|Full name||Woking Football Club|
|Capacity||6,036 (2,500 seated)|
|2020–21||National League, 20th of 22|
Woking Football Club is a semi-professional association football club, based in Woking, Surrey, England. Founded in 1887, the National League , the fifth tier of English football, having been promoted from the National League South in the 2018–19 season.the club plays its home matches at Kingfield Stadium and is nicknamed the Cardinals, often shortened to the Cards. Currently, they compete in
Woking Football Club was founded in 1887. 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.
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[ citation needed ], Woking beat Ilford 3–0 to win the last F.A. 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[ citation needed ]. However, Chapple 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.
During the 1990–91 season, the club reached the fourth round of the FA Cup.Woking beat three Conference sides to set up a third round away tie at Second Division side West Bromwich Albion. After trailing 1–0 at half time, Woking went on to win 4–2, with Tim Buzaglo scoring a hat-trick. In the Fourth Round, the club was drawn against First Division Everton. The tie was originally going to be played at Woking, however 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 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. Woking won the FA Trophy for the first time in 1994, defeating Runcorn in the final at Wembley; the following season they became only the second club to win back-to-back FA Trophies (after Scarborough in 1976–77), defeating Kidderminster Harriers in the final. A third FA Trophy triumph followed in 1997, with Dagenham & Redbridge the opponents in the final. 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.[ citation needed ]
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 fifth-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 Premier, winning the Conference South with two games to spare. They eventually reached 97 points, beating second placed Dartford by nine points.
After five seasons in the National League (formerly Conference Premier), Woking acrimoniously parted company with Garry Hill after six-and-a-half years at the helm.
The club appointed former Southampton and West Ham United under-23s coach Anthony Limbrick in May 2017, which saw the club take another step to becoming full-time again, with players training three times a week.Despite a good run in the 2017–18 FA Cup, Woking's league form suffered, which culminated in just three league wins between October 2017 and April 2018. Limbrick was subsequently relieved of his duties just 11 months into a three-year contract, leaving assistant manager Jason Goodliffe to take over the managerial reins (aided by former Aldershot Town coach Matt Gray) to preserve The Cards' National League status with just five games remaining. However, Woking's fate was eventually sealed on the final day of the season after a 2–1 home defeat against Dover Athletic.
On 16 May 2018, and after much speculation, the club finally confirmed the appointment of former Kingstonian and Hampton & Richmond Borough manager Alan Dowson.Woking returned to the National League in 2019 at the first time of asking following a 1-0 win over Welling United in National League South Play-Off Final. During this promotion season, Woking reached the third round of the FA Cup. Woking had beaten League Two side Swindon Town before losing out to Premier League side Watford FC 2–0.
The following season, Woking finished in 10th place back in the National League following the decision to stop the season in March 2020 due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.In the 2020–21 National League season, Woking finished 20th.
Woking play their home games at Kingfield Stadium (currently The Laithwaite Community Stadium for sponsorship reasons), Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9AA.
Woking F.C. has a team mascot called K.C Kat.[ citation needed ]
For many years Woking's main rivals have been Stevenage and Aldershot Town, where games attract larger than average crowds. Torquay United have also become minor rivals due to intense games and competition in the past couple of years despite their distance from one another.
Aldershot Town and Woking have met competitively on 30 occasions. Aldershot Town have won 17 times, Woking 7 times and there has been 6 drawn matches.
|Saturday 31 October 1998||Aldershot Town 0-0 Woking||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round||6,870||First Ever FA Cup Meeting|
|Tuesday 3 November 1998||Woking 2-1 Aldershot Town (AET)||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Replay||3,896|
|Saturday 5 February 2000||Woking 0-0 Aldershot Town||FA Trophy 4th Round||-||First Ever FA Trophy Meeting|
|Tuesday 15 February 2000||Aldershot Town 0-1 Woking||FA Trophy 4th Round Replay||5,524||Woking's First Away Win|
|Saturday 23 August 2003||Aldershot Town 2-1 Woking||Conference||4,637||First Ever League Meeting|
|Saturday 10 April 2004||Woking 2-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||4,158||-|
|Monday 30 August 2004||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,718||Aldershot's First Away Win|
|Sunday 27 March 2005||Aldershot Town 4-0 Woking||Conference||4,458||Aldershot's First League Double|
|Tuesday 21 March 2006||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,244||-|
|Saturday 22 April 2006||Aldershot Town 1-1 Woking||Conference||2,704||-|
|Monday 9 October 2006||Woking 2-0 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,725||Live On Sky Sports|
|Tuesday 13 March 2007||Aldershot Town 2-2 Woking||Conference||2,739||-|
|Wednesday 26 December 2007||Woking 0-1 Aldershot Town||Conference||4,356||First Boxing Day Clash|
|Tuesday 1 January 2008||Aldershot Town 2-1 Woking||Conference||4,728||First New Years Day Clash|
|Saturday 12 January 2008||Woking 2-4 Aldershot Town||FA Trophy 2nd Round||2,368||-|
|Tuesday 18 March 2008||Aldershot Town 2-2 Woking||Conference Shield Southern Semi-Final||1,629||Aldershot Win 4-3 On Penalties|
|Monday 26 August 2013||Aldershot Town 2-1 Woking||Conference||3,138||-|
|Monday 21 April 2014||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||4,728||-|
|Tuesday 9 September 2014||Aldershot Town 0-1 Woking||Conference||3,567|
|Sunday 28 December 2014||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,559||-|
|Saturday 26 December 2015||Aldershot Town 0-1 Woking||National League||3,150|
|Saturday 2 January 2016||Woking 2-1 Aldershot Town||National League||3,708||Woking's First League Double|
|Monday 26 December 2016||Aldershot Town 4-0 Woking||National League||3,456||Live On BT Sports|
|Sunday 1 January 2017||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||National League||3,224||-|
|Tuesday 26 December 2017||Aldershot Town 3-1 Woking||National League||4,181||-|
|Monday 1 January 2018||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||National League||3,790||-|
|Tuesday 6 August 2019||Woking 0-1 Aldershot Town||National League||3,992||-|
|Saturday 24 October 2020||Aldershot Town 1-2 Woking||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round||0||Played Behind Closed Doors Due To COVID-19|
|Saturday 26 December 2020||Aldershot Town 3-0 Woking||National League||0||Played Behind Closed Doors Due To COVID-19|
|Saturday 2 January 2021||Woking 0-1 Aldershot Town||National League||0||Played Behind Closed Doors Due To COVID-19|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Year||League||Level||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Position||Leading league scorer||Goals||FA Cup||FA Trophy||Average attendance|
|2010–11||Conference South||6||42||22||10||10||63||42||+21||76||5 of 22|
Lost in PO semifinal
|2011–12||Conference South||6||42||30||7||5||92||41||+51||97||1 of 22|
|2012–13||Conference Premier||5||46||18||8||20||73||81||−8||62||12 of 24||Bradley Bubb||18||QR4||R2||1600|
|2013–14||Conference Premier||5||46||20||8||18||66||69||−3||68||9 of 24||Scott Rendell||17||QR4||R2||1601|
|2014–15||Conference Premier||5||46||21||13||12||77||52||+25||76||7 of 24||Scott Rendell||24||R1||R3||1911|
|2015–16||National League||5||46||17||10||19||71||68||+3||61||12 of 24||John Goddard||17||QR4||QF||1634|
|2016–17||National League||5||46||14||11||21||66||80||−14||53||18 of 24||Gozie Ugwu||17||R2||R1||1429|
|2017–18||National League||5||46||13||9||24||56||76||−20||48||21 of 24|
|2018–19||National League South||6||42||23||9||10||76||49||+27||78||2 of 22|
Won in PO final
|2019–20||National League||5||38||15||10||13||50||55||-5||55||10 of 24|
Season finished early due to Covid-19 Pandemic
|2020–21||National League||5||42||8||9||25||42||69||-27||33||20 of 23||Max Kretzschmar||7||R1||SF||763|
A list of Woking FC managers from 1984 onwards.
|2007|| Graham Baker &|
|2018||Geoff Chapple||Caretaker Manager|
|Commercial Director||Mick Livesey|
|Football Liaison Director||Kelvin Reay|
|Cards Trust Fans' Representative||George Burnett|
|Company Secretary||Andy Turner|
|Honorary Vice President of the Cards||Peter Jordan|
Source: Woking F.C.
|Assistant Managers||Ian Dyer|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Matthew Winter|
|Strength & Conditioning Coach||James Clark|
|Kit Manager||Malcolm Jobling|
|Kit Assistants||Paul Griffiths|
Source: Woking F.C.
Highest league position:
FA Cup best performance:
FA Trophy best performance:
Largest transfer fee received
Largest transfer fee paid
1. Players that have gone onto play in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
2. Players with full international caps.
3. Players that hold a club record
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