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Reckless Guide | Boreham Wood

24 December 2018

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BOREHAM WOOD
 
The Vanarama National League
Monday 26th December
 
Kick Off: 1.00 pm
 
Ground: 
Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood Hertfordshire WD6 5AL Telephone:
0208 953 5097 
Club Colours:
White and Black
Nickname:
The Wood
 
Key Personnel:
The current Gaffer is Luke Garrard who has been at the club as Manager since October 2014. He started as a Youth at Tottenham before spells with Swindon Town, Wimbledon and Borehamwood (where he made over 150 appearances). I do believe he is the youngest manager in the top five Pyramid?
 
Brief Directions by Road:
From the A1 north or southbound exit at the A5135 Elstree Way signposted Borehamwood town centre. Carry straight on at the two mini roundabouts and you should see the Police, Fire, and Ambulance stations on the left. On the right, you will pass the Venue Leisure Complex. At the next roundabout take the second exit (Brook Road) which is also signposted Borehamwood FC. Just after the pay and display car park on your right turn right into Broughinge Road and follow the road around to the right and the club’s main entrance will be on your right.
 
Car Parking:
The Car Park at the ground is for Officials only but the aforementioned Brook Road pay and display is behind the South Terrace. £2.20 for three hours or £5.20 for the day. The immediate surrounding streets are residents only and there are many restrictions locally but there is parking available.
 
Directions by Train and Bus:
The nearest station is Elstree and Borehamwood. Turn right out of the station and continue through Borehamwood High Street (Shenley Road). After about a mile you will pass one of the unmentionable Scottish sounding burger joints before turning left into Brook Road at the roundabout and then follow the directions above.
 
The 107 bus route from Barnet Church stops outside Elstree Studios which is a 5-minute walk to the ground
 
Eating and Drinking Locally:
The Three Lions bar at the club is for home fans only. The club recommends the town centre Hart and Spool Wetherspoons which is 10 minutes walk from the ground or the Wishing Well. There are numerous pubs and eats locally.
 
Ground Description:
The club moved from their Eldon Avenue ground to Broughinge Road in 1963.
 
Arsene Wenger officially opened the West Stand in 2014 which replaced the old covered terrace. It is a smart structure with room for around 1,200. It has quite a steep rake from its eight steps and therefore good viewing lines. The Main Stand opposite has been in existence since 1999 and holds around 500. Both ends are shallow uncovered terraces and our home for the afternoon will be the South Terrace and some seating in the West Stand but this is to be confirmed.
 
Admission Prices:
Tickets are now on sale from Boreham Wood online ticket office. There is a £2 price rise on the day
 
Advance:
Adults £18.00 - Concession £13.00 - Under 18 £8.00
 
Please note there will be a £1.00 booking fee added to these prices.
 
Our Last Meeting & Memories:
 
In 2012 we met in a pre-season friendly but competitively...
 
Distress at the Herts Senior Cup Semi Final in February 2004. An early goal from Soloman Henry and a Tony Taggart effort put Barnet in control but Wood pulled the tie back to 2-2 for good old extra time. Guess who lost 3-2 with a goal in injury time?
 
In fact, we have only faced The Wood in Herts Senior Cup ties over the years apart from a meeting in the world famous Studio Cup in October 1973. Barnet easily won the first leg 4-1 at Underhill thanks to goals from Les Eason (2), Tony Turley and Dickie Plume. The competition was held in such high esteem that the second leg was never played! I always thought that the reason was that we had a pressing top of the table Southern Premier clash at Grantham the following week or that Barry Silkman's hair hadn't dried in time (a really silly joke for us real oldies – sorry).
 
Overnight Stay Factor:
 
You are kidding, aren't you?
 
Celebrity Watch:
 
This should be more like ‘Soap Watch’ as the area is littered with fake Cockney’s who star in BBC1’s EastEnders which is filmed locally. The ground has been used as a scene backdrop on numerous occasions. Barnet legend of the 1980’s John Margerrison was born in the Wood, spread it Marge!
 
The list of world-famous celebrities who have been spotted in the Wood is mind-boggling - Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, Raquel Welch, Reg Varney, Christopher Lee, Jack Nicholson, Bob Hoskins, Sean Connery, Gregory Peck, Christopher Reed, Carrie Fisher, and Nina Baden-Semper. It is rather spooky that they have all been seen in the same small area i.e. the vicinity in and around the world famous Elstree Film Studios which has produced numerous blockbusting films over the years. The old studios are just an Eddie Stein corner kick from the ground.

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