Woking Football Club, The Laithwaite Community Stadium, Kingfield, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA01483 772470
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Woking History

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Squad List

-- - Josh Casey
-- - Jack Cook
-- - Sam Evans
-- - Ben Gerring
-- - Matt Jarvis
-- - Max Kretzschmar
-- - Craig Ross
-- - Dave Tarpey

Profiles

Josh Casey
DoB: 19/10/1991
Role: Left-Back

Josh is Woking’s club captain and is currently midway through a two-year contract extension he signed in the summer of 2019, following the Cards promotion to the National League at the end of the previous campaign. He joined the club in 2018 alongside manager Alan Dowson and several other former Hampton players who subsequently formed the core of the club’s play-off winning side. A natural leader and an industrious left-sided defender, he has become a firm fan favourite at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, as emphasised by the number of personal accolades he’s won during his two years at the club. The skipper enjoyed a clean sweep of the end of season awards in 2019 when he took home the Manager’s, Players’, and Fans’ Player of the Year awards.

He began his career with neighbours Aldershot Town in 2009. From there, he moved to Salisbury and Bashley, before linking up with Dowse for the first time at Kingstonian in 2013. He spent two years with the K’s, reaching a play-off semi-final, before moving to Hampton in 2015. The following campaign saw the Beavers finish as Isthmian League champions and win promotion to National League South. Three successive play-off campaigns followed as Hampton were beaten semi-finalists in 2017 and finalists in 2018, before Josh finally tasted play-off victory with the Cards in 2019. He was a near ever-present as Woking finished second in National League South and reached the third round of the FA Cup, facing Premier League Watford, and remained one of the first names on the teamsheet throughout the shortened 2019/20 campaign as he closed in on 100 appearances for the Cards in all competitions.

Jack Cook
DoB: 16/09/1993
Role: Right-Back, Centre-Back

Jack is a versatile defender who spent much of his early career as a centre-back before being transitioned into a right-sided full-back by manager Alan Dowson, who has coached him at both Woking and former club Hampton & Richmond Borough. He was one of several players to join the Cards from Hampton in the summer of 2018 and he quickly made an impact at both ends of the pitch, initially forming a successful defensive partnership alongside Ben Gerring, as well as netting four league goals in his debut season. Despite his success at the heart of the Woking defence, he would end the year as the club’s first-choice right-back, starting in that position in the play-off wins over both Wealdstone and Welling United as the Cards clinched promotion. He continued in his new role throughout the disrupted 2019/20 season where, after taking some time to adjust to playing in the National League for the first time, he became one of the team’s most consistent performers. This was recognised as he won the Woking News & Mail Player of the Year Award at the end of the season.

The defender began his career at Charlton Athletic, where he spent two years in the youth team, before leaving the professional game to focus on his studies at Brighton University. During his time at university he continued to play for Isthmian League side Worthing, where he caught the eye of Dowse, leading to him joining Hampton in 2017. His first season playing in the National League South ended in a superb run to the play-off final, where the Beavers missed out on promotion on penalties, but after joining Woking he went one better the following year, as the Cards earned a place back in the National League at the first attempt.

Sam Evans
DoB:
Role: Striker

Sam is a second-year academy player who signed contractual forms with the first-team in the summer of 2020. He enjoyed an impressive first year with the club’s youth team, playing either as a central striker or out wide, scoring 14 times in 30 appearances across a range of age groups. His performances caught the eye of first-team manager Alan Dowson, who regularly invited him to train with the senior squad, whilst he also enjoyed a scoring appearance in the first-team friendly against Hampton & Richmond Borough. A local lad and a boyhood Woking fan, chief amongst his ambitions for his time at the club is to follow in the footsteps of former Cards’ forward Giuseppe Sole, who made more than 300 first-team appearances after also graduating from the academy. Sam will be aiming to get his first taste of senior football this season whilst continuing his work with the youth team.

Ben Gerring
DoB: 01/01/1991
Role: Centre-Back

Ben signed a new contract in the summer of 2020 to extend his stay at the Laithwaite Community Stadium into a third season. A powerful and commanding centre-half, as well as a firm fan favourite, he originally joined the Cards in October 2018, answering manager Alan Dowson’s call for more leadership from his defenders. The former Truro City captain fit the bill perfectly and made a near-immediate impact, scoring the only goal of the game on just his second appearance, a 1-0 win over Welling United in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup. The Cards would go on to reach the third round proper, facing Premier League Watford, where Ben struck up a friendly rivalry with Watford striker Troy Deeney. He’d finish the season with promotion as Woking tasted victory in the National League South play-offs, whilst his performances also saw him voted into the division’s team of the year. He continued to impress and improve following the club’s step up to the National League where, once again, he was a standout performer as the Cards finished in an admirable 10th place on their return to the top tier of non-league football.

He started his senior career with Weymouth back in 2010, after leaving boyhood club Plymouth Argyle. However, it was only after earning a switch to National League club Torquay United in October 2015, that he truly began to establish himself. He spent the best part of two seasons with the Gulls, twice helping the club steer clear of the bottom four with a late run of form, with perhaps his most memorable moment for the club being the winner in a dramatic 4-3 victory over Forest Green Rovers, who would go on to be promoted. However, loan spells at Truro and Weston-super-Mare restricted his game time at Plainmoor and a permanent move to Cornwall followed in the summer of 2017. A successful season saw the White Tigers finish in seventh place and earn a National League South play-off spot, only for them to lose their eliminator to Dowse, whose Hampton and Richmond Borough side won 3-1 after extra time. A short-lived spell at Billericay Town followed at the start of the 2018/19 campaign before he joined up with Woking for what proved to be a hugely successful season.

Matt Jarvis
DoB: 22/05/1986
Role: Winger

Matt signed a new contract with the Cards in the summer of 2020 after having his return to football midway through the previous season curtailed by the untimely end to the campaign. The one-time England international, who grew up in nearby Guildford, launched his comeback in February 2020 after nearly five years of injury problems. He scored with his first touch in a Woking shirt after coming off the bench in a 2-0 home win over Maidenhead United, in addition to providing the cross for the second goal, as well as a further assist against Barnet in his next game. The experienced wide player, who can feature on either flank, ultimately managed just those two appearances before the season came to an end, but certainly did enough to whet the appetite of Woking fans for what could follow across a full season.

He started his career with Gillingham, making his Football League debut in what is now the Championship in November 2003, aged just 17. He would go on to make well in excess of 100 appearances for the club during a four-year spell, scoring 16 goals in all competitions and earning a place in the League One PFA Team of the Year, before Championship side Wolves swooped in 2007. It was at Molineux where he enjoyed the most successful years of his career. He was a key part of the side which won the second-tier and promotion to the Premier League in 2009, whilst he was voted the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year in 2011. He spent just over five years with the club, including three in the top division, making 175 appearances, scoring 21 goals, as well as playing the final 20 minutes for England against Ghana at Wembley in 2011. From Wolves, he moved to West Ham United in 2012, where he made another 78 Premier League appearances before injuries started to take their toll. He joined Norwich City in 2015 but after featuring 21 times spent over three years sidelined with knee, hamstring, and hip injuries. A short loan spell with Walsall at the start of 2019 saw him finally return to the pitch before he joined the Cards just over a year later.

Max Kretzschmar
DoB: 12/10/1993
Role: Attacking Midfielder

Max signed a new contract in the summer of 2020 ahead of a fourth season with the club. The attacking midfield player, who prefers to play in an advanced playmaker role but has also been utilised out wide, has had two spells with the Cards. He originally moved to the Laithwaite Community Stadium in 2016, joining from Wycombe Wanderers, making 24 appearances. Despite struggling with injuries, he still netted three times, including the crucial goal against Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day of the 2016/17 season, a strike which ensured Woking’s National League survival. After a one year absence he returned to the club in 2018 and played a key role in the Cards’ National League South promotion winning campaign. He finished the year as the club’s joint top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions, including a memorable equaliser in the play-off semi-final against Wealdstone, a game which the Cards would go on to win 3-2. Injuries limited his impact on his return to the National League, keeping him to just 13 league starts, but he showed flashes of his best form ahead of the season’s untimely conclusion, scoring in the draw with Notts County and the win over FC Halifax Town.

He started his career with Wycombe, where he graduated from the club’s academy, playing 85 times for the Chairboys’ senior team across a three-year period. He scored a brace in just his sixth appearance for the club, netting both goals in a 2-1 win over Hartlepool United, with seven more goals following in all competitions during his time with the club. After a year with Woking under former manager Garry Hill, he joined Hampton & Richmond Borough, coached by current Cards’ boss Alan Dowson. He was one of the standout players for the Beavers as he scored 20 times in all competitions, including 16 in National League South, helping the club reach the play-off final, ultimately losing on penalties to Braintree Town. When Dowse joined Woking that summer, Max became one of several Hampton players to follow in his footsteps, forming the core of a hugely successful 2018/19 squad. Since returning to the club, he has also taken on coaching duties within Woking’s academy, which he does alongside his first-team role.

Craig Ross
DoB: 29/01/1990
Role: Goalkeeper

Craig is a former Woking academy graduate who returned to the club after a ten-year absence in 2018 to become his boyhood team’s first-choice goalkeeper. He signed a new contract in the summer of 2020 after playing a standout role in both Woking’s promotion winning campaign from National League South as well as a subsequent 10th place finish back in the National League. During his debut campaign he made 34 consecutive league starts, including both play-off victories, finishing the year with a 1-0 win against Welling United in the final. He also played ever minute of the Cards’ run to the third round of the FA Cup, featuring the memorable 1-0 victory over Swindon Town, and culminating in the defeat to Premier League Watford. He finished the campaign with 14 clean sheets. His exploits during the shortened 2019/20 season, in which he kept a further eight clean sheets, won him three of the end of season awards – Manager’s, Players’ and Fan’s Player of the Year – as well as a reputation as one of the National League’s best goalkeepers.

Before his return to Woking, he enjoyed an impressive career in non-league football, as well as a brief foray into the Football League with Barnet. His senior career started at Ashford Town (Middlesex) where he spent two years before joining Carshalton Athletic. Brief spells followed at Godalming and Welling but it was at Hampton and Richmond Borough where he first began to establish himself – playing 29 times in the National League South, including a 1-1 draw with the Cards, who would go on to become champions that season. From Hampton he joined Cambridge, a National League team at the time, making 15 appearances, whilst he also spent time on loan at Eastbourne, who he would go on to join permanently. After a short stint with Farnborough he spent close to two years with Whitehawk, reaching a play-off semi-final in 2016, and subsequently earning a move to Macclesfield. The Football League beckoned twelve months later, as he made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Bees, but he was ultimately unable to prevent their relegation. He started the 2018/19 campaign at Leatherhead before completing his career circle and returning to Woking.

Dave Tarpey
DoB: 14/11/1988
Role: Striker

Dave extended his stay at the Laithwaite Community Stadium into a third season when he signed a new contract in the summer of 2020. He initially joined the club on a one-month loan deal during the 2018/19 season, scoring three times in seven appearances, helping the Cards win promotion to the National League. After finishing the campaign with parent club Barnet, he returned to Woking that summer, becoming one of manager Alan Dowson’s first new signings ahead of the club’s return to the fifth tier. He went on to enjoy a positive season as the Cards secured a tenth place finish, predominantly playing on the right of a three-man forward line. He scored eight times in 41 appearances in all competitions, including the club’s goal of the season, a late winner in a 2-1 home victory over Hartlepool United.

The experienced forward began his career in the Hellenic Leagues with Henley Town before his performances earned him a move to National League South side Basingstoke Town in 2007. After just over 60 league appearances he moved to divisional rivals Hampton & Richmond Borough in 2009 and became a key player with 31 goals in 115 games – whilst also spending time on loan at Walton and Hersham and Chertsey Town. Two seasons with neighbours Farnborough followed, as well as another short spell at Hampton, before he joined Maidenhead United in 2015. It was with the Magpies that his career truly took off as he became one of the most feared strikers in non-league football. He netted an astonishing 95 goals in 141 games for Maidenhead, including 45 in all competitions during the club’s National League South promotion season in 2016/17, as well as seven in the first six games following promotion to the National League. His exploits finally earned him a career-long dream of a move into the Football League, only for a heartbreaking injury on just his second appearance for Barnet to temper that opportunity. He spent the rest of the season sidelined nursing his anterior cruciate ligament and was left helpless to prevent the Bees’ relegation. The following season he joined Woking, initially to regain fitness, before signing permanently later in the year.

Alan Dowson
DoB: 17/06/1970
Role: Manager

Alan, better known as ‘Dowse’, took over as Woking manager in May 2018 following the Cards relegation from the National League. Despite starting the season with just one contracted player as well as a whole host of other issues to be resolved both on and off the pitch, Dowse enjoyed a superb first season as boss, earning an immediate return to the top flight of non-league football with promotion via the play-offs. After finishing as runners-up to Torquay United, the Cards defeated Wealdstone and Welling United in the end of season competition to bounce back at the first attempt, much to the delight of everyone associated with the club. His side continued that great form into the shortened 2019/20 season, securing a top 10 finish in the National League for the first time since 2015.

It hasn’t just been in the league that Dowse has tasted success, as he also led the Cards to the third round of the FA Cup in his debut season, the first time Woking have progressed to that stage since 1997. They knocked out League 2 side Swindon Town on route to a third round meeting with Premier League Watford, which ended in an admirable 2-0 defeat, in front of a sold out crowd at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Dowse has an enviable record of success throughout a 15 plus year run in non-league football. After enjoying a playing career which took him to Millwall, Fulham, Bradford City and Darlington, he became player-manager at Walton and Hersham in 2004, with the highlight of a three-year spell being a run to the fourth round of the FA Trophy the following year. In 2007 he moved to Kingstonian where he led the club to promotion from the Isthmian Division One South as champions. His side also twice reached the play-offs of the Isthmian Premier Division, including one final in 2010, which saw the K’s defeated by Boreham Wood.

In 2014, supported by his now familiar backroom team of Ian Dyer and Martin Tyler, Dowse joined Hampton & Richmond Borough, winning promotion from the Isthmian Premier at the second attempt as the Beavers went up as champions. Their fine form continued into National League South as back-to-back play-off campaigns followed – with only a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Braintree Town preventing the club from earning promotion to the National League in 2018. That would prove to be Dowse’s final game with Hampton as he took his self-proclaimed dream job at Woking that summer – quickly winning over supporters with his selfless work off the pitch to engage and galvanise the local community, whilst backing it up with results and ultimately promotion on it.

Ian Dyer
DoB: 26/09/1983
Role: Assistant Manager

Ian joined Woking at the start of the 2018/19 season as a key part of manager Alan Dowson’s coaching staff. His tactical insights and planning quickly paid off as the Cards clinched promotion from the National League South in his first season at the club, defeating Welling United in the end of season promotion final. He also helped mastermind a run to the third round of the FA Cup, where the team famously earned the opportunity to take on Premier League Watford, going down 2-0 at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Dyer previously coached alongside managerial colleagues Dowse and Martin Tyler at Hampton & Richmond Borough, where the trio won promotion from the Isthmian League, before reaching consecutive National League South play-off games, losing in the semi-final in 2017 and the final twelve months later, as the Beavers were beaten on penalties by Braintree Town. A UEFA ‘A’ License Professional Coach, Dyer has also worked in the Football League with Portsmouth, Barnet and Fulham in a variety of roles, as well as working at the Coerver Performance Academy which specialises in grassroots player development for players aged 7-17.

Martin Tyler
DoB: 14/09/1945
Role: Assistant Manager

A legendary figure, both in the world of football, and at boyhood club Woking where he has been a supporter for almost his entire life. Martin took up an official position at the club for the first time in May 2018, when he joined the club alongside manager and long-time friend Alan Dowson, as well as later Ian Dyer who completed the managerial trio who had enjoyed so much success at former club Hampton & Richmond Borough. After returning home to Kingfield, Tyler quickly became a beloved presence for players and fans alike on the touchline, helping the team record promotion back to the National League at the first attempt and reach the third round of the FA Cup in his debut season.

Tyler has accompanied Dowse throughout his managerial career, working with him at Walton and Hersham, Kingstonian and Hampton, winning league titles with both the K’s and the Beavers, whilst also helping the latter make back-to-back play-off appearances in the National League South – only missing out on promotion in 2018 on penalties. Martin is, of course, best known for his football commentary. He still works regularly for Sky Sports and was notably voted FA Premier League Commentator of the Decade in 2003.

Christian Jolley
DoB: 12/05/1988
Role: Fitness Coach

A former Woking midfielder, Christian transitioned into a coaching role in the summer of 2019, after his playing career was brought to a premature end by injury. He originally joined the Cards twelve months earlier, following manager Alan Dowson and fellow coaches Ian Dyer and Martin Tyler from former club Hampton & Richmond Borough, where together they had enjoyed successive play-off campaigns in National League South.

Despite being predominately a striker or winger in his early career, Jolley looked set to establish himself as Woking’s midfield general, using his vast experience and understanding of the game to act as one of the manager’s on field lieutenants. Unfortunately, a pre-season injury suffered against Salford City massively restricted his time on the pitch. After playing through the pain barrier for the first two and a half league games, all of which Woking won, he wouldn’t return until early December. He remained a regular member of the team until February, including all 90 minutes against Premier League Watford in the FA Cup, before ongoing injury problems saw him slowly phased out – his final appearance coming against Welling United in March, a game which he marked with his only league goal for the club.

Even with his problems on the pitch, Jolley remained a constant in the Woking dressing room and on the sidelines, as he played a key role in helping the team win promotion back to the National League at the first attempt. His impact was quickly noted by Dowse who moved to keep him on in a new capacity for the 2019/20 season and beyond.

Matthew Winter
DoB: 07/02/1992
Role: Goalkeeper Coach

A former Cards academy player who later rejoined the club in a coaching capacity. He started working with the club's youngsters in 2014, coaching every age group between Under-9s and Under-23s, before being promoted to first-team goalkeeper coach in the summer of 2018, a role he now does alongside his academy duties.

Phil Routledge
DoB: 08/07/1986
Role: Physiotherapist

Malcolm Jobling
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Role: Kit Manager

Paul Griffiths
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Role: Kit Assistant

Phil Marlow
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Role: Kit Assistant

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