Saturday's matchday programme
7:28pm, Thu 21st Jan 2010
Weâ€™ve got some great reading for you in Saturdayâ€™s matchday programme. Make sure you get a copy! Some highlights are:
Pages 7-9 â€“ Brian Caffarey interviews Graham Baker for an extensive half-term report and quizzes him on, amongst other things, the stresses of the job, his attitude to referees, the prospects for our home-grown players, how he thinks we would fare if we got promoted and his own ambitions:
â€œGB: I want to be successful at Woking as quickly as possible. Iâ€™ve not got too many years left, so I canâ€™t take too long about it. Iâ€™m confident in my own abilities and believe I could be successful at a higher level. Iâ€™ve worked with players at all levels, so the prospect of working at a bigger club doesnâ€™t faze me. But what will happen will happen: all my efforts now are focused on achieving success for this Club.â€�
Page 21 â€“ Lewis Hulatt talks to new signing Jamie Slabber, including his experience of working under Glen Hoddle at Spurs:
â€œâ€¦..had Eileen Drury ever laid hands on him? She hadnâ€™t, but nevertheless he had a great experience at White Hart Lane and there were great players to be around.
â€˜Glenn was an excellent manager â€“ very tactical - blessed with great ability himself â€“ it was inspiring to see Hoddle taking part in training sessions.â€™ â€œ
Pages 24-25 â€“ Double-page photo of Jamie with space for an autograph.
Page 29 â€“ Neil Bennett, in his wryly-observed Life Sentence piece, recalls his youthful spell working in a pub:
â€œThe justification of this period was to take time to reflect, determine my future and define a career path. If I am honest, it was an excuse to hang my hat of lack of ambition and listlessness on the nearest convenient peg. Unforgivably, it was also mainly to remain close to Woking. In return for placing my youth on hold, my club gave me John McGovern. Itâ€™s little wonder I remain rancorous.â€�
Page 33 â€“ Ben Pennick, in the light of the attack on the Togo team in the Africa Cup, reflects on sport and politics:
â€œ â€˜Sportsmen shouldnâ€™t get involved in politics!â€™ I normally heard this cry when the Springboks wanted to tour Britain, or some bunch of over-the-hill cricket mercenaries wanted to earn many times their thirty pieces of silver playing in a rebel tour.
But much of the time sportsmen donâ€™t even have a say, or any opportunity to voice their opinion. It is their employers, paymasters, governing bodies and just as often the governments that put them into that position. And it is nothing new.â€�
Pages 36-37 â€“ KC Kat recounts the fun heâ€™s had in the snow. Also KC surfs the web for interesting sites.
Catch up too on reports of all the games from Weston-super-Mare onwards, accompanied by the usual great photos from David Holmes. Plus previews, statistics and news from the Club.
Support the Club and buy a copy! Only Â£2.50. You can order a copy from the Club Shop (01483 772470 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you canâ€™t make it to the game.