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Saturday's matchday programme

Brian Caffarey - 19th March 2010

Saturday's matchday programme We’ve got another interesting line-up in our matchday programme on Saturday, including Rob Green’s Woking ‘dream team’.

Some of the highlights are:

Pages 7-9 – Ian Nicholson profiles Ron Rawlings, one half of the Club’s redoubtable kit team, and quizzes him about some of the managers he’s worked for:

“Ron has seen quite a few managers come and go at Kingfield in the last few years and is very warm and generous in his recollections of (virtually) all of them – despite each of them having their own styles and quirks. Geoff Chapple and Colin Lippiatt were Woking through and through and brought success through understanding the non-League game so well. ‘Geoff was very good at letting you know exactly what was required and you got on with it.’

Page 16 – Tom Barnardo recalls our thrilling win at The Camrose back in the heady days of last autumn.

Page 17 – Ben Pennick, in the first part of a two-part article, looks at football as played in some of the more extreme environments on the planet and recalls Greenland’s greatest football tragedy:

“In August 2004, Karl Olsen, Martin Larsen and Kristian Davidsen left Aasiaat by boat for a veterans’ game in Qeqertarsuaq. The trip only takes an hour but Disko Bay is littered with smaller islands and, returning home, the trio got lost. An air and sea search could not locate them and was called off a week later. In June 2005 the three players were found on Hareoe Island, where their boat had got stuck. They had written SOS in stones on a beach and built a driftwood shelter but had little chance of surviving the Arctic winter and froze to death – all for a game of football.”
Page 21 – A selection of some of David Holmes’s crowd photos at Kingfield this scene: are you there?

Pages 24-25 – England’s and West Ham’s Rob Green chooses his ‘dream team’ – and every player played for Woking FC!

Page 29 – Neil Bennett continues his wry musings on life and Woking and reflects on the need for some perspective in our present ‘crisis’:

“The extremity of reaction to our cave-in is the result not so much of the crisis itself, but the unforeseen nature of its totality. It raises questions that none of us much wanted to contemplate so soon after abject relegation – uncomfortable ones about management, self-sustainability, just how long our crowds can remain consistently respectable in the face of under-achievement: the imponderables of a good part of Kingfield's recent past. It also underlines how utterly dreadful we are at moderating reaction to downturn. All the insecurities of recent years descend to cloud out any positivity we may have felt about our progress before the New Year.”

Pages 36-37 - KC Kat gets ready for the Wincanton Champion Hurdle and checks out some of his rival mascots, including a dolphin with legs!

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

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