We say farewell to Gary Edgley this Easter after a four-year reign which has seen the Poachers re-establish themselves as contenders in the United Counties League.
Here we look at some of his achievements since taking over in August 2018.
Our final league position depends on how we fare against Sleaford in our final game on Easter Monday, but one thing’s certain – this will be our best finish for 11 years when we ended 7th in 2010-11.
Under Edgley, Boston Town have become much harder to beat – between November 2019 to January 2020, we went 10 games undefeated, our longest unbeaten run since 2008-09. Away from home, the Poachers also managed a purple patch of 10 unbeaten matches – going more than a year without losing on our travels from October 2020 to December 21.
Cup runs have proved a useful source of revenue in recent seasons. The 2019-20 FA Cup run to the 2nd qualifying round (when we lost to Leek Town) was only the second time we had reached that stage of the competition since 1995. The other occasion was in 2017-18 when we went one round further before losing to Hyde (under Gary Frost, with Edgley as his assistant).
Our FA Vase form has also improved under Edgley and his coach John Barker. This season was the first time the Poachers had reached the 1st Round Proper of the FA Vase since 2013. Prior to beating Sleaford 6-0 in the Vase in 2020, we’d been knocked out of the competition at the first hurdle 6 times in a row.
And of course we memorably reached the Lincs Senior Trophy final in 2019-20. It was the first cup final the club had reached since 2008-09 – but sadly the game against Grimsby Borough was never played because of the pandemic.
There have been other memorable scorelines under Edgley too. The 7-0 win at Pinchbeck in September 2020 equalled the biggest by the club for 18 years. Supporters haven’t seen a bigger winning margin than that since an 8-0 demolition of Daventry Town in October 2002.
Edgely steps down after what will be his 135th match in charge against Sleaford, making him the longest-serving manager since Bob Don-Duncan left at the end of the 2009-10 season. Only two other managers have ever been manager for more games – Paul Todd and Bill Curry back in the 1960s and 1970s.
We’d like to offer our warmest thanks to Gary and John for all they’ve done over the past four seasons and wish them all the best for the future.