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50th anniversary year is here

Club historian plans new book to mark golden jubilee

2014 will mark half a century since the formation of Boston Town.

Special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary are being planned for later in the year - and club historian Simon Ashberry is also putting together a commemorative book.

He previously published a history of Boston Town called Come And Sit With Us in 2004. This second book will be a statistical record of the club's first 50 seasons.

Boston FC were formed in the summer of 1964 after Boston United withdrew from senior football.

The Pilgrims endured a humiliating season in the Boston and District League, finishing second from bottom and suffering defeats including a 10-2 thrashing against Wrangle and a 10-3 reverse against Spilsby. Meanwhile, FC played their first ever game on 22 August 1964 and went onto win the Lincolnshire League in their first season. They changed their name to Boston Town in 1994.

Former Boston Grammar School pupil Simon said: "When I researched the first book, I realised that there were no reliable records for much of the club's history.

"When people asked me who had scored the most goals or made the most appearances in a certain season, it was often impossible to say.

"With this second book, my initial aim was to create a complete record of every game ever played by the club, including results, teamsheets and goalscorers. However, it's become clear that some of that information is simply unavailable.

"Nevertheless, I'm hoping to put together as exhaustive record as possible so that we'll finally have a comprehensive picture of the comparative achievements of players from every era such as Bert Linnecor, Dennis Reeson, Phil Scothorne, Alf Park, Lee Rippin and Gary Bull."

Simon, 50, who now lives in Bradford and also runs Boston Town's website, is appealing for help from any football fans who might have archive material about the club.

"I'm particularly interested in seeing any Boston Town or Boston FC programmes from any era of the club as the manager's notes often provide valuable information." he said.

Anyone who can help can contact him by emailing sashberry@hotmail.com or ringing 07967 62460607967 624606.

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