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November 2000

Tuesday 28th November 2000
Telegraph: Kingstonian look for sixth goalkeeper
From yesterday's Daily Telegraph:

Kingstonian look for sixth goalkeeper by Nicholas Harling

A GOALKEEPING crisis will give Kingstonian little time to savour the satisfaction of confirming their return to form with a 5-2 win at Stevenage. Manager Geoff Chapple will be scouring his contacts for his sixth goalkeeper of the season for the FA Cup tie at Southport on Saturday week since first-choice Steve Farrelly is out for the season after a life-saving operation on Thursday and his immediate replacement Adrian Blake is cup-tied.

Farrelly, the 35-year-old England non-league international, who was in discomfort before the FA Cup triumph at Brentford, had an operation on a spinal abscess at the base of his neck. Blake, a former Kingstonian player who was signed on loan from Walton and Hersham, produced at least two excellent saves and had no chance with Stevenage's goals.

The first one, an exquisite effort from 35-yards by Dean Martin put Stevenage in front before spectacular long-range shooting and dubious goalkeeping by Paul Wilkerson enabled Kingstonian to take control. Geoff Pitcher and Colin Luckett hit two goals apiece to give them a 4-1 interval lead. "It was one of those games when you didn't want half-time to come," said visiting assistant manager Ian McDonald."

Kingstonian were hanging on when Nathan Bunce beat Blake before Sammy Winston secured their victory. Stevenage's dismay was matched by Yeovil's manager Colin Addison on his return to former club Scarborough. Yeovil would have gone seven points clear but for a injury-time penalty for handball lashed in by Simon Betts for a 2-2 draw.

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Monday 27th November 2000
Steve Farrelly has been released from Intensive Care
Richard Exworthy tells us that he spoke with Steve Farrelly today, and he has now been released from Intensive Care. Some of the players have been in to see him, and Steve wishes to pass on his thanks to all those who have wished him well.

We'll gladly pass on any messages to Steve, so feel free to fill in this form.
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From yesterday's Non-League Paper:


Kingstonian Cup hero Steve Farrelly was stable in hospital last night after a three-hour operation to save his life. England semi-professional international Farrelly, who played a key role in the Conference giant-killers 3-1 win at Brentford last Saturday, was taken to hospital less than 24 hours after the game after collapsing in agony at his home.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper, who had complained of pains in his neck before the Cup game, thought he was suffering from a trapped nerve. But tests revealed a life-threatening spinal abscess at the base of his neck and he was rushed to the Atkinson-Morley Hospital at Wimbledon where surgeons operated on Thursday night. Doctors said Farrelly, who spent more than 24 hours in intensive care, was still in "a lot of pain" and would remain in hospital for some time.

He seems certain to be out of football for the rest of the season. Farrelly's fiancee, Yola Cursley, who has been at his bedside since he was admitted, said: "Steve's still in a lot of pain and is having morphine to help. But some of the other players are coming in to see him and hopefully that will cheer him up." She said that the couple, who plan to marry next June, were just grateful that the abscess was discovered in time.

Now Kingstonian manager Geoff Chapple has launched a frantic search for a new keeper in time for the FA Cup second round tie against Southport. "This is a massive blow for us," he said. 'Steve has been a key man all season and we're desperately sorry for the lad. It's tragic. "When he said before the Brentford game that he had a stiff neck and thought it was a trapped nerve we had no reason to think otherwise and iced him to ease the pain. We had no idea it was as serious as this. He performed brilliantly, but this has taken the shine off everything for us." Chapple is hoping to land a new keeper - on loan or on a permanent deal and who is not Cup tied - later this week.

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Sunday 26th November 2000
Stevenage Borough 2-5 Kingstonian
An amazing first-half saw Stevenage go one-nil up after eight minutes, before two goals apiece from Geoff Pitcher and Colin Luckett gave K's a four-one half-time lead. The second half saw one goal for each side, with Sammy Winston easing any concerns with the fifth. You can read the report and also vote for the man of the match.
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Gary Drewett and Junior Kadi have joined Woking on loan
Gary Drewett and Junior Kadi have joined Woking on loan. Meanwhile, Adrian Blake made the "50-50" motion when asked whether he was going to sign for K's.
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Result round-up
Many of yesterday's other games were postponed, including next week's opponents Leigh. However this didn't allow K's to move out of the relegation places, as they are now 20th.
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An update on Steve Farrelly
It has been said that Steve Farrelly's operation was a very serious affair. Had it not taken place so speedily, there was a chance that he could have been paralysed. There is still some doubt over whether he will ever play again. We join all other K's fans in wishing Steve all the best and a speedy recovery.
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Friday 24th November 2000
Steve Farrelly may be out for the rest of the season
It has been reported that Steve Farrelly may be out for the rest of the season. He was admitted to hospital last Sunday night with a high temperature, and there were concerns that he might have meningitis. However, this has been ruled out, but he then had to undergo surgery to remove an abscess from his neck. He is definitely out of tomorrow's match with Stevenage.
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An update on the development
The club have sent us the following (apologies to them for the delay in posting this):

The Leigh RMI game will be the first game at which seats in blocks E,F,G will not be available to current Season Ticket holders. All Season Ticket holders will be given reserved seats in blocks J and K for the period of the development. This should at this time only mean the Leigh RMI, Dagenham and possibly the Woking fixture on new years day. We apologise for this inconvenience, but to ease the inconvenience all Season Ticket holders will be invited to use the hospitality lounge prior to kick off for a drink and entry to their seats.

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Man of the Match result
Geoff Pitcher won the Brentford man of the match vote with 29 votes.
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Monday 20th November 2000
FA XI v the Southern League tomorrow evening
Just a reminder that an FA XI including Steve Farrelly, Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson are taking on the Southern League at Crawley tomorrow evening. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
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Sky will show Walsall v Barnet
Sky Sports have announced that they will be screening the Walsall v Barnet FA Cup 2nd round tie on Friday December 8th and Blackpool v Yeovil on Sunday December 10th.
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Sunday 19th November 2000
Brentford 1-3 Kingstonian
Front page newsAn amazing performance from K's saw the team progress to the Second round of the FA Cup in place of second division Brentford, where they will travel to Southport (see below). A deflected opener from Geoff Pitcher was followed by a Sammy Winston brace, and by the time Brentford scored at the death the celebrations had started. The report is now ready, and you can vote for the man of the match too.
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Result round-up
In the day's other cup games, Yeovil hit 5 against Colchester and Gateshead won two-nil at Halifax. K's next cup opponents Southport scraped past Havant & Waterlooville two-one.
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FA Cup second round draw
The draw for the second round, which will be played on December 8th/9th, was made on Saturday evening and is shown below:

Swindon Town v Gateshead
Walsall v Barnet
Bournemouth v Stoke City/Nuneaton
Scunthorpe v Brighton
Kidderminster or Burton v Carlisle
Cardiff/Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham
Radclliffe/York v Reading
Chester/Plymouth v Oxford
Canvey Island/Port Vale v Southend/Torquay
Blackpool v Yeovil Town
Wigan v Gravesend/Notts County
Darlington v Luton
Leigh RMI/Millwall v Wycombe
Rotherham v Northampton
Bristol City v Kettering or Hull
Bury/Northwich Victoria v Leyton O
Southport v Kingstonian
Mansfield/Peterborough v Oldham
Lincoln v Dag & Redbridge
Morecambe v Cambridge Utd
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Wednesday 15th November 2000
An update on the ground development
The board have posted the following update on the ground development on the forum:

At no time has the club stated that the reason for the delay has solely been red tape. There are many issues which have caused the delay, one most certainly being the agreeing of the 106 agreement with the local council.This is a very complex agreement which the club and the council, must be in agreement with for both parties benefit. If we as a club agreed to certain parts of the original Document we would not have been acting in the best interest of the club, any commitment made now will stay in place for the duration of the clubs lease with the council (120 years). Despite many peoples comments regarding this a council meeting to ratify the final difference between both parties positions took place last Wednesday 8th November at the Guildhall. That is fact, hence the delay of a further 1 week on the actual demolition and construction starting. There is still an outstanding issue which we are still discussing with the Council.

The Council on their part have been extremely helpful throughout all the negotiations that have gone on, but they are also answerable to the relevant bodies that have made objections to the development and they have had to work towards finding solutions either through necessity or compromise over certain issues. For those who have criticised the club for its handling of the development, in some cases this criticism has been justified but in most it has been assumption based on rumour.

The club has throughout this whole episode acted in the best interests of the club, not for the benefit of individuals, but only to provide a stadium that can take the club forward when the time comes for the supporters and all those who genuinely want to see the club succeed.

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Tuesday 14th November 2000
BBC Ceefax: K's ground boost
From local BBC Ceefax:

K's ground boost

Conference side Kingstonian have finally begin building work to get their Kingsmeadow ground up to scratch. Work is scheduled to finish in January, with the new look ground having an increased capacity of 6,000, and just under 1,200 seats.

That would mean the ground meets the criteria for Football League entry. The club blamed council red tape and different costings for the delays.

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Sunday 12th November 2000
Brentford match preview
There is now a preview of next Saturday's Brentford match available. Thanks to Robert Trand of The Ultimate Brentford Site - - for his help.
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Man of the Match results
Phil Wingfield won the man of the match votes for the matches against both Boston and Kidderminster.
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Saturday 11th November 2000
Telford v Kingstonian - match postponed
Today's match at Telford has been postponed.
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Result round-up
K's stay off the bottom of the table once again, as Northwich won 3-2 at Kettering. Hayes make it six losses on the spin, going down four-nil at Morecambe.
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The Comet says that work will "hopefully" start on Monday
+Yesterday's Surrey Comet reports that work will "hopefully" start on the ground on Monday, although "there have been people measuring up, doing bits and pieces" according to Chris Kelly.
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Quiz Night at Kingsmeadow tomorrow night
Don't forget that there is a Quiz Night at Kingsmeadow tomorrow night, starting at 8pm. Teams can be up to 5 people strong.
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Wednesday 8th November 2000
Kidderminster match report
The Yorkshire Hoop fired up his canoe and paddled over to Aggborough last night, and his report is now ready. Thanks to him.
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Ian Duerden's loan spell is now up and he has returned North
Ian Duerden's loan spell is now up and he has returned North. Whether he will be back or not is not certain at the moment. Some reports suggest he wants to sign for K's, whilst others report playing for K's has allowed him to see how good Doncaster is.
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Tuesday 7th November 2000
Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Kingstonian
A first half goal from Phil Wingfield was cancelled out by two late goals from Kidderminster, handing the JC Thompson Championship Shield to last year's Conference Champions. The line-up is available, as is the man of the match vote. Thanks to Ali, Ollie and Ruth for keeping in touch!!
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Monday 6th November 2000
Boston match report
The Boston report is now ready.
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Saturday 4th November 2000
Kingstonian 0-0 Boston United
Despite going down to ten men, Boston hung on to claim a somewhat undeserved point at Kingsmeadow. The closest K's came to a goal was when a late shot from Geoff Pitcher was deflected onto a post. Ex-K Adrian Blake (he who got hit by a coin at Peterborough all those years ago) was in goal. Vote here for the man of the match.
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Result round-up
Although Northwich beat Woking four-nil, K's don't go bottom because Kettering lost at home to Stevenage. The top of the table clash ended Rushden 1-2 Yeovil.
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Derek Allan wins the Player of the Year Award
Derek Allan was awarded the Cherry Red Records Player of the Month Award for October today. Congratulations to him.
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Kingstonian v Rushden re-arranged
The quarter final of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy against Rushden will now take place on Tuesday December 12th 2000.
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Don't forget the JC Thompson Championship Shield on Tuesday night
Just a reminder that K's face last year's Conference champions Kidderminster on Tuesday night at Aggborough, as they aim to keep a hold on the JC Thompson Championship Shield won by a Dwight Marshall strike at Cheltenham last year.
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Supporters Club Quiz Night at Kingsmeadow
There is going to be a Supporters Club Quiz Night at Kingsmeadow on the 12th of November at 8pm. Teams can consist of up to 5 players.
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Last week's crowd against Devizes was 619.
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Thursday 2nd November 2000
Steve Farrelly, Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson named in the FA XI squad
Steve Farrelly, Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson have today been named in an FA XI which will face the Southern League. These games are seen as trials for the England semi-pro side. The match will take place on Tuesday 21st November at Crawley Town FC, ko 7.45 p.m.

The full squad is: Goalkeepers: Steve Farrelly (Kingstonian), Vince Matassa (Woking/Basingstoke T); Defenders: Jamie Pitman (Woking), Stuart Munday (Dover Ath), Mark Smith (Stevenage B), Lee Matthews (Dagenham & R), Terry Skiverton (Yeovil T); Midfielders: Rob Hollingdale (Woking), Sam McMahon (Stevenage B), Mark Brennan (Dagenham & R), Geoff Pitcher & Gary Patterson (Kingstonian); Forwards: Warren Patmore & Barrington Belgrave (Yeovil T), Lee Charles (Nuneaton B).
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Man of the Match result
Sammy Winston won the Devizes man of the match vote.
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