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Boston United

Formed 1933

Promoted to the Football League 2002. Relegated to the Conference North 2007.

Kit History

September 1933 a p

boston utd 1933-34

1933-1934 p

1934-1936 a p q

1937-1939 a q

boton united 1939-40

1939-1940 p

boston utd 1945

Aug-Dec 1945 p

Corroboration needed
boston utd 1946

Dec 45-March 48 a l p

boston utd 1957-48

March 48-Oct 48 p

boston utd 1948-50

Oct 1948-1950 a p

1950-1952 p

1952-1956 a p q

boston united 1955-56

1956-1957 m p

boston utd 1957-58

1957-1958 p q

1958-1960 a m q

boston utd 1960-61

1960-1962 p

boston united 1963-64

1962-1965 p q

boston united 1965-66

1965-1966 q

boston united 1967-68

1967-1969 d p q

boston united 1969-70

1969-1970 p

boton united 1970-71

1970-1971 q

1971-1972 a o

boston united 1972-73

1972-1973 m q

boston united 1973-74

1973-1977 m q

boston united 1977-78 kit

1977-1978 1 i

boston united 1977-80

1977-1980 2 q

NPL Cup Final - see notes

1978-1980 f n q

Umbro
boston united 1980-81

1980-1981 q

1981-Sept 82 b q

Lowfields Sportswear

Sept 82-1983 a i

Lowfields Sportswear
boston united 1983-84

1983-1984 q

Lowfields Sportswear

1984-1985 a h q

Lowfields Sportswear
boston united 1985-86

1985-1986 q

Lowfields Sportswear

1986-1987 a q

1987-1988 c q

Umbro

1988-1990 a c q

Scoreline

1990-1991 c q

Influence

1991-1993 h n

Paulas Benara
boston united 1993-95

1993-1995 k q

Paulas Benara
boston united 1993-96

1995-1996 c j k q

Paulas Benara

1996-1998 g q

Paulas Benara

1998-1999 a q

Paulas Benara

1999-2000 a h q

Paulas Benara

2000-2001 a q

Paulas Benara

2001-2002 a c q

Paulas Benara

2002-2003 a q

Paulas Benara

2003-2004 a q

Paulas Benara

2004-2006 a q

Vandanel

2006-2007 a q

Vandanel

2007-2009 e q

Vandanel
boston united 2009-10 home kit

2009-2010 e q

Errea
boston united 2010-11 home kit

2010-2012 e

Errea
boston united fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 e

Errea
boston united 2013-14

2013-2015 e

Errea
boston united 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 e

Nike
boston united 2016-17

2016-2018 e

Nike
boston united 2018-19

2018-2020 e

Adidas
boston utd 2020-21

2020-2021 e

Adidas
boston united 2021-22

2021-2022 e

 

Background

boston united 1934-35Boston United were formed when the older Boston FC went into liquidation at the end of the 1932-33 season. A group of supporters formed a new club that took over Boston's place in the Midlands League the 1933-34 season. For a short while, the team turned out in the blue jerseys inherited from the older club but these were quickly replaced with a striking black shirt with white V.

The club closed down during the Second World War. They lent out their shirts which were never returned so they appealed for clothing coupons and unwanted tennis shirts to replace the missing kit. On Boxing Day, according to the Lincolnshire Standard, the team wore "new shirts (light blue), knickers (black) and stockings (same blue as shirts). However there are two references in the April editions to the team wearing royal blue shirts while match programmes from the period describe their shirts as "blue." The following season the shirts had faded to dirty white and when the team visited Frickley Colliery (who wore white) the referee ordered them to borrow Frickley's change shirts.

boston united crest 1948It was decided to adopt new colours of amber and black for the 1948-49 season but the new halved shirts actually appeared in March 1948. The manager did not like the tops because he thought the black panels concealed the players from each other and in October 1948 plain amber shirts with contrasting collars were introduced. The Lincolnshire Standard (18/09/48) reported on a council meeting where there was a discussion over whether to grant the football club permission to wear the town crest on their shirts. The mayor reported that they did not have the power to do this but when asked whether there was anything to prevent the team from adopting it anyway, the answer was, "No," prompting laughter in the chamber. The badge that was used by the club consisted of the central shield element of the town's coat of arms, the three crowns representing Boston's important landowners in the 16th century, the Dukes of Richmond, Suffolk and Brittany.

boston united crest 1958In 1956, the club came to national attention after beating Derby County 6-1 at the Baseball Ground in the FA Cup Second Round. That same year they finished as runners up to Peterborough United in the Midland League, their highest position to date. Two years later, United joined the Southern League. A new crest was introduced to mark this step up that featured the tower of St Botolphs Church, a prominent landmark known localy as the "Boston Stump."

boston united programme 1971-72Life in the Southern Leaguue proved too hard for the team and United resigned in 1961. By 1964 the club was on the verge of extinction and the name was only kept alive by running an amateur team in the local Boston & District League.

boston utd crest 1977After sorting out their finances, Boston began the long climb back to senior non-league football and in 1968 they became founder members of the Northern Premier League.

The team are known as "The Pilgrims" after the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed from England in 1620 and settled near Boston, Massachusetts. Their ship, The Mayflower, first appeared on match programmes in 1971-72 but did not feature on the team shirts until the 1977-78 Northern Premier League cup final. The special shirts ordered for this match made occasional appearances up until 1980.

The Seventies brought four NPL titles, two League Cups and further adventures against League opposition in the FA Cup. Boston were now strong candidates boston united crest 1982for election to the Football League but in 1978, inspectors found that their ground was not up to League standards and Wigan Athletic were nominated instead. The following year the club became founder members of the Alliance Premier League (the boston utd crest 1984forerunner of the Conference) and set about rebuilding their ground.

In 1999 Boston regained their place in the Conference that they had lost six years earlier. Two years later the club turned fully professional and clinched the Conference title to achieve automatic promotion to the Football League. The gloss was taken off this achievement when an FA boston utd crest 1986investigation uncovered irregularities that led to the resignation of the manager and deduction of four points before the league campaign started. Boston overcame this obstacle and retained their place in the League.

boston united crest 1990In 2006-07 the club faced serious financial difficulties. On 5 May, Boston were losing at Wrexham, a result that would confirm that they would be relegated back to the Conference. Before the match ended, the club entered into a Company Voluntary Agreement, an arrangement to protect the club from its creditors. As a consequence the ten-boston united crest 1991point penalty incurred when clubs enter financial administration was applied in the current season, when it would no longer make any difference as they were already relegated. However, at the Conference annual general meeting held in June 2007, the decision was taken to demote Boston directly into Conference North, the sixth boston united crest 1999tier of English football.

At the close of the 2007-08 season the club remained in administration and, under Conference rules, were relegated to the next lowest tier, the Unibond League Premier Division. The long climb back began when Boston won promotion back into the Conference North via the play-offs in May 2010.

The 2019-20 season was the last to be played at the club's old York Street ground but the move into their new Pilgrim Way Stadium (subsequently renamed the Jakeman's Community Stadium for sponsorship reasons) was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After finishing third in a curtailed season on points-per-game, The Pilgrims lost to Altrincham in the play-off semi-final behind closed doors, the last game to be played at York Street. They shared Gainsborough Trinity's home ground for the first part of the following season but played only three matches there due to an outbreak of Covid in their playing squad. In December 2020 Boston finally moved into their new ground but it was not until July 2021 that spectators were admitted.

You are welcome to Contact Me with corrections and additions.

Sources

  • (a) Boston United FC Ken Fox's excellent site includes comprehensive historical and statistical information.
  • (b) Scarborough FC - Images of Sport (Paul Eade 2002)
  • (c) Alliance to Conference (John Harman 2005)
  • (d) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (e) Boston United Official Site
  • (f) Alick Milne
  • (g) Andy Birkett
  • (h) Mark Holland
  • (i) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (j) Ken Fox
  • (k) Mark Alton
  • (l) Keith Ellis
  • (m) Simon Monks
  • (n) Michael Gluck
  • (o) Will Pike
  • (p) Alick Milne
  • (q) Christian James

Crests are the property of Boston United FC. 1971-72 programme courtesy of Boston United FC website.