United People: Boston United Players’ Stories

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During 1989 and 1990, pupils at St Thomas’ School, Boston, interviewed forty-five footballers who had played for Boston United at some point between the 1920s and 1980s. In the interviews, players talked about their football careers and their lives outside football. These included nationally known stars, such as Keith Alexander, Gordon Bolland, Don Donovan, Jimmy Fell, Reg Harrison, Eric Houghton, Arthur Mann, Steve Thompson and Matt Tees.

These players’ stories were included in the club’s matchday programmes during the 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 seasons. The project was also publicised locally and nationally via Lincolnshire Education Authority, various newspapers (such as The Guardian) and other publications. To provide the context and details about the original project, this book contains the ‘Education Perspectives’ report produced for Lincolnshire County Council in 1990 by Graeme Kent, then St Thomas’ School headteacher.

Doug Lowe (a former pupil of St Thomas’), with considerable and invaluable help from his son James, has now compiled and edited the interviews for this book and added details about the years the players were at Boston United and the other clubs they played for. He has also added sections entitled ‘Players’ Stories: Guide to Information’; ‘Notes for Players’ Stories’; ‘Acknowledgements’ and ‘Afterword’. The book contains additional graphics, including individual and group photos, action photos from various matches and reproduced parts of match programmes.

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