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JOHN BLACKWELL b. 15/9/47 General Manager

Born: Kirton
Now lives: Boston
Status: Married to Maureen
Children: Lisa and Katie
Car: A Proton sponsored by Cropley Motors

John Blackwell
John Blackwell has been involved with the club for many years, helping with the coaching in the seventies, as Club Secretary from 1978 onwards and as General Manager since 1998. He has even been on the substitute's bench three time for the Pilgrims. He was a member of the Vauxhall Conference Management Committee for nine years and the Unibond League Management Commitee for five years. His biggest disappointment is that he was not good enough to play football at a top level. The match he most remembers is the FA Trophy semi-final against Altrincham at York Street back in 1985. In his leisure time he enjoys watching sport on TV, reading the Saturday evening football papers and being with his family.

Steve Evans - outstanding in his field STEVE EVANS b. 30/10/62 Manager

Born: Glasgow
Now lives: Peterborough
Status: Has two children (Nicole and Shannon) with partner Sarah-Jane
Occupation: Business Consultant
Previous clubs: Bolton Wanderers, Clyde, St. Johnstone and Ayr United as a player and Holbeach United and Stamford A.F.C as manager.
Car: A Saab.

Appointed manager in October 98, following the resignation of Greg Fee. Previously manager of Dr. Martens Midland Division side Stamford AFC, where he enjoyed huge success, bringing them the United Counties League Title in both 96/7 and 97/8 and promotion to the Dr. Martens League.

Hailing from Scotland, he began his playing career with Bolton Wanderers, but he soon moved back north of the border to play for Clyde, Ayr United and then St. Johnstone. He was forced to give up playing football at the age of twenty eight, by a cruciate knee-ligament injury. His dramatic impact on United's fortunes in transforming them from relegation candidates to title challengers and ultimately the runners-up spot in his first season, then the league title in his second season, has made him a cult hero with the fans on the terraces.

The players that Steve most admires are Kenny Dalglish and Roy Keane. His favourite grounds are Celtic Park and Sheepy Road, Atherstone. His least favourite grounds are Ibrox and the South Kesteven Sports Stadium, Grantham. The advice that he would give to a youngster who wants to make a career in football is to work hard and always listen. He plays golf in his spare time.

TREVOR QUOW b. 28/9/61 Defender and Assistant Manager

Born: Peterborough
Now lives: Peterborough
Status: Engaged
Children Louis
Occupation: Works for T-N-T
Previous clubs: Peterborough United, Gillingham, Northampton Town and Hong Kong Rangers.
Car: Renault

A defender brought to the club by Steve Evans to become assistant manager following Chris Cook's retirement. Formerly with Peterborough United, Gillingham and Northampton Town, playing over 350 League games and scoring 22 goals. He also gained four England Youth International caps.

Trevor Quow
Had a spell in Hong Kong before returning to England in 1996 to join up with Steve Evans at Stamford, where he played in the club's championship winning sides. The biggest influences on his career have been the managers and coaches he has worked with. These include Peter Morris, John Gorman, Keith Peacock and Terry Venables. His favourite grounds are Peterborough's London Road Ground, White Hart Lane and Villa Park. The players he most admires are Pele, Bryan Robson, Glenn Hoddle and Mick Gynn. His most memorable games are his Football League debut for Peterborough United, his England Youth debut, and a win against Sunderland when playing for Gillingham in the Third Division Promotion Playoff semi-final in 1987. One of his biggest disappointments was losing to Swindon in the 1987 Promotion Playoff Final, in a replay after the first two games had finished level on aggregate. Other disappointments include breaking his legs three times and other assorted injuries. He hopes to become a full-time manager / coach one day. He likes watching basketball, cricket, rugby and kung fu, and in his spare time also plays cricket.

Peter Jellett PETER JELLETT b. 9/10/55 Club Physiotherapist

Born: Farnham, Surrey
Now lives: Louth
Status: Partner Catie
Children: None
Occupation: Physiotherapist
Car: Vauxhall Astra Sport

Previously with Grimsby Town, Peter returned to being a football physio with Boston United in 1997, after a period away from the game. He treats the players for any injuries they may have, and advises on home exercise and medication. Treatments include electrical therapy, ultrasound, use of the interferential machine and muscle rubs. He keeps himself fit, as on match days he likes to be able to get to an injured player as fast as he can. He also runs his own chartered physiotherapy practice from his home in Louth.

Playing Staff

PAUL BASTOCK b. 19/5/70 Goalkeeper

Born: Leamington Spa
Now lives: Boston
Status: Married to Ann
Children: Laura and Callum
Occupation: Care Assistant
Previous clubs: Coventry City, Cambridge United, Sabah(Malaysia), Fisher Athletic, Kettering Town.

Paul is one of the most highly regarded goalkeepers in non-league football and is now in his ninth season with the club after joining United from Kettering Town in 92-3.

Paul Bastock
As he used to live a few miles down the road from Birmingham it is no surprise that he supports Birmingham City. Paul believes that you should support your local team. "Bazza" enjoyed his schooldays although he came away with no qualifications, as he spent most of his final year training with Coventry City.

Paul is one of the few United players to have settled locally, working as a care assistant at Willoughby Grange Nursing Home and living in the town with wife Ann (a Bostonian), and children Laura and Callum. He said "becoming a father has changed me because I have grown up and steadied down and it has taught me a lot about myself."

Away from football his main priority is his family but he also likes to play golf and snooker. One of the sporting events outside football Paul would like to go and see is the Ryder Cup.

It is not surprising that when he was younger he admired Peter Shilton and Neville Southall and nowadays one of his favourite players is Chris Woods, all great international goalkeepers in their time.

During the earlier part of his career Paul spent six months playing football in Malaysia, which he enjoyed considerably. He said it was a fantastic experience, but the standard was only about Vauxhall Conference level.

Paul's advice to any youngsters who want to make a career in football is to get an education and prepare for the high points when they come because you can suffer a lot more low points.

After "Bazza" has finished playing football he would like to coach boys football teams. He says that an advantage of being a footballer is that you become a bit of a personality and you get a lot of free time, but a disadvantage is that you never get to celebrate at Christmas and the New Year.

Paul does have a superstition, which is that he does everything three times, for example if the ball is coming towards him in a game he will touch his gloves three times.

When asked what he thought about the Boston fans he said: "The majority are critical, but the youth element of the crowd are the supportive ones. They all pay their money so they are entitled to have their say." Paul also said he would like to hear the fans get behind the team more. He would like to be remembered as a steady goalkeeper who was always committed to the team.

This season is his testimonial season.

Nick Conroy NICK CONROY Goalkeeper

Previous clubs: Stamford AFC, Yaxley.

Young keeper signed from United Counties League side Yaxley as goalkeeping cover following Kevin Martin's departure.

LEE CREW b. 4/9/80 Goalkeeper

Born: Louth
Now lives: Grimoldby, Louth
Status: Single
Children: None
Occupation: A Finance Assistant with ELDC
Car: Peugeot 205

Lee's greatest achievement to date has been his selection for England Schoolboy Trials. His most memorable match was playing for the Grimsby Town Youth Team against Arsenal. His biggest disappointment has been not being able to prove himself at professional level due to prolonged knee injuries. The players he most admires are Peter Schmeichel and David Seaman. In his spare time he likes playing tennis and basketball and having a laugh with his mates. He has two superstitions. He always puts his right glove on before his left glove and he has also started wearing a very dodgy psychdelic shirt underneath his goalkeeping jersey. He has trained with former England international keeper Chris Woods, and cleaned his boots! He has passed 7 GCSEs and also gained his FA Preliminary Coaching Badge.

Richard Lucas RICHARD LUCAS b. 22/9/70 Defender

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs Sheffield United, Preston North End, Lincoln City, Scarborough, Hartlepool, Halifax Town

A left sided defender / midfielder, Richard was signed up from Halifax Town in the close season. Since starting out as a trainee with Sheffield United, he has made over 200 League appearances, for a variety of clubs, scoring 23 goals.

LEE HOWARTH b. 3/1/68 Defender

Born: Bolton
Previous clubs Chorley, Peterborough United, Boston United, Mansfield Town, Barnet, Stevenage Borough.

Lee Howarth
Lee returned to the Pilgrims when he was signed up from Stevenage Borough during the close season. He had previously played for Boston in two loan spells whilst at Peterborough United, the first in the 91/2 season the second a year later. He has made 221 League appearances, scoring 7 goals whilst at Peterborough United, Mansfield Town and Barnet.

Andy Lodge ANDY LODGE b. 17/5/78 Defender

Born: Peterborough
Now lives: Peterborough
Status: Single
Occupation: Customer contact representative for Coca-Cola & Schweppes
Previous clubs: Spalding United, Whittlesey United, Bury Town and Stamford A.F.C.

Signed in January 2000 from Stamford AFC. The player he most admires is Ryan Giggs. Away from football he likes playing snooker and pool and watching boxing.

JOBY GOWSHALL b. 7/8/75 Defender

Born: Louth, Lincs
Now lives: Alford, Lincs
Status: Single
Children: None
Occupation: Postman
Previous clubs: Grimsby Town, Lincoln City.

Joby Gowshall
One of the local younger, players who has managed to secure a regular first team place, is Joby Gowshall who joined us from Lincoln City. Joby said that he left Lincoln because he didn't enjoy his time there, and he wasn't guaranteed a place in the first team. He is enjoying his time with United because he has become regular in the starting eleven.

At school, he enjoyed sport and thinks that he did "alright" as he came away with five GCSE qualifications. Joby's favourite football team is Leeds United, who he has supported since he was a boy. His footballing hero is Diego Maradona.

Away from football he likes to socialise and eat out. After finishing playing football Joby would like to establish a career in the fire service. The sporting event Joby would like to go and see is the World Cup.

His advice to a youngster wanting to make a career in football is :- "Work hard, believe in yourself and enjoy it." Joby says that an advantage of playing football is winning games, but a disadvantage is that you can't celebrate Christmas or New Year as others who have less commitments are able to.

Talking of commitments, you'd be hard - pressed to find any player in any team, with a more dedicated attitude to playing attractive, successful football. And United fans can count their blessings that they are currently benefiting from this exciting player.

Len Curtis LEN CURTIS b. 2/1/73 Defender

Born: Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Now lives: Sheffield
Status: Girlfriend, Jane.
Children: None
Occupation: Sales Rep.
Previous clubs: Leeds United, Rotherham United, Shamrock Rovers, Stalybridge Celtic, Gainsborough Trinity.
Car: Audi A4

"Work very, very hard and be dedicated", is Len Curtis' advice to someone who wants to pursue a career in football. This attitude has clearly been seen in his own very impressive performances for Boston United since he joined us in November 97.

Len started his career with Leeds United (where he became friends with ex-United Manager Mel Sterland), and after a spell at Rotherham, Len returned to the Republic of Ireland to play for Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers. He returned to England and moved to Sheffield, so he could see his girlfriend more often. As he said "We were commuting between Sheffield and Dublin which wasn't easy, I like it here (in England) and have become very settled". After spending some time playing at Stalybridge, Len contacted Greg Fee who was then the United Manager, who invited him to come and play for us. Since his arrival at the club he has found he likes the club a great deal, and considers the players are well looked after.

Len says that an advantage of being a footballer is that you get great enjoyment out of playing the game. But a disadvantage he says is :-"that playing at Non-League level it is hard to have a good job, because you often have to have afternoons off to be able to travel to midweek away fixtures".

Away from football he likes to play golf and he has a handicap of nine. As he likes to play golf Len would like to play in the U.S. Masters. He would also like to play Gaelic Football in an all Ireland Final in Dublin.

His favourite football team is Arsenal whom he first watched in 1979 when they reached the F.A. Cup Final, his Dad is also a supporter of "The Gunners". Len had a chance as a youngster to sign YTS forms with the Highbury outfit, as well as Queens Park Rangers. However his father told him not to sign, but to carry on with his education and take his A-Levels to give him something to fall back on if he didn't make it as a footballer. These were wise words from Mr. Curtis Senior as Len added three A-Level passes in English, French and Accountancy to his total of nine GCSE passes.

After he has finished playing football Len would like to remain associated with the game in an off the field capacity.

ROSS WEATHERSTONE b. 16/5/81 Defender

Born: Reading
Previous clubs: Oxford United.

Ross Weatherstone
A young defender signed from Oxford United on a free transfer in February 2001. Like his brother Simon, he came through the youth scheme at Oxford. He made his League debut in a match against his home town club Reading, which Oxford won 2-1. He made three League appearances for Oxford, before picking up a knee injury that kept him sidelined.

Andrew Stanhope ANDREW STANHOPE b. 2/1/76 Midfield

Born: Boston
Now lives: Wyberton
Status: Girlfriend, Becky
Occupation: Printer
Previous clubs: Peterborough United and King's Lynn.
Car: Peugeot 306 Turbo

Local lad signed four seasons ago from King's Lynn. Joined Peterborough United straight from school, making two first team appearances. Moved on to King's Lynn FC before joining The Pilgrims in December 1996.

He became a regular member of the first team with some impressive performances and some important goals. He has represented the Football Association in a match against the British Universities.

In his spare time he enjoys watching boxing and playing badminton. His favourite ground is Old Trafford, his least favourite is the Barton Stadium, Winsford. The player he most admires is David Ginola.

FARID DIAF b. 19/4/71 Midfield

Born: Carcassonne, France
Previous clubs: Preston North End, Rennes.

Farid Diaf
Signed up with the Pilgrims after impressing in a mid-season friendly against Crewe Alexandra. He was on Preston North End's books for eighteen months, but was released after incurring a torn groin injury and a fractured eye socket.

Simon Rusk SIMON RUSK Midfield

Previous clubs: Peterborough United, Cambridge City.

Simon was signed from the Peterborough United Academy side in March 2001 after being released by the Posh. He has played three times for the Scotland Under 18 team. Previously also had a loan spell with Cambridge City.

JAMES DICK b. 21/6/74 Midfield

Born: Bellshill, Strathclyde
Previous clubs Airdrieonians, Ayr United, St. Mirren

James Dick
A tenacious, hard tackling, central midfielder. Signed up from Airdrieonians in the close season.

Jason Minett JASON MINETT b. 12/8/71 Midfield

Born: Peterborough
Previous clubs: Norwich City, Exeter City, Lincoln City and Doncaster Rovers.

Jason was signed from Doncaster Rovers in the close season. He can play in either midfield, central defence or at right back.

PETER COSTELLO b. 31/10/69 Midfield

Born: Halifax
Now lives: Peterborough
Status: Married to Rosemary
Children: A daughter - Hope
Occupation: Double Glazing Company
Previous clubs: Bradford City (where he played with Greg Abbott!), Rochdale, Peterborough United, Lincoln City and Kettering Town.
Car: Ford Orion.

Signed after returning from a spell in Hong Kong. Has made over 100 League appearances, scoring 19 goals.

Peter Costello
His most memorable match was when he played for Bradford City against Leeds United at Elland Road in March 1989. The match, in the old Second Division, was played in front of a crowd of 33,325. It ended in a 3-3 draw and Peter scored the second Bradford goal with a stunning 25 yard volley. The biggest influence on his career has been Geoff Lee, the Bradford City youth team coach. The footballers he has most admired are Stuart McCall (Bradford City) and Mick Halsall (Peterborough United). His only current superstition is that he goes out behind Mick Nuttell, both at the start of the game and at half-time and pats him on the back and wishes him well. In his spare time he likes playing golf, watching horse racing and most of all, spending time with his daughter Hope. When he has finished playing he hopes to stay in the game, either as a coach or a manager, he is currently taking his UEFA B. Badge.

Paul Wilson PAUL WILSON b. 26/9/64 Midfield

Born: Forest Gate
Previous clubs: Barking, Barnet, Aldershot.

Signed up for the Pilgrims in October 2000 following a month's loan spell from Barnet. At Barnet he had made over 300 appearances, scoring 24 goals since joining them from Barking in 1988.

MARK CLIFFORD b. 11/9/77 Midfield

Born: Nottingham
Previous clubs: Mansfield Town, Ilkeston Town.

Mark Clifford
A right sided midfield player who can also play in the centre of the park. Signed in Febrary 2001 from Ilkeston Town for a fee of £7,500.

Simon Weatherstone SIMON WEATHERSTONE b. 26/1/80 Forward

Born: Reading
Previous clubs: Oxford United.

A young striker signed from Oxford United on a free transfer in February 2001. He came through the youth scheme at Oxford, and was offered a professional contract at the club when just seventeen years old. He scored his first League goal in the dying seconds of a match against Nottingham Forest, after coming on as a substitute. Overall he made 56 League appearances, scoring 4 goals. He is the brother of defender Ross Weatherstone.

ANTHONY ELDING b. 16/4/82 Forward

Born: Boston
Now lives: Boston
Status: Single
Children: None
Occupation: College Student
Previous clubs: Wyberton Colts, the Nottingham Forest Centre of Excellence, Grimsby Town Academy and Lincoln City Academy.

Youngster who joined the Boston United Academy at the end of the 1998/9 season.

Anthony Elding
His impressive goal scoring with Boston United Reserves soon resulted in a call up to the first team squad. He has also scored nine goals in five games when playing for the Lincolnshire FA Under 18 side. Anthony says that it is all down to Chris Cook that he is at Boston United. He is also pleased that Steve Evans is taking an interest in the young players at the club, giving them an opportunity to succeed. He is being sponsored by United director Roy Hackford, for which Anthony is very thankful. His most memorable match to date was when he played for the Nottingham Forest youth team in a match against Liverpool, which Forest won 2-1 with Anthony scoring one of the goals. The player he admires most is David Ginola. Outside of football, the sporting event he would most like to see is a Formula One Grand Prix.

Ken Charlery KEN CHARLERY b. 28/11/64 Forward

Born: Stepney
Previous clubs: Beckton United, Maidstone United, Peterborough United, Watford, Birmingham City, Southend United, Stockport County and Barnet.

The Pilgrims broke their transfer fee record to sign up Ken Charlery from Third Division side Barnet for £25,000 in September 2000. This prolific striker had been Barnet's top scorer the previous season with 13 goals. Overall in his footballing career he has scored 118 goals in 432 League appearances. He was a member of the Maidstone United squad that won promotion from the Conference back in 1988/9 and in that season he scored the first goal in Maidstone's 3-0 home win against Boston. He scored four minutes into his debut for the Pilgrims.

JAMIE COOK b. 2/8/79 Forward

Born: Oxford
Previous clubs: Oxford United.

Jamie Cook
A young striker signed from Oxford United on a free transfer in February 2001. Whilst at Oxford he made 92 League appearances, scoring seven goals.

Mickey Nuttell MICK NUTTELL b. 22/11/68 Forward

Born: Boston
Now lives: Boston
Status: Married to Louise
Children: Jordan
Occupation: Printer
Previous clubs: Peterborough United, Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Kettering Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Rushden & Diamonds, Burton Albion and King's Lynn.
Car: Toyota Celica.

Born in Boston and a former pupil at Boston Grammar School where he obtained six O-levels. Signed up for the Pilgrims for the third time during the close season. He first played for Boston in 91/2 when he became the Pilgrims record signing following a £14,000 move from Wycombe Wanderers. He later joined Rushden and Diamonds for £10,000 where he was top scorer in 1993/4 with 39 goals.

His most memorable match was when he scored a hat-trick for Wycombe Wanderers in a 4-2 win against Altrincham in the Conference in August 91. The players that Mick most admires are Kenny Dalglish and Paul Gascoigne. The greatest influence on his career was Martin O'Neill when he was Mick's manager at Wycombe Wanderers. He likes playing squash in his spare time. The only superstition that he has is that he makes sure he puts his shirt on last before going out to play.

DAVID TOWN b. 9/12/76 Forward

Born: Bournemouth
Previous clubs Bournemouth, Rushden & Diamonds, Hayes.

David Town
Signed up after he was released by Rushden & Diamonds just before the transfer deadline at the end of the 00/01 season. Joined Bournemouth as a trainee in April 1995, he soon made the first team and scored ten goals in 92 appearances before moving on to Rushden & Diamonds for £30,000 in May 99. He scored seven goals in 25 appearances for the Diamonds. He also had a short loan spell with Hayes.

Lee Power LEE POWER b. 30/6/72 Forward RESIGNED

Born: Lewisham, London
Now lives: Huntingdon
Status: One child with partner Jo.
Occupation: Football Agent
Previous clubs: Norwich City, Bradford City, Peterborough United, Hibernian, Plymouth Argyle and Halifax Town.
Cars: A Jaguar and a Mercedes.

A much travelled striker, who never quite achieved his full potential after a promising start to his career with Norwich City. As a teenager, he broke into the Norwich first team and also made a number of appearances for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side where he was their young "player of the year" in 1994. He played in the Norwich side which reached the third round of the UEFA Cup in 93/4, where they were narrowly beaten by an Inter Milan side containing the likes of Bergkamp, Schillaci, Zenga and Bergomi. After scoring 10 goals in 44 League appearances for the Canaries he became Bradford City's record signing for £200,000 in March 1994. Despite scoring in his first two matches for the Bantams he could not maintain his form and he left the Valley Parade Ground after one season to join up with Peterborough United for £80,000. A move north of the border to play for Hibernian for a transfer fee of £100,000 soon followed, but he fell out of favour following a change of management and a free transfer to Plymouth Argyle beckoned. A further free transfer to Halifax Town followed, before he was snapped up for £15,000 by the Pilgrims in November 99 to become their record signing. In total he has made 180 League appearances and scored 32 goals in the English and Scottish Leagues. He scored on his debut for the Pilgrims.

Lee claims that one of the advantages of being a footballer is that you become super fit and gain a six pack, but the downside of this is the diet of pasta and water. The sporting event that he would most like to see is Steve Evans and David Rennie mud wrestling. One of his most memorable achievements was scoring from 30 yards out past Manchester United's Peter Schmeichel in his first season at Norwich.


One of the first products of United's successful reserve side. Neil played a few games for the first team in 96/7 and showed his versatility by acquitting himself very well in a variety of positions when called upon to do so. He moved on to play for Boston Town for a couple of seasons before moving back to the Pilgrims at the start of last season. He is also a three handicap golfer and is the current holder of the club championship at Boston Golf Club.

Neil Timby


Born: Newham
Previous clubs: Clapton, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City, Bashley, Dorchester Town, Yeovil Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Birmingham City, Bury, Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United, Southend United, Rochdale and Rushden & Diamonds.

A much travelled striker with over 150 League appearances to his name. Miquel was snapped up during the close season from Rushden & Diamonds after spearheading their title challenge last season. He is intelligent and has frightening pace.


Born: Gateshead
Previous clubs: Hartlepool United, Bishop Auckland, Gateshead and Rushden & Diamonds.

Kenny Cramman
An England semi-professional international with three caps.


Born: Edinburgh
Now lives: Leicester
Status: Married with three children
Occupation: Stunt double for Tom Cruise
Previous clubs: Leicester City, Leeds United, Bristol City, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Northampton Town and Peterborough United.
Car: A Rolls Royce for himself and a Lada for his wife.

An experienced defender, signed up after being released by Peterborough United at the start of last season. Has made over 400 League appearances, scoring 24 goals.

David is a great fan of Roy of the Rovers. He thinks that the most memorable match ever played was between Melchester Rovers and Everpool Town, where Roy Race played a blinder. David suspects that Steve Evans and Trevor Quow always read Roy of the Rovers before deciding the team's tactics.

The biggest influence on his career was Dave Richardson, the youth team manager at Leicester City when he played for them. The players that he most admired are Kenny Dalglish and German international Franz Beckenbauer.

David thinks that his greatest achievement is that he can still hear after the manager's team talks. His claim to fame is that he once saw Steve Evans buy a drink, but he thinks that Steve found the money though. His biggest disappointment was letting Steve Evans into his house, as he is still paying for all the drinks. The sporting event outside of football that he would most like to see is Steve Evans running a marathon. He is not superstitious, touch wood.


Born: Boston
Now lives: Boston
Status: Girlfriend, Diana
Occupations: Student & Supermarket assistant at Iceland.
Car: Vauxhall Nova

Towards the end of the 1996-97 season, Boston United were chosen as one of a select band of clubs in the country to pioneer the unique "Football for Life" scheme. The scheme was run under the guidance of Bedford College and gave young footballers the chance to play football with a semi-professional club and also study for a Diploma in Sports Science.

Leigh Taylor
Boston United attracted youngsters from as far away as London, Ipswich, Barnsley and Melton Mowbray, as well as quite a number of local lads. Most have already made an appearance for the reserve team and one player who has made his first team debut is teenager Leigh Taylor.

Leigh is a local lad who has rapidly graduated from Nortoft Boys and Wyberton Colts via the "Football for Life" scheme into United's reserve team side and finally made it into the first team in January 98, aged just sixteen. He has also represented the Lincs Under 15 team.

He said that he was astounded when he found out he would be making his full first team debut in the match against Guiseley. But he did say that he was quite satisfied with his performance for the Pilgrims and that his Mum and Dad thought he played really well. Leigh would love to become a first team regular and this aspiration could well be realised if his impressive debut is followed by equally impressive repeat performances.

When I asked Leigh how he got on with the first team players he said: "They made me very welcome, and I got on really well with them." Leigh's favourite football team is Liverpool, explaining he supports them because they play exciting football. It is probably no surprise then that his favourite footballer is Paul Ince because "he works very hard at his game."

Simon Livett SIMON LIVETT b. 8/1/69 Midfield ON LOAN IN CHICAGO, USA

Born: Newham
Previous clubs: West Ham United, Leyton Orient, Cambridge United, Southend United, Dover Athletic.

Simon began his career at West Ham United before establishing himself as a central midfielder at Leyton Orient, Cambridge United and Southend United. He has a great touch and excellent technique.


Born: Norwich
Now lives: Norwich
Status: Girlfriend, Caroline.
Children: None
Occupation: Football Coach
Previous clubs: Cambridge United, Kettering Town and Diss Town.
Car: Vauxhall Astra

Adi Hayes
Signed from Jewson Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Diss Town in February 2000 for £4,000.

Previously with Cambridge United, where he made 34 Football League appearances, and Kettering Town. His most memorable match to-date was for Cambridge United against Carlisle, which was shown live on Sky Sport. The players he most admires are Ryan Giggs and David Ginola. In his spare time he likes playing golf and watching boxing.

Daniel French DANIEL FRENCH b. 25/11/79 Midfield LOAN PERIOD EXPIRED

Born: Peterborough
Previous clubs: Peterborough United.

Signed up on a month's loan from Peterborough United. Can play wide on either wing. He joined Peterborough United as a trainee in 1997 and has made seven appearances for them as a substitute in the Nationwide League.


Born: Wellingborough
Previous clubs Rushden Town, Norwich City, AFC Bournemouth, Rushden & Diamonds.

Tim Wooding
Tim started out with Rushden Town youth side before moving on to Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth. He returned to Rushden & Diamonds in January 1994. He was signed up by the Pilgrims in the close season.


Born: Northampton
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Notts County, Leicester City, Grantham Town, Gresley Rovers, King's Lynn.

Former Gresley Rovers and Grantham defender, signed up from King's Lynn. Had two spells with Nottingham Forest early in his career as well as a loan period at Derby County. Later played for Notts County and Leicester City. He left Notts County in 1996 to become manager of Grantham Town, but after gaining them the Dr. Martens League Midland Division Title he resigned and moved on to Gresley Rovers. Appointed manager of King's Lynn in September 1998. He has made over 450 League appearances, scoring 36 goals.


Born: Leicester
Now lives: Leicester
Status: Girlfriend, Claire
Occupation: College Student
Previous clubs: Rushden & Diamonds.
Car: Mk1 Golf

Young striker signed up in February 1999 from Nationwide Conference side Rushden & Diamonds. He scored on his debut for the Pilgrims. He was top scorer in 99/2000 with 22 goals from 27 starts.

Mark Rawle
Mark is a fan of Italian football, his favourite players being Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane and George Weah. His biggest disappointment so far was missing out on the FA Cup game against Leeds United through injury whilst at Rushden & Diamonds. He enjoys playing basketball in his leisure time and would like to go to the US to watch the basketball playoffs some time.


Originally signed up from Dr. Martens League Midland Division side Stamford AFC at the start of the 99/2000 season after impressing in pre-season trials. He previously played in the Peterborough Sunday League. He was transferred to Bolton Wanderers for £50,000 in January 2000. He broke into the Bolton first team for their Worthington Cup game against Macclesfield Town at the start of the 2000/1 season. After featuring regularly for Bolton Reserves, he returned to Boston for a loan period in December.


Born: Hull
Previous clubs: Hull City and Hereford United.

Paul Fewings
Paul was signed from Hereford United where he was top scorer last season with 14 goals, including one against Premiership side Leicester City in the FA Cup. Paul began his footballing career as a trainee with Hull City and in three seasons with the Tigers scored two goals in 57 League appearances whilst playing on the left wing. A free transfer to Hereford United followed in July 1998.

Paul Raynor PAUL RAYNOR b. 29/4/66 Midfield TRANSFERRED TO KING'S LYNN

Born: Nottingham
Now lives: Sheffield
Status: Married to Karen.
Children: Three
Occupation: Football Coach at Sheffield United
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Swansea, Wrexham, Cambridge United, Preston North End, Leyton Orient, Kettering Town and Ilkeston Town.
Car: Fiat Brava

Signed from Ilkeston Town in February 2000. He has made 478 League appearances, for a variety of clubs, scoring 54 goals. He also has an F.A. coaching badge. In his leisure time he plays tennis and golf. His favourite ground is Nottingham Forest's City Ground. The player he admires most is Glenn Hoddle.


Signed last season on a free transfer from King's Lynn. Previously with Arsenal, Chesterfield, Barnsley, Bradford City, Notts County and Mansfield Town. Has made 73 League appearances, scoring 1 goal (for Bradford City). Born in Derby.

Colin Hoyle

Young keeper signed up from Sheffield United during the close season as cover for Paul Bastock.


Born: Woolwich
Previous clubs: Tottenham Hotspur, Wycombe Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Southend United, Portsmouth, Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rotherham United.

A left sided midfielder with Premiership experience with Tottenham Hotspur, where he was signed up by Terry Venables, joined the Pilgrims on a month's loan from Rotherham United in November 2000.


Born: Bromsgrove
Previous clubs Bromsgrove Rovers, Scarborough.

Keeper signed up from Scarborough during the close season after impressing in pre-season trials.

Player interviews by: Becky Thompson.

Photographs copyright Ken Fox, Adam Upsall and Roy Hackford, 2000.

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