Boston United defeat convinced Premier League boss Warnock to go into management

Neil Warnock.
Neil Warnock.

Neil Warnock claims that he may never have had a career in the Premier League if it wasn’t for a defeat at Boston United.

The Cardiff City manager has enjoyed an illustrious career in the dug-out with clubs including Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and QPR.

However, it was an FA Cup loss at York Street with Hartlepool as a 24-year-old when Warnock realised his career in the game may be more fruitful off the pitch.

“We got beat at Boston in the FA Cup and (manager) Len Ashurst called us all in the next day and started on every player and what he thought of them,” Warnock told the BBC.

“He got to me and I’ll never forget what he said - what we should have done and why we let him down and the club down.

“I knew I could never get to the top. I wasn’t good enough. I was quick, brainless winger.

“I realised the only way I could get to the top was as a manager.”

Boston’s 2-1 cup victory on December, 1971, was played in front of a crowd of 4,379.

John Froggatt and Jim Smith were on target for the Pilgrims.