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‘Incredible’ non-league Boreham Wood stun Bournemouth in FA Cup

London (AFP) – Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard hailed his “incredible” non-league minnows after they shocked Championship side Bournemouth with a 1-0 win in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

Mark Ricketts’ first half goal at Dean Court sent Boreham Wood into the fifth round for the first time as they demonstrated the FA Cup’s renowned knack for producing stunning upsets.

Boreham Wood, currently in fifth place in the fifth tier National League, are the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

But Bournemouth, third in the Championship, paid the price for a lethargic display that suggested they were prioritising their push for promotion back to the Premier League.

Boreham Wood, yet to concede a goal in this season’s FA Cup, will face Frank Lampard’s Everton in the last 16 at Goodison Park.

Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter had to remortgage his house to help the club keep going during the coronavirus lockdown.

Their emotional journey from the brink of financial ruin to FA Cup glory reduced Garrard to tears of joy during the post-match celebrations.

“I’m on top of the world, the emotions at the minute are incredible. I’m going to get emotional, they are unbelievable these boys,” Garrard said.

“I was buzzing we scored the goal and I was quite content if we lost 4-1 or 5-1, just because I saw our crowd go mental.

“We rode our luck. To go and finish that and have the scenes we did towards the end was incredible.

“I love Frank Lampard. To be able to pit my wits against him, it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

– ‘Absolutely massive’ –

After sixth-tier Kidderminster Harriers came within seconds of knocking out West Ham before eventually losing in extra-time on Saturday, Boreham Wood proved FA Cup underdogs can still have their moment in the spotlight.

Despite their lowly status, Boreham Wood were by far the more threatening team in the first half and they drew first blood in the 38th minute. 

Ricketts slotted his low shot in off the post after Bournemouth could only clear a cross to the edge of the area.

It was only the 37-year-old’s second goal in over 200 appearances, with the Boreham Wood captain needing injections just to play in the game after a recent injury.

“It’s huge, absolutely massive,” Ricketts said. “I knew the adrenaline would help and drive me through the game and it definitely did.

“Coming into this game there was a lot of interest in the club and the community, and now to go away to Goodison Park there will be even more interest drummed up in the club and I think it’s fantastic.”

Philip Billing should have equalised in the second half when he burst through on goal, only to lob his shot onto the roof of the net.

Bournemouth left their top scorer Dominic Solanke on the bench until the last 14 minutes and his belated arrival came too late to rescue the Cherries.

Boreham Wood keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond made a superb double save to preserve the lead as he kept out Ryan Christie’s shot and Billing’s follow-up header.

There was almost last-second drama but Solanke turned to fire inches wide.

Moments later, the final whistle sparked wild celebrations from Boreham Wood’s disbelieving players and fans.

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  1. greg

    February 8, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Great story on Boreham in the Guardian from 2/7

    http://www.theguardian com/sport/2022/feb/07/boreham-wood-lampard-everton-fa-cup-bournemouth

  2. greg

    February 7, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    @Ilya, I think that might have been the reference I heard, to total money for Boreham given an away fixture to Everton, both the guarantee and gate split. By the time of that match, the draw had already been completed so they knew it would be away at Goodison.

    On Football Weekly today they noted how the payout will be great for Boreham at Everton, very different than playing Bournemouth away since Vitality Stadium is so small.

  3. Ilya

    February 7, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Also don’t forget gate revenue. For example if they go away and face team that has 90000 ppl in the stands they will get revenue for 45000 ppl in attendance

  4. John Culea

    February 7, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the numbers.

  5. Yespage

    February 7, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Prize per round at the FA Cup website. They get 82,000 pounds for getting into the Round of 16. That is on top of the 70,000 or so pounds for getting to the Round of 32. 90,000 pounds to each winner in the Round of 16.

  6. greg

    February 7, 2022 at 10:50 am

    @john – The Price of Football is a great pod for football finances, and they often get questions re: FA Cup impact for lower tier teams. Depending on how you listen to pods, you can see the episode description where they list the main topics covered.

    I could be wrong, but towards the end of the Boreham match yesterday I thought I heard the announcers say something like 90K pounds for the next round? More if it’s on TV which it’s likely to be.

  7. John Culea

    February 7, 2022 at 10:08 am

    I would like to have read an estimate of the financial gain Boreham Wood will get from their game at Everton, what the team budget is now, and a listing of some player salaries compared with the Goo’s. Good to see the minnows still alive in the big pond.

  8. Yespage

    February 7, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Always fun to cheer for the little clubs. Kidderminster was so close, first to winning out right (a couple of minutes) and then on to penalties (less than a minute). That was rough. It is particularly cool because any sort of run in the FA Cup is big bucks for these clubs, and especially in these days, the small clubs can use as much sustaining income as they can get.

  9. michael babb

    February 6, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    I am a huge Premiere League fan and have been for years but I love the FA Cup. You start with the minnows and play and win your way up. The way it’s seeded is fair and the best teams have an advantage in placement. I do however love the story of the underdogs winning their win into possible glory. It’s great for fans and it’s great for sports. Soccer in general. Even though my team Liverpool is still in int. I will root for Boreham Wood. Go wood army!!!

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