Dan Wooden has officially ended his Gosport Borough career to rejoin former club Moneyfields, who have signed the popular midfielder for an undisclosed fee.
Wooden, 26, leaves with the Club’s very best wishes after recently submitting a transfer request. This evening the necessary paperwork was completed, to officially end a fairy tale stay at the Club which has spanned seven years, over 300 appearances and many memorable moments.
Dan joined the Boro whilst they were in the Southern League South & West as a fresh faced teenager and went onto to firmly write himself in Boro’s history books.
Wooden was an integral part of the Promotion winning squad of 2011/12 which saw the-then Gosport squad gain promotion to the Southern Premier Division via the Play Offs.
But it was the following season where his exploits truly made all the difference. He partnered Rory Williams up front in the absence of talismanic striker Justin Bennett and between them, scored well over 30 goals as they terrorised countless defences in the Premier Division. Their goals propelled Boro up the division into the top five with an astonishing 23 match unbeaten run and a Play Off place was secured.
Another Play Off campaign beckoned and it was Wooden’s goal in the semi final at Stourbridge that set Gosport on course for the never-to-be forgotten final at Hemel Hempstead. Boro were promoted via a penalty shoot out after the game had ended 2-2 after extra time.
The following season in the Conference South saw Wooden feature prominently once again. The fairy tale run to Wembley was entwined with another good season for him and the popular midfielder played a part under the arch as a second half substitute in Gosport’s 4-0 defeat against Cambridge United.
The following two seasons saw Wooden score some spectacular goals including memorable efforts against Hayes & Yeading, Ebbsfleet United but most memorably against Havant & Waterlooville in the Boxing Day derby a year ago.
This strike propelled Dan to national fame, as T.V Stations and numerous newspapers and magazines publicised the wonder strike. Recently, Dan became a father for the first time as his time at the Club began to come to an end. Wooden played his final game for The Boro’ away at Ebbsfleet United a fortnight ago, the end of an era.
Gosport Borough F.C passes on its sincerest gratitude to Dan for his many achievements and long service to the Club. The Club wish him and his family the very best for the future. He will be sorely missed.