Exclusive Interview: England C International and Boston United Captain Scott Garner

Since initially joining Boston United on loan in July 2013, Scott Garner put pen to paper to secure his future at York Street in the Summer of 2014. Garner has gone onto become The Pilgrims captain whilst making over 40 appearances for the Conference North side.

The 25 year old defender started his career as a trainee at Leicester City where he was sent out on loan in 2008 to earn first team experience at Ilkeston Town before a permanent move to Mansfield Town and Grimsby Town followed. After successful spells at both clubs Garner signed for Cambridge United in 2012 but only made five appearances for the U’s which lead to another loan deal, this time at Lincoln City where he remained for the 2012/13 season. Following a loan spell at Boston United the powerful defender signed a two-year contract in 2014 where he has successfully captained the Lincolnshire side to 4th* in the Conference North.

Captain, Scott Garner (Right)
Captain, Scott Garner (Right)

(* = as of 14/04/2015).

This has been a successful season for Boston United, currently placed in fourth. How do you aim to secure promotion to the Conference? We know we’ve just got to keep playing as we are and if we win our next five games we win promotion as simple as that.

What has been the best part of your season? I think we’re in the best part of the season right now. We really do feel and perform like the best team in the league, confidence is high.

Where do you see Boston in five years? When looking at Boston in five years I’m sure will be in a positive position. It’s hard to say what league but let’s hope one or two above. But like I said in the new stadium with really good attendances every week and the same mentally and positive attitude around the place. It’s a great place to be.

Being Boston captain is a big responsibility, what advice do you have for any young captains out there? Being captains a major honour. I think you just have to lead by example don’t ask others to do something you wouldn’t yourself, show them how willing you are to work, people respect that and as a team we have awesome spirit and wouldn’t let each other down so it’s easy being captain.

Scott Garner
Scott Garner

Where could you improve your personal game the most? I’d like to improve my finishing so I’m putting away every opportunity possible to score goals and win games.

You’re currently 25 years old, where do you see yourself in 10 years? It’s hard to say, I’ll be hoping to still be playing at 35 and hopefully at Boston in the new stadium.

You have had a number of loan spells at different clubs including Ilkeston, Alfreton, Lincoln, and Boston. How important is a loan deal in a players development? Loans are good, you always want to be playing football, and you will find your own path and end up in the right place.

What’s the proudest moment of your career? My proudest moment would be captaining England C but if we win promotion this year that will dwarf that 100%.

Scott Garner
Scott Garner

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