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Boston United: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 20 Oct 2016
Posted in First Team

1)    The clubs nickname, The Pilgrims, comes from the ‘Pilgrims Fathers’ a group who fled England  and set up Boston, Massachusetts in America.

2)    Their first game as Boston United came in 1933 against Grimsby Town Reserves, they lost 3-1.

3)    Due to their well-documented financial troubles Boston became the first side to start a league campaign on less than 0 points.

4)    Boston hold the biggest away win against football league opposition whilst playing in the non-league –a 6-1 win against Derby County on the 1st of December 1955.

5)    Although known for their amber and black kit United originally wore blue shirts with white shorts and black socks –the colour scheme known today didn’t come about until 1951.

6)    Whilst called Boston Town in 1925 the club achieved the first ever giant killing by knocking out then league side Bradford Park Avenue.

7)    Their most famous manager is Freddy Tunstall, who also played and managed England –he is also their longest serving manager.

8)    In the 1995/96 season Boston were unable to get promoted to the now National League because of an administrative error.

9)    Boston played in the football league between 2002 and 2007.

10) Their record transfer fee paid is £30,000 in 2001 for Scarborough player, Paul Ellender. 

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