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

-- - Declan Appau
-- - Harvey Bradbury
-- - Josh Casey
-- - Danny Choules
-- - Nathan Collier
-- - Jack Cook
-- - Toby Edser
-- - Kane Ferdinand
-- - Ian Gayle
-- - Ben Gerring
-- - Charlie Hester-Cook
-- - Paul Hodges
-- - Jake Hyde
-- - Christian Jolley
-- - Max Kretzschmar
-- - Armani Little
-- - Greg Luer
-- - Duane Ofori-Acheampong
-- - Sam Mason
-- - Craig Ross
-- - Daniel Spence
-- - Harry Taylor
-- - Charlie Wassmer
-- - Nicky Wheeler
-- - Reggie Young


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

The former Hampton and Richmond, Kingstonian and Walton and Hersham manager was appointed as the new Woking boss in May 2018. Alan has an enviable record in non-league football having led Hampton to promotion from the Isthmian Premier Division in 2016 before reaching the play-offs in both of his two seasons with the Beavers in National League South. In 2018 only a penalty shoot-out defeat by Braintree Town in the play-off final prevented the London-based club from reaching the National League for the first time in their history.

Born in Gateshead, Dowse initially moved to the south of the country in the 1980s when he joined Millwall as a player, going on to also play for the likes of Bradford, Darlington and Walton - where he became player-manager in 2004. He joined Kingstonian three years later, guiding them back to the seventh tier of English football, and achieving a second-placed finish before joining Hampton in 2014. However, he has long harboured a desire to become manager of the Cards - something which he finally achieved this summer by succeeding former boss Anthony Limbrick.

Ian Dyer
Role: Assistant Manager

Ian joined the Cards from Hampton and Richmond in May 2018 alongside managerial colleagues Alan Dowson and Martin Tyler. A UEFA 'A' License Professional Coach, he played an integral part in Hampton's success under Dowson, which culminated in back-to-back play-off appearances in National League South. Dyer brings with him a vast amount of coaching experience having also worked at Portsmouth, Barnet and Fulham, 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 long-standing Woking fan, Martin took up an official position at the club for the first time in May 2018, when he joined the club alongside manager Alan Dowson. Tyler has accompanied Dowson throughout his managerial career, working with him at Walton and Hersham, Kingstonian and Hampton and Richmond, playing a major part in Dowse's success along the way. Martin is also well known for his football commentary, working primarily for Sky Sports, and was 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.

Prajwal Rai
Role: Physio

Graham Cowell
Role: Kit Manager

Paul Griffiths
Role: Kit Manager

Malcolm Jobling
Role: Kit Manager

Declan Appau
DoB: 13/07/1999
Role: Central Midfield

The promising midfield player signed his first contract with the club in the summer of 2017 after graduating from the club's academy. He then saw that deal extended for a second season after showing some great flashes during his debut campaign - including scoring the club's 'goal of the season' against Guseley in October on what was his first league start. He went on to make ten appearances in the National League before his season was ended by injury. He has also played for Fulham and AFC Wimbledon at academy level.

Harvey Bradbury
DoB: 29/12/1998
Role: Striker

The young forward became Woking manager Alan Dowson's second recruit on loan from Oxford United in September 2018 - joining midfielder Armani Little. Unfortunately, he was restricted to just two appearances due to injury, but he still had time to make a big impression as he scored four goals, including a hat-trick at the start of our memorable FA Cup run. After making his Oxford debut towards the end of the year he rejoined the Cards until the end of the season in January. Bradbury, son of Havant and Waterlooville manager Lee, played for both Portsmouth and Watford in his youth before joining the U's this summer after impressing against them in pre-season. He spent the start of the current campaign on loan at the Cards' National League South rivals Hungerford Town, scoring twice, whilst he also had time in the same league during the 2017/18 season - featuring nine times for St Albans City and again scoring twice.

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

The attacking left-sided defender, who can also play in midfield, became the fourth player to move from Hampton and Richmond to Woking in the summer of 2018 - following manager Alan Dowson at the start of July. He was a regular throughout his time with the Beavers, making close to 150 appearances in all competitions, many of them as captain, helping the club to consecutive National League South play-off appearances. He started his career with neighbours Aldershot Town after progressing through their academy. From there he joined Salisbury, playing against Woking under former manager Garry Hill, before joining Bashley and then Dowson's Kingstonian.

Danny Choules
DoB: 21/10/1999
Role: Full-Back

The young defender signed his first senior contact in the summer of 2018 after impressing manager Alan Dowson in pre-season. Choules spent the 2017/18 season playing at centre-back for the Cards' academy side, but he was transitioned into a full-back role by his new manager, predominately playing on the right hand side of defence. He was previously part of the Millwall youth setup. Currently on dual-registration with Burgess Hill Town.

Nathan Collier
DoB: 18/06/1986
Role: Utility Man

The versatile defender, who can also play anywhere in midfield, became Alan Dowson's first signing as Woking manager in May 2018. Collier spent 18 months with Dowson's Hampton and Richmond before rejoining former club Dartford in December 2017. He helped the Darts finish second in National League South, missing out on promotion on goal difference, before losing in the play-offs to eventual winners Braintree Town. Nathan brings with him a vast amount of experience having spent three years in the National League during his first spell with Dartford - actually making his debut for the club against Woking in August 2012 - before joining Eastbourne and then the Beavers.

Jack Cook
DoB: 16/09/1993
Role: Centre Back

Cook followed former Hampton and Richmond centre-back partner Charlie Wassmer to Kingfield in June 2018 as he reunited with manager Alan Dowson. Like Wassmer, Cook was an integral part of Hampton's run to the 2018 National League South play-off final, with the Beavers defence conceding just 37 goals during the regular season - second only to champions Havant and Waterlooville. Cook previously played for Worthing in the Isthmian League and was part of the Charlton Athletic youth setup.

Toby Edser
DoB: 28/02/1999
Role: Central Midfield

The young midfielder joined the Cards on an initial one month loan deal in October 2018 to help ease manager Alan Dowson's injury problems. Originally from Guildford, Edser watched the Cards as a youngster and confessed that he jumped at the opportunity to move to Kingfield from parent club Nottingham Forest, where he is captain of the Under-23 side. A dynamic player who is capable of fulfilling a number of roles in the middle of the park he will be looking to make a statement of intent regarding his future prospects in the game during his loan spell.

Kane Ferdinand
DoB: 07/10/1992
Role: Central Midfield

Energetic box-to-box midfielder who first joined the club in December 2016 under the management of Garry Hill. After helping the club to National League survival with his assured displays he signed a new contract to work alongside incoming manager Anthony Limbrick. He was a near ever-present during the Cards' 2017/18 season, making 50 appearances in all competitions, more than any of his teammates. He was one of the standout players in an ultimately disappointing campaign which saw the club relegated back to National League South after six years - winning the Players' Player of the Year award for his efforts. He rejoined the club once again in late July 2018 after impressing boss Alan Dowson. Ferdinand has some experience in the sixth tier of English football having previously played for East Thurrock United, scoring five times during a brief spell. He also has plenty of experience at a higher level having played for both Southend and Peterborough, playing in all three Football League divisions, and making more than 100 appearances in the process. Expected to be out injured until late 2018.

Ian Gayle
DoB: 23/10/1992
Role: Centre Back

The powerful centre-half joined the Cards from Wealdstone in June 2018 following the expiry of his contract with the National League South side. Gayle, who previously played under manager Alan Dowson whilst on loan at Kingstonian, has plenty of experience of non-league football having also featured for both Braintree and Welling following his departure from boyhood club Dagenham and Redbridge in 2016. He racked up close to 200 career appearances before joining the Cards having also enjoyed loan spells with the likes of Whitehawk, St Albans City and Bishop's Stortford.

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

The imposing defender joined the Cards in October 2018 as Woking manager Alan Dowson confessed to wanting more leaders in his team - particularly in defence. Gerring was adjudged to fit the bill after helping lead his Truro City side to a National League South play-off place during the 2017/18 season. His performances earned him a move to free-spending Billericay Town during the summer but opportunities proved to be limited and by September he was back on loan with his former club. Following the completion of his latest spell with the Cornish club he settled on a move to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to help shore up the Woking backline.

Charlie Hester-Cook
DoB: 21/12/1999
Role: Central Midfield

A combative midfielder who joined the first-team in the summer of 2018 after impressing manager Alan Dowson in pre-season. Before signing he'd already made four appearances in the Surrey Senior Cup, making his debut against Walton Casuals in late 2016, and making his first start against Chipstead last season. He might have made the leap to the senior side earlier were it not for an injury lay-off. Made his first start under Dowson in the FA Cup in October 2018 against Kempston Rovers.

Paul Hodges
DoB: 24/05/1993
Role: Winger

An attacking player who can play out wide or in an advanced midfield role just behind the striker. He joined the Cards after a successful trial period in the summer of 2018 which saw him score in a friendly against AFC Wimbledon and repeatedly impress with his performances. Local to the Woking area, Hodges is a self confessed supporter of the club and was even a ball boy in his youth, but after spending time with Reading as a teenager he put his football career to one side to concentrate on becoming a teacher. Close to 10 years on he returns to his boyhood club following spells with Abbey Rangers and Hartley Wintney, for whom he scored 30 goals in all competitions last season.

Jake Hyde
DoB: 01/07/1990
Role: Striker

The experienced striker joined the Cards from Maidenhead United in the summer of 2018. He featured three times against Woking during the 2017/18 season, scoring once, in a 2-0 FA Trophy victory for the Magpies. He brings with him plenty of experience from the Football League having been a regular scorer for both York and Barnet in League Two, whilst playing more than 100 times at that level. He has also had a spell in Scotland where he played in their First Division for both Dunfermline and Dundee. Hyde was capped by the England C team in 2013.

Christian Jolley
DoB: 12/05/1988
Role: Central Midfield

The experienced midfielder, who can also play out wide or up front, became one of a host of former Hampton and Richmond players to follow manager Alan Dowson to Kingfield in the summer of 2018. Jolley also played for the boss at the start of his career with Kingstonian, who sold Jolley to AFC Wimbledon in 2010, where the former England C international won promotion to the Football League and made close to 100 appearances. He was promoted again with new club Newport County in 2013, scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win over Wrexham in the National League play-off final at Wembley, whilst he was also named in the division's 'Team of the Season'. He was an unused substitute in another Wembley final in 2015 when Grimsby missed out on promotion to Bristol Rovers. A season with Margate followed before he joined the Beavers ahead of the 2016/17 campaign - making 77 appearances in two years on route to consecutive play-off campaigns.

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

The exciting attacking midfielder rejoined the Cards in the summer of 2018, becoming the fifth player to move from Hampton and Richmond to the Laithwaite Community Stadium alongside new manager Alan Dowson. Kretzschmar was an integral part of the Beavers side which reached the National League South play-offs during his single season with the club, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, including 16 in the league. It came as no surprise therefore when Dowse, who signed Kretzschmar from Woking in 2017, swooped for his signature once again. His first spell with Woking, who he joined from Wycombe Wanderers after more than 70 Football League appearances, was disrupted by injury. However, he still had time to catch the eye with a number of crucial goals, including against Dagenham and Redbridge on the last day of the season - the strike which helped the Cards escape relegation. A year on he's reiterated his desire to settle that unfinished business and truly make his mark with the club.

Armani Little
DoB: 05/04/1997
Role: Central Midfield

The young midfielder joined the Cards on an initial one month loan deal in August 2018 from League One side Oxford United - a deal which was eventually extended into December and then, after a short time back with his parent club during which he made his Football League debut, extended again until the end of the season. He signed for the U's last summer after being released by Southampton where he'd been a regular for the club's academy. During his time with the Saints he played under former Woking manager Anthony Limbrick and was a key player in the Under-18 and Under-23 sides.

Greg Luer
DoB: 06/12/1994
Role: Striker

The promising young forward joined the Cards in the summer of 2018 after being released by Hull City. He spent more than three years with the Tigers, playing predominantly for their youth team, but he did make eight senior appearances - including three in the Championship - and scored twice in the League Cup, once each against Accrington and Rochdale. His development included loan spells in League One with Port Vale and Scunthorpe United, League Two with Stevenage Borough, and last season in the National League with Maidstone United. He has plenty of experience of scoring goals in regional football having started his career with Burgess Hill Town, scoring 16 times in the 2014/15 campaign, before being picked up by Hull.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong
DoB: 01/12/1992
Role: Striker

The towering striker joined the Cards from Dartford in the summer of 2018 after two seasons with the National League South side. He was an integral part of the team in his first year with the Darts, helping them to a third placed finish, and whilst injury disrupted the following season for the frontman he returned during the second-half of the campaign to help his side finish second - again missing out on promotion during the play-offs. He has previously spent time in the National League with both Dover and Torquay.

Sam Mason
DoB: 13/06/2000
Role: Goalkeeper

The young goalkeeper earned his first senior contract with the club in the summer of 2017 after impressing during his first year with the Woking Academy. Despite spending most of the following campaign as the understudy to the club's 'Player of the Season', on-loan Chelsea stopper Nathan Baxter, he showed plenty in his three league matches to earn a new deal in 2018. He kept a clean-sheet on only his second outing for the Cards during a 1-0 win over Ebbsfleet United and also represented England at College level during a positive debut season.

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

An experienced goalkeeper signed in late September 2018 to provide competition for Berti Schotterl. The former Southampton and Arsenal youngster spent time with the Cards in his academy days but never made an appearance for the first-team and instead started his senior career with Ashford. He has since accumulated plenty of experience at the top end of non-league football playing regularly for the likes of Hampton, Eastbourne, Whitehawk and Macclesfield, whilst he also played more than 30 games in the Football League for Barnet during the 2017/18 campaign. He started this season with a short spell at Leatherhead before moving to Kingfield.

Daniel Spence
DoB: 22/10/1989
Role: Full-Back

The versatile full-back, who can play on either side of the back four, joined the Cards for the second time in the summer of 2018 after leaving National League side Sutton United. His signing came close to 10 years after he originally joined the club on loan as a teenager during the 2008/09 campaign whilst at Reading. He played 17 times for the Cards that season, scoring once, against Crawley Town in a 2-2 draw on New Year's Day. After leaving the Royals he joined the Glenn Hoddle Academy and following several short-lived moves eventually settled at Eastleigh, where he helped the Spitfires to a National League play-off semi-final in 2015. From there he joined Sutton, helping them earn promotion to the National League the following season, going on to establish himself as a key member of the side. He made over 100 appearances for the U's, starring in their run to the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2017, and helping them to a play-off place the following season. But after falling out of favour during the second-half of the year, which saw him spend time on loan at Hemel Hempstead, he decided to cut his contract short and rejoin the Cards for another promotion tilt.

Harry Taylor
DoB: 05/05/1997
Role: Central Midfield

The versatile youngster joined the Cards on loan in December 2018 from National League side Barnet. A central midfielder by trade but also capable of playing out wide or in defence, having been regularly utilised at right-back by the Bees, he made his Woking debut in a memorable 4-0 victory over Billericay Town. A product of the Chelsea youth team before moving across London to finish his football education, he made his debut for Barnet during the 2014/15 campaign in the FA Trophy, going on to make over 50 appearances for the club during three years in the Football League. He also spent time out on loan in non-league football including a spell with Alan Dowson's Hampton and Richmond Borough. An injury during the second-half of last season disrupted his progress and he joins the Cards looking to gain crucial minutes as he steps up his recovery.

Charlie Wassmer
DoB: 21/03/1991
Role: Centre Back

A star of Alan Dowson's Hampton and Richmond team during the 2017/18 campaign, where he was voted to the National League South 'Team of the Season', the new Woking manager swooped quickly to secure his signature again following his own move to Kingfield in the summer of 2018. Wassmer brings with him close to 200 games of experience, predominantly in National League South for the likes of Margate, Maidenhead and Hampton, but he's also played in the National League for Hayes and Yeading, Cambridge and Crawley, helping the latter earn promotion to the Football League in 2011. A towering figure who can also be a danger at set-pieces, he scored eight goals for the Beavers during the previous campaign, inspiring them to a fourth placed finish and a play-off final. Currently on loan at Maidstone United having also had spells with the Met Police and Leatherhead this campaign.

Nicky Wheeler
DoB: 16/12/1990
Role: Winger

A versatile wide-man who is comfortable on either flank, Wheeler joined the Cards in the summer of 2018, having spent the second-half of the previous season with Isthmian League champions Billericay Town. He joined the Blues from Dagenham and Redbridge where he showed flashes of his potential during a predominantly frustrating spell disrupted by injury. Prior to his time with the Daggers he spent two successful years with Tonbridge Angels whilst he was also part of the Charlton Athletic academy setup in his youth.

Reggie Young
DoB: 10/03/1999
Role: Winger

The young winger, who can play anywhere across the front line, was given a first-team deal in March 2018 under previous manager Anthony Limbrick after impressing for the club's academy side. His contract was extended by Alan Downson the following summer with the new manager speaking highly of the promising forward. Currently on loan with Farnborough.

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