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Volunteer gardener sets sights on England football camp

On the ball  Joseph gets in a spot of training during his lunch break in Central Park.

On the ball  Joseph gets in a spot of training during his lunch break in Central Park.

A volunteer gardener at Boston’s Central Park is hoping his fancy footwork will get him into England football squad’s training camp.

Joseph Nichols, who has a learning disability, has worked at the park four days a week and has become a familiar face to locals.

He is a defender with Boston United’s Positive Pilgrims, who are playing in the FA Disability Cup.

The 32-year-old has been a football fan all his life and a Pilgrim’s season ticket holder for the past 10 years, attending all home games where he always stands in the same place with his same group of supporters.

“I love being outdoors, which is why I like working in Central Park and playing football,” said Joseph, 32.

“If we get through to the FA Disability Cup final we will play at the England training camp.

“That would be a great experience for us all.”

Positive Pilgrims play their first FA Disability Cup game on Sunday at home at The Jakemans Stadium, kick-off at 1.30pm when they meet Communications Specialist College from Doncaster in the northern section first round.

The Positive Pilgrims won the northern section in 2012-2013 — before suffering defeat to Plymouth Argyle in the grand final at St George’s Park.

 

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