Woking v Glenn Hoddle Academy
7.30pm on Wednesday 14 September 2011
The Cards take on Glenn Hoddleâ€™s Academy in a specially-arranged game tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. The Academy comprises young players who have been released by League clubs but who are believed to have the potential to get back into the professional game. It should be a skilful and entertaining evening so come on down to Kingfield. Entrance is only Â£5 for adults and free for U16s.
Garry Hill will no doubt want to put out a strong side for this game but will presumably wish to give most match time to those first team squad members who havenâ€™t regularly been playing for 90 minutes in recent games. So, it wouldnâ€™t be a surprise to see starts for the likes of Aaron Howe, Jay Davies, Gez Sole, Nathan Koranteng, Wayne Gray and Josh Griffiths.
GLENN HODDLE ACADEMY
The GHA describes itself as â€œthe first independent, professional football academy, offering an alternative to the professional club system. The primary goal of the GHA will be to offer a genuine route back into professional football for some of the youngsters discarded by the professional system. Each year football clubs across Europe release hundreds of talented young players. Glenn is absolutely convinced that the decision on their future is made too early and that many, given a further year or two, would develop into valued professional players.â€�
The Academy was founded in 2008 in memory of his brother Carl, who briefly played for Woking amongst other clubs. It was originally based in Spain, with players also playing for a Spanish 4th Division side but that arrangement ended earlier this year to be replaced by links with Hyde FC. Coaches include Dave Beasant, whose two goalkeeping sons are in the Academy, Graham Rix and Nigel Spackman. A number of Academy players have subsequently been signed by League and non-League clubs but none so far have â€˜hit the big timeâ€™.
The Academy has played a number of games, including some behind closed doors, with League and non-League outfits, including beating Weymouth 6-1 in a pre-season friendly.
Come on, you Cards!
N.B. Donâ€™t forget that the Cards are at home to Dover Athletic this Saturday.