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Boston United Squad 2013/14


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.


Dennis Greene DENNIS GREENE Manager

Born: Bethnal Green
Previous clubs (as manager): St Neots, Histon, Hemel Hempstead Town, Ware, Chesham, Maidenhead, Windsor & Eton.

Dennis Greene was appointed manager in March 2013 after previous incumbent Graham Drury's Boston side had won only two out of thirteen games and brought the club perilously close to the relegation zone. Boston's fortunes soon improved and they avoided the drop and subsequently Greene was offered a contract for the following season. Greene had previously been manager of St Neots, Histon, Hemel Hempstead Town, Ware, Chesham, Maidenhead and Windsor & Eton. In his playing career Greene was a prolific centre-forward and had played for Wycombe Wanderers where he was snapped up for 15,000 by Martin O'Neill to replace Mickey Nuttell who had moved back to Boston. He went to sign for Dagenham & Redbridge rather than turn full-time with Wycombe. He also played for Harlow Town, Finnish side FC Haka - who he played for in the European Cup Winners' Cup, Chelmsford City, Bishop's Stortford and Windsor & Eton. At Wycombe he was part of the side that won the Conference and FA Trophy double in 1992/3 and also played his part in Wanderers' promotion from Division Three via the play-offs the very next season. His twin brother Dave was also a centre-forward and had a stint in management with Harlow Town.


Playing Staff


Lewis King LEWIS KING b. 8/5/1993 Goalkeeper

Born: Derby
Previous clubs: Sunderland, Stockport County, Eastwood Town.

Lewis King was signed up in November 2013 as a replacement for Ashley Timms who had been transfer listed following a series of erratic performances.


Sam Vince SAM VINCE b. ? Goalkeeper

Born: Boston
Previous clubs: None.

Young keeper who played regularly for the youth team and reserve side before making his first team debut in the Lincolnshire Senior Shield final against Gainsborough Trinity in April 2013.


Rene Steer RENE STEER 31/1/1990 Defender

Born: Luton
Previous clubs: Arsenal, Gillingham, Oldham Athletic, Staines Town, St. Neots Town, Woking.

Rene Steer began his footballing career with the Arsenal Academy - joining the club at age 13. He made 23 appearances for their reserve side and 11 apearances for the Under 18 team and signed a professional contract with the club in September 2007. He was loaned out to Gillingham for four months in January 2009 but was released by Arsenal following the end of his loan period. He then signed up with Oldham Athletic but he received an injury in a training session that required surgery to his jaw to fix serious damage to his teeth. He was released at the end of the season and signed up with Staines Town. He soon moved on to Woking but a further injury kept him out for much of the season. He then joined St Neots Town. He signed up with Boston in October 2013 only weeks after scoring a stunning long range goal for St. Neots in their FA Cup match against Canvey Island.


Conor Marshall CONOR MARSHALL Defender

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

Teenager Conor Marshall signed up with Boston United in January 2012 from Evo-Stik Division One side Brigg Town. He had previously been in the youth team at Grimsby Town but was released before gaining a professional contract.


Liam Marrs LIAM MARRS b. 15/12/1992 Defender

Born: Cramlington
Previous clubs: Sunderland

Liam Marrs joined the Pilgrims on loan from Sunderland in November 2013. After impressing in early games his loan period was extended but he soon picked up a serious knee injury which required surgery and ruled him out for the rest of the season.


Stefan Galinski STEFAN GALINSKI b. 4/4/1994 Defender

Born:
Previous clubs: Derby County, Corby Town.

Polish youth international Stefan Galinski signed up with Boston United in the summer of 2013 after appearing in three pre-season friendlies for the Pilgrims. The former Derby County trainee had also had a loan spell with Corby Town in 2012/13.


Scott Garner SCOTT GARNER b. 20/9/1989 Defender

Born: Coventry
Previous clubs: Leicester City, Ilkeston Town, Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town, Alfreton Town, Lincoln City, Cambridge United.

Defender Scott Garner joined Boston United in a long term loan deal from Cambridge United in July 2013. he began his career at Leicester City but was loaned out to Ilkeston Town before signing for Mansfield Town on a free transfer in January 2009. At the age of 19 he captained the Mansfield side in a 2-0 win over Altrincham and also scored the opening goal. He signed for Grimsby Town in July 2010 but after failing to make an impact was loaned out to Alfreton Town. He was soon recalled to rimsby but in April 2012 was released by the club. In June 2012 he chose to sign a two year deal with Cambridge United butafter stuggling to hold down a first team place he joined Lincoln City on a two month loan deal in October 2012. He captained the England C side in a match against Hungary in 2009.


Carl Piergianni CARL PIERGIANNI b. 3/5/1992 Defender

Born: Peterborough
Previous clubs: Peterborough United, Spalding United, Altrincham, Stockport County, Corby Town.

Defender Carl Piergianni signed for the Pilgrims in the summer of 2013 from Corby Town. He had begun his footballing career with Peterborough United, working his way through the youth team to the first team where he made one appearance in a League match against Rochdale. He was then loaned out to Altrincham and later signed for Stockport County on a free transfer. After a season with Stockport he could not agree terms for a further season and he then joined Corby Town on non-contract terms.


Zak Mills ZAK MILLS b. 29/5/1992 Defender

Born:
Previous clubs: Histon.

Versatile defender Zak Mills signed up with Boston United in March 2014 from Histon after turning out over 100 times for the Cambridgeshire club. He was with the Boston United Centre of Excellence in the mid 2000s.


Ben Milnes BEN MILNES b. 12/9/1991 Midfield

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Leicester City.

Ben Milnes signed up with Boston United in July 2011 from Leicester City's youth side. He soon became a regular in United's first team.


Ian Ross IAN ROSS b. 13/1/1986 Midfield

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Sheffield United, Bury, Notts County, Rotherham United, Gainsborough Trinity, Alfreton Town, Harrogate Town.

Midfielder Ian Ross rejoined Boston United in November 2011 from Harrogate Town. Ross had previously played for the Pilgrims in a loan spell from Sheffield United at the end of August 2005. Ross had scored the goal that knocked the Pilgrims out of the Carling Cup a few days earlier. The Carling Cup match against Boston was his first team debut. He joined the Blades at the age of 12 and went through their Academy. He signed up as a trainee with them in July 2003. After returning to the Blades he had further loan spells with Bury, Notts County and Rotherham United before dropping into non-league football with Gainsborough Trinity and Alfreton Town.


Jay Dowie JAY DOWIE b. 28/12/1991 Midfield

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Histon.

Jay Dowie joined the Pilgrims from Histon in March 2014. he had played under Boston United boss Dennis Greene during his time in charge at Histon, making almost 100 appearances.


Jamie McGhee JAMIE MCGHEE b. 28/9/1989 Midfield

Born: Grantham
Previous clubs: Mansfield Town, Corby Town, Grantham Town.

Jamie McGhee is a product of Mansfield Town's youth academy. He made his first-team debut for the Stags near the end of the 2006-07 season, appearing as a substitute in two League Two games that season. After being released he had a season with Corby Town before signing up with Grantham Town. He joined the Pilgrims in January 2014


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

Born:Rotherham
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.


Ben Fairclough BEN FAIRCLOUGH b. 18/4/1989 Forward

Born: Nottingham
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Ilkeston Town, Hinckley United, Eastwood Town.

Striker Ben Fairclough joined Boston United in September 2011 from Eastwood Town. He had started his footballing career with Nottingham Forest, but never made the first team before tranferring to Notts County. He had a brief loan spell with Ilkeston Town before joining Hinckley United in 2010. He is the cousin of former Boston United defender Jordan Fairclough.


Ricky Miller RICKY MILLER 13/3/1989 Forward

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Spalding United, Hitchin Town, Corby Town, Rothwell Town, Stamford AFC, Cambridge City, Aylesbury FC, Wealdstone, Hemel Hempstead Town, St Ives Town, Arlesey Town.

Ricky Miller originally joined Boston United from Spalding United in March 2009 after scoring 17 goals for the Tulips in the season. He started his footballing career playing for Stamford's midweek youth team before brief spells with Rothwell Town, Corby Town, Hitchin Town and then Spalding. He scored a hat-trick in his second start for the Pilgrims but was released at the end of the season having scored six goals in 12 appearances. He went on to play for Stamford AFC, Cambridge City, Aylesbury FC, Wealdstone, Hemel Hempstead Town, Corby Town, St Ives Town and Arlesey Town before re-signing for the Pilgrims in June 2013.


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, AFC Telford United, Buxton.

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. He left Boston in the summer of 2011 and signed up with AFC Telford United but returned to Boston in January 2012 after a brief loan spell with Buxton.


Charley Sanders CHARLEY SANDERS b. ? Forward

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Spalding United, King's Lynn

Charley Sanders is a product of the club's Centre of Excellence, youth team and reserves. Had a loan spell with King's Lynn at the end of the 2013/14 season.


No longer with the club


Peter Bore PETER BORE b. 4/11/1987 Defender

Born: Grimsby
Previous clubs: Gateshead, Lincoln City, Harrogate Town, York City, Grimsby Town.

Peter Bore signed up with Boston United on a free transfer in June 2013 after being released by Gateshead at the end of the 2012/3 season. He had begun his footballing career as a trainee with Grimsby Town and had made his first team debut coming on as a substitute against Boston United at Blundell Park in August 2006 - scoring two goals to help the Mariners overturn a two goal deficit. He had a short loan spell with York in 2008, but returned to Grimsby and won the "Player of the Year" accolade in 2009/10. He was released in May 2011 and he then joined Harrogate Town. He had a year with Lincoln after signing a contract with them in January 2012, but he struggled to hold down a first team place so he moved on to Gateshead after leaving Lincoln by mutual consent.


Ashley Timms ASHLEY TIMMS b. 6/11/1985 Goalkeeper LEFT THE CLUB

Born: Manchester
Previous clubs: Hinckley United, Ilkeston, Cambridge City, Bacup Borough.

Former Manchester City trainee Ashley Timms joined Boston United as first choice keeper in May 2013. He was signed from Hinckley United and had impressed Boston's manager Dennis Greene in the Pilgrim's 4-2 victory at the end of the season. He has been a controversial character off the pitch - having twice been jailed, firstly for attempting to bribe a Premier League fotballer for 15,000 after filming him having sex and secondly for playing a part in an international banking scam with Nigerian links. He is now looking to rebuild his footballing career with Boston and put his chequered past behind him.


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