FC Halifax Town will be looking to bounce back from defeat when Boreham Wood visit the MBi Shay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Good Friday loss to AFC Fylde was The Shaymen’s first in 7 outings, as well as the first under the management of Jamie Fullarton.
The Wood come here chasing promotion, currently sitting in 3rd place in the league table.
Here are 10 things of note about our opponents:
- The club were founded in 1948, when Boreham Rovers and Royal Retournez merged, meaning that Boreham Wood will be celebrating its 70th anniversary come the end of the current season.
- Having played at Eldon Avenue for their first 15 years of existence, Boreham Wood moved to Meadow Park in 1963, where they have stayed ever since. The 4,500-capacity stadium is also used by Premier League clubs, with Arsenal Women and Youth Teams, and Watford Reserves all using the ground for their home games.
- The current record attendance for a home game was set in July 2001, when a friendly against The Gooners attracted 4,030 punters through the turnstiles.
- At the time of publishing, Boreham Wood currently sit in 3rd position in the Vanarama National League. Should the club remain within the playoff spots, they are set to smash their record finish in the league which was set in 2016/17 when they ended the campaign in 11th.
- The current manager of The Wood is Luke Garrard, who has sat in the dugout at Meadow Park since October 2015. The 32-year-old, who made 140 appearances for the club in his playing days, holds the accolade of the youngest manager in England’s top 5 divisions.
- Garrard was able to lead his men to the Second Round of the FA Cup this campaign, equalling the club record for performance in the tournament. Along the way they upset the odds by knocking former-Premier League side Blackpool out of the competition with a 2-1 win but were eventually humbled by Coventry City in a 3-0 defeat.
- Boreham Wood possess 2 full internationals within their roster of players. Winger Ricky Shakes has made 14 appearances for Guyana since 2011, while Keiran Murtagh has represented Antigua and Burbuda 22 times since 2010.
- The Hertfordshire town of Borehamwood, in which the club is situated, was once referred to as the ‘British Hollywood’ due to the large number of film studios that it was once home to. Today, only the Elstree Studios, where Who Wants to Be A Millionaire was filmed, and BBC Elstree Centre remain.
- Famous flicks such as The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the original Star Wars trilogy were all partially filmed in the town at the Associated British Studios. Unfortunately, if you try to visit the set today you would only find a Tesco supermarket, with that particular studio being demolished in the 80’s.
- Notable people who have called Borehamwood home include Simon Cowell, The Kink’s Ray Davies, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood and TV chef Gino D’Acampo.
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