Trophy derby on Saturday

Brian Caffarey
10:14am, Thu 22nd Nov 2012
Woking v Farnborough
FA Trophy 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 24 November 2012

The Cards welcome back old foes and neighbours Farnborough on Saturday, including former Kingfield favourites Alan Inns and Elvis Hammond, in what should be a very interesting and hard-fought Trophy encounter. With both sides scoring and shipping goals with some abandon, there should be some fine entertainment too! Come down to Kingfield if you possibly can and support your local football teams.


The ‘Midas’ touch which Garry Hill had in cup competitions with his old Dagenham side seems to have deserted him so far at Kingfield, with tame first-time exits last year in the FA Cup and Trophy to Maidenhead United and Chelmsford City respectively and this year to Ebbsfleet United in the Cup. Will it be fourth time lucky on Saturday?

In the league the Cards have slipped into slightly worrying territory but a good Trophy run would nevertheless be welcome, not least because it can bring in significant financial rewards, especially if the later stages are reached. In addition to their share of gate money, Saturday’s tie brings with it £5k for the winners and of course a place in the next round. A team entering the competition at this stage and going on to lift the Trophy would pocket £92k in prize money alone. Not to be sniffed at.

Subject to any injury worries, Garry should have a full squad to choose from now that Lee Sawyer, Mike Cestor and Bradley Bubb have served their one-match suspensions.


Spencer Day’s side have made an encouraging start to the season and now lie in 5th place in the Blue Square South table with 26 points from 16 games, having won seven, drawn three and lost six matches so far. Like Woking, no game has so far been goalless.

In the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round the Boro beat financially-stricken Truro City 3-2 at home.

Predictably, Alan Inns has proved to be a great acquisition for Farnborough, whilst recent signing Elvis Hammond has further strengthened a forward line which was already banging in the goals. Other familiar names include Dave Tarpey, the former Hampton and Richmond striker. Perhaps the player Woking’s defence needs to mark most closely, though, is Reece Connolly, who has recently rejoined the Boro on loan from Aldershot Town.


Adults £15
Over 65s/Students £10
U16s £5

Season ticket-holders are reminded that this is an ‘all pay’ game. The match will not be segregated and the bar will be open from 12 noon.

See the news item on 19 November about hospitality packages.


The 56-page programme includes Josh Stedman’s survey of how Garry Hill’s side have been viewed by opposition sides, Mark Doyle’s amazing set of football trivia facts – great stuff! – and an opposing view from Farnborough fan, Paul Trenter (‘Trents’). If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk


The Cards travel to Hyde next Saturday (1 December) and then to Lincoln City the following Tuesday (4 December). The next home game is a very attractive encounter with Stockport County on Saturday 8 December, so make sure it’s firmly in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. CARDS TRUST MEMBERS – Final reminder about the Trust’s AGM this (Thursday) evening at 7.30pm. Please come along and show your continuing support for the Trust’s valuable work.

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