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.

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.