|Kingfield Stadium||Founded 1889||The Cards|
Woking created plenty of non league history in the nineties during their most successful spell. The ball started to roll when they famously reached the F.A Cup fourth round stages beating West Bromwich Albion on the way in 1991. Two years later the Cards reached Wembley, the first of three occasions in four years. Woking won the F.A Trophy and retained the silverware the following season. Simultaneously, the Cards came close to reaching the Football League by twice finishing runners up in the Conference Premier in consecutive campaigns. The Kingfield Stadium came the F.A Trophy’s new home once more in 1997 as the club set a record number of trophy triumphs. A temporary stay in the Conference South ended just two years ago and two mid table finishes followed.
Conference Premier: 9th
F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
FA Trophy: 2nd Round
County Cup: Winners
Top Scorer: Scott Rendell
Average Attendance: 1601
Woking struggled at the beginning of the season winning just three times in their opening 17 fixtures. The Cards were in the relegation zone and wondering if they would return to the Conference South. Jack Marriott was signed on loan from Ipswich Town and it was then when everything clicked. The 19 year old teamed up perfectly with top scorer Scott Rendell with the duo scoring 24 goals in 21 matches between them. The Cards made steady progress up the Conference Premier table winning six consecutive games in March and April. On their travels the Surrey side went out to attack recording the second highest number of goals scored away from home. A top ten finish was questionable in the early stages of the campaign but shrewd loan signings made sure of an improvement from the previous season.
The Manager – Garry Hill
Three and half years have gone since Garry Hill was appointed the Woking manager. He led them to a Conference South playoff semi final before winning the title and promotion to the Conference Premier. Two respectable finishes in the top non league division and Hill’s work at the Kingfield Stadium has been impressive. In non league circles Hill has built up plenty of experience with Heybridge Swifts and St Albans City before winning the Isthmian Premier League with Dagenham and Redbridge, in his first season there. The Daggers continued to improve and after a playoff final defeat to Doncaster Rovers at Wembley, Hill resigned the followed campaign. Staying in Essex, he spent a short spell with Hornchurch before the club entered administration. More financial club difficulties followed in Hill’s next two roles, firstly at Weymouth who he guided to the Conference Premier then at Rushden and Diamonds. At least stability has returned to Hill’s managerial career with the Cards.
Having spent a loan spell at Woking before, Keiran Murtagh rejoins the Cards. The midfielder made over 50 appearances for the Surrey club scoring ten times and was part of the Conference South winning team.James Clarke has moved from troubled Salisbury City, the central defender has nearly been ever present for the Whites over the last two seasons. Theo Lewis has followed Clarke from the Wiltshire club, Lewis was also part of the Conference South promotion winning team with Salisbury City. In goal, Jake Cole has experience over 100 appearances at Plymouth Argyle in the Football League, he has been signed by Hill. Joey jones turns his loan deal into a permanent one, he scored twice for Woking in 12 games. George Frith, Brett Johnson and Anthony McNamee have all been released by the club.
Last Meetings vs The Darts
Dartford 5 Woking 1 – Conference Premier – 18 February 2014
Dartford’s best performance of the season happened after falling behind early on to a Scott Rendell goal. A minute on loan striker Alex Wall equalised and then the visitors had Joey Jones dismissed. The Darts cashed in on the extra man advantage with four more goals from Wall, a brace from Max Cornhill and a last minute fifth by Lee Noble.
Woking 3 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 12 November 2013
Dartford collapsed as quick as a second innings display by England. With the scores level at 0-0 and just under half hour to go, Woking scored three times in fifteen minutes. On loan and on his debut, Jack Marriott opened his goalscoring account, Scott Rendell doubled the lead and Joe McNerney made it three.
Tuesday 12 August 2014 at Kingfield Stadium
Saturday 24 January 2015 at Princes Park
League Performance Last Ten Years
|2nd Conference Premier (1994/95 & 1995/96)||F.A Cup 4th Round (1990/91)||F.A Trophy Winners (1993/94, 1994/95 & 1996/97)|