We continue our study of next season's opposition for Pools and today we take a trip down to Surrey.
Nickname: The Cards
Colours: Red and White/Black/White
Who’s in charge?
Former Southampton Youth Team Coach Anthony Limbrick was unveiled as the new Manager of Woking during the summer, arriving to succeed Garry Hill.
Limbrick has good experience working with younger players, not just while he was in the role with The Saints but he also previously worked in West Ham United’s Academy and with England Under-17s.
Highly thought of as a coach, Limbrick has been working towards his UEFA Pro Licence and will operate under Director of Football, Geoff Chapple at Woking.
How did they get on last season?
Woking won three of their last six games last term to stave off the threat of relegation and finish 18th in the National League table.
Things looked pretty grim following their 2-1 defeat at Gateshead on Saturday 18th March which left them sitting in the drop zone but a run of six without a loss at the end of the campaign did the trick for the Cards.
Reports in the past week have linked the club to a potential takeover bid from Seoul which could see some of South Korea’s hottest prospects heading to Kingfield Stadium next season.
Woking have refused to confirm the stories so far but have admitted to talks with potential investors so it’s certainly an interesting time for the Surrey outfit.
When did we last meet?
Woking are yet another of the clubs in this season’s National League who Pools have never had the honour of playing before so our meeting at the end of September will mark a first.
Where do they play?
Kingfield Stadium is the home of Woking and currently boasts a capacity of just over 6,000 of which 2,500 are seats. It was first opened in 1922 and has been hosting Cards’ games ever since.
When do we play them?
Pools will make the trip to face Woking on Saturday 30th September before we welcome them to The Vic for the return fixture on Saturday 17th February 2018.
We ask Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com to give us his insight on what we can expect from Woking in 2017/18…
“It’s been all-change at Woking this summer and new manager Anthony Limbrick has quite a challenge ahead of him.
“Last season saw the club flirting with the relegation zone, eventually ending the campaign just three points and three places outside of the bottom four.
“It has been a busy summer for Limbrick as he works hard to strengthen the Cards’ squad but he has made a couple of clever signings.
“Josh Staunton performed well on a consistent basis at Dagenham & Redbridge last season and I think it might have shocked a few people that Woking managed to complete a deal to bring him to the club.
“Richard Orlu brings a lot of National League know-how after signing from Dover Athletic and highly-rated keeper Nathan Baxter will be keen to impress after joining on loan from Chelsea.
“I am intrigued by the capture of striker Inih Effiong. He was highly-rated during his time with Biggleswade Town but didn’t really get a chance when he joined Barrow in January.
“He now has a chance to show that he can cut it in the National League with Woking.
“I think the Cards may find themselves in a similar position to where they ended last season and hopefully, for their sake, they will have enough to stay out of the bottom four.”
How Do You Get There?
Postcode: GU22 9AA
By Road: Leave the M25 at Junction 11 towards A320/Chertsey/Woking. At the roundabout take the third exit onto St Peter’s Way. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Guildford road. Go through one roundabout. Slight left to stay on Guildford Road. Continue following A320. At the following roundabout take the second exit onto Chertsey Rd/A320. Then take the third exit at the next roundabout to stay on Chertsey road. Then at the following roundabout take the second exit onto Victoria Way/A320. Turn right onto Station approach which is again signposted A320. There is then a sharp right onto Guilford road continue straight on and the ground is on your left.
By Train: Woking station is about a mile away from the stadium. A 20 minute walk which is well signposted. The station is served by trains from London Waterloo.