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Hall of Fame No. 23

Flying winger is the latest addition to our 50th anniversary Hall of Fame

Eddie Kavanagh (Winger, 1965 - 70)


Eddie Kavanagh was another of those players who came to Boston FC from an illustrious footballing background.

While the new club were finding their feet in the Lincolnshire League in 1964-65, Eddie was playing regularly for Notts County alongside the likes of future West Brom and England legend Jeff Astle.

One of the highlights of his time at Meadow Lane was a record 5-1 win against local rivals Chesterfield in which he scored one himself and set one up for Astle. Also in the Notts County at that time were former Peterborough marksman Terry Bly and future Boston United stalwarts John Froggatt and Jimmy Rayner.

Within a year, the free-scoring outside-right dropped down to play for Boston FC in the Central Alliance under Paul Todd and immediately made an impact.

In one of his early games Eddie helped himself to a hat-trick in an 11-0 rout of Arnold Reserves. With Mel Smith and Bob Edwards also scoring for fun, the Boston FC goal machine was far too good for that league in 1965-66, powering their way to a league and county cup double.

Eddie, who has earlier played for Scottish side Cambuslang Rangers, moved on briefly but returned to play for two more seasons for Boston FC from 1968 to 1970, helping to stabilise the club as they entered a new era in the Midland League following their unsuccessful foray into the Eastern Counties League.

He was a great influence on emerging youngsters like Dennis Reeson as well as playing alongside more established players like Brian Dunn, whose son Ian went on to manage the club more than 40 years later.

Debut: 21 August 1965 - Boston FC 2 Cresswell Colliery 0
 

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