Boreham Wood Football Club were upset and saddened to learn this week that one of our former players, Dominic Gentle, had died at the young age of just 44 after suffering an aggressive tumour to the brain.
Dominic was a wonderful character and in fact joined us way back in 1993. In his time with us he played 145 games in the Bob Makin era (119 starts and 26 substitute appearances) and was a key member of our promotion winning squad that took us from Division One of the Isthmian League into the Premier Division in the 1994-95 season. That season Dominic scored 16 of the 43 goals that he netted in total whilst at Boreham Wood.
In that same promotion winning season he also played a key role in our memorable FA Trophy run, including our famous win against the then mighty Kettering Town.
Dominic was originally with Watford as a schoolboy and by the time his career finished had played for many other local clubs as well as Boreham Wood. Those clubs included Cockfosters, St Albans City, Stevenage, Heybridge Swifts, Hendon, Purfleet, Enfield, Grays Athletic, Billericay Town, Bishop’s Stortford, Slough Town and Waltham Abbey.
It was perhaps his 3 season stay with us that was seen as the most successful of his career and we think his longest spell any at one club. As such it is very much the person as well as the footballer that we will always remember so fondly and thank him for his contribution, as part of an outstanding squad of players that Manager Bob Makin put together at the time.
Once again on behalf of everyone at Boreham Wood Football Club we pay tribute to Dominic who has been taken from this earth far too early and we of course offer our sincerest condolences to all of his family and friends at this sad time.