SEEING Cardiff City play in the recent Carling Cup final stirred the memories of former Boston United goalkeeper Ted Eaglen.
WHEN I came out of the army after the Second World War, I went to drive a lorry for the Hubberts Bridge Farming Co, and it so happens it was harvest time.
The foreman said to me ‘you will be working on Saturday afternoon.’ I said ‘no’ because I was playing football for Boston United.
He replied I couldn’t play ‘mucky football’ in harvest time.
Well, I went home and played football. On the Monday morning I had to go into the office and the manager said to me I would have to work or go home. I said I would go home.
Boston United’s manager then was Fred Tunstall, ex-Sheffield United and England left winger, and he played at Wembley against Cardiff City in 1927 and scored the only goal in the FA Cup final.
In 1947, my first game for Boston United was for the A team against Swineshead (my village). My second game was against Bergen Op Zoom, a Dutch team and my third was for United Reserves.
In 1947 I signed on as a professional on £3 per week.
I said to Fred that I am not a professional and he said ‘you are’. Fred was a wonderful man and very good to me.
Boston United’s goalkeeper was Jock Bayne and helped me out a lot.
I remember Wilf Berry (he was the sports editor of The Standard in those days) writing ‘if Bayne had played in goal, Boston would have beaten Bergen Op Zoom’.
I remember Wilf Berry writing that I had been injured playing against Nottingham Forest Reserves, because I used to go down at the players’ feet for the ball.
In those days, goalkeepers were not protected like today.
In fact, there were times when the forwards would knock the goalkeeper into the net with the ball and it would count as a goal.