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|Full name||Woking Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Cardinals, The Cards,|
|Ground||Kingfield Stadium, Woking|
|Capacity||6,036 (2,500 seated)|
|2012–13||Conference National, 12th|
Woking Football Club is an English football club based in Woking, Surrey, formed in 1889. The club plays at Kingfield Stadium and participates in the Conference National, the fifth tier of English football.
- 1 History
- 2 Ground
- 3 Mascot
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Players
- 6 Seasons
- 7 Managerial History
- 8 Club Officials
- 9 Honours
- 10 Club Records
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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 ton 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, Chapelle 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.
Promotion to the Conference and FA Trophy success
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.
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 5th 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 National, winning the Conference South with two games to spare. They eventually reached 97 points, beating 2nd placed Dartford by 9 points.
Woking play their home games at the Kingfield Stadium, Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9AA.
Woking F.C. has a team mascot called K.C Kat.
For many years, Woking's main rival was fellow Surrey side Leatherhead. Games between the Cards and Stevenage and Aldershot Town have more recently attracted larger than average crowds and in recent years they have also shared a rivalry with both Farnborough and Crawley Town.
As of 30 January 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
This is 10 recent Woking seasons, for a full history look List of Woking F.C. seasons
|Year||League||Level||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Position||Leading league scorer||Goals||FA Cup||FA Trophy||Average attendance|
|2003–04||Conference National||5||42||15||16||11||65||52||+13||61||9th of 22||No data||No data||R2||R3||No data|
|2004–05||Conference National||5||42||18||14||10||58||45||+13||68||8th of 22||Justin Richards||14||R1||QF||No data|
|2005–06||Conference National||5||42||14||14||14||58||47||+11||56||11th of 22||Justin Richards||21||R2||F||No data|
|2006–07||Conference National||5||46||15||12||19||56||61||−5||57||15th of 24||Craig McAllister||15||R1||R1||No data|
|2007–08||Conference National||5||46||12||17||17||53||61||−8||53||17th of 24||Giuseppe Sole||14||QR4||R2||No data|
|2008–09||Conference National||5||46||10||14||22||37||60||−23||44||21th of 24
|2009–10||Conference South||6||42||21||9||12||57||44||+13||72||5th of 22
Lost in PO final
|2010–11||Conference South||6||42||22||10||10||63||42||+21||76||5th of 22
Lost in PO semifinal
|2011–12||Conference South||6||42||30||7||5||92||41||+51||97||1st of 22
|2012–13||Conference National||5||46||18||8||20||73||81||−8||62||12th of 24||Bradley Bubb||18||QR4||R2||1600|
A list of Woking FC Managers from 1984 onwards.
|2007|| Graham Baker &
Woking Football Club Limited
Chairman: Mike Smith
Finance Director: James Aughterson
Operations Director: Peter Jordan
Directors: Geoff Chapple & Rosemary Johnson
Club Ambassador: Geoff Chapple
Head of Communications: David Taylor
Safety Officer: Chris Sexton
Public Address: Tim Griffiths
Manager: Garry Hill
Assistant Manager: Steve Thompson
Football Secretary: Derek Powell
First Team Physio: Paul Smith
Head of Youth Development: Dennis North
Kit Managers: Ron Rawlings; Malcolm Jobling; Stuart Baverstock
Groundsman: Colin Gallliford
- FA Trophy
- Winners 1994, 1995, 1997
- Runners-up 2005–06
- FA Amateur Cup
- Winners 1958
- Football Conference
- Conference South
- Champions 2011–12
- Isthmian League
- Champions 1991–92
- Runners-up 1956–57
- Isthmian League Cup
- Winners 1991
- Isthmian Charity Shield
- Winners 1992, 1993
- Surrey Senior Cup
- Winners (11): 1912–13, 1926–27, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1971–72, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2011–12
- Runners up (16): 1897–98, 1907–08, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1927–28, 1934–35, 1945–46, 1958–59, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2008–09
- Conference League Cup
- Winners 2005
- Runners-up 1998
- Vauxhall Championship Shield
- Winners 1995
- Runners-up 1996
- Trevor Jones Memorial Trophy
- Winners 2011
- Runners-up 2009
- London Senior Cup
- Runners-up 1983
- Surrey Senior Charity Shield
- Runners-up 1932–33
Highest league position:
- 2nd in Conference National: 1994–95 & 1995–96
FA Cup best performance:
- 4th Round: 1990–91
FA Trophy best performance:
- Winners: 1993–94; 1994–95; 1996–97 (Joint record number of wins)
Largest Transfer Fee Received
Largest Transfer Fee Paid
- 17–3 vs. Farnham in the Surrey Charity Shield in 1913
- 0–16 vs. New Crusaders in the FA Cup in 1905
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- "Memorandum Of Procedures For Dealing With Misconduct Occurring". Docstoc.com. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
- "Epsom & Ewell Football Club". Epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-27.