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WREXHAM play their first ever league game at Boston United today. A new town, a new ground and a new club for travelling supporters to get to know.

WREXHAM play their first ever league game at Boston United today. A new town, a new ground and a new club for travelling supporters to get to know. Here is the Essential 30-Point Survival Guide:


1. Boston is a Lincolnshire market town, at its busiest on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

2. Its population is 54,000.

3. It was from Boston that many Puritans - later to be known as "The Pilgrim

Fathers" - set forth for the USA in the seventeenth century.

4. In time the town became the centre of the Puritan religion in England.

5. One of its most famous sons is John Foxe (1516-1587), who wrote the Book of Martyrs, a celebrated history of Protestant martyrs.

6. Boston is not only twinned with Boston, USA, but with Laval in France and Mikawa in Japan.

7. The Port of Boston was established in 1886. It handles 750 vessels per annum (approximately 1.5 million tonnes of cargo).

8. Today, the main industry in the town is agriculture - grains, sugar beets, vegetables and flower bulbs.

9. Boston's skyline is dominated by the tower of St. Botolph's church: it is 272.5 feet high (the tallest in Britain) and used to act as a beacon for sailors navigating The Wash. It is nicknamed "The Stump".

10. The town is also home to the tallest working windmill in Britain, Maud Foster Mill.


11. Its official title is the York Street Stadium.

12. Floodlights were installed in 1955.

13. The capacity is 6,643, all covered.

14. Listen out for "Thank you for the Town End", "Town End 'Til I Die" and "We are the Town End" - the most famous Boston chants.

15. The matchday programme costs £2.

16. Travelling supporters are advised to use the NCP car park off John Adams Way.

17. The ground is 10 minutes' walk from Boston train station.

18. Tea, coffee, bovril, hot chocolate, soup, soft drinks, pies, crisps, sausage rolls and pot noodles are all on sale within the ground.

19. The Sports Bar is situated in the car park outside the ground. It serves a range of beers and is open both before and after matches.

20. In 1996, York Street was described by one football historian as "without question the finest traditional non-league ground in the country".


21. BUFC was founded on 3 July 1933.

22. United won the Eastern Professional Floodlit Cup in 1971-2.

23. Boston are nicknamed "The Pilgrims" - a pointed reference to the history of the town.

24. They have won the Lincolnshire Senior Cup on 13 occasions.

25. Ex-Derby County boss Jim Smith began his playing career at York Street.

26. Boston Town are their local rivals.

27. United's home strip is amber shirts and shorts with black and yellow socks.

28. They were winners of the Non-League Champion of Champions Cup in 1972-3 and 1976-7.

29. Former Wrexham striker Steve Charles was their leading goalscorer in 1997-8.

30. Boston won the Nationwide Conference in 2001-2.


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