seems that most of the world of football has an opinion on the aftermath of the
FA's ludicrous decision to fine Boston United £100,000 and dock them 4 points
for the coming season.
Boston United pleaded guilty to the 6 charges faced by the club around false details in players contracts. The FA seem to have signalled that they viewed the offenses as not just financial irregularities by imposing the points deduction, yet have applied that to the coming season, leaving the Pilgrims Conference Champions and promoted to the Football League.
Despite the view from most of the football world that Boston have got away with it, Pilgrims Chairman Des Wood is set to appeal against the severity of the punishment.
The message board at this site (here)
has many posts from fans of all sorts of clubs offering their sympathy on the
situation, including posts from Hartlepool United fans who stayed in the Third
Division when Chesterfield were only docked 9 points a couple of seasons
The Confguide forum (here)
is flooded with posts showing the disgust of most Conference fans with the
On TalkSport's Breakfast Show this morning Brazil and Parry were actually in
agreement for once, both stating that the FA's decision was a farce and that the
signal it sends out to potential wrong-doers in the game is appalling.
Meanwhile the town of Boston apparently partied last night. Reactions on the Pilgrims
Patter mostly involve crowing, with seemingly very few Boston fans able to
see that they have been very, very lucky. Some are even suggesting that Steve
Evans, found guilty of four of the eight charges he faced at the hearing, with
verdicts on the other four and penalty held over, should keep his job as
manager. Frankly, Evans and the Boston fans probably deserve each other.
Most Daggers fans seem to be resigned to the situation and now trying to look
forward to the new season which kicks off with a home game against Leigh RMI on
August 17th. Garry Hill's team won the first friendly of the season last night
3-1 at Bideford Town. At least we are back to kicking a ball now.