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Hall of Fame No. 19

Sharpshooter Nick Mallinder is the final Hall of Fame entrant of 2014

Nick Mallinder (Striker 1977 - 80)

Our New Year entrant into the 50th anniversary Hall of Fame is goalgetter extraordinaire Nick Mallinder.

His debut might not have been quite as dramatic as Gary Bull's four-goal salvo on his first appearance for the Poachers - but it came pretty close.

Despite their FA Cup heroics against Barnsley the previous season, the progress of Bob Don-Duncan's fledgling team was being hampered in 1977-78 by the lack of a high quality goalscorer.

But that all changed with the arrival of Nick Mallinder. Signed from Retford after FC had failed to score in their first three league games of the season, he promptly despatched a no-nonsense hat-trick in first game - a 4-2 win at Arnold in the FA Trophy.

FC's new striking sensation was lanky, even ungainly, but his prowess in front of goal was unrivalled. He instinctively knew how to be in the right place at the right time - and his finishing was unerring.

Mallinder went on to score 25 in his first season and followed it up with 36 the year after and then another 30 in his third and final campaign for the Poachers, leaving him with an overall record of 91 goals in 135 appearances. By then, Martin Johnson and Mark Cox had also joined Nick in the squad - truly a golden era of goalscorers had been ushered in.

Among his most memorable goals was the winner which saw FC knock the FA Trophy holders out of the competition in January 1980. Mighty Stafford Rangers had lifted the cup at Wembley only a few months earlier.

Debut: 10 September, 1977 - Arnold 2, Boston FC 4

Boston FC career record:
1977-78: Appearances (subs in brackets) 41        Goals 25
1978-79: Appearances (subs in brackets) 43 (2)  Goals 36
1979-80: Appearances (subs in brackets) 43 (6)  Goals 30

TOTAL:   Appearances (subs in brackets) 127 (8)  Goals 91

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