Fifty teams to compete in next year’s Boston Saturday Football League

Action from Wyberton versus Ruskington.

Action from Wyberton versus Ruskington.

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A total of 50 teams will compete in the Boston and District Saturday Football League next season.

Organisers of the league - last week announced as one of the country’s top eight by the Football Association - were originally hoping they could attract enough teams to beat the all-time record of 56 sides in its 115-year history.

But with five new teams entering next campaign, league chairman Roger Gell is a happy man.

“We will have 50 teams next season, which is one more than finished this season,” he said.

“We have received entry forms for five new teams - having 50 teams is excellent.

“People don’t always realise we are the largest open-age male Saturday football league in Lincolnshire.”

More than 1,400 players were signed on to play last season.

However, the league takes its affiliation to the FA’s RESPECT campaign seriously.

And Mr Gell confirmed that six players’ registrations will not be accepted by the league next season, due to their conduct on the field.

It is actions like this which saw the Boston league win the FA’s Silver Award, for promoting the game being played in the correct spirit.

“We believe very strongly that players should behave correctly,” Mr Gell added.