TOM CHAMPION

Boreham Wood captured sought-after midfielder Tom Champion on a one-year deal in the summer of 2017.

Champion began his career in the academy at Watford, but departed for Barnet in 2004 without making an appearance. The midfielder helped the Bees to the then Conference title in his first season at the club, however departed later that summer for Bishop’s Stortford.

The 31-year-old would make over 100 appearances for Bishop’s Stortford in a five-year spell with the club. Spells with Braintree Town and Dartford followed, where he played a pivotal role in the latter’s promotion to the Conference.

Champion would then have a spell with Cambridge United and a second stint at Barnet. Whilst with Cambridge United he would again experience promotion to the Football League, as well as winning the FA Trophy and completing the “Non-League double”, before captaining the side in their first season back in the Football League following a stint in the Conference.

After leaving Cambridge United, Champion joined the Wood, much to the pleasure of former school classmate and now Boreham Wood Manager Luke Garrard. Champion would play a pivotal role in the Wood team that reached the National League play-off final in 2017/18, losing narrowly to Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

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