FA Women’s Super League champions Arsenal are a club who hold a rich history in the women’s game.
The Gunners hold most records in this country including three FA Women’s Super League titles, 12 FA Women’s Premier League National Division titles, 14 Women’s FA Cups and five FA Women’s Continental League Cups just to name a few. That is before we start talking about the goals and assists of current forward Vivianne Miedema or the number of matches won by legendary boss Vik Akers in a stint in charge which lasted for more than two decades.
As part of FA Women’s Super League Full-Time’s ‘Full-Time February’ initiative, we take a look at the facts behind The Gunners’ home of Meadow Park in Boreham Wood.
1963 – Meadow Park was built in 1963, 24 years before the formation of Arsenal Women. original tenants Boreham Wood FC moved into the stadium from their former home of Eldon Avenue.
33 years – Arsenal have enjoyed playing at Boreham Wood themselves since their formation. The Gunners initially moved in on a temporary basis before making the move a more permanent arrangement in the early 1990s.
4,500 – The attendance of Meadow Park is currently 4,500 which includes 1,700 seats.
2019 – The new North Bank terrace was opened in 2019, sharing the name of one of the stands from Arsenal’s traditional former home of Highbury. The Gunners opened the stand with a pre-season friendly against FC Barcelona last summer.
2001 – The record attendance at Meadow Park is 4,030 which was recorded in a pre-season friendly between Boreham Wood and Arsenal’s men’s sides in 2001. This record was recently ran close by Arsenal who saw 4,000 fans attend their FA Women’s Super League fixture with Chelsea.
11 – Meadow Park was recently the scene of the FA Women’s Super League’s record victory, a 11-1 success for Arsenal against Bristol City in which striker Miedema hit two hat-tricks and provided four assists.
0.3 – Just 0.3 miles separate Meadow Park and the BBC’s Elstree Studios. The original recording studios in Boreham Wood were situated on the same street as the football club’s former ground.
1993 – Arsenal won their first league title at Boreham Wood in 1993 when they beat Doncaster Rovers Belles to top spot by just two points. The Gunners are the only side from that division to feature in the FA Women’s Super League today.
The North Londoners have created so much history in Boreham Wood, achievements that will forever be held in high regard in the women’s game.