The Boston derby is back

When Boston Town play Boston United on Wednesday, it will be only the 13th meeting between the clubs.

Relations between the two were frosty when the Poachers first formed as Boston FC in 1964.

There was no prospect of a friendly – so it wasn’t until 1970 that the first local derby took place when the pair were drawn against each other in the FA Cup.

Flashback to the last derby in 2017 – photo (c) Darren Trapps

That tie at Tattershall Road finished 4-0 to the Pilgrims in front of a record crowd of 2,700. It was another 26 years before the clubs agreed to meet again, this time in the Mather Cup at York Street.

Ian Shooter scored the Poachers’ only goal as they went down 4-1.

Since then, pre-season friendlies have taken place intermittently, with Town claiming two famous wins.

Liam Parker scored the only goal of the game in 2007 and an Alex Beck brace helped the Poachers to a 2-0 victory four years later.

Kick-off on Wednesday 13 July is 7.45pm at the Mortages For You Stadium. Admission is £6, concessions £4.

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