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Boston United Squad 2022/23

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.

PAUL COX b. 6/1/1972 Manager
Born: Nottingham

Previous clubs (as player): Notts County, Hull City, Kettering Town, Halifax Town, Hucknall Town. Previous clubs (as manager): Eastwood Town, Mansfield Town, Torquay United, Barrow, Guiseley, Kettering Town.

Paul Cox
Paul Cox was appointed manager of Boston United in January 2022 following the dismissal of Craig Elliott. In an eleven-year career as a player, Cox played in the Football League with his hometown club Notts County before playing in non-league football with several clubs, most notably Kettering Town. Cox moved into coaching at Eastwood Town in 2003, becoming the manager in 2005. He won the Northern Premier League in 2008–09, and left the club for Mansfield Town in 2011, with whom he won the Conference Premier in 2012–13, before leaving in November 2014. He later managed Torquay United in 2015, Barrow from 2015 until 2017, and Guiseley between 2017 and 2018 when he was appointed manager of Kettering Town. In his first season with Boston he guided the club to seventh place in the National League North and subsequently to the promotion playoff final where they lost to York City.

Playing Staff

RHYS DAVIES b. 27/11/1999 Goalkeeper
Squad No: 1
Born: Cardiff
Previous clubs: Leicester City, Newport County, Belper Town, Kettering Town.
Rhys Davies

SAM LONG b. 12/11/2002 Goalkeeper
Squad No: 31
Born: Redbridge, London
Previous clubs: Lincoln City, Gainsborough Tinity, Drogheda United.
Sam Long

JEAN LEROY BELEHOUAN b. 1/9/2000 Defender
Squad No: 20
Born: France
Previous clubs: Manchester United Youth, Sheffield United, Halifax Town.
Jean Leroy Belehouan

ALEX BROWN b. 21/9/1998 Defender
Squad No: 3
Born: Beverley
Previous clubs: Sheffield FC, Sheffield United U18, Buxton, King's Lynn, Kettering Town.
Alex Brown

KEENAN FERGUSON b. 20/6/2000 Defender
Squad No: 12
Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Sheffield United U23, Tottenham Hotspur U23.
Keenan Ferguson

ELLIS MYLES b. 20/3/1993 Defender
Squad No: 2
Previous clubs: Rugby Town, Brackley Town, Stamford, Corby.
Ellis Myles

BEN POLLOCK b. 6/1/1998 Defender
Squad No: 16
Born: Bolton
Previous clubs: Hartlepool United, Dunston UTS, Billingham Synthonia, Hereford.
Ben Pollock

OWEN SHERIFF b. dd/mm/yyyy Defender
Squad No: 22
Previous clubs: Lincoln United.
Owen Sheriff

ZAK MILLS b. 28/5/1992 Defender
Squad No: 23
Born: Peterborough
Previous clubs: Histon, Boston United, Grimsby Town, Morecambe, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Walsall.
Zak Mills

LUKE SHIELS b. 21/9/1989 Defender
Squad No: 6
Born: Sutton-in-Ashfield
Previous clubs: Harrogate Town, Alfreton Town.
Luke Shiels

BRAD ABBOTT b. 24/12/2022 Midfielder
Squad No: 8
Born: Doncaster
Previous clubs: Barnsley, Harrogate Town, Chester, Barrow, Buxton, Spennymoor Town.
Brad Abbott

WILL ATKINSON b. 14/10/1988 Midfielder
Squad No: 14
Born: Driffield
Previous clubs: Hull City, Port Vale, Mansfield Town, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Plymouth Argyle, Bradford City, Southend United, Alfreton Town.
Will Atkinson

JORDAN CRAWFORD b. 26/3/1997 Midfielder
Squad No: 18
Born: Town
Previous clubs: Desborough Town, Stewarts & Lloyds, Harborough Town, Corby Town, Kettering Town.
Jordan Crawford

LEBRUN MBEKA b. 27/7/1996 Midfielder
Squad No: 5
Born: Congo
Previous clubs: Parkgate, Tadcaster Albion, Guiseley.
Lebrun Mbeka

TOM PLATT b. 1/10/1993 Midfielder
Squad No: 4
Born: Pontefract
Previous clubs: York City, Harrogate Town, Alfreton Town.
Tom Platt

SCOTT POLLOCK b. 12/3/2001 Midfielder
Squad No: 7
Born: Northampton
Previous clubs: Northampton Town.
Scott Pollock

TOM SOLANKE b. 10/4/2001 Midfielder
Squad No: 17
Born: Birmingham
Previous clubs: West Bromwich Albion, Weymouth, Alvechurch.
Tom Solanke

JOE LEESLEY b. 29/3/1994 Midfielder
Squad No: 11
Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Winterton Rangers, Matlock Town, Alfreton Town, Harrogate Town, Stockport County, Stevenage.
Joe Leesley

JORDON BURROW b. 12/9/1992 Forward
Squad No: 9
Born: Sheffield
Previous clubs: Chesterfield, Morecambe, Stevenage, Lincoln City, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead, York City.
Jordan Burrow
A product of Chesterfield's youth system, Burrow joined the club aged seven and went on to sign his first professional contract with the club in May 2011. He spent the opening months of the 201112 season on loan at Boston United. On his return to Chesterfield in December that year, he was released by the club, having made no first-team appearances. He subsequently signed for Morecambe of League Two in January 2012, and made over 50 appearances during his 18-month stay with the club. In May 2013, Burrow signed for League One club Stevenage. He had seasons with Lincoln City, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead and York City before rejoining Boston United in 2020.

JAANAI GORDON b. 7/12/1995 Forward
Squad No: 18
Born: Northampton
Previous clubs: Peterborough United, West Ham United, Cheltenham Town, Tamworth, Stratford Town, Hereford FC, Brackley Town.
Jaanai Gordon

MICAH OBIERO b. 22/2/2001 Forward
Squad No: 19
Born: Redbridge
Previous clubs: Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United, FC Halifax.
Micah Obiero

COLIN OPPONG b. 8/5/2002 Forward
Squad No: 21
Born: Town
Previous clubs: Ipswich Town, Bury Town, Lowestoft Town, Salford City.
Colin Oppong

JAKE WRIGHT b. dd/mm/yyyy Forward
Squad No: 10
Born: Town
Previous clubs: Club list.
Jake Wright

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