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Boston: Club Connections

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 2 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

The Shaymen go into the match looking to make it eight games undefeated, when as their opponents, Boston are looking to put their back-to-back defeats behind them and get back to winning ways.

Last time out Town made hard work of struggling Worcester City winning 2-1 in the Midlands, courtesy of Matty Kosylo and Tom Denton. Meanwhile the Pilgrims suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Nuneaton Town.

The first player we will take an in-depth look at is Jordan Burrow. The 24-year-old started his career in Derbyshire with Chesterfield as a youngster.

Burrow failed to make a single competitive appearance for the Spireites first-team. This in turn sparked a loan move to Boston United, after Lee Canoville and Jason Lee spoke to Chesterfield’s goalkeeping coach Mark Crossley about a potential move. Burrow made over ten appearances for the Pilgrims during his short loan spell.

Four years and four clubs later the former England C international was snapped up by the Shaymen after being released from Lincoln City in 2015. The forward spent a year at the MBi Shay making 45 appearances and scoring 14 goals in the process. Burrow fell out of favour under new boss Billy Heath and was eventually sold to Gateshead at the end of November linking up with former Town manager Neil Aspin.

Next up is Boston’s defender Nat Brown. The 35-year-old only made a handful of appearances for the Shaymen but still makes the list. The centre-back started off his career locally with Huddersfield Town where he made over 70 appearances in a five-year spell. Brown then had three spells with Lincoln City and two spells with Macclesfield Town before arriving at the Shaymen in 2015 on a short-term loan spell.

The Sheffield-born defender is now plying his trade in Lincolnshire with Boston United after being released from Lincoln last year.

Next up on our list is former caretaker manager Neil Redfearn. The former midfielder started his career in Lancashire with Bolton Wanderers, having previously been at Nottingham Forest in their youth team. The 51-year-old clocked up the number of sides he played for, with Crystal Palace, Watford and Charlton Athletic to name a few.

In 2001 Redfearn joined Halifax after dropping down two divisions from Wigan Athletic. The former Leeds United manager made 42 appearances for the Shaymen, scoring six goals from a midfield position in his single year at the club. Redfearn then made the move to Lincolnshire where he signed for the Pilgrims. The 51-year-old spent two years with Boston after running out 54 times and contributing with 12 goals.

A number of other players have played for both sides, and they feature below:

Non-exhaustive -Derek Bell, Gary Brabin, Gary Brook, Steve Circuit, Albert Collins, Peter Costello, Gareth Davies, Norman Dingwall, Peter Duffield, Tony Flower, Anton Foster, Darren France, Simon Grayson, Darren Heyes, Kevin Holsgrove, Gary Jones, Andy Kiwomya, Richard Lucas, Mick Matthews, Stewart Mell, Mark Monington, Chris Moyses, Albert Phelan, Lee Power, Jim Smith, Colin Strodder, Frederick Tunstall, Malcolm White.

FC Halifax Town host Boston United at the MBi Shay on Saturday 4th March, with kick off scheduled for 3:00pm.

You can catch all the build-up and live match commentary on Shaymen Player HD from 2:45pm, as well as full match updates on the Shaymen Wall and our official Twitter feed @FCHTOnline.

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