When I first joined Boston United it was a club that had had a very poor start to the season. They languished in the relegation zone and were bereft of confidence. The chairman expected me to turn the club into a top half finish standard team by the end of the season. It seemed a difficult task especially as I had to repair the damage the previous manager had caused at the beginning of the season; on that note he has had the cheek to come out and cause a stir between me and the club saying he could have done well if given the chance and the club were mad to put their hopes on me. What a clown! That single message provided me with huge inspiration that I instilled in my team and over time the confidence of the lads grew. We won games, we demolished sides that visited York Street stadium and we became a team to be taken seriously.
So far in this story I have banged on and on about Marc Newsham; heck, if I read a story that seemed to just focus on one player I would have stopped reading it by now. But I cannot emphasise how good this lad is. He has been at the forefront of every attack, he has scored an incredible 27 goals in 29 league appearances, which is somehow still a huge distance away from the club record of 42 goals by Jimmy Rayner in the 1967/68 season. He does however hold the record for the club’s oldest ever place to make an appearance at 28 years of age, the fastest goal scored in 47 seconds (which he achieved this season) and the most goals scored in one game after his hat trick against Guiseley earlier in the season. Without him we would not have reached the play-offs and have finished the season just one point behind deserving league winners, Harrogate Town. It is going to be vital that Newsham has another storming season next season, whether we earn promotion or not through the Vanarama Conference North Division Play-offs.
Do I think we can win the play-offs? Why not? We have been pitted against Stalybridge Celtic who have been tough opposition so far this season. I have just watched the Football Manager: An Alternative Reality documentary and listened to Adam Le Fondre describe how he led Stalybridge Celtic to become a sustained Premier League side. Unfortunately they haven’t got that quality this time around but they have beaten us once this season, which means it will be a very nervy affair when it comes down to kick off.
Player of the Month – Marc Newsham