Woodham returns to Stag Meadow as Windsor boss

Former Windsor FC manager Mark Woodham is back in the dugout at Stag Meadow after agreeing to take on the vacant manager's position.

The Royalists have been searching for a new manager after the surprise departure of Mark Cooper, who called time on his tenure last month after three seasons in charge.

Woodham has seen off plenty of competition to return to the post.

Club owner and director Kevin Stott said that eight applications for the role were received within 30 minutes of the club announcing Cooper's departure. Stott was also keen to make a swift decision with pre-season already on the horizon.

Woodham managed Windsor for eight seasons from 2012 before taking a break from the game prior to the 2019 season. He is a popular figure among the Royalists supporters having guided the club to back-to-back Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy victories, achieving six top six finishes at step five and two memorable runs in the FA Vase. In successive seasons he reached the last eight and last 16 of the national competition and also took Windsor to the Hellenic League Cup final in his last full season.

He managed this after taking on the club at a challenging time, following the dissolution of Windsor & Eton FC and without having a playing budget to work with.

During the past three years he's worked for a short period in a scouting capacity for Neil Baker and Jon Underwood at Slough Town before taking on the manager's position at Staines Town for a period.

He managed the Isthmian League club for just 18 matches, replacing Paul Barnes in April 2019 before departing in October 2021.

Cooper, who revealed last week that his 'substantial' offer to buy the club had been turned down by Stott, steered the Royalists through three COVID-impacted campaigns, finishing a creditable seventh in the Combined Counties Premier Division North last season.

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