Woking Football Club is a professional association football club, based in Woking, Surrey, England. Founded in 1887,[1] the club plays its home matches at The Laithwaite Community Stadium and is nicknamed the Cardinals, often shortened to the Cards. Currently, they compete in the National League, the fifth tier of English football, having been promoted from the National League South in the 2018–19 season.

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Full nameWoking Football Club
Nickname(s)The Cardinals
Short nameWFC
Founded1887; 135 years ago (1887)[1]
GroundThe Laithwaite Community Stadium
Capacity6,036 (2,500 seated)
Coordinates51°18′22.80″N 0°33′31.72″W / 51.3063333°N 0.5588111°W / 51.3063333; -0.5588111
ManagerDarren Sarll
LeagueNational League
2021–22National League, 15th of 23
WebsiteClub website


Early yearsEdit

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.

Isthmian League yearsEdit

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 1958 F.A. Amateur Cup final,[2] the last 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.

FA Cup gloryEdit

During the 1990–91 season, the club reached the fourth round of the FA Cup.[3] Woking beat three Conference sides to set up a third round away tie at Second Division side West Bromwich Albion.[4] After trailing 1–0 at half time, Woking went on to win 4–2, with Tim Buzaglo scoring a hat-trick.[4] 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.[5]

Promotion to the Conference and FA Trophy successEdit

Woking supporters watching their team win at Wembley in the 1997 FA Trophy Final.

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,[6] 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.[7] A third FA Trophy triumph followed in 1997, with Dagenham & Redbridge the opponents in the final.[8] 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 era (2011–2017)Edit

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.

Relegation and return to the National League (2017–)Edit

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.[9] 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.[10] However, Woking's fate was eventually sealed on the final day of the season after a 2–1 home defeat against Dover Athletic.[11]

On 16 May 2018, and after much speculation, the club finally confirmed the appointment of former Kingstonian and Hampton & Richmond Borough manager Alan Dowson.[12] 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 2–0.[13][14]

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.[15] In the 2020–21 National League season, Woking finished 20th.

On 28 February 2022, Dowson was sacked by the club following a "prolonged run of poor form in the league", ending his four-year association with the Surrey-based side. Dowson informed local paper SurreyLive that the club had sacked him in a 20 second phone call and he would never return to Woking. Due to the circumstances of how Dowson was sacked board members Rosemary Johnson and Kelvin Reay resigned. Ian Dyer the assistant manager took charge of the club as caretaker manager.

On 28 March 2022, former Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll was appointed until the end of the 2023–24 season, with Ian Dyer remaining as his assistant [16]

In Popular Culture

Woking were briefly mentioned on the hit British sitcom The Inbetweeners when one of the four main characters Jay Cartwright said he had taken the club from “The Conference to the Champions League in six seasons” on the popular computer game Championship Manager, before being offered a role in the England Mens National team set-up.


Woking play their home games at Kingfield Stadium (currently The Laithwaite Community Stadium for sponsorship reasons), Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9AA.

Different stands of Woking FC stadium:

The KRE: This is the main home terrace and usually where the best atmosphere is found. It runs along one end of the pitch. The terrace is covered by a roof.

The Leslie Goodson stand: This stand is the largest stand of the stadium and is located opposite to the KRE. The LGS is an all seater stand consisting of around 2,000 seats. A quarter of this stand is usually given to away fans.

The Chris lane terrace: The Chris lane terrace is a large terrace without a roof and is reserved for away fans. The terrace runs a whole length of the pitch.

Moaners corner: Moaners corner is one of three stands on the opposite side of the pitch to the Chris lane terrace. It’s a small terrace stand without a roof. The fans who stand in the terrace are usually veteran fans.

Directors Box: The directors box is a small stand that the directors of the club sit, this is also where the commentary box is. This stand is located in between moaners corner and the family stand

The Family stand: The family stand is located next to the directors box and is an all-seater stand usually consisting of families.


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. Stevenage are Woking's historic rivals due to animosity in the 1990s, while the rivalry with Aldershot is a more recent rivalry due to locality. Torquay United have also become minor rivals due to intense games and competition when they were relegated to the national league south together, altercations between fans has also helped feed this new rivalry.

Aldershot TownEdit

Aldershot Town and Woking have met competitively on 32 occasions. Aldershot Town have won 18 times, Woking 7 times and there has been 7 drawn matches.

Date Result Competition Attendance Notes
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 Sport
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
Sunday 26 December 2021 Aldershot Town 1-1 Woking National League 3,699 -
Sunday 2 January 2022 Woking 2-3 Aldershot Town National League 5,171 Woking's All-Time Record Home League Attendance


Current squadEdit

As of 29 June 2022[17][18]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 MF   ENG Kyran Lofthouse
3 DF   ENG Josh Casey (captain)
5 DF   ENG Joe McNerney
11 MF   ENG Tyreke Johnson
13 GK   ENG Craig Ross
20 MF   CYP Jack Roles
23 MF   ENG Jermaine Anderson
24 MF   MSR Rohan Ince
No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   USA Ethan Wady (on loan from Chelsea)
DF   SCO Scott Cuthbert
DF   ENG Dan Moss
DF   ENG Luke Wilkinson
FW   IRL Pádraig Amond
FW   ENG James Daly
FW   IRL Reece Grego-Cox
FW   ENG Ricky Korboa

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player


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
Elvis Hammond 12 R1 R3 1167
2011–12 Conference South 6 42 30 7 5 92 41 +51 97 1 of 22
Giuseppe Sole 19 QR3 QR3 1834
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
Charlie Carter 12 R2 R1 1911
2018–19 National League South 6 42 23 9 10 76 49 +27 78 2 of 22
Won in PO final
Max Kretzschmar 14 R3 R1 1882
2019–20 National League 5 38 15 10 13 50 55 -5 55 10 of 24
Season finished early due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Jake Hyde 16 QR4 R1 2134
2020–21 National League 5 42 8 9 25 42 69 -27 33 20 of 23 Max Kretzschmar 7 R1 SF 763[a]
2021–22 National League 5 44 16 5 23 59 61 -2 53 15 of 23 Tahvon Campbell
Inih Effiong
Max Kretzschmar
13 QR4 R1 2672
  1. ^ Fans were only permitted during two fixtures this season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Managerial historyEdit

A list of Woking FC managers from 1984 onwards.

Dates Names Notes
1984–1997   Geoff Chapple
1997–1998   John McGovern
1998–2000   Brian McDermott
2000–2001   Colin Lippiatt
2001–2002   Geoff Chapple
2002–2007   Glenn Cockerill
2007   Graham Baker &
  Neil Smith
Caretaker Managers
2007–2008   Frank Gray
2008   Kim Grant
2008–2009   Phil Gilchrist
2009–2011   Graham Baker
2011–2017   Garry Hill
2017–2018   Anthony Limbrick
2018   Geoff Chapple Caretaker Manager
2018–2022   Alan Dowson
2022   Ian Dyer Caretaker Manager
2022–   Darren Sarll

Club officialsEdit

Position Club Official
CEO John Katz
Directors Graeme Beveridge
Drew Volpe
Financial Controller Director Sean Carey
Cards Trust Fans' Representative George Burnett
Company Secretary Andy Turner

Source: Woking F.C.

Management teamEdit

Position Staff
Manager Darren Sarll
Assistant Manager Ian Dyer
Strength & Conditioning Coach James Clark
Physiotherapists Phil Routledge
Assistant Physiotherapist Mia Dempsey-Smith
Kit Manager Malcolm Jobling
Kit Assistant Phil Marlow

Source: Woking F.C.




Club recordsEdit

Highest league position:

  • 2nd in Conference National: 1994–95 & 1995–96

FA Cup best performance:

FA Trophy best performance:

  • Winners: 1993–94; 1994–95; 1996–97 (Joint record number of wins)

Largest transfer fee received

Largest transfer fee paid

Record win

  • 17–3 vs. Farnham in the Surrey Charity Shield in 1913

Heaviest defeat

  • 0–16 vs. New Crusaders in the FA Cup in 1905

Record attendance

Record home league attendance

Former playersEdit

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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