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Barnet v Woking

Saturday, 10 November, 1:00pm

By Phil Snow

  Ground Kingfield Stadium,
GU22 9AA

Tel: (01483) 772470
  Capacity 6,000  
  Formed 1889  
  Nickname The Cards  
  Colours Red & White halved Shirts and Black Shorts  
  Manager Geoff Chapple  
  Last Season    
  Average Attn 1742  
  Highest Attn 2319  
  FA Cup 1st Round - away Carlisle Utd 1-5  
  FA Trophy 3rd Round- home Margate 1-2  
  Top Goalscorer Charlie Griffin  
  Final Position (14th)
  Home Away  
P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
42 5 10 6 30 30 8 5 8 22 27 54
  This Season    
  Position 17th  
  Ave Attn 1602  
  Highest Attn 2554  
  FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round (Replay) - away Newport County, lost 1-3  
  Current Position (17th)
  Home Away  
P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
18 4 2 4 14 11 2 1 5 10 16 21
  The Season So Far

After winning the opening game of the season away to Chester City 2-0, Woking lost the next four in succession, although two of those were against Boston Utd. (0-2), and Dagenham & Redbridge (1-3). A good 3-1 win away at Yeovil, then a draw at home to Doncaster, preceded a home defeat to Margate by the only goal of the game.

At home they've had a couple of high scoring wins, Northwich 3-1 and Dover 4-0, but away Hayes 1-4 and Leigh 1-3 have counter-acted those.

Last Saturday they beat Hereford United 1-0 in front of 2107 fans, many who had come back to see the return of Geoff Chapple as manager.

Geoff Chapple Returns

Woking's most successful manager - and possibly the non-league's as well - has returned after a four and a half year absence.

In thirteen years Chapple took lowly Woking from the Isthmian to the Conference, finishing runners-up twice (94/95 and 95/96). Many other achievements were accomplished along the way, including a win away to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup, 4-2 in the 3rd round in 1991, before losing to Everton in the Fourth. He also won the FA Trophy in 94, 95 and 97 also drawing with Coventry away that year, 1-1 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Astonishingly he was never offered a full contract and left to manage rivals Kingstonian who he won the FA Trophy with twice.

He was Non-League Manager of the Decade and five months ago was sacked by Kingstonian who are now mid-table in the Rymans Premier.

He has teamed up again with Colin Lipiatt, who has made way for him as manager. Lipiatt was Chapple's right hand man in the previous reign and make a formidable twosome.

Another exciting encounter should be witnessed at Barnet this Saturday as the Woking players try to impress their new Boss, so there's only one place to be at 1:00pm and that's in you favourite spot by the hallowed turf of Underhill.


Woking competed in the West Surrey League until 1911 after their formation in 1889. They joined the Isthmian and stayed in the top league until the 82/83 season when they were relegated to Division One. 1984/85 saw them plunge even further, although Geoff Chapple had been appointed as Manager.

From here the only way was up, 86/87 saw promotion back to Division One, and into the Premier as runners-up in 89/90.

Winning the Premier in 91/92 sees promotion to the Conference, finishing in the top five between 93/94 and 97/98, twice as runners-up.

Previous to this they won the FA Amateur Cup in 1958, beating Ilford 3-0 at Wembley in front of 71,000 spectators.

  League Snippet

Below is Barnet and Woking's league details based on their Home and Away performances.

    Pl W D L GF GA GD Pnts
7 Barnet (Home) 9 4 3 2 13 8 5 15
19 Woking (Away) 8 2 1 5 10 16 -6 7

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