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January 1999

Sunday 31st January 1999
Barrow 0-1 Kingstonian
An eleventh minute goal from David Leworthy (it was definitely his goal - he told us) was enough to see off cash-strapped Barrow at Holker Street yesterday. The report is on-line.
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Forest Green v Kingstonian re-arranged
The away game with Forest Green Rovers has now been scheduled for Tuesday February 9th, kick-off 7.45pm, as long as next Saturday's game with Whyteleafe does not require a replay. To book places on the Supporters' Club coach for either of the next two away games, you must phone Tim Wells on 0181 942 9830 this week.
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Result round-up
Elsewhere, Woking lost their "other" (real?) derby with Farnborough by two goals to one, while at the top of the table, Kettering and Rushden both lost, with Stevenage and Cheltenham winning their games.
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Friday 29th January 1999
Barrow v Kingstonian definitely goes ahead
Tomorrow's game with Barrow is definitely on - the team are all travelling to Barrow today, apart from Colin Luckett and Eddie Akuamoah who can't get time off work. They're catching the train on Saturday morning. Just a reminder: the coach leaves Kingsmeadow at 7am.
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Thursday 28th January 1999
Croydon 1-4 Kingstonian
A full first team finally managed to overcome Croydon in the Surrey Senior Cup last night with goals from David Leworthy, Matt Crossley, a Colin Luckett penalty and Geoff Pitcher. K's will now travel to either Molesey or Chertsey on a date to be announced.
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Tuesday 26th January 1999
Croydon v Kingstonian tomorrow night
Just a reminder that K's travel to Croydon tomorrow night in a Surrey Senior Cup replay - kick off 7.30pm. The coach leaves Kingsmeadow at 6pm and directions are available from the away travel page.
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Directions to Whyteleafe
Directions are also now available for Saturday week's trip to Whyteleafe in the FA Trophy.
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Monday 25th January 1999
Farnborough match report
The report of Saturday's game with Farnborough is now ready.
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Barrow were officially wound-up in court today
Barrow were officially wound-up in court today after Sterling Fabrications, the Inland Revenue and Ged Kielty (an ex-player) all claimed they were owed money. Barrow's future is still a mystery, but there is to be a meeting tomorrow at 2.30 between the receiver and the club officials where it is hoped a liquidator will be appointed who would allow the club to continue playing in the Conference. Saturday's game (Barrow v K's) is still due to go ahead, although there has been suggestions that the venue may change. For more news, check out the Barrow chat page.
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Stevenage to be kicked out of the Trophy?
We have heard that Stevenage may be kicked out of the FA Trophy as they fielded an ineligible player (Rob Kean) in their four-nil win over Uxbridge in the second round. They face an FA commission this week. Stevenage are due to play Cheltenham in the fourth round.
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Saturday 23rd January 1999
Kingstonian 1-1 Farnborough Town
Another below-par performance by K's against Farnborough resulted in the 7th draw from the last 9 league games. The one bright spot was Eddie who moved onto 99 goals (although this one looked suspiciously like an own-goal to us).
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Result round-up
Elsewhere, Cheltenham and Rushden lost to Northwich and Doncaster respectively, whilst Kettering's game at Woking was abandoned at half-time due to floodlight failure. K's are now seventh.
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Thursday 21st January 1999
Nationwide set to sponsor the Conference
It seems increasingly likely that the Conference will soon be sponsored by Nationwide. They today announced plans to sponsor the England team with many people suggesting that the deal will include the Conference.
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Wednesday 20th January 1999
Kettering match report
Last night's action is detailed in our report of K's v Kettering.
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Tuesday 19th January 1999
Kingstonian 5-2 Kettering
The Poppies were reduced to ten-men after taking an early lead, which allowed K's to take advantage with two goals apiece from Eddie Akuamoah (who moves onto 98 club goals) and David Leworthy with a Simon Stewart header thrown in for good measure. K's now face Whyteleafe away in the 4th round on February 6th.
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Croydon v Kingstonian arranged
The 2nd round Surrey Senior Cup replay with Croydon will now take place next Wednesday, January 27th.
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Monday 18th January 1999
No to Conference Division Two
From the ever-informative Ralph Sheppard:

The Football Conference's application to form a Second Division has been rejected by the Football Association's League Sanctions and Registration Committee who, at a meeting held on Friday 8 January, unanimously agreed to accept the recommendation of the National League System Committee that the Football Conference should not be permitted to form a Second Division. The decision is subject to ratification by the full FA Council on 29 January.

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FA Trophy fourth round draw
Should the Poppies be defeated tomorrow night, K's will next travel to Whyteleafe in the Trophy, as today's draw has pitted Kingstonian against the team who took them to a replay in last year's Surrey Senior Cup. The 16 matches are listed on the cup dates page.
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Barrow are facing a winding up order
Barrow are facing a winding up order on January 25th, brought by Sterling Fabrications who claim that they are owed 44,404 after carrying out ground improvement work last season.
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Anybody willing to write about David Leworthy?
We have recieved the following plea from Adam of the Rushden site:

At the official Rushden website we are going to do a feature on past Rushden players, and what they are up to now. We'd be very grateful if you or another K's fan could write an article about Dave Leworthy, including things such as what impact has he made, how the fans react to him etc. It would be great to have something on David as he was very popular in the short time he spent at Nene Park.

If you can help out, please send your views to Adam at

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Sunday 17th January 1999
Kingstonian v Kettering re-arranged
The 3rd round Trophy match with Kettering will now take place on Tuesday night, January 19th, kick-off 7.45pm. We aren't sure whether the game with Croydon in the Surrey Senior Cup on Wednesday the 20th will still take place or not, but will attempt to find out tomorrow.
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Saturday 16th January 1999
Kingstonian v Kettering - match postponed
The Kingsmeadow pitch failed to stand up to the rain of the last few days, so the game with Kettering was postponed sometime this morning. At the moment we have no new date for the match - but it seems likely to be some time this week.
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Result round-up
Many games were played today in the Conference and the Trophy however. Morecambe failed to overtake K's in the league table by losing 2-1 to Doncaster, while, in the Trophy, Woking beat Folkestone 8-4 at Kingfield, while the "third team in Surrey" (aka Sutton) lost by a goal at nil at Weymouth. The only Conference side to perish were Dover, who lost 3-2 to Stevenage.
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Friday 15th January 1999
Telegraph: Chapple forced to focus on Trophy
From today's Electronic Telegraph:

Chapple forced to focus on Trophy by Nicholas Harling

THE ground assessors who recently vetoed the suitability of Kingstonian's Kingsmeadow Stadium for Football League requirements, have forced a new set of priorities on manager Geoff Chapple.

Kingstonian's match with Kettering tomorrow in the third round of the FA Trophy has consequently suddenly assumed extra importance.

"There's not much point now in giving the league a go," admitted Chapple. "If I had restructured the side by bringing in a couple of people we might still have been in with a shout. But I didn't want to win the Conference and find ourselves in the position of Kidderminster, Macclesfield and Stevenage who couldn't then go up."

Even though Kingstonian have four matches in hand on Kettering they nevertheless trail the Conference leaders by 18 points. As the title is only a distant prospect, Chapple is looking elsewhere for his season's salvation. "The priority is to stay in the league," he said. As Kingstonian have 36 points, only half a dozen below the safety mark, the manager is only half joking. "You know me," said Chapple, ever the pessimist.

And his other priority? It has to be the Trophy, especially as there is nothing the former Woking manager would like more than to lead out Kingstonian's red and white hoops in another Trophy final at Wembley.

Since Kingstonian have already proved there is life after Gavin Holligan, the forward who joined West Ham for 100,000, the only real problem is their own alarming inconsistency.

Dazzling one week, awful the next, Chapple said he is tempted to tell his players tomorrow to 'go out there, be bloody useless and kick the ball up in the air'. "That way we may play some football," he joked.

Holders Cheltenham, meanwhile, should not be stretched by Ryman First Division visitors Canvey Island but the real tests will come for Yeovil and Rushden & Diamonds. They must put behind them this week's heroic exits from the FA Cup on the grounds of Ryman Premier Division hosts Basingstoke and Slough respectively.

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Thursday 14th January 1999
Conference Two rejected
According to the First Eleven Sport Agency, Conference Two has been rejected by the FA in a letter dated yesterday.
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Monday 11th January 1999
Directions to Croydon are now available
Directions to Croydon are now available from the Away travel page.
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Sunday 10th January 1999
Hayes match report
The report of yesterday's match with Hayes is now available.
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An advert in Sport First
Rumours abound concerning an advert placed in today's Sport First which reads:

"Progressive football club, currently playing in the Football Conference, seeks person or persons with capital to assist with the growth of the club, both on and off the field.
Please apply in writing to: PO Box 2973, Chelmsford, CM3 5WL"

Some detective work has uncovered the address for the PO Box as being Open Door, PO Box 2973, South Woodham Ferrers, CHELMSFORD. CM3 5WL with some people already suggesting that this is the work of Chris Kelly - the use of the "progressive football club" phrase certainly sounds familiar...

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Saturday 9th January 1999
Result round-up
Elsewhere, Kettering hit 6 to extend their lead at the top to 4 points, with Cheltenham only managing a draw at Doncaster. Yeovil replace Stevenage in fourth thanks to a win over Southport and a Borough loss at Farnborough.
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Friday 8th January 1999
Stevenage appoint Richard hill
Stevenage have appointed Richard hill, ex-Northampton and Watford player, also previously Derby Chief Scout, as their new boss.
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Thursday 7th January 1999
More Woking reports
Beck has (finally!) finished her report of last Saturday's game - Woking v K's - to give us all a Woking perspective.
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Telford's manager has been sacked
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Tuesday 5th January 1999
Croydon v Kingstonian re-arranged
The Surrey Senior Cup 2nd round replay with Croydon will now take place on Wednesday January 20th.
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Saturday 2nd January 1999
Woking 0-1 Kingstonian
Lee Boylan's first goal for the club was enough to hand K's the three points at Kingfield in front of 3,772 - the largest league gate at Woking by over 1000 this season. Our report is ready now.
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Result round-up
The 3 points take K's into sixth place in the table as Hednesford lost at home to Kettering. Rushden and Yeovil remain to fight another day in the FA Cup, as both drew their ties with Cardiff and Leeds respectively.
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Croydon v Kingstonian off?
We have now heard that the SSC replay at Croydon will not take place this Wednesday, although this is not yet confirmed. Watch this space...
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