Stadium Woking v
Conference Premier League
Saturday, November 2nd 2013
Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I have had the pleasure of nights out in Woking
when visiting friends from the area but have never
been inside the football ground due to being the
wrong shift every time Grimsby have been in town.
One visit included a short nap in OíNeils and
being asked to leave which has resulted in the
lasting nickname of the Grimsby sleeper!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I had arranged to meet Bob an exiled Mariner
living in Stratford at Woking Wetherspoons so it
was the train to Kings Cross arriving about
10.30am. I even had time for an excellent set you
up for the day full English Breakfast across the
road from Doncaster station.
An easy tube hop on the Piccadilly line to
Leicester Square, then the Northern Line to
Waterloo and I came up onto the concourse just in
time to jump straight on the choo choo to Woking
arriving about 30 minutes later. When leaving
Woking station, the Town centre is one side of the
station and the football ground is the other side
of the tracks in the opposite direction.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Bob was running late so I thought I would pop in
for a kipÖ errÖ pint at OíNeillís to use up my
internet downloaded £5 voucher (two pints of
London Pride for 70p!) and had a chat with some
local lads who said they always look forward to
visits from ex league clubs.
Half an hour later I left the pub only to be
confronted by a Martian war machine which chased
me around the corner into Wetherspoons. Damn that
As a matter of interest, Wells wrote War of the
worlds while living in Woking and set the initial
Martian landing on nearby Horsell common. Various
references to the author can be seen around the
town including the impressive Martian war machine
sculpture (pictured below).
Bob and his daughter
Tilly arrived so we had a pleasant hour or two
chatting away before we set off for the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
To be fair it seemed a fair old trek after finding
the subway under the railway. There was a lot of
park to walk through and we actually missed the
first goal while we were approaching the ground
such was our under estimation of how long it would
take to walk.
Kingfield looked small but tidy and the larger
stand behind one goal towers over the ground, itís
probably made to look bigger by the lower stands
on the other three sides.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
With no segregation we had the opportunity to walk
around the whole of the ground and very friendly
the atmosphere seemed too. I didnít have any food
or drink but Bob said the food was above average
and a credit to a small club like Woking, if they
can do it, why canít we?
Goals for Grimsby in about the first land last
minutes gave the 250/350 (hard to tell with no
segregation) Grimsby fans something to cheer about
but it was a definite smash and grab.
Stewarding looked to be by a private company and
they seemed perfectly affable, total gents. Itís
something we should expect as a matter of course
but donít always get.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Twenty minute walk back to the station and maybe
forty minutes later we were at London Waterloo. A
couple in the station bar and we said our good
byes. To round the day off, I had the chance of a
swift one or two on the balcony at the Betjeman
arms overlooking Kings Cross, one of my favourite
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very happy bunny arrived home about midnight,
kebab in hand, poured himself a large single malt
and put his feet up with a smug grin.