Crest of Boston United Football Club

Boston United

Vanarama National League North

Boston United Football Club, nicknamed “The Pilgrims,” is a non-league football club based in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Vanarama National League North, which is part of the sixth tier of English football. The team calls Jakemans Community Stadium their home ground.

At the time of writing, Ian Culverhouse is the current manager with experience at King's Lynn Town, Grantham Town and Kettering Town among his past roles.


Boston United Football Club, established in the late 1800s, officially adopted its name in 1933. The club, historically based at York Street, joined the Midland League in 1921 and achieved notable early success, including a significant FA Cup victory in 1925. In the 1930s, the club was reformed as Boston United and continued to compete in the Midland League.

Throughout the mid-20th century, Boston United experienced various successes, particularly under player-manager Ray Middleton in the 1950s, which included a notable FA Cup win against Derby County. The club faced financial challenges in the 1960s but recovered to win multiple honors in the Northern Premier League in the late 1960s and 1970s.

In the latter part of the 20th century, Boston United encountered fluctuating fortunes. They competed in the Alliance Premier League and faced infrastructural and financial difficulties, leading to periods of rebuilding. The club’s return to prominence came in the late 1990s, culminating in winning the Conference title and achieving Football League status in 2002.

In the 21st century, Boston United has navigated through various league levels, including the National League North, and has undergone significant management changes. Despite facing challenges, the club continues to engage actively with its community and strives for success in its competitive endeavors.


Current management and coaching staff


Former players and managers elsewhere in the non-league pyramid