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BRING IT ON! Marc White reacts to news of Meadowbank opening derby clash
Posted: 4th January 2018
Dorking Wanderers manager Marc White says he can’t wait for the move to Meadowbank – following today’s announcement that the first game at the club’s new stadium will be a Mole Valley derby with local rivals Leatherhead.
The opening game at the state-of-the-art ground is a midweek evening clash under the floodlights on Tuesday 27th February.
An excited White says, “This will be the first ever competitive game between Dorking Wanderers and Leatherhead, so it was always going to be a big and passionate contest – but as the first game at our new home ground, it’s become massive. Anyone who isn’t up for a game like this really shouldn’t be in football!”
“Dorking has great history and extraordinary passion for local football. I still meet people around the town who remember the first game at the original Meadowbank ground between Dorking FC and Corinthian Casuals in 1953. So having a big Mole Valley derby as the opening game for the new stadium is a once in a lifetime chance for our players to write a new piece of local football history.”
In the four years since the original Meadowbank football ground was closed, Dorking Wanderers have won two promotions and now play in the Bostik Premier Division, a league where Leatherhead have been established for a number of years.
Reflecting on how his team will be challenging their neighbours for supremacy at the new stadium, Marc White said, “Leatherhead have been top club in Mole Valley for a long time. They’re well supported and showed their quality with a good FA Cup run this season, so it’s a big thing for a club like Dorking Wanderers to now be at that level, playing them competitively for the first time.
“We’ll be looking to put on a show and get off to a good start at the new ground – but I’m sure Leatherhead will also be going all out to put a damper on our big day.”
Dorking Wanderers will move from Westhumble to be based at the new town centre stadium, running the clubhouse, while Surrey FA are relocating their headquarters to the Council-built ground, which was originally scheduled to open in the summer.
Unforeseen problems with the site led to delays, but White says that will all be forgotten once the game against Leatherhead kicks off next month.
“Any big project is bound to hit a few difficulties along the way but, if anything, the wait has only increased the sense of anticipation and excitement. The pitch is in place, the building work is nearly done, and we can plan for the start of life in this fantastic facility which is going to give a great boost to Dorking town centre.
“We’re expecting a full house of the first game – and I can’t wait.“
Admission to the opening game at the new stadium will be by advance ticket only, on sale now from www.dorkingwanderers.com