“I’m delighted to be here!” Paul Holden returns to York Street after Christmas Day heart attack

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Assistant manager Paul Holden, currently recovering from a Christmas Day heart attack, will watch his first live Boston United match today.

Holden will watch from the stands as the Pilgrims take on Colwyn Bay at York Street.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here,” Holden told The Standard.

“I’ve missed it.

“Obviosuly, the Boxing Day match was the one I was looking forward to, but I never quite made that.”

Holden was an Army physical training instructor for 22 years and said the attack came out of the blue.

He continued: “There was no indication it was going to happen.

“I consider myself a relatively fit guy, there’s nothing in the family to suggest this would happen, my cholesterol is fairly low.

“To quote the cardiologist, he said I was unlucky.”

However, after missing the first five matches of Graham Drury’s role as manager, Holden is ready for action.

“I consider myself the calm one of the pair, so it will be a relatively stress-free day for me,” Holden added.

The ex-director of football at the Gibraltar FA has been watching match highlights on Boston United’s official website and has been in regular contact with Drury.

He believes he is as up to scratch on York Street matters and he can be after having a stent fitted in an artery.

For more on Holden, see the Boston Standard on Wednesday.

For a match report of today’s clash, log on to www.bostonstandard.co.uk at full time.