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Trust Meets with John Katz

The Cards Trust board met informally with John Katz, Rosemary Johnson, Alan Dowson, Martin Tyler and Mick Livesey to discuss cooperation between the Trust and the Club. John Katz was also briefed on the status and activities of the Trust, although he was already aware of the important contribution, in finance and in other ways, by Trust members.

No formal decisions were made, but there was discussion of the changes that John Katz is making at the stadium which are intended to make the ground a more attractive place to visit on match days and at other times. He has a lot of experience in the US with catering and entertainment in the US and has a lot of ideas (although he knows that not every idea that works there will work in the UK!). He also explained that he will be moving to the area in August so that he can devote more time to his work at the club.

Among topics discussed were discounts for Trust members at the Club shop, which will be having a sale. The Club is developing a new online shop service that should mean faster service for online purchases. Unfortunately, the business arrangement for the website mean that the Club doesn’t feel able to offer discounts for online purchases. The Club is also looking to update its website inline with its new identity and the new badge.

All aspects of the matchday experience are being reviewed and the Trust has put forward its facilities for polling fans via its website.

The Trust has agreed the use of Club facilities for some social events, when things get unlocked. The Club is also providing some welcome gifts for Young Cards fans.

The welcome boards at the ground will be updated and the Trust is also updating the ‘Time Line’ outside the bar as it stopped nearly 10 years ago.

On the evening following, John Katz also met fans at an informal late-notice event and outlined a lot of his ideas. Alan Dowson also confirmed that he has around half his squad finalised for next season, with a plan to have around 18 players in the squad.

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We’re Spraying Help Around

The Club is planning to work on further improving the playing surface for next season. As well as new mowing equipment there is a plan to acquire a new motorised sprayer. The Trust is making a donation of £5,500 to the Club to pay for the sprayer, with most of the money coming from the 400 Club. Thanks to all that have donated and taken part.

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Goldev Planning Appeal

As you may be aware, the developers that the Club were working with over the plans for a new stadium have submitted revised plans for developing the area around the stadium.

These do not have the support of the Club as they do not provide the facilities of the original application and would restrict the Club’s potential for development in the future. In fact, the Club is actively opposing these revised plans and we plan to post a link to the Club’s detailed objections, lodged with the Council, in case you would like to add any personal objections once these become available for viewing.

Here are the detailed objections by the Club to the appeal.

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Trust Adds To Club Funds

Thanks to all those that have contributed to Boost the Budget, the 400 Club and have bought Goldrush tickets. As a result of your generosity, the Trust has been able to donate £16,000 to the Club to help with Dowse’s Budget in these tricky times. Although government grants were available for the first half of the season, funds were only available as loans for the second half, so the Club has only (very) limited funds from the sale of streams* and from the Trust. It has been reluctant to take up the loans offered without the income to repay them.

*Note that if you became a Silver/Gold member when it looked as though fans would be allowed back, as they briefly were, you can get streams through to the end of the season without charge. Details are on the Club website here.

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Fans’ Forum 21st March 2021

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.

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Development Plan Update

Woking Football Club would like to place on record that it does NOT support the new development scheme proposed by Wayne Gold of GolDev.

The alternative planning application on/adjacent to Woking Football Club does not include a new stand which will be built out or equipped to EFL standard as we require nor has it been agreed by or discussed with the Board of the football club. The new development proposed on site 1 also does not take into account any requirements for safety access to the stand.

The proposal on site 1 would hem the club in and prohibit any improvements to the club on the west side of the ground. What is required is a fully-funded West Stand with associated facilities, which this development does not provide.

Site 2, which involves a new development on properties behind the KRE, is accessed by the Kingfield Road entrance to the ground, and indicates the loss of the gravel parking which is required by the club. Again, there has been no discussion with the club and no indication of the level of traffic movements up a narrow access lane.

With no consultation with the largest stakeholder as to the two new developments, the Board feels that we have to oppose these developments with the extremely negative impact that they will have on Woking Football Club.

Woking fans are able to see some of the proposal at the following link, and submit their comments.

– Rosemary Johnson and the Board of Woking Football Club

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Vote for a New Badge

The Trust was advised by the Board of the club that there had been a decision to replace the Club’s most recent badge, with a new design that is intended to reflect the changes in the Board of Directors and future plans.

The Club has made the two designs available for fans to vote on on the Club’s website. Votes need to be cast by 6.00pm on Thursday 25th February, with the winner to be announced on 1st March.

One of the changes is an amendment by the Club of its inauguration date from 1889 to 1887, based on research in newspaper archives.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion on this topic and there were 148 posts on the topic on the Cardsboard at the time of posting this article!

The Club has also given some information about the use of the Woking FC Shield on next season’s kit.

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Volunteers at the Laithwaite

The Club is looking for volunteers to act as guides and helpers for potential help after the up-coming match against Hartlepool (for which, there are enough). Details are in the document below.

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Woking FC Spectators’ Code

Woking FC Spectators’ Code of Conduct

This following has been based upon SG02 guide with our own observations included and forms the Woking FC Spectators’ Code of Conduct.

In order to assist our staff and staff and stewards, and help to protect you and your fellow spectators, you are kindly requested to follow this guidance to ensure everyone is as safe as we can possible be. 

  • If you are suffering with a new continuous cough, a high temperature over 37.6C, a change in taste or smell, diagnosed with suffering with symptoms of Covid- 19, knowingly been in recent contact with anyone suffering with Covid-19 or have been directed to isolate by the NHS, DO NOT attend the Laithwaite Stadium 
  • Do not attend any Woking FC match or event if you reside in a current Tier 3 area or subject to local ‘lockdown’ restrictions.
  • Before you travel, check what amenities are available in the zone you are in, that you can access what you require and which gate you MUST enter.
  • Upon arrival at the Laithwaite Stadium, look for the socially distanced painted feet on the ground and keep to the spacing when going through the entry points into the ground.
  • Our capacity is based on the 1M+ guidance so you are requested to wear a face mask while around the stadium.
  • At all times and in all parts of the ground, please observe social distancing and avoid close contact with others NOT in your social bubble.
  • Arrive in good time to go through all the necessary procedures at the correct entry point.
  • Be aware your temperature will be taken as a condition of entry.  If it is too high (37.6c) you will be denied entry on the grounds of public safety.
  • Make sure in advance you know where your entry point is and how to navigate around the facilities in your area.  Each area will be restricted as to where you can go.
  • Follow the painted arrows or signs to get to your designated viewing space.
  • Please note that inside the Laithwaite Stadium, contactless payment will be the primary choice of payment.
  • Under current guidance the bars will be closed.  Do not bring alcohol into the ground and do not bring in drinks in cans or glass bottles. 
  • Familiarise yourself with any one-way systems or routes around the ground.  The route you have always used may no longer be viable.
  • Remain in your seat or terrace section at all times where possible.  Less movement is less chance of a transmission.