Combined Counties League Premier Division North Wokingham & Emmbrook will celebrate goalkeeper Sean Woodward’s 250th appearance at the weekend.
The Sumas stopper has chalked up an impressive number of first-team appearances after starting out with the club at age 11, he played under the likes of Roger Herridge and Clive McNelly and has had his hands on plenty of silverware including promotions and Reading Senior Cups.
Director of Football and former manager, Dan Bateman said via the club website: “Woody is an exceptional shot stopper and without question one of the best keepers around. I always used to say Woody was worth 10 points a season and to be honest I think it was probably more! Some of the saves I have seen him make in games and training have been incredible and I’ve lost track of the number of times opponent managers used to bemoan ‘that keeper’! On top of his unquestionable ability, Woody is also one of the nicest guys you could hope to meet and a manager’s dream. His loyalty to the Sumas despite numerous offers has been exceptional and even on the very rare occasion he has found himself out of the first team he has jumped at the opportunity to play for the ressies which is a true measure of the man.”
Woodward will (if selected) reach the milestone on Saturday as Ascot United visit Lowther Road. The game is a 3pm kick-off with the added bonus of free entry to anyone bringing along their dog, while kids in the colours of either Wokingham or Ascot will be entitled to free admission.