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

2 - Jack Cook
3 - Josh Casey
4 - Charlie Cooper
5 - Ben Gerring
6 - Moussa Diarra
7 - Dave Tarpey
8 - Kane Ferdinand
9 - Jonté Smith
10 - Max Kretzschmar
11 - Matt Jarvis
12 - Nathan Collier
13 - Craig Ross
15 - Jack Skinner
16 - Kyran Lofthouse
17 - Sam Evans
18 - Ben Dempsey
19 - Zach Robinson
20 - Malachi Napa
21 - Tommy Block
22 - John Goddard
23 - Jayden Wareham
24 - Leo Hamblin
25 - Sam Ashford
26 - Jamar Loza
27 - Joe Leslie
30 - Sam Dalby
31 - Mark Smith
32 - Paul Hodges
-- - Selim Saied
-- - Nathan Wood


Jack Cook
DoB: 16/09/1993
Role: 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.

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.

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.

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

Moussa joined the Cards for a third time in January 2021 - signing an 18-month deal with the club. The giant and hugely popular left-sided centre-back first joined Woking in March 2019 as manager Alan Dowson jumped at the chance to bring in one of his most successful players from his time at former club Hampton & Richmond Borough. Dowse had been chasing a naturally left-footed central defender for some time and spoke highly of both the Frenchman’s defensive ability as well as his sizable threat at set pieces. He went on to make a total of 13 appearances, scoring twice, most notably netting the first in the play-off semi-final comeback win over Wealdstone, when the Cards came from two down to win 3-2. He signed a permanent deal in the summer of 2019 and was one of the standout players on the club's return to the National League, playing in 35 games and scoring three times in all competitions, as the Cards secured a top-half finish.

An experienced player in English non-league football, he begun his career with St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead Town, before joining Dowse at Hampton in early 2015. He scored within two minutes of the start of 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 League Premier Division as champions. His form earned him a move to National League side Barrow the following season, a campaign in which the Bluebirds finished in a hugely respectable seventh place, and whilst the following year would be tougher as the Cumbria side battled successfully against relegation, it was one that still included his first goal at Kingfield, albeit against the Cards on that occasion. He joined Dover Athletic in the summer of 2018 but after falling down the pecking order moved on loan to Woking before making the move permanent four months later. Last summer he joined National League South side Havant & Waterlooville, helping them reach the second round of the FA Cup, before returning to the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

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.

Kane Ferdinand
DoB: 07/10/1992
Role: Centre Midfielder

Kane extended his stay at the Laithwaite Community Stadium into a fifth consecutive season in the summer of 2020. A talented box-to-box midfielder, he first joined the club in December 2016, making his debut for Garry Hill in the Boxing Day defeat to local rivals Aldershot Town. However, things quickly picked up, with eight league wins during the second-half of the season enough to see the Cards clinch National League survival and earn Ferdinand a new contract under incoming manager Anthony Limbrick. He was a near ever-present for Limbrick, making 50 appearances in all competitions and scoring four goals, and whilst the season ultimately ended in a disappointing relegation to National League South, Ferdinand remained one of the team’s few shining lights, picking up the club’s Players' Player of the Year award for his efforts. He stayed on with new manager Alan Dowson in 2018 and started the season as a key player. Sadly, an injury suffered in early October restricted him to just 14 appearances. He belatedly returned on the final day of the regular season against Gloucester City before playing a crucial role in the Cards’ play-off victories over Wealdstone, where he came off the bench at 2-0 down and helped his team to a 3-2 win, and Welling United. He retained his spot as a key player throughout the shortened 2019/20 season, helping the club clinch a tenth place finish in the National League, whilst scoring four times in 38 appearances.

The midfielder began his senior career at Southend United in 2010, making more than 60 appearances in League Two across just over two seasons, whilst scoring 10 goals. A move to Championship side Peterborough United followed in 2012 where he made 32 appearances during his debut campaign. Over the next two years, following Peterborough’s relegation to League One, his appearances were more limited, and he spent time on loan at Northampton Town, Luton Town, and Cheltenham Town. He remained in the Football League as he joined Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015 but failed to settle and left the following February. He eventually joined East Thurrock United that September, showing his class for the National League South side with five goals in 13 games, before joining Woking three months later.

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.

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.

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. 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 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. 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. He signed a contract extension in April 2021 to extend his stay with the Cards until the summer of 2023.

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.

Kyran Lofthouse
DoB: 21/10/2000
Role: Right-Back

On loan from Oxford United

Kyran joined fellow Oxford youngster Malachi Napa and Slavi Spasov at Woking in late October 2020, signing a short-term loan deal. The pacey wide player, who is comfortable at either as a right-side winger or at right-back, has already made two appearances for the U's this season, featuring in both the EFL Cup and EFL Trophy. Last season he spent time on loan at Oxford City in National League South, where he played 17 times in all competitions, scoring three times.

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.

Ben Dempsey
DoB: 25/11/1999
Role: Centre Midfielder

On loan from Charlton Athletic

Ben joined the Cards for a second loan spell in October 2020, shortly after the start of the new National League season. A tough-tackling central midfield player, he originally enjoyed a month's loan starting in February of the same year, making an immediate impact and helping the team to two wins and two draws in five league outings before the season was cut short.

A highly promising member of the Charlton Athletic youth team, he made his debut for the London-based club in August 2018, appearing twice in cup competitions - once in the League Cup and once in the EFL Trophy - also spending time on loan at Alan Dowson's former club, Kingstonian. Last season saw him graduate to the fringes of the first-team, playing four times in the Championship, including during a 2-2 draw with promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion. He also spent time on loan at National League South side Dulwich Hamlet before making the move to the Laithwaite Community Stadium after the turn of the year. Now he returns to Woking looking to pick up where he left off in the fifth tier.

Zach Robinson
DoB: 11/06/2002
Role: Striker

On loan from AFC Wimbledon

Zach joined the Cards on a short-term loan deal until the end of the season in April 2021. The promising young striker has made seven first-team appearances for his parent club, League One side AFC Wimbledon, scoring once in the EFL Trophy against Brighton & Hove Albion. During the shortened 2019/20 campaign he enjoyed profitable loan spells with both Basingstoke Town and Leatherhead, playing in the eighth and seventh tier respectively.

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: Winger

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.

Jayden Wareham
DoB: 13/05/2003
Role: Striker

Jayden is a highly-regarded second-year academy player who joined the Cards youth setup on a two-year deal in the summer of 2019. After regularly impressing for the youth team, he was promoted to the senior side at the start of the following year, making his debut as a substitute against Sutton United on New Year’s Day, aged just 16. Further appearances followed, including a first club start in the Surrey Senior Cup match against Dorking Wanderers in February, as well as successive appearances from the bench in the final two games of the season against FC Halifax Town and Barnet. The youngster, who was later voted as the academy’s Player of the Year, will be hoping to make an even bigger impact over the next 12 months whilst continuing to progress within the academy setup.

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.

Sam Ashford
DoB: 21/12/1995
Role: Striker

On loan from Crawley Town

Versatile forward player Sam, who can play out wide or through the middle as a central striker, joined the Cards on loan until the end of the season in March 2021. He moved to Woking from Crawley Town, who he joined last summer, but where he has found opportunities relatively limited due to a couple of minor injuries. He made 13 appearances for the club in the total, predominately from the bench, but did score on his debut in the EFL Cup defeat to Millwall. The former England C international previously enjoyed a strong non-league career, which included profitable spells at the likes of Stanstead and Witham Town, before he caught the eye with 14 goals in 35 games for Hemel Hempstead Town last season.

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

Jamar joined Woking for a third time in December 2020. Having previously enjoyed two successful loan spells with the club during the past two seasons, he finally opted to make the move permanent, this time signing an 18-month contract. The speedy wide-man, most commonly utilised from the left-hand side, but equally comfortable on either flank or through the middle in attack, first joined the Cards from Maidstone United during the 2018/19 campaign, where he impressed with 7 goals in just 14 appearances in all competitions, including a hat-trick against Weston-super-Mare. His goals helped Woking earn promotion from the National League South and reach the third round of the FA Cup, with his final game before returning to his parent club coming against Premier League Watford. He returned in September 2019, this time from Chelmsford City, and scored twice in 27 appearances before the season came to an untimely end. He now makes the Laithwaite Community Stadium his permanent home as he looks to re-establish himself as a key player in the Woking team.

The Jamaican international began his career with Norwich City for whom he made six first-team appearances after graduating from the club's academy. That included a debut in the Premier League against Arsenal at Carrow Road as well as the equalising goal against Huddersfield Town in a 2-2 draw in the Championship. During his time at Norwich, he enjoyed several loan spells with clubs in the Football League, including Coventry City, Leyton Orient, Southend United, Yeovil Town and Stevenage. He eventually settled on a permanent basis at Maidstone, joining the National League club in 2015, and quickly made a big impression with 10 goals in his debut season - including a hat-trick in a 4-2 win at Woking. He would leave the Stones in early 2019, following his spell at Woking, and join Billericay Town but the club narrowly missed out on the National League South play-offs. The following summer he joined Chelmsford but, after only making a handful of appearances, opted to return to Woking. At the end of the season, he moved to newly promoted National League side King's Lynn Town, a club close to his home and first club Norwich, and impressed with four goals, including a match-winning brace against the Cards. That performance encouraged Woking to part with an undisclosed fee and sign him for a third time in late 2020.

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

On loan at Braintree Town

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.

Sam Dalby
DoB: 07/12/1999
Role: Striker

On loan from Watford

Sam joined the Cards on loan from Championship side Watford on a deal until the end of the season in March 2021. The striker, who only turned 21 the previous December, already has some impressive names on his CV. He started his career at Leyton Orient, making his first start on Boxing Day 2016, and scoring in a 3-2 win. In January 2018 he was signed by Leeds United. After 18 months with the Whites, during which time he also spent a short spell on loan with Morecambe, he moved to Vicarage Road. Earlier this season he spent a month on loan with Stockport County.

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.

Paul Hodges
DoB: 24/05/1993
Role: Attacking Midfielder

Paul joined the Cards for a second time in March 2021. A versatile forward, who can play out wide or in the number ten position supporting the striker, he was a key part of manager Alan Dowson's promotion winning team in 2019. He was signed following a successful trial the previous summer, quickly standing out to fans with a goal against Football League side AFC Wimbledon, whilst also impressing with his pace and quick feet in around the penalty area. Often used as an impact player, he made 46 appearances during the 2018/19 season, scoring seven times - most notably netting the winner against Oxford City in a 3-2 victory and playing a key role in the play-off semi-final against Wealdstone. Last season he featured on 21 occasions, scoring a memorable equaliser against Hartlepool United, live on BT Sport.

Born and raised in the area, Hodges is a long-time supporter of the club, and was even a ball boy for the Cards during his youth. After spending time with Reading as a teenager he seemingly put his football career to one side to concentrate on becoming a teacher, whilst continuing to play part-time for local sides Abbey Rangers and Hartley Wintney, for whom he scored 30 goals in all competitions the season before joining Woking. He joined Slough Town, of the National League South, part way through last season and helped the Rebels reach the end of season play-offs. He scored three times in 11 league games in 2020/21 before Slough's campaign was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

On loan at Westfield

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 is currently on loan at neighbours Westfield, having joined the Isthmian League side on a short-term deal.

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.

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

Tony Henderson
Role: Therapist

Malcolm Jobling
Role: Kit Manager

Paul Griffiths
Role: Kit Assistant

Phil Marlow
Role: Kit Assistant

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