Boston United’s Ben Wilkinson wants to become a chip off the old block

Ben Wilkinson.
Ben Wilkinson.

BEN Wilkinson would love to become a chip off the old block... but he’s not making any promises.

On Saturday, the midfielder agreed to join Boston United, and follow in the footsteps of his dad - Pilgrims legend Howard.

Before taking Leeds United to the old Division One title and managing England, Wilkinson Snr was player-manager at York Street, guiding the club to consecutive Northern Premier League titles, during his stint from 1971-76.

“I’d love to have the same success here that he did,” Wilkinson told The Standard.

“But that would take some doing, so I won’t commit to saying that will happen.

“But I’ll do what I can for this club.”

Wilkinson grew up listening to his father’s tales of footballing life, including many happy memories from his years in amber and black

“I’ve not spoken to my dad about the club lately, but I’ve heard lots of stories in the past,” he added.

“I know how successful he was and I know he remembers his time here fondly.

“It’s probably a bit of a trip down memory lane for him now that I’m here.”

Wilkinson, however, is very much his own man.

He wants to win his own silverware - and believes Boston United can help that dream be fulfilled.

“I’m buzzing to have signed – it’s all come round so quickly,” he added.

“I’ve never played in the Blue Square Bet North before, but having played in the Conference last year, I’m familiar with a lot of the teams and players.

“I wouldn’t come here if I didn’t think we can get promotion. This side’s more than good enough to compete up the top of the league.”

Wilkinson began his career with the academies of Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Derby County.

He was also on the books of Hull City.

However, he didn’t really see first team action until he moved to York City.

This was followed by spells at Altrincham, Chester City and Tamworth.

However, with a career switch, Wilkinson began the summer looking for part-time football.

After snapping up Wilkinson and fellow midfielder Ben Milnes, manager Lee Canoville said: “Both Bens have signed. We’ve got them on board and we’re delighted about that.”