The 2017/18 season has been over for 5 weeks and now its time to look ahead at who The Beachboys are set to face in the new campaign which as always will bring new challenges and more importantly, new teams. This is the first of a 6 part series that we will be releasing over the next month to get you all in the excited spirit for new season under Sammy Moore.

This week for ‘Campaign 2018-19 – The New Opponents’, we look at Woking FC.


Who Are They?

Woking are based in Surrey and were formed in 1889 and they suffered relegation last season from the National League.

The club joined the West Surrey League in 1895–96, winning the title by one point. However, within 21 years of being formed, the club was in danger of folding for financial reasons. Thankfully due to Woking taking on league side Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup 1st Round, Wanderers organised a friendly in the following summer of 1908 which saved them.

The club spent much of its early days in the Isthmian League until 1992 when they were promoted to the Conference where they spent 17 seasons in the division before being relegated to the Conference South in 2009. They spent a 3 year stay in that division before winning the league in 2012 and returning to non-leagues top tier.


The Ground

The Cards have play their home games at the Kingfield Stadium and its also known as The Laithwaite Community Stadium Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 6026 with 2500 seated.

The Beachboys managed a 1-1 draw at The Kingfield in last season’s FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round.

YouTuber Smiv did a video on his experience to the ground that is worth looking at. The link to the video is here.


Last Season:

They finished the 2017/18 National League season in 21st place, with 48 points and scored 55 goals which ultimately relegated them following 6 years in the non-league’s top flight division. The club’s run in the FA Cup saw them reach the 2nd Round Proper Replay before losing 5-2 at League 1 side Peterborough United. Their FA Trophy run was halted at the First Round stage where they lost 2-0 at home to Maidenhead United.


The Manager:

Woking are now managed by Alan Dowson who left Hampton & Richmond Borough in May 2018. Dowson is a very experienced manager at both club and managerial level having played for the likes of Milwall, Bradford City and Darlington whilst in the Football League whilst at non-league level, he played for Slough Town and home town side Gateshead before moving back down south to play at Walton & Hersham. He started his managerial career at W&H before moving to Kingstonian in 2007 where he enjoyed a 7 year spell with the club. Subsequently, he spent 4 years as manager of Hampton & Richmond of which whilst there, he won the Isthmian Premier League in 2016. He comes into the role following the sacking of manager Anthony Limerick before the end of the season.


When Did We Last Meet:

The last time the two clubs met took place on 17th October 2017 at the Aspect Arena. The game ended in a 2-1 win to the Cards in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, where a goal from Chez Issac in the 117th minute of the game broke the Beachboys hearts after equalising through Femi Akinwande following Regan Charles-Cook’s 7th minute opener.