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February 2000

Tuesday 29th February 2000
Brian McDermott has been sacked as manager of Woking
Brian McDermott has been sacked as manager of Woking. They will name their new boss "before Saturday".
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Monday 28th February 2000
FA Trophy quarter final draw
The draw for the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy has been made. K's will face Southport at home on March 11th. This means that the home game with Morecambe has been postponed. The full draw follows:

Kingstonian v Southport
Sutton United v Rushden & Diamonds
Kettering Town v Bishop Auckland
Telford United v Runcorn
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Kingstonian v Woking date
We have been informed that the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup, against Woking, will take place on Tuesday March 7th at Kingsmeadow. Please note that this is subject to confirmation.
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Sunday 27th February 2000
Yeovil Town 0-1 Kingstonian
For the second year running, K's beat Yeovil one-nil in the fifth round of the Trophy. This time the goal came from a David Leworthy header which sends K's into the last eight along with Bishop Auckland, Runcorn, Rushden & Diamonds, Southport, Sutton United, Telford United and Kettering Town. Our report is available now. The draw for the quarter-finals is tomorrow (Monday) at 1.35pm, live on BBC Radio 5 Live - 909/693 mw.
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Friday 25th February 2000
Last night's Directors Forum
Last night's Directors Forum was certainly an interesting one. A quick run-down on what happened: Chris Kelly *did* offer his resignation last Saturday, this was "acknowledged", but Kelly then re-considered on Monday morning. He still holds exactly the same position as he did two weeks ago.

The reason was that Kelly thought that the club shouldn't have to pay the damages in the recent court case (with Ms Cummings) as they were awarded against an (un-named) individual, for sexual harrassment. There were disagreements, and the outcome was that Lawrence Cooley paid the money becuase he "loves this club". Robert Woolfson was absent for business reasons and it wasn't really clear what his position was in all of this.

Some other matters discussed at the Directowere money, players and the ground. There will undoubtedly be some reaction to all of this on the chat page.
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Injury update
As far as we can make out, the only injury doubt for Saturday's game is Derek Allan, who was going to inform Chapple of his progress after tonight's meeting. He "might" make it according to the big man.
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Kingstonian v Hereford - match postponed
The Hereford home game, originally scheduled for Wednesday March 22nd, has now been postponed due to an England semi-pro match. Woking wanted to play the Surrey Senior Cup semi-final then, but Chapple politely refused as he didn't want to be without three internationals for such an important game.
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Thursday 24th February 2000
Reserves beat Gravesend
We're told that the reserves beat Gravesend three-nil in the Suburban league last night. The team was Richard Hurst, Mike Lester, Luke Basford (C), Simon Langley, Darren White, Mark Harris, Tom Bryson, Junior Kadi, Gary Drewitt, Lee Boylan (Andy Sullivan), Gordon Barr. Boylan got two goals and Bryson the other. Thanks to Ollie for that.
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Apologies for the lack of service
If anybody noticed the lack of service today, please accept our apologies (even though it wasn't our fault!). There was an "administrative problem" with the site's hosts, meaning that they suspended the site. It is now all sorted out and normal service has been resumed.
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Wednesday 23rd February 2000
Surrey Cup semi versus Woking
The semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup will be at home against Woking after they beat Crystal Palace last night. Two interested on-lookers were Geoff Chapple and Colin Lippiatt.
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Leatherhead attendance
For all you stats fans out there (that'll be me then...), the attendance at Leatherhead was 410.
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Monday 21st February 2000
NMT semi-final dates changed
Two things from John Fenwick: firstly the dates for the Macmillan Trophy semi-finals have been changed due to the possibility of a replay with Yeovil. The away tie will now take place on Tuesday March 14th, with the return at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday March 29th. Secondly...
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Directors' Forum - Kingsmeadow - Thursday 24th February 2000, 7.30 PM.
Directors' Forum - Kingsmeadow - Thursday 24th February 2000, 7.30 PM - organised by the K's Supporters' Club.
This is an opportunity to meet with and put your questions to the Board of Directors. This will be along the lines of the previous forum last month when we had the opportunity to put questions to Geoff Chapple and his management team.
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Sunday 20th February 2000
Stevenage match report
Murray Stalker has now joined the K's Web Match Reporting staff full-time, and his report of Wednesday's Stevenage match is ready. We'd like to officially welcome Murray on board. He lists his main interests as football and reporting - what a bit of luck.
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Leatherhead match report
The report from Leatherhead is also ready.
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Saturday 19th February 2000
Leatherhead 1-1 Kingstonian - after extra time. K's won 3-2 on penalties
A home semi-final with either Woking or Crystal Palace awaits K's now in the Surrey Senior Cup after a penalty win over Leatherhead. Matt Crossley scored the K's goal.
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Result round-up
In the Conference, Rushden return to the top of the table as they beat Doncaster 1-0, whilst Kidderminster lost 3-1 to Kettering. K's next opponents Yeovil lost at home to Nuneaton 3-1.
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Thursday 17th February 2000
Chris Kelly denies resigning
In today's Informer, Chris Kelly denies resigning, and also says that Robert Woolfson still remains in his position. They also say that next Tuesday's friendly with Widzew Lodz has been called off.
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Informer: Cyberspace K's fan gets life ban
The following was also in today's Informer - if you spot any errors, send them to where_were_the_bricks_exactly@kingstonian.net or which_ground_was_it_at_then@kingstonian.net:

Cyberspace K's fan gets life ban - by Daniel Abrahams

A FOOTBALL fanatic accused of inciting fights between rival supporters over the internet has been banned for life by Kingstonian FC. The 21-year-old cyber-hooligan, known as Monty, had tried to set up fights with Yeovil Town fans through the West Country club's Ciderspace website and the official Conference League website. He has also made threats on the now suspended K's in Point pages on the K's website.

Monty's antics were uncovered by police and club officials. He has been expelled from grounds across the country while following K's after receiving several warnings. He was kicked out of Kingsmeadow for using abusive language on December 18 and when he tried to watch K's play Sutton United this weekend he was told he was barred for life.

K's officials say Monty used e-mails to send messages to rival fans threatening violence at the FA Umbro Trophy fifth round match at Yeovil on February 26. K's club director Chris Kelly said: "This man has stirred up a hornet's nest of trouble and we couldn't let the situation continue.' He admitted to police officers at Saturday's game that he sent the e-mails. "He was told he was banned and will be charged with trespass if he attempts to attend any matches or uses any of the ground's facilities."

Because of the threat of violence at the Yeovil match several travelling supporters have withdrawn their ticket applications. Last year's cup match at the same ground ended in violence when a K's supporter's coach was bombarded with bricks. Windows smashed showering dozens of young K's fans with glass.

Kingston police football liaison officer PC Roy Douglas said: "I can confirm that we have been in contact with the club over e-mails being sent by Monty. We did not eject the man from the ground on Saturday, the club asked him to leave and have since banned him for life. This is not a police matter unless the man is caught on K's property again."

A spokesman for the football section of the National Criminal Intelligence Service said: "This case shows the club's strong stand against hooligans and we fully support them." Some K's fans have held out an olive branch by sending e-mails to the Ciderspace site apologising for Monty's behaviour.

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Wednesday 16th February 2000
Kingstonian 1-0 Stevenage Borough
After a run of 32 days without a yellow card, Gary Patterson came back with a vengance with two in a night. His sending off was the low point as K's recorded a second straight victory with a Phil Wingfield goal in the second half. Patterson will miss the Yeovil Trophy replay (if there is one), as well as a couple of other games. K's now sit fifth in the league.
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Lee Boylan makes a return
Lee Boylan tonight made his long-awaited(?) return to K's. He scored a goal at Kingfield last year, played five games and was never seen again. But it seems that he is now back on loan.
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Tuesday 15th February 2000
Yeovil v Kingstonian - match postponed
Yeovil today confirmed that the Yeovil v K's league fixture, currently scheduled for February 29th, has now been postponed. This is due to Yeovil's Warren Patmore and K's Steve Farrelly, Gary Patterson and Geoff Pitcher's inclusion in the England semi-pro side due to play in Italy that week. A new date is yet to be agreed. Also, should the Trophy tie on the 26th require a replay, this will be held on March 8th for the same reason - although this would require a postponement of the first leg of the Nationwide Macmillan Trophy semi-final. Confusing isn't it?!
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Forum suspended
The forum has been suspended for reasons detailed there. Hopefully it will be possible to re-open it again soon.
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Sunday 13th February 2000
London Broncos 44-18 Wath Brow
Ali informs us that the London Broncos beat Wath Brow 44-18 in their Challenge Cup game today. The next round is due to be played on February 26th (the date of the next round of the Trophy) against Salford.
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Saturday 12th February 2000
Robert Woolfson and Chris Kelly have offered their resignations
A source from inside the club has just told us the following: Both Robert Woolfson and Chris Kelly have offered their resignations to the board of directors - both of which have been unanimously accepted. Expect more news to follow in the next few days.
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Kingstonian 4-2 Sutton United
For the first time ever, K's beat Sutton in the league in a Kingsmeadow match. This joyous occasion saw Phil Wingfield head K's level on 5 minutes, after Winston had given Sutton an early lead. The Sutton forward then put the visitors back in front before Matt Crossley headed K's level again, moments into the second half. The last forty-five minutes were all K's, and the richly-deserved reward came on 85 minutes when Leworthy (or a Sutton defender) gave K's the lead. Wingfield rounded things off minutes later with a superb second, and K's fourth. Harford was sent off for Sutton. Murray Stalker's report is now ready.
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Result round-up
Wins for Forest Green and Welling send Sutton bottom of the table, with Woking just two places above - also in relegation trouble. Wednesday night's opponents Stevenage were Woking's tormentors.
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Thursday 10th February 2000
New stadium for Wealdstone?
Some news from Darren Linden of our recent Trophy opponents Wealdstone:

Last night, Harrow Council granted planning permission for Wealdstone FC to go ahead and build their new 4.5 million stadium at Canons Park in Harrow.

The complex will consist of a Conference standard stadium and a Community Sports facility on the 44 acre site. The facilities include 14 full size football pitches, Hocky Pitch, full size floodlit astroturf pitch, tennis courts, Gym, Restaurant, cafe, Bars, Function Suites, Executive boxes etc etc.

Work starts on the project this summer once funding is in place with the first match scheduled to take place in the 2001/2002 season.

More details on StonesNet - http://www.wealdstonefc.co.uk.

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Last Saturday's attendance for the K's v Moor Green match was 623.
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Wednesday 9th February 2000
Several matches re-arranged
Several K's games have now been given dates. The Conference away game with Yeovil is now scheduled for Tuesday February 29th - this will change should a Trophy replay be required. The Macmillan Trophy semi-final dates have been agreed as Tuesday March 7th at Church Road, Hayes; Wednesday March 15th at Kingsmeadow.
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Farrelly, Pitcher and Patterson called up for England
Steve Farrelly, Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson have been called up to the England Semi-pro squad for their forthcoming match with Italy.
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Sutton match preview
Mark Langhorn has sent us the following preview of Saturday's Sutton game:

Well it's another big Surrey derby on Saturday as Kingstonian take on their local rivals Sutton United in the Nationwide Conference.

With Sutton winning promotion from the Ryman league to the conference this season they have played the K's at Gander Green Lane already this season. The match ended 2 - 2 which denied Kingstonian a chance of going to the top of the Nationwide Conference.

Kingstonian are currently struggling for the form which they discovered in the earlier part of the season making them leaders. They have only won one game from their last nine conference fixtures. Kingstonian welcomed back both Colin Luckett from long term injury and David Leworhty last weekend and looked to give the K's a added boost for the match. Although the long term struggle for k's is still scoring goals.

Sutton are currently struggling in the league and lie in 20th in the Nationwide Conference. In some ways they have found it hard to adapt in the conference and haven't had the resources to improve their team from the team which won promotion last season. Although they are doing well in the FA Umbro Trophy which their opponents kingstonian won last year at Wembley. They are in the 5th round of the competition after successfully beating Forest Green 3 - 0 at Gander Green Lane.

It is believed their will be a big crowd at Kingsmeadow on Saturday, and with their being good atmosphere, I think it will be a close fought game but I think K's will win just.

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Tuesday 8th February 2000
NMT round-up
Hayes beat Yeovil 2-1 in their MacMillan Trophy game match, meaning that K's will face Hayes in the two-legged semi-final. These games are provisionally scheduled for February 14th and March 6th. The other match will be between Doncaster and Telford. There were no surprises in tonight's trophy replays as Rushden, Scarborough and Kettering all came through.
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A reminder about the London Broncos Challenge Cup match
Just a reminder that the London Broncos are playing in the Challenge Cup at Kingsmeadow on Sunday. For all the latest news on London's only rugby-league side see London Broncos On-line or The Unofficial Broncos site.
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Monday 7th February 2000
FA Trophy fifth round draw
The FA Trophy fifth round draw was made today. K's face a trip to Yeovil Town on February 26th which is a reverse of last year's fifth round which saw K's win with a last minute (uh-uh) Simon Stewart header. The full draw follows:

Worksop Town or Workington v Kettering Town or Walton & Hersham
Southport v Woking or Aldershot Town
Yeovil Town v Kingstonian
Bishop Auckland v Burnham or Scarborough
Billericay Town or Rushden & Diamonds v Marine
Sutton Utd v Dover Athletic
Hyde Utd or Runcorn v Heybridge Swifts
Telford Utd v Worcester City
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Moor Green match report
The report of K's successful fourth round Trophy match with Moor Green is now ready.
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Sunday 6th February 2000
Play O's and X's U's and K's
We're very much looking forward to next Saturday's game with Sutton, and to help everybody get in the mood there's now a game of O's and X's U's and K's for you all to play. You can be either side, but just bear in mind that if you choose to be Sutton you will NEVER win. You can start here.
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Saturday 5th February 2000
Kingstonian 2-1 Moor Green
K's squeezed into the last sixteen of the Trophy with another less than convincing display. Moor Green scored first through Mark Shepherd, but Robin Taylor equalised, with Geoff Pitcher scoring the second when Tuesday travel plans were already being discussed around the ground.
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Trophy round-up
In the rest of the Trophy games, Billericay, Burnham and Walton all got draws with Conference sides - Rushden, Scarborough and Kettering respectively, whilst the "tie of the round" ended Woking 0-0 Aldershot. The draw for the fifth round takes place on Monday, with games being played on February 26th.
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Two matches re-arranged
This means that the away game with Southport has been postponed. However, February 19th, which was originally a free day for K's, now sees the Surrey Senior Cup second round game with Leatherhead take place. Directions here. Also announced today was that the now-annual friendly with Widzew Lodz will take place on Tuesday February 22nd, kick-off 7.45pm.
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Thursday 3rd February 2000
Local paper round-up
The local papers today caught up with K's Web by telling people that the ground development work will now not be done until the close season. Of course you've all known that since Monday. The Guardian has said that, should K's win the Conference, they will attempt to ground share with a local league side.
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Kingstonian v Moor Green on BBC SCR
Mark Langhorn tells us that there will be extended live reports of K's v Moor Green in the Fa Trophy 4th round on BBC Southern Counties Radio (104.6FM). There will be interviews on there and reports from Mark Church. It is a really good listen and also you can air your views about the K's and promotion from the Confernce to Division Three.
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Mark Harris is suspended for three games
Mark Harris is suspended for three games after his sending off in the Macmillan Trophy game with Woking. Darren Hay, of course, got away with just a yellow card for his punch.
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Tuesday 1st February 2000
Kingstonian 5-2 Croydon Athletic
Goals from Joe O'Connor, Tarkan Mustafa, Robin Taylor, Eddie Akuamoah (with his head!) and a Geoff Pitcher penalty were more than enough to see the almost first-team past Croydon Athletic to set up a Surrey Senior Cup 2nd round trip to Leatherhead.
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K's 4-1 joint favourites to lift the Trophy
Ciderspace reports that K's have been made 4-1 joint favourites to retain the FA Trophy, along with Rushden. Kettering and Yeovil are at 6-1, with Scarborough at 8-1. Saturday's opponents Moor Green are rated as 3,000-1 outsiders. Probably.
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Harriers directors caught in wing raid

Harriers directors caught in wing raid by Richard Luscombe

DIRECTORS of Nationwide Conference leaders Kidderminster Harriers were forced to move seats after being given the bird by some illegal occupants in the stands during their match at Kingstonian on Saturday.

Several hundred pigeons have taken roost in the roof space and spent most of Saturday's match 'bombing' the occupants of the directors' box below.

When Kidderminster vice-chairman Colin Youngjohns took a direct hit, he and his colleagues decided enough was enough, and moved further along the stand in search of safer ground.

Kidderminster secretary Roger Barlow said, diplomatically, that the Kidderminster contingent had merely "moved to find a better view".

Kingstonian acknowledge there is a serious problem with the birds, and have been trying for months to solve it. Chief executive Chris Kelly said: "We've tried everything to shift them. It's driving us potty because they keep coming back."

Measures have included putting up netting and even hiring a hawk to clear the pigeons, though at 100 a day Kelly says that is not a long-term option.

"It's also costing a lot of money in cleaning bills. The seats and steps are splattered before every match. The birds are certainly a lot more productive than we are as a team," Kelly said after Saturday's 1-0 defeat left the FA Trophy winners in eighth place after seven defeats in nine games.

Kidderminster, however, are still flying as high as Kingstonian's pigeons. Ian Foster's 50th-minute goal - his seventh in January - maintained his side's four-point lead over Dover.

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Broncos' luck of the draw in Cup

Broncos' luck of the draw in Cup by William Kings

London Broncos, who tonight play their first game under new coach John Monie when they visit Halifax Blue Sox, have been given an easy start to this season's Silk Cut Challenge Cup campaign.

Broncos, last year's runners-up to Leeds on their first Wembley appearance, have been drawn at home to 1998 Cumbrian League champions Wath Brow Hornets. The fourth-round tie will be played on 13 February at Kingstonian FC - the venue for all London's home ties in the Cup.

Monie, the man who guided Wigan to Cup and League domination in the early 1990s, said: "Wath Brow will be considered by most to be a ' light match' but our guys will still need to be on top of their game."

Holders Leeds are away to Featherstone while Villeneuve, the only French team in the last 32, have conceded home advantage to Keighley.

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