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Cards begin pre-season programme

Brian Caffarey - 16th July 2015

Cards begin pre-season programme Staines Town v Woking
Pre-season friendly
3pm on Saturday 18 July 2015

The Cards start their pre-season programme with a short trip to Staines Town on Saturday afternoon. Woking fans will be hoping to get their first glimpse of new signings in action, and there will no doubt be a number of trialists for fans to cast their eye over. The Swans, with three wins under their belt already, should prove lively opposition.


It’s been a fairly quiet summer so far in terms of new signings. The new arrivals are keeper Nick Hamann (formerly with Braintree), right back Jake Caprice (from Lincoln City), centre back Ismail Yakubu (from Newport County but with many years’ experience previously with Barnet) and midfielder Godfrey Poku (with AFC Telford last season). They all look like quality signings but, clearly, more will be needed to compensate for the departures of Adam Newton, John Nutter, James Clarke, Josh Payne, Kevin Betsy and Joe McNerney plus end-of-season loanees, including Yemi Odubade. But there are the makings of another strong squad, with the welcome news of the re-signings of Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, John Goddard, Scott Rendell and Giuseppe Sole.


The Swans finished bottom of the Conference South last season and so start this campaign in the Ryman Premier League. However, they have made a promising start to their pre-season with three successive wins: 5-0 away at Tooting and Mitcham; 2-0 at Burnham; and, on Tuesday night, 2-1 over Wealdstone at home. Manager Nicky Forster has made a host of new signings as well as giving opportunities to younger players. The Swans’ best known player is defender and captain, 38 year-old Darren Purse.


Wheatsheaf Park
Wheatsheaf Lane
TW18 2PD

By Car

From Woking go over junction 11 of the M25 into Chertsey, turn left onto Chertsey Road at the roundabout, then straight onto the B387 / Fordwater Road. At the end of this road turn right onto the B375 / Bridge Road. After a mile take 1st exit at roundabout onto Littleton Lane. At next roundabout take 1st exit onto B376 / Shepperton Road, then turn right onto the B376 / The Broadway, followed by the next left onto Staines Road. After 1 mile turn left onto Wheatsheaf Lane, and the ground will be on your right.

By Train

Nearest station: Staines

The journey there involves a change at Weybridge or changes at Weybridge and Virginia Water. With changes, the 13.02 from Woking should get you to Staines at 14.02, whilst the two services at 13.32 should get you there at 14.28 or 14.32, depending which route you take. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk for more details.

The ground is a 15 minute walk from the train station. Type the postcode into www.streetmap.co.uk to see possible routes.


Adults £10
Concessions £5


The remaining pre-season programme is:

Tuesday 21 July (7.45pm) – Woking v Oxford United
Friday 24 July (7.45pm) – Woking v Portsmouth
Tuesday 28 July (7.45pm) – Woking v Leyton Orient
Saturday 1 August (3pm) – St Albans City v Woking

The Cards start their league programme on Saturday 8 August with an away trip to newly-relegated Tranmere Rovers, followed by two home games: against Bromley on Tuesday 11 August and against Altrincham on Saturday 15 August.

Come on, you Cards!
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