A guard of honour, a Premier League ref and a big kiss! You didn’t think John Blackwell’s Boston United testimonial was going to be boring did you?

John Blackwell receives a guard of honour for his testimonial. Photo: Joe Dent.
John Blackwell receives a guard of honour for his testimonial. Photo: Joe Dent.

When retiring after 38 years of service, some people receive a carriage clock. John Blackwell got a guard of honour and a big kiss from Barry Fry.

Boston United’s general manager stepped down from his role at the end of last season, but the new club president is far from being put out to pasture as he returned today for his testimonial.

John Blackwell gets a kiss from Peterborough's director of football Barry Fry.

John Blackwell gets a kiss from Peterborough's director of football Barry Fry.

League One Peterborough United provided the opposition and the 1-1 draw was certainly more easy on the eye than your average July contest.

“It was very emotional,” Blackwell said.

“But I want to say thank you to the many people who have helped make it so special.

“Barry Fry (Posh director of football) helped a lot too.

“It was a very special occasion for me.”

Blackwell led the players out of the tunnel, greeted by a guard of honour and accompanied by Kevin Friend, the Premier League official taking charge of the game.

“It was wonderful to have a Premier League ref here, not everyone can say they’ve had that,” Blackwell added.

“But I was a but worried to be honest. He abandoned a game down here against Nuneaton in the 44th minute once.

“And he was also meant to referee a friendly against Leeds United on a Thursday night, but he postponed that because of a waterlogged pitch.

“When I saw it was raining this morning I thought he was going for his hat-trick.”