Taylor was so appalled by his players efforts that he decided to
employ a shock tactic used to great effect by Gary Megson at Nottingham
Forest two years ago, shortly before he was sacked.
And the man he picked was Doug Hutson, already a familiar name amongst
about a dozen Boston fans after he was selected, completely at random
and ahead of every single other person in the entire world, to hand
ex-goalkeeper Andy Marriott an award earlier this year.
“I’m not even a Boston fan,” Hutson admitted.
“I was in Leigh on business. I’d just eaten a lukewarm
lamb and mint bake from Greggs as I was passing the ground and mentioned
in passing that the pastry item was substantially below my expectations
and it just wasn’t good enough.”
raging Taylor, overhearing the remark and mistaking it for a critical
indictment of his players' efforts, hauled Hutson into the dressing
room to deliver his damning verdict in a face-to-face dressing down
of the underperforming Pilgrims players.
on, let ‘em 'ave it then!” the normally laid-back Taylor
is alleged to have ordered Hutson, telling the incredibly fortuitous
winner: “I’ve told ‘em all that wuz a load of
Watford Gap but they all ‘fort I was havin’ a Steffi
Graf….Oi, siddaahn Craney, you ain't got a Danny La Rue mate.
Sod the lotta ya. I’m gonna go sit on the Uncle Gus wiv me
loaf in me brass band. Bosh!”
the despairing boss having retreated to the team coach, it was Hutson
who was left with the unenviable task of facing a squad of despondent
United players and delivering a tactical debrief on their pitiful
“I offered around what was left of my lamb and mint bake,
but no-one seemed interested. Apart from one big bloke,” Hutson
told impsTALK.co.uk today.
it might have been, but Tommy Taylor’s stunt has not been
warmly received in all quarters. Important Boston fan Bob Mugfret-Fishhead
was left incandescent with rage when he heard the news, believing
himself to be a far more worthy, and important, candidate to spew
forth of a torrent of vile abuse at the United players.
been following Boston come rain, snow or shine for thirty years,”
he roared. “I’ve called Jim Kabia a [snip - ed],
I told Dave Cusack to [snip - ed] my [snip - ed]
with an [snip - ed] and I invited Steve Evans to [snip
- ed] his [snip - ed] with a [snip - ed]
and a lubricated snooker ball. And not once have I ever been invited
into the dressing room. How come this Doug Hutson gets all the luck?"
guess I was just in the right place at the right time,” the
Lucky Competition Winner shrugged.