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Losing his marbles?

Ex-cheat Bastock to be a Dagger?
by Hardy on 27/10/2004

There are strong rumours circulating that John Still has today signed ex-Boston keeper Paul Bastock.

Ex-cheat Bastock to be a Dagger?
With Tony Roberts suspended for Saturday's cup tie against Crawley, plus any replay, or next weeks Conference game against Scarborough, there are strong rumours circulating that John Still has today signed ex-Boston keeper Paul Bastock as a short term replacement.

Bastock was, you will recall, one of the six players named by the FA enquiry into Boston United's finances, which resulted in the club being fined and losing points in their first season in the Football League and in Steve Evans (left) getting a 22 month ban from football. Bastock was released by Evans, now back in charge at York Street, last week and was rumoured to be joining Scarborough, a deal that fell though.

Martin Brennan, signed only last week as cover and who made a brief debut at Farnborough after Tony Roberts was sent off in injury time, had a less than inspiring debut for the reserves at Hitchin Town last night, dropping one into his own net and getting his angles all wrong for the second. It seems that after the recent farce with Abiodun Baruwa, John Still may have signed another back up keeper who he thinks may not actually be up to playing first team football.

If the rumours of the signing are confirmed, seems to have decided that history does not count against him playing for the Daggers. I am pretty certain that Bastock, who is a decent goalkeeper and who comfortably holds the record number of appearances in a Boston United shirt, will get a mixed reception on Saturday should he turn out.

Shabby John, very shabby!

There are also strong rumours around that Steve Claridge is also in the frame to sign for the club as a replacement for the now retired John Taylor. This was reported in Monday's Daily Telegraph and is also speculated in the local press today.

Claridge is another signing that makes little sense to me, not really a Taylor style target man, and probably after a lot of money. If Still will sign Bastock though, Claridge is no more daft that that.

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