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Management and Support Staff

John Blackwell JOHN BLACKWELL General Manager

Born: Kirton
Now lives: Boston

John Blackwell has been involved with the club for many years, helping with the coaching and running the reserve team in the seventies, as Club Secretary from 1978 onwards and as General Manager since 1998. He has even been on the substitute's bench three time for the Pilgrims. He was a member of the Vauxhall Conference Management Committee for nine years and the Unibond League Management Commitee for five years. As a youngster he started off as a goalkeeper with Tower Road School and Kitwood Boys School. He played in successive Pitcher Cup final victories for Kitwood, the first as a keeper against George Farmer, the second as a striker against Sleaford. His prowess at junior level won him a trial with Peterborough United, but he decided to play locally, first with Boston Athletic, then Real Towell. His biggest disappointment is that he was not good enough to play football at a top level. The match he most remembers is the FA Trophy semi-final against Altrincham at York Street back in 1985. In his leisure time he enjoys watching sport on TV, reading the Saturday evening football papers and being with his family.


Paul Hurst PAUL HURST b. 25/9/1974 Joint Manager

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Rotherham United, Burton Albion, Ilkeston Town.

Appointed as joint manager with Rob Scott in May 2009.

Hurst had a long playing career as a defender with Rotherham United. He turned out 497 times for the Millers over fifteen seasons with the club. As joint manager with Rob Scott he took Ilkeston Town to promotion from the Unibond League Premier Division via the playoffs in 2008/9.


Rob Scott ROB SCOTT b. 15/8/1973 Joint Manager

Born: Epsom
Previous clubs: Sutton United, Sheffield United, Scarborough, Fulham, Carlisle United, Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic, Macclesfield Town, Halifax Town, Ilkeston Town.

Appointed as joint manager with Paul Hurst in May 2009.

A defender who began his football career with Sutton United before being signed up by Sheffield United for £20,000. He later played for Fulham, Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic and Macclesfield Town. As joint manager with Paul Hurst he took Ilkeston Town to promotion from the Unibond League Premier Division via the playoffs in 2008/9.


Playing Staff


Tom Evans TOM EVANS b. 31/12/1976 Goalkeeper

Born: Doncaster
Previous clubs: Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Coventry City, Scunthorpe United, York City, Alfreton Town, Gainsborough Trinity.

Experienced keeper Tom Evans signed for the Pilgrims from Alfreton Town in July 2009.


Aaron Butcher AARON BUTCHER b. 17/3/1991 Goalkeeper

Previous clubs: Peterborough United.

Youth team keeper who has performed well when called into the first team.


Liam Parker LIAM PARKER b. 22/2/1986 Defender

Born: Skegness
Previous clubs: Grimsby Town, Boston Town.

Liam Parker signed for the Pilgrims from neighbours Boston Town in June 2008 shortly after his brother Wes had also joined the club. He had started his footballing career as a schoolboy with Grimsby Town.


Lee Canoville LEE CANOVILLE b. 14/3/1981 Defender

Born: Ealing
Previous clubs: Millwall, Arsenal, Northampton Town, Torquay United, Shrewsbury Town, Notts County, Halesowen Town, Gainsborough Trinity.

Boston United originally signed up Lee Canoville on a two year contract in June 2005 after he was released by Torquay United. He began his footballing career as a trainee with Millwall. He then joined Arsenal in 1997, making a single appearance from the substitutes' bench before moving on to Northampton Town. He had four seasons with Torquay, seeing them both promoted to Division Two in 2004 and relegated back to Coca Cola League Two in 2005. He left Boston to join Shrewsbury Town and later played for Notts County. He dropped into non-league with Halesowen Town and had a loan spell with Gainsborough Trinity before rejoining the Pilgrims in July 2009.


Shaun Pearson SHAUN PEARSON b. 28/4/1989 Defender

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Spalding United, Stamford.

Centre-half Shaun Pearson joined Boston United's in July 2009 from Stamford after winning the Player of the Year award at Stamford and his previous club Splading United a year earlier.


Chris Wood CHRIS WOOD b. 24/1/1987 Defender

Born: Worksop
Previous clubs: Mansfield Town, Ilkeston Town.

Attacking defender Chris Wood signed for Boston United after having a season with Mansfield Town as a professional. He had also had a loan spell with Ilkeston Town and had impressed managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst sufficiently that they signed him up after they switched to the Pilgrims.


James Cullingworth JAMES CULLINGWORTH b. 10/9/1987 Defender

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Hucknall Town, Stafford Rangers, Gainsborough Trinity.

Versatile defender James Cullingworth signed up with Boston United in July 2009 after impressing in pre-season trials.


Adam Millson ADAM MILLSON b. 28/2/1990 Midfield

Born: Skegness
Previous clubs: None.

Local lad Adam Millson joined Boston United's Centre of Excellence in July 2006 and has progressed to the first team, making his debut against Barrow in March 2008. He was voted Boston United "Player of the Year" for 2008/9.


Anthony Church ANTHONY CHURCH b. 29/3/1987 Midfield

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Newport County, Redbridge, Ilford, Ilkeston Town.

Anthony Church joined Boston United in July 2009 after helping Ilkeston Town to promotion the previous season. He had also been a regular in the English Universities side playing alongside fellow current Boston United players and Loughborough University team mates Danny Sleath and Mikel Suarez.


Marc Newsham MARC NEWSHAM b. 24/3/1987 Forward

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Rotherham United, Gainsborough Trinity, Sheffield, Ilkeston Town.

Marc Newsham joined Boston United in June 2009 after helping Ilkeston Town achieve promotion to the Blue Square North. He started his footballing career with Rotherham United playing alongside current fellow Boston United striker Jamie Yates and manager Paul Hurst. He had loan spells with Sheffield FC and Gainsborough Trinity whilst at Rotherham.


Mikel Suarez MIKEL SUAREZ b. 28/9/1988 Forward

Born: Bilbao
Previous clubs: Loughborough University.

Mikel Suarez became Boston United's first Spanish player when he joined the club in July 2009 following a successful pre-season trial. He had previously been playing for Loughborough University in the Midland Combination.


Spencer Weir-Daley SPENCER WEIR-DALEY b. 5/9/1985 Forward

Born: Leicester
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City, Bradford City, Notts County, Ilkeston Town.

Striker Spencer Weir-Daley joined Boston United in October 2009 after briefly turning out for Ilkeston Town. He had started his footballing career with the Academy at Nottingham Forest and he scored on his first team debut for Forest against Gillingham in August 2005. However he only made eleven starts for Forest - scoring twice - before moving on to Notts County in 2007. He has also had loan spells with Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City and Bradford City.


Jamie Yates JAMIE YATES b. 24/12/1988 Forward

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Rotherham United, Burton Albion, Kettering Town, Alfreton Town.

Jamie Yates joined Boston United on non-contract terms in September 2009 from Alfreton Town. He started his footballing career with Rotherham United - scoring four goals in seven starts before moving on to Kettering Town after having a loan-spell with Burton Albion. Whilst at Rotherham he played alongside current fellow Boston United striker Marc Newsham and manager Paul Hurst.


Danny Davidson DANNY DAVIDSON b. 23/10/1979 Forward

Born: Staffordshire
Previous clubs: Derby County, Crawley Town, Stafford Rangers, Burton Albion, Tamworth, Solihull Moors, Alfreton Town, Matlock Town.

Danny Davidson began his footballing career with Derby County, but he soon dropped into non-league football. He signed for Boston in August 2009 from Alfreton Town after spending the end of the previous season on-loan at Matlock Town.


Photographs copyright © Ken Fox.

Boston United Database copyright © Ken Fox 2009.


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