One hit wonders! How many of these single-appearance Boston United players can you remember?

Antonio Alcaraz Zamora.
Antonio Alcaraz Zamora.

It’s the nature of non-league football - with its non-contract deals - that players come and go more more frequently.

That has certainly been the case at Boston United this season, with Craig Elliott currently using 38 squad members this campaign.

Gary McSheffrey.

Gary McSheffrey.

Five of those have just one competitive appearance to their name.

But over the past 10 seasons a total of 37 players have made a solitary appearance for the Pilgrims.

How many of those one-hit wonders can you remember?


Kuda Muskwe.

Kuda Muskwe.

JOHN MCCOMBE: Experienced defender McCombe arrived in the summer, tipped to be one of Craig Elliott’s big signings. But things didn’t work out for the defender, who saw a loan move to the Pilgrims vetoed in 2007 due to their financial woes. Despite agreeing to join the club twice, his only appearance came in the 3-2 county cup defeat to Lincoln United.

SAM TOPLISS: Trialist Topliss signed forms to allow him to feature in the Lincs Senior Cup game against the Whites, but it was his only competitive appearance.

HARRY MIDDLETON: Brother of Boston defender Ben, the former Doncaster Rovers midfielder signed forms to appear against Lincoln United and was on the brink of signing a full-time deal before Elliott decided he needed to strengthen his squad elsewhere.

DYLAN PARKIN: Highly-rated young keeper Parkin is currently on loan at Cleethorpes Town. His only competitive run-out for Boston ended abruptly as he was sent off in that county cup clash against Lincoln United.

Taylor Gray.

Taylor Gray.

GARY MCSHEFFREY: Another of the players only to feature in that Lincoln defeat, former Premier League player McSheffrey came off the bench for his solitary appearance.


DARNELLE BAILEY-KING: The on-loan Rotherham player featured in the 1-0 county cup win at Lincoln United.

KUDA MUSKWE: Like Bailey-King, he too arrived from the Millers with Adam Murray keen to see if they had what it took to play for the Pilgrims.

Morgan Penfold.

Morgan Penfold.

TAYLOR GRAY: Youth-teamer Gray came off the bench in the Pilgrims’ 5-0 FA Cup replay success at Haughmond. He remains with the club and has again signed first-team forms for the current campaign.

MORGAN PENFOLD: The Peterborough United youth team striker arrived on loan, making his only appearance in the league defeat at Curzon Ashton.

JACK WITHERS: The academy defender made his senior debut at the Jakemans Stadium as Boston ended Harrogate Town’s title dreams with a 3-0 victory. He joined Swansea City in January.


ANTONIO ALCARAZ ZAMORA: The Spanish striker was a substitute in the Pilgrims’ 1-1 home draw against Kiddderminster Harriers.

GEORGE COUZENS: Signed from Bourne Town, the youngster looked lively off the bench in a 4-1 defeat against Halifax.

James Goode.

James Goode.

JAMES GOODE: Arrived on work experience from Peterborough United and was thrown in at the deep end, starting in an injury-hit side which travelled to champions elect AFC Fylde. Boston were hammered 9-3.

BRADLEY PEACE-MCDONALD: A late substitute in that unforgettable Fyle drubbing.

JOE PUGH: Doncaster Rovers striker Pugh played his only game off the bench in a 3-3 draw at Stalybridge Celtic. He started an FA Trophy clash at Witton Albion, but that was chalked off as fog saw the match abandoned.


RICHARD JONES: Injury brought Jones’s Pilgrims career to a cruel, early end. The brother of striker Mark impressed against Alfreton Town, only for ligament damage to end his season abruptly.

TOMMY COONEY: Irish left back Cooney played the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 home victory over Hednesford but was an unused substitute the following game. He decided to move on seeking regular football just as his rival for a starting berth Dylan McEvoy became injured.


KARLTON WATSON: Former Nottingham Forest defender Watson started in a 3-1 county cup defeat to Gainsborough Trinity, looked set to be offered a deal and even joined up with the squad for their official pre-season photo shoot. But that was the last time he was seen at the Jakemans Stadium.


GARY MILLS: The former Lincoln City midfielder was made club captain, but made just one appearance - in a county cup game against Gainsborough - before injury struck.

JOE LAMPLOUGH: Trialist defender Lamplough also signed forms to appear in that county cup contest.

BRAD GASCOIGNE: When injury, suspension and illness struck the Pilgrims ahead of a league clash at Hednesford Town, manager Dennis Greene was forced to bring in a number of loanees and free agents to cobble a squad together. Among those making debuts that day was Gascoigne.

PA SULAY NJIE: Striker Njie had been on trial at Blackburn Rovers and was handed a start at Hednesford. It was the only time he played for Boston.

DAN PRITCHARD: Another of the players Greene added to his roster for the trip to Keys Park.

ANDY HEWITT: Home-grown keeper Hewitt was awarded his only first-team appearance off the bench in the final game of the season, the 3-0 defeat at Worcester City.


JOE FRENCH: Joe French had impressed on trial with the Pilgrims, scoring a superb long-ranger in a pre-season draw with Hull City. But his only competitive run-out was in a county cup draw at Stamford.

STEVEN SPRIGGS: Few Pilgrims debuts are quite as remarkable as Spriggs’s. Graham Drury’s signing arrived at the Jakemans Stadium from King’s Lynn, started in the 7-1 defeat at Altrincham, was hauled off at half time with Boston 4-0 down, and never returned.


LEWIS STURMAN: Four players were handed their only United appearance in a county cup defeat at Grantham Town in the 2011-12 campaign. Among them was youngster Sturman

SCOTT DAWSON: Defender Scott Dawson was given first-team experience as he came off the bench in that clash at the Meeres.

RICHARD JACKSON: Reserve-teamer Jackson got the nod to start in the cup defeat to the Gingerbreads.

TOM SERGEANT: And it was the same story for striker Sergeant, who scored freely for the second string.


CHRIS ADAMSON: In a season where Boston named a staggering seven keepers in matchday squads, Adamson took his only turn between the sticks in a county cup victory at Gainsborough.

GARY MONTGOMERY: Ex-Grimsby Town keeper Montgomery also made a single appearance, also against Trinity. This time it was a 2-1 FA Trophy defeat.

CHARLIE WARD: With the Pilgrims pushing for promotion, managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville put out a team of reserves and fringe players for their county cup final against Stamford. Ward, brother of defender Tom, was among those handed their only appearance.

STEVE LOVETT: Lovett earned his call-up to the county-cup team following an impressive season with the reserves.


RORY PRENDERGAST: The well-travelled Prendergast turned out for the Pilgrims in a 4-1 county cup win at Lincoln United as he aimed to earn a contract.

CHRIS BAKER: Acdemy youngster Baker was another only to feature in a county cup clash, this time in the 1-0 success at Brigg Town.

TOM HOPPER: Academy youngster Hopper became Boston’s youngest ever player, breaking Chris Cook’s record when, aged 15, he replaced Spencer Weir-Daley in a UniBond Challenge Cup victory over Hucknall Town. He later joined Leicester City’s academy, breaking into the first team. He currently plays for Southen United.

Richard Jones.

Richard Jones.

Tommy Cooney.

Tommy Cooney.

Karlton Watson.

Karlton Watson.

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Gary Mills. ENGEMN00120130723112916

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Tom Hopper. ENGEMN00120130529094111