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

3 - Josh Casey
12 - Nathan Collier
2 - Jack Cook
6 - Moussa Diarra
16 - Shaun Donnellan
20 - Toby Edser
19 - Joe Felix
8 - Kane Ferdinand
5 - Ben Gerring
-- - Jake Gray
11 - Paul Hodges
1 - Sam Howes
9 - Jake Hyde
17 - Tyreke Johnson
10 - Max Kretzschmar
-- - Joe Morrison
18 - Ibrahim Meite
4 - Manny Parry
14 - Godfrey Poku
13 - Craig Ross
15 - Jack Skinner
7 - Dave Tarpey

Profiles

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.

It wasn’t just in the league that Dowse tasted success, as he also led the Cards to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1997, knocking 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-year run in non-league football. After enjoying a playing career which had taken 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 and 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 Kingfield.

Dyer previously coached alongside managerial colleagues Dowse and Martin Tyler at Hampton and 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 and Richmond Borough. After returning home to Kingfield, Tyler quickly became a beloved presence for players and fans alike on the touchline, helping the team record promotion back to the National League at the first attempt and reach the third round of the FA Cup in his debut season.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Paul Griffiths
DoB:
Role: Kit Manager

Malcolm Jobling
DoB:
Role: Kit Manager

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

The Woking captain signed a two-year contract extension in the summer of 2019 after the Cards promotion to the National League at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Josh is a left-back by trade and originally joined the club in 2018, following manager Alan Dowson from former club Hampton and Richmond Borough, where the pair had twice reached the play-offs of the National League South. He immediately became a firm favourite at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, making more than 50 appearances throughout his first season at the club, leading the Cards to promotion to the National League through the end of season play-offs as well as captaining the club against Premier League Watford in the third round of the FA Cup. His performances were rewarded with a clean sweep of the club’s end of season awards as he won the Manager’s, Players’ and Fans’ Player of the Year.

The full-back 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 the 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.

Nathan Collier
DoB: 18/06/1986
Role: Right-Back, Centre-Back, Centre Midfield

The vastly experienced utility man signed a new contract with Woking in the summer of 2019 after playing a key role in the team promoted from the National League South.

A hugely versatile player capable of playing anywhere in defence or midfield, Nathan was primarily used as the Cards’ first-choice right-back during the 2018/19 season, as the team won promotion via the play-offs and reached the third round of the FA Cup. He made 48 appearances in total throughout the campaign, including 45 starts, whilst he also provided cover at centre-back and in centre midfield. Well liked at Kingfield for his consistency and reliability at the back, as well as his calming presence in the dressing room, his long-standing association with manager Alan Dowson makes him a cornerstone of this Woking squad following promotion to the National League.

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 and 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 highly-valued assets.

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

The versatile defender was one of the first to sign a new contract with the Cards following the club’s promotion to the National League in the summer of 2019.

Jack joined Woking from Hampton and Richmond Borough in 2018, joining manager Alan Dowson in making the switch from the Beavers to the Laithwaite Community Stadium, and quickly established himself as a key member of Dowse’s first-choice line-up. Predominately utilised as a centre-back in a successful partnership alongside Ben Gerring, Jack quickly begun to impress supporters with his composure at the back, as well as his threat at set pieces – with four league goals netted last term. Towards the end of the season, following the arrival of Moussa Diarra, Dowse shifted Jack to right-back where he adapted admirably and continued to play an important role in the side during the end of season run-in. He finished the year just short of 50 appearances in all competitions.

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 the Cards he went one better the following summer, as Woking defeated Welling United to earn a place in the National League.

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

The giant and hugely popular left-sided centre-back joined Woking on a permanent deal in the summer of 2019, having enjoyed a brief but extremely successful loan spell with the club during the final two months of the previous season, culminating in the Cards’ promotion to the National League.

Moussa 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 and 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. It was this, along with his endearing enthusiasm and attitude, which quickly won over supporters and established him as a firm fan favourite.

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.

Shaun Donnellan
DoB: 16/10/1996
Role: Centre Midfield, Centre-Back

The defensive midfield player, who can also play at centre-back and has been utilised as a full-back in the past, joined the Cards in the summer of 2019 following the expiration of his contract with Maidstone Untied and a successful trial.

Shaun, who is a former Republic of Ireland youth team international with caps at both Under-19 and Under-21 level, started his career at West Bromwich Albion and signed a professional contract with the Baggies in 2015 after graduating from the club’s youth academy. He made his senior debut in December of that year, on loan at National League North side Worcester City, for whom he made 16 appearances, also scoring four goals and helping the club avoid relegation. His form earned him a new contact and a move to Stevenage at the start of the following season but he ultimately returned to the Hawthorns without making an appearance at Broadhall Way. He instead joined National League side Dagenham and Redbridge on another short-term loan, becoming a regular for the Daggers during his three-month stay, making 21 appearances and helping the team finish in fourth place.

He extended his contract at West Brom once again in the summer of 2017 and joined League One side Walsall soon after, having impressed against them in pre-season, making his Football League debut that August. He made 11 appearances but fell out of favour and was recalled by his parent club in January, who subsequently permitted him to join League Two side Yeovil Town on an 18-month deal, for whom he played a further 25 games in all competitions, scoring once. He was released by the struggling Glovers in January 2019 and he joined Maidstone in a deal until the end of the season. He provided cover for the Kent-based side in a number of positions but couldn’t prevent their inevitable slide towards relegation. He now joins Woking looking to re-establish himself in the National League and prove that he’s got plenty to offer in his preferred midfield position.

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

The dynamic playmaking midfielder joined the Cards for a second spell in August 2019 on loan from Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Toby first joined Woking in October 2018 and played 19 games during the club's 2018/19 campaign, in which the Cards won promotion to the National League and reached the third round of the FA Cup, making his debut for the club against Welling United in the fourth qualifying round. He scored his first of four goals against Folkestone Invicta in the FA Trophy the following month and got another in the following round against Maidstone United. He scored his first league goal in the 3-1 win over Hampton and Richmond Borough on Boxing Day with a superbly taken free-kick, before getting the fourth and final goal of his loan spell against Eastbourne Borough three days later. His final game was also against Welling in a 2-0 home league win - the 14th victory in his 19 games.

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 Forest, where he has been captain of the Under-23 side. He now returns to his boyhood club looking to make a similar impact and further progress his increasingly impressive young career.

Joe Felix
DoB: 29/09/1999
Role: Right-Back

The young full-back joined the Cards on non-contract terms in August 2019, shortly after the start of the season, having earlier impressed against Farnborough during a pre-season friendly - scoring and getting an assist on his first appearance for the club.

Joe joined Woking from Queens Park Rangers. He spent 12 months with the Championship club's Under-23 side, having joined them from London rivals Fulham the previous summer, where he was a regular in the Cottagers high performing youth teams.

The right-back was part of the Fulham Under-16 team that won the National Premier League tournament before going on to captain their Under-18 side. He was also an unused substitute for QPR in their EFL Cup win over Bristol Rovers in August 2018.

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

The Cards’ current longest-serving player extended his stay at the Laithwaite Community Stadium into a fourth season in the summer of 2019 following the club’s promotion to the National League.

Kane, who is a talented box-to-box midfielder, first joined the club in December 2016 under the management of Garry Hill. He made his debut on Boxing Day in a 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, a bad 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.

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 and Redbridge in 2015 but failed to settle and left the following February. He eventually joined East Thurrock United in September, showing his class for the National League South side with five goals in 13 games, before joining Woking three months later.

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

The powerful centre-back activated a clause in his contract upon the club’s promotion from National League South which ensured him an extended stay at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Ben originally joined Woking in October 2018, after manager Alan Dowson confessed that he was looking for more leadership from his defenders, and the former Truro City captain fit the bill perfectly. After making his debut in a 1-1 home draw with Chelmsford City, he scored the winner in his second game, a 1-0 victory over Welling United in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup – with the Cards going onto reach the third round proper and take on Premier League Watford, where the popular defender struck up a friendly rivalry with striker Troy Deeney. More goals followed as Ben made his presence felt from set pieces, with goals against Hungerford, Billericay and another winner away at Slough giving him four for the season. A regular in the team right through until the end of the season, he finished the year with 36 appearances in all competitions, with his performances earning him a well-deserved place in the National League South team of the year – the only Woking player to earn that accolade as the Cards clinched promotion to the National League via the play-offs.

A relative veteran of non-league football, Ben 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.

Jake Gray
DoB: 25/12/1995
Role: Centre Midfield

The central midfield player, who can also play out wide, joined the Cards in late August 2019 following his release by Yeovil Town at the end of the previous season.

Jake began his senior career with Crystal Palace having graduated from the club's academy in 2014. He made two senior appearances for the Eagles, both coming in the League Cup, coming on as a substitute in the win over Walsall and the extra time defeat to Newcastle United. During his time at Palace he also enjoyed loan spells with Cheltenham Town and Hartlepool United. The latter was particularly successful as he made 33 appearances in all competitions for the then League Two side and scored six goals - getting off the mark with a brace against Leyton Orient before also netting a memorable volley in the FA Cup against Derby County.

After leaving Palace he joined Luton Town ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. He made 28 appearances during his sole campaign at Kenilworth Road, scoring four times, including the first in a 3-1 over Aston Villa in the League Cup. From Luton he moved to Yeovil Town, where he has been a regular for the past two seasons, making 71 appearances in all competitions and scoring six times. He departed following the Glovers relegation to the National League and will now be looking to return to winning ways with Woking this season.

Paul Hodges
DoB: 24/05/1993
Role: Winger, Attacking Midfield

The versatile forward, who can play out wide or in the number ten position supporting the striker, signed a contract extension with the Cards in the summer of 2019 after becoming a key part of manager Alan Dowson’s promotion winning team.

Paul first joined Woking the previous year following a successful trial period. Despite his relatively small stature, he quickly stood out to fans during pre-season, scoring against Football League side AFC Wimbledon whilst also setting up numerous chances for teammates. After signing for the team just before the start of the season he quickly became a hugely important impact player, with his pace and quick feet regularly too much to handle for National League South defenders, particularly when he was coming on as a second-half substitute against tired opponents. He would eventually make an impressive 46 appearances in all competitions, including 26 starts, scoring seven goals – most notably netting the winner against Oxford City in a 3-2 victory, in just his second home game for the club. However, it was an uncanny ability to win penalties that perhaps most endeared him to both supporters and his own teammates, as his direct running and trickery were regularly rewarded.

The hugely popular attacker can also claim to have arguably the longest association with the club of any player in recent years. 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. After continually impressing he was finally given the opportunity to join the Cards, a chance he grasped with both hands, and hasn’t let go ever since.

Sam Howes
DoB: 10/11/1997
Role: Goalkeeper

The promising young goalkeeper joined Woking in the summer of 2019 following his release by Premier League side Watford, a club the Cards know well, having faced them in the third round of the FA Cup the previous season.

Sam started his career with Crystal Palace before joining West Ham United at 10-years-old. It was with the Hammers where he really began to catch the eye, making his Under-18’s debut at the age of just 15, before subsequently being named on the bench for the first-team game against Liverpool in January 2016 and winning the Young Hammer of the Year Award. During his time at Upton Park he also featured on an international level for England as he won caps across four age groups from Under-16 to Under-19. He was released by the London club in the summer of 2017 but was quickly snapped up by Watford following a successful trial. From there, he immediately went out on loan, joining then Hampton and Richmond Borough boss Alan Dowson for the first-half of the 2017/18 season, a campaign which ended with the Beavers reaching the National League South play-off final.

Another loan opportunity came at Eastbourne Borough mid-way through the following season where Sam quickly became a first-team regular. He remained with the club through until the end of the season, helping them avoid relegation from the National League South by a three-point cushion, with the standout result being a 6-0 win over play-off chasing Dartford in the final weeks of the season. He now joins Dowse for the second time in his career looking to establish himself in the National League at the first attempt and prove just why he’s been so highly rated throughout his youth career.

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

The powerful centre forward signed a new contract with Woking in the summer of 2019 after finishing the previous campaign as the club’s joint leading goalscorer in all competitions.

Jake first joined the Cards twelve months earlier from Maidenhead United and quickly impressed supporters with his strength and tenacity up front, as well as his finishing ability, as goals in each of his first two home appearances in the comeback wins over St Albans City and Oxford City got his tally up and running. The goals continued to flow as he netted a brace against Kemptson Rovers at the start of the Cards’ memorable FA Cup run, as well as two more against Hungerford Town, as the team began to mount a promotion charge. His most memorable goals were still to come however, as he netted the only goal of the game in a shock 1-0 away win over Football League side Swindon Town to setup a third round FA Cup meeting with Premier League Watford, before his 15th and final goal of the season came against Wealdstone in the National League South play-off semi-final, completing the comeback as the team came from two goals down to win 3-2.

His football career begun, somewhat ironically, at Swindon, but after two loan spells in the National League with Weymouth, he left without making a first-team appearance. He joined Barnet where he received regular first-team action for the first time, scoring seven times in all competitions in his debut season, and helping the Bees steer clear of relegation from the Football League. He spent the next two years in Scotland playing for Dunfermline Athletic and later Dundee, both in the Scottish First Division, whilst also having a short spell back in the National League with Hayes and Yeading United. In 2012 he returned to Barnet where he scored an impressive 26 goals across two seasons, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer on both occasions, before moving to York City where, once again, he finished top of the scoring charts with 10 in all competitions. Injuries disrupted his progress over the next two seasons and, after a brief stint at Stevenage, he moved to Maidenhead in 2017, scoring seven times in all competitions in his single campaign with the club before joining up with Alan Dowson at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

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

The hugely promising young winger joined the Cards on loan from Premier League side Southampton just before the start of the 2019/20 season - signing a deal running, initially, until January.

Tyreke, who spent time with Watford and Swindon Town during his youth career, joined the Saints in 2014 at the age of 15 - signing his first professional contract the following year. Last season he made his first-team debut in the top flight against Arsenal, coming on as a late substitute in a 3-2 win, whilst he also played both FA Cup games against Derby County, impressing supporters with his pace and directness. During the same campaign, he also enjoyed his most productive season for the club's Under-23 side, scoring six times and providing three assists in 25 appearances. He now comes to Woking looking to make his next big step into men's football.

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

The goalscoring midfielder joined the Cards for the second time in the summer of 2018, following a successful season with Hampton and Richmond Borough, and signed a new contract ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Max first played for Woking during the 2016/17 season and, despite an injury-hit campaign, still managed three goals in 24 appearances, including the crucial goal against Dagenham and Redbridge on the final day of the season which sealed the Cards’ National League survival. He returned twelve months later to spearhead the club’s efforts to immediately return to the top tier of non-league football, joining manager Alan Dowson and a number of teammates in making the move from Hampton, following their play-off final defeat in 2018. He started brilliantly, scoring the dramatic stoppage time penalty on the opening day of the season to clinch a 1-0 win away to East Thurrock United, and was arguably the standout player during the club’s strong start to the year. More crucial goals followed, including the winner at Torquay in the FA Cup, and a stunning strike against Billericay Town just before Christmas. Sadly, injuries hampered his progress for much of the second-half of the campaign and, after limping off against former club Hampton on New Year’s Day he managed just one more start until mid-March. Whilst he struggled to rediscover his best form during the final weeks of the season, he still netted on three more occasions to take his tally for the year to 15 in all competitions, including a memorable equaliser in the play-off semi-final against Wealdstone.

Before joining Woking, he started his career with Wycombe Wanderers, where after graduating from the club’s academy he made an impressive 85 appearances, including 73 in League Two, whilst also scoring nine goals. After a difficult first year with Woking he joined Hampton where he became a firm fan favourite, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, and helping the Beavers reach the end of season play-offs. He scored in both the semi-final win over Chelmsford City and in the final against Braintree Town, only to sadly miss out on promotion via a penalty shoot-out.

Joe Morrison
DoB:
Role: Right-Back, Left-Back

The current third-year academy defender, who plays at right-back but can also provide cover on the left, has been in and around manager Alan Dowson's first-team squad for some time. After making his Surrey Senior Cup debut during the club's successful 2018/19 campaign, he has featured regularly for the first-team throughout the club's summer pre-season games, and looks to be on the fringes of the squad throughout the 2019/20 season whilst also continuing his development with the academy.

Ibrahim Meite
DoB: 01/06/1996
Role: Striker

The powerful striker joined the Cards on the eve of the 2019/20 season after impressing throughout a prolonged pre-season trial period - signing an initial one-month loan deal from Crawley Town.

Ibrahim started his career in the Isthmian League playing for Harrow Borough, where he scored 13 times in 28 appearances in all competitions, before being signed by then Championship club Cardiff City following a successful trial in December 2016. He made his debut for the Bluebirds the following April as he came on as a substitute in a 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic.

At the start of the 2017/18 campaign he joined League Two side Crawley on loan until the following January. He was a regular in the team throughout his time at Broadfield Stadium, making 22 appearances during a just over four-month stay, scoring three times. He returned to Crawley on a permanent deal in February 2019 but found opportunities harder to come by as he was limited to just two appearances. He now joins Woking keen to fulfil his potential and make a mark on the National League.

Manny Parry
DoB: 20/01/1994
Role: Centre-Back

The towering defender joined Woking from National League side Boreham Wood in the summer of 2019, following the Cards’ promotion from National League South the previous season.

Long considered an imposing centre-back, Manny originally started his career as a striker at Millwall after being scouted at the age of 14, but a move to then Premier League side Stoke City three years later quickly saw him transitioned to playing at the opposite end of the pitch. He signed a three-year deal with the Potters, during which time he made his professional debut in the National League for Nuneaton, playing at just 18 years of age. In 2015 he moved permanently to National League South and joined Maidstone United where he became a first-team regular for the first time in his career – helping the Kent-based side win promotion via the play-offs, defeating Ebbsfleet United on penalties after a 2-2 draw, following a third-place finish in the regular league season.

The following year he had a short spell at Margate before returning to the National League with Braintree Town in November 2016. He played 24 times for the Iron up until the end of the season, including a home defeat by Woking, but his efforts couldn’t prevent Braintree from being relegated by a three-point margin. Despite falling short in Essex, he didn’t have to wait long for a return to the top flight of non-league football as Dover Athletic came calling in the summer of 2017. He quickly established himself as a key player at the Crabble, playing all 46 league games the following season, while also scoring five goals – including one in a 3-1 home win over the Cards. He also played at Kingfield on the final day of the regular season, when a 2-1 victory for Dover condemned the home side to relegation to National League South. The Whites finished the season in eighth place, missing the play-offs on goal difference, whilst Manny was voted into the division’s team of the year. From Dover, he joined beaten play-off finalists Boreham Wood, but endured a frustrating season following the summer departures of several would-be teammates. He eventually made 26 league appearances as Wood finished the season in 20th place. Now he joins Woking looking to re-establish himself as one of the league’s most dominant defenders.

Godfrey Poku
DoB: 22/07/1990
Role: Centre Midfield

The combative midfielder joined the Cards for a second spell in the summer of 2019 following the club’s promotion to the National League.

Godfrey first played for Woking during the 2015/16 season, making 24 appearances in all competitions, but struggled for regular opportunities under then manager Garry Hill. Since leaving Kingfield, initially on loan, where he scored a memorable hat-trick for Havant and Waterlooville, he has been one of the standout players in the National League South. He has been a near ever-present over the last three seasons, spending two years with Oxford City, before spending the 2018/19 campaign at Wealdstone and leading the club to the end of season play-offs – only to lose out to the Cards in a memorable game at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Despite missing out on promotion he was voted into the division’s team of the season as well as picking up a number of individual accolades from the Stones.

The popular midfielder has plenty of experience across the top two tiers of non-league football. He started his senior career with St Albans City in 2009 before being quickly snapped up by then National League side Luton Town. He found opportunities somewhat limited with the Hatters but enjoyed a successful loan spell with Southport before a move to Mansfield Town. A second loan spell with Southport followed as well as a brief period with Alfreton Town before he settled at AFC Telford United in 2014. The Bucks were ultimately relegated that season but Poku stood out with a succession of excellent performances, leading Garry Hill’s Woking to take a chance on him the following summer. Four years later he returns with plenty to prove but all the tools to do just that.

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

The hugely experienced goalkeeper and product of the Woking youth academy signed a new contract in the summer of 2019. He played a crucial role in helping the Cards win promotion from National League South after re-joining his boyhood club the previous September.

Having first left Woking in 2008, Craig returned just over ten years later to belatedly take the club’s number one shirt for the first time, and didn’t take long to make an impact during a memorable first nine months back at Kingfield. After immediately being installed as the club’s first choice goalkeeper upon his arrival by manager Alan Dowson, Ross started 34 consecutive league matches, including both the play-off semi-final win over Wealdstone and the promotion final victory against Welling United, in which he kept a clean sheet. He also played eight times in cup competitions, including every minute of the Cards’ run to the third round of the FA Cup, which saw them win 1-0 away at Football League side Swindon Town and host Premier League Watford. He ended the year with 42 appearances in all competitions and an impressive 14 clean sheets.

Before his return to Woking, the goalkeeper had 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.

Jack Skinner
DoB: 18/06/2000
Role: Winger, Attacking Midfield

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 alongside 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. He now returns to Kingfield for the start of a new campaign eager to make a big impression on the National League.

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

The experienced striker joined Woking on a permanent deal in the summer of 2019 following his release by Barnet, having previously spent a one-month loan spell with the club the previous season, helping the Cards to promotion from National League South.

Dave, who had spent almost the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign sidelined with a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury, first moved to the Laithwaite Community Stadium in February 2019, scoring three goals in seven appearances. All of his goals came at home as he netted in consecutive matches against East Thurrock United, Weston-super-Mare and Hemel Hempstead Town, with the Cards taking the maximum nine points. He returned to parent club Barnet to finish the season, making 15 appearances in total and helping steer the club clear of what would have been a second successive relegation – having dropped out of the Football League the previous summer.

The centre 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 and 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 somewhat belatedly 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 returns to part-time football this year looking to rediscover his best form and to make a mark on the National League once again.

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