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Monday's matchday programme

Brian Caffarey - 30th August 2009

Monday's matchday programme We’ve got another great matchday programme lined up for you tomorrow, with some superb writing, including profiles of Jimmy Dack and Mark Ricketts, plus another instalment of Neil Bennett’s brilliant ‘Life Sentence’.

Some of the highlights are:

Pages 7-9 – Ian Nicholson finds a lot to like about Jimmy Dack:

“We all know the football world – glamour, bling, high living and flash cars. Waiting for Jimmy Dack one morning, I didn’t give it a second thought when a black London cab swung into Kingfield until Jimmy jumped out. It did occur to me that if cars reflect attitude, then, with Corsa-driving Graham Baker as manager and a black cab driver as his assistant, we are as far away from ‘flash’ as you could get. Hopefully, the values of ‘no nonsense’ hard work, honesty and reliability (well, not so sure about the Vauxhall!) will rub off on the team.”

Page 13 – Mark Doyle goes back 20 years to recall the first home game of our Isthmian Championship-winning season:

“The game was officiated by our “old friend” from Enfield, Mr Vosper. For many years I was led to believe by some of the old codgers around me on Moaners’ Corner that this charming referee’s name wasn’t in fact Paul Vosper, but Mr Youhaven’tgottabloodycluehaveyou Vosper (and worse besides), so it was with trepidation that the game kicked off for our forty-second encounter with our near neighbours.”

Page 21 – Lewis Hulatt profiles Mark Ricketts:

“Mark said that the young side at Woking is full of players who are excited about playing and he does not think that many of them would take their careers as professional footballers for granted, so they will want to do their best. He says that there is an almost innocent naivety with some of them, such is their enthusiasm. He says that Graham Baker seems to want to do things the right way and has earned their respect and (good to hear) the more the players discover about their manager, the more they respect him.” Page

– Double-page photo of Mark with space for an autograph.

Page 32 – Neil Bennett continues his wry musings on life and Woking, reflecting on the significance that used to mark FA Cup runs:
“To 'stabilise' appears to be this year's watchword, which might allow us all the breathing space to find football's simple pleasures again: players you're actually fond of, league games without the stomach-knotting angst and some form of massively, unforgivably overdue cup run. When you're walking dejectedly along the front of the KRE after losing 1-0 to ten-man Bemerton Heath Harlequins next month, remember this plea for positivity. Then head for the bar!”
Page 42 – Guy Mitchell-Dwelly begins an occasional series on the laws of the game by looking at the throw-in.

And, of course, the rest of the programme is packed full with all the usual reports, previews, statistics and great photos.

Support the Club and buy a copy! Only £2.50. You can order a copy from the Club Shop if you can’t make it to the game.
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