History of the Boston & District Football League

Boston & District Saturday Football League - Formed 1898

2016 - The League were joint winners of a National Award in The FA Respect and Fair Play Awards 2015/16 for the grassroots league category.

Headquarters

  • Loggerheads Inn, South End - until the late 1940's - now demolished and currently being used as a car park
  • The Falcon Inn (now Argos)
  • The Rumpunchion Inn (near Assembly Rooms, now Stump & Candle)
  • The Ram Inn, Wide Bargate (now flats)
  • The Eagle, West Street
  • The Mill Inn, Spilsby Road
  • Wyberton Sports & Social Club

1898 - 1899

12 teams formed one Division - Names of known teams: G N Beaulahs, St James, Boston Swifts, Boston Albion, Skirbeck and Boston Butchers

1906 - 1907

12 teams formed one Division

1932 - 1939

37 teams

1939 - 1947

12 teams only, due to World War II. As the War ended the League started to reform slowly, building up to 43 teams formed into three Divisions, then 48 teams formed into four Divisions, then 56 teams, beating the previous high of 48, forming five Divisions with 18 Reserve sides, then 56 teams formed into five Divisions with 22 Reserve sides, then 56 teams formed into five Divisions with 21 Reserve sides, then 52 teams formed into four Divisions with 18 Reserve sides, until:

1995 - 1997

54 teams formed four Divisions with 17 Reserve sides

1997 - 1998

56 teams formed four Divisions with 18 Reserve sides

1998 - 1999

Centenary Year. A group photograph of Sponsors, League Officers and Club Secretaries was taken. There was also a presentation by Mr R Tinkler, LFA Representative, at the Football Association in Soho Square to the League of a commemorative whiskey decanter, which is to be passed on to each reigning Chairman

1998 - 2001

53 teams formed four Divisions with 17 Reserve sides

2001 - 2002

52 teams formed four Divisions with 15 Reserve sides

2002 - 2004

47 teams formed four Divisions with 13 Reserve sides

2004 - 2005

49 teams formed four Divisions with 10 Reserve sides

2005 - 2006

The League Badge was introduced

2006 - 2007

The launch of the League Website: www.bostonanddistrictfootball.co.uk

2007 - 2008

Main Ridge Take-Away have been Sponsors of the Reserve Cup and League Handbook for 25 years. The League presented a Certificate in recognition to them.

2008 - 2009

The League became a Respect League signing-up to The Football Association Respect Programme.

2009 - 2011

52 teams formed four Divisions with 17 Reserve sides.

2011 - 2012

The League was awarded with their Respect Certificate by The Football Association.

2012 - 2013

53 teams formed four Divisions with 17 Reserves sides.

2013 - 2014

Sixteen Clubs have attained The Football Association Charter Standard Adult Club status.

2014 - 2015

The League presented a certificate in recognition andappreciation of 25 years as League Handbook Advertisers to Boston Electrical Services, Fenland Fastenings, Nimmo School of Motoring, Thompson & Richardson.