‘Newsham can beat my Boston United goals record’ - Chris Cook

Cook scores for Boston United at Wembley.
Cook scores for Boston United at Wembley.

Boston United’s all-time leading goalscorer Chris Cook admits he would be happy to watch Marc Newsham break his record.

Newsham became the sixth player in Pilgrims history to score 100 goals as he found the net at AFC Telford United 10 days ago.

And Cook - currently a Pilgrims director - believes the forward has the ability to become United’s top marksman of all time.

“Records are there to be broken, and I don’t mind if my record is broken at all,” said Cook (pictured), who netted 181 times in Boston colours.

“If he does then that’s good news. It means the club is being successful.”

Cook’s 181 goals came in 484 matches for United between 1978 and 1998, at a ratio of 0.37 goals per game.

Newsham’s 102 goals have arrived in 207 appearances to date, spanning less than five seasons.

And with a current ratio of 0.49 goals per game, Cook believes the former Rotherham trainee has every chance of overtaking him.

He added: “He looks like he’s on track for 30 goals again this season. And if he can keep scoring 30 goals or so for the next two or three seasons then he’s got every chance.”

Aged 26, Newsham also has the advantage of time on his side.

“Confidence is a big part of being a goalscorer, and it wasn’t until I was about 30 that I felt I was in my prime in terms of feeling confident about playing for Boston United,” Cook added. “But Marc has plenty of confidence. He’s a good finisher who knows how to get goals.

“As you get older your reactions slow down, but he’s the sort of player who always looks sharp in the six-yard box.”