Hall of Fame No. 12

Outstanding goalkeeper enters our 50th anniversary Hall of Fame

John McPherson (Goalkeeper 1976 - 82)

It was often said that if he'd been a couple of inches taller, John McPherson would certainly have had a professional career as a goalkeeper.

Many was the time that scouts came to watch him marshall Boston FC's backline during Bob Don-Duncan's hugely successful first spell as manager. More often than not, they'd leave impressed by his agility and his commanding presence but wishing he was slightly taller.

Their loss was our gain. Johnny Mac played a huge role in the success of the Poachers for many years, breaking records for most appearances and most consecutive appearances along the way.

Within a few months of joining the club, his performances between the posts had helped FC to enjoy their best-ever FA Cup run, reaching the 1st Round Proper where they heroically led mighty Barnsley 1-0 at half-time becofe finally succumbing 3-1.

Some of my favourite memories of watching Boston Town in the late 70s feature Johnny Mac barking out orders to teammates while we were defending a corner. Dennis Beatson was often the target - "Your back, Dennis, your back!" he would shout, anxious that Jimmy Snee or some other diminutive opposition striker would get in behind the big centre-half.

As well as covering himself in glory for Boston FC, he achieved a record number of caps for the Lincolnshire FA team and played with distinction for a number of other clubs including Spalding United, Holbeach United, Eastwood Town, Skegness Town, Grantham Town and, yes, even Boston United.

Few would argue against Johnny Mac being the number one keeper in our club's 50-year history.

Debut: 21 August, 1976 - Eastwood Town H 0-1


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