The Club is using its facilities to put on a special Pumpkin Party for younger fans on 30th October before the game v Altrincham at 1.00pm. It’s free of charge.
The Club in collaboration with the Cards Trust is holding an online Fans’ Forum this Sunday 21st March at 3.00pm. The Club has decided to invite Trust members to attend the event. It will be put online for viewing later in the week, on Friday, but Trust members that attend will be able to ask questions of these speakers:
- Rosemary Johnson – Chairman
- John Katz – Board Member & Investor
- Alan Dowson – Manager
- George Burnett – Cards Trust Board Member
- Rupert Philips – Cards Trust Chairman
David Holmes will be hosting the event and asking questions which will be gathered from fans. Questions can be submitted by all fans, and will need to be sent, in advance, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a tweet to @wokingfc.
Trust members attending on Sunday will also have the chance to ask questions after the main discussion and presentation. The questions at the end are intended to be informal and are not intended to be included in the ‘broadcast’ version.
The link to the Zoom call has been mailed to members. If you didn’t see it contact email@example.com . Note that you will be ‘muted’ when you join and it may be worth logging in a few minutes before the start in case of any connection issues.
23rd June 2020
No doubt in the coming days much more will be said but, as Chairman, I wanted to give my immediate thoughts following the planning committee vote.
It is obviously very disappointing that tonight Woking Borough Council’s planning committee decided not to support this once in a lifetime opportunity to provide a new stadium for Surrey’s premier football club. The scheme offered exceptional, long term community benefit – a new stadium for our wonderful town and a huge provision of affordable housing for local people.
Our purpose has always been to provide a base for our football club to excel and, in so doing, to safeguard and grow our expansive work with the young and most vulnerable in Woking. This would have done that for generations to come. Knowing this it is therefore even more disappointing to me that, since April 2018 when we started this journey and invited engagement, our three local ward councillors have never once met as a group with club representatives to listen and better understand the club. We have found that bewildering as we have sought to make our case; no reason has been given. We feel that our supporters deserved better.
This has been in stark contrast to our engagement with local residents; whilst many have opposed the development, we have still met, discussed and engaged regularly and, as a result, got a fuller understanding of the issues. As a community club we have to work with all; our commitment is always to work for the good of the whole of Woking through pursuing elite football success that brings the town honour, identity and recognition. From that base we will fully support our local community organisations, sports clubs, Junior Citizen, campaigns and charities such as the Hospice, Halo, the York Road Project alongside many others.
Finally, and most importantly, I am so proud of the volunteer support and hard work from my board and all the fans who, for the past two years, have worked tirelessly to get the development over the line. In addition, many thousands of locals, plus hundreds from around the world, have written in unprecedented numbers to the Council to express their support for the club and this scheme.
I am so proud of our football community and their support for our club. All I can offer is my heartfelt thanks to all those who have put so much work in and I am so sorry that I have not achieved the outcome we had all hoped for.
– Rosemary Johnson
The proposal, strongly backed by the club, to build a new stadium will be the subject of a formal planning decision on Tuesday 23rd June
You can see what the Club would like you to do, if you support the new development, here.
Supporters of the development will be pleased to know that the council’s planning officer has recommended that the proposal is approved (top of Page 17 in the document that can be downloaded from here). However, that does not mean that the development is a ‘done deal’ and the planning committee needs to vote on the proposal on Tuesday.
You can listen to the discussion on the Borough Council website.
Today’s (Saturday 14th March) match against Dagenham & Redbridge FC has been postponed because of concerns over the Covid-19 virus. It may be rearranged in the future once things become clearer.
To avoid adding to any problems related to Covid-19, the Cards Trust has cancelled the Race night scheduled for this evening.
Race Night Friday 13th March 7:30 (bar opens at 7:00)
Venue: Cardinals Bar. (Night before home game v Dagenham & Redbridge).
Cost will be £8.00 (including hot meal) for entrance.
There will be 8 races of 8 horses each. Horses are £5 each and you can sponsor a race for £50. Four races available at posting time.
Runner names to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st March.
A reminder that the Fans Forum with Dowse will take place on Wednesday 5th February in the Cardinals’ Bar at 7:30pm.
The Fans Forum event has had to be re-arranged, so will not happen on Wednesday 22nd of Jan. It will now take place on Wednesday 5th Feb at 7.30 (bar opens at 7.00).
As discussed on his weekly catchup, Dowse has asked to meet with fans to talk about how to boost the atmosphere at the Laithwaite Community stadium to help the team as ‘the 12th man’.
The meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd January 7:30 pm, bar opens 7:00. Date has now been set for Wednesday 5th Feb 7.30 – bar opens 7.00pm.
There is no formal business or agenda just an opportunity for fans to speak with Dowse and hopefully some players about football.