenny, 28, is a left sided defender or midfield player, he joined Rushden & Diamonds from Gateshead in June 1996 and he is an England semi-professional international.

Steve Evans is talking to Paul Fewings of Hereford United; he was their joint leading goal scorer last season with 13 league goals.

Steve Evans is the Dr Martens League Premier Division Manager of the Season.

Wooding, Releases

10 May This morning Boston United signed Tim Wooding from Rushden & Diamonds. Tim is a 25-year-old defender; he started with Rushden Town youth side and then moved to Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth joining Rushden & Diamonds in January 1994. This season Tim has made 24 appearances and scored one goal.

Craig Allardyce, Steve Appleby, Steve Charles, Shaun Keeble, Mark Melson, Ross Nicholls, Ian Stringfellow and Paul Wilson have been released. It has been reported that Ian Stringfellow has joined Wisbech Town as player/manager.

Andrew Malkinson has joined the Board of Directors.

From 12 May to 26 May Boston United will offer for sale 200 Season Tickets for next season in the Nationwide Conference at the same prices as charged last season for the Dr Martens League. The tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. The club received special permission from the Conference for this promotional offer. The prices are Seating adults £110, concessions £90; Terraces: adults £100, concessions £80.

On Monday, Steve Evans Trevor Quow John Blackwell and Chris Cook attended a meeting at Hednesford Town, together with representatives from Hereford, Morecambe, Telford, Forest Green, Doncaster, Leigh, and Altrincham. The meeting was to discuss entering the Academy team into a proposed Conference Academy League next season.

Boston Borough Council have granted Boston United £17000 to be used to build an Executive Lounge to host match sponsors and for training seminars. A condition of the grant is that it will be repaid if the club move away from York Street in the next few years.

Boston United are recruiting talented youngsters to play for their youth teams next season, and are holding trials on Saturday 13 May at York Street. Trials for under 11 and 12 will be from 11.00am to 1.00pm and under 9 and 10 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

Academy Success

5 May Last night the Academy beat Lincoln United 3-2 to win the Jacksons Workwear Lincolnshire Charity Cup.

Team: Peter Cook, Alan Ross, Paul Trinder, James Fletcher, Andrew Markham, Joe Harris, Dane Thornton, Danny Harrison, Daryl Hunt, Anthony Elding, Glen Kill.

Substitutes (not used): Russell Murphy, Darren Tate, Dave Donohoe, Richard Elsom and Thomas Fielding.

The Boston United Academy team last night won the Lincs under 18 Charity Cup in a thrilling final at York Street. In front of a crowd of about 150 the Football For Life lads took the honours in a highly competitive and intense match. The quality of football was of a very high standard throughout as the Boston boys defeated their Lincoln counterparts by 3 goals to two.

Every one of the 11 were on top form as Cook's lads turned on the style. In midfield the contributions of Dane Thornton and man of the match Danny Harrison were immense as the young Pilgrims showed a level of technical ability that the visitors could not match.

The home side opened the scoring in the first minute when Darryl Hunt headed in a Harrison cross. Midway through the first half the lively and skillful Anthony Elding missed from close range after good work from Joe Harris, Andy Markham and Dane Thornton. On the stroke of half time Lincoln United equalised from the penalty spot with Academy keeper Peter Cook just failing to keep the ball out. Midway through the second period Danny Harrison scored with a free kick that Rivelino would have been proud of. With 15 minutes to go the tie seemed to be over when the busy and effective Glen Kill arrived at the back post to head home a Dane Thornton cross. Back came the visitors to grab a goal that meant that the Academy team were in for a very anxious last ten minutes. However, Trinder, Ross and Fletcher held firm and Chris Cook's men held on for a memorable victory.

This was the Academy's last match of the season, but the players remain at college until the beginning of July. The players return to Boston United in August and resume their college course in September.

Academy win Cup

4th May: The Academy won the Lincolnshire Charity Cup tonight. Goals by Hunt, Harrison amd Kill gave them a 3-2 win against Lincoln United Under 18s.


4 May Colin Hoyle, David Rennie, Andy Lodge and Mark Rawle have agreed 12 month terms for next season. Paul Bastock and Peter Costello have agreed two-year terms.

Bus Tour, Target

3 May Prior the Civic Reception on Sunday the Boston United squad will take an open top bus tour around Boston. The bus will leave York Street at 11.45am then it will travel along John Adams Way, Haven Bridge, Liquorpond Street, George Street, West Street, High Street and over the Town Bridge to arrive at the Assembly Rooms by 12 Noon.

To celebrate Boston United's magnificent championship winning season the Boston Target is producing a special souvenir newspaper. Champions! It's Conference Here We Come is a 20 page tribute to pone of the most memorable seasons in Boston United's history. It's packed with interviews with key players, the management team and other behind the scenes personalities, includes four fantastic pages of colour photographs, in-depth articles and a comprehensive round-up of all the season's statistics. For Boston based fans the paper is available to buy for just £1.00 from Wednesday 10 May. It will be in local newsagents and other places where the Target is regularly available. For exiled Pilgrims across the country and further afield, though, the paper is available on order from the Target offices. Send your name and address to Champions!, Boston Target, 16 Wide Bargate, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6SR. Prices (including postage and packing) are: inland £1.40 and overseas £1.80. Cheques should be made payable to Target Newspapers.

Peter Costello, Paul Bastock and Mickey Nuttell have agreed terms with Boston United for next season.

Boston United are in talks with Boston Borough Council about improving the car park The plans include applying tarmac to the car park, the council will then run the car park on a pay and display basis and share the profits with the club. The council is also considering a grant of up to £17000 to be used for a Vice Presidents Lounge, which will be used to host sponsors on match days and for seminars and training functions. The grant will be linked to the further development of local youth football.

The club has plans to carry out the following work to the York Street stadium: increasing the power of the floodlights to meet Conference requirements; enlarging the dugouts as there are five substitutes for teams in the Conference; and building a new medical facility.

Trevor Quow is planning to undertake the Three Peaks Race Challenge on 1 and 2 July, which involves ascending Mount Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. Sponsorship for Trevor can be arranged by contacting the club office on 01205 364406.

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