Arsenal club legend Vic Akers OBE has joined Boreham Wood’s coaching staff as ‘an integral part of Luke Garrard’s senior management team.’

Akers presided over an era of emphatic dominance for Arsenal Ladies in the English women’s game, as well as working with the Gunners’ men’s first team in over three decades of service for the North London club. Leading the women’s team to 32 major trophies, he worked as head of Arsenal’s community programme before taking on the role of kit man with the men’s side.

It was at Boreham Wood that his Arsenal team won the UEFA Women’s Cup (now Champions League) in their unprecedented quadruple-winning campaign of 2006/07.

A long-time friend of Wood chairman Danny Hunter, he has now joined Luke Garrard’s management team, and the 72-year-old said the following:

“I spoke with Danny and obviously I have watched a game or two down here and I have always had the invite from Danny to come down and watch games. We are really good friends and obviously in the last few weeks, results have changed a wee bit.

“After a good start, it seems to have dropped away a bit, which is disappointing for him and for Lukey (manager Luke Garrard). I regard Luke as one of the best young managers around; certainly in non-league football he is probably up there with the best.

“It is unusual that they should be in this position now, because we are down in the bottom ten and only three or four points away from actually being in danger.

“We have got 12 games to go and they are going to be 12 cup finals for us. Danny thought that it would be a good idea if I was to come in and Luke agreed with it.”

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