This week marks the 30th anniversary of Boston United’s only appearance at Wembley, a 2-1 FA Trophy defeat to Wealdstone. But that loss caused one Pilgrims supporter to complain to the Football Association, after he spotted an incorrect decision....
Boston United’s FA Trophy final defeat infuriated one Pilgrims fan so much that he wrote to the FA demanding the score be changed to a draw.
Richard O. Smith - the man behind the popular United fanzine From Behind Your Fences - was at Wembley that day to witness the club’s anguish.
But it wasn’t until he bought his copy of the match VHS that he realised his side had been hard done by.
After bringing himself to watch the contest for another time, he discovered the corner which led to Wealdstone taking the lead should, in fact, have been a goal kick as it was a man in blue who had the final touch as the ball trickled out of play.
“I wrote a letter to the FA after getting the video of the final and seeing one of the Wealdstone goals came from a corner when a goal kick should have been awarded,” Richard (pictured) told The Standard.
“I asked them to amend their records to show the result as 1-1 because of this... but I never got a response.”
And if that wasn’t anguish enough, another of Richard’s outstanding memories from that day was seeing Boston denied a leveller due to an offside call.
“I also remember the disallowed goal.” he sighed.
“I celebrated that before finally noticing one of the worst things you can see in football, a raised linesman’s flag.”
However, that day out at Wembley didn’t destroy Richard’s love of the beautiful game.
The author, comedy writer and screenwriter has recently released his latest novel The Unbeatables, the story of an accomplished table football star who is forced to bring his pals into a real-life match.
It is his extended version of the movie, for which he also wrote the British script.
And, in fairness, Richard does have one happy memory from that May day in 1985.
He added: “I remember standing at the platform at Biggleswade train station in Bedfordshire and watching a train full of Boston United supporters go past.
“I stood at that station every weekday morning for years and but I never saw anything like that.”