Glove interest! Can you remember every Boston United goalkeeper from the past 10 seasons?

Dion-Curtis Henry.
Dion-Curtis Henry.

Every football club dreams of a number one hit - a goalkeeper who can be the difference between victory and defeat.

But finding the right man, and keeping a firm hold on him, is not always that easy.

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Dan Haystead. ENGEMN00120120410164938

Boston United have put 28 players between the sticks in the past 10 seasons. How many do you remember?

TOM EVANS (2009-10)

The last keeper to win promotion with Boston United, Evans played 48 times in the 2009-10 season as Rob Scott and Paul Hurst’s side fought their way out of the UniBond Premier with a play-off final victory at Bradford Park Avenue. However, the stopper was released days later. Appearances: 48


Paul Bastock.

Paul Bastock.

Butcher was a youth team product who played 21 times in the 2008-09 season, but found himself acting as Evans’s understudy in that promotion-winning season. He actually won more trophies that the regular number one in that treble-winning campaign, being selected for the UniBond Challenge Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Shield finals. Appearances: 28 (7 in 2009-11 seasons)


McKeown joined on loan from Peterborough United and instantly became a crowd favourite in a side challenging at the top of the Blue Square North. However, he returned to Posh in January 2011 before moving to Grimsby Town. Appearances: 19


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Ricky Drury. ENGEMN00120130530091738

The Pilgrims named eight keepers in their first-team squad in the 2010-11 campaign, Adamson’s solitary appearance coming in a county cup victory at Gainsborough. Appearances: 1


Like Adamson, Montgomery’s only outing was in a cup contest against Gainsborough. On this ocasion it was a 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup. Appearances: 1

DAN HAYSTEAD (2010-2011, 2012-13)

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Andy Hewitt. ENGEMN00120120503185253

Haystead had two spells with the Pilgrims. Initially he was signed from Hinckley to replace the departing McKeown but missed out on the final stages of the season due to a freak ankle injury, picked up after tripping over his dog’s toy. Appearances: 63

RICKY DRURY (2011-2013)

Reserve team keeper Drury donned the gloves after Haystead’s injury, making his first-team debut in a 2-2 home draw against Harrogate Town, also featuring in the county cup final defeat to Stamford Town later that season. Made five appearances the following season and two in his final campaign, 2012-13. Appearances: 9

PAUL BASTOCK (1992-2004, 2011-2012)

Pilgrims legend Bastock was already the club’s all-time appearance record holder when he was persuaded to return by managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville in light of Haystead’s injury. He played a further 54 times to take his record up to 679 Boston games. Last year Bazza - who won Dr Martens and Conference titles with the Pilgrims and was the first keeper to represent the club in the Football League - broke Peter Shilton’s world appearace record and has currently made a total of 1280 competitive outings. The 48-year-old is still playing when called upon at King’s Lynn. Appearances: 679 (54 in second stint)

SAM VINCE (2013-15)

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Sam Vince. EMN-140331-090324001

Youth team product Vince marked his debut with silverware. The youngster was called up to the first team by Dennis Greene for a county cup final victory at Gainsborough Trinity, the final game of the 2012-13 season. He spent the following two campaigns battling for a first-team slot. Appearances: 24


Former Manchester City youngster Timms arrived at Boston with a chequered past but was hailed as ‘the best keeper in non-league’ by Greene. He played the first 17 matches of the season but was replaced by Vince at half time following two high-profile errors in a 3-2 FA Cup defeat at Brackley, never to make the squad again. Appearances: 17

LEWIS KING (2013-14)

King joined in November 2013 and was predominantly the side’s number one for the remainder of the campaign. He and defender Carl Piergianni were the two players sent off in a bizarre 4-0 defeat at Harrogate Town where United finished the match with seven men - and one of those was injured. Appearances: 23

ANDY HEWITT (2010-2014)

Reserve keeper Hewitt had been involved in first-team squads since 2010, but made his only appearance in the final match of the 2013-14 season, replacing King in a 3-0 defeat at Worcester City. Appearances: 1


Irishman Gledhill arrived at York Street looking to fight Vince for the goalkeeping jersey and was handed his first start in a 1-0 home defeat to North Ferriby. Never looked completely at ease between the sticks with the Pilgrims, his final appearance being a 7-2 defeat to Oxford City. Appearances: 4


It’s funny how things turn out in football. Loanee Farman arrived at United out of favour at Lincoln City and had agreed to make his stay permanent, only for a change of management at Birmingham City seeing Imps loanee stopper Nick Townsend recalled. That meant Farman returned to Sincil Bank, where he became part of the squad which won the National League title and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2016-17. Appearances: 4

GREG TEMPEST (2014-15)

Okay, so this one’s questionable. But he did play in goal. The Notts County loanee played 16 times in defence and midfield for United, but was called upon to don the gloves following Vince’s red card in the 3-1 home win against Hyde. He pulled off two decent saves and later revealed he played as a keeper in his youth. Appearances: 16 (1 in goal)

JOEL DIXON (2014-15)

Sunderland Academy player Dixon arrived on loan from the Black Cats and marked his debut with a penalty save in a 3-1 success against AFC Fylde. Made 19 appearances before joining Gateshead on loan for the remainder of the campaign. Appearances: 19


The departure of Dixon saw Sunderland make amends by sending over Polish youth international Stryjek. He was a risk taker who loved charging out of his box, but a solid shot stopper. But there was little he could do about that Adam Roscoe overhead kick as Chorley levelled late on before beating Boston on penalties in the play-off semi-final. Appearances: 12


Peterborough United loanee Ravas’s time at Boston was summed up by his Secret Santa gift from manager Greene - a T-shirt with the slogan ‘he used to be s***e but now he’s all right’ (sic). There were a few mistakes from the Slovakian youth international but he grew in confidence and stature between the sticks. Moved on to join Derby County’s academy. Appearances: 22


Alexander - the nephew of former Pilgrim Keith - was a man mountain. Named man of the match on his debut, a 4-1 defeat to Solihull Moors, Alexander made a series off appearances but failed to ever really get ahead of Ravas in the pecking order. Appearances: 8


Former Notts County keeper Spiess played the final 18 matches of the 2015-16 campaign as Boston reached the play-off semi-finals. His final appearance was that 3-0 defeat to North Ferriby, which saw Boston throw away a 2-0 first-leg lead, although he could hardly be blamed. Appearances: 18


The son of former Wales international Andy, Dibble joined in the summer of 2016. A young stopper learning his trade, he played the first eight competitive games before being replaced by Dion-Curtis Henry. Currently at Wrexham, who Boston face in the FA Trophy later this month. Appearances: 8


Local lad Emery had previous experience with Gainsborough Trinity, among other clubs. Signed by Greene as cover for Dibble he made four first-team outings in three different competitions under two different managers... and one of those was abandoned due to fog. Appearances: 4


Yet another keeper to arrive on loan from Peterborough, the Pilgrims thought they had solved their problems with the arrival of Henry. But after he was part of the side thrashed 9-2 at Fylde, the Posh decided not to extend his loan. Currently with Premier League Crystal Palace. Appearances: 12

ROSS DURRANT (2016-17)

Former Nottingham Forest academy player Durrant was Adam Murray’s first signing, playing every minute of the 22 games left in the 2016-17 season before departing in the summer. Appearances: 22

GEORGE WILLIS (2017-present)

Current club captain Willis joined in the summer of 2017 from Gainsborough Trinity as part of Murray’s rebuild, and is the only one of those players to still be at the club. With the exception of Haystead, he has made more appearances for Boston than any other keeper in the past 15 seasons, and he’s only two behind. Appearances: 61


Stewart joined in January from current manager Craig Elliott’s former club Shaw Lane. He immediately replaced Willis, but lost his place after 10 appearances and moved on to Gainsborough. Appearances: 10

DYLAN PARKIN (2018-present)

Young talent Parkin arrived in the summer after leaving Chesterfield. He is currently on loan at Cleethorpes Town. Parkin was sent off in his only competitive appearance, the 3-2 county cup defeat to Lincoln United. Appearances: 1


Former Poland international Malkowski was signed as cover for Willis and was asked to make an immediate impact off the bench on his debut following the number one’s late red card at Darlington. Appearances: 4

Ashley Timms.

Ashley Timms.

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Henrich Ravas. EMN-150814-090916002

Ross Durrant.

Ross Durrant.

George Willis.

George Willis.