3:59pm, Thu 22nd Apr 2021
Veteran commercial partnership and hospitality executive joins from Oxford City
Woking Football Club today announced the hiring of Mick Livesey as new Commercial Director of Surreyâ€™s highest-profile football club.
The clubâ€™s Board of Directors unanimously approved the hire last week.
Mickâ€™s CV includes stints as an Academy Coach for Manchester City, a sports journalist, and a Greyhound racing pundit for Sky Sports. Prior to launching his football career, Mick spent a number of years in senior management and commercial sales for Towcester Racecourse. Most recently, Mick served as Commercial Director for Oxford City Football Club of the National League South. Mickâ€™s accomplishments are featured in the latest issue of FC Business magazine. A link to the issue can be found here
beginning on page 14.
â€œMickâ€™s track record speaks for itself,â€� said Woking Director John Katz. â€œIn the midst of the pandemic â€“ in which he spent time in hospital with Covid â€“ Mick set new commercial highs at Oxford City and leaves them with over 80 commercial partners. Throughout the interview process, it was clear that he shares our clubâ€™s community ethos and our ambition to compete for our place at the top of the National League and our ultimate goal of reaching the Football League.â€�
Mick is expected to join the club in May and is looking forward to meeting local businesses, community organisations and current and prospective commercial partners.
Mickâ€™s message to Cards supporters: â€œLife is about embracing challenges and moving forward. Iâ€™ve had many offers and it was always going to take something special for me to leave Oxford City. Woking is a very special football club and Iâ€™m thrilled to accept this challenge. We are about to go on an incredibly exciting journey, I want to play a part in that journey and for us to make history at this fantastic club. The goal is for us to become a sustainable club and to be challenging to get to the EFL. I believe with our superb fan base, existing partners and staff this is a very realistic target. Itâ€™s time for Woking FC to smile both on and off the pitch and for everyone to get super excited. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and getting started in May. Letâ€™s make the 2021/22 season one that will live long in the memory for all the right reasons.â€�
â€œHaving Mick join our team is another step in moving the club forward to becoming a full-time club with the community at its heart,â€� said Woking FC Chairman Rosemary Johnson. â€œI am delighted that he has agreed to join us, sharing the club's vision to move the club forward with the ambition of financial sustainability.â€�
About Woking Football Club
Woking Football Club is an association football club based in Woking, Surrey, England. Founded in 1887, the club plays its home matches at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The club is member of the Vanarama National League, the fifth tier of English football and the highest level of non-league football. The Cards earned promotion to the National League (formerly Conference Premier) by winning the Conference South in the 2011/12 season. After being relegated to the National League South in 2017/2018, Woking rejoined the National League after finishing second in the table and winning a playoff final. The Cards are led on the pitch by Manager Alan â€œDowseâ€� Dowson and his assistants Martin Tyler and Ian Dyer. Woking Football Clubâ€™s Chairman is Rosemary Johnson. For more information on Woking Football Club, visit www.wokingfc.co.uk, or follow the Cards on Twitter (@wokingfc), Facebook (facebook.com/wokingfc) and all popular social media platforms.
About the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Woking Football Club plays football at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The Laithwaite Community Stadium â€“ originally known as Kingfield Stadium â€“ opened for football in 1922 and has since seen two renovation projects: first in 1942 and most recently in 1995. The ground has a capacity of 6,036 â€“ of which 2,500 are seated on grandstands. The remaining capacity is accommodated in standing terraces. The hub of professional football in Surrey, the Laithwaite Community Stadium is a gathering place for the Woking community that serves guests and supporters from all walks of life. The ground has been home to generations of Cards fans and will continue to do so long into the future.