Hall of Fame No. 50

The one and only Lee Rippin is the final member of our Hall of Fame

Lee Rippin (Defender, 1982 - 2005)

As FA Cup final day approaches, the curtain comes down on Boston Town's 50th anniversary season - and what better way to mark it than with a celebration of the most enduring of all the club's players?

During the early 1980s, manager Bob Don-Duncan introduced a young whippersnapper into his squad by the name of Lee Rippin.

Little did we realise then that this scrawny teenager would go on to make an indelible mark on the history of the club.

Young Lee was blooded from a successful youth set-up into a squad containing experienced old hands like Martin Johnson, Martyn Boyers, John Spall and Curly Himsworth.

It didn't faze him - and more than 20 years later he was still turning out for the Poachers, having set a mark that may never be surpassed.

By the time he retired at the age of 40, Lee he'd become a composed and elegant defender much admired throughout the United Counties League - not to mention the only man to play more than 600 games for Boston Town.

As well as playing in two championship-winning sides, Lee had a spell with Spalding and also played in the Southern League for Grantham and Kings Lynn.

But it was at Boston Town that he truly made his mark. His dad Bob, who sadly died recently, was a proud supporter of his son - and he had much to be proud of.

Lee Rippin is the 50th and final member of our Hall of Fame.


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