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Woking surprise fans by signing much loved EFL legend

Woking surprise fans on social media by signing much loved EFL legend Alan Judge on a deal until the end of the 2023/24 season.

The 35 year old endured a lengthy period of injury, but has successfully overcome the challenges and is now looking forward to getting back playing again.

Woking currently sit 14th in the National League table with 47 points from 40 games played, and 4 points above the drop zone.


Woking Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Alan Judge.

The 35-year-old former Republic of Ireland midfielder joins on a free transfer until the end of the season.

Born in Dublin, Judge came through the Blackburn Rovers academy, not making a league appearance for the then-Premier League club, but successful loan spells at Plymouth Argyle and Notts County saw the latter sign him permanently in January 2011.

Two seasons at Notts went by and Judge re-joined Blackburn in 2013, but struggled to break into the team and was instead loaned out to League One side Brentford.

He joined the Bees permanently in 2014 after playing a key role in promotion to the Championship, spending five seasons with the club and playing nine times for his country due to his excellent form.

Three seasons with Ipswich Town followed before a move to League Two Colchester United in 2021. Following a triple rupture in his left knee in December 2022, Judge was ruled out for the remainder of the 2022/23 season, and has had a long road to recovery.

Despite being released by Colchester in summer 2023, he has continued his rehabilitation with their under-21 side, and joins Michael Doyle’s Cards hoping to get some minutes in senior football under his belt.


Youth career
2005–2006 – St Joseph’s Boys
2006–2008 – Blackburn Rovers

Senior career
2008–2011 – Blackburn Rovers – 2 games (0 goals)
2009-2010 → Plymouth Argyle – 57 games (7 goals)
2010–2013 → Notts County – 112 games (17 goals)
2013–2014 – Blackburn Rovers – 12 games (1 goal)
2014-2019 → Brentford (loan) – 140 games (26 goals)
2019–2021 – Ipswich Town – 91 games (8 goals)
2021–2023 – Colchester United – 32 games (3 goals)

International career
2004–2005 – Republic of Ireland U17 – 5 games (2 goals)
2005–2006 – Republic of Ireland U18 – 3 games (0 goals)
2006–2007 – Republic of Ireland U19 – 11 games (1 goal)
2007–2010 – Republic of Ireland U21 – 13 games (2 goals)
2008 – Republic of Ireland U23 – 4 games (0 goals)
2016–2019 – Republic of Ireland – 9 games (1 goal)


Football League One runner-up: 2013–14

Republic of Ireland U18
European Youth Olympic Festival: 2005 (Bronze)

PFA Team of the Year: 2012–13 League One, 2015–16 Championship
The Football League Team of the Season: 2015–16
Football League Championship Player of the Month: October 2015
Brentford Supporters’ Player of the Year: 2015–16
Brentford Players’ Player of the Year: 2015–16
Notts County Supporters’ Player of the Year: 2011–12
Notts County Players’ Player of the Year: 2011–12
Notts County Player of the Month: November 2011, December 2011

As mentioned, Woking surprise fans by signing much loved EFL legend Alan Judge…

@pieorama2: Judgey! Always welcome back at Meadow Lane!

@christyr95: Brentford legend at the local club, get this boy in the starting lineup, you’ve got one hell of a player on your hands @10judgey 🐝🐝

@ben_pxrker: Massive! 😲 #COYCards ♦️

@archie64906: Just seen that Alan judge has signed for Woking fc. How times have changed

@KsOllieU: Bloody hell, some signing

@Kenzema: As if King @10judgey has joined my 2nd team. Up the cards go on judgey

@SamuelCol1115: About as experienced as they get in the NL, top signing that. Irish international pair him with edwards in midfield and we have a real strong side. Yet again more great business from the club

@christyr95: JUDGEYYYYYYYY 🐝🐝🐝🐝

@tomhwilliams23: Absolutely delighted to see Alan Judge back playing! He’s had an awful lay off with injury, but he’s come through the other side. A bit like Curtis Edwards, you’d have to think that Judge is far too good for lower end NL. Doyler using that contact book again! 👏

@DoverDagger: Class signing for them

Alex Over: Even if Woking get half the player he was at Brentford then his quality will shine through in this league and help the team until the end of the season.

Ian Ludgate: Welcome to Woking Alan.

John Leeden: great signing him and edwards be great midfield pair

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