Address: Tattershall Road ,Boston ,Lincolnshire
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Manager: Dennis Greene
Programme Editor: Simon Ashberry
Year Formed: 1964
Record Attendance: 0
The club was founded as Boston FC in 1964 after financial problems led to the withdrawal of Boston United from senior football. Former United manager Paul Todd and several players linked up with the new club, which had been formed at a public meeting in the town?s assembly rooms.
FC enjoyed instant success, winning the Lincolnshire League in their first season, playing initially at the Mayflower Ground in front of big crowds with star players such as Harry Godbold and Bert Linnecor.
As the new club moved to Tattershall Road, where its current DWB Stadium is still located, it won the double of the Central Alliance league title and the Lincolnshire Senior B Cup in 1965-66.
Two relatively unsuccessful years in the Eastern Counties League followed before another move to the Midland League in the summer of 1968. It took a while for the Poachers to settle in their new surroundings and there was a barren spell of seven seasons without a trophy before FC won the Lincolnshire Senior A Cup in 1973-74.
In 1974-75, manager Bill Curry led FC to the Midland League title as they pipped Eastwood to the championship in a dramatic finale.
Bob Don-Duncan took charge in 1976 and led FC to a memorable FA Cup 1st round tie at Barnsley, which Boston lost 3-1, having taken a shock lead through Mick Daley. Later that season Alfreton were beaten as FC carried off the Midland League Cup on aggregate.
Further Midland League titles were won in 1979 and 1981 as Bob built a powerful side boasting the dependable John McPherson in goal, the defensive solidity of Dennis Beatson, midfield prowess of Curly Himsworth and goalscoring feats of Nick Mallinder, Martin Johnson and Mark Cox.
There was a hat-trick of wins in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup A from 1980 to 82 and in 1979-80 the Poachers were giantkillers as they knocked holders Stafford out of the FA trophy. In 1982 the Poachers became founder members of the new Northern Counties East League as the Midland League merged with the Yorkshire League ? but they found it tough going, with strong Yorkshire sides like Guiseley joined by affluent newcomers Shepshed Charterhouse ,and joined the Central Midlands League in 1987.
Two years later Bill Brindley steered them to the championship after a six-season trophy drought. . His team, built around a Lincoln-based contingent including the likes of Baz Barker and Alf and Stu Park, also won the Lincolnshire Senior A Cup two years in a row.
In 1990 FC switched to the United Counties League, which at the time still included the likes to Irthlingborough Diamonds (before they merged with Rushden), Peterborough City and Arlesey Town.
The return of Bob Don-Duncan to the helm in 1993 saw the club establish themselves as UCL leading lights, having by now adopted the suffix ?Town.? The Poachers reached the last four of the FA Vase in 1994, the home leg of their semi-final against Taunton Town being watched by a crowd of almost 1,800. A year later they won their first UCL crown, inspired by the goals of the prolific Carl Smaller.
A second UCL championship arrived in 2001, with another dramatic end to the campaign as Ian Shooter?s stoppage time goal against Buckingham earned the required point. The Knockout Cup was won for the first time in 2004 with another last-minute goal securing a 3-2 victory over St Neots in the final at Yaxley.
A year later saw the end of an era as stalwart Lee Rippin finally hung up his boots ? the only player to have played more than 600 games for the Poachers in a career that spanned three different decades.
In 2006-07 Town secured runners-up position in the UCL and also won the Knockout Cup for a second time ? this time against Potton in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. FC also secured the trophy for scoring the highest number of goals in the UCL competitions and club captain Gary Bull broke the club?s goalscoring record by netting an amazing 57 goals in all competitions during the season.
The Poachers secured further silverware in the 2008-09 season when they won the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy for the first time in 19 years, defeating Winterton Rangers 2-0 in the final, held at Lincoln City?s Sincil Bank Stadium. One of the goals came from Paul Goodhand, who went to become the club?s highest ever goalscoring midfielder.
The departure in 2010 of Bob Don-Duncan, by far the club?s most successful manager, ushered in an era of uncertainty, with chairman Mick Vines and his board of directors trying to find a managerial formula.
Former Poachers goalkeeper Martyn Lakin initially took the job but resigned during a turbulent 2011-12 campaign which would see the Poachers finish in an unaccustomed bottom half finish.
pinchbeck United's double winners Ian Dunn and Matt Hocking took over in 2012 but again oversaw a side struggling in the lower reaches of the UCL. A humiliating defeat against Spalding was the final straw which led to Nathan Collins replacing them.
A tough-tackling former Boston Town midfielder, with huge experience with Grimsby Town?s youth set-up, he quickly returned the Poachers to an even keel . However, Nathan was forced to stand down from the job in September 2014 because a back injury.
His replacement Dan Barrett brought in another influx of players from the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area but, having stabilised a potentially tricky situation, he threw the club into further turmoil by resigning after five months for "non-footballing reasons".
Long-serving player Lori Borbely, who also serves as a club director, stepped into the breach to steer the club to a mid-table finish in 2014-15. He hopes to have built a solid platform for the club to climb back into the upper reaches of the UCL table in 2015-16.
Address: Tattershall Road ,Boston ,Lincolnshire