By Jacob Greenwood
No Woking fan will thank you for reminding them of the 2008/09 season. The talk in pre-season was of Project 3000, an ambitious plan to get promoted within three seasons and a fresh start under new manager Kim Grant. However, the reality was very different. The Cards failed to pick up a win in their first eight league games and Grant was out the door by early September.
In truth, the season didn’t get much better and The Cards dropped out of what was then known as the Blue Square Premier after finishing 21st. The squad was then largely broken up, but what happened to some of that team? Some dropped a few levels before calling it a day, others went on to be more successful. We’ve taken a look at a few of the more interesting tales to come out of that fateful squad.
The player that went on to have the best career was Oliver Bozanic. The Reading loanee was at Kingfield for 18 games before returning to The Royals. Following this, and a short loan spell at Aldershot Town, Bozanic truly went global. The Australian national returned to his motherland playing for Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City. The midfielder also played for Swizz side Luzern and had a brief spell at Ventforet Kofu in Japan’s second tier.
Bozanic has made seven appearances for the Australian national team, including at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Aussie is now back playing in the UK after signing for SPL side Hearts in June 2018.
The French defender got a fair few games under his belt at Kingfield, playing 43 games in the 08/09 season. This was Konan’s one and only spell in England and after leaving Kingfield, the Frenchman headed to Luxemburg and played for Pr. Niederkorn, FC UNA Strassen and most recently FC Mamer 32.
According to Transfermarket.co.uk, Konan is still playing at the grand age of 37 and looks to be having a decent season. The defender has been playing regularly for FC Mamer 32 and even notched two goals against Jeunesse Canach, in a 3-2 victory and in a 4-1 win vs Steinsel.
Domoraud played 43 times for Woking and bagged 11 goals in the 08/09 season. He did make three appearances during the 09/10 campaign before travelling abroad to play. Since departing Kingfield Domoraud has played for nine clubs across Austria, France, UAE, Denmark and Malta. He is still playing and chipping in with goals. Wilf is now at Gzira Utd in the Maltese Premier League. Since signing in January he has picked up five goals and five assists in 19 games.
Those That Gained Redemption (sort of)
Nobody wants to be associated with a relegated side, but three players that played that season came back to Kingfield and helped The Cards gain promotions. Gez Sole famously powered Woking to promotion in 2011/12, breaking scoring records for fun along the way. Dan Spence and Michael Kamara were both part of the set-up that won promotion for Woking in 2018/19 under Dowse’s leadership.
Photos by David Holmes. A full set of images can be found at wokingfc.co.uk