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QPR ‘keeper move to Woking on the cards? Exclusive interview with Rob Green

By Jacob Greenwood

Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper and Woking fan Rob Green has told Everything Woking FC he can’t rule out playing for The Cards at some point in the future.

Green, who is a lifelong Woking supporter, is currently concentrating on getting QPR back to the Premier League following their relegation last season. Rangers are currently third in the league and the ex-England man admitted promotion is still the aim at Loftus Road:

“We are more than likely to be in the play-offs but we do have players coming back from injury for that. Hopefully, by the time they come round we will be back to full-strength. It is a bit of a lottery in the play-offs.

“On an individual level gaining promotion would be brilliant. It is something I have done at every club I have been at so far. I joined to help the club do well in the Premier League and it will be nice to get back to the basis we started from.”

The Chertsey-born shot-stopper recalls getting into supporting The Cards at a young and still tries to get to matches when he gets a spare weekend:

“I lived in Woking for the first 16 years of my life and I am from the area so it just made sense to go and support your local team.

“I haven’t been this season, I have two young kids so that has put it to bed for a couple of years. I preferred it, ironically, when we were in the Conference South as I went to as many away games as I did home ones because they were local.”

Green watches on as Woking beat Boreham Wood in 2012
Green watches on as Woking beat Boreham Wood in 2012

Despite not being able to make as many games, Green believes Woking are doing well to hold their own in the Conference but will find it difficult to go one step further to the football league:

“It is so hard in that league. You look at Luton, they are getting 7-8 thousand at home games. You look at that league and it is such a bad league to get out of as there is only one automatic spot.”

Everything WFC put it to Rob whether he could ‘do a Kevin Betsy’ and play out the later stages of his career at Kingfield and the 34-year-old refused to rule out the prospect:

“Well you can never say never but you reach an age where the lights go out and you are no good to anyone. I wouldn’t know about playing for them, I wouldn’t want to spoil it.”

“For a goalkeeper it has changed so much. There is a lot more movement with young ‘keepers, a lot more loan signings. You don’t really get a goalkeeper associated with a club in the lower leagues.”

“In-terms of myself, not just yet. Hopefully I will be playing in the higher leagues for a few more years.”

Photo by David Holmes. A full set can be viewed at wokingfc.co.uk

 

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A view from the stands – Woking 2 Wrexham 1

Everything Woking FC’s Jacob Greenwood talks to Woking fan and reporter Jacob Hutchinson following The Cards’ 2-1 victory vs Wrexham.

Rendell puts Woking ahead at Kingfield.
Rendell puts Woking ahead at Kingfield.

 

 

Photo by David Holmes. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk

Getting to know the opposition – Wrexham

Woking will be looking to extend their impressive form when Wrexham travel to Kingfield on Saturday.

The Cards come into the game well rested after a 10-day break and Garry Hill’s side will be looking to compete a perfect March in which he has seen his side win four out of four games.

Hill admitted he is hoping for a bumper crowd at Kingfield on Saturday following an impressive win at Luton Town last time out in the league.

We talked to Ryan Denoven to get an idea of what to expect from the Welsh side this weekend.

Betsy fires a shot at goal as Woking lose 2-0 at Wrexham in October
Betsy fires a shot at goal as Woking lose 2-0 at Wrexham in October

When we talked to you at the start of the season you were confident that Wrexham would eventually start climbing the table. This hasn’t happened and recently Andy Morrell left the club, what has gone so wrong this season? 

Unfortunately our form never picked up and the whole season has been a bit stop-start, the players just didn’t seem to be bothered playing under Morrell anymore the effort wasn’t there. We aren’t a team that should be in 17th, I mean this team is very similar to last season’s playoff final team but with bad mistakes, lots of suspensions, injuries and bad form we have just been a shadow of the team we were last season. Morrell will always be a legend at this football club though and we all thanked him for his efforts.

Kevin Wilkin has recently joined the club and drew his first game in charge, was there a noticeable difference in Wrexham’s performance and what do you think he can bring to the club?

Well, firstly I would just like to say how pleased I am that we have managed to get such a good young manager who had done incredibly well at Nuneaton on a tight budget. To answer you question, he only had one training session with the players before the game so obviously the players are still learning his methods and his tactics. We played okay although Salisbury probably were the better side as Kevin Wilkin admitted after the game. I think Kev will be the right man for us in the long run.

Wrexham are on the same points total as Woking going into today’s game (51) which should see us both avoid relegation. Were Wrexham fans ever realistically worried about being relegated this season?

We all expected to be much higher up the league than this, the majority of fans thought we might scrape into the playoffs or just miss out but I doubt anybody would have said we would be 17th with 7 games left!

One game you will be focusing on is Chester away who having bragging rights over you from earlier in the season. How much does this derby mean to Wrexham fans?

It means a lot as it’s both a local derby and a cross-border derby, it’s got to be one of the best derbies in the country easily. It also can get out of hand sometimes off the pitch with fighting and stuff which I don’t like to see. On the pitch it’s always a feisty hard-fought game, hopefully we will turn them over at their place now we have a new manager in place! 2-1 to us is my prediction.

What visiting player will Woking have to look out for on Saturday?

Mark Carrington is one of our best performers this season, he’s originally a midfielder but he has been transformed into a right back this season and it has paid off, he chips in with the odd goal and the odd assist and is usually solid at the back.

Finally, what is your score prediction?

I say a close game with nothing other than pride to play for, 1-0 Wrexham. Good luck for the game.

 

Questions by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes – A full set can be viewed at wokingfc.co.uk

 

Come on you Cards!

Getting to know the opposition – Luton Town

By Jacob Greenwood

Woking travel to Kenilworth Road on Monday as they take on the league leaders live on BT Sport.

The game will be The Cards’ first game on the channel and will also be one of their most difficult trips of the season. The Hatters have not lost in the league since they won 4-0 at Kingfield in September.

Alex Lacey scores at Kingfield as Luton win 4-0
Alex Lacey scores at Kingfield as Luton win 4-0

Luton will be looking to go 16 points clear at the top of the table as Woking try and take one step closer to Garry Hill’s target of 50 points. Results on Saturday mean The Cards are 11 points from the relegation zone with Tamworth, Dartford, Aldershot Town, Chester, Hereford United and Wrexham all failing to take three points.

We talked to Hatters fan Steve Judge to find out more about the high-flying Luton Town –

Luton find themselves 13 points clear with 11 games to go, what has gone so right for The Hatters this season?
There’s been a real sense of togetherness in the team, the management, the fans and everyone involved in the club for most of the season. The pivotal moment may have been when skipper Ronnie Henry confronted an angry fan after one of our less than impressive performances earlier in the season but overall the credit has to go to our manager John Still. Unlike some of his predecessors at Luton, once he hit a winning formula, he tinkered only when really necessary and as a result, the team has got better and better.
 
You have scored an impressive 83 goals already this season, can you tell us a bit about Andre Gray, he has been on fire this season.
Andre was spotted whilst playing for the now defunct Hinckley United against us in an FA Trophy tie. Although raw, he tore our defence apart and but for some excellent goalkeeping, would have scored a hat trick that night. He is a really exciting player: quick, skillful and he shoots on sight. He’s also come on leaps and bounds this season and his interplay with others has massively improved.
 
Who else will Woking have to look out for on Monday?
Jake Howells who is now playing in his favoured wide left position can cause you damage. He’s a clever player who can pass, cross, shoot and he’s been deadly from the penalty spot this season. He’s also formed a decent partnership with our left back, Scott Griffiths, who is probably our most improved player this season.
 
Scott Rendell left yourselves in January and joined Woking. He has made a good start to his Woking career and as scored 12 goals in 24 games. Do you think he will get a good reception?
Yes, absolutely. Scott will always be something of a Luton legend for the goal he scored at Carrow Road in the FA Cup. I think most Luton fans were disappointed things didn’t quite work for Scott here, wish him well and are pleased to see him knocking the goals in for Woking.
 
As your time in the Conference could be coming to an end, looking back, what have been your highlights?
Funnily enough, although it seems we’ve had 5 seasons of hell, most Luton fans have never seen us win so often as in this period, so it hasn’t all been bad. Highlights have to be: a 4-3 away win at Cambridge when we were 2-0 down and reduced to 10 men; a 2-1 home win against Oxford when we were a goal down in stoppage time and the winner from Keith Keane came direct from a corner in the dying seconds; an incredible 3-0 win away at Wrexham in a play-off semi; the FA Cup run than culminated in the 1-0 away win at Norwich; and this season for me is a toss up between the 6-0 drubbing we gave Kiddrminster that took us top – and got us to start believing – and Tuesday’s hard-fought 1-1 at Cambridge when we snatched the draw at the death and possibly dealt them a fatal blow in the title race.
 
Finally, what is your score prediction?
 Our recent home form has been incredible and I’m afraid I’m going to have to go for a 3-0 win for the Hatters for this one.
Questions by @JGreenwood91
Photos by David Holmes. For a full set visit wokingfc.co.uk
You can follow Steve on Twitter – @LordLuton
Remember the game is LIVE on BT Sport and kick off at 7.45pm. Come on you Cards!

Getting to know the opposition – Southport

Jacob Greenwood

Woking take on Southport at Kingfield as they go in search of back-to-back victories for the first time since early December.

A brilliant 3-1 victory at The Hive last weekend will have given The Cards plenty to be positive about but consistency has been an issue this season. The home side find themselves just five points off of Garry Hill’s 50 point target set at the start of the season.

Although this looks like a good chance to take another step towards safety the visitors have been on a good run of late and come into the came off the back of a 3-0 victory against Dartford.

We talked to Southport fan @benniehighton to find out more about the team from Merseyside.

Southport are right in the thick of this year’s closely fought relegation scrap and find themselves four points above the drop zone. Despite this, they are on a good run of form with three wins and one draw in your past 5 games. Is the team hitting form at the right time?

The sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season
The sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season

I think so, picking up 3 points against an on form Dartford side on Saturday was crucial. However, we have to continue the good form!

Are you confident you can stay up and what teams do you think will go down?

If you asked me this a month ago my answer would have been no, however given our recent form I believe we have a fairly good chance.

Hyde, Tamworth, Dartford and possibly Hereford. However, you never know with the likes of us, Aldershot and Chester all still in the battle!

You signed Nathan Ellington, formally of Wigan, West Brom and Watford, but he only stayed for three games, what is the story behind that?

He was signed by our former manager Alan Wright, however Wright departed the club which saw Ellington leave shortly after. I am guessing our current manager John Coleman had no plans for him.

Who will Woking have to look out for in your squad on Saturday?

Winger John O’Sullivan could cause a threat to the defence, however it will also be interesting to see how loanee Jason Walker performs after an impressive debut against Dartford.

You won 3-2 on your last visit to Kingfield, how many of that team are still currently with yourselves?

As we had a change of manager at the end of the season, not many! The only player that I think will start who was here last season is Karl Ledsham.

Finally, what is your score prediction? 

After your impressive victory at The Hive, I am expecting a tough game. However given our recent positive form, I will say 2-2.

Questions & article by @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes. A full set can be viewed at wokingfc.co.uk

Come on you Cards!

Woking fans singing during victory over Barnet

Woking’s away supporters singing in the second half of their sides’ win over Barnet at The Hive.

Getting to know the opposition – Barnet

By Jacob Greenwood

Woking’s trip to Barnet signals the start of a difficult month for The Cards as they look to secure their Conference status.

Since the departure of Edgar Davids from The Hive, Barnet have been on a great run and have won 5 out of 5 games under the new management team of Ulrich Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder.

This will make it a very tough game for Woking who will be looking to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday evening.

We talked to Barnet fan and blogger Lucy Waldon about the Bees’ promotion hopes and that man, Edgar Davids, ahead of Woking’s first trip to The Hive –

Barnet were well known in footballing circles for having Edgar Davids at the helm earlier in the season, but he has now moved on, has this been a positive for the club being outside the media spotlight?

Definitely, although it’s fair to say he raised the profile of the club whilst he was with us. This wasn’t always a good thing, mind – what the numerous red cards and his decision not to travel away with the team. The latter certainly didn’t go down well with fans. That said, a lot of the time I was pinching myself; how does a player of that calibre ever stumble across a club like us? Since his departure, we have been getting the results we need as well – massive credit to Uli and Dick for the hard work they’ve put in.

The two sides played out a goalless draw at Kingfield earlier in the season
The two sides played out a goalless draw at Kingfield earlier in the season

How have the new management team gone about changing your fortunes, as you have been on a very impressive run recently?

Well nothing has changed, really. We’d been playing decent football before, it was all about grinding results. I think the players respect Uli and Dick a lot more and there’s no “I’m better than you” attitude. The players seem to be playing with a lot more confidence too, which is good to see. We’ve now won five in a row – a feat we’ve not achieved for a while (someone mentioned 2004 was the last time this happened – not sure how true that is).

You are currently 15 points off of Luton, does that mean the fans have given up hope of being champions and are starting to focus on securing a play-off spot?

I don’t think we ever thought we’d go straight back up, let alone as champions! The Conference is a lot harder than it was the last time we were in it (we went up in 04/05) and so many of the teams that were previously in the Football League have proved that. We are gaining momentum at a good time though, so if we carry on, I don’t see why we can’t cement a play-off place. I don’t think the wheels will fall off for Luton now, either.

This will be Woking’s first trip to The Hive, can you sum it up for us?

Well it’s your typical modern stadia, pretty lifeless. It’s in the middle of nowhere too, with houses either side of the gates. Underhill was your traditional old-school ground, whereas The Hive is the opposite. It has no charm either. The pitch is incredible though, although the London Broncos now play there too, so I’m not sure how long it’ll stay in top condition!

Finally, what is your score prediction?

With no disrespect to Woking, it’s a game we should win, particularly on home soil. However, it’s bound to be tough and after losing to Chester, we only managed narrow wins over Tamworth and Southport. We have never been particularly good against the bottom sides, either. I’m going to for 2-0 Bees with Lopez and Weston on the score sheet.

You can visit Lucy’s blog at – lookblacknamber.blogspot.com

Questions by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes. For a full set visit wokingfc.co.uk

Come on you Cards!

Hill hails ‘massive result’ after a turbulent week

By Jacob Greenwood

Woking manager Garry Hill spoke of his delight after his side came from behind to beat an in-form Macclesfield Town side.

The Cards were looking to bounce back from a disappointing midweek result at Dartford after which Hill revealed a few ‘home truths’ were spoken.

Looking back on the roller-coaster week, Hill told the official website:

“A series of events on and off the field contributed to a really disappointing evening on Tuesday. I felt very down on Wednesday, very mixed. It was probably the most difficult time I have had at Woking.

“A few home truths were said

“I was looking for a reaction and a performance today of character and commitment and I think we got that.”

Woking fell behind early on as the Silkmen’s top scorer slid the ball past Beasant and maintained their lead until the half-time break.

The home side reacted well after the break and Jack Marriott hit back with a goal from 18 yards out which found its way past the out-stretched ‘keeper and into the far corner. The Cards then found themselves ahead when a wonder-strike from John Goddard found it’s way into the top corner of the goal.

Goddard fires Woking into a 2-1 lead.
Goddard fires Woking into a 2-1 lead.

However, Woking couldn’t hold their lead and the visitors responded 4 minutes later when George Pilkington punched on an error by Beasant to level the scores. Despite this Woking kept fighting and clinched their 12th victory of the season when Scott Rendell beat the offside trap and slammed the ball home with 12 left on the clock.

Hill admitted after the game be was impressed with his sides’ finishing:

” In the three years I have been at Woking, I would go as far as to say they were probably the best three goals I have seen from different players in the same game. They were of the highest quality.”

Picture by David Holmes. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk

Social media contributors needed!

EverythingWFC are looking for social media savvy fans to provide real-time match updates for our Twitter account.

Everything Woking FC looks to provide comprehensive and unbiased updates for fans unable to get to home, and on occasions, away matches.

Social media updates now play a massive role in sport and would be great experience for anybody looking at studying sports journalism, journalism or PR.

The role would be flexible and you would not have to commit to a certain amount of games.

If you think you would be able to help then get in-touch via our Twitter – @everythingwfc or editor Jacob Greenwood – @JGreenwood91 or jacobdwgreenwood@hotmail.com

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