Boston United v Darlington

Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

 

Staffsmart Stadium, York Street, Boston, PE21 6HN
Tel: 01205 365506 Twitter: @bostonunited

History: Formed in 1887, as Boston Utd from 1933; beat Derby County 6-1 away in FA Cup, 1955. Promoted to Football League in 2002 although they were docked points for player registration violations - the then manager Steve Evans later received a suspended jail sentence. The Pilgrims were relegated in 2007 - followed by a further demotion due to the club's then chairman putting them in administration. They were further demoted in 2008 after remaining in administration. They started the road back with promotion through the play-offs and had been challenging under boss Dennis Greene over a couple of seasons. Ex-Mansfield boss Adam Murray, still only 35, took over last November. Summer signings include teenage striker Kabongo Tshimanga, signed from MK Dons, and defender Jordan Keane.
Record Attendance: 10,086 v Corby Town, 1955 and 11,000 vs Derby County (FA Cup replay 1974)
Capacity: 6,778
Last Season: 15th
Honours: NPL treble 1973-74, Conference champions 2001-2002; UniBond Premier League play-off winners 2010
Record victory (Non-league): 12-0 v Wisbech Res, UCL,1965/66
Defeat: 0-14 v Spalding, FA Cup, 1964/65
Nickname: The Pilgrims.
Colours: Orange and Black.
Manager: Adam Murray
Chairman:
David Newton
Famous fans/connections: Ex-England international Freddy Tunstall (player), Jim Smith (player-manager), Paul Gascoigne (player, albeit briefly).

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Ticket prices (2017/18):

A small rise on last season - Adults: 13; concessions: 10; 16 years and under 4; adult and child 15; adult and two children 18, two adults and two children £30. The Lincolnshire Co-operative Stand at the York Street end of the stadium has a capacity of 1,335, including space for 202 visiting supporters in a segregated section. It includes seating and terracing.

From the North (152 miles from Darlington, approx 3hrs 20 mins): Leave the A1 on the A17 Sleaford to Boston, over railway crossing, take a right at The Eagle pub to the lights over the Haven Bridge. Then straight on, along the John Adams Way dual carriageway. Turn right at the lights into Main Ridge, then right again into York Street. Away fans are advised to use the NCP car park off John Adams Way (after crossing the river take the first exit left off John Adams Way into the car park).

There is no free parking available at the ground. The only parking available at the ground is for permit holders and designated guests. Street parking is available in addition to car parks in Wide Bargate

 

 


Darlo fans at Farsley

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach 10am; fare: 20. Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Club, 01325 243911 Payment for each coach trip must be either paid for in full before travel, or a 50% non-refundable deposit paid in advance. Anyone wishing to travel on the coaches must join before the day of travel. Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here. Membership 5 per season.

Star Taxis 01205 355055
A2B Taxis 01205 358170
Michael's Taxis 01205 360661

A tricky ground to get to - and especially back from - if you're travelling by train, thanks to Boston's location to the rest of the rail network; even the rail network in the rest of Lincolnshire.

Walking, York Street itself is around 10-15 minutes from the station. Head down Station St towards the church tower. At the police station, go through a car park, around the right of it, and walk over the bridge over the river. Turn right up an alleyway - Church Lane - towards the market place. Pass the Britannia Inn, cross a pelican crossing and keep going. Turn right down South Street and cross the road. Take a small road to the left called Spain Lane, past the Blackfriars Arts Centre onto John Adams Way. There's a pelican crossing across the dual carriageway. The stadium is in front of you down Spayne Road.

 

The official Salford City website has information about the club and stadium.

Places to stay:

 

Pubs in town:

The Eagle 144 West Street A short walk from the station - and if you've travelled by train, you'll need a drink! This two-room bar has up to eight real ales including by owners Castle Rock brewery. Also has Sky screens. DAFTS recommended.

The Britannia Inn 4 Church Street Town centre Bateman's pub close to the Assembly Rooms. Serves food at lunchtimes, plus Sky Sports.

The Coach and Horses 86 Main Ridge Football-friendly real ale bar, on the small side though, although near the ground. Visiting fans welcomed but it gets full.

There are snack bars in the ground (the catering won an award for Division Two way back in 2004). They used to sell Pot Noodles alongside the pies, Bovril and sausage rolls.