Boston United extend York Street lease

Pilgrims given permission to host play-off contest at stadium...

York Street. Photo: David Dales

Boston United's love affair with York Street is not yet over... after the club were given permission to extend their lease in order to compete in the National League North play-offs.

The Pilgrims were due to officially leave the town centre stadium, their home since the club's inception in 1933, today as they prepare to move to their under-construction Jakemans Community Stadium.

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However, with the club due to compete in the play-offs - pushed back due to the break in the season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic - chairman David Newton has confirmed that an agreement has been struck with the Malkinson family to stage the home play-off fixture(s) at York Street.

“I am delighted that our game(s) will be held at York Street,” Mr Newton told bufc.co.uk.

“I am extremely grateful to the Malkinson family for their very generous offer of the use of The Jakemans Stadium and I hope that we can deliver a fitting end to our time at York Street, albeit sadly without supporters being present.

“The fixtures at York Street are still subject to making sure that the stadium can be made Covid-secure and we will now work on those processes, which will then need to be approved by the National League, so there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We are still hopeful that BT Sport will cover the games, either live or via their streaming service, but again we await confirmation from the National League.

“We are now moving much closer to enabling us to finish this great season on the pitch and we will continue to work hard to try to give our fans and the old stadium a fantastic end to the season.”

United will host the winners of Brackley Town versus Gateshead on ‪July 25‬ or 26.

If they win that contest they will face either York City, Chester or Altrincham. United would travle to York, who finished above the Pilgrims, or host either of the other two sides.