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Woking, relegated to the Vanarama National League South, have announced the appointment of Alan Dowson as their new manager.

Dowson`s managing career began in October 2004 as player-manager at Walton & Hersham, having spent the previous eight years with the Swans playing as a defender.

In his first season as player-manager, Walton & Hersham finished as runners-up, gaining promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division.

At the end of the 2005/06 season he retired from the playing side to concentrate solely on managing.

The Gateshead-born manager left the Swans in January 2007 to join Kingstonian, where in his second full season as manager the K`s won the Isthmian First Division South.

They finished fifth the following season in the Isthmian Premier Division, but missed out on back-to-back promotions, losing to Boreham Wood in the play-off final.

Dowson joined Hampton & Richmond Borough as manager in September 2014, and in his second season the Beavers won the Isthmian Premier Division and promotion to the National League South.

He guided the team to seventh position in their first season, which was enough to enter the play-offs, due to two teams above them failing to achieve the correct ground grading, losing to Ebbsfleet United 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

In the 2017/18 season Dowson once again took Hampton & Richmond to the play-offs, missing out on promotion to the National League on penalties against Braintree Town in the Promotion Final.

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