Under the guidance of Geoff Chapple, Woking Football Club’s first five years in the conference were accompanied by three FA Trophy triumphs and a continuation of the FA cup glory which began in the early 1990s. Then came the slump, which almost ended in bankruptcy and oblivion, while the 2002/03 season saw the club cling onto its Conference status by a thread following a dramatic last-day escape.
Written by journalist and former Woking player Clive Youlton and the club’s programme editor Paul Beard, this is the remarkable story of Woking Conference years – the fluctuating fortunes of one of the non-League football’s biggest names.
Sir Alex Ferguson was once asked what it was like to lead a team out at Wembley. ‘Don’t ask me, ask Geoff Chapple’, came the reply, the Manchester United icon handing out the ultimate accolade to one of non-League football’s most revered figures.