Thursday, January 30, 2014

Woking Travel – Monday Evening

Woking FC v Hereford United
Skrill Premier
Monday 3rd February 2014 KO 7.45pm
Kingfield Stadium
Kingfield Road
GU22 9AA
Phone 01483 772470

Woking FC, known as The Cardinals (or simply The Cards) were formed in 1889 and spent much of their early years in the Isthmian League.  The 1990/91 season saw them reach the third round of the FA Cup beating West Baggies Albion at The Hawthorns to set up a fourth round match against Everton.  Drawn at home, The Cards agreed to switch the match to Goodison where they were defeated by a single goal scored by former Bull Kevin Sheedy.

Promotion to The Conference was achieved in 91/92 under the guidance of long term manager Geoff Chapple and despite being relegated in 08/09 they bounced back the season before last as Conference South Champions.  They are currently managed by the thrifty Garry Hill formally of Hornchurch, Weymouth and Rushden & Diamonds.

Kingfield has a capacity of 6000 with 2500 seats the majority of which are in the remarkable Leslie Gosden Stand at one end of the ground.  Woking often do not enforce segregation but if it is the case then the uncovered Chris Lane Terrace will be made available to Bulls’ supporters with some seats in the Bellway Homes Stand opposite.  Admission is believed to be £15 for adults, £10 for over 65’s/students and £3 for U16’s.

BY CAR – Gloucester, Swindon to join the M4 east (sign London).  Leave the M4 at J10 to join the A329M (sign Bracknell) and continue onto the A329 (sign M3 Ascot).  Then continue onto the A322 (sign Bagshot).  After crossing the M3, take a left onto the A319 (sign Chobbam) and in Chobbam take the A3046 (sign Woking).  At the junction with the A320 (Traffic signals) turn right onto the A320 and then bear left (sign Guildford).  Continue on the A320 for a little under a mile and then turn left into Claremont Avenue (A247 – sign Dorking/Old Woking).  The ground will be visible on your right.

If you choose to use the M25, you should leave at J11 and take the A3 towards Guildford before joining the A320 to Woking and following the above.

Distance should be around 130 miles and you should allow two hours and forty-five minutes.  Postcode GU22 9AA

PARKING – There is parking at the Leisure Centre opposite to the entrance to the ground but it does fill some time before KO.  Also, there is some street parking in nearby Westfield Avenue or a multi-storey in the town centre (15 minute walk away).

TRAIN – Woking station is about a mile from the ground and is served by trains from London Waterloo.

ALEHOUSES – The Cardinals Bar at the ground is available for non-segregated games.  The nearest pub is The Kingfield Arms on Kingfield Road towards Old Woking.  In the town centre is a Wetherspoons called The Herbert George Wells on Chertsey Road and The Sovereigns on Guildford Road, which I have previously found more than acceptable.  For those wanting somewhere nice to eat I’d suggest The White Heart in Chobbam.