Flashback: October 1979

In the final part of our series looking back at memorable Boston v Skegness encounters, we recall a magical FA Cup night.

The two clubs were drawn together in the 3rd Qualifying Round of famous old competition in October 1978 – and served up a three-part classic.

Bob Don-Duncan: “Nice to boast a 100% record at York Street.”

Those were the days when cup ties weren’t settled by penalty shoot-outs – you just kept on having replays until someone won. In 1971, for example, it took a record-breaking six matches for Alvechurch to beat Oxford City! Things weren’t quite so extreme between Boston FC and Skegness, but it was still something of an epic.

First, a Phil Scothorne goal at Burgh Road earned the Poachers a replay the following Wednesday.

In those days there were no floodlights at Tattershall Road, so a midweek afternoon fixture would normally be sparsely attended. Hhowever, it happened to be half-term week so the ground thronged with a crowd of over 300, boosted by plenty of school pupils eager to find an excuse not to have to do their homework.

An early Nick Mallinder penalty was equalised by an own goal after an hour before Martin Johnson headed FC back in front. But George Peden made it 2-2 just before the end of normal time and the teams couldn’t be separated in extra-time.

And that was when it got really interesting.

Boston United’s York Street ground was chosen as the venue for the second replay – which set up an unforgettable night for FC fans. The game was played under floodlights – a novel experience in those days – and we watched from what was known as the “sunshine stand” at the Pilgrims’ old ground as Johnson slammed home the only goal of the game.

Manager Bob Don-Duncan summed it up nicely in his programme notes when FC entertained AP Leamington in the 4th Qualifying Round the following weekend: “Our games with Skegness in the last round certainly lived up to their pre-match publicity and fortunately we eventually won the 2nd replay at York Street on Monday night.

“This result gave us extra pleasure since in front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 we won, when in the past we have flattered to deceive in front of such numbers. It was the first time in the club’s existence that we have played at York Street and it’s nice to be able to boast a 100% record there.”

  • For the next chapter in the Boston v Skegness story, make sure you’re at the Mortgages For You Stadium for tomorrow’s big derby. The matchday sponsor is Callaby Stores and kick-off is at 3pm.

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