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Boston United Squad 2016/17


Management and Support Staff

John Blackwell JOHN BLACKWELL Club President

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 from 1998 until he retired in May 2016. He has even been on the substitute's bench three time for the Pilgrims. Following his retirement he was appointed as Club President. 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.


Adam Murray ADAM MURRAY b. 30/9/1981 Manager

Born: Birmingham
Previous clubs (as manager): Mansfield Town, (as player) Derby County, Mansfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Notts County, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Torquay United, Macclesfield Town, Oxford United, Luton Town.

Adam Murray was appointed as manager of Boston United in December 2016 as a replacement for Dennis Greene. He had previously been at Mansfield Town since 2010 as a player and since December 2014 as player/manager.


Playing Staff


Ross Durrant ROSS DURRANT b. 12/11/1995 Goalkeeper

Born: Nottingham
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Ilkeston FC.

Ross Durrant was Adam Murray's first signing for the club - joining from Ilkeston FC in December 2016. He had previously been a regular in Nottingham Forest's Under-21 side.


Michael Emery MICHAEL EMERY Goalkeeper

Born:
Previous clubs: Gainsborough Trinity, Heanor Town.

Michael Emery signed a one year contract for the Pilgrims in the summer of 2016 to provide goalkeeping cover and coaching. He also plays for the Under-21 side.


Courtney Wildin COURTNEY WILDIN b. 30/3/1996 Defender

Born: Crewe
Previous clubs: Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Gainsborough Trinity, Lincoln City.

Antigua and Barbudan international defender Courtney Wildin signed up with Boston United during the summer of 2016.


Joe Burgess JOE BURGESS b. 2/3/1996 Defender

Born:
Previous clubs: Peterborough United, Histon, Fleetwood Town, Ilkeston FC .

Right back Joe Burgess joined Boston United after being released by Ilkeston FC in February 2016. He was brought in to bolster their squad as they chased promotion.


Kalern Thomas KALERN THOMAS b. Defender

Born:
Previous clubs: Walsall, Quorn, Loughborough Dynamo, Corby Town.

Young right back Kalern Thomas joined Boston United during the close season in 2016.


Herve Pepe-Ngoma HERVÉ PEPE-NGOMA b. 8/4/1996 Defender

Born: France
Previous clubs: Leicester City, Corby Town, Kettering Town, Nuneaton Town.

French central defender Hervé Pepe-Ngoma signed for the Pilgrims in the summer of 2016. He had begun his footballing career with the academy at Leicester City captaining the Under 18s in 2013/14 and winning the Academy Player of the Year Award. However he was released in 2015.


Tom Batchelor TOM BATCHELOR Defender

Born: ?
Previous clubs: Stamford AFC, Grantham Town.

Centre half Tom Batchelor joined Boston United from Grantham Town in December 2016. Earlier in the season he had been with Stamford AFC where he had impressed in their FA Cup run which had ended at Hartlepool in the first round proper.


Nat Brown NAT BROWN b. 15/6/1981 Defender

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Wrexham, Macclesfield Town, FC Halifax Town, Harrogate Town.

Experienced central defender Nat Brown signed for the Pilgrims in March 2016 to bolster the squad ahead of the club's push for promotion.


Grant Roberts GRANT ROBERTS b. 12/9/1991 Midfield

Born:
Previous clubs: Histon, Gainsborough Trinity.

Grant Roberts joined the Pilgrims in January 2015 from local rivals Gainsborough Trinity. He had previously played under United boss Dennis Greene at Histon.


Lewis Hilliard LEWIS HILLIARD b. 2/10/1990 Midfield

Born:
Previous clubs: Rushden & Diamonds, Ware, Hemel Hempstead Town, Banbury United, St Neots Town, St Albans City, Biggleswade Town.

Lewis Hilliard joined Boston United in December 2015 from St Neots Town where he had scored over 70 goals from midfield during a five year period..


Jason St Juste JASON ST JUSTE b. 21/9/1985 Midfield

Born: Leeds
Previous clubs: Garforth Tow, Darlington, Southampton, Sandnes Ulf, Chester, FC Halifax Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Whitehawk, Farsley, North Ferriby United, AFC Fylde.

St Kitts and Nevis international winger Jason St Juste joined Boston United in the summer of 2016.


Jay Rollins JAY ROLLINS Midfield

Born:
Previous clubs: Askern Villa, Armthorpe Welfare.

Jay Rollins joined the Pilgrims in the summer of 2015 after impressing in pre-season trials.


Callum Chippendale CALLUM CHIPPENDALE b. 3/11/1995Midfield

Born: Bradford
Previous clubs: Barnsley, Bradford Park Avenue.

Callum Chippendale joined the Pilgrims in May 2016 after a spell with Bradford Park Avenue. His brother Aidan has been a regular at Stalybridge Celtic since 2014.


Lamin Colley LAMIN COLEY b. 1993 Forward

Born:
Previous clubs: Farsley AFC, Liversedge, Harrogate Railway, Bradford Park Avenue, Stockport County.

Young striker Lamin Colley joined Boston United in the summer of 2016. Soon went on loan at Scarborough and Farsley Celtic.


Cameron Johnson CAMERON JOHNSON Forward

Born:
Previous clubs: Doncaster Rovers, Rossington Main.

Young striker Cameron Johnson joined Boston United in July 2015 after impressing and scoring for Rossington Main in a pre-season friendly against the Pilgrims.


Waide Fairhurst WAIDE FAIRHURST b. 7/5/1989 Forward

Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Doncaster Rovers, Solihull Moors, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Hereford United, Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City, FC Halifax Town.

Experienced striker Waide Fairhurst joined Boston United in the summer of 2016. He had previously been top scorer with Macclesfield Town in 2014/15 with 13 goals in 32 appearances.


NO LONGER WITH THE CLUB


Christian Dibble CHRISTIAN DIBBLE b. 11/5/1994 Goalkeeper LEFT TO JOIN NUNEATON

Born: Wilmslow
Previous clubs: Bury, Barnsley, Nuneaton, Chelmsford.

Signed at the start of the 2016/17 season. The son of former Manchester City and Wales 'keeper Andy Dibble.


Dennis Greene DENNIS GREENE Manager LEFT THE CLUB BY MUTUAL CONSENT

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.


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