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December 2000

Saturday 30th December 2000
Northwich v Kingstonian - match postponed
Today's match with Northwich has been postponed due to the weather.
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Tuesday 26th December 2000
Woking 0-0 Kingstonian
Details to follow. You can vote for the man of the match now.
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Monday 25th December 2000
Woking match preview
There's now a preview of the up-coming duel with Woking available - but due to some "technical glitches" there's only the K's view. Watch out on Card Chatter for their version.
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Sunday 24th December 2000
A Christmas message
The site is now in the hands of Simon Murray who will do everything possible to keep it running over the Christmas/New Year period. If things go wrong then DON'T BLAME HIM!! Merry Christmas to everybody - see you in the new year...
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From today's Non-League Paper:


KINGSTONIAN'S all-England midfield and Geoff Chapple's celebrated record in one-off games will give the South London Conference strugglers the edge to set up the biggest game in their history in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, claims their confident manager.

Southend and their manager David Webb may have seen off one heavyweight Non-League boss in Canvey Island's Jeff King, but they will find it a lot harder when they come up against Chapple on January 6.Never one to miss a psychological advantage, K's burly boss - who was given a replica FA Trophy this month after winning it five times in seven years with his current club and Woking - fired the first shots in the war of words preceding the Roots Hall clash.

Webb quit as manager of Conference title-chasers Yeovil in November to return to Southend for a third time. "Usually the Non-League team is an unknown quantity to their opponents, but Dave knows all about us," says Chapple. "It could come down to a battle of wits - and mud - if the pitch is as heavy as it was against Canvey. Webbie is a very shrewd guy, but I am a bit shrewd myself and in a one-off game I stand a reasonable chance of coming out on top. People tend to have a few digs at me because I don't do any coaching. They perhaps lose sight of the fact that I listen carefully to my coach Ian McDonald and take on board his advice when deciding how we should play. It was the same with my previous coach Colin Lippiatt and it's not worked out too badly, has it, because I have been at Wembley five times. I will discuss with Ian what team we should pick and we will adapt, to the particular situation we face."

Although Webb, a Cup winner as a player with Chelsea, is full of swagger and confidence, Chapple believes he has more chance of lifting his team. "Dave is a good motivator and I rate him highly, but the pressure is on him as the League manager to produce a result. I have nothing to lose and hopefully I can inspire my lads to go out and pull off another giant-killing. Southend have the, advantages of being at home and being full-timers whereas my lads are part-timers. If both sides are at their best on the day then Southend should win. But if they are a bit off their game then they may be in for a nasty shock as Brentford were in the first round, because we will be going there to win, not playing for a draw. We feel we are in with a chance."

The 55-year-old Chapple points out: "Southend's superior class in midfield told against Canvey, yet this could be a different situation because we are strong in that department where we have two of the best players in the Conference in Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson. Most of Southend's attacks are set up by little Russell Williamson - at 5ft 4in the shortest player in the Nationwide League. He is quick and intelligent, but he will find Pitcher and Patterson are formidable opponents. We know all about their goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan, who was in the Conference with Woking last season. He has good, safe hands and is a competent keeper. Even so, I think our strikers Phil Wingfield, Sammy Winston and Eddie Akuamoah can give him a hard time.

"Southend's own striker Ben Abbey is supposed to be a Dwight Yorke lookalike, though, of course, he doesn't carry the same threat. Sure, Abbey, who with Scott Forbes scored against Canvey Island, is quick and dangerous, but we have good, solid defenders who are capable of containing him in Eddie Saunders, Derek Allan and Mark Harris."

Despite K's league position, Chapple believes are a superior all-round team to Ryman promotion hopefuls Canvey. Canvey manager King did a great job in preparing his side to beat Port Vale in the first round, but admits he made a mistake against Southend by picking a not fully fit Peter Smith. Chapple won't fall into the same trap. "No doubt Webbie will tell his players how good our lads are and not to be over-confident."

But no matter what he says they may be inclined to regard us as merely a Non-League side struggling near the foot of our table. And, knowing players as I do, it is quite possible they might take us for granted. If they do it could be their downfall because players like Pitcher can swing any match with one flash of brilliance. Unless Southend are at their best, we will be in with a real chance of reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in our history. I am a Chelsea fan and used to love watching Webbie and Co. in their glory days at Stamford Bridge. He's always been a battler and I'm sure he will do another fine job at Southend. Hopefully, though, it will be us who stay in the FA Cup."

Kingstonian are doing it the hard way after being drawn away at Brentford, Southport and Southend. Each time they have been underdogs. Now the cheeky Chapple says: "We are due a home tie. But if we are drawn away again so be it. I would fancy going to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the fourth round - if they can get through."

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Man of the Match result
Mark Jones won the man of the match vote for the Rushden game with seven votes.
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Thursday 21st December 2000
Rushden match report
Better late than never, the (shorter than usual) report of K's victory in the Variety cup thing is now ready. And you can still vote for the man of the match too.
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NVCT semi-final to be just one leg?
The semi-final of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy is currently listed as a two-legged affair, but this may change at a later date.
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Man of the Match result
Gavin Kelly won the man of the match vote for the Dagenham home game.
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Staines directions now available
Directions to Wheatsheafe Park, Staines are now available.
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Tuesday 19th December 2000
Kingstonian 1-0 Rushden & Diamonds
An early goal from Eddie Akuamoah was enough to see off the challenge of Rushden in the Variety Club Cup. K's now progress to the semi-finals where they will meet the winners of the Yeovil v Kettering quarter-final. This match is supposed to be played around February 18th, but this date is obviously open to discussion. You can vote for tonight's man of the match now.
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Kingstonian v Woking ticket details
Further details from the club regarding the Woking home game: With regards to season ticket holders taking their reserved seats at the game, if season ticket holders do not inform the club that they will be attending, or collect their tickets prior to the game, the seat will be sold on the day. With many people going away for Christmas and the new year we need to be informed if that person is not attending. With the seating capacity reduced as a result of the development and to ensure that as many supporters can sit in the stand as possible this is the only way we can ensure that those season ticket holders attending do get their reserved seat. No season ticket will be sold prior to the day, but unless claimed by the morning of the game this seat will then be made available to the general public.
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Staines up next in the Trophy
K's will face Staines in the third round of the FA Trophy on January 13th after they overcame Walton and Hersham 3-2 after extra time tonight.
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Monday 18th December 2000
Kingstonian v Woking ticket details
Chris Kelly has sent us more details concerning the Woking home game: Seats in the main stand can be bought in advance and will only be available on the day if they do not all sell out. People are therefore advised that if they want to sit down, to get tickets sooner rather than later. Terrace is pay on the day as usual and no tickets are available in advance.
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Sunday 17th December 2000
Dagenham match report
The report of yesterday's defeat is now ready.
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Saturday 16th December 2000
Kingstonian 2-3 Dagenham and Redbridge
An own goal and a Phil Wingfield strike brought K's back level in the second half, but a late strike from Junior McDougald gave Dagenham all three points today. You can vote for the man of the match now.
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Kingstonian v Rushden re-arranged
Last Tuesday's postponed match at home to Rushden in the quarter-final of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy will now take place this coming Tuesday, December 19th, kick-off 7.45pm.
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Result round-up
The only team in the bottom 10 who won today were Telford, who hit three at home to K's Christmas opponents Woking. Rushden beat Hednesford by five goals to one.
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The Kingstonian Supporters' Club Christmas Party
The Kingstonian Supporters' Club Christmas Party will take place in the Saxon Rooms at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday 23rd December 2000 from 07.30 pm to 01.00 am. There will be a Disco and free Buffet. All supporters are welcome.
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Derek Allan was today given the Player of the Month award for November.
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Tuesday 12th December 2000
Kingstonian v Rushden - match postponed
Tonight's match at home to Rushden has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This match now gets added to the ever-growing pile of matches to be arranged.
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Steve Farrelly says "Thank you!"
Steve Farrelly tonight posted the following on the forum:

Thank you! by Steve Farrelly

I am writing now that I am out of hospital to say a big thank you to all the K's supporters who wrote, e-mailed, sent cards and phoned me with "get well" wishes. You all helped to really cheer me up and I was really touched that so many of you had thought of me and my family. I'm gradually feeling better each day. I'm still taking antibiotics, and I have to wear my neck collar for three months (small price to pay for my good health, I suppose). I will be at Kingsmeadow supporting the lads as soon as I can, but I'm not sure when this will be. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Many thanks again.
Steve Farrelly

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Man of the Match result
Geoff Pitcher won Saturday's Man of the Match with 16 votes.
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Sunday 10th December 2000
Southport 1-2 Kingstonian
Kingstonian made history yesterday when they qualified for the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Two first half goals, from Mark Harris and Geoff Pitcher, were enough to see off second placed Southport and claim a spot in today's draw - live on ITV at 5.45pm. You can vote for the man of the match at the bottom of the report.
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FA Cup third round draw
The draw has been made for the Third Round of the FA Cup, which will take place on Saturday 6th January 2001. Kingstonian will travel to Southend United - currently 9th in the third division. The full draw is shown below:

Newcastle v Aston Villa
Blackburn v Chester
Morecambe v Ipswich
Leeds v Barnsley
Derby v West Brom
Watford v Everton
Carlisle v Arsenal
Walsall v West Ham
Swindon v Coventry
Bolton v Yeovil
Southend United v Kingstonian
Huddersfield v Bristol City
Leicester v York City/Reading
Charlton v Dagenham & Redbridge
Bournemouth v Gillingham
Chelsea v Peterborough United/Oldham Athletic
Wimbledon v Wigan/Notts County
Northwich Victoria/Leyton Orient v Tottenham
Burnley v Scunthorpe
Preston v Stockport
Manchester City v Birmingham City
Portsmouth v Tranmere
Bradford v Middlesbrough
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Cardiff v Crewe
Southampton v Sheffield United
Fulham v Manchester United
Liverpool v Rotherham
Millwall/Wycombe v Grimsby
Nottingham Forest v Wolves
Darlington v QPR
Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich
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Hayes v Kingstonian - match postponed
The cup draw means that the away game with Hayes, originally scheduled for January 6th, will now be postponed, leaving K's with four fixtures with a date of "Unknown".
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Kingstonian v Woking not all ticket?
According to somebody on the forum, the New Year's Day encounter with Woking is NOT all ticket, as previously reported. We'll try to confirm this on Tuesday, when K's take on Rushden.
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Friday 8th December 2000
BBC Online: Chapple aiming to conquer Wright
From BBC Online:

Chapple aiming to conquer Wright

BBC Sport Online's Mandeep Sanghera catches up with Kingstonian boss Geoff Chapple as he sorts his side's kit out before their FA Cup visit to Mark Wright's Southport. Geoff Chapple has a notorious giant-killing reputation in the FA Cup.

The current manager of non-league Kingstonian, he is a man whose teams League clubs fear being drawn against. But that does not stop Chapple having to help sort out his side's kit and help load the coach for their next FA Cup sojourn! It is this sort of scenario which sprinkles the romantic dust over the FA Cup and this time the destination is former England international captain Mark Wright's Southport.

"I've got out the laundry and made sure we have the right kit for the game," explained 55-year-old Chapple. "I tend to look after the kit side of things as I like to make sure that everything is right. I just hope the result is right for us after the game."

Kingstonian have already played Southport in a Conference encounter this season when they won 3-1. Chapple admits his side were fortunate on the day and he has plenty of praise for Wright as well as the Southport team.

"They are the best team I have seen this year." said Chapple. "Mark is one of the characters of the game and we need them. "He had a lot of banter with our fans when we played and he has done well. At the start of the season I tipped them as my dark horses for the Conference title. They are a friendly bunch and have some good players." Wright is one of the up-and-coming breed of young managers in English football and has instigated an impressive turn-around for the Sandgrounders. Wright arrived at Southport's Haig Avenue ground last December with the club second from bottom of the Conference.

His first management position, Southport finished last season in ninth place and are presently second in the Conference with promotion to the Football League in mind. This is the FA Cup, however, and Chapple's favourite hunting ground for big reputations. He masterminded West Bromwich Albion's downfall in 1991 in the third round when manager at Woking.

They eventually lost 1-0 at Everton in the next round but, five years later, Millwall were on the wrong end of an FA Cup upset as they lost to Woking 1-0 after a replay. Chapple's side went on to face Coventry and took them to a replay before being beaten 2-1 at home. This season Brentford became the latest in Chapple's list of FA Cup conquests when they were beaten by Kingstonian 3-1 in the first round. Chapple has five FA Trophy final victories to his credit and has some "wonderful memories" of the FA Cup. He added: "This is a one-off game. The players will be more tense than a normal Conference game. There will be nerves as we all know what the prize is at stake. Whoever wants it bad enough will win and this is not going to be a game for faint hearts."

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Wednesday 6th December 2000
Man of the Match result
The winner of the Stevenage man of the match was Geoff Pitcher with 15 votes, whilst Derek Allan won the Leigh vote with 8 nods.
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Monday 4th December 2000
FA Trophy third round draw
The draw has been made for the Third Round of the FA Trophy, which will take place on Saturday 13th January 2001. Kingstonian will travel to either Staines or Walton and Hersham. The full draw is shown below:

Matlock Town v Northwich Victoria
Runcorn v Scarborough
Congleton Town v Gresley Rovers
Trafford v Telford United
Ashton Town/Bilston v Nuneaton Borough
Leigh RMI v Hucknall Town
Emley v Accrington Stanley
Marine v Stalybridge Celtic
Southport v Hednesford Town
Worksop Town v Bromsgrove Rovers
Burscough v Morecambe
Tamworth/Belper Town v Boston United
Burton Albion v Altrincham/Bishop Auckland
Hyde United v Blyth Spartans
Chester City v Doncaster Rovers
Hendon/Worcester City v Tiverton Town
Folkestone/Worthing v King's Lynn
Woking v Margate
Fisher Athletic/Crawley v Ashford/Weston SM
Ford United/Bognor Regis v Billericay/Hastings
Aldershot Town v Stevenage Borough
St Albans City v Newport County
Forest Green Rovers v Barton Rovers
Harlow/Canvey Island v Northwood
Histon v Kettering Town
Yeovil Town v Cambridge City/Bath City
Braintree/Rothwell v Maidenhead Utd/Enfield
Cinderford/Evesham v Harrow Borough
Hayes v Rushden & Diamonds
Staines/Walton & Hersham v Kingstonian
Dagenham & Redbridge v Weymouth
Hereford United v Dover Athletic
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Table Sale in the Saxon Rooms
Two items from John Fenwick: On Sunday 10th December 2000 there will be a Table Sale in the Saxon Rooms at Kingsmeadow Stadium from 10.00 am to 03.00 pm (set-up from 09.00 am). The cost is 10 for anyone wishing to book a table, and refreshments will be sold on the day. Admission will be 20p (which is being donated to the Macmillan Nurses charity). The telephone numbers for booking a table are (Day) 020-8974-5713 and (Evening) 07788-894997.
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Peter Hazell will be running from Woking F.C. to Kingstonian F.C.
On Monday 1st January 2001 (New Year's Day) Kingstonian supporter Peter Hazell will be running from Woking F.C. to Kingstonian F.C. (a distance of twenty miles) prior to the match between the two teams at Kingsmeadow, in order to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Relief and Kingstonian Supporters Club.

If anyone would like to sponsor Peter, he will be collecting names on the coach(es) to Southport and at the next two home games against Rushden & Diamonds and Dagenham & Redbridge. If supporters of other clubs would also like to donate money for the charity, could they please e-mail the Supporters Club at Peter has already had an excellent response.
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Sunday 3rd December 2000
Leigh match report
Yesterday's report is now ready.
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Seats for Southport priced at just ten pounds
If anybody has not yet booked a TEN POUND seat for next week's trip to Southport in the FA Cup Second Round, you can do so either by calling Tim Wells on 020 8942 9830 or by e-mailing the Supporters' Club at
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K's win the Conference News Performance of the Month Award
Some news that we forgot: Last week's win at Stevenage saw K's awarded the Conference News Performance of the Month Award for November.
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Saturday 2nd December 2000
Kingstonian 0-2 Leigh RMI
Two second half goals gave 9th placed Leigh the points at a very different looking Kingsmeadow (see below). You can vote for the man of the match now.
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Result round-up
The shock of the day came at The Crabble, as Dover beat Rushden 4-1 to move into 11th place. K's remain 20th. Next week's opponents, Southport, didn't play.
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An update on the re-development
Most K's fans got their first view of the re-building work today. So far the dug-outs have been replaced, the pitch has become two yards narrower, the majority of the perimeter wall has been removed, the "Block" at the home end has been removed and the Athletics End is no more. The latest news is that this (the Athletics End) will become the new "home" end. Ready-made terracing will be placed there, and it will be built in such a way that it will be possible to put seats there at a later date.

The Woking home game (January 1st) WILL NOW BE ALL TICKET due to the ground development. All seating is due to be available by then, but space on the terrace will be severely reduced. The ground work is all scheduled to be finished by the time Yeovil visit - April 7th.
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Gavin Kelly will play in next week's FA Cup tie with Southport
Gavin Kelly will play in next week's FA Cup tie with Southport. The Tottenham third-choice keeper was today named as a substitute, although he didn't actually make it onto the pitch.
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