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Champagne corks fly as Wanderers go up

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: July 12, 2012

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DORKING Wanderers will be playing in the Sussex County League Division One next season after being given the green light for promotion.

The West Humble club were initially denied promotion by the league, having failed to meet the ground grading deadline. But they had the decision overturned last week by the FA.

They were told that providing the ground passed another independent inspection, they would be granted their dream of promotion - and that wish came true last Thursday.

Manager Marc White was a very happy man indeed.

He said: "This is unbelievable news. For a really small club like us to be in Sussex County League Division One is brilliant."

The verdict is the culmination of months of hard work behind the scenes, and White praised everyone who had been involved.

He added: "The inspectors said the ground was completely fine and praised the amount of work that had been done. A lot of hard work has gone in, not so much on the ground, yes it was brought up to scratch, but more so the ups and downs of 'are we in, are we not?' That's been really tough.

"Lots of people have put in lots of hard work but Jeremy Payne, the vice-chairman and secretary Rob Cavalini in particular."

White sometimes has to take a step back what has happened and take stock of the changes.

"This is really significant," he admitted. "You really have to look at it and think how far we have come. It's a long way to go in a short space of time.

"I have been really lucky to have been here from day one and to have had so many good people involved with the club.

"It's really rewarding to be playing in a league like this now. We're going to be a little fish in a big pond but we're looking forward to the challenge and we just hope we do it justice."

The Sussex County League Division One is the same level of football as the Combined Counties League Premier Division, which means Wanderers are on the same footing now as Dorking. White added: "This is where I can speak out now. I have always reserved comments, but I love the fact we are on the same footing as Dorking now.

"I think we are already the biggest club in Dorking now. They have been dormant for many years now, but I would love to see them up their game and get things right. They look like they are sowing the seeds with the youth section and I wish them well. It will make for a good rivalry."

Wanderers' pre-season campaign continues this weekend at home to Walton Casuals.

On Sunday, July 22 there will be another celebrity match with The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright's Essex United taking on Wanderers at West Humble.

Go to www.celebritysoccer sunday.co.uk for tickets.

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