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St Woking Day

Stevenage and Woking: Every year since '99...

First celebrated during the 2005/6 season, the reasons behind celebrating this particular focal point in the calendar were certainly not new. It had been the case that, up to and including the 2004/5 season, Stevenage finished above fierce rivals Woking for seven successive seasons without much challenge. For nine out of the ten seasons since 1996, the dominance was set in stone - but was not receiving the attention and appreciation it undoubtedly deserves.

So, the 2005/6 season heralded the first celebration of St Woking Day.

St Woking was an unfortunate soul who lived during the time when Altrincham were one of the best non-league teams in the country, and when little clubs were forced to scrap around for the most meagre of resources by the Football League overlords. His struggle came to represent the toils of the Woking clan – toils that had long been proving fruitless and, up until that point, there had been no previous association. It required a new approach.

But the band of inept warriors led by Geoffrard de Chappelle adopted St Woking as their patron saint after the game was up and Woking FC realised they would never be Football League...

St Woking Days:

  • 21 March 2009
  • 14 March 2008
  • 14 April 2007
  • 14 April 2006
  • 23 April 2005
  • 24 April 2004
  • 21 April 2003
  • 23 April 2002
  • 25 April 2001
  • 29 April 2000
  • 01 May 1999

Um, we'll skip 1998

  • 14 April 1997
  • 27 April 1996
St Woking Day 1

Kings of woe

We first crossed paths with Woking back in 1987, but we weren't quite ready for them...

Boro' 0-2 Woking

St Woking Day 2

Room on top?

Is that 4-0 demolition in 1995-6 still one of Boro's greatest victories ever? We think so...

Boro' 4-0 Woking

St Woking Day 3

Draws and demolitions

Five 1-1 draws in eight league outings? Thank god for the odd thrashing in the early 2000s...

Woking 1-5 Boro'

St Woking Day 4

Growing apart...

You're going down, we're going down - if ever two rivals' fortunes were completely different...

Woking 0-1 Boro'

When is St Woking Day?

We'll all know when St Woking Day is upon us; it's the point during the season where the Surrey club are again mathematically incapable of surpassing Stevenage in the league table. Even the law of averages didn't question Boro's superiority, despite what we now know to be Woking's pretty flawed efforts to tip the balance of power.

Two points was the gap between the sides in 2003/4 - in 2010/1, that gap was two divisions. LOL as da kidz may say.

Unprecedented in the history of St Woking Day, the 2008/9 season was a watershed moment in the relations between Stevenage, Woking and the bumbling St Woking of the Ryman. Boro' took their eyes off the ball in the pursuit of promotion and let Woking slip out of the division. The date of that St Woking Day was 21 March.

The Hertfordshire side weren't even in action on the day it occurred. Failure to get anything from Kidderminster saw the Cards condemned to another season below Boro'; the previous season, it was Boro's against Kiddy that did the job. Funny ol' game.

Needless to say, St Woking Day is a grand day for all concerned - festivities often go long into the afternoon. But now what happens? With Woking fumbling around somewhere in the non-league abyss and Boro' in the Football League, we're at a loss as to what to do. But for now, raise our glasses to St Woking in jubilation. Measure of port for the lads, and a dry white wine for ladies. And for that mes amis, we thank you.