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January 2001

Wednesday 31st January 2001
Bristol City - ticket details
The club have informed us that tickets for next week's FA Cup replay will only be sold from Saturday afternoon - 2pm inside the ground. Tickets are priced at 10 for seats (for which there is a maximum of two tickets per person and for which supply is very limited) and 8/6 terrace tickets (maximum of four per person). Two areas will be set aside for purchasing - one for "regulars" and one for others.
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Tuesday 30th January 2001
Kingstonian v Bristol City - live on Sky
The FA have announced that the FA Cup replay with Bristol City will definitely be on Sky, handing K's a cheque for 150,000.
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Nuneaton v Kingstonian re-arranged
The away game with Nuneaton Borough will now take place on Tuesday February 13th.
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Monday 29th January 2001
Bristol City ticket details
The FA Cup replay with Bristol City will now be played at Kingsmeadow after Sky put in their two-penneth. The match will be played in front of 3,500 fans and the Sky cameras. Tickets for the game will be on sale this coming Saturday before the Southport match from inside the ground only. There is a limit of four tickets per person. The latest ticket details can be found on the temporary ticket details page.
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Sunday 28th January 2001
Bristol City match report
Yesterday's report is now ready, and it now includes reports from several newspapers and web-sites.
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FA Cup fifth round draw
K's will play at Premiership Leicester's Filbert Street ground should they win next week's FA Cup replay after today's draw. The full draw is shown below, with the matches due to be played on the weekend of February 17th 2001:

Leicester City v Bristol City or Kingstonian
Wycombe Wanderers v Middlesbrough or Wimbledon
Bolton v Blackburn or Derby
Charlton or Tottenham v Stockport
Liverpool v Manchester City
Arsenal v Chelsea
Southampton v Tranmere
Sunderland v West Ham
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FA Cup replay to be held at Griffin Park, Brentford
The fourth round replay will be played at Griffin Park, Brentford on Wednesday February 7th, kick-off 7.45pm.
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FA Cup fifth round draw from Kingsmeadow
The draw for the fifth round was made just before 4pm and Sky TV's cameras were at Kingsmeadow from 3pm to record the reactions.
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Saturday 27th January 2001
Bristol City 1-1 Kingstonian
It's been on Match Of The Day so you all know that Bristol City scored in the fourth minute of injury time to deny K's a place in the fifth round draw. More tomorrow. But you can vote for today's man of the match now.
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Friday 26th January 2001
Telegraph: Chapple a high-flier with his feet firmly on the ground
From today's Daily Telegraph:

Chapple a high-flier with his feet firmly on the ground by Sarah Edworthy

THEY call him 'the Godfather', 'the giantkiller supreme', 'the Cup sorcerer'; but Geoff Chapple, the ruddy-cheeked, ebullient Kingstonian manager, is bemused by his reputation - even after his team's defeat of Southend three weeks ago gave him an astonishing seventh League scalp in FA Cup competition over a decade with non-League sides (remember Woking?).

"I haven't got a magic wand. All I know is, it is all about players. I have to get the players, so I suppose I have done something right there," he maintained as he prepared to fell Danny Wilson's rampant Bristol City side tomorrow.

"My philosophy is simple. Grass is on the floor and that is where the ball should be. I like the pass-and-move game, played with style - win, lose or draw. You always win with glory and lose with dignity. My priority is for our players to go to Bristol and show the public that the non-League game is strong."

Mind games were employed to defeat Southend. Geoff Pitcher, the 200,000 midfield target for several League clubs, revealed how his brother-in-law, right-back Mark Beard, who had once been at Southend, telephoned a few of the players and told them they would have no problem beating Kingstonian. As a result, Pitcher reckons the opposition were not up for it.

But Chapple knows how to motivate men. He must do, he has won five FA Trophies. Under his stewardship his team have not lost a Trophy game since October 1997. When Sir Alex Ferguson was once asked to describe how it feels to lead out a side at Wembley, he deferred the question to Chapple, in whose company he happened to be.

"I paint the pictures for the players," said Chapple. "At Brentford, I got in the dressing room and I said, 'In a couple of months you're going to be walking out at Old Trafford'. And then, after beating Southend, I told them, 'you're in the last 32, you're that close now to realising a dream . . .' and then we go and draw Bristol City; not one of the 20 Premiership teams, but it's still a good draw for the club financially.

"I live in the real world - 99 times out of 100 Bristol City are going to beat Kingstonian, but the FA Cup will always throw up a weird, can't-happen result. Anything is possible."

Chapple's conversation yo-yos between enthusiasm for the big match (six coaches travelling from the ground, interview mid-haircut for Football Focus, the revenue gained for the 1 million Kingsmeadow redevelopment) and a yearning to get back to day-to-day team affairs. Strangely, Kingstonian languish in the Conference relegation zone, leaving Chapple genuinely fearful for the future.

He has questioned his players' mentality towards league games; they did the same of him. The problem is being addressed.

"It is a worry. One of the secrets of success is continuity. The first time we had a settled side this season was against Brentford, and the very next day we lost our goalkeeper, Steve Farrelly, who's not going to play again this season. We've had seven keepers this year. We were loaned one from Wolves and 10 minutes into his first game he'd done his cruciate ligaments. That's the sort of thing that's been happening. At the end of the season, the teams who used a lot of players are going to be at the bottom end of the table and we're going to be one of them.

"The Cup can be a distraction. A big part of me wants the quickest way out. I don't want to be seen as a manager who takes a non-League club to the last 32 or 16 and then be relegated at the end of the season. I would swap all this for a place in the Nationwide Conference, but I realise the importance of it, the club need the finance."

Has he ever wanted to manage at a higher level? "I'd love to. People ask, 'why haven't you done it?' I've never sent my CV anywhere. Perhaps I should have done. A part of me will regret it if I never get there. But that will be quickly overshadowed by the fact that the camaraderie in the non-League game is second to none."

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Man of the Match result
Sammy Winston won the man of the match vote for the Staines replay.
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Thursday 25th January 2001
Problems with the "notification" service
Some people might have been experiencing problems with the "notification" service when this page is updated. This is now sorted out, and apologies for the inconvenience.
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Guardian: Kingstonian hope and pray for more Chapple brimstone
From today's Guardian:

Kingstonian hope and pray for more Chapple brimstone by Roy Collins

The players of Kingstonian, who are dreaming of beating Bristol City on Saturday and securing a fifth-round FA Cup place, expected nothing less than the mother of all rollickings from their manager Geoff Chapple after a 2-0 win over Staines on Monday in the FA Trophy. They were not disappointed.

"We could beat Man United and he'd still pick on some-thing," said the England semi-professional international Geoff Pitcher.

Chapple kept cramming his mouth with Strepsils during the game to ease his laryngitis. But his throat condition did not prevent him chain-smok-ing throughout the 90 minutes nor giving a post-match address that sounded more like a post-mortem.

"I've been in this game a long time and this lot are the most inconsistent, frustrating bunch I've ever been involved with' he said. "We had about nine weak links tonight and even our England players Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson weren't doing the business. We can't pass water at the moment and that was the sort of perfor-mance that will take us right out of the Conference -through the bottom end."

Even after the historic third-round Cup win over Southend United three weeks ago Chapple made his exasperation with his players plain. He says: "My summary that day was: 'What the fucking hell is going on? We can beat Southend but we can't do a thing in the league? How can that be?"'

As victory speeches go, that one takes some topping though Chapple, the Alex Fer-guson of non-league football, may have outdone it after the Staines game.

Chapple is seeking an eighth league scalp at Ashton Gate, having claimed his first as Woking boss in 1991, when Tim Buzaglo scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win at West Brom. Kingstonian have not lost a Trophy game for almost three years and have reached the fourth round of the Cup for the first time; they had not been in the third before. Yet, even al-lowing for kidology, Chapple sounds genuinely gloomy about their chances.

Hearing that the Bristol City manager Danny Wilson had left at half-time on Monday, he said: "I'm not surprised. I expect Danny went back down the motorway thinking that his lads might as well play in whites on Saturday 'cos, if we play like that again, they're likely to run up a cricket score. They'll declare at half-time."

Chapple has dreamed, not just of beating league opposi-tion, but of joining them, com-ing closest with a Conference runners-up spot at Woking in 1995. Although his magic had an immediate effect when he brought Kingstonian into the Conference as Ryman League champions in his first season, 1997-98, and to fifth position last season, they are now flail-ing in the bottom three, having failed to record a league win since November.

Chapple says: "We can't play at home; we've been useless. So we've certainly got a better chance of beating Bristol at their place, though for me, the FA Cup is the least of our pri-orities. The Conference is the main one, followed by the FA Trophy"

Kingstonian have managed only two Conference home wins, the last in October against Southport. And, if they beat Bristol City and draw Pre-miership opposition at home in the fifth round, Chapple will push to switch the tie away to raise money to strengthen his squad. They are not only lack-ing in numbers but injuries have forced them to use six goalkeepers this season.

Chapple recently completed a brilliant a brilliant piece of business by signing the 22-year-old striker Ian Duerden, knocking Don-caster Rovers down from 10,000 to nothing. Shuffling from foot to foot like Del Boy, he explained: "I was a bit cagey there. I waited until the price went down to 5,000 then, knowing Doncaster had a few wage bills, waited a bit longer until they agreed to a free with them retaining some sell-on rights. I'm delighted to have him because he can play a bit and hold things up. There are a lot of nerves out there, they're playing with a lot of fear and you can see some of them are frightened to get the ball."

Pitcher, formerly with Wat-ford and Colchester, the player of the year last season who has shocked even himself this term by scoring 14 times from mid-field, believes that others may simply be distracted. "A lot of the lads were bound to be thinking about Bristol," he said. "Many of them have never been in the fourth round and never will be again."

Seeing that safe passage to the fifth round might earn them only another almighty rollicking, it could be a sensible precaution to hide the man-ager's Strepsils this weekend.

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Wednesday 24th January 2001
England v Wales semi-pro squad announced
The squad for the forth-coming England v Wales semi-professional international - to be played on February 13th at Rushden and Diamonds - has been announced and both Gary Patterson and Geoff Pitcher keep their places. The full squad is:

Wayne Brown (Chester City), Kevin McIntyre (Doncaster Rovers), Tim Ryan (Doncaster Rovers), Jason Goodliffe (Hayes), Scott Cooksey (Hereford United), Gary Patterson (Kingstonian), Geoff Pitcher (Kingstonian), Stewart Drummond (Morecambe), Justin Jackson (Rushden & Diamonds), Tarkan Mustafa (Rushden & Diamonds), Paul Underwood (Rushden & Diamonds), Steve Brodie (Scarborough), Mike Marsh (Southport), Steve West (Woking), Terry Skiverton (Yeovil Town), Warren Patmore (Yeovil Town).

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Tuesday 23rd January 2001
Staines match report
The report of yesterday's win in the trophy is now ready, and this one is even educational.
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NVCT result round-up
While K's await the chance to play the semi-final of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy, Leigh and Northwich finally completed their first round tie tonight - with Leigh winning by one goal to nil.
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Monday 22nd January 2001
Kingstonian 2-0 Staines Town
Colin Luckett scored a screamer to celebrate his 301st K's game and Geoff Pitcher added a late second to secure a place in the fourth round of the trophy, where Southport visit Kingsmeadow. That match will be played on Saturday February 3rd, meaning that the home game with Kettering has now been postponed. You can vote for tonight's man of the match now.
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On The Ball to be filmed at Kingsmeadow
ITV's "On The Ball" programme will be filming at Kingsmeadow on Thursday night from 8pm and the club have asked for as many people as possible to turn up.
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Mark Beard and his hamstring
Mark Beard was taken off tonight with a slight hamstring pull but should be ok for Saturday's FA Cup match with Bristol City.
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An update on the ground
The ground has been improved since the last home match, with all of the seats now in place and with the new disabled enclosure open.
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Man of the Match result
Phil Wingfield won the man of the match vote for the first Staines match.
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Sunday 21st January 2001
Conference football to be shown live on Sky Sports
Conference football will be shown in a new weekly Sky Sports show every Thursday 7.30pm-8pm starting on February 1st. The programme - titled "The Non-League Football Show" - will show one main match and any other goals that they can obtain. The first programme will feature the Stevenage v Rushden match which is being played whilst K's are busy at Ashton Gate.
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Nationwide PASE Conference is being officially launched at Kingstonian Football Club
Part of a Wealdstone press release: The Nationwide PASE Conference is being officially launched on Wednesday 24th January 2001 at Kingstonian Football Club. Kate Hoey MP, Minister For Sport, will be Guest Of honour amongst many VIP's attending a pre-match reception when Wealdstone FC's U19 PASE team will play the Kingstonian U19 PASE team in a League Match. The Players will be presented to the Minister who will blow the whistle to start the match at 12:15pm.
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Saturday 20th January 2001
Ian Duerden looks set to return
It seems as though Ian Duerden - who scored two goals in his five match spell earlier in the season - will be re-joining Kingstonian after Doncaster Rovers agreed for his contract to be honoured by K's for the remainder of the season. Sources say that this move has been made possible by allowing Junior Kadi to move to Woking permanently. More news may become available on YAURS!. Doncaster's next match? At home to Kingstonian on February 10th...
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Friday 19th January 2001
Kingstonian v Scarborough - match postponed
Tomorrow's home match with Scarborough has been called off due to the weather.
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Thursday 18th January 2001
Kingstonian v Staines re-arranged
The Trophy replay with Staines will now be played next Monday, January 22nd 2001 kick-off 7.45pm.
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Patterson looks set for a heavy punishment
If Gary Patterson receives another red card this season, his punishment will be a four match suspension after his recent trip to the FA.
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An on-line petition against Wimbledon's proposed re-location to Milton Keynes
We have been asked to publicise which is an on-line petition against Wimbledon's proposed re-location to Milton Keynes.
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Tuesday 16th January 2001
Kingstonian v Staines - match postponed
Tonight's match against Staines has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. There is currently no new date but we'll keep you posted.
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Gary Patterson's appeal is successful
The club have informed us that the appeal against Gary Patterson's sending off at Southend, and subsequent suspension, has been successful. This means that he will be able to play against Bristol City on Saturday week.
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Bristol City ticket details
The club have also told us that prices for the game at Bristol City are: Adults 10, OAPs and Students 8 and children under 14 4. All tickets for the game - of which Kingstonian have been allocated 5000 - are available on the day of the game only.
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Monday 15th January 2001
FA Trophy fourth round draw
Southport will be the visitors to Kingsmeadow in the fourth round of the Trophy should Staines be overcome tomorrow. The full draw is shown below, with the matches due to be played on Saturday February 3rd 2001:

Worksop Town v Congleton Town
Hyde United/Blyth Spartans v Maidenhead United
Scarborough v Burton Albion
Histon v Billericay Town
Bilston Town v Canvey Island
Chester City v St Albans
Staines Town/Kingstonian v Southport
Hereford United v Leigh RMI
Weymouth v Ashton Town
Tiverton Town v Boston United
Stevenage Borough v Margate
Kings Lynn v Trafford/Telford United
Emley v Yeovil Town
Matlock Town v Forest Green Rovers
Evesham United v Burscough/Morecambe
Marine v Rushden & Diamonds
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Man of the Match results
The following man on the match votes have now closed - Woking away: Phil Wingfield; Woking at home: Eddie Saunders; Southend away: Gavin Kelly.
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Sunday 14th January 2001
Staines match report
Yesterday's report is now finished.
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Re-arranged dates for three matches
John Fenwick has informed us of the following re-arranged dates:
     Tuesday 20th February 2001 v Yeovil Town (H) NVCT SF1L
     Tuesday 6th March 2001 v Yeovil Town (A) NVCT SF2L
     Tuesday 13th March 2001 v Telford United (A) League
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Travel details for Bristol City
The following information has been released by the Supporters' Club regarding travel to Bristol City on the 27th. For more information, please e-mail them at

Unlike all other Supporters Club Coaches this season, it will be necessary to purchase Coach Travel Tickets in advance for the Bristol City game.

These tickets will be priced at a flat 8 per seat for all members, 12 for non-members, and can be purchased up to half an hour after Tuesday's game against Staines and the same time span after Saturdays game with Scarborough from the foyer outside the Saxon Rooms (the far end of the club). Tickets can also be purchased from 1pm on the day of the Scarborough game.

Also the Supporters Club will be selling tickets next Sunday from 10am until 2pm, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (week commencing the 22nd) between 7pm and 10pm.

Coaches will leave Kingsmeadow at 10.30am SHARP on the day of the game, and any seats not sold by Wednesday 24th January will be allocated on the day on a first come first serve basis, priced at 10 for members and 14 for non members.

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Geoff Pitcher on his way?
There is a report in today's Non-League paper that Geoff Pitcher may be on his way to a league club for around 250,000.
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A Trophy result
Histon today beat last year's beaten finalists Kettering three-nil in the trophy's third round.
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Saturday 13th January 2001
Staines Town 2-2 Kingstonian
An 86th minute deflected header from Geoff Pitcher saved K's blushes as they earned a deserved replay against Staines in the Trophy. This match will be played this coming Tuesday, January 16th, at Kingsmeadow, kick-off 7.45pm. You can vote for today's man of the match now.
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Trophy round-up
Some notable scalps were taken in today's other Trophy matches as Bilston Town beat Nuneaton three-two, Dagenham lost one-nil at home to Weymouth, Northwich lost two-nil at Matlock whilst Margate beat Woking two-one at Kingfield.
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Details of the fourth round draw
The draw for the fourth round of the trophy will take place on Monday at 2.30pm. Talksport will be broadcasting this live.
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Wednesday 10th January 2001
Directions to Ashton Gate
Away travel details for Ashton Gate, Bristol are now available.
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FA Trophy and FA Cup fixtures
All 32 FA Trophy third round matches are now listed on the This Week page, along with all of the FA Cup replays.
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Tuesday 9th January 2001
Woking match reports
The reports from both of the Christmas games against Woking are now ready thanks to Simon Murray. You can either be depressed by the nil-nil draw at Kingfield, or by the three-nil loss at Kingsmeadow. The choice is yours.
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Sunday 7th January 2001
Sky's cameras will be at Kingsmeadow to watch the fourth round draw from around 4.30pm
Sky's cameras will be at Kingsmeadow to watch the fourth round draw from around 4.30pm, and Geoff Chapple has urged as many fans as possible to attend.
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FA Cup fourth round draw
K's will travel to second division Bristol City for the fourth round on January 27th 2001. The full draw is shown below:

Sunderland or Crystal Palace v Ipswich
Gillingham v Chelsea
Bradford or M'brough v Wimbledon or Notts Co
Bristol City v Kingstonian
Bolton v Burnley or Scunthorpe
Blackburn v Derby County
Manchester City v Coventry City
Cardiff or Crewe v Stockport
Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday
Wycombe or Grimsby v Wolves
Charlton or Dagenham v Spurs
Leeds United v Liverpool
Manchester United v West Ham
Everton v Tranmere Rovers
Luton or Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal
Newcastle or Aston Villa v Leicester City
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Southend match report
The Southend report is now ready, and there are several newspaper reports at the bottom. More will be added when we get them.
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Sunday Times: Cup glory for king Chapple
From today's Sunday Times:

Cup glory for king Chapple

"WHAT is repeated cannot be coincidence," so said Arsenal manager Arsne Wenger a couple of weeks ago, writes Rob Hughes. He must have seen Geoff Chapple and his Kingstonian teams coming from the Conference to take another third round scalp in the FA Cup, which they did by scoring the only goal at Roots Hall, the home of Southend United yesterday.

Chapple, 55, makes a habit of achieving these breaches of gaps between the full-time professionals of England's lower leagues and the part-timers. Exactly ten years ago Chapple was the manager of Woking, then the Isthmian League, one level below the Conference, when they defeated West Bromwich Albion of the old second division 4-2 at the Hawthorns.

Chapple's goalscorer then was a cricketer from Gibraltar, Tim Buzaglo, who scored a hat-trick that did more than demolish West Brom, it brought about the sacking of Albion manager Brian Talbot. The triumph at Southend was achieved through the solitary goal of Eddie Akuamoah, another testimony to Chapple's coaching ability.

His team this time, Kingstonian, are languishing near the foot of the Conference. Yet they have won the FA Trophy for non-league clubs at Wembley for the past two seasons and before yesterday, they eliminated Southport, managed by the former England defender Mark Wright.

Clearly Chapple understands motivation. He simply asks players in the dressing room whether they're hungry for glory, whether they can visualise that the next win in the FA Cup could set up an away visit to Manchester United at Old Trafford. After that, laced together as he does keen youngsters and players discarded from professional clubs who think they have exhausted their potential, and you have an appreciation of the man-management skill of Chapple.

Last night even Chapple was at a loss to know why his repeated Cup triumphs, against the odds and over a full decade, have not brought at least third division League clubs to his door.

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Saturday 6th January 2001
Southend United 0-1 Kingstonian
Eddie Akuamoah scored the goal that allows K's to progress to the fourth round for the first time ever. More soon. You can vote for the man of the match now.
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Friday 5th January 2001
Gavin Kelly's loan spell has been extended by a month.
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Monday 1st January 2001
Kingstonian 0-3 Woking
Details to follow. You can vote for the man of the match now.
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