We’re building up to what should be a cracking Lincolnshire coastal derby on Monday.
Incredibly, it’s our first home game against Skegness Town for 37 years.
For a decade and a half, there was a fierce rivalry between the Poachers and the Lilywhites as they competed together in the Midland League and then briefly the Northern Counties East League.
In 1978-79, the two clubs were involved in an epic battle for the Midland League title, ending level on points. We snatched the championship on goal difference from under Skegness’s noses when they dramatically lost their final game at Retford.
We were also regularly drawn together in the Lincs Senior A Cup – and once in the FA Cup, with a memorable outcome.
The Poachers first played Skegness in August 1968 when we joined the Midland League. The first game ended in a goalless draw and it wasn’t until the 5th meeting of the two clubs that Boston FC (as we were still known then) managed a win – an Eddie Kavanagh goal sealing a 1-0 success at Tattershall Road.
Skegness’s old Burgh Road stadium was something of a bogey ground for Boston FC in the early days. It wasn’t until December 1973 that we managed to beat our seaside rivals on their own patch, Dave Poplar scoring the only goal in another 1-0 victory.
The last time we played Skegness on home soil was a county cup tie in August 1984 when goals from Sean Matthews and Dave Belton earned a 2-2 draw.
In all there have been 50 games between Boston and Skegness and it’s been pretty much nip and tuck when you look at the overall record. The Poachers have won 17 times and Skegness 18, with 15 draws – so it would be nice to even that up to 18 each on Monday.
There have been lots of close games over the years – in fact, the only time either side has managed to win by more than three goals was a 4-0 thumping by Boston FC in September 1980 in which Mark Cox scored all four.
He netted six times altogether in Boston v Skegness derbies – but that number is just eclipsed by record-holder Martin Johnson, who scored seven in all between 1979 and 1983.
Over the next three days, we’ll be looking back at some classic past encounters between Boston and Skegness as part of the build-up to the big game on the New Year Bank Holiday Monday.
Kick-off at the Mortgages For You Stadium is 3pm and the match is being generously sponsored by Callaby Stores.
There was a bumper crowd of 350 for the reverse fixture at the Vertigo Stadium in Skegness in October – so come down and let’s see if we can match that!