Dorking Wanderers F.C.

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Dorking Wanderers
Dorking Wanderers F.C. logo.png
Full nameDorking Wanderers Football Club
Nickname(s)Wanderers
Founded1999
GroundMeadowbank, Dorking
Capacity3,000 (522 seated)[1]
ChairmanMarc White
ManagerMarc White
LeagueNational League
2021–22National League South, 2nd of 21 (promoted via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website

Dorking Wanderers Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Dorking, Surrey, England. Affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association,[2] they are currently members of the National League, the fifth tier of English football, and play at Meadowbank.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1999 and initially played in the Crawley & District League.[3] After their first season in the Crawley League they switched to Division Four of the West Sussex League, winning the division at the first attempt.[4] In 2001–02 the club finished as Division Three runners-up, earning a third consecutive promotion. After winning Division Two in 2003–04 they were promoted to Division One, and a third-place finish in Division One in 2005–06 saw them promoted to the Premier Division.[4]

In 2006–07 Wanderers won the West Sussex League's Premier Division, clinching the title with a victory on the last day of the season.[4] As a result, the club were promoted to Division Three of the Sussex County League.[5] They went on to win Division Three in 2010–11, earning promotion to Division Two. A third-place finish in Division Two the following season was enough to see them promoted to Division One.[5] However, the league initially denied them entry to the division as their ground was not deemed to meet the necessary requirements.[6] However the club appealed against this decision to the Football Association, who over-ruled the decision after an independent ground grading visit confirmed that the ground reached the mandatory standards for Division One football.[7] Although the team initially struggled in Division One, finishing third-from-bottom in 2012–13, they finished second in 2014–15, earning promotion to Division One South of the Isthmian League.[5]

In Wanderers' first season in the Isthmian League they finished as runners-up in Division One South, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, going on to lose 2–1 to Faversham Town in the semi-finals.[5] The following season saw them finish second again; in the play-offs they beat Hastings United on penalties in the semi-final after a 1–1 draw, and then won again on penalties against Corinthian-Casuals in the final following a 0–0 draw, earning promotion to the Premier Division. In 2018–19 the club won the Premier Division by a margin of 22 points, earning promotion to the National League South for their first time in history.

Following the curtailment of the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were placed seventh in the league table (decided on a points-per-game basis), qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Bath City 2–1 in the quarter-finals, the club lost 3–2 to Weymouth in the semi-finals. The 2020–21 season was made null and void following a vote by member clubs of the National League, Dorking were sitting top of the league at the point the season was ended.

In the 2021–22 season Wanderers won their first Surrey Senior Cup Final, beating Kingstonian 5-4 on penalties after a 1–1 draw.[8] In the 2021–22 season Dorking finished second in the league, going on to defeat Ebbsfleet United 3–2 in the play-off final, earning promotion to the National League for the first time in the club's history.[9]

Reserve team[edit]

In 2015 the club's reserve team were promoted from the Suburban League to the Combined Counties League.[10] However, they left the league at the end of the season as the club were set to groundshare with Dorking during the 2016–17 season.[11] The reserve team rejoined the Combined Counties League at the start of the 2018–19 season.

Ground[edit]

Meadowbank Stadium with the spire of St Martin’s Church

The club initially played at Big Field Brockham, before moving to the Westhumble Playing Fields on London Road in 2007.[3] The ground had a small seated stand and covered standing on one side of the pitch, with the remainder being uncovered;[12] Floodlights were installed in 2012. In July 2018 the club relocated to a refurbished Meadowbank ground,[13] which had previously been home to Dorking F.C. prior to their disbanding.[14] Their first game at Meadowbank was a friendly match against Sutton United on 17 July 2018.[13]

Meadowbank had become the home ground of Dorking F.C. in 1953.[13] A 200-seat stand was built on one side of the pitch around 1956,[13] with a covered standing area built on the other. Another covered standing area was installed behind one goal, with the other end left open.[15] However, they were forced to leave the ground in 2013 after it was shut down for failing to meet health and safety requirements.[13] Prior to Dorking Wanderers moving to the ground, it was upgraded to include a 300-seat stand, two covered standing areas and a 3G pitch as it was converted to a community sports facility at a cost of £5m.[13] The Surrey County Football Association also moved their headquarters to Meadowbank when it reopened.[13]

In February 2020 the club announced that planning permission had been granted to upgrade Meadowbank Stadium to a Grade B status. In July 2020, the stadium passed the Grade B status assessment. By September 2020 work had been completed on a new seated stand and a new covered terrace both at the east end of the ground, taking Meadowbank's official capacity to 3,000[16]

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 July 2022.[17]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Slovakia SVK Slavomir Huk
2 DF England ENG Isaac Philpott
3 MF England ENG Bobby-Joe Taylor
4 DF England ENG Sami El-Abd
5 DF England ENG Ed Harris
6 MF England ENG Niall McManus
7 MF England ENG Jimmy Muitt
8 MF England ENG Matt Briggs
9 FW England ENG Ryan Seager
10 FW England ENG Alfie Rutherford
11 FW England ENG James McShane
12 DF England ENG Callum Kennedy
13 GK England ENG Josh Wilson
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 DF England ENG Jordan Cheadle
15 MF England ENG Adam Mekki
16 MF England ENG Nicky Wheeler
17 MF England ENG Josh Taylor
18 MF England ENG Luke Moore
19 DF England ENG Joe Rabbetts
20 MF England ENG Dan Gallagher
21 GK England ENG Dan Lincoln
22 DF England ENG Barry Fuller (captain)
23 MF England ENG Jack Jebb
24 FW England ENG Harry Ottaway
28 MF England ENG James Dickson
32 FW England ENG Giuseppe Sole

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF England ENG Cameron Black (on loan to Hampton & Richmond Borough)
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 MF England ENG Ollie Allen (on loan to Burgess Hill Town)

Honours[edit]

  • Isthmian League
    • Premier Division champions 2018–19
  • Southern Combination
    • Division Three champions 2010–11
  • West Sussex League
    • Premier Division champions 2006–07
    • Division Two North champions 2003–04
    • Division Four North champions 2000–01
  • Surrey Senior Cup
    • Winners 2021–22[8]

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meadowbank FootballGroundGuide
  2. ^ Dorking Wanderers manager praises Surrey FA as 'fair and responsible' This is Surrey, 28 March 2013
  3. ^ a b History Dorking Wanderers F.C.
  4. ^ a b c A History Of Dorking Wanderers F.C. Dorking Wanderers F.C.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Dorking Wanderers at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ League secretary slams Wanderers This is Surrey, 27 April 2012
  7. ^ Champagne corks fly as Wanderers This is Surrey, 12 July 2012
  8. ^ a b Stobbart, Dan (18 May 2022). "WANDERERS WIN THE SURREY SENIOR CUP". Dorking Wanderers FC. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  9. ^ Panting, Matthew (21 May 2022). "Report: Ebbsfleet denied promotion in controversial fashion". Kent Online. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  10. ^ Dorking Wanderers Reserves at the Football Club History Database
  11. ^ Groundshare ends Membership for Reserve Side Combined Counties League
  12. ^ The Ryman League South Guide 2016/17[permanent dead link] Lewes F.C.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Return to Meadowbank", Groundtastic, Autumn 2018, pp28–33
  14. ^ Dorking's 137 year old football club is closing down leaving just one senior team in the town[permanent dead link] Surrey Mirror, 16 February 2017
  15. ^ Dorking Pyramid Passion
  16. ^ "Meadowbank Stadium". Archived from the original on 7 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  17. ^ "First Team Squad". Dorking Wanderers Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Dorking Wanderers 3 Ebbsfleet United 2 aet match report: National League South play-off final". Kent Online. 21 May 2022.

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Coordinates: 51°14′04″N 0°20′00″W / 51.23452°N 0.33347°W / 51.23452; -0.33347