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Saturday's matchday programme

Brian Caffarey - 19th November 2009

Saturday's matchday programme We’ve got another very readable matchday programme for you on Saturday, including a fascinating interview with Club Physio, Steve Snelling, and a profile of Ricky Anane.

Some of the highlights include:

Page 3 – Graham Baker laments the lack of firepower in his squad and pleads for realism:

“I realise that it has been frustrating in recent weeks for fans, especially our home performances, but we have to be realistic about where we were last summer and how long it may take to build a really successful side. I’m as keen as anyone else – keener! – to win this league but this Club has got a lot of ground to make up as a result of what has happened in recent seasons, and that takes time.”

Pages 7-8 – Ian Nicholson is intrigued by the ‘Phiz Biz’ world he discovers when he interviews Steve Snelling:

“So, would you know an Osgood Schlatters from a Fat Pad Impingement? How about a Gilmore’s Groin or a Baker’s Cyst? I still don’t have a clue but after seeing Woking ‘Phizzes’ Steve Snelling and Jack Taylor at work one Friday evening I am fascinated by their Phiz Biz world. Was I in a surgery, a gym, an office, a library, a changing room or a community centre? Computers, treatment tables, Swiss balls and shelves of physio books were in evidence, with Sky Sports playing in the background. Mention an ailment and Steve will probably whip out a newspaper cutting or computer fact sheet with the latest thinking or recommended treatment.”

Pages 12-13 – Brian Caffarey compares and contrasts different reports, from Surrey and Hertfordshire, of last week’s league encounter against St Albans City.

Page 16 – We look at the FA Trophy competition and recall Woking’s glory days

Page 21 – Lewis Hulatt profiles Ricky Anane and asks him an awkward question:

‘How tactful is Ricky when it comes to his team mates’ ability? The most skilful? “Well, there are a few skilful players, but I would say it’s one of Moses, Harry or Gez! Although Hutch throws in a few skills in training - ha ha!” [When you get to know Ricky, you’ll find he punctuates with a lot of laughs.] The manager who taught him the most? “Chris Beech at Bury – he taught me positioning and the importance of playing with confidence.” ‘

Pages 24-25 – Double-page photo of Ricky with space for an autograph.

Page 32 – Neil Bennett continues his brilliant Life Sentence series and finds that he’s not seen eye to eye with Graham Baker and Jimmy Dack:

“I think it’s fair to say that last Tuesday week Graham, Jimmy and I had our first proper, out-and-out tiff. Not in a literal sense, of course. Mr Dack did not (tracksuit-clad, wheezing) pursue my dumpy frame as I scurried down Westfield Avenue muttering obscenities under my breath, trying desperately to suppress the unwanted feeling of agitated frustration that I thought had left behind with Gilchrist and Lyne. GB did not chase me to my car and refuse to allow me to drive home until he had justified his team selection and game plan……”

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 (01483 772470 or shop@wokingfc.co.uk ) if you can’t make it to the game.
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