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13. Craig Ross

The hugely experienced goalkeeper and product of the Woking youth academy signed a new contract in the summer of 2019. He played a crucial role in helping the Cards win promotion from National League South after re-joining his boyhood club the previous September.

Having first left Woking in 2008, Craig returned just over ten years later to belatedly take the club’s number one shirt for the first time, and didn’t take long to make an impact during a memorable first nine months back at Kingfield. After immediately being installed as the club’s first choice goalkeeper upon his arrival by manager Alan Dowson, Ross started 34 consecutive league matches, including both the play-off semi-final win over Wealdstone and the promotion final victory against Welling United, in which he kept a clean sheet. He also played eight times in cup competitions, including every minute of the Cards’ run to the third round of the FA Cup, which saw them win 1-0 away at Football League side Swindon Town and host Premier League Watford. He ended the year with 42 appearances in all competitions and an impressive 14 clean sheets.

Before his return to Woking, the goalkeeper had enjoyed an impressive career in non-league football, as well as a brief foray into the Football League with Barnet. His senior career started at Ashford Town (Middlesex) where he spent two years before joining Carshalton Athletic. Brief spells followed at Godalming and Welling but it was at Hampton and Richmond Borough where he first began to establish himself – playing 29 times in the National League South, including a 1-1 draw with the Cards, who would go on to become champions that season. From Hampton he joined Cambridge, a National League team at the time, making 15 appearances, whilst he also spent time on loan at Eastbourne, who he would go on to join permanently. After a short stint with Farnborough he spent close to two years with Whitehawk, reaching a play-off semi-final in 2016, and subsequently earning a move to Macclesfield. The Football League beckoned twelve months later, as he made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Bees, but he was ultimately unable to prevent their relegation. He started the 2018/19 campaign at Leatherhead before completing his career circle and returning to Woking.

2019/20 Sponsor: Humphries IFA

2019/20 Season Stats

Pl (s)Gls (p)Yellow CardsRed Cards
League:36 (0)0 (0)10
Cup:3 (0)0 (0)00
Total:39 (0)0 (0)10

Woking Career Stats

Pl (s)Gls (p)Yellow CardsRed Cards
70 (0)0 (0)40
11 (0)0 (0)10
81 (0)0 (0)50

Craig Ross

Position: Goalkeeper

Date of Birth: 29/01/1990

Debut: 29/09/2018

Previous Clubs:
Ashford Town (Middlesex)
Carshalton Athletic
Godalming Town
Welling United
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Cambridge United
Eastbourne Borough
Macclesfield Town

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