Gainsborough Trinity apologise and draw a line under Housham’s inbreeding joke about Boston

Gainsborough Trinity vs Aston Utd. Trinity manager Steve Housham
Gainsborough Trinity vs Aston Utd. Trinity manager Steve Housham

Gainsborough Trinity have issued an apology for remarks made about Boston by boss Steve Housham, and now consider the matter closed.

The football club posted a statement on their website, addressing a joke made by Housham on BBC radio, in which he suggested inbreeding among Boston’s population.

Speaking to BBC Radio Lincolnshire about his side’s 1-0 defeat by Boston United, Housham said: The only thing to be scared about from Boston is going out with the same amount of fingers you went in with.”

The station’s Rob Makepeace apologised for the remark and offered Housham the chance to do likewise.

However, the Blues manager didn’t backtrack on his comment, instead adding: “Dennis (Greene, Boston manager) calls me what he likes, so I’m allowed.”

But on Sunday Trinity made the following statement: “In light of recent comments made to the media, on this occasion the club wish to make it known that the views expressed are not those of Gainsborough Trinity Football Club as a whole.

“And we unreservedly apologise for any offence caused by those comments.

“Despite an understanding that the manager has a right to reply, we feel it only right to draw a line under this matter and move forward.

“We continue to be committed to developing and growing as a fully inclusive, community club; which together we will be able to do.”

There appears to be no love lost between Trinity’s Housham and Boston counterpart Dennis Greene.

Greene was quoted after the derby match as saying Trinity lacked ambition and should have been routed by the Pilgrims.

When asked if the post-match fall-out would affect the two managers’ friendship by Makepeace, Housham responded by asking ‘what friendship?’

Speaking after Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Lowestoft, Greene said: “I think that’s hurt him. I don’t think I’ll be on his Christmas card list next year.”

Gainsborough beat the Pilgrims twice earlier in the season, knocking them out of the FA Cup and sending them home empty handed from the Martin and Co Arena.

Following the game in Boston last Monday a yob smashed the window of a Trinity coach.

The Blues chairman Richard Kane condemned the vandalism, saying the individual had “brought shame” on non-league football.

“It is not the 1970s, you do not expect something like this to happen,” he told the Standard.