Can Boston United return to Wembley? Greene eyes more FA Trophy success

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene hopes that some of his FA Trophy magic can rub off on his Boston United squad.

The Pilgrims boss was part of Martin O’Neill’s Wycombe Wanderers side which won the competition at Wembley in 1993 and, as a manager, he led step four side Windsor and Eton into the quarter-final draw in 2003.

As the Pilgrims prepare to host Redditch United in the competition’s first round on Saturday, Greene hopes to rekindle his love affair with the competition, saying there is no reason why Boston cannot go all the way.

“I’d love to win the Trophy and get to Wembley again,” he said. “Realistically, this group - if we have the right draws - we’ve got a chance of going a far way in the competition.”

The Pilgrims are no strangers to the competition themselves, reaching their very own Wembley final in 1985.

However, Chris Cook’s goal was not enough as they lost 2-1 to Wealdstone.

But drawing on his own experiences, Greene believes the success the Chairboys enjoyed under O’Neill came down to a good balance in the squad between up-and-coming youngsters like Steve Guppy, who went on to play for England, and older heads such as central defender Glyn Creaser and club stalwart Dave Carroll - a mix he is now trying to re-create at York Stret.

He added: “What that Wycombe side had was good youth in the side, but some real good experienced players.

“We had a lot of talented players. We (Boston) are not quite there yet but we’ve got a good side. Cup football surprises everybody. If the players take it lightly then we’ll go out the competition.

“We’ll prepare properly, and if we play like we can then we should get through.”

But can this Pilgrims side go on to be as good as Greene’s Wanderers which won the FA Trophy and promotion to the Football League in the same year?
“I’ll tell you when we’ve won the National Conference,” Greene added.