Boston United v Darlington

Saturday 16th October 2021, 3pm
Vanarama National League North

 

Jakemans Community Stadium, Pilgrim Way Wyberton, Boston Lincolnshire PE21 7NE (01205) 364406 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. The last two seasons under Craig Elliott have seen solid mid-table finishes. The new out-of-town community stadium opened in December 2020.
Record Attendance: 10,086 v Corby Town, 1955 and 11,000 vs Derby County (FA Cup replay 1974) - both at the old York Street ground.
Capacity: 5,000
2018/19 season: 11th
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: Craig Elliott
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 (2021/22):

Adults: 14 on the East Stand terrace; concessions: 11; 16 years and under 5.

Fans are encouraged to buy e-tickets online in advance for presenting for scanning at the turnstiles. The new stadium is a mix of seats and terrace, with three ends of the ground currently open. Away fans have been given part of the East Stand terracing.

From the North (153 miles from Darlington, approx 3hrs): Leave the A1 on the A17 at Newark, with the exit towards Newark/Lincoln/Sleaford. Carry on the Sleaford road, before eventually joining the A1121 (left) at Swineshead. There's a right turn onto the A52, just after a BMW dealership. Follow the road until you take a left turn onto the A16. The ground is on the retail park ahead.

There should be plenty of parking at the new stadium - the cost is £3.

 

 


Darlo fans at Farsley

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach. 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: The new Boston stadium is in Wyberton, south of the town on the A16 and is just under two miles away from the railway station. It will take about 35-45 minutes to walk.

A taxi is suggested. There is no real bus service to speak of, apart from a very infrequent one serving the nearby village.

 

The official Boston United website has information about the club and stadium.

 

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. Visiting fans welcomed but it gets full.

The Pincushion Inn, 289 London Road, Wyberton, PE21 7DD This is 15 minute walk from the stadium, less than a mile from the ground.

As well as the stadium catering, there is a Burger King, Costa and Starbucks close to the ground.