Boston United

The Jakemans Stadium

Capacity: 6,778
Address: York Street, Boston, Lincs, PE21 6JN
Telephone: 01205 364406
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Pilgrims
Year Ground Opened: 1933*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Amber and Black Stripes

External View
External View
Main Stand
Main Stand
Looking Towards The Town End
Looking Towards The Town End
York Street Stand
York Street Stand
Town End
Town End

A rather picturesque ground which looks well balanced as all four stands are roughly of the same height. The Fantasy Island (Main) Stand on one side of the pitch, is a good sized, covered all seated stand. It’s only drawback are a couple of supporting pillars. It is single tiered, with the team dugouts located out front and incorporates the Directors Box. The other side, the Spayne Road Stand, is a smaller, newish covered terrace. It is so low that house roofs behind are clearly visible. The Town End is a fair sized partly covered terrace (to the rear). The other end, the York Street Stand is a strange affair. It is raised above pitch level, meaning that spectators have to climb a staircase at the front to reach the seating area (which is mostly benches). A small terrace is at the front. The ground has a striking set of floodlights and something that I haven't seen for a long time, flags fluttering in the wind, on each of the stand roofs.

In 2009 the ground was renamed the Jakemans Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. However many fans still refer to it as 'York Street.'

The Club are planning to build a new 5,000 capacity stadium, located South West of the town, just off the A16 near Woodside. This is part of a wider regeneration project known as the Quadrant, which includes housing. The project has faced delays due to escalating costs, but after securing an additional £3.5m Government Grant in early 2018, it is expected that the building of the new stadium will now commence later on this year. Artists impressions of the new stadium and details of the wider regeneration project for the area (the works for part of which have which have commenced) can be viewed on the Quadrant Project website.

York Street is one of a dying breed of old traditional grounds, with plenty of character. Coupled with a number of good pubs nearby in the town centre and normally a warm welcome, then it is usually a good day out. If less than 200 away fans are expected then they are housed in the small terrace at the front of the York Street Stand. If more than 200 are expected then the larger Town End Terrace, opposite, is allocated instead. This can house up to 2,050 spectators.

With a new stadium for Boston United on the horizon, then if you haven't ever visited York Street, then have a chance to visit before it closes, then it may be wise to do so. 

There is a Sports Bar at the ground called the Pilgrim Lounge that admits away fans. Otherwise there is the  Coach & Horses pub on Main Ridge, which is the nearest pub to the ground. It serves the excellent locally brewed Batemans ales.

Ken Fox informs me; 'The Coach & Horses on Main Ridge is the nearest pub to the ground. It serves the excellent Batemans ales which are locally brewed'. On my visit, this smallish pub was very crowded. Probably it is a better bet to carry on down Main Ridge to the Wellington, a larger quieter pub serving hand pulled Mansfield Bitter. Also on the corner of this road is the Eagle Chippy, which was doing a brisk business when I passed it. 

Otherwise the ground is only a five minute walk away from the town centre, where there are plenty of good pubs to be found. The Eagle, in West Street near to the railway station and The Still in Market Place are both recommended, as well as any Batemans pubs you come across!

Pete Brooksbank recommends 'the Robin Hood pub. Which is down the High Street, about a five minute walk from the ground over the river - where yet another excellent pint of Batemans awaits!'

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From The North
From the A1 take the A17 towards Sleaford/Boston. After passing Sleaford take the A1121 towards Boston and then onto the A52. On entering Boston you pass Boston station on your left and then pass the junction with the A16 Spalding Road on your right. Go over the small Haven Bridge and straight along into John Adams Way (dual carriageway), the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen on the right. Turn right at the next traffic lights, into Main Ridge, then take the next right into York Street.   

From The South
From the A1 take the A43 towards Stamford and then on entering Stamford Town Centre take the A16 towards Market Deeping/Spalding and then onto Boston. On entering Boston you will go over a railway crossing. Bear right at the next set of traffic lights (signposted Boston College). Go over the small Haven Bridge and straight along John Adams Way (dual carriageway), the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen on the right. Turn right at the next traffic lights, into Main Ridge, then take the next right into York Street. 

Car Parking
There is no car parking as such for fans (unless you are a permit holder) at the ground itself. So you will need to either park in one of the town centre pay and display car parks or seek street parking.

Boston Railway Station is located just under a mile from the ground and is around a 10-15 minute walk away from York Street. 

Head down Station Street towards the large church tower. At the end is a Police Station, bear right down the right hand side of the station and head over the river footbridge. Once across turn right up the alleyway, into Church Lane.  Keep going straight on, past the Britannia Inn and then cross the street to go down South Street. Take a left turn into Spain Lane and at its end you will come to a dual carriageway. The ground is clearly visible on the opposite side of it.

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Seating
Adults £15
Concessions £11 
Under 17's £5
1 Adult + 1 Child £17
1 Adult + 2 Children £21 
2 Adults + 2 Children £34

Terrace
Adults £13
Concessions £10
Under 17's £4
1 Adult + 1 Child £15
1 Adult + 2 Children £18 
2 Adults + 2 Children £30

Boston United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Kings Lynn, Lincoln City and Stamford.

Official Programme £3

Record Attendance

11,000 v Derby County
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay, 9th January 1974

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 1,116 (National League North)
2015-2016: 1,299 (National League North)
2014-2015: 1,149 (National League North)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to: Owen Pavey for providing photos of the Town End and External View.

Ben Robinson for providing the remaining photos. Ben has his own Football Grounds Blog.

Boston United v Blyth Spartans
National League North
Saturday 27th January 2018, 3pm
John Hague (Blyth Spartans fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Jakemans Stadium?
 
Once the fixtures came out this was the first game I looked for. I just love York Street, it is my all-time favourite football grounds. A fantastic mix of old and new with four corner floodlight pylons... ahh. What a crying shame that the ground will soon be no more. I've even climbed the Boston Stump in the past just to get a ground shot from above. I think if I wasn't a Blyth supporter I'd follow The Pilgrims, I love the amber and black kit, everything.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
York Street is so easy to find just look for the floodlights like we always did in the 1970s. I always park on Rowley Street and as I always try to get there early I rarely have a problem. Be warned though Boston's road system is prone to being gridlocked especially with people queuing onto a roundabout to get to the McDonald's drive-thru.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Dave Gray and I had an early start from Leicester and a cheeky Micky D's breakfast in Spalding before heading to the RSPB's fantastic nature reserve at Frampton Marsh for a spot of bird watching. After a few hours of getting blasted by wind and driving rain we headed to the ground. My modus operandi at York Street is always to arrive early and walk around the outside of the ground taking photographs. being a rain sodden day, Dave and I had a whole host of opportunities for photos including reflection shots. Deciding we should dry out and warm up we headed for the very welcoming social club, The Pilgrim Lounge. A couple of nice beers on and it gave us the opportunity to chat to other Blyth fans as home fans. I always enjoy the banter. Before heading in I headed off to the shop for an amber and black bar scarf for the collection. I also pointed John McClure to a secret supply of pin badges in the club offices.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Jakemans Stadium?
 
I've said it once and I'll say it again, York Street is perfect a blend of old and new. A food bar built under a floodlight pylon, life doesn't get better. Always a great atmosphere.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The less said about Blyth's performance the better. Nice pie and chips but a lack of mushy peas, gravy or mint sauce is criminal.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy, Rowley Street is perfect for getting back on to the ring road and heading home for me.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Another visit to one of my favourite grounds is always a pleasure, win lose or draw (I've still never seen us win there).

Boston United v Tamworth
National League North
Saturday 6th January 2018, 3pm
Daniel Turner (Neutral - but happy to see Boston win)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Jakemans Stadium?
 
I am a lover of old school grounds, the old floodlight pylons and old stands and terraces. I have been wanting to go to the York Street ground for many years but never have got the chance of going until now. I had also heard that the Club intend moving to a new stadium, so I had limited time to go!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I came up from North Essex for this visit. Ee left about 9:30am and arrived in Boston at 1pm (including a 30 minute stop). It was a very cold frosty start in which we were worried about a frozen pitch but those worries were gone as we tracked up the A14 to be prone to Winter Sunshine!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the game we had two hours to kill, I went to collect my ticket and got a pin badge and programme then headed into the Pilgrim Lounge and had a read of my programme, I was so excited to get in the ground I went in when the gates were open to get empty ground photos.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Jakemans Stadium?
 
It lived up to my expectations. I loved how tight the ground was. The tiered stand behind the goal was one out of the blue. I can’t recall ever seeing a similar one. I really liked the old fashioned goal nets, a triangle net.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was really good with four goals, with the home side winning so I was pleased. (So relieved I never saw a 0-0!)
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A little slow as the town is small and there was traffic after the game, hopped in the car but we was facing the wrong way out so we had to swing round somehow but we did and a few traffic light so later we weren’t heading back down south.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Brilliant day out at York Street, one of the more expensive admissions at that level but for a ground like this who cares? It has to be my favourite non league ground I’ve done. In my eyes it’s a perfect ground and the people of Boston are very lucky to have this ground, I would love to watch football here every week!

Boston United v North Ferriby United
Conference North
Monday 21st April 2014, 3pm
Chris O'Keeffe (Neutral supporter)

Why you were looking forward to going to the York Street ground?

I was really looking forward to visiting York Street. As a young boy I bought 100 Boston United programmes for £5 in Ingoldmells on holiday. I have had a soft spot for them ever since. From what I'd seen in pictures, this was a lovely 'old school' ground to see.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

It was a nice steady journey from South Yorkshire to Lincolnshire on the East Coast at just under two hours with the use of my sat-nav. Parking does seem limited but if you're nice and early (2 hours +) before kick off you'll find a bit of street parking right next to the stadium, just like I did.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Before the game, I had a look around the club shop and the ticket office area before heading to the Pilgrim Bar at the ground. It's a very large space with big screen TV showing sport and a large bar with plenty of drink selections.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    

I was excited from the beginning on arrival. The four large floodlights towering over the area. The old run down look. The away end is very strange and doesn't resemble a 'normal' stand. The rest is glorious. Two terraced stands and a seated Main Stand. Another great feature is the view of St. Botolph's Church (said to be the largest parish church in England) from inside the ground behind the Town End.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game was a typical non-league affair, all blood, guts and thunder. The atmosphere was great too with the end of season vibe to it. Boston missed out on a play-off place while North Ferriby already had their spot guaranteed. Stewards were very friendly and approachable and the burger and bovril were of a good standard.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Straight out of the terrace and in to my car parked at the stand wall and away back to Yorkshire.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Such a great old ground steeped in history. This place it appears will soon be no more, such a shame and all the more reason for people to see it. I'll be returning a few more times before the club leaves for sure.

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* The Club took over the site in 1933. However football had been played there since the late 1800’s.

Updated 23rd March 2018

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