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PILGRIMS SNUBBED BY LEAGUE
Latics promotion 'deserved' says Mark
Malkinson: 'We need a new ground'
Premier League Champions Boston United have missed out on promotion to
the Football League after Wigan Athletic were sensationally elected to
Division Four today. The Latics will replace Southport after applying
for membership 28 times previously.
'I have no idea why I felt compelled to say that,' the talented youngster said. 'But had Boston been promoted with their ground it would have been a disgrace - a dark stain on the dank underbelly of football.'
Back in Boston, United chairman Ernest Malkinson spoke of his disappointment, laying the blame squarely on the state of York Street.
‘Look at this dump,’ Malkinson said. ‘Football moves on. These days you can’t get away with a pitch and partially flooded dressing rooms. No, you need a roof, drainage, seats and basic sanitation. Quite frankly, if Boston United is to reach its full potential we are going to need a new ground.’
The charismatic chairman also admitted that the crushing disappointment had shaken his faith in football and he'd had second thoughts about continuing his family's long ownership of the Pilgrims.
'Part of me does wonder if Boston needs a professional team,' he said. 'The future is in the Braves speedway team, I'm telling you. I could invest in that. Or the expanding port - I'm sure there's good money there. And that Haven Cinema is going places, I reckon it'll be the East Midland's premier entertainment complex by 1990. Believe me.'
Fans gathered outside York Street to console each other. Important Boston fan Bob Mugfret-Fishhead, 20, was furious at the Latic's elevation.
'In all the three years I've been watching the likes of tin-pot teams like Macclesfield or Scarborough it's been in the knowledge that, at some point, we would be elected into the league,' he spat. 'And now they tell us the ground's not good enough? What do we have to do to get in for God's sake? Bribe and cheat our way into the League?'
fan and club secretary John Blackwell attempted toput a positive spin
on Wigan's promotion. 'I'm sure in 27 years or so we'll look back on this
and have a chuckle,' he said. 'I very much doubt this will haunt us at
all. Let's put this in perspective for a moment: the Soviet Union could
unleash a barrage of nuclear warheads tomorrow and we'd forget about this
in an instant.'
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