Wilkinson aims to follow in his father’s footsteps

Howard Wilkinson in action for Boston United.
Howard Wilkinson in action for Boston United.

ONE of the players hoping to earn a contract with Boston United is Ben Wilkinson - son of club legend Howard.

Wilkinson senior is probably best known in footballing circles as the ex-England boss, and the last Englishman to win the top flight title as manager, after he guided Leeds United to the old Division One trophy back in 1992.

But in this part of Lincolnshire, he holds hero status as the player-manager who took over the reins from Jim Smith and led the club to consecutive Northern Premier titles during his spell at York Street, from 1971-76.

On Saturday, his son Ben - an ex-Chester City, York City and Tamworth midfielder - joined the club on trial. He and fellow trialists Ben Milnes, recently released by Leicester City, impressed manager Jason Lee.

“Both Bens did well,” said Lee.

“Wilkinson’s not trained with us and looked a little leggy at the end, but he did a good job.

“Milnes comes highly-recommended by Chris Powell at Charlton, he was his reserve team coach at Leicester.

“It’s too early to talk about contracts, but we’ll have another look at them.”

Fellow midfield trialists Adam Millson and Curtis Shaw both remain in contention, although Michael Leary has joined rivals Gainsborough Trinity.