Exclusive: Boreham Wood out to repay chairman and fans’ trust with Dream Cup run


Oyalty is a “big deal” for Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard and on Saturday he looks to repay the support shown by his chairman Danny Hunter by guiding the club to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Hunter immediately informed everyone at Boreham Wood that he would be paid 100 percent of his salary – despite football being shut down.

Employees also had weekly food in store for them, with Hunter transporting it to the training ground so they wouldn’t have to run the risk of catching the virus by going to the supermarket.

In the end, Hunter had to re-mortgage his home to cover the costs of the pandemic, but Garrard insisted Saturday’s FA Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon was not about paying some of those costs. Is.

“He had to mortgage his house, but he’ll tell you this isn’t the cup to fill the run void,” Garrard told Standard Sport.

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“This cup run is for making memories. He keeps saying, now the years are passing and the things that tickle him are the memories and magical moments.

“I just want to give him one more Saturday, what he has done for me, my family and the people of this football club.”

Garrard has experienced loyalty elsewhere during his career, namely in Saturday’s opponents. The former midfielder spent four years at AFC Wimbledon during his playing days, becoming a cult hero for episodes such as keeping a clean sheet when he was forced to go goal for half due to an injury crisis.

Those were the early days of the Dons, when the club had just reformed, and Garrard held them close to his heart.

He lives in a huge WhatsApp group with many players of the time and, pre-Covid, Christmas drinks were a regular occurrence as they will remember the good times they spent winning the Isthmian League and Conference South together.

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