Flashback: August 1972

As part of our build-up to Monday’s New Year derby, we look back at some classic games between Boston and Skegness.

First up is a ding-dong tussle from August 1972, which ended up as a 2-2 draw.

Boston FC, by now managed by Bill Curry, had impressed in pre-season, having bolstered their squad with new signings like keeper Paul Evans and striker Dave Poplar.

They had beaten Retford 3-1 in their first league game of season and travelled to Burgh Road in confident mood.

In the end, the local rivals had to share the points – and the hero of the day came in the unlikely shape of Skegness forward John Blake.

Blake had been badly hurt in a car crash the previous year, with the Lincolnshire Standard reporting that doctors didn’t expect him to play football again.

But he defied the odds to give the Lilywhites a surprise lead after just two minutes.

Poplar scored a tap-in midway through the first half, with Terry Thorne then putting the visitors 2-1 in front at the break.

FC, boasting the likes of Dennis Reeson and Ray Elliott in their side, had chances to extend their lead but late on Blake had the last word by snatching an unexpected equaliser.

In the end, FC’s 1972-73 season fizzled out a bit like their challenge in that game – but their 7th place finish was their best showing so far in the Midland League and the platform had certainly been laid for Curry’s title success two years later.

  • Monday’s game against Skegness Town kicks off at the Mortgages For You Stadium at 3pm. The matchday sponsor is Callaby Stores.

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