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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Boreham Wood FC

Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 5AL
Telephone: 020 8953 5097
Nickname: The Wood
Southern League
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Note The Wood have won the Isthmian League title a couple of times; and have a good record in the FA Cup: having twice reached the 2nd round, and the 1st Round five times. Nevertheless, the Hertfordshire town – spelt Borehamwood – is more famous as the home of Elstree Film and Television Studios, than for its football team.

The Club however, has developed a stadium worthy of a higher level of football that it currently hosts; with Boreham Wood’s average gate of around 150 barely troubling its 4,500 capacity. Having said that it would appear that a sound strategy is in place that will give the Wood a fighting chance of hosting Conference football one day.

The current club was formed in 1948 through the amalgamation of Borehamwood Rovers and Royal Retournez; and until moving to Meadow Park in 1963 had its home in Eldon Avenue. The facilities have been continually upgraded over the past decade at a cost in excess of £1.5 million; and just as importantly there is a strong youth development policy in place, along with excellent conferencing and all-weather facilities that ensure a steady income all year ‘round.

The old main stand, built shortly after the club moved in to Meadow Park and which boasted a substantial sloping roof, was demolished in 1999. In its place is an impressive 600 cantilever replacement that provides a good view of the action; with an area of terrace adjacent.  Opposite is the original covered terrace, albeit updated in recent years. The two ends are uncovered but are well terraced, with crush barriers. The tall slender floodlight pylons are also worthy of a mention.

The record attendance was set on Friday 13 July 2001, when 4,030 spectators watched Arsenal beat Wood 2-0 in a pre-season friendly.  Arsenal Ladies play their home games at the ground. DB