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

3 - Josh Casey
4 - Charlie Cooper
6 - Moussa Diarra
9 - Jonté Smith
10 - Max Kretzschmar
12 - Nathan Collier
13 - Craig Ross
15 - Jack Skinner
17 - Sam Evans
20 - Malachi Napa
21 - Tommy Block
22 - John Goddard
24 - Leo Hamblin
26 - Jamar Loza
27 - Joe Leslie
28 - Selim Saied
29 - Nathan Wood
31 - Mark Smith
-- - Joe McNerney
-- - Tom Champion
-- - Solomon Nwabuokei
-- - Inih Effiong
-- - Tyreke Johnson

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.

Charlie Cooper
DoB: 01/05/1997
Role: Centre Midfielder

Charlie joined Woking in the summer of 2020 after impressing manager Alan Dowson during a brief trial period. The ball-winning midfield player spent last season with fellow National League side FC Halifax Town, for whom he made 30 appearances in all competitions, helping the Shaymen reach the end of season play-offs. He also scored once, in a 5-2 win over Maidenhead United. He was offered a new contract to remain at the Shay, but opted to return south instead, eventually joining the Cards.

He started his senior career at Birmingham City after graduating from the club’s youth academy in 2015. He spent a further two seasons with the Championship club, enjoying time on loan at York City and Forest Green Rovers, managed by Charlie’s father, former footballer Mark Cooper. He made 28 appearances for Rovers during the 2016/17 campaign as the Gloucestershire side sealed promotion to the Football League via the play-offs, including the full 90 minutes at Wembley in the play-off final, as Tranmere Rovers were dispatched 3-1. He joined FGR permanently that summer, playing a further 31 times, before injury disrupted his development. Loan spells with Newport County and Boreham Wood followed, before he joined Halifax 12 months ago, ending the year with another play-off appearance. Charlie comes from a fine footballing family. As well as his father Mark, his grandfather is former Leeds United and England defender Terry Cooper.

Moussa Diarra
DoB: 04/02/1990
Role: Centre-Back

Moussa signed for the Cards for the third time in January 2021 when he penned an 18-month deal with the club. The giant and hugely popular left-sided centre-back first joined Woking on loan in March 2019, making 13 appearances for Alan Dowson’s side, as they sealed promotion back to the National League via the play-offs. He also scored twice in that time, including the first Woking goal in the memorable comeback win over Wealdstone in the play-off semi-final, which the Cards would eventually win 3-2. He signed a permanent deal that summer and was one of the standout players on the club’s return to the National League, making 35 appearances and scoring three goals, as the club finished the shortened campaign in tenth place. After just over six months away, he re-joined the club from Havant & Waterlooville, making a further 24 appearances and netting four times, including another goal against Wealdstone, this time the winner in a 1-0 away victory.

An experienced non-league player, the Frenchman began his career in England with St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead Town, before signing for Dowse’s former club Hampton & Richmond Borough in early 2015. He scored just two minutes into his debut, against AFC Hornchurch, and finished the season with four goals and three clean sheets in just seven games. He continued that form into his only full season with the Beavers, scoring an incredible 14 goals in 52 games in all competitions, as Hampton were promoted from the Isthmian Premier Division as champions. His form earned him a move to National League side Barrow where he spent two seasons, finishing seventh in his first, before a more challenging campaign spent battling relegation. In the summer of 2018 he joined Dover Athletic, but after only receiving limited opportunities, he moved to Woking near the start of the following year. Two years later he moved south again to join Havant, helping them reach the second round of the FA Cup, before returning home to Woking at the start of 2021.

Jonté Smith
DoB: 10/07/1994
Role: Striker

Jonté joined Woking on a permanent basis in January 2021. The Bermudan international, who was first capped by his country in 2015, last played for League 2 side Cheltenham Town - reaching a play-off semi final in the summer of 2020 - only for a recurring injury problem to delay his arrival at his new club until the start of the new year.

A regular goalscorer throughout his career, he earned his first professional contract at Sutton United in 2010, where his exploits for the club's Under-18 side earned him a move to Crawley Town. Whilst at Crawley he enjoyed a number of profitable loan spells, including with the Metropolitan Police, where he scored 26 times in just 20 games, and with Finnish team PS Kemi who subsequently signed him permanently in 2014. After 22 goals in 28 games he joined Flekkerøy in Norway, before returning to England with Gloucester City in 2015. A number of short-term deals followed before he settled at Lewes in 2016. He enjoyed three prolific years with the Rooks, scoring 66 league goals, and catching the eye of League One side Oxford United. In September 2019 he joined Cheltenham, where he scored 4 times last season, including a hat-trick against West Ham United in the EFL Trophy.

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.

Nathan Collier
DoB: 15/08/1985
Role: Right-Back

Nathan signed a new contract in the summer of 2020. The experienced utility player, who has predominately been utilised at right-back during his time with the Cards but can play anywhere across the back four and in midfield, is a popular figure at the club. He played a vital role throughout the 2018/19 season, making 48 appearances including 45 starts, as Woking won promotion to the National League via the play-offs and reached the third round of the FA Cup. Whilst he found his minutes on the pitch marginalised during the shortened 2019/20 campaign, making 19 appearances in all competitions, he continued to play an important role off the pitch, as an experienced player in the dressing room, whilst also providing cover in numerous positions from the bench.

Woking fans caught a first glimpse of the player when he made his debut for Dartford in the National League in August 2012. He spent three years with the Darts in the fifth tier of English football, making close to 100 appearances, the highlight being an eighth-place finish in 2013. He spent the following year at Eastbourne Borough before joining Dowse and Hampton & Richmond in 2016. His efforts helped the newly promoted Beavers reach the National League South play-offs two years in a row, although his 2017/18 season would end back at Dartford, who were themselves on a promotion charge. The Darts eventually finished second, missing out on promotion on goal difference, before losing a play-off semi-final to Braintree Town. At the end of the season he became Dowse’s first ever signing at the Laithwaite Community Stadium as the boss moved quickly to secure a reunion with one of his most reliable stalwarts.

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. 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 every 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. Over the next two years he established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in the National League, winning successive Manager’s, Players’, and Fan’s Player of the Year awards in both 2020 and 2021, whilst he also captained the site throughout much of last season following an injury to Josh Casey. He signed a new two-year contract in April 2021 through to the summer of 2023.

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 & 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.

Jack Skinner
DoB: 18/06/2000
Role: Attacking Midfielder

A versatile attacking player who can play out wide or behind the striker in the number ten role, Jack signed for the first-team in the summer of 2019, after graduating from the club's academy. Born in New South Wales, Australia, Jack moved to England with his family in 2014 at the age of 14. Originally based in St Albans, he participated in a college programme with Luton Town, before relocating to Surrey four years later. It was here that he joined the Woking academy, coming straight into the Under-23 team to play with the other third years, whilst working alongside Academy Manager Scott Harrison.

Despite his relative lack of experience, he quickly made up for lost time by catching the eye of manager Alan Dowson, earning a Surrey Senior Cup debut against Croydon in December 2018 - scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win. He went on to play twice more in the competition, finding the net once again in the quarter-final defeat to Banstead Athletic. After the Cards were knocked out, he signed dual-registration forms with Isthmian League Premier Division side Leatherhead for the rest of the season, gaining some valuable first-team experience in the process. Last season he was able to make further strides on loan at Hampton & Richmond Borough, Walton Casuals and Eastbourne Borough, where he impressed with two goals in eight appearances before the season was cut short. He now returns to Kingfield for the start of a new campaign eager to make a big impression on the National League.

Sam Evans
DoB: 01/10/2002
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.

Malachi Napa
DoB: 26/05/1999
Role: Winger

Malachi initially joined the Cards on a short-term loan deal on the eve of the 2020/21 National League season and returned again on a similar deal in January 2021. A pacey winger comfortable on either flank, he impressed Woking fans in two pre-season games before his signing was confirmed, netting a goal against his former loan club Hampton & Richmond Borough. The wide-man enjoyed a fruitful spell with the Beavers, then under the management of Woking boss Alan Dowson, back in 2017/18 - scoring three times in 17 appearances. He's since gone onto play in the Football League, both for Oxford and in a subsequent loan at Macclesfield Town, with his significant progress only disrupted by a broken leg suffered at the start of last season. During his first loan spell with the Cards he scored once in five appearances before injury forced him to return to Oxford. He signed a permanent deal until the end of the season in March 2021.

Tommy Block
DoB: 23/12/1999
Role: Centre Midfielder

Tommy joined the Cards in the summer of 2020 after a successful trial. A defensive midfield player also capable of dropping into defence, he joined Woking from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, where he was predominately part of the club’s reserve team setup. He spent the bulk of the shortened 2019/20 season on loan at Queen’s Park in the fourth tier of Scottish football, where he made 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice. He was also an unused substitute for one Hibs first-team game, a 4-0 win over Elgin City in the SFA Cup.

A former Woking academy player, he started his senior career with Pagham before joining hometown club Bognor Regis Town in 2017, helping the Rocks seal promotion to National League South. He became a first-team regular in a challenging 2017/18 campaign, making 38 appearances as Bognor battled unsuccessfully against relegation from the sixth tier, but the youngster was credited with being one of the south coast side’s standout performers. He made a further 25 appearances the following season, which included him scoring his first goal for the club in a 3-2 cup win over Three Bridges, before a surprise move to Scotland beckoned in January 2019. He now returns to England looking to make an impact in the National League.

John Goddard
DoB: 02/06/1993
Role: Attacking Midfielder

John re-joined Woking for a second spell in the summer of 2020 after four years away from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The versatile attacking midfield player, who can play on either flank or behind a central striker, enjoyed a stellar three seasons with the Cards between 2013 and 2016, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite. He scored 31 goals in 139 appearances in all competitions, including 20 in his final season, where his exploits won him the club’s Player of the Year award and earned him a move to League One side Swindon Town. Highlights included goals in consecutive wins over local rivals Aldershot Town as well as the winner against league leaders Forest Green Rovers, who were unbeaten at the time. He was also a regular starter in the club’s hugely successful 2014/15 campaign which saw Woking finish seventh in the National League – missing out on a play-off place by just three points.

Before joining Woking, he started his career with Hayes & Yeading United, whom he joined from Reading’s academy system. He made 35 National League South appearances in his first senior campaign before joining the Cards. His Football League career also started strongly after he swapped Woking for Swindon in 2016, making 48 appearances in his first season with the Robins, although he failed to prevent their relegation to League Two. After struggling with a foot injury during the first-half of the 2017/18 season he was sold to Stevenage, but quickly fell out of favour after a change in manager and was loaned to Bromley, before finishing the 2018/19 season at Aldershot. He spent all of last season with Ebbsfleet United, having been signed by former Woking boss Garry Hill, where he began to re-establish himself as a first-team regular after a couple of difficult seasons. He made 23 appearances in all competitions, scoring once on his debut, before the season was cut short. He now returns to Woking looking to get back to his best.

Leo Hamblin
DoB: 24/10/2002
Role: Left-Back

Leo is a second-year academy player who was awarded a first-team contract in the summer of 2020 after impressing in pre-season. A versatile defender capable of playing at either left-back or centre-back, he was amongst the youth team’s standout players during the shortened 2019/20 campaign, winning the first years’ Player of the Year Award. He now joins a growing list of academy graduates to be given a chance in the first-team by manager Alan Dowson in the National League.

Jamar Loza
DoB: 10/05/1994
Role: Winger

Jamar joined Woking for a third time in late 2020 after the Cards paid King’s Lynn Town an undisclosed fee to regain his services. The exciting winger previously had two loan spells with the Cards, first making 14 appearances in the 2018/19 National League South promotion winning campaign, in which he also scored seven goals, before he made a further 27 appearances upon Woking’s return to the National League, scoring twice more. The enterprising winger signed an 18-month contract and enjoyed a successful start to life back as a Woking player, scoring three times in 16 appearances, including most notably the winning goal in the FA Trophy quarter-final against Torquay United.

A Jamaican international, he began his career with Norwich City, making six appearances for the Canaries, including one in the Premier League, and scored a memorable equaliser deep into stoppage time in a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town. He also spent time on loan with the likes of Coventry City, Leyton Orient, Southend United and Yeovil Town. He signed for Maidstone United in 2016, scoring 13 times in 75 appearances across three seasons, including a hat-trick against Woking at the Laithwaite Community Stadium in March 2017. After leaving the Stones he had short spells with Billericay Town and Chelmsford City, before signing for King’s Lynn at the start of the 2020/21 season. Once again, he did damage against the Cards, scoring twice in a 3-2 win for the Linnets, before manager Alan Dowson finally got his man on a permanent basis a couple of months later.

Joe Leslie
DoB: 13/11/2000
Role: Winger

Joe signed for the Cards in the summer of 2020 after a successful trial period. An exciting wide-player capable on either flank, he joins Woking from League Two side Stevenage, whom he joined as a first-year academy player back in 2017. Having impressed for the Under-18 side during his first season with the club, a broken leg saw him miss much of the following campaign. He bounced back with aplomb last season, starring on loan at Biggleswade FC, in the eighth tier of English football, scoring six goals in 14 appearances. He was recalled by his parent club in late February, with ambitions of finding him another loan higher up the pyramid before the season was cruelly curtailed. Following his move to Woking he had a spell with Isthmian Premier Division side Leatherhead on a short-term loan.

Selim Saied
DoB: 09/03/2003
Role: Winger

Selim is a second-year academy player who signed a first-team contract in September 2020 after impressing during the club's pre-season campaign. A creative player, who can play out wide or behind the striker, he has previously spent time on loan at neighbours Westfield.

Nathan Wood
DoB: 10/08/1999
Role: Attacking Midfielder

Dual-Registered with Farnborough

Nathan joined the Cards in the summer of 2020 after impressing manager Alan Dowson during pre-season. An attacking midfield player, he joins the club from eighth tier Bedfont Sports, having also had time at Walton Casuals. A former Fulham, Southampton and AFC Wimbledon youth team player, he is currently dual-registered with Farnborough.

Mark Smith
DoB: 15/12/1995
Role: Goalkeeper

Mark joined the Cards in October 2020 as manager Alan Dowson moved to boost his goalkeeping ranks. He started his senior career at Brentford before joining Woking's local rivals Aldershot Town in 2016. He made a handful of appearances for the Shots in the National League before becoming a regular at Eastbourne Borough in the National League South. After a brief spell with Billericay Town he joined Dartford, where he spent the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign, making 29 appearances in all competitions. The Darts missed out on promotion to the National League in the play-offs and released the goalkeeper at the end of the season.

Joe McNerney
DoB: 24/01/1990
Role: Defender

Joins 01 July 2021

Joe returned to Woking after six years away in the summer of 2021. A product of the Cards’ academy system, he made his league debut for the club in February 2009 as a 19-year-old, and he went onto make a further 250 appearances in all competitions. Highlights during his first spell with the club including taking then League One side Brighton & Hove Albion to penalties in the FA Cup in 2010, promotion from National League South as champions in 2011, as well as winning both supporters’ and Manager’s Player of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013, respectively. A towering centre-back, known affectionately as ‘beast’, he also scored an impressive 15 goals during his time at Kingfield, including a memorable late winner against Bromley in the promotion season after the Lilywhites had come from two goals behind to level the game at 2-2 late in the match.

After seven years as a first-team player, the England C international joined Crawley Town in 2015, where he spent the duration of his time away from the Cards. He made 140 appearances for the Red Devils, with more than 120 of those coming in League Two. Last season, he shook off a long-term injury to re-establish himself as a regular in the Crawley team, helping the side to a 12th place finish, their highest placing since their relegation from League One in 2015.

Tom Champion
DoB: 15/05/1986
Role: Defensive Midfielder

Joins 01 July 2021

Tom joined the Cards ahead of the 2021/22 season following his release from fellow National League side Boreham Wood. The vastly experienced midfielder, who can also play in central defence, spent four years with the Wood, making more than 150 appearances in all competitions, during which time the club twice finished in the play-off places. It would include a fourth place finish in 2018, when the Wood reached the play-off final, losing 2-1 to Tranmere Rovers at Wembley. After making more than 500 career appearances he now joins the Cards looking to enjoy another exciting season.

He has twice been a part of National League promotion-winning sides. In 2013/14 he was a near ever-present in the Cambridge United side promoted to League Two via the play-offs after a second-place finish, playing the full 90 minutes against Gateshead in the final, and making a further 38 league appearances in the Football League the following season. He was also on loan at Lincoln City for a part of their title winning campaign in 2016/17. He spent two further seasons in the Football League, making more than 50 appearances for Barnet between 2015 and 2017, helping secure back-to-back 15th place finishes for the Bees. In his earlier career he was a regular for Dartford during the height of their rivalry against Woking, with the Darts finishing second to the Cards in the 2011/12 National League South season, before winning promotion via the play-offs. He also helped the Kent-side secure an eighth place finish in their first season in the top tier of non-league football before joining Cambridge.

Solomon Nwabuokei
DoB: 23/02/1996
Role: Centre Midfielder

Solomon moved to Woking in the summer of 2021. An energetic box-to-box midfielder, he came to the Cards as one of the highest-rated prospects from National League South, having spent the past two years with St Albans City. Despite only featuring in two shortened campaigns, caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, he still managed 49 appearances for the Saints in all competitions, scoring six goals. That would include four in just 11 league appearances at the start of the 2020/21 campaign, as St Albans won nine and drew five of their 15 completed fixtures, placing them top of the league on a points-per-game metric.

He joined St Albans from Biggleswade Town, where he was the club’s Young Player of the Year in his only season with the club, and was previously with Enfield Borough, where he reached double figures for goals in back-to-back seasons from midfield.

Inih Effiong
DoB: 02/03/1991
Role: Striker

Joins 01 July 2021

Inih returned for his second spell with the Cards in the summer of 2021 after leaving League Two club Stevenage. The powerful centre forward previously spent a successful six months with the Cards during the first-half of the 2017/18 season and whilst that campaign would ultimately end in disappointment, with Anthony Limbrick’s side relegated to National League South, the striker was a key part of the club’s early season form and run to the second round of the FA Cup, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Indeed, his mid-season departure to Scottish Premiership side Ross County was to prove one of the catalysts for the club’s poor run of form in the second-half of the season.

An experienced player with more than 450 appearances and close to 150 goals in his career, he begun his career with two spells each at St Albans City and Boreham Wood, most notably netting 14 goals for the Saints in the 2010/11 season. He subsequently spent several years playing in the Southern League for the likes of Chesham United, Dunstable Town and Arlesey Town, before enjoying two hugely successful years with Biggleswade Town, scoring 16 and 23 goals in his two seasons with the Waders. His success earned him a move to Barrow, where he had a short spell, before signing for Woking. After his brief stint in Scotland, he returned to the National League with Dover Athletic, scoring 28 goals over two seasons with the Whites, and earning a move into the Football League with Stevenage. He finished last season with loan spells at Barnet and Notts County before sealing his return to the Cards.

Tyreke Johnson
DoB: 03/11/1998
Role: Winger

Joins 01 July 2021

Tyreke joined the Cards on a permanent basis in the summer of 2021. The Southampton academy graduate previously enjoyed a short loan spell with Woking at the start of the 2019/20 season, scoring twice in 12 appearances, before his time with the club was cut short by an untimely shoulder injury. Despite his brief stay, the exciting left-sided forward won plenty of admirers at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, and manager Alan Dowson jumped at the chance to add him back to his squad following his release by League One side Gillingham nearly two years later.

Whilst with the Saints, he made three appearances, all during the 2018/19 campaign, including a Premier League debut as a late substitute in a 3-2 win over Arsenal. He also made two appearances in the FA Cup. After finding success with Woking, he had further loan spells with Hartford Athletic, in the USA, and Gillingham, who he would subsequently join permanently in January 2021. After making just seven appearances for the Gills he agreed a return to Woking ahead of the new season.

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.

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
DoB:
Role: Kit Manager

Paul Griffiths
DoB:
Role: Kit Assistant

Phil Marlow
DoB:
Role: Kit Assistant

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