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

-- - Reise Allassani
-- - Declan Appau
-- - Harvey Bradbury
-- - Kieron Cadogan
-- - Josh Casey
-- - Danny Choules
-- - Nathan Collier
-- - Jack Cook
-- - Moussa Diarra
-- - James Dunn
-- - Olu Durojaiye
-- - Kane Ferdinand
-- - James Ferry
-- - Ian Gayle
-- - Ben Gerring
-- - Kieran Glynn
-- - Charlie Hester-Cook
-- - Paul Hodges
-- - Jake Hyde
-- - Christian Jolley
-- - Michael Kamara
-- - Max Kretzschmar
-- - Armani Little
-- - Greg Luer
-- - Rhys Murrell-Williamson
-- - Duane Ofori-Acheampong
-- - Sam Mason
-- - Craig Ross
-- - Daniel Spence
-- - 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

Reise Allassani
DoB: 03/01/1996
Role: Winger

The exciting winger, who can also play up front, joined the Cards on a short-term loan deal from Coventry City in February 2019. Once rated as one of the brightest young prospects in English football, Allassani won caps for England at both Under-16 and 17 level during his time with Crystal Palace, with whom he spent more than a decade. After being released by Palace he joined Dulwich Hamlet where he made his senior debut and scored 16 goals in just 30 league games on route to promotion to the National League South. His performances earned him a move to League One Coventry last summer where he has continued to impress, making a handful of first-team appearances whilst shining for the club's Under-23 side. He has also spent time on loan at National League side Ebbsfleet United this season.

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.

Kieron Cadogan
DoB: 03/08/1990
Role: Winger

The highly experienced wide player joined the Cards in March 2019 on a loan deal until the end of the season from National League South rivals Billericay Town. Cadogan started his senior career with Crystal Palace, having also spent time with Arsenal and Fulham in his youth, and scored after just 10 minutes of his professional debut against Coventry City. He made a further 20 appearances for Palace at Championship level, scoring against Queens Park Rangers, while he also spent time on loan with Burton Albion and Rotherham United. From Palace he joined then League 2 Aldershot Town, again impressing with a number of assists, but was made redundant after the Shots went into administration. Spells at Barnet and Swedish side GAIS followed before he settled at Sutton United, becoming a key player for the National League side, and scoring 18 goals in just under two years. In January 2019 he joined Billericay, scoring three times during his short spell with the club, before joining the Cards on transfer deadline day.

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.

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.

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

The towering defender joined the Cards on loan from National League side Dover Athletic in March 2019 to aid Alan Dowson's side in their promotion push. The Frenchman started his career with Paris Saint-Germain as part of the European giant's youth setup. He moved to England in 2011 and had brief spells at St Albans and Hemel Hempstead before settling at Dowse's Hampton and Richmond - helping the Beavers win promotion to National League South in 2016. He then spent two seasons in Cumbria with Barrow and was a key player - scoring against the Cards during a challenging 2017/18 season for both clubs. He moved to Dover last summer and made 17 appearances in all competitions before joining up with his former boss.

James Dunn
DoB: 15/04/1998
Role: Goalkeeper

The young goalkeeper joined the Cards on a deal until the end of the season in January 2019. Originally from New Zealand, he first came to England at the age of 17, before a shoulder injury led to him taking 18 months out of the game and returning home. He returned last year following his recovery and spent time training with the West Ham academy. After impressing with the Premier League side he was recommended to the Cards and promptly signed on to provide competition to first choice stopper Craig Ross.

Olu Durojaiye
DoB: 20/10/1992
Role: Central Midfield

The combative midfield player joined the Cards in late February 2019 from Isthmian League Premier Division side Haringey Borough. A regular for Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City during his youth career, Durojaiye made his professional debut in the Scottish Championship for Falkirk in 2013 and he went on to make 33 appearances over the course of two seasons. He returned to England with Enfield Town in 2015, but it was performances over two spells with Haringey that inspired National League South side Welling United to sign him ahead of the 2017/18 season. He made over 40 appearances for the Wings last season as they finished tenth and was regularly one of their standout players. He moved to newly promoted National League side Braintree Town last summer but failed to settle and after a short spell with Maidstone United returned to Haringey to aid their promotion push before joining the Cards.

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.

James Ferry
DoB: 20/04/1997
Role: Central Midfield

A highly promising midfield player who joined the Cards on transfer deadline day in March 2019 on a short-term deal until the end of the season. Ferry started his senior career with Championship club Brentford after graduating from their academy. He subsequently spent time on loan with both Wycombe Wanderers and Welling United before Stevenage paid a fee for him in the summer of 2017. He made three appearances in cup competitions during his first season while also spending time on loan with Nuneaton Town. He has been a more frequent fixture for the Boro this year, making 18 appearances in all competitions, plus another 12 on loan at National League Halifax where he scored twice.

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.

Kieran Glynn
DoB: 14/12/1997
Role: Central Midfield

The attacking-minded midfielder joined the Cards on a short-term loan deal until the end of the season in March 2019 from National League side Salford City. Glynn joined Salford from National League North club FC United of Manchester in the summer after being a regular for the Red Rebels last season. He's found opportunities hard to come by for the promotion chasing Ammies, but after a loan spell with Chorley earlier this season he'll now have another chance to impress away from Moor Lane, as he looks to finish the campaign strongly with Alan Dowson's team.

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: Attacking Midfielder

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.

Michael Kamara
DoB: 17/05/1989
Role: Centre Back

The central defender joined the Cards for the second time in February 2019 on non-contract terms to boost manager Alan Dowson's options at the back. Kamara originally appeared for the club during the 2008/09 season, making 17 appearances in all competitions and scoring one goal, after graduating from the Crystal Palace academy. He's since gone on to enjoy a strong non-league career with spells at Staines Town, Dulwich Hamlet, Boreham Wood and with Dowse at Hampton and Richmond Borough.

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.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson
DoB: 10/07/1993
Role: Winger

The pacey winger joined the Cards late in January 2019. Manager Alan Dowson spoke highly of the player upon his arrival, admitting that he had hoped to sign him several months earlier in pre-season, after watching him score 15 goals in just 34 games for league rivals St Albans City during the 2017/18 season - when his performances earned him a place in the National League South team of the season. After much competition for his signature Rhys eventually opted to join Dowse's former club Hampton and Richmond Borough, scoring four times in 21 games, with his final game for the club coming against Woking on Boxing Day. A short spell at Billericay Town followed before he finally joined the Cards to help aid our promotion chances. He also notably played for Crystal Palace, Fulham and Celtic during his youth career.

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.

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 Dowson the following summer with the new manager speaking highly of the promising forward.

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