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John Blackwell JOHN BLACKWELL Club President

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 from 1998 until he retired in May 2016. He has even been on the substitute's bench three time for the Pilgrims. Following his retirement he was appointed as Club President. 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.

Craig Elliott CRAIG ELLIOTT Manager

Previous clubs (as manager): Shaw Lane, Glasshoughton Welfare, Ossett Town.

Craig Elliott was appointed manager of Boston United in November 2017. Having guided Shaw Lane to three promotions in four seasons with the Barnsley-based club, Elliott stepped up to become Adam Murray's permanent successor at The Jakemans Stadium. He had previously managed Glasshoughton Welfare and Ossett Town, having retired early from his playing days due to injury.

Playing Staff

Peter Crook PETER CROOK b. 1/9/1993 Goalkeeper

Previous clubs: Harrogate Town, Hyde United.
Twitter: pete_crook1

Boston United completed the signing of Hyde United goalkeeper Peter Crook in May 2019. The 25-year-old, who has considerable Step 2 experience during his time at Harrogate Town, joined following an impressive campaign with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division Tigers. An outstanding keeper who earned an England C call up and had a trial at Burnley prior to the 2017/18 season.

George Willis GEORGE WILLIS b. 22/7/1995 Goalkeeper

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Sheffield United, Alfreton Town (loan), Bradford Park Avenue (loan), Matlock Town (loan), Stalybridge Celtic, Gainsborough Trinity.

Goalkeeper George Willis joined Boston United in May 2017 after opting to turn down the offer of a new contract with league rivals Gainsborough Trinity. The former Sheffield United youngster progressed through the Bramall Lane system before spending various spells away on loan. He was voted Boston United Player of the Year in 2018/19.

Ben Middleton BEN MIDDLETON b. 12/4/1995 Defender

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Harrogate Town.
Twitter: BenMiddleton_

Ben Middleton joined the Pilgrims on an initial month's loan from Harrogate Town in December 2017. The defender, capable of playing at right-back or centre-half, emerged from Doncaster Rovers' youth set-up to make numerous appearances for North Ferriby United and Scarborough Athletic before a move to Harrogate Town in the summer of 2017. He had also spent a brief loan spell with Buxton prior to his arrival in Boston. After being recalled just days into his second month with the Pilgrims, Middleton returned for a fresh loan spell in March 2018. He signed permanently in the summer of 2018.

Ashley Jackson ASHLEY JACKSON b. 22/5/1994 Defender

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Goole AFC, Leek Town, Ossett Town.
Twitter: theashjacko

Versatile left-sider Ashley Jackson made the step-up from Ossett Town in the summer of 2018. Jackson, who had previously played for the likes of Leek Town and Goole AFC, caught the eye of manager Craig Elliott during his time at Shaw Lane.

Jay Rollins JAY ROLLINS b. 1/6/1994 Midfielder

Previous clubs: Askern Villa, Armthorpe Welfare.

Jay Rollins joined the Pilgrims in the summer of 2015 after impressing in pre-season trials. He was voted Player of the Year in 2016/17.

George Green GEORGE GREEN b. 2/1/1996 Midfielder

Born: Dewsbury
Previous clubs: Everton, Oldham Athletic, Kilmarnock (loan), Salford City (loan), Viking, Nuneaton Town, Chester FC.
Twitter: George_Green10

Highly-rated midfielder George Green (23) has linked up with the Pilgrims in June 2019 following his departure from National League North rivals Chester FC.

Jordan Thewlis JORDAN THEWLIS b. 24/10/1992 Forward

Born: Scunthorpe
Previous clubs: Scunthorpe United, Gainsborough Trinity, Harrogate Town.
Twitter: jordanthewlis92

Boston United completed the signing of attacker Jordan Thewlis in May 2019 following the player's departure from National League side Harrogate Town. The sought-after 26-year-old, who spent a brief loan spell with the Pilgrims in December 2018 before sustaining an injury on his debut at Chorley, has put pen-to-paper to become United's second signing of the summer following Luke Shiels' arrival from Alfreton Town. Thewlis, who began his career at Scunthorpe United and has also played for Gainsborough Trinity in between two spells with Harrogate, can operate in a variety of forward positions.

Dominic Knowles DOMINIC KNOWLES b. 13/2/1992 Forward

Born: Oswaldtwistle
Previous clubs: Burnley, Gainsborough Trinity, Burton Albion, Harrogate Town.
Twitter: DomKnowles92

Knowles joined the Pilgrims in June 2019 from Harrogate Town, having enjoyed a season in the National League with Simon Weaver's side. He was on target 16 times in 2017-2018 as Harrogate clinched promotion from National League North and has also previously represented Burton Albion and Gainsborough Trinity.

Photographs copyright © Ken Fox.

Boston United Database copyright © Ken Fox 2020.

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