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Management and Support Staff

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 b. 1/9/1993 Goalkeeper

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

Peter Crook
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.

SCOTT GARNER b. 20/9/1989 Defender

Born: Coventry
Previous clubs: Leicester City, Ilkeston Town, Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town, Alfreton Town, Lincoln City, Cambridge United.

Scott Garner
Defender Scott Garner joined Boston United in a long term loan deal from Cambridge United in July 2013. he began his career at Leicester City but was loaned out to Ilkeston Town before signing for Mansfield Town on a free transfer in January 2009. At the age of 19 he captained the Mansfield side in a 2-0 win over Altrincham and also scored the opening goal. He signed for Grimsby Town in July 2010 but after failing to make an impact was loaned out to Alfreton Town. He was soon recalled to Grimsby but in April 2012 was released by the club. In June 2012 he chose to sign a two year deal with Cambridge United but after stuggling to hold down a first team place he joined Lincoln City on a two month loan deal in October 2012. He captained the England C side in a match against Hungary in 2009.

JAY ROLLINS b. 1/6/1994 Forward

Previous clubs: Askern Villa, Armthorpe Welfare.

Jay Rollins
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.

JORDON BURROW b. 12/9/1992 Forward

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Chesterfield, Morecambe, Stevenage, Lincoln City, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead, York City.

A product of Chesterfield's youth system, Burrow joined the club aged seven and went on to sign his first professional contract with the club in May 2011. He spent the opening months of the 201112 season on loan at Boston United. On his return to Chesterfield in December that year, he was released by the club, having made no first-team appearances. He subsequently signed for Morecambe of League Two in January 2012, and made over 50 appearances during his 18-month stay with the club. In May 2013, Burrow signed for League One club Stevenage. He had seasons with Lincoln City, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead and York City before rejoining Boston United in 2020.

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