Last week, the National League announced that the National League North and South have decided to end their seasons. That effectively means that promotions from those leagues and relegations from the National League will not happen (although this was subject to FA agreement at the time we wrote this). In the National League, Dover have said that without grant funding, the club is unable to complete its fixtures, so the scheduled match with Dover on Tuesday the 23rd will not go ahead. Kings Lynn have also said that they will stop after this week's matches with Barnet and Weymouth. Although the National League voted to continue, these developments have cast doubt on what will be the final outcome this season.
However, the Cards will continue with their FA Trophy Quarter Final against Torquay on Saturday. The team will need to be at its best to beat the highest ranked team left in the competition, but the prospect of a Wembley final is still in sight! A good three points in the game against Barnet on Saturday were a good preparation for the match. Although the team is in 17th place in the league, and had a tough January and early February we are still only 9 points off the play-off places, with two games in hand on Wrexham - the League is very tight this season.
The match on Saturday will be a chance to take part in the next Goldrush competition (tickets should go on sale on Thursday), one of the staple ways that the Trust raises money to support Dowse and his team. Another is Boost the Budget. Rupert has highlighted how every pound received goes to Dowse's budget and that we really appreciate the continued support of fans in this way.
The next draw for the 400 Club takes place this week, but if you are quick you could still be included.
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.
To date, the 400 Club has paid out £7,300 in prize money and has given £13,500 to the football club which is brilliant and a big thank you to all our members past and present, not everyone renews!
Because of our success I am pleased to announce that we shall be increasing our draw frequency from quarterly to bi-monthly, so that makes it SIX draws a year enabling us to give a further £450 out in prize money therefore a total next year of £1,350 in the regular draws and plus the £500 for Christmas, that’s a total of £1,850.
So good luck to our existing members and hopefully we can entice non-members to sign up to the ‘400’.
Application forms for 2021 are available below and as they say, ‘you have to be in it to win it!’
The winner(s) of the Player of the Month Award for January 2021 were Jack Cook and Craig Ross who shared identical votes. Well done to both of them. We hope to get their bottles of champagne to them at the Torquay FA Trophy match on the 27th February.