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Hall of Fame No. 31

One of Boston's FC's original squad enters our Hall of Fame

Ralph Woods (Defender 1964 - 69)

Of all the players who first lined up for the fledgling Boston FC in August 1964, Ralph Woods was the one who had the most lasting impact.

Those first few seasons were often tumultuous.

After an early rush of success, the new club had to discard several of their most high-profile players to try to cut their cloth accordingly.

But Woods, that most dependable of defenders, was the last great survivor, continuing to turn out for the Tattershall Road side through their ill-fated Eastern Counties League adventure.

Flair players like Bert Linnecor might have grabbed most of the headlines in FC's early days, but their success was also built on solid defensive foundations, which Woods was.

It must have been hard for fans to see what was initially a star-studded side dismantled and replaced with an all-amateur team but Woods stood out as a shining beacon of continuity.

He even helped usher the club into their Midland League era and one of his final games for the club was a high-profile FA Trophy tie away at Guildford in November 1969 which FC lost 3-0 in front of an impressive crowd of 1,600.

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