In the late 1940s a football club known as Boreham Rovers called a committee meeting to allow its members to discuss the possibility of changing its name.

At that time it was no longer fashionable for clubs to have extravagant names, and the members had heard that a rival club wanted to call itself Boreham Wood FC.

So, to ensure that the team kept their reputation as the village's main side, Boreham Rovers became Boreham Wood FC at the meeting on August 14, 1947.

That was the moment that the club now playing at Meadow Park was founded, and among those who attended that milestone meeting was current president Bill O'Neill.

"Boreham Rovers was seen as an old fashioned name and a lot of football clubs were dropping the second names of their titles at around that time," he said.

The decision was influenced by the fact that Royal Retournez, a club founded by servicemen returning to Boreham Wood after the war, wanted to use the town's name.

Boreham Wood FC embarked on its inaugural season in 1947, when it ran two teams, playing on the old Rovers pitch in Meadow Park, behind today's ground.

In that opening season one of the teams finished as runners-up in the Barnet and District League Division One and lost in the final of the 'A' Challenge Cup.

In 1948 Boreham Wood FC, who played in white shirts and black shorts, agreed to amalgamate with Royal Retournez, who wore shirts with blue and white quarters.

Mr O'Neill, said: "They realised that the town was not big enough for two teams, so they joined together as Boreham Wood Football Club."

Boreham Rovers was the older of the two clubs, as it had been in existence before the war, and it is believed to have taken its name from a Rovers scout group.

During the war years Boreham Rovers stopped playing, although a team called Boreham Wood Swifts was formed temporarily until the leagues restarted.

Wood, as they are fondly known, progressed through the Mid Herts League, Parthenon League, Spartan League and Athenian League, before joining the Isthmian League, which is now known as the Ryman League, in 1974.

A significant honour came in 1972, when the team won the Herts Senior Challenge Cup, a trophy which they reclaimed in 1999 and 2002.

Boreham Wood won the league's division two championship in 1976, and it has since claimed the title of division one champions on two occasions, in 1995 and 2001.

Supporters have enjoyed two FA Cup Second Round matches in recent years, including a thrilling 2-1 defeat against Luton Town in 1997. The following year narrowly missed out on a place in the third round. After drawing drawing 1-1 away at Cheltenham Town, they went on to lose the replay 2-0.

The club's most successful league campaign came in that same season, when they finished as runners-up in the premier division.