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Management and Support Staff

John Blackwell JOHN BLACKWELL General Manager

Born: Kirton
Now lives: Boston

John Blackwell has been involved with the club for many years, helping with the coaching and running the reserve team 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. As a youngster he started off as a goalkeeper with Tower Road School and Kitwood Boys School. He played in successive Pitcher Cup final victories for Kitwood, the first as a keeper against George Farmer, the second as a striker against Sleaford. His prowess at junior level won him a trial with Peterborough United, but he decided to play locally, first with Boston Athletic, then Real Towell. 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 Welsh STEVE WELSH b. 19/4/1968 Manager

Born: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Wimborne, Cambridge United, Peterborough United, Preston North End, Partick Thistle, Dunfermline Athletic, Ayr United, Lincoln City, King's Lynn and Lincoln Moorlands as a player and Spalding United as manager.

Appointed manager in December 2008 after being caretaker manager for the month following the departure of Tommy Taylor.

Glasgow born central defender Steve Welsh began his footballing career at Cambridge United after joining them from the Army. After two seasons with the U's where he only managed one first team appearance he switched to Peterborough United in 1991 and was a first team regular for the next three years as well as captaining the side. He then had a brief loan-spell with Preston North End before heading back to his native Scotland to play for Partick Thistle, Dunfermline Athletic and Ayr United. In the summer of 1999 Ayr released him on a free transfer and he was snapped up by Lincoln City. He retired from professional football in 2001 and went on to play for King's Lynn while working as Football in the Community officer at Sincil Bank. He had a spell as manager of Spalding United between February and October 2005 before joining Boston United as youth team coach. He took charge of the club's Centre of Excellence after Neil Richardson left the club.

Playing Staff

Martyn Margarson MARTYN MARGARSON b. 7/6/1988 Goalkeeper

Born: England
Previous clubs: Rushden & Diamonds.

Martyn Margarson joined Boston United from Rushden & Diamonds in September 2008 to provide competition for the goalkeeping position with Chris Wright. He had made three first team appearances for the Diamonds before arriving at Boston to gain more first team experience. He had been spotted by Rushden scouts at an under 16 county trial in Lincoln which resulted in him signing a scholarship deal with the club in August 2004. Was loaned out to to Radcliffe Borough for a month in February 2009.

Aaron Butcher AARON BUTCHER b. 17/3/1991 Goalkeeper

Previous clubs: Peterborough United.

Youth team keeper who has performed well when called into the first team.

Tom Matthews TOM MATTHEWS b. 17/3/1987 Defender

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Hull City.

Joined the Pilgrims in July 2007 after impressing in pre-season games. He is the son of former Boston United and Hull City midfielder Mick Matthews.

Matt Bloomer MATT BLOOMER b. 3/11/1978 Defender

Born: Grimsby
Previous clubs: Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Hull City, Telford United, Cambridge United.

Joined the Pilgrims from Grimsby Town in July 2007 after impressing in pre-season games. His grandfather Jimmy Bloomer also played for Boston.

Liam Green LIAM GREEN b. 17/3/1988 Defender

Born: Grimsby
Previous clubs: Doncaster Rovers.

Joined the Pilgrims in July 2007 after impressing in pre-season games. Playing part-time with Boston United allowed him to combine playing with studying for a Foundation Degree in Exercise and Fitness Management at Loughborough University. He was also selected for the English Universities squad competing in the British Universities Games in April 2008.

Ryan Clarke RYAN CLARKE b. 22/1/1984 Defender

Born: Sutton Coldfield
Previous clubs: Notts County, Leigh RMI, Alfreton Town, Worcester City.

After impressing in trials with the reserves at the end of the 2002/3 season, Ryan Clarke was offered a contract and he signed up in the close season. He had previously been a scholar at Notts County. He left the club to join Leigh RMI after turning out just eight times for the Pilgrims. Later played for Alfreton Town where he was voted "Player of the Year" in 2007, before joining Worcester City for a four figure sum and where he was voted their "Player of the Year" in 2008. He rejoined the Pilgrims in June 2008.

Liam Parker LIAM PARKER b. 22/2/1986 Defender

Born: Skegness
Previous clubs: Grimsby Town, Boston Town.

Liam Parker signed for the Pilgrims from neighbours Boston Town in June 2008 shortly after his brother Wes had also joined the club. He had started his footballing career as a schoolboy with Grimsby Town.

Michael Wood MICHAEL WOOD b. 13/1/1990 Defender

Born: ?
Previous clubs: None.

Came up through the youth team and made his debut in December 2007 aged 17. Boston won the first five matches that he started in.

Nick Jackson NICK JACKSON b. 1/8/1991 Defender

Born: ?
Previous clubs: None.

Came up through the youth team and made his debut in December 2008 aged 17.

Paul Ellender PAUL ELLENDER b. 21/10/1974 Defender

Born: Scunthorpe
Previous clubs: Scunthorpe United, Gainsborough Trinity, Altrincham, Scarborough, Alfreton Town.

A central defender who was Boston United's record signing when he joined the club from Scarborough one day before the start of the 2001/2 season. He joined Scunthorpe United on leaving school but was released at the end of the 93/4 season. He was snapped up by Gainsborough Trinity where he was a great success. Moves to Altrincham and Scarborough followed, and at each club he has played at he has become an instant hero with the fans for his commanding displays. He has shown great versatility since joining Boston, playing in defence, midfield and even as an emergency striker. He had a loan spell with Chester in February 2006, but was recalled early following injuries in the squad. Left Boston to play for Alfreton Town in the close season in 2008, but returned to Boston to help the Pilgrims in their fight against relegation in March 2009.

Wes Parker WES PARKER b. 7/12/1983 Midfield

Born: Skegness
Previous clubs: Grimsby Town, Gainsborough Trinity.

Wes Parker signed for the Pilgrims from local rivals Gainsborough Trinity in May 2008. He had started his footballing career as a trainee with Grimsby Town, making 9 appearances for the Mariners before his move to Gainsborough.

Adam Millson ADAM MILLSON b. 28/2/1990 Midfield

Born: Skegness
Previous clubs: None.

Local lad Adam Millson joined Boston United's Centre of Excellence in July 2006 and has progressed to the first team, making his debut against Barrow in March 2008.

Mitchell Griffiths MITCHELL GRIFFITHS b. 22/10/1990 Midfield

Born: ?
Previous clubs: None.

Came up through the youth team and made his debut in December 2008 aged 18.

Lee Beeson LEE BEESON b. 4/2/1990 Midfield

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Grimsby Town.

Local lad Lee Beeson joined Boston United's Centre of Excellence from Grimsby Town in 2005 and has progressed to the first team, making his debut against Solihull Moors in October 2007. Was loaned out to Grantham Town in February 2009.

Steve Melton STEVE MELTON b. 3/10/1978 Midfield

Born: Lincoln
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City, King's Lynn.

Midfielder Steve Melton joined Boston United from Hull City in March 2004. He can play in either in the centre or right side of midfield. During his League career prior to joining Boston he made 99 first team appearances scoring five goals. He left Boston after three seasons after making just 21 appearances but rejoined the Pilgrims in September 2008 from King's Lynn.

David Farrell DAVID FARRELL b. 11/11/1971 Midfield

Born: Birmingham
Previous clubs: Redditch United, Aston Villa, Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United and Burton Albion.

Experienced midfielder David Farrell joined Boston United in the summer of 2006 from local rivals Peterborough United where he had spent the previous nine seasons making 395 appearances scoring 52 goals. He can play on either wing. He left the Pilgrims following their relegation from the Football League and had a season playing for Burton Albion before rejoining the club in the summer of 2008.

Ben Sedgemore BEN SEDGEMORE b. 5/8/1975 Midfielder

Born: Wolverhampton
Previous clubs: Birmingham City, Northampton Town, Mansfield Town, Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City, Canvey Island, Cambridge United, Rushden & Diamonds, Havant & Waterlooville, Chelmsford City, King's Lynn.

Experienced midfielder Ben Sedgemore joined Boston United as a free-agent after being released by King's Lynn. A former team mate of manager Steve Welsh at Lincoln City.

Jon Froggatt JON FROGGATT 23/9/1981 Forward

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Leeds United, Buxton, Worksop Town.

Joined the Pilgrims in July 2007 after impressing in pre-season games. He was top scorer with Worksop Town in the previous season with 18 goals. Had spent four seasons with Buxton earlier in his career. Finished his first season at Boston as top scorer with 12 goals.

Kieran Leabon KIERAN LEABON 24/9/1988 Forward

Born: Leicester
Previous clubs: Leicester City, Swindon Town, Alfreton Town, Tamworth, Hinckley United.

Former Ipswich Town scholar Kieran Leabon joined Boston United in August 2007 after impressing in pre-season friendlies.

Ollie Ryan OLLIE RYAN 26/9/1985 Forward

Born: Boston
Previous clubs: Lincoln City, Ilkeston Town, Hucknall Town.

Ollie Ryan joined his home town side from Lincoln City in the summer of 2008 after failing to be given many first team opportunities despite impressing with the Imps reserve side. He was soon knocking in the goals for the Pilgrims and scored a hat-trick in his first FA Cup game for the club.

Jon Rowan JON ROWAN 29/11/1981 Forward

Born: Grimsby
Previous clubs: Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Gainsborough Trinity, Boston Town.

Jon Rowan joined Boston United from Boston Town in October 2007 after scoring 31 goals in 70 appearances for the Poachers. He started his footballing career with his hometown club Grimsby Town, making 58 appearances and scoring 8 goals.

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

Born: Boston
Previous clubs: Peterborough United, Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Kettering Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Rushden & Diamonds, Burton Albion, King's Lynn and Boston Town.

Born in Boston and a former pupil at Boston Grammar School where he obtained six O-levels. He signed up for the Pilgrims for the third time during the close season in 1999. 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. He returned to Boston United for the fourth time to provide cover for the strikers in 2007 and he was able to make some very useful contributions when called upon.

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.

Ricky Miller RICKY MILLER 13/3/1989 Forward

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Spalding United, Hitchin Town, Corby Town, Rothwell Town.

Ricky Miller joined Boston United from Spalding United in March 2009 after scoring 17 goals for the Tulips in the season. He started his footballing career playing for Stamford's midweek youth team before brief spells with Rothwell Town, Corby Town, Hitchin Town and then Spalding. He scored a hat-trick in his second start for the Pilgrims.

Alex Beck ALEX BECK b. 29/11/1990 Forward

Born: ?
Previous clubs: None.

Came up through the youth team and made his debut in October 2008 aged 17.

No longer with the club

Tony Pascu TONY PASCU 19/3/1983 Midfield On loan at Boston Town

Born: Romania
Previous clubs: FC Silentina.

Romanian winger Tony Pascu was snapped up by the Pilgrims in July 2008 after being spotted playing local league football. He has previously played for Romanian side FC Silentina.

Chris Wright CHRIS WRIGHT b. 27/9/1986 Goalkeeper Left the club

Born: Colchester
Previous clubs: Arsenal, Bishop's Stortford.

This former Arsenal trainee returned to the Pilgrims in July 2007 after a season away playing for Bishop's Stortford. His return to the Pilgrims was curtailed when he was released midway through the 2007/8 season, but he rejoined the club following Simon Rayner's recall to Torquay.

Gary King GARY KING 27/1/1990 Forward Loan period ended.

Born: Grimsby
Previous clubs: Lincoln City.

Young striker Gary King joined Boston United from Lincoln City on a one month loan deal in January 2009. He had made four first team appearances for the Imps after progressing through their Centre of Excellence and youth teams.

Stewart Talbot STEWART TALBOT b. 14/6/1973 Midfielder Left by mutual consent

Born: Birmingham
Previous clubs: Moor Green, Port Vale, Rotherham United, Shrewsbury Town, Brentford.

Midfielder Stewart Talbot joined Boston United from Brentford in June 2005. The 33 year old signed a two year deal with the club after requesting a free transfer from the Bees. He began his footballing career with Moor Green, helping the Beazer Homes League side to win the Midland Floodlit Cup. A move into the Football League to Port Vale followed in 1994. After six seasons with the "Valiants" he joined Rotherham United in July 2000 and he had three seasons with them before having a loan spell with Shrewsbury and then a free transfer to Brentford in February 2004. He was team captain for Brentford in 2004/5 and saw his side reach the League One play-offs, only to be beaten in the semi-final by Sheffield Wednesday. Overall he had made 308 League appearances, scoring 23 goals. His desire to move closer to his family prompted his request for a transfer.

Tommy Taylor TOMMY TAYLOR b. 26/9/1951 Manager Left the club

Born: Hornchurch
Previous clubs: Leyton Orient, West Ham United, Team Hawaii, Germinal Beershot as a player and Hamilton, Cambridge United, Leyton Orient, Darlington, Seba and King's Lynn as manager.

Appointed manager in July 2007, following the resignation of Steve Evans.

Taylor joined the Pilgrims from Peterborough United where he had been chief scout. In a long and successful playing career he made 230 appearances for Orient and 340 appearances for West Ham United - where he received an FA Cup winners medal in 1975 following a 2-0 win over Fulham. He also played abroad with Team Hawaii in the Pacific Conference and with Belgian side Germinal Beershot. When his playing career finished he switched to management and became manager of New Zealand side Hamilton, then he returned to England to become assistant manager of Maidstone United then manager of Cambridge United, Leyton Orient, Darlington and Farnborough Town. He went abroad again to coach Jamaican side Seba in Montego Bay before returning to England to manage King's Lynn.

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