Woking F.C.

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Woking
Woking FC logo.svg
Full name Woking Football Club
Nickname(s) The Cardinals, The Cards
Short name WFC
Founded 1889; 129 years ago (1889)
Ground Kingfield Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,036 (2,500 seated)
Ground Coordinates 51°18′22.80″N 0°33′31.72″W / 51.3063333°N 0.5588111°W / 51.3063333; -0.5588111
Owner Peter Jordan (majority shareholder; 66%)
Chairman Rosemary Johnson
Manager Alan Dowson
League National League South
2017–18 National League, 21st of 24 (relegated)
Website Club website

Woking Football Club is a semi-professional association football club based in Woking, Surrey, England. Formed in 1889, the team play at Kingfield Stadium and participates in the National League South.

Woking have won the FA Trophy a joint-record three times and finished 2017–18 season in 21st place and were subsequently relegated to the National League South. Woking are known as The Cards or The Cardinals.

History

Early years

Woking Football Club, known as the Cards, was formed in 1889. The club joined the West Surrey League in 1895–96, winning the title by one point. However, within 21 years of being formed, the club was in danger of folding for financial reasons. The turning point came when, in January 1908, Woking played Bolton Wanderers in the First Round of the FA Cup, having made it through five qualifying rounds. Despite losing the away game 5–0, the club made it into the national news. Bolton Wanderers, impressed by the minnows they had defeated, travelled to Woking for a friendly match the following season, which kept the club solvent.

Isthmian League years

In 1911 the club joined the Isthmian League, maintaining their place in the top division for 72 years and finishing as runners-up to Wycombe Wanderers in 1956–57. That achievement was eclipsed the following season when, in front of a 71,000 crowd, the Cards beat Ilford 3–0 to win the last FA Amateur Cup Final to be televised live.

The club then went into decline, culminating in a first-ever relegation in 1982–83. By the end of the 1984–85 season the club had plunged to Division Two South of the Isthmian League. It was during that season that former player, Geoff Chapple, was appointed as manager. However, Chapple was not able to save the club from relegation. The following season, the club just missed out on promotion at the first attempt. However, the club clinched the Division Two South title in 1986–87 and, after two third-place finishes in Division One, they were promoted back to the Premier Division at the end of the 1989–90 season.

FA Cup glory

The next season saw the club become part of FA Cup folklore. Entering the competition in the Fourth Qualifying Round, they beat three Conference sides to set up a Third Round tie away to West Bromwich Albion. Recovering from being a goal behind, Woking triumphed 4–2, after a hat-trick from Tim Buzaglo. The club was then drawn against Everton. The tie was originally going to be played at Woking, though the venue was switched to Everton's home ground, Goodison Park. Woking narrowly lost the match 1–0 to a Kevin Sheedy goal. In the 2017–18 season Woking made it to the FA Cup 2nd round replay. Beating Conference South Concord Rangers (1–2 in a replay), League 1 Bury (0–3) in a replay and drawing with Peterborough United 1–1 in the first game. It wasn't until the replay that they missed out on a third round tie against Aston Villa after losing 5–2.

Promotion to the Conference and FA Trophy success

Woking supporters watching their team win at Wembley in the 1997 FA Trophy Final.

Promotion to the Conference was achieved in 1991–92. The Isthmian League title was clinched in early April, with seven games still to be played, 18 points clear of nearest rivals, Enfield. The next season saw Woking finish the season in eighth position. The following summer saw Chapple sign former Chelsea, Sunderland, Fulham and QPR winger, Clive Walker, from Brighton & Hove Albion and he was to prove the catalyst in the most successful period in the club's history. The FA Trophy was won in 1994 when Runcorn were beaten at Wembley. Twelve months later Kidderminster Harriers were beaten as Woking became the second club ever to win successive finals. Wembley was revisited in 1997 and the FA Trophy was won for the third time, this time against Dagenham & Redbridge. The Cards also achieved five successive top five finishes in the Conference, including being runners-up in 1994–95 and 1995–96 when they finished below Stevenage. The club also continued to enjoy national prominence in the FA Cup. Barnet were defeated in successive seasons following draws at their homeground. In 1996–97 a run in the FA Cup saw the club beat Millwall, then top of Division Two, and Cambridge United, who were challenging for promotion from Division Three. The Third Round saw Woking draw 1–1 away to Premier League side Coventry City, thanks to a last minute equaliser from the Cards' Steve Thompson, but Coventry won the replay at Kingfield 2–1.

At the end of the 1996–97 campaign, having just clinched the FA Trophy for the third time, Geoff Chapple and his coach, Colin Lippiatt, left the club and joined Kingstonian. This was the beginning of a less successful period for the club. John McGovern and then Brian McDermott were given the position of manager, but neither achieved anything greater than a mid-table finish. After McDermott, Colin Lippiatt returned but fared little better. He was replaced by his former boss as Geoff Chapple too came back to Woking. Lippiatt departed in January 2002 and Glenn Cockerill joined as Chapple's assistant. This season ended with the club just one place above the relegation places. In the meantime very significant events had taken place off the field. The downturn in the club's fortunes had led to a financial crisis. With the club facing administration or worse, local businessman and long-time fan Chris Ingram bought the club, becoming chairman in February 2002 with an aim of trying to increase the club's income and to secure its long-term financial stability.[citation needed]

Cockerill took over as manager later that year, and oversaw a relative period of stability for the club, before he was sacked shortly before the end of the 2006–07 season. An unimpressive campaign under the management of Frank Gray followed in 2007–08, before a disastrous 2008–09 season which saw three men (Kim Grant, Phil Gilchrist and Graham Baker) take charge of the club, eventually resulted in the club's relegation to the Conference South. That summer, a supporters' trust took over the running of the club. Woking finished 5th in their first Conference South season, but lost to Bath City in the play-off final. The following season saw Woking struggling to challenge for promotion, and Graham Baker was sacked halfway through the campaign for suggesting that the fans were expecting too much of the team. Garry Hill took over as manager and improved the team's form, eventually resulting in another fifth-place finish, only for the club to get knocked out in the play-off semi-finals this time against Farnborough. In April 2012, having beaten Maidenhead United 0–1 with Giuseppe Sole scoring for a record breaking ninth game in a row, Woking were promoted to the Conference Premier, winning the Conference South with two games to spare. They eventually reached 97 points, beating second placed Dartford by nine points.

Relegation to National League South

After five seasons in the National League (formerly Conference Premier), Woking acrimoniously parted company with Garry Hill after six-and-a-half years at the helm. The club appointed former Southampton and West Ham United under-23s coach Anthony Limbrick in May 2017, which saw the club take another step to becoming full-time again, with players training three times a week.

Despite a good run in the 2017-18 FA Cup, Woking's league form suffered, which culminated in just three league wins between October 2017 and April 2018. Limbrick was subsequently relieved of his duties just 11 months into a three-year contract, leaving assistant manager Jason Goodliffe to take over the managerial reins (aided by former Aldershot Town coach Matt Gray) to preserve The Cards' National League status with just five games remaining. However, Woking's fate was eventually sealed on the final day of the season after a 2-1 home defeat against Dover Athletic.

On 16 May 2018, and after much speculation, the club finally confirmed the appointment of former Kingstonian and Hampton & Richmond Borough manager Alan Dowson.

Ground

Woking play their home games at Kingfield Stadium (currently The Laithwaite Community Stadium for sponsorship reasons), Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9AA.

Mascot

Woking F.C. has a team mascot called K.C Kat.

Rivalries

For many years Woking's main rivals have been Stevenage and Aldershot Town, where games attract larger than average crowds. In recent years they have also shared a rivalry with Farnborough.

Players

Current squad

As of 17 July 2018.[1][2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Sam Mason
Germany GK Berti Schotterl
England DF Josh Casey
England DF Nathan Collier
England DF Jack Cook
England DF Ian Gayle
England DF Charlie Wassmer
England MF Declan Appau
No. Position Player
England MF Christian Jolley
England MF Max Kretzschmar
Portugal MF Fabio Saraiva
England FW Jake Hyde
England FW Greg Luer
England FW Duane Ofori-Acheampong
England FW Nicky Wheeler
England FW Reggie Young

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Seasons

Year League Level Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Leading league scorer Goals FA Cup FA Trophy Average attendance
2008–09 Conference Premier 5 46 10 14 22 37 60 −23 44 21 of 24
Relegated
Wilfried Domoraud 8 QR4 R1 1642
2009–10 Conference South 6 42 21 9 12 57 44 +13 72 5 of 22
Lost in PO final
Giuseppe Sole 14 R1 R2 1335
2010–11 Conference South 6 42 22 10 10 63 42 +21 76 5 of 22
Lost in PO semifinal
Elvis Hammond 12 R1 R3 1167
2011–12 Conference South 6 42 30 7 5 92 41 +51 97 1 of 22
Promoted
Giuseppe Sole 19 QR3 QR3 1834
2012–13 Conference Premier 5 46 18 8 20 73 81 −8 62 12 of 24 Bradley Bubb 18 QR4 R2 1600
2013–14 Conference Premier 5 46 20 8 18 66 69 −3 68 9 of 24 Scott Rendell 17 QR4 R2 1601
2014–15 Conference Premier 5 46 21 13 12 77 52 +25 76 7 of 24 Scott Rendell 24 R1 R3 1911
2015–16 National League 5 46 17 10 19 71 68 +3 61 12 of 24 John Goddard 17 QR4 QF 1634
2016–17 National League 5 46 14 11 21 66 80 −14 53 18 of 24 Gozie Ugwu 17 R2 R1 1429
2017–18 National League 5 46 13 9 24 56 76 −20 48 21 of 24
Relegated
Charlie Carter 12 R2 R1 1911

Managerial history

A list of Woking FC managers from 1984 onwards.

Dates Names Notes
1984–1997 England Geoff Chapple
1997–1998 Scotland John McGovern
1998–2000 England Brian McDermott
2000–2001 England Colin Lippiatt
2001–2002 England Geoff Chapple
2002–2007 England Glenn Cockerill
2007 England Graham Baker &
England Neil Smith
Caretaker Managers
2007–2008 Scotland Frank Gray
2008 Ghana Kim Grant
2008–2009 England Phil Gilchrist
2009–2011 England Graham Baker
2011–2017 England Garry Hill
2017–2018 Australia Anthony Limbrick
2018 England Geoff Chapple Caretaker Manager
2018– England Alan Dowson

Club officials

Position Club Official
Owner England Peter Jordan
Chairman England Rosemary Johnson
Club Ambassador England Geoff Chapple
Directors England Geoff Chapple
England Peter Jordan
England Kelvin Reay
England Dave Curtis
England Ian Nicholson

Source:Woking F.C.

Management team

Position Staff
Manager England Alan Dowson
Assistant Managers England Ian Dyer
England Martin Tyler
Physiotherapist England Prajwal Rai
Club Doctor England Sanjeev Sekhon
Academy Manager England Scott Harrison
Kit Manager England Graham Cowell
England Paul Griffiths
England Malcolm Jobling
Groundsman England Colin Galliford

Source:Woking F.C.

Honours

Club records

Highest league position:

  • 2nd in Conference National: 1994–95 & 1995–96

FA Cup best performance:

FA Trophy best performance:

  • Winners: 1993–94; 1994–95; 1996–97 (Joint record number of wins)

Largest transfer fee received

Largest transfer fee paid

Record win

  • 17–3 vs. Farnham in the Surrey Charity Shield in 1913

Heaviest defeat

  • 0–16 vs. New Crusaders in the FA Cup in 1905

Former players

1. Players that have gone onto play in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
2. Players with full international caps.
3. Players that hold a club record

References

  1. ^ "Woking". FootballSquads. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "First Team". Woking F.C. 19 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Saturday Senior Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Archived from the original on 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Memorandum Of Procedures For Dealing With Misconduct Occurring". Docstoc.com. 2010-04-24. Archived from the original on 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Epsom & Ewell Football Club". Epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Official Twitter
  • Official Facebook Page
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