Towell were the Real deal

The champions! Pictured are this Fenside Youth FC side from the early 1980s, after claiming the league title, league cup and Appleby Shield. Pictured are (back row, from left) Nick Atkin, Dave Wright, Steve Fox, Lee Kirkby, Chris Chester, Terry Thorn; (front row): Dean Potter, Stuart Johnson, Gary Hurling, Trevor Ireland, Neil Gallichan, Aidie Daubney and Aidy Worthington.
The champions! Pictured are this Fenside Youth FC side from the early 1980s, after claiming the league title, league cup and Appleby Shield. Pictured are (back row, from left) Nick Atkin, Dave Wright, Steve Fox, Lee Kirkby, Chris Chester, Terry Thorn; (front row): Dean Potter, Stuart Johnson, Gary Hurling, Trevor Ireland, Neil Gallichan, Aidie Daubney and Aidy Worthington.

In 1967 more than 1,200 fans passed through the turnstiles to Boston United’s York Street ground.

For that decade the attendance may not have been too great for a match - but this was for the Lincs Junior Cup final.

On that occasion, Boston’s Real Towell - based at Emery Lane’s King’s Head pub - earned a 4-2 victory over Grimsby Borough Police, at that time a team of ex-professionals.

The club - who received special permission from Spain’s Royal favourites to use the name and play in all white - only lasted for four years.

But in that time, they dominated cup competitions to the extend that The Standard hailed them as the Boston League’s best-ever team.

The story began in 1964 when a group from timber merchants J.J. Towell decided to set up a side in the Sunday League, playing at Freiston Ings, later moving to Tunnard’s Park.

Real Towell (or Towell FC as they were known on a Sunday) operated with a small nucleus of regular players, including Ken Bonner, Ron Butler, Alan Hooker, Dave Ogden, Pete Bird, Malc Bell, Nos Mottram, Dave Coulson, Graham Brown, Barry Bunce, Denis Reeson, Tony Win, John Blackwell, Malc Stares, Chick Bastow, Steve Rogers and Tony Scrupps.

It was while acting as secretary for Towell that John Blackwell was snapped up by Jim Smith to take on the job at Boston United.

Towell FC won the Sunday League and Sunday League Cup double in both 1965 and 1966.

Real Towell began their first campaign as runners-up in both Division One and the Sports Cup, But this was followed by their 66 season,winning the Premier Division and Willoughby Cup.

The Junior Cup and other successes followed, but - like many other local league greats - administrative difficulties lead to them folding.