The West Stand at Meadow Park. Away supporters are seated at one end, to the left of the picture.

The club was a post-World War II creation, emerging out of the amalgamation of Boreham Rovers and the unlikely named Royal Retournez in 1948. Initially playing at Eldon Avenue, the move to current home Meadow Park was made in 1963.

An amateur club initially, playing in the Mid-Herts, Parthenon, Spartan and Athenian Leagues at various points, it was elected into the semi-pro Isthmian League for the 1974-75 season. There it remained, experiencing a couple of both promotion and relegation campaigns, until 2004.

Our paths didn’t cross during Yeovil Town’s first spell in the Isthmian Premier League between 1985 and 1988 as Boreham Wood had suffered one of those relegations (in 1982) before our arrival. However, we did meet in the second (1995-97) spell, with both our trips to Meadow Park yielding wins. Anyone there in November 1996 may remember midfielder Chris Seymour starting in goal complete with a bobble hat, a brace from Jerry Gill and having to run for it as home ‘supporters’ made us less than welcome at the final whistle of a 3-0 defeat.

One of the many restructurings of Non-League Football then saw The Wood transferred into the Southern League for a couple of seasons; but by 2006-07 it was back in the Isthmian.

The away terrace at Meadow Park.

In 2009-10 the club reached the play-offs for the first time and victory over Kingstonian in the Final saw it reach Conference South.

In 2014-15 more play-off success saw Boreham Wood up into the National League. Its highest achievement since has been an ultimately failed play-off campaign in 2017-18, their first ever trip to Wembley seeing them lose out to Tranmere Rovers.

After a 20th place finish in 2018-19, they made the play-offs again the following year which was cut short due to COVID-19 and final placings were decided on points per game. Having beaten FC Halifax Town in the quarter-finals, they were beaten by eventual winners Harrogate Town in the last four.

The home end (North Bank) got a roof in 2019.

In the 2020-21 campaign, where they lost twice to Yeovil Town, Wood finished 14th, two places and three points ahead of the Glovers.


Boreham: We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Aldershot Town

Date Home/Away Comp WDL Score Crowd Scorers
30/09/1995 Home ICISP L 0-1 1,283
30/04/1996 Away ICISP W 2-0 784 White, Laidlaw
12/11/1996 Away ICISP W 3-0 333 Gill (2), Kemp
15/03/1997 Home ICISP D 0-0 3,195
02/11/2019 Home NLP D 1-1 2,879 J.Smith
22/02/2020 Away NLP L 0-1 1,040
23/12/2020 Away FAT A Walkover to BW
16/02/2021 Away NLP W 3-2 0 Murphy, Reid, Neufville
17/04/2021 Home NLP W 1-0 0 Knowles
25/09/2021 Away NLP L 1-2 658 Gorman

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Boreham Wood

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
1 2 1 2 2 3 0 1 8 1 4 2 2 10 3

Boreham Wood: Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

21/08/2021 Weymouth Away NLP W 2-0 1195 Smith  9, Marsh 40
28/08/2021 Aldershot Town Home NLP W 1-0 602 Fyfield 65
30/08/2021 Dover Athletic Away NLP W 1-0 1517 Goodman 41
04/09/2021 Stockport County Home NLP D 0-0 782
11/09/2021 Bromley Away NLP W 3-2 Boden 16, Rees 54, Marsh 90
14/09/2021 FC Halifax Town Home NLP D 2-2 503 Rees 27, Boden 38
18/09/2021 Solihull Moors Away NLP L 1-3 1021 Mendy 36


CLUB GOALSCORERS

Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Marsh 2 0 0 0 0 2
Smith 1 0 0 0 0 1
Fyfield 1 0 0 0 0 1
Goodman 1 0 0 0 0 1
Boden 2 0 0 0 0 2
Rees 2 0 0 0 0 2
Mendy 1 0 0 0 0 1

 

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 782
Lowest League Attendance: 503
Average League Attendance: 629

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 2
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 3 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 3 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WDD
Away Results Sequence: WWWL Overall Results Sequence: WWWDWDL

Boreham Wood: Club Information

Meadow Park,
Broughinge Road,
Borehamwood,
Hertfordshire,
WD6 5AL.
(Click for map)

Telephone Number :020 8953 5097
Email:

Chairman: Danny Hunter
Chief Executive: Charlie Hunter
Safety Officer: Tom Coggin
Football Secretary: Dell Ward
Media Manager: Nicole Cox
Manager: Luke Garrard

Colours: White shirt with black trim, black shorts, white socks.
Nickname:
The Wood

Capacity: 4,500
Seated: 1,700
Covered Terrace: Yes (home end, away end is uncovered)
Record attendance: 4,030 (v Arsenal – friendly, July 2001)

Meadow Park hosts both Arsenal Women and youth teams along with Watford Reserves, providing some additional investment and revenue streams for the club. A 1,200 seater covered West Stand running along most of one side of the pitch was opened in 2014; and the home North Terrace redeveloped and given a roof in 2019. Total capacity is 4,500, with 1,700 seats. Not all matches are segregated, but when they are – and ours is –  visiting supporters get the South End, a mix of open terracing and flat areas, and some seating – 359 spaces in the West Stand. A flat-rate price is charged, with no differential between sitting and standing, with whatever seating is allocated to visiting fans available on a first-come-first-served basis. If that is filled there’s no other choice but being out in the open. The same turnstiles (6 and 7) for used for both the standing and seating away allocation, located in the middle of the South End.

The away terrace area might fairly be described as: old school.

Ticket Prices :

Adult (16 years and over): £20.00
OAP (over-65): £18.00
Under-16s: £12.00
Under-12s: £6.00

On-line ticket purchases – here.

Disabled Info:

Registered Disabled supporters pay the same rate as whichever of the above age categories they fit in to, with a designated Carer allowed in free on production of a valid Carer’s Card.

Wheelchair provision is in a designated area accessed through the South End and then via the West Stand. There is an adapted toilet. Entry to the stadium is by the South End turnstiles, so same place as the rest of the away support. There are eleven free Disabled parking bays available to Blue Badge holders in Brook Road Car Park which is immediately to the south of the stadium. As this is a public car park these spaces can’t be reserved and are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Programme: £3.00


Boreham Wood: Directions To The Ground

General

Borehamwood (the name was altered from Boreham Wood in 1974 but the football club has never followed suit) is right on the border of Hertfordshire and Greater London (so close it has ended up with an 020 telephone code), but just on the Herts side. The combined parish of Elstree & Borehamwood (basically if you’re West of the railway line it’s considered Elstree, East and it’s Borehamwood) has a population of around 37,000.

As the traditional home of the British film industry the name Elstree is famous and well known; the name Borehamwood decidedly isn’t. Tucked in the fork of the M1 and A1(M), it’s a decidedly odd place, almost a separate island. The rest of Hertfordshire sees it as the equivalent of Somerset’s Chard, mostly inhabited by banjo-duelling cousins married to each other’s sisters. Now living 13 miles away, it’s the closest town to home I’d purposefully avoid. Those recalling our trips in the Nineties may remember the locals as having a penchant for chucking rocks to vent their disappointment at defeat. A generation on, one can but hope the sons and daughters of those knuckle-draggers have made some evolutionary progress in the meantime.

Official Away Travel

The Green & White Supporters’ Club is running away travel to Boreham Wood on Saturday, September 25.

Details are as follows:

Members: Adults £28, Concessions £26
Non-Members: Adults £30, Concessions £28
Coach departs Huish Park: 9.15am

To book, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or email him on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

If you are getting in touch by email, please make it clear which match you are booking for and that you give your full name, the names of people that are travelling and a contact telephone number.

You may be asked to pay a £5 deposit to reserve your seat.

By Road

Meadow Park is 145 miles from Huish Park. It’s the familiar A303/M3 route, then leaving the M3 at Junction 2 and taking the M25 clockwise (northwards) round to Junction 22.

Exiting at Junction 22 use the left two lanes (signed for A1081, St Albans). At the Bell Roundabout take the 5th exit (still A1081 but going AWAY from St Albans) and after crossing the motorway at the next roundabout take the second exit on to Bell Lane (B556). At the next roundabout take the first exit to stay on the B556 for around another 500 yards. At the roundabout take the first exit on to the B5378. Following the B5378 for around three and a half miles brings you into Borehamwood. Opposite Hertswood Academy on your left is the turning onto Hartforde Road (second exit off the mini-roundabout) to your right. Turn on to Hartforde Road and follow it till the T-junction with Brook Road. At this mini-roundabout take the first exit, left on to Brook Road, and a hundred yards along you’ll see Meadow Park Football Stadium on the left.

Parking

There is no club parking for supporters at the ground. The nearest council car park is Brook Road, immediately south of the stadium and thus particularly convenient for the away end, with 143 spaces (11 of these reserved for disabled drivers). Charges are: 1 hour £1.00; 2 hours £2.00; 3 hours £3.00; 4 hours £4.00; 5 hours £5.00; anything over that £6.50. Parking is free from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. The next nearest public car park is at Hertsmere Council Civic Offices, with 391 spaces (4 here have electric charging point access should that be important for you). Terms and pricing are the same as Brook Road. This is five or six minutes walk away. For cashless payment the council’s public car parks use PayByPhone .

Further into the town centre council car parks all seem to be the same price as those above. However, on a Saturday the best parking deal (apart from on-street of course) if spending more than just the game itself in town, appears to be the Elstree & Borehamwood Railway Station car park managed by Apcoa Parking ( Car Parks – APCOA Parking ) which is a flat rate £2.80 all day at weekends – but does mean one has to walk 0.8 of a mile to Meadow Park. There are CPZ’s around Borehamwood, with one of them taking in the area around the stadium of course, though not as extensively as in some towns, so free on-street parking may well be findable.

By Rail

Having got to London, most likely from Yeovil into Waterloo, the station of Elstree & Borehamwood is served by Thameslink on the line up to St Albans City Station. The main departure stations in central London for this line are Blackfriars and St Pancras International. There’s up to four trains an hour on Saturdays, with journey times between 21 and 24 minutes from St Pancras.

Elstree & Borehamwood Railway Station falls within the Transport for London travel zone so Oyster Card, Travelcard and other TfL payments options are valid. The station is 0.8 of a mile from the stadium.

By Bus

You’re unlikely to need buses around Borehamwood. There are services from outside the Railway Station along the High Street (Shenley Road) running around every ten minutes during the day. The number to look out for that takes you nearest to the ground is the 306 from Stop B (ask for St Theresa’s School stop). The nearest stop for the 107 and 292 services is probably Elstree Studios, about six minutes walking short of the ground. Unless it’s lashing down with rain it’s probably not worth the trouble.

By Taxi

There’s a taxi rank at the Railway Station. Apart from that, amongst the many local taxi firms ABA Cars (020 8386 7777), Elstree Cars (020 3302 0384) or Herts Cars (020 8953 6166) may or may not be as good as any.


Web Sites

Boreham Wood FC – official club website.

Local Press

Borehamwood & Elstree Times 

 


Boreham Wood: Food & Drink

General

With the club bar banned to away supporters and provision within the ground limited travelling fans are likely to be thrown back on the joys of the town for sustenance, both liquid and solid. Apart from a Toby Carvery, Oaklands, just under the mile east of the stadium, everything is pretty much clustered in and just off the High Street (Shenley Road) that runs between the Railway Station and Elstree Studies. We’ve listed ALL the pubs in the town centre… because there’s only four. Yep, that’s your lot. There’s also a variety of cafés, takeaways, fast food joints and the odd restaurant strung out along Shenley Road.

Club Bar

Boreham Wood does not allow away fans entry into its clubhouse, Three Lions Bar.

Provision inside the stadium for visiting supporters is basic fare and hot drinks served from a mobile unit called Lunch Box situated in between the two terraced sections of the South End.

Local Pubs

Alfred Arms: Towards the Railway Station (western) end of Shenley Road, 0.7 miles (so bit under 15 minutes walk) from Meadow Park. Its website claims two (Adnam’s Bitter, Doom Bar and Tetley’s are mentioned as options) Real Ales. The local CAMRA branch denies any are now stocked, which given its survey of this pub was updated  2020 while the pub’s website The Alfred Arms doesn’t seem to have been updated from 2019 – since when quite a lot has happened!) seems likely to be the case. Keg is mentioned as Amstel, Carlsberg, Fosters, Guinness, John Smiths Smooth, Peroni, San Miguel, with Strongbow Dark Fruits and/or Thatcher’s Gold as the cider. Appears to do food; what and when is less clear. Has a new (opened summer 2019) decked beer garden; and plasma screens showing sports. All day opening from noon.

The Alfred Arms, 20-22 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1DR. Tel: 020 3210 1041. Map: The Alfred Arms – Google Maps.

Hart & Spool: Previously known as the Elstree Inn, the local Wetherspoon The Hart Spool is towards the eastern end of the High Street. Opening times are from 8.00 a.m. (alcohol from 9.00 p.m.) every day to 11.30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 12.30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Food served up to 11.00 p.m., children allowed until 9.00 p.m. Five Real Ales, with Ruddles Best the regular and the other four changing. Has step free access and a small outside seating/smoking area to the front. 0.4 miles, so roughly 8 minutes walk, from Meadow Park.

The Hart & Spool, 148 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1EQ. Tel: 020 8953 1883. Map:  The Hart & Spool – Google Maps.

Wellington: Private equity firm Patron Capital, in a hugely complicated deal in 2017, bought up along with partners Heineken, the Punch Taverns estate of 3,200 pubs; and then divided it between them. This one appears to have ended up as a Heineken owned pub: The Wellington. Close by Elstree & Borehamwood Railway Station, 0.8 miles (16 minutes walk) from the stadium. Cask is Molson Coors Doom Bar and London Pride from Asahi Breweries, with eleven keg taps of mainstream national and multinational beers and ciders. Food in family dining fare style (including separate Children’s Menu) served noon to 3.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. weekdays, noon to 7.00 p.m. Saturday, noon – 8.00 p.m. Sunday. Major refurbishment 2019, disabled access, Sports TV, beer garden, smoking area. Opening hours noon – 11.00 p.m. weekdays, noon – midnight Saturday, noon – 10.30 p.m. Sunday.

The Wellington, 4 Theobald Street, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 4SE. Tel: 020 8191 9366. Map: Wellington – Google Maps.

Wishing Well: Sports Bar The Wishing Well with five large screens and a video wall showing all live major sporting events. Apart from a wine list, only beers and ciders mentioned by name are all non-alcohol bottles: Heineken 0.0, Adnams Ghost Ship Alcohol Free and Old Mout Cherries & Berries Alcohol Free. Does do other stuff, as there’s a picture on the website of a bar with around five not particularly identifiable keg taps… it just can’t be bothered to say what they are.  Hunting around on its Facebook page comes up with photos of Guinness and an unspecified keg cider, so presumably they are two.  Pizzas and pies are mentioned as the food menu (though on Google maps featured as doing Thai, so who knows!). Opening hours pre-Covid were: 11 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11.00 a.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday; noon – 11.00 p.m. Sunday. The website currently has  hours as 12.00 noon – 10.00 p.m. everyday; with no indication whether this is still the case or if it has now gone back to the previous opening times. Half a mile (ten minutes walk)from the ground. [As an aside – and there’s plenty of others could make the same point about, not just the Wishing Well – staggers me that in this day and age so many places appear to think a shambolic under-informative out of date internet presence would be of any aid to their business.]

The Wishing Well, 133 – 135 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1AH. Tel: 020 8381 5158. Map: Wishing Well – Google Maps.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You?

It’s just possible one might run into – or more realistically catch a glimpse of as they sail past in their chauffeured limousines – some film or TV star off to Elstree Studios. To be honest, they’re not going to associate with the likes of us. Just as surreally, two of the top private schools in the country, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School (for Hooray Henrys) and The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School (for Gals) – note their careful use of apostrophes, they ain’t estate Comprehensives – are located there. To be honest, they’re not going to associate with the likes of us either. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the social spectrum, there’s the local residents – fingers crossed they don’t want to associate with us as they did in the past.

Top Tip

Given the lack of decent pubs one might have thought the Queen Vic on the EastEnders filming set could open its doors to thirsty members of the public. It doesn’t.  Arrive as late as possible, watch the game, leave immediately. Borehamwood – it’s grim darn Sarf.

[No responsibility is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]