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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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