Boost the Budget

Ways to Help

Thanks to Adam Bowyer for this post on Cardsboard.

It’s vital now more than ever that we raise as much money as possible for the football club. Here are some of the ways you can help! … -a-ticket/ Jodie Selley raising funds for the player budget … =5Jzjr4X5e Alan Barnes raising money to sponsor a player Dowse with the help of Ben Parker is selling football memorabilia with proceeds going to the club Player Sponsorship, Advertising etc

The Cards Trust

Changes at the Trust & Club Board

After nearly seven years, Ian Nicholson is standing down from his position as the Trust representative on the Club’s board to focus more of his time on his chaplaincy and the Club’s community reach. The Cards Trust has appointed George Burnett, the Trust Secretary, as an interim representative onto the Club Board until such time as a formal replacement can be elected at a Cards Trust AGM.

Rosemary Johnson, Chairman of Woking FC, commented on Ian’s time as a Director

“Ian’s enthusiasm for the club, working with the community, sorting out communications and his chaplaincy have been invaluable to the work that the club does. Ian is clear his support for Woking Football Club will continue but after seven years feels that he needs to reshape his role within the club. I am very grateful for all his support and wise counsel and know that he will always be there when I need his wisdom”.

The Club has also appointed a new head of finance for the club, Sean Carey, who has been very involved with football through his work with Abbey Rangers. The change follows the stepping down of Peter Velati after several years of service.

The Cards Trust

Programme Team Are Winners!

The volunteer team that puts together the matchday programmes for the Cards has been rewarded for its efforts by winning the ‘Programme of the Year’ award for the National League from ‘Programme Monthly’ who called the programme ‘Outstanding’ and awarded 17 points out of a maximum of 20. Thanks to all of them for their efforts!

The win also gained the club some additional coverage in the Sports section of the News & Mail.

The Cards Trust

Volunteers Needed

If you have some spare time there are many task to undertake at the Laithwaite Community Stadium please contact and offer your help. Some have already done work and been rewarded with a barbeque! The barbeque was kindly sponsored by Prince & Sons Butchers and Boz’s Fruit & Veg.

The Cards Trust

Membership Renewal

We hope you are keeping well in the current difficult circumstances and we look forward to the time when we can resume normal football games.  It is the time of year for us to ask you if you would kindly renew your membership.

In view of the current circumstances, the easiest way to renew would be for you to use our website Your account has already been set up so you will need to login, which may mean updating the password if you haven’t done that yet. If you have any problems with this, contact

You can pay either by Paypal or by using your credit card (Paypal acts as the processor for the credit card).  You can also choose to make an automatic renewal via Paypal/Credit Card, which is a convenient alternative to starting a Standing Order, as this saves you time each year and saves us administration, we hope that you will be able to use this method of payment!

If you prefer to pay by cheque or cash, please download the application form, complete it and return it to us at the above address with your remittance and a stamped addressed envelope, so we can forward to you our confirmation of receipt and your new membership card. Postage costs are a significant part of our expenses, so we really appreciate your assistance in helping us keep these costs down, and thus provide more funds to Woking F.C.

We are pleased to confirm that this year’s membership fees are the same as last year.

Trust members can receive 10% discount in the Club Shop for clothing on production of their valid membership card, but please note that this discount does not apply to online sales.  We have undertaken a major revamp to our website, so to keep up with Cards Trust news and events please check out our site at

Yours sincerely

George Burnett, Secretary

Player of the Month

Player of the Season Awards

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
Picture of Craig
Craig Ross – Player of the Season 2019/20

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!

Boost the Budget

Boost The Budget 2020


The Cards Trust Board thanks all supporters for their contributions in recent seasons which have helped Woking FC have an increased playing budget. Boost the Budget is a straightforward way fans can make a big difference by contributing monthly.

  • 300 Boost the Budget monthly contributions of £10 would add £3,000 to the playing fund.
  • Many relatively small contributions can make a BIG difference whether by monthly standing order or one off donations and bucket collections.
  • The Trust Board are committed to this form of support for Woking FC.

How does BTB work?

  • You commit to giving at least £10 per month by standing order to the Cards Trust or donations.
  • The Cards Trust uses your donation to buy new Woking FC shares/pay the annual capital contribution on new shares.
  • The Club uses the proceeds to boost playing budget.
  • There is a quarterly draw for BTB contributors with two tickets to the GC Lounge to the winner
  • Last season 2019/20 thanks to supporter’s generosity the Trust contributed close to £30,000 to WFC through Boost the Budget, The 400 Club and £4,000 as WFC’ share of Goldrush sales plus monies raised at a Quiz Night.. A fantastic achievement, thank you!

As fans we want to help take Woking FC forward and are aiming to recruit many more members to Boost the Budget for the coming season . Many fans have been contributing in recent years and helped raise in the region of £220,000.

Please join Boost the Budget by completing a bank Mandate which can be found on the Trust & Club websites. Please complete and  return to Rupert Phillips either at the Laithwaite Community Stadium or by email

Thank you.

Rupert Phillips
Cards Trust

You can download the application form here.


A Personal Statement from the Chairman

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 400 Club

400 Club Midsummer Draw

After the disappointing news last night, at least a few of the 400 Club members will have smiles on their faces this afternoon!

The June draws took place today using a random number computer generator,

Regular Draw:
£100       Unit number 330            Graham Ham            

£75         Unit number 008             Jonathon Woozley

£50         Unit number 011            Wendy Denty  (replaced 385 as not renewed)     

Lockdown Draw:

£100       Unit number 211            Jennifer Tombs

£100       Unit number 391            Emma Jones             

£100       Unit number 357           Graham Ham 

Congratulations everyone and thanks for your support.

Cheques will be winging their way to the winners asap.

For those that are interested in the mechanics, this is how it was done:

Player of the Month

Player of the Season Virtual Awards Dinner

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.