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Young Cards aim for another cup upset

Brian Caffarey - 17th November 2010

Young Cards aim for another cup upset Woking v Cheltenham Town
FA Youth Cup Second Round
7.30pm on Thursday 18 November 2010 (NB Kick-off time)

The focus may have been on the first team’s cup exploits so far this week but our Youth Team can argue that they’ve already pulled off a comparable, if not greater, feat in their premier cup competition, beating League One Colchester United away 5-3 in the First Round Proper of the prestigious FA Youth Cup. So, come on, Cards fans – get down to Kingfield again on Thursday evening and cheer the Woking lads on to what we hope will be another memorable victory! See at the same time if you can spot the next Woking star of the future.


Graham Baker, Matt Howard, Dennis North and their colleagues are to be congratulated on producing yet another successful youth side. Matt, the Academy Manager and Head Coach, speaking in the matchday programme for last Saturday’s game against Chelmsford City, said that he genuinely believes that Woking has the best football Academy among the traditional non-League clubs. Last year’s side beat Dagenham and Redbridge in the First Round of this competition before giving Charlton Athletic a real run for their money at The Valley, eventually losing 3-1. This year’s side have the chance to do even better by reaching the Third Round, with the enticing prospect of a home tie against Sheffield United awaiting the winners.

Woking fans have seen the likes of Gez Sole, Matt Ruby, Ross Worner, Jerome Maledon and Joe McNerney come through the Academy ranks to establish their first team credentials in recent years, with others such as Ola Sogbanmu, Matt Pegler, Charlie Turnbull, Josh Watkins, Aaron Gough and Ollie Palmer all now very much in the first team frame too. Given the state of the Club’s finances, Graham may have to rely increasingly on home-grown players in future, so it’s great news that the conveyor belt is still looking healthy.

The team has notched an impressive goal tally in reaching this stage of the competition:

Woking 4 Cobham 1
(Mazzone 2, Bicknell 2)

Woking 4 Burgess Hill Town 1 (a.e.t)
(Hicks, Bicknell 2, Mazzone)

Woking 4 Leatherhead 0
(Mazzone, Frith 2, Bicknell)

Colchester United 3 Woking 5
(Close, Mazzone 2, Blackmore, Moore)


Cheltenham beat Oxford United on penalties in the First Round of the competition after the game had ended 2-2.


Admission is only £4 for adults and £2 for concessions/season ticket holders.

Come on, you Cards!

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