Flashback: Christmas 1968

We continue our build-up to Monday’s New Year derby against Skegness by looking back at classic games between our two clubs.

Arguably, the most feisty battles between Boston and Skegness came in a two-legged Midland League Cup tie in 1968-69.

John McPherson, played in goal for both Boston and Skegness

Four players were sent off in the two tempestuous games played just a couple weeks apart either side of Christmas.

The first leg at Tattershall Road on 21 December finished 1-1, with Eric Heath putting the visitors ahead, only for Ray Elliott to lob an equaliser over John McPherson, who later went on to become a Boston FC goalkeeping legend.

Not much festive spirit was shown in that game as Skegness player-manager Peter Madden and Boston winger Eddie Kavanagh were both given their marching orders.

This is how the Lincolnshire Standard reported on the sendings-off: “The incident was sparked off as Collinson hooked Kavanagh from behind. Madden was in front of the falling winger who kicked out at the centre half as he fell. The Skegness pivot threateningly grabbed Kavanagh’s shirt and that was it. Both men were off.”

The Standard blamed the referee for “strutting portentously about the field” and allowing the game to be “wrecked by petty, niggling fouls”.

The Lilywhites won 2-0 at Burgh Road a fortnight later, with the petulance spilling over into the second leg.

This time it was FC keeper George Crawford and Skegness forward Roger Whiley who were dismissed.

FC boss Paul Todd wasn’t impressed. He told the Standard: “This Skegness side has a fair amount of ability and has some good players. They probaby did have the edge on us but they did not have to resort to this kind of body-checking, pushing, pulling and showing,”

  • Let’s hope for a good, clean game on Monday. Kick-off against Skegness Town at the Mortgages For You Stadium is at 3pm. The match is being kindly sponsored by Callaby Stores.

Flashback August 1972 – a ding-dong draw

Flashback October 1979 – York Street under lights

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