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Barnsley FA Cup tie - 40 years on

Today marks the 40th anniversary of our famous game at Barnsley

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Magnificent. Incredible. Tremendous.
 
Those were the superlatives being handed out exactly 40 years ago today as Boston FC came close to pulling off a spectacular FA Cup upset.
 
It was on 20 November 1976 that Bob Don-Duncan's Midland League minnows travelled to mighty Barnsley - and gave them the fright of their lives.
 
Mick Daley cartwheeled in celebration across the Oakwell turf after giving the visitors a lead they held until the interval in front of a crowd of 6,443, Barnsley's biggest of the season. Daley lashed the ball home after Tony Weighell and Phil Scothorne combined to set up the chance.
 
However, the Tykes equalised immediately after the resumption and two late goals including a contentious penalty, saw them run out 3-1 winners.
 
Don-Duncan said: "You had to see the game to get a true picture. Now matter what report comes back, no matter what I say, unless you were actually there, you cannot imagine what a tremendous performance it was."
 
And chairman Bill Stanwell added: "The word to decsribe our performance is incredible. I had to pinch myself at half-time to make sure it was happening."
 
The verdict of Bob Whitaker, writing for the Boston Standard, was: "The quality of FC's football had Barnsley, unbeaten at home for a year, reeling at many stages of the game.
 
"The Boston team matched the Yorkshiremen in every phase of the game - except goals.
 
"They scorned the blood and thunder approach of kick and rush footbal usually associated with giantkilling upsets in the cup to show a cultured style of football way beyond the level expected of a Midland League team."
 
Barnsley manager Jim Iley said: "You were magnificent. At half-time I thought you had got it. I think it was the penalty that beat you."
 
Boston Town are planning a reunion event to mark that historic FA Cup run later in the season. We'd love to invite as many players as possible from that era so if you played for Boston FC in the late 1970s or early 1980s, please get in touch with club historian Simon Ashberry using this email address: sashberry@hotmail.com

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