Boreham Wood have confirmed that Vic Akers OBE has joined the club’s coaching staff as they look to arrest a recent spell of poor form that has seen them tumble down the National League table.
Akers, 72, left Arsenal last summer after more than three decades at the club. He spent 22 years in charge of the Gunners women’s team, which he founded in 1987, winning an unprecedented 32 major honours along the way. He was also a regular on the first team bench alongside Arsene Wenger as part of his kit man duties.
Vic, who was recently crowned the first British adult to wear shorts every day for 50 years, is set to work alongside manager Luke Garrard for the final 12 games of the season with the sole aim of helping the 33-year-old keep Boreham Wood up.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Vic said: “We have got 12 games to go and they are going to be 12 cup finals for us. [Chairman] Danny [Hunter] thought that it would be a good idea if I was to come in and Luke [Garrard] agreed with it.
“It is certainly a nice challenge to come back into the game and use my experience for Luke, because obviously there are one or two things that I see that he maybe doesn’t, because he is so involved. With me coming in from the outside, it is maybe a bit different.
“I have already picked one or two things out today, so let’s hope we can turn it around and get the results we need – maybe four wins I think would do it for us.
“The most important thing for us is to not get beat. If we take a point out of every game, that is 12 points and we would be safe, which is important to us.”
Arsenal have a close relationship with Boreham Wood with the Women’s side playing their home matches at Meadow Park. You’ll also remember we took part in a pre-season game there last summer.
We wish Vic and the Wood all the best for the rest of the season.
Lmao never knew a kit man could be an OBE. Boreham Wood really does take anything and anyone we give em
If you actually knew your ‘facts’ you would know that Vic worked as coach of Arsenal Women’s manager and was a player before that. He also got his OBE for setting up Arsenal in the community in the late 80s and for services to football.
He’s actually Arsenal’s most successful ever Manager?
Can you not just get off our site mr facts? Or failing that, engage your brain before you type.
I’ve not seen a decent comment from you yet.
Please, just go away. You are churlish, intemperate, and ignorant.
He’s widely respected and a legend at Arsenal you muppet.
you absolute pipe
Should have replaced Wenger.
Vic has Akers of experience to offer morning wood, I mean Boreham Wood.
“keep Boreham Wood up.“
bergkampesque is back..
Too bad the Emery era got rid many of the coaches during the Wenger era. However, Boreham Wood needs a good coach to bring them up the league ladder.
Unfortunately most of those coaches were a similar age to Wenger
Even in minus 20C in some away game in Belarus, Vic would be sitting on the bench in shorts! He was the toughest man ever associated with the club!
Looks like he likes one or two down the Vic. (sarc)
The game is in his blood. Good luck to him – and BW.
Good luck Vic, legend.
Strange that the club is called “Boreham Wood” but the place has always been Borehamwood? At least in my lifetime anyway. Can anyone shed light on this?
Looks like they were originally a different name and merged – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boreham_Wood_F.C.