York Street

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York Street
York Street Photo.JPG
Full name The Jakemans Stadium
Location York Street, Boston, Lincolnshire,
England, PE21 6JN
Opened 1933
Owner Malkinson Family
Capacity 6,643
Tenants
Boston United F.C.

York Street, currently styled as The Jakemans Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football stadium in Boston, England, and is the home ground of Boston United. Originally called Shodfriars Lane, football has been played on the site since the late 19th century by a variety of Boston teams, but it has been used by Boston United since 1933. In the late 1970s the ground was rebuilt. Although the ground currently has a maximum capacity of 6,643, the record crowd is 11,000 against Derby County. 10 further attendances of more than 8,000 are on record.

History[edit]

The ground has stood in the centre of the town of Boston since the 19th century, and has been given a variety of names since its construction. For 40 years before York Street's current tenants, Boston United were founded it was known as 'Main Ridge'.

In the mid-1950s the York Street Stand was built, and the ground's first floodlights were installed. These were first played under in 1955, when over 9,000 fans watched Bostons first floodlit game against Corby Town. The new floodlights, erected in each of the four corners of the ground, allowed the Pilgrims to play in various floodlit competitions.

In 1977 York Street failed an inspection for league grading, leading to local fundraising in 1978 which resulted in new terracing, stands, floodlights, toilets, turnstiles and snack bars.

In March 2009 Boston United F.C. announced that the ground had been renamed to 'The Jakemans Stadium', following a sponsorship deal with Sutterton-based Jakemans Confectioners[1]

Stands[edit]

Fantasy Island Stand[edit]

The Fantasy Island Stand is situated to the north of the pitch. It is entered through turnstiles 1 and 2 and has an all seated capacity of 1,323. It also holds the Directors' seating and dugouts.

Benton Brothers York Street Stand[edit]

The Benton Brothers York Street Stand is situated to the east of the pitch. The right-hand side of this stand is reserved for away supporters, who are accommodated by flat terracing as well as the benches above. Entry for this section is through turnstiles 3 and 4. Home supporters access the stand through turnstiles 5 and 6. It is an unusual stand with both terracing near the pitch and seating above and behind. Its capacity is 1,435 with 503 seated. The players' changing rooms, tunnel, boardroom, medical centre and pressbox are housed here.

Spayne Road Terrace[edit]

The Spayne Road Terrace is situated to the south of the pitch. Turnstiles 5 and 6 are used for entry. It is a low terrace running the full length of the pitch with a capacity of 2,064.

The Jakemans Stand[edit]

The Town End Terrace is situated to the west of the pitch. Formerly reserved for away fans, it is now allocated as a home stand. Supporters enter through turnstiles 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. It has a maximum capacity of 1,821.

Ground Grading[edit]

The ground has a Grade A certificate, meaning that it fulfills the Football League ground requirements. For this, the club had to install temporary seats in the centre of the Benton Brothers York Street End during their spell in the Football League, according to former Chairman Jon Sotnick. The ground's Grade A status means that all matches held there must be segregated.

Lease[edit]

Boston United F.C. has 9 years left on the ground's land lease. The ground is rented from the Malkinson family. The land cannot be developed before the lease ends, unless Boston United no longer exist or have found an alternative home. The land is owned by the Malkinson family, however the stands are owned by Boston United.

Other uses[edit]

The ground has been used for a variety of other purposes besides football matches. It is also currently used as the club's offices, and the Supporters' Trust hold meetings in its Boardroom. Public meetings have been held inside the ground, as have Community Days and fireworks displays.

'The Boston United Sports Bar' is located in the ground's car park. In March 2009 the club took over the running of the bar, which has provision for drinks, pool, and television.

York Street held its most recent international match on 5 March 2009. England Under-18 Schoolboys beat Wales Under-18 Schoolboys 3-0, with a pre-match Japanese drum display and half-time cheer-leading routine taking place on the pitch.

Transport[edit]

Boston is the nearest railway station to the ground; it is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away and sign posted throughout the town.

Road travel to the ground from outside the area is by the A1 and the A17 Sleaford to Boston road. From the town access to York Street is along John Adams Way and Main Ridge. The ground's car park is for permit holders only. Public parking is on the surrounding roads or at an NCP car park off John Adams Way.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club History - History 3", Bostonunited.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2012

Coordinates: 52°58′36.43″N 0°1′8.82″W / 52.9767861°N 0.0191167°W / 52.9767861; -0.0191167