Tributes to former Poachers boss and Pilgrims striker Percy Freeman

Percy Freeman.
Percy Freeman.

Former Boston Town manager and Boston United forward Percy Freeman has died.

Mr Freeman, 70, became boss of the Poachers in 1991 and took charge for more than two seasons before a health scare saw him step away from the dug-out.

“It’s a very sad day for our club,” said club historian Simon Ashberry. “Percy’s spell as manager was relatively brief but he certainly laid the foundations for the returning Bob Don-Duncan to build a highly successful team.

“He brought in influential players such as Steve Sims, Chris Cook and Neil Mann.

“One of Percy’s best signings was Carl Smaller, who went on to become of the best goalscorers in our club’s history.”

Mr Freeman began his professional career at West Bromwich Albion, where he was Jeff Astle’s understudy.

He moved to Lincoln City where he was part of the team which won the fourth division title in 1975-76, also playing for Reading and for Boston United in the 1977-78 season.

Andy Sandall, who was an integral part of the club’s set-up at that time, said: “Percy was always very much an advocate for the players and the backroom staff.

“I know that everyone who worked with him or played under him have great memories of him as a genuine, nice guy who tried his best and stood up for his team.”