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Percy Freeman dies aged 70

Tributes paid following the death of ex-Poachers boss

Tributes have been paid to former Boston FC manager Percy Freeman who has died at the age of 70.

Percy was appointed by chairman Mick Vines in 1991 and was in charge of the Poachers for just over two seasons until his reign was cut short following a health scare.

Andy Sandall, who was an integral part of the club's set-up at that time, said: "Percy was always very much an advocate for the players and the backroom staff.

"I know that everyone who worked with him or played under him have great memories of him as a genuine, nice guy who tried his best and stood up for his team."

Andy said Percy had been unlucky to be at the club at a time of transition and his development of the squad had been disrupted by the time he had to take off with illness.

Boston Town historian Simon Ashberry added: "It's a very sad day for our club. Percy's spell as manager was relatively brief but he certainly laid the foundations for the returning Bob Don-Duncan to build a highly successful team.

"He brought in influential players such as Steve Sims, Chris Cook and Neil Mann. One of Percy's best signings was Carl Smaller, who went on to become of the greatest goalscorers in our club's history."

Chris added his own tribute on Twitter, describing him as a "top man".

Born in Newark, Percy started his professional playing career as Jeff Astle's understudy at West Brom.

It was at Lincoln City that he really made his mark, playing a key role in the club's famous 1975/76 Fourth Division Championship triumph. In 2007, Percy came second to Andy Graver in a poll of Lincoln fans to find the club's most legendary players.

He also played for Reading between his two spells at Sincil Bank and then also briefly for Boston United in the 1977-78 season.


 

Photo: (c) Boston Standard

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