They’re so close, that Woking’s imposing Leslie Gosden Stand is visible from their lesser-known neighbours.
Visit Westfield on a Woking matchday and with eagle eyes, you’ll spot plenty in the stand. You’ll also hear them, mostly from the Card’s notorious ‘Moaners Corner’.
Whilst Westfield are in the shadow of the Town’s senior team, they’re also a club with plenty of ambition, rising up the leagues in recent years.
Founded in 1953, Westfield moved into their Woking Park ground seven years later, but it was nearly forty years later when floodlights were installed. In 2011, the site was completely transformed by the local Council with a new facility that not only hosted football but also boxing and various youth clubs. Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge was also impressed with the club’s ambitions and founded his ‘Sturridge Academy’ at the club a couple of years later.
Arguably, the highlight of Westfield’s ground is the veranda upon which the majority of spectators choose to watch the match. The covered first floor balcony is both perfect for watching from a great perspective and for its proximity to the bar. It’s a warm and comforting vantage point, sheltering from the wind, rain and cold. The rest of the ground is surrounded by grass banking and evergreen trees, providing a pleasant backdrop within the suburbs of Woking. There’s seating below the balcony offering a more limited view, but the locals choose to congregate above. If you ever have the privilege to visit as an official or guest, you’ll be served with some of the best ‘boardroom’ (a partitioned end of the clubhouse) hospitality at their level.
Continual improvements have been made in accordance to their rise up the leagues and the club have found themselves playing at their highest level since inception. A second seated stand was added, offset behind the far end goal and gained national coverage for its cutesy, diminutive size. Sadly, it’s since been expanded due to further necessary grading requirements, yet very few tend to use this, in part to the offering from the main veranda.
When thinking of Woking, don’t forget to pop into their neighbours Westfield. Drop by… you’ll be warmly welcomed and pleasantly surprised.