Boston Town looking forward to 50th birthday

Gary Bull - Town's all-time leading goalscorer.
Gary Bull - Town's all-time leading goalscorer.

Boston Town will be celebrating their 50th anniversary later this year - and author Simon Ashberry is appealing for information to help mark the Poachers’ milestone.

Club historian Simon is currently penning his second book on the club, following on from 2004’s Come And Sit With Us, a history of the Tattershall Road team.

His second book will be a statistical record of the club’s first 50 seasons.

Simon said: “When I researched the first book, I realised that there were no reliable records for much of the club’s history.

“When people asked me who had scored the most goals or made the most appearances in a certain season, it was often impossible to say.

“With this second book, my initial aim was to create a complete record of every game ever played by the club, including results, teamsheets and goalscorers.

“However, it’s become clear that some of that information is simply unavailable.”

And that is where Simon is calling on help from fans.

He added: “I’m particularly interested in seeing any Boston Town or Boston FC programmes from any era of the club as the manager’s notes often provide valuable information.

“Nevertheless, I’m hoping to put together as exhaustive record as possible so that we’ll finally have a comprehensive picture of the comparative achievements of players from every era such as Bert Linnecor, Dennis Reeson, Phil Scothorne, Alf Park, Lee Rippin and Gary Bull.”

Boston FC were formed in the summer of 1964 after Boston United withdrew from senior football.

The Pilgrims endured a humiliating season in the Boston and District League, finishing second from bottom and suffering defeats including a 10-2 thrashing against Wrangle and a 10-3 reverse against Spilsby.

Meanwhile, FC played their first-ever game on August 22, 1964 and went onto win the Lincolnshire League in their first season.

They changed their name to Boston Town in 1994.

Anyone who can help Simon is asked to contact him by emailing sashberry@hotmail.com or ringing 07967 624606.