Boston Town chairman Mick Vines has expressed his shock at the passing of Percy Freeman.
The former Poachers manager has passed away, aged 70.
Mr Vines brought Mr Freeman to Tattershall Road in 1991, where he took control of the team for more than two seasons before leaving for health reasons.
“It was a massive shock, and a great shame,” Mr Vines told The Standard.
“He was a smashing person to have at the football club.
“One of my memories of Percy was one Sunday morning when me and my wife Pauline were driving to Lincoln and we saw his car in a layby.
“We pulled in and it was Percy, he was signing Carl Smaller and his cousin Paul right there.
“That was the sort of man he was. He was dedicated.”
Mr Freeman was the first manager the Poachers put under contract, and brought in a series of respected players.
As well as Carl Smaller - who scored 48 times in his debut season for the Poachers - Mr Freeman also brought in the likes of Steve Sims and Chris Cook.
“He had an eye for a good player,” Mr Vines added.
“He was a strict but fair man, that’s how I would describe him.
“He had the respect of his players.”