10th April 2023

Due to print deadlines, we were unable to include up-to-date programme notes inside today’s match day programme.

Mark Cooper’s programme notes:

Good afternoon and welcome back to Huish Park for this afternoon’s game. I’m sure the roads will be busy, so a safe trip to all the players, staff, fans and officials of Dorking Wanderers.

Firstly, I’d like to thank the fans for their efforts over the last week, to clock almost 1,000 miles in a week is a true showcase of the hardcore support we possess. The players and myself greatly appreciate the support, and to see a wall of you behind the goal at Aldershot, that really lifted us when we went a goal behind.

On the performances, we were greatly improved against Aldershot and we need to take the positives from that performances onto today. We should have probably gone into the break ahead and felt we were let down by officials, especially late on with the penalty appeal. However, we can only control ourselves and need to focus on that ahead of today’s game.

Once again, we’re expecting a big crowd at Huish Park. As of late, our performances at home haven’t matched the support you have shown us and we need to change that today. Although not the result we wanted, we need to use Friday’s performance as a springboard.

A lot has been said about us attacking the Thatcher’s Stand this season, but you can really suck the ball into the back of the net. It’s an intense atmosphere for any opposition and we need to use that to our advantage today.

Keep with us,


Jim Pearce, Club Chaplain – Our Club Chaplain has shared some thoughts over the Easter weekend.

Easter. Probably the most important Christian Festival of the year. Strangely it seems to have been swallowed up in Chocolate bunny rabbits, daffodils, coloured eggs with pretty verses and rainbow colours. 

Rarely do we hear or see much mention of the Cross, Death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh I know, he gets a few mentions on match days when we get frustrated with the way the game is going, or the performance of the Referee.

 I mean the real Jesus. We have lost something of the amazing wonder of the festival. Our world acknowledges Jesus Christ. Whether we use BC and AD or BCE and CE, the catalyst for these historical designations is found in Jesus Christ. 

I know it’s too much to focus on, religion causes problems, yes it can do that but so does politics, ideologies and different forms of government and faith. When we look a little at Jesus we see a different individual. He was not looking for fame or personal glory, status or kudos, he touched the lives of those rejected in society.

He was misunderstood, rejected, accused and he died a horrific death. The sacrifice he made was to give humanity hope and restore our relationship with God. 

So much to take in and so much we are asked to believe. It’s almost as challenging as the game we love and the team we support. As we celebrate this Easter all my challenges are a challenge, we cry almost every week. 

Keep the faith! 

Give it some thought. Have a very happy and blessed Easter. 

Jim Pearce, Club Padre