Wanklyn calls for supportBy Adam Lee
December 31, 2008
Wokingham & Emmbrook manager Wayne Wanklyn (right) has urged the council to get behind the scheme to redevelop their existing home at Cantley Park and save the club from possible extinction.
The club, despite being some way off the club’s glory days of the late 80s, have made significant progress in the past couple of years, and the club now stands on the verge of promotion.
However, without the proper facilities, Wokingham would not be permitted elevation into the Hellenic Premier Division, leaving the club on the precipice of disaster.
The current boss has achieved wonders at the club, taking them from effective youth team into senior title contenders.
And although the club’s 4-2 loss away to promotion rivals Binfield on Saturday was a dent in their fight for the top two positions, they are still well placed in the division.
And Wanklyn believes failure to ascertain council funding, thought to be in the region of £250,000, will not only be a travesty to the club as a whole, but a waste of the talented squad of players he has built.
“I’m trying to be positive about it and it would be a real shame if it (the redevelopment) doesn’t happen whether we go up or not,” he said.
“I want to move the club on and if we haven’t got the facilities to do that it makes things very hard.
“I trust the people there working for us and they’re doing their very best to try and make it happen.
“If it doesn’t happen, though, we’ll re-group and take things from there.
“At the moment it’s just nice to be up there in the top four or five among some experienced sides and I was really proud of my players on Saturday.
“Last season I don’t think many people would say we’d be where we are and we’re getting better all the time.”