At Saturday evening’s ‘Club Virtual Awards’, the winner of the (Trust organised) Fans’ Player of the Season was announced. The Chairman of the Trust, Rupert Phillips, thanked Paula Assheton and Bob Raikes for organising the online voting at short notice. Before the winner was announced Rupert thanked Waitrose, Goldsworth Park, who kindly donated 6 bottles of Champagne to the Trust for the various Player Awards.
Player of the Season
Woking FC fans voted as follows:
3rd place – Josh Casey
2nd place – Mousa Diarra
Winner – Craig Ross
Craig will receive a trophy and champagne with 2nd and 3rd placed players also receiving a bottle of champagne from Waitrose, Goldsworth Park. Thank you to everyone who voted.
(He also won the Players’ Player of the Year and the Manager’s Player of the Year Award – a clean sweep!)
The Trust also announced that thanks to fan contributions and donations to the Boost the Budget fund, the 400 Club , Goldrush ticket sales, the Capital Contribution (from share holdings) and the Quiz Night, monies of just under £30,000 were transferred to Dowse’s playing budget during the 19/20 season.
New Boost the Budget forms are now available on the Trust website – if you can contribute it would certainly help Dowse as every penny the Trust raise in this way goes towards the playing budget, thank you. COYC!
Plans are in place for a virtual “End of Season Awards” dinner which will be an opportunity for all fans to get in a takeaway and a tipple, say thank you to the players, hear from the manager and chairman and congratulate the winners of the Fans’ Player of the Season and other awards.
This is a great opportunity for those that are ‘remote fans’ and cannot usually attend such events.
The event will take place on Saturday 27th June and will be part of the Woking FC Community Day. It will operate via ‘Zoom’ and log-in tickets cost £5.00.
The evening will include a photoreel of the season, season highlights, goal of the season, a short quiz, a few words from Dowse and the Chairman and who knows what else! The awards will include the Academy, goal of the season and the fans’, players’ and manager’s player of the season. The management team will be there and we are expecting a good player turnout as well.
Spaces are limited so book your space without delay. You can book your place here.
Good news for those that haven’t got to it yet – the voting window for the Fans’ Player of the Season has been extended until the end of May. You don’t need to be a member of the Trust and you can register with Facebook. If you are a paid-up member of the Trust, an account has been set up for you – just set up a new password.
Some content on this site is restricted either to Website Free Members or to Trust Paid members. This content is one of those items. If you want to vote for Player of the Season, you need to log-in. If you haven't signed up for a free or paying membership, yet, you can do that here. Or you can go to front page and select register from the menu and register using your Facebook id.
The season has now ended and there’s no need to wait for the League to decide how positions will be finalised before choosing the Cards Fans’ Player of the Season, organised by the Cards Trust.
To vote for the player of the year, you need to register on the Cards Trust website (existing Trust members should already be registered – although if you haven’t done so yet, you may need to get a new password). You can register with Facebook if you prefer.
Go to the home page and select the Register menu option.
Choose the ‘Free Website Membership’ option, confirm via email and you will be able to go to the poll here.
There is a simple system of ‘one fan, one vote’ and the Trust reserves the right to discount duplicate or ‘spam’ votes. The system will record your vote, which cannot then be modified – so make sure you have decided before going ahead.
You won’t be able to see the results as we go along, but look out for updates from the Trust about voting patterns.
Polling ends at midnight on 31st May 2020. Don’t delay!
Making Your Decision
To help you decide, you can find below a pdf file with the big game details table that is usually in the programme (this one was from the programme for the aborted Dagenham game – a collectors special!). That may help you to remember the good moments from the season.
The Cards Trust collected votes for the January Player of the Month at the Stockport County match and the winner was Godfrey Poku with 37% of the votes cast. Second was Moussa Diarra and third was Craig Ross. Thanks to Waitrose, Goldsworth Park for the champagne prize which will be presented today. If you shop there, feel free to thank them!
At a glittering awards ceremony to honour Woking’s sporting elite and outstanding service to sport, Josh Casey was crowned Woking’s Sports Personality of the Year!
The Sport Woking Awards are an annual
event which celebrate the borough’s sporting achievements over the past
12 months. The Woking Football Club captain and left back received
multiple public nominations for leading his side to victory in the
National League South play-offs, securing the club’s promotion to the
Vanarama National League.
Speaking about the award, Josh Casey, said: “I’m honoured and humbled to win Woking Sports Personality of the Year. It’s been an incredible year for me personally but more importantly for Woking FC. It’s been a pleasure to captain the club. I can safely say I’m collecting the award on behalf of the players and staff who do an unbelievable amount in the community. Hopefully 2020 will be just as successful.”
The Young Sports Personality of the Year award was handed to gymnast, Jasper Smith-Gordon, from Woking Gymnastics Club for representing Great Britain at a number of international competitions including the 2019 World Cup in Hungary where he picked up a bronze medal on the vault.
The Trotman Trophy,
another coveted award, went to Richard Grady, who earlier in the
proceedings also received the award for Outstanding Service to Sport.
Richard is one of the founding members of Woking Rugby Football Club,
and since things kicked-off in 1989, he has devoted every minute of his
spare time to the club’s development. Although serious illness has
forced his retirement from the pitch, he continues to be a highly
respected member of the team and ambassador for both the club and rugby
in general. In addition to the rapturous applause provided by the large
contingent from Woking Rugby Club in attendance, Richard received a
standing ovation as he lifted the Trotman Trophy, presented by Sport
Woking Chairman, Clive Moon.
The other category awards winners, nominated by the public, were as follows:
Active Surrey ‘Community Project of the Year’ – Combat Sports League, collected by founder Ali Waheed.
Activity Surrey ‘School Innovation of the Year’ – Barnsbury School, collected by teacher, Amber Hiller.
Active Surrey ‘Coach, Leader or Instructor of the Year Award’ – Richard Buckmaster from Mayford Athletic Football Club.
Freedom Leisure ‘Inclusive Sport Award’ – Michael Dey for his work with Surrey Wheels for All.
‘Outstanding Service to Sport’ – Richard Grady from Woking Rugby Football Club
‘Volunteer of the Year’ – Fezaan Azam for his work with Woking Tigers football academy, community fundraising and efforts to increase female participation in sport.
The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, said: “It was a great privilege to hand out this year’s awards and personally congratulate all our deserved winners. I’m amazed at just how much sport is happening across the borough, and even if you didn’t win an award, I want to congratulate and thank all our nominees for their efforts over the past year.
“Sport can open doors for people, create opportunities and is so important for health and wellbeing. I’d like to thank Woking Borough Council’s sports development team for putting on these awards and for doing all it can to promote sport in our borough. And thank you to everyone who works behind the scenes to help others to succeed. I hope you all had a fabulous night.”
About the 2019 Sport Woking Awards
The awards ceremony (Thursday 28 November),
was organised by Woking Borough Council with support from sponsors
Active Surrey, Specsavers, Freedom Leisure, #WeAreWoking, Sport Woking
and Woking News and Mail. Adding to the profile of the awards, Eagle
Radio presenter, Dave Wooldridge, compered the event and Signature
Events & Décor helped light up the stage with their illuminated
signs and in-kind support.
David Wooldridge, supported by Sport
Woking Chairman, Clive Moon, led a moving tribute to Adrian Hardy
(Surrey Wheels for All) and Arthur Barber (Sport Woking), who sadly
passed away in 2019 but leave their mark on the borough’s sporting