Hall of Fame No. 11

FC`s original number one is our latest Hall of Fame entrant

Derek Pitts (Goalkeeper 1964-67)

It must have been reassuring for fans of the newly-formed Boston FC to see a number of familiar faces lining up for them when they first took to the field in August 1964.

Among them was goalkeeper Derek Pitts, who'd played for Boston United the previous season along with the likes of Andy Carrington, Clive Bircham, Harry Godbold, John Lensen and Colin Smith.

While the new club attracted most of their headlines for their goalscoring feats - notching up victories by 12-1 and 11-0 in their first couple of seasons - Pitts quickly established himself as FC's undisputed number one custodian.

In fact he barely missed a game in the first three seasons of the club's existence - no mean feat in a rough and tumble era when opposition players felt no compunction in barging and charging keepers are every opportunity with almost no risk of being penalised.

Pitts might not have enjoyed as much limelight as FC's free-scoring forwards but by the time he left the club he had three honours to his name - Lincs League and Lincs Senior B Cup winner's medals in 1964/65 and a Central Alliance championship medal in 1965/66.


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