Dorking Wanderers F.C.

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Dorking Wanderers
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Full nameDorking Wanderers Football Club
Nickname(s)Wanderers
Founded1999
GroundMeadowbank, Dorking
Capacity3,000 (522 seated) [1]
ChairmanMarc White
ManagerMarc White
League National League South
2020–21 National League South (season curtailed)
Website Club 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 South , the sixth tier of English football, and play at Meadowbank.

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History

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.

Reserve team

In 2015 the club's reserve team were promoted from the Suburban League to the Combined Counties League. [8] 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. [9] The reserve team rejoined the Combined Counties League at the start of the 2018–19 season.

Ground

Meadowbank Stadium with the spire of St Martin's Church Meadowbank Stadium Dorking Wanderers May 2021.jpg
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; [10] Floodlights were installed in 2012. In July 2018 the club relocated to a refurbished Meadowbank ground, [11] which had previously been home to Dorking F.C. prior to their disbanding. [12] Their first game at Meadowbank was a friendly match against Sutton United on 17 July 2018. [11]

Meadowbank had become the home ground of Dorking F.C. in 1953. [11] A 200-seat stand was built on one side of the pitch around 1956, [11] with a covered standing area built on the other. Another covered standing area was installed behind one goal, with the other end left open. [13] However, they were forced to leave the ground in 2013 after it was shut down for failing to meet health and safety requirements. [11] Prior to Dorking Wanderers moving to the ground, it was upgraded to include a 300-seat stand, two covered standing areas and an 3G pitch as it was converted to a community sports facility at a cost of £5m. [11] The Surrey County Football Association also moved their headquarters to Meadowbank when it reopened. [11]

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 [14]

Current squad

As of 25 May 2021. [15]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Slavomir Huk
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Isaac Philpott
3 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Bobby-Joe Taylor
4 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sami El-Abd
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ed Harris
6 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Niall McManus
7 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jimmy Muitt
8 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Matt Briggs
9 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Jason Prior
10 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Alfie Rutherford
11 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG James McShane
12 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum Kennedy
14 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jake Gallagher
15 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kane Wills
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Nick Wheeler
17 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Taylor
18 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Moore
19 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Giuseppe Sole
20 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Dan Gallagher
21 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Dyett
22 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Barry Fuller
23 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Wes Fogden
25 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG George Membrillera
26 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Howes
28 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG James Dickson
GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Lee Worgan
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jerome Beckles

Honours

Records

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References

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  2. Dorking Wanderers manager praises Surrey FA as 'fair and responsible' This is Surrey, 28 March 2013
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  7. Champagne corks fly as Wanderers Archived 28 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine This is Surrey, 12 July 2012
  8. Dorking Wanderers Reserves at the Football Club History Database
  9. Groundshare ends Membership for Reserve Side Archived 15 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine Combined Counties League
  10. The Ryman League South Guide 2016/17 [ permanent dead link ] Lewes F.C.
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  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. "First Team Squad". Dorking Wanderers Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2018.

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