It's fair to say Mark Ricketts has had very little good luck as far as injuries are concerned. On loan at Milton Keynes Dons in the early stages of his professional career, he suffered knee ligament damage. A move into non-league with Ebbsfleet United was then interrupted by more knee troubles. Ricketts recovered in time to lift the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2008 and a year later left the Fleet to join Woking. Appointed club captain in 2010, the 27-year-old had led the Cards to the top of Conference South before misfortune struck again. This time, Ricketts had his leg broken during a 3-2 win at the home of title rivals Dartford. Woking went on to win promotion, but Ricketts would play no further part in the campaign.
Despite these setbacks, the midfielder's stock remains high. Respected in north Kent as much as he is treasured in west Surrey, Ricketts will once again be a Conference Premier player in 2012/13. Here's hoping pre-season doesn't hold any more demons.
Brighton at home in the FA Cup last year!
Woking, then managed by Graham Baker, were labouring in the lower reaches of Conference South but had managed to hold the League One leaders to a goalless draw on their own patch. The replay was another famous cup night at Kingfield. Click the link above to see what happened.
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