“Football comes first!” Boston United assistant Paul Holden prioritises after heart attack

Paul Holden.
Paul Holden.

Boston United assistant manager Paul Holden returned to York Street for the first time since suffering his Christmas Day heart attack on Saturday.

And his presence proved a lucky charm as the Pilgrims beat Colwyn Bay 1-0.

“I can’t drive for a couple of weeks, but when I can I’m back and fully committed to Boston United, which I’m looking forward to more than anything,” Holden told The Standard.

“I’ve been following everything. I’ve been watching matches on Boston United TV (on the club’s website).

“But I speak to Graham every day anyway, so we remain a team.”

Holden’s love for football has seen him have to make some compromises with his wife, putting three bands he plays with on the back burner.

But as he prepared to watch from the stands on Saturday, he believes he made the right choice.

“I’ve had to compromise with my good lady. I’m not under the thumb, but she’s told me one thing at a time and football comes first.

“I find football therapeutic and stressless, so I can happily watch.”