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May 2000

Wednesday 31st May 2000
Chester re-appoint Graham Barrow as manager
Conference new-boys Chester City have re-appointed Graham Barrow as their manager, after Ian Atkins severed his links with the club.
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Tuesday 30th May 2000
Next season's FA Cup and FA Trophy
The dates for next season's FA Cup and FA Trophy have been sent to us (thanks to Nigel Davis):

FA CupRoundFA Trophy
September 2ndPreliminaryn/a
September 16th1st qualifyingn/a
September 30th2nd qualifyingn/a
October 14th3rd qualifyingn/a
October 28th4th qualifyingn/a
November 18th1st roundNovember 4th
December 9th2nd roundDecember 2nd
January 6th3rd roundJanuary 13th
January 27th4th roundFebruary 3rd
February 17th5th roundFebruary 24th
March 10th6th roundMarch 10th
April 8thSemi-final1L - March 31st
2L - April 7th
May 12thFinalUndecided
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Sunday 28th May 2000
Tarkan Mustafa on his way to Rushden & Diamonds?
According to BBC Ceefax, Tarkan Mustafa is on his way to Rushden & Diamonds. Apparently he wants to go full-time and will sign next week - subject to a medical. They also report that K's have their eyes on a replacement already, but are remaining "coy".
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How long is it until the new season starts?
You can now see just how long there is to wait until the real thing starts again. Just remember - a watched clock never ticks (apart from this one that is)...
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Friday 26th May 2000
Local council meeting postponed
The meeting which was planned for today, to discuss legal matters with the local council surrounding the ground development, has been postponed until next Thursday at 2pm. Thanks to Chris Kelly for letting us know.
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Stevenage re-appoint Paul Fairclough as manager
Stevenage Borough today announced that they have re-appointed their ex-manager Paul Fairclough. Ex-chairman Victor Green sacked Fairclough, but the new man in charge, Phil Wallace, has given him the chance after being turned down by Barnet manager John Still.
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Thursday 25th May 2000
The Mayor to honour Kingstonian
According to BBC Ceefax: The Mayor of Kingston will honour Kingstonian on Thursday night with a reception at the Guildhall for the FA Trophy winning side. Representatives of all the major parties will be at the event honouring the successful defence of the trophy.
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Wednesday 24th May 2000
The new Board of Directors
Since the departure of three directors, the board of the club has been re-shuffled somewhat. Alan Kingston is the new Chairman of the club, with Tom Dixon becoming vice-chairman. New directors are confirmed as: Malcolm Grant, Barry Gould, Phil Claiden (spelling?) and Noel Verbruggen.
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Club to meet local council
There is to be a meeting on Friday between the club and the local council to complete legal matters for the ground redevelopment. If, as is hoped, a positive outcome occurs, work will start "in the next seven to ten days" with a completion date around ten weeks after that.
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Pre-season training/friendlies
With pre-season training beginning on July 7th, the club have confirmed five pre-season friendlies which are now on the fixtures page. Directions are available for both of the away games. The annual game with Chelsea is still being discussed.
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Six(-nil) helpful links for Sutton's Ryman League campaign
Always keen to help those in need, K's Web provide six(-nil) helpful links for Sutton's 2000/2001 Ryman League campaign - see the all new Sutton page.
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Pre-season friendly
K's will play Cambridge United away in a friendly on Saturday August 5th - thanks to Ollie for that.
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Monday 22nd May 2000
Matt Crossley signs for another year
Geoff Chapple has told SCR that Matt Crossley has signed a new one year contract with K's.
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Saturday 20th May 2000
Tarkan off to Orient?
The following is an extract from the Leyton Guardian, posted on the forum by Matt (thanks for that):

Wembley hero Tarkan Mustafa could be set to weave his magic at Brisbane Road next season after a trial for Orient against West ham on Tuesday Night. Mustafa played 45 minutes for the O's against the Hammers and impressed Orient boss Tommy Taylor.

Taylor said "On the ball Tarkan did fine but he was not agressive enough off it. I would like him back in pre season because he can pass it and cross it".

Mustafa added "I thought I played reasonably well. It's never easy to come into a new team but I created a few chances and I didn't want to come off at half time. My agent David Bloomfield spoke to Tommy Taylor after the game and he said he would like to watch me again in pre season. I like the set up at Orient and living in the area, I have always supported them."

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Friday 19th May 2000
Chapple is staying
We've just spoken to BBC Southern Counties Radio, and they've given us the following quote from Chapple: "I had to end the specualtion once and for all. I will be staying. There is one club close to my heart, but the timing is not right to return at the moment. This is an exciting time at Kingstonian - twelve months ago 6 people turned out to see us parade around the town, this year there were 3,000 - I think we might finally be getting through to the people of Kingston. The future is certainly looking bright".
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New deals and injuries
SCR also told us that both Colin Luckett and Simon Stewart have agreed new two-year deals, whilst Steve Farrelly (knee), Gary Patterson (knee) and Eddie Akuamoah (groin) are due to undergo surgery soon. All are expected to be fit for the start of the new season.
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Chapple to stay for another season?
According to BBC Southern Counties Radio, Geoff Chapple has pledged his future to Kingstonian for the coming season. He said there was a club "very close to his heart" that was not ready financially for him yet.
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Wales v England semi-pro match
A report on Tuesday's Wales v England semi-pro match can be found on Martyrs on the web.
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Wednesday 17th May 2000
Wales 1-1 England
NLOTN reports that the England semi-pro side drew one-one with Wales in Llanelli yesterday. Dale Watkins scored a penalty, but the Welshmen equalised with three minutes left. According to Ali, Gary Patterson captained the side with Geoff Pitcher alongside him, although both were substituted late on. Steve Farrelly came on as substitute goalkeeper and was beaten for the Wales goal.
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Chapple off to Stevenage?
Some Stevenage fans are convinced that Geoff Chapple is on his way there after their chairman, Phil Wallace, issued a statement. Feel free to make your own mind up. The statement also confirms that Carl Alford has been sold to Doncaster Rovers.
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Season 1999/2000
Full details of season 1999/2000 have now been added to the history page, meaning that several pages are now taking a break for the summer.
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Tuesday 16th May 2000
Wembley video clips
There are now eight video clips available from Wembley and these have been added to the trophy winners page. There are also lots of new photos from inside Wembley - many thanks to Non-League On The Net for their kind permission.
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Monday 15th May 2000
Kettering match report
Lots of reports have been added to our report of the big day - with most of the broadsheets praising Chapple.
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Eddie Saunders signs a new three-year deal
It seems as though Eddie Saunders, who has been on-loan from Woking, has signed a three-year deal for Kingstonian.
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Sunday 14th May 2000
Kettering Town 2-3 Kingstonian
An amazing day at Wembley ended with K's re-claiming the FA Trophy. Kingstonian took the lead with an Eddie Akuamoah goal, Kettering scored, Kettering had a goal disallowed (rightly), Kettering scored again, K's equalised through Eddie again and then Simba gave K's a 3-2 lead. Our report is available now with links to others to be added as we find them.

The line-up: Farrelly, Mustafa, Luckett, Crossley, Stewart, Harris, Kadi, Pitcher, Green, Simba, Akuamoah; Subs: Leworthy (7), Hurst, Saunders (5), Allan, Basford (9).
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Geoff Chapple on the "will he stay or will he go?" rumours
The day ended with a party at Kingsmeadow where many rumours were heard. Geoff Chapple almost tried to stop the "going to Woking" rumour by saying that he doesn't envisage going anywhere any time soon. But then he went to Woking at 9pm (although he assured us that it was a coincidence, and an engagement that he couldn't break).
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Wembley pictures
So far we've got quite a lot of pictures available, and they're on the brand new Trophy 2000 page. The report is here and there will no doubt be much more to follow.
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Wembley presentation pack of photographs
There will soon be a special Wembley presentation pack of photographs available from Simon Devine, priced at 35 - and the photos are much better than the ones on the new Trophy page. If you're interested in this great souvenir, please contact Simon at and tell him that we sent you!!
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Matt Crossley off to Aldershot?
Another rumour heard last night was that Matt Crossley is on his way to Aldershot. That's just a rumour though.
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Friday 12th May 2000
Open-top bus parade
Win or lose tomorrow, the team will be going on an open-top bus parade of the town on Sunday. The tour will start at Kingsmeadow at 11.30 and and will reach the Market Place at around 12.30 (they're obviously expecting a lot of traffic).
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Telegraph: Morris upset by absentees
From today's Daily Telegraph:

Morris upset by absentees by Nicholas Harling

SYMPATHY for Kingstonian players missing what would have been the biggest day of their careers came from a surprising source yesterday, the manager of their opponents in tomorrow's FA Umbro Trophy final, Kettering's Peter Morris. Kingstonian field a weakened side for their defence of the Trophy at Wembley, with at least five regular first-teamers out through injury or suspension.

"If we're going to win I'd prefer to have beaten the best side they could put out," Morris said. But he added: "We've beaten Kingstonian this season when they've been at their strongest." Kingstonian winger Phil Wingfield was carried off after an ill-judged tackle in the 2-0 Macmillan Trophy defeat by Doncaster on Monday. Morris said: "I was hoping he'd recover. Nobody likes to see any player get injured." Kingstonian manager Geoff Chapple, seeking a fifth Trophy in seven years after three successes with Woking, can name one of their two England non-League international midfielders. Geoff Pitcher escaped with a 300 fine following a visit to the Football Association on Wednesday, unlike Gary Patterson, who was banned for three games.

Chapple, who lost a night's sleep preparing Pitcher's disciplinary defence, said: "Fourteen bookings is not an automatic suspension. Most of Geoff's were for silly things. He is a decent fellow and the FA could see that." Mark Harris and Amara Simba, who missed the Macmillan Trophy defeat, will both be included by Chapple but among the absentees are striker Lee Boylan and midfielder Robin Taylor with knee injuries, while striker Joe O'Connor is doubtful with a hamstring injury. Kettering's only doubt is knee-strain victim Ian Ridgway.

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Wednesday 10th May 2000
Geoff Pitcher can play at Wembley
The club have confirmed that Geoff Pitcher has been cleared by the Football Association to play at Wembley on Saturday. He was handed a 300 fine for his fourteen cautions this season, but no suspension.
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Doncaster v Kingstonian picture
A picture of the K's players receiving their medals at Monday night's cup final has now been added to our report. Many thanks to Nigel of YAURS! for permission to use his photograph.
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Farrelly, Patterson and Pitcher keep their England places
Steve Farrelly, Gary Patterson and Geoff Pitcher have all retained their places in the England squad, which has been announced ahead of the match against Wales in Llanelli on Tuesday May 16th.

The full squad: Steve Farrelly (Kingstonian), Adam Sollitt (Kettering Town), Simon Wormull (Rushden & Diamonds), Jason Goodliffe (Hayes), Mark Smith (Stevenage Borough), Adrian Smith (Kidderminster Harriers), Tim Ryan (Southport), Paul Underwood (Rushden & Diamonds), Gary Butterworth (Rushden & Diamonds), Dean Bennett (Kidderminster Harriers), Geoff Pitcher (Kingstonian), Gary Patterson (Kingstonian), Warren Patmore (Yeovil Town), Dale Watkins (Kettering Town), Justin Jackson (Morecambe), Stewart Drummond (Morecambe) - thanks to for that.
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Come On You K's Wembley posters
The Informer informs us (get-it?!) that their "Come On You K's" Wembley posters are now available for free from the following locations:

Informer House, 2 High Street,Teddington;
Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, Guildhall reception, Kingston;
Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Fairfield Road, Kingston;
PBL Sports, High Street, New Malden;
Kingstonian Football Club;
The Tourist Information Centre, Market House, Market Place, Kingston.
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BBC Southern Counties live commentary
BBC Southern Counties Radio will be providing full ninety minute commentary on Saturday's match - on 104.6FM. You can also send your Wembley memories to them at
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Tuesday 9th May 2000
Phil Wingfield is definitely out of Saturday's trip to Wembley
Phil Wingfield is definitely out of Saturday's trip to Wembley. Physio Jim Pearce has just told us that the winger damaged the medial ligaments of his knee last night and will not play for 3 or 4 weeks. Geoff Pitcher is still sweating over his visit to the Football Association, scheduled for tomorrow.
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New Wembley away shirts now available
New Wembley away shirts are now available from the club shop - see the preview for details.
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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Kingstonian
Doncaster retained the Nationwide Macmillan Trophy last night, in front of a crowd of 3837 at Belle Vue. The report is now ready.

The line-up: Hurst, Mustafa, Luckett, Crossley, Stewart, Saunders, Basford, Pitcher, Akuamoah, Leworthy, Wingfield; Subs: Allan, Farrelly, Green (10), Kadi, Drewett (11).
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Woking beat Croydon one-nil in last night's Surrey Senior Cup final.
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From today's Times:


Whether the processes of the working party set up by the Nationwide League, and the 21-day notice required to put items on the agenda for its annual meeting on June 12, will allow for an additional promotion place or places to be granted to clubs from the Nationwide Conference should become clear within the next fortnight. If nothing can be resolved for next season, it is a matter that is not going to go away because the case presented by the Conference is getting stronger all the time. Not only have Cheltenham Town proved, once again, that Conference clubs can more than hold their own in the League, but the Conference expects that by the end of next season 19 of its 22 clubs will have the A-grading required.

They are helped by the return of Boston United and the promotion of Leigh RMI, whose Hilton Park ground is being developed in conjunction with Leigh Centurions, aspirants to rugby league's Tetley's Bitter Super League, into a 10,000-capacity stadium. John Moules, the Conference chief executive, said: "If you look at Saturday, we had just one issue to decide, who went down with Sutton United. In the Football League out of the 72 clubs, 29 of them were involved in seeking promotion places, play-off places or avoiding relegation. It makes an enormous difference in sustaining interest. Too many of our clubs suffer from January without the option of a play-off place to pursue." If the structure stays unchanged, Moules is concerned about going too far towards meeting demands for more midweek fixtures in early season to avoid a repeat of the fixture crush that has fallen on Kingstonian. "People forget that part of the problem has been caused because April has become one of our worst months for postponements," he said. "We'll certainly play midweek matches in August through September into October, but you then go into FA Cup, FA Trophy and County Cup matches and if clubs have played 14 to 16 Conference matches by then and aren't doing well, it has an effect on the attendances and club finances."

Jan Molby, the manager of Kidderminster Harriers, said after his club's promotion to the Nationwide League that it was the biggest jump in football, outside moving from the First Division to the FA Carling Premiership. Molby's view reflected the club's need to shift from being part-time to full-time, but with Yeovil Town and Telford United joining the ranks of full-time clubs in the Conference next season, the truth is that the jump from the feeder leagues to the Conference is now a greater divide. Sutton United and Altrincham, relegated in their first seasons back, can testify to that.

Ambitious clubs are still intent on moving up the pyramid. Langney Sports, Histon Town, Banbury United, Mangotsfield United and Stratford Town will be seeking one of the four promotion places to the Dr Martens League at its annual meeting on May 19. North Ferriby United and Vauxhall have been promoted to the UniBond League, with Flixton returning to the North Western Trains League and Whitley Bay hoping to be given a place in the Arnott Insurance Northern League.

Arlesey Town, Brook House, Ashford Town and Burnham Ramblers will learn whether they have gained one of two promotion places to the Ryman League on May 16. Hemel Hempstead Town, winners of the Ryman Second Division, will find out on Friday whether their appeal to the Football Association, against the Ryman League's ruling that work on their ground is not up to scratch, will enable them to go up.

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Sunday 7th May 2000
Southport match report
The Southport report is finished. It may not have been a very interesting game, but then the report isn't either.
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Northwich match report
We've finally caught up, as the Northwich report is also now ready. Damn fixture congestion...
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Saturday 6th May 2000
Northwich Victoria 0-3 Kingstonian
The Conference season ended with K's gaining their seventh point in four days as Northwich were convincingly beaten by three goals to nil. Two goals came from Amara Simba, with substitute Phil Wingfield adding the third.

The line-up: Farrelly, Mustafa, Basford, Allan, Stewart, Harris, Patterson, Pitcher, Simba, Leworthy, Kadi; Subs: Hendrie, Hurst, Akuamoah (9), Wingfield (10), Saunders (6).
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Final day round-up
After three recent reprieves, Welling finally lose their place in the Conference, as a win at Hednesford proves not to be enough with Forest Green beating Kettering at home. Altrincham also return from whence they came, despite holding champions Kidderminster to a nil-nil draw. Kingstonian finish in fifth place - the best ever finish for the club.

Chester City will also join the Conference next year, as Shrewsbury and Carlisle both do enough to stay in the league.
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Friday 5th May 2000
Pitcher out of Wembley?
Geoff Pitcher may be forced to spend May 13th sitting next to Gary Patterson, as he picked up his 14th yellow card of the season against Hednesford last Saturday. It seems likely that both players will be called in front of the FA next week to discuss what will happen. However, hopes are high that Pitcher will be allowed to play in the Wembley show-piece.
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Altrincham match report
The report of the game two games ago is now ready. That's Altrincham away for all who have lost count.
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Conference teams to play in the Auto Windscreens Shield?
It has been reported that the top eight teams from the Conference will be invited to take part in next season's Auto-Windscreens Shield. With K's assured at least a top seven finish this just leaves the question of whether the ground will be allowed to host the games.
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Thursday 4th May 2000
Southport 0-0 Kingstonian
The second game in twenty four hours saw an almost reserve side draw nil-nil in a very dull game at Haig Avenue. The only notable fact was that David Leworthy played the whole 90 minutes.

The line-up: Hurst, Hendrie, Basford, Crossley, Saunders, Allan, Patterson, Kadi, Green, Leworthy, Wingfield; Subs: O'Connor, Farrelly, Pitcher (11).
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Wednesday 3rd May 2000
Altrincham 1-3 Kingstonian
Day one of the Northern "double-header" ended in success for K's, and continued relegation worries for Altrincham. A fourth minute penalty gave the strugglers the lead, but three superb goals, from Pitcher, Akuamoah and Simba gave K's the points.

The line-up: Farrelly, Lester, Luckett, Crossley, Stewart, Harris, Patterson, Pitcher, Akuamoah, Simba, Green; Subs: O'Connor (9), Hurst, Leworthy (10), Drewett (11), Saunders.
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Tuesday 2nd May 2000
Hayes match report
A slightly depressing May-day was spent at Kingsmeadow yesterday, but you can cheer yourselves up by reading the report.
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Ground development latest
The ground development will begin in the next few days and will be ready in plenty of time according to a club source.
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Monday 1st May 2000
Kingstonian 1-3 Hayes
Amara Simba scored a superb opener for K's but three second half goals from the visitors gave them the points.
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Result round-up
Elsewhere, Woking assured their place in next year's Conference with a three-nil win at Yeovil Town. Altrincham continue their late run towards the drop zone with a two-nil loss at Southport, although a win for them against K's on Wednesday will relegate Forest Green and Welling.
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Gary Patterson out of Wembley
Gary Patterson is out of Wembley. He was nowhere to be seen today and it now seems that the only chance of a reprieve is if the FA decide to take the report of the referee's assessor into account.
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Ronnie Green signs a three year deal
The club today announced that Ronnie Green has signed a three year contract with Kingstonian.
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Player of the Year awards
The annual end of season party-type thing was held after today's match. K's Web presented our own Player of the Year trophy to Geoff Pitcher. Thanks to everyone who voted and to the Surrey Comet for sponsoring the award - full details of both the Player of the Year and Goal of the Season votes (won by Colin Luckett) can be seen.

The other awards went to:
Supporters' Club Player of the Year: Steve Farrelly
Supporters' Club special-trophy-for-always-coming-second: Geoff Pitcher
Players' Player of the Year: Steve Farrelly
Worst trainer of the year: Geoff Pitcher
Kingstonian FC Player of the Year: Geoff Pitcher
Kingstonian FC Footballer of the Year: Colin Luckett.

At least that's what we remembered.
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