11:58am, Mon 21st Dec 2020
What a year it has been for all of us, in March it looked as if we were in with a shout for the play-offs, we were awaiting a decision on the planning application and our average match attendance was around 2,000.
Then the lockdown happened and our lives changed. As a club we managed to plan through this period and by the excellent Get Behind the Shirt campaign and use of all the Government schemes available, we have been able to keep the club going. Even though the planning application failed and the decision by the board not to appeal that decision, plan B has happened with John Katz coming into the club bringing new energy and new ideas.
Football has returned, live streaming is in place, and we were briefly able to allow some fans back into the club for a match, hopefully it won't be as long a wait to see you all at The Laithwaite Community Stadium again.
Words like furlough, social distancing, bubbles, cashless society, and zoom meetings are now in every day conversation.
As chairman of this club I just wanted to say thank you to all who have served on the board during this very trying time. Thank you to all the staff who have gone way beyond their job roles to keep the club going. Thank you to all the volunteers who have been in and out the club - when allowed - to tidy the club up, clean the club up, and help with making sure we are as COVID secure as we can be. A special thanks has to go to Nick Davidson - Mr COVID - who, alongside his full-time job, has made sure all the requirements needed to get the club open have been met and put a team in place to support him. Thank you to our manager and team for adherence to the rules, coping with BCD, keeping us entertained, and for their work in the community.
This year's Christmas Song
has already raised over Â£1000 (although some were donating so that they didn't have to ever listen to it again!), with proceeds going to Dowse's four core charities, well done to everyone involved.
Thank you to all our supporters and fans for sticking with us and being tolerant of all the additional rules and uncertainty that this year has brought, keeping in touch with us with their ideas and suggestions and putting up with us when we can't give answers.
I am very proud of Woking Football Club and I am hopeful that next year some normality will be in place and we can all meet up on match days (with the bar open!), and continue to move the club forwards, with full-time football.
Keep safe and I look forward to meeting with you all as soon as we are able.