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> 2003/2004 > Boston announce
United announce manned mission to Mars by 2050
NASA's Spirit probe sitting proudly on the surface of Mars, the eyes of
the world have turned once more to the Red Planet and the search for life
believer is Boston United General Manager John Blackwell who yesterday,
before an audience of world-wide dignitaries and international media,
announced the club's own plans for a manned mission to Mars by 2050.
''I stand before you today,' Blackwell said, 'not as the secretary of a no-name League club in South Lincolnshire, but as an ambassador for planet Earth itself. We choose to go to Mars... we choose to go to Mars, not because it is easy - because believe me it isn't; it's much harder than getting promoted from the Nationwide Conference for example.'
Boston Borough Council, despite rejecting plans for a new stadium, approved the ambitious project, promising logistical aid and the supply of BosKat, the ex-Boston Standard kids mascot, for PR purposes.
plan calls for the demolition of York Street, and the surrounding town,
in order to make way for the construction of a huge research facility
and launching platform. Pilgrim Hospital will be blown up and patients
forced into large labour camps.
The lucky astronauts have already been earmarked, with Paul Bastock the likely mission commander and ex-Pilgrims winger Simon Armstrong, who is educated to A-Level standard, leading the science team.
The estimated cost of such a venture is in excess of £320 trillion. Pat Malkinson has pledged a loan of £123,000 (165% APR) and Batemans have agreed to sponsor the mission. Wyberton Parish Council have already approved an annual local levy of £66.2 million per household.
Boston boss Neil Thompson said the club was ready to stage the mission as soon as the go ahead was given.
'The sooner we concentrate on anything other than soccer, the better,' Thompson said.
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