Geoff Chapple

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Geoff Chapple
Personal information
Date of birth 1946
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Woking ? (?)
? Alton Town ? (?)
Teams managed
? Alton Town
? Windsor and Eton
1984–1997 Woking
1997–2001 Kingstonian
2001–2002 Woking

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Geoff Chapple is an English former football manager. His achievements include winning the FA Trophy five times in seven years with Woking (1994, 1995 & 1997) and Kingstonian (1999 & 2000).

Chapple played amateur football as a forward, but broke his leg in an FA Vase match in 1980, and turned to management. Initially player-manager of Alton Town, he soon moved to a purely managerial post at Windsor and Eton.[1][2]

Chapple first joined Woking in the 1984–85 season and went on to lead them on their famous FA Cup run in 1991 which saw them beat West Bromwich Albion 4-2 at The Hawthorns,[3] after which he quit working as a financial consultant to become a full-time manager. Under him, the team also achieved three FA Trophy victories.[1]

Chapple left the club in 1997, frustrated with its refusal to provide him with a written contract, and went to manage Kingstonian, taking the club up to the Conference, and winning a further two FA Trophy titles. However, he was sacked in 2001, after the team suffered relegation.[1] He then returned to Woking, although this time he was not so successful and parted company with the club in October 2002.[3]

Out of management, Chapple became a courier, but maintained a link with football as the Chairman of Farnham Town F.C.[1] He was appointed as the Commercial Manager of Woking in the Autumn of 2008.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Pete Oliver, "Chapple reflects on golden years", BBC Sport, 8 December 2006
  2. ^ "Win a signed copy of book", Wokingham Times, 7 December 2006
  3. ^ a b "Chapple leaves Woking". BBC Sport. 2006-10-14. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Club Contacts". Woking FC. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

Further reading[edit]

Youlton, Clive (2006). Geoff Chapple - The Story Behind the Legend. Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-3800-X.