As with most people in the UK I do follow a football team and that team happens to be Boston United of the ‘Vanerama Conference North’
But why Boston United? – Well its actually all down to my family roots. Both my parents are from Boston, well Old Leake just outside, and my Dad was actually a Nottingham Forest fan and went to most of the games after they moved to Nottingham with Dad working on the Railways.
For many years I also had a Nottingham Forest season ticket and sat in the trent end alongside my Dad but after a while I soon got fed up and lost heart with it.
My Dad always kept an eye out for the Boston result and I too always liked to see how they were getting on. Eventually we decided to go to a game and for some reason from that moment I was hooked on Boston United.
I’d fallen out with the big stadium team in Nottingham and liked nothing more than being at York Street in Boston standing on the Spayne Road terrace with a cup of tea and a sausage roll for just £1.50.
Although I still live in Nottingham and probably always will its only and hour and a half drive to Boston so making the odd game isn’t a problem. I also have a programme subscription to make sure I don’t miss any of them and if any of you have ever seen a Boston programme you will know it’s one of the best reads in football, in fact it puts some of the major league teams programmes to shame.
I’ve enjoyed my trip to Boston a lot and even managed to convert a good friend of mine Craig into a Pilgrims fan. Boston currently find themselves in 7th place in the Conference North looking to try and reach the playoffs, although this may take a huge effort as we seem to have play more games than the teams around us.
Under current manager Dennis Greene the club seems to have a lot of positivity around it although some fans are still staying away.
There has been some fantastic news this week though with the signing of new contracts by striker Dayle Southwell, defender Zak Mills and midfielder Grant Roberts. Also announced was the pre-contract agreement with other striker Mark Jones.
This now means that Boston already have 8 players signed up for next season, with Southwell, Mills and Roberts joining keeper Sam Vince, defenders Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni and midfielders Kaine Felix and Kyle Dixon plus Jones to make it 9. This gives the club a solid base to build on for next season no matter what level we are at.
One of the best signing for me has been getting Kyle Dixon from Notts County. Kyle was on Loan from Notts earlier this season but then when it expired moved to Telford in the Conference. That didn’t really work out for Kyle and following his return, he was released by Notts and quickly signed by Dennis Greene for the remainder of this season plus next season as well. Scholesy as he is nicknamed is a great midfielder and also happens to be mates with a good friend of mine too, so I expect a few more trips in the next few months.
Off the field things also look good as Boston will finally be getting a new stadium. Massive work by the chairman David Newton on this one has finally seen the ambition realised and work will begin shortly on the development of the stadium. Although the exact time frame isn’t yet known.
When it does happen though it can only be good for the football club and also for the development of Boston.
In the meantime however its back to York Street and hope that we can put a good run together for the rest of the season, starting with the visit of Bradford Park Avenue this afternoon.
UP THE PILGRIMS!