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Who are Boston United

Southport first met Boston in the FA Cup in 1970. It won’t evoke happy memories for Southport as we were unceremoniously dumped out of the cup 2-0.
It’s a famous game for Boston as we were, at the time, their second ever Football League scalp, and 700 Boston fans made the long trip to watch the game.

As a little side note, their first Football League scalp had been Derby County in 1955 when a former Derby player, Geoff Hazledine scored a hat-trick as they won 6-1. Hazledine is a name familiar to us as he joined the Sandgrounders 2 years later and played 31 games for us.

The week before the 1970 FA Cup game, Boston were without a match, so then Boston manager Jim Smith and one of the club directors took the opportunity to go and see Southport play in their Fourth Division match at home to Notts County.
Southport on the other hand made, with typical arrogance, made no effort to see Boston in action and therefore we only had ourselves to blame.
This was a Southport side recovering from relegation from the third division and they finished the season in 8th place in the Fourth. Obviously we all know 3 years later we went on to lift the fourth division title, still our only major honour to date.

Boston at the time were a Northern Premier League outfit. They had been formed in 1933 as a successor to a club called Boston Town. They’ve been a non-league team for the majority of their history but like ourselves also had a spell in the football league. Their spell in the league was a lot shorter than ours and also mired in scandal.
In 2001 in their first season as a Fully professional club they won promotion from the Conference under Steve Evans. He and chairman Pat Malkinson were both charged by the FA for breaking rules over the registration of players and both receiving bans from football as a result. The club were fined and they were also docked 4 points. Controversially however they were docked the points in the following season, not the season the offences took place in. Had the points been docked in the season the offences happened they wouldn’t have been promoted and Dagenham would have been promoted instead.
What makes it worse is that Evans was then allowed to return as manager after his ban ended. Boston struggled year upon year after their promotion and were relegated in May 2007 dropping back out of the league. Evans then disappeared off to Crawley Town and has lurched from one scandal to the next at pretty much every club he’s been at.
When their relegation was all but confirmed, in the middle of the last game of the season the new chairman entered the club into a CVA which meant the points deductions would apply during that season rather than the next but the rules of the Conference meant that rather than start the 2007-08 season in the Conference they were bumped down to the North.
Still in administration they were then thrown out of the North a year later and had to go down to the NPL.
They came back up via the play offs in 2009, and have been in the North ever since.

We’ve played them 20 times, excluding covid. Winning 7, drawing 3 and losing 10.
2 of those were in the FA Cup and one in the FA Trophy, all of which were defeats, so the League record is very even.
The last time we faced them was away on the opening day of the season where we won 5-3 at their new stadium with goals from Connor Woods, Dylan Vassallo, Jack Doyle and 2 from Jordan Archer.

Players known to have played for both teams

Jordan ArcherCharles BartonGary BrabinJim DobbinGeoff HazledineMatt HockingChris HollandMike MarshJohn McKennaDenis MilesTim RyanPaul TaitJake Wright
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Key Information

Tickets

Adults £15 (stand)/ £13.50 (Terrace), Concessions £10, Under 18s £5

Available online in advance or on the day from the club shop or 1881 Lounge sfc1888.uk/tickets

Away Fans – The game will be segregated and away fans are predominantly housed in the George Roberts terrace. The terrace is open to the elements, but a number of seats are always made available to visiting supporters in the Grandstand, which is covered.

Match Day Info

Programme – Printed programmes are available on the day for £3, PDF programmes available to buy online for £2.

Food – Lourdes Deli provide the best food in the whole of the football pyramid. Trust us!

1881 Lounge will be open before the game for both home and away fans.

Travel Info

Driving Directions: Leave the M6 at Junction 26 and take the M58 towards Southport. Leave the M58 at Junction 3 and take the A570 towards Ormskirk. Follow the A570 around Ormskirk Town Centre towards Southport. On entering Southport you will come to a large roundabout with Tesco’s & McDonalds outlets. Take the 3rd exit onto Scarisbrick New Road (A570). You should now be able to catch sight of the ground over on your right. Pass the Richmond pub on your left and then turn right into Haig Avenue.

There is plenty of street parking available in the surrounding streets, however in some streets there are some parking restrictions so check for any warning signs.

The ground is just over a mile away from the town centre and the world famous Lord Street. Southport station is located a mile and a half away from the ground.

The nearest railway station to the ground is Meols Cop which is about a mile away away from the ground. It is on the Southport to Manchester line.

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