Does anyone remember Boston United...?

Last updated : 11 February 2010 By Jacob Daniel

Some of us will remember a fairly unremarkable game at York Street a few years ago, when we drew 3-3 with Boston United. It was the first game after notorious former Boston manager Steve Evans was charged with tax evasion relating to the Pilgrims' promotion to the Football League in 2002. Ringing out from the away end at York Street were chants of "you're supposed to be in jail" and the chatter was of utter, utter contempt for the man who had emerged from court to give Evans his full backing, an unremarkable full back in the promotion season and, by that point, chairman of the club, Jim Rodwell. The new chief executive of Notts County.

Rodwell assumed control of Boston from Jon Sotnick, who had resigned to go to Darlington, bemoaning that a lack of planning permission for a new ground would be the end of the club. Rodwell bought Sotnick's shares in 'Lavaflow', the mysterious parent company of Boston United for £1. Another director of Lavaflow was Gee Evans, Steve's brother, which is just the start of the tangled web of lies that held Boston United together.

Lavaflow's plan for the club relied on planning permission being granted to relocate both Boston clubs, United and Town, but they were rejected in December 2006. This left the club with a six-figure tax bill hanging over them and on the brink of administration, something which finally happened the moment the Pilgrims knew they had been relegated from the Football League. They were refused entry to the Blue Square Premier due to the terms of their CVA and found themselves in the Blue Square North, where they were bought by a local housing company before being demoted again the next summer due to failing to exit administration.