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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.

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

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. Had trials with Sheffield United and Derby County before signing a two year deal with the Pilgrims.

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.

Duran Reynolds DURAN REYNOLDS b. 27/9/1991 Defender

Born: Boston
Previous clubs: Southend, Grays Athletic, Dagenham & Redbridge, St Neots Town, Metropolitan Police, Barrow.

Skegness based defender Duran Reynolds joined Boston United in July 2014 after spending the previous season with Conference North rivals Barrow.

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

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.

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

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 Grimsby but in April 2012 was released by the club. In June 2012 he chose to sign a two year deal with Cambridge United but after 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.

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.

Jack Barlow JACK BARLOW Midfield

Born: Grimsby
Previous clubs: Hull City, Scarborough Athletic, Grimsby Town.

Jack Barlow joined Boston United from Hull City in July 2014. He played for Grimsby's first team in a pre-season friendly at 14 and had joined Hull City in the Premier League on a five year contract for 100,000 as a 15 year old. However he struggled to make the breakthrough at Hull and had a loan spell with Scarborough Athletic before signing a one year deal with the Pilgrims.

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

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. By the end of the 2013/14 season he had scored 106 goals in 220 appearances for the Pilgrims - putting him in 6th place in the list of Boston United's all-time goalscorers.

Dayle Southwell DAYLE SOUTHWELL b. 20/10/1993 Forward

Born: Louth
Previous clubs: Harrogate Town, Grimsby Town.

Dayle Southwell signed for Boston United in May 2014 after being released by Grimsby Town. He had been with the Mariners since joining their School of Excellence as a boy and had progressed through the youth team to make his first team debut aged 17 in 2011. He scored against Boston whilst on loan with Harrogate Town in October 2013.

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.

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