BROWNE ON THE BALL: Can Boston United reach the joy of six?

Lawrie Dudfield.
Lawrie Dudfield.

FIVE down, one to go.

When Steve Thompson took the job of Notts County boss back in 2006, he snapped up six players who had turned out for the Pilgrims the previous season.

That led some in these parts to – quite rudely and still quite funnily – label them Boston United Reserves.

Those six players were Jason Lee, Lee Canoville, Lawrie Dudfield, Ian Ross, Gary Silk and Alan White.

In hindsight, the irony of those Boston United Reserves jibes have gone 360, with five of those named above all having turned out in amber and black this season.

Player managers Lee and Canoville called in Dudfield, now manager of Quorn,to do a shift when the squad was struck with injuries earlier this campaign.

Since then, White has re-signed and, on Saturday, Ian Ross made his second debut for the club.

Ross, himself, admitted he was a little rusty during the weekend’s victory over Workington, following a fortnight without regular football.

But those fans who cheered his performances, goals and deadly dead balls should be thrilled to hear the midfielder claim he’s back at a club he loves and itching to get back to his best.

There have been murmurings on the terraces this season about the lack of names in Lee and Canoville’s contacts book, suggestions that they can only look to former Pilgrims and team-mates as possible recruits.

But then again, isn’t that how football works for most clubs without the resources to fund scouting networks?

Rob Scott and Paul Hurst’s hand picked squad revolved mainly around lads they knew from their time at Rotherham and Ilkeston, plus a few players drafted in from Stamford.

Tommy Taylor mainly relied on trialists, players offered to him by one football agent in particular and his knowledge of the southern leagues.

Steve Evans looked to north of the border, or players with the tiniest amount of a bloodline traceable back to his motherland.

It was the same for Thompson when he went to County. He had spent the previous season as co-commentator for BBC Lincolnshire so, watching plenty of Boston games, he knew what he was getting with his Magpies recruits.

So, now we’ve had five of those Evans-Thompson recruits back at the club.

Last week Boston were awarded an undisclosed fee following their FA Tribunal with Grimsby.

And with the Mariners rumoured not to be in the finest financial health, what are the odds they may offer a player or two instead of a lump sum?

Maybe one of them could be Gary Silk? Then we’d have six out of six.