Skillful Boston FC ‘legend’ dies at 75

Bert Linnecor
Bert Linnecor

A Boston Football Club ‘legend’ described as one of ‘the most skilful players’ to feature at the club has died at the age of 78.

Boston FC legend Bert Linnecor joined the newly-formed club in 1964 after seven years at Lincoln City, where he played almost 300 times.

Poachers historian Simon Ashberry said: “Bert was a true legend of those early days of our club and will be sorely missed.

“He was arguably one of the most skilful players ever to feature for Boston FC.”

He added that Bert was an integral part of Paul Todd’s side as they swept to the Lincolnshire League and Central Alliance titles in the club’s first two seasons.

He scored 19 goals in Boston FC’s first season, which saw the club also win the Lincs Senior B Cup.

Bert also played in FC’s first campaign in the Eastern Counties League in 1966-67 when they finished a respectable 6th.

Simon said one of the highlights of his career was when he scored a hat-trick for Lincoln City in a 3-1 victory against Bill Shankley’s Liverpool at Anfield in 1960.

After leaving Tattershall Road, Bert played for Grantham, Worksop and Bourne before retiring from football in 1973.

He was vice-president of Ruston Sports until his death.

The picture above is taken from The Standard archives and features Bert receiving the Lincs League Championship Trophy in April 1965.

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